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|Written by Administrator II|
|Tuesday, 05 October 2010 11:40|
By Helen Ong
Popular family restaurant Manila Place is open once more, but it has now relocated to the ground floor of the new wing in Gurney Plaza Shopping Mall, a couple of hundred metres from where it used to be outside. It is altogether a slicker and larger operation, but still, according to partner and Managing Director Ivan Tong, a firm favourite with their patrons.
“Many of our regulars have returned because they like our food,” he explained. Old favourites like their soups, sandwiches and pastas have always been well-liked, and those will stay on the menu. Their salads appear to be particularly popular.
“I never thought we would sell so many salads in Penang, but people here are definitely growing more health conscious, even the guys!” he laughed.
Their Fresh Fruit Salad is quite interesting, a combination of crunchy fresh fruits and vegetables, with a good handful of dried cranberries which don’t just sweeten but add variety and colour. It comes with a home-made vinaigrette dressing of fresh strawberries and yoghurt, although I would personally have preferred it sans the latter.
New dishes include a range of fairly authentic local Asian dishes like Ikan Panggang, Miso Fish, Fried Udon and Assam Tumis. Their Nasi Lemak is apparently getting known, served with a dry Chicken Rendang and other usual condiments. For dessert, they will also soon be re-introducing their popular pancakes and crepes.
Their presentation is good; the food looks appetising because ingredients are colourful and prettily laid out on plain white crockery which sets everything off well.
As they are open all day seven days a week, it’s somewhere you or your other half can pop into – whilst the other is doing a spot of retail therapy – and take advantage of the free wifi, and tuck into their Set Lunch, available from 11.30am to 2.30pm.
Their Tea Time Special (3-5.30pm) is also attractive: for RM10+ you’ll be able to have a slice of their rather yummy home-made cakes and coffee. Ivan is keen to promote the beverage, and the menu lists a fairly extensive range of Lavazza espressos, lattes and cappuccinos, including some which are unique in Penang.
They have a special Haagen Dazs offer going on: spend RM100 and above in a single receipt, and you receive a voucher which will entitle you to 2 scoops of ice cream from 1st-30th Sept.
It’s a casual place, slightly more upmarket than a fast-food restaurant, but warmer and not too pricey. In fact, some customers have been coming since they first opened in 2004, and now become friends, their likes and dislikes well known by the serving and kitchen staff.
“We like to bond with our customers,” Ivan declared. Do have a go and see if they do!
MANILA PLACE @ Gurney Plaza
New Wing, Ground Floor
Persiaran Gurney, Penang
|Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 October 2010 11:57|