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Penang - Macarons and French Cakes from Eté Café, Carnarvon Street

klyeoh | Aug 5, 201304:45 AM

Interesting little cafe on Carnavon Street, run by a Cordon Bleu-trained Taiwanese couple. It's a little space, filled with an eclectic mix of furniture - only 3 tables, which can accommodate perhaps 10 customers at a time. It serves siphoned coffee from a wide range of coffee beans available, ranging from Kenyan, Sumatran to an expensive Hacienda La Esmiralda Geisha from Panama priced at a jaw-dropping RM80 (US$25) a cup!

Tried 3 types of cakes:
- A rather unusual Apple Tart, topped with Creme Brulee! The contrast in textures and flavours was quite interesting, though I'm not too convinced that it works - there *is* a reason why apple tart remains an apple tart, and not fused with a creme brulee on top.
- Salty-caramel topped sponge cake - this was my fave dessert option of the day.
- Mont Blanc: a small sponge cake topped with a chestnut puree which was cream-based here, lighter than other versions I'd tried.

Eté Café's macarons seemed very popular - an endless stream of customers coming to take-away boxes of its tasty (if not quite light) macarons.

Address details
Eté Café
79, Lebuh Carnarvon
George Town
10300 Penang
Tel: +6017 435 0922

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