* This article was also published in the New Straits Times (Life & Times) on 24th June 2010.
Things are getting interesting with the discovery of Uncle Zack By-The-Beach, a gorgeous dining place where you can enjoy meals and drinks while admiring a panoramic view of the sea. This newly done up diner, with a mixed clientele of tourist and locals, is Parkroyal Penang’s Cool Bananas’ newest extension.
We arrived before dinner time which starts at 7pm, to bask in the warmth sunset. The sunset is spectacular; the continuous changing colors of the horizon was simply breathtaking.
As the sky darkened, old fashioned electric and small oil lamps light up the dining area and the pathways. The rustic look of the oil lamps added charm and created a warm and lovely ambience.
Dine and enjoy a spectacular view of the sunset
While looking through the menu we were advised to share as the food was served in large portions. We chose several shareable plates from the varied menu.
Starting of the meal was the Tapas Platter which comes with nine great items, including seafood, meat and vegetable. Tempting spicy bites such as Satay (with spicy sauce), Beef Rendang, Prawn Sambal and Fish Curry are served together with Crispy Calamari, Bruschetta, Roasted Vegetables, Smoked Salmon Tartar and Spring Rolls.
They were delicious and went well with the Chef’s Selection Trio of Dips, comprising harissa yoghurt, guacamole and hummus. The hummus was a favorite with its rich flavor. The platter @ RM48 was a great dish to start off the meal!
Tapas Platter with a taste of everything!
The Chargrilled T-Bone Steak, marinated with Italian herbs in olive oil was grilled to perfection, exactly the medium rare that we asked for and with a robust flavor. The large portion of meat (400 gm) was served with baked potato in foil, tomato, ratatouille and corn with onion sauce (served separately). The meat was soft and moist. It was absolutely delicious to pair the juicy meat with the flavor from the onion sauce.
I found it impossible to resist the Slow Roasted Beef Ribs caramelized in hickory BBQ sauce. The huge portion of rib (800gm) was cooked with the meat almost falling off the bone. The beef went perfectly well with the sweetness and creaminess of the skin-on potato wedges and coleslaw. It remains a signature dish of Uncle Zack’s till this very day!
I thoroughly enjoyed the Slow Roasted Beef Ribs priced @ RM 62
The Pan Fried Barramundi Fillet was served with boiled baby potatoes, seasoned spinach, grilled tomato and citrus butter sauce. The boneless fillet was excellent, lightly sautéed in extra virgin olive oil and tasted good with the citrus butter sauce.
Apart from the fish fillet, there was another seafood dish. The PARKROYAL Fisherman’s Seafood Basket was piled high with steamed crab, prawn, slipper lobster, mussels, scallops, baked fish and rice cone. Diners can opt to add a baby lobster for an additional fee.
The fresh seafood was served with the chef’s special dipping sauce which come in six varieties. Complementing the seafood with some Worchester sauce was indeed unique! It was a refreshing local touch to the dish, with rice being served instead of chips!
PARKROYAL Fisherman’s Seafood Basket @ RM58
We had the meal with refreshing beverages! The Mojito is an amazing drink, loaded with a mixture of light rum, cane sugar, soda water with lime wedges and fresh mint sprigs. All the cooling and refreshing drinks come in big servings. Even the coffee is served in a large 350ml cup!
After the delicious meal, we just relaxed and lingered on with our drinks, gazing out at the sea enjoying the sea breeze. With the beach steps away, Uncle Zack By-The-Beach is a place perfect for families, lovers and those just wanting to have a bite with friends.
Uncle Zack By-The-Beach is open for dinner only, from 7pm to11pm daily.
Uncle Zack By-The-Beach
Batu Ferringhi Beach
Tel : 04 8862288 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 04 8862288 end_of_the_skype_highlighting ext: 8207
Pleasant outdoor atmosphere with a panoramic view of the sea