*** Updates as at 26 October 2011: Caffe Strada has since ceased operation ***
Caffe Strada is newly opened on Friday 11 June 2010 at Krystal Point. It serves primarily simple buffet fares for lunch and dinner, some ala carte items, coffee and drinks on the menu.
|Open Air Section|
According to co-owner Wan, who was an engineer by profession before leaving his job to open the cafe, 'strada' is an Italian word which means 'street'. Caffe Strada tries to create the street or al-fresco feel by having an open air section, complete with street lamps etc.
|Macadamia and Caramel Flavoured Cafe Latte (RM7.90)|
|World Cup matches projected on wall|
Lunch buffet is priced at RM19.90+ with a complimentary drink from the menu and dinner is RM23.90+ with a complimentary drink from the menu. Caffe Strada has a rather elaborate drinks menu ranging from espresso drinks made from Italian coffee beans, milk shakes, chocolate drinks, frappes, floats etc. Though they also serve alcohol, their main draw is their extensive list of non-alcoholic beverages.
|Salad and Sushi|
We went for dinner on the second day of their opening. The buffet dinner spread was quite limited with about 8 dishes i.e. spaghetti, fried rice, steamed pak choy, deep fried samosa, steamed fish fillet, kam heong chicken, deep fried spring rolls, stir fried vermicelli, deep fried wings, two types of soup and some cakes, ice cream, salad, sushi and fruits.
|Tom Yam Soup and Mushroom Soup|
|Kam Heong Chicken and Deep Fried Spring Rolls|
The cafe is cozy, clean and well ventilated with fan and air-cond. I liked the water fountain on its windows and the white walls and interior. They are capitalizing on the FIFA World Cup for their opening so you can see mini flags of the participating countries adorning the buffet counter. The games are shown live on LCD TVs and also projected on to the wall.
|Strawberry Milk Shake (RM7.90)|
|Mango Frappes (RM8.90) - Barista's Recommendation|
|Mocha Frappe (RM8.90) - Barista's Recommendation|
|Orang Jewel Milk Shake (RM7.90)|
|Strawberry Lemonade Float (RM7.90)|
|Caffe Strada entrance|
So, what do I think of Caffe Strada? Well, it was just the second day so I think it's too soon to make judgements. The buffet spread was rather limited but I am conscious of the fact that it's quite impossible to find a RM23.90+ buffet dinner elsewhere. It's actually value-for-money if you factor in the complimentary drink which can cost up to RM8.90 per cup.
The good thing is the owner and staff were very receptive to feedbacks and are passionate about what their customers' experience are. I got asked at least twice for feedbacks about their food etc. the whole time I was there.
Why don't you try it for yourself and let me know what you think? :)
P/S: Do note that Caffe Strada is not related to Strada Restaurant & Patisserie in Pulau Tikus
Block 1-01-12, 13 & 14
Krystal Point Corp Park
Lebuh Bukit Kecil 6, Krystal Point II
11900 Bayan Lepas, Penang.
Tel: 04-643 6643