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Cool East-West combos that are bursting with flavours


Chicken and Cashew Terrine, a refreshing appetite rouser.

Chicken and Cashew Terrine, a refreshing appetite rouser.

AT Beach Blanket Babylon in Penang, the creative merging of flavours from the east and west ensure there is always a tasty treat.

Complementing the scenic seaside bar and eatery’s well-established a la carte menu are new monthly specials available for dinner only.

For March, the lineup includes Chicken and Cashew Terrine — a cold appetiser that is ideal for the balmy surrounds.

It comes with seared scallop, carrot and orange emulsion, fragrant leaves and salted fish dressing.

For mains, there are a quartet of options. Pasta lovers will love the Confit and Smoked Duck Linguine tossed with marinated heirloom tomatoes, coconut, holy basil and Grana Padano cheese.

For poultry, order the Chinese Five Spice Marinated Chicken Breast served with pumpkin puree, gnocchi, wilted baby kailan, wood ear mushroom and XO emulsion.

Fish comes in the form of a Seared Red Snapper with coriander, spring onion, textures of broccoli, cherry tomato, gooseberry and balsamic reduction.

Confit and Smoked Duck Linguine, is March’s starring pasta dish. — Photos: JEREMY TAN/The Star
Confit and Smoked Duck Linguine, is March’s starring pasta dish. — Photos: JEREMY TAN/The Star

Those hankering for red meat can go for Szechuan Crusted Lamb Loin and Braised Shank with curried brinjal, zucchini, asparagus and Shauxing wine.

Rounding off the specials is Red Date and White Chocolate Cake, a decadent dessert elevated by apricot gel, gooseberry, raspberry and chili sorbet.

Complement the meal with one of the many tantalising beverages.

Recommendations include the refreshing Mojito, or the non-alcoholic Cinderella.

On the a la carte menu, crowd favourites such as the signature Crab Laksa, Penang Asam Laksa and Sticky Toffee Pudding are all still available.

Those dropping by for a midday meal can go for the Executive Set Lunch served from noon to 2.30pm daily.

It offers over two dozen main course options, priced from RM45+ onwards.

Every hour promises to be a Happy Hour here, as there are all-day long promotions on beer.

Bottled ones start at RM15+, buckets of five go from RM65+, and those on tap priced from RM18+.

Beach Blanket Babylon, an extension of Thirty Two at the Mansion restaurant on Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah, opens from noon to midnight daily.

For reservations, please call 04-2622232.

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