ChinaHouse, Victoria & Beach Street, Penang

ChinaHouse, located at both Victoria and Beach Street in Penang probably needs no more introduction.

Opened in 2011, ChinaHouse is a combination of restaurant, coffee joint, wine lounge, art gallery and bar under one roof. Customers can go there for a meal, be it breakfast, lunch or dinner; have a cuppa, sip on a glass of wine or just to admire art. ChinaHouse has racks and racks of old books to accompany one while sipping their cuppa away.

A few pre war houses combined, refurbished into one of Penang’s hot spots.

Walking in the front door, a whole array of cakes greet you gleefully.

Really. One would literally think of desserts straight away even before having their meals. The place is packed to the brim even on a Wednesday night. Customers can choose to sit in the main lounge for their meals and then proceed to the wine/bar area for some live band and drinks.

Bud Ginger Pesto Spaghetti with Grilled Chicken Breast (RM30). Yes a quick look on the menu tells you that food here is a bit overpriced. Pesto sauces are usually a combination of crushed garlic, basil, pine nuts and cheese. In this dish here we have ginger based pesto. The taste of the ginger was barely there, making the pesto sauce rather bland. Spaghetti texture was alright, not too soggy whereas the grilled chicken breast was way below par. Hard, cold with chewy texture, lacking the tender and juicy bit. gNOMe 2 however, liked the way the chef made full use of the garnished herbs, especially the chopped bunga kantan (etlingera elatior), which leaves a rather aromatic after taste each bite.

Chicken Schnitzel (RM34) is typically chicken coated with bread crumbs and eggs then fried till golden brown. It is served with home made mashed potatoes with pumpkins. While there wasn’t anything interesting about the chicken, the mashed potatoes were pretty yummy. Though a little bit more seasoning would be great.

Next, the long awaited dessert.

Too many to choose from so gNOMe 2 and her brother settled for this. Fleur De Sel (RM15) a slice. It’s basically chocolate cake topped with nut bits, with caramel oozing out from the middle. Yes, a very sweet treat indeed. The first mouthful itself proved it true, with the caramel sauce being too sweet hence overshadowing the moist chocolate cake. Not a very wise choice indeed.

Verdict : Food was below par for the both of us. Was a let down, lacking both the flavouring and the taste. Dessert wasn’t top notch too. We wanted the tiramisu but was sold out by the time we arrived. And on another note, we were both appalled by the customer service there. Waiters were inattentive, and to the extend of some being quite rude. Would think twice to pay this place a visit again.

How to get there :

Address : 153 & 153 Beach Street and 183B Victoria Street, 10300 Georgetown, Penang

Contact number : +604-263 7299

Opening hours :

Mondays – Fridays 9:00am – Midnights

Saturdays – Sundays 9:00am – 1:00 am

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