Friday, October 16, 2009

Smoky Jack

We went to Smoky Jack sometime mid of last year. It has an interesting exterior and interior which is cozy in its own ways. The beef tenderloin was nothing to shout about but the BBQ pork ribs were very good. We ordered the set lunch which included soup and dessert.

Creamy Shiitake Mushroom Soup

Roll with Butter

Grain-Fed Tenderloin

“Smoky” BBQ Pork Ribs

Tiger Prawn Platter

Dessert (Cake and Fruits)

Wine Cellar

Smoky Jack Ribs & Steak House

A: 3H-3I, Upper Penang Road, 10000 Georgetown

T: +6. 04. 2628. 826 F: +6. 04. 2638. 826 E:

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Tune Hotel, LCCT

We recently stayed at Tune Hotels KLCC during a transit back to Penang. As their tagline suggests, you can expect a no-frills hotel with their selling points: 5-star beds, power showers, central and convenient locations, cleanliness and 24-hour security.

The room is small, just enough for a queen size bed and some room to walk around the bed. There is a collapsible table mounted to the wall. The good thing is the bed is firm and comfortable (high quality spring mattress beds with pillows, pillowcases, bed sheets and 250-thread count duvets as claimed by their website) and they have high pressure heated shower (somewhat like rain shower) in the attached bathroom. The room was quite new and clean since they were opened only recently.

The rooms come standard with ceiling fan or pay an additional RM13.49 for 12-hour credits for air-conditioning or RM21 for 24 hours (price including tax). The good thing is they have free internet access at the lobby to kill time else it may be a bit claustrophobic to stay in the room if you have nothing to do (no TV in room). Hair dryer usage is chargable at RM1 per stay. They don't provide towels and toiletries but towel rental is available at RM5 with free Essentials shower basics kit (1 sachet conditioning shampoo + 1 sachet shower gel + 1 soap bar).

There are a few oultets at the hotel i.e. 7-Eleven, Ole Cafe, Passage Thru Asia (Asian), Layla Massage and Asia Mart (magazine and bookstore). Tune Hotel is a good and cheaper option if you just need a basic room and shower if you are in transit at LCCT or KLIA. There is shuttle service to LCCT and KLIA at RM1.
One thing they need to improve is making the sign for the pick up point at KLIA or LCCT more visible. We had to ask some five people before we found the pick up point at LCCT :(

We paid RM142.08 for the room, with 12-hour air-cond credit, admin fee, service tax, service charge, towel rental and free essentials kit. It may not be very cheap depending on when you book and whether it is a peak / off-peak period.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Ole Cafe, Tune Hotel LCCT

Ole Cafe is one of the food outlets at Tune Hotel LCCT.

I ordered Tuna Melt and the Ole Special Teh Tarik. The total bill came to about RM18.

The Tuna Melt came with tuna and mayonaisse, lettuce, tomato and cheese. It is served hot and good for a quick grub.

Unfortunately I couldn't find anything special about the Ole Special Teh Tarik. I ordered the iced version so it was too diluted from all the ice.

The good thing is they are open 24 hours so it was convenient for the Tune Hotel guests. The next nearest food outlets are at LCCT which is a 7 to 10 minute walk away (apart from Passage Thru Asia which is located inside the Tune Hotel)

Ole Cafe
Tune Hotel LCCT

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Hui Wei Restaurant

Hui Wei is a fairly new restaurant, opened since three months ago. It is right opposite the SRJKC Union. They serve primarily set meals, dim sum and steamboat. It is a small restaurant with minimal decor but is cozy and clean.

We were the first customers to arrive at the restaurant for lunch. The manager (not sure if he is the owner) was the only person attending to us and it actually took them a while to serve our orders. I figured they must not have fully ramped up since they are still relatively new.

We ordered their set meals with come with rice, vegetables, side dish, steamed soup, drinks and dessert (Konyaku jelly). For drinks, there is a choice of Milk Pearl Tea, White Coffee, Plum Juice etc.

Mini Steamboat (RM21.90)

Taiwan Claypot Fish (RM18.90)

Chicken Rice in Barrel (RM14.90)

Ba Wang Claypot Noodles (with choice of prawn, squid or fish) RM13.90

Milk Tea & White Coffee

Overall the set meals were not bad. The Claypot Fish was a tad too sweet else the ginger and rice wine combination would have been great. The Mini Steamboat came with a lot of ingredients and was value for money.

We also ordered their House Specialty which is the "Coffin" (RM7.90). I know the name of the dish sounds scary but it does literally mean the coffin!!! The Coffin is actually made of french loaf with baked cheese and seafood stuffing. It's quite ingenious of them to come up with such a dish and it did taste quite okay :)

Hui Wei Restaurant
14G Jalan Burma
10050 Penang
+604-226 0966
Business Hours: 8am - 4 am

Friday, October 2, 2009

Swens Homemade Cake

Swens Homemade Cake makes some of the most beautiful wedding cakes in Penang. The man behind all these beautiful cakes is Swens Wong who has been in this business, together with his wife, for 10 years now. He operates from his home at Taman Sin Chor Chit Apartment, Block 10-G-2.

Check out Swens' blog at and you will be overwhelmed by the variety of cakes that Swens and his wife have created over the years. Their specialty is wedding cakes but they are also famous for their 'Creativity" range of cakes and their fruit cakes.

According to Swens, they can customize the wedding cakes based on your request and fancy so just let your imagination and creativity decide .

Recently, I ordered a "Black & White" cake from their "Creativity" range. Swens highly recommended this sellout cake of his. The cake may look small for a 1kg and sound expensive at RM90 but it is definitely worth it because it was very compact and full of chocolate. The chocolate brownie cake was very moist and the flower petals are made from white chocolate. The blue chocolate at the side are coloured with natural food coloring. The result was a beautiful and chic cake that was also yummy at the same time.

They are currently renovating their new showroom next to their house so customers can view their work and they can discuss about the design of the cake they want in a nice and comfortable setting.

Swens Homemade Cake
10-G-2 Jalan Lintang Sungai Pinang
Taman Sin Chor Chit Apartment
10150 Penang
Handphone: 012-426 2298 / 012-4142290
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