Including the Penang Food Bloggers gathering on the 27th September 2008, I have patronised this cafe, Edelweiss, 3 times since July. I must say, on all the visits I have managed to try a few of their signature soups, entrees and deserts. This cozy cafe is tacked in one of the oldest parts on the Penang Island and was once used as the backdrop for the Hollywood movie, The King and I. The cafe is located in Armenian Street, just before the Colonial Restoran which serves modified Hainanese cuisines.
Do not let the Swedish name fool you, as this cafe serves cuisine from the East(Malaysia) and the West (Sweden). But me and wife only had the privilege to savour part of their western side of their menu. Thus, we still have more to go before we can't say that we have tried everything there. This place does not only serve good homey food, it also serves some good European beers, but it would be a bit pricey for us locals.

Before I continue with my review of this cafe, I would like to put forth that the photos were taken during my various visits to Edelweiss at different occasions, thus the different ambient color of the photos.

The Barley Soup which is serve daily is something different from your common cream of mushroom or corn. It is light on the pallet but still provides the opportunity to feel the texture and taste the various ingredients used in preparing this soup. With some bread, one could be filled the brim and not be able to go further with the entree. So the best way to savour this dish is to share amongst yourself, don't let this not so little bowl of soup fool you!

The Beef Goulash came in a small bowl but was packed with potatoes, carrot, beef, etc. As I am not an authority on goulash, I am unable to judge whether it is good or bad, but to me it is something that I can accept. It is not too heavy on the flavour, therefore would not subdue your taste buds for the entree.

Edelwiess serve some good and genuine sausages in town. So far I have tried their Double Jumbo(top) and B 52s (bottom). The sausages are juicy and firm to the bite. It is totally different experience with what we get from some of the eateries that serve sausages as their entrees. To compliment the sausage dish, the cafe prides a portion of mustard that is essential in enhancing the smokey taste the sausages have.

Then there is their specialty, Smoked Pork Belly. This is my wife's' favourite of all that we have tried in Edelweiss. At a glance one may think that it will be very hard to consume a piece of pork layered with all that fat, even for any non-health-conscious person. Then you would be missing out on the experience of savouring the piece of well smoked and tender piece of pork that is well complimented with mash and mustard sauce. It is like a marriage made in heaven.

Not much I can say about the Pork Ribs other than it is tender and juicy. I find the ribs to be a bit over flavoured by the glaze or sauce(some may call it), but by not much. Although so, overall it is still a good piece of rib. For my preference, I would have better enjoyed the ribs with mash rather than fries. The mash potatoes would have brought down the richness of the sauce to my acceptance level.

These two offerings, the Gammon Ham and Leg of Lamb are not included in their daily menu. They were specially requested and prepared for our Penang Food Bloggers gathering. But fear not, if you are interested in tasting the two, then you would have pool enough people to order them. The Gammon Ham was not heavy, it gave me a little hint of saltiness, smokiness and sweetness of the meat. In short the flavours were clean and light, suitable for those that are not meat crazy and dislike rich tasting food. If you ant to bring the Gammon ham to a higher enjoyment level, one could try layering the ham with black pepper, mash and brown sauce to enhance the taste and texture of the ham.

As for the Leg of Lamb, it taste common and nothing extraordinary about it. This may be due to that it was already cold from all the photo shooting before I got acquainted with it. The lamb was actually still slight pink in the centre and warm when it arrived on my table. But fear not, I improvised by adding salt and the accompanying gravy to make it more delightable. The lamb was actually good enough without the accompanying mint sauce, it did not need the mint to cover-up the overwhelming smell and taste that lamb emits.

At the end of each meals, I had their signature deserts to cleanse my pallets. Although I do not fancy sweet delights, their two signature deserts were quite acceptable to my standards. Their warm Apple Flam with Movenpick Ice Cream, gives one the sensation of soft and hard, cold and hot. The cool creamy soft ice cream matched with the textured and warm apple flam. Then there is the other signature desert, which I forgot what it is called, ice cream on bananas, poach peach and almonds. It is flavourful but a bit too sweet for my taste buds. It would be a favourite for those who have a sweet tooth to satisfy.

Other than enjoying the food in Edelweiss, one could also feast your eyes on the furniture, old photos, decor and ambiance in the cafe. If you are lucky, one may find their ancestors' photos in the cafe as the owner is an avid collector of old stuff. Another thing that one could find is the funny looking light overhead. These are the work of the proprietor's husband. He recycles and modifies the old stuffs into something which is practical and usable for the cafe. Innovative and earth-friendly!

Lastly, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the propietor, her husband and staffs for the friendly, prompt and accomodating service to all of us bloggers although we were a bit a handfull with all the moving around and talking. And also we would like to show our appreciation to the proprietor for preparing the special menu for us bloggers to enjoy and review.
On average, I would give Edelweiss Cafe:
  • 3.8/5 for value (for the the blogger gathering, then it would be 4.5/5)

  • 4.5/5 for tast
  • 5/5 for service
  • 5/5 for cleanliness (what can we ask from a coffee shop)
  • 5/5 for atmosphere (old style cafe without air-conditioning)
The below photos were taken during the Penang Food Blogger (PFB) gathering recently at Edelweiss. We are currently planning another gathering for the PFB in te coming December to celebrate Christmas. The date is 6th of December 2008. And the location is at my in-laws house in Tanjung Bungah. The gathering is a test of the cooking skills of PFB as it would be a 'Pot-Luck' gathering. Places are limited and it is first come first serve only!

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  1. allenooi // October 1, 2008 at 10:48 AM  

    Hi Gill and Jason, nice to meet both of u too, although we didn't talk much. it's a nice place and thanks for the food arrangement. i really enjoy it very much. definitely i will go to edelweiss and try other food soon.

    hope to meet u soon in the next gathering. :)

  2. Ah Shui // October 2, 2008 at 1:41 PM  

    Hi, nice to meet both of u, nice photos u have here...i like them.

  3. email2me // October 2, 2008 at 9:51 PM  

    All the foods looks so good .... when I go back Penang must pay them a visit. This time with booze ..... The other time cannot take booze cause too tired .... :D

  4. J2Kfm // October 2, 2008 at 11:06 PM  

    geez, I'll be star-struck and sat in a corner had I been there. =P

    but both the desserts look yummy lah ... Movenpick Ice Cream some more! =)

  5. Jason Wong // October 3, 2008 at 5:32 PM  

    Nice to have met also. Too bad that we did not get to talk much. My attention was on that nights food,service and also to control the situation so as not disturb the business flow for Teresa.

    Next gathering! Pot luck should be better for mingleing.

  6. PenangTuaPui // October 4, 2008 at 9:59 AM  

    wow.... give such high marks lor...

    ppl dun know.. tot u got share with them

    muahaha.... hee hee

  7. lilian // October 5, 2008 at 8:08 PM  

    I want to come! Just tell me what kind of menu required, boh bun tay. (no problem)

    Your photos all so nice wan.

  8. CRIZ LAI // October 5, 2008 at 8:52 PM  

    The food there was great. In fact, don't you think this would be a nice place for "pat thor"ing too ?? :P