Hanz & Jane is not where you expect to find a hipster café as it’s in a quiet area in Bercham. But this fairly new café in Ipoh will make some heads turn.
Not only from their attractive aesthetics but also from their agreeable pricing!
Take a look at our experience at Hanz & Jane and see what we mean.
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About Hanz & Jane
Hanz & Jane began sometime in June 2020. And the current location is actually the result of a move back in December 2020.
Pastries were only introduced to the pork-free menu in January 2021. Their signature chocolate ball ice cream desserts remained on the menu after appearing as a Valentine’s Day special in February 2021.
Of cakes, they do offer cakes that you can take away for special occasions (e.g., Mother’s Day). These include their unique bombshell cakes which they change up according to season (e.g., Mid Autumn Festival or Christmas).
The café is open from 9:30am to 9pm every day except on Wednesdays.
It is possible to book out the entire venue for an event too.
Ease Of Parking At Hanz & Jane
Unlike many other cafes in Ipoh, finding parking close to Hanz & Jane is far easier. Especially in the evening when most other shops along the same row are closed.
Weekend afternoons (1pm to 3pm) and evenings (~7 to 8pm) are their busiest times.
Ambiance At Hanz & Jane
Hanz & Jane stands out from its neighbors with its stylish minimalist façade with many windows, and the stunning interior where gold and white is clearly the main color palette.
And this can be seen not only with the cutlery and fake plants that fill the interior but all the way to the rails for their wheelchair ramp outside as well as the nearby fire hydrant with its fancy coat of gold paint.
Inside, it’s quite chilly with the multiple air conditioning units. There are tables that can host bigger groups as well as smaller tables in front of and at the side of the counter.
Since the café takes up two shop lots, it feels very spacious inside.
The large crystal chandelier up front and ambient LED lighting for the booths creates an expensive-looking atmosphere in the café.
Note: Customers can log into their WiFi for free.
Service At Hanz & Jane
This is one area that Hanz & Jane can improve upon:
The staff (or at least the one waitress that served us) generally do their job without any smiles or extra effort on their part – we felt uncomfortable asking her for anything extra (e.g., extra plate or helping us to take a family photo).
Other than this, food is served considerably fast. We got all of our orders within 15 minutes of ordering!
Note: They don’t give out menus here. Instead, you’ll have to scan a QR code to access their menu online.
Food At Hanz & Jane
We ordered several mains for our dinner. As well as some drinks and desserts.
This is what we ordered for our group of 5:
- 2 Fish & Chips (as sets so they each came with mushroom soup and iced lemon tea)
- 1 Salmon Teriyaki
- 1 Baked Cheese Rice With Smoked Duck
- 1 Japanese Curry Rice
- 1 Cappuccino
- 1 Mango Milkshake
- 1 Bombshell Chocolate Cake
While portions are decent, none of the main dishes we ordered was particularly delicious or memorable.
However, the Bombshell Chocolate Cake is fun to open and it’s tasty too. Moreover, all of the beverages are decent and not overly sweet.
Pricing At Hanz & Jane
Mains range from RM17 to RM32 and this is significantly cheaper compared to other Ipoh cafes that have nice dining environments.
Coffee and other beverages are really affordable too at ~RM7 to RM8 a cup.
The signature Bombshell Chocolate Cake costs RM28. The cake inside is small but it’s not a sponge cake. They may not use premium chocolate but there are fresh whole almonds.
However, the mains are really not impressive when it comes to ingredients:
Salad consists of fine strips of carrots and cucumber, lettuce and a couple cherry tomatoes.
They use generic mayonnaise as salad dressing and this is the same sauce that accompanies the fish and chips. The fish and chips, by the way is likely frozen stuff you can buy in the supermarket.
For the price though, it’s to be expected since they have quite a number of staff (who also sport matching uniforms), and several air conditioning units. Not to mention the overhead cost of decorating the café.
In total, we spent RM157 for our order. Which comes up to ~RM30 per person. Not bad at all for the quantity we ordered and for the lovely environment.
If you want to visit a pretty and comfortable café in Ipoh but don’t want to spend a whole lot or have to fight for a parking space, then Hanz & Jane over at Bercham is a very appealing option.
Our personal opinion, however, is that it’s probably better for breakfast or tea though (we have yet to try out their pastries). Rather than for lunch or dinner.