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David Brown’s Restaurant, Penang Hill – Relax and Elegant Dinner

David Brown’s Restaurant is the highest landed restaurant in Penang. The restaurant is located at the top of Penang Hill. The original owner of this house is David Brown who was one of the successful businessmen during British time. Among others which were owned by David Brown are significant places like Brown Road and Padang Brown.

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This place used to grow strawberries back in the 80’s, hence it is also known as “Strawberry Hill”. However, due to climate changes, it is no longer possible to grow strawberries on this hill. However, with technology advancement the current owner is able to start growing strawberries again.

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Although the restoration of strawberry plantation is still in progress, the place is beautiful enough with a huge lily pond right in front of the restaurant filled with gorgeous lilies.

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Laser OPS Laser Tagging Game, 1st Avenue – The License to Kill

Letting the imagination run wild is a way to enhance creativity. When I was a kid I used to imagine that one day we will be able to travel across galaxies and instead of mankind war, there will be inter-planet wars and the guns that we will loading  will not be bullets, but instead our primary weapon will be laser.

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Activating the arcade mode in a dark environment with laser and LED lights to guide through the direction and targets is just like what was happening in the movie “TRON Legacy”.

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Today, playing the futuristic laser shooting game is no longer the game for tomorrow, which we can only see on screen or based on imagination.

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If you are looking for this kind of futuristic and adventurous shooting arena, you can always visit Laser OPS on the 3rd floor of 1st Avenue. It is just next to Break The Code. In fact, this place is still new where it was launched on last Saturday 23rd May 2015.

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The game is usually segregated by missions. A mission is targeted for 20 minutes which includes briefing and vesting and actual game. The ticket pricing is as follows:

  • Off-peak (Mon – Fri) – 1 mission RM18/ person. 3 missions RM36/ person
  • Peak (Sat, Sun and PH) – RM21/ person. 3 missions RM42/ person

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There are few types of mission, the most common one will be:

  • Free For All Non-Team Mode – Kill and shoot as much as possible regardless of which team
  • Free For All Team Mode – Kill and shoot as much as possible on opposition team
  • C.H.I.P.S Mode – Kill and shoot opposition team with lift on the vest. Once life drops to 0, reload at base is required. You can shoot at opponent base for 100 points for each shooting. You also have the super mode such as Deactivate Mode, Rapid Fire Mode or Spy Mode.

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The team which was ready for the challenge on the launching day was in combat mode.

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First to enter will be the briefing room where the rules and regulation of the game and mission were briefed to all the troops.

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The mission rules which needed to be obeyed before any shooting.

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After the briefing session, the next room will be the vesting room where all the troops will need to equip with their armor and gun.

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The vest and gun are decided by computer and you are requireed to wear your number.

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There will be green and red teams for the heads on.

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The final room is the battlefield. This is where the shoot out and fire begins.

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The futuristic war zone is a sneak preview for those who were invited on the launching day, which I am honored to bring my camera in this “no-camera zone”.

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Red team base, get ready to shoot out!

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Green team, on your mark!

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Let the war begin!!!!

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Well, lucky me. I am the top player for one of the missions.

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Overall, LaserOPS is a nice sweat out game. It doesn’t require any physical contact yet you have to move fast to get as many points as possible. This is an ideal game for team building as well.

Operation hours: 11:am – 10:00pm (Open Daily)
Contact: –
Address: First Avenue Mall 3-13, 182 Jalan Magazine, 10300 Penang
GPS: 5.413293,100.331434
Instagram – @laserops

Nasi 7 Benua, KooBoo Kafe – A Different Way to Express Asia

Nasi 7 (seven) benua is known as the “Seven Continents Rice”. Some people also refer it as “Seven-coloured Rice”.

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It is not easy to locate this place. Although there are many blogs about this place and also there is Facebook page about Koo Boo Cafe, yet the direction and accuracy to get to this place is still challenging. It took me almost 30 minutes to get to this place.

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Tasty Congee and Noodle Wantun Shop 正斗粥麵專家, Gurney Paragon – Overrated or Underrated Dining?

Michelin Guides and Michelin Star rates are a series of annual guide books published by the French company Michelin. “Michelin Star” is a hallmark of fine dining quality. Restaurants that had been awarded or rated by Michelin tend to tout their Michelin Star status.  In Penang there are not many restaurants that had been awarded with Michelin Star. I was a believer in Michelin rating until a recent visit to one of the Michelin-awarded restaurants.

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The Michelin-awarded restaurant that I had visited recently was Tasty Congee & Noodle Wantun Shop.

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Goku Sen, Udini Square – Home Style and Reasonable Japanese Food

The trend of Japanese food never fades and is here to stay for many years more judging by the increasing number of Japanese restaurants in Penang. It is fair to say that where ever there is a major complex, you will definitely spot a Japanese restaurant/cafe there. One of the latest addition in town is Goku Sen Restaurant in Udini Square, Gelugor.

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Goku Sen in Japanese means absolute freshness. Therefore, one should expect a certain level of freshness for its food served.

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It is easy to locate this new and upcoming restaurant. If you are driving from Penang bridge towards town direction, you will surely pass by e-gate on your left. Turn left to the direction of egate and keep driving and you will see Udini Square just in front of you. One of the advantages of this place is there are many indoor parking slots and it is free entrance at the moment.

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The surrounding of the restaurant was so cozy and with large fish figures hanging around the restaurant.

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Another advantage of Goku Sen is this restaurant is currently not charging GST 6%.

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The chopsticks paper cover was labelled and written by hand.

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The bottomless Japanese green tea hot/cold is one of the best in town in which the taste and aroma of the tea was very strong even after a few refills.

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Mabo Tafu Set – RM13.80, Minced pork and tofu fried with spicy bean paste sauce. Serving together with the set was Japanese rice, salad, miso soup and fruits.

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For those on the watch out of diet, this would be a great option as it has minimum meat. The bean curd (tofu) was cut into cubes and cooked in a peppery and spicy sauce. The dish was served hot and it was full of aroma. It was really oishii (tasty)!

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Saba Steak Plate Set – RM18.80, Mackarel fish cooked with pepper and onion sauce. Serving together with it was some salad, deep fried crab stick, mayonnaise and rice.

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The taste of the Mackerel (saba) was very fresh. However, the peppery and slight spiciness sauce was slightly too overwhelming which is a waste as the freshness of the fish couldn’t be fully enjoyed. For my personal preference, I would prefer the sauce to be non-peppery to preserve the freshness taste of the fish.

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It was very cute to find that Japanese rice for this set had been molded into a sakura (cherry blossom) shape and then sprinkled with some black sesame.

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Overall, this place serves fresh food in a cosy environment. The price of the food is reasonably-priced. Parking will not be a problem as there are many empty slots in the indoor car park. The only drawback is the taste of the saba steak sauce has covered the freshness of the fish. In my personal opinion, the sauce should be non-peppery or spicy if the fish is fresh.

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 – 2:30pm; 6:00pm – 10:30pm (Dining, Daily) & 10:30am – 12:30am (Bar – Fri, Sat & Sun)
Contact: 04-376 3591 / 010-985 9301 (Miyagawa Akira)
Address: Block 2-01-23A & B, Udini Square, Lebuh Tunku Kudin 3, 11700 Gelugor, Penang.
GPS: 5.378265,100.314141

D’ Fat Mona Lisa Cafe, Jelutong – Reasonable and Delightful Breakfast

If I were to ask for a list of cafes in Penang, the popular ones will be the first that pop up in the list and it will never end. However, if I were to ask for cafes that serve breakfast sets with coffee or tea which cost less than RM10 after GST, it will only be a handful.

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So far, this is the only place in Penang that I encountered which served great value breakfast which was less than RM10 per set. This place is no other than D’ Fat Mona Lisa Cafe.

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It is not hard to locate this restaurant. If you are driving from Jalan Masjid Negeri from town area, you will see McDonald’s on your left. As soon as you see McDonald’s, turn into that road which is Jalan Free School. Keep driving for about 200 meters and you will see D’ Fat Mona Lisa Cafe on your left.

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