September 9, 2012

Late celebration at The Eighty Eight Restaurant

When I scan through my bloggie, I just realize that food and eating had become part of me right now; I should have other activities instead of eat only! Too bad, this post is still relating to food. Spent my Friday night with Calvin to tried out The Eighty Eight Restaurant which is newly opened in town, and a late celebration for his last month birthday. Okay, I knew it due for one month.

Asked for the location before hunting for this restaurant, what we know is it located next to Cosplus signboard along the Kelawai Road.
Felt safe once we stepped inside the restaurant; feeding our stomach had became prior than other matters. Been led by a sweet madam to our table and she handed us their just 4 pages menu. Choices are not much yet we can told that all of them are fine enough for us.
The interior. Most of the furnishings are in earth color, the space is quite big but only 10+ tables available in this restaurant.
When we were there, only 2 tables were occupied; we were wondered should we call for reservation before the dinner, a big NO for that day. We can see that most of the guest are foreigners / businessmen, might due to their menu pricing, some are quite costly tho.
A must have decor, salt and pepper on table for those fine dining restaurant. 
Crispy homemade bread was served once we placed our order, it come together with mustard butter, I think so, this is awesome!
Roasted Pumpkin Soup with Scallop . RM28
Something special about this restaurant, they served soup in elongated bowl, while others mostly served in a small round bowl. The pumpkin soup is thick enough and you still able to taste the pumpkin puree, the highlight of this soup is the pan-seared sashimi grade scallops, it's fresh and chewy, I just don't know how to describe the taste when I bit on it; heavenly good!
Spaghetti . RM38
This spaghetti is cooked together with smoked salmon, vodka and lemon / orange slices. The cream sauce is differ than others as you can peck the citrus taste and it do not have the greasy feel even you have it more. Notice the black thingy on the top of my pasta, I first thought it was caviar, laugh; it's actually the lumpfish roe which is often treated as caviar alternative and cheaper than caviar, for sure. The fresh citrus cream sauce still within my mouth when I burped few hours later. Laugh out loud.
Salmon . RM45
The air-flown Norwegian Salmon is cooked using the sous-vide technique. I google it and sous-vide (French) is a method of cooking food sealed in airtight plastic bag in a water bath for longer than normal cooking time and controlled temperature. The salmon  is served with its seared crispy skin, the fish is succulent and it's still fresh inside. Not to forget that it served together with fava bean puree, roasted onion jus, sautee beans and cured red raddish.
If not mistaken, this 2 sides are came along with the salmon, yet I ate quite a portion of them and no wonder Calvin was not that bloated that night as I was. Laugh. Wondered how the chef cooked the roasted potatoes that make me couldn't extricate from them, and it's better if the sweet carrot can be cooked until softer than this it. I just like to have fine dining like this, to try out special and new dishes prepare by chefs. I saw a group of diners enjoy their meals with fine wine throughout the night too. 

The Eighty Eight Restaurant
Address: 49-A, Kelawai Road, 10250 Pulau Tikus, Penang.
Business Hours: 12pm - 2.30pm (Lunch); 6.30pm - 10.30pm (Dinner); Closed on Tuesday
Contact Number: 604-2262821

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Watched The Cold Light of Day, it's not that good like what we expected.