Deliberating on the next place for the M Makan Kaki ceaseless food-joint hunt, we settled on one with comfort food and that pops in my mind is Wharong Cafe. Remembering their absurdly named 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’s here…to continue the food tasting exploration.
Once we reached, serving our table is a lovely crew with her 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. The ravenous bunch of us just cant wait to get 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 orders to arrive, I decided not to waste time and conduct an interview. Thanks to Chef Shahidan (Wharong Cafe Chef), who is giving his cooperation for an impromptu interview. He greeted us with a big smile and excitedly spills the beans with regard to 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 an 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 an expert in painting and decoration.
It has a chic interior featuring a rustic finished walls with muted gray and black tones. The high ceiling appears wider and a string bulb illumines the whole cafe. The cafe floor is filled with artificial grass that adds a flush of brightness in contrast to the drab colour of the walls, creating a nice ambiance. Not just that, there is also a large Wharong mural and gigantic bicycle slapped on the wall. The best spot in the cafe would be their back area with an open air dining, which usually would be the first area to be occupied by customers. In essence, Wharong cafe’s atmosphere will excite you with pleasant dining that upends your usual experience.
From Bossku Cafe to Wharong Cafe
For your information, Wharong Cafe was antecedently operated as Bossku Cafe. Due to discrepancies between the cafe concept and theme made Bossku’s fail to sustain it’s business. This is when the idea of Wharong Cafe comes, a cafe inspired by Malaysian warungs…..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. To further strengthen the concept, they come up with small stall vendors to ensure it truly represents all things warung. 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 topping it off with tasty sticks of satay and western dishes from Yaya Kitchen.
It’s Shellout and The Taste of Aroi
Since we covered Wharong Cafe’s 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 with it’s reasonable price. 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 small shrimp size which does not equate to it’s price. Eating the plain shrimp is also bland, but dipping it in the zesty homemade Thai sauce…..Aroi mak!
Nasi Kawin and Sizzle Sizzling
Our shrimp lover is looking to try the 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 leftovers (it’s too crunchy thus he eats the shrimp shells!). 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, Grilled Chicken Burger is finger-licking good! As for Grilled 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 dishes I guess? The same marinated grilled chicken, coleslaw, and french fries are used. Last but not least, the colorful Mixed Fruits is suitable for all you sweet tooth people out there.
Our Lepak at Wharong Cafe Ends Here
The dining experience left us with a song in our hearts. Truth be told, the food is more than enough to warrant a repeat visit. Most importantly, the wallet does not burn with extortionate prices as the total that we have spent is RM140.40. In conclusion, we are giving a rating of 6/10 to Wharong Cafe. It is a beautiful place that serves fusion 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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