Weld Quay (Tree Shade) Seafood @ Weld Quay, Penang.
As the name suggested, this eatery has a huge tree resting inside, in fact, its right in front of the main entrance to the restaurant. This place should not be too unfamiliar for Penangites as it has been operating at the same place for many years. Weld Quay Seafood is facing the main road of Penang Jetty/ Ferry Terminal. The place is often filled with people as well, especially during weekends or festive seasons. I've been hearing a lot of good compliments about their affordable prices and the freshness of the seafood. Upon entering the place, their fresh-caught seafood and vegetables will be displayed on the little kiosk set up there, staff will be taking orders at there as well. One can simply choose what they desired and straight away ask for quotation and place their orders there. The customer flow was very heavy and we had to ask three times for the bill. The person in charge was too busy and I don't even have a chance to ask her for the individual price. Total damage was Rm 54, including drinks and white rice for four. It will be a bit troublesome to find parking at that area, but you can always find some parking at the road next to it, tho some walking might be required. Price-wise, was affordable for most dishes, but try to ask for price quotation first before you place your order if you are on a tight budget. Their fast-service was something impressive as well, so need not to worry on the time it takes to serve the food.
We were served this indian crackers with some curry as starters. Every table will be served this as starter. I have no complaints on the crispiness of the crackers but I find the curry a bit bland to my liking, nevertheless, it was still okay for starter.
Bitter Gourd Soup, which comes with some pork meat, fish balls, toufu and some shrimps. The soup was very refreshing and flavorful. The portion was just good enough for the four of us. To my surprise, the soup was not bitter at all, probably due to the sweetness of the meat and seafood have infused into the soup, so healthy and down to earth. Recommended.
This type of wild vegetables has just became my new love due to its crunchiness and a hint of bitterness. We had it Stir Fried with some Chilies instead. The dish came out a bit oily in my opinion but it has successfully maintained the crunchiness (not overcooked) and it was just nicely done (not over-flavored). It could be even better if the dish could be a little bit more spicy, nevertheless, it was still a decent dish.
We had this Steamed Chicken with Chinese Herbs (Half Bird) as well. It was just an okay dish for me, although the soup was robust in flavor of those Chinese Herbs, but the chicken meat was somehow lacked of some flavor. The aroma of the herbs has failed to infuse into the chicken meat and it would be much better if they could serve the chicken hotter. The chicken was just warm when it was served to us, I'd prefer it to be piping hot instead.
This beautifully done Steamed Clams with Egg White was very impressive. They were smart enough to use the bigger sized clams instead of the smaller ones. The clams were laying on a bed of egg white. The meat of the clams was so succulent and fresh, naturally sweet, with a hint of gingery flavor and the aroma of Chinese rice wine, then topped with a generous amount of chopped spring onions as well. The egg white shall not be missed too but I will prefer if they could add more egg white instead as the egg white added was too few i my opinion, too few until I can hardly dig them out. Recommended.
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: 6/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Parking: 6/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Service Charge: No
Government Tax: No
Address: 18-21, Weld Quay, 12000, Penang. (facing Penang Ferry Terminal)
Business Hour: 11am to 3pm, 6pm to 10pm. Closed on every Wednesday.
Contact Number: 012- 429 2579