The Spice

Special thanks to Royale Chulan Penang for extending this food review invitation.

In response to popular demand, Royale Chulan Penang is bringing back the Friday Poolside BBQ! The buffet dinner is held from 6:30pm to 10:00pm every Friday next to the swimming pool at Level 2. Besides al fresco dining, customers can also be seated in The Spice if they prefer air conditioning.
The main attraction this evening is the Royale Spiced Marinated Roast Lamb. The whole lamb is cooked on a spit over burning charcoal, imparting a hint of smokiness in the process. The lamb is best enjoyed with mint peppercorn sauce.
Diners can request for succulent slices of Roast Prime Beef Ribs at the carvery. If you appreciate juicy beef with a pink center, you're in luck! The beef goes perfectly well with black pepper sauce.
Other grilled items are Spiced Paprika Slipper Lobsters, Teriyaki White Prawns, Garlic Soy Sauce Calamari, Marinated Minute Steak and Paprika Chicken Wings. Additional crowd favorites include Beef Jumbo Sausage, Tandoori Chicken Sausage and Satay (beef and chicken).
Condiments that are available today are barbecue, mushroom, black pepper and mint sauces just to name a few. In addition, garlic mashed potatoes are prepared too.
Dill-Cured Salmon Fillet has an interesting presentation. Although the whole fish is presented, the salmon is actually sliced and filleted so that it can be cured more thoroughly. The dish is flavored with creamy lemon dill sauce. Unfortunately, I feel the salmon is too salty for me.
As for Boxing Chicken, meat is pushed down to the fatter end of chicken drumettes so that they look like boxing hands. The drumettes are then coated with crumbs and fried to golden perfection. Boston barbecue sauce serves as the dipping sauce.
Creole Jambalaya is a Louisiana-style rice dish topped with scrumptious prawns and mussels. The rice is cooked with seasonings and broth, resulting in mouthwatering flavors.
Tarragon-Marinated Wild Mushrooms are served with chopped vegetables and goat cheese. I appreciate the strong earthy flavors of shiitake mushrooms.
The à la minute counter can prepare pasta with carbonara sauce, pomodoro (tomato) sauce or aglio olio. Sambal sotong is also an option if you are up for it. As for something local, Hokkien Mee (prawn noodle soup) is available too.
The salad section presents BBQ Chipotle Chicken Salad, Tuna Flakes & Bean Salad, Shrimp Salad, Tomato & Basil Salad, Asian Coleslaw and Cold Cuts. Customers may also mix their own salads using raw ingredients and salad dressings.
Other appetizers include Quinoa Salad, Greek Salad, Fruit Cocktail Salad, Mango Papaya Salad and a platter of gourmet cheese. Furthermore, customers can make Sotong Kangkung using boiled cuttlefish, water spinach and thick shrimp sauce.
Moving to the dessert counter, diners are treated to sweet confections like Green Tea Cake, Macarons, Walnut Tartlets, Lemon Tartlets, Fruit Jelly and Mango Pudding.
Other delectable desserts include Baked Cheesecake, Pavlova, Cream Choux Ring, Crème Caramel, Chocolate Mousse, Coffee Mousse, Sago Gula Melaka and Pengat Keladi Sago.
Each table of 2 diners is served the Chef Seafood Surprise, which is Pan-Fried Grouper this evening. Meanwhile, every group of 4 diners is also given a serving of "Lucky Pot". The seafood dish comprises of prawns, flower crabs and scallops.
The Friday Poolside BBQ is priced at RM98.00 net for adults, and RM50.00 net for children and senior citizens. This buffet replaces The Asian Mash-Up at Sri Tanjung Cafe. Other ongoing buffets at Royale Chulan Penang are Saturday Seafood Buffet and Sunday High Tea Buffet.
Name: The Spice
Address: 1 & 2, Pengkalan Weld, 10300 George Town, Pulau Pinang
Contact: 04-259-8888
Business hours: 12:00pm-2:30pm, 6:30pm-10:00pm
Coordinates: 5.41703 N, 100.34363 E
Directions: From the ferry terminal at George Town, turn right and drive along Weld Quay (Pengkalan Weld). Royale Chulan Penang is located shortly on the left. There is a small lane right after the hotel, which leads to the main entrance and multi-level car park. Guests who dine in The Spice can get their parking tickets validated for a flat rate of RM5.00 per entry.

Tasty Asian Foodcourt

Special thanks to Kompleks Bukit Jambul for extending this food review invitation.

Kompleks Bukit Jambul was the largest shopping mall in Bayan Baru before it was superseded by Queensbay Mall. Today, Kompleks Bukit Jambul specializes in apparel and electronics. The mall also has a cineplex and a bowling alley at the top floor.
Today marks the grand opening of Tasty Asian Foodcourt on the 1st Floor. The eatery occupies the former location of Kenny Rogers Roasters. The food court serves a variety of food that should appeal to most people.
Tasty Asian Foodcourt is operated by the mall management, but food and drinks are prepared by individual vendors. Most of these vendors used to set up food stalls in front of Kompleks Bukit Jambul on weekends. Due to popular demand, the mall management decided to give them a more permanent place to sell their wares.
The first counter, Sempoi Cafe, serves a mixture of Malaysian and Western dishes. Shown here are Kari Ikan Royal, Asam Pedas and Gulai Itik. There is also a Sarawakian dish called Ayam Pansuh.
In addition, Sempoi Cafe serves Malay-style Char Koey Tiaw (RM6.50), Char Koey Kak (RM6.50) and Nasi Bombay Ayam (RM6.50) too.
The adjacent stall specializes in Malay-style Nasi Campur. Customers can select food items like kari kepala ikan (fish head curry), ikan bawal goreng (fried pomfret), sotong kembang (spicy cuttlefish), ulam (raw vegetables) and sambal belacan (spicy shrimp paste).
Meanwhile, The Wrapz specializes in burgers and wraps. The signature wrap is Beef Smokey (RM9.90). As for customers who do not take beef, Chicken Rendang (RM8.90) is recommended. The Wrapz serves Mushroom Soup & Garlic Bread (RM5.90) too.
Tasty Asian Foodcourt has a counter which serves Arab food. Shown here are Hummus, Arab Salad and Thousand Island Salad. The salads are surprisingly good. Customers can also order Chicken Shawarma and Chicken Mandi from the same stall.
As for noodles, Curry Mee (RM5.00) comes with cockles, cuttlefish, fish balls, tofu puffs, yardlong beans, bean sprouts and chili paste. The curry is reasonably appetizing.
There are additional food stalls just outside Tasty Asian Foodcourt. The most popular vendor is the one selling Asam Laksa (RM5.00). This local Penang dish uses a savory fish broth infused with tamarind.
As for desserts, go for the ultimate ABC 3 Flor (RM8.00) where sweetened shaved rice is topped with 3 scoops of Oreo ice cream!
From now till 11 November 2019, Tasty Asian Foodcourt is giving RM10.00 cash vouchers to each of 20 early birds every day. In addition, customers who spend at least RM20.00 in a single receipt can redeem a cup of espresso-based coffee. This offer is only applicable on weekends between 11:00am and 3:00pm.
Tasty Asian Foodcourt operates from 11:00am to 10:00pm daily. The prices here are comparable to those of open-air hawker centers. All dishes in Tasty Asian Foodcourt are pork-free.
Name: Tasty Asian Foodcourt
Address: 1-37, Kompleks Bukit Jambul, Jalan Rumbia, 11900 Bayan Lepas, Pulau Pinang
Contact: 04-645-6788
Business hours: 11:00am-10:00pm
Coordinates: 5.33387 N, 100.29130 E
Directions: Tasty Asian Foodcourt is situated at Level 1 of Kompleks Bukit Jambul. The shopping mall has multistorey parking.

Born 16

Born 16 Soft Serve is a small café next to Aeon Mall Bukit Mertajam. It shares the compound with a car wash center.
The eatery is reasonably spacious and comfortable. The menu covers light snacks, desserts and drinks.
Shown here are Original Eggette (RM6.90), French Fries (RM6.90) and Super Fruit Tea (RM12.90). The drink contains passion fruits, strawberries, watermelon and lime slices.
Address: 2787, Jalan Rozhan, 14000 Bukit Mertajam, Pulau Pinang
Contact: 017-436-7189
Business hours: 2:00pm-11:00pm


Special thanks to Morganfield's for extending this food review invitation.

We are having dinner at Morganfield's this evening. Dubbed Home of Sticky Bones, the American-style grill house is located at the Ground Floor of Queensbay Mall.
In the spirit of Oktoberfest, Morganfield's is having the Porktoberfest (portmanteau of "pork" and "Oktoberfest") menu for one month. The restaurant is decorated with streamers to welcome this festive season.
A platter of Porktober-Feast (RM219.95) consists of crispy pork knuckle, baby back ribs, signature Morganfield's sausages, bratwursts, pancetta, red skin mashed potatoes, French fries, garden veggies and garden salad. The feast is meant for 4 or 5 people. Morganfield's also offers the Mini Porktober-Feast (RM129.95) for 2 to 3 persons.
Crispy pork knuckle (schweinshaxe) is roasted until the skin is crispy. I personally feel the skin is too hard to my liking; a lighter crisp will certainly help. The pork knuckle is served with sauerkraut and bacon onion gravy.
Meanwhile, Balinese-style baby back ribs are basted with spicy Oriental spices. The ribs are quite tender and juicy, making them succulent indeed. A squeeze of lemon juice helps to accentuate the flavorful pork.
Morganfield's is known for stuffing its own sausages. There are several types, two of which are served today. Herby Hog is generally the crowd favorite, while Spicy Devil has a spicier flavor that appeals to some. Also included is a pair of German bratwursts.
Smoked pancetta ham is taken from the pork belly. Lean meat and fat complement each other harmoniously. The ham is charbroiled with grill marks and has the right doneness.
In conjunction with Oktoberfest, Morganfield's is rolling out limited edition beer steins. The design is different from last year. Each mug is sold for RM54.95 including any beer of customer's choice. The beer stein can also be purchased on its own for RM29.95.
The Porktoberfest menu is available for the entire month of October 2019. For both Porktober-Feast and Mini Porktober-Feast platters, get 20% discount when you visit Morganfield's between 5:00pm and 8:00pm. Furthermore, the Queensbay Mall outlet is having an Oktoberfest party on the evening of 25 October 2019. There will be beer-drinking and sausage-eating competitions where the winner gets a year's supply of Sticky Bones!
Name: Morganfield's
Address: GF-121, Queensbay Mall, Persiaran Bayan Indah, 11900 Bayan Lepas, Pulau Pinang
Contact: 04-643-5049
Business hours: 11:00am-1:00am
Coordinates: 5.33421 N, 100.30668 E
Directions: Morganfield's is located on the Ground Floor of Queensbay Mall, right next to Starbucks Coffee. Queensbay Mall has a multilevel parking garage and several outdoor parking spaces.