Fans of the temperamental but supremely-gifted 44-year-old Loh Choon Kueng (aka Chef Hong) and pastry chef Khor Gaik Ee (aka Chef Yen) of the now-defunct Cozy in the Rocket can finally breathe a sigh of relief - the dynamic duo is back at their latest venture, Jaloux, on 24 King Street.
Ever since they started the tiny but quirkily-pretty Amelie Cafe on Armenian Street back in 2009, Chefs Hong & Yen have built up quite a loyal following through their slow-food, artisanal culinary approach - using the best quality ingredients they can source from within Penang to churn out rustic, hearty Italian-inspired dishes.
In 2013, they upsized from the 6-table Amelie to a much larger Cozy in the Rocket, offering pretty much the same pasta-based menu at lunch & dinner, besides an ambitious addition of breakfast offerings.
With Jaloux, Hong & Yen seem to have decided to move a bit closer back to their Amelie roots, with a smaller, tighter menu, and only does lunch & dinner. ·
Loh Choon Kueng aka Chef Hong, is a trained graphics designer, but can also cook up a storm, with his meticulously prepared Italian-inspired dishes using the best ingredients which he and partner, Yen, carefully sourced themselves.
- Bruschetta Ricotta, with house-made salted caramel, ricotta and toasted almond flakes on grilled bread. Singularly, the best-tasting toast in Penang, bar none.
- Soup of the Day - chicken in spicy-tomato broth.
Pasta Spaghetttini in White Truffle Oil - with mushrooms, French butter, shaved parmesan, onion confit & white truffle oil.
Pasta Carbonara - spaghettini with bacon, parmesan cheese, cream and free-range hen’s egg-yolk.
- Smoked Pork-rib Ragu, served with Grilled Country Bread.
- Seafood Stew with Spicy-Cream Sauce - with king prawns, clams, bacon & grouper fish fillets.
Cempedak Creme Brulee.
Coconut Panna Cotta with Palm Sugar Syrup.
Best Italian in George Town - by far.
24, Lebuh King, 10300 George Town
Tel: +6016-452 9882
Opening hours: 12 noon - 3pm (lunch), 6pm-9pm (dinner) Daily, except Tue & Wed.