Dreamy 2F+ Coffee by Yellow House @ Relau Penang
(2F+ Coffee Penang) is one of those places you won’t notice if you driving by. It takes a local to bring you to this dreamy independent café. If you like a light, mild coffee this is the perfect hideaway for you.
My friend Goh recommended the place and brought me there once but it was closed on a Monday.
One blistering hot Saturday afternoon, after picking up Mabel from the airport, I suggested that we try a café in the south-west district of Penang.
The afternoon crawl to George Town was energy sapping in the heat, so we thought we would chill until 5 pm before we head toward the northeast district.
Mabel gamely agreed to walk a good quite a bit, dodging traffic to reach this little respite.
Where to find 2F+ Coffee?
2F+ Coffee Penang is located at the busy junction Golden Triangle T-junction, Relau, Bayan Lepas, Penang. This is the busiest junction in the south-west district of the island.
The locals call the Relau traffic lights simply as the “always jam” which is true.
With the new developments mushrooming up, it’s almost impossible to find parking at the front. If you’re determined to go (which I think you should), try parking a little bit away and walk.
What’s the ambiance like?
Most city dwellers that live in a high rise will miss the charm of a half-brick wooden house.
2F+ Coffee is a typical vintage old wooden house in a small town with a bold renovation. The upper floor and rafters are removed to achieve a double-height ceiling.
The café uses metal cladding at the upper levels.
With good insulation, the use of glass and track lighting makes the difference in letting in natural lighting without the place heating up during the afternoons.
The interior is an eclectic mix of terracotta tiles and grey polished floors.
You see the mish-mash of press steel, cane, and wooden chair, and sturdy wooden dining tables blended well.
These little artisan touches are a reminiscence of interiors in the 90s. It reminds me of an artsy cozy Taiwanese café which you should try and not just 7-Elevens!
Not everyone appreciates a strong cuppa that makes you grow hair on your chest.
The handcrafted coffee is lighter and suitable for those who love a toned down coffee.
An Americano or two is great for me.
Food-wise the café serves Western breakfasts and croissants.
It’s a perfect café for brunch or teas and all the in-between odd hour meal.
We ordered eggs and love the presentation of a mushroom, cheese, and eggs baked in Toast Cups. I’ve forgotten how good these can taste.
I remember the best-baked eggs (Eggs en Cocotte) I had in Yeast Boulangerie – Bistro in Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur.
This little bistro serves a proper serve a proper French menu for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.
Here’s a simple recipe you can make at home!
Toast Cups are easy to make scrumptious pure genius all-in-one breakfast.
Just one muffin tin is needed to create perfect single-serving portions for a party of six.
Flatten a bread slice with a glass bottle.
Trim the crusts off the bread.
Lightly brush both sides of bread slices with melted butter.
Cut each bread slice in half diagonally and make a cup in the muffin tin.
Bake in an oven at 375° for 5 minutes or until bread is slightly firm.
Remove pan from the oven.
You’re the BOSS of your toast cup. You decide the ingredients that go into each.
A sprinkle of two of shredded cheese, crispy bacon, some halved cherry tomatoes work for me. Knockin an egg and sprinkle evenly with salt and pepper.
Bake the eggs until the whites are set. The yolks are still runny at this point. You determine the desired degree of doneness.
Sprinkle with extra crispy bacon and chives.
I sometimes fancy a Red Pasta
This is very tomatoey pasta slightly on the sweeter side and carb-loaded. Did we like the sugary version? A resounding YES.
For an independent café that’s stand-alone, 2F+ Coffee is strong on concept and just the kind of place that grows on you.
The locals around the area fall in love with the place.
We see young people chilling and studying quietly in little corner reading books. It’s unusual to see them not absorbed in their devices.
The adults speak to each other have conversations. No one took selfies except for us.
Do drop by. It’s worth the drive there on the way to the Penang International Airport or before you go Explore George Town.
While you’re there, check out the nearby Choo Char Restaurants
There are two Choo Char restaurants in front of them in front of Tua Pek Kong temple across the road from PISA for some decent and delicious family-style dinners.
The fish head noodle stall has very fresh fish in a delicious broth. For a great chillax corner for some waffle, cakes, desserts, and coffee you can head to 2F+ Coffee.
2F+ Coffee by Yellow House Cafe | 937, Mukim 13, Relau, Bayan Lepas, Penang
* Golden Triangle | Telephone: 012-4211714, 016-4166262, 012-4057304
Opening Hours : Tues-Thurs: 12:00noon – 10.30pm, Fri: 12:00noon – 11.30pm, Sat: 10:00am – 11.30pm & Sun: 10:00am – 10.30pm Closed on Monday