THE arboreal embrace of G Hotel’s new Tree Bar infuses leisurely moments of indulgence and merrymaking with the rustic charms of nature.
Built around an 80-year-old Albizia Saman tree rising majestically amidst a pocket of greens at the rear of the trendy hotel along Gurney Drive, Penang, the unique hangout spot exudes a cosy and refreshing appeal.
Patrons can sit back and unwind on plush sofas at its open-air raised deck shaded by verdant foliage above or chill out at conventional dining tables under a canopy, to the tune of upbeat yet relaxing background music.
Otherwise, take your places on comfortable bar-top seating encircling the centrepiece tree, more commonly known here as the ‘five o’clock tree’ or ‘rain tree’, as its leaves fold in the evenings and during rainy weather.
While the nature-inspired ambience and decor is distinctive, the outlet has also been drawing the crowds for its tantalising selection of beverages and bites that are easy on the wallet.
Healthy snacks include the Nicoise Salad, a French classic that has pan-seared tuna sitting atop diced tomatoes, olives and peppers dressed with vinaigrette. Most items here are paired with special condiments, and this one comes with a jar of relish.
The Thai Beef Salad – comprising tender slices of meat, mango, lime leaf, Thai basil, onion and chilli tossed in plum mango sauce – is another crowd favou-rite.
For munching, one cannot go wrong with the Moroccan Spiced Lamb Skewers, which are marinated with lemon salt and black pepper before being charred on the grill. A spiced chickpea salad and eggplant caponata makes a nice complement.
The Bucket of Chilled Shrimp, which comes with a special cocktail sauce is ideal for sharing. Similarly the Fondue Madness, a bubbling pot of gruyere, emmental and Swiss cheeses that beckons one to dip pieces of bread into.
Other highlights are the Smoked Salmon Roll, Surf and Turf Quesadilla, Deep-fried Calamari, Mezze with Pita Bread, Char Siew Chicken Slider, Battered Fish and Golden Chicken Wings.
For a heartier meal, the Big Buns selection of burgers and hot dogs promises to satisfy. Choose from The Classic, Gold Standard, Tree Bar Big Bun, Guac-A, Sloppy Slaw Dog or Chilling Dog, each with its own condiments and sauces.
Patrons can go for either beef or chicken for their sausage or burger patties. There are also choices of different breads and potatoes, and some extra topping options.
The sweet tooth is placated with desserts like Coconut Panna Cotta, Apricot Cream Cheese Mousse and Gula Melaka Crème Brulee, among others.
Beverage aficionados will be delighted with the ‘Buy 1 Free 2’ happy hours promotion on draught beers like Carlsberg, Asahi, Connor’s, Stella Artois, Lowenbrau and Hoegaarden, available daily from opening until 9.30pm. After that, it is ‘Buy 1 Free 1’.
Otherwise, raise a toast with the vast selection of international bottled beers, wine, traditional cocktails, specialty concoctions, whiskeys, liqueurs and spirits.
Those preferring non-alcoholic drinks are well catered to with choices of coffee, flavoured tea, fresh fruit juices and soft drinks. As such, there is no better place to meet up with friends and associates, and let loose after a hard day’s work.
The Tree Bar is open daily from 11am until 1am. For inquiries, call 04-2380000.