Edgecumbe Retreat, an oasis of calm where you can eat, drink and be beautified.
Edgecumbe retreat is a tranquil enclave within the city and it certainly is an oasis of calm. Located in a quiet residential street behind the busy Kelawei Road close to the Gurney Hotel, the Edgecumbe Retreat offers spa and beauty treatments, an organic shop and cafe.
Stepping through the main entrance into the reception area, turn left which takes you to an area selling organic and health products. Shelves are full of organic white, brown and black rice, unbleached plain and wholemeal flour, beans, seeds, herbs and spice, sauces, pastes among other things. They also sell fresh organic fruit and vegetables at reasonable prices.
Walk back past the reception area to the small cafe to indulge in some healthy organic delights. The ambience of the cafe is calm and relaxing with comfortable seating, wooden tables and unobtrusive background music.
The menu is small with starters including wakame salad and local rojak, and entrees including popiah and steamed buns. The daily a la carte menu offers just four dishes: fish claypot noodles, aglio-olio mushroom spaghetti, tuna and mushroom spaghetti and tuna bibimbap – all using fresh organic vegetables.
The specials change daily and when we visited they had hakka lei cha. On other days you can have assam laksa, curry mee, lemongrass noodles or vegetarian curry.
For vegetarians/vegans the menus is a bit limited. For starters we had the popiah, consisting of stir fried turnip wrapped with a thin rice crepe accompanied by an organic sweet chili sauce.
For mains we had the aglio-olio mushroom spaghetti and the hakka lei cha. The hakka lei cha, the server explained, is a traditional tea-based brew made with organic basil, mint and momo oolong tea, poured over vegetables, seeds and rice. The delicious tea came in a pot kept warm over a burner.
The food was fresh tasty and delicious, served by informative and attentive staff. For beverages there is a choice of Lupiccia teas and Dimattina coffee. I had a momo oolong tea which is a delicate tea flavoured with fresh Japanese peaches. My other half had an organic soya cappuncino which has a slight vanilla taste, which he gave his seal of approval.
The Edgecumbe Retreat offers a calm and relaxing environment for people to de-stress their lives. On offer are soothing foot and body massages, facial treatments, manicure and pedicure and an organic hair spa. For me the cafe certainly offers a tranquil space to sip tea or coffee and indulge in healthy organic food.
Location: 64 Edgecumbe Lane, 10250 Penang. Phone (04) 227-7388.
Open: 11.00am to 8.00pm Monday – Friday. 11.00am to 6.00pm Saturday.
Parking: Edgecumbe Retreat has its own off street parking.
Recommendation: Try one of the organic beauty or hair spa treatments before or after you’ve experienced the cafe.