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Naughty Nuri’s Warung, Burma Road – Overrated and Overcooked Food

It was supposed to be a highly anticipated visit to Naughty Nuri’s Warung which is still quite new in town. However, it turned out to be a huge disappointment.

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I had been reading a lot of reviews about this place and how nice was the food. It was even frequented by celebrities back in Bali which made me wanted to feel the excitement more. Somehow, something went wrong where it didn’t turn out to be what I expected.

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The location of Naughty Nuri’s is at Burmah Road where the junction next to it is Swatow Lane.

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Naughty Nuri’s only operates for dinner.

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The place is truly a place to have the best of pork. You can see the interior is decorated with hogs of all sizes.

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On the ground floor is a proper dining place with decent tables and chairs.

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The ambience is very nice and suitable for those families who have elderly and kids.

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On the other hand the environment on the first floor is much more noisier and catered for youngsters. There is even a pool table free of charge, hence the noisy ambience. This area is definitely a big no no for family with elderly and kids. One thing that the reservation department overlooked is they did not confirm with us if we were coming with elderly and kids as most of the elderly are not comfortable with its noisy environment during dining. Another point they overlooked is even if the ground floor is fully booked, they should have warned us that the first floor will be noisy.

Thirdly, take a look at the seating arrangement on the first floor. There is not enough leg space for us at all and kids can be easily injured by the rough corners of the tables.

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Ambience aside, let’s take a look at their food.

Naughty Boy Burger – RM19.90. Lollo, tomatoes, homemade pork patty, pork bacon, egg, mango salsa, onion and crispy fries.

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Maybe due to the popularity of this place, the food preparation here was totally out. I could not feel their passion in preparing the food. Instead, it was served in a short time. The preparation of the burger patty was in medium rare instead of well done. Common sense will tell us that we should only take fully cooked pork. The burger tasted blend as expected. We made a complaint to the waitress and they promised to cook another one for us. Their second attempt was much better, we could feel the aroma of onions/garlic from the patty.

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Pork Chop – RM28.90. Served with romaine lettuce, cucumber, tomatoes, shredded carrots and thousand island sauce.

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The pork chop had no taste of marination. The only taste that I could feel from the pork chop was the over-burnt smell with carbon scent. I couldn’t eat the pork chop without dipping it with the thousand island sauce. The texture was hard and it looked like a burnt piece of meat. It did look a little bit lonely here, as there were no other side dishes besides the small amount of salad.

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Pork ribs – RM38.90. Served with romaine lettuce, cucumber, tomato, shredded carrots and thousand island.

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Again, I could feel the carbon scent from the ribs due to its barbeque cooking method. However, it was still acceptable. The taste of the barbecue sauce was delightful with appetizing tendered ribs. At least this food is still up to my satisfaction.

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Balinese Pork Sate (5 sticks) – RM12.90, pork cubes barbecued and covered with homemade sauce and a piece of pineapple.

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The combination of the fat and lean meat was not evenly distributed for each stick. I had tasted a stick with 100% of fat meat and another with 100% of hard lean meat.

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From left, Watermelon Juice – RM7, regular fresh watermelon juice with some rough bits of fibre.
Orange juice – RM7, taste regular.
Avocado – RM17, the avocado drink was not smooth at all. The first drink we had, we could taste bits of rough grains in it. We requested to change and the second glass was slightly better, but still we could feel the rough bits of fibre in the drink which wasn’t pleasant at all. I’ve tasted a better and cheaper version of avocado drink elsewhere.

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The barbecue area at the front of the restaurant.

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Overall, the place is overrated and the preparation of the food is something which needs to be improved. It is a very big disappointment for me to visit this restaurant. I really hope the management of this restaurant would consider the points that I have mentioned for improvement, else this restaurant will not have repeated customers anymore.

Editor’s Review (5 Stars Rank):

Taste
Price (more stars, more reasonable)
Food Presentation
Service
Overall

Quick Facts:

Family Friendly
Parking
Pork Free
Alcohol
Credit Card
Smoking
Reservation
Private Room (Private Area)
WIFI Available
Operation hours: 6:00pm – 12:00am (Opens Daily)
Contact: 017-488 8950
Address: 114, Jalan Burma, 10050 Georgetown, Penang.
GPS: 5.420192, 100.326069

YouMiQi (有米气) Restaurant, Old Klang Road – The Best of Shunde Cuisine

Sunde also pronounced as Shunde (顺德), is a district in the city of Foshan in the Pearl River Delta, Guangdong Province, China. Shunde was recently awarded the title “City of Gastronomic” by UNESCO. Many famous Cantonese chefs hailed from Shunde. In fact, Shunde may have well been the precursor of Cantonese or “Yue (粤)” cuisine, as suggested in the Chinese saying ‘eat in Guangzhou from a Shunde kitchen’. Shunde traditional cuisine is known for employing diversified and complicated cooking techniques. In the hands of the frugal Shunde people, these skills and techniques transform mundane ingredients into dishes fit for the Emperor.

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Cantonese dishes are very common and available at almost every corner in Malaysia. On the other hand, Shunde Cuisine is a rare cuisine compared to the regular Cantonese dishes. The complexity and the precision of cooking technique make Shunde Chefs precious and difficult to get.

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If you would like to try Shunde cuisine, you don’t need to go far. Restaurant YouMiQi at Old Klang Road is serving the great taste of Shunde, Foshan. The Food Creation Director of YouMiQi is one of the famous chefs in Shunde and is now stationed in YouMiQi to provide innovation and creation from time to time to ensure customers get a fresh new taste.

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It is not hard to locate YouMiQi Restaurant. If you are driving via Salak Highway from Maju Expressway, turn out at the exit of Seputeh. Once exit you will see YouMiQi is across the road. In order to reach the restaurant you need to drive for another 400 meters down the road for a ‘U’ turn back to the restaurant.

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YouMiQi Restaurant is able to cater up to 138 pax, with free of charge valet parking service. The restaurant is a 2-storey bungalow and is fully air-conditioned.

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There are many varieties of Shunde dishes in this restaurant. Among the few famous and popular dishes are listed as below:

Claypot with Chinese Sausage – RM38 /portion. The rice was cooked in a claypot until nearly dried and served with Chinese sausages, garlic and spring onions.

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The rice was a bit hard in texture. However, the hardness of the rice was also packed with the aroma of its own fragrance and together with the tendered Chinese Sausage, it made a well-balanced combination. Along with the fragrance of garlic and some home-mixed soy sauce, this dish is the signature of this restaurant. For me, I would come back for this rice.

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Chicken feet, cooked with angelica (dong gui), wolfberries and red dates were served side by side with pickled zucchini. These 2 dishes are the appetizers here and they are usually served along with all the dishes without additional charges.

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Steamed Traditional Chee Cheong Fun with Preserved Veggie – RM10/portion. Rice noodle mixed with preserved veggie(梅菜), home-mixed soy sauce, sesame seeds and spring onions.

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The taste of the rice slices made me feel like I had been surrounded by paddy field. In between the field there were some green field. It was a nice green starter with a great combination.

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Braised Lamb Belly Slices – RM48/ portion – The lamb belly slices were marinated and braised for long hours with water chestnut, bean curd, carrots and spring onions.

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The lamb belly slices were tender but slightly gamy. For those who don’t mind the minor stench of the lamb this is the dish you would love.

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Pan Fried and Baked Chicken – RM40/ portion – The chicken pieces were marinated with salt and pepper then baked/pan-fried with spring onions, ginger and carrot slices.

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Usually in a normal restaurant, the chicken will either be baked or fried. The specialty about this dish is it uses the combination of both techniques, hence making the inner part of the chicken soft while the outer part of the skin crispy.

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Steamed Sponge Gourd with Vermicelli & Katsuuri – RM38/ portion. The sponge gourd was cut into slices and cooked with vermicelli and katsuuri (a type of shell). It was then completed with homemade soy sauce, chopped onions, garlic and spring onions.

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The mixture of chewiness of the katsuuri with the softness of sponge gourd and the smoothness of vermicelli provided three distinctive texture and taste. The combination blended really well with each other. This is the essence of Shunde cooking technique.

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Pan Fried Chives with Siew Yoke Slices – RM28/ portion. Chives were cut into standard length and then pan fried with siew yoke (roasted pork) slices, carrots and garlic.

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The green and fresh feel of chives had been added with the seductive siew yoke. It was simple but a great pleasure to have this dish.

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Salted Steamed Turbot with Jade Perch Fish – RM88/ kg (follow market price), the fresh jade perch was marinated and placed together with ginger, onions, garlic and carrots. It was then heated up in a steamed turbot.

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This is one of the signatures here. In Shunde, if they were able to present the fish in front of you, it means that this fish is very fresh. The best way to prepare fresh fish is by steaming as it will preserve the sweetness and freshness of the fish while the taste of the other ingredients such as mixed vege were able to lock together with the fish.

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Fried Spiced Frog With Salt and Pepper – RM48/ kg, the frog was cut into cube-sized and battered with pepper and salt. It was then pan fried with chopped chili and spring onions.

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The hotness level of this dish is high. This is specially dedicated to those who love hot and spicy food.

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If the hotness level is not enough, add in some Jingba (wasabi essence). To use it, mixed a few drops of it with homemade dipping sauce (garlic, onion, chili and soy sauce) and this will spice up your day.

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Milk Custard – RM8/ portion, The milk custard was made from the layer of milk formation and it was steamed to perfection.

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The texture was soft and smooth and not too sweet. The selling point is the time to prepare this dessert is longer than the rest of the desserts.

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Red bean Pan Cake – RM16/ 6 pieces, The red bean paste was stuffed inside the pan cake and framed with sesame seeds then baked till golden brown.

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It had the mixture of crispy and soft feeling. It was packed with red bean and sesame aroma.

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Overall, the food at YouMiQi is cooked with strong dedication. Shunde cooking is more about the matter of techniques and skills that will make simple dishes become complex in terms of taste. The single word to define the food here – delightful. It is also easy to find parking. Once arrived at the door, you will just need to pass the key to valet and they will do their job. As for the price, with this kind of food quality, ambience and service it is no doubt to be on the higher side.

Editor’s Review (5 Stars Rank):

Taste
Price (more stars, more reasonable)
Food Presentation
Service
Overall

Quick Facts:

Family Friendly
Parking
Pork Free
Alcohol
Credit Card
Smoking
Reservation
Private Room (Private Area)
WIFI Available
Operation hours: 12:00pm – 3:00pm; 6:00pm – 11:00pm (Opens Daily)
Contact: 03-7980 0855
Address: No 57, Batu 3, Old Klang Road, 58000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
GPS: 3.113097,101.678274

Kai Curry Bar – A Distinctive Japanese Fusion Curry House

Curry is a common and classic Asian favorite existed for centuries. It is so popular that it is not foreign to Westerners as well. The origin of curry started from India where the spices and the herbs are more hot and heavy in aroma compared to the rest. The popularity of curry has spread until The Land of the Rising Sun where it is so common to find “kare” dishes on Japanese menus.

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Since we are talking about “curry” today, it is important to know the difference between “hot” and “spicy”. If you see in my other articles, spicy is usually referring to the burning sensation. However, in this article, I will use “hot” as the burning sensation adjective and “spicy” to describe the flavor of spices with a hint of heat but not to the extent of having burning sensation. Japanese curry is the type of curry which is rich and packed with aroma and yet less hot compared to the rest of the curries in Asia. Personally, I love Japanese curry as the flavor and aroma of the gravy is more compared to the level of hotness. The overwhelming of hotness is a big no to me.

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There is a place in town which has recently started serving Japanese-inspired curry dishes. This hidden gem is called ‘Kai Curry Bar’. To locate ‘Kai Curry Bar’ you might require some skillset as the shop is not located on the main road. If you are driving from Penang bridge via Anson road, you will come to a junction where turning left is to Burma Road. Driving towards Burma road, you will see Union Primary School on your left. At that moment, you will see a junction on the opposite direction which is on your right, turn into to that junction where the road is known as Jalan Phuah Hin Leong. Keep driving for 30 meters and you will see the restaurant on your left.

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The main selling point of Kai Curry Bar is their homemade curry made from raw ingredients. The curry powder is made from fresh herbs such as fenugreek and turmeric which are sourced from  the market. They use no preservatives and no artificial flavorings on their food. All the food are hand made and even the shop is also very simple and homely. There are 2 options of curry base: pork or vegetable.

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We were offered Fukujinzuke on our table. This is the pickled mixed veggie consisted of reddish, egg plant and lotus root. The taste of the Fukujinzuke was sour and sweet which counter the hotness and richness of the curry taste.

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Japanese cold dish starter consisted of chilled mashed potato, seaweed, cucumber and sprinkled with somme white and black sesame seeds. This is also a delicate homemade dish.

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Pork Hamburg Curry (with cheese topping) – RM16.90. The pork minced meat was mixed with herbs, onions and garlic. After marination, it was grilled until aromatic. The pork Hamburg were then sided with pork-based Japanese Curry which had been topped with melted mozzarella cheese.

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The patty of the pork hamburg is one of the signatures here, which I totally agree. The taste of the patty was packed with aroma and it was juicy and tender. It matched perfectly with the rich and spicy curry. This combination is simply divine. I would definitely come back for this dish.

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Pork Katsu Curry (with tomato & okra topping) – RM17.90. The pork slices were battered with homemade bread crumbs and egg. They were then deep fried till golden and crispy. The pork katsu was then accompanied with their signature curry with vegetable topping.

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The pork katsu slices were crispy and delicious. The battered skin was not too thick and tasted real unlike other commercialized Japanese restaurants. However, I still prefer the pork Hamburg instead as I like the hamburg’s unique flavour which keeps appearing in my mind until now.

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Kids menu are also available at this restaurant.
Rice topped with scrambled egg with the option of fish fingers – rm12, The rice was perfectly wrapped with scrambled egg and sided with cherry tomatoes and broccoli. It was then sided with vegetable-based curry. The entire set also included a cup of orange juice and 3 pieces of fish fingers.

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The hotness of the curry which was made for kids was milder compared to pork-based. The hotness level was 1 out of 10. Besides, the taste of the curry was slightly sweet compared to pork-based as it was cooked with mixed vegetables and fruits.

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If you think the main serving is not enough, additional add-ons are always available here:

Meat and seafood Topping:
Salmon Cream Croquette – RM3.50

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Seared Chicken – RM5

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Fish Katsu(Mahi Mahi) – RM6

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Crumbed Prawn – RM5.00

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Apart from the meat and seafood add-ons, there are vegetable toppings available as well:

  • Sautéed tomato – RM2.00
  • Okra (lady fingers) -RM2.00
  • Cheese – rm3.50

The homemade curry powder is shown as below. The curry was then cooked for long hours with either vegetable or pork until the curry was flavorful.

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The detailed menu for those who would like to pre-order or booking:

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Overall, this place is dedicated to those looking for homemade food and curry lovers. The great thing about this place is everything from this shop is homemade and no artificial flavor and preservative has been added. The price of the food here is reasonable with generous portion. On the other hand, this place is a bit hard to get parking and is not located anywhere near the main road.

Editor’s Review (5 Stars Rank):

Taste
Price (more stars, more reasonable)
Food Presentation
Service
Overall

Quick Facts:

Family Friendly
Parking
Pork Free
Alcohol
Credit Card
Smoking
Reservation
Private Room (Private Area)
WIFI Available
Operation hours: 11:00am – 3:00pm; 6:00pm – 9:00pm (Closed on Mondays and Sundays)
Contact: 04-226 0322
Address: 15, Jalan Phuah Hin Leong, 10050 Penang.
GPS: 5.423653,100.322748

K-Pot, Prima Tanjung – Home Cooked Korean Food

In Asia, when we say K-Pop Music, naturally we are referring to Korean Pop Music. When we say K-Drama, again that means Korean Drama. Therefore, it seems like a default when people say they love K-Food, meaning to say they like Korean Food. When there is a food known as K-Pot, of course it is referring to dishes that are cooked in a Korean pot.

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There is one K-Pot in Tanjung Tokong and another in Tanjung Bungah respectively. Both K-Pots are owned by the same owners but run by different branch managers. The one at Prima Tanjung at Tanjung Tokong is more homey and cozy, while for the Tanjung Bungah branch it is more commercialized and restaurant-feel. Therefore, if you are planning for a gathering at K-Pot, be sure to mention the location of the outlet.

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Thai Boat Noodle, Summerton Bayan Indah – The Latest Trending Food

The trend of certain food always comes in waves. From German Cuisine to Japanese and Korean Cuisine. Also not to forget that doughnuts and bubble milk tea used to be among the very popular snacks. The latest trend in town which is spotted not only in Penang, but also in KL and many other states is no other than the Thai Boat Noodle.

So either you ride with the wave or you go against the wave. Since the wave is here let’s just have fun with it. It is not hard to locate Thai Boat Noodle. If you driving from town area towards Queensbay Mall via Tun Dr. Lim Chong Ewe highway, once you see Villa Emas Apartment on your left, turn into the junction on your left and you reach the roundabout. Keep left and you will see Summerton Condominium on your left. There you will see Thai Boat Noodle is located at one of the shoplots.

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Thai Boat Noodle was a relatively new restaurant as it was just launched on 2nd December 2014.

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Monroe Cafe & Lounge, Georgetown – Is All About Monroe

Marilyn Monroe is one iconic actress, model and also singer during the 50’s. If you asked the baby boomers, the name Monroe is well-known to everyone. Monroe has often been cited as both a pop and a cultural icon as well as the quintessential American sex symbol. Her legendary fame is still very popular until today even she is not around.

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The recent opening of Monroe Cafe & Lounge at Georgetown, Penang shows that this iconic star is still very popular. Monroe cafe is located inside 1926 Heritage Hotel. It is easy to locate 1926 Heritage Hotel. If you are driving from Anson Road towards Burma Road, keep driving for 300 meters where you will see Union Primary School on your left. If you keep driving for another 50 meters, you will see 1926 Heritage Hotel on your left too.

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Big Gin Na FamilyRestaurant,

It is not easy for young kids to sit down quietly during meal time. As parents it is common to face this situation when dining out. Either you will need a pacifier (phone or tablet) to calm them down or you might forcefully make them quiet by raising your voice while at the same time getting stares from the rest who might think that you are a bad parent.

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In order to let the kids run around and yet not to disturb the other diners, a good idea is to have a kids’ play area in a restaurant. One of the very few restaurants which has this great concept is Big Gin Na Family Restaurant.

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The location of Big Gin Na Restaurant is at Raja Uda. If you are driving via Jalan Ong Yi How you will soon see Old Town White Coffee Shop on your left. Turn left to Lorong Teras Jaya 2 and drive until the 4th junction on your left and turn into that road. Keep driving and you will see Econsave Hypermarket on your right. At the end of the road you will see Big Gin Na Restaurant just in front of you.

The first floor of the restaurant looks like a regular dining area.

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