O’oi & Comrades Cafe & Saloon (halal) is located in the residential area not too far away from the airport in Ipoh. I’ve passed by it a few times. Seeing the big graffitied scissors on the wall, it always reminded me of Edward Scissorhands.
There’s no crazy Edward Scissorhands inside the bubgalow; just a friendly, lanky hair dresser that has made his name in KL and now is back to hometown Ipoh to do business. Since I needed a trim so I asked if he could quickly trim my fringe. Unfortunately he only cuts hair for boys, sorry ladies.
The unassuming bungalow houses a quadruple combination of cafe, hair saloon, thrift shop and the most unlikely addition of custom bikes. The cafe has an unusual decor of vintage funk with vintage bikes and Suavecito Promade posters that feature an amusing skeleton man as the spokesperson.
The cafe’s vintage mix of eclectic items – old typewriter, camera,baseball items, crochets of Micky and Donald, and one big shuttlecock that’s hanging on the wall.
Wonder if these Givenchy and Ferragamo belts are vintage too?
This homey corner which would have been a household’s living room is well, still the living room inside the cafe.
My chocolate with marshmallows was a delightful cup of sweet warmth – and pretty worth it at only RM 3 considering that some of the coffee shops in Ipoh are charging RM 2.50 for milo.
This is the “regolith” noodles (RM3.50) on the menu. I didn’t really know what it meant and I just ordered it as I thought it was mee goreng or something like that. Turned out that “regolith” is a geological term that means “layer of unconsolidated rocky material covering bedrock” – Maggie mee soup would have been much easier. Well, maggie mee is maggie mee and you can’t go wrong with the cooking. Kudos to adding colors with chilli powder and green lettuce for food presentation.
Old sewing machine is put to good use and transformed into coffee table.
Perhaps the cafe is more well known in the Muslim community and less so in the Chinese community, I was getting curious looks from the patrons inside, wondering if I came to the wrong place. Besides that I was getting extra attention, the overall experience was enjoyable with the friendly owner and very affordable food.
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Address : No 20, Jalan Lapangan Terbang, Kampung Melayu, 31350 Ipoh, Perak.
(Near the Carsem Factory that’s near to the airport)
Opening Hours : Saurday – Thursday 12 pm – 2am. Friday 3 pm – 12 am