When in search of Nyonya food at the Desa Sri Hartamas area, Penang Village is definetely the choice.
However, for those who have not heard, the outlet exited at the Desa Sri Hartamas precinct more than a month ago and opened at the Hartamas Shopping Centre, not too far away.
At its new home,Penang Village has done away with its casual laid-back ambience of wood and marble and introduced a fusion-styled contrast of red and black for its theme with comfortable sofas and chairs for a more elegant settings.
General Manager Connie Su said there was a need for changes as the food business constantly evolved although the outlet's extensive menu maintained its blend of old favourites while offering a selection of new dishes.
The daring red walls are enchanced with batik prints on one side while ancient roof tiles from north china make an interesting conversation piece with Nyonya Chinese Baskets transformed into creative lighs, adorning the ceiling.
Not only is the interior contemporary in style, the management has even done away with boring cutlery and introduced fashionable bowls and dishes for serving purposes.
Su pointed out that despite all the extra frills in giving Penang Village a face-lift price of food had not changed. "Our customers are guaranteed of the same prices they enjoyed while we were at Desa Sri Hartamas," she said.
Of Course, managing Director C.G.Tang ensured that the dishes he served not only tasted great but were also attractive in appearance.
Tang is the wizard who whips up interesting recipes in the kitchen, coming up with new dishes for his customers while maintaining the integral ingredients required in Nyonya Cuisine.
His foray into cooking started at the age of 15 when he worked at Western restaurant in Penang where he learnt the importance of garnishing and presentation.
Later, while working for a club in the Pearl of the Orient, he learnt the secrets of Nyonya Cuisine from a chef who took Tang under her wings to pass on her rich ancestral recipes, which has defindly come in handly for him.
However, the cuisine is not new to Tang as his father is a Peranakan.
"Nyonya Food was part of our lifestlye.
"I remember eating dishes like lobak and Curry Kapitan as a child and i thought this was the kind of food every Chinese family served at home.
"I later realised that the food we had at home was somewhat different because it wasn't typical Chinese food, but Nyonya food," he said.
Penang Village is the place to go silly over Nyonya food especially if you're into traditional food served with a fashionable twist.