The 9ine by Jackie Wong @ Kek Chuan Road, Penang

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The 9ine by Jackie Wong has recently opened its doors at Jalan Kek Chuan, offering modern European cuisine with a twist of local flavours. A brunch menu is available during the day and is swapped with a dinner menu once night falls. We attended their Grand Opening recently and were treated to a specially curated tasting menu by Chef Jackie Wong.

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Cozy environment downstairs for casual dining.

The 9ine’s baristas whip up a mean cup of joe. We got to try their coffee cocktails too!

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Elegant dining space upstairs

After the coffee cocktail, we were ushered upstairs to the elegant dining area. This space is perfect for private parties too!

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The Nine by Jackie Wong, Penang Fine Dining Restaurant, Penang Restaurant, Western Food, Penang Food Blog

Bubbly for the evening…

The tasting menu is created to pair with Moët & Chandon champagnes as well as Terrazas Reserva Chardonnay

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Capellini, Spicy Shrimp Paste, Nama Hotate

(Pairing with Moët & Chandon Brut Imperial)

To kick off the 8-course menu, we had an appetizing capellini cooked with a spicy shrimp paste, topped with nama hotate. I personally love capellini and was quite intrigued by the spicy shrimp paste flavours. It had a fiery kick, which mellowed out a lil with the sweet nama hotate. An interesting start to the meal!

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The Nine by Jackie Wong, Penang Fine Dining Restaurant, Penang Restaurant, Western Food, Penang Food Blog

Nordic Salad with Salmon Tartare

(Pairing with Moët & Chandon Brut Imperial)

Next up was a delicate Nordic salad with salmon tartare. The salad was refreshing and light.

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Chicken Consomme with Tender Daikon

For the soup, we were presented with a Chicken Consomme which had a clean and light flavour. It was delicate and comforting at the same time, with the daikon giving some texture and more flavour to the dish.

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Lime & Basil Granita

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50°C Garoupa with White Wine Saffron Veloute

(Pairing with Terrazas Reserva Chardonnay)

For the 1st main, we had a sous vide garoupa with white wine saffron veloute. The fish was tender but I thought it would be even better with a crispy skin. I couldn’t quite discern the saffron flavour in the veloute. Nevertheless the crispy potatoes were thoroughly enjoyable eaten together with the fish and veloute.

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The Nine by Jackie Wong, Penang Fine Dining Restaurant, Penang Restaurant, Western Food, Penang Food Blog

Chicken Roulade with Velvety Truffle Mash

(Pairing with Terrazas Reserva Chardonnay)

For the second main, we tried the Chicken Roulade with velvety truffle mash. I preferred this main to the fish. The velvety mash was silky smooth with a wonderful truffle flavour. To my surprise the vegetables on the side had a spicy kick thanks to the use of bird’s eye chilli.

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Moët & Chandon Ice Imperial

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For dessert, Moët & Chandon Ice Imperial is served. It is a very sweet champagne which is meant to be served with ice cubes. As the ice cubes melt and dilute the champagne, the sweetness mellows out and makes for a wonderful dessert pairing.

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Sweet Ending 

(Pairing with Moët & Chandon Ice Imperial)

The Sweet Ending is inspired by Tiramisu according to Chef Jackie. The profiterole encases a silky smooth mascarpone cheese filling, and the vanilla ice cream is served with an espresso crumb. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this dessert as it was not overly sweet and paired perfectly with the Moët & Chandon Ice Imperial.

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The Nine by Jackie Wong, Penang Fine Dining Restaurant, Penang Restaurant, Western Food, Penang Food Blog

Petit Four with Coffee/Tea

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Specially Curated tasting menu for the grand occasion

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Brunch Menu (Available from 10am-5pm)

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The Nine by Jackie Wong, Penang Fine Dining Restaurant, Penang Restaurant, Western Food, Penang Food Blog

the 9ine by Jackie Wong will be having a Guest Chef Event – Classic Meets Modern from 15th-31st July
Savour an interesting and playful menu curated by Chef Jackie and Chef Samuel, in collaboration with Moët & Chandon & Terrazas de Los Andes.

Full 9 course Dinner at RM390 Or 6 course Semi Dinner at RM290.
Prices shown are inclusive of beverage pairing. Do call the restaurant for reservations +60139191992

Many thanks to the 9ine by Jackie Wong for extending this invitation to their Grand Opening

The Essentials:-

the 9ine by Jackie Wong

9 Jalan Kek Chuan,

10400 Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia.

TEL: 013-919 1992

Opening Hours: 10am-10pm (Mon, Wed, Thurs & Sun); 10am-12 midnight (Fri & Sat)

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G Ball 2018 – Business Appreciation Dinner by G Hotel

The annual G Ball by G Hotel made its much awaited appearance once again in 2018 marking it’s 10th anniversary with a mysterious and eerie theme this year – Ghost Ball 2018. However, this was no ordinary ghostly ball (nope, no garish blood splatters or gaudy halloween costumes) A lone Black Crow adorned the invite with the tag “Come if you Dare!”

As with all things #Stylishly_G, G Hotel’s Ghost Ball had a touch of opulence and elegance, marked by the hundreds of lit candles that sat gracefully on black candelabrums,  pleathora of black crows that hung from their Grand Ballroom’s ceiling and lots of dried leaves and branches that were artistically strewn across the dining table.

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Sneak Peek before the Grand Ballroom doors were opened…

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Decor at the foyer

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Cocktails galore for guests to enjoy before entering the Grand Ballroom

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“Ghostly” models mingling with the guests to set the mood…

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My outfit for the night… channeling my inner Black Crow Queen… lol

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Quick close up selfie of the awesome make up by my trusty make up artist Dean from B Prive Academy <3

He asked if I wanted ‘normal dinner make up’ or if I wanted to go crazy with the Black Crow/Ghost theme so I said let’s go crazy! 😛

It’s not everyday that one can dress up as such and I must thank G Hotel for giving me the perfect opportunity to do so!

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The doors to the Grand Ballroom soon opened to reveal a breathtaking, mystical interior…

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Welcoming speech by Mr Michael Hanratty, General Manager of G Hotel

The exclusive Ghost Ball 2018 hosted over 300 corporate guests, travel agents, media & business partners who were  to invited enjoy the night filled with good food and great entertainment, not forgetting generous lucky draw prizes too!

Guests came dressed in their formal best and were treated to a 5 course dinner accompanied by lots of wine and alcohol, which filled us to the brim. The dinner kicked off with a sweet crab meat and green apple appetizer which tasted of the ocean. Followed by a creamy soothing butternut squash soup. After a pleasant palate cleanser, came the generous main course – a duo of lamb rack and salmon. I enjoyed the provencal crusted salmon immensely. Lastly, a light and tangy citrus cheesecake rounded off the dinner.

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Appetizer – Timbale of Jumbo Crab Meat & Granny Smith Apple Topped with Flying Fish Roe

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Soup – Cream of Butternut Squash Cinnamon & Crispy Smoked Duck

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Palate Cleanser – Homemade Basil & Lemongrass Sherbet

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Main Course – Slow Roasted Duet of Lamb Rack & Provencal Crusted Salmon on Potato Puree, Field Vegetables with Lamb Jus & Cream of Thyme

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Dessert – Citrus Cheesecake

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More photos of the candles… simply because I love them and find them so beautiful!

Kudos to the G Hotel banquet staff who must have been on the edge the whole night (hello fire hazard!) They were most professional in their handling of the candles – diligently putting them out before they burnt out and exchanging with new ones.

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Lovely tunes both classic and contemporary by the soprano and musical ensemble

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Graceful Ballet Performances by the talented ballet dancers from Green Apple Ballet

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G Ball 2018, Ghost Ball, G Hotel Gurney, Penang Food Blog, Business Appreciation Dinner

G Ball 2018, Ghost Ball, G Hotel Gurney, Penang Food Blog, Business Appreciation Dinner

Best Dressed Lady of the Night (that’s me!!!!!)

The prize was a giant bottle of Moet & Chandon champagne that lights up!

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Best Dressed Gentleman of the Night – Dato’ Shaik Ismail Allaudin

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Super stoked with the giant bottle of Moet that lights up!! 😛

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One last candle photo for the road… hehe

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Ghostly Petit Four <3

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Fellow Bloggers with G Hotel’s General Manager Mr Michael Hanratty & Director of Communications Ms Christina Tan

*Many thanks to G Hotel for inviting me to be a part of the Ghost Ball 2018!

G Hotel Gurney

168A Persiaran Gurney

10250 Penang, Malaysia

TEL: +604-238 0000

www.ghotel.com.my

Reverse Tap Beer @ Tree Bar, G Hotel Gurney

Tree Bar at G Hotel Gurney is Penang’s largest alfresco bar built under an over 40meter tall, hundred-year-old Angsana tree. With a seating capacity of 198, Tree Bar is a laid back hang out spot to unwind after a long hard day at work.

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Tree Bar, G Hotel Gurney, Reverse Tap Beer, Penang Food Blog

Tree Bar offers a wide selection of international beers, wines, cocktails (including Tree Bar specialty cocktails that are personally curated by their in-house mixologists) and a good mix of snacks and bites. Tree Bar has recently introduced Penang’s first Reverse Tap Beer.

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Me having a go at dispensing the Reverse Tap Beer!

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Reverse Tap Beer at Tree Bar

This machine systematically dispenses beer from the bottom up, as opposed to regular taps. The reverse tap beer system uses specially customized glasses which can fit into the machine for dispensing. A pint of beer is them dispensed from the bottom up in 7 seconds (9 times faster than done manually)!

The resulting beer is much smoother as less gas/air is introduced during the dispensing process. I was surprised at the taste and texture of the beer and really enjoyed it!

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Fitting the glass on to the machine

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Beer being dispensed from the bottom up!

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Almost there…

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The perfect pint… all done in 7 seconds!

Tree Bar serves Kronenbourg beer for the Reverse Tap Beer and is priced at RM35 per pint

Here’s a short video of yours truly trying to introduce the Reverse Tap Beer (emphasis on the trying.. since this is my very first video! lol)

Tree Bar’s food menu is pretty extensive as well, featuring 3 new dishes –Lamb Filo Pastry, Bruschetta and Tree Bar Oriental Slider

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Lamb Filo Pastry RM28nett

The Lamb Filo Pastry features minced lamb and potatoes marinated with Asian spices and hand wrapped in crispy filo pastry. Resulting a savoury, mildly spicy crispy bite that pairs well with a refreshing Mint Raita dip.

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Bruschetta RM38nett

The Bruschetta offers 3 different toppings on slices of french baguette – smoked salmon, tomato & basil and chicken, apple & mayo mix. My favourite was the classic tomato & basil combination, though the chicken, apple & mayo mix came in a close second.

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Tree Bar Oriental Slider RM30nett

Meanwhile, the Tree Bar Oriental Slider features chicken and prawn patty mini burgers.

Other favourites from their food menu include Nachos with homemade guacamole and tomato salsa dip, Mozarella cheese sticks, Seafood pizza, Buffalo wings, Siu Mai, Sausage puffs and Gyoza.

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Nachos RM16nett

(with guacamole & tomato salsa dip)

Tree Bar’s nachos is an addictive snack as I couldn’t get enough of their home made guacamole!

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Mozzarella Cheese Sticks RM22nett 

Perfect for cheese lovers! These are served with Mexican garlic salsa.

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Seafood Pizza RM32nett

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Siu Mai RM14nett

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Buffalo Wings RM32nett

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Mojito Breeze RM30nett

Tree Bar is also known to serve the lowest price in town with 3 pints of beer from RM58nett onwards. Their selection of beers include Hoegaarden, Erdinger Weissbeir, Kronenbourg, Asahi, Connor’s Stout and Carslberg.

Tree Bar is opened DAILY seven days a week from 12pm-1am (Sunday to Thursday); 12pm-2am (Friday & Saturday) 

Happy Hour – Buy 1 Free 1 on all house pours from 12noon-4pm 

*Many thanks to Tree Bar G Hotel Gurney for this invitation!

G Hotel Gurney

168A Persiaran Gurney

10250 Penang, Malaysia

TEL: +604-238 0000

www.ghotel.com.my

Ginza Japanese Restaurant 4th Anniversary Promotions @ Vantage Desiran Tanjung

Ginza Japanese restaurant was one of the first few outlets to open at Vantage Desiran Tanjung at Tanjung Tokong, Penang. And they are now celebrating their 4th Anniversary! In conjunction with this, Ginza is offering various promotions to celebrate this joyous milestone!

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Ginza Japanese restaurant 4th Anniversary Promotion:-

  1. RM9.90nett for Fresh Sashimi (5 slices on a plate) – Salmon or Tai
  2. RM19.90nett for 3 Skewers of Yakitor/Kushiyaki items with a pint of Asahi beer
  3. 30% off all Nigiri sushi (available for dine in & takeaway)
  4. Japanese Premium Beer – Suntory 3 pints RM56nett (Suntory Gold); RM58nett (Suntory Black) For the month of June ONLY

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Ginza Japanese Restaurant, Vantage Desiran Tanjung, Lingzie Food Blog, Penang Food Blog

RM9.90nett Fresh Sashimi – Tai

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RM9.90nett Fresh Sashimi – Salmon 

Ginza prides themselves in using premium ingredients with their seafood and ingredients air flown from Japan (arrivals every Tues and Friday to ensure maximum freshness)

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Ginza’s Sushi Chef – one of the few Sushi chefs in Penang who has the license to prepare Fugu

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Hana Ikura Maki RM26.80

For starters after the fresh sashimi, we tried the Hana Ikura Maki. Ginza’s sushi are all hand made and hand pressed without using machine. I liked the texture of this temaki and found the ratio of rice to filling just right.

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Ika Butter Shoyu Maruyaki RM24.80

Seafood lovers should not miss Ginza’s grilled giant squid. Their version has the fragrance of butter and soy sauce. The texturre was good too, slightly chewy but not rubbery or hard.

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Unagi Don with Onsen Tamago RM36.80

The Unagi Don with Onsen tamago is not listed in their menu, but it is a must try for me! The grilled unagi is thick and melt in your mouth – perfect when eaten with warm rice coated in the yolks of the onsen egg. I haven’t had unagi in a long time (having eaten some weird tasting unagi a while back which turned me off). But one bite of this and I fell in love all over again with unagi! Ginza uses top quality unagi which is air flown from Japan which is evident in the taste! Highly recommended.

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Ginza Japanese Restaurant, Vantage Desiran Tanjung, Lingzie Food Blog, Penang Food Blog

Sanma Shioyaki Set RM17.80 (Set Lunch Menu)

For mains, we go to try the Sanma Shioyaki Set (the cheapest option from their Set Lunch Menu). Instead of normal miso soup, Ginza offers a more premium Dobin Mushi (Japanese seafood soup in a teapot). This soup is nourishing and heartwarming with the sweet flavours from the seafood and mushrooms used. A slice of lime is served together with the soup and you can add it to add some tangy flavours. I liked both versions with and without the lime.

The sanma fish had smokey flavours from the grill with crisp skin revealing tender flesh on the inside. The set lunch also includes salad, chawanmushi, rice and ice cream for dessert.

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Sanma Shioyaki

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Dobin Mushi

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Kiku Set RM58.80

The Kiku Set at Ginza is one of the premium set meals in the menu. This set offers plenty to the diner – assorted raw fish sashimi on rice, pan fried mixed mushrooms, mix fried seafood and vegetables, wakame, chawanmushi and dobin mushi. Thus, this is indeed a set for someone who likes variety!

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Mixed fried from the Kiku Set

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Ginza Japanese Restaurant, Vantage Desiran Tanjung, Lingzie Food Blog, Penang Food Blog

Anniversary Promotion RM19.90nett for 3 skewers of Yakitori/Kushiyaki + a pint of Asahi

We tried – Uzura Tamago (quail egg),  Negima (Chicken with Japanese Leek) & Tebasaki (Chicken Wing)

The Uzura Tamago was a new thing for me because you are supposed to eat the whole thing including its shell! I was rather apprehensive but found it to be unique and pretty good! Like quail egg with a crispy smokey outer layer.

The tebasaki was my favourite – just lightly seasoned with salt and pepper and grilled over charcoal fire.

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Ginza Japanese Restaurant, Vantage Desiran Tanjung, Lingzie Food Blog, Penang Food Blog

Ei Hire (Grilled Stingray Fin) RM18

We had a pint of Suntory Gold – Ginza carries Suntory Draught Beer which tastes vastly different from canned ones. I hardly drink beer but Suntory is one of my favourites for its smooth texture. To go with beer, Ginza’s menu offers a variety to snacks that pairs well with beer. We tried the Ei Hire – Grilled Stingray fin & Dried Sardine Sheets.

The Tatami Iwashi (Dried sardine sheet) was crunchy and addictive, while the Ei Hire (Grilled Stingray Fin) had a lovely smokey sweet flavour and slightly chewy. My favourite was the Ei Hire. I think I could polish off one plate on my own! lol

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Tatami Iwashi (Dried sardine sheet) RM18

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Private room (Tatami seating)

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Private Room (normal seats)

Ginza Japanese Restaurant has a few private rooms (with both normal seating & tatami seating) so this place is ideal for private functions and celebrations both big and small. One of their private rooms can be extended and enlarged to accommodate up to 30pax.

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*Many thanks to Ginza Japanese Restaurant for extending this invitation

The Essentials:-

Ginza Japanese Restaurant 

ADDRESS : B-3-3 to B-3-5, Jalan Desiran Tanjung, 10470 Tanjung Tokong, Penang.
TEL: +604-890 9918
Opening Hours: 12pm – 2:30pm & 6pm – 10pm (DAILY)
Website: https://ginza.my/ (menu available on their website)

Ginza Facebook Page

 

Saturday Champagne Brunch @ Vino Vino Bistro, Bay Avenue

For those who love brunch plus a lil’ bubbly, Vino Vino Bistro’s Saturday Champagne Brunch would be right up your alley. Vino Vino Bistro at Bay Avenue is a renowned yakitori place, but they’ve recently rolled out their new promotion – Saturday Champagne Brunch which happens only once a month (the first Saturday of the month)! And so, we put on our Saturday Best and headed over to Vino Vino to check out what the brunch had to offer…

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Nicolas Feuillatte One Fo(u)r Brut

Taste profile: Floral & zesty

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Nicolas Feuillatte One Fo(u)r Rose

Taste Profile: Floral with delicate fruity notes

The Champagne brunch features Nicolas Feuillatte’s One Fo(u)r champagne from their Unexpected Collection. One will immediately notice its cute size and interesting wrist strap attached to the bottle. This exclusive Nicolas Feuillatte design is to make it easy and stylish to carry the champagne wherever one may go. Hence, it is the champagne to enjoy any place, anywhere! While I enjoyed both types of champagne, my preference leaned slightly towards the Rose (and no… the champagne’s lovely pale pink color had nothing to do with it… lol)

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Vino Vino Bistro, Bay Avenue, Yakitori Bar, Champagne Brunch, Penang Food Blog

Dim Sum

For starters, Vino Vino offers an interesting pairing of dim sum (‘siew mai’ & ‘har kao’) with the champagnes which turned out to be pleasant indeed. Who would have thought?

Then, we dug into the mains… charcoal grilled mud crabs which were bursting with briny sweet flavours of the sea. Yep we did have to get our hands dirty. Though Vino Vino offers plastic disposable gloves, I just preferred using my hands… hehe

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Charcoal Grilled Mud Crab

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Fresh Grilled Prawns

Next, we indulged in prawns both big and small.. the huge prawns were fresh and once again grilled with a touch of salt. It was all that was needed to bring out the sweet flavours of the prawn, paired with the delicate smoky flavour from the grill. The flesh was bouncy and succulent too!

Meanwhile the deep fried small prawns vied for our attention. We were snacking on them non stop as they were easy to eat and addictive!

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Vino Vino Bistro, Bay Avenue, Yakitori Bar, Champagne Brunch, Penang Food Blog

Deep Fried Small Prawns

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Vino Vino Bistro, Bay Avenue, Yakitori Bar, Champagne Brunch, Penang Food Blog

Vino Vino Bistro, Bay Avenue, Yakitori Bar, Champagne Brunch, Penang Food Blog

Free flow items include:-

Garlic Fried Rice, Potato Salad, Fresh Vegetable Salad, Miso Soup & Fruits

In between the crabs and prawns, we also had free flow garlic fried rice, potato salad, vegetable salad, miso soup and fruits. The garlic fried rice was a winner for me – fragrant and comforting. My attempts to cut down on carbs failed miserably as this garlic fried rice tempted me to tuck away a huge bowl (despite being stuffed from the seafood!)

All in all, we had a lovely lazy Saturday Brunch filled with fresh charcoal grilled seafood and lots of bubbly!

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Have a lil’ bubbly, shall we? 🙂

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Saturday Champagne Brunch… the full spread…

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Vino Vino Bistro, Bay Avenue, Yakitori Bar, Champagne Brunch, Penang Food Blog

Vino Vino Bistro, Bay Avenue, Yakitori Bar, Champagne Brunch, Penang Food Blog

Vino Vino Bistro, Bay Avenue, Yakitori Bar, Champagne Brunch, Penang Food Blog

Saturday Champagne Brunch @Vino Vino Bistro

Mud Crab
Fresh Prawn 
Deep Fried Small Prawn
Fried Garlic Rice (free flow)
Fresh Salad (free flow)
Potato Salad (free flow)
Fruit (free flow)
Miso Soup (free flow)

Time: 11:30am- 2:00pm
Price: RM180 per pax
Beverage: Champagne

For reservation & enquiry, do call 04-6459922

The next Saturday Champagne Brunch is happening 2nd June 2018 (Saturday) so don’t miss out! Make your reservation today!

Future Champagne Brunches will be happening every 1st Saturday of the month.

*Many thanks to Vino Vino Bistro for extending this invitation

The Essentials:-

Vino Vino Bistro

Address: Block H-10-3 Lorong Bayan Indah 2, Bay Avenue, 11900 Bayan Lepas, Penang

TEL: 04-645 99 22

Opening Hours: 12noon – 12 midnight Mon-Thurs; 12noon-1 a.m. Fri & Sat

(Closed on Sundays)

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Jamuan Berbuka Puasa 2018 @ Sarkies, E&O Hotel Penang

We were invited once again for the preview of Jamuan Berbuka Puasa at Sarkies, E&O Hotel Penang. For the holy month of Ramadhan, Sarkies offers an array of dishes suited for ‘buka puasa’.

These include local staples such as Satay, Nasi Lemak, Murtabak and Roti Canai. Rendangs and curries are also aplenty best paired with a sumptuous plate of heartwarming Nasi Briyani.

For meat lovers, roasted lamb and sirloin will surely delight, while the action station offers plenty of grilled meats (chicken, fish, seafood, sausages). Not forgetting the chicken shawarma too!

Ramadhan Buffet 2018, Jamuan Berbuka Puasa, Sarkies, E&O Hotel Penang

Dishes specially prepared for Ramadhan

The Jamuan Berbuka Puasa buffet is available from 17 May 2018 until 14 June 2018.

Jamuan Berbuka Puasa 2018 (7.30pm – 10.30pm)

RM166 Nett (Adult); RM83 Nett (Child)

*with free flow refreshing beverages

EARLY BIRD SPECIAL:- Buy 5 Free 1 for Adult from 18 April – 23 May 2018

Ramadhan Buffet 2018, Jamuan Berbuka Puasa, Sarkies, E&O Hotel Penang

Ramadhan Buffet 2018, Jamuan Berbuka Puasa, Sarkies, E&O Hotel Penang

Ramadhan Buffet 2018, Jamuan Berbuka Puasa, Sarkies, E&O Hotel Penang

BBQ Whole Roast Australian Lamb

Ramadhan Buffet 2018, Jamuan Berbuka Puasa, Sarkies, E&O Hotel Penang

Rotisserie Chicken

Ramadhan Buffet 2018, Jamuan Berbuka Puasa, Sarkies, E&O Hotel Penang

Charcoal Grilled Satay

Ramadhan Buffet 2018, Jamuan Berbuka Puasa, Sarkies, E&O Hotel Penang

Roasted Sirloin

Ramadhan Buffet 2018, Jamuan Berbuka Puasa, Sarkies, E&O Hotel Penang

Chicken Shawarma

Ramadhan Buffet 2018, Jamuan Berbuka Puasa, Sarkies, E&O Hotel Penang

Ramadhan Buffet 2018, Jamuan Berbuka Puasa, Sarkies, E&O Hotel Penang

Daging Masak Hitam (Beef)

Ramadhan Buffet 2018, Jamuan Berbuka Puasa, Sarkies, E&O Hotel Penang

Rendang Daging (Beef)

Ramadhan Buffet 2018, Jamuan Berbuka Puasa, Sarkies, E&O Hotel Penang

Rojak

In addition to the Ramadhan themed dishes, the buffet spread includes the well-loved seafood on ice corner, salad corner (with the addition of ulam & acar for the festive season), cheese platter and sushi corner.

Ramadhan Buffet 2018, Jamuan Berbuka Puasa, Sarkies, E&O Hotel Penang

Seafood On Ice

Ramadhan Buffet 2018, Jamuan Berbuka Puasa, Sarkies, E&O Hotel Penang

Ramadhan Buffet 2018, Jamuan Berbuka Puasa, Sarkies, E&O Hotel Penang

Fresh Oyster

Ramadhan Buffet 2018, Jamuan Berbuka Puasa, Sarkies, E&O Hotel Penang

Cheese Platter

Ramadhan Buffet 2018, Jamuan Berbuka Puasa, Sarkies, E&O Hotel Penang

Assorted Sushi

Ramadhan Buffet 2018, Jamuan Berbuka Puasa, Sarkies, E&O Hotel Penang

Ramadhan Buffet 2018, Jamuan Berbuka Puasa, Sarkies, E&O Hotel Penang

Ulam-ulaman

Ramadhan Buffet 2018, Jamuan Berbuka Puasa, Sarkies, E&O Hotel Penang

Ramadhan Buffet 2018, Jamuan Berbuka Puasa, Sarkies, E&O Hotel Penang

Ramadhan Buffet 2018, Jamuan Berbuka Puasa, Sarkies, E&O Hotel Penang

Various Acar & Appetizers

Ramadhan Buffet 2018, Jamuan Berbuka Puasa, Sarkies, E&O Hotel Penang

For the mains, we loved the Salt Baked Salmon and the various curries!

Ramadhan Buffet 2018, Jamuan Berbuka Puasa, Sarkies, E&O Hotel Penang

Nasi Briyani

Ramadhan Buffet 2018, Jamuan Berbuka Puasa, Sarkies, E&O Hotel Penang

Salt Baked Salmon

Ramadhan Buffet 2018, Jamuan Berbuka Puasa, Sarkies, E&O Hotel Penang

Grilled Prawns

Ramadhan Buffet 2018, Jamuan Berbuka Puasa, Sarkies, E&O Hotel Penang

Lamb Stew

Ramadhan Buffet 2018, Jamuan Berbuka Puasa, Sarkies, E&O Hotel Penang

E&O’s Signature Roast Duck

Diners can also choose from various noodles with condiments and also porridge.

Ramadhan Buffet 2018, Jamuan Berbuka Puasa, Sarkies, E&O Hotel Penang

Noodles Counter

Ramadhan Buffet 2018, Jamuan Berbuka Puasa, Sarkies, E&O Hotel Penang

Ramadhan Buffet 2018, Jamuan Berbuka Puasa, Sarkies, E&O Hotel Penang

Porridge Corner

Assorted Pau & Dim Sum

For dessert, an assortment of Malay Kuih is available including ice kacang, chocolate fountain and ice cream bar.

Ramadhan Buffet 2018, Jamuan Berbuka Puasa, Sarkies, E&O Hotel Penang Ramadhan Buffet 2018, Jamuan Berbuka Puasa, Sarkies, E&O Hotel Penang

Assorted Malay Kuih

Ramadhan Buffet 2018, Jamuan Berbuka Puasa, Sarkies, E&O Hotel Penang

Ramadhan Buffet 2018, Jamuan Berbuka Puasa, Sarkies, E&O Hotel Penang

Ramadhan Buffet 2018, Jamuan Berbuka Puasa, Sarkies, E&O Hotel Penang

Ramadhan Buffet 2018, Jamuan Berbuka Puasa, Sarkies, E&O Hotel Penang

Ramadhan Buffet 2018, Jamuan Berbuka Puasa, Sarkies, E&O Hotel Penang

Ramadhan Buffet 2018, Jamuan Berbuka Puasa, Sarkies, E&O Hotel Penang

*Many thanks for E&O Hotel for extending this invitation

For reservations, do call Sarkies at Eastern & Oriental Hotel –  04-2222000 ext:3151/3139 or email fbcentral.resv@eohotels.com

Eastern & Oriental Hotel

10 Lebuh Farquhar, 10200 Penang

E&O Hotel Website

Marhaban Ya Ramadhan Buffet 2018 @ nada lama Hotel Equatorial Penang

For Ramadhan 2018, the halal certified all-day dining outlet – nada lama, presents a scrumptious Iftar feast themed “Marhaban Ya Ramadhan” that offers an exciting array of dishes to whet one’s appetite. The theme this year means – welcome the holy month of Ramadhan – a month full of blessings, mercy and forgiveness.

Hotel Equatorial Penang, Ramadhan 2018, Ramadhan Buffet 2018

Hotel Equatorial Penang, Ramadhan 2018, Ramadhan Buffet 2018

Hotel Equatorial Penang, Ramadhan 2018, Ramadhan Buffet 2018

Hotel Equatorial Penang, Ramadhan 2018, Ramadhan Buffet 2018 Hotel Equatorial Penang, Ramadhan 2018, Ramadhan Buffet 2018

At the official launch of the Ramadhan Open House, the General Manager of Hotel Equatorial Penang, Mr Andreas Knüssi welcomed guests with his opening speech which was followed by the lighting up of a 18 feet giant lamp centerpiece alongside with decorative cut-out motives and LED fairy lights hanging from the hotel’s signature atrium.

Marhaban Ya Ramadhan 

17 May – 14 June 2018 6.30pm-9.30pm

RM138 Nett (Adult); RM69 Nett (Child); RM108 Nett Senior Citizen (60 years and above)

EARLY BIRD SPECIAL~! Purchase vouchers from 16 April – 16 May 2018 RM108 nett

Valid for Dine In from 17 May – 14 June 2018

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Kibas Panggang (lamb) served with Arabic Briyani Rice

Diners can look forward to all time favourites including kibas panggang served with Arabic Briyani rice, Murtabak durian, signature chilli crab, chicken shawarma and Hotel Equatorial Penang’s refreshing coconut shake. These are also the dishes specially recommended by the hotel’s Chef Azami Idris who has spent 33 years in the industry specializing in Asian cuisines, leaning specifically on authentic Malay dining.

Hotel Equatorial Penang, Ramadhan 2018, Ramadhan Buffet 2018

Hotel Equatorial Penang, Ramadhan 2018, Ramadhan Buffet 2018

Hotel Equatorial Penang, Ramadhan 2018, Ramadhan Buffet 2018

Signature Chili Crabs

Hotel Equatorial Penang, Ramadhan 2018, Ramadhan Buffet 2018

Hotel Equatorial Penang, Ramadhan 2018, Ramadhan Buffet 2018

Murtabak Durian

(chicken & lamb version also available)

Hotel Equatorial Penang, Ramadhan 2018, Ramadhan Buffet 2018

Hotel Equatorial Penang, Ramadhan 2018, Ramadhan Buffet 2018

Mongolian BBQ where diners get to pick their preferred seafood/meat and have it cooked on the spot by the chef in their signature Mongolian sauce

Hotel Equatorial Penang, Ramadhan 2018, Ramadhan Buffet 2018

Variety of Dates

Hotel Equatorial Penang, Ramadhan 2018, Ramadhan Buffet 2018

Lemang with serunding daging, ayam & ikan

(my absolute favourite!! I always look forward to lemang during Ramadhan)

Hotel Equatorial Penang, Ramadhan 2018, Ramadhan Buffet 2018

Hotel Equatorial Penang, Ramadhan 2018, Ramadhan Buffet 2018

Bubur Lambuk

Hotel Equatorial Penang, Ramadhan 2018, Ramadhan Buffet 2018

Array of Acar (spicy pickled vegetables), Jelatah & Ulam

Hotel Equatorial Penang, Ramadhan 2018, Ramadhan Buffet 2018

Tauhu Sumbat (beancurd stuffed with vegetables)

Hotel Equatorial Penang, Ramadhan 2018, Ramadhan Buffet 2018

Penang Rojak

Hotel Equatorial Penang, Ramadhan 2018, Ramadhan Buffet 2018

Gado-gado

The splendid buffet spread offers an abundant variety. I personally enjoyed the grilled lamb chops from the Mix Grill station, the kibas panggang and arabic rice, the daging bahmia curry,  the tangy acars, and not forgeting piping hot laksa.
I also enjoyed the lemang which is probably my favourite food to eat during Ramadhan!

Hotel Equatorial Penang, Ramadhan 2018, Ramadhan Buffet 2018

Hotel Equatorial Penang, Ramadhan 2018, Ramadhan Buffet 2018

Ayam Rendang Kunyit

Hotel Equatorial Penang, Ramadhan 2018, Ramadhan Buffet 2018

Daging Bahmia

Hotel Equatorial Penang, Ramadhan 2018, Ramadhan Buffet 2018

Sambal Prawns

Hotel Equatorial Penang, Ramadhan 2018, Ramadhan Buffet 2018

Bunga Kobis Berempah (Spiced Cauliflower)

Hotel Equatorial Penang, Ramadhan 2018, Ramadhan Buffet 2018

Chicken Shawarma

Hotel Equatorial Penang, Ramadhan 2018, Ramadhan Buffet 2018

Hotel Equatorial Penang, Ramadhan 2018, Ramadhan Buffet 2018

Hotel Equatorial Penang, Ramadhan 2018, Ramadhan Buffet 2018

Assorted Tempura

Hotel Equatorial Penang, Ramadhan 2018, Ramadhan Buffet 2018

Grilled Seafood, Chicken, Lamb Chop & Sausages (Mix Grill Station)

Hotel Equatorial Penang, Ramadhan 2018, Ramadhan Buffet 2018

Grilled Lamb with vegetables Wrap

Hotel Equatorial Penang, Ramadhan 2018, Ramadhan Buffet 2018

Assorted Dim Sum

Hotel Equatorial Penang, Ramadhan 2018, Ramadhan Buffet 2018

Laksa

Dessert lovers are also spoilt for choice, my personal favourite being the walnut tart and the soft serve ice cream which you can dispense on your own for a tinge of nostalgia.

Overall, the spread at nada lama is certainly impressive and would suit most everyones’ palates. Selamat Berbuka Puasa!

Hotel Equatorial Penang, Ramadhan 2018, Ramadhan Buffet 2018

Assorted traditional Malay Kuih

Hotel Equatorial Penang, Ramadhan 2018, Ramadhan Buffet 2018

Hotel Equatorial Penang, Ramadhan 2018, Ramadhan Buffet 2018

Soft Serve Ice Cream

Super love the cute ice cream machine! You can choose to dispense the ice cream into a bowl or on a cone

Hotel Equatorial Penang, Ramadhan 2018, Ramadhan Buffet 2018 Caramel Pudding

Hotel Equatorial Penang, Ramadhan 2018, Ramadhan Buffet 2018 Hotel Equatorial Penang, Ramadhan 2018, Ramadhan Buffet 2018

Assorted Cakes

Hotel Equatorial Penang, Ramadhan 2018, Ramadhan Buffet 2018

Walnut tart 

(A must try in my books!)

Hotel Equatorial Penang, Ramadhan 2018, Ramadhan Buffet 2018

Candy Floss! <3

Hotel Equatorial Penang, Ramadhan 2018, Ramadhan Buffet 2018

Hotel Equatorial Penang also has recently had their Surau awarded 5 Stars for both their Surau Lelaki & Wanita at LG floor and LG2 floor. All suraus are open for guests to use for praying during Ramadhan.

5 Star Surau (for Men & Women) LG Floor at Hotel Equatorial Penang

5 Star Surau (for Men & Women) LG2 Floor at Hotel Equatorial Penang

The Essentials:-

Marhaban Ya Ramadhan 

nada lama Hotel Equatorial Penang

1 Jalan Bukit Jambul, Bayan Lepas, 11900 Penang

TEL: 04-632 7000

Hotel Equatorial Penang Facebook Page

Explore Taiwan Travel Fair 2018 [11th-13th May 2018], Gurney Paragon Mall, Penang

Back for the second time after a highly successful inaugural run the previous year, the Taiwan Travel Fair 2018 will be held from 11th-13th May 2018 at Gurney Paragon Mall. Organized by the Taiwan Tourism Bureau Kuala Lumpur office, the Taiwan Travel Fair this year carries the theme of Explore Taiwan – namely flower viewing, enjoying hotspring and dining at the newly awarded Michelin Starred restaurants in Taiwan.  

Taiwan Travel Fair 2018, Explore Taiwan, Gurney Paragon Mall, Taiwan Travel Expo

Visitors to the fair can once again expect to experience a slice of Taiwan during the travel fair plus lots of attractive travel packages, special deals on air fare and even cruise packages. With the collaboration of 13 local travel agents, China Airlines, Cathay Dragon and Genting Cruise Lines, anyone looking to visit Taiwan in the near future should not miss this exciting travel fair.

Taiwan is a beautiful country that offers plenty to tourists. Enjoy flower viewing during the Spring, or take a rejuvenating dip at the many hot springs around the country. Gourmands are not forsaken for Taiwan offers a huge variety from tantalizing street food to refined food at Michelin starred restaurants.

Taiwan Travel Fair 2018, Explore Taiwan, Gurney Paragon Mall, Taiwan Travel Expo

Chike Mountain in Hualien County, Yuli Township

Taiwan Travel Fair 2018, Explore Taiwan, Gurney Paragon Mall, Taiwan Travel Expo

Tung Oil Tree in Tung Lodge at Miaoli County, Gongguan Township

Taiwan Travel Fair 2018, Explore Taiwan, Gurney Paragon Mall, Taiwan Travel Expo

Da Gangshan cold spring

 

Public Hot Spring at Grand View Resort Beitou Hotel

Taiwan Travel Fair 2018, Explore Taiwan, Gurney Paragon Mall, Taiwan Travel Expo

Le Palais Chinese Restaurant of Palais de Chine Hotel, Michelin 3-Star restaurant

During the 3 day fair, while browsing attractive travel deals, visitors can expect to taste Signature Taiwanese breakfastChinese Omelette with corn, Scallion pancake and Fried Carrot cake, freshly made and free!

Taiwan Travel Fair 2018, Explore Taiwan, Gurney Paragon Mall, Taiwan Travel Expo

Scallion Pancake

Taiwan Travel Fair 2018, Explore Taiwan, Gurney Paragon Mall, Taiwan Travel Expo

Fried Carrot Cake

Taiwan Travel Fair 2018, Explore Taiwan, Gurney Paragon Mall, Taiwan Travel Expo

Chinese Omelette with Corn

Taiwan Travel Fair 2018, Explore Taiwan, Gurney Paragon Mall, Taiwan Travel Expo

Zero Four Dance Crew will be at the fair to thrill you with their moves

Visitors to the fair can enjoy special performances all the way from Taiwan. Look forward to sizzling dance performances by “Zero Four Dance Crew” from Taichung, Taiwan who are the World Champions of the Asian Battleground 2017 World Final. Having performed in Germany, France and Vietnam, their moves are set to heat up the stage during the travel fair.

Taiwan Travel Fair 2018, Explore Taiwan, Gurney Paragon Mall, Taiwan Travel Expo

Liu Sheng Ji Music

To further enthrall fair goers, Liu Sheng Ji Music showcases Taiwanese traditional instruments – namely the dizi, erhu and pipa, with the unexpected twist of fusing with guitar and jazz drums and western musical elements, resulting in contemporary Taiwanese music that marries both Eastern and Western cultures.

Taiwan Travel Fair 2018, Explore Taiwan, Gurney Paragon Mall, Taiwan Travel Expo

Ceramic Circle Charm Painting Activity

After satisfying the palate with food tasting and feasting the eyes on dance & music performances, visitors can also flex their creative muscle via the Ceramic Circle Charm Painting activity. Participants can finish off their creations with a Chinese knot and keep it as a souvenir or as a gift for family and friends.

Taiwan Travel Fair 2018, Explore Taiwan, Gurney Paragon Mall, Taiwan Travel Expo

Taiwan Cypress Chopsticks DIY by Carpenter Brother & Sister Technology

Carpenter Brother & Sister Technology from Taichung will also be at the travel fair with their unique line of furniture, stationary and tools with a playful innovative element. Having inherited their father’s 29 year carpentry business, they have put their own creative touch to bring new life to boring old wood.

FREEBIES TIME!

Other than the free snacks, performances and activities for fair goers, plenty of other Freebies await!

EXTRA SPECIAL FREEBIE BEFORE THE TAIWAN TRAVEL FAIR!!

Lingzie.com readers can redeem a FREE REWARDS CARD on May 6th 2018 (SUNDAY) at Gurney Paragon Mall Kelawei Entrance (11am onwards 1st come 1st served basis). This reward card can be used  in order to redeem a free Taiwanese Food or Drink on the spot. Do remember to keep the Rewards Card to redeem a FREE special souvenir from Taiwan during the fair itself on 11th-13th May.  All you have to do is just to share out this post, go to Gurney Paragon Mall on May 6th to redeem the FREE REWARDS CARD!

FREEBIES DURING THE EXPLORE TAIWAN TRAVEL FAIR 2018

Consumers can redeem a “Scratch and Win” card whereby they stand a chance to win exciting prizes with a total value of more than RM35000!!  Prizes include 3 nights SuperStar Aquarius Special cruise from Keelung – Miyakojima – Naha – Keelung, China Airline and Cathay Pacific economy ticket to Taipei/Taichung/Kaohsiung, free accommodations at Taiwan Luxury Hotel or Resorts, Taiwan theme parks entrance tickets, Taipei easy card , airport mrt voucher, Taiwan Souvenir and many more.

Gurney Paragon Mall’s shoppers who spent more than RM500 in single receipt also entitled to redeem a free gift during the travel fair.

A Taiwan stainless steel vacuum bottle will be given free for the purchase of any tour packages, while a Taiwan Luggage Strap & Tag will be given free for the purchase of ground package value RM800 & above!

 

 

PUTIEN One Michelin Star Restaurant @ Gurney Paragon Mall, Penang

We have been waiting with bated breath for the opening of PUTIEN since we saw the posters up on the walls of the outlet a few months ago. After months of anticipation, PUTIEN has officially opened its doors on 1st April at Gurney Paragon Mall. Originating from Singapore, PUTIEN made its way to Malaysian shores with 5 outlets in the Klang Valley. The outlet at Gurney Paragon Mall marks the brand’s 6th outlet in Malaysia.

PUTIEN serves cuisine from the Fujian province in China holding steadfastly to their philosophy of using not only fresh and unique ingredients but also best part of the ingredient for premium taste. They also strive to maintain the original taste, preparing food from the heart using the culinary methods that retain the essence of tradition.

PUTIEN also received  a One-Michelin star award in 2017 in the Michelin Guide Singapore 2016 & 2017.

PUTIEN Penang, Gurney Paragon Mall, Michelin Star Restaurant, Penang Food Blog

PUTIEN Penang, Gurney Paragon Mall, Michelin Star Restaurant, Penang Food Blog

PUTIEN Penang, Gurney Paragon Mall, Michelin Star Restaurant, Penang Food Blog

PUTIEN Penang, Gurney Paragon Mall, Michelin Star Restaurant, Penang Food Blog

PUTIEN Signature Spice Mum Chili Sauce

Upon stepping into PUTIEN, diners will inadvertently notice a bowl of chili sauce on every table. This is the PUTIEN Signature Spice Mum Chili Sauce which will definitely tantalize your tastebuds. The chili sauce is fiery and spicy but compliments nearly every dish, whetting one’s appetite. I particularly enjoyed pairing this chili sauce with the Fried Hweng Hwa Bee Hoon and PUTIEN Lor  Mee.

PUTIEN Penang, Gurney Paragon Mall, Michelin Star Restaurant, Penang Food Blog

For a start we were treated to an array of appetizers. The Ah Yuan Fragrant Herbal Chicken was a smooth and savoury dish served cold. The tasted was further enhanced with the Signature Spice Mum Chili Sauce.

Meanwhile, the Seaweed & Mini Shrimps dressed with sauce looked rather ordinary but I thoroughly enjoyed the flavour which was not too ‘fishy’. Upon enquiring further, we found the reason for the premium taste – PUTIEN only uses first harvested seaweed which is known for its superior taste.

PUTIEN Penang, Gurney Paragon Mall, Michelin Star Restaurant, Penang Food Blog

Ah Yuan Fragrant Herbal Chicken RM16.90

PUTIEN Penang, Gurney Paragon Mall, Michelin Star Restaurant, Penang Food Blog

Seaweed & Mini Shrimps dressed with Sauce RM15.90

PUTIEN Penang, Gurney Paragon Mall, Michelin Star Restaurant, Penang Food Blog

Iced Bitter Gourd RM11.90

PUTIEN Penang, Gurney Paragon Mall, Michelin Star Restaurant, Penang Food Blog

The Ice Bitter Gourd dish was a really unique dish indeed. The thin slices of chilled bitter gourd were crunchy and juicy, best eaten after dipping in the accompanying honey sauce. It was a very refreshing dish which had me wanting more!

PUTIEN Penang, Gurney Paragon Mall, Michelin Star Restaurant, Penang Food Blog

Iced Nanri Abalone RM33.90/pc

Next up was one of PUTIEN’s signature dish – Iced Nanri Abalone. The seaweed fed abalone is found on the island of Nanri and is only available at PUTIEN. I loved the bouncy texture of the Abalone and its sweet taste.

PUTIEN Penang, Gurney Paragon Mall, Michelin Star Restaurant, Penang Food Blog

PUTIEN Penang, Gurney Paragon Mall, Michelin Star Restaurant, Penang Food Blog

Braised Pig Intestine RM19.90

Next, I approached the Braised Pig Intestine with slight apprehension for I do not enjoy eating intestine. However, I found the flavour of PUTIEN’s braised pig intestine to be quite pleasant. Best eaten warm.

PUTIEN Penang, Gurney Paragon Mall, Michelin Star Restaurant, Penang Food Blog

PUTIEN Penang, Gurney Paragon Mall, Michelin Star Restaurant, Penang Food Blog

PUTIEN Style Bian Rou Soup (with Vinegar) RM9.90/pax

The PUTIEN Sytle Bian Rou Soup looks ordinary, but the fun fact is that the skin of the dumpling itself is actually made from meat too! Minced pork is pounded for hours in order to form the thin wrapper used as the skin of the wanton. The vinegar taste is quite apparent in this dish so may not sit too well with diners who do not like the taste of vinegar. I however enjoyed it with the sweet tasting broth.

PUTIEN Penang, Gurney Paragon Mall, Michelin Star Restaurant, Penang Food Blog

“100-Second” Stewed Yellow Croacker Fish RM43.90

The next highlight would be the 100-second stewed yellow croacker fish. Cooked for only 100 seconds in order to maintain the texture of the fish meat, I was pleased by the refreshingly light flavours of the broth and the tender meat.

PUTIEN Penang, Gurney Paragon Mall, Michelin Star Restaurant, Penang Food Blog

PUTIEN Penang, Gurney Paragon Mall, Michelin Star Restaurant, Penang Food Blog

Deep Fried Pork Trotters with Salt & Pepper RM15.90/pc

Next, we dug into the Deep Fried Pork Trotters with much relish. Crunchy, crispy skin gave way to soft juicy meat and cartilage. Get your collagen fix with this yummy dish! PUTIEN provides a pair of gloves so that diners wont dirty their hands while eating this dish. How thoughtful!

PUTIEN Penang, Gurney Paragon Mall, Michelin Star Restaurant, Penang Food Blog

PUTIEN Penang, Gurney Paragon Mall, Michelin Star Restaurant, Penang Food Blog

Stir Fried Yam RM21.90 (Regular)

I’m a big fan of yam so I really looked forward to tasting the Stir Fried Yam dish. Thankfully I was not let down. The stir fried yam had a slightly crunchy outer layer and soft center. Slightly sweet and savoury, I love the flavours of this comforting dish.

PUTIEN Penang, Gurney Paragon Mall, Michelin Star Restaurant, Penang Food Blog

PUTIEN Sweet & Sour Pork with Lychees RM22.90(Regular)

Next is a crowd favourite – Sweet & Sour Pork with Lychees. I found the taste of the Lychee not that apparent but I suppose the dish gets most of its sweetness from the lychees. Nevertheless, this is a pretty solid rendition of a classic favourite. I would not hesitate to order this again in future.

PUTIEN Penang, Gurney Paragon Mall, Michelin Star Restaurant, Penang Food Blog

Spinach with Salted & Century Egg in Supreme Stock RM21.90 (Regular)

PUTIEN’s Spinach with Salted & Centure Egg in Supreme Stock is a must try in my books! I’m already a fan of this dish but PUTIEN’s version comes with a thick, robust & flavourful stock which left me wanting more.

PUTIEN Penang, Gurney Paragon Mall, Michelin Star Restaurant, Penang Food Blog

Shredded Pork with Sesame Bun RM7.90/pc (minimum order 2pcs)

For diners wanting a light snack, the Shredded Pork with Sesame Bun fits the bill. Soft pillowy sesame buns make the perfect accompaniment to the sweet and savoury shredded pork cooked with lots of onions.

PUTIEN Penang, Gurney Paragon Mall, Michelin Star Restaurant, Penang Food Blog

PUTIEN Penang, Gurney Paragon Mall, Michelin Star Restaurant, Penang Food Blog

Fried Heng Hwa Bee Hoon RM21.90 (Regular)

Finally, we move on the the noodle dishes – Fried Heng Hwa Bee Hoon and PUTIEN Lor Mee

The Heng Hwa Been Hoon texture is fine and silky which I enjoyed, though I personally found to be a bit bland on it’s own. No fear, for the Signature Spice Mum Chili Sauce is here to the rescue!

I preferred the PUTIEN Lor Mee if compared to the Heng Hwa Been Hoon, revelling in its starchy thick sauce which coated the silky noodles perfectly. Again, I found the addition of the Signature Spice Mum Chili Sauce to be most welcomed in order to add more kick to the dish.

PUTIEN Penang, Gurney Paragon Mall, Michelin Star Restaurant, Penang Food Blog

PUTIEN Lor Mee RM21.90 (Regular)

PUTIEN Penang, Gurney Paragon Mall, Michelin Star Restaurant, Penang Food Blog

Array of Drinks:- AnXi Tie Guan Yin Tea

Infusion by Mr Qu, a fan of PUTIEN

Barley & Winter Melon

Soursop Juice

Nature’s Goodness

PUTIEN Penang, Gurney Paragon Mall, Michelin Star Restaurant, Penang Food Blog

*Many thanks to PUTIEN for extending this invitation

The Essentials:-

PUTIEN

Address: Level 6, Gurney Paragon Mall, Georgetown, 10250 Penang

TEL: 04-2260828

Operating Hours: 11.30am-3pm; 5.30pm-9.30pm DAILY

 

Japanese Bento Lunch Set Menu @ Vino Vino Bistro, Bay Avenue

For an affordable lunch featuring fresh, quality ingredients, diners can now look forward to Vino Vino Bistro’s newly launched Japanese Bento lunch set menu. Vino Vino Bistro at Bay Avenue, just a stone’s throw from Queensbay Mall, has been offering delicious Japanese skewered cuisine (kushiyaki) for the past few years and is a firm favourite for grilled meats on sticks.

For their Japanese Bento lunch set menu, diners have 8 different options to choose from including a Higawari Bento (Bento of the Day) priced at RM17.50 nett

Their Bento of the Day changes daily so do be sure to check with the wait staff upon ordering.

Vino Vino Bistro Japanese Bento Set Lunch

Hamburg Steak with Demi Sauce RM21 nett

The chunky hamburg steak would delight meat lovers. Paired with a sweet and salty demi sauce and caramelized onions, it made for a hearty meal with the soft and starchy Japanese rice.

Vino Vino Bistro Japanese Bento Set Lunch

Yakiniku Bento – Stir Fried Pork with Yakiniku Sauce RM23.35 nett

Meanwhile the Yakiniku Bento features tender slices of pork stir fried with vegetables and Vino Vino’s version of Yakiniku sauce. A homely and comforting bento.

Vino Vino Bistro Japanese Bento Set Lunch

Yakiniku Bento

Vino Vino Bistro Japanese Bento Set Lunch

Salmon Teriyaki Bento RM37.30 nett

(add on RM3 to upgrade to Garlic Fried Rice for all Bentos)

Seafood lovers can opt for the Salmon Teriyaki bento, the sweet teriyaki sauce is likely a crowd pleaser and I found the salmon fish to be quite substantial too.

Vino Vino Bistro Japanese Bento Set Lunch

Sushi & Cold Soba Bento RM37.30 nett

Noodle lovers are not forsaken with the Sushi & Cold Soba bento which features freshly made sushi.

I truly appreciate the variety that is available in these bento sets which cater to a wider range of palates and appetites!

Vino Vino Bistro Japanese Bento Set Lunch

Vino Vino Bistro Japanese Bento Set Lunch

Fresh plump pieces of sushi <3

Each bento set comes with salad, veggies, pickled ginger and a homemade potato, meat & carrot side dish specially prepared by Vino Vino’s chef. We were told by the Japanese chef that this dish is a popular homecooked dish in Japan and that all women must learn how to cook this before they get married. lol

This side dish was indeed comforting and it did remind me of mom’s home cooking.

Vino Vino Bistro Japanese Bento Set Lunch

Other Bento options include a crowd pleasing Kara Age Fried Chicken Bento, a combination Sashimi & Yakitori Bento, Grilled Mackerel or Pike Fish Bento and a wallet friendly Bento of the Day (Higawari Bento) priced at RM17.50 Nett

For all bentos, there is an option to upgrade to Garlic Fried Rice for an additional RM3

Kara Age Bento – Fried Chicken with You Lin Ji Sauce RM22 nett

Vino Vino Bistro Japanese Bento Lunch Set

Sashimi & Yakitori Bento RM39.65 nett

Yakizakana Bento – Grilled Mackerel or Pike Fish Bento RM25.65 nett

Vino Vino’s Japanese Bento Lunch set is available from Monday-Friday during lunch period

Free flow salad, pickles and miso soup is also available for all lunch diners.

We also got to try some items in their Special Lunch Promotion menu mostly consisting of fresh sashimi.

Vino Vino Bistro Japanese Bento Set Lunch

Maguro Bluefin Tuna Sashimi RM23.30 nett

The Maguro was a joy to eat – fresh, succulent pieces of bluefin tuna!

Vino Vino Bistro Penang

Ebi Karaage RM18++

These delicious crispy morsels of small prawns make for great beer food. Or as an additional snack to your main meal 🙂

Vino Vino Bistro Penang

Tebasaki RM5++ per skewer

I have always loved chicken wings and Vino Vino’s Tebasaki is just right up my alley. Crispy skin, lightly seasoned with salted, juicy tender meat on the inside. One skewer is definitely not enough!

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Aspara Maki RM8++ per skewer

Bacon wrapped asparagus

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Bacon Cheese Kushi RM14++ per skewer

I personally loved this Bacon cheese kushi – the deft grilling skills of the chef rendered a lovely smoky flavour to the bacon which envelopes a piece creamy camembert cheese. Basically, heaven in a bite 🙂

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Wagyu Beef Sushi RM58++

I was in for a treat, for I got to try Vino Vino’s latest dish – Wagyu Beef Sushi <3

The Wagyu beef was lightly grilled and seasoned with salt & pepper. It had a melt in your mouth quality, as one would expect from Wagyu beef. All in all, a thoroughly enjoyable platter of sushi especially for beef lovers!

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*Many thanks to Vino Vino Bistro for extending this invitation

The Essentials:-

Vino Vino Bistro

Address: Block H-10-3 Lorong Bayan Indah 2, Bay Avenue, 11900 Bayan Lepas, Penang

TEL: 04-645 99 22

Opening Hours: 12noon – 12 midnight Mon-Thurs; 12noon-1 a.m. Fri & Sat

(Closed on Sundays)

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