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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Suffolk House: Prince of Wales Island

My Ratings: 4 Stars

Cuisine: International/Western
Location: 250, Jalan Air Itam, 10460 Penang
RM70-180 per person

Talk about history, Suffolk House is rooted deep in history. Being acclaimed as the only surviving Anglo-Indian mansion and the residence of Sir Francis Light, the colonial founder of Penang in 1786, it is such a great honour to see the place restored to its former glory (winner of 2008 UNESCO Asia Pacific Heritage Award for cultural heritage conservation)

Resource of the Suffolk House can be found in the following websites:-
Penang Heritage Trust
Asia Explorers

Apart from the daily guided tours or free and easy self tour, Suffolk House as a full serviced restaurant serving executive set lunches (fr RM48++), English Hi-Tea (fr RM64++) and full course set dinner (Table D'Hote)

The lunch menu changes daily to provided loyal diners variety and the dinner menu changes weekly to provide the freshest ingredients from the menu. English Hi-tea consists of Tea with milk, scones, jam, sandwiches and pastries

Below is my dinner course set (Table D-Hote) - RM120++. You have other main course choices from chicken to fish to beef (from RM95++ to RM130++)

  • Sun dried tomato & pesto palmier as amuse bouche
  • Tuna Tartare with honey horseradish sauce
  • Sesame tofu, Baby spinach, olive and pudina/mint leaves with tomato chili lime dressing
  • Cream of Carrot and Celery Soup with pesto buttered toast
  • Tomato sorbet with sour plum shavings
  • Char grilled rack of lamb with rosemary infused lamb jus, creamy mashed potato, eggplant parmagiano
  • Dessert: Orange Almond cake with citrus syrup, Banana springroll with caramel drizzle & Vanilla Ice-cream with chocolate sandwich
  • Coffee

Fantastic ambiance, slightly formal but the outdoor seating is very casual. Service is OK. Price wise is high. Other outlets operated by the restaurants around Penang are BBB (Babylon Beach Blanket, Mansion@32 and Bagan.

Suffolk House can easily accommodate for than 70 seats on ground level and has a banquet space on the 1st floor which cam easily accommodate more than 200 pax

The culinary experience was designed by Chef Johnny Fua (mobile +6012-2339949).

The dinner is best experienced when you are not in a hurry as the course will take about 3 hours to finish

For reservation or enquiries, call Suffolk House Restaurant at +604 228-3930 or check out their website

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Invited: Hardwicke House

My Ratings: 4-Stars

Cuisine: International
Location: 67 Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah, 10050 Penang
RM25-45 per person

Thanks Hardwicke House for the invitation and Gourmet Garden for organising it.

Situated in the Hardwicke Heritage House, the restaurant offers a wide variety of food for their buffet for lunch and dinner and an extensive BBQ range. The restaurant also boast a well stocked wine cellar and imported coffee. The restaurant offers a cooling ambiance away from the heat of the afternoon and the busy streets of the night. the top floor has a wide open space for private function including private dinner and meeting rooms

The cellar is well stocked, mostly from new world wineries. The sommelier and owners of Hardwicke are very knowledgeable in the wine space and art of drinking wine.

The review was basic two parts: first the food tasting and then there's the wine tasting.

The food is good. Hardwicke tries very hard to provide a wide variety of food. There are more variety for dinner than lunch.

For the wine tasting, we had the opportunity to taste 3 distinctly different wines; Friulvini Verduzzo Sparkling (RM55), Terra Noble Sauvignon Blanc 2005 (RM63) and Schubert "Hardwicke Reserve" Cabernet Sauvignon 2002 (RM118/Promo price: RM60)

In a nutshel, Friulvini Verduzzo is an aperitif wine which goes well with first courses, confectionery and fruits. Terra Noble is a new world wine from Chile. It is dry and has a nice natural acidity and goes well with seafood and fish. Finally, New Zealand's Schubert "Hardwicke Reserve" Cab Sauv is a full bodied red with notes of blackberries, plum and dark chocolate, walnut and spices and extremely well structured with layers of super ripe tannins complemented by a long sweet and dark fruit filled finish

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A variety of cuisine, wine and drinks and friendly staffs. A great place to excape the heat of the day.

Call Peter Tan of Hardwicke House for your reservations & party planning
Tel: +604-2264998/+6019-4603303

Non water-marked photos courtesy of Gourmet Garden

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