At Straits Quay, Tanjung Tokong; the newest place to hang out and congregate in Penang, well... at least at Gurney and Tanjung Tokong areas. It's a nice place... providing supposedly the first marina retail experience. There will be berthing places for yachts in the expanse of water above. The residential area is really nice... we were curious and went to enquire. A one bedroom suite condo starts at RM1.5 million! No need to imagine what kind of neighbourhood this is....
Frankly speaking, I felt like I was in Singapore.... if they can maintain this place well it'll be a really nice place. Am reminded of the Marina in Kuala Kedah which seems to still be laying to waste.... poor planning, no proper studies, etc, etc....
Berlin's Bier Houz was where we ended up for lunch. FYI, this is not the only German restaurant in this complex.
Pork knuckles!! German version of our 'siu-bak'. The skin was nice and crispy. The meat was moist, tender and soft and the sauce complimented it quite nicely.... didn't overpower the meat.
Duck crepe... food is also about presentation these days. And these looked appetizing right from the time they set it on our table. Didn't taste too bad either. But not enough to fill one hungry stomach.
German Sausage Platter... made up of 3 different types of sausages. Pieces of corn and tomatoes gave it more colour. The sausages were okay. You can get better sausages at Edelweiss. I think they were all porky sausages but Other Half thinks otherwise...
Our own mixed platter... crepe duck, pork knuckle immersed in the sauce and bbq pork bruschetta on our gal's plate. Oh yes! We also ordered their soup of the day which was asparagus cream soup. It wasn't really spectacular though! It wasn't a rave with my girl because of the 'green' taste.
And we had this!! Beer!!! I've never had beer for lunch. Actually, I don't really quite like beer... or liquor very much for that matter. Anyway, I had the Lowenbrau while Other Half had the Erdinger Weissbier. The latter was smoother and less bitter. He says beer goes down well with meat... I have to agree somewhat. Fruit juice don't quite go together that well... beer in a German meal is like Chinese tea to us when we go for a Chinese meal.
We checked out the place by taking a walk around. Many of the shoplots are still empty. But this caught my eye... kinda like a boutique bakery! You find wine and other stuff in this bakery too! I wanted to try their cinnamon bun but because the place was packed, I gave it a go.. a full stomach does not give one the impetus to go for more food!
Anyway, this is generally a nice experience. We'll most likely to be going back there to try out the other restaurants. One thing though, there seems to be more pubs under one roof here than anywhere else in Penang that I know of.