September 29, 2011

Bee Wei Seafood Restaurant

I could not remember how long Bee Wei Seafood has been in operation.  (I did ask but I cannot remember the information now.)  All I can remember as I type here is the choo char (stir-fry) is reasonably priced and good.  This place is clean (washroom too!). Hubby cautioned me about 'putting' this eatery here.  He thinks it will make the owner increase the prices of their food.  Hmmm...I sure do hope the owner would not.  I believe in this adage 'good things are meant to be shared.'  In my case, the good food I have tested and tasted.
 
We had visited Bee Wei a number of times before for dinner.  I find the dishes served are tasty and not expensive. Dishes served here are quite similar to those found in the other 'choo-char' eateries. Dishes such as belachan (prawn paste) chicken, curry fish, sweet-sour pork, deep-fried pomfret, steam-fish, etc.
Tonight we had the yau-mak (small romaine lettuce) stir-fry with 'tau-joo' (fermented bean paste) (RM6). I said plain stir-fry but it came with prawns, my arch nemesis added (especially in vegetables). I frowned but Si Thau Por  (lady boss) assured me that they were fresh. Hubby's exclamation, "Just take a look at the size!" left me without much choice. It was deliciously cooked. The look was not that appealing due to the tau-joo but the lettuce was still crunchy. That meant it was not over cooked.
The next order was a plate of marmite chicken (RM9).  Hubby was not too pleased with the chicken.  He complained that it was a bit dry.  I think it was over deep-fried.  I liked the taste of the pieces of chicken.  Even though the pieces of chicken were a bit dry; it did not bothered me as it added to the fragrance.  As, the amount of marmite used was generous. It was simply delicious. I licked my spoon clean of the gravy.
Steamed-fish is a dish hubby will not order unless we are at a proper restaurant.  Most of the time as he put it, the fish are 'half-fresh'.  We ordered red snapper-teochew chueh (teochew style steamed fish)You would not believe it.  Si Thau Por (lady-boss) gave us the assurance that if it is not fresh, we get our money back.  That is how fresh the seafood here is.  True to her words, the fish was 'juicy fresh'.  The teochew chueh fish (fish @ market price RM26) was done perfectly.  There were enough kiam chai (salt preserved vegetables), snui puey (salted plums), tomatoes, tofu and others.  In simple words, 'kau liau' (full of oomph).  
Drive up to Air Itam (towards Kek Lok Si).  After Chung Ling School, look out for the Muslim Orphanage on your left (if you are driving up from town).  Drive straight after the crossroad traffic lights (look out for an Indian temple ahead).  Bee Wei Seafood is on your left as you approached the Indian temple.  The picture above shows the Indian Temple.
The above picture shows the road running by the side of Bee Wei Seafood. It is Jalan Satu, Air Itam.
Bee Wei Seafood located at 4J Jalan Air Itam, 11500 Penang.  Contact: Sally--012 4789207. Closed once a fortnight on Wednesday at around 11:00pm. :o)**No Govt & Service tax.

September 24, 2011

Suffolk House Restaurant..

Suffolk House, ermm...where is it? A shame...I (We) must be to Penangites. All I knew about Suffolk House was it had something to do with Captain Francis Light. Then after Captain Francis Light's death, it became the house of the Governors of Penang. I decided to 'drag' hubby to Suffolk House just to find out where this building is. I heard (from a friend) it had a restaurant inside so the trip was to have lunch. (made a few weeks back)
Ooh, the place looked splendid.  A mansion surrounded by lush greens.  Photography was not allowed inside the building.  We walked around the building.  Visitors can take a tour of the building/site at RM10/pax.  If you are dining, you would be allowed to take pictures of the restaurant.
Suffolk House Restaurant, Bagan, Eclectic (wonder if it is still there), No. 68 Kelawai Road (ceased operations), The Mansion; they are all under the same owner.  The owner (I think) has a knack for colonial buildings. LOL.  The interior of the restaurant impressed us.  Curtains hung from the ceiling to the floor.  The side furniture in white, blended well with the chairs in dark coloured wood.  Antique looking mirrors on the wall together with the plants gave the interior the classy look.   
The day we were there for lunch the place looked almost empty.  There were only two tables occupied.  A set menu of chicken (RM46), lamb (RM48) and steak (RM50) was what we ordered. For the set, you have a choice of either salad or soup.  Dessert and coffee/tea came with the set menu.  
A plate of greens with couscous. Couscous is a type of North African semolina made from crushed durum wheat. The greens with the couscous were something different.  It was not common to find salads served this way.
The mushroom soup was good. The way it was served was nice too. 
Minced chicken wrapped up in pastry was how my dish was served.  I was the one having the chicken.  I think it did not strike me in any way.  I had no notes on it! (Sorry)
BB had the steak. He did not like the steak very much. So-so was his comment. The steak was not tender enough. Hubby said the meal was not impressive. 
We did not end our meal in despair.  The last thing served...sweet and delicious.  It was bread pudding.  That had us drooling!
After lunch, we took a walk over the bridge with Sungai (river) Ayer Itam running below. It was in the afternoon but the walk was relaxing.  The decision made to visit Suffolk House not that bad.  Hubby did not enjoy his meal.  Price as expected (as with all the other outlets) was rather steep.  Ah well, this is fine dining. I would say, been there, done that.
Suffolk House located at 250 Jalan Ayer Itam, Georgetown, 10460 Penang. Contact: 04-2283930.
Lunch: 12:00 noon-2pm. Tea: 2:30pm-6 pm. Dinner:7pm-10pm. 10% Service charge & 6% Govt Tax.:o)
** (Read more on Suffolk House...click)

September 10, 2011

Berlin's Bier Houz...German & European Bistro

We decided to take a walk around Straits Quay.  Both of us had high tea so dinner would be a light one.  The pleasant walk lead us to Berlin's Bier Houz.  A pub...for dinner? I did not like the suggestion. Since hubby said he wanted to check the place out, I relented.
Woo, the place looked spacious, neat and brightly lit.  The flooring and tables blended perfectly. It was not noisy despite the place not being empty.  There were quite a number of tables occupied. I spotted a pool table and a dartboard.  A nice place for a drinking session and gathering.
The waiter (girl) seated us at the beer barrel table.  After a while, I protested. The height of the chair was too high and I sat hunched.  On the other hand...maybe I have a long upper torso and short legs. As such, my back felt tired and that was even before the food arrived. According to the waiter, the other table was reserved. (I pointed to a table behind me.) We had no other choices but to remain where we were.

Our order of German Meat Balls arrived after quite a wait. The plate consisted of six meat balls (RM13) coated with breadcrumbs and deep-fried.  The taste was not spectacular but the texture was good.  It was deep-fried but the meat was tender.  A bite into the ball had the juices of the pork oozing out.  That was an enjoyment.  A sauce for dipping was served with the meatballs.  Oh, that was not needed.  It was good on its own.
The plate of Berlin's Special Pork Ribs had us really disappointed.  It was nothing special.  The ribs were plain-cooked. Then, had some sauce 'squirted' over it.  The meat tasted bland.  If softness of the meat is any consolation, then that was just it.  With a price of RM27.80 for three small pieces of ribs, I call that pricey. 
The German Sausage Platter (RM25.80) came with three sausages served with sauerkraut, mustard, mayonnaise and some greens.  It was just a plate of sausages. I have never left an eatery with aching back.  That night, I did.  Boy was I glad when we were done. I would have ended up as the Hunchback of Notre-Dame had the meal taken longer.  The table I pointed to (above picture) it remained unoccupied until we left the place!
Berlin's Bier Houz@ Straits Quay, 3E-G-3B Block E, Ground Floor Seri Tanjung Pinang. Penang. Tel : 04-8998887  **10% Service Charge. 6% Government Tax.