Curry devotees might want to give a shot at Coco Ichibanya, a world-renowned Japanese Curry brand that has plethora of branches all over the world. The brand has recently set foot in Penang, making its debut at Queens Street of Queensbay Mall Penang (between Okomen and Seoul Garden). As the name might have suggested, the brand is famous for its Curry Rice but Coco Ichibanya is not a one-trick pony, it serves good Pork Cutlet too (according to some) and some non-curry dishes. Prices are slightly on the higher side but justifiable with the satisfying portion. Diners may even pair their own desired toppings or to make it a unique combination to themselves. The flexibility is there; the spicy lovers could challenge themselves to the highest level (level 5) while the heat-intolerant could play safe by staying at the default level (original) or the lowest level (meant for children). A place especially suitable for novelty seekers to try a completely different variation of Curry.
Thursday, April 16, 2015
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
A new tenant at Elit Avenue has been drawing a huge crowd lately, especially during lunch hours. The factory workers nearby will flock to the place in a group. The place was thronged with patrons, probably attracted by the extremely budget-friendly prices; 2 course Set Lunch at Rm 14.50 nett and 4 course Set Dinner at Rm 24.50 nett. The place is a little small so I would not say that its a cozy and comfortable restaurant but more than sufficient for a casual lunch or dinner. As you might have guessed it right, Restaurant OZ serves modern Aussie-influenced dishes, the menu is simple, offering an array of their proudly chosen dishes including their signature dish- House Roast Chicken with Gravy. A place that I would not mind dropping by again, for a casual lunch with colleagues. Restaurant OZ is just right next to Sticks and Spoon of Elit Avenue, Bayan Baru.
Sunday, April 12, 2015
1885 of Eastern and Oriental Hotel welcomes a guest Chef from London- Chef Mark Jarvis, a Chef with great culinary knowledge who has sharpen his culinary skills at many world-renown prestigious restaurants. He intends to bring the flavors of London and to share with the lucky diners in 1885. His new, painstakingly crafted menu features contemporary, playful dishes where many surprises and possibilities can be further explored. I was one of the fortunate ones to be invited for their new menu preview tasting session for the media, therefore, portion shown in the photos was of tasting portion .
Many Thanks to E&O Hotel for hosting us that afternoon.
Thursday, April 9, 2015
Cheesecake lovers would be jolly happy with the opening of a famous Japanese Cotton Cheesecake joint- Uncle Tetsu Cheesecake. The Japanese brand has recently opened a new branch at Summerton- first branch in Penang and third in Malaysia. Fresh dairies sourced from Australia seem to be the key for the brand's success. Long queues are forming in Penang, despite the first opening day for this new branch at Summerton. My wait was approximately 1.5 hours but no, we could not afford to wait. We paid and came back after some time to collect our orders (disclaimer: unlike some bloggers in Penang, I did not glamorously announce my identity and did my photo-shooting quietly. I waited patiently just like anyone else.). The branch has a simple setting, no tables nor chairs; just a pick-and-go kiosk with a huge displaying fridge. Freshness is assured as the cakes are made-to-order (expect at least a 20-minute wait). While we did like the moist, light and ultra-soft texture, we did not think the wait was worthwhile.
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Eggette (鸡蛋仔) is an ubiquitous snack that can be found almost every corner of Hong Kong but it is certainly an uncommon thing here in Penang. At an off-the-map, newly set up commercial-residential property at Relau, named Golden Triangle; one may find this unusual snack in an unassuming shop. Opened for less than 2 weeks, HK Triplemilk is manned by a couple from Hong Kong. Eggette is one of their specialties but they do have Frozen Yogurt, Hong Kong styled Breakfast and Milk Tea on the menu. Prices are reasonable considering the cozy, cafe-like ambiance. A place worth dropping by if you are in the vicinity.
Monday, April 6, 2015
Restaurants serving Western-European dishes are a dime of dozen in Penang but EU Cuisine is one that you really should not miss. Tucked inside one of the heritage houses along Rangoon Road, EU Cuisine is the latest venture by Chef Selina and partner Vinnie. As the name might have hinted you a little, EU Cuisine specializes in serving European dishes, that being said, it does not specialize in one country but a mixed of the entire continent. The wholehearted restaurant deserves more recognition, it serves their food in a healthier way where they make prepare their food and sauces from scratch. The restaurant is still expanding their menu but there should be sufficient choices to please everyone. The fully air-conditioned restaurant has ample seating area with comfortable chairs; a place that is especially suitable for family gathering. EU Cuisine can be found right opposite to Wong Chau Jun (王昭君) restaurant on the same road.
Many Thanks to EU Cuisine for hosting us that afternoon.
Friday, April 3, 2015
Market Lane Cafe settled in a sequestered spot right smack in Georgetown- Lorong Pasar, a narrow, quiet alley between Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling, Steward Lane and Chulia Lane. We saw some familiar faces in Market Lane Cafe, probably from some cafes nearby. The snug cafe has limited seating, maybe a total of 5 tables, so its not a place suitable for big group gatherings. The cafe has a small modern Asian menu, featuring some of their proud creations. Prices are slightly higher as compared to its contenders but they are justifiable with the generous portion. There are some hits and misses but as the place is fairly new and the menu is constantly improving, the place is still worth a second visit.
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Set your taste buds alight as Swez Brasserie of Eastin Hotel Penang is about to spice up your days with its Songkran Sawadee Pee Mai Buffet Lunch. The Thai buffet lunch sees a wonderful assortment of Thai nibbles, snacks, appetizers, mains and desserts and will be available on 1st of April 2015 to 30th of April 2015. Tasty highlights to note in the buffet are Yam Talay (Spicy Seafood Salad), Yam Hua Plee Sai Goong (Spicy Salad with Shrimp and Glass Noodles), Tom Yam Goong (Thai Spicy Prawn Soup), Sangkaya (Pumpkin Custard) and Tab Tim Krob (Water Chestnut-Jackfruit Coconut Cream Dessert) etc.
Lunch (Songkran Sawadee Pee Mai): Monday - Friday
12:00pm - 2:30pm
Rm 62+ (adult) Rm 31+ (child)50% discount of Senior Citizen, aged 60 and above.
Many Thanks to Eastin Hotel Penang for hosting us that evening.
Yam Hua Plee Sai Goong- Banana Flower Spicy Salad with Glass Noodles
Lab Gai- Spicy Minced Chicken Salad with Roasted Rice and Chili Powder
Monday, March 30, 2015
Originated from Thailand and first in Malaysia, Kanemochi has set foot in Penang, opening a kiosk at Lang Hoose. Unlike the conventional Mochi, the brand is famous for its Ice Cream Mochi- flavored Ice Cream encased in a chewy-resilient Japanese Rice Cake. There are aplenty flavors available in Kanemochi, some highlights to note are Milk Tea, Green Tea, Yogurt, Milk, Tropical Lime, Melon etc. Great to buy as gifts or to try them out for novelty sake; not quite the thing that you would yearn or crave on a regular basis.
Friday, March 27, 2015
The cafe society in Penang keeps evolving, one of the latest addition to the Penang cafe scene will be Constant Gardener Coffee- tucked within the newly refurbished building of The Chinese Chambers of Commerce along Penang Street. The welcoming snug little cafe was at its soft-launch stage on our visit, their furniture was not fully ready... nor the signage. We saw quite a number of familiar faces there, cafe operators from some well-known cafes not only in Penang but KL too. The baristas in Constant Gardener Coffee know their coffee well, they have been experimenting a few blends, my partner in crime seemed to enjoy their coffee, on both visits (on separate dates). The cafe does not serve main, just an array of desserts sourced from somewhere but it is undoubtedly a great place for coffee and to mingle with peers, especially suitable for coffee connoisseurs.
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Despite the roaring food and beverage scene in Penang, one still finds it hard to find a good Dim Sum restaurant; somewhere not too expensive and extremely consistent on the quality. Chaw Choon Dim Sum Restaurant, one of the most renowned Dim Sum specialists at Butterworth, has been drawing enormous crowd to the restaurant. It was our first visit and we were delighted to see such an extensive range of Dim Sum dishes, from the common Cantonese delights to the less common localized-delicacies, all well and reasonably priced. The outlet at Ong Yi How, off Raja Uda is a new branch opened in early 2012. As much as we were impressed with the variety, we thought that it would be better if they could serve their food piping hot instead of room temperature. It was impossible to tell the cost of every single dish but the three of us had quite a number of dishes; with Chinese Tea, the total damage was just a mere Rm 41.60. A similar meal at the island would easily cost more than Rm 50. Air ventilation was good and aplenty of tables available; a good place to enjoy a family breakfast.
Monday, March 23, 2015
End the day by chilling out at the newly refurbished bar- Nadaba of Hotel Equatorial Penang where one gets to sit by the pool side, enjoy phenomenal sunset view and listen to live jazz band music (available on Thursdays to Saturdays only). The pool side bar has quite an impressive array of alcoholic drinks, from the conventional beers, wines to specially made cocktails; there will be something for everyone. As one of the opening promotions, Nadaba set to roll out its Sunset Teasers; priced at Rm 48 nett, each order of Sunset Teaser comes with two glasses of alcohol (Beers/ Wines) and a three-tier tray containing local nibbles and delectable snacks. Sunset Teaser is available daily from 5 pm to 8 pm.
Many Thanks to Equatorial Hotel Penang for hosting us that evening.