Review : FoodLoft, Trendy & Upscale International Dining, Gurney Plaza

The sea off Gurney Drive is being reclaimed for development. During the last Tsunami in 2004, this part was badly hit but yet, another 2 years later, houses were built on the reclaimed land. This photo is taken from Food Loft, a new eating place in Gurney Plaza. The tag line is ‘The trendy & upscale international dining concept’. If you can ignore the huge, grey muddy patch, it is a nice view of the sea, blue skies, fluffy white clouds and the mainland.

Hahaha, this very curvaceous, naked, woman statue greets customers upon entering Foodloft. I don’t know about the management of Foodloft but if I operate a restaurant, I wouldn’t want my patrons to be reminded of a fat bum like that. Gosh, it screams ‘Don’t eat so much!’ Bad for business, eh?

Foodloft’s concept is very much like Marche in The Curves in Damansara. You are given a card and a table number. Take your card to the open kitchens and order what you like. The kitchen staffs will zap your card, go back to your table and wait for the food to be served. They gave my kids and I four cards. If a card is missing, they will charge RM100 per card.

Well, the ambience is good because of the cosy chairs and tables with corners and glass windows which stretch from ceiling to floor. A nice place to tête-à-tête. There are Japanese, Italian, Thai, Vietnamese, Chinese and other types of foods. Food is halal and the waiters and waitresses are a mix of races.

For the kind of place (Gurney Plaza is one of the more upmarket shopping mall) and ambience plus service, the food prices cannot be considered expensive. A plate of chicken charsiew rice is RM9.90, a plate of spaghetti carbonara is RM15.90, a slice of pizza is RM6.90, ice kacang RM5.90 and so on. But errm…taste wise, there is nothing that will make Penangites return and return. Above is my Vietnamese spring rolls. RM7.90 for two. I have other food photos but I am not going to put them ‘cos they don’t taste as good as my photos depict. Hahaha.

Foodloft is located on the 4th floor, one floor above Toys R Us. It lacked the upbeat ambience of those restaurants located on the ground floor where you can sit and watch people go by. But it provides the sea view.

Post Author: Lilian

Food, travel, recipes. Chinese Malaysian, blogger, photographer and writer.

14 thoughts on “Review : FoodLoft, Trendy & Upscale International Dining, Gurney Plaza


    (July 20, 2006 - 10:52 pm)

    Kak lilian,
    Sure looks good even though the taste did not come to par 🙂


    (July 20, 2006 - 11:07 pm)

    i just saw this new eating place.. good to know that it serve Halal food….


    (July 21, 2006 - 12:34 pm)

    LOL, fat bum but micro tiny waist, ok wat!


    (July 25, 2006 - 11:50 am)

    The first time I ate at FoodLoft was in Bangkok and I very much prefer it to Marche Msia (although the HK one is much better)


    (August 12, 2006 - 12:40 pm)

    I tried it out at Foodloft. The food was excellent. And the ambience was really good. By the way the big statue is an sculpture by Eng Tay and it cost over RM300K I was told. Overall the art in the place are amazing. I have one similar by Hoe Say Yong. I was suprised they put it there. It cost over RM20,000.00 each. Overall I am so proud we Malaysian have something of international standard. I think this place is too hip for Penang and should be in KL where it would be better appreciated.

    John Koh

    (August 12, 2006 - 12:48 pm)

    I have been to Food Loft and must say that your statements are very biased. The vast selection of food are good and value for money. The taste… kinda subjective right? I find that most of the food are good. I particular like the Western food, great taste and value. Even the desserts especially the Mango Jumbo is very delicious.

    Fat bum? Well, I must say, you sure don’t have much of an art taste. The place is vast enough for you to sit somewhere else if you find the sculpture offending.

    Returning customers? Well, my friends have been there again and again. Its a very nice place with good ambience in Penang to entertain guests and friends.


    (August 12, 2006 - 2:02 pm)

    John Koh – If you are not so blinded with your own views, you would notice that there is nothing biased with what I wrote. You can’t even pick up a joke so you are better off not reading anything.

    jiji – Yeah, I like the ambience of FoodLoft, very classy but as you know….it is hard for restaurants to survive in Penang. Wow, I didn’t know that the unique statue is RM300K. Phew…

    John Koh

    (August 12, 2006 - 3:56 pm)

    What joke? U don’t even know how to tell a joke.

    John Koh

    (August 12, 2006 - 4:03 pm)

    I agreed with jiji… at least we, Malaysian have an international standard restaurant to be proud of, especially located in Penang. With that un-called for joke, you not only demoralised but shamed your own fellow Malaysian.

    Penang Heritage

    (August 18, 2006 - 8:09 pm)

    Good place but bad food…. Too pricy n the food that served to our table is cold. RM 9.90 for a chicken rice my god… I believe they should improve on their food. In Hotels cost RM22.00 but it taste good.


    (August 18, 2006 - 8:17 pm)

    I agree that Penang people that appreciated food will choose better. But just my two cents. Still prefer the chicken rice in Poly Cafe Burma Road(its value for money). MIss Hot Wok and Amandari restaurant there because both of this two restaurant are malaysia delights before FOOD LOFT move in. N does anyone knows where this two restaurant have move to?

    Out of topic I know, but need help. Coz I’m in N.Sembilan working right now. Born in Penang..

    Micheal Kong

    (August 19, 2006 - 9:45 pm)

    I know Amandari is on Kelawai Road and Hot Wok is on Tanjung Tokong opposite Caltex petrol station.
    Hope this will help you find both restaurants.

    Ahhhh Foodloft topic, very nice place. Food order was all wrong when sent to our table.. Western food is good but other Asian food isn’t. Hope the people of Foodloft will improve. 4/10 rating.


    (August 21, 2006 - 12:38 pm)

    Good food but theres room for improvement, But one of those biege colour uniform guys are rude when we ask where to be stitted. He answered anywhere you want…. Was furious but luckily the person in charge was my coleague so he appologise to me.

    […] Don’t you wish your butt is big like mine? Don’t you? Don’t you? (go read some bugger accused me of no taste in art and telling bad joke. niamah, you own the place or what […]

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