Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Chez Weng Review (non halal)

Chez Weng AKA Weng's Place in French was not an eatery to be missed if you so happen to be on the Northern Side of Penang.
Featuring a semi fine dining with a touch of romantic dining experience catered for couples, families or singles who just wants to hang out and enjoy the environment. They have a bar to cater for those who are hanging out with friends for a drink.
The romantic lightbulbs setting
Down to a more quiet second floor of which the lamps reminds one of overseas street fine dining experience.
The view from the second floor
Other than beers, they serve a fine variety of wines
The bulbs that reminds me of the quiet christmas atmosphere
Fresh bread and Dukkah
Pizza with Portobello mushroom, Garlic Confit and Truffle Oil which comes in American style thin crusts. What is special is that the chef actually selects the best and freshest ingredients he could get in the market.
Serrano Ham
Prosciutto of which I like the freshness of this when it was coupled with rock melon.
Duck Confit. I love the taste of the sausage in this dish coupled with the imported whole duck drumstick.
Atlantic Salmon. If you would want a fresher cut, you would have to catch those salmon yourself. The mashed potatoes coupled with the butter sauce is something not to be missed.
Pork Belly would be my favourite dish. Cooked to perfection and juicy tenderness with a layer of crispy fat on the top without the pork scent, it makes this dish memorable. The secret? 3 layered meat from the best cut and Sous Vide, vacumm packed and cooked in low temperature for a long duration (usually over 48 hours).
Squid Ink Aglio Olio with Seafood. Unlike your usual pasta cooked with squid ink, this pasta itself contains the squid ink making it less messy for those who needs to socialize after the meal. It's a dish with all the taste without the guild of appearing with a black tongue served with a generous amount of seafood(squid, shrimps, scallops). In the process, I got to taste the real squid ink which was not used for this dish and ended up black mouthed for the next 3 hours after few pints of beer.
US Black Angus Tenderloin. For those who know me in person, you would have known that I was allergic to beef. Yes, I had difficulty breathing after the meal despite taking antihistamine due to testing this dish. So guys, appreciate it that I almost died to introduce this dish to you all. On a light side, it's cooked using the same method as the pork belly. Don't be fooled by it's appearance as a black slab of medium rare meat as it's real juicy and tender on the inside. What made me took the risk? The taste of the food so far which tells me I would regret not knowing how this taste like.
Autralian Rack of Lamb. Cooked medium rare served with potato cake which one of my friends refer to as "chai kueh". I laughed so hard at that joke as none of us knew it was potato before we actually taste it. If I would be asked to describe this dish, it would be "right portion, juicy and tender".
Panna Cotta with a touch of strawberry and chocolate.
Apple Pie with Cinnamon Ice Cream and Caramel Sauce.
 Banana Strudel with Peanut Butter Ice Cream & Chocolate Sauce. Both the strudel and Apple Pie with their respective ice cream was like the yin and yang of the dessert I had. One warm the other cold but complements each other to give you the perfect combination of taste. Anyway, this is coming from someone who doesn't really fancy both strudel and pie all along. I am glad I took the courage to try things out here and never regretted it a moment. Special thanks to http://yourfoodreview.com/ and http://myoo.my/ for the first invitation to dine here. Anyway if you feel the price of the dishes are on the high side, you could visit myoo.my for discount coupons as they are always in cooperation to give you some of the best deals ranging from 50% off total bill, Valentine special, RM18 for pizza etc. Oh yes did I mention they have a live band entertaining you while you dine? Do call them to find out more on the live band.

Environment: 4.5/5  (Fully air conditioned and 2 floors could caters for big groups but more on a romantic setting with lowly dimmed lights)
Service: 4.5/5 (Waiters are friendly, helpful and attentive)
Taste: 4.5/5 (Premium quality of food for freshness and natural taste)
Consistency: 5/5 (Food was exactly the same on my second visit and even my colleague and her husband gave them a 2 thumbs up)
Price: 3/5 (On the expensive side but they serve premium quality dish in terms of freshness and natural taste. worth every cent)

Fresh Bread and Dukkah - RM16++
Serrano(with pear) and Prosciutto(with rock melon) Ham - RM22++
All pizzas - RM35++
Duck Confit - RM38++
Atlantic Salmon - RM38++
Pork Belly - RM38++
Squid Ink Aglio Olio with Seafood - RM38++
US Black Angus Tenderloin (~200gm) - RM88++
Autralian Rack of Lamb - RM68++
All desserts shown above is RM16++ each
They even have Set lunch from RM38++ to RM58++ and set dinner from RM48++ to RM88++

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/CHEZ-WENG/274823145915696
Address and Contact:
10-C-18 & 19, Precinct 10, Jalan Tanjung Tokong, Tanjung Tokong, Penang
Business Hour: 11.30am – 11.00pm (Closed on Mondays)
Tel: 04-8999878
GPS: N5.448977, E100.306165

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Journey Back KL

What could a guy on the bus sitting next to a big guy who is snoring so loudly that the eardrums is having problems listening to even the music over a stereo headphones do with a camera on hand? No, I am definitely not gonna stuff my expensive lense into his mouth... So this is what I did.. I found an interesting kid seated in front of me to be my involuntary model..
Curious kid... peekaboo
Seriously this kid reminds me of my hyperactive and curious childhood..
He was making noise in the bus and guess what happened? The mum just stuff his mouth.. That doesn't really stop him. Just like when I was young and energetic
For about 2 hours the kid had been climbing up and down.. Finally he is tired.. He slept for like an hour.
First thing he did when he wakes up was to peep behind...
Last picture taken before the sky turned dark... Brings back those good old memories...

Monday, January 9, 2012

Baiyok Thai Restaurant Review

I know this post should come up earlier but I was very much caught up during the weekends. I was invited for an eating session to Baiyok Thai Restaurant by another blogger about a month++ ago..
Located in the Heritage Club opposite Penang Sports Club, this hidden restaurant would not be noticeable by passer by unless you are a member at the Heritage club,
 They are open daily and free WIFI...
A variety of drinks selection here from the lemon grass water to coffee and fruit juices..
PLA RAD MAKHAAM(Deep-fried fish topped with tamarind sauce)
The fish head...
KAI YANG(B.B.Q. chicken with dipping sauce)
GOONG KHAI DAENG(Finger food- deep-fried bread with prawn and salted egg)
MIANG PLA KRAPHONG(Traditional appertiser-deep-fried seabass cubes, condiments and
sweetener wrap with wild betel leaves(daun kaduk) )
The above was wrapped and so called the correct way to eat them.. It comes in these 2 original plates...
This dish is definite to clear your ears due to it's spiciness but for me who is used to spicy food, this dish is just so good and fresh. PLA MEUK NEUNG MANAO(Squid steamed with lime juice)
The other end of the same dish
YUM YOK MAPHRAU(Coconut shoot salad)
A must try as they use fresh prawns. GOONG CHOO CHII(Deep-fried prawn topped with 'Choo Chii' sauce)
Not too spicy and good for the kids. TOMYAM TALAY(Seafood Tomyam)
BROGCOLI PHAT KAPIT(Brocolli stir-fried with thai belacan)
The seafood variety found in this is in a gracious portion. HOR MOK TALAY(Seafood 'Otak-Otak')
and finally for dessert we have the THAP THIM KROP(Water chestnut and jackfruit in coconut milk)

Environment: 4/5  (Fully air conditioned and could caters only for big groups)
Service: 4/5 (Waiters are friendly and helpful)
Taste: 4/5 (They have food that is catered for the less spicy locals to those spicy ones for those who loves them)
Consistency: ??? (First time there but would visit again "real" soon)
Price: 3/5 (A little on the expensive side for seafood but reasonable for non seafood items)
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/thai.b.restauran
Address and Contact:
2, Jalan Scotland, 10450 Georgetown Penang
Business Hour: 1130am – 10pm
Tel: 04-227 8308 / 016-478 4090
GPS: N5.418988,E100.304371

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Lighthouse Coffee review

Ask anyone around what is the first name that comes into mind when you ask them about coffee.. Most would say Starbucks but after I visited this cafe, I found my true passion in coffee and learned things I never did know in the first place visiting Starbucks since my secondary school days.. And yes that is very long ago and I am old I know that. Do you know that coffee brewed at the right temperature and right way is sweet on it's own? Did you even know that there are specific amounts to follow to a certain temperature and duration makes all the difference in the coffee you sip? Heck, even they way you drink makes a difference... Even the way you roast the beans makes it different... This is what I have learned on my visit here.. The owner gave us an impromptu coffee appreciation class...
Located at the hidden corner around Bishop Street intersecting with Beach street and part of the Logan Heritage Building... I was actually given the chance to get to know coffee better as part of being a participant in the Penang Heritage Food Trail event.
What is Lighthouse coffee without Lighthouses right?
The menu is all on the board for easy ordering..
Real roasted beans on hand. You could basically smell the aroma of roasted coffee by standing just outside the cafe..
Introduction to the beans here..
And you could leave a note on their wall of notes...
Latte.. Oh and did I mention they do provide training to those who wanted to learn how to create a perfect cup of latte... Patterns are poured not etched... Look at the last pic for the steps..
Latte Mocha...
Signature drink, Red Devil for Her 2.0... not bersih 2.0 ok? This is one of the fruity drinks I have had here...
Mochachino with other drinks... Feel the difference with what you can have outside yet? Read on...
Orange Moon... Coffee with chocolate powder, a slice of orange and a touch of cinnamon.. It's already nice on it's own till i start drinking it with the cinnamon "straw"... Heaven...
Coffee Baked Rice with cheese... I would recommend you to have this before you try any strong coffee unless you have a glass of water to rinse the coffee taste away to retaste this..
Focaccia Special.. Turkey ham, scrambled egg..
Pannani with cheese...
Tiramisu... What makes this special is that they are made with their own roasted beans coffee powder.. Fresh and strong I would say..
Red Devil For HIM...
The perfect cup of latte...

Environment: 4/5  (Fully air conditioned and caters only for small groups - place is quite small. go early as they are always full)
Service: 3/5 (Different waiters have different attitudes for different customers... Some are very friendly... Some are just quiet...)
Taste: 4/5 (The coffee and tiramisu is a must try again...)
Consistency: 4/5 (Second time there and coffee remains the good old taste I had on my first visit)
Price: 3.5/5 (A little on the expensive side but fair as it's still cheaper than Starbucks but serves smaller portions of drinks)
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/people/Lighthouse-Coffee/100000540104506
Address and Contact:
Logan Heritage No 4,
Bishop Street,
10300 Georgetown, Penang
Business Hours: 8:30am - 8:30pm (daily)
Lighthouse Coffee Enterprise
Office Phone: 04 - 228 8628
Direct Mobile: 012 - 436 0836 (Victor - Chief Barista & Roaster)
Web site: www.lighthouse-coffee.com.my
Email: lighthouse.coffee@yahoo.com

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