Friday, February 22, 2019

MYOMY Matcha Milk @ Cubopark, Tanjung Bungah, Penang.

Put MYOMY Matcha Milk on your radar if you are an ardent fan of Matcha... the super food that brings many health benefits. The Matcha specialist sets foot in Cubopark (Tanjung Bungah)... Penang's first pop-up mall. While MYOMY only offers drink menu, it extends far beyond the humble Latte. The entire menu is dedicated to Matcha, where the proprietor sources high quality Matcha powder directly from Japan. Purists can go for the pure Matcha drink and experience the refreshing but distinctive vegetal aroma of Matcha, the remaining options are either sweetened or/ and incorporate with milk and cream. Though seats are limited, there are nevertheless, some space for "drink-in" guests to stretch their shopping legs. 

Many Thanks to MYOMY for hosting us on our visit.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Steak Frites At 23 @ Love Lane, Georgetown, Penang.

For many years now Steak Frites @ 23 has been the place to known for serving the best steak in town. Nestled in a traditional house right next to a boutique hotel along Love Lane, this steak house has some serious meat on the menu and it is the only thing that they can offer... but they focus in doing what they can offer the best. The one-dish menu has been doing them great though... many steak lovers flock to this place just to savor a hefty piece of their signature steak. Reasonable price and superior quality food... makes this place one of the only places left in town where an old-fashioned steakhouse meets the quality of modern techniques.

Monday, February 18, 2019

Mae Salong Thai Restaurant @ Sungai Petani, Kedah.

Mae Salong is one of the most popular Thai restaurants in Sungai Petani, at the south of Kedah. It only takes a little more than half an hour drive to Sungai Petani from Penang, the town is less-busier than Penang but has many hidden gems around. Ask any Sungai Petani folks to recommend Thai food and most would suggest Mae Salong. The restaurant is a little off the beaten track and it takes a while to locate... imagine you need to go through winding, narrow village road to get there. The restaurant was established in early 2010 and has since become the de-facto Thai restaurant in town. It occupies a huge piece of land, the owner turned it into a "secret garden" surrounded by tropical trees with a pond in the middle. Dining tables are being setup on wooden structures to give you the "back to nature" impression. If you are lucky enough, you may catch some wildlife (like monkeys) over there or caged pets (like Rabbits, Chickens). There are ample choices for Thai food and all of them are reasonably priced.

Friday, February 15, 2019

Kafka @ Kelawei Road, Georgetown, Penang.

Housed in an annex right next to a bungalow, previously owned by Flying Club Penang along Kelawei Road (neighbor to UOB Bank Kelawei); Kafka is one of the latest additions to Penang's cafe scene. Its quaint, whimsical interior decor has quickly made this place viral over social media. Step in the place and you will be amazed by how creative the interior decor works here... with plants and greens available in every corner of the cafe and oddly mismatched furniture to create the quirky-unusual but picturesque combination. On the menu, it offers a wide variety of Western dishes ranging from Toasts, Pancakes, Egg Benedict, Sandwiches, Pasta and some meat dishes... with limited vegetarian options.  

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Ceki Nyonya Restaurant @ Sri Bahari Road, Georgetown, Penang.

While the name- "Ceki" may not give you a hint on the type of food this place serves, the interior decor would certainly ring a bell. There's no denying that you have stepped in a Nyonya restaurant with so many Peranakan-influenced antiques, knick-knacks and decorative. Manned by a couple, the menu features an array of Nyonya delights cooked using home recipes passed down from previous generations. Though not exactly a big menu, the choices are more than good enough for a decent meal. Reasonably priced and consistently good quality, this place is worth a visit if you are up for a Nyonya meal.

Monday, February 11, 2019

Ipoh Onn Kee Tauge Ayam (怡保安记牙菜鸡) @ Lebuh Aceh, Georgetown, Penang.

Popular Ipoh Chicken Rice brand- Onn Kee (安记牙菜鸡) finally opens up in Georgetown, Penang; this particular brand is long-established in Ipoh but this is not their first outlet in Penang. They have opened up another branch at Bukit Mertajam before this new branch in Georgetown. Like its main branch in Ipoh, Onn Kee's menu features all time favorites like blanched Chicken, Bean Sprouts, Ipoh Hor Fun etc. Prices are of restaurant-standard... no longer falling within the hawker range. Price-aside, we were pretty pleased with the quality, at least our expectations were met.

Friday, February 8, 2019

赫 De'H Cafe & Bakery @ BM City Mall, Bukit Mertajam, Penang.

Supposedly a mixed development of residential and commercial (and a mall), the BM City Mall at Bandar Perda is rather quiet despite having established for months. Nothing much exciting over there but one particular tenant stands out. 赫 De'H Cafe & Bakery does not have the flashy outlook that would lure you in but once you are inside, you would be amazed by its cool, Chinese-influenced interior decor. Near the entrance, the fridge displays an array of home-made Cakes; some might not be too appealing in terms of presentation but you could tell the home-made factor there. Quite a spacious and comfortable space to chill out, over Chinese Tea and sweet treats.

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Sushi Wafu 寿司和风 @ Moulmein Rise Shoppes, Pulau Tikus, Penang.

"You Get What You Pay For" applies to Sushi Wafu (寿司和风)... a newly opened franchised Japanese Sushi restaurant in town, occupying a nice lot at Moulmein Rise Shoppes, Pulau Tikus. The brand is known for offering Sushi at unbelievably low rates; the place has since attracted a great crowd since its opening in mid December 2018. While the restaurant has a Sushi conveyor belt, it has a big menu featuring other Japanese dishes as well. Prices are typically lower than most Japanese restaurants in town but the quality commensurate with the prices you are paying for. Our experience tells us that their Sushi are typically smaller in size with rather poor quality, this applies to their other dishes as well. The below pictures speak for themselves.

Monday, February 4, 2019

Michi Michi @ Arena Curve, Bayan Lepas, Penang.

The Ramen scene in Penang has elevated, with a great variety of options to choose from. This brand new spot at Arena Curve, Bayan Lepas (next to Olive Tree Hotel) serves Japanese Ramen with a modern touch. The menu does not only feature Japanese Ramen but a series of Japanese Rice Bowls, Tempura, Grills and light snacks. The interior decor does not feel very "Japanese" but more like a modern cafe instead. This is not the place for you if you are looking for authentic Japanese experience but if you are open to try out modern styled Japanese dishes, this place is worth a look.

Friday, February 1, 2019

Quickie By Chin Chin @ Gurney Plaza, Penang.

One of the latest ventures by Chin Chin group- Quickie sets foot in Penang Gurney Plaza end of last year. As suggested by the name, Quickie seeks to offer quick bites or light snacks for those who are on the go. The menu features an array of creative dishes mainly consists of Capellini, Rice Bowls and Sandwiches; don't expect the same, usual Sandwich joint though, this place takes the game beyond your regular Tuna Mayo Sandwich. Though limited menu, the choices comprise of a blend of Western and local Asian delights- it has something for everyone; good pit-stop to pop in for a quick but delicious meal while stretching your shopping legs. 

Many Thanks to Quickie by Chin Chin for hosting us. 

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Memory Cafe 回忆 @ Permatang Tinggi, Seberang Perai, Penang.

Hidden away from the main road, Memory Cafe (回忆) is one of the best-kept secrets by the cafe hoppers at Seberang Perai. The secret spot is housed in one of the old, wooden houses at the residential area of Permatang Tinggi (behind Permatang Tinggi food court)... the lack of a proper sign board makes it even tougher for visitors to look out for the place. But don't let it deter you from checking this place out... especially if you are a big fan of Coffee and Cakes. The unique proposition of this cafe is its home-made cake and that includes... Watermelon Cake. Set in a classic but comfortable environment, this place is an ideal spot for Cakes over a cup of Joe.

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

The Breakfast Shop @ Seang Teik Road, Georgetown, Penang.

More option for early risers as Tong Sui Po has expanded its business operations... covering breakfast and lunch. With a name like The Breakfast Shop, you would expect to see the localized Western breakfast (the classic, timeless combo like Sausage, Ham, Sunny Side Up and Toast) with an additional variety of noodle options as well as Toasts/ Sandwiches. Prices are fair but the choices might not be too attractive for some.

Monday, January 28, 2019

Tasty Kitchen (张记味道) @ Tanjung Bungah, Penang.

For an inexpensive Chinese Sze Chuan dining experience, make your way to Tasty Kitchen (张记味道)... a newly opened but rather quiet, unpretentious eatery that specializes in offering authentic Chinese Sze Chuan-influenced delicacies. The restaurant at Jalan Tanjung Bungah (a stone's throw distance away from Tanjung Bungah market) has a huge seating space; with its simple and homey decor, the place is suitable for casual meals or family eat-outs. The menu is extensive... featuring some uncommon China-Chinese dishes as well as some familiar local stir-fry dishes. Diners have the option to choose between rice dishes or noodles... or even a warm, filling Chinese Bun. A good place to try something different without putting a dent on the wallet.

Friday, January 25, 2019

Raku Ichi Sushi @ Raja Uda, Butterworth, Penang.

A completely unexpected encounter at this friendly neighborhood of Raja Uda... it's the type of place where you would not even notice its existence despite passing by for many times. But Raku Ichi is known to the nearby folks as one of the decent Japanese restaurants in the vicinity. The brand is popular for its fresh and inexpensive Sushi on the kaiser belt as well as... Japanese Ramen. The Ramen menu is legit... with choices of different Ramen broth; though the prices are on the higher side but they commensurate with good quality. One of the few places in Penang that serves decent Ramen.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Blooms @ Tye Sin Street, Georgetown, Penang.

Just as we thought the millennial pink trend is quietly fading away, Blooms strikes Georgetown with this striking color. Newly opened in 2019, this aesthetically pleasing cafe occupies the upper floor of the now defunct Dream Mansion at Lebuh Tye Sin. Traipse up the stairs and you will find yourself in a pink space... the most eye-catchy thing would be the pink pool filled with balloons right in front of you... walk until the end and you will find the fridge displaying an array of sweet treats. Visitors actually gather at the pink pool; hipsters would love to do the stereotypical post in the pool. But it is not only about the pink hue here, the menu comprises of some solid options as well. The dessert and beverage menu is especially popular and could make a perfect, Instagram picture.