Penang Hill had undergone a major change. Their logo and signage now sports a modern and more colorful look. Their menu has also been revamped to include even more delicious dishes. The first order of business was to order a drink, and I went for the Penang Cooler (P70, pictured above) which was a mix of cucumber and calamansi juice in crushed ice. It's incredibly cool and refreshing, perfect for the hot summer days.
Despite its name, Penang Hill is more of a modern Asian fusion restaurant rather than a purely Malaysian one. Although I always order Bagoong Rice by default here, this time I was determined to try another kind of rice. Indian Rice (P135, pictured above) was what we had. Cooked in curry, it had sliced tomatoes, watercress (kangkong), and onions.
We also tried the Salt and Pepper Crab (P120 per 100g, pictured above), one of their chef's recommendations, and it was absolutely tasty.
Of course, what's a Malaysian-inspired meal without a serving of good old Beef Rendang (P260, pictured above)? Tender chunks of beef are simmered in various herbs and spices for an incredible flavor experience. This would go best with steamed white rice though, as to avoid a clash between tastes and aromas.
The Hainanese Chicken Rice (P185, pictured above) can stand on its own. The succulent sliced chicken is good for sharing, so you can actually just order an extra bowl of rice for your companion and enjoy a filling meal.
Crispy Catfish Salad (P185, pictured above) was unfortunately served last because the server misunderstood the order. Crispy catfish flakes and julienned green mangoes are set on a bed of lettuce and garnished with a sprig of parsley. It's drizzled with a slightly sweet and citrusy vinaigrette, so it's good to have on the side to balance the strong flavors of the other dishes.
I was so full from all the dishes that were brought out that I had no more room for dessert. Besides, I was perfectly happy with my Penang Cooler, which sort of doubles as a dessert since it's kind of like sherbet. Even before I was invited for lunch, our family had already been dining at Penang Hill so I was pretty familiar with their offerings. We like the wide menu selection, good food, and reasonable prices.
Level 6, The Ledge
Shangri-La Plaza Mall
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