By SeeFoon Chan-Koppen
When a restaurant has been around for 18 years, and still going strong, I reckon that they’ve got the formula right and chances are, they’ll still be around for the next 18. This is certainly the case with Beacon Point, a cheerful, bright café whose menu has stood the test of time and faithful diners will come for their individual favourites choosing from quite an extensive menu of snacks and main courses.
What most people come for though is their large selection of scrumptious cakes, with cheesecake being the number one favourite. And then there are their other specialties.
My particular delight is their Fried Nasi Ulam or Herbal Rice, a delectable portion of rice mixed with finely sliced mixed herbs, redolent with ginger flower or bunga kantan and serai or lemon grass, and served with sliced purple onions and one of the best sambal belacan sauces I’ve ever had. It is this sambal belacan that elevates the Nasi Ulam to new heights and after demolishing the first plate with alacrity, I had to request for a refill which they obligingly supplied.
Another signature dish of the house is their Laksa Lemak, an interesting fusion of the Asam Laksa which uses condiments like raw sliced onions and cucumber and using the same type of thick rice noodles called Lai Fun except that in this instance it contains coconut milk and tuna fish.
Their Chicken Pie which runs out pretty fast (it was down to the last one on my last visit and we had to quickly reserve it) has a lovely flaky crust and they are generous with the filling of chicken, potatoes and carrots which was savoury and succulent. We shared one chicken pie between the four of us which left us craving for more but it was the last pie!
We ordered the Chicken in a Basket next which arrived piping hot, crispy and crunchy and served on a bed of French fries. Unlike many a fried chicken which can end up dry and leathery, this chicken was good to the last bite.
By this time, the desserts were beckoning to us. Sitting in their refrigerated glass display, the choice was impressive. We had a choice between Butter Rum Cheesecake; sinfully nice 3-Layer Chocolate Cake; Irish Coffee Cheesecake; Coffee Marble Cheesecake; Blueberry Cheesecake; Brownies with single scoop ice-cream; Lemon Poppyseed Cheesecake; the choice was a difficult one.
We settled for one slice of the Carrot Walnut and the Chocolate Moist cake. The Carrot Walnut was moist and not too sweet, holding together well on the fork, releasing its subtle flavours on the tongue, textured by the crunch of the occasional walnut; while the Chocolate Cake could have done with more melted chocolate, but was nevertheless a good choice for the chocoholic at our table.
Beacon Point has specials which change every day and after 3pm a larger Western menu featuring items like Chicken Chop with Black Pepper Sauce, Chicken Maryland, Chicken Spaghetti Bolognaise and on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, Roast Beef with a choice of three different sauces feature on their menu.
The drinks menu is equally extensive featuring ice blended drinks, milkshakes, floats and fruit juices. No wonder that Beacon Point is known as ‘Your Family Restaurant’.
- Fried Nasi Ulam or Herbal Rice – RM8.20
- Laksa Lemak – RM9.30
- Chicken Pie – RM5.90
- Chicken in a Basket – RM9.90
- Butter Rum Cheesecake – RM6.80
- 3-Layer Chocolate Cake – RM6.80
- Irish Coffee Cheesecake – RM6.50
- Coffee Marble Cheesecake – RM6.20
- Blueberry Cheesecake – RM6.20
- Brownies with single scoop ice-cream – RM7.90
- Lemon Poppyseed Cheesecake – RM6.20
- Carrot Walnut and Chocolate Moist Cake – RM6.20 each
- Chicken Chop with Black Pepper Sauce – RM14.90
- Chicken Maryland – RM15.40
- Chicken Spaghetti Bolognaise – RM12.90
- Roast Beef with a choice of three different sauces feature on their menu – RM16.90
- (every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday)
41 Lintasan Perajurit 6, Taman Perak, 31400 Ipoh
Tel: 05-546 9916
Business Hours: Mon-Thurs: 9.30am-6pm, Fri-Sat: 9.30am-10.15pm, Closed Sundays
GPS: 4° 36.871’N, 101° 7.587’E