Friday, October 9, 2015

BBQ Chicken @ Elit Avenue, Bayan Baru, Penang.

The combination of crispy, sweet and spicy Korean Fried Chicken and icy cold Beer has set the world on fire thanks to a famous Korean Drama aired earlier ago. The craze has not subsided since then, more and more Korean restaurants are offering the aforesaid combination. Unfortunately, this is not the case for BBQ Chicken Malaysia. The "Halal" status prohibits the place from serving alcohol and if you are old enough, you might have heard of the name- BBQ Chicken Malaysia. Its first outlet was opened at Gurney Plaza approximately 9 years back (year 2006) and has since closed down. Restructured and re-branded, BBQ Chicken now comes back with a chic, fashion-forward look; opening a new branch at Elit Avenue, Bayan Baru. The Korean menu has an extensive range of Fried Chicken-dishes but it has a nice blend of Western-touches as well. However, we thought the Korean-element in this restaurant is rather weak.... 

One of their signature dishes- Paris Wings (Rm 15.90 for 5 pieces), Korean Deep Fried Chicken Wings tossed in a zingy, sweet and spicy sauce. The presentation was unpromising, the sauce was probably a little watery and did not manage to cling onto the wings. Surprisingly, the flavors were alright though spiciness was sort of muted. The sauce possessed the sweet and zingy notes but probably tweaked to suit the Malaysian palate. Not too shabby for this dish but we agreed that it could be spicier.  

Lazy eaters may try their boneless Golden Tender Strips (Rm 14.50 for 5 pieces), boneless Chicken Breast coated with crunchy flakes deep fried to a tawny crisp. The meat was tender and juicy but we thought it was rather monotonous as there was no dipping sauce for us to go with it. We did not see the Korean-touch in this dish. 

Unlike normal Korean Pancakes, we believe BBQ Chicken's Pajeon ( rm 13.90/ small) was deep fried instead of pan fried. It was extremely greasy- the oil oozes out with the slightest prick. Flavor-wise, it was alright though we did not sense the Korean-ness in it. It was crispy and crunchy as expected but a tad oily for us. We struggled to finish the Pancake.

Taste: 6.5/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Service: 7/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Price: 7/10 (1-3 expensive, 4-7 average, 8-10 cheap)
Ambiance: 7.5/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Parking: 7/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Service Charge: Yes 10%

Additional Information:
Address: 1-1-22, Elit Avenue, 11950, Bayan Baru, Penang.
Business Hours: 10:30 am to 9:30 pm. Opens Daily.
Contact Number: 604- 611 6312