By Invitation: Louis Cafe @ Argyll Road

Written by Lingzie

Topics: By Invitation, Western Food

Louis Cafe is a new player in the Western Cuisine food scene, having opened its doors at the end of December 2008. Tucked away in Argyll Road, it is located right opposite Mingood Hotel.

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The Penang food bloggers had the good fortune of being invited for a scrumptious meal recently. And boy did we enjoy ourselves!

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Louis Cafe offers a rather extensive menu ranging from appetizers, soups, main course and dessert. We kicked start our meal with three different types of salads. The hearty generous portion of  Caesar Salad with smoked salmon (RM18) was excellent! The dressing was just right, cheesy enough and not too overpowering. I liked the smoked salmon added to it giving it more flavour.

lc2The Scallop Salad (RM20) meanwhile was also a hit! Pan seared juicy sweet scallops topped with tangy apple salsa.

Also served was the Organic Green Salad (RM15) which came with a light balsamic vinegratte. This would definitely be a hit for those wanting a lighter, healthier option. Suitable for vegetarians too.

lc6We were served 5 different types of soups – Wild Mushroom Soup, Cream of Broccoli, Cream of tomato, Cream of Cauliflower and Pumpkin Soup. My favourite of the lot would be the Wild Mushroom Soup (RM10). Generous use of herbs with a delicate hint of black mushrooms. A winner!

lc4Coming at a close second would be the Cream of Tomato (RM9). Normally I avoid tomato soups like plague as I find the canned variety too artificial tasting and too sour. However, the cream of tomato soup at Louis Cafe suits my tastesbuds very well. Once again lots of herbs were used to bring out the flavour balancing the sourness. Tasted quite a bit like pasta sauce actually! lol. So please do not pair this with a pasta dish. Otherwise you would end up having similar tasting soup and main dish!

We were served a total of 12 main dishes and these are the ones that I personally liked.

lc8The Fettucine Carbornara (RM16) came out tasting really cheesy and rich with lots of fragrant bacon bits and mushrooms. Warning! This dish is very rich! So unless you are a huge fan of cheese, you may want to share this. 🙂

lc7The Pasta Arabiatta (RM16) was impressive. Not many places serve this dish and so I was quite pleased that it came out lovely! Slightly spicy with lots of flavour.

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The Red Snapper with Cream of Tomato Pulp RM27 (this sauce is not on the menu, so remember to ask your server for it!) stole my heart almost immediately. The snapper was lightly pan seared and the interesting sauce complimented it well.

lc14The Fish Gordon Bleu (RM25) was another hit! In fact, it was one of the fastest main dishes to disappear. Even though the fish was fried, it still maintained its juiciness. The cheese and ham filling further augmented the juiciness of the fish. Quite a small portion though which would be good for a people wanting a lighter meal.

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I seem to be liking all the fish dishes here! The Pan Seared Salmon Steak (RM30) came with a delicious dijon sauce. The salmon was thick and melted in my mouth. Proof that it was cooked just right!

lc9Meanwhile, the Beef Tenderloin with black peppercorn sauce (RM38) got thumbs up from me! The next time however, I would try it with the red wine sauce which lends the beef an amazingly tasty flavor. The Sirloin Steak (RM28) was served with red wine sauce. And would have been perfect if the steak had been a bit more tender. The meat was very well marinated. Alas, rather tough. Therefore, if you’re going for steak here, the Beef Tenderloin with red wine sauce gets my pick!

lc13Another must try is the Chicken Tortilla (RM15.90). This is a new dish that’s not on the menu. Similar to Quesadilla, this dish had Mexican and Spanish influences. Best eaten warm, these tortilla breads were wrapped around a tangy chicken filling.

lc10Finally, the Vegetarian Cutlet (RM15.90) was created due to requests for vegetarian meals. Its a blend of potatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, corn and carrot. And its even aesthetically shaped into a leaf! Comes with a creamy dipping sauce.

We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves in the cosy environment of Louis Cafe. One great point about this place is that it offers free WIFI.

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Louis Cafe is opened from 11am-11pm daily. Set lunch is available at RM18.90 and set dinner at RM26.90! Set meals change on a daily basis with 3 different choices of main course meals every day.

lc15Other reviews of this place can be found at:

Criz Food, What2See, Cariso, Steven Goh, Yummy Station, Gourmet Garden, Food Paradise, Nomad Gourmand, Buzzing Bee, PenangTuaPui

Louis Cafe is located at 161-C Argyll Road directly opposite Mingood Hotel. For reservations, call 04-2287729.

15 Comments Comments For This Post I'd Love to Hear Yours!

  1. ck lam says:

    It was indeed a great food tasting session for all of us. Thanks for arranging it 🙂 And nice meeting everyone again.

    ck lam´s last blog post..The Making of Kimberley Street Duck Koay Chiap

  2. Jason Wong says:

    My darling Lingzie,
    Your photography skills has improved! Next time use back this camera, don’t change until you the hang of any new camera.

    I am still experimenting with my one. I never read the manual kind of person.

    Jason Wong´s last blog post..Hainanese at Nan Yang Chinese Cuisine, Penang

  3. PenangTuaPui says:

    OMG… all the food make me drool la… That day I really dun have time to sit properly and enjoy the food well.

    I will drop in again to try the food I had some great impression on them.

    Louis, I am coming to you……

  4. I’ve not seen What2See and PTP’s post.
    Nice shots.

    New Kid On The Blog´s last blog post..Louis Café

  5. It is a nice gathering and thanks for the invitation. lol And nice meeting you!

    FoOd PaRaDise´s last blog post..Azuma @ Queensbay Mall

  6. ck lam says:

    New Kid On The Blog : My review on Louis Cafe was the first to be out on 9th February.

    ck lam´s last blog post..Seafood at Ah Keat Seafood Restaurant – Raja Uda, Butterworth

  7. I am a HUGE fan of cheese and cream so I almost never share my carbonara… but with my expanding waistline, I think I better take your advice. 😛

    Life for Beginners´s last blog post..Seasons of Love

  8. cariso says:

    This time Lingzie is considered ‘fast’ odi in posting up! Pressured by us uh?! 🙂

    cariso´s last blog post..Louis Cafe @ Argyll Road

  9. lingzie says:

    jason – wah call until so ‘cham mat’ not scared gill whack you ah? lol!! my photography skills up and down one. 😛

    cariso & email2me- lol ya lo. pressured by you guys…so fast post up liao!!!

  10. ladyironchef says:

    the place got a nice vibe! and prices look cheap! haha

    ladyironchef´s last blog post..Bakerzin III: Macarons & friends

  11. buzzingbee says:

    haha pressure?
    Anyway, thanks for the invitation. It was a great review session. 🙂

    buzzingbee´s last blog post..Invited Review @ Louis Cafe

  12. vkeong says:

    wow, so much food! you guys must have had a lot of fun taking photos~

    vkeong´s last blog post..Penang Prawn Mee @ O & S Restaurant, Taman Paramount

  13. egg says:

    u have done a good job on food review, but i have an advice. the most important thing about food review is PHOTOs, maybe u should think to invest a good DSLR camera to snap good photos.
    hope you will improve ur shooting skill soon.
    thanks!

  14. leslie says:

    G’day, I’m Leslie from Penang.cc (Penang Community Centre). I enjoy reading your articles and would like to request permission to feature the article on Louis Café in our website (for more info visit http://www.mrain.com/pgcc/content/view/164/48/). In addition, we will like to extent invitation for your participation in our Bloggers’ Appreciation Programme (find out more at http://www.mrain.com/pgcc/content/view/158/69/). Join us to participate in our invited reviews for travel destination, dinning, product / service etc., at the same time receive exclusive deals & prizes for your readers. TQ

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