Friday, January 15, 2010

How could you be so heartless?

In the night I hear 'em talk, the coldest story ever told
Somewhere far along this road he lost his soul
To a woman so heartless
How could you be so heartless?
How could you be so heartless?

- Heartless by Kanye West

Yesterday as I was browsing through the news online, I read a heart wrenching story of a man. Heartless act of a son and daughter-in-law.

I cannot imagine doing that to my dad or having anyone I know who would do such a thing. It really baffles me. What were they thinking? No matter how troublesome or annoying the situation may seem, at the end of the day, he is family and doesn't that mean something?

Someone who has been there since the day YOU were born, someone who took care of YOU no matter how annoying and rebellious YOU were, someone who worked all his life so that YOU can buy anything YOU want... Surely there is something else that YOU can do to compromise. You are an adult not a child. Can you think sensibly?

The news has been pretty gloomy the past week. I had wanted to blog about my feelings but refrained. They are pretty sensitive issues. But reading this story was just too much. We don't need opportunists who add more salt into the wound and we don't want to hear about ungrateful people.

Respect. Peace. Love.


Sunday, January 10, 2010

Salsas @ Upper Penang Road



The past few posts have been about food and in this series, I'm actually saving the best for last. My new favourite is currently Salsas Restaurant. My dear and I have passed by this place so many times before. Salsas looks like a fine dining restaurant from the outside and has a very simple menu on display at the door. But to our surprise, the price is quite reasonable.

On our first visit there, we were early and were seated by the window =D This was also the first time I've seen a menu with more than 15 different set lunches to choose from! Yes I assure you that the menu was not referring to ala carte. It was totally different from the one shown outside the restaurant. There were so many choices from chicken to fish to lamb to pasta and cooked in different ways too. Price ranged from RM 13++ to RM 30++. We chose the RM 15.50 sets.

Each set comes with starters, main course, dessert and drinks. For starters, you may choose between salad or mushroom soup. As for drinks, fruit juice of the day, iced lemon tea or coffee/tea. Both of us opted for mushroom soup which came with a bun each.

 

 

I must say that the soup was absolutely delicious with tiny chunks of mushrooms. The buns? Warm and a bit crunchy. Very nice. The part I like most is the soft butter which spreads easily on the bun.

 

 

The menu listed descriptions instead of the names of the dishes. Adrian got the Set L which was pasta. Personally, it was the best pasta I've had. The spaghetti was not too dry nor too wet and the prawns were absolutely succulent. Four thumbs up! I really want to order this the next time I go there.

 

 

As for myself, I had roasted chicken with cheese from Set K. Deeeelicioussss! Too much vege and potatoes though. I could hardly finish them.

Everybody know set meals are meant to rip you off in some way or another but look at the portions served at Salsas! That's a full portion you'd get if you order ala carte elsewhere. Plus our sets were only RM 15.50 each. I'm definitely in love with Salsas. Oh and by the way, I like how the food came in a timely manner. The main course was only served after both of us were done with our soups. Perhaps it's because we were only their second customers for the day. Many came in after us though. From observation, most are regular customers and that speak volumes about Salsas.

 
 


For dessert, it was a nice and simple serving of ice cream, cake and cream puff. Don't you love it when your food comes arranged nicely?

Dining at Salsas was a lovely experience. The food was very good and the waiters were friendly. One of the waiters there looked like the capocameriere, Yonamine, from the Japanese drama Bambino! I've no complaints about Salsas. Very satisfied.

If you're wondering is this really my favourite so far, I'll just say this...I'd pick Salsas over a buffet. It's affordable fine dining afterall :)

Location:
Salsas Restaurant (corner restaurant just below Hotel Continental)
Upper Penang Road,
Penang. 

Friday, January 08, 2010

Hardwicke House BBQ & Buffet Restaurant @ Northam Tower



Me: What do you feel like eating?
Adrian: Something filling but cheap.


And that led us to finding the place in the photo above. Hardwicke House. Adrian made reservations the night before for the lunch buffet. I do recommend making reservations especially on weekends to avoid disappointment. We were the first two to arrive but 10 minutes later, the place was packed.

 

As we entered the restaurant, we were greeted by lovely, gorgeous, delicious food. It's a simple buffet with about 10 different types of food and loads of dessert including ice cream. There's also the salad corner but am not a big fan of salads.

 
 

Food served:
Chicken soup and bun
Fried mihun
Fried rice
Spinach porial
Dhall
Snakegourd porial
Cheese baked fish
Curry chicken
Fried squid
Chicken lorbak
Roti jala 

Black pepper chicken
Carbonara pasta


We both enjoyed the pasta and curry chicken the most. Adrian also liked the baked fish and fried mihun. As for myself, I was looking forward to dessert =P

 
 

So many tarts to choose from! Egg tarts, cheese tarts and fruit tarts. All in mini bite size so you'll keep wanting more :) Adrian and I both agree that the fruit tarts were simply delicious. Tried the sago too but it's not sweet enough.

All in all, the buffet was good and really worth it. I love the ambiance. Great place for gatherings and they've got private rooms too. One more thing, the service is really good. The waiters are always ready to take those empty plates away before they clutter your table.

Lunch buffet is at RM 18++ while dinner buffet which has BBQ is at RM 38++. This month's promotion includes free flow of non-alcoholic drinks with all buffets. There's also a 30% discount for senior citizens and children eat for free (one per paying adult)!!!

Location:
Hardwicke House (beside Northam Tower)
67, Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah,
Penang 
04 - 226 4998 

Thursday, January 07, 2010

Station 1 Cafe @ Komtar



Komtar has been undergoing some serious renovations in hopes to revitalise the place. There are now many new F&B outlets located at the main entrance. Typically, most are franchises of course including Station 1 Cafe. At first glance, I thought that its another one of those franchised kopitiam that serves nice coffee but the food may lack somewhat. But no! It's not even close to that. They serve western and a bit of fusion.



I seldom never order lamb at places which are not my regular "lamb places". Blame it on bad experience. Not everyone can cook lamb properly. So this was my first in a long time making that order of lamb. To be honest, it was good. Not the best but passable. Phew~ Worthy of mention is the pasta salad which was absolutely delicious. I could go on eating that.

 

Adrian had the mixed grill and was so bloated. They are pretty generous with their servings at Station 1 Cafe. I couldn't finish my lamb. Oh we also shared the garlic bread and mushroom soup. Both are not pictured for obvious reasons...I'm not too fond of them. The garlic bread was just bread with garlic spread. I prefer them toasted instead. As for the mushroom soup, it was a tad bitter. The bitterness does get to you eventually and you'd probably start to like it...but still it's bitter...

Total damage for 2 was about RM 60. It was alright.

Location:
Station 1 Cafe 
Main entrance of KOMTAR
Georgetown, 
Penang  

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