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Invited: Bora Bora by Sunset @ Batu Ferringhi, Penang.

The bistro equipped with greenery, thatching, dim lights, DJ platform, Shisha bar, pool table, beers, antique and vintage decorations to give it a lively Bali nightlife-like ambiance.

Xuan Xin Steamboat @ Gurney Plaza, Penang.

Lok Lok does not make any hygienic sense? Well, this should not be an issue with the introduction of air-conditioned Lok Lok-oriented restaurant, Xuan Xin Steamboat.

I Mum Mum Restaurant @ Pengkalan Weld, Penang.

My visit ended up in disappointment as i had high expectations on the restaurant after going through a few reviews but they were written two years ago.

Strawberry Forever @ Sungai Pinang, Penang.

Strawberry Forever is actually a strawberry-themed dessert cafe which is based in Hong Kong but has now extended their business by opening their 3rd outlet at Penang's shoreline.

Brunch Buffet at Spice Market Cafe @ Rasa Sayang Resort.

The diversity in food offered reflects the cultural diversity in this multiracial country. The buffet theme is changed once a week.

Cheese Fondue at De Title Dining Cabin @ Lorong Selamat.

The cheese was mouth-watering with a mix of sweetness, sourness and saltiness as well as rich creaminess, strong tanginess but it was full of a strong trace of Mayonnaise.

Hot Bowl Nyonya Delights @ Abu Siti Lane, Penang.

Just because of White Curry Mee, the owner of Hot Bowl not only appeared in numerous local newspapers but was also featured in 8TV Ho Chak programme.

Face to Face Noodles House @ Penang Times Square, Penang.

Great news for noodle lovers: Now you can enjoy bowl of hot noodles in a cool hygienic air conditioned surrounding. Face to Face Noodles House has officially opened their 16th outlet.

Revisiting Delicious Cafe @ Straits Quay, Penang.

You see, large crowds and long waiting list are normal, even on weekdays. In this particular review, i am squeezing in my past three revisitings which all ended up happy and satisfied.

Invited: Grand Opening of Dragon9ine @ Belissa Row, Penang.

Dragon9ine (traditional Chinese: 九龍餐廳) is one of the latest modern Chinese-based restaurant that hits the town. I, along with the other bloggers were treated to an exquisite fine dining experience.

Oh Sushi @ Straits Quay, Penang.

I found the restaurant exterior design less attractive because the side facing the car park has nothing but a white wall and a main door which is made of glass and wood planks.

Kok Beng Chicken Rice @ Taiping, Perak.

4 years ago, Guang Ming Daily in association with NTV7 aired a TV show in which top 10 Malaysian Hainanese Chicken Rice are being picked and honourably Kok Beng's was one of them.

Amelie Cafe @ Armenian Street, Penang.

Amelie Cafe which is situated on this old road right next to Cheah Kongsi was once a very hot topic as a result of its uniquity and of course, has caught eyes of numerous bloggers.

Invited Review: D'Dapor Express @ Lebuh Union, Penang.

D'Dapor Express is a spacious modern Halal air-conditioned WiFi-available restaurant with classic style interior in which photographs of old Penang streets and buildings filled up the walls.

New Mizi Bistro @ Tesco Tanjung Pinang, Penang.

Mizi Bistro made its name with its very first outlet at New World Park. The first outlet might be small but in my experience, it is congested every time i walk pass it.

PappaRich @ Straits Quay, Penang.

PappaRich is a franchised Hainanese kopitiam-styled cafe which was initially established in 2005. The cafe concept is similar with Old Town Cafe, serving a multitude of local delicacies, beverages and bread.

Invited: Dinner With Chef Chen Hong @ Golden Thai.

It was a real honour to have dinner with Chef Chen Hong, to have such close contact with him and to share his food experience from all parts of the Earth. He is so friendly and he is irreplaceable.

Invited Review : De Title Dining Cabin @ Lorong Selamat.

Somewhere in the middle of the road, there is a heritage building which is painted in very distinctive lilac colour. You name it and they will make it.

Lao Sher Tea House @ Burma Road, Penang.

The tea house is situated opposite of the Public Specialist Centre and it is a member of Penang Heritage Trust. Judging from the exterior design, you will only expect it is nothing else but a tea house.

Blue Reef @ Straits Quay, Penang.

Blue Reef first made its name at Casa Permai 2, Tanjung Bungah before sealing a move to the latest seaside complex mall, Straits Quay. Two days ago, i have finally stepped into this restaurant along with my other half.

Caffe Strada @ Krystal Point, Penang.

Strada Caffe or Caffe Strada has been on my hunting list for a long while due to its strategic location and its attractive exterior. It is situated at Krystal Point, neighbouring La Mei Zi, Domino's Pizza, Korea Palace etc.

Charlie Brown Cafe Soft Opening @ Straits Quay, Penang.

Charlie Brown with his troop of friends invaded Penang island. The first Charlie Brown Cafe in Malaysia has officially opened and i was there during the opening.

Revisiting Charlie Brown Cafe @ Straits Quay, Penang.

The soft opening of Charlie Brown Cafe was not a smooth and they promised will continue to improve. Due to a good feedback from my friend, i have decided to visit the cafe once more and made a revaluation.

Chicago Rib House 1st Anniv Promo @ Gurney Plaza, Penang.

Chicago Rib House was originally located at Autocity for a year plus before eventually moving to Gurney Plaza. Time flies and now, they are celebrating its one year old birthday by launching a promotion.

Delicious Cafe @ Straits Quay, Penang.

Overall, every extra penny deserves its value. I found the prices quite reasonable for such truly scrumptious homemade food in such lovely dining environment.

Swez Brasserie Semi Buffet Dinner @ Eastin Hotel Penang.

It was my other half's 19th birthday and i brought her to Swez Brasserie which is located on level 1 of Eastin Hotel Penang after a deep survey.

Xuan Xin Restaurant @ Gurney Plaza, Penang.

The place is normally crowded during weekends as it serves as a perfect spot for a harmony family dining.The square foot of the restaurant is believed to be 10 times larger than that of its sister outlet.

Sushi Feasta at Sakae Sushi @ Queensbay Mall, Penang.

For your information, Sakae Sushi has launched their Red Fiesta Week, they are offering a free red plate sushi for each red plate sushi that you have purchased.I have grabbed six of them, how about you?

James Foo Western Food @ Fettes Park, Penang.

The family started their business humbly, from sub stall to otheir own outlet. Their success is seen and proven by the official opening of their brand new outlet.

Sweet-i Tong Sui House @ Sungai Dua, Penang.

Five years ago, they started their Tong Sui stall business by the roadside. They finally managed to move into a terraced house from a humble make-shift stall.

Tutti Frutti Frozen Yogurt @ Bayan Bay, Penang.

Now, Penangites don't have to travel all the way to Island Plaza for the Froyo. Tutti Frutti has officially opened a new outlet at Bayan Bay, just opposite of Queensbay Mall.

5-Course Lunch at Santorini Cafe @ Burma Road, Penang.

I never know the existence of this cafe as it is shadowed by Chew Tian Yang Aquarium twenty four seven. Totally out of my expectation, the food was very distinct in its own way.

April Grill Catch @ Manhattan Fish Market, Queensbay Mall.

How long have you queued for this? The temporary price tag made the Fish N' Chips super worth trying but the taste is not worth for standing there, waiting for an hour.

Xuan Xin Ramen Kitchen @ Gurney Plaza, Penang.

I have been here a few times and all those visits resulted in super satisfaction, excluding the recent one, the one i am writing about it now.

Darren Invades Kampar!

My family and i traveled all way down from Penang to KL, we dropped by at Kampar to have our lunch. With my brother's previous 2 years living experience in Kampar, we managed to try out the finest local food there.

Mizi Bistro @ New World Park, Penang.

I have tasted the Classic Three Combo and the famous Seafood Kebab. Kindly click on the title above to read the full review.

Plus 2 Restaurant @ Sungai Dua, Penang.

This was my second visit to this restaurant which is famous for its Marmite Chicken. Of course, the reputed dish was served on my table. Kindly click the title above to take a look at this delicious thingy!

Fried Rice at Goodall Cafe @ Gottlieb Road, Penang.

The fried rice there may be famous among Ping Hwa students. It is well known for its very yummy green sambal which copes well the fried rice. No more nonsenses, click on the title above to take a look at it!

Roti Bakar Kopitiam @ Ivory Plaza, Penang.

Reviews regarding deep fried crab meat rolls, seafood ginger milk bee hoon and rice. Kindly click on the title above to read the full review.

Ceri Food and Beverage Outlet @ Dato Keramat, Penang.

Roti Canai, topped with spicy curry, is slotted into my mouth. Kindly click on the title above to read the full review.

Wah Meng Cafe @ Ayer Itam Market, Penang.

One of the best claypot noodles in Penang. Roti Tissue is another must dish. Kindly click on the title above to get the full review.

Mee Goreng and Mee Rebus @ Sungai Pinang, Penang.

My all-time favourite mee goreng. Guess what? The stall does have a history of at least 40 years. Click on the title above to check it out.

Zim Sum Restaurant @ Anson Road, Penang.

I just had a wonderful yum cha time along with my family. Hong Kong Chee Cheung Fun and Dim Sum were some gread add-ons. Kindly hit the title above to read the full review.

Seven Bistro @ Gurney Plaza, Penang.

A friend's belated birthday treat. Have tried out the infamous Spanish Grilled Chicken and Spicy Clams Spaghetti. Kindly hit the title above to read the full review..

Xuan Xin Ramen Kitchen @ Gurney Plaza, Penang.

Reviews regarding deep fried eel, soup Ramen and fried seafood Ramen. Kindly click on the title above to read the full review.

Bar-B-Q Plaza @ Gurney Plaza, Penang.

Reviews on peculiar Mongolian and Japanese style barbecue. Kindly click on the title above to read the full review.

Chicago Rib House @ Gurney Plaza, Penang.

I wrote about bacon and chicken burger, grilled blackened catch and Brownie Ice Cream. Kindly hit the title above to read the full review.

Tao-Cuisine @ Autocity, Juru.

I had Japanese Ala-Carte Buffet on my birthday. Kindly hit the title above to read the full review.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Sushi Feasta at Sakae Sushi @ Queensbay Mall, Penang.

For your information, Sushi King is currently holding their annual member RM2 bonanza as well as Sakae Sushi.
Sakae Sushi has launched their Red Fiesta Week, they are offering a free red plate sushi for each red plate sushi that you have purchased.
However, this promotion is only valid until 29th April.
Here arises the controversial question, is it safe to consume Japanese food?
In my opinion, if your time is up, you would even be drowned dead when you wash your face.

My other half and i were originally seated at a small table and of course, we demanded for a bigger one.
My demand was fulfilled in no time although it was approaching lunch time.
The first thing i did after obtaining a more comfortable spot was aiming at the sushi-go-round.
I saw quite a number of red plate sushi flowing around as i was there early.
With no hesitation, i grabbed the green wasabi and made some of it mine.
Having sushi without the accompany of wasabi? You have got to be kidding me.
Speaking of the service, the manager there was indeed very friendly and helpful.

My other half and i consumed a total of 6 red plates sushis, each couple of them cost us RM5.99.
Initially, the sushi quality was awesome.
But, when it was approaching lunch time, i found the sushi rice was not compact at all and not shaped properly.
According to the service crew, there were many customers who placed their full-of-promotional-sushis order at a time.
Hence, that not only delayed the sushi serving time but also affected the sushi quality.
You don't expect me to recall the tastes of all the 6 kinds of sushi, do you?

Unfortunately, those sushis did not satisfy my appetite.
I have got myself a Curry Katsu Don (RM12.90).
If i am not mistaken, the menu has been updated and the prices have been raised.
My rice and chicken fillets were partially immersed in thick and starchy Japanese curry sauce.
The curry was not spicy at all but it was sweet.
It contained the flavour of generic curry powder which is pretty challenging to find it here.
With reference to the pictures below, the solid deep fried chicken fillets were enclosing my mountain of rice.
Besides, a few sweet potato cubes were aligned next to the fillets.

Well, my other half's choice was the Teriyaki Chicken Ramen.
Honestly, we were both stunned as the thing looked so pale and dull.
My doubts were immediately gone when i took my first try.
It would be hard for me to express the deliciousness of this Ramen.
What could i say? Erm, i felt nostalgic, for serious.
It tasted like something i had regularly during my childhood but i could not remember what was the food.
The insipid soup tasted like clear soup but it was way sweeter.
More than that, there were a few pieces of chicken fillet which were tender despite being soup soaked.
I wonder why they named it Teriyaki Chicken Ramen as i could not sense any Teriyaki element either from the soup or the chicken.

Overall, i had a super satisfying meal, neglecting the total damage to my wallet.
Nevertheless, the damage was considered lesser compared to when non-promotional period.
There is also a great saver which you could enjoy along with the sushi one.
With every spend of RM50 (excluding taxes), you will be offered a RM10 cash voucher and for Citibank cardholders, additional RM5 cash voucher will be rewarded.
Folks, grab your free sushis before they are gone, one more day to go!
Click on the posters below for more info!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Revisiting Charlie Brown Cafe @ Straits Quay, Penang.

Kindly hit here for the my first Charlie Brown Cafe Penang review.
It has been exactly two weeks after the soft opening of the one and only Charlie Brown Cafe in Malaysia and also Penang.
Little known fact : it was not a smooth one.
On the night of the debut day, comments flooded their wall and negative feedbacks were received by them.
I was there during the soft opening, along with my bunch of pals.
However, right after the night, the cafe management even posted an apology letter twice and insisted that they will continue to improve.
Honestly, i have faith in them and i believe that they are ready, willing and able to level themselves.
That consequences in my revisiting yesterday together with my other half and the production of this review.

The crowd at the cafe was multiple of that during the soft opening.
No doubt, the air conditioning system was fixed or improved as the place was not as hot as when my previous visit.
The menu boards originally suspended from the ceiling were removed.
Apparently, the menu has been updated with more choices of food such as desserts and more main courses.
For your information, the variety of cakes and desserts displaced in the showcase was completely different from that in my last visit.
I spotted their newly launched menu while i was placing my order.
My attempt to snap their new menu was stopped by the cashier, followed by her inaudible explanations.
With accordance to a friend who knows the boss of the cafe, it is believed that photoing of the new menu is prohibited as the menu is not fully ready yet.
Problems arise if the recent one flows in the Internet and if there is something wrong in the menu.
And, i have just been told by the cafe management that every single graphic design needs permission from their principal, Peanuts.
Forget that, we took my number and found ourselves a comfortable spot where i could get my lappy charged.
You know what? It was a tragedy to study Moral theory in such wonderful surrounding.

In my previous visit, i went for a slice of cake and a frappa which does not live up to its price.
So, i have selected the snack food, Woodstock Nuggets with Ham (RM9.80).
From the bottom of my heart, i felt the snack was a little bit overpriced.
Guess what? There were only 6 pieces of supermarket quality chicken nuggets.
There were a few rectangular slices of ham on top of the nuggets with some baked cheese and carrot strips blanketing them.
What can i say? Nuggets will never be yucky.
Besides, the combination of the cheese with the golden nuggets was a good shot.
I suggest that they could double the cheese, double the taste.
The ham slices tasted plain.
And, still, i failed in looking for a Charlie Brown face or even a label on the bowl and plate.

That particular friend of mine highly recommend the Crepe with Ice Cream (RM10.80)to the public as well as me.
I took a bet by trying that dessert out.
Within my expectation, the Crepe was served on a ceramic plain white plate.
A crepe is actually a type of very thin pancake, usually made from wheat flour, like a piece of Ban Chang Kuih which is full of egg.
I obtained information regarding crepe from Google and it appears that crepe should be crispy but mine was not crispy at all.
Who cares? Let's move our scope to the taste.
The thin layer of pancake enveloped my scoop of vanilla ice cream.
According to the cashier, crepe only goes well with vanilla flavoured ice cream.
Warm on the outside, cold on the inside.
Such contrast created a very pleasant, dulcet taste.
Furthermore, the ice cream was pretty smooth and rich.
The flower shaped marshmallows coped with the ice cream nicely.
Sadly, i dislike the nutmeg added to this dessert.
It completely ruined the dish as i could sense the simultaneous spicy taste accompanying my so-called pleasant taste.
Nevertheless, it is dependable on the unique taste of different individual.
To me, nutmeg is like a milder form of cinnamon.
In my friend's case, he said that the fusion is perfect.

In conclusion, bulk up your wallet if you are to hang out at this cafe.
I have been observing people while i was queueing and i have discovered that the cafe only accepts cash payment for now.
Obviously, the food quality and service efficiency have been developed as promised.
Even so, i found it dicey to have their costly beverages.
Do leave me a message if you have tried their drinks out recently.

Official Website : Click here!
Operation hours :
Lot no. : 3A-1-17 & 18

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Swez Brasserie Semi Buffet Dinner @ Eastin Hotel Penang.

A brasserie simply can be defined as an unpretentious restaurant that serves beer and wine as well as hearty food.
It was my other half's 19th birthday and naturally, i brought her to a slightly high-end restaurant, just like the old days.
After a deep survey, i have finally made up my mind and set my sight on Swez Brasserie which is located on level 1 of Eastin Hotel Penang.
Initially, i have enquired the brasserie management via email and i received very detail information from them.
Apparently, they are launching Texas Grill themed buffet until 30 April 2011.
For semi buffet, appetizers and desserts are in the buffet line and you are opted to choose your preferred main course from the menu.
The price ranges from RM45++ to RM78++, depending on your main course choice.
However, if you are only having buffet, that would cost RM38++.
Do note that there is no free flow of drinks.
Freshly squeezed fruit juice is available from RM8++.
We went for sky juice which is free of charge.

The menu of the night.
The prices stated are subjected to 10% service charge and 6% government tax.

Let's kick off with the starters.
I was stunned to see multitude of them laid out in the buffet line.
Luckily, my other half and i were the earliest birds.
Hence, i got the chance to snap down all of the appetizers before they lost their elegant appearances.


Fish salad.

Chicken sausage salad.

Seafood salad. Uh-oh, i spotted a living fly there.

Curried potato salad which was scrumptious!

Cold roasted beef slices.


Smoked ham.

Can't recall its name.

Marinated Flank Steak.

Assorted bread rolls.

A wide variety of cheese.

The open kitchen which serves noodle soup and Roti John.

I highly recommend the shrimps and mussels.
Flashing back, i have once tried out the fresh mussel at Jogoya and it was very smelly.
Seriously, you must give them a try, the shrimps and mussels here were super fresh!!
And, i spotted two lovely fruit sculptures there.


The salad bar.

Well, just finished having our first round for appetizers, we were asked if we would like to have our main courses now.
Yes, i replied so that i could enjoy the enjoy the desserts as soon as possible.
You know what? The desserts were like tempting me every time i walk pass them.
For your information, my selection was the Roasted Spring Chicken which was served in a gigantic portion.
The chicken was firm and solid but the bad thing was that i have spent almost an hour to finish it as i encountered some problems while i was cutting it.
I got quite full after stuffing this half chicken into my stomach.
The spotlight was on the orangish ambrosia gravy.

My other half has chosen the Nasi Goreng Numb Tongue.
I have no idea what is the meaning of numb tongue.
Indonesian style Belacan fried rice topped with an egg was served along with local fritters, Satay and deep fried chicken wings.
The rice was pretty classy and so did the Satay.
Regarding the wings, they were aromatic but i found them a bit hard.
My other half finished her rice obediently but not the chicken wings.
Alright, dessert time!!

There was a wide spectrum of desserts choices.

Bakes and cakes!

I have viewed through a review and acknowledged that the ice cream offered was Baskin Robins ice cream.
However, i did not find it true that night.

Local Tong Sui, Bubur Pulut Hitam.

The service was quite efficient.
I have requested warm water for my other half and she was suffering from minor gastric problems.
Within minutes, my demand was fulfilled.

Address : 1st Level, 1 Solok Bayan Indah, Queensbay, 11900 Penang.
Contact no. : +604 - 6121128


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