Strategically located along Tanjung Tokong’s main road and right in front of Hotel Sentral Seaview, Viva Local Food Haven (GPS: 5.46270,100.30512) is always crowded with both local and foreign customers. Thanks to our friends who stayed in Hotel Sentral Seaview recently, we had a chance to revisit the food court after our initial visit 8 years ago.
About a year ago, Korean fried chicken was mushrooming Malaysia. Unlike fried chicken of well-known brands, the poultry was usually coated with spicy sauce. Personally, we tried once during our trip to Seoul but it was burning hot to our liking, to an extend that it was “painful” to eat it. Recently, we finally found a better alternative – 4FINGERS at Gurney Paragon, Penang (GPS: 5.43585,100.31113).
With pubs and BBQ restaurants mushrooming in Automall of Karpal Singh Drive, chances for us to have a decent coffee in a cozy cafe is minimal to an extend that Automall should be renamed to BBQMall in our opinion. Just before we decided to bid this adult playground goodbye, we bumped into Monopoly Social Exchange Lounge. (GPS: 5.39834,100.32915)
MC5TIME (GPS: 5.32575,100.27081) is operated by a Chinese family previously owning a franchise cafe at Carnarvon Street in George Town. Due to some internal issues, the family decided to move forward by opening their own cafe – MC5TIME. The new cafe is shy away from main road and is located same row with 三國果條湯 (3 Kingdom Koay Teow Th’ng) in Sungai Ara.
Promenade is a new commercial-residential building located between D’Piazza and Elit Avenue, so new that the parking is still free and only few shops are currently opened, including Yin’s WholeFood Manufactory (GPS: 5.32398,100.28224). Yin’s latest establishment is a “cafe+organic shop” concept in which other than dining in, you can shop for organic products at Zenxin Organic Food Malaysia next to the cafe.
It was one evening when we had an appointment at food truck corner of Chulia Lane (Lorong Chulia). As usual, we departed early to avoid traffic,jam, so early that we had enough time to visit both Kuan Yin Temple and 20 Chulia Lane Cafe (GPS: 5.41901,100.33768) before our appointment. The cafe occupies ground floor of Penang Hainan Tan Clan Association. Parking-wise, not sure about you but we were grateful that we usually found a slot along the narrow Chulia Lane.