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Ki No Me, The One Avenue – Humble and Delectable Japanese Food

One of the places to get good food especially for those staying in Bayan Baru and Bayan Lepas area is at The One Avenue. There are many choices available and for your information, dining there during weekend lunch hours is not that congested compared to weekdays.


Ki No Me Japanese Restaurant, is one of the many restaurants at The One Avenue. Ki No Me is a very small and humble restaurant which is run by a nice lady boss. At first glance, I thought the lady boss is a Japanese until I was told that she used to work with Japanese for a long period and that could be why she has embraced the humbleness and politeness from the people of Land of the Rising Sun.


It is not hard to locate Ki No Me. If you are driving from town via Jalan Mayang Pasir, you will come to a traffic light junction that will turn in to Persiaran Mahsuri. Keep driving and after 2 traffic light junctions make a U turn at the second traffic light, The One is located 100 meters on the left Make a left and right turn and drive another 20 meters, Ki No Me will be on your right.


The cosy and homey ambience has a welcoming feel to toddlers as well.


Set Lunch:

Saba Shioyaki – RM14, grilled mackerel fish served with shredded white radish, a slice of fresh lemon, salad, miso soup and rice.


A very simple and delightful lunch set. The mackerel fish was very fresh. It was lightly marinated with salt and brought to grill. The dish went really well with shredded radish and lemon juice. It is really amazing that a simple dish like this could be so satisfying. For those looking for a healthier lunch option, this would be a great set lunch.


Chicken Kuwayaki – RM16, teppanyaki chicken with sweet sauce sprinkled with white sesame. Serving together with it was miso soup, salad and rice.


The chicken slices were packed with barbecue flavour and tasted very juicy. It mixed well with the Japanese sweet sauce.



Set Meal that Available for Lunch and Dinner:

Matsubana Bento – RM26, grilled sliced beef or chicken, grilled mackerel fish, okra, baby octopus, salad, tamago, chawanmushi and miso soup.


The mackerel was grilled with salt and it tasted simple and nice. This style of preparation for the mackerel fish is the same as Saba Syioyaki set lunch above.


It is always a good idea to have bento set as we get to taste a variety of dishes in a set. For this bento, other than mackerel fish, there were teppanyaki beef slices or chicken slices to complete the bento.


Accompanying the bento was also a cup of steamed egg custard or Chawanmushi. It contained some crab stick slices and ginko. It tasted soft and smooth.


All the dishes will end with either some fruits of jelly.


One thing that made me wanted to go back to this place again is the good service provided in this restaurant. The food was good and price was also reasonable. The drawback here is the parking slots which are usually insufficient during peak hours.

Editor’s Review (5 Stars Rank):

Price (more stars, more reasonable)
Food Presentation

Quick Facts:

Family Friendly
Pork Free
Credit Card
Private Room (Private Area)
WIFI Available

Operation hours: Lunch 11:30 – 2:00; Dinner 6:00 – 9:00, Open daily
Contact: 04-646 1336
Address: 2-1-12, Terrace Plus, The One, Tingkat Mahsuri 5, 11950 Bayan Baru.
GPS: 5.325897,100.282664
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ki-no-m%C3%A9/267809086748034

Croisette Cafe, Tanjung Tokong – Délicieux Homestyle French Dining

Hiding away from the hustle bustle of city, located off the main road in a very quiet and cozy neighbourhood, this is the location of Croisette Cafe. The place serves home style French cuisine. The chef Pierre-M Chaillou, is a famous French chef who is a very humble, low profile and down to earth person.


Croisette Cafe serves Set Lunch (Tue to Sunday) from 11.30 a.m – 2.30 p.m.

The price for Tues to Fri is RM30 nett, as for weekends & Public Holidays it is RM40 nett.


It is not difficult to get to this place. However, there is some direction required. If you are driving from town towards Tanjung Bungah via Jalan Tanjung Bungah, you will surely pass by Flamingo Hotel on your right. At the traffic light in front of the hotel turn right. Once turn right, turn left to Medan Tanjung Bungah. Keep driving for another 150 meters, you will see Tanjung Beach Condo on your right. At the corner you will see Sun Flower Cake House. Turn right and after a few houses away you will see Croisette Villa on your right.


The home style deco with Louis Armstrong’s classics playing in the background made this place cozy and relaxing. The place is able to cater about 30-40 pax.


Only the branch in Penang you will be able to get fresh daily-baked pastries and breads which includes sourdough bread and croissants.


These breads looked so fluffy and aromatic.


There was a selection of French wines next to the counter, much to the delight of French wine lovers.


Fresh Hot Croissant – RM3.80 / each. Homemade croissant, served hot and crispy.


Delicious and fresh croissants suitable for everyone, even kids would love them.


Set lunch with the choice as below:

Starter (choose one)

  • Sardine in olive oil rile totes & lemon toasted bread
  • Soup tomato & pistou
  • Salad garden mimosa
  • Soup French onion with croutons
  • Soup pumpkin velouté
  • Pork pate with toasted bread

We selected Pork pate with toasted bread – the pate was made of minced meat and pork liver. It was then baked in the oven. It is an authentic country style French delicacy and is one of their signatures here. It was served together with 2 slices of multi-grain wholemeal toasts.


The texture of the pork pate was just nice, the saltiness level was also not too over. It is best to be taken with the toasts. Although Pâté is a very common homemade food back at France, it is still very rare in Penang. As for me, I quite like the taste of this dish and it is a little bit like Asian luncheon meat but it consisted of higher quality ingredients.


Soup pumpkin velouté – The silky smooth starter was unlike the usual thick and creamy soup.


Croisette’s version was packed with pumpkin taste however the texture of the soup was not as thick and creamy as what we usually had elsewhere. It is different from the usual soup, the texture was diluted but still refreshing.


Main (choose one)

  • Gnocchi Roquefort cream & Salad Mesclun
  • Fish Dory Fillet, Steamed, Roast Pumpkin Cream
  • Chicken Breast, pan fried, Roquefort cream
  • Sandwich French Ham in Country style baguette
  • Grilled Pork Chop with Dijon Mustard
  • Pasta Pistou with Mesclun salad

Chicken Breast, pan fried, Roquefort cream – The pan fried chicken breast was served with Roquefort cream which is a blend of dried marjoram, thyme, summer savory, basil, rosemary, fennel seeds and blue cheese. Serving together the dish was some fresh salad and potato wedges.


The breast meat was still very juicy even after pan fried. However, the sauce which consisted of some blue cheese was slightly too strong for me. I would suggest the server to inform the diners before hand that the sauce would be strong as not all Asians are able to accept the strong scent of blue cheese. You could request for a different sauce if Roquefort cream is not your cup of tea.


Grilled Pork Chop with Dijon Mustard – grilled pork slice with a reasonable layer of fat. It was marinated with herbs and served with home made white cheese mustard sauce. It tasted very tender and mixed really well with the sauce.


The sauce had a very strong herb scent and it was very nice. The slice of pork chop was topped a piece of fragrant bay leaf. This was a very nice pork chop which I will be going back for this again.


 Dessert (choose one):

  • Cream Brûlée
  • Mousse Trio Chocolate
  • Cake Brownie a la Mode
  • Cake Morello Cherry Clafoutis
  • Peach Melba

Peach Melba – A dessert of peaches, raspberry sauce and chopped almond and strawberry with vanilla ice cream.


The overall feel of this dessert was cooling, refreshing and appetizing, The peach slice blended very well with the raspberry sauce and ice cream.


Cream Brûlée – A dessert consisting of a rich custard base topped with a contrasting layer of hard caramel. It was based with some orange zest and topped with a strawberry.


The Cream Brûlée tasted rich but the richness was well contrasted with jazzy orange zest.


Drink (choose one)

Brewed Coffee or Tea English Breakfast

Brewed Coffee – Completing the meal with a cup of brewed coffee which was packed with strong coffee aroma.


Overall, this is very cozy and homely villa in a suburban area. In Penang, it is very rare to find a good French cuisine in a home-style environment. But now, thanks to Croisette that Penangites are able to enjoy French cuisine at a relatively reasonable price. There are plenty of parking available along the road side. The price of the food would be slightly on the high side during weekends and public holidays.

Editor’s Review (5 Stars Rank):

Price (more stars, more reasonable)
Food Presentation

Quick Facts:

Family Friendly
Pork Free
Credit Card
Private Room (Private Area)
WIFI Available

Operation hours: 8:30 am – 3:00 pm; 6:00 pm – 10:30 pm, Closed on Mondays
Contact: 016-330 4477 (Michelle Chaillou)
Address: 546E, Medan Tanjung Bungah, 11200 Tanjung Bungah, Penang.
GPS: 5.466804,100.288229

Cathay Coffee Shop, Burmah Road – Tender Steam Chicken

To search for the best food in certain area requires guidance and introduction from others either by searching the internet or by word of mouth. As a permanent resident of Penang, I regret to say that there are many good food in Georgetown which I still have yet to try out. One of the best steamed chicken porridge with soy sauce was introduced to me by a friend of mine recently.


The location of this stall is next to Kedai Kopi Cathay (Cathay Coffee Shop) in the junction of Jalan Tavoy/Jalan Burma. There is a van which usually parks next to the coffee shop with the signage of “Chicken Porridge”. This stall only operates during dinner time.


The stall has a long-run history. The first owner passed down the recipe to the next generation and it has been on-going for more than 30 years. The porridge and the steamed chicken has been enhanced and improved from time to time to give the best taste to their customers.


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Patsa Thai Thai Shop, Jalan Dato Keramat – The emphasis of quality ingredients

Patsa is a family name for Thais and this family is famous in Thailand for Thai Boat Noodle. Back in Thailand, Patsa has 4 branches of Thai Boat Noodle shops. The food prepared by the Patsa family is emphasizing on quality. Therefore most of the ingredients prepared in Patsa Thai Thai Penang are homemade and this has made them stand out from the rest.


Currently, there is only one Patsa Thai Thai Shop in Penang.


The environment of the shop is very cozy and the shop is run by a couple whose wife is a Thai. Patsa, is the family name for the lady owner. The shop is located at Jalan Dato Keramat. If you are driving down from Jalan Masjid and facing Komtar, you will see Ivory Time Square is on your right, keep driving and you will see there is a small Indian Temple on your right as well, at the same row you will see Hotel 118. Patsa Thai Thai shop is just a few doors before the hotel.


The food prepared in this shop is Pork Free and Beef Free. There are 18 tables in this place. This place also serves non-alcohol drinks and it is also a family friendly restaurant.


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Glow Hotel, Zest Bar Cafe – Krup for Thai Festival

Songkran festival is celebrated in Thailand as the traditional New Year’s Day from 13 to 15 April. It coincides with the New Year of many calendars of South and Southeast Asia.


For those that read my blog before, you will know how to go to Glow Hotel, else you can refer to this link for details: http://www.stevengoh.com/glow-hotel-zest-bar-cafe-show-your-gratitude-on-fathers-day/

In conjunction with the Thai Water Festival which is also known as Songkran, Glow Hotel Penang has arranged varieties of Thai selection on their set lunch menu. Thai Set Lunch Menu and Ala Carte Menu as shown below. The meals will be available from 11.30am – 5.00pm daily. Click on the pictures below to enlarge the details.




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Break The Code, Gurney Plaza – Games That Make You Think Out of the Box

What is thinking out of the box? In real world, there are a lot of problems for us to solve. Some of which might require logical thinking. However, many times the problem remained unsolved although we applied our logical thinking. This is when “thinking out of the box” or “creative thinking” will help to solve the problem.

There are 2 methods to acquire the skill creative thinking. The first one is by inheritance. The second method is by training, reading and practicing. One of the places where you can train your creative mind by solving the puzzles at Break The Code.


Break the code, or better known as BTC offers “escape the room” experience by searching the clues and solving puzzles within a time limit. Their unique game offers an experience that will definitely keep your mind occupied! If you like answering riddles, solving puzzles , looking for challenges and want to be the next Sherlock Holmes or Nancy Drew, this game is just for you! 


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