Thursday, June 27, 2013

Wei Wu Guan Cafe (威武馆) @ Burmah Road, Penang.

Housed in one of the heritage houses in Penang (Burmah Road particularly), Wei Wu Guan cafe is another interesting themed restaurant to explore. The entire cafe is designed to suit the concept of martial arts or Wu-Shu, the whole setting of the cafe is rather cozy and suitable for gatherings or get-together. I was expecting to see some Taiwanese dishes before the menu arrives our table but I was completely stunned when I found out that the restaurant serves Hakka dishes mostly (well, a mixed of their home recipes which are not entirely Hakka). Wei Wu Guan Cafe is situated strategically at the junction of Burmah Road and Nagore Road (opposite to Ritz Bakery) Choices-wise, I found them to be rather limited but a good thing to know that they do change their menu constantly and they will be updated on their Facebook page regularly. Advance reservations are highly recommended due to the limited seating in the cafe. Anyway, this is definitely one of the cafes that have provided me the best services ever, the staff were super duper friendly and kind to us during our visit. I will definitely come back to try some of their dishes again.

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I was asking on their specialties and the staff was kind enough to recommend this Home Style To Fu (金钱袋/豆腐卜, 3 pieces- halved, Rm 7.70). These are something similar to Yong Tau Fu where some filling will be stuffed, I was told that the filling was made of Chicken and Fish meat. The halved Tou Fu Pok were divided equally where three will be steamed and the remaining will be deep fried (You may also opt to have all Tou Fu Pork steamed or to deep fry them). I would personally prefer the Steamed version, not as oily as compared to Deep Fried while they get to maintain the juiciness of the stuffing. Their home made sauce was just as good to complement with the Tou Fu Pok. It has some Dried Radish, Dried Shrimps and some Garlic... it tasted slightly sweet with a very unique aroma. Well complementing the Tou Fu Pok.

Any orders from their set meals will receive a complimentary Salad, Soup and some Peanuts with Sunflower Seeds. Their Salad was okay just that it lacked of some flavors, particularly in their dressing. They were using this Orange juice based dressing which lacked of some sourness. Their soup was also bland but it can be justified since they were telling us they did not and will not be using any Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) in any of their dishes.

This was actually part of their 'Special of the Day'- Ginger with Yellow Wine Chicken (黄酒鸡, Rm 14.80) which comes with a bowl of noodles or rice (your choice). The well-seasoned Chicken was robust with the flavor of the Yellow Cooking Wine, the mushrooms were equally good, well marinated and tender. It has a very piquant yet pleasing aroma from the Yellow Wine. They have added some Goji Berries for the extra hint of sweetness and to balance up the bitterness from the Wine either. However, it was slightly oilier to my liking. The portion was rather big and they were very generous in serving the Chicken and Mushrooms too! Truly a set that worth the value. 

We also had this Chili Chicken with Rice (火凤凰/辣椒鸡, Rm 14.30). No, you cannot go for noodles. This savory dish is certainly not an authentic Hakka dish but a rather good recipe learnt by the chef from Singapore. The Chicken slices were very tender and flavorsome, I also like the fact that they have added some Potatoes. It was not spicy at all but it has a mild aroma from the Curry Leaves and hint of sweetness. A very wonderful dish that goes very well with rice. I would prefer this dish over the other but my friend, on the the other way round, prefers the Ginger Yellow Wine Chicken.

Taste: 8.5/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Price: 8/10 (1-3 expensive, 4-7 average, 8-10 cheap)
Ambiance: 7.5/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Service: 9.5/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Parking: 6.5/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Service Charge: No
Government Tax: No

Additional Information:
Address: No. 122-G, Jalan Burma (Burmah Road), 10050, Georgetown, Penang.
Business Hour: 12pm to 3pm, 6pm to 12am (Sunday to Thursday); 12pm to 3pm, 6pm to 1am (Friday and Saturday). Closed on every Tuesday.
Contact Number: 604- 228 6216

*Map showing Penang Plaza, which is stone throw away from Wei Wu Guan, head to the junction of Burmah Road and Nagore Road, you should be able to find Wei Wu Guan Cafe there.*