Saturday, December 13, 2014 | By: Grace Ann

Eighty Eight Restaurant, Penang

It's been quite awhile that I have wanted to try this place. My ex-piano student used to work there as one of the assistants in the kitchen and I heard great feedback about it. 
The Eighty Eight Restaurant that was previously located at Kelawai Road has moved (address at the end of the post). The ambiance and setting of the restaurant is classy yet quaint. 
Look out for the flower signboard 'cos the word Eighty Eight is tiny when you are driving.
the crowd on a weekday

Carrot Soup
The soup was creamy and tasty. I put a little pepper to spice it up to my liking. Clams was the entree dish and it was really good, wish there was more. I could slurp up the entire bowl if I want to.(but no I did not, its fine dining ;  ))
The main dish was Paprika Chicken. The chicken was soft, tender, a little burnt on the skin but no worries. It was fairly good. The beef steak however is commendable. Tender, juicy , cooked just right and the accompanied potato was delicious. Though the price was a tad bit high but for a fine dining setting, its to be expected.

Paprika Chicken
Beef Steak
As for the drink, I chose coffee over tea and it was made by the Coffee Lane crew. Excellent for those who are into siphon type of coffee. I took half without milk and the rest with milk. Just for fun. By the way, Coffee Lane has a new premise at the end of the restaurant. A cosy corner for those who are interested in quality coffee. I used to go a few times when it was at its previous venue.
For Eighty Eight ,If you like to order extra drinks, you can order from the drinks menu. Sky juice is charged at RM 1.00 but its refillable so that's good. 
Black Coffee
And the finale of the list is Raspberry Parfait,a frozen dessert with chocolate syrup and chocolate biscuit crush making the sourness from the raspberry more delicious.
Raspberry Parfait

Eighty Eight Restaurant
No 5, Gat Lebuh China
George Town Malaysia
*Closed every Monday

Tuesday, November 4, 2014 | By: Grace Ann

Paris Penang, Bayan Bay, Penang

    Tucked within a breezy, cosy area in Hammer Bay is Paris in Penang. Hailed from Paris himself, Mr.Amrani has a kiosk selling french crepes as seen in the menu below. It's only been about 3 months but soon there will be some changes to the layout with some extension of roof and lighting. Hope to visit again, because I simply enjoy the taste.

La Banana - rm13
Choco Crispy - rm14
I love it, the first one I tried was the La Banana, with banana slices and coupled with ice cream and other inconspicuous but flavorful ingredients. And the next is new in the upcoming menu, Choco Crispy. Choco Crispy is heavy with peanuts, and if you are not allergic to nuts and love the crunchiness of it, do try this.  It's all delicious to the core, From the pancake itself to the sauces and of course the ice cream that adds the extra kick.

Paris Penang Cafe FB Page
Location:  3, Pesiaran Bayan Indah 2 (Behind Gold Coast Condo) - Click to get map directions
Contact No: 011-1505 8372
Sunday, October 26, 2014 | By: Grace Ann

Clockwise Place, Georgetown, Penang

Clockwise Place is a 3 month old cosy cafe cum hostel that serves reasonable food courtesy of Ukrainian recipe. The place is vibrant with colours and with clocks, pictures,  postcards as part of their decor. 

 We were having brunch that morning and I wanted a healthier selection thus the salad. 

There is a team of Ukrainian that serves, cooks and manage this fine place. Excellent service I might add. We were served with non local sweets/chocolates at the very beginning. Love the chocolates. It is nice to be able to enjoy some Eastern European cuisine here in Penang.  Definitely suits my taste.

I enjoyed my Olivier Salad very much, with cubes of chicken,  eggs, potatoes, cucumbers, green peas and onion with their sauce. It was a perfect dish for me.

My friend's omelette was a simple yet a pleasant meal. Out of three coffee , I liked cappuccino the best especially when its still warm.

The Apple Strudel is one of their signature dish and I highly recommend it. Love the generous cream they put in as it complements the strudel with sweet, sour combination all at once. 

I'm looking forward to trying more dishes from them.  Indeed a nice hangout place that offers free wifi and no extra taxes.

Apple Strudel
Clare's Mocha
Omelette set
Olivier Salad
Happy friendly team that served us that day

Penang Clockwise Facebook
75, Stewart Lane, Georgetown, Penang

Monday, September 29, 2014 | By: Grace Ann

Shervone Cakes, Pulau Tikus

  Some of you might have been to Shervone at Krystal Point, Bayan Lepas but now there is a new outlet at Pulau Tikus opposite Tan Mark Book store. Three weeks old.

I had the priviledge of tasting a variety of coffee, cakes and chocolates, not to mention the delectable main courses. It's a very decorated place, being a cake house, coffee and cafe all in one.

The highlight of their coffee is the DIY concept, make your own coffee using the Arissto Premium Coffee brand. I will upload a video on how latte is done with Arissto coffee maker soon.

My Latte
The first dish that was served to us was their Briyani Spice Rice with 1/4 Chicken. We all enjoyed the dish as the chicken was tender with added spices and cashew nuts. Being the typical Malaysian we all are, we requested for more gravy and we enjoyed it even more. Salad at the side made it all a balanced meal.

The new signature dish, Heng Penang Laksa,a recipe that was handed down by Mr. Yo's grandmother was my favourite of all. The laksa had all the right spices, with lots of shredded fish and the 'hae ko'(shrimp/prawn paste) was placed in a bottle for us to pour the amount we want. The soup is thick and has the right sour to it.
Note: Heng Penang Laksa is only served on weekends

Something I would love for breakfast, the Panini Wasabi Salmon. I sliced and I dipped  my wasabi salmon into the egg and then put all into my mouth. The combination was supreme. That's how I ate my Panini Wasabi Salmon with eggs. By the way, I love eggs and I eat them everyday. 

They also have a wide variety of their hand made chocolates. The most bizarre flavour would be curry banana choc( its the brown rockish look chocolate on your far left) which was surprisingly tasty in its unique way. The other one that I liked was the strawberry as the chocolate is white chocolate,it seems to go well with the strawberry fillings. Mind you, I usually don't like strawberry flavoured things. So this was good to me. 

Click to see the flavour of the chocolates
Then comes the cakes and the best for me out of the three goes to Carrot Cake. : )
I would love to visit another time to try other chocolate and cheese cakes. Yum!
Sesame Cheese, Carrot Cake, Rum Truffle

Thanks to Sharon( lovely lady in the pastel color dress), wife of Mr. Yo in serving and letting us in to a bit of history. A friendly lady always at your service. The  girl(top left)who served us chocolates is a part time server who was very helpful that day. All the best to your studies in TAR. : )

Finally we have Mr. Yo, the cake designer/chef, the main man in this shop. He mentioned that they also have ice cream cakes and 3D cakes that we can order. On top of that, Sharon has told us that they have party event planning as well and they are collaborating with Party Fete. So if you have birthday celebrations coming up, do drop in and have a chat with them.

I wish to fly!!! :P
Address: 230A, Burma Road, Pulau Tikus, Penang.
Contact No:012-4296948
Opens for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily.
Check out more at Shervone 2.0 Facebook

Friday, September 19, 2014 | By: Grace Ann

Hainanese Delights, 1926 Hotel, Penang

Hainanese Delights is situated within 1926 Heritage Hotel along Burma Road.  As you enter the lobby area, the restaurant will be on your right.

Besides the hainanese dishes and some nyonya type of dishes, there is something different in a cuisine like this that I will highlight.

They have pies, chicken, lamb and macaroni pies. My godbro ordered a large chicken pie(see below) and it was pleasantly tasty as the cream, eggs amd chicken are all tasty altogether. The crust is soft as well but I'm not too fond of mixed vegetables, other than that, I enjoyed it.

The rest of what we had are shown in the pictures below. Quite similar to nyonya food but not as many spices in it. Their website which is given at the bottom of this post, has their menu in .pdf format that you can download. Very informative indeed.

 Website :
Address : 227, Jalan Burma, 10050, Penang
Contact No/Fax No : 04 - 2261926
Thursday, August 28, 2014 | By: Grace Ann

Inner Mongolia Steamboat, Kuala Lumpur

Kuchai Lama Entrepreneur Square has an array of cafes and restaurants. We were there just for a few days for a conference therefore insufficient time to explore the many attractive eateries.

Now, an interesting cuisine I have never experienced, a Mongolian cuisine. Managed, cooked and served by Mongolians. Inner Mongolian brings our tastebuds to another level.

It's based around a steamboat menu but you can choose other main dishes and delicacies such as shown in the menu in later part of the post.

The lamb cube is tasty, a little hard for me that day. Although it looks dry but it isn't and nice to chomp on.
Mongolian Lamb Cube
Spicy beef tendons is spicy but for typical Malaysians, I doubt it's an issue. Beef was tender although with the tendons. Good to try.
Spicy Beef Tendons
Kelp Silk Salad was nice for some of my friends, as for me its sort of rubbery but the sauce,  the coriander and others was what I enjoyed.
Kelp Silk Salad
The three bowls of homemade noodles that we ate, we liked two out of three.
The menu does not give details so you would have to ask the servers.

Mongolian Lapir
There were some that's not in the menu and honestly because of my incompetency to speak Mandarin, my friend who does did the ordering and communication.  I got lost in translation. Pardon me! Anyway the two dishes below were superb. The dumpling dish is basically like siu long pau and coupled with the soup and veg, its delicious.

This fried dumpling is crispy on the outside and soft inside. An enjoyable dish indeed as starters or dessert.

We didn't fancy the milk tea because we are just not used to the taste. I believe some of you would probably like it.

We were getting to know the proprietor and its customs and that resulted in me wearing their traditional costume. It's a bit bulky because I just wore it over my existing clothes. 

Overall,  I really enjoyed the food! 

You can find them in Facebook @ Inner Mongolia Steamboat

Address: No.30-G, Jalan Kuchai Maju 6, 
Off Jalan Kuchai Lama, 
58200 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-79860282, Hp: 016 2350282