Friend’s Cafe is one of the earliest cafe that started out in Ipoh in 1999. The name sounds very 90’s as the famous American TV sitcom “Friends” always comes to mind when I pass by this cafe, but that’s pretty much the only thing 90’s about it because it’s actually contemporary with a full range of local and Western food.
The cafe is embellished with fictional tree paintings and filled with warmth with a soft glow.
The signature dish here is the forest mushroom chicken (RM28.90) – a reimagined chicken chop that’s complex with many elements that complement each other. The chicken chop is pan-fried with both front and back thoroughly browned, cut into bite-size pieces and placed on top of mashed potato mounds. To create the forest effect, salad leaves and vegetable stir fry of capsicums+mushrooms ornate atop and complete the final ensemble.
The taste is complex – there’s the vinaigrette from the salad; there’s the juices from the vegetable stir fry soaked up by the mashed potato; yet all the flavors go so well together as if they were meant to be.
The medium rare steak (RM 36.90) is cooked to perfection with the surfaces lightly charred while the inside remains pink and succulent.
The salmon steak (RM 28.90) is enjoyable but only the second time round as it had to be sent back to the kitchen to be thoroughly cooked.
The seafood tom yam (RM 14.90) has an ample amount of seafood, though it’s light on the acidity and a tad heavy on the galangal.
As for dessert, there are the usual cakes, the ever popular macarons, and you can get Gelatomio ice cream here too, but the desserts will have to be a separate round because the main courses here are pretty sizeable.
More Info: Non Halal
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Address: 28& 30, Jalan Medan Ipoh 4, Bandar Baru Medan Ipoh, 31400 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia.
Opening Hours : 6 pm till late.