Although burgers are hot on the Bangkok food scene, they haven’t yet started to morph into breakfast just yet. On the Malaysian island of Penang, however, seeing a burger patty smashed between two waffles for brunch is a regular thing thanks to a place called Piknik.
You may have already seen some photos of Piknik if you’re following along on Instagram. It’s become one of my regular spots when I’m in Georgetown, Penang (which seems to be a lot lately). The lusty photos I’ve been sharing are mostly of this small cafe’s signature waffle burger, but I haven’t had a chance to blog more on the restaurant.
In Georgetown, a city bursting with the arrival of ‘cute’ cafes, Piknik stands out not only because of the delicious food, but because they narrowly avoid the kitsch factor with a cohesively designed restaurant and colorful menu. Maybe ‘avoid’ is the wrong word since instead, Piknik tends to vacillate between creative and over the top gaudy. This is best seen in the aforementioned waffle burger, which is surprisingly awesome, except when they go overboard on the tangy sauce.
The rest of the light hearted menu is pasta and quick snacks served up on cutting boards and recycled pail style containers. Many of the items sport a creative twist or funky sauce. This creative twist goes well in their house-seasoned garlic fries and their roll of the day, a flaky pasty stuffed with salmon or another meat and cheese.
However, things go a bit awry in their spaghetti, a simple dish whose sauce aspires for too much. Along with the drowned burger, these miscues are noticeable and because I enjoy hanging out there, hope they don’t become part of the regular experience.
On the street in Bangkok you can find waffles on a stick or waffles full of random things like corn on taro. And now that a decent burger has hit the streets, will someone do the math and put these two trends together?
Until then, Piknik, is a short flight away and fun place to take newcomers who seem to enjoy the atmosphere and funky food. The service is also usually pretty helpful, even when this hotspot becomes packed with locals. Expect to pay about about $15 for your meal (20-30 ringgit per person). Piknik is located on Jalan Negore, which is a row of beautiful houses you’ll need to visit anyway because it’s an area full of restaurants and a few wine bars.