|Two Charming Restaurants BY CK Lam|
|Written by Administrator II|
|Thursday, 22 August 2013 14:39|
32 at The Mansion, the town’s well known fine dining restaurant remains one of the foremost places to treat yourself to a fine dining experience. There in one part is Beach Blanket Babylon, a beach side bar and restaurant which is charming in terms of its outdoor setting with view of the sparkly sea.
Executive chef Mathijs Nanne is responsible for both the menus of 32 at The Mansion and Beach Blanket Babylon.
Beach Blanket Babylon’s menu is exactly what you would expect from a beach side bar. It is a bit more casual with plenty of finger food.
For starters, the canapé and gougeres are served on a rectangular tile. The canapé is a blending of interesting textures and flavors, with smoked duck spring roll, tuna croquette and smoked salmon served over crisp baguette toast. This dish is accompanied with house-made sun-dried tomato aioli.
There is lightness in the plate of Aged Cheddar Gougeres (French cheese puffs). “These rich bite-sized cheesy brown gougeres are very addictive and are best eaten dipped in homemade shallot and chilli jam,” says chef Mathijs.
The heart-warming Oriental and Western Mushroom Soup has lots of chopped mushroom and shaved parmesan. The cheese added savouriness to the thick mushroom soup laced with refreshing aroma of basil leaves.
The Battered Soft Shell Crab Salad which holds pieces of deliciously fried soft shell crab is freshen up with crunchy bites of purple radish and baby carrot. The accompanied nutty sesame dressing with warm essence of toasted black and white sesame seeds made a lovely combined experience. This salad is a favourite for many who seek crunchy deep-fried ingredients with fresh greens.
The Pistachio Crusted Lamb Rack is a good meaty option for larger appetites. Priced at RM64, this flavourful main dish came with a sheer amount of meat cooked red, and juicy with crisp searing. A medley of ingredients including crushed sweet potatoes, rocket, horseradish, peach tomato, eggplant and toasted pine nuts added texture and flavor to the dish.
Chef Mathijs has designed the set menu of 32 at The Mansion with a salad, soup, main course, dessert and coffee/tea.
The first course is Marinated Watermelon Salad, a concoction of marinated watermelon, crumbled crispy fish, shaved fragrant green mango, chopped pistachio and onions. Served with toasted coconut dressing, all the ingredients made a refreshing salad.
The main dish of Oven Baked Cod is presented with starchy texture roasted sweet potatoes, tomato and sharp sourish young mango. Dots of yellow curry decorated the dish.
The set menu ends with Coconut, Red Sugar and Raisin Cake, a dessert speckled with raisins and paired with roasted pineapple, basil & dried cranberry and sour cream ice-cream.
Beach Blanket Babylon & 32 at The Mansion
Tel: 04 2622232
Business Hour: 12noon till 3pm & 7pm till 12midnight (Daily)
Written by CK Lam, food blogger and editor of http://www.what2seeonline.com; featuring the Best of Penang Food. She constantly combs Penang for the best gastronomical delights besides sharing photos of Penang culture and heritage at: http://www.penang365.com/
|Last Updated on Thursday, 22 August 2013 15:05|