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BY CK Lam

Besides dubbed as the top state for hawker food, Penang also offers places to indulge for high-end flavors. Follow me as I uncover the luxurious flavors in the island.

Chin’s Stylish Chinese Restaurant

A flamboyant restaurant at the end of Church Street Pier, Chin’s Stylish Chinese Cuisine serves cuisine leaning towards the Hunan and Szechuan style. The restaurant is run by Dave Chin, a long time entrepreneur in restaurant business and has earned several prestigious awards in his London restaurant during the 8o’s and 90’s.

High-End Flavours of Penang at Chin's Stylish Chinese Cuisine, Penang by what2seeonline.com

Four Happiness

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BY CK Lam

Diners embarked on a classical music evening and indulged in a feast of fine cuisine and vintages at the 1885 Musical Soiree. The event was made possible through the support from the prestigious Eastern & Oriental Hotel, Penang (E&O) and Mr Martin Rutherford.

The musical performance at the elegant 1885 opened with a short speech by Mr Martin Rutherford, which was followed by performances by pianist Zhang Chi, soprano Teresa Ong Geok Theng and tenor Sean Ooi.

1885 Musical Soiree at Eastern & Oriental Hotel, Penang by what2seeonline.com

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BY CK Lam

Diners visiting Sesame & Soy at G-Hotel, Penang will find solace in the unique dishes crafted by chef de cuisine Chiam Choon Heng. This award winning Pan Asian restaurant offers a variety of fusion contemporary Chinese cuisine.

Besides the ala carte menu, Sesame also features quarterly seasonal menus. From August to September 2013, the menu listed with nutritious lotus root and fresh fruit creations awaits you.

Try the Stuffed Lotus Root with Prawn. This dish with peanut butter mayo and sesame seeds atop huge prawns stuffed with moderately minced lotus root and prawns is prepared in an interesting and flavorful way. The lotus root is rather unique, with fine threads when you bite into it.

  Menu of Lotus Root and Fresh Fruit Creations @Sesame & Soy, G Hotel by what2seeonline.com

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BY CK Lam

32 at The Mansion, the town’s well known fine dining restaurant is one of those places where you want to treat yourself to a fine dining experience. Within its premises is Beach Blanket Babylon, a beach side bar and restaurant which is charming in terms of its outdoor setting with view of the sparkly sea.

Menus for both 32 at The Mansion and Beach Blanket Babylon are done by executive chef Mathijs Nanne, with no shortage for choice. We sampled a variety of dishes from the menus.

Beach Blanket Babylon’s menu is exactly what you would expect from beach side bar. It is a bit more casual with plenty of finger food. We started off with the canapé and gougeres which are served on a rectangular tile. The canapé arrived with smoked salmon served over crisp baguette toast, smoked duck spring roll and tuna croquette. This dish is served with the all-time favorite sun-dried tomato aioli.

Beach Blanket Babylon & 32 at The Mansion by what2seeonline.com

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BY CK Lam

As part of the Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa, Penang 40th Anniversary Celebrations, the resort’s award-winning Feringgi Grill restaurant, will be introducing the retro menu called the Blast From The Past.

Going back in time at Feringgi Grill, Penang with the Blast From The Past menu by what2seeonline.com

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BY CK Lam

Over the past few years, Suffolk House Restaurant has had many different chefs. The latest is executive chef Dave Looi. His last job before arriving in Penang was in Parrot Cay, a private island which is part of the Turks and Caicos Islands. He has also worked as a chef in Taipei, London and New York.

Looi’s passion for creativity is apparent in the numerous dishes we sampled at Suffolk House Restaurant.

Chef Dave Looi at Suffolk House by what2seeonline.com

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BY CK Lam

Since 1993, Feringgi Grill has been nominated by the readers of Malaysia Tatler as one of Malaysia’s Best Restaurants for its exceptional cuisine and service. The restaurant with its exquisitely prepared modern grill cuisine, wide range of vintage wines and fine cigars was recently listed in first annual “101 Best Hotel Restaurants Around The World” by The Daily Meal, New York.

Today, the restaurant is helmed by German chef de cuisine, Matthias Tretbar, who focus on grilled dishes. He has 12 years of experience working in his home ground in Munich, West Germany before moving to Muscat, Oman in the Middle East and most recently in Bangkok, Thailand.

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* This article was published in the New Straits Times (Life & Times) on 19th November2011

BY CK Lam

It was an evening of dining and French wines at Tiffins, the fine dining restaurant in Parkroyal Penang Resort. The evening gave us the chance to explore wines from the estates of Baron Edmond de Rothschild.

Baron Edmond de Rothschild's French Winemakers Dinner at Tiffins by CK Lam at what2seeonline.com

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* This article was published in the New Straits Times (Northern Streets) on 6th August 2011.

BY CK Lam

If you are looking for a romantic place to celebrate that special day, nothing beats celebrating it at Sigi’s Bar and Grill in Shangri-La’s Golden Sands Resort. Executive Sous Chef John Brock, who helms the kitchen, recently created a romantic set dinner by candlelight for two.

The menu incorporates great food in a cozy private dining tent on the beach under the starry sky. The tent is shielded by sheer curtains for privacy and the intimate interior is softly candle-lit.

Romantic Set Dinner by Candlelight at Sigi’s  by what2seeonline.com

Dining in a cozy private tent on the beach under the starry sky

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* This article was published in the New Straits Times (Life & Times) on 19th July 2011.

BY CK Lam

Feringgi Grill in Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa Penang is a picture of elegance, both in design and culinary servings. With its minimalist earth-toned interiors and Tudor-style ambience, the restaurant exudes an old-school charm. Antiques and old photos adorn the area and serve as conversation pieces, nicely complementing the breathtaking view overlooking the resort gardens, that of rainforest trees, the Andaman Sea and beach.

Having delighted diners for a good part of three decades, Feringgi Grill is fondly recognised as among the best fine dining restaurants in Penang. Located on the mezzanine floor of Rasa Wing, it has a semi-open kitchen and a custom-built round grill.

Heading its award-winning kitchen is chef David Pooley, who has over a decade of culinary experience in modern Australian and French cuisine. His impressive interpretations of fine dining were honed while he was a sous chef at Quay and Claude’s in Sydney. His mentors included Quay’s celebrity chef, Peter Gilmore and Claude’s Malaysian-born chef Chui Lee Luk.

David Pooley

Photo courtesy of Feringgi Grill

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