Saturday, April 13, 2024

1M Specialty Coffee House @ Hillside, Tanjung Tokong, Penang.

1M Specialty Coffee House is the latest addition to Hillside Tanjung Tokong (next to Domino's Pizza and a few doors away from Guardian Pharmacy). It is easy to spot 1M Specialty Coffee House, thanks to its welcoming entrance painted in bright colors. The menu is not big- featuring some classic Western dishes as well as some modern, playful Asian delights (we were there in early February and they were still in soft launch stage so there might be some changes to the menu) with prices slightly on the higher side. Not everything we had was good but given that they were still very new, the place is still worth a second look. If you are in the vicinity and wondering what to eat, do give it a try.

Wednesday, April 10, 2024

The Heirloom Co @ Gurney Paragon Mall, Penang.

If you are not in the mood of some heavily seasoned hawker fare and looking for some lighter option, check out The Heirloom Co at Gurney Paragon Mall. The salad and grain bowl bar churns out healthy, nutritious yet tasty meals. Options vary from healthy Salad to Toast and Grain Bowls; prices shall depend on the toppings and customization is possible. Definitely a good option for those who are time-pressed but looking for a balanced and wholesome meal. Find The Heirloom Co on the ground floor of Gurney Paragon Mall, right in front of Lacoste/ H&M entrance near St. Jo. 

Sunday, April 7, 2024

Khāo Thai Restaurant @Raja Uda, Butterworth, Penang.

A fairly new Thai restaurant at Raja Uda, Butterworth- Khāo; both the interior and exterior decor barely suggests any Thai elements. The interior decor is modern with a wood-tone, but the seats are less comfortable (fine for a quick fix but not practical for gatherings over chit-chat). The word Khāo refers to Rice in Thai; with a name like Khāo, one can expect the Thai restaurant to carry a Rice-focused Thai menu. The restaurant serves good food- at least we were happy with the quality of our orders, reasonable prices too. Worth checking out if you happen to be in the neighborhood.

Thursday, April 4, 2024

初二 Chu Er By Fusion Taste @ Victoria Street, Georgetown, Penang.

初二 Chu Er By Fusion Taste is a new brunch spot in the heart of Georgetown that offers hearty Malaysian delights at budget-friendly price tags. Located at Victoria Street, a short walk from Boston Coffee; it is easy to miss Chu Er By Fusion Taste due to the small facade and entrance. But as you enter the place, you will find yourself in an air-conditioned, well-spaced restaurant. The menu features Malaysian delights with some Chinese-influenced rice/noodle sets. Chu Er is definitely an inviting space for those seeking decent and inexpensive meals. It is note-worthy that Chu Er By Fusion Taste is a pet-friendly restaurant.

Tuesday, April 2, 2024

Harajuku Japanese Restaurant 原宿 @ Golden Triangle, Bayan Lepas, Penang.

Harajuku Japanese Restaurant 原宿 at Golden Triangle has been around for quite some time; it is a popular go-to place for those living or working in the neighborhood. The attractive part about Harajuku is its wallet-friendly prices, diners can enjoy a decent Japanese meal for a little over Rm 20; making it ideal for big family. The menu is quite extensive, featuring many familiar Japanese delights including Sushi, Sashimi, Salad, Grills and various Bento sets. A place where you get to satiate your cravings for Japanese food without putting a dent on the wallet.

Sunday, March 31, 2024

Niang Nyonya Cuisine @ Prangin Lane, Georgetown, Penang.

Owned by the same group that owns Thara Penang, Niang runs a slightly different concept- offering classic and traditional Nyonya flavors to the hungry diners in Penang. Step in the place and you will be amazed by the interior decor- with red bricks on the wall and colorful paper umbrella adorning the ceiling as well as some mismatched knick-knacks that complete the place. The menu is fairly small and limited, only a handful of Nyonya delights (some timeless dishes like Inche Kabin, Kerabu etc are not available). Niang can be found right opposite to Thara Penang on the same street. 

Thursday, March 28, 2024

Quallys Syok Segarnya @ Greenlane, Penang.

A perfect spot for both curry and seafood lovers is Quallys Syok Segarnya, a new dining spot along Greenlane. Helmed by Chef Kak Ayu who was previously manning her business at Burmah Road, Quallys runs on a completely different concept where diners get to handpicked the ingredients from the selection of fresh catch of the day (Barramundi, Grouper, Seabass, Prawns, Squid, Mussels etc) and the kitchen will cook them according to the type(s) of curry chosen. On top of the seafood, there are also some side dishes available- Mango Kerabu, Ulam, Ayam Goreng Bawang etc. Prices are slightly on the steeper side but the quality is superior. A note to take- the place is not air-conditioned; but if you are a fan of local Malaysian Curries and Seafood, this place is worth checking out.

Monday, March 25, 2024

Wu Niang Niang 吴孃孃骨汤米粉 @ i-Santorini, Tanjung Tokong, Penang.

Wu Niang Niang Noodle Restaurant is new to Penang but the brand has presence in the Klang Valley- known for its unlimited refills of noodles; Wu Niang Niang specializes in serving Sze Chuan-styled noodles with complimentary Sour Plum drink and various condiments (like pickled Mustard) to be added to the noodles. The China Chinese restaurant sets foot in i-Santorini Tanjung Tokong. The business is brisk with heavy crowds especially on weekends. The menu is fairly small but fans of Sze Chuan-style Spicy Noodles would be able to resonate. The place is cramped and does not warrant a comfort dining experience; more like a place for a quick fix.  

Friday, March 22, 2024

Malaysia's Culinary Heritage Ramadan Buffet @ Penang Marriott Hotel.

Celebrate the holy month of Ramadan with an unforgettable culinary experience at Penang Marriott Hotel- one of the latest additions by the Marriott Group in Penang. Opened in Feb 2024, the Malaysia's Culinary Heritage Ramadan Buffet is the hotel's first themed buffet and it promises a culinary journey filled with classic, delicious Malaysian dishes. From traditional favorites to modern delights, expect to find an impressive spread that consists of not only Kampung-dishes but signature Chinese and Indian delights as well. Penang Marriott Hotel's Malaysia's Culinary Heritage Ramadan Buffet is expected to run from 22 March 2024 to 07 April 2024 at Sago (level 2 of the hotel). 

Malaysia's Culinary Heritage Ramadan Buffet
- 22 Mar to 07 Apr 2024 from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
- Level 2 of Penang Marriott Hotel, "Sago" Restaurant
- RM158+ per person & RM88+ senior citizen & RM88+ per child

Many Thanks to Penang Marriott Hotel for hosting us

Saturday, March 16, 2024

DUAN 二杬 @ Beach Street, Georgetown, Penang.

DUAN 二杬 at Beach Street is a one-of-a-kind restaurant, it is fairly new but many are lured by its unique food offering- contemporary Malaysian cuisine that preserves local flavors yet, introducing an interesting twist to the classic dishes. The restaurant serves no pork; menu-wise, you will find many familiar local Malaysian dishes... from Nasi Biryani to various Curries, Satay etc. The interior decor is however, nothing Malaysian at all. It has a modern take on simplicity with a little industrial vibe. The price points are of restaurant-standard but the food quality is there. Worth checking out if you are up for a sweat-inducing, rich-flavored Malaysian Curry journey.

Wednesday, March 13, 2024

Morpheus Restaurant @ Abu Siti Lane, Georgetown, Penang.

Contemporary casual restaurant- Morpheus Restaurant at Abu Siti Lane has been offering dinner service since its opening in April 2023 but the restaurant has recently rolled out its lunch menu- lesser choices but wallet-friendlier, providing an opportunity for curious diners to test the depth of the water. The lunch menu offers mains starting from Rm 23, along with a small selection of appetizers and a small beverage menu. In case you are wondering- diners can also opt to order the usual dinner menu on top of the newly introduced lunch menu. Comfortable dining atmosphere with quality food, Morpheus is worth a visit.

Monday, March 11, 2024

Ramadan Buffet Dinner Maharajan Al At Am @ Bertam Resort & Water Park Penang.

With the holy month of Ramadan approaching- when everyone celebrates togetherness over sumptuous delights. At Bertam Resort and Water Park Penang, the culinary team has prepared a big Ramadan buffet spread for guests to celebrate this auspicious month. Led by Chef Khairul (Director of Culinary), Ramadan Buffet Dinner Maharajan Al At Am features a fusion of Malaysian and Moroccan cuisines with more than 150 types of dishes- served across 25 live action stalls (with 5 rotating menus throughout the holy month). Amongst the highlights of the buffet, guests can look forward to the Moroccan delights (like Lamb marinated with 25 traditional Moroccan spices and Harissa), Chicken Mandi- Nasi Talam, Yellow Lamb, Om Ali and Banana Khunafa. On top of that, expect to see a great variety of Malaysian favorites like Udang Masak Lemak, Ikan Goreng Tepung, Sotong Qhabang, Rendang Daging Nyiok Sangai, Gulai Kawah- Kari Kepala Ikan Salmon etc. Seats are limited, early reservation is recommended.

Ramadan Buffet Dinner Maharajan Al At Am
- 13 Mar to 09 Apr 2024 from 6:30 PM to 10:00 PM
- RM118+ per person & RM88+ senior citizen & RM78+ per child

Many Thanks to Bertam Resort and Water Park Penang for hosting us.

Saturday, March 9, 2024

Buffroom @ Lebuh Aceh, Georgetown, Penang.

A cafe during day time and bar in the evenings, Buffroom is one of the latest additions to the Georgetown heritage area. It occupies a large space at Lebuh Aceh with a car park at Lorong Lumut (RM10 per entry). The place is very spacious with minimalist-industrial vibe; the menu is a little limited for now- only Pasta and Tacos. The rest of the items will be added soon (like All Day Breakfast and Burgers); the price points are on the higher side- expect to pay around RM40 for a Pasta dish. The seats (only stools, no proper chairs) are less-comfortable and more suitable for casual meet ups over drinks. We were there on Christmas Day and the place was filled with Cigarette odor (must be from the Christmas Eve party happened on the night before), it was quite an unpleasant experience. 

Thursday, March 7, 2024

Com Ga Mi Mi House @ Sri Bahari Road, Georgetown, Penang.

A new venture by the Saigon House Cuisine restaurants- Com Ga Mi Mi House specializes in serving Hoi An-style Chicken Rice. The menu is very straight-forward... offering only Hoi An-style Chicken Rice with extra condiments. Diners can also opt to change the Chicken Rice base to Noodle base. Additionally, diners are allowed to order items from Saigon House Cuisine (next door) and they will serve to you in Com Ga Mi Mi House. 

Sunday, March 3, 2024

E Farm Restaurant 森苑饭庄 @ Genting Sempah, Bentong, Pahang.

There are plenty of options when it comes to Chinese restaurants at Bentong area (be it Genting Sempah or Gohtong Jaya) but E Farm Restaurant 森苑饭庄 is one of the popular choices. Tucked away from the main road of Genting Sempah, it requires some skills to navigate and to look for the restaurant (expect to pass through a narrow, windy and rough jungle road). The restaurant is quite big and could accommodate many tables, the place is especially busy on weekends. Menu wise, E Farm offers a big variety of Chinese dishes as well as a big selection of fresh river fish. The prices are of restaurant-standard with some dishes priced on the higher side. Worth checking out if you do enjoy fresh and quality fresh river fish.