Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Afternoon Tea @ David Brown's Restaurant, Penang

Henry Tan | 3:44 PM | | 1 Comment so far
As part of our 3rd Anniversary celebration, baby and I went to David Brown's Restaurant at Penang Hill to pampered ourselves with afternoon tea. But I supposed it was a wrong decision to go Penang Hill during the weekend as the place was too crowded. We couldn't wait for the super long queue and went for the expensive RM30 per person fast lane.

Afternoon Tea @ David Brown's Restaurant

The weather was nice when we got there as it was cloudy with cool breeze. That's the kind of weather that suitable to sit at the outdoor sitting with a sip of warm tea and some really appetizing afternoon tea. We had the David Brown's Petit Four, which priced at RM48++ per pax. 

David Brown's Petit Four consists of a three tier daily made mini pastries which includes sandwiches, mini burger, croquette, mini donuts, scones, madeleines, cakes and fresh strawberries. The scones come with homemade strawberry preserve, butter and cream. 

Enjoying the moment together without doing anything except some small talk and savoring the afternoon tea while perched on an armchair. That's the kind of weekend you would want to spend on after some hectic weekdays work. 

David Brown's Restaurant & Tea Terraces

Strawberry Hill, 
Penang Hill, Penang.
11.00am - 10.00pm
Lunch: 11am - 3pm 
Afternoon Tea: 3pm - 6pm 
Dinner: 6pm - 10pm (last call 9pm)
Tel: +604-828 8337 / 018-409 6277 
Email: st.penanghill@gmail.com

Till then. ;)
Happy food hunting! 

Aji Noren Japanese Restaurant (味暖簾) @ Prima Tanjung, Penang

Henry Tan | 11:02 AM | | 1 Comment so far
Thanks to the recommendation of Penang famous blogger, CK Lam, I brought baby to Aji Noren Japanese Restaurant to celebrate our 3rd Anniversary. Baby is a devotee for Japanese food and since it's a celebration of love so I had to bring her to somewhere she has never been before. Thankfully, now Aji Noren Japanese Restaurant became our number one Best Japanese Restaurant in Penang

Aji Noren Japanese Restaurant

Aji Noren Japanese Restaurant located at ground floor shop lot of Prima Tanjung, the building right opposite of Island Plaza. It's a bit hard to notice as their shop sign board is in Japanese wording, but just look out for the Noren (暖簾) or in Chinese is called 門簾 (门帘), a traditional Japanese curtain. 

Two types of seating available, the Japanese style Zashiki, with Zabuton (thin mattresses) and the normal Western style table. But be sure that you called for booking in advance and indicate which type of seating you prefer as Aji Noren Japanese Restaurant is usually full. Zashiki seating might not be suitable for for the elders too.  

Aji Noren Japanese Restaurant is considered as a long narrow shop with quite limited seating in their air-cond area, so if you don't mind, there is a sheltered area for non-aircond area too right behind the shop. The open area is much wider but probably suitable for those who smokes. 

We started off with our starter, Tonpeiyaki (RM18.80), which is omelette filled with cheese, cabbage and slices of pork. To be honest, we did not know what to expect as it is our first try, but the thinly sliced of pork, the juicy cabbage and the melting cheese, covered with a blanket of omelette and drizzled with Japanese Mayo, the combination makes it taste heavenly! Aji Noren Japanese Restaurant made it so great that it got us wanting for more and too excited for our main course. 

For our main course, baby ordered Tonkotsu (豚骨, pork bone) Ramen Set (RM31.80) that comes with Gyoza, salad, pickles and fruit. A good Ramen must be accompanied with a nicely done rich, milky-white broth that has been boiled for hours, after breaking down all the collagen, bone marrow and fat. Aji Noren Japanese Restaurant done that well except for the boiled egg, which we thought it would be tantalizing if is a Ajitsuke Tamago (soft boiled egg). 

We love the Gyoza (Japanese Pan-Fried Dumpling) that comes along with the Dinner Set as well. Unlike the typical Chinese Dumpling (Jiaozi, Guotie or potsticker), Aji Noren Japanese Restaurant made the gyoza with much thinner wrapper, filled with ground pork, green onion and probably some grated ginger to tenderize the meat and remove any pungent smell of pork. The crispy bottom of Gyoza gives the extra texture in every bite too.   

For me, I got myself the Unadon (RM30). Unagi is always our favorite but since it's our Anniversary so we just ordered it despite of the price. The glazed-grilled eel covered on top of the steamed white rice and topped with Nori (dried seaweed) strips. The glistering sweet caramel-like Unagi combined with the warm steamed rice is simply the best.  

Besides the common green tea, we tried the Aji Noren Japanese Restaurant Homemade Chuhai too. Basically Chuhai is an alcoholic drink originating from Japan, which is usually made from Shochu (焼酎) and flavored carbonated drink. We ordered the yogurt one which we find it really special. Next time can try to mix ourselves at home too!  

Overall, we had a great dining experience in Aji Noren Japanese Restaurant, we certainly looking forward to come back again in the near future. Probably for the upcoming Valentine's Day! :p Okay, maybe not, since I will need to source for another new place for baby. So if you have any recommendation on the Best Japanese Restaurant in Penang, please let me know in the comment below! Thanks in advance!

98-G-35, Prima Tanjung, 
Jalan Fettes, Kampung Belachan, 
11200 Tanjung Tokong, Penang.

Call for Reservation: +60 4-899 4720

Opening Hour:
12pm-2pm & 6pm-10pm Daily
Closed on Monday

Happy food hunting!
Till then. ;)

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Doubly Fresh, Doubly Joyous @ Sushi King Gurney Plaza

Henry Tan | 6:08 PM | | Be the first to comment!
Celebrate Chinese New Year with family and friends at Sushi King with their new "Doubly Fresh, Doubly Joyous" dishes! For this festive season, Sushi King specially created several delectable auspicious dishes which is available starting from now until 28 February 2017. 

Sushi King Doubly Fresh Doubly Joyous!


Sushi King Doubly Fresh Doubly Joyous's dishes can be found at the standing menu or inside the iPad for food ordering. To make it more joyous and prosperity, customers who spend RM68 and above in a single receipt at any Sushi King outlet will be given a FREE exclusive set of Sushi King Daruma Ang Pau and even be in the running to win an all-expense paid trip to Tokyo!

We started off with the Prosperity Yee Sang (4-6 pax) which served with Norwegian premium salmon, harvested from their clear blue waters. The Prosperity Yee Sang comes with Japanese egg noodle, cucumber, carrot, tamago, Kurage (jellyfish), octupus, fish roe, nuts, crabstick, limes, sliced salmon and even minced salmon! Yes, Sushi King placed the minced salmon in the middle and shape it into a sycee (Yuan Bao)!

Two types of sauces are available, namely the sour plum sauce and wasabi sauce. So you can either choose just "sour plum sauce" or "sour plum + wasabi sauce". To be honest, I was deeply amazed by the Prosperity Yee Sang because of the great combination of all the ingredients. A mouthful of Yee Sang can tastes all the different textures and flavors from the crispy Japanese egg noodle, crunchy jellyfish, appetizing sour plum sauce and sweetness of fresh salmon. Yums! 😋

Then we had Spicy Salmon Terriyaki and Salmon Terriyaki. Both are using the same grilled salmon except one added with spicy mayonnaise. One might mistaken it as Unagi but if look closely you can tell the difference from the salmon texture and skin. Personally I think the spicy mayonnaise was not spicy at all, so not to worry about it. I prefer Sushi King's Spicy Salmon Terriyaki as the spicy mayonnaise give additional taste instead of just the saltiness from Terriyaki.  

Next, we had Fried Salmon Sushi drizzled with mayonnaise. If deep fried salmon is too dry for one's liking, special Piri-piri sauce will be given too. Deep fried salmon was really crispy and the mayonnaise makes it even more appetizing.  

We also tried Sushi King's Assorted Sushi under the Doubly Fresh, Doubly Joyous menu. It consists of Minced Salmon, Sliced Salmon and Unagi. Yes, finally got Unagi! That explains why it is with different color of plate (purple) which is more expensive. Anyway, I still find the Minced Salmon bizarre, maybe because of the presentation. 

After all the sushi, we moved on to the CNY Bento and Seafood Bento. If a small personal Yee Sang is needed, CNY Bento is the perfect set as it comes with mini Salmon Yee Sang, deep fried salmon and deep fried chicken with Piri-piri sauce. Otherwise, Seafood Bento would be great as it consists of tempura prawns, deep fried salmon and even squid! Deep fried squid is unusual in Sushi King's menu, so personally I like this a lot! 

Then we had Ontama Salmon Don and Salmon Don. Take note that Sushi King is serving them in small size, so one might not be enough! Ontama Salmon Don came in a very appealing appearance with salmon flakes covered on top of rice and topped with soft boiled egg and flying fish roe. Meanwhile, Salmon Don consists of rice topped with salmon belly and flying fish roe. In my opinion, Salmon Don is my Most Recommended Don as the fattiness of salmon belly moistened the rice and give the fragrance to it. Absolutely delicious!  😋

Lastly, we ended our meal with Hanjuku Cheese Cake. Sushi King's Hanjuku Cheese Cake or also known as half baked cheese cake was really creamy, velvety smooth and with a fluffy texture! To be honest, I have never thought of eating cheese cake in Sushi King in our past visits. But this experience definitely change my thought and I strongly recommend to try it out as well!

Overall, I think Sushi King's Chinese New Year dishes were great, totally beyond my expectation. I would definitely go again for their Prosperity Yee Sang, which I think it is healthier than those outside yet at a reasonable price. I would also order Seafood Bento, Salmon Don and end with Hanjuku Cheese Cake! 

 Go try it NOW & Tell Me What do You Think?

Available at all Sushi King Outlets.

Till then. ;)
Happy Food Hunting!


Auspicious Steamboat Buffet Dinner @ Lexis Suites Penang

Henry Tan | 10:37 AM | | Be the first to comment!
5-Star Resort Hotel, Lexis Suites Penang will be having auspicious buffet this coming Chinese New Year! We had the chance to try out their Auspicious Steamboat Buffet Dinner which will be available only on 27th Jan (Friday) for only RM88 nett per person! Call for reservation now!

5-Star Steamboat Buffet Dinner @ Lexis Suites Penang

Lexis Suites Penang located at southern of Penang, Teluk Kumbar, which is just next to the famous Hao You Teluk Kumbar Seafood Restaurant. We ate there for like at least once a year, so it's like witnessing the hotel being built from nothing to a tall-huge building. 

Roselle Coffee House is the in-house restaurant located at Mezzanine Floor, Lexis Suites Penang to serves Auspicious Seamboat Buffet Dinner. The restaurant can host up to around 150 pax, so make sure you have done your reservation as soon as possible!

The buffet spread consists of seven different sections namely from action counter, salad bar, pickle corner, sushi & maki, seafood, sauce, meat,  steamboat stock to dessert. So not to worry, even if is steamboat buffet, you will still have plenty other option beside steamboat! Read on you will know why I say it is super worth! 

Starting with the Action Counter, which is closest to the entrance, serves cooked food like roasted lamb, grilled fish, fried snacks and even dimsum! These could be useful as we can eat it while waiting for our steamboat to boil. I'm not a big fan of fried snacks or dimsum, so automatically my focus would be switched towards the lamb and fish. Both of them were on par, but the food presentation certainly make it looks tempting!   

In clockwise, then we came towards the Fruits Section. 5 local fruits were available from papaya, pineapple, yellow watermelon, red watermelon to rose apple. Then follow by Pickle Corner and Salad Bar. Nothing much to shout about, just standard buffet dinner that will provides. 

Then we came to Sushi & Maki Corner. I was amazed by the sashimi plate as each slices of the sashimi were all generously thick, which is a rare case for buffet dinner. Sashimi option include salmon, butterfish, tuna and octopus. 

Finally the main ingredients for steamboat, the Seafood Section! More than 12 types of seafood to choose from, some of the rare ones include the bamboo clams, slipper lobster, Yabby and even scallop! Some of the ingredients like the fish head and crab are suitable to add in first into the soup to give extra sweetness.  

If you are bored of seafood, different type of Meats including chicken, lamb and beef are available too! Each of them were marinated by different seasoning such as curry, black pepper and the original flavor. Personally I think it would be perfect if the hot pot comes together with the grill pan for us to BBQ the meats. But the 5-Star hotel guests would all ended up smelly! 😁

Steamboat Stock such as those sausages, ham, mushroom, fishball, tofu, seaweed and vegetables are available too. It is always good to add in some vegetable to balance the flavor of the soup. Personally, I like to add a lot of seaweed, Japanese tofu and of course enoki mushroom! 

Last but not least, Dessert Section with Chinese New Year theme. Delicious pastries, cakes, puddings and many others that would end the buffet on a sweet high. 

There will be a complimentary Salmon Yee Sang as well for each table that dine in for the buffet spread. 

Overall, given the price of RM88 nett per person for a 5-Star Resort Hotel Restaurant, I think it is definitely worth the price. Imagine you can save all the troubles to cook and clean if eating at home and use the time to spend with family and friends on catching up with each other.

Make Your Reservation NOW!

28, Jalan Teluk Kumbar, 
11920 Bayan Lepas, Penang.

Tel: +60 4-628 2888

Till then. ;)
Happy Food Hunting!

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