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Former Hotel Chefs Teamed Up And Opened This New Cafe After Losing Their Jobs

Things are looking up after all! After changing its status to CMCO, businesses in Penang are healing gradually. Surely the pandemic put a lot of us in a tough spot, but it also teaches us to be more flexible and persistent. Just like these hotel workers who decided to band together and open their own cafe after losing their jobs at the hotel.

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New Cafe In Jelutong Serving Local Cuisines, Grilled Food, And More

One wouldn’t say that this cafe had a smooth start. Just a few days after the Mai Cafe’s grand opening, Penang went into MCO 2.0. Leaving this new cafe with very little chance to show the public what they are made of. Now that they are back in business, Mai Cafe is all geared up with loads of food choices for its visitors.

new mai cafe jelutong
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Here, they serve local cuisines, grilled food, western food, and more! You would be surprised to look at their extensive menu considering that they were only established not too long ago. Since most of the chefs were hotel workers they decided to make most of their experiences at the new cafe. The dishes served here are the result of combined ideas between these chefs.

Serving Gigantic ‘Sotong Buncit Nakal’ With Lip Smacking Secret Sauce

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Now, this is what you call a feast! This gigantic grilled squid dish is called ‘Sotong Buncit Nakal’ and it is a specialty dish that you can get at Mai Cafe. It can serve up to 4 people and the price ranges from RM30 – RM70. What makes this humongous dish so delicious is its special secret sauce that is poured all over the squid. Not to mention that the soft and bouncy fillings will make you fall in love in an instant.

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Scrumptious Side Dishes That Goes Well With Piping Hot Rice

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Going with the slogan ‘Original Malay Taste Authentic’, you can rest assured that the dishes can perfectly tend to your local tastebuds. The must-try local dishes here are Daging Danok and Nasi Briyani Campur.

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You Can Enjoy Hotel Like Cuisines As Well!

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Of course, it would come as no surprise that these talented people can produce amazing hotel-grade dishes as well. Grilled Seabass in Caper Sauce, Savage Beef Burger, and Frutti De Mare (Seafood) are only some out of many other professionally cooked dishes that you can find here. All of them are delicious and unique in their own way.

new mai cafe jelutong
Photo: @PenangFoodie
new mai cafe jelutong
Photo: @PenangFoodie

Opening Now For Hungry Visitors

If your stomach is grumbling from just looking at these photos, then you should really give them a visit. Show your support to the local eateries and try out some of these dishes today! For those that have already visited this cafe, do share with us your experience in the comment section. Till next time!

Address: 79, JALAN JELUTONG 11600 George Town, Penang, Malaysia

Operation Hours: 11 AM – 7 PM (Monday – Saturday) | Closed on Sunday

Contact: 011-3617 2501

Link(s): Facebook

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