The opening of Yao Ya Ga Dim Sum certainly had brought much joyous factors to folks residing in Batu Lanchang or Jelutong. This is due to we no longer have to travel and stucked in traffic woes to the likes such as Hong Cha restaurant, Maxin, Tai Tong and etc on weekend morning just to enjoy some dim sum. However, please expect a lesser spread of dim sum compared to those conventional popular dim sum restaurants but rest assured you will not be out of choice as the aunty behind the counter is great at marketing her dim sum spread. As for taste wise, it appears to be lackluster for us and probably we will return if we were too lazy to commute to elsewhere for a morning dim sum.
As there were only 2 of us, we only managed to sample around 6 different type of dim sum. Apparently only the siew mai registered a nice taste while the other dim sum appeared to be plain in taste for us.
We also ordered a plate of Hokkien Char separately and it was moderate in taste. It was too starchy and lukewarm in temperature when served to our table.
Overall, if you need a place to get a quick fix of dim sum, then you may consider Yao Ya Ga Dim Sum.
The stilt house at the end of Tan Jetty houses a Thai restaurant that earned our admiration for some time. However, we have not tried it until recently where we explore bits of Weld Quay as a tourist. Despite the restaurant's fame, the overall food was mediocre and tasted like casual home cooked dishes instead, and the price is slightly higher than usual dishes we get in normal stir-fried restaurants.
We had a Seafood White Tomyam ( RM 22 ) and it was casual. Served along with seafood that enough to feed around 2-3 people, the tomyam soup was sharp in taste but lacks the spiciness. Furthermore. it was not always heat up and the soup loses its temperature within a while and rendered it become just another normal soup.
Glass Noodle Prawn in Claypot (RM 20) was not impressive neither. It has an odd smell that we cannot tell its origin and feel like casual glass noodle that you can get in economy rice stall. The 3 prawns served in the glass noodles were not fresh too. On the other hand, the Thai Fish Cake (RM 4 per piece) were alright. Although the taste could not match those in Thai nor it was close to the authentic Thai fish cakes, the texture were ok. It is the first times we see such an enormous quantity of long beans in the Thai fish cakes too.
The only consolation for the dinner was crispy kangkung (RM 10). It was crisp, tasty and served in good quantity.
Thai Ruby Dessert (Tob Tim Krob / RM 5 per bowl) was a huge letdown also. Neither the jackfruit nor ruby has nice taste. To our surprise, when I told them I wanted to have 2 bowls of Thai Ruby Dessert and the crew gave me a surprise look, not knowing what exactly is Thai Ruby Dessert.
Overall, perhaps the taste served here did not concur with our taste buds well. If you have tried it recently, do let us know your feedback.
While most cafes in Georgetown Penang tend to embellished with striking theme or Instagrammable spots to entice customers. Potters Place did it differently by keeping everything in the cafe simple. Located in the touristy spot in Lebuh Acheh, Potters Place is a small cafe that serves a variety of juices, coffee, snacks and sandwiches for you to have a quick stop and rest. Should you need a more stomach fulfilling meal, Potters Place does offer pasta of the day. Though the menu is small but the cafe offers a very relaxing environment to escape from the scorching heat.
Initially, we did not held high expectations on the sandwiches by having the thought - "how can sandwich be delicious as it was simple staple with breads?"
Well, I only had myself to be blamed for the initial thought. Potters Place executed the sandwich nicely. The Chicken Mayo (RM 8.50) we had has nice and crisp bread texture, and the sandwich filling is fairly balanced with mayonnaise and chicken meats. It was simple and enjoyable.
As more and more vegetarian outlets arise in Penang, let's not forget some vegetarian outlets that has been established for some time and serve decent good vegetarian dishes. One of it is Jan X Den Vegetarian, a modest vegetarian outlet in Chow Thye road. They serve a variety of creative vegetarian dishes, such as burgers, rice and etc in an affordable price range.
Volcano Fried Rice (RM 14.90)
JxD Burger (RM 16.90)
During our visit, we tried their Volcano Fried Rice (RM 14.90) and JxD Burger (RM 16.90). Possessing nice aroma, their Volcano Fried Rice was enjoyable though their thick brown sauce may look unappetizing at first glance. Somehow the fried rice shares similarities with Nasi Goreng Pataya we used to have in Malay warung.
On the other hand, the JxD Burger was moderate in taste and did not manage to register a wow factor. The overall taste was alright, though its presentation may appear slightly sloppy. We would be joyful if the bun has some sesame topping it and some greens salad was served along the wedges.
The coffee here was not appealing in taste and it would be better if you take other options of drinks instead.
If you ask us any cafe in Georgetown Penang that can be considered to enjoy restaurant alike quality food, then it will be this modern cafe housed in a pre-World War II building - Black Kettle.
Located at the bustling intersection between Beach Street and Chulia Street in Georgetown is Black Kettle, a cafe that has been operating since 2015. Despite the mushrooming of cafes in town, Black Kettle remained competitive in the food and beverage field, appeasing the most discerning taste buds of Penangites and tourists with its wondrous menu.
Recently in June 2019, Black Kettle has rolled out a new set of menu after collecting feedback from its patrons. The new menu emphasizes on localization of the dishes, offering a touch of locality into the Western dishes that has strong influence from French or Spanish cuisine.
Thanks to Black Kettle Penang for extending the invitation
Baby Octopus & Angel Hair Pasta (RM 30)
One of the most unique dish we tried was Baby Octopus & Angel Hair Pasta (RM 30). Just like any expectations you would have in a plate of great pasta, the angel hair pasta noodles were cooked to al-dente. However, it was semi-drenched in a coconut & lemongrass creamy broth and served with a pair of chopsticks instead of fork and spoons, highlighting the traits of localization.
We enjoyed the coconut & lemongrass broth that carries a pleasant and sleek creaminess, and it is lighter in taste if compared to carbonara. You may add on the sambal provided into the broth, as it helps to thicken the broth and introduce a tad of heat component. Overall, it is an unique pasta that no where else offers and you should give it a try if you are adventurous in your palate experience.
Peri Peri Chicken (RM 24)
One of the popular dish that gained significant customers' positive feedback here is Peri-Peri Chicken (RM 24). We thought it is a well balanced meal, featuring marinated boneless chicken thigh as protein, hot & puffy fries and carbohydrate and fresh garden salad as source of fibers. The piece of protein is tender and succulent in texture, then complemented well with the moderately hot and sweet homemade Peri-Peri sauce.
We also like the slight hint of herb scent in the chicken, which perhaps derived from the Peri-Peri sauce as well.
Bouillabaisse (RM 31)
If you were to enjoy some French cuisine, then Black Kettle has got it to satisfy your crave. They serve Bouillabaisse (RM 31), a well seasoned soup with assortments of seafood stew (squids, tiger prawns, fishes, New Zealand blue mussels) and potatoes. The trick to enjoy the soup is to crack the complimentary toasted bread and dip it to garlic mayonnaise, then wet it with the soup to introduce a rich and nice taste.
Both hot and cold version of the soup offers a different experience, and each has their own unique characteristics. Try it out yourself and you will know the differences.
Ham, Béchamel & Cheese (RM 17.50)
Shall you prefer a lighter meal, Black Kettle has a wide variety of pastries to offer. We were recommended to try their Ham, Béchamel & Cheese (RM 17.50) in a croissant. First thing first, the croissant is crisp and fluffy, a trait of croissant that not many pastry shops in Penang offer. The moment we slice the croissant, we could hear the crackling sound of the pastry, exposing the nicely formed fluffy texture within.
We liked the pairing of croissant with turkey ham slices, Béchamel sauce and mix cheese as it created an enjoyable semi-rich taste. After that, cleanse the palate with fresh garden salads garnished with their homemade sauce which offers a fair balance between tangy and and sweet taste.
Another item that left us with big impression is Creamy Mushroom (RM 18), a dish that has strong Spanish influence. Unlike any regular mushroom soup, the soup is thicken with tarragon butter and cream, then garnished with smoked paprika to create a unique rich texture with nice herby and spicy scent. Generous quantity of shitake mushrooms were served in the soup, and you may enjoy the soup with the crispy toasted bread.
Dutch Apple Pie + Ice Cream
Apple pie may be a common item in dessert menu and Black Kettle has taken it a notch higher. The version here - Dutch Apple Pie + Ice Cream gives an unique texture, a fluffy cake body cushioned by a rich and dense layer bottom. We cannot tell what are the dense bottom layer but somehow it mimics the poppy seed apple pie layer we had in Hungary.
Pair this non-sweetened dessert with the ice cream served for a more well rounded taste.
Hot Cappucino (RM 10)
Aussie Iced Latte (RM 18)
Black Kettle also sings proud of using Australian coffee blend - Dimattina. We particularly enjoyed their Aussie Iced Latte, a body made of blended ice cream topped with espresso. It turned out to be something alike milkshake, and apparently Australian ice latte is known to be served this way.
Intrigued by it? Try them out!
Apart from functioning as a cafe, Black Kettle also serves as a Boulangerie and Patisserie, serving a wide range of pastries and breads. You could drop by and shop for some pastries and breads in case you just need a quick fix for your stomach.
Having operated for decades by the roadside, Nasi Tomato Sungai Nyior is dubbed by the locals as one of the best tomato rice in Penang. Customers starting to flock the canopy shielding the stall as soon as they begin operation at 12pm, and a long queue is formed soon, stretching toward to the arm of the roadside. You can choose to have either white rice or tomato rice, then pick your favorite dishes from the wide selections available. Of course, follow the locals' way and drench your rice with a variety of curries to give it an unique flavour. On top of that, the Nasi Tomato is affordable in price and would not hurt your budget much.
For instance, the 2 plates we were having in the above picture cost RM 15.80, inclusive of 2 cups of drinks. Personally, we feel the price is pretty reasonable.
Blok 5, a place with canopies decorated with lights near to Snake Temple Penang has attracted our attention for some time and recently we managed to pay there a visit. To our surprise, this place offers delicious Malay food in nice setting with affordable price. Although it practices outdoor dining, raining would not be posing a woe to diners as mosf of the places are shielded by canopies. Blok 5 offers a range of dishes such as Char Koay Teow, Nasi Lemak, Nasi Goreng, Western food and snacks. Parking is not really a big problem here as there are plenty of empty parking lots inside the apartment area when the dusk set in.
Char Kuew Teow Kering (RM 5)
Char Kuew Teow Basah (RM 5)
Char Kuew Teow is one of our favorite item here. Personally, we prefer the Char Kuew Teow Kering (RM 5). It was nicely seasoned, come with a mixed balance of flavour and with a small charred scent. On the other hand, the Char Kuew Teow Basah is average in taste. Nevertheless, the portion is relatively small and probably insufficient to feed a hungry man.
Nasi Goreng Blok 5 (RM 8)
For their rice selection, you may go with either Nasi Lemak or Nasi Goreng, then topped with Ayam Crispy. Sambal Sotong or both. We would not say their Nasi Goreng Blok 5 (RM 8) is one of the best we have tried but it was decent in taste. The sambal sotong offers a strong spicy flavour that will let you yearn for more water, while the ayam crispy was just alright. An addition of egg would be great.
Chicken Chop Marhaen (RM 5.50)
On one occasion, we tried their Western menu - Chicken Chop Marhaen (RM 5.50) and was not really impressed. Western dishes definitely not their forte but if you had a western craving that needed to fix, then you may give it a try.
The drinks offered here are relatively sweeter though. Always opt for a less sweet version for your health sake.
While most of the Thai food offered in Penang is getting more and more expensive, there is still an outlet offers great Thai food with hawker price - Krung Thep Thai Street Food. Located along Lorong Selamat in Georgetown, the restaurant was immensely popular among locals as it was full-house during our previous few attempts. Fortunately, we managed to get a seat on a Saturday evening and was shocked to learn the affordable price in the menu. Moreover, some of the crews appeared to be Thai origin, further solidifying the restaurant's image as authentic Thai restaurant.
Pad Thai Seafood (RM 8.90) add RM 4.50 for tomyum soup and fishcake/pandan chicken
Pineapple Fried Rice Seafood (RM 8.90)
If you are coming as an individual or a couple yet wish to enjoy a more diversify Thai food, Krung Thep have got you covered. They are offering their a la carte menu in a set by just topping up RM 4.50, then you can enjoy a bowl of tomyam soup and a choice of either fishcake or pandan chicken.
Although we kind of enjoyed the hot & spicy tomyam soup (even though we preferred it to be less acid), we felt the overall satisfaction was missing. Maybe it was due to the small bowl serving, and the soup temperature was dropping gradually in the air-conditioned setting. Therefore, if you were to really enjoy the tomyam, please order the big pot instead. Meanwhile, the fishcake we tried was delicious.
The Pad Thai Seafood (RM 8.90) was impressive. It shares almost 70% similarities with the Pad Thai we had in Bangkok and the heat component was no joke. It put our mouth on fire and we had to take small pauses in between to give some resting period for our tongue.
On the other hand, the Pineapple Fried Rice Seafood (RM 8.90) was equally impressive. The cashew nuts toppings greatly enhanced the taste and elevated this simple rice dish to a gourmet to enjoy.
Thai Omelette with Cha Om (RM 10)
The Thai Omelette with Cha Om (RM 10) was delicious too, especially with its crisp edge and fluffy center. However it was greasy and best shared among a group of people to reduce the surfeit feelings.
How about a buffet with all savoury and sweet delicacies from all over Asia? Imaging the likes of Nyonya, Malay, Chinese or even fusion dishes under a single roof. Well, Royale Chulan Penang is now introducing The Asian Mash-Up buffet every Friday from 5th July 2019 at Sri Tanjung Cafe for RM 75 nett per adult and RM 50 nett per child or senior citizen. In fact, Royale Chula Penang is also offering a special "Seniors Eat for Free" promotion whereby with every 2 paying adults, 1 senior citizen eats for free.
Thanks to Royale Chulan Penang for extending the invitation
The all-time favorite buffet items in Royale Chulan Penang such as Seafood on Ice, Nyonya Kerabu Prawns, Imam Balidi and Penang Char Koay Teow still remained but there are some new faces being added. Among these new additions are 4 different rice selections (Nasi Biryani, Nasi Tomato, Nasi Dhall and Nasi Hujan Panas), Five Spices Roast Lamb and Crispy Fried Nestum Prawns.
On top of that, you must not miss out some of newly invented fusion dish by the chefs in Royale Chulan Penang. For instance, classic Italian pasta has been given an Asian twist and become Sambal Sotong Pasta, Chili Cab Pasta, Stir Fry Seafood Tomyam Pasta and Duck Breast Aglio Olio Pasta. This pasta will be rotated in the buffet spread on a weekly basis, so you may enjoy different type of pasta every week.
At the same time, do not forget to check out the grilled lamb and mashed potatoes outside of Sri Tanjung Cafe. These perfectly grilled lamb cubes are set to appease your appetite.
There are several ongoing promotion at various food outlets in the hotel and the promotion included:
1. Saturday Surf and Turf Buffet Dinner from 6.30pm to 10pm at Sri Tanjung Cafe.
2. The Sunday High Tea Buffet from 12.30pm to 4.00pm at Sri Tanjung Cafe.
3. Set Lunch Special, Monday to Saturday from 12pm to 2.30pm at Sri Tanjung Cafe.
4. Executive Set Lunch, Monday to Saturday from 12pm to 2.30pm at The Spice Restaurant.
5. Fusion Dinner, Monday to Sunday from 6.30pm to 10pm at The Spice Restaurant.
6. Afternoon Tea for TWo, Monday to Sunday from 2pm to 5pm at Tea Room.
Royale Chulan Penang
For reservations or enquiries, call +604-259 8888 ext 8910
Evergreen Laurel Hotel has launched 2 different buffet, namely "From the Land to the Ocean" and "Oriental BBQ Bazaar" on Friday and Saturday evening respectively. Both buffet will be featuring a combination of seafood and meat BBQ such as steamed crabs, a variety of barbecue seafood, seafood on ice and etc, on top of regular buffet fares such as Japanese selection, various action counters, hot dishes and desserts. It is attractively priced at RM 100 nett for adult & RM 65 nett for senior and child, then 10% discount is applicable for adult price.
Thanks to Evergreen Laurel Hotel Penang for hosting us that evening
These buffets are naturally meant for those who enjoy seafood a lot. At the seafood of the ice corner, you can get chilled tiger prawns, mussels and scallops, on top of a variety of seafood in the BBQ corner such as prawns, slipper lobsters, stingray, fish and mussels. Fret not if you are accompany a non-seafood lover as he may feast on the varieties of meats such as mini patties, chorizo sausage, lamb chop and roasted lamb leg.
If you are coming for Friday BBQ, there will be a special feature of Rib Eye Steak with Mushroom Sauce, Oyster Omelette, Ketam Masak Lemak, Kambing Kurma andOxtail Assam Pedas. Meanwhile those coming on Saturday can get to enjoy grilled Ikan Pari, Talapia, Mussels, Tiger Prawns, Slipper Lobsters, Chicken Patties and Beef Steak.
Since this is Penang, the hotel has prepared a variety of local delicacies for you to enjoy too. Do not miss out their Char Koay Teow (ask for extra spicy if you can take it), beef and chicken satay, Asian Tapas, prawn noodle soup and fried oyster omelette. At the same time, the pasta and noodle corner also feature 4 types of different pasta - Aglio Olio, Tomato & Carbonara Sauce.
Lastly, the array of desserts sure set you into the mood of wonder.
Well, there are many wonderful promotion at Evergreen Laurel Hotel still. Check them out and see which one suits you most!