Thumbs Cafe

Wish I could snap my fingers and make half of the hipster cafés in Ipoh turn to dust so that we don’t have to argue where to have a food review! Hahaha. Too bad this is not “AVENGERS : END GAME”. Most likely our M Makan Kaki(s) food hunting will never see the end of day. Wondering where you can dine Western and Local cuisine under one roof? Check out this place named Thumbs Café!

Vintage and contemporary! The first thing that comes to mind once we step into the premise with its combination of a bar top at the corner complete with high stools and couches adourned by colorful cushions; bringing us back to the former times……

The Story Behind Thumbs Café

Back before Thumbs Café was built, this heritage building was an orphanage’s dormitory under Badan Khidmat Islam Perak (BAKIP). It’s amusing to see how much the place has changed over the years, now becoming one of the famous vintage cafés in Ipoh. It took five minutes for us to choose the right table because each one is unique. (Actually, they are looking for a table with ‘perfect’ lighting, biasalah perempuan selfie tak habis-habis). This place could make an Instagrammers dream come true!

What Do They Offer?

Fret not! The café certainly offers reasonable pricing with a ‘wide’ range of Western and Local Cuisine (Even though the menu is only on one page). Our eyes widen larger than our stomachs! No, we will not let our ‘nafsu’ control us! We kept reminding each other to order what is necessary for our dinner (Papa still didn’t increase our budget yet … pelokek betui!). Enough with the what-to-order fight scenes, we finally decided to order Spaghetti Bolognaise Chicken, Lamb Chop, Chicken Chop, Nasi Hentian Rasa, Fish n Chip, Bebola Daging dengan Sos Perang and Cantonese Yee Mee. Oh Ya! Not to forget their signature dish, Kanji! For drinks, we went for Chocolate Peanut Butter, Lemon Jelly, Amra Asam, Apple Susu, Ribena Selasih Longan, and Sirap Bandung. That’s a lot, right? I know! (Wondering how much it will cost us, kaching kaching).

Psst. Little Advise From Us…

The café can seat a good number of visitors, we realized the place started to pack in the crowds around 8.00 pm and so, that’s normal! Most Malays will have their dinner after Maghrib prayers. A little advice from us, for those who would like to avoid large crowds, come early. But, don’t be too early since they will only operate from 6.00 pm. Please consider this café for those who are looking for a café with air-conditioning …. biasa la, perempuan tak nak peluh…. haiya. One thing that we guarantee you is that the air flow is naturally good via their open windows and the wall fans.

Spaghetti Is A Must!

Waiting is the hardest part for us (most of us were really hungry and didn’t eat anything since lunch), luckily it didn’t take too long. The food served was eye candy too! If you dine with a bunch of colleagues, Spaghetti is a must, right? Who would have thought that a simple dish will blow us away? The combination of the sauce coated with noodles is just right! The best part is the steamed broccoli and sausage balance taste and won’t easily make you feel surfeit.

Lamb And Meatball? Disappointed…

Lamb chops were undercooked and the texture of the meat is a bit chewy which led our “peminat kambing tegar” with a disappointment. However, credit must be given to the portion and black pepper sauce of the dish. Nothing much to say about Chicken Chop, since the base sauce is exactly the same as Lamb Chop. We hate to be honest …. their handmade Meatball was a total heartbreak, though it broke apart easily as with any homemade balls, we just could not stand the overpowering meaty stench.

Malaysian Palates!

Next was Cantonese Yee Mee, crispy noodles in an egg-based sauce, variety of stir-fried vegetables topped off with fresh prawns. It was served on a big plate with ‘cili hijau’ that complimented our Malaysian palates. Oh Ya! Out of curiosity, our ‘big brother – Gege in Cantonese” is the only one who ordered fried rice as they named it Nasi Goreng Hentian Rasa. To his tremendous disappointment,  it tasted like any ordinary fried rice! So much for great marketing! Their Kanji (signature dish) significantly reminds me of mom’s cooking, reminiscent of my childhood.  N.B. I will openly say that my mums cooking is not fantastic …. ha ha ha …. if she reads this, she’s gonna have a tough time figuring out which child wrote this!

Let’s Go for the Drinks!

For beverages, we would recommend the following; Amra Asam Boi, Apple Susu, and Lemon Jelly which is pure fresh fruit. I bet you won’t regret! Ribena Selasih Longan (a combination of Ribena, longan, and basil seed) will leave you refreshed. Chocolate Peanut Butter? Mmmmm. How do we describe this?  The taste was similar to Milo Ice with Nutella in it. Yet, we still can’t forget how upset our brother ‘SONY Boy’ whining while drinking. He said his Protein Shake tastes way, way waayyyyy better. (Hahahaha, never try, never know). Overall, the meal just satisfying with the total RM154.20 for 8 persons. Quite reasonable isn’t it? Overall, we would rate 5/10 for food…. and deduct another point as we felt that their customer service could have been better. Please respond to your whatsapp customers next time ok?

133, Jalan Sultan Abdul Jalil, 30000 Ipoh, Perak
Phone No
019-776 0618
Operation Hour
Opens daily from 6.00 pm – 1.00 am 
Closed on Tuesday

NOTE : We do not eat for free, nor were we paid for this review. We ordered and paid for everything that we consume. This review is a general summary from feedback by all members of the M Boutique Family who partook in the Food Review. If you need to know more about them, don’t forget to pay a visit to their Facebook page.

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