TRADITIONAL roti bakar served with a twist - this is what customers can expect from the charming kopitiam, Kopi & Toast.
The roti bakar or toasted bread served here is toasted the traditional way, by using an old-fashioned grill heated by charcoal.
But the cooks take extra care that the breads are lightly toasted. These are then spread with condensed milk instead of butter and kaya.
The slices of bread are topped with shaved cheese before they are sprinkled with chocolate rice.
“The roti bakar is an Indonesian treat and we don't have kaya toast in Indonesia although we do serve it here,” said outlet owner Yan Susanto
“Our version of roti bakar has proven to be popular,'' he said.
Barely one month in business, Kopi & Toast already has a steady stream of customers who appreciate a decent cup of local coffee.
Kopi & Toast has an impressive menu, matched with traditional porcelainware normally seen in kopitiam in the rural areas.
But the decor is more refined, with the walls decorated with enlarged black and white 1925 prints of Penang's Temple Street.
The place is washed in old world charm; even the marble top tables and wooden stools add allure to the place.
If the prints and the furniture do not beckon you to enter its rustic domain, the delicious whiff of coffee will.
Customers need not be harassed with the hot weather as the outlet is air-conditioned and it even has an LCD projector screen to boot.
Yan said his love for local coffee spurred him to open the shop.
“I love local coffee, the taste, the smell and everything about the old Chinese coffee houses.
“And even though kopitiam outlets are mushrooming everywhere, this is the first in the area.”
Just like any typical kopitiam, Kopi and Toast offers Hainanese and white coffee from Ipoh.
“A lot of people like drinking local coffees, in fact I enjoy five cups a day myself. I prefer it to gourmet coffee.”
The outlet also serves local dishes like Assam Laksa, Curry Laksa, Chicken Porridge and Nasi Lemak.
The Chicken Porridge deserves mention for its rich and wholesome broth cooked separately from the chicken, which is added to the broth only upon serving.