Taking cues from the cafe culture of Australia, Penang’s Black Kettle is definitely a joint which rises to the occasion with exquisite taste and quirky interior to match it. Whether you’re dining for one or one hundred, here’s how Black Kettle quickly became our favourite go-to in Penang.
Just minutes of walking from famous attractions such as Pinang Peranakan Mansion and Chew Jetty, Black Kettle can be quite deceptive from the exterior. For one, you may not anticipate the palatial layout of this 4000 square foot cafe from outside. Only upon entering you would comprehend the hype revolving the cafe especially for its impeccable industrial-luxe detail in the decor.
The premises has a natural flow and each space is functional and note-worthy—a French boulangerie, a full coffee and dessert bar as the focal point of the cafe, and a vast space for dining-in options. Also, Black Kettle is perfect as a co-working space and it offers a function hall located upstairs—4000 square feet made for any type of events; from wedding ceremonies, birthday parties to private meetings and seminars.
As we perused through the menu, straight off the bat it was clear that the menu was carefully curated with a French–European influence to it. Black Kettle prides itself on having a notable chef in the likes of Chef James Won (of KL’s Enfin by James Won). Speaking of Chef James Won, the boulangerie offers a scrumptious selection of artisanal bread owing to the addition of levain (bread-dough starter) from the Chef’s fine-dining counterpart which gives the loaves extra kick of richness you can’t get from the commercial yeast. Saving the bakery goodies for last, we commenced with our mains of best-selling dishes.
If there’s one clear takeaway from this experience is that Black Kettle does not cease in matching taste with the ambiance. It is definitely a joint for huge gatherings but also, don’t be intimidated to carry your workstation here as the cafe is also suitable for some quiet time to get work done.