Deliberate on the next place for M Makan Kaki ceaseless food-jaunt, the one with comfort food that pops in mind is Wharong Cafe. The remembrance of their absurdly lekker Daging Bakar Harimau Menangis with Rice certainly makes me eager to come back. That is why I’m bringing my silly M Makan Kaki here…to continue the food exploration.
Once we reached there, serving our table is a lovely crew with a tireless smile. She passes us with the food menu and takes our orders. The crew politely says that we need to order food from the vendors by ourselves. A ravenous appetite of us is getting Wharong’s Shell out, Daging Bakar Harimau Menangis and Udang Galah Bakar Royal Jinggo (Rose Pulut Ayam), Sizzling Yee Mee (Sizzling & Claypot SS), Set Nasi Kawin from The Penyet Koner, and Yaya’s Kitchen Grill Chicken Burger and Grill Chicken Chop.
While waiting for the order to arrive, I decided to not wasting time and conduct an interview. Thanks to Chef Shahidan (Wharong Cafe Chef), who is giving his cooperation to an interview. He greeted us with a big smile and excitedly gives very much information about Wharong Cafe. Before we talk about the reviews, here is some brief background of this cafe.
Did you know that Wharong Cafe is founded by Anderson’s alumni? No wonder there is a gigantic tiger mural with the school motto on the wall (true Anderson’s spirit hah?). According to Chef Shahidan, the interior idea of Wharong’s is mainly from the cafe owner, a contractor who is experts in painting and decoration.
It has a chic interior of a rustic finished wall with muted gray and black tones. The high ceiling gives a widens illusion and a string bulb illumines the whole cafe. The cafe floor fills with meticulously artificial grass that adds a flush of brightness to the dullness ambiance. Not just that, there is also a large Wharong typography mural and gigantic bicycle slapped on the wall. The best spot in the cafe would be their back area with an air open dining, which usually would be the first area to be occupied by the customer. In essence, Wharong cafe atmosphere will excite you with pleasant dining that upends your usual experience.
From Bossku Cafe to Wharong Cafe
For your information, Wharong Cafe is antecedently operated as Bossku Cafe. Due to discrepancy between the cafe concept and theme has made Bossku’s failed to sustain the business. This is when the idea of Wharong Cafe comes, a cafe inspired by Malaysian warung…..isn’t it too obvious just by the name of it? Generally, warung is a small family-owned business that sells a variety of foods and drinks at a cheap price. Disparate from these, they come up with small stall vendors to represent the warung concept. Currently, there is a total of six vendors in Wharong Cafe — Rose Pulut Ayam for Thai cuisine, Ipoh’s favorite Laksa Sarang, Nasi Ayam Penyet at The Penyet Koner, Sizzling Mee at Sizzling & Claypot SS and who can resist tasty sticks of satay and western dishes at Yaya Kitchen.
It’s Shellout and The Taste of Aroi
Now that you already know about Wharong Cafe background…..let’s jumped to the review. I’m pretty sure this is the part that you have been waiting for. Our meticulous eater is concerned with his Shell out portion, undercooked carrot, corn, and squid. However, he is approving the thickness of the sauce and a reasonable price of it. Moving on to Daging Bakar Harimau Menangis with Rice, surely gonna make you cry out loud as the meat is served cold. But, we are thankful for the delish and generous meat. Udang Galah Bakar Royal Jinggo presentation is very irresistible and tastes good. However, our pesky eater complains of the shrimp small size which is not suitable for the price. Eating the plain shrimp will be too bland, dip it in the zesty homemade Thai sauce…..Aroi mak!
Nasi Kawin and Sizzle Sizzling
Our shrimp lover is looking to try on Set Nasi Kawin — two Nasi Penyet that comes with deep-fried shrimp and chicken. He does enjoy the meal as he doesn’t leave any leftover (it’s too crunchy thus he eat the shrimp shells tho!). The same goes for the crispy chicken that tasted nice eaten with the spicy sauce along in the plate. Sizzling Yee Mee with Egg is also another disappointment as it doesn’t serve hot, steamy, and bubbly thus it’s not slurppp! Our particular member stated that the gravy might become bitter once cold due to the excessive amount of vegetables.
Finger Lickin Good and Sweet Tooth
Moving to western dishes, Grill Chicken Burger is finger-licking good! As for Grill Chicken Chop…..hmmm well, there is nothing to be shout out about it as tasted typically the same as others (nothing special). Come on, Wharong Cafe more western dish I guess? The same marinated grilled chicken, coleslaw, and french fries are used. Last but not least, the colorful Mixed Fruits is suitable for sweet tooth’s out there.
Our Lepak at Wharong Cafe Ends Here
The dining experience leaving a song in our hearts. Truth be told, the food is more than enough to warrant a repeat visit. Most importantly, the wallet wasn’t burning with an extortionate price as the total that we have spent is RM140.40. By that, we are giving a rating of 6/10 to Wharong Cafe. It is a beautiful place that serves a fusion of foods and your taste buds will be wowed!
49, Jalan Tun Sambanthan, 30000 Ipoh, Negeri Perak
11:00 am – 11:00 pm (Monday to Saturday)
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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