June 14, 2012

China House...

China House, a traditional space of three heritage buildings linked by an open courtyard.  That is the description on the calling card.  As we walked into the restaurant, I could not help noticing that the building is narrow and long. 
The place is brightly lit, neat and simple in design.  From the front, it seemed like there is limited seating space with only a few tables.  I decided to take a walk deeper and found out that there was another seating area.  
The place seemed to be very popular with the younger generation from what I noticed.  The second floor of this place houses an art centre where there are paintings for sale. 
The courtyard is another beautiful area to dine. 
The food menu is not extensive but they do have a wide selection of wine. We ordered a plate of samosa two of each filled with chicken, coconut and water chestnut. A plate of six pieces costs RM25. It was delectable but not super duper.  I found the samosa with water chestnut to be rather bland. Luckily, the chilli dip was good.
The chicken pie came with chunky pieces of chicken meat inside (RM30).  I liked the creamy style of the filling and called it very traditional.  However, hubby preferred it to be without the cream.  He said too creamy a filling made him queasy.   
The lamb sausages came served with rocket leaves and couscous (RM40).  I would love the sausages more had the smell of the lamb be a little less overpowering.  It was only two sausages but the couscous sort of filled our stomach by the time we polished the plate clean. 
If you loved desserts and still have some space in your stomach after the main course, China House offers a wide array of cakes.  They have cakes such as Italian Cream Cheese, Chocolate Devil, and Tiramisu, just to name a few under the cakes with cream section.  In addition, under the non-cream section cakes like Panaforte, Condense Milk pound cake, etc.  
Both of us could not put another morsel of food into our mouth so we decided to take away a piece of Lemon Curd Cake and a piece of Tiramisu. (RM12/piece)
Lemon Curd Cake
I personally do not like the cakes.  To me, they were just sponge cakes with filling in between.  The tiramisu was not what I have tasted and expected though the sponge was soft and light. 

China House located at 183-B Victoria Street and 153 & 155 Beach Street, Georgetown, Penang. Opening hours: 6pm-10:30 pm everyday. Tel: 04-263 7299 (along the same stretch as the Bomba) Beach Street)  :o) **10% Service charge and 6% Government Tax.

June 3, 2012

Healy Mac's Irish Bar and Restaurant

Healy Mac's Irish Bar and Restaurant is a nice place for a chill-out session with friends. The place is quite spacious and with friendly staff.  The last time we visited this place was for a drink.  We did not have any food but hubby's friend told us we should give the food served here a bite and we did just that when we visited again.
Irish Lamb Stew would be the appropriate choice as Healy Mac's is an Irish Bar and Restaurant. Both of us agreed to the choice.  The lamb stew came with chunks of lamb in it.  The broth was a bit watery but the full-bodied taste made up for the excess water content.  The vegetables were soft but not mushy and it was a joy consuming them. At RM30 a bowl, I think the price was reasonable.  
The pork spare ribs that we ordered came in too small a portion. The plate costing RM37 consisted only of four short pieces of ribs.  However, the ribs were tasty and quite tender.  The mash potato came in huge portions to make up for the lack of meat? (Laughters)
We had the soup of the day.  The mushroom soup (RM10) was nothing spectacular.  I would say it was just normal but the bread that came with it was fragrant and good.
A glass of cranberry juice and a glass of tiger beer costs the same at RM10 per glass.  The next time, I think I will have a glass of beer instead. LOL
Healy Mac's Irish Bar and Restaurant. 3A-G-9 & 10, Straits Quay, Jalan Seri Tanjung Pinang, Tanjung Tokong, Penang. Tel: 604-8903475 :o)
**10% Service Charge & 6% Govt. Tax