Saturday, November 26, 2011

Kopi Cine reopens at China House

The wait is finally over.

If you recall from my previous post on Kopi Cine, the café at Stewart Lane was temporarily closed in anticipation for something bigger to happen. Fret no more. Kopi Cine has finally found its new home at China House, undoubtedly bigger and better.

The China House is the new jewel in Penang. Located at Beach Street in the UNESCO Heritage site of Georgetown Penang, China House is made up of 3 heritage buildings linked by a traditional open air courtyard.

I read that the place is house to 14 exquisite spaces with shops, cafes, restaurants, galleries and a theatre under the same roof including a bar and a private dining room where the chef cooks in the presence of the patrons.

The China House is part of the Straits Collection in Penang which has a mix of cafes, restaurants, boutique residences, retails shops and galleries in the heart of Georgetown. (If you don’t already know, the Straits Collection happens to be part of the famous Bon Ton group which also owns and operates the beautiful Bon Ton Resort and Temple Tree Resort in Langkawi)

We saw a lot of the familiar items from Kopi Cine on the menu, which is great. They serve all day breakfast from 9 am to 6pm. Hubs ordered the Big Breakfast with fried eggs, lamb sausage, beef patty, mushroom, spinach, caramelized onions served with lemon hollandaise sauce and chili jam. We absolutely loved the hearty breakfast with the homemade sausage. Everything just came together perfectly.

I ordered Roasted Chicken with Ras-el-Hanout spices on Focaccia with cherry tomatoes. I loved the toasted sesame seeds and zesty lemon pickles with the herbed roast chicken.

We can't help but order a Pavlova from the array of mouth watering desserts. The meringue cake with strawberry, passion fruit and mango slice was very light and fresh and we just can't have enough of it.

I have to say Straits Collection did such an excellent job with China House. Kopi Cine was already enjoying brisk business in its opening days with the steady stream of patrons. We could already envision coming back for more of what China House has to offer.

Cafe Latte and Mocha Latte
Big Breakfast (RM28)

Roast Chicken Focaccia (RM26)

China House
153 to 155 Beach Street
10200 Georgetown, Penang.
Tel: 04-2637299

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Ming Garden Restaurant at Penang Times Square

There is a new Chinese restaurant in town. Recently opened at the Penang Times Square, Ming Garden Restaurant is undoubtedly one of the largest restaurants on the island. Built in 20,000 square feet of space, Ming Garden can accommodate up to 100 banquet tables or 1000 pax.

The restaurant has an impressive décor, most notably for the colourful and modern lantern-shaped pendant lamps adorning the ceilings of the restaurant. Those who opt to dine in private will also not be disappointed because it has an abundance of elegantly designed private dining rooms, equipped with AV or karaoke systems for their singing pleasure.

We were impressed with the food. The cooking style was simple yet creative and the ingredients used were fresh, to note a few. This is definitely one Chinese restaurant to watch out for in Penang.

The restaurant offers set menus which are reasonably priced including birthday set menus starting from RM398++ and wedding packages starting from RM378+.

Private dining room

Longevity Buns

Roast Duck with Two Special Taste

Steamed Soon Hock Fish

Fried Fresh Water Prawn with Special Bean Sauce

Golden Special Vegetables

Braised La Mian with Minced Meat

Peanut Rice Ball
Yam with Sago Cream

Happy Birthday Grandma and Grandpa
Ming Garden Restaurant
2nd Floor, Lot No 77-2-28
Penang Times Square
Jalan Dato Keramat, 10150 George Town Penang
Tel: 604-226 9977, 6016-661 0777, Fax: 604-226 3977

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Irrawaddy Fine Foods - "Penang’s first New York style deli"

Irrawaddy Fine Foods, touted as Penang’s first New York style gourmet deli opened its door to food lovers in the island just days ago. The deli is yet again another brainchild of husband and wife team, Tommes and Louise, the owners of That Little Win Bar, a popular European wine bar and restaurant a stone’s throw away.

We made our way there on Day 3, in the nick of time before the deli is closed for the day at 6 pm. Tommes and Louise were wrapping things up but they were their friendly and helpful selves; playing host to us.

We were awed by the number and variety of sausages, cold cuts, quiches, salads, pates, pizzas you can find at this place. I think it must offer one of the widest variety of cheese you can find in Penang, especially those not commonly found specialty cheeses.

Fresh cakes and breads including their famous baguettes are baked daily. The apple and cinnamon cake baked with Tommes mom’s recipe is not to be missed.

They also have a sandwich bar where you can make your own sandwich with the different kinds of home-baked breads and a myriad of fillings and dressings. The same goes for salad where you can make your own pick of fresh salad at the salad bar for eat-in or takeway.

We bought pork pies and and a zatar spice and cheese pizza home and popped them in the oven for dinner that night. The pies were absolutely delicious; we loved the flavourful pork filling with crunchy pie crust.

Hubs and I are very excited about what the deli can offer and are already thinking of what we can get from Irrawaddy Fine Foods for Christmas. This is definitely one deli to look out for in Penang.

P/S: We were at That Little Wine bar a few months ago for dinner. Watch this space for the post.

Irrawaddy Fine Foods
4 Jalan Irrawaddy
George Town
Opens 10 am to 6pm, Mondays to Saturdays
Tel: 042286360
Fax: 042287360
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