New cafe’s appetising prospects

(Top) Guests helping themselves to a buffet during the opening of the new Sri Ananda Bahwan outlet in Jalan Pisang. (Right) Harikrishan posing at the cafe. — Photos: LIM BENG TATT/The Star

INSTRUMENTAL in preparing Indian dishes with a modern touch, the new Sri Ananda Bahwan Cafe in Ayer Itam, Penang, is offering patrons tasty set meals.

Sri Ananda Bahwan Restaurant (M) Sdn Bhd founder and managing director Selvaraj Verasamy said their new cafe was aimed at catering to the younger generation while providing a different serving style.

“This is our ninth Sri Ananda Bahwan restaurant in Penang but it is our only cafe-concept branch that serves set meals,” he said at the grand opening of the cafe in Jalan Pisang Berangan, Ayer Itam, on Saturday.

“As one of the preferred banana leaf restaurants in Malaysia today, we wish to thank our loyal customers from various ethnic groups for their support,” he said.

Harikrishan posing at the cafe. 

Company director V. Harikrishnan, who is Selvaraj’s younger brother, said the cafe’s opening this year marked their 27th year in business.

“We are proud to have another branch and thank everyone who contributed in making our humble business successful,” he said.

At the event, Sri Ananda Bahwan Restaurants also presented 40 needy residents from Ayer Itam with goodie bags.

Retiree Lim Geok Lean, 62, who received a goodie bag filled with groceries like instant noodles, biscuits and snacks as well as dishwashing liquid, said she was touched by the kind gesture.

(From right) Harikrishnan, Rayer, Ramasamy and Phee giving out goodie bags to the needy at the opening of the new cafe.
(From right) Harikrishnan, Rayer, Ramasamy and Phee giving out goodie bags to the needy at the opening of the new cafe.

“I think it is a happy day for the recipients for besides the goodie bags, we also got to taste delicious Indian dishes,” she said.

Harikrishnan said the aid was given in conjunction with Hari Raya.

“We hope to contribute to the needy whenever we can and to let them know that they are not forgotten,” he said.

Deputy Chief Minister II Dr P. Ramasamy, who was present at the opening, said the new branch was a postive addition to the Sri Ananda Bahwan business.

Also present were state environment committee chairman Phee Boon Poh, Bagan Dalam assemblyman M. Satees, Jelutong MP RSN Rayer and Penang police chief Comm Datuk T. Narenasagaran’s wife Shamala M. Retnam.

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