Tasty pleasures by Suffolk House Restaurant new chef


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.

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The first dish was the amuse bouche of banana tart with light crust, refreshing honeydew and watermelon gazpacho and smoked salmon roulade.

Chef Dave Looi at Suffolk House by what2seeonline.com



The chef’s recommendation included two refreshing salads. The first was a light salad made from mushroom, orange, mango coulis, prawn, beetroot and fresh pieces of tuna tataki. It came with chilli sauce dressing which perked up the taste buds.

Chef Dave Looi at Suffolk House by what2seeonline.com


The next one was made from BBQ yabby, tuna, cucumber, orange, beetroot, black olives and capers. We enjoyed its intricate texture which was enhanced by the mayonnaise and tabasco sauce.

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The mushroom cappuccino soup was presented in a hollowed-out egg shell. It was not only beautiful to look at but also tasted delicious with its combination of chicken stock, wild mushrooms and black pepper. Layered with light cappuccino foam, creme fraiche and parsley leaves, the dish leaves an appealing impression.

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Best way to consumed is sipping directly from the egg shell


From the recipes of Dave Looi:


2 tbsp unsalted butter
1 yellow onion, finely diced
1 garlic clove, minced
1 bay leaf
3 cups mixed wild mushrooms, finely diced
2 tbsp all-purpose flour
1½ tsp kosher salt
1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
6 cups chicken stock
1 cup heavy cream
Creme fraiche, for garnish
Flat-leaf parsley, chopped, for garnish

1.    Melt the butter in a pot over medium heat.
2.    Add onion, garlic and bay leaf. Cook for 10 minutes, until onion is translucent.
3.    Add mushrooms and cook until tender.
4.    Stir in flour, salt, and pepper and cook for 2 to 3 minutes.
5.    Add chicken stock and bring to a low boil. Reduce heat to a simmer, cover and cook for 20 minutes. Stir in cream and cook for another 10 minutes, stirring often.



It was quite difficult choosing the main course. We ended having a nice selection of risotto, seafood and red meat. The wild mushroom risotto came with a generous serving of pan-seared scallop. The rice, a combination of Arborio short-grained rice, aged parmesan cheese, chicken stock and mushroom, was rich and flavourful. The creamy rice complemented the sweetness of the nicely browned scallop.

Chef Dave Looi at Suffolk House by what2seeonline.comChef Dave Looi at Suffolk House by what2seeonline.com


Looi’s pan-seared Atlantic salmon la dieppoise was light and playful. It was accompanied by parmesan polenta, ratatouille and the spinach and shimeiji ricotta crepe. The mixture of ingredients, which included ginger and lime butter emulsion, was perfect but I would have preferred if the skin was crispier.

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We also sampled the grain fed beef tenderloin, done medium rare. Looi’s version of this dish came with fresh pea coulis, sweet potato dauphinoise and ragout of mushrooms. The red meat, beautifully countered by blue berries and merlot reduction, had an intensely juicy and flavourful texture and was the best I had tasted in a while.

Chef Dave Looi at Suffolk House by what2seeonline.com

Chef Dave Looi at Suffolk House by what2seeonline.com



The dessert selection included crepe with burnt butter ice-cream, chocolate mousse and creme brulee with a thin layer of caramelised crust. The crepe with burnt butter ice-cream was a hit. We enjoyed it with lovely cups of coffee.

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Combination trio of dessert

Chef Dave’s tasting menu comes with several options of main course. Prices starts from RM148++ to RM178++ and it comes with an amuse bouche, appetizer, soup, sorbet, plus dessert and choice of coffee or tea. The menu changes throughout each season to include the finest ingredients, so some dishes may vary to the ones listed below.


Table D’Hote At Suffolk House
Chef’s Tasting Menu

Amuse Bouche

Tasting Duo of Aburi Hokaido Scallop & Chawanmushi


Salad White Bait & Kale

Komochi Ika I Aburi Yabby I Coconut & Mint Jelly
Endive I Arugula I pearl Onion I Tamago
Salmon Roe I Tangy Olive, Lemon & Orange Emulsion


Truffle Mushroom Cappuccino


Textures of Mango Granita

Choice of Main Course

Escalopes of Ahi Tuna Tataki & Ceps Nantua

Roasted Sweet Potato Mash I Tomato Confit I Quail Egg Verdier
Asparagus I Fava Beans I Mozzarella en Coffret

Pan Seared Atlantic Salmon La Dieppoise

Parmesan Polenta I ratatouille I Spinach & Shimeiji Ricotta Crepe
Ginger & Lime Butter Emulsion

Duck Confit with Caramelized Ontario Peaches

Grilled Tomato with Mozerealla I White & Green Asparugus I Tangy Orange Bearnaise I Sweet
potato Puree I

Herb Marinated Rack of Lamb

Sweet Potato & SpinachAubergine Purée I Spicy Cucumber Coulis
Grilled Zucchini I Parmesan Polenta I Risotto I Marsala Yoghurt

Aged 7oz Grain-Fed Tenderloin of Beef

Fresh Pea Coulis I Sweet Potato Dauphinoise
Ragout of mushrooms I Blue Berries & Merlot Reduction


Grand Marnier Crepe Suzette with
burnt butter ice-cream

Choice of Coffee or Tea


Chef Dave Looi at Suffolk House by what2seeonline.com

Suffolk House Restaurant new executive chef Dave Looi


Click here for the Map Location. Suffolk House Restaurant is located in Suffolk House on Jalan Air Itam, next to the Malaysian German Society.

Suffolk House Restaurant
Suffolk House
250 Jalan Air Itam
10460 Penang

Tel : 04 2283930

Business Hour :
Lunch from 12 noon – 3pm
Tea from 2.30pm – 6pm
Dinner from 7pm – 11pm

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