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BY CK Lam

On the bustling Burma Road in Penang, El Faro is the latest addition to a handful of genuine tapas joints around town. Small plates of tapas, prepared by executive chef Jack Yeap, come with rich offerings of pungent cheeses, olive oils, premium sardine, anchovies and tuna.

Tapas, or small plates of snacks, which originated from Spain, are best enjoyed under the covered patio in front of this restaurant. Alternatively, there’s also an indoor air-conditioned dining area. Try the Boquerones – a perfect marriage of refreshing sweet watermelon, salty preserved Spanish white anchovies with mint, sea salt and extra virgin olive oil.

Tapas Dishes from El Faro, Penang by what2seeonline.com

Boquerones – a delight to the eye and palate

Tapas Dishes from El Faro, Penang by what2seeonline.com

Ensalada tomate (tomato salad) with sweet tangy balsamic vinegar

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BY CK Lam

The up-and-coming World Street Food Congress (WSFC) organised by Makansutra will take place on 31st May till 9th June 2013. Supported by the Singapore Tourism Board, the ten-day festival held at the F1 Pit Building and Paddock (1 Republic Boulevard) is not too be missed by all foodies and aficionados.

K.F. Seetoh, founder of Makansutra and TV host of The Food Surprise! on TLC Asia, unveiled the details of the WSFC at a press conference held last February at the Spice Market in New York City which comprises three main prongs:

- World Street Food Jamboree
- World Street Food Dialogue
- World Street Food Awards

The World Street Food Jamboree (31 May to 9 June) is a mega street food feast whereby around 40 of the world’s best street food masters gather and showcase their products. Visitors get to learn culinary cultures and enjoy new taste of hand-picked street foods from Indonesia, India, Thailand, Vietnam, USA, Mexico, Malaysia, Denmark, China and Singapore.

Keep an eye on the many exciting offerings, such as Pisang Roa (smoked fish sambal) and Kerak Telor (crispy glutinous rice frittata) from Indonesia, Banh Da Tom Hai Phong (prawn and fish red rice noodle) and Banh Khot (seafood rice cake) from Vietnam, Shrimps & Grits from United States and Bao Luo Fen from China. Not to be missed is the popular Penang Assam Laksa from Malaysia. This spicy-sour fish base soup noodle was voted No. 7 under CNNGo International Food Survey as “foods worth traveling the world to gorge on”.

Among the showcase stalls at the jamboree are Meyers Kokken by Claus Meyer (co-owner of NOMA, Denmark) and Lion City from Vietnam. Visitors can expect roasted Pork Sandwich and Seafood Teppanyaki (Singapore style).

World Street Food Jamboree Feast, Singapore by what2seeonline.com

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BY CK Lam

Tucked away in Precinct 10, Sushi Zento has been serving up Japanese meal with pork besides other meats. The restaurant has two seating area, with an outdoor air-conditioned area with cosy setting. The other area has a Kaiten belt which services a number of tables and a teppanyaki section with an open kitchen concept.

Sushi Zento at Precinct 10, Penang

Shake Toro Sashimi RM38

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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 is a reproduction of my article published in New Straits Times (Northern Streets) on 29th October 2012

BY CK Lam

Bayview Hotel Georgetown’s Revolving Restaurant presents a Thai dinner buffet to go with its 360-degree, bird’s eye view of Penang island. Laden with appetisers, hot dishes and desserts, the buffet table offers an exciting blend of flavours.

Diners can choose from the many varieties of refreshing salads and cold dishes. On display are grilled beef salad, green papaya salad, Thai clam salad with young mango, Thai glass noodle salad, Thai pomelo salad and leaf -wrapped savoury morsels (miang kham). The last is a riot of fragrances and textures from the combination of daun kaduk, onions, chilies, roasted peanuts and lime.

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Leaf wrapped savory morsels (miang kham)

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BY CK Lam

This month, Eastin Hotel Penang is going deutsche with its German Galore promotion at its halal Swez Brasserie Restaurant. The buffet features classic German appetisers and entrees such as sauerkraut salad, goulash soup, bratwurst (German sausages) and scrumptious desserts to satisfy your taste buds.

German food galore at Eastin Hotel, Penang by what2seeonline.com

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BY CK Lam

Penang recently sees the opening of Macalister Mansion, an exclusive boutique hotel. Also known as MM, the restored charming colonial white mansion with minimalism decor takes its name from the road it is located. MM houses Living Room, Dining Room, Bagan Bar, The Den, Eight Rooms and The Lawn, each with its own unique setting.

Macalister Mansion (MM) on Macalister Road, Penang by what2seeonline.com

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By CK Lam

It was a wonderful night lingering over dinner for hours with friends at Eighty Eight Restaurant. The newly opened restaurant is in Kelawei Road here. It takes its name from the year of its chef-cum-owner Danny Ng’s birth.

The Eighty Eight Restaurant @Kelawei Road, Penang by what2seeonline.com

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By CK Lam

Sushi Tei, the international Japanese Sushi Restaurant Chain which originates from Singapore is now opened in Penang. Located in Gurney Plaza, the dining place with a touch of Japanese interior has a great sea view. The signature open-kitchen concept is also seen in this outlet.

The menu offers one dish meal, ramen, sushi, sashimi, tempura, rolls and grill dishes. I adore the sashimi with four different types of raw fish, garnished with lemon slices. The fresh yellow-tail, salmon and butterfish goes well with wasabi but the marbled tuna belly is best eaten on its own. This highly prized fish is also available in a single plate with five thick pieces per order.

 Sushi Tei @Gurney Plaza, Penang by what2seeonline.com

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By CK Lam

Ristorante Bella Italia is  the place to go when it comes to Italian food in Penang. It has two outlets, with the first one at Bellisa Row in Pulau Tikus, and  the other in Batu Ferringhi, which has a casual and friendly atmosphere. Both the outlets serve a slightly different menu.

The Batu Ferringhi outlet welcomes visitors with its delightful selection of food and its relaxing dining hall looking out into a small garden.

Ristorante Bella Italia Batu Feringghi by what2seeonline.com

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BY CK Lam

Established under the Texchem Group, Miraku in G Hotel is a great place for customers to enjoy Japanese food. The main cuisine at this fine dining restaurant is Japanese food, with ala carte dishes and course menus.

Executive Chef Masaki Kurihara came up with creative dishes using seasonal and premium ingredients flown in from Japan, for traditional Japanese menus ranging from RM100.

Traditional Japanese course menus  in Miraku by what2seeonline.com

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* This article was published in the New Straits Times (Life & Times) on 6th September 2011.

The recently launched Campbell House in George Town is home to Il Bacaro Venetian Restaurant. This slice of classic Italian dining is within walking distance of Tho Yuen and Tai Tong Dim Sum House.

The restaurant serves its cuisine the Il Bacaro way, which is based on a traditional Venetian backstreet tavern. It’s where one can enjoy authentic Italian dishes served in a warm and friendly atmosphere.

Il Bacaro Venetian Restaurant at Campbell House, Penang by ck lam of www.what2seeonline.com

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