Akiyoshi (Izakaya Restaurant) @ Automall Penang

Automall as lepak destination is no longer a new thing to Penangites,  be it once a fame over hottest destination for Pokemon Go and to date, the development doesn't stop from flourishing with more tenants landing in. I guess this is partly why Penang Lang always love this place.

Akiyoshi Automall is something unusual than the rest I've been as it's nestled under Izakaya concept. A casual after-work dining place with the accompany of live band (available everyday from 9pm), better yet, they serve a variety of tummy-filling + satisfying Japanese food (apart from choices of skewer), best accompanied with some alcoholic beverages too.
Ebi Kakiage
(Mixed Sliced Vegetable Tempura) - RM 23

Restaurant: Akiyoshi @ Automall, Level 1
Serving: Japanese Cuisine (Alcholic beverages included) *Non Halal
Menu: Click ME!
Business Hour: 11.30am till 2.30 midnight, opens daily (Kitchen last call at 12.30am)

Live Band: Available daily from 9pm till 1.30am
Smoking area: Allowed in the restaurant from 9pm onward

Here's what my friends and I had in the evening.

Kaniko Salada
(Crab Roe Salad) - RM 16
I had three for this, no lie! The salad is refreshing on every bite, best to have it either as starter or even after-meal.

Akiyoshi Maki
(Akiyoshi Special Roll) - RM 28
Anyone loves avocado like I do? I have a tendency to order handcrafted sushi when there's sliced avocado on it.  Three pieces and I'm already full, it's kinda solid.

Sashimi Moriawase Take
(Assortment of Raw Fish) - RM 168

Unadon (Unagi Donburi)
Grilled eel bowl - RM 48

California Maki
(California Roll) - RM 18
Don't get confused, it's referring to the one behind (On my phone is the reflection from the ceiling light) I very enjoyed having this as the capelin roe (Masago) is served generously too.

Kaki Furai
(Deep Fried Oyster) - RM 28
Get to taste the oyster in the middle of the fritter, oiliness is somehow expected but you may soothe your molar with the salad that served along too.

Shake Kama Syioyaki
(Salt Grilled Salmon Head) - RM 26
Let's go back to the basic, salt grilled is something I personally quite indulge as it really helps to get rid of the fish odour while maintaining it's original taste at the same time.

Tori Tsukune
(Chicken Meatball Skewer) - RM 16
This skewer seems fair over it's presentation and ingredients but I was proved myself wrong at the minute I had a bite with Karashi (Japanese mustard) paste. It helps to spice up mildly, better than wasabi (not my favourite one) and also the usual Yakitori sweet sauce. You guys shall try this out!

Tori Nankotsu
(Chicken Cartilage) - RM 16
I call this delicious snack! Personally, I enjoy the crunchiness of the cartilage although it's already deep friend, perfectly match with some alcoholic beverages while indulging at the live band, cheers!

Asparagus Bacon Roll - RM 16
Bacon meets vege for the sake of harmony, sounds legit? This is also another one I would recommend to order, the fat of bacon is essentially paired with the asparagus's crunchiness. I don't feel guilty to have it all somehow! Don't forget to put some Karashi for a mild taste of spiciness.

Smoked White Lady
The mixologist (Jestony Tsen) from Macau has his own handcraft cocktail, like this, instead of usual white lady, he made it upon special request.

Dining space at the view of Penang bridge.

Akiyoshi @ Automall Level 1

Thanks Gaylen and the team for hosting us on behalf of
Akiyoshi Automall for a satisfyingly full dinner in the evening.

Summer Afternoon Tea Party @ DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Penang

Life is about adding spices into the norm! Afternoon tea (also known as Hi-tea) is ladies' most-loved moment to indulge within, however, it could be extraordinarily joyous with little art workshop happening throughout. It's deco time on our favourite make up items, BB cushion! A smart Tai Tai in these modern days doesn't just indulge into the pastry but enjoy working on simple artwork too.

BB cushion deco and #TeaWithHilton at Axis Lounge
(Photo credit to Eros Si)

All thanks to the fruitful idea from The Butterfly Project(TBP) and DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Penang, BB Beauty Art Deco and #TeaWithHilton was held last Sunday in this summer. I attended this casual meet up with the butterflies(aka TBP community members). Participants are all Penang Lang (Penangites) while the host, Tammy (Mamasan) and the team as well as Jessica (National Marketing Content Manager of Hilton) came all the way from KL just for this meet up, much appreciated!
"Lenglui Lenglui everywhere"

Candid shot of Tammy and me
(Photo credit to Eros Si)
Event: BB Beauty Art Deco #TeaWithHilton
Host: The Butterfly Project & DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Penang

Venue: Axis Lounge @ DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Penang
Date: 19 August 2018, 3pm - 6pm
Sponsor: Althea Korea (Petal Velvet Powder & Goodies Bag) / The Butterfly Project (Deco kit)
(Photos from the community photographer, Eros Si will be indicated)

Meet-and-greet as the ice breaker of the event where the butterflies get to connect each other in person (this is the second event held in Penang by TBP, mostly are in Kuala Lumpur). Deco session kicked start after some casual opening speech by Tammy and Jessica.

Deco kit includes

Adorable deco pieces
Butterflies get to pick ten each.

Simulation Whipped Cream
Pocket for the ten deco pieced we selected

And sample of the bb cushion deco for reference!
Petal Velvet Powder(PVP) from Althea also included and distributed to us.

5 tables of butterflies (group of four) were guided by Tammy and Sydney for the art deco. It wasn't very hard to work it out (Neither baking nor piping experience before). It requires some strength to squeeze out the cream and attach it carefully on the surface of PVP. Take out the ten adorable deco pieces and put it on top then. I spent around 45 minutes on deco for two.

Art piece of a tangan-cacat 
I worked out on PVP and my own bb cushion.
Artwork pass?
PS: Please help yourself to differentiate the real and imitation pastry okay. 👻

You must be waiting long for it, here you go the exquisite hi-tea we've had.
Afternoon tea set: from savory up to sweet bites

RM 68 nett for 2 pax (SST included)
Free flow of Dilmah tea (diner can have 3 varieties of tea)

How it tastes? Does my taste buds approve?

* indicates my favourite picks 

Grilled Smoked Tea Chicken Breast in Green Tea Sandwich Bread*
Seared Fried Shrimp on Green Tea Bread*
Tea flavoured Chicken Quiche*
Jasmine Scone*
You see it correct, this savory bites all conquer my taste bud, it's quite filling although the portion doesn't seem promosing. Being a grean-tea mania, it's quite a bliss to have the soft touch on green tea flavour in the bread. Besides, crust pie and the spinach is something that I like on Chicken Quiche. Not to forget, scone as the staple in afternoon tea, simply delighted served with jam and clotted cream
Green Tea Macaroon*
Earl Grey and White Chocolate Mousse
The is my first time managed to finish eating macaroon by myself. I fell for the moderate sweetness right after my first attempt. You shall try it too if you're like me get sick for over-sweet stuff.
Royal Milk Tea Espuma in shooter glass*
Ginger Lemon Grass Tea Infusion Cream Brule
Both are best served when they're chilled. Slightly sweet I would say but still I give it a try, I like the espuma.

While for quenching my thirst, I had earl grey tea. Bottomless of hot water (tea pot) is served to make sure our tea is ready for sipping anytime.

A variety of Dilmah Tea

I like the smile of this waitress, so much sweet and welcoming!
 The afternoon tea party had come to an end after we had the satisfaction in achieving both art work and tried out the high tea, and of course, the chatters and laughters from everyone.
Group Photo of Butterflies from Penang
(Photo credit to Eros Si)

It's definitely a wrap for Penang butterflies!
Thanks again The Butterfly Project.
(Photo credit to Eros Si)

Summary: Hi-tea Set @ DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Penang

Available everyday, 3pm-6pm at Axis Lounge (beside hotel lobby)
Reservation is highly recommended, you may call +6 04 892 8000 for booking
Wear light and comfortably as it's in al-fresco in viewing Batu Ferringhi beach

Many thanks to TBP for the opportunity given to join
Hope to see you soon

10 (& even more!) Things You Must Order @ Gravity Rooftop Bar, G Kelawai

Meet-ups, corporate event, mini function like birthday celebration, wedding proposal have become part of the routine in the urban city culture, and most of them usually settled in the cafes. To date in Penang, people have gradually shift the destination to hidden bars to indulge into 'the night is still young' late night activities. However, I don't find myself enjoy surrounded in a poor air ventilation (cigarette smoke), alcohol beverages or even poor live band.

I'd been to a rooftop dining bar, Gravity at G Kelawai last week and found that it's apparently a new spot for gatherings in Penang. The atmosphere is great to my own liking, the menu is another highlight you should put an attention as well. In fact, I had an enjoyable evening up on the 24th floor.

Venue: Gravity Rooftop Bar @ G Kelawai, 24th floor
Business Hour: 5pm - 1am daily
Best for: City view at night, cocktails event, corporate event, birthday celebration.
Average Spending: RM 40/pax

Gravity Charcuterie  RM 68

Gravity @ G Kelawai, Penang

Now everyone can save over thousand ringgit of travel cost for a rooftop dining experience in Bangkok. Here's my recommendations of ten things (and even more, too bad not to recommend good things) you ought to order whenever you're at Gravity.

Sichuan Dumpling RM 28
Homemade chicken dumpling dressed with sesame, scallions and chilli flakes.
Al dente and carrying a slight spiciness which is generally acceptable by everyone, I suppose.

Tuna Croquette RM 28 
Japanese breaded potato croquette, topped with tuna mayonnaise and (my favourite) quill egg.

Cured Salmon Carpaccio RM 38
Whet your appetite with cold cuts, shimmered with capers, baby arugula salad and yuzu vinaigrette
Those who had been to rooftop bar in Bangkok must be reminiscent of the sky bar there, thus, Gravity covers some bites with the touch of Thai cuisine.

Chiang Mai Sausage RM 28
Be ready to spice up the tip of your tongue as you cut the sausage in the molar.
The homemade chicken sausage itself is quite spicy to me,  spicy challenger may opt to dip for 'nam prik' sauce to test your spiciness tolerance.
Chilli Soft-Shell Crab RM 48
Served together with Kerabu salad, it's an appetising bites of seafood will leave you wanting for more!

Gravity Burger RM 38

Choices of beef or chicken patty

Look at the thick patty, so much tantalising that not to be missed!
Best for order if you would like to have a filling one.

Meat Fantasy Pizza RM 28
Pizza is somewhat the staple food when it comes to gatherings.
Ingredients include pepperoni, chicken sliced, beef sliced with mozzarella cheese.
Korean Style Chicken Drumlet RM 28
Bet that there'll be at least one or two who are die-hard Kpop fans among the group.
Marinated with Gochujang (Korean red chili paste) is the key to bring up the sensation of Korean taste, best to settle it with some beers!

Thirst-quenching drinks ya? Gravity have you covered. Here I recommend four.
Rainbow Margarita RM 38 (A set of 5)
Make a vivid evening with Rainbow Margarita especially under the dark sky full of stars.
My experience tells me that it's best to consume one shot when it's served cool.

Jameson Ginger Lime - RM 80/jug
Bubbly malt blend of Jameson Irish Whisky and ginger ale, spruced with fresh lime and ice cubes.
Grab the deal at BUY 2 FREE 1 now.

Another two favourites of mine which are also the in-house signature drinks.

Pomegranate Mojito RM 38
Classic mint and lime infused with pomegranate syrup, spice rum and soda water.
Get ready to be hooked on this!

Jk Jam RM 21
Harmonious craft drinks made from orange juice, mango juice a layer of grenadine syrup.
Better yet, it's blended with lemonade juice and lychee as the finishing touch.

If you happen to throw a surprise to your friend, consider Lamborghini to flare up the guests' excitement, especially the lucky one. 

Lamborghini RM 48
We had one for the birthday girl, Epril.
Wouldn't it a good destination for pre-wedding shooting at Gravity?
Let the lovely view like this to enhance the enviable romantic outcome.

Happy Hour everyday! You can enjoy the deals of BUY 1 FREE 1 on all house pours from 7pm - 9pm. If you prefer red or white wines, go for wine o'clock promotion at only RM 75 nett per pax per hour, better yet, it's on a bottomless glass!

For bookings, kindly reach +604 219 0000 
Or simply log on to G Hotel Official Website for more info.

Many Thanks to G Hotel marcom team
for hosting us in the pleasant evening

Vlog 12 - Better Late than Never (Ipoh Day Trip)

Two more months to make it a year throwback for this Ipoh day trip.
So now consider shamelessly to make this overdue post.

Since Yijoo had never been to Ipoh before and we all urge for a weekend outing, thus, five foodies made it one. I miss Chooi Yue Dim Sum and 状元第及粉 the most!

"New Malaysia Sunday Buffet Lunch", dine at RM 24 nett

People love good surprises! (Or perhaps the ladies, mostly?)
Sometimes, things could just go possible which ended up with amazing outcome, for me, the latest one would be our nation's general election! I was actually suffering from toothache yet had to keep myself stay awake for the latest official results 🇲🇾

No more toothache after dental visit and it's none other than returning for food.
Not sure if you've noticed but there's a Sunday buffet lunch deal at only RM 24 nett for every adult in Penang recently. This rocking deal released by Flamingo Hotel by the Beach lasts for 100 days which means last day is on 23 September 2018. It has since become the rave topic among foodies, thus I decided to join the crowd to discover what's really going on with such low price on hotel buffet lunch.

Theme: New Malaysia Sunday Buffet Lunch
Available on: Every Sundays (till 23 September 2018), 12.30pm - 2.30pm
Location: Flamingo Cafe @ Flamingo Hotel by the Beach Penang
Dining Price: Adult - RM 48 nett ( BUY 1 FREE 1 @ RM24/adult)
                      Kids (4-11y/o) - RM 25 nett
Reservation: +604 8927 167

Let's see if some of the food that could be tantalizing to you, the South-East Asian's flavourful tongue 👅 

Mee Goreng FTW!!
It's worth for the queue for a serving of Mee Goreng. Neither too dry nor "basah", I like the overall taste that includes also squid cutlet. The chef is super friendly and humorous as well.

Ayam Golek @ Flamingo Cafe
If there was the most famous live action station to be named at the buffet, I guess the diners would nominate for Ayam Golek. It had the longest queue shortly after the dining time started and finished the earliest then.
Clay pot Sang Mee / Hor Fun @ Flamingo Cafe
And this would most probably be the second after Ayam Golek

Hokkien Mee stall is 'selling' fast also, but the team is quick to replenish new round.

Thai popsicle is the children's favourite.

Curry Chicken Salad with Pineapple

New Malaysia Sunday Buffet Lunch @ Flamingo Cafe

Banana, sweet potato fritters, both my favourite!
Serving also yam fritters, all hot-piping from the wok.

Too good not to share this photo over the steam, spot it?

Personally, these are some of the feature which I think they're must-haves at "New Malaysia Sunday Buffet Lunch". Anyhow, it's good for you to discover it on your own. As informed by the management, prior reservation is compulsory as full-house buffet had extended till end of July. Ring them at +604 8927 167 in order to feast with your family and friends at such affordable pricing.