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Staying nearby the area had particularly making Publika or 1-U my second home as whenever thought of food, Publika area would certainly come into picture. It was not untill recently one of my reader highly recommend me this newly open place called Ante Kitchen & Bar that located along the stretch of Papa Rich is one of a new pork place to die for.

Listening to their advise, I have organize my usual pork hunters to come and do menu attack on their range. Along the way, also found out that the onwer a group of 6 love pork as much as we do by using premium Sakura Pork ingredients, AKB’s kitchen fuses traditional European dishes with flavors typically associated with the Orient.

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Ante Kitchen & Bar just started operation in mid October 2012 and since then starting to gain its popularity. When the boss see us one group came in and order so much yet fully equip with camera and got him curious. Then he asked “Are we bloggers” then some say yes some say no cuz to keep our identity discreet.

Out of curiosity, we ask how did the catchy name came about. Its about a group of best friends of six loved to play Poker as a past time back in their university days. Knowing the risks (four out of five restaurants close within the first three years, statistically speaking) but not knowing the odds of starting a successful restaurant, the six decided to wager. They put their skills, effort, time, money and sheer “can-do” determination down as the initial contribution – the stake, hence another word is the Ante.

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Interior is rather simple and cozy with simple with light European concept with sofas on the side and outdoor dining area for smokers . . .. . .

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build up of the place with mini bar and serving Carlsberg Draft beer range

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Welcoming you to Ante with oink oink~

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Recycling wine bottles to put in their creative design .. .

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Price range are pretty reasonable and food rage are pretty complete. . .

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STarting off our drinks with imported Sarsi’s  Saxbys Sars. Its a bit bitter end and sweet also. Not my type of drink.

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1) Iced Lemon Tea @ RM9

2) Rosie’s Lychee Fizz @ RM12

3) Mint Lime

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1) Rosie’s Lychee Fizz @ RM12

2) Lemon-Lime Bitters @ RM13highly recommended as one of the drink I could best find in KL food industry as it is the nearest as far as I have tried when I was in Melbourne. The most important ingredient is the bitters shot, that a drink that create a light sourish taste with bitter end. This is just well balance and perfect.

3) Citrus Mint Cooler @ RM12

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We kick start with something simple while waiting for orders The Hot Dog – wrapped in bacon papered sausage with apple mustard @ RM 18. Wrap and fried to perfection with slightly burnt at the end of bacon and golden brown colour that makes it look sexy. Aroma of it is so good that we cant wait to cut it off and put into our mouth. The sauce is the most amazing thing as they manage to well balance mustard and apple together is something new yet appetizing, dipping along with the sausage is just the perfect.

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Follow by some bites of cut lamb sausage with bacon, and this would be good to go along with beer. Yumz!

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Chunky Mushroom Soup @ RM 12 is another recommended dish with blended mushroom, just the right creaminess to kick start my meal with, I ended up having 2 bowls of this. We go a bit of adventure with , Chef Tomasco Soup – special tomato soup with mild spicy twist garnish with croutons @ RM 13. Slight spicy to make your taste bud awaken.

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Cod Crab Mash @ RM18 its like potato in pot with cod in it. Spread it out and share is a nice dish to kick start with.

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If you love green, another amazing order that you must not miss is Crispy Pork Trotter salad @ RM 21 with chunky fried pork trotter that every bite is filled with crisp and with their home made sauce is awesome – Recommended, secondary you can order Smoked Duck Salad @ RM 23.

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Now heading to mains as the smell of this Signature Charizo & Bacon already makes us salivate and looking at the texture filling with heavy cheeze on the top and the smell just trail on the air is something hard to resist. Crispy base, generous ingredient and this pizza was gone within 60 seconds. @ RM 27 – highly recommended

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Up in the Ante POrk BurgerAnte Special Pork Patty wrap in prime cuts of bacon strips & runny yolk @ RM 35

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For burger range, we hunt down their signature and there is nothing much more to compliment of it, with patty is well cook that its soft and juicy, fragrant oil from bacon that pair along the patty, melted cheeze and oozing running yolk as it might get messy but dine happily after that.

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Char Grilled Pork Steaksignature pork ribs with berry cream sauce, serve with mash potato and baked apple @ RM 33 Love a huge slice of pork with balance of pork fat and meat, then this would be a dish that you should not be miss. Grill to perfection that the pork fats is soft, and you definitely have to eat along with the meat and dip abit of the berry cream sauce to make a great combo~

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This dish not many people can take it, as some find it too creamy, The Real Bacon Carbonara cook out to my liking, creamy enough to paint your whole mouth creamy white, slightly fragrant with black pepper and pork bacon with mushroom just add on to your chewy mouth. @ RM 27 – it would be best advise to share this dish as many of us find it too creamy but for me, I can just finish this whole dish by myself.

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Something light that not so heavy then opt for Caramelize Garlic Olio – pasta with bacon topped with caramelized garlic @ RM 23

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Seafood Marinara – fresh river prawns, green mussels, and clams cook in herb tomato puree @ rM 35 – huge prawn and clamps that make the dish look luxury to be eaten, indeed that the seafood is fresh.

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The Hogger POrk Ribs – hickory piglet ribs with homemade BBQ sauce @ RM  75

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A pork ribs that is seriously huge that is nearly as long as my face.

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Gratinated Pork Loin – tender pork loin, layered with sautee potato  follow by mushroom cheeze and cream. Finish with arugula salad @ RM 29

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Chicken Pragmigiana – tender piece of crumbed chicken topped with homemade tomato puree and grated cheeze served with side of mash and [email protected] RM 27

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Volcano Sacrifice find that the lean meat is a bit dry @ RM30

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Crispy Pork Knuckle @ RM 78

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The best way to eat this is to put 3 sauces ontop of the meat and filled it in with one bite. It will be burst of flavours.

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Such a perfect pork dinner, nowdays I am having the habbit of ending my meal with coffee. Latte is nice here. @ RM 9

If you are  pork lover like us, no doubht that Ante Kitchen & Bar will be one of a highly recommended restaurant by me as with their consistency in food is there. I have dine here 3 times over this place.

As the owner found out that we are bloggers then he is giving readers like you to enjoy either a free cocktail or a glass of house red/white wine from our menu with every RM100 purchase on their bill from Monday to Thursdays (excluding public holidays).

Also on Mondays to Thursdays, no corkage fees would be charged if you Bring-Your-Own red and/or white wines.

If alcoholic drinks are not your cup of tea but do not want to miss out on our Monday to Thursday specials, just speak to our front house managers. We would be more than happy to accommodate any special requests if it is within our capacity.

First timer in this restaurant? this would be my 6 recommended dish for you to go after:

1) Crispy Pork Trotter salad
2) Chunky Mushroom Soup
3) Signature Charizo & Bacon
4) Up in the Ante POrk Burger
5) Char Grilled Pork Steak
6) The Real Bacon Carbonara

*NON-Halal

-= KA CHING =-

Food rating 8.5/10 , pretty good pork, recommended~ -Stamped-

-WARNING –This is based on my individual taste. Try it at your own risk-

Location:
Ante Kitchen & Bar,
A2-G1-09, Solaris Dutamas, Kuala Lumpur.
(Same row as Pappa Rich, facing the main road.)

Phone: 03-62063364

I believe many of you heard many types of beer festival celebrated across the globe and one of the recent one I find it interesting is this Belgium Beer Fest that would be first of its celebration being celebrated in Malaysia.

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This first ever Belgium Beer Festival jointly organise by Luen Heng F&B a subsidiary of Carlsberg Malaysia in collaboration with Brussels Beer Cafe, as this festival will celebrate across all Brussels outlet from 6th – 16th June

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“with the wide range of Belgian beer brands offered by their subsidiary, believe that discerning beer drinkers can indluge their taste buds with variety of Belgian beers ranging from wheat beer, abbey beer to speciality beer at a promotion price during the 11-day festival. Promotions covers Facebook contest that give out limited edition premiums and special Belgian beer combo promos.” shared by Soren Ravn, MD of Carlsberg Malaysia.

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At this launching, a new beer range was introduce to the Hoegaarden Family is Hoegaarden Rosee which serve in pink colour that had similar body to the original flavor but it is infuse with fruity zest of Raspberries.

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Group shots  with toasting of the new beer . . .

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When I saw them drinking of the new range, that create a sparks on me as I am a Hoegaarden lover and just cant wait to let my hands hold onto the glass and enjoy a simple sip and taste it.

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AFter that, there were a simple performance from the managers of Brussels outlet.

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Here you go, as we enjoy flows and flows of Hoegaarden Rosee  in this small little pint glass.

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During this festival, you can either order this whole full set  that serve with a plate of – mussels, bacon, pork and chicken and there are a rack of 6 different types of Belgium beer will be serve along too or you can order separately.

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Hoegaarden Rosee .. . .

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This is my new found love of beer as the taste is sweet, which I think the more you drink you wont feel it as it is a bit lower in alcohol, definately its more girly drink and I believe alot of girls would love the sweet aromatic taste of it. Smooth and flavourful with wheat taste as usual just that a hint of sweetness and refreshing at the end

What you waiting for, head to your nearest Brussels Beer Cafe outlet for their Belgium Beer Fest, one and only beer now available which is Hoegaarden Rosee is only available at their outlet.

Being being a food hunter is my passion and looking at the F&B industries in Penang had certainly grown to another new level, with more concept restaurant are pumping up. One of the latest restaurant that had hit the shores of Penang that started operating about 2 months back is this newly Authentic Italian Restaurant at Via Pre that I can say operate and own by expatriate Italians.

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The shops are easily to be located as its opposite QE2 or next to British Council building. Painted in white like heritage building and at night, its well light up. Just beware that they do not have a big signage on the building and you have to drive slowly to locate the place as its at a small corner turning.

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Via Pre had attracted many people to visit this place and I think this would be the first Italian restaurant that offer Authentic Italian Cuisine. For those who have not tried the actual Italian food, this definitely would be one of the place to visit!

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Love the interior design . . as the whole design is pretty much reflect on the typical Italian design and as Italian restaurant I am amaze of their wine range that they are offering and I am very keen to try out Italian wine.

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Love their cake counter that it had been a while since I have last enter this kind of restaurant, the last one was during my study period in Melbourne and definitely enjoy it here now.

One of my friend told me that, these restaurant imported most of the ingredients as what they are trying to cook are unable to source locally.

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One advice, as Penang people do not like to do reservation, it is highly advise to do your reservation as its always full during dinner and it is gaining its popularity.

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Price are very reasonable that its not too expensive.

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I look at the beer range and find that the waiter recommend me to try on  Birra Menabrea an Italian beer, and my my, its one of a true great beer that I enjoy and beats down many beer out there. Very easy to drink, smooth and bubbly need to drink it while its chill, and after taste its sweet and hint of barley oak can be tasted. – Recommended! @RM25 

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Then we were serve with a portion of bread which is usual that in Italian dining they will serve you a basket of home made bread with plain and oak of course their traditional eating is dipping the bread along with olive oil and vinegar. Its not like those serve with butter. Find it weird? hehe, learn to enjoy oh~

After looking at the food menu, I do not know what to order as its pretty much in bombastic Italian words and ask the owner to introduce. Then he introduce me special of the day which is not in the menu that they often change it to get the best ingredient and create 2-3 best dishes out for you to enjoy.

As we were pretty full from snacks just now, so decided to leave our order to the hands of the owner by ordering 3 dishes to share.

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For a soup we start off with Zuppa Toscana which is soup of the day with mixture of various types of beans. The taste is light, lean towards a bit sourish from tomato I believe and finely chop beans that bring the taste up. Some of you might not like the taste and texture of it as I find it pretty good. Learn to eat it when I was oversea. @ RM 16

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Since he know we love to try out food, then he recommend us to try out Special Starter that consist of Quiche, Pie and smoked beef slice with special sauce. @ RM 78

Spinach Quiche is superbly good, soft with hint of egg taste and spinach been blended and the crust is warm and crispy. Dip along with the sauce makes it event perfect with a slight sweetness at the end.

Pie is fluffy and cutting it, the tuna base mixture flow out and just enjoy every bite of it.

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Star of the 3 is the smoked beef that is sweet in taste and fresh, yet they pair it with salmon sauce as what we believe it as we were confuse that looking at it is smoked beef and tasting it had a after taste of salmon. A perfect combination!

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To eat back something authentic that I have pretty miss is Tortellini Special for the night, as usually these cant be eaten much as it is pretty filling and the ingredient they stuff in are with some mushrooms and meat. Pretty simple and flavourful.

As a food lover, I surely enjoy my meal tonight and looking forward to go back to try out their other range like spaghetti, pizza and specialty. I believe many of you would not enjoy the taste of it as this is pretty much towards Authentic Italian taste which the taste is not localize. Therefore, for those of you love are looking for authentic Italian Cuisine, Via – Pre certainly is the place I am highly recommending in Penang.

Service is very attentive even though its super busy for the night, staff are very friendly even though they are foreigners, and if you do encounter bad service experience, just give them a break as they just operating just for 2 months. Alot of things to fine tune and I believe they never expect it to be fully house most of the night.

 *NON-HALAL

-= Ka Ching =-

Food Rating 8/10,  pretty good for a small town operator~-Stamped-

–Warning– This is based on my individual taste. Try it at your own risk-

Locations:
Via Pre – Italians on the Harbour
5, Weld Quay, Georgetown
10300 PENANG, MALAYSIA

Contact: 604 – 2619 800 / 604-2620 560

Website: http://www.via-pre.com/


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Straits Quay is one of the latest attraction in Penang that located itself at Tanjung Tokong which can be access thru Island Plaza as it had just open for around 2 months and I believe it is going soon to be a popular place among all the locals and outstations. This place is build by the sea area that going to host alot of Restaurant and Bars to operate it. To me, this place is definately will boost Penang F&B industry to another level with its classy English look. Alot of Penang bloggers had flock and blogged about this place, now including me too. Hang out at Berlin’s Bier Houz .

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A huge center area that in the future can host many events here and with seriously high ceilings that enable it to be more cooling.

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I guess in this alley, if cafe’s and some fashion boutique open in this area, gonna make it more like foreign shopping feel.

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When I walked in, I just got to know that, they have indoor shopping that only have 2 levels which more like other countries are doing.

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For night view, I am certainly impress with the feel of it as in the future, in this middle area, all those nice and exclusive yatch are going to dock here, and at the last 6 levels are residential area that have its own style which is quite unique in interior.

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At the side walk, it gives me the feeling more like a modern type of Gurney with its huge sidewalk and of course there are a few Bar already operating around this area like Finnegans Bar and not to be miss this German Bar.

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Berlin’s Bier Houz is a German & European Bistro is one of the few bar is currently operating in the area.

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A very cosy feel with wooden table, floor and dim lights on the ceiling with old style building painting at the wall do stir the ambiance up.

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If you are looking for nice German Draft Beer to hunt for, I would say this is one of the bar to consider as they offer quite a range.

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With at least 5 on draft to offer for German Beer Range, with the likes of Erdinger Weissbier, Erdinger Weissbier Dark, Erdinger Dunkel and a few more.

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This is the pricing of their beer yet it is still cheaper than the one’s offering in KL. They do have happy hour rate and if you are looking for all night long, Sunday is their Happy Hour all day long. Hoegarden is available too but in bottle.

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This is our 1 pint of beer and I brought Esther here as she was in Penang for a few days. ..  We are happy with our Happy Hour Deal that comes to around RM26 for 1 pint. For those who love lighter beer and more aromatic and a bit sweet in taste, I would suggest to go after Erdinger more like our Tiger as in light in taste and those who love a bit more bitter and stronger taste, go for Weissbier more like Carlsberg.

Non Happy Hour is around RM30 per pint.

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If you dont like to be seated in there and prefer some where outside to enjoy the sea breeze if it is windy day, then consider outside especially with smokers. I spend 3 nights over here and it is always near full house.

I guess this is one of the new place that I will stick on when I am back to Penang and going to be one of my recommended place for a bar to hang out at the moment. Food I have just not yet try. You guys try it out then share with all of us. 🙂

Location:
Berlin’s Bier Houz – German and European Bistro
3E-G-3B Straits Quay,
Jalan Seri Tanjung Pinang Tanjung Tokong,
10470 Pulau Pinang

Tel: 04-899 8887

www.fnblibrary.com/


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