Saturday, March 16, 2013

El Faro Tapas Bar and Wine

This place has been in my to-do list for quite some time now. Finally had the chance to pay them a visit last week. There aren't many tapas bar here in Penang and this is one of the first ones known to me. The Spanish dish I recalled most is the Paella (pronounced "pa e ya") which was introduced to me by my Spanish classmate during Uni days.

Tapas are a wide variety of snacks and appetizers, therefore don't expect huge portions.

Walaa...this is the wine cellar! Not much of a choice but I found myself a nice vino. The wine list is concentrated on new world regions with light to full-bodied varietals from major wine producing countries of Australia, Chile and Argentina. I wished there were more variety, after all their cellar looks quite empty. 

The seating arrangement and lighting makes a nice ambiance for an enchanting evening for friends and love birds alike. It's open-concept kitchen basically resides next to the dining but the ventilation is superb! 

Ordered this 2006 cabernet sauvignon from Famiglia Bianchi of Mendoza. At rm130+ I must say it is value-for-money. This wine has a nice aroma, well-balanced with a pleasing finishing and even though it is full-bodied, it paired well with our dishes. If only they can decant the wine to let it breathe slightly and serve it in larger wine glass bowl :(

This unique squid ink rice with shrimp is my a must-try!

Salmon....loved it!

Smoked salmon...erm!

Looking forward to another visit to this place sometime in the near future. Wanting to try the Sangria in a jug and other tapas variety. Oh ya, Tong Pak Fu is nearby so leave some room for a sweet dessert. Muchas gracias :)

Saturday, March 9, 2013

200 Meter Queue at Uniqlo's Opening at Queensbay Mall Penang

Amazing! Tons of people queuing up yesterday to visit the first Uniqlo store in Penang. Hardly seen such a frenzy besides the launch of new iPhones models.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Best Wine Drinking Places in Penang


The Wine ShopWINE BAR

15 Lintang Burma, George Town, Penang
"Excellent place to hang out. Brightly-lid, noisy crowd and bar-style seats. Huge collection of wines from the very affordable to the pricey ones. Try the cheese and pizza! Tel: 04-226 1824"
Been here

That Little Wine BarWINE BAR

54 Jalan Chow Thye, George Town, Penang
"Wine bar and restaurant. Organizes wine classes and sharing session by qualified Sommelier. Nice and quiet joint with outdoor seating available. Tel: 04-226 8182"
Been here

Vino Vino BistroWINE BAR

Bay Avenue Block H-10-3, Bayan Lepas, Penang
"Wines are priced higher here. Serving its specialty the Yakitori and Teppanyaki dishes. Nice karaoke rooms available for rent upstairs. Nice place for a quiet and relaxing dinner. Tel: 04-645 9922"
Been here

El Faro Tapas Bar & WineWINE BAR

Burma Road, Penang, Malaysia
"The latest and hottest spot in town. Robust flavors, both warm and cold, savory, exciting delicious meals to fill your tummy and satisfy your palate. Tel: 04-227 2310"
Been here

Bossa VinoWINE BAR

56, Jln. Chow Thye Off Jln. Burmah, George Town, Penang
"Wine . Dine . Bar . Events & BBQ. Mon - Sat: 6:00 pm - 1:00 am. Tel: 04-2261932"

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

1st Ever Uniqlo in Penang, Opening 8th Mar 2013 at Queensbay Mall

Brace yourselves this 8th March for the opening of the 1st ever Uniqlo branch in Penang. Be sure to be the first in line for the queue as early as 10:30am for the maiden opening. Fashionistas be ready! Penang rocks!

Squash Lessons for Kids @Nicol David International Squash Centre

Weekly squash lessons for kids at rm30/month. Hourly classes depending on age categories. Bring your kids here for a fun and enjoyable time. You may bump into the champ if you're lucky one day!

Nicol David International Squash Centre -
Jalan Gelugor, Gelugor, Penang, 11700, MY

Monday, March 4, 2013

Hokkien Mee @Bayan Baru

Situated along the new shoplots opposite Mayang Mall, this hokkien mee stall is the franchise of the famous hokkien mee at weld quay. What I liked is there are many side dishes like pork ribs, crisp pork, porkballs, fish balls and many more. There aren't many hokkien mee here with such variety. Prices starts from rm4 for a large bowl with surcharges for its side dishes ranging from rm1-rm2. The outlet is still new so cleanliness and comfort is not an issue. Staff are friendly unlike the 888 hokkien mee nearby. Another new place to add to my lunch list.

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Sunday, March 3, 2013

The Twelve Cups at The WhiteAways Arcade

If you are fascinated by the heritage trails in Penang, it would definitely be a delightful affair to chill at The Twelve Cups to sip the freshly brewed coffee and savour their signature mille crepe cake with your loved ones.

Tel: 04-262 6812

Friday, March 1, 2013

Wen Chang Hainanese Chicken Rice at Cintra Street

Best hainanese chicken rice, loh bak and teh peng! The chicken meat is lean, rice is not oily therefore perfect for the healh conscious.

Parking is limited during lunch hours so arrive early.

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Eam Huat Charcoal Steamboat at Batu Lanchang

Nestled amongst the high rise apartments along batu lanchang road, this steamboat is a hidden gem. It is one of the many stalls operating at the corner coffee shop just opposite central park apartments.

I've read reviews that their hand-made meatballs are a must try! It's fish-based soup is sweet but the ginger a bit too much for my liking. The sukiyaki sauce is good but is not the best I've tasted.

The coffee shop is breezy and ventilation is excellent. I would avoid the seats under the tree if I were you.

Overall good value for money and perfect for a family outing.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

English Afternoon Tea at David Brown's

Fancy having scones and tea in cool climate with a view to behold?

Then you should make the trip up Penang Hill to dine at David Brown's restaurant. With the new funicular completed, it will take only a 5-minute trip to the peak as compared to a 30-minute ride before. The only annoying experience is the permanent long queues at the ticketing booth.

Of course, english afternoon tea at elevated locations comes at a premium. At rm78++ for a couple's tea set, it is not cheap. But that is the price that people is willing to pay to experience the environment and to taste the quality delights.

The scones and apple tarts are good though. My advice is to avoid the peak seasons and always carry an umbrella with you :)

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Mini Steamboat Set @Ko Cha Taiwanese Delight

What I loved about this eatery is its mini steamboat dishes at very reasonable prices. Nestled along the ever busy Burmah road, just beside the 1926 Heritage Hotel this Taiwanese diner is always packed to the rim. Parking spaces are limited but there are ample spots along the neighbouring street.

The mini steamboat soup is surprisingly sweet without the hint of MSG. At less than rm25 per set, it can easily satisfy the palate of 2 light eaters. Of course there are other choices on the menu. But this for me is my favourite pick.