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Time Out Malaysia Eating and Drinking Guide - - PENANG -

NEW 16 De­gree LG 27, Gur­ney Paragon Mall, Jalan Kelawei, George Town (012 488 7619/Face­book: 16 De­gree Cigar Wine Bistro).

This bistro and bot­tle shop is on the lower ground floor of Gur­ney Paragon Mall. You’ll be won over by its spa­cious in­te­rior and easy-go­ing am­bi­ence, if not the hearty menu and in­tox­i­cat­ing wine. You're wel­come to pur­chase the wine from the bot­tle shop and have it with your meal in the bistro at no cork­age charge. The menu is that of a sim­ple bistro with em­pha­sis on high-qual­ity in­gre­di­ents and fresh prepa­ra­tion. There’s a good choice of starters like the Ba­con Cigars – mini sausages wrapped in ba­con and baked in a brandy and bar­be­cue sauce, def­i­nitely a must-try for pork lovers. The 16 De­gree Pork Burger with Ba­con is a fes­ti­val of flavours, topped with caramelised mush­rooms, onions, ched­dar and parme­san and served with fries – this is quickly be­com­ing the house favourite, along with its beefy equiv­a­lent. Que­sadil­las with a choice of chicken or pork are fresh and filling (ideal with a glass of house wine). A se­lec­tion of main cour­ses in­clude a thick cut pork chop and a seafood plat­ter (a se­lec­tion of fried seafood). Fine cigars are avail­able here too but you won’t be light­ing up in the restau­rant it­self – it's a non-smoking floor, after all.

Daily, 10am–10pm. $$$

NEW 32 at the Man­sion 32 Jalan Sul­tan Ahmad Shah, George Town (04 262 2232/Face­book: 32 at the Man­sion Of­fi­cial).

Housed in a colo­nial man­sion, this sleek restau­rant is el­e­gantly fur­nished with white li­nen ta­bles, mod­ish fur­ni­ture and dim light­ing. Its lux­u­ri­ous in­te­rior and top-dol­lar menu can be in­tim­i­dat­ing to the thrifty but if you have a pock­et­ful of cash, give it a try. Chef Mathijs’ flavour style is sub­tle, light with a touch of re­silience. For in­stance, from the ap­pe­tiser menu of five choices, we picked the pan seared scal­lop with smoked duck and a ce­viche of king prawns. All of which sim­ply de­pend on their tex­ture, fresh­ness of flavour and mild vanilla-in­fused dress­ing to mes­merise. Now, to match the starter,

a plate of seared sea bass as a main dish will cer­tainly dance well on the palate. Here, it’s served driz­zled with kaf­fir lime sauce and a unique choice of car­bo­hy­drate of sticky rice galette. What stands out here is the tex­ture of the starchy galette com­bined with the fleshy fish. For veg­e­tar­i­ans, there’s a few choices for you guys as well. The tart­let of roasted fen­nel and baby car­rot hits a fine bal­ance be­tween sweet and savoury. Almost jammy in tex­ture, the but­tery, flaky crunch of the pas­try ties all the flavours to­gether into a sat­is­fy­ing bite. Hon­estly, this one’s our sur­prise find on the menu. Dur­ing hot, hu­mid evenings, we rec­om­mend you be­gin your meal with the re­fresh­ing mar­i­nated wa­ter­melon salad with broad slices of green mango sprin­kled with crum­bled crispy fish and driz­zled with pis­ta­chio toasted co­conut dress­ing. It’s a play of cool, fruity and leafy flavours, bal­anced with the savoury crunch of crispy fish, at once ex­otic and fa­mil­iar.

Ha­lal. Child friendly. Credit cards ac­cepted. Free park­ing. Daily, 12noon– 3pm, 7pm–12mid­night. $$$$

NEW Dave’s Deli Lot LG-51, Queens­bay Mall, 100 Per­siaran Bayan In­dah, Bayan Lepas (04 643 2268/www.dav­es­deli.com.my).

The hearty pies, ro­tis­serie chicken and mashed pota­toes from Dave’s Deli re­mind us of our child­hood days. Dave’s beef ris­sole is pan fried to per­fec­tion with just a touch of crisp at the edge, while the roasted chicken comes with mash and coleslaw. If you have a more dainty ap­petite, try the medium-sized steak-and-mush­room or chicken-and-mush­room pie – also smoth­ered in brown sauce.

Ha­lal. Daily,10.30am–10.30pm. $

De­li­cious 3C-G-3 & 3C-G-3A, Jalan Seri Tan­jung Pi­nang, Tan­jung Tokong, Straits Quay (04 899 9555/www. thede­li­cious­group.com).

Nearly a decade after its in­cep­tion as a quaint tea­room with a hum­ble menu in the Klang Val­ley, De­li­cious has fi­nally made its way to Pe­nang, set­ting up in Straits Quay. The in­te­rior decor closely mir­rors its other out­lets, with a mod­ern, ori­en­tal-meets-Vic­to­rian style. Chef Steve Allen has been work­ing on re­vamp­ing the menu and there are some choice new of­fer­ings. Mind you, the lime­light has al­ways been on the desserts; the tiramisu, macadamia cheese­cake and peach frangi­pane with vanilla ice cream, for in­stance, have been favourites since the be­gin­ning.

Ha­lal. Child friendly. Kids’ menu. Credit cards ac­cepted. Mon–Fri, 10.30am–11pm; Sat, Sun and pub­lic hol­i­day, 9.30am–11.30pm. $$

Fer­ringhi Gar­den

34-C Batu Fer­ringhi (04 881 1193/ www.fer­ringhi­gar­den­restau­rant. blogspot.com).

Well known for its lush green sur­round­ings, this restau­rant has used a gar­den theme to en­hance its am­bi­ence. There are long-stemmed plants gen­tly sway­ing in the breeze and a long, elab­o­rate wa­ter fea­ture run­ning through at least half of the al­fresco eat­ing area. By night­fall, glow­ing oil lamps cast soft shad­ows that give the place an air of ro­mance, and there’s an ex­ten­sive menu to match it all. There’s sure to be some­thing here to please even the fussi­est palate or ap­petite, no mat­ter what part of the world your tastes in­cline to­wards. Take for ex­am­ple the baked fish, topped with a thick, spicy sauce and sealed with melted cheese: a sur­pris­ingly pleas­ing com­bi­na­tion that plucks from Mediter­ranean and Asian flavours. And if that sounds a bit too risqué for you, you can al­ways go for the fa­mil­iar pseudo-Western sta­ple: chicken chop in tra­di­tional flour bat­ter, with fries and blanched vegetables on the side.

Pork-free. Child friendly. Kids’ Menu. Credit cards ac­cepted. Dis­abled friendly. Free park­ing. Daily, 4pm–12mid­night. $$$

Fer­inggi Grill

Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Re­sort & Spa, Rasa Wing lobby, Mez­za­nine floor, Batu Fer­ringhi (04 888 8888/ www.shangri-la.com).

If Shangri-La's Lafite is KL’s fine din­ing in­sti­tu­tion, Fer­inggi Grill in Rasa Sayang is un­doubt­edly Pe­nang’s. This restau­rant has earned a stel­lar rep­u­ta­tion for its re­fined flavours and a din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence that makes it the per­fect venue for a cel­e­bra­tion. The few chefs who have helmed its kitchen have shaped the per­son­al­ity of the place, and to­day, Chef Matthias Tret­bar is adding his own per­sonal stamp with sim­ple flavours that ac­cen­tu­ate the fresh­ness and qual­ity of the in­gre­di­ents. By keep­ing a light hand with the salt, Matthias brings a hint of the sea to the din­ing ta­ble with his starter of seafood de­lights, rus­tic rich­ness with his ox­tail ravi­oli, silky but­ter with his but­ter­nut cap­puc­cino soup and cheer­ful tex­tures with his poached hal­ibut cou­pled with blanched yet crisp vegetables.

Pork-free. Child friendly. Daily, 6.30pm–10.30pm. $$$$$

Kafe Mews Mun­tri Mews, 77 Jalan Mun­tri, George Town (04 263 5125/www. face­book.com/kafe­mews).

Lo­cated at the en­trance of Mun­tri Mews, this café of­fers an ex­em­plary menu of Asian fu­sion del­i­ca­cies. It’s usu­ally quiet in the day, when walk-ins are a breeze. When you’re there, try the crispy beer-bat­tered fresh garoupa, a bowl of He­len’s Curry Mee and a dessert of mango and sweet gluti­nous rice served with co­conut ice cream. We sug­gest din­ing in the open-air area on a clear day for a view of the George Town streets.

Ha­lal. Child friendly. Credit cards ac­cepted. Daily, 7am–11pm. $$$

Kwong Sang House 36 Le­buh Leith.

For those with a pen­chant for the rus­tic charm of Pe­nang’s past, Kwong Sang House of­fers a ret­ro­spec­tive glimpse

into an au­then­tic-look­ing tai­lor shop of the ’60s; its vin­tage col­lec­tion in­cludes a tele­vi­sion, a fan, shelves of books, a chess set, a typewriter, a sewing ma­chine and var­i­ous mem­o­ra­bilia that will surely ring fa­mil­iar with the older crowd of Pe­nang. The Western set din­ners of chicken cor­don bleu, seabass fish lasagna and tiger prawn aglio olio, just to name a few, are merely the top­pings to the in­cred­i­ble nu­ance in­vested in the in­te­rior de­tail­ing and the gen­er­ally re­laxed ex­pe­ri­ence of din­ing here.

Pork-free. Child friendly. Kids’ menu. Credit cards ac­cepted. 12noon–2.30pm, 6pm–11pm. Closed on Tues­days. $$

Liv­ing Room Ma­cal­is­ter Man­sion, 228, Jalan Ma­cal­is­ter, George Town (04 228 3888/www.macal­is­ter­man­sion.com).

The words chic, whim­si­cal and cosy de­scribe not only the in­te­rior of this all-day din­ing restau­rant at the lux­u­ri­ous Ma­cal­is­ter Man­sion but the food of­fered here too. Try the break­fast menu dishes such as scram­bled duck’s eggs (served all day), the good and thick mood-restor­ing smooth­ies or the de­lec­ta­ble high tea and you will un­doubt­edly be sa­ti­ated, if not ad­dicted. Al­ways look­ing for ways to im­prove, Ma­cal­is­ter Man­sion’s ex­ec­u­tive chef Lance U’ren has thought of del­i­cate and equally ir­re­sistible bak­ery fare made in-house from scratch to add onto their menu of lo­cal and Western food. There’s a big va­ri­ety of bread, pas­tries, cakes, jams and savoury spreads that are per­fect to ac­com­pany a cup of freshly brewed cof­fee or a pot of pre­mium TWG tea.

Pork-free. Credit cards ac­cepted. Daily, 8am–1am. $$$

Starz Diner Hard Rock Ho­tel Pe­nang, Batu Fer­ringhi Beach, Batu Fer­ringhi (04 881 1711).

Starz Diner is dec­o­rated very sim­ply – a no-fuss white-and-pur­ple colour pal­ette, and smooth tim­ber floor­ing. The same can be said for Starz Diner’s menu of Asian and in­ter­na­tional cui­sine; the food isn’t go­ing to be break­ing any culi­nary ground, but it’s straight­for­ward and tasty. The Moroc­can spiced lamb, roast duck crêpe, sumac spiced chicken breast and seafood bro­chette are pre­pared ex­pertly. On Fri­days and Satur­days, Starz runs a buf­fet din­ner of dishes that span the range of cui­sine types, from sashimi to risotto.

Ha­lal. Child friendly. Kids’ menu. Wed-Sat, 6.30am–11am; Sun–Thu, 6.30am–11am, 5.30pm–11pm

Suf­folk House Restau­rant

250 Jalan Air Itam, next to the Malaysian-Ger­man So­ci­ety (04 228 1109).

Suf­folk House, in­ac­ces­si­ble from the main road, is known to most Pe­nan­gites as once be­ing the home of the is­land’s founder, Cap­tain Fran­cis Light. Since Suf­folk House’s stint as a school and its sub­se­quent restora­tion, it now dou­bles as a her­itage site for tourists and lo­cals to visit, and a restau­rant. The restau­rant serves a blend of East­ern and Western cui­sine in the form of five-course set meals, with the main cour­ses rang­ing from the char-grilled rack of lamb with mint lamb jus and fet­tuc­cine with spinach and mush­rooms, to the pan-fried cod fil­let with garlic aioli and basil tomato coulis with bas­mati rice pi­laf.

Pork-free. Child friendly. Credit cards ac­cepted. Dis­abled friendly. Free park­ing. $$$$

Ter­race Café Hol­i­day Inn Re­sort, Kam­pung Batu Fer­inggi (04 881 1601).

Hav­ing re­cently un­der­gone a mul­ti­mil­lion ring­git ren­o­va­tion, the Hol­i­day Inn Re­sort in Pe­nang is ready to re­open its doors to what it hopes will be an ea­ger tourist crowd, and part of the re­fur­bish­ment is the Ter­race Café. Sport­ing a laid­back, rus­tic flavour, the Ter­race Café af­fords din­ers a mag­nif­i­cent view, and of­fers selections of lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional dishes as well as a bar­beque menu for din­ner. Curry fans can re­joice as Ter­race also boasts a whole menu of tra­di­tional In­dian dishes, in­clud­ing the chicken tikka masala and the chicken Makhani.

Daily, 6.30am–10.30pm.

Un­cle Zack By-The-Beach Park Royal Pe­nang, Batu Fer­ringhi (04 881 1133 ext. 8207/www. parkroy­al­ho­tels.com).

Un­cle Zack By-The-Beach is ex­actly what its name pro­claims it to be – a restau­rant by the beach. It serves a va­ri­ety of pre­dom­i­nantly Western dishes, in­clud­ing de­signer piz­zas, steaks, seafood plat­ters, ta­pas and desserts. Its equally mixed crowd of lo­cals and tourists check in for din­ner to en­joy the vista of the sun­set as they feast at ta­bles scat­tered across a board­walk. Of late, Un­cle Zack has started of­fer­ing a buf­fet of lob­sters, wagyu beef, mus­sels, scal­lops, sal­mon and the like on week­day nights. As the dark of night draws closer, the can­dles are lit and Un­cle Zack as­serts it­self as an ideal place for a quiet fam­ily din­ner, or for a ro­man­tic date.

Ha­lal. Child friendly. Kids’ menu. Credit cards ac­cepted. Dis­abled friendly. Daily, 6pm–11pm. $$$

NEW Vi­o­let House Café 188, Sri Sayang Apart­ment, Jalan Batu Fer­ringhi, Batu Fer­ringhi (04 881 1209/www.face­book.com/ Vi­o­letHouseCafe).

Of­fer­ing rea­son­ably priced food cou­pled with a splen­did lo­ca­tion by the pool, Vi­o­let House is a good place to while away the hours in Batu Fer­ringhi. Helm­ing the kitchen of Vi­o­let House Café is Chef Kong, who adds per­sonal touches to the menu of mod­ern Western and fu­sion cui­sine. So, what you’ll get are neatly plated dishes like Alaskan king crab with pomelo salsa, pan-fried sea bass and cele­riac purée. Another dish not to be missed is the lamb shank with potato purée, honey, le­mon, thyme and red wine sauce.

Ha­lal. Credit cards ac­cepted. Mon-Fri, 8am–3pm & 6pm–10pm; Sat & Sun, 8am–10pm. $$

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