Starview Restaurant @ New World Park, Penang.
When it comes to Chinese cuisine (Cantonese dishes mostly), I always have a few restaurants in my mind, Hei Yeong Seng Restaurant, CRC Restaurant (in CRC Club) and Starview Restaurant. These few restaurants have been branded as the good-quality Chinese restaurants in Penang. Starview was previously situated at Burmah Road (opposite Telecom), but it was years ago. They have moved to New World Park since then. The menu has not changed much from my previous visit (the old location), their fish head steamboat is definitely one of the "must-try" dishes. Reservation will be strongly recommended especially during weekends. They do host for wedding dinners too. Price-wise, was reasonable considering the portion and the quality served. However, there will be some service charge and government tax added to your bill. Overall, I find it impressive for Starview to maintain their quality and still remain strong to draw the crowd in.
Fish Head Steamboat (, Rm60--Big). It was meant for the serving for 8 adults, it comes with 2 bowls of fish meat, laying on top of a bed of fresh green vegetables. The pot was very big and there were some ingredients inside, some fried fish head and some tou fu (soya bean curd). Unlimited refill for the natural and earthy-tasted soup. Its something that you should not miss when you are visiting Starview.
There were some specially made sauce to go with the fresh and succulent fish slices. They were made of some shallots, spring onions, red chilies and some dark soya sauce. The sauce does not really go well with the fish in my opinion, but it does give an extra flavor to the fish. Anyway, the use of tou fu was very brilliant, as the soaked tou fu has fully absorbed the essence and fragrant aroma of the soup. After some boiling and cooking with the fish, the soup will eventually sweeter and much tastier. I can't help but to drink a few bowls of soup. Recommended.
Stir Fried Kai-Lan With Salted Fish (Chinese Broccoli, 芥兰, Rm20). The Kai-Lan has successfully maintained its crispiness so does the salted fish. The aroma from the garlic complemented well with the Kai Lan too. However, the texture was more to the harder/tougher side to my liking.
Stir Fried Brinjal/Egg Plant With Minced Chicken (Rm20). The meaty feeling of the minced chicken really gives the juicy and tender brinjal a boost in terms of texture. It works well with some white rice. Recommended.
Kurma/Korma Chicken Curry With Naan/Roti Canai (Rm18). The Kurma Chicken were being placed on top of a deep fried Naan/Roti Canai bread. Although this dish was quite special and rarely seen, but I found the deep fried Naan/Roti Canai was quite oily. It does made a good combination with the Kurma Chicken but it tasted like the ordinary Roti Canai with Curry Chicken. The chicken was decent but it does not possesses a distinctive taste which I found no difference with the normal curry chicken.
Nestum Prawns (Rm50). This was a very enjoyable dish as the prawns were very fresh and we do not have to peel the prawns. Taste wise, was decent. The strong buttery nestum flavor actually brings out the natural sweetness from the prawns. The portion was quite big too.
Mini Seafood Poon Choi/Claypot Seafood (Rm72). Just take a look at those round, thick and succulent scallops, I just can't resist the temptation but to take a quick bite on a scallop. Other than the fresh and appetizing scallops, there were some fish maws, sea cucumber, shitake mushrooms and some broccoli. Need not to explain much, the sophisticated-used of ingredients explain all.
Taste: 7.5/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Price: 6.5/10 (1-3 expensive, 4-7 average, 8-10 cheap)
Service: 7/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Parking: 7.5/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Service Charge: Yes 5%
Government Tax: Yes 6%
Address: 102 B-1 to 102 B-4, New World Park. No.102, Burmah Road, 10050 Penang.
Business Hour: 11:30am to 2:30pm, 6pm to 10pm; Daily.
Contact Number: 604- 226 6544