Monday, December 3, 2012

Sesame + Soy - a hot new dining concept at G Hotel

Sesame + Soy, G Hotel's Pan Asian Chinese Cuisine restaurant offers dining experience like no other in Penang. As a start, it is already unusual to find two complimentary yet different dining ambiance in one space.

As you walk into the restaurant, you will be greeted first by Soy, a modern Asian bistro of sort, which is the more casual of the two. Soy offers fusion contemporary Asian cuisine that are also moderately priced. Soy is famous for its value-for-money Business Set Lunch where you select any two dishes with your choice of steamed or fried rice, soup and dessert of the day at only RM30++ per person.

Sesame is the perfect epitome of Chinese fine dining, a rare find in Penang. Don’t be surprised if Sesame if not your traditional Chinese restaurant. Sesame prides itself in its Pan Asian Chinese Cuisine with a fusion of contemporary Chinese cuisine from across the region and classic Chinese dishes.

The soft ambient lighting and plush setting makes Sesame a favourite for private dinner party, wedding party or corporate group dining. The restaurant offers attractively priced set menus ranging from Rm58++ per person to RM138++ per person.

Soy is opened from 12:00 pm to 2:30 pm for lunch while Sesame is open from 6:30 pm to 10:30 pm for dinner.

Sesame + Soy has graciously invited us for a food tasting session with a few other food bloggers. The following are the fine dishes crafted by Chef Chiam in the menu. Chef Chiam is very particular about plating and decoration. The dishes are not just tasty but they are also very pleasing to the eyes.

We started off with the appetizer which is a combination of fruit tart, fresh scallop skewer with baked mashed sweet potato. I especially liked the concoction of smoked duck breast, mango and roe with rasberry dressing in the fruit tart.

Sesame's Treasure Combination - with smoked duck breast, fruit tart with rasberry dressing and fresh scallop skewer with baked mashed sweet potato

We were then presented with a Superior Broth ala Western with Seafood Dumpling. The broth is made of pumpkin while the seafood parcel is full of treasures like crab and sea cucumber.

Braised Golden Superior Broth with Seafood Dumpling

The pan seared chicken was crispy and yet tender, served with a traditional "Xi Shi" sauce.

Pan-seared Chicken with "Xi Shi" Sauce and Asparagus in Cream Sauce with Baby Carrot and Edible Flower

Wok Fried Diced Salmon with Brown Bean Sauce with Crispy Corn Cake

Grilled Blue River Prawn in Korean Spice accompanied by Marmite Sauce

Crunchy Jack Fruit Kataifi Roll with Honey and Chinese Herbal Jelly with Jamoca Almond Fudge Ice Cream

The dessert was a creative twist with the sweet jack fruit roll and ice cream and the slightly tart and bitter herbal jelly.

Pink Perfection

Watermelon Pudina
Chef Chiam passionately sharing the fine details he puts into his dishes

Elegant dining
Private room

If you have a change from the Penang Chinese dining scene and you want to pamper yourself with fine Chinese cuisine in a luxury cum trendy setting, then Sesame + Soy is definitely worth a try.

Sesame + Soy
G Hotel
168A Persiaran Gurney 10250 Penang
Tel: +604 238 0000

Saturday, September 15, 2012

KNK Yakiniku Japanese Charcoal BBQ in Bay Avenue

Kannichikan Yakiniku (KNK) opened in Bay Avenue in March this year, making the outlet the third one in Malaysia after the ones in Tanjong Tokong and Desa Sri Hartamas. The Tanjong Tokong outlet has been around for over ten years now. 

KNK specializes in Japanese charcoal barbeque and is most notable for serving premium grade Wagyu beef. The grilling is done by diners over a charcoal brazier built into the table.

The restaurant is well ventilated and air-conditioned making the grilling experience a comfortable one. The meat was quick to cook and retained the original flavours and succulence. 

KNK also offers value-for-money set menus for lunch and dinner. Check out the review on thestar online here.

Spicy Japanese Ramen (RM18)

KNK Bay Avenue 
No.D-25-1, Lorong Bayan Indah 2, 11900 Bayan Lepas, Penang
Tel: 04-641 2410
Operating Hours: 11.30am-2.30pm & 6pm-10.30pm 

Friday, August 31, 2012

LOVELOCKS Ice Cream Shop - Fresh Home Made Coconut Ice Cream

LOVELOCKS is a new ice cream shop in town, opened just over 10 days ago at the corner of the junction between Love Lane and Chulia Street. The light blue facade of the shop is unmistakable from afar.

The name of the ice cream shop suggests the interesting notion that you should (pad) lock your love with your soul mate, family or friends and throw the key away so your love for each other will forever be sealed.

LOVELOCKS sells only one type of fresh homemade coconut ice cream with toppings of your liking. One topping that deserves a special callout is the passion fruit caviar, a fruit caviar developed via molecular cooking. The lady at the counter also suggested that we drizzle some raw egg yolk over the ice cream which apparently is a common topping for coconut ice cream in Thailand.

The coconut ice cream was light, smooth and fresh. The four toppings we opted for: almond slices, corn flakes, passion fruit caviar and “atap chee” (atap seeds) added just the right crunch and flavours to the ice cream.  

Check out their Facebook page for photos of people who have sealed their love at LOVELOCKS.  

Love locked
Coconut ice cream
5 scoops ice cream with 4 toppings (RM7)

Some interesting finds along Love Lane / Stewart Lane:

Steel-rod art
Interesting pay phone (heart broken yet happily ever after)
No.318, Chulia Street, 10200 George Town, Malaysia

Steak Frites: Steak, Fries & Wine

As the name suggests, Steak Frites, serves primarily one type of food on its menu i.e. steak and fries.

Hubs is a steak lover so we jumped at the opportunity to try out the steak served here when we read about the review at Time Out Penang.

So we naturally ordered the one and only Grilled Australian Beef Tenderloin in Melting Café de Paris Butter Sauce served with Crispy Fries and Garden Salad with a glass of house pouring red wine.

The steak medium done, exceeded our high expectations. It was juicy, tender and flavourful. The Café de Paris butter was allowed to melt into the meat, adding another layer of flavor to an already great piece of steak. A very generous serving of crispy fries was served on the side.

Steak Frites retained the original design of the pre-war building with marble top tables and wooden chairs. The setting is relaxed and rather unique for a steak place. It is part of an establishment that includes a lovely boutique hotel: 23 Love Lane.

A must try indeed for steak lovers.

Garden Salad
House Pouring Red Wine (RM12)
Grilled Australian Beef Tenderloin in Melting Café de Paris Butter Sauce served with Crispy Fries
(RM49 for 150gm / RM60 for 200gm)
23 Love Lane Boutique Hotel

Steak Frites23 Love Lane, George Town, Penang.
Tel: +604 262 1323

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Rubin Mardini Turkish Cuisine in Penang

We had an exciting new find over the weekend, a Turkish restaurant that is.

Rubin Mardini is probably the one and only Turkish restaurant in Penang, opened since the beginning of this year. Restaurant owner cum chef, Halil Duzgun who is also an avid backpacker hailed from the historic province of Mardin in Southeastern Turkey, which explains the name of the restaurant. He runs the restaurant with his Malaysian wife.

We were quick to order the Chicken and Lamb Shish Kebab sets which is meat grilled on skewers.

Traditionally shish kebab is made with lamb and I have to say the lamb kebab was definitely a great pick. The lamb meat was very well marinated with spices and hubs just couldn’t get enough of the juicy and tender lamb meat.

The set is served with Turkish pilaf rice, fries, roast vegetables, fresh salad with pomegranate sauce and extra olive oil on the side and Turkish flat bread.

We also ordered the highly recommend Mutton Tirshik which is a roasted vegetables stew cooked with mutton. They also serve the chicken alternative of the stew.     

Rubin Mardini serves the famous Turkish dessert i.e. baklava. I like their version of the walnut pistachio baklava which is thin, crispy and not too sweet.

We don’t have photos of the Turkish pizza (Pide) which we ordered to go. That’s another Turkish dish that you should not miss. Turkish pizza has a thin dough and can be ordered plain, with egg or with minced chicken or mutton.  

The lovely meal sure brings back a lot of fond memories of our holiday in Turkey two years ago. Turkey is such a beautiful country with very rich natural reserves. We must have spent at least half an hour chatting with Halil after our meal, reminiscing about the diverse beauty and rich history Turkey.

Rubin Mardini is currently running a promotion on Groupon so don't miss the chance to try the authentic Turkish cuisine. Do check out the restaurant's new menu at their website (link below).

Banana Chocolate Yoghurt Shake

Turkish tea
Lamb Shish Kebab set
Chicken Shish Kebab set
Mutton Tirshik
Turkish Coffee

Here are some photos we took of the beautiful sites in Turkey:

Hagia Sophia
Trojan Horse in Troy (Canakkale)
Hot Air Balloon in Cappadocia

Rubin Mardini
Permai 32
12A Lebuh Lembah Permai
Tanjung Bungah, 11200 Penang
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