Friday, September 14, 2018

M'atural @ Lorong Carnavon[Penang]

A person who loves gardening or in some plant air stuff will be delighted to find this newly added hidden gem in Penang. 
Secretly opened at one of the quietest streets located at the heart of George Town, M'atural is a place for people who love bonsai art and also for those who are looking for a cozy place to chill for a relaxing afternoon.
The moment you arrive at M'atural's doorstep, you can see yourself surrounded by greens! There are so many plants in almost every corner of the cafe and it feels rather relaxing to be in there, not forget to mention every corner is also perfect for photos. 



There are many of their own creations displayed around the cafe. Some are for sale and some for display only, you can always check it out from the cafe to ask for the best price or you can also create your own by participating in their workshops! 

A relaxing corner, perfect for picture opportunity too.


We had this Kiwi Yoghurt drink and it was rather thick and creamy that you can tell there was a generous amount of Yoghurt added to the drink. It was refreshing yet feeling so healthy at the same time. M'atural has a very limited menu but you can tell that all the dishes available are quite interesting.


We have tried the Cheese & Potato Quiche which was surprisingly good! Though the dish wasn't very quiche looking and tasting, but I must say that the combination of all ingredients including the refreshing salad on the side was really good. It has a freshly baked crispy puff together with cheesy potato that cooked with bacon slices, every bite is a sin!
 

We also ordered a Pear Pie from the pie menu. They focus on using fresh fruits for their pies so we got a perfectly poached pear sandwiched with puff pastry and cornflakes side. The pear was quite soft and comforting, we love the nicely poached texture and the juicy pear flesh. I can say that the food here are really creative yet so delicious.

M'atural is a Bonsai theme cafe where gardeners can meet up for chit chat and catch up while enjoying their beautiful creations. You may find the preparation time for food may take a bit longer compare to other cafes but trust me, they worth your wait.

M'atural
Address: 
72, Lorong Carnavon, 10300, Georgetown, Penang.
Business Hours: 
11:00am - 7:00pm(Weekdays), & 11:00am to 9:00pm(Sat & Sun)
Closed on Wednesdays.
Contact no: 
6014-909 2163
Facebook page
https://www.facebook.com/maturalpenang/

GPS
5.4138209,100.3358822

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Monday, September 10, 2018

Rare Red Mushroom

It's always good to spend some time with your family over the weekend with meals and shopping. You can always do it when you are out at Gurney Paragon and visit one of the best rated Michelin restaurants in Singapore.
My last visit to Putien was very satisfying and since then I visit with my family once in a while and they never really disappoint me. Now we are back for another round of food review to feature more of their signature and delicious dishes to all Penangites. 

精美四小拼 Starters Platter (RM27.90/ regular serving)
If you are not sure which appetizers to go with, perhaps you can try this platter that is good for sharing among 2-3persons and you still get to taste 4 different starters that they are serving at Putien. The 4 signature dishes consist of their signature seaweed, braised homemade beancurd, cold pork trotters jelly and braised pork intestine.

How can we call it Chinese cuisine without a proper soup dish? And this time we tried the 藥膳竹筒蝦 Bamboo Herbal Prawn (RM12.90 per serving) which was served in a bamboo bowl. The soup was rather flavourful and it was slightly saltish sweet from the prawns. 

芋香鸭 Deep Fried Duck with Yam (RM27.90 / regular serving) was one of my favourite dishes of the night. I am not a fan of yam but when it comes to soft yam it is always irresistible to me. This was pretty crispy and the duck was nicely covered in a layer of yam, simply delicious.

番薯粉條 Stewed Sweet Potato Noodles (RM20.90 per serving)
If you are not into rice then you can try something special from Putien. The sweet potato noodles are something like 面粉糕 Chinese rice cake and it was smooth and starchy. It is a type of heart-warming food that makes you feel like having it whenever you miss home. 

PUTIEN “Ca Fen” 农家擦粉 (RM20.90)
Another selection would be there Ca Fen that tasted like mee sua, this was something that you would crave for when you enter a restaurant with powerful aircond or during rainy days. The warm and starchy noodle. This kind of food will always remind us of our family especially when it comes to special celebrations.

自制滑豆腐 Homemade Bean Curd(RM12.90 per serving)
If you are a vegetarian, there are several dishes which can be prepared in vegetarian style. Their homemade tofu was really soft and smooth, you can just slide it into your mouth if it is not too hot.

One of my favourite dishes of the night was this 風味松鼠魚 Deep Fried Squirrel Fish (93.90 whole fish) topped with sour & sour sauce. The fish was fried to perfection and it was deboned so I kinda like it. Every bite was so crispy and together with the sauce, it made this dish so appetizing and delicious.

It was another great meal we had at Putien and this will definitely not be the last.
Ever since Putien opened in Gurney Paragon, I've visited a few times with my friends and family and we kinda like it. Give it a try to this Michelin starred restaurant and indulge in good Chinese food sometimes.

So what's new in Putien?
They imported some great stuff from China! The rare red mushroom is only available seasonally in Putien as it is very rare and rely solely on natural growth.
Rare red mushroom are not able to reproduce by any technology until today and only can be found in the jungle. The red colour is the natural colour from the mushroom and now in Penang, Putien is the only restaurant that is serving this dish.
Rare red mushroom is rich in nutrients, good for digestions and also helps in lower down your body cholesterol and detox your body. Grab it while it is still available, limited stocks only!

Love some of the dishes that Putien serves? You can also buy some of their merchandises and learn how to cook yourself! 

Friday, June 8, 2018

Ginza Japanese Restaurant 银座 4th Anniversary @ Vantage Desiran Tanjung[Penang]

Celebrating its 4th anniversary in Penang, Ginza Japanese Restaurant has many exciting offers for their customers for this special occasion.
Ginza Japanese Restaurant is located at Vantage Desiran Tanjong Tokong, one of the commercial buildings in Penang where you can spot it when you drive pass Tanjong Tokong. This place is filled with restaurants, offices, and shops. You can get anything to everything from this place so it is pretty convenient if you are staying nearby, furthermore Tesco Tanjung Pinang is just next to Vantage. You need to find a lift to take you up to 3rd floor as Ginza is located on the top floor of Vantage.

Ginza Japanese Restaurant is not just a place for dining, you can also choose to host your private events in their restaurant. There are a few function spaces for customers to host their events here and the biggest space can fit up to 30+ people.
You can consider to bring over your clients or family and friends to have your birthday parties, gatherings or any other special occasions. There is no minimum spending but a reasonable amount must be reached in order to book for the private room.

You can check out their spacious and unique tatami room that can accommodate up to 8 pax, there are 3 tatami rooms available for bookings. Or if you prefer a proper dining table, there are also 3 rooms that can accommodate up to 10pax per room or up to 30pax or even more if you combine 3 rooms into one.



Anniversary promotion: Fresh Sashimi
RM9.90(Salmon or Tai)
Ginza is now promoting their freshly flown sashimi available for dine in or take away with no limited orders. You can order as many plates as you like and it is totally worth it as it is so fresh, you can tell that it is different from the salmon that you can get from other Japanese restaurants.

Give it a try if you are a seafood lover, try the Ika Butter Shoyu Maruyaki at RM24.80 for a whole Grilled Giant Squid for yourself. The squid was grilled to perfection with the homemade sauce so it was kinda chewy and best to go with a glass of ice cold beer. You can also taste fragrant of butter and soy sauce in the squid, it would be perfect for sharing if you come in a group.

As for temaki, we tried the Hana Ikura Maki RM26.80. The moment the red caviar burst inside your mouth it gives you a shocked and leaves you with the delicious sweetness from the caviar. It has got avocado, Japanese cucumber, crab sticks and pickles. This is a perfect starter to share before you start with your mains.

Unagi Don with Onsen Tamago RM36.80
By far this is the best Unagi I can find in Penang. You can expect the big and thick piece of Unagi presented to you if you order this dish. We were told that the seafood here including Unagi are all air-flown from Japan every Tuesday and Friday. This donburi definitely enough to satisfy all your Unagi craving as they ordered the top graded Unagi from their supplier, the onsen tamago just compliment the dish further when you mix it with the sweet smoky sauce into the rice, every bite is a sin!

Sanma Shioyaki Set RM17.80 is the cheapest set lunch available at Ginza Japanese Restaurant. If you are working nearby and planning for lunch gathering with your friends or colleagues, do give it a try at only RM17.80 for a set including chawanmushi, a big piece of Sanma, salad, rice and mostly importantly the delicious Dobin Mushi(seafood soup in tea pot), something premium compare to miso soup.

The Sanma was nicely grilled and it gives you a thin crispy skin on the outside and fresh soft meat on the inside. The set lunch at Ginza Japanese Restaurant ranges from RM17.80 to RM48.80 so you whenever you are in a mood for good food and with tight budget, you can still put Ginza Japanese Restaurant into your consideration.

Kiku Set RM58.80
Fancy something fried? Craving for sashimi at the same time?
You can have them both when you order this Kiku Set available on the all-day set menu.
The set comes with a plate full of tempura food, a bowl of sashimi donburi, stir-fried mixed mushrooms, seaweed, chawanmushi and Dobin Mushi.

You can see tamago, salmon, shrimp, ika, maguro and many more in your sashimi don. All air-flown premium ingredients and leaves you nothing but a bowl of heavenly looking donburi in the Kiku Set.

On the other hand you can also see breaded goods being fried to perfection present to you in the Kiku Set. There are prawns, eggplants, capsicum and etc to go with the sauce prepared by Ginza. The portion of Kiku Set is rather big so I don't think one person can really finish these.

Anniversary promotion: Yakitori Promo
Pick 3 yakitori from the yakitori menu and enjoy them with a pint of Asahi at only RM19.90nett.
We tried Uzura Tamago(quail egg), Nagima(Chicken with Japanese Leek) and Tebasaki(Chicken wing). The quail egg was grilled and covered with yakitori sauce, you should just eat it with the shell and it tastes good just like quail egg coated with a layer of oats.

Anniversary promotion: Japanese Premium Beer Suntory
If you are a fan of Japanese premium beer, Suntory, you can also grab the promotion of 3 pints of Suntory @ RM56nett(gold) / RM58nett(black). It was my first time trying this beer and it really surprises me with the smooth texture goes directly into my throat.
Not forget to mention that Ginza is one of the only two restaurants in Penang that carries Suntory draught beer. The rest you can find are mostly in canned. Not only that but Ginza Japanese Restaurant sells a wide variety of imported Japanese beer, liquor, wine, and soju.
We also order the below 2 snacks to go with our beer, here you can find freshly grilled Ei Hire(stingray fin) or Tatami Iwashi(dried sardine sheet) at RM18.00.
I've tried the one in packaging before but never tasted a freshly grilled Ei Hire before. I must say that I was overwhelmed by this delicious treat that goes perfectly with every sip of beer! It was chewy and delicious!

What's even better?
Anniversary promotion for JJ In Da House readers!
For every diner who dine at Ginza Japanese Restaurant, you just have to mention "JJ In Da House" and you will get a 10% off on all a la carte items on the menu(exclude promotional items, set and drinks)
It is our pleasure to be able to get this promotion from Ginza Japanese Restaurant so I hope my readers do go and claim this promotion for the month of June to celebrate anniversary together with Ginza Japanese Restaurant!

Anniversary promotions @ Ginza Japanese Restaurant
  1. RM9.90nett for Fresh Sashimi(5 slices in a plate), available in Salmon or Tai.
  2. RM19.80nett for 3 skewers of Yakitori with a pint of Asahi.
  3. Japanese Premium Beer, Suntory 3 pints @ RM56nett(gold) or RM58nett(black)
  4. All sushi nigiri on the menu @ 30% off (take away or dine in)
  5. Mention "JJ In Da House" to enjoy 10% off on all a la carte items. So don't forget about this! 


Ginza Japanese Restaurant 银座 @ Vantage Desiran Tanjung
Address: B-3-3 to B-3-5, Jalan Desrian Tanjung, 10470 Tanjung Tokong, Penang.
Contact no: +604-890 9918
Business hours: Daily 12pm - 2:30pm & 6pm - 10pm
Ginza Japanese Restaurant Menu
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Ginza19181918/
Website: https://ginza.my/
GPS: 5.4554649,100.307683,15
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Wednesday, June 6, 2018

4Fingers Crispy Fried Chicken @ Gurney Paragon Mall Penang

4Fingers has been well known since their very first outlet opened in Singapore for its crispy fried chicken. The very first 4Fingers in Penang recently opened at the Gurney Paragon Mall in addition to the 5 outlets available at Kuala Lumpur the capital city.
Unlike other fast food chains, you can enjoy 4Fingers guilt-free, as the farm-fresh chicken is made-to-order, with no added MSG as the signature soy sauce is fermented naturally for five months under the sun with just soybeans, salt, and water

4Fingers Crispy Fried Chicken is located on the ground floor/1st floor of Gurney Paragon Mall. It is right next to the side entrance of Gurney Paragon Mall which can be easily seen if you are coming in from Gurney Drive and enter from Morganfield's. 

4Fingers offers a very straightforward menu since it is a fast-food chain. There are only 2 flavors of fried chickens available on the menu, which are the soy sauce flavor or spicy flavor. Apart from crispy fried chickens, there is also other food such as burger, rice and etc. 

Chicken Katsu Salad
(RM15.90 a la carte / RM20.90 combo set)
If you are looking a healthier option or some light bites, you can go for their chicken katsu salad whic is basic but it is enough for one person. You can always choose whether you want the salad only or complete it with drinks and fries. 

B.F.F Combo(RM20.90)
Another option you can get from 4Fingers is their burgers featuring black sesame buns with their crispy fried chicken patty served with fries and drinks in a set. You also get to pick whether you want the soy sauce flavor or spicy flavor, whereas the fries here are also available in kimchi flavor or seaweed flavor.

If you come alone, there are 3 options you can choose from the menu for a normal appetite:
6pcs chicken wings(wingettes & drumettes)
1pc drumstick & 3pcs chicken wings or
3pcs of drumsticks
Single set is priced at RM15.90(a la carte) or RM20.90(combo set)
These will be perfect for one person and sometimes it is too much if you have a small appetite. You can mix the flavor up to your choice whether you want only soy sauce flavor, spicy flavor or both.

The soy sauce flavor tasted a little sweet and salty, but the chickens were really well seasoned as you can taste the flavors on the meat. The best part about 4Fingers is the really crispy skin that gives you the crisp every single bite. Not forget to mention that the chickens are also juicy as they have chosen the best part of the whole chickens to serve the customers only.
*For gym goers, sorry there's not chicken breast meat here.*

As for the spicy flavor, I find it lack of spiciness maybe because of our Malaysians' tolerance towards spicy food is higher compare to other nations? But nonetheless both flavor are good and comforting.

So, time to gather to friends and family and queue up for ONE OF THE BEST fried chicken in Asia!
This is the very first 4Fingers in Penang and you can only find it in Gurney Paragon Mall so far. You will definitely love it if you are a fried chicken lovers like me!

4Fingers Crispy Fried Chicken @ Gurney Paragon Mall
Address: L1-06, Ground Floor, Gurney Paragon Mall, 10250, Georgetown, Penang.
Business hours: Daily 10:00am - 10:00pm
Contact Number: 604 - 293 8741
GPS: 5.4356583,100.3114466

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