All this while I have been looking over to Butterworth from Penang island to enjoy its beautiful sea view and sunrise. I seldom get the chance to view from the mainland side.
This time there is a place where we can get not only nice view but also the pleasure of eating and relaxing at the same time. This place is ideal for couples searching for romantic place for dining as well as for those who want to buy dinner for family and friends. It a perfect place to view sunset over the Straits of Malacca.
This place is very near to the port where all the fishermen stop their boat. You can count on them for fresh seafood.
In fact, you could also spot some fishermen fishing by the rock side using fishing rod. Even though the catch will not be much, the enjoyment of fishing counts.
Other than the great scenery, this place is famous for its fresh seafood. If you are heading from North South Express, turn to Jalan Besar and Pacific will be on your left. Keep driving and you will eventually pass through the toll for Butterworth Outer Ring Road (BORR) with Prai exit. The toll collection is RM1.30. Once you are out at Butterworth you will keep using the BORR until Bagan Ajam exit and you need to pay RM1.20 to exit. Follow the exit sign of Pantai Bersih and you will soon reach a few seafood restaurrants. One of them is Ah Chong Seafood (阿仲海边海鲜).
From the sign board below you will notice that the name of this shop is Kantin (Canteen) Ah Chong. The reason being that it was once a temporary canteen for the fishermen.
This restaurant is very spacious and can cater up to 30 tables.
Fresh Grained White Nutmeg Juice – RM15.50, this 1.5 liter drink is more than enough to be shared by 4 people. It was a very refreshing and cooling drink. The drink was not too sweet and was just nice for me. However, the price for this big bottle of drink is slightly too high for an average family.
Other than the usual drink the lady boss of this shop was promoting an enzyme dragon fruit drink stored in a wine bottle. The taste was a bit fermented and tasted like wine. However, there is not alcohol content in this enzyme drink.
Spicy Fried Asparagus – RM8.00, the asparagus was fried together with chili and prawns. The spiciness level was just nice. The gravy was slight sweet and sour and it was delicious.
Claypot Beancurd – RM6.00, it was cooked with green beans, carrot and mushrooms. The gravy was very thick and tasty. Another recommended dish.
Guinness Chicken – RM8.00, the chicken was marinated with Guinness Stout and cooked with dark sauce and some dried chili. The tenderness of the chicken was so soft and flavourful after marinated with stout. The gravy blended well with the meat. It was an excellent and unique dish.
Teochew Style Steamed Garupa – RM34, the garupa was steamed in teochew style with sour and spicy flavour. It was sprinkled with plenty of coriander. The fish was very fresh and worth the price for such a big portion.
Overall, the dishes here are great and worth the money. There are plenty of car park spaces available. With the nice sea breeze it makes the overall dining experience a relaxing one. However, on the downside the price of the homemade drink is slightly expensive. Other than that, it is definitely worth a try for those looking for good “chu char”.
Editor’s Review (5 Stars Rank):
Operation hours: 12:00noon – 11:00pm (7 days a week)
Contact: 012-476 7021, 012-402 3418
Address: No 2, Pantai Bersih, Bagan Ajam, 12300 Butterworth.