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Oldtown Cafe, Medan Ipoh

In Coffee, Food, Ipoh on July 26, 2006 at 4:30 pm

Most of you in Ipoh would have noticed the “new face” of one of Ipoh’s famous white coffee brewers – Oldtown Cafe. I’m not too sure who are its owners, but it’s probably safe to say that Oldtown is somehow connected to the Nam Heong kopitiam (best known for its instant Old Town White Coffee, sold virtually everywhere). Maybe someone can enlighten me further here … anyhow, on to my lil review!

Oldtown Cafe has several outlets in Ipoh, but the one I’m reviewing here is located in Medan Ipoh; just beside Tesco. Look for this place no problem wan … you pusing-pusing around the Tesco building sure you can see, since its signboard is sooo big ๐Ÿ˜‰

The very first thing you’ll notice upon approaching Oldtown Cafe is the very dark “wood” veneer walls and black-painted facade, lending it a very warm and modern look, yet preserving a old-world kopitiam charm from the pre-war Malaya period. Indeed, wall-sized photos depict scenes of life in then-Malaya in sepia tone. Hell, it works for me ๐Ÿ˜‰ The outlet is actually 2 shoplots renovated to 1. The left lot as you approach its twin entrance is air-conditioned and for non-smoking patrons; the one on the right is not but ventilated by old-style fans and opens out to a side lane. Seating consists of both booths, aluminum cafe-style sets, and my favorite – marbletop coffee tables and stools.

Enough about the decor – how’s the food and most importantly, the coffee?

First, the food. Here’s one of the more popular items served the Ice Fire Polo Bun. Sorry la, it’s sooo good, I whack two-thirds oredi before remembering to take the photo ๐Ÿ˜ณ

It’s a toasted custard scone-of-sorts with a thick slice of frozen butter in between ๐Ÿ‘ฟ Those got heart problems wan, bring your doctor along before consuming this aa … Next time I go again I take a photo of a *complete* bun ok? Solli, solli … Moving on, here’s yet another kenot-tahan-whack-first-take-photo-later snack called the Oldtown Peanut French Toast -this wan, doctor’s attendance also good idea:

Ok: the French Toast, I had to at least slice it apart for you to see what’s inside, right ๐Ÿ˜› It’s peanut butter sandwiched between 2 thick slices of bread, coated with egg … and deepfried ๐Ÿ˜ฏ It’s served with a cut of butter on top, which I had spread over after it melted; hence the glistening in the photo, hehehe … And then the all-time breakfast serving (but everyone does it anytime these days) buttered toast with half-boiled eggs.

I noted that they use brown wheat bread (not to be mistaken for wholemeal) for their bread concoctions, and only use the white ones on the items labeled as “old town”-something … Before you start thinking that all they serve for food is bread, lemme tell you they got some pretty great-tasting rice and noodle dishes too, starting from the curry mee (left) and laksa (right):

The Ipoh-style chicken-n-shrimp koay teow soup:

And the curry chicken rice:

The coffee. Ah … the coffee is rather disappointing, really. I had assumed that there will be a master apek coffee brewer in the house, but no … The coffee and tea drinks are all made from instant 3-in-1 sachets – *just* like the ones you can buy off supermarket shelves ๐Ÿ˜ฏ It was such a huge disappointment, really … but then to be fair, the mix sachets are pretty good (for 3-in-1’s) … just *never* as good as a freshly brewed cuppa.

I kinda like their white coffee with hazelnut flavor. Always liked hazelnut-flavored coffee. The way I do it myself is using Coffee-Mate’s Hazelnut Flavored Creamer + Nescafe … Not sure how they get the hazelnut into Oldtown coffee mixes, though.

So ok – overall, a nice place to hang out with friends over a cuppa and snack some before any meal. I like it enough to go there 2~3 times a week ๐Ÿ˜› Prices are, of course, a premium over your neighborhood kopitiam – figure in about an extra 60 sen over your kopitiam prices per cup. Food prices are premium also, but not so much that you’ll yell murder considering the “ambiance”.

It’s always the ambiance, right? Here you can come and sit around in your t-shirt, shorts and slippers; no problem wan. Girls all come here decked up for the night out or look as if they are inviting you to bed, hehehe … but it’s cool. ‘Thing is … where else can you go for Ipoh white coffee at night?? The best white coffee kopitiams all close after 7pm …

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  1. halal ka brader?

  2. Iโ€™m looking for a franchise. And im quiet impressed by the kopitiam styeโ€ฆmakes me think of old days!!

    PLS send me the franchise infoโ€ฆTQ!!

  3. Dialhum – yeah, it’s halal. All my Muslim friends just love to hang out there. Speaking of which .. this is an awesome place to buka puasa, dude! Perfect food – not too light, neither too heavy for the breaking of fast. But the kopi might make you mabuk lerr .. can be very intoxicating! Hehehe!

  4. Lee – I’m pretty certain that they don’t have a franchise system in place; current outlets are all owner-operated. Maybe if you’d pay them a visit, they would be willing to sit down with you and offer something. Are you in Ipoh?

  5. I m deeply impressed with your food and shop concept, interest to know more on your francise system, pls sent me details on francise availabilty by email . Thanks

    Alan chew

  6. Alan Chew – read my above comment for Lee, ya.

  7. i like your “lo mei fan with kaya” so much
    do u have delivery services? just like McDonald?
    Can i buy your kaya separetly?

  8. hi, my name is Mr2, i started learnt the
    OldTown recently, quite impressed after my 2
    visits so far. And,
    also keen to learn if they have offering
    francise system ?

  9. can anyone help to provide the contact no.
    of Old Town’s head office ? so, we can join
    to contact them to inquire abt Francise
    system ? It is great b’cos, our M’sia local
    brand is becoming great success in one more
    case here.

  10. Hiya Mr2, interesting idea you have there. Oldtown seem to garner a LOT of clicks here in CN. Perhaps I should go over for a short chat with the cafe’s operative owners for their response to everyone here ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks and stay tuned!

  11. i’m looking for franchise ;; please send me some information .. i dont have email but u can send to my to this email address… she’s my cousin sister

  12. i’ interested in franchizing this cafe 2..pless inform me about those franchizing things…tq

  13. I am interested in the franchise info….Please send me the info….Thks!

  14. price increase too often. the price of the food is not worth at all. some more the service of the staff is very poor.the attitude of all the staff is not just that no smile but always throw a temper to the costumer, i hope that the managment look deep into it cause we have also pay the service tax that you have charge to us. especially in medan ipoh branch and ipoh padang branch.not just only the staff but even a senior staffalso the same. i think if the managment not taking any action especially the service i wont think that in future ur company can improve more some more will just make me and my friends will stop coming to visit any of old town. please take it seriously. thanks and just to hope for a better service in future..

  15. CAN ANYONE PROVIDE ME THE CONTACT OR EMAIL FOR OLD TOWN FRANCHISE?THANKS A LOT!

  16. Ok, people – Consumer Nation does NOT have any franchising information for this Oldtown Cafe, alright? I’d suggest anyone that’s interested in such franchising, to contact Oldtown Cafe direct … thanks!

  17. Hi! I was surfing and found your blog post… nice! I love your blog. ๐Ÿ™‚ Cheers! Sandra. R.

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