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Sunday, January 24, 2010

Edoichi Japanese Cuisine

My Ratings: 3 Stars

Cuisine: Japanese
Location: Ground floor, Island Plaza, Penang (next to Coffee Bean)
Non Halal
RM30 - 45 per person

"Edo" which was renamed to "Tokyo" in 1868. Edo was the capital city of the Tokugawa Shogunate before the Meiji Restoration

The modern term "Japanese Cuisine" aka Nihon ryori or washoku means traditional styled Japanese food. Japanese cuisine is known for its emphasis on seasonality of the food (shun), quality of the ingredients and presentation.

Edoichi JC just opened about a month and a half ago and has been enjoying a steady stream of customers. The menu is beautifully pictured and the restaurant has a sushi bar with pleasant seating arrangement and private rooms,

The service is courteous and the staffs are always eager to check with the customers on their needs to make the dinning experience more comfortable. Each table has a service call button adds to the service factor

We ordered some lunch sets and Katsu curry. The sets ordered chicken teriyaki, beef teriyaki, Tofu steak and tempura set. For drinks we ordered Cola Fizz, Vanilla Banana shake and green tea (ocha). The taste was OK but we found the teriyakis slightly salty.

The ambiance is pleasant and a good escape from the heat of the day. Great sushi bar and a nice aquarium. Overall the price is slightly above average. They charge RM1 per pax for ocha. No government tax but service charge is included.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Townview Seafood

My Ratings: 4 stars

Cuisine: Seafood/Chinese
Location: 11, Macalister Road, 10400 Georgetown, Penang
Price: RM20-30 per person

Newly opened. This establishment is situated next to the Bank Simpanan Nasional along Jalan Macalister. The restaurant boast the cheapest crab pe kilo at only RM23/kg.

Well the marketing plan must have work because the restaurant is usually packed during dinner. Lunch and supper is available too but not seafood. Porridge is also served.

We ordered the crabs of course but we wanted a baked crab without sauce so that we can enjoy the sweetness of the meat. Then we orderd another kilo of crabs cooked in a spicy sauce (kam heong) with dried shrimps and curry leaves

Both varieties went well. We also ordered steamed spicy fish, fried chicken wings, kailan and a plate of glass noodles. Overall, our dishes were tasty and the seafood is fresh.
They have daily special dishes but we did not ordered. One of the favourites is meat cooked in whole pumpkin with XO sauce.

Not a bad place to dine. Prices are moderate. The total bill for our table was RM135 for 5 pax. I would like to return to try one some more of their house specialties.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Salbazouk Dance Party at Hainan Town

Make a date for yourself and your partner to dine a Nyonya cuisine at Hainan Town this Saturday and continue into the night away with a dance party Salbazouk style. Just what is Salbazoulk? Well it's Ballroom (Merengue) dancing mix with Salsa mix again with Dirty Dancing....and the results is a really HOT dance. For a preview.....go to You Tube and type in keywords Brazillian Zouk and Bachata Moderna. Thanks to Minny Chan

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Ivy's Kitchen 2010 Special CNY Package Deal

Hey! Mr. Tan from Ivy's Kitchen just called me and he is excited to promote his 2010 Chinese New Year Dinner Package.

For those who dislike to wash up or just too busy or tired to buy and prepare the ingredients, don't fret because Ivy's Kitchen has the answer. Tan and Ivy has developed a special menu throughout the festive period that has the same wholesome goodness and taste which Ivy has cooking up for their customers. This time King Prawns and Abalone adds even more punch

Call Tan or Ivy today to make your reservations! Their new CNY special menu as below

Monday, January 4, 2010

Daore Korean Premium BBQ

My Ratings: 5 Stars

Cuisine: Korean BBQ
Location: Jalan Tanjung Tokong (next to Petronas Station), 10470 Penang
RM40-80 per person

The sudden popularity of Korean cuisine fuels an explosion of Korean restaurants on the Island.....and Daore Korean Premium BBQ suddenly opened with two restaurant within a year. The first was in Bayan Point and the lastest project is in Tanjung Tokong.

The setup is impressive. No money is spared in designing its decor, equipment and hiring their service staffs.

As expected, you get great service. Order a minimum of two BBQ dishes and their cook it right in front for you. The dining experience comes with lots of extra side dishes like Kim-Chi, pickled vegetables, seaweed soup, desserts and a lot more assortments of tit-bits. Some items changes daily.

All you have to do is to order your main course/dishes and all the rest is taken care of. If you order the BBQ, there is a method to eat the BBQ meats. Get a piece of green salad, dip the meat in sesame oil, then their special chili bean paste and combine with a piece of garlic and shallots and wrap it up and chew it all in one mouthful. Gastronomic Heaven!!

We ordered Dak-gal-bi (lean skinless chicken marinated in hot chili sauce) RM27, Hanbang Dweji Wang Galbi (Choice pork ribs marinated in Korean Ginseng and herbs extract with sweet soy sauce) RM35, Unagi Galbi (eel) RM40
There are choice of seating arrangements you can request the restaurants. there is the standard chair and table, then there Tatami style and lastly tatami style in private rooms that looked like a village of many traditional Korean houses.

The Chief Chef is a Korean and he takes time to meet the restaurant customers. ......Great customer service!!! The Manager is also Korean and the staffs is not locals too (definitely not Koreans)

Ample parking with valet service. Great food and quality ingredients. Good ambiance makes the overall dining experience great. But be warned, you come out of the restaurant after meals smelling like BBQ on your body, attire and hair (despite lots of suction ventilation). So don't plan on going on another date after dinner....just straight to shower and a fresh change of attire

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