Friday, December 18, 2020

Rempah 百分料理 @ Beach Street, Georgetown, Penang.

The name "Rempah" (refers to spices in English) gives an impression that the dishes will be heavily spiced. True enough, it is well-reflected and presented in every single dish. While the name gives you a rough idea on the dishes, it does not paint a clear picture on what type of food they are serving. Both the exterior and interior does not indicate much either. Rempah 百分料理 is in fact a restaurant serving a modern Nyonya menu- bold Nyonya characteristics can still be seen in their dishes but probably presented in a more creative manner. The purists might not be able to agree on what they are doing but the quality and consistent is definitely there. The price points are slightly above average here but in return, expect to enjoy a delicious meal full of surprises in a sophisticated, elegantly designed space. 

Phyllo Otak-Otak (Rm 18)

Pomelo Kerabu (Rm 18)

Sambal Terung Bakar (Rm 15)

Buah Keluak Chicken (Rm 28)

Peng Hu (Rm 28)

Penang Delights- Cocktail (Rm 28)

Both the menu and serving portion are not that big so if you are visiting in a group, it is very likely that you will get to try most of the dishes. For a start, we had their Phyllo Salmon Otak-Otak... heavily spiced Otak-Otak wrapped in a thin sheet of crispy Phyllo, served with a creamy Coconut Cream concoction. The flavor combo was complex- the palate was first hit by the bold spices followed by a mellow sweetness and fragrance from the Santan. Next was one of their best-sellers... Pomelo Kerabu, a sour-sweet-spicy appetizer with heaps of Pomelo pulps and mini Dried Shrimps as well as a touch of Keffir Lime Leaves. The dish was a silent killer- it may seem refreshing at first but the heat slowly kicked in; by the end of the meal, we found ourselves covered in sweat but we were very satisfied, the flavors were amazing and the seasoning was spot on. 

Onto the mains, we had both Buah Keluak Chicken and Peng Hu; both were equally delicious. The Buah Keluak Chicken was beautifully marinated, the sauce was expertly concocted... the Buah Keluak Sauce was something like blended Olives with a sleek bitterness, quite an acquired taste but the Chef had done wonders on the Chicken and amalgamated with the sauce perfectly. The dish might be a little expensive but trust me, the flavors are one of a kind. The fish fillet was well-marinated and grilled to perfection in the dish of Peng Hu but the real draw was the accompanying with a strong refreshing acidity. For thirst-quencher, we had the Penang Delights Cocktail... with White Rum, Torched Ginger, Lemongrass, Chilies and Mint Leaves; an intimating flavor-combo that we can relate to yet, dangerously addictive. 

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: 6.5/10 (1-3 expensive, 4-7 average, 8-10 cheap)
Parking: 6/10 (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: No

Business Hours: 11 am to 10:30 pm. Opens Daily.
Contact Number: 6016- 465 1888

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