Bite Of Life in Melaka

There are a whole slew of things to do in Melaka – the vibrant state is rich in its historic architecture, and lively culinary scene that includes bowls of cendol and chicken rice balls. Among the list of cafes you’ll find in the town is Bite Of Life, a quaint cafe with al fresco dining that’s just a short 5-minute drive from the popular Jonker Street Night Market.

Here, you can dine on fusion pasta and artisanal doughnuts in a rustic space, away from the tourist crowds.

Al fresco dining and rustic ambience

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To get to Bite Of Life, you’ll have to head to a back alley of a series of shoplots located along Jalan Bendahara. Once you spot the cafe’s black-and-white sign, and their discreet entrance right below, you’ll be greeted by a welcoming al fresco dining area complete with gravel floor and charming exposed light bulbs.

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This outdoor space is altogether homely, with a dash of old-school vibes thanks to the unfinished walls and rustic furnishings. Opt to dine under the night skies here with lights twinkling overhead, while seated at mismatched chairs and tables that complement the cafe’s down-to-earth vibes.

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Head inside Bite Of Life to locate more dining tables that accommodate couples and larger groups. Here, potted plants dot almost every corner of the cafe’s indoor dining area, adding to the industrial-meets-retro charm of the space. 

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Fusion pastas, mojitos & doughnuts

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Quaint and picturesque ambience aside, Bite Of Life serves quite an extensive range of food – from spicy fusion pasta plates to pretty artisanal doughnuts.

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One of the bestsellers at Bite Of Life is their Spaghetti Spicy Tomyam (RM18.50) – a tangy and spicy pasta dish served with prawns and topped with cilantro. There is also a creamier version of this – Spaghetti Creamy Tomyam (RM19.50), with a cream sauce that complements the aromatic tom yum well.

If you’re looking for something lighter, order their Mantou Clam (RM22.50). This garlicky, creamy clam dish comprises deep-fried mantou buns that are crispy on the outside and soft on the inside.

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For diners who always have room for desserts, try the cafe’s unique artisanal doughnuts that come in nine different flavours. To help you narrow down your choice, we recommend their Raspberry Cheesecake Donut (RM5.50) – soft, fluffy doughnut filled with premium raspberry puree, and garnished with red velvet crumbs, homemade cream cheese, and fresh raspberries.

Another doughnut worth ordering is the Pistachio Donut (RM5.50), which is glazed with tangy mandarin orange syrup and topped with roasted pistachios and rose petals.

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Pair your meals with the cafe’s range of drinks. This includes coffee shop staples such as Caramel Macchiato (RM12.90) and classic Vanilla Latte (RM12.90). They also serve coffee-based, ice-blended drinks if you need a drink to cool you down after touring Jonker Street – Caramel Frappe (RM13.90) or Vanilla Chocolate Frappe (RM13.90) are some of the options you’ll find on the menu.

Else, there are refreshing alcohol-free mojitos to quench your thirst. Order the Soda Herbs (RM11.50), a refreshing citrusy sparkling beverage, or try their rich, sweet Mango Juice (RM9.80).

Bite Of Life is a rustic cafe, just a 3-minute drive from Jonker Street

If you’re looking for an aesthetic cafe to unwind at after touring popular attractions around Jonker Street in Melaka, head to Bite Of Life. This cafe opens till midnight, and serves a delectable selection of spicy pasta dishes and sweet artisanal doughnuts to fuel you up.

Address: Lot 149, Jalan Bendahara, 75100 Melaka
Opening hours: Wed – Mon 5PM-12AM (Closed on Tuesdays)
Telephone: 018-318 2383
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