September 22, 2012

Western Spices...@ Green Hall

It was an impromptu visit to Western Spices as the restaurant we had wanted to visit was not accessible (road closed). This premise used to house Spice & Rice then Straits Kitchen Restaurant and now Western Spices
As we stepped into the restaurant, the first thing I did was check to see if I am appropriately dressed. The interior was not all chandeliers but it exudes a kind of classy look.  The chairs had drapes of brown and beige right to the ground level. Never mind that we were not properly attired (there was no dress code); all the same the waiter/waitress were courteous. A waiter handed us the menus. There are lamb, chicken, beef, fish, duck and pasta.   I noticed there are even vegetarian dishes listed.
 After browsing through, both of us opted for the set-dinner.  It was a five-course set. 
A plate of nachos with homemade salsa was the starter.  I forgot to ask if the nachos were homemade.  It tasted like packet ones but both of us enjoyed the crunchy bites just as well, dipped in the delightful salsa. 
Next was a bowl of yellow coloured soup.  I loved the presentation of the soup with the cream on top. The yellow colour and creamy taste had both of us actually saying the same thing...pumpkin soup on our first mouthful. A second mouthful had me wondering. A check with the waiter told us that it was potato and onion soup.  A good combination, the soup was delicious.
The plate of Stinco di Agnello-RM68.90 (2 hours oven braised lamb shank served with vegetables and mashed potato) that arrived soon after we finished our soup looked mouth watering.  True to its looks, that piece of lamb shank was tantalizing.  It lifted easily off the bone, was tender and juicy with a homemade sauce fragrant with herbs. I noticed that the chef used many kinds of herbs in his cooking.
The plate of Grilled Salmon fillet (RM59.90) came served with homemade tomato sauce, mashed potato and vegetables.  The fillet came well seasoned, not over grilled and fresh.  Dipping a cut piece into the homemade sauce was divine.  There was also something different and extra.  Another pleasing addition was a piece of crispy salmon skin.  
Sean Ooi--performs on Tuesdays
There are also live performances on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Sundays.  That sets for a very nice dining ambience.
A slice of cake arrived as dessert. I would say a generous slice considering that it was a set meal. I paid little attention to the taste of the cake. (The pianist was playing beautiful songs and I was engrossed with the music.)  All I remembered was it was a pillowy mousse cake. It must have been nice or I/we would have complained.  
If you like food that is European, Italian, Steakhouse, British. etc...then visit WESTERN SPICES, No. 1 Green Hall, 10200 Penang. Tel: 04-2611 553. H/P No: 012-7903318/0127993318. Person/s to contact: Nick Lau/Ally Tan Business Hours: 11:30 am-11:00pm.  High Tea time: 3:00pm-5:30 pm.
**6% Government Service Tax & 5% Service Charge. 

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