Thanks to a gracious invitation by Tourdirections, I attended a Hangout with Bloggers event earlier this month for a food blogging session at Pinetree Cafe, located along Jalan Sungai Dua, Gelugor - just a few stores away from the Sungai Dua branch KFC.
Pinetree Cafe has a simple but pleasant interior design.
The simple designs and arrangements of both the chairs and tables are contrasted against the various framed and painted art works visible on the walls around the cafe, creating a dining atmosphere that is not only cozy and friendly, but also aesthetically pleasing to the eye. While the many visual decorations on the surrounding walls are numerous, they are neither too cluttered nor brightly coloured, creating a vibe that is lively imaginative but modest with a humble down-to-earth presentation. In addition, customers are also welcomed to write their feedback on leaf-shaped stickers and paste them on the wall, giving them an opportunity to add in their personal touch to the already beautiful collage of praises and compliment on the cafe's food and services.
It is a great place for chilling out, as well as a nice quiet spot to study or leisurely surf the internet when there are not many customers around.
Pinetree Cafe offers an attractive fusion selection that is not only mouth-watering but also affordable - having the USM students in mind as their target customers.
Its menu offers a rich variety of choices, ranging from pasta to burgers and rice. Pinetree even incorporates Japanese and Korean food concepts into some of the dishes, utilizing ingredients such as Kimchi and the savoury Teriyaki sauce. In addition to all these, Pinetree also constantly comes up with new additions and innovations for its menu from time to time, often bringing pleasant surprises to adventurous customers.
Some of the food featured during the session:
|Onion Rings - RM3.90|
Coated with typical breadcrumb batter and deep fried into
golden rings of crispiness, these onion rings are not only decent, but also affordable.
|Shrimp Po Boy - RM8.00|
|Grilled Teriyaki Chicken Burger - RM8.90|
Pasta & Ramen
|Salmon Pasta Carbonara - RM11.90|
A plate of pasta in light Carbonara sauce served with simple grilled salmon.
Light but hearty, best enjoyed when hot and hungry.
|Chicken Miso Ramen - RM8.90|
Overall, Pinetree Cafe's food are delicious. Out of the many dishes I have tried, I personally find the Teriyaki grilled chicken fillets the best, mainly because of the tenderness of the meat as well as the smoky rich Teriyaki flavour. On the other hand, I feel that there is much room for improvement for their deep-fried battered dishes - not that I do not enjoy them, but I noticed that the same kind of batter are most probably being used as coating for most of the deep-fried dishes. Therefore, a great suggestion would be to have different types of batter for different deep-fried dishes, to avoid customers from tasting the same batter taste especially when enjoying multiple deep-fried battered entres and appetizers simultaneously.
Also, take note that you will receive a complimentary free drink when you order any main course in Pinetree Cafe!
Overall Event Experience:
Being my first time in a formal food blogging event, the experience was exciting and a little intimidating. But most important of all, I found myself learning a lot by observing and watching more experienced bloggers in action, as they instinctively snapping away at the cafe interior and searching for the best angle to capture mouth-watering food photographs. At the same time, I also managed to get myself acquainted with a few others, gaining a few new insights on the blogging industry as well as tips on potentially excellent eating spots to check on in the future.
559D, Jalan Sungai Dua, 11700 Kampong Sungai Gelugor, Penang
Wilson Khor W.H. @ Seymour Nightweaver
28th March 2014
For more information, please visit <http://www.tourdirections.