BY CK Lam

A warm welcome greeted me as I once again stepped into the charming Ferringhi Garden Restaurant located in Batu Ferringhi, Penang. Many readers came to know about this truly captivating restaurant which was first published in my blog, way back in 2008.

During that time the garden in the restaurant was not well blossomed. Fast forward by two years, the plants have now matured which subsequently makes the name of this place fits appropriately, a “restaurant within a garden”!

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The entire indoor dining area was filled with soft yellow lights creating a warm atmosphere!

The owner of Ferringhi Garden, Richard Long has put in plenty of effort in beautifying the entire place according to its theme over the years. Skirting the restaurant is a well-groomed ground with trees, beautiful flowering plants, earthenware jars and water features which gives it a relaxing yet intimate ambiance.

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Haven of greenery

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Relaxed outdoor tables of the upper floor

The surrounding of the restaurant is quite large and it offer many choices of dining areas: enjoying in the comfort of three different air-conditioned dining floors or dining in the patio, and the airy garden surrounded by the beauty of the outdoors plants with the soothing sounds of  water coming from the mini waterfall.

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Soothing welcoming ambience in the dining room

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Relaxing at the lounge with some wine before the meal!

This time around, I was there to sample a tasting menu of a six-course dinner with a subtle blend of Asian flavors. The meal kicked off with some wine chosen from their extensive wine collection. They selected two Chilean wines, a white and a red, to complement the meal.

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The Chardonnay from GatoNegro served in classic wine glasses from Zwiesel was a very fruity young wine that was easy on the palate.

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GatoNegro Chardonnay to enjoy with the cuisines!

This complemented the popular tomato and garlic bread served with delicious dips of balsamic vinegar, garlic aioli and Italian tomato sauce.

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Ferringhi Garden’s signature tomato and garlic bread

A plate adorned with two large baked scallops came with a mild Thai sauce that had green apples in it. The sauce provided a zesty taste to the scallops. The scallops were great to go along with the chilled white wine.

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Next was the delicate foie gras, pan-seared, set upon on toasted bread with blueberries and a little touch of reduced red wine sauce. The foie gras was luscious, creamy, smooth and melted in my mouth. It contrasted nicely with sweet fruity flavor of blueberries and the orange sauce cut through the rich, fattiness of the foie gras.

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Besides that, I thoroughly indulged in their bowl of Norwegian clam soup garnished with basil. This sour, salty and gently spicy soup, delicately perfumed with herbs of tarragon, sage and dill was an ideal course for the rich, heavy meal. The soup had a subtle light flavor with a silky smooth texture. It was timely as the spiciness and tanginess helps to settle down the first two rich flavorful dishes.

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The Norwegian Clam soup was a tasty and hearty soup

Elegantly presented next was the Grilled Smoked Alaskan Black Cod. Smoked in the kitchen in Ferringhi Garden itself, it was a great piece of cod fish. Lightly flavored and gently caramelized, the fish had a beautiful color and was served with shredded carrot, pieces of radish, celery and black mushroom.

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Black mushroom added sweet flavors to this dish

The highlight of the evening was the ‘snow frosted’ Japanese Wagyu. Although this cost more than wagyu from the United States or Australia, it was worth every ringgit. The Japanese cattle are fed with a special diet with different feeds during their various stages of growth and given massage regularly. They come in different grades and the price depends on the cut and the BMS (Beef Marbling Standard) grading.

I had the Premium Wagyu which was a pure-bred Japanese Kuroge-Wagyu, raised in Japan for more than 27 months and had attained the rank of premium quality. It was the tenderloin cut of A4 with a marbling score of 7.

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Executive Chef Woei Liang and Manager Fabian Long with the premium beef

Executive Chef Woei Liang did an excellent preparation for the meat. He added nothing more than just a little truffle oil and some herbs. Special care was taken when searing the meat over charcoal as the fat melted quickly and burnt easily.

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The meat was prepared at the table by Chef Liang!

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Irresistible mouth-watering aroma of the beef wafting around during the cooking

My piece of meat was done medium rare with the center mostly pink, meltingly tender and flavorful with juicy beefy goodness.

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The premium wagyu served with carrots and asparagus

The GateNegro Cabernet Sauvignon, with plenty of flavors derived from fruit and spices, was chosen to complement the rich wagyu beef.

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The meal concluded with a freshly baked chocolate souffle served with vanilla ice-cream. I thoroughly enjoyed the light souffle with the strong chocolate flavor. Vanilla ice cream was just heavenly with the chocolate!

With so many complex flavors and textures still tingling my palate, I left satiated. As I learnt from my past visits to the restaurant, it only gets better with time.

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To get there, take the first right turn after Parkroyal Hotel, into a narrow lane. Drive until you reach a T-junction. Take a left turn and look out for the car park on the left. The main entrance of the restaurant is directly opposite Yahong Art Gallery.

The restaurant is open every day of the week with business hours from 2pm till 12am. Click here for the Map Location.

***More on the Christmas eve dinner menu can be view here.

Ferringhi Garden
34-C Batu Ferringhi
11100 Penang

Tel : 04 8811193

Fax : 04 8811195

This is a reproduction of my article published in New Straits Times


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13 comments so far

 1 

good to see such restaurant well established in Penang… :)

CK Lam Reply:

Definitely great to see such a restaurant…a nice place for food and entertaining friends.

July 12th, 2010 at 8:49 pm
 2 

a classic place to dine in.

CK Lam Reply:

Totally agree with you :)

July 13th, 2010 at 10:13 am
 3 

i recently went there to celebrate father’s day and my parents (especially my mom cos she loves greenery) had a wonderful time! food’s good too! :)

CK Lam Reply:

Haha…nice to know that your family enjoyed the outing at this restaurant. I too was captivated by this restaurant on my first visit.

July 13th, 2010 at 11:32 am
Hexacool
 4 

Cool….how much for the six course dinner?

CK Lam Reply:

The meal was paid by my friend….

July 13th, 2010 at 11:53 am
 5 

Wah nice photos and nice foods … how to resist such a nice place and foods … that piece of meat already enough to make me melt ….. There goes my diet ….. :P

CK Lam Reply:

Do make it a point to drop by and try out the food. It is an ideal place for photography too.

July 13th, 2010 at 11:30 pm
Sammy
 6 

Ferringhi Garden is a great place to dine. The only drawback is the Mosque next door. It’s way too loud and i really hope they can tune down the speaker phone.

CK Lam Reply:

I noticed that too but I think it is impossible to have it tune down.

July 14th, 2010 at 12:21 am
 7 

truly awesome! :)

CK Lam Reply:

Indeed a great place…truly captivating restaurant for a meal or just for a drink.

July 14th, 2010 at 8:19 am
 8 

penang restaurant is moving to another direction d…glad that its moving foward:)

CK Lam Reply:

Hope more restaurants will follow up.

July 14th, 2010 at 1:31 pm
 9 

awesome….just by look at the pictures!!

CK Lam Reply:

Drop by for a visit, I am sure you will fall in love with the place.

July 16th, 2010 at 10:59 am
 10 

It’s a wonderful place to dine and catch up with family members as well as friends. Good place for dating too.

CK Lam Reply:

Ferringhi Garden sure is an attractive dining place.
There are not many restaurants in town with such a concept.

July 26th, 2010 at 11:40 pm
Charlene
 11 

hi..it’s very beautiful restaurant.Actually I m looking for a nice restaurant to celebrate my bf’s birthday.Due to the limitation of budget, can u briefly tell me how much is the range of the food price here? thx =)
Have a nice day~

August 15th, 2010 at 6:47 pm
Sachi
 12 

Is the price reasonable?

September 10th, 2010 at 2:28 pm
Eugene
 13 

Great review there! I’m actually planning to bring my gf there sometime next weekend. I have a few questions though.

1) Is the place full of ppl during weekends? Advance reservations needed?
2) You mentioned that the main entrance is facing Yahong Art Gallery. That means its facing the main road right? I’m abit confused because i’ve came across a nice restaurant but its entrance (not sure if it’s the main one) is facing sunset bistro or the beach. Is this the same restaurant i’m referring to?

October 20th, 2010 at 9:59 am

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