Ipoh is a little town that brings out the olden cultures and tradition into the modern edge era. In the recent years, cafes have recently began sprouting up with all kinds of concepts and ideas, some of which portrays perfectly some people's childhood and nostalgic moments. This mix of quirky and creative cafes soon became the local hangout spots and tourist attractions, but some of which are pretty well hidden within a façade of old buildings and alleys. I paid a visit to Jose & Deli eatery at Ipoh. I was so attracted with their interior design and the cozy ambiance with some wooden decoration and plant. (yes — this travel blog post is LONG OVERDUE since my trip to Ipoh if you have been a fan of my travel blog). Nevertheless, i hope it's never too late to share the pictures of my remaining story on Ipoh.
Jose & Deli is the restaurant inside French Hotel. It’s a hidden gem. The hotel itself is rather hard to miss — the word “French” is spelt out in large block letters that stick out of the corner lot. However, you would have to look a little closer to see Jose & Deli’s logo on the glass windows. The romantic vibe of the cafe and the soft French music playing in the background, made me feel like I was in Paris on a summer day. Shades of blue, red and white on the pillows, add to the Parisian ambience.
The culinary experience starts even before you enter the eatery. As one walks up the stairs, you'll see the chandeliers composed of green wine bottles.
Ambience is quiet and relaxing with rustic decor which double up as a mini retail store and souvenir shop. Jose and Deli not only provides a relaxing atmosphere for quality gourmet and drinks, but also offers plentiful dinnerware, home accessories, home decor and even fashion accessories.
There are lots of horses and zebras on display that add the quirky-ness of the cafe.
The space is tight due to the panel glasses and display racks as divider, dim lighting and low ceiling making the space seems smaller and almost like a maze. I like some corner dining areas with a lot of privacy, but the twist and turn pathway making the waiter’s job harder.
You will be given a few options of dining settings here. Timber decking seem to be a dominant floor finishing, matching with the not-so-contemporary furnitures. A large linear windows on the right to invite daylighting into the space. I also personally like the one at the large windows. It sort of giving me a feeling that i'm actually dining at some old English pancake cafes or something.
It is actually a mini adventure to venture around the cafe itself. Jose & Deli is one of the many nice and cozy cafes in Ipoh. Natural light shines in from the glass window during daytime while interior light bulbs create the warm and also creating a romance atmosphere at night.
The resurgence of both hipster style cafes and boutique hotels, have given Ipoh a new much-needed makeover. Once thought of as a place for retirees, it now seems as if Ipoh is attracting both domestic and overseas travelers, giving a unexpected fresh new boost to its former dull and old-fashioned image.