Written by Shirley T
Tuesday, 15 May 2012 00:00
Western Food in Penang Being colonized by a few European countries before, western food in Penang is not a foreign nor a luxury. The recent price war among the fast chain restaurants put these so-called 'western food' to be very affordable, in fact it is battling against the street western food and stuff in hawker centers as well.
If you're looking for a 'localized' western food below RM10, you may not go far wrong with Mount Erskine western delight, Fettes Park western food Penang or street vendors at hawker centers or food courts. The term 'localized' is to stress the fact that these western platters have been tuned to the local's palate, offered in unique names that are not common in the authentic Western food menu and served with frozen vegetables and fries. Nonetheless, these are the 'real' western food in Penang today.
That being said, it doesn't mean Penang does not offer the original western menu. If you happen to visit Gurney Drive and crave for western cuisine, walk into Chili's at G-Hotel - it is certainly a more 'real' western food restaurant in Penang. Favored by foreigners who miss their homeland food and adventurous locals, it occupies pretty seizable corner opposite the alfresco row of Gurney Plaza. Chili's Grill & Bar Restaurant is also famed for its Southwestern and Tex-Mex cuisine aside from the classical and contemporary western choices.
A Place for Tex-Mex and Western Food in Penang Owing to my constant craving for Tex-Mex, we walked in Chili's outlet at G-Hotel. Given almost a private corner for only two and a half people, it was a great start. Armed with two hungry stomach to dine, we ordered within minutes. Service was okay, not a perfect 10 but scored a distinction. Tipping is not a culture in Malaysia so we do not expect the come-back-to-check kind of gesture from the waitstaff.
Serving size is curved on western standard, slightly larger compares to the typical platter in Penang restaurants. We made it for an entree each i.e. Crispy Honey Chopotle and Jalapeno Steak Quesadillas. Being ambitious, we almost asked for tostada chips and cheese cake, at which we were glad we didn't else they were have to be 'to-go' instead.
Crispy Honey Chopotle is kind of special. Very few western food in Penang offers this deal, and it is also a great steal. Perfectly fried, and crisp, both the chicken and honey sauce were offered generously, plus a comb of grilled corn and some fries. It can be a full day meal for me!
For someone who had an authentic Tex-Mex in the land of its origin, the Jalapeno Steak Quesadillas falls short on my expectation. The steak portion was very little and I didn't seem to get the taste of jalapeno that much. I was hoping for more pico de gallo with lime/vinegar. And some tortilla chips on the platter would go greater! Overall, a great place for food and relax. Certainly going back for their starters and desserts soon.
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