Best open-Air Cum Air-conditioned Western Restaurant in Penang - Ferringhi Garden Restaurant
Ferringhi Garden sits just beyond the Park Royal Hotel on the Batu Ferringhi main road. The restaurant building is placed directly beside the road at the front while the parking lot is located behind the building. The parking is slightly confusing to get to. Taking the first right turn after Park Royal Hotel, I was able to make my way down to the end of the crowded side road and then turn left into the restaurant parking lot.
The parking lot can hold around twenty cars, a large sized lot compared to most in Penang. The reason becomes apparent as I noticed the huge size of the restaurant, around sixty to seventy tables in an open air setting. Besides having a large dining area, the restaurant also has an upper floor section used for large functions.
The restaurant building has air conditioning, yet the cool air intentionally escapes out towards the garden tables. Although it isn’t as cool as the fully enclosed restaurants, eating in this setting is still very comfortable and delightful. People who sit outside are also kept cool by floor fans and air conditioning that flows out of the building.
Now let's talk about the food .. * yummmmmy *
The Caesar Salad was good, although nothing spectacular about it. It tasted much like a traditional Caesar Salad would. While traditional Caesar Salad uses Romaine lettuce, this one did not. In Penang, most restaurants don’t use Romaine lettuce as it is difficult to source in the warm Malaysia environment.
John and I are best buddy. I celebrated his " bird-day " in this restaurant. This is his first meal " The Cream of Wild Mushroom ". Taste is better than any other mushroom soups around the corner. Quite a big bowl too.
The " Mongolian Beef Steak " came a little while later. Presentation was delightful and it looked very pristine. Depends on the restaurant, but most steak presentations aren’t this nice. The taste of the steak was fantastic. Cooking is half the battle as well as selecting proper cuts. The restaurant does both well. I could tell from the first bite that the restaurant selects good steaks. Definitely one of the more excellent main courses John tried so far.
Mine dish was not that facinating as what John has done to his beef. It was " GRILLED CHICKER...something ". Taste is good. Lazy to take picture of it as I'm dying from hunger.
Lastly, The chef gave us a special dessert ( which is free cause I knew the chef and the boss is my friend ) ngek ngek ngek...... * include with the cheeky sound *
The Banana de' Coco Split ... inclusive a medium fried banana , ice-cream and coconut mixture with cakes. Very nice. I've forgotton the name as the pretty waitress ( myanmar ) spoke too fast. I nearly " catch no ball " - Not understandAn Upclose of the BANANA ..
So Finale ...
Do you think it's worth to get your ass over there?
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