Lavishing patrons with ‘arty’ delights

The pastry selection at Lavish in Victoria Street, Penang, designed by Love A Loaf, cannot be found elsewhere.

KEEP today’s issue of The Star and tomorrow, bring it along to get a 30% discount at the grand opening of Lavish, a cafe that turns being different into an art form.

This cafe is treating readers of The Star to a handsome discount to celebrate its entry as the latest chic cafe in Penang’s George Town heritage hub.

“We take pride in being special and different, and this is the best way to introduce ourselves to Penangites,” smiled Lavish founder Nigel Law.

Housed in 214, Victoria Street, near the corner of Chulia Street Ghaut, Lavish offers an unconventional customer experience right from the first step.

For starters, Law and his three co-founders set up Lavish as a triple deal of a glamorous florist shop called Petals and Leafz, the Lavish Cafe and a high fashion gift store called Heartland Gift Shop.

“The only way to ‘lavish’ our customers with delight is to tie in shopping and dining into our little place. Our shop is a small, old premises built in the early 1900s and in the old days, it is common for businesses to share an address like this. We want to bring back that old feel,” he said, adding that the gift shop would be coming soon.

Floral designer Sharon Cheng said Petals and Leafz specialises in bouquets of flowers from The Netherlands, New Zealand and South Africa.

Tan showing a plate of their special Cold Pasta. — Photos: CHAN BOON KAI/The Star
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“We have fresh flowers flying in every Wednesday and Thursday, from tulips, calla lilies, hydrangeas, peonies to David Austin garden roses.”

The central element of the shop is Lavish Cafe, and the menu is a piece of literature that needs careful study to decide what your inaugural meal at the shop will be.

At first glance, it looks like an Italian menu with the Aglio E Olio, Real Classic Carbonara and Pesto. But the fine print adds a layer of complexity that compels you to ponder earnestly on how to pamper yourself.

A rarely seen spaghetti offering is the cafe’s Cold Pasta: long strings served cold with green pears, serano ham, buffalo cheese, Arugula pepper, Rocket salad leaves, extra virgin olive oil and Maldon sea salt.

Yes, buffalo cheese is made with the milk of the Italian water buffalo. It is a tad more crumbly, not as creamy as what you get from ordinary cow’s milk and not pungent enough to interfere with the flavours from the ingredients on the plate.

“Seriously, our menu is unique and in a constant state of change. We put a lot of thought and research into each dish,” said co-founder Vincent Tan.

Tan is also the managing director of Love A Loaf, a local bakery with six outlets that cooks up ‘designer pastries’ like Kim Chi Cheese and Caviar Mentaiko in Wasabi buns.

Such special pastries, he said, were designed only for Lavish and cannot be found elsewhere.

“We have a long list of pastries you have never seen before,” he promised.

Get an exclusive voucher to chow down on a RM25 special meal at Lavish when you subscribe to a one-month trial subscription of The Star ePaper. You can access the ePaper from three devices with one subscription.

For more information, call The Star Penang’s Audience Management Department (04-6473399) on weekdays.

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