Updated: Jan 6
It's been some while since I last fell in love with food from a café. Pik Nik nailed it. We really thought we should "Pik Nik everyday".
On Christmas Day 2020, we were blessed with a whole day of little family celebration. We aren't Christians after all, but we always think Christmas is a day of happiness and warmth, a celebration of hope with family and friends. This year, we made a trip to Georgetown, Penang, a Malaysian city we truly adore for we believe it would make a relaxing and happy occasion.
= / BISH Travel Guide: Penang Hill / =
In the morning of Christmas Day, we visited Penang Botanic Gardens where Zyan enjoyed his stroll among a huge variety of indigenous and exotic plant species. After the active morning, we were hungry and in a serious need of a place where we can shade ourselves from the afternoon heat. After a round of Googling and landing ourselves in a few cafés which did not operate on that day, we were rather upset. However, the disappointment did not last long when we found the operating Pik Nik while scouting around Jalan Nagor, the bustling F&B attraction in the heart of Georgetown.
The striking pink LED with the quote "life's a piknik" first attracted our attention. We then fell in love with the potted plants and climbing leaves placed outside the café. As we glanced around, we really appreciated this corner of greeneries - it's an oasis along a vintage, colonial-inherited corridor. We pushed the door open - it's a café built into an old building. Structurally, Pik Nik did not change the building layout much, but implanted interesting decorations and framed paintings to input a "café" theme and ambience into it.
There were 3 sections in this café. I guess the highlight must have been the pink themed room at the back of the main dining halls. Everything in the room was literally pink in colour, so if my guess wasn't wrong, it should be a hit among Instagrammers.
It was past lunch hours. We were starving. Considering Zyan was with us, we had to order something to suit his diet, before thinking the more sinful ones to satisfy our palate.
= / If you like a café in vintage building, we can totally recommend Tujoh Café @ PJ Seksyen 17 / =
Tomato Fried Rice with Luncheon Meat (RM16)
- This dish contains pork and is non-halal -
Description: Tomato fried rice with shiitake mushrooms, topped with scrambled egg, fried luncheon meat and tomato glaze.
Before expressing how much we like the flavour of this dish, we must, firstly and unfortunately, indicate that the texture of rice grains in this serving of fried rice was not up to our expectation. The texture was too soft and the rice must have been too moist, causing the rice to lump together. However, it did have a loveable flavour profile. Each grain of rice was evenly coated in tomato sauce. The generous use of mushrooms and onion juliennes has given the dish a touch of natural sweetness to balance up the acidity from the tomato sauce. While the luncheon meat cubes were served in a separate small bowl (we guess they must have accidentally left that out during the preparation), the fried rice was surprisingly good, even without the luncheon meat. As for the scrambled egg, it was soft and fluffy, still a bit runny in within but that's just the perfect doneness. Tomato glaze and mayonnaise topping added the excitement to the overall dish.
Chicken & Waffles (RM20)
Description: Deep fried chicken karaage and special tar tar, lettuce
This was the perfect dish to order when the hubby only wanted waffles and the wife only wanted fried chicken. Gosh. Billy and I must have mixed up our gender somewhere in our past lives, so he really likes sweet snacks but I only care to eat savoury snacks. If this is happening in your household, fret not, Pik Nik offers a series of sweet and savoury waffles. Yahoooooo! On top of the hot, crisp waffles, there were six pieces of freshly-fried chicken karaage! Yes, you read it right, SIX! What's a heaven if this is not? The fried chicken pieces were extra juicy and succulent, good choice of chicken part. When all these are topped with a generous dollop of homemade special tartar, just heavenly. Period.
Oh, you asked about the lettuce? Forget about it. After all, this dish is meant to destroy your diet. Period x2.
What do we think about Pik Nik?
A newfound love. Period.
What? It needs to be more elaborative? Sorry, I can't. My mind is now flooded with the happy fats.
RELATED: = / Looking for an Instagram-worthy café? What about a café in a glasshouse? Pokok.KL @ MAHSA Avenue is a great choice / =
Pik Nik @ Jalan Nagor, Georgetown
📍 Address: 15, Jalan Nagor, 10500 George Town, Pulau Pinang
⏰ Opening Hours: 12PM - 10PM, Daily
☎️ Phone: +60164481517
🚗 Parking: Street-side parking available nearby. However, it's a bit of luck.
Ambience: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ 1/2
Quality of Food: ⭐ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
Price: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ 1/2