Tuesday, August 9, 2011

1st Charlie Brown Cafe Malaysia @ Straits Quay, Tanjong Tokong, Penang. (Halal)

My facebook friends Reggie Gunn and his wife Caleste Betty who flied all the way from Kota Kinabalu to Penang Island which is also known as 'The Pearl of the Orient' to celebrate their 1st Anniversary and they checked in at Hard Rock Hotel Penang from 16th to 18th July 2011 (i.e. 3D 2N).

On 2nd day (i.e. 17th July 2011 / Sunday) we dropped by Straits Quay which is Penang's first and only retail marina on our way back to Hard Rock Hotel Penang after visiting the Pinang Peranakan Mansion at Church Street and having our lunch at Hing Kee Restaurant at China Street. Straits Quay is one of the tourist hotspots and also Penang's latest must-visit destination.

After the sightseeing at Straits Quay, friends decided to step into Charlie Brown Cafe Malaysia which was officially opened at Straits Quay on the early April this year to have a feel about of it which is the first outlet of Charlie Brown Cafe in Malaysia. Charlie Brown is the main character in the comic strip Peanuts in the comic strip Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz. Pictures of every Peanuts Characters are found everywhere on the ceiling, windows, tables and walls of the outlet. Inside the outlet is decorated with Peanuts decor, toys, mechandise and sculptures which will give you a kind of ambiance that you are in one of the fun cartoon lands. Children and teenagers will definately feel excited and thrilled of about the well decorated outlet.

No. 01 : View of Sunset with the Arch at the Main Entrance of Straits Quay

Google Map GPS : 5.458132,100.31275

The address of Charlie Brown Cafe is 3A-1-17 & 18, Straits Quay Marina Mall, Jalan Seri Tanjung Pinang 3, 10470 Tanjong Bungah, Penang (Refer No. 02 - The 1st Floor Plan showing the Location of Charlie Brown Cafe) and it is located on the 1st Floor of of Straits Quay within Seri Tanjung Penang with well planned waterfront community. As you enter from the main entrance of Straits Quay Building, turn on your right hand side and walk straight along the corridor. Use the escalator to go up 1st Floor. Before reaching the 1st Floor the fragrance of coffee will greet you. Upon reaching the 1st Floor you will notice the signage of Charlie Brown Cafe infront of you.

1st Floor Plan of Strait Quay showing the Location of Charlie Brown Cafe

Address :-
3A-1-17 & 18, Block A,
1st Floor, Straits Quay,
Jalan Seri Tanjung Pinang,
Tanjung Tokong,
10470 Penang,

Contacts :-Tel: 04-899 8602
Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/CharlieBrownCafeMY
Website : http://www.charliebrowncafe.com.my/ (It is still under construction as at 9th August 2011)

Business Hours :-
11.30 am to 11.00 pm
Food : Last Call - 10.00 pm
Pastries / Bakeries / Beverage - 10.30 pm
Open Daily

No. 02 : The Entrance of Charlie Brown Cafe

No. 03 : Charlie Brown was holding a Welcome Signage at the Entrance

No. 04 : Characters of Charlie Brown and his Friends on the Exterior Wall of the Outlet

No. 05 : Reggie Gunn and his wife Caleste Betty posed with Charlie Brown before my camera

No. 06 : Names of the Characters from Left to Right - Marcie, Sally Brown, Franklin, Lucy Van Pelt, Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Peppermint Patty, Linus Van Pelt, Woodstock and Schroeder

No. 07 : Ceilings were decorated with Peanuts Characters

No. 08 : View of the Interior - Seating Area
Note : A Party Room was located at the back portion of the Cafe

No. 09 : Souvenir Shop with merchandises for Sale beside the Self Service Counters

No. 10 : Caramel Latte Ice (Woodstock12oz)
RM11.00 + 10% Service Charge

Rating of the Taste : 4/5
Note : 1-2 (Poor) / 3 (Average) / 4 (Good) / 5 (Very Good)

No. 11 : Franklin Frappa
RM15.00 + 10% Service Charge

Rating of the Taste : 4/5
Note : 1-2 (Poor) / 3 (Average) / 4 (Good) / 5 (Very Good)

No. 12 : Banana + Berries Smoothie
RM15.00 + 10% Service Charge

Rating of the Taste : 4/5
Note : 1-2 (Poor) / 3 (Average) / 4 (Good) / 5 (Very Good)

No. 13 : Charlie Brown (8") Chicken Pizza
RM15.80 + 10% Service Charge

Rating of the Taste : 3/5
Note : 1-2 (Poor) / 3 (Average) / 4 (Good) / 5 (Very Good)

The crust was thick and not crispy.
Oh My God !!!! When i requested for 'Tabasco' they replied that they did not have and gave me a few packets of tomato & chilli sauces instead.
Uggggghhhhhhh !!!!! That is not the way to eat pizza with those.

No. 14 : French Fries
RM7.00 + 10% Service Charge

Rating of the Taste : 3/5
Note : 1-2 (Poor) / 3 (Average) / 4 (Good) / 5 (Very Good)

Just a normal French Fries where you can get it from outside of Charlie Brown Cafe and nothing special about it.

No. 15 : Creamy Seafood Pasta
RM15.80 + 10% Service Charge

Rating of the Taste : 2/5
Note : 1-2 (Poor) / 3 (Average) / 4 (Good) / 5 (Very Good)
Yuk !!!! The stinky smell of unfresh clams got into my nostrils.
Not a single clam flesh was found sticking to the shell.
What a GREAT DISPOINTMENT !!! about this Dish and we did not finish this Dish.

No. 16 : Creamy Seafood Pasta -  Closed Up View showing the white substance on the inner shells of the clams and did not understand how the white substance got there.
In the first place it should not be there.

When I asked one of the staff about the white substance on the inner shells of the clams, she could not explained in return.

No. 17 : The Printed Receipt showing a Total Sum of RM87.55

Worth paying for the environment and beverage but not the food.

Rating :-
  1. Ambience : 5
  2. Taste of the Food : NA (Refer to the Ratings below the Photographs)
  3. Pricing : 3 (A Bit Pricey & Worth paying for the well decorated environment)
  4. Service : 3
  5. Facilities : 4
     Note : 1-2 (Poor) / 3 (Average) / 4 (Good) / 5 (Very Good)

In fact, I was reluctant to patronize the place on that day but could not be helped because of my guests. I did warn them about it because I have heard so much complaints from others who have visited Charlie Brown Cafe leaving me no confidence of trying out the food. After the foresaid incidents which gave me zero confidence to dine-in there again.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Ramadan by the Sea @ Tanjung Bungah Beach Hotel, Penang. (Halal)

Tanjung Bungah Beach Hotel (formerly known as Beachcomber Paradise Hotel and Paradise Tanjung Bungah) is an idyllic escape with its stretch of private white sandy beach frontage, offers the best resort getaway at Tanjung Bungah, Penang. It takes about 10 minutes drive away from the George Town (City Limit) and the location puts the resort close by the beach yet within easy distance of the City Centre. Now it is wholly owned by Plenitude Berhad.

Location Map of Tanjung Bungah Beach Hotel
Google Map GPS : 5.463761,100.301812

Address :-
No. 505, Jalan Tanjung Bungah,
11200 Tanjung Bungah,
Penang, Malaysia.

Contact :-
Tel. No. : 604 - 890 8808
Fax. No. : 604 - 890 8333
Email : beach@po.jaring.my
Website : https://www.tanjungbungahbeachhotel.com/

Room Facilities :-
  •  200 Rooms (Hillview & Seaview)
  • Complimentrary Coffee & Tea making facilities & refrigerator
  • In-House Movies
  • Laundry Services
  • Wardrobe & Luggage Rac
Recreations :-
  • Beauty & Fitness Centre
  • Swimming Pool with Jacuzzi
  • Watersports Facilties
  • Beach Games & Volleyball
  • Darts, Pool Table & Table Tennis
  • Kiddies Club with Playstation
Guest Facilities :-
  • Business Centre & Wifi Facilities
  • Convenience Shop
  • Foreign Currency Exchange Services
  • Limousine / Tour Counter
  • Safe Deposit Boxes
  • Shuttle Service
No. 01 : View of Tanjung Bungah Beach Hotel from Jalan Tg Bungah

No. 02 : Sceneries infront of the Tanjung Bungah Beach Hotel, Penang

No. 03: Recreations & Facilities of Tanjung Bungah Beach Hotel, Penang


A Main of Dish Grilled Monte Cristo Sandwich - Chicken Slice and Cheese Served with French Fries and Salad (Signature Dish of SHORES Restaurant) + Local Penang Coffee or Tea for RM9.90 nett Only (Note : Original Price - RM24.00 nett) @ SHORES Restaurant.

No. 04 : View of SHORES Restaurant

No. 05 : Grilled Monte Cristo Sandwich- Chicken Slice and Cheese
Served with French Fries and Salad

RM18.00 per Plate

No. 06 : Showing the exposed Chicken Slice Ham with Melted Cheese inside the Golden Brown Sandwich

Rating of the Taste : 4
Note : 1-2 (Poor) / 3 (Average) / 4 (Good) / 5 (Excellent)

Slightly salty because of the chicken slice ham and melted cheese with good combination with grilled buttered bread.

No. 07 : Drinks: Local Penang Coffee or Tea - RM6.00

Chef Owen shared with me how to prepare this Dish

Step # 01 : Prepare the salad together with selected crispy fresh lettuces cultivars

Step # 02 : Spread the butter over half of the bread slices.
Make sandwiches by using slices of chicken ham and cheese.

Step # 03 : Cut the sandwich into 2 slices to fit.

Step # 04 : Take a sliced sandwich and dip it into the batter while heating the skillet. Immediately turn slice over to cover other side. Remove from batter so that the slice sandwich will not be so soggy.

Step # 06 : After coated the sliced sandwiches on hot skillet over medium heat. Flip and cook until golden brown on all sides. Repeat with remaining sliced sandwiches.

Stept # 07 : After the sliced sandwiches have been golden browned, remove from heat and ready to serve with the french fries and the salad

Rating :-
  1. Ambience : 4
  2. Taste of the Food : 4
  3. Pricing : 3
  4. Service : 4
  5. Facilities : 4
           Note : 1-2 (Poor) / 3 (Average) / 4 (Good) / 5 (Excellent)


 No. 08 : Merdeka Dinner & Dance 2011
Date : 30th August 2011 (i.e. Tuesday)
Time : From 7.00 pm
Venue : Rafflesia Ballroom
Price : RM450 & RM550 per Table
For reservation or enquiries please contact : 604 - 890 8808

No. 09 : SHORES Restaurant - Saturday Night & Daily Combo Set

No. 10 : BAYU Lounge - Happy Hour, Live Band Performance, Karaoke Night (Every Monday), Ladies Night (Every Friday) & Salsa Night (Every Saturday)

Bayu Lounge Beach Party Night
Date : 23rd Sept 2011
Time : From 8.00 pm
Price : RM15.00 per Person
Fun games, live band, snack food, lucky draws
Girls & Boys come in BEACH WEARS will received a surprise gift !!!

No. 11 : 'Berbuka Puasa Ramadan Dinner'
Date : 8th - 28th August 2011
Time : From 7.00 pm
Venue : Shores Restaurant
Price : RM38.00 (Adult), RM20.00 (Child), RM34.00 (TBBH Club Member)

* Room Package is available from RM100.00 per Person based on Twin Sharing basis
Valid from 8th -28th August 2011 includes Ramadan Dinner & Sahur / Breakfast


No. 12 : Wedding by the Beach

No. 13 : Special Wedding Package Luncheon & Week Days

 No. 14 : Dream Wedding

 No. 15 : Dream Wedding - Orchid Package (RM468.00++ per Table of 10 Persons
(Minimum 30 Tables)

 No. 16 : Dream Wedding - Bougainvillea Package (RM538.00++ per Table of 10 Persons
(Minimum 30 Tables)

No. 17 : Dream Wedding - Rafflesia Package (RM608.00++ per Table of 10 Persons
(Minimum 30 Tables)

No. 18 : Meeting & Conference Packages

No. 19 : Team Building Packages

No. 20 : Family Day by the Beach Packages

No. 21 : Bayu Package

No. 22 : Party Package