Although Yinzo Kopi is right across from long-standing traditional coffee shops like Kedai Makanan Nam Heong and Kedai Kopi Sin Yoon Loong:
Yinzo Kopi attracts its own crowd. The pricing is steeper than the competition but Yinzo Kopi does offer some things that you can’t get at an old-school kopitiam.
If you’re on the fence about whether or not to have breakfast (or lunch) at Yinzo Kopi, you can read about our experience here first.
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About Yinzo Kopi
Yinzo Kopi opened some time in mid-2019.
The name Yinzo is an amalgamation of Yin (silver) and Zo (state). Which pays homage to the origins of Ipoh, the capital of Perak. Furthermore, the silver state is the nickname of Perak.
Yinzo Kopi takes a lot of inspiration and influence from the Nanyang days (between 1930 to 1950).
You can see this in the interior styling and their wide menu variety. At the same time, Yinzo Kopi does not shy away from modern concepts.
In fact, one interesting highlight of Yinzo Kopi is its automated staff, a server robot.
Ease Of Parking At Yinzo Kopi
Peak times for Yinzo Kopi are between 9 to 11am. On weekends, they might have a lot of customers coming to escape the afternoon heat too.
And with the famous Kedai Kopi Sin Yoon Loong and Kedai Makanan Nam Heong nearby, parking is always lacking here.
You might find yourself circling the whole block multiple times before you find a vacant spot.
Ambiance At Yinzo Kopi
Clearly, the owner of Yinzo Kopi had a big budget for this enterprise. The interior (and exterior) of Yinzo Kopi is beautiful.
The styling comes across as classic, oriental, and nostalgic. There are vintage lamps, wooden chairs and tables (that were once widespread), and displayed antiques. Additionally, they have old photographs on the walls.
It is a spacious and clean eatery with fans and air conditioning.
Service At Yinzo Kopi
Service is one of Yinzo Kopi’s strong points. Their staff is polite and friendly. But serving times can be very long (more than 40 minutes), more so if it’s full-house.
Be warned if you ever want to visit Yinzo Kopi during Chinese New Year as it is very popular with families.
Orders and payments are to be made at the counter. You are expected to pay first before you get your food.
Food At Yinzo Kopi
Overall, the food at Yinzo Kopi is good and portions are fair.
None of the food is exceptional but they do have a good variety of local food and kopitiam staples on the menu.
Dry curry noodles, kai se hor fun, and wantan mee are all not bad. As is their signature polo bun. The toast does use real butter as well.
Besides these, you can get traditional steamed bread and caramel egg pudding here too.
Their aromatic and thick white coffee (particularly the iced version) is one of the popular beverages to order here.
If you don’t feel like having caffeine though, there are some tempting options on the menu.
Pricing At Yinzo Kopi
With drinks, it is all too easy for the price to come up to RM30 per person. They don’t charge separately for GST or service tax so that might explain the higher pricing here.
Either way, having a meal at Yinzo Kopi is considerably expensive by Ipoh standards. In comparison, a meal (and drink) at a regular kopitiam normally costs RM15 per person at most.
Personally, we prefer Yinzo Kopi to Chang Jiang White Coffee if you’re looking for a modern kopitiam option in Ipoh. And if you’re willing to spend more to enjoy a local-style breakfast in a comfortable and great-looking setting.
We just wish it was not so hard to find parking. The higher price point will also keep us from visiting Yinzo Kopi often.
See more options for where to get authentic Ipoh white coffee.