Friday, June 18, 2021

Gertak Sanggul Tua Pek Kong Seafood 美湖大伯公海鲜 @ Gertak Sanggul, Penang.

Far end at Gertak Sanggul, the fishing village next to Teluk Kumbar has some hidden gems worth excavating, especially for seafood lovers. Opposite to Gertak Sanggul Seafood Fishing Stage is Gertak Sanggul Tua Pek Kong Seafood 美湖大伯公海鲜. The seafood restaurant is found right next to a Tua Pek Kong Temple, facing the beach/ sea. The setup is simple- with some basic tables and chairs on beach sand, there is no proper restaurant setting here and the tables are quite limited making it less-accommodating for big groups. The menu is fairly small- most of the offering would depend on the catch of the day.

Monday, June 14, 2021

The Coffee Cottage @ Nibong Tebal, Penang.

Though a little off the beaten track, The Coffee Cottage had a successful debut thanks to its picturesque, rustic country cottage style landscape. The cafe is well-hidden in a residential neighborhood of Nibong Tebal so you might need a navigation system to reach there if you are not familiar with Nibong Tebal. The cafe comprises of a few annexes- built from some unused scrap materials like old car and wood; they are then refurbished and put together creating an unusual but quaint space perfect for photo-taking. Both indoor and outdoor seating are available but the indoor seating is not air-conditioned so you will have to embrace the sweltering tropical heat. The Coffee Cottage does not serve main menu but only some drinks and desserts. 

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Mama Diet Premium @ Kimberley Street, Georgetown, Penang.

Weight watchers on KETO diet would be glad to know Mama Diet Premium, a healthy food provider offers a KETO-focused menu... featuring an array of KETO options. Diners can also choose to customize their own Poke Bowl should they prefer something else but generally, the toppings are of healthy and pack good amount of protein. Poke Bowl seems to be the only way out here but the combination varies depending on your choice. For those who enjoy a sweet treat after a meal, Mama Diet Premium offers KETO Low Carb Desserts as well. 

Friday, June 4, 2021

Emperor Villa 帝来山庄 @ Sungai Ara, Bayan Lepas, Penang.

A popular hiking trail amongst the Penang hikers, a hiking trail that leads to a place known as Emperor Villa 帝来山庄 (via Fig Tree Hill). The hiking trail has been there for quite some time but recently gained its popularity due to the quaint, attractive decor at Emperor Villa (around 45-minute walk from the entrance of the hiking trail). While the place is picturesque, the food is equally alluring. Imagine being rewarded a scrumptious meal after shedding off some sweat. The menu is pretty small- featuring the usual Hainanese Breakfast Toasts (with Soft Boiled Eggs and Coffee), some stir-fried noodles and some fried snacks. The prices are slightly higher than average but given that the place is quite remote, the price points are well-justified (and the food is delicious). To reach Emperor Villa, you will need to enter from Jalan Kenari- between Regency Heights Condominium and Sri Subramaniar Temple Sungai Ara.

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Yun Korean Ssäm Bar @ Bayan Baru, Penang.

Unlike other classic Korean restaurants, Yun Ssäm Bar has a slightly different concept; the restaurant name does give some hint. The word Ssäm refers to "being wrapped" in Korean and typically refers to meat dishes wrapped using leafy vegetables in Korean cuisine. The menu is in-line with the concept and offers dishes with similar concept. The Ssäm dishes do not dominate the menu, other familiar Korean delights are also available. The place has a simple interior decor and exudes the homey vibes- the dishes on offer are also similar to those Korean home-cooked dishes. While the price points are not low, the dishes commensurate with serving portion. 

Monday, May 31, 2021

SAMBAL 三佰 @ Beach Street, Georgetown, Penang.

Penang welcomes a spate of restaurants serving modern fusion cuisines lately but it is fun to see restaurateurs putting in effort to reinvent existing dishes and blend in other elements. SAMBAL 三佰 is one of the new restaurants with such concept, the restaurant at Beach Street serves a fusion menu that blends Oriental flavors into Western dishes. The mains are quite limited on the menu but the flavor-combos are unique. The price points are of restaurant-standard; the interior is in shades of grey and fully conditioned- a place where you can enjoy some unique dishes with a sip of alcohol (watch out their Cocktail menu as well). 

Friday, May 28, 2021

Ah Ji Old Kopitiam 阿吉老茶室 @ Melaka Street, Georgetown, Penang.

Penang Hokkien Mee, one of Penangites' most beloved hawker food receives an upgrade here at Ah Ji Old Kopitiam 阿吉老茶室; while the old-school classic version is still available, the Mantis Prawn and Tok Tok Shrimp Ball are two popular variants. This place is fairly new and has been gaining some attention on social media platforms, mainly due to its various uncommon toppings. The dining area is fully air-conditioned, diners who would prefer more variety can also try the Steamed Buns, served with Sambal Hae Bee and Kaya/ Butter (or Half Boiled Eggs). If you do like a bowl of Penang Hokkien Mee with bold Prawn flavors, this place is worth a look. 

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Unknown Café & Bistro @ Pahang Road, Georgetown, Penang.

Found at Pahang Road and occupying one of the shop lots along that road, Unknown Café & Bistro is one of the latest cafes that sprung up at this corner of Georgetown. Stepping inside, the cafe has a minimalist interior; on the food offering- mains, light bites and desserts are available... with the Brunch menu occupying a big portion. Price points are standard-average but the place is definitely spacious and comfortable enough to enjoy a brunch. Parking might be limited on Pahang Road but there's a public parking space at Siam Road which allows visitors to enter the cafe via the back entrance. 

Monday, May 24, 2021

Shu Da Xia Hotpot 蜀大侠火锅 @ Karpal Singh Drive, Jelutong, Penang.

With its wide variety of ingredients and steaming soup bases, Shu Da Xia Hotpot 蜀大侠火锅 is one of the alternatives to big Hotpot chains like Hai Di Lao and Xiao Long Kan. The new Hotpot restaurant is perched at the top floor of Karpal Singh Drive's Automall, offering a nice sea view to diners. The menu is pretty much China Chinese-inspired, offering a wide variety of meat (and organ meats) as well as other popular Hotpot ingredients. Likewise, the layout is also quite "Chinese"; step in the place and you will be instantly transported to ancient China- with traditional Chinese knick-knacks and in shades of red. Service is top-notch but expect to pay a premium to dine-in here. 

Friday, May 21, 2021

Ren Qin Wei 人情味 @ Jalan Kulim, Bukit Mertajam, Penang.

Don't be surprised to find a queue into Ren Qin Wei 人情味 (especially on weekends), the new Dim Sum restaurant at the shop houses a stone's throw distance away from St. Anne's Church lures in crowd as early as 7 am. Besides churning out familiar Dim Sum dishes (at affordable prices), the brand also aces in services and table settings. The place is fully air-conditioned and the tables are well-spaced allowing dining groups to enjoy their meals comfortably. There are no Dim Sum carts being pushed around but instead, diners need to walk to the counter and pick their Dim Sum dishes (in which the orders will be recorded using a card). The price points are very affordable and wallet-friendly; given the ease of finding a parking space, attentive services and comfortable dining atmosphere... this place is worth a look.  For your benchmarking- the total bill was a little less than Rm 60 for the 3 of us (including Pu Er Tea of Rm 1.20 per pax).

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Noviss Cafe @ Lebuh Cannon, Georgetown, Penang.

Noviss Cafe is only a stone's throw distance away from the clan house of Khoo Kongsi and Armenian Street's popular wall mural. The cafe occupies a spot in one of the heritage houses along Cannon Street; the proprietor continues the quaint-factor and minimal restoration works are done to the place... creating a space with old-fashioned elements but with modern touches as well. Except some light Toasts, there are no tummy-fillers in Noviss Cafe (no main menu) but more like a space for casual hangout over snacks, desserts and drinks. Nothing too unique on the menu but the items are carefully priced. 

Monday, May 17, 2021

Koji @ Bukit Mertajam, Penang.

It's easy to miss Koji in a tucked-away position at T Place (Bukit Mertajam) but if you do like a Japanese-inspired menu, this place is worth checking out. The place is accessible via a small wooden entrance next to the signage- step in the place and you will notice the open kitchen with bar seating followed by a spiral staircase which leads to the upper floor, a space with proper dining setting. On the food offering- the regular menu offers an interesting range of Japanese-Fusion dishes while the Seasonal menu takes diners to a gastronomic journey on the seasonal highlights. We sampled their 4-course Spring menu (Seasonal menu) priced at Rm 109 per diner. 

Many Thanks to Koji for hosting us that evening.

Friday, May 14, 2021

TEMU Coffee @ Malay Street, Georgetown, Penang.

TEMU which literally translates as "Meet Up" from Malay, is one of the latest hang out spots in Penang. The place received great attention since its opening due to its minimalist and quaint setting, the big reflective art piece right in front of the entrance is a nice futuristic touch (a popular spot for Instagram feed). But TEMU is not all about the interior decor and setting, the place churns out delicious sweet treats as well- from their Waffle series to Cakes. While the choices may not be aplenty, the quality is pretty consistent so far. A nice spot to hangout over desserts and Coffee (not so friendly when it comes to finding a parking space though). 

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Vegeteh Vegetarian Restaurant @ Bukit Mertajam, Penang.

Known for their Vegetarian Pan Mee, Vegeteh Restaurant is not new in mainland- it has strong presence in Butterworth and now, expanding to Bukit Mertajam. The branch at Bukit Mertajam just got started last October and has been serving the vegetarian community in town. The menu is casual and friendly- with many options suitable for all age range. Not only noodles but the place serves Western choices, classic stir fry meat-free dishes at unbeatable prices. Apart from the excellent food quality, we also found ourselves enjoying the food at a comfortable, air-conditioned space. You should definitely check out this place whether you are practicing plant-based diet. 

Monday, May 10, 2021

Koshien Yakitori Bar 甲子園 @ Noordin Street, Georgetown, Penang.

Well-hidden in one of the upper floor shop lots at Noordin Street, Koshien Yakitori Bar 甲子園 is one of the latest places for regular drinkers to quench their thirst while enjoying some Japanese Izakaya-style nibbles or dishes. The flight of stairs up to the restaurant is decorated with vintage Izakaya wallpapers and step in the place, you will be instantly transported to a place with retro Japanese Izakaya background. The menu features a list of barbecue items and some Udon dishes as well as some Oden choices near the counter as well. If drinks are of your concern, there's a dedicated fridge for Japanese alcohols as well. It is however, not exactly cheap to dine in here, expect to pay a little more than Rm 40 per pax if you wish to walk home with your tummy filled (without alcohols).