August 29, 2012

Cheers Western Food...

Located in a bungalow Cheers Western Food is one spacious restaurant.  The dining area comes with upstairs, downstairs and verandah area. It is quite brightly lit and clean. The menu is quite extensive with dishes like Fish Thermidor, BBQ Grilled Fish, Seafood Chicken, Pasta, Pizza and many other choices. We find the place cosy and the staff pleasant and polite.
We had an order of Cheers Homemade mushroom soup (RM8) to share.  Mushroom soup has become quite a common soup so to me, it will tell how the food would be like. (Laughters).  The mushroom soup did not have us disappointed.  In fact, it was at par with a few good restaurants we have visited.  Thick with cream (not starch that I detest) and generous amount of mushrooms (shitake); all well blended. 
The House Salad (RM7) had us laughing when it arrived.  From the picture (in the menu) I thought the sliced thingy were pieces of ham. However, when the plate of salad arrived we found out that they were actually slices of peaches. The house salad was a fruit and vegetable salad.  I would say it was not a bad salad as it was a good combination of strawberries, peaches, kiwi fruits and lettuce. 
The plate of starters, the Cheesy Cocktail Sausages (RM6) was nothing spectacular. It was just a plate of chicken cocktail sausage served with cheese dip and pickled cabbages.  The dip was quite nice though.
The serving of Pork Burger came in the form of a minced patty, topped with cheese and vegetables.  The patty was quite juicy and tasty. However, at RM16.50 for that size of burger with chips we thought it was rather pricey.
The order of Cheers Lamb Shank (RM33.50) was a good choice.  It was a huge piece of shank that was juicy and tender.  The black pepper sauce gave it extra body. The meat was well done and so tender it lifted off the bone easily. 
Our plate of Cheers Crackling Pork Knuckles (RM29.50) come 'Thai' style.  That would be how I would describe the dish.  It was a plate of pork knuckles meat without the bone, a piece of deep fried pork skin and salad.  If you do not mind the cholesterol level, bite into the piece of skin.  It is awesome with the crispy bite. The meat was tender and deliciously fragrant. We enjoyed the dish.  The 'Thai' style description comes from the salad.  It came in the form of 'mango kerabu' and pickled cabbage (sauerkraut? nay!).  There were even pieces of bird’s eye chilli. There was a little bowl of black pepper sauce but for us, it was good as it is. There was no need for the sauce.
Take the crackling skin see chunks of meat.
I was quite happy when the plate of Cheers BBQ (RM23.50) arrived even though the sight of the rice made me a little unhappy.  (I never liked rice in Western style food.)   However, it had me disappointed.  The ribs were not BBQ-ed.  It was pre-cooked and BBQ sauce dribbled on the top of the pieces of ribs.  The ribs were tender and melted in my mouth. It would have been quite bland in taste had the BBQ sauce not been dribbled. The mash potato and cauliflower found below the ribs sort of made up for my disappointment in the style of cooking.  The rice was cooked (grainy which I loved) and mixed with some herbs. I would say it tasted not bad. :o)
Cheers Western Food located at 3-X Jalan Pantai Molek, 10470 Tanjung Tokong. Penang. Tel: 04-8999757. Lunch closed at 3pm.  Dinner closed at 11pm. [Opposite Caltex Station)
**NO Government Tax & NO Service Charge.

August 25, 2012

Springs Town Restaurant...

When we walked into the Springs Town Restaurant, it was full of people and very noisy.  I spell the name correctly; it is Spring with 'S'. Every turn I made, I saw food on the tables. Hmmm... The food on their tables looked yummy. The waiter led us to a tiny table by the wall even though I had called an hour earlier to book a table. I thought why I had bothered to call. I never had a chance to ask the waiter (they looked so harried) how long the place has been in operation.  Springs Town Restaurant must have opened recently. It looked relatively new, clean, white and bright.
The waiting time for our food took quite a while.  To be exact, it took forty minutes.  Luckily, we had a lot to talk about and we brought some reading materials. The waiting was bearable but the din was not. 
I do not like 'sweet and sour pork' but we ordered it as the other pork dish we wanted ‘ran out’.  When the dish arrived, I have a mind that I would like it.  I did and in fact, all of us did.  The pork was not the usual minced kind but pieces of pork loin tender and juicy.  The sweet and sour sauce was cooked differently.  It was not sour until it tasted of nothing but vinegar as in the other places we have patronised.  This place cooked it differently.  The sourness came from the tomato sauce.
The 'mah poh tofu' (RM10) was superb.  The cook pre-fried the tofu and that gave it extra fragrance.  It was not too spicy and tasted wonderful.  However, we had a little discomfort, as there were chopped pieces of chilli padi (birds' eye) in it.  I would recommend that if you have children, to inform the waiter to have these omitted. After a few bites into the chilli, 'smoke' came out from my ears.  
We loved the aroma of the fish curry as the waiter lifted the cover of the pot.  What we saw had us eagerly waiting to dig in.  For a normal order, the curry would come with slices of dory fish fillet.  Hubby had it changed to red snapper as dory and his taste buds do not get along.  The curry is delicious and fragrant.  There were more than enough pieces for the three of us.  At RM38 for that pot full of fish pieces, long beans, tomatoes, onions, etc, we thought it was very reasonable.  On top of that, the cook uses ground chilli and not chilli powder for the curry.  In addition, the fish was fresh. 
The roast chicken is Springs Town's signature dish (RM12 for half a chicken). We wanted a whole chicken but what was left was only half and that came from small chicken.  The roast chicken was well marinated and the skin was crispy.  Even the breast meat was tender and full of flavour. The dip made of chilli oil, sesame seed and others was dazzling.  It was the cook's secret recipe. Had we not have an order of curry, I think the dip would be finished in seconds.  
The next order was the bayam (green amaranth/Chinese spinach) with three eggs soup (RM8). For all the other places that we patronised, I always had to request that the cook add less water.  At this restaurant, I overlooked but it arrived, cooked just right.  I loved the sight of the eggs splattered on top of the vegetables and the generous amount of the other two kinds of eggs.  There were also slices of fish cake and that contributed some extra flavour.  The bayam was not 'too old' and it was a delight for us.
The place was almost empty when we finished our meal.  However, there were a few families who walked in at 9:30 pm.:o)
Springs Town Restaurant--113,115 Jalan Seang Tek, 10400 Penang. Tel: 04-2263191 
H/P: Raymond--016-4333466. Business Hours: 11:30am-2:30pm. 5:30pm-10:00pm.
**NO Government Tax and Service Charge.