Tuesday, August 9, 2011

1st Charlie Brown Cafe Malaysia @ Straits Quay, Tanjong Tokong, Penang. (Halal)

My facebook friends Reggie Gunn and his wife Caleste Betty who flied all the way from Kota Kinabalu to Penang Island which is also known as 'The Pearl of the Orient' to celebrate their 1st Anniversary and they checked in at Hard Rock Hotel Penang from 16th to 18th July 2011 (i.e. 3D 2N).

On 2nd day (i.e. 17th July 2011 / Sunday) we dropped by Straits Quay which is Penang's first and only retail marina on our way back to Hard Rock Hotel Penang after visiting the Pinang Peranakan Mansion at Church Street and having our lunch at Hing Kee Restaurant at China Street. Straits Quay is one of the tourist hotspots and also Penang's latest must-visit destination.

After the sightseeing at Straits Quay, friends decided to step into Charlie Brown Cafe Malaysia which was officially opened at Straits Quay on the early April this year to have a feel about of it which is the first outlet of Charlie Brown Cafe in Malaysia. Charlie Brown is the main character in the comic strip Peanuts in the comic strip Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz. Pictures of every Peanuts Characters are found everywhere on the ceiling, windows, tables and walls of the outlet. Inside the outlet is decorated with Peanuts decor, toys, mechandise and sculptures which will give you a kind of ambiance that you are in one of the fun cartoon lands. Children and teenagers will definately feel excited and thrilled of about the well decorated outlet.

No. 01 : View of Sunset with the Arch at the Main Entrance of Straits Quay

Google Map GPS : 5.458132,100.31275

The address of Charlie Brown Cafe is 3A-1-17 & 18, Straits Quay Marina Mall, Jalan Seri Tanjung Pinang 3, 10470 Tanjong Bungah, Penang (Refer No. 02 - The 1st Floor Plan showing the Location of Charlie Brown Cafe) and it is located on the 1st Floor of of Straits Quay within Seri Tanjung Penang with well planned waterfront community. As you enter from the main entrance of Straits Quay Building, turn on your right hand side and walk straight along the corridor. Use the escalator to go up 1st Floor. Before reaching the 1st Floor the fragrance of coffee will greet you. Upon reaching the 1st Floor you will notice the signage of Charlie Brown Cafe infront of you.

1st Floor Plan of Strait Quay showing the Location of Charlie Brown Cafe

Address :-
3A-1-17 & 18, Block A,
1st Floor, Straits Quay,
Jalan Seri Tanjung Pinang,
Tanjung Tokong,
10470 Penang,

Contacts :-Tel: 04-899 8602
Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/CharlieBrownCafeMY
Website : http://www.charliebrowncafe.com.my/ (It is still under construction as at 9th August 2011)

Business Hours :-
11.30 am to 11.00 pm
Food : Last Call - 10.00 pm
Pastries / Bakeries / Beverage - 10.30 pm
Open Daily

No. 02 : The Entrance of Charlie Brown Cafe

No. 03 : Charlie Brown was holding a Welcome Signage at the Entrance

No. 04 : Characters of Charlie Brown and his Friends on the Exterior Wall of the Outlet

No. 05 : Reggie Gunn and his wife Caleste Betty posed with Charlie Brown before my camera

No. 06 : Names of the Characters from Left to Right - Marcie, Sally Brown, Franklin, Lucy Van Pelt, Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Peppermint Patty, Linus Van Pelt, Woodstock and Schroeder

No. 07 : Ceilings were decorated with Peanuts Characters

No. 08 : View of the Interior - Seating Area
Note : A Party Room was located at the back portion of the Cafe

No. 09 : Souvenir Shop with merchandises for Sale beside the Self Service Counters

No. 10 : Caramel Latte Ice (Woodstock12oz)
RM11.00 + 10% Service Charge

Rating of the Taste : 4/5
Note : 1-2 (Poor) / 3 (Average) / 4 (Good) / 5 (Very Good)

No. 11 : Franklin Frappa
RM15.00 + 10% Service Charge

Rating of the Taste : 4/5
Note : 1-2 (Poor) / 3 (Average) / 4 (Good) / 5 (Very Good)

No. 12 : Banana + Berries Smoothie
RM15.00 + 10% Service Charge

Rating of the Taste : 4/5
Note : 1-2 (Poor) / 3 (Average) / 4 (Good) / 5 (Very Good)

No. 13 : Charlie Brown (8") Chicken Pizza
RM15.80 + 10% Service Charge

Rating of the Taste : 3/5
Note : 1-2 (Poor) / 3 (Average) / 4 (Good) / 5 (Very Good)

The crust was thick and not crispy.
Oh My God !!!! When i requested for 'Tabasco' they replied that they did not have and gave me a few packets of tomato & chilli sauces instead.
Uggggghhhhhhh !!!!! That is not the way to eat pizza with those.

No. 14 : French Fries
RM7.00 + 10% Service Charge

Rating of the Taste : 3/5
Note : 1-2 (Poor) / 3 (Average) / 4 (Good) / 5 (Very Good)

Just a normal French Fries where you can get it from outside of Charlie Brown Cafe and nothing special about it.

No. 15 : Creamy Seafood Pasta
RM15.80 + 10% Service Charge

Rating of the Taste : 2/5
Note : 1-2 (Poor) / 3 (Average) / 4 (Good) / 5 (Very Good)
Yuk !!!! The stinky smell of unfresh clams got into my nostrils.
Not a single clam flesh was found sticking to the shell.
What a GREAT DISPOINTMENT !!! about this Dish and we did not finish this Dish.

No. 16 : Creamy Seafood Pasta -  Closed Up View showing the white substance on the inner shells of the clams and did not understand how the white substance got there.
In the first place it should not be there.

When I asked one of the staff about the white substance on the inner shells of the clams, she could not explained in return.

No. 17 : The Printed Receipt showing a Total Sum of RM87.55

Worth paying for the environment and beverage but not the food.

Rating :-
  1. Ambience : 5
  2. Taste of the Food : NA (Refer to the Ratings below the Photographs)
  3. Pricing : 3 (A Bit Pricey & Worth paying for the well decorated environment)
  4. Service : 3
  5. Facilities : 4
     Note : 1-2 (Poor) / 3 (Average) / 4 (Good) / 5 (Very Good)

In fact, I was reluctant to patronize the place on that day but could not be helped because of my guests. I did warn them about it because I have heard so much complaints from others who have visited Charlie Brown Cafe leaving me no confidence of trying out the food. After the foresaid incidents which gave me zero confidence to dine-in there again.

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