Friday, September 23, 2011

Charlie Brown's Cafe, Straits Quay, Penang

Finally, after seeing so many friends posting up about Charlie Brown Cafe in Hong Kong and Singapore, it's considered a real delay for me to visit their outlet in our very own shore. Yes, I do not have the money for overseas travelling, but forking out RM30+ for a day trip to Penang, that I still can afford.

Charlie Brown's Cafe is located in Straits Quay, Penang Island. Well, Straits Quay is a well landscaped and still undergoing an early stage of development. Having their own quay (of course) and a shopping complex and business centre just right to it, it is surrounded by gated community. I would say that would be at least a million or two for those houses there. Even at the complex itself, the cheapest food you can find are mainly Paparich, Subway and Secret Recipe. These 3 will be your "Chap Fan". Starbucks inside Straits Quay is of a "mamak standard" as the proper cafe there would be Dome. So could you get an illustration of how high the standard of living of the community living around here?

Enough introduction, lets move on to the cafe. Currently there is only ONE Charlie Brown Cafe outlet in the whole of Malaysia, But from their website, it seems that they will be opening another one in KLCC in October 2011.

Let the photos do the talking here. Well, basically the food here is abit expensive, as you are paying for the environment. The quality of food is average. Drinks is passable but the food is very ordinary. I mean, 99% of the people will come here for the hype and ambience rather than the food.

Aint it lovely the presentation? The Tiramisu @ RM11.90 and the Caramel Latte at the same price too. See the chocolate powder dusting on top. You will see familiar faces of PEANUTS cartoon character.

My Caramel Latte... I did not have high expectation on this. Before coming here, I browsed through a few other blog posts and they reminded us that the food is just so-so. But the drink turned out slightly better than expected (since I lowered the benchmark). The tiramisu on the other hand failed terribly. Its just plain sponge cake!

The Mixed Seafood Pasta is a disaster! Fried battered prawns and squid (or was it fish fillets) on a bed of  Macaroni and colourful peppers (green yellow and red capsicum). Well, it might appeal to the kids but the taste of the food really sucked! Furthermore no signs of PEANUTS characters in the presentation, so why do I need to pay RM14.90 for this? >.<

As mentioned, its the ambience.... You get a few LCD TVs showing PEANUTS cartoons. The walls are well painted and decorated with PEANUTS characters.

Its a good place for camwhoring as well....

With a couple of comic strips here and there among the decoration. This is one of the light cubes. The ceiling is also decorated with colourful and fancy light covers. In the first few photos, the green light cover is actually one of the many ones attached on the ceiling, right above your head. You can check out the previous post sneak peek photo at the end.

They have a souvenir shop. Things don't come cheap here though but they have quite a wide selection of decorative items and more useful items. You will surely find one which suits your budget.

Shirt is around RM75 per piece. The plush toys ranges from less than RM100 to RM500+ depending on size. They have bathroom foot mats, handphone covers, stationery, figurines, mugs, thermos flasks, food containers and...... even BRA and UNDIES!!! serIouSSSs!

I wanted to snap a pic of the undergarments to be posted here but my friend my think that I'm a pervert. =p

Snoopy is an extroverted beagle with a Walter Mitty complex. He is virtouso at every endeavor- at least in his daydreams atop his doghouse. He regards his master, Charlie Brown as "that round headed kid" who brings him his supper dish. He is fearless though prudently cautious about "the cat next door". He never speaks - that would be one human trait too many - but he manages to convey everything necessary in facial expressions and though balloons. A one-man show with superior intelligence and vivid imagination, he has created such multiple personalities as Joe Cool, World Ware I Flying Ace, Literary Ace. Flashbeagle, Vulture. Foreign Legionnaire, etc.

Having that said, how can I not take a photo with Snoopy. Chairs to cater for camwhorers like me. =)

The decorated window. This area overlooks the magnificent seaview but sadly.........

.......This area was off limits when we were there.

Another private room also closed. Well, on a Tuesday afternoon, there were only a 2-3 other tables besides mine. And this figure was taken into account from my 2 hour stay there! o.O

And it seems like at night, there is a live band performing. Its really deserted during weekdays. Colourful wall paintings for camwhores.

The famous scenes where you could've came across among the photos of your friends. That's if you refuse to pay RM10+ for a drink to camwhore inside. There are a few spots where you can have your photo taken without needing to enter and buy something.

Else, you can just give it a try and maximise your stay there. Its about PEANUTS and PEANUTS only. Doubt I will return again for a second trip unless other friends decided to come again, I might tag along by ordering a hot beverage. That's all. =) Finally, I stepped into Charlie Brown Cafe without needing to go to Singapore!

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