A cafe by day and bistro by night, SHINISE is where you can get hearty food, live music, coffee, beer and baked goods all at one destination. The vintage cafe is housed in a pre-war heritage building centrally located in George Town, Penang.
Their food menu is inspired by Western eats but the creative minds behind the team at SHINISE has incorporated local influences in certain dishes to turn it up a notch. As such, visitors can expect to see fusion creations on their dining table that are mostly priced below RM30/ S$10.
We love how the owner has embodied a personal touch to this cafe (something that is lacking in many cafes nowadays) by displaying handwritten notes, Polaroids, name cards and well wishes from their guests.
The House Chicken Burger (RM26/ S$8.67) comes with a chicken which is marinated for 24 hours before it is ready to be served with a special smoked BBQ sauce made by the chef. Diners also get crispy fries at the side for a complete meal.
While the burger was delicious, we felt that the Oriental Chicken Chop (RM25.90/ S$8.63) was not on par. The garlic rice was decent but the deep-fried chicken chop was bland and its saving grace was the brown sauce which gave it some flavour.
If desserts are your weakness, you will find a selection at SHINISE. We tried their Cheese Fruit Flan (RM12/ S$4) which came with cotton cheese and various fruit toppings. It is interesting to note that the ‘cake’ base is actually a type of soft kueh!
Other food options diners have there include Malaysian Rendang Chicken (RM24.90/ S$8.30), Fish & Chips (RM24.90/ S$8.30) and Seafood Aglio Olio (RM 28.90/ S$9.63).
62, Lebuh Melayu
George Town, Penang
Tel: +60 16-469 6859
Daily: 12pm – 11pm
For more recommendations, read our Penang food and travel guides.