Friday, July 25, 2014

Grumpiez Green Pepper @ Hillside, Tanjung Bungah, Penang.

Penang is such a blessed island with so many good foods, not only the traditional hawker foods but we are getting more and of course, easier access to international cuisines as well. Grumpiez Green Pepper is yet another hidden gem that deserves more recognition. The place serves unabashed authentic Mexican cuisine at unbelievably affordable prices and huge portion. The menu is simple and earnest, featuring most of the signature dishes from Mexico- Enchiladas, Burritos, Tacos, Quesadillas, Guacamole, Salsas... etc. Michele, an expat from Texas, once shared with me that she thinks the foods here are pretty authentic; I guess that reaffirms how authentic the dishes are. It may not have the perfect romantic setting for your date but if you wish to have a taste of Mexico, be sure to visit this place. Grumpiez Green Pepper is located at Hillside, adjacent to Gusto Cafe and next to The Hillside Cafe.

A quintessential starter to the ensuing Mexican feast- Guacamole and Chips (Rm 16). The Guacamole was absolutely lovely, it was rich, thick and creamy with a nice and refreshing acidic tilt. Bob, the restaurateur manning the place, shared with us that he makes the Guacamole fresh every morning. We were shocked by the generous portion though, which it was good enough for at least 3 person I reckon. If I had to nitpick, I would prefer more chopped Tomatoes, Lime juice and probably more Jalapeno Chilies (maybe I should put a note before I place my order) for a stronger citrusy flavor and chili kick . 

I was delighted to see Wet Burritos on the menu, I have had Dry Burritos before but not Wet ones. Each order of their Burrito (be it Wet or Dry version) comes with two sides- Spanish Rice and Salad with Salsa dressing. We had Ground Beef Burrito (Rm 25) which was lip-smacking, the Beef was beautifully cooked with Tomato Sauce. It was nicely done, not too sweet, not too sour, just nice to go with the wrap. An additional dollop of Guacamole was added, it had not done much in its aid but it gives the Burrito a smoother and creamier texture. The Salad, on the other hand, was my favorite side dish. It could be one of the best Salsas that I have ever had, even better with pickled Olives, Jalapenos and some fresh Radish. Unfortunately, I did not quite enjoy the Spanish Rice. I have learned about the long preparation hour and troublesome cooking process but I thought the smokiness somewhat overpowered the whole dish. Also, the portion was good enough for two small eaters. 

Enchiladas share the same sides as Burritos, we had Chicken Enchilada (Rm 20) served with Corn Tortillas. Sink your teeth into the Tortilla and you will be greeted with a mild aroma of Mexican spices followed by a meaty, cheesy and slightly tomatoey texture and flavor. It was decent but if you were to ask me, I would prefer the Ground Beef Burrito over Enchilada. Both dishes are very sinful, but worth every single calorie. 

Taste: 7.5/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Service: 7/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Price: 7.5/10 (1-3 expensive, 4-7 average, 8-10 cheap)
Parking: 6/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Ambiance: 7/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Service Charge: No
Government Tax: No

Additional Information:
Address: 27, Jalan Sungai Kelian, 11200, Tanjung Bungah, Penang.
Business Hours: 12pm to 10pm. Closed on every Monday.
Contact Number: 604- 890 5880

27 Lorong Sungai Kelian, Tanjung Tokong, 11200 Tanjong Bungah, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia