Friday, June 22, 2018

Osmanthus HK Desserts (杜记香港甜品。粥面之家) @ New Lane, Georgetown, Penang.

If you have lived in Penang long enough, you would have at least heard of this place- Osmanthus HK Desserts (杜记香港甜品) at New Lane. The long-established dessert place has since expanded its menu; from the classic Cantonese desserts to now offering mains (Rice and Noodle dishes). But the menu is not the only item upgraded, the shop was given a completely new face (refurbished) as well. Though not air-conditioned, it is now a pleasant space to enjoy a bowl of heart-warming dessert. This is one of the few places in Penang that offers a good range of traditional Chinese Tong Sui.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

First in Penang- Reverse Tap Beer @ Tree Bar, G Hotel Penang.

One of the busiest and largest alfresco bars in Penang- Tree Bar offers great experience for drinkers... a cozy, open space environment with an array of delicious Beers and finger food while watching the world goes by. Amongst the wide selections of international beers, wines, traditional cocktails; the bar recently brought in Reverse Tap Beer... which systematically dispenses beer from the bottom up. Besides drinks, the bar's menu features delectable nibbles at wallet-friendly prices; with its close proximity to the shopping mall and sheltered under a heritage tree; this is the perfect spot to unwind after a long day at work or to while away the weekend.

Many Thanks to G Hotel for hosting us that evening. 

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Mama Kim Sauna Mee @ Tanjung Tokong, Penang.

Mama Kim Sauna Mee has been receiving overwhelming responses since its opening... folks from central region might be familiar with the name as the brand has more than 6 branches across the nation. One of the strongest pulling factors is its inexpensive price tags... with some mains cost a little less than Rm 10. It emphasizes on healthy meals cooked with natural ingredients; those who prefer bold flavors would not enjoy their clean tasting, lightly flavored dishes. While the menu is especially suitable for the health concerns, vegetarians are not forsaken either. The menu consists of quite a variety of vegetarian options. Comfortable dining atmosphere with inexpensive price tags, the place is definitely worth a visit. 

Monday, June 18, 2018

The 9ine by Jackie Wong @ Kek Chuan Road, Georgetown, Penang.

You will find plenty of good reasons to tempt you at The 9ine by Jackie Wong, the new venture by Chef Jackie Wong offers a good Western-European menu with his own personal touches. Tucked slightly off the bustling Macalister Road, the newly opened restaurant takes over the lot of the now defunct Basil Le Bistrot. The place received minor upgrades and sophisticated enhancement, yet maintaining the old-heritage charm of the building. Brunch items are available during day time and course menu is available in the evenings (apart from the ala-carte dishes)... as well as Chef's Degustation menu; you will find plenty of beverages options here as well (including selected Wines). One of the places where you will find quality food with exceptional service without breaking your wallet.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Pacific West Hosts Get-Together Dinner @ More by Arang Coffee, Georgetown, Penang.

In conjunction with the Ramadhan month, Pacific West- one of the world's foremost Premium Frozen Seafood brand hosted a get-together dinner at the newly opened More by Arang Coffee at Livingstone Tower (previously known as Menara Zurich). In collaboration with More by Arang Coffee, attendees were served an array of Pacific West and More by Arang Coffee's specialties. The specially designed 5-course dinner featured a comprehensive introduction of Pacific West's products to understand what lies behind Pacific West's tagline- The Taste the World Loves!  

About Pacific West:
The brand has graced many major international events such as Sydney Olympic Games, Wimbledon Tennis Tournaments, Manchester United Football Club etc. Pacific West's products are now available in more than 20 countries world wide; recently, Pacific West brand has won the Best Innovative Seafood Product in Asia Halal Brands Awards 2017. 

Many Thanks to Pacific West and More by Arang Coffee for hosting us.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Vkusno Dom @ Campbell Street, Georgetown, Penang.

Far from Malaysia and close to the Arctic, it's uncommon for Penangites to have a taste of Russia but with the opening of Vkusno Dom, Penangites can now relate themselves closer to the host country of World Cup 2018. The restaurant offers homely Russian classics in a sophisticated setting, expect to see traditional Russian dishes like Borscht, Salat Olivier, Pelmenis or if you are in the mood, start with a shot of Vodka. The restaurant is manned by Russians (or perhaps Ukrainians?) so the authenticity factor is definitely there... but be prepared to bear with the strong Russian accent (if you speak English with them but that's part of the experience of course). Dishes are reasonably priced, cozy dining atmosphere and friendly servers; definitely a place to experience Russian culture if you have not already done so.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Aboo Backer @ Beach Street, Georgetown, Penang.

You should check out Aboo Backer if you enjoy a freshly made, hot and crispy Roti Canai; the Indian Mamak place is tucked in one of the heritage houses along Beach Street. The place looks inviting from far, with distinctive kampung Malay decoration; before you could step in, the chances of you bumping into the friendly, chatty proprietor are high. He will greet you and later recommend you on a series of their offering... which includes Malaysians' all time favorite delicacies- Roti Canai, Roti Bakar, Nasi Kandar etc. The place is related to Hameediyah, the oldest Nasi Kandar joints in Penang and the proprietor has plans to refurbish the upper floor of this place to a Nasi Kandar museum. Aboo Backer is located at the start of Beach Street, near to Prangin Road.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Lucky Bowl Noodle House @ Lorong Selamat, Georgetown, Penang.

Have a taste of Sabah at Lucky Bowl Noodle House, a newly opened eatery at Lorong Selamat that specializes in offering Sang Nyuk Mee (生肉面), a local delicacy in Sabah. For the uninitiated, a standard Sang Nyuk Mee consists of a bowl of fresh, clean tasting meat broth with Pork Meat, Pork Balls and Innards... served with a bowl of Noodles (drenched in Dark Soy Sauce). Though the name might sound wrong (suggesting Raw Meat) but it is in fact, referring to the freshness of the meat. Lucky Bowl's menu is small with heavy Pork-element.... and if you are not a fan of Pork, skip it. 

Friday, June 8, 2018

Yee Sung Kai Chok (日本横街鱼生鸡粥) @ Cintra Street, Georgetown, Penang.

Everyone loves a hot, warming bowl of Porridge, though traditionally eaten for breakfast, it makes a great light lunch or popular night snack. For a good old-fashioned bowl of Cantonese-styled Porridge, make your way to Yee Sung Kai Chok, one of the oldest Porridge specialists in Penang... since time immemorial. It used to be selling at the coffee shop right across the current place (a stall housed in the coffee shop) but has since moved into their own place, occupying the entire coffee shop. They have also revised the opening hours, expanding from dinner time to now lunch and dinner. Though the slight adjustment to the prices, this spot at Cintra Street still serves some of the best Porridges (and blanched Chicken) in town.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Golden T Cafe @ Golden Triangle, Relau, Penang.

Golden T Cafe is the latest addition to Golden Triangle at Relau, but it runs as a cafe and a bar at the same time... well at least they have made an effort to extend the business hours till late (2 am). The seating arrangement is spacious but the lighting is less-welcoming. Never-mind on the lighting, the menu is interesting with some innovative dishes; Blue Cheese Clams is one to be named. But they come with a price, most items are priced slightly above average but they commensurate with quality. More to a place with proper, heavy Western-European menu in lieu of a cafe that serves sweet treats and light bites. 

Monday, June 4, 2018

A Pie Thing @ Damansara Uptown, Petaling Jaya, Selangor.

Having pies as main course is not really the common practice here in Malaysia but not quite the case here in 'A Pie Thing'. The pie specialist at Petaling Jaya offers a great variety of both savory and sweet pies. Established few years ago, the brand has been known as the place to go to when it comes to pies. You will not find traditional Pie flavors here but instead, an array of creative Malaysian favorites... can be as good as snacks (for sharing) or as satisfying as a meal. For pie lovers, A Pie Thing is definitely the Pie Mecca that you would not want to miss.

Saturday, June 2, 2018

G Ball- G Hotel's Business Appreciation Dinner 2018

G Ball- G Hotel's signature annual business appreciation event returned this year with a theme of 'Ghost Ball 2018'... an exclusive evening dedicated to acknowledge and expressing thanks to the hotel's business partners.
The adventurous but innovative team had the hotel's grand ballroom transformed into spooky space filled with crows and miscellaneous eerie elements. Guests of the evening dressed according to the theme; not only that there were performances, the table arrangement (long table) was well-thought through... with candles and knick-knacks setting up the mood. The evening ended with a 5-course dinner.

Many Thanks to G Hotel for hosting us that evening.

Friday, June 1, 2018

Ginza Japanese Restaurant @ Vantage Desiran Tanjung, Penang.

Tanjung Bungah/ Pulau Tikus has long been the saving grace of Japanese expats sourcing for authentic Japanese eats and Ginza Japanese Restaurant at Vantage Desiran Tanjung is one of the busiest Japanese restaurants around. This absolute gem of place is always occupied on weekends; the restaurant's substantial Japanese menu is one of the strong pulling factors. Apart from the usual Japanese restaurant fare (like Sushi, Sashimi, Nabe, Noodles, Teppanyaki), the restaurant rolls out seasonal menu. Ingredients are air-flown in fresh and stock replenishes on every Tuesday and Friday, those with exotic palate would be glad to know that the restaurant carries unusual items such as Whale, Fugu (the Chef holds relevant license to process and serve the Fish) and Horse meat either (subject to availability and seasonal offer). Prices vary from affordable to premium goods... a place suitable for any occasion set in a comfortable, classic Japanese setting.

Many Thanks to Ginza Japanese Restaurant for hosting us. 

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Watercolor Bakery and Cafe @ Magazine Road, Georgetown, Penang.

Paint some colors to your day by visiting Watercolor Bakery and Cafe at Magazine Road (walking distance from M Summit 191)... the first branch outside of Kuala Lumpur. Like what suggested by its name, Watercolor is both a bakery and a cafe, it offers a range of home-baked pastries and bread as well as a menu featuring Sandwiches and Toasts. Though the menu is not as colorful as expected, the products would make any bread lovers weak in the knees. Visit the place after 5 pm and most bread/ pastries will be on 50% discount. Chic but simple interior decor with cozy atmosphere, I can see the place as one of the options for Afternoon Tea in town. 

Monday, May 28, 2018

Sun Vegetarian Cuisine (善) @ Bay Avenue, Bayan Lepas, Penang.

Carnivores will not feel left out here at Sun Vegetarian Cuisine (善), the colorful rolls packed with fruits and vegetables are convincing enough to please any diners. The vegetarian restaurant at Bay Avenue (near Queensbay Mall) serves an extensive Japanese-inspired Vegetarian menu, noticeable-ones include the range of Sushi Rolls, Japanese Steamboat, Noodle and Rice dishes. The menu is of course an expansion from the casual-classic Vegetarian food; the setting is classier as well... fully air-conditioned with proper chairs and tables. Though slightly more expensive than many vegetarian places in Penang, Sun Vegetarian Cuisine impressed us with its superior quality... definitely one of my top choices when it comes to vegetarian food.