I look back at some of my old posts and realized that many of the restaurants I featured have closed down. They are Scarlet, Mr. Ho’s Fine Foods and a few others. Meanwhile, the rest are cutting down on their quality and quantity. It is a pity really. I cannot blame them for cutting down quality and quantity because many of the imported food stuffs are getting so expensive. Butter, cream, cheese, cured meats and other imported food stuffs have probably increase at least 20% in their price. In fact, you cannot even find butter in Tesco. They only sell fake butter spread which is margarine.
In Penang, you cannot price your meals too high as many patrons are not ready to pay more than RM30 per dish. If your plate of pasta is over RM15, it is already considered rather pricey.
We went to Edelweiss (non-halal, Swiss restaurant) today and sadly, there are hardly any patrons eventhough their set lunch is reasonably priced and their food considered good. I love the old, heritage building of Edelweiss and hope the new Penang State Government will promote these heritage buildings are they are really one of its kind in the world.
Beside my table, there are only three other tables and they are occupied by foreign tourists.
The set lunch is RM19.90 which include either a soup or salad, a drink, dessert and one main meal. I had the fried spaghetti which is their house speciality and I don’t have any other choices as the rest are all meats. They call it Urs favourite or something. Urs Capol is my ex-colleague who is a jewellery designer from OE-Design. This humble looking dish consist of a fried egg, some tomatoes and onions. Surprisingly, Teresa Capol (Urs’s wife) dished a really nice pasta. It is not exactly Italian masterpiece but more of a comfort food.
Let’s hope cosy restaurants like these continue to thrive in Penang because they are really homely and unique.