Yisu Vegetarian Steamboat House @ Arena Curve, Bayan Lepas, Penang.
What happens when a vegetarian feels like eating steamboat? Not an issue right now with the opening of Yisu Vegetarian Steamboat House. The vegetarian restaurant at Arena Curve (those shop houses right next to Olive Tree Hotel) has a menu entirely dedicated for vegetarians; if you are in a rush or steamboat is not your kind of thing, there are some simple, staple Malaysian (vegetarian) delights as well (namely Nasi Lemak, Koay Teow Th'ng, Chee Cheong Fun and some rice dishes). Their signature dish however, is their personalized vegetarian Steamboat. Budget watchers will be glad to know that all dishes are reasonably priced here and suitably designed for the office/ factory workers nearby. But do not expect the place to have fancy or elegant setup, rather, a simple space for a casual meal.
Personal Vegetarian Steamboat Set (Rm 12.90)
Chee Cheong Fun (Rm 3.90/ small)
The unattached can now enjoy steamboat alone as Yisu offers "single steamboat set"- perfect portion just for one diner. Choose between "clear soup" or "Tom Yum" and tummy filler of Rice, Instant Noodles or Vermicelli Noodles. We had Clear Soup with Vermicelli Noodles, while other steamboat condiments were pretty standard average. The set includes some fresh greens, mushrooms and corns as well as some mock meats, fish balls. The soup possessed a mellow but clean vegetable-sweetness. No MSG is added but for those who prefers bolder flavors, they can opt to have their dips. We also had a side order- Chee Cheong Fun; it was disappointingly average except for the crispy condiments sprinkled on the top, just an ordinary rice cake otherwise.
Taste: 7/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Service: 6.5/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Price: 7/10 (1-3 expensive, 4-7 average, 8-10 cheap)
Parking: 7/10 (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
Address: 72-1-72, Arena Curve, Jalan Mahsuri, 11950, Bayan Lepas, Penang.
Business Hours: 12 pm to 3 pm, 5:30 pm to 10:30 pm. Closed on Wednesdays.
Contact Number: 6016- 320 5528