Plates & Inch @ Muntri Street, Penang

September 10, 2015

Cheerfully casual by day, sensually sophisticated by night: Plates & Inch form an ambitious dual-concept restaurant in an atmospheric heritage building on the history-rich Muntri Street in Penang's capital city of George Town, with vibrant themes that evoke a contemporary Melbourne-inflected cafe while the sun shines & a modern Thai tapas bar when the moon rises.

Plates dishes out an extensive selection that bridges brunch & lunch. Set the tone for a merry morning with Eggs Benedict, French toast, omelettes, croissants & pancakes before settling in for a midday meal that mainly spans salads (Caesar, Lyonnaise, chicken or duck) & pastas that strike the crowd-rousing notes of bolognese, carbonara & aglio olio. Key highlights include eye-catching slices of tuna coated in kataifi pastry, partnered with rocket leaves & kimchi (RM19), & a creamy-hearty serving of tagliatelle with mustard chicken, spinach, onions & cherry tomatoes (RM18). Inch's founders include the the folks behind The Bee in the Klang Valley, ensuring that the recipes here have been crafted by seasoned industry crackerjacks.

The menu & mood both shift in the evening, as Inch goes the extra mile with a wide-ranging Thai repertoire that pledges the familiar favourites, like an invigorating som tam (RM12), a playful pad thai (RM19), tom yum (RM5) & various curries (RM20), while also infusing fresh twists with snacks like cashews roasted with sriracha sauce, honey, ginger & sesame seeds (RM6), crispy fried egg salads (RM10), deep-fried chicken soft bones (RM4), charcoal-grilled beef skewers (RM16), crab wontons (RM8) & house-made, Chiang Mai-style chicken sausages (RM12), offered at easy-on-the-wallet prices for a fun night out.

Cap your visit with cocktails - Inch's backers also helm KL's acclaimed 44 pop-up bar, so it's no surprise that a streak of inventiveness propels the concoctions here too, from a kasturi lime Muntri Mule to a perfect-for-Penang, nutmeg-laced Tom Collins (RM25 each). Many thanks to the team of Plates & Inch for having us here & making our visit so enjoyable.

Plates & Inch
44, Lebuh Muntri, George Town, Penang. Tel: +603-261-1693
Plates opens Mon, Wed-Sat, 10am-3pm; Sun, 9am-3pm
Inch opens Mon, Wed-Thurs, 5pm-12am; Fri-Sat, 5pm-2am; Sun, 5pm-10pm

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