747 Restaurant @ Transfer Road, Penang.
If you are living or have been living in Penang for the past decade, you might have heard of this restaurant- 747 Restaurant. It has moved to this new location since few years ago, from Macalister Road to Transfer Road. To find 747 restaurant at Transfer Road, pay attention to your right hand side, locate Caltex Petrol Station and 747 restaurant should be at the corner before reaching Caltex. The restaurant serves both Chinese and Western style cuisine, but they are more specialized in serving Chinese cuisine. Their signature dishes include Inche Kabin, Chicken Pie etc....but there were not on my order list this time, but I would definitely love to return and try these dishes out in the future. Prices are considered to be fair and reasonable, as there was not any service charge included in my bill and the overall portion for the dishes was okay and in good value of money. Service was very fast, basically they will serve everything within 20 minutes (provided that its not peak hour or during high customer traffic in that restaurant), the main problem will be the parking. Its really hard to find a parking lot nearby, but the management of 747 Restaurant told us that customers are allowed to park their cars at Caltex Petrol Station. The overall quality of the food was satisfying and they seem to be able to maintain the quality in most of their dishes.
Prawn Crackers were given to us before the meal, checked the bill later on and I realized that they charged us Rm2 for this small portion of prawn crackers which they named as nuts in the bill. It was seriously over-priced in my opinion, I could seriously get a whole packet of prawn crackers for Rm2.50 in night market.
Stir Fried Mixed Vegetables With Sambal (Rm10 for small) which consists of Petai (Parka Speciosa), Brinjal/Egg Plant, Ladies Fingers and Long Beans. The dish was very good overall, especially in maintaining the crunchiness and juiciness within the vegetables, not to mention that the flavor of the Sambal sauce has successfully blended well with the vegetables. Recommended.
We also had this Mongolian Pork Ribs (Rm 12), the aromatic sauce complemented well with the deep fried pork ribs. The sauce tasted like Satay sauce but it was not that sweet, or rather, with a hint of sweetness. Although the pork ribs were being deep fried before but they still maintained the tenderness of the meat, this dish works well with white rice.
Sze Chuan Chicken (Rm18). I have no idea why they named this dish as Sze Chuan Chicken as it does not match with one of the main characteristics of Sze Chuan cuisine which is spiciness. The chicken was not spicy at all, it was first deep fried and steamed till tender, the chicken was laying on a bed of pickled mustard tuber which gives the dish a hint of sourness and this could be the only possible reason why this chicken was named as Sze Chuah Chicken. The thick and dark gravy was okay in my opinion, could use some to complement white rice.
Braised Duck With Yam was priced at Rm25, it was heated using clay pot, hence, this dish still maintained the heat throughout our meal. This dish was very good in my opinion, especially the flavorful and aromatic yam which complemented well with the duck, creating a new fragrance. This dish is not easy to cook as in its a very time-consuming dish. The duck was very tender but the "ducky" flavor was over-powering in my opinion, some might find it too strong and not easily acceptable but I'd rate this dish decent overall.
I always hunt for Sambal Belacan whenever I visit a Chu Char or chinese restaurants, I find this restaurant's Sambal Belacan was okay only, as in it was not spicy enough in my opinion and it lacked of a strong aroma, I would personally prefer some Sambal Belacan with a hint of sourness, particularly from Lime Juice.
Taste: 7.5/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Price: 7/10 (1-3 expensive, 4-7 average, 8-10 cheap)
Service: 7/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Parking: 5.5/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Service Charge: No
Government Tax: No
Address: 25-27, Transfer Road, 10050 Georgetown, Penang.
Business Hour: 11am to 10pm. Closed on every Monday.
Contact Number: 604- 229 6897