Friday, August 23, 2019

Island Problems @ Campbell Street, Georgetown, Penang.

To say Island Problems' menu quirky is an understatement, it's a perfect embodiment between Thai and Japanese cuisine. Tucked in one of the snug shop houses along Campbell Street, the new kid in town has a rather tiny dining space... which could only accommodate up to 10 diners; the upper floor is a fashion boutique, selling their own branded fashion apparels. It has an open-kitchen concept, where diners get to see the Chefs in action, preparing the orders on the spot. Back to the menu, the Chef has creatively combined some of the best Japanese dishes with Thai flavors. It does not offer the best-comfortable seats but it definitely offers some of the best food in town. 

Green Curry Udon (Rm 31)

Natto Freak (Rm 19)

Truffle Oyako Don (Rm 30)

Being a fan of Natto, it puts me off that many Japanese restaurants actually do not offer this local delicacy but I am glad Island Problems does. They have cleverly added in Furukake, Japanese Rice Seasoning for the extra flavors. The rice was served steaming hot and it was most appropriate for the case of having a raw Egg Yolk on top of the rice; the combination was familiar but definitely toothsome. Also a Don (Japanese Rice Bowl Dish), Island Problems' rendition of Oyako Don is slightly unusual... topping with a spoonful of Truffle sauce. They have also added in chopped Onions... which introduced a sleek vege-sweetness to the dish. The Egg blanket was perfectly cooked with a slight runny texture but a tad pity that the dish was overall, somewhat under-seasoned. The Chicken was great but the skin may be overly singed. 

We unanimously agreed that the best dish of the day was the Green Curry Udon. We were worried if the Green Curry will turn out to be too thick to go with the Japanese noodles but it was in fact, in the perfect consistency. It was not too watered down nor it was too thick, just good enough to cling onto the noodles and giving them the necessary flavors. The noodles were expertly cooked to the right texture either- bouncy and definitely not slouchy. For such a satisfying portion, we thought the price was well-justified. 

Taste: 8/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Service: 7/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Price: 7/10 (1-3 expensive, 4-7 average, 8-10 cheap)
Parking: 6/10 (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

Additional Information:
Address: 161, Lebuh Campbell, 10100, Georgetown, Penang.
Business Hours: 12 pm to 11 pm. Closed on Wednesdays.
Contact Number: 6016- 421 8633

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