It has been a long while since my last post entry, almost a month to be exact. I have been pretty busy, so busy that I seldom check my blog. Apologies if you have been trying to contact me via my blog to no avail. Without further ado, I shall start this entry with a Mother’s Day Special, a lunch with the ladies of my family at Beacon Point, Ipoh.
The restaurant is located within walking distance from my home in Ipoh. I have been passing by this place for decades but have only visited this restaurant for a handful of times. Since mother’s day is around the corner, I have decided to book and have lunch with my grandmother, mother, aunty and cousin (all ladies) on 10th May, 2009.
Beacon Point has been around for a long while. I moved to the area some time in 1988 and I remember seeing the restaurant (used to bear the name Beacon Point Trading and Training Co.) some time afterward (1995 to be exact). I knew that the restaurant serves good food and have always wanted to dine there. Little did I know that when Jodie Foster came to Ipoh to shoot ‘Anna and The King’ in 1999, she employed the Chef of Beacon Point, Phillip Chang, to cook for her. She found out about the restaurant from ‘lonely planet’, which means that the food is more than ordinary. Phillip is also commissioned to look after the diet of HRH Sultan of Perak.
Beacon Point is usually closed on Sundays. However, since Mother’s Day fall on the second Sunday of May, they have decided to cater the good food to mothers who deserve a good pamper, and offered three choices on their mothers day menu. The full course menu consists of the following.
Delicious Fresh Cream of Almond Soup served with Herbed Garlic Bread pictured below.
The soup tastes nice even if I do not like almond and I finished the soup without any hesitation. The garlic bread is toasted to perfection and it is not too hard for my grandmother. Even after we finished the meal, the leftover garlic bread is stilll very crispy.
Next we have the main course.
Along with Roasted Potato, Corn-on-cob, Butter Glazed Broccoli, Cauliflower and Carrot Sticks, we have the Marinated Chicken Drumsticks Bunashimeji with Garlic-pepper Sauce. The marinated chicken tastes nice and is very tender while the garlic pepper sauce complements the chicken very well.
Next, we have the Pan-Fried Snapper with Cajun Spice & Anchovy-Caper Sauce. The fish is fried to perfection and the sauce brings out the freshness of the snapper. However, I had to be careful with the fish as there are little bones in it.
I ordered this dish, the Roast Leg of Lamb with Tomato-Mint Relish. The roasted lamb was a little to hard for my liking, but the tomato-mint relish did make the chewing experience a pleasant one. Afterward, my mother and I both agreed that the stewed lamb leg served at a certain S.R. restaurant is better than this dish.
To round up the menu, Mocha Soufflé is served as the dessert, which is better than having a brownie after a heavy meal. The dessert is sweet but it does not have the filling feeling when compared to having brownies or cheese cakes. All in all, the meal was a good experience and I am giving it a 4 out of 5.
For two sets of Chicken Drumstick, two sets of Roasted Lamb Leg and one set of Snapper meal, the bill came to the total of RM146.50, which is light on the wallet too. I would recommend anyone looking for a good food experience at an affordable price in Ipoh to pay Beacon Point a visit and pamper yourself with either a meal or some cheesecakes.