I used to pass by this building in Greentown that is now Thumb’s Café when I was schooling. If not mistaken, it was an orphans’ dormitory under Badan Khidmat Islam Perak (BAKIP). It’s interesting to note how much the place has changed over the years, transforming into a popular vintage café with a combination of kampung and contemporary setting.
Operated by Elias Yahaya who is also the resident chef, Thumb’s Café’s menu is a mix of Western cuisine with a local touch and Malay dishes. These food photos that I am sharing in this post are just part of what’s on the regular menu. Some were from the Ramadan menu, which were only made available during that one month.
Those who dine at Thumb’s Café do not go there just for the food. They take time to check out the decor, snap pictures (cos it’s just so Instagram worthy) and soak in the old charm the café exudes.
Whether you wish to sit on one of the mismatched, repurposed furniture or dine al fresco style in the compound, Thumb’s Café offers the kind of dining experience that you would feel very much at home.
Writing about Thumb’s Café only now, you might think that this was my first visit to Thumb’s. Actually, it isn’t. As an “Ipoh lang”, of course I have dined at Thumb’s before. I don’t mind going for Halal food once in a while and Thumb’s Café was recommended by one of my friends when it opened in 2013.
By the way, are you aware that the name “Thumb’s Café” is Elias’ way of paying tribute to his dad, Pak Tam?
Add: 133, Jalan Sultan Abdul Jalil, 30450 Ipoh, Perak.
Business Hours: 6pm – 1am daily (closed on Mondays)
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