Dome Coffee Cafe, Penang
Living on the eastern seaboard of Australia, I have never visited a Dome Coffee cafe on this continental island, and the fact that Perth, home to Dome Coffee, is as far away from me as New York is to L.A., does not help. However , I have never been disappointed in any of my limited forays into one of their cafes, whether in Kuala Lumpur or Singapore. Recently, whilst waiting for mates to arrive, I could not resist checking out the DomeCoffee cafe in Queensbay Mall, Penang island. I ordered the afternoon tea set (picture bove) which cost me less than AUD7. Clockwise, from nine o'clock in the image, are curry puffs, Australian styled scones, with the accompanying raspberry preserves and cream, with a slice of brownie cookie in the centre. The scones were perfect, not hard, but breaks up so nicely when you bite into them.
The Queensbay Mall outlet of Dome Coffee (picture above) has laminated marble top tables for guests, is spaciously laid out and evokes of a colonial atmosphere. Dome also operates in Dubai; Abu Dhabi; Metro Manila and Makati in the Phillipines; in Bahrain's Manama; and at the Male International Airport on arrival in the Maldives.
The latte (above) I had matched up to Australian standards, and the bite sized curry puff (below) stood up to the expectations of this ex-Penangite. The menu is extensive, including pizzas, cookies, muffins, waffles, milkshakes, burgers and teas. Head office is in Maylands in WA, and naturally the bulk of the Australian operations are in that state, with only a single outlet in George Street, Brisbane and two in Hobart, Tasmania.