Friday, August 16, 2013

Halia Inc @ Quayside Hotel, Malacca

Casual riverside brunching in my hometown; we never had this back when I was a kid here.

Halia Inc is a restaurant & coffee bar that opened this year in a former customs warehouse; it's a cavernous outlet, with enough space to fit a nation's worth of state football teams.

The menu's a mishmash of mainly Western fare _ burgers, pastas, steaks & seafood with some fun Asian flourishes. Think oat-crusted salmon with yuzu butter sauce.

Pizza Margherita with house-made dough, topped with fresh tomato sugo, mozzarella & basil (RM22 nett). Would have liked a thinner crust, but that's a personal preference.

Flour-free orange-almond cake with double cream (RM12). Made from scratch at Halia, as are the sticky date puddings, lemon meringue tarts & carrot cakes here, for indisputable freshness.

Halia knows its brands: two KL-based purveyors of reliable ingredients supply their wares here _ Forty Licks ice cream & RAW coffee.

Put the two together for an extremely enjoyable affogato with salted caramel ice cream. Our sole lament: alcohol is absolutely absent at Halia Inc.

Blasts from the pasts ensure that this thoughtfully decorated cafe is worth exploring.

Halia is located in the same building as new three-star boutique hotel Quayside.

Didn't manage to check out the rooms, but the lobby's impressive.

There's also a small art gallery in the hotel that's free for walk-in visitors.

Several parking spaces are reserved outside for restaurant & hotel customers.

Halia's riverfront lies opposite the Casa Del Rio hotel, if anyone needs landmarks. It's also only a one-minute walk from the Stadhuys red square with the clock tower.

Halia Inc,
1 Jalan Merdeka, Melaka.
Open 7am-11pm

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18 comments:

  1. I haven't visited Melaka in a long long time; a lot of changes I heard.

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    1. CK: ya, it's quite different compared to when i was studying there in the 1990s. it's definitely more commercial now, with many shopping malls, restaurants and hotels near my former secondary school. and ya, with more and more tourists walking around on weekends, heh! :D

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  2. well, i went to Quayside bar Penang before but never see this restaurant.

    looks great~

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    1. Mr Lonely: ah, but Penang and malacca are different states. Yup, it might be worth stopping at Halia Inc if u're ever in malacca =)

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    2. i see, cause my memory only left in Penang, really like Penang haha~ maybe will stop it at Melaka next time for this~

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    3. Mr Lonely: heheh, ya, i like both malacca and penang. malacca cos i mostly grew up there and penang cos that's where i spent my university years =)

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  3. Very cool, Sean! I love seaside places!!! The pizza looks good.

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    1. Linda: yeah, i love visiting waterfront cafes whenever i can too :D just relax and bite into some pizza, heh =)

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  4. Name sounds like a place serving local Malay cuisine. Looks like a nice place, wonder what the hotel rates are like.

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    1. Suituapui: good name, i guess, since it evokes a very malaysian element, even though the food is more of western with some asian ingredients =) ya, i guess you'd be able to find the hotel rates on their website. should be reasonable :D

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  5. I like the decor inside, and the natural bright space.

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    1. Baby Sumo: ya, i wish there was a way to let even more light into this space! it could look even more cheerful that way :D

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  6. Love the looks and feel of the place. Flour free cake sounds brilliant especially for folks like me who are gluten intolerant.

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    1. Missyblurkit: it's quite a unique cafe in malacca, i think :D and ya, it's a thoughtful touch, having flour-free cakes here. and the cake still tastes really nice :D

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  7. i like their food. ^^ the hotel looks good too.

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    1. 女飞侠: ya, i think a lot of visitors would enjoy both the hotel & the cafe here, heh =)

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  8. I am a silent reader of your blog. I love to read and view new cafes/restaurants here first before I actually go there. Just to say hi and keep up the good work.
    I actually went to Halia Inc before I read your blog. I would recommend people to go here for desserts and coffee. I had coffee here 3 times a day, with different types of desserts. Lol (Sorry Im a Coffee addict) I stayed at Quayside Hotel, that's why I visited the restaurant. Even the hotel interior/room is very clean, neat and simple. Definitely would stay there again.
    At last, a coffee place in Malacca!

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    1. Farah: thank you for your kind words, and am glad you enjoyed both the hotel and the restaurant. I'll probably never stay at the hotel, since my family's home is in my malacca, but yes, the cafe seems like a very nice addition to the town =)

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