Two Frenchies in Penang came highly recommended to us so Jien and I paid them a visit with our little girls in tow. Like the name suggests, French bistro fare is offered and it is one of the better (French food) I’ve had in a while.
Croque Monsieur (RM23) is done well here – turkey ham on white bread with bechamel sauce and gruyere. Crisp around the edges with a melted, gooey centre. Two Frenchies’ Classic French Onion Soup is worth trying if you’re a fan. Caramelised onions cooked in beef stock, topped with gruyere and finished off in the oven for that golden brown crust.
It’s been a while since Jien and I had duck confit as a lot of times, the meat is dry and gamey. The one at Two Frenchies (RM49) is savoury and fork tender, served on a bed of mash potatoes. Edges are crispy from the rendered duck fat – I’ll gladly order this again.
We ordered the Pasta a la Normande (RM35) for the girls, which I presume is a French take on carbonara – pork bacon is used instead of guanciale, and the sauce is creamy and studded with mushroom slices. Decent but not particularly mind-blowing.
Two Frenchies’ Beef Burger (RM42) is substantial enough for a hungry adult. It features 150gm of beef patty with pork bacon, gruyere cheese and onion confit between a toasted bun. I liked the combination but wasn’t a fan of the bun used (supermarket variety) for the price they charge.
Service is pleasant and food didn’t take long to arrive. The house pour wines are better than average so it’s a place I would return for good food and tipple in Penang. It’s also relatively child-friendly so if you’re looking for a comfortable venue for families to gather, this is one to consider.
Food: 6.5/10 (non-halal)
Verdict: Try the duck confit and croque Monsieur.
Two Frenchies Cafe Bistro
36, Lebuh Bishop,
George Town, 10200
Tel: 04-261 2000
Business hours: 11.30am till 10.30pm