Best French Toasts in Penang

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Being a subtle breakfast or a delectable dessert, French toast makes you beam all the way until the final bite. Stalking down history, it has been traced to the Roman Empire and contrary to popular belief, did not originate from France. Unlike today's outlandish varieties, the earliest version was only prepared with milk and sometimes eggs. In France, it’s called “pain perdu”, which means “lost” bread – stale bread dipped with milk and egg then fried. These days, a myriad of toppings has titivated the eggy fresh bread to a whole new level, suiting everyone’s palate. Drizzled in heavenly chocolate syrup and cherished with caramelised banana, there’s ample French toast goodness in Penang.

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    Black Kettle Cafe

    Unlike most of the concealed cafes in Penang, this Australian-inspired cafe is extremely spacious and elegantly designed. Certainly a place for foodies to bookmark where the bar is set high for quality pastries, breads and luscious brunches. They serve one of the finest French toasts in town which acts as an instant mood-lifter in the morning; besides, it’s prepared by a chef who has several awards to his name. Classic French toast, sprinkled with vanilla powder and a side of impeccable fruit compote – a medley of strawberries, apples, etc., where the need for maple or chocolate syrup is negated.

    Tips

    Be ready with your parking coupons before you hit this cafe.

    Things to expect

    Various pastries and breads to taste; you’ve got to visit over and over again.

    Best with

    Long Black or Hot Chocolate

    Price

    RM16.00 to RM30.00

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    Black Kettle Cafe View restaurant

    105, Beach Street, 10300, Georgetown, Penang
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    042519270

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    08:30AM—12:00AM
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    Eng Loh Coffee Shop (Breakfast Set)

    This snug breakfast stall is tucked in the bustling Eng Loh Coffee Shop, located below the heritage-preserved Eng Loh Hotel itself. The coffee shop isn’t the most alluring of ambiences, yet it still manages to draw patrons with affordable and tasty food. This breakfast stall serves more than a dozen varieties with a blend of Asian and Western such as Garlic Toast, bread with half-boiled eggs and Roti Taiwan. The crowd favourite is certainly their French toast - classic white bread dipped in a mixture of egg and milk and sprinkled with a touch of sugar. The same way as it comes out from mum’s kitchen; simple and delicious. 

    Tips

    Don’t miss their Roti Taiwan, toasted Roti Bengali smothered with peanut butter and peanuts.

    Things to expect

    A wide array of bread choices.

    Best with

    Thick and rich White Coffee or Kopi O.

    Price

    RM3.00 to RM6.00

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    Eng Loh Coffee Shop View restaurant

    48, Lebuh Gereja, 10200, Georgetown, Penang
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    Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
    08:00AM—03:00PM
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    Miam Miam

    A French-Japanese restaurant, located on the ground floor of Gurney Paragon Mall, has been stocking up huge reputation for preparing the best desserts and unique pastas in town. The vibrant colours, fun quotes and contemporary interior allures your eyes before heading to your mouth. The jewel of the dessert bowl is their selection of ritzy French toasts, where many regulars don’t need a menu to place orders. The famous French toast comes with bite-sized charred toast, a smack of homemade whipped cream and maple syrup, while another contender is their French toast that is garnished with tempting caramelised bananas. You’ll definitely walk out of this restaurant with miam miam vibes, which means yum yum in French.

    Tips

    During the weekends it’s chock-full; please make reservations earlier to avoid disappointments. Moreover, French toast batter runs out if you’re late.

    Things to expect

    Despite a limited variety to choose from, it’s all prepared with quality.

    Best with

    Mixed Berries smoothies

    Price

    RM16.90 to RM30.00

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    Miam Miam - Gurney Paragon View restaurant

    163-C-1-01/2, St Jo's, Gurney Paragon, Persiaran Gurney , 10300, Georgetown, Penang
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    042267818

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    11:00AM—10:00PM
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    Gusto CafeNon halal 01f78899591256b47a2708a65f6538333b86089a30fbd22545a41deece4ea490

    Drive down to the northern part of Penang Island to an open café that is welcoming the crowd with their big breakfast and brunch. Tucked towards the hillside, this small café is perfectly crafted for a getaway from city life. Their range of thick and fluffy French toasts comes with bacon, banana or both together. If that does not arouse your temptation, then give the Very Adult French toast a go, where stacks of French toasts are capped with sliced bananas, jam and drizzled in rich chocolate syrup – sinfully scrumptious! Despite the quirky name, it’s kids who largely go head over heels for this sweet heaven on plate rather than adults. This café lives up to its catchy caption – "where community begins"; it’s ideal for bonding with like-minded friends and family while sipping aromatic coffees and enjoying big meals. 

    Tips

    It’s relatively a small café; you’ve got to wait for your turn during peak hours. Moreover, their set breakfast comes with free tea or coffee.

    Things to expect

    Windy and clean air during morning hours yet sultry at times during the noon.

    Best with

    Fresh juices and coffees.

    Price

    RM6.00 to RM15.00

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    Gusto Cafe View restaurant

    4, Jalan Sungai Kelian, Tanjung Bungah, 11200, Georgetown, Penang
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    048904012

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    Saturday, Sunday
    08:00AM—10:30PM
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    07:30AM—08:00PM
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    08:00AM—04:00PM
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    Secawan ‘n’ Such Cafe

    Located along Hutton Lane, this classic colonial building has been astutely turned into a comfy cafe, with gigantic mural wall paintings accompanied by vintage tiles, brick walls, vibrant furniture and high ceilings that will have you in awe. Notwithstanding their succulent Eggs Benedict which hogs the headlines all the time, their French toast deserves a thunderous applause too. Unlike many eateries, the French toast served here is chunky and thick, sprinkled with powdered sugar and served with a generous topping of strawberries and bananas. Paired with maple syrup and cream cheese syrup, just dabble in delightfully. Before leaving this Instagram-worthy spot, try their desserts too for a sweet ending. 

    Tips

    Within walking distance from New World Park.

    Things to expect

    Spacious and bright cafe.

    Best with

    Matcha Latte Green Tea

    Price

    RM14.00 to RM25.00

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    Secawan ‘n’ Such Cafe View restaurant

    205, Jalan Hutton, 10050, Georgetown, Penang
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    042262182

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    Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
    08:00AM—12:00AM
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    Kim Gary

    Your salivation is certain to multiply now as the French toast here definitely extends your culinary quest. Kim Gary is an iconic restaurant serving authentic Hong Kong meals and has mushrooming zealots in Penang. Despite having numerous franchises, it’s still a battle to get a place to dine-in. One of the reasons is surely their classic Hong Kong-style French toast. To even hoist your appetite, it was ranked 38 in the World’s 50 Best Foods 2011 in CNN Go. Rich peanut butter sandwiched between two thick slices of French toast, deep-fried till golden, drenched in honey and a cube of butter. It’s served warm and you’ll drool looking at both the butter and peanut butter melting. Just ignore the calorie counts and chomp down this sinfully delicious French toast, each bite just sparks your palate. 

    Tips

    Classic Hong Kong French toast that gets you coming over and over again.

    Things to expect

    You’ll start salivating while waiting for your table.

    Best with

    Yuanyang (white coffee with tea)

    Price

    RM5.00 to RM30.00

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    Kim Gary - Gurney Plaza View restaurant

    170-03-604,61,634,65,66, Plaza Gurney, Persiaran Gurney, 10250, Georgetown, Penang
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    042281116

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    10:00AM—10:00PM
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    At the heart of the UNESCO heritage zone, Muntri Mews is a reputable boutique hotel, converted from 19th century carriage houses. Parallel to the exclusive hotel, their Mews Cafe has a huge following from the locals and tourists. Undeniably, this restaurant tops the list for relaxation and sophisticated interior, infused with Chinese and European touches. The moment you walk past the iron gate, soothing vibes pulsate. Serving a mixture of local delights and Western cuisines, the food here ticks quality as well as quantity. Their French toast is curated with perfection; thick slices of charred bread served with slices of fresh banana and maple syrup, artfully presented on traditional Chinese porcelain. Either sipping your coffee at the outer garden filled with foliage of greens, or tucked inside admiring eye-catching artistic sketches that charm the wall, it’s solely about pampering yourself with extravagance of all senses. 


    Tips

    If you have selection headaches, feel free to ask the pleasant staff.

    Things to expect

    An ambience like never before with excellent food.

    Best with

    Aromatic coffees or teas.

    Price

    RM20.00 to RM40.00

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    Mews Cafe View restaurant

    No. 77, Muntri Street, 10200, George Town, Penang
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    042635125

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    08:00AM—11:00PM
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    Love Bite Fusion Restaurant

    Despite being located at an area that is flocked with cafes and restaurants, Love Bite Fusion Restaurant has their own uniqueness that attracts the crowd over and over. Matching their name, each bite of their mouth-watering meals is jam-packed with love. Predominant for their delicious fusion foods, nevertheless the stand out piece is their Love Toast – Chocolate Pyramid Toast and Strawberry Pyramid Toast! You’ll turn into a kid, flabbergasted looking at the pyramid of sweetness. A huge stack of toast approximately four inches high, filled with ice cream of your choice, fresh strawberries, loads of nuts and white chocolate sauce. This is insanely irresistible!
    Tips

    Finding parking could be frustrating as there are plenty of cafes along the street.

    Things to expect

    If you’re ordering the Love Toast, be prepared to wait.

    Best with

    Honey Dew Yogurt, Mint Yogurt and Orange Yogurt

    Price

    RM20.00 to RM35.00

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    Love Bite Fusion Restaurant View restaurant

    11, Nagore Road, 10050, Georgetown, Penang
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    042286188

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    Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
    11:00AM—10:00PM
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