Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Friday Evening Poolside Barbecue Buffet Dinner @ The Royale Bintang, Weld Quay, Penang.

Welcome the weekend by treating yourself to a sumptuous meal at one of the new hotels in the heartland of Georgetown- The Royale Bintang. Spaces are very limited in the colonial building but the management managed to have a pool built right beside a restaurant on second floor; and right now, the hotel is rolling out their first Friday Evening Poolside Barbecue Buffet Dinner. Choices are aplenty though not as extensive as some establishments in town but this particular buffet theme is definitely well-designed for meat lovers.

Friday Night Poolside Barbecue Buffet Dinner:
Price: Rm 83+ (adults); Rm 40+ (senior citizen and children).
Time: 7 pm to 10 pm; available on every Friday. *available until the end of March 2015*
Venue: Poolside on Level 2

Many Thanks to Royale Bintang for hosting us that evening.

Grilled Satay and Seafod Skewers

 Minute Beef Tenderloin

Chicken Tandoori

Carnivores will be glad to see the wide range of barbecued meat available. Minute Beef Tenderloin took the center spotlight- tender, juicy and delicately marinated. Beef Satay was awesome either- deftly seasoned and grilled to perfection, though a little sweet but it goes flawlessly with their home-made Peanut sauce and assorted Satay condiments. Chicken Tandoori, on the other hand, was somewhat dry and rough to my liking but a miracle touch of Lemon Juice lighten the dish up. I had mine with plenty of greens. Other meat available include Lamb Chop and Seafood Skewers.

 Thai Chicken Salad with Lemongrass

 Pakoras with Mint Yogurt Dip


Stuffed Tofu with Sweet Chili Sauce

Entrees may not be too impressive but they were more than good enough to complement the meat. We did not get to sample all but to balance up the meal, we loaded our plates with plenty of fresh greens and Grilled Capsicum to go with the barbecued meat. The Hummus was okay, though not as flavorful as I thought it would be.

 Mee Goreng Mamak Style

 Inche Kabin

Assorted Sausages

 Char Koay Teow

 Buttered Mixed Vegetables

Spaghetti Seafood Napolinata

For a balanced diet, go for their fresh greens or Buttered Mixed Vegetables; their Assorted Sausages were nicely done either, beautifully drenched in their home-made Black Pepper sauce with chopped Capsicum and Onions added. Equally good was the Spaghetti Seafood Napolinata, though a little dry and hard on the texture, the Napolinata sauce was toothsome. It had a medley of sweet, sour and savory notes within, complementing the Pasta perfectly. We did not get to try the Char Koay Teow but when we walked past the action stall, we were caught in a whiff of delightful aroma. Other dishes include Chicen Fried Rice, Pan Fried Potatoes with Ratatouille etc.

 Cheese Cake

 Chocolate Mousse

Assorted Kuih-Muih


 Sago served with Palm Sugar and Coconut Milk

Creme Caramel

End your meal with the array of desserts beautifully displayed at the counter; amongst the desserts we sampled, Cheese Cake and Chocolate Mousse left me with the deepest impression. The former cake was creamily rich but perfectly balanced in sweetness while the latter one was chocolaty with a velvety smooth texture. Also not to be missed will be their Bread and Butter Pudding served with Vanilla Sauce, it struck us with the fluffy-soft texture and the mellow buttery flavor; best part, it was not saccharine sweet. Other desserts, however, were mediocre.

Additional Information:
Service Charge: Yes 10%
Government Tax: No
Address: No. 1 & 2, Pengkalan Weld, 10300, Georgetown, Penang.
Contact Number: 604- 259 8888

Map of 1, Pengkalan Weld, Georgetown, 10300 Pulau Pinang

Monday, January 26, 2015

Hainanese Afternoon Tea (Kong Thai Lai Coffee House) @ Hutton Lane, Georgetown, Penang.

Many would drive past this old rustic Coffee House along Hutton Lane, not knowing its one of the Coffee Houses frequently visited by the Millionaires and Billionaires in Penang. Step in Kong Thai Lai and you will be enveloped in a time portal, instantly teleporting you back to those older days. The Coffee House is beautifully preserved; guests seemed to enjoy their cup of Joe quietly reading newspaper while some happily discussed on the current issues happening in the country. Time appears to be slowed down in that space. One of the few places that is still preserving the unique Penang-retro vibe. Kong Thai Lai Coffee House is a stone's throw distance away from the multi-storey car park along Hutton Lane, opposite to Eden Restaurant.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Qian Wei La Steamboat (左麻右辣) @ Bukit Mertajam, Penang.

The fast-deveoping town- Bukit Mertajam has seen many new eateries sprung up lately; Qian Wei La is one of the few eateries that received huge attention from the crowd recently. The aforementioned establishment is a newly opened Steamboat restaurant; it has the right setting- clean, brightly-lit, air-conditioned, good ventilation system, built-in induction cooker and ample parking space. They may not have extensive choices but good enough to satiate your Steamboat craving, as well as your lust to BBQ Meat. Steamboat sets are available as low as Rm 18 nett. A great place for your communal dining experience with your friends and family members. Qian Wei La can be found right opposite to "Taman Gemilang" food court (新时代), near Jalan Song Ban Kheng, Bukit Mertajam.

Many Thanks to Qian Wei La for hosting us that afternoon.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The Cream & Fudge Factory @ Gurney Plaza, Penang.

The Cream & Fudge Factory is a new Ice Cream Parlour that joins the clamouring crowd at the al-fresco area between Gurney Plaza and G Hotel. It is certainly a delightful addition to the mall as shoppers get to stretch their shopping legs while enjoying a scoop of icy cold Ice Cream to counter the sweltering tropical heat in Penang. It does not have a glamorous set up, just like any Ice Cream parlour in the malls- a simple displaying fridge with a couple of tables and some chairs. With 16 flavors in total, one could take some time to decide on what to order (though they do not come cheap), a place where Ice Cream aficionados would not want to miss. 

Monday, January 19, 2015

DRIP Cafe @ Prangin Terrace, Georgetown, Penang.

A new tenant at Prangin Terrace- named DRIP Cafe, an abbreviation of Diversity Re:boot Installation Project. The cafe adopts Japanese-Western influenced style, evidently seen from their small menu; featuring signature dishes like Corn Cream Pasta, Japanese Curry Rice and Mashed Potato with Cheese and Streaky Beef. These are all they have, for mains. Desserts were also introduced to us with aplomb, enthusiastically suggesting us to go for their Rare Cheese Cake and Lemon Yogurt. The place is clean and brightly lit, comfortable seating with ample space in between. On the second floor, there is a small area dedicated to live band performance, interested parties could have a look on their Facebook Page. A quiet, comfortable and pleasant cafe for you to spend your leisure afternoon or to satisfy your reading pleasure.

Friday, January 16, 2015

D' Fat Mona Lisa @ Free School Road, Jelutong, Penang.

It's easy to increase a pound or two, especially with so many wonderful delicacies around us here in Penang but unfortunately, that makes no exception for the most-celebrated painting- Mona Lisa as well. The exaggerated Mona Lisa depicts a sense of humor, where the team seeks to create a fun space for coffee lovers to mingle. The ambiance is somewhat unique, probably larger in space, together with the comfy couches, they exude the warmth of home. Menu is simple and minimalist- the usual cafe fare but one of the dishes did manage to impress me. D' Fat Mona Lisa is housed within a bungalow situated along Free School Road, opposite to the famous Banana Fritter stall. Ample parking space is available too.