Savouring Tradition with a Twist at CawanMu, De Garden Ipoh

by Anne Das

Walking through the doors of CawanMu, we were struck by an ambiance that is both classy and inviting. The fusion of traditional and contemporary design elements creates an atmosphere that is warm, elegant, and perfect for a memorable dining experience. But what truly sets CawanMu apart is not just its ambiance—it’s the service and their huge selection of traditional dishes with innovative twists that make it a must-visit destination. The restaurant’s interior is equally inviting for a tête-à-tête or a grand celebration.

Situated within the vibrant De’ Garden precinct, this restaurant resonates with the spirit of its mothership –  The 1969 Business Suites boutique hotel which also offers an experience that is both indulgent and accessible.

The Eclectic Reception area of 1969 Business Suites at De’ Garden Ipoh.

Founded upon the dream of Datin Kelly Yang, a true Ipoh local at heart, CawanMu Restaurant breathes life into her aspiration of preserving Ipoh’s architectural charm while treating diners to the timeless tastes of local cuisine. This fusion of heritage and culinary innovation is embodied in the dishes on their extensive menu.

Be warned! The menu at CawanMu is extensive. Pages and pages of vibrant local and western temptations that brings together traditional recipes and innovative techniques for us to journey through. Among the stars of this culinary show, here are a few of their signature dishes that are bound to take your taste buds on a joy ride, as it did ours.

Ayam Penyet – the crispy, golden-brown succulent fried chicken expertly seasoned and accompanied by vegetables, tempeh and a delicious homemade sambal.

The Ayam Penyet truly encapsulated the essence of Malaysian spices. The crispy fried chicken, meticulously seasoned and adorned with fragrant rice, fresh vegetables, and a sambal sauce that added a depth to the flavours of the chicken. It was served beautifully on a platter for us to share.

Lamb Shank Biryani cooked to perfection, comes with a choice of 3 types of rice @ RM76.9

The succulent Lamb Shank Biryani, a culinary ode to the fusion of local and Indian influences. The lamb shank was so tender, masterfully braised to perfection and beautifully crowns a bed of fragrant nasi biryani. The portions are large here, so be prepared to eat big or share.

The Black Pepper Sirloin comes with the perfect Onsen Egg on Rice (RM 39.9).

This dish elevates steak to an art form, a marriage of textures and flavours that is both exquisite and indulgent.

Don’t overlook the indulgent Creamy Singapore Laksa with Tiger Prawns (RM 29.9)

This dish is accompanied by a prawn sambal that’s simply irresistible! And deserves an encore, especially if you relish a meal with a fiery zest.

CawanMu Surprise drink, not a surprise anymore @ RM17.9

Amidst these culinary delights, try the “The CawanMu Surprise” drink. A fusion of Pomelo, Longan, and Lemon, this concoction is a burst of refreshing citrus notes that is a perfect accompaniment to the rich flavours of the dishes.

Behind these delectable creations is a team of talented chefs who have garnered international recognition for their expertise. With awards such as the Gold Medal from The New York Guild of Chefs, their commitment to excellence is reflected in the dishes they produce here.

The legacy of CawanMu extends beyond its culinary creations. As the 1969 Business Suites hotel expands its presence across different corners of Ipoh, the dream of Datin Kelly Yang materialises further. The marriage of tradition and progress finds its true expression in this establishment’s evolution.

Merdeka Madness promo runs until 31st August 2023.

Listen up Ipoh Folks! CawanMu invites you to come try their brand new menu. Anticipating the nation’s celebration of independence, CawanMu is extending an unbelievable RM 1 – Merdeka Promotion, available from now until August 31st, 2023.

You read it correctly! All you have to do is select a drink you wish you purchase and just add RM1 to enjoy a main dish of your choice (within the choices offered). Diners who select this Merdeka Promotion will also receive a RM15 voucher (valid till Oct 31st 2023) to be used on your next visit.

CawanMu Restaurant
Address          : De’ Garden Ipoh Garden
GR 19 & 20 Persiaran Medan Ipoh, Medan Ipoh Ipoh Garden, 31400 Ipoh.
Opening Hours : 7:30 AM to 11:00 PM daily.
For inquiries     : +014 396 1969
Note                  : Wheelchair-accessible toilet  & Wheelchair-accessible entrance
(This restaurant is Muslim Friendly.)

Free WIFI and the space is big enough for events and private parties.
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