There is this little restaurant only known to local Penangites located right in the Penang YMCA Building. Its signature dishes included its Yam Duck Soup, its Assam Fish Curry and its Inchi Kabin chicken... I have been eating here (the 747 Cafe) since my first posting to Penang as a young Nestle executive way back in 1988.
Two nights ago, 23 December 2008, I took my sister's family (altogether 4 adults and 3 very grown-up kids (average 6 footers) for dinner and we ordered, amongst other dishes, these 3 signature dishes. Instead of the normal fish, we decided the assam fish head should use pomfret.
The dish alone cost us RM72! In all my 20 years eating there, we have never paid this much for the assam fish dish. This was daylight robbery and since we had guests, wifey and I kept quiet about it. We enjoyed the food tremendously, that was the only consolation, but until today I still feel the bitter taste in the mouth of being "KATOK" by the restaurant that we have patronised for 20 years. A normal meal in 747 Cafe like what we ordered is normally about RM120-130 for about 8-10 persons. That night, with 8 of us we got slaughtered bigtime RM200 for our dinner....
Maybe I will switch to Starview Restaurant which serves the same type of food but in a better environment... it is located at the New World Park along Swatow Lane (at the site of the old Swatow Lane Cinema cum indoor stadium) amidst many other bistros and eateries.