At the rate I'm churning out these posts, one must be wondering; Am I an obsessive, impulsive eater? Binging 24/7, without a worry in the world, weighing a massive 120kg?! (=P) And one day I'm in KL, another in Penang, and most days in Ipoh, while some days in rural, unheard-of-areas secluded within Perak? Manjung, Ayer Tawar, Sitiawan may be household names, but how bout Bota, The Changkats (Lada, Melintang, Chermin), Lawin, Tro(noh & lak) etc?
Beacon Point has been a household name among Ipoh's secret foodies' community. Yet has not deserve its limelight, and merits. From the outside, the place looks nothing like a restaurant or cafe, the green wordings "BEACON POINT Trading and Training" on the white signboard gives the impression of a dance school more than an eatery.
The training part refers to the cooking and baking classes they once held for the hopeless (like me ... hehe, who can't cook for dear life) & aspirated ones. Not really sure they're still conducting the classes nowadays, ever since an unfortunate mishap few years ago. (I won't dwell into this matter, out of respect. Sorry).
On to the good stuff. They serve set lunches everyday, except Sunday, when they're closed for business. A major advantage they hold over other similar outlets is their homemade soups, the selection changing everyday. So you know you won't be tasting the same old, same old cream of mushroom soup. Not to mention the CANNED variety; starchy and worthless.
This happened sometime ago. Was it a birthday celebration? I can't recall, for the life of me. But I think it was. Everday, Beacon Point offers 3 set lunches for choosing. Normally consist of a chicken, a fish, and a pasta, but on certain days, lamb or beef may be served. Fish is available on the menu every Fridays, that I can be sure. :)
The fish fillets were deep-fried before baked with the creamy sauce with assorted vegetables. Served with mashed potatoes and vegetable & fruit salad. Looks unassuming, yet quite filling, as the rich and creamy sauce may be a little too much at one sitting.
The grilled chicken thigh with the lightly-flavoured lemongrass sauce was crisp on the outside, yet tenderly grilled to perfection. But I avoid lemongrass at all cost. So I can't attest to the overall flavours. Hahahah .....
Another important criteria for a satisfying set lunch is the dessert. I tend to avoid cafes which serve a scoop of ice-cream (how easy and lazy can one get?) as dessert. And charging exorbitant amount for that.
They rotate their desserts selection as well, sometimes cakes, sometimes muffins, sometimes pastries, and sometimes ... well, whatever else they have up their sleeves. =PCarrot Walnut Cake (RM5.90)
They take great pride in their cakes and pies. And their cakes are really good. Not too sweet, and reasonably-priced, even cheaper than Secret Recipe's down-spiralling equivalents, the cakes are great tea-time accompaniments.
This particular selection, named Irish Coffee Cheesecake was plain marvelous. Creamy yet light, with subtle irish coffee hints, and a base of chocolate (Oreo?) cookies, pick this. You won't regret it.
Location : BEACON POINT @ 41, Lintasan Perajurit 6, Taman Perak, 31400 Ipoh.
Tel No : 605-546 9916
Opening hours : Mon-Thurs (11am-6pm) and Fri-Sat (11am-10.30pm)