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Doutor Coffee, Gurney Plaza – Freshly Brewed Coffee from Japan

When we got to know that another coffee house is making its waves to Gurney Plaza Penang, we thought that how could this new coffee house compete with hundreds of other coffee houses or cafes in Penang. Could it be yet another coffee house just like the rest? Find out more in my post below.

Doutor Coffee Japan continues to grow in Malaysia with its fourth outlet now in Gurney Plaza Penang. The opening of Doutor is officiated by the Executive Chairman of Texchem Resources Bhd, Tan Sri Dato’ Seri (Dr) Fumihiko Konishi.

Also presented in the opening ceremony was President of Doutor Nichires Holdings Co. Ltd. – Mr. Masanori Hoshino.

The opening ceremony was officiated by the VIPs.

Doutor coffee is renowned for its roasted beans, which are open-flame roasted, a method that takes a lot of time and involves a labyrinthine process that yields complex, richly flavoured coffee beans.

Doutor Coffee practices the 3 FRESH’ philosophy; freshly roasted, freshly ground and freshly brewed. Doutor ensures that it provided freshly brewed coffee and fresh food inspired by Japan which is prepared upon order.

During the launch, Doutor Coffee was proud to bring in the Barista Specialist all the way from Japan to perform and demonstrate how to brew the best coffee.

The professional way of mixing a good cup of coffee latte with 50% of black coffee and 50% of milk.

With the great trainer from Japan, the trainees in Penang were seriously learning the correct method to make a good coffee.

Military Latte – RM15.90, this latte is a mixture of coffee, green tea and a touch of cocoa powder. The existence of both green tea and coffee could be felt easily in equal portion. It is one of the signature coffees at Doutor Coffee.

Creme Brulee Latte – RM15.90, the latte has been topped with a layer of creme brulee-like texture which has been torched with a flame. This has made the top layer crispy and tasted very much like the real creme brulee dessert. Sipping it together with the coffee latte beneath it gave the right combination of sweet and bitter.

The torching of creme brulee latte.

Signature Spaghetti- RM14.90. Chicken bacon, sausages, shimeji mushrooms, eggplant, tomatoes and spinach tossed with al-dente spaghetti in Japanese sauce. The pasta was then topped with an onsen egg and some white sesame seeds.

This is one of the signature dishes here. The onsen egg was perfectly cooked at the right texture. The ingredients mixed really well with an added Japanese touch such as the onsen egg and white sesame seeds.

Carbonara with Yolk & Bacon Spaghetti – RM15.90, Chicken bacon and egg yolk with spaghetti in creamy cheese sauce and topped with chopped parsley.

The carbonara tasted just right. The sauce texture was not too creamy but it had a strong cheesy taste which was wonderful for cheese lovers. It is recommended to toss the yolk together with the pasta to make the texture even smoother. I love the taste of it when mixing it with some slightly salty bacons.

Mentai Shrimp Spaghetti – RM18.90, Shrimps, shimeji, broccoli and spaghetti topped with mentaiko and nori.

The sauce of this spaghetti was very normal. However the great part of this dish was the mentaiko that popped with juicy texture in your mouth. The addition of shrimps and mushroom further enhanced the taste of this dish.

Fluffy Omu Tomato Rice – RM17.90. Chicken and onion in sauteed tomato rice was hidden beneath the perfect-looking-fluffy omelette which was topped with ketchup.

Omu, the fluffy omelet was placed on top of the sauteed tomato rice. At first, I thought that inside the fluffy omelette was the tomato rice as the omelette looked extremely fluffy. The omelette was made from a mixture of egg and cheese, the texture was fluffy with a rich taste.

Fluffy Souffle Doria – RM19.90. Sauteed tomato rice topped with souffle egg, Parmesan cheese and parsley.

The base ingredients of Souffle Doria is similar to Omu tomato rice except that the texture on top was more crispy.

Shrimp Avocado Sandwich – RM14.90. Spicy shrimps, avocado, lettuce, tomato, egg mayo and wasabi mayo on toasted brioche loaf.

The taste of the fresh avocado and prawn really was a big contrast as one was spicy and the other was creamy. Surprisingly both ingredients went well together.

Sukiyaki Beef Sandwich – RM14.90. Beef, egg mayo, lettuce, tomato and wasabi mayo with toasted brioche loaf.

The tenderness of the beef slices was just right for the sandwich and blended well with the egg mayo, lettuce and tomato.

Caramel French Toast – RM15.90, the cube-sized french toast were served with vanilla ice cream topped with caramel sauce and sprinkled with almond flakes.

This dish is specially dedicated to those with a sweet tooth. The blend of ice cream and caramel sauce made this dish sweet and creamy.

Matcha Souffle Pancake – RM14.90, the matcha pancake was topped with matcha ice cream and served with some fresh strawberries.

The matcha ice cream and the matcha pancake were refreshing as the taste was slightly bitter but with an added sweetness to it.

Some of the signature drinks at Doutor cafe which include but not limited to military latte, cafe latte, hand-brewed coffee and Fizzy Berry Soda.

Fizzy Berry Soda – RM13.90, the soda mixed with berries which was refreshing and cooling, perfect for those seeking for caffeine-free drinks.

Overall, the taste and the quality of the food and beverages here were up to par. The attractive point is the price range for all the food and drinks here is less than RM20 per item which is considered very affordable for a cafe. The only thing that needs to be improved is the time taking to serve the customers and the warmth and cheerfulness of the staff can be further improved.

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Price
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Service
Overall

Quick Facts:

Family Friendly
Parking
Pork Free
Alcohol
Corkage Charge
Credit Card
Smoking (available outdoor)
Reservation
Private Room

Operation hours: 10:00am – 10:00pm (Sunday – Thursday); 10:00am – 11:00pm (Fridays)
Contact: –
Address: 170-G-41, Ground Floor of Gurney Plaza, 10250, Penang.
GPS: 5.438008,100.3076403

The Habitat, Penang Hill – A Place For Nature Connection

One of the ideal places to get away from the busy city is by going back to nature. The Habitat on Penang Hill is one of the relaxing places which is rich with flora and fauna.

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This place is specially dedicated to nature lovers. On the entrance to The Habitat, there is a photo prop with the Macaque monkeys.

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The Habitat’s office has a unique structure. When we were waiting in the office at 2pm, we could feel the air in the room was very cooling with only the fan running and no air-conditioners.  This air circulation is due to the structure of the office which was built some 200 years ago with natural rocks. It was originally built as a stable for horses during the British’s colonisation period and now it has been converted as The Habitat’s office. Some original parts of the stables could still be seen and it shows that the place has some rich history which as been retained until today.

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At the registration counter, you could purchase some souvenirs with very meaningful caption such as this water bottle “There is No WIFI in the forest but I promise you will find a better connection”.

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The Habitat rainforest is part of the green lungs of Penang. Through photosynthes the plants will absorb the carbon dioxide and store it in the root stems, leaves and branches, then transforming it into life-giving oxygen.

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To start off the journey, it is highly recommended to engage a ranger from The Habitat, otherwise you will not be able to understand the many kinds of species along the trail. The ranger is available at every 30-minute interval. Along the 1 km trail there are water stations for refilling. The water is au-naturale from the forest and it is cooling and refreshing. The design of these water stations is to prevent the water from the trees or rain drops to contaminate the water tap, and also to prevent people from drinking directly from the taps.

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For more details and timing of the trail with a ranger (guide), please check out their website. The attractions in The Habitat Penang are listed as below:

  • Nature Trail
  • Canopy Walk
  • Tree Top Walk
  • Red Garden
  • Butterfly Bank
  • Yellow Garden
  • Purple Garden
  • Ginger Grove
  • Fragrant Garden

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The leaves that curl up is the sign of a nest by some insects or birds, even the rangers are unable to confirm which nest it belongs to until seeing its owner.

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The red garden along the trail is not “red” enough in this season. The colour “red” is found on the leaves of the plants in that area.

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There are more than 80 kinds of spiders in Penang’s forest. If you look carefully, you will find several spiders surrounding you. Just like this photo below, are you able to spot that spider?

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There is even a butterfly bank which hosted various kind of butterflies. The only thing is you need to wait for the correct season and timing. It is said that Malaysia is blessed with the largest species of butterfly globally.

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The sleeping caterpillar which was waiting to be evolved into a butterfly. Again, you will need to look carefully to spot the unique creature which has been camouflaged by the leaves.

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Lantana camara, one of the flowers that is nice to see but not nice to smell, which is why in Chinese this flower is known as “Chicken Dropping Flower”.

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Amorphophallus titanum, also known as Corpse Flower. When this flower starts to bloom it will release corpse-like smell. This is to attract some insects to stick on the flower and bring the seeds to other location for reproduction.

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A special kind of spider which is not commonly found in usual places.

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This is known as the Ancient Garden. The plants in this area are all grown since the age of dinosaurs.

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One of the several giant swings hanging from a tall tree.

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The Bromeliad Garden is a quiet and serene place for people to relax and recharge.

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A big nest was found on top of a tall tree.

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The lily is one of the elegant and beautiful flowers in this place.

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Aquifoliaceae, is one of the bright and striking colour fruits available in this garden.

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The beautiful lady bug that came so close to me and even dropped on my thumb.

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The unique carnivorous monkey cup.

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You are not supposed to stand near the tree as this tree will make your skin itchy.

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The Langur spices of monkey that is recently populated in this area is one of the trademarks here.

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Tarantula is a poisonous spider in the wild. Usually Tarantula loves to hunt during night time and during day time it stays in the spider hole.

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At this place if you are lucky enough you will be able to see the black giant squirrel. However, we were not so lucky that day.

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The purple flowers that added some hues to this area looked so beautiful.

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The feel of the rain forest.

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The old English cottage with a chimney and a compass can be found on the exit of The Habitat.

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Overall, it was a nice journey to follow the nature trail where we got to see the nature’s beauty right here in our very own Penang. The entire journey took about more than 1 hour if you followed the ranger’s guide. Be prepared with mosquito repellents or come in long pants to avoid the insect bites. It could be tiring for some if you chose to walk back to the food court of Penang hill. Otherwise, there are many buggies available to fetch you back to the central for a fee.

The Habitat Penang Hill,
Bukit Bendera, 11300
Penang, Malaysia.

Telephone: 604 – 826 7677
Email: inquiry@thehabitat.my
Operation hours: 9:30 am – 6 pm (closed on Wednesdays)

 

Sushi King, Penang – A New Menu on “Curry with A Kick”

For Malaysians, spiciness has always been the greatest enjoyment and satisfaction during dining. For a typical Malaysian, the usual Japanese curry is not classified as curry as there is no spiciness in it. It is almost known as sweet curry with a tiny hint of spices only.

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Understanding the needs of local taste-buds, Sushi King has come out with a series of curry dishes that have been added with a ‘kick’. This time the curry comes in different level of spiciness where customers get to choose themselves.

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Themed “Curry with a Kick!”, the limited-time only menu features various authentic Japanese fare – uniquely Japanese food merged with a spicy twist and mouthwatering flavours that ‘foodies’ and ‘curry-lovers’ can eagerly look forward to. With the unveiling of Sushi King’s limited-time Japanese curry menu, this “Japanese Curry Promotion” has up to 11 exceptional dishes to offer, each dish is distinctively extraordinary in their own way to be enjoyed starting from 1 April 2017 till 30 June 2017.

Spiciness level of the curry are classified as Level 1 – 3:

  • Level 1 – Tomato Curry
  • Level 2 – Curry
  • Level 3 – Spicy Curry

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Chicken Katsu – RM15.90, deep-fried breaded chicken with long beans, rice and curry.

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The crunchiness of the breaded chicken katsu served with the selection of level 1 curry. The curry was cooked with tomato and onion while the spiciness level is mild. This curry tasted like the typical tomato curry on the rest of the menu.

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Grilled Cheese Curry – RM13.90, deep-fried chicken with long beans, rice, cheese and curry.

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There is something unique about the combination of curry and cheese, and while serving together with deep fried chicken, the taste turned out to be surprisingly great. Serving with this dish was Level 2 curry which made this dish even more exciting with a pack of spiciness.

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Yakiniku – RM15.90, grilled beef and long beans with rice and curry.

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The beef slices with onions were grilled till fragrant and served with the option of level 3 curry. You could not feel the spiciness the first moment it entered your mouth. The spiciness only started to “kick in” when it passed through your throat.  The tenderness of the beef was great but the portion was too little.

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Seafood Fried – 15.90, Deep-fried fish, prawns and long beans with rice and curry.

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The curry seems to go well with these deep fried seafood as well. The spiciness of the curry complemented very well with the crunchiness of the seafood.

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Curry Kiryu Udon – RM13.90, a special type of udon cooked in hot pot with curry, carrots, spring onions and tempuras.

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This is one of my favorites. The udon is unlike the classic udon, instead it was flat and broad, similar to our local flat-type pan mee. Serving together was the spicy curry soup with crunchy tempura. This is a unique and delicious dish.

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Agedashi Beef Curry – RM18.90, fried beancurd with beef slices, mushrooms and cheese in curry.

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This dish is served in hot pan and curry with soft and silky beef slices and bean curds. This is another great curry dish offered by Sushi King.

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If you couldn’t get enough of curry, Sushi King offers Curry Flavored Sushi as well:

  • Aburi Curry Tamago – RM3
  • Curry Tori Katsu Gunkan – RM4
  • Curryfornia Roll – RM5
  • Curry Ebi Fry Nigiri – RM6

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To end our curry-licious meal, we had Sweet Delights – RM4.90 which is a flavored ice cream topped with crispy waffles and based with doughnut. This is something great for those with a sweet tooth.

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Overall, Sushi King has made a great “kick” start by introducing a new range of Japanese curry dishes with a “kick” to accommodate different needs. One of my favorites here is the Curry Kiryu Udon. This is something special and tasty.

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Price
Food Presentation
Service
Overall

Quick Facts:

Family Friendly
Parking
Pork Free
Alcohol
Corkage Charge
Credit Card
Smoking (available outdoor)
Reservation
Private Room

Operation hours: 10:00am – 10:00pm (Daily)
Contact: –
Address: http://sushi-king.com/v3/locate-us/
GPS: –

Little Joe Grill, Batu Ferringhi – Cosy And Affordable Dining

Looking for a place that serves grills in a nice ambiance and yet affordable? Look no further. Little Joe Grill is the place that you can look for to enjoy real grills with affordable pricing and in a chic and comfortable ambiance.

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Located at Batu Ferringhi of Penang Island, it is 15 meters away from the main road of Batu Ferringhi. This is a hidden gem that has yet to be discovered.

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This place opens daily for lunch and dinner.

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For wine lovers, you will find a good collection of wines to cater for different needs.

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Little Joe Grill has a chic and modern interior which feels like a semi fine-dining restaurant.

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Pasta with Chunky Tomato Herb Sauce – RM16.00, a classic favourite suitable for everyone in the family. Spaghetti tossed in chunky tomato sauce with herbs and served with a slice of garlic toast.

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The pasta was packed with sourish tomato and herbs taste. It was a delightful dish and is suitable for those seeking for non-meat meals.

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Caesar Salad – RM12.00, crispy lettuce served with anchovy dressing, herb croutons, beef bacon and Parmesan cheese.

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Simple yet appetizing salad with crunchy croutons and generous amount of beef bacon made this a satisfying starter.

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Rib Eye Steak – RM34.00, Rib Eye beef with the choice of doneness. Serving together with choice of either black pepper or mushroom sauce, slices of baked potato, corn and some vegetables.

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The doneness of the beef steak met my requirement. It was perfectly done in medium rare. The wild mushroom sauce paired really well with the steak too.

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Tenderloin Steak – RM36, Tenderloin beef with the choice of doneness, serving together with either black pepper sauce or mushroom sauce, slices of potato, corn, broccoli, zucchini and carrot.

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In my opinion, this tenderloin steak was better than the rib eye. I like the tenderness and juiciness of this meat. It was perfectly cut and tasted smooth without any tendons.

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Salmon Steak – RM35, grilled salmon slices served with potato slices, corn, broccoli, carrot and zucchini. Serving together with it was homemade brown sauce.

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The salmon was grilled until golden perfection, serving with homemade fish sauce with a hint of tanginess which balanced off the richness of the salmon. The only set back was the salmon was slightly small.

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Flame Grilled Burger – RM18, choice of beef/ chicken quarter pounder patty on grilled roasted onion bun, fried egg topped with cheddar cheese served with French Fries and coleslaw.

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The juiciness of the patty was served together with creamy cheese, busty sunny side up and crunchy vegetables. The combination of all these in a mouthful was satisfying and it tasted good.

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Warm Apple Crumble – RM19.99, cooked apple in cinnamon, vanilla ice cream and topped with chocolate cream.

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You will need to consume the crunchy base, ice cream and also the apples to fully enjoy the apple crumble. It was a perfect sweet ending to our meal.

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Slow Boat to Little Joe – RM8, served with 3 flavors of ice cream and topped with fresh cream and chocolate syrup.

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This is similar to the classic banana boat ice cream. I personally prefer the topping with nuts instead of cream as a healthier option.

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Overall, the ambiance of this place was cozy and the pricing for the food here was affordable. Plenty of carpark spaces could be found nearby the restaurant. The only drawback was the brown sauce served with the main dishes was slightly bland.

Editor’s Review (5 Stars Rank):

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Price
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Service
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Quick Facts:

Family Friendly
Parking
Pork Free
Alcohol
Corkage Charge
Credit Card
Smoking (available outdoor)
Reservation
Private Room

Operation hours: 12:00noon – 3:00pm; 6:00pm – 11:00pm, Daily
Contact: 017-230 5418
Address: S-G-10, Mutiara Arcade, Jalan Sungai Emas, Batu Ferringhi, 11100 Penang.
GPS: 5.4747819,100.2501892

 

Main Street Cafe, Cititel Penang – A Delightful Japanese Buffet

Cititel Main Street Cafe is one of the places to go in the city for local favorites, Asian and Western delights, buffet breakfast, rotational themed buffet lunch, dinner and supper in a relaxing and contemporary ambiance.

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The Friday night theme is Japanese Style buffet, which is also available on Weekend Buffet Lunch. Price for Weekend Buffet Lunch is as follows:

RM57 nett (Adult)
RM29 nett (Child)
RM40 nett (Senior Citizen)

From 12 noon till 3 pm, Saturday and Sunday.

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The Royale Bintang, Penang – Promotion For The Month

The Royale Bintang Penang is strategically located in George Town, Penang which is also within the vicinity of UNESCO Heritage Site. The hotel has a colonial facade with a modern and luxurious touch. The hotel offers unique accommodations and gourmet dining options since the first day of operation on 21st of March 2014.

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To commemorate the hotel’s 3rd year of operation this year, the Royale Bintang Penang is offering several exciting promotions to thank all the loyal guests for their continuous support all these years. From March 18th to 31st, guests can enjoy a 50% discount off all published room rates and also on Food & Beverage Ala Carte menu.

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Tiger STREATS Penang – The Redefined Street Food

What is Tiger STREATS? Tiger STREATS, the unique street food experience from Tiger Beer, is gearing up to take its culinary delights on the road this March. Foodies in Penang and Johor will get the chance to sample Malaysian street food favourites as they’ve never had them before, all washed down with ice cold Tiger brews.

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Tiger Streats also means Tiger ‘street food meets fine dining’.

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