My first cafe visit for 2021 was to Narrow Marrow, the bohemian hangout by architect-designer duo, Alvin Neoh and Jamie Oon. The grungy old place, replete with an eclectic collection of antiques and junk (very fine line between the two here) has moved from its erstwhile old location (since 2014) to a newer, and not-so-narrow, spot on Beach Street.
Still operating only 3 days a week (Fri to Sun), Narrow Marrow pulls in the unconventional crowd - the painters, poets, writers, and musicians, and everyone else in-between. It still serves its blue-hued Coconut Clitoria Cheesecake, and its delightful Toddy Mojito, but its best-seller these days seem to be its tiramisu - simple and 100% authentic, unlike nearby ChinaHouse’s cakey Alexis Bistro clone.
Coconut Clitoria Cheesecake - it’s New York-style baked cheesecake, courtesy of co-owner, Jamie Oon. The name came from its use of the juice from the blue-hued clitoria ternatea flower (locally called “bunga telang”) to give the cake its trademark color:
Tiramisu - no complaints here.
Toddy Mojito - a combination of local toddy (fermented coconut water) , sugar, lime, soda water and mint.
312, Lebuh Pantai (Beach Street), 10300 George Town, Penang, Malaysia
Tel: +604-226 3083
Opening hours: 10am to 6pm, Fri to Sun. Closed Mon to Thu.