Hard Rock Cafe's Penang branch, located in the chain's own hotel at the Batu Feringgi beach strip, is a cheerful hive of activity. When we had lunch here, the neighbouring table was enjoying a boisterous birthday celebration.
It might seem strange to eat here when there's so much other wonderful food in Penang, but the place is a real tourist magnet for now.
A crowd-pleasing starter combo of Santa Fe spring rolls, hickory-smoked chicken wings, onion rings, potato skins and Tupelo chicken tenders.
Grilled Cajun chicken with green leaves, orange, pecans, red pepper, cranberries and blue cheese with honey citrus dressing. Crisp, fresh and flavourful.
Hickory-smoked BBQ Combo of beef ribs, chicken and beef brisket, with seasoned fries, coleslaw and ranch beans. Awesome stuff; the meat was well-marinated and perfectly juicy.
Chicken and beef fajitas. Piping-hot and tender, with lotsa pico de gallo, shredded Jack & Cheddar cheese, guacamole, sour cream & shredded lettuce to heap on the flour tortillas.
Twisted Cavatappi macaroni tossed in lightly spiced three-cheese sauce with garlic, roasted red peppers & Parmesan bread crumbs. Filled with carbs & fat, but too tasty to resist.
Legendary 10 oz burger, topped with seasoned bacon, cheddar cheese and onion ring. A smashing success, thanks to the thick, succulent patty.
Purple Haze (smirnoff vodka, beefeater gin, bacardi raspberry rum, sweet & sour, lemon lime soda, chambord raspberry liqueur) and Rum Runner (bacardi superior rum, banana liqueur, monin blackberry, grenadine, orange juice, sweet & sour, mount gay dark rum).