|Bukit Genting Penang | Leisure Park & Thai Restaurant|
|Tuesday, 20 November 2012 00:00|
Bukit Genting PenangAmid the rolling greenery of Balik Pulau district, overlooking a turtle-shaped island - Pulau Betong, Bukit Genting or Genting Hill has the luxury of nature, provides an exceptional destination to watch the glorious sunset on the island of Penang. Interestingly, this little hill is the home to myriad tropical fruits, chicken farms, a handful farmer-families and a Thai restaurant! From the main road - Jalan Balik Pulau, it takes about 3 km on a narrow, single traffic paved path, uphill winding pass durian, rambutan, coconut, rubber, betel nut, chempedak, passion fruit trees before arriving at the summit where a man-made 'hill sanctuary' is located.
Featuring a serene ambiance with a spectacular sea and land view, the summit offers an open, outdoor patio deck for dining, serving Thai specialty surrounded by elegant landscaping that weaves its way to create this place a picturesque hillside village. In addition to that, there are dozens of isolated gazebo-style patios in various sizes, sprinkled around this peak, at which have the capacity to house a large group over a few dozens to a handful people.
Making a reservation for 8 people, we arrived about 6 pm so that we were in time to catch the equatorial sunset against a lush vista of south-west Penang. Seeing most patrons walking around with camera to click and snap certainly confirmed the natural beauty that it's worth.
As we seated, menu were handed to us. Seeing their choices of Thai foods, they serve an average variety, entails salad/appetizers, chicken, seafood, Tom yum, Thai curry, vegetables and desserts. We opted for Pandan Chicken, Teo chew style steam fish, kerabu mango, mixed vegetables and white seafood Tom yum, to go with steamed rice and a jug of Loh Han Kua for everyone.
Dishes arrived promptly since we were the first group to kick start their kitchen for dinner. I heard their chefs had been coming and going a few times since my last visit in 2004. Honestly, there is nothing to brag about their Thai cuisine - nothing much authentic, though I think the dishes were better in my former visit. However, we did enjoy the tranquil setting, panoramic landscape and the breathtaking scenery - this is certainly something to shout about! It somehow reminds me of watching sunset on Lake Travis at The Oasis in Austin, TX.
Phone to make reservation: 04-629 9801
Business hours: 11:30 am through 10:30 pm daily.
GPS Coordinates: 5.308917, 100.220533
|Last Updated on Monday, 19 November 2012 21:34|
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