Friday, June 3, 2016

Kith & Kin @ Vantage Desiran Tanjung, Tanjung Tokong, Penang.

A new kids-friendly restaurant just started its business operation at Vantage Desiran Tanjung over the weekend (many weekends ago/ this article was written many weeks back then) and was well-welcomed by the nearby residents. There is a small corner- "The Playroom" dedicated for children to hangout, with some toys for them. The interior decor has shades of Plan B... the greyish-industrial vibe with hanging light bulbs and funky paints adorning the walls. Seating is comfortable with well-spaced out table and chair arrangement; the menu certainly looks promising... with a range of Western-Oriental dishes but none of the dishes we had were impressive. Unless you are a parent with kids (and you wish to let your kids to hangout with others), you must be prepared to sign up for an exquisite dining experience- with kids chasing and screaming over each other, the noise level is of a new league.

Warm Beef Salad (Rm 16.90)

A Scottish-Egg inspired dish- Warm Beef Salad was able to impress us by its presentation. An egg was wrapped using ground Beef and deep fried till perfection; served over a bed of fresh Greens. The Egg was slightly overcooked, it would be perfect if the Yolk could be served runnier. The Beef was well-seasoned but unfortunately, it was a tad too greasy to our liking. Towards the end of the meal, the poor Arugula was swimming in a pool of Oil (the greens were tossed with Olive Oil and Vinaigrette too). Some refinements needed for this dish. 

Grilled Rempah Chicken (Rm 15.90)

Salted Egg Barramundi (Rm 19.90)

Those with an Oriental palate can opt for Grilled Rempah Chicken, a carefully marinated then grilled Chicken served over White Rice and some of their sweet Gado-Gado-alike sauce. It certainly reminds us of Ayam Percik or Grilled Chicken with Gado-Gado. If you could relate, the sauce is veering towards the sweeter side (just like Ayam Percik). We thought it was a little too safe, as though it was an ordinary plate of Malay-influenced Chicken Rice. Disappointingly average.

Salted Egg Barramundi is a misnomer. We were excited by the name- Salted Egg but to our disappointment, the sauce carried a nary of Salted Egg element. It was more of an usual Cream sauce and it was not able to complement the fish. The fish was alright but even better if they could brown the skin further... for a crispier texture and a more alluring aroma. 

Cheezy Meatball (Rm 16.90)

The Cheesy Meatball shares common characteristics as the Warm Beef Salad, both were ground Beef while the Cheesy Meatball had some Mozzarella stuffed inside. The Bolognese Meat sauce was flavorful, they were quite generous with the meat and the acidity was cleverly balanced. It would be even better if they could add in a little bit of crunch such as Capsicum or Onions. The Spaghetti on the other hand, was horrible. The texture was soft and slouchy, not even close to al-dente.... perhaps to suit the taste buds of children.

Upgrade to Set- Soup of the Day and Iced Lemon Tea (Rm 6.90)

Taste: 6.5/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Service: 6/10 (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: 6.5/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Service Charge: Yes 10%
Government Tax: No

Additional Information:
Address: A-G-9, Vantage Desiran Tanjung, Jalan Desiran Tanjung, 10470, Georgetown, Penang.
Business Hours: 11:30 am to 3 pm, 6 pm to 10 pm. Closed on Mondays.
Contact Number: 604- 898 1813

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