Black Kettle is located at the corner of Beach Street (Lebuh Pantai) and Chulia Street Ghaut (Gat Lebuh Chulia). Spanning two shop units, this food establishment combines the roles of a bistro, a café and a pâtisserie under one roof.
hanging garden, providing some degree of greenery to the overall appearance of the bistro.
Berber cuisine. Although lamb is traditionally cooked in an earth pot (also known as a tajine), Black Kettle takes the sous-vide approach. Not only does sous-vide cooking produce consistent results, it also allows the lamb to maintain its form without disintegrating after prolonged heating.
Finnish Salmon (RM38.00) is my favorite dish today. This dish is inspired Lohikeitto, a popular breakfast dish which Chef Hung learned during his visit to Finland. The original recipe calls for flaked salmon, but Black Kettle keeps the salmon in fillet form using sous-vide technique.
Black Kettle's pasta menu is also quite developed. Black Sea Scrolls (RM36.00) is one of the more prominent ones. Unlike the one that I tried at Royal Winter Warmers, this dishes uses regular egg spaghetti which is then coated with freshly-cooked squid ink sauce. The distinctive taste of squid ink is unmistakable; the real question is whether it strikes a chord with one's palate.
Black Kettle's food menu also caters the dietary needs of vegetarians. Among the handful of meatless dishes in the latest menu, Mushroom Cheeseburger (RM28.00) stands out most prominently. The "patty" is actually made from wild mushrooms which have been minced and seasoned accordingly. Thanks to the use of genuine mushrooms, the aroma of the burger teases my nostrils in a delightful manner.
At Black Kettle, coffee beans are sourced from Dimattina Coffee, a reputable Australian roaster with a reasonably wide range of coffee blends. In particular, medium-dark roast is used. Known as "Gusto Oro", the blend is a combination of 4 single-origin beans from Latin American and India. As demonstrated in the cup of Caffè Mocha (RM11.00), Dimattina Coffee's espresso is bold in flavor and has subtle nutty overtones.
pâtisserie section of Black Kettle revolves around European pastry and bread, particularly German and Nordic ones. There are approximately 70 types of pastry, bread and cakes at any given point in time.
The opening gazpacho dish is called "River Styx" in reference to the underworld river in Greek mythology. When served, hot water is poured over dry ice on the saucer. This causes dry ice to sublimate immediately. Since carbon dioxide (CO2) is denser than air, the mist lingers near the surface of the table and produces "spooky" appearance.
Name: Black Kettle
Address: 105, Lebuh Pantai, 10300 George Town, Pulau Pinang
Business hours: 8:30am-12:00am
Coordinates: 5.41539 N, 100.33977 E
Directions: Black Kettle is located at the intersection between Beach Street (Lebuh Pantai) and Chulia Street Ghaut (Gat Lebuh Chulia). Street parking is available along both streets.