Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Artisan Cuisine (艺厨私房菜) @ All Seasons Place, Air Itam, Penang.

The busiest commercial center in Air Itam- All Seasons Place welcomes a new Chinese restaurant earlier this year. It's hard to miss this place, the joint has huge signage on display and it attracts great attention for those who pass by the area. The Chinese restaurant does not only serve Cantonese dishes but instead, you will find a huge menu that roams China from Cantonese to Sze Chuan to Beijing... with some South East Asian flavors as well. The dining hall is spacious with huge tables; servers are well-trained to provide impeccable services. Small little things like greetings and opening the doors to greet your presence, regularly topping up the Chinese Tea etc do add some marks to the overall dining experience. Prices are on the higher side but the overall superior quality speaks for itself; definitely one of the better places for family occasions in the neighborhood. A point to note- the restaurant is wheelchair-friendly, there's a lift right outside the restaurant and the physically-challenged may enter through the side door.  

Peking Duck 北京鸭 (Rm 52/ half bird)

Stir Fried Peking Duck Meat 一鸭两吃-姜葱炒鸭肉

Steamed Three-Yolk Egg 清蒸三皇蛋 (Rm 22/ small)

Braised Pork 东坡肉 (Rm 38/ medium)

Golden Pumpkin Sauce Tofu with Crab Meat  金汁蟹肉豆腐 (Rm 32/ medium)

Claypot Eggplant with Minced Meat 鱼香茄子 (Rm 20/ small)

Stir Fried Vermicelli Noodles with Seafood and Crab meat 干炒海鲜蟹肉米粉 (Rm 28/ small)

We started the dinner with Peking Duck Wrap... like most Chinese Restaurants that offer Peking Duck, the skin will be used for Wrap while the meat will be used to cook for another dish. The Wrap was just alright, it did not really hit us, we thought it was ordinary. The meat was used to cook Stir Fried Duck Meat with Ginger and Onions which was surprisingly good. It was reasonably flavored and packed with a powerful Ginger-Onion punch. The meat was tender as well, a dish perfectly spooned over rice. 

The Steamed Three-Yolk Egg didn't seem that promising at first but fortunately the texture and taste did not disappoint. The superior Soy sauce complemented the silky smooth Steamed Egg well. Equally delicious was the Golden Pumpkin Sauce Tofu with Crab Meat... extremely tender Tofu served with thick, rich Pumpkin sauce... completed with generous toppings of Salted Egg Yolk and Crab Meat. 

My personal favorite however, was the Stir Fried Vermicelli Noodles with Seafood and Crab meat... beautifully cooked with wok hei and topped with loads of Seafood; good on its own but even better with their Sambal Belacan.

Taste: 7.5/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Service: 8/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Price: 6.5/10 (1-3 expensive, 4-7 average, 8-10 cheap)
Parking: 7/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Ambiance: 7.5/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Service Charge: Yes 10%
Government Tax: Yes 6%

Additional Information:
Address: 6H-2-1 to 6H-2-5, Level 2, All Seasons Place, Lebuhraya Thean Teik, 11500, Ayer Itam, Penang. 
Business Hours: 11:30 am to 3 pm, 6 pm to 10 pm. Opens Daily.
Contact Number: 604- 293 9999

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