Finding good food to eat around Gurney is increasingly difficult, especially so when we have spent the past two weeks loitering around the area hunting for new places for lunches and dinner. On top of that, having to eat something decent on a tight student budget with a place that has plenty parking space and air conditioning under this crazy weather just makes things that much more difficult.
We are mall rats for all the above reasons, and we aren’t proud of it. However, we have slowly run out of affordable places (that we aren’t sick of) to eat in Gurney Plaza/Paragon, until we found our life savior right in this restaurant. Relish is recently opened in Paragon just right above Starbucks, sandwiched between Lunarich and Savaro. Their specialties are centered on Malaysian dishes, so expect lots of santan in some creamy curry goodness.
Sadly, we visited on a weekend and missed all the awesome weekday lunch deals that they offer. Do read on and rest assured that you’ll be paying for just a fraction of the price we mentioned below if you happen to visit on weekdays! Don’t say we NO JIO!
Located along the busy Macalister Road, lies the beautiful modern grey color building with striking yellow strips on their window. A unique choice of artistic paintings and a selection of vibrant colours pillows to match their furnitures. Interesting choice of hotel setup to capture the hearts of young couples, budget travellers and food hunters. Glow Penang was newly built in late 2013. Being part of the Zinc, a hospitality management company built to provide comfortable bedding, basic gym access, free WIFI access, self served breakfast to go and great showers and amenities. Strategically being at the heart of the Pearl Orient, win the heart of tourists visiting Penang. On top of that, a fair price for such convenience is definitely something worth bragging about. So, what’s around. One road away from Burma Road, drop by New World Park for their hawker delicacies (Char Koay Teow / Asam Laksa / Curry Mee and etc …), or drop by the famous Abu Siti Lane coconut drink to quench your thirst or the famous Chee Cheung Chuk ( in New Lane which is 200 metres down away). If you are less adventures, Zest Bar & Cafe, take the elevator down to Level 1, to try their thai and western selection in their lunch menu.
Check out what we think about their western food here : -
Drop by Old Chow Thye at Chow Thye Road for their Nyonya dishes. The cafe is situated at Chow Thye Road along with restaurants like The Little Wine Bar, Harvest Inn, and Isaribi beside Burma road. Over the years, the Burma road has bloom into a strategic locations with concept restaurants serving eateries and desserts. Not forgetting the famous Him Heang biscuits and Green House Hokkien Mee. Old Chow Thye becomes an addition to the hustle bustle of the area serving the locals’ favourite dishes at a reasonable price. A choice of spicy Assam Pedas, Nyonya Curry Chicken or a milder preference would be the Tu Kar Chor, Tau Eu Bak and Herbal Chicken to choose from. The cafe surprises their customers everyday with different set lunch special posted online everyday. Like their FB page for more info (https://www.facebook.com/oldchowthye). The simple interior makes the entire cafe more homey and relaxing.
Chase being a huge fan of Chai Boay, we decided to settle down for lunch on the weekend.
Idealite Restaurant was established in year 2011 by Mr Tan Yong Jen and his another 5 associates whom are recognized as a registered Homeopath Therapist and Nutritionist. Focusing on eating healthy and right became their main focus in the business. They started their business at a corner of their house in Penang Island and slowly expanded to their very first IDEALITE restaurant at Jalan Gottlieb.
Today, they made it more convinient for us by opening in the shopping malls! Their branches are located inside Queensbay Mall on the North Zone and the other one is inside Gurney Plaza beside Kim Gary restaurant.
It was definitely an eye opening experience for first timers like us! Non-vege lovers. Every dish serve was not only unique but it taste just as good as the ones we usually consume in the local restaurants. The dedication and tentativeness of the owner to capture the hearts of many definitely deserve a *like*. The effort of transforming limited ingredients to a similar taste is definitely a huge challenge.
Talk talk Wine Bar has been around the neighbourhood expanding from just Tok Tok Cuisine to a wine bar spot taking up 2 storeys tall of the Pekaka Square building in Sungai Dua. With a simple concept where friends and family settling in one corner to talk / chit chat while enjoying the trendy and unique interior ambience without the interference of technology. The initial approach was to have NO WIFI concept but due to numerous request, they gave in to the customers
On the first glance on the interior, it was definitely a mind blowing concept. Reusing the raw materials from iron pipes, old window planks, old sockets, old doors, and the traditional wires with a magic touch of refurbishing. Tadaa! Owned by two bosses, where one of them is the architect of the shop. He would spend his time scribbling ideas on the weekdays at the corner of their shop feeling inspired. For me, it will always have to be great ambience and great food. That’s where we will settle ourselves at. Another thumbs up to the shop for providing lunch/ dinner/ snacks with a variety of choices for drinks from coffee to beer to wine. Not only do they cater for the young adults but they also suit the needs of family with kids and the adults in the 40-50’s. Jazzing up the place on Fridays and Saturdays with live bands performance. The jazz selection of music on the other weekdays too is a very interesting choice.
Scouting for somewhere new to eat near FTZ area? It was through the word of mouth from a few friends recommending this place that both me and Chase decided to check it out. According to them, Kare is a MUST TRY if you are a Kare lover. We also did some reviews research online to check out their menu, unfortunately for us, they were not serving sushi when we visited. (which they proclaim it to be a MUST TRY too) Since it was our first visit, we would opt for recommended choices at the safe side.
绊 Kizuna, is a Japanese word meaning “bond”. They started their operation in the beginning of 2013 locating at Bay Avenue, Bayan Lepas (Beside Eastin Hotel Penang). With a basic concept of casual dining restaurant focusing on quality and a unique mix of traditional and modern Japanese dining. The cozy ambience and dim lighting has made it more comfortable for the customers to sink into the chatty and homey mood right away. Because the place is small in size, the noise would be in a controlled manner.