One fine day, while sauntering in Queensbay Mall, Penang, we noticed the opening of Espresso Lab, a 3-month old addition to our usual haunt. Although we have seen them burgeoning in Kuala Lumpur, this is the first outlet in Penang and we coffee lovers got tad too excited than we should be and thus decided to give it a try seeing the warm reception from fellow Penangites.
The cafe was situated in an open space on the first floor of the mall and since it is easily accessible, this is definitely a plus point for those seeking respite after a long day of shopping and in dire need of some delicious liquid caffeine. Service is prompt as we would collect our own coffee after payment, so those looking for a quick wake-me-up will also benefit from some speedy coffee on the go. The layout of the cafe is clean and minimalistic, enhancing our opinion about its no-frills, serious attitude towards coffee. We would say that the coffee definitely deserves mention, though that the cakes are so-so. Nonetheless, this could be a good tea place for those seeking to perk up with a dose of good coffee.
After looking through the no-frills coffee menu (these guys sure are serious about their coffee) and food counter comprising cakes and pies, the sweet tooth among us settled on a cappuccino and a few slices of cake.
Pie Harbour, another new breakfast hangout spot in Queensbay. In their menu, offering a different variety of fresh pies, sandwiches and snacks. And their drinks menu, coffee and juices are served together with your meal. Both Pie Harbour outlets (Queensbay and Gurney Paragon) also provide catering for occasions like birthday parties/ wedding or business lunch. With a simply motto, NO fussy meal and offers the best of fast food.
We enjoyed our brunch here, the portion is not too huge for both the sandwich and pies. Also, we will definitely go again for the huge gigantic cup of coffee. Honestly, IMO, the set (pie and coffee)/ (sandwich and lemon tea) is pretty pricey. They have their breakfast meal promotion on going, and it is RM5++ for the pie + coffee. BUT only selected pies and sandwiches.
Okonomi means ‘what you want’ or ‘what toy like’ while Yaki means grilled or cooked. Okonomiyaki is a Japanese savoury pancake. Okonomiyaki is widely available throughout Kansai or Hiroshima areas of Japan savour it differently. It was first invented in WW2. Okonomiyaki is prepared much like a pancake. The batter made from flour, grated nagaimo, eggs, shredded cabbages, slices of onions and pork mixed alll together and fried on both sides on a hot plate/pan using a metal spatula. The spatula is later used to slice the dish when it has finished cooking. Usually savour together with the okonomiyaki sauce and dashi/aonori/katsuobushi flakes.
Okomen Japanese Restaurant, is the new restaurant in Queensbay Mall. Unlike other Japanese restaurants, they specialize in okonomiyaki and ramen instead of sushi and sashimi. It has been a long wait for Penang folks for the opening of both Okomen and Sushi Tei situated at the north zone inside the mall.
HotStar Fried Chicken is new addition to the chain of restaurants at Queen Street, North Zone in Queensbay Mall. Similar to Shihlin Taiwanese Snacks, they sell humongous fried chicken breast meat sprinkled with some chilli powder on top, depending on your preference for its spiciness.
They do not offer cutting of the whole chicken breast meat into several pieces, so we ended up chewing the entire piece of chicken from the paper bag given. Reason being, the juiciness of the chicken will no longer be there if we intend to cut the chicken into pieces. They have different level of spiciness. ( Low – Medium – Hot – Extra Hot ).
Hui Lau Shan established in Hong Kong in the 1960s, the eatery first started by offering traditional desserts of guilinggao and herbal drinks, but has since expanded its menu to include fruity desserts, frozen delights, and savoury titbits. The star ingredient in their desserts is the mango, specially flown from the Philippines to serenade diners with syrupy melodies on waiting plates of mochi, pancakes, and icy sagos. Hui Lau Shan has garnered multiple accolades including the 2012 Hong Kong Famous Brand, 2011 King of Dessert, and 2011 U Favourite Food Award, and now boasts outlets in Hong Kong, China, and South East Asia.
They are now offering a RM15 cash voucher for food and desserts promo with just RM8 in Groupon. Quick catch the deal before it ends.
The cash vouchers are valid at Queensbay Mall, Gurney Plaza and Sunway Carnival.
It was the Merdeka weekend when we visited Morganfields. It was the second day of their opening in Queensbay Mall. Known for their Sticky Bones, Hickory Wood-Smoked Ribs. A truly authentic, old fashioned prime pork rib slow-cooked and smoke in coal and hickory wood to a tender mouthwatering perfection, then basted with the gluey sweet and tangy hickory flavored bbq sauce with a hint of cider. Also, in their menu is their Garlic BBQ Spare Ribs and Smoked Black Pepper Spare Ribs flavor to choose. And if you don’t fancy ribs, their have a list of seafood and poultry in their menu.
To celebrate our long weekend, we ordered the ribs and foot long sausage in their menu.