My son took us to this place hidden amongst the residential houses in Midlands. It is near the Jalan Kelawai, Gurney Plaza side. It turned out to be the former Top Top Restaurant. Long before we have TGIF, Chilli’s or even KFC and McD, we have Top Top, Tip Top and Eden in Penang. These were like THE Western food restaurants. These restaurants were around like 30 years ago.
Their menu is rather extensive and prices are ok. It is a little bit better than the regular Western Foods stalls but a little bit ‘not so class’ as restaurants. However, they do serve their foods with proper sauces, some fresh green salads and portion is quite big too.
The place serves pork and they have several pork dishes too. I wasn’t in the mood for Western food so I tried their Hokkien fried beehoon and mee. It is delicious, very lemak and the taste is just right. The price per plate is only RM4.50 and my teh tarik is only RM1.40. So, for that price, you get to sit in a cosy garden in someone’s home in Midlands (which is the rich man area), it is not bad lah.
My little boy ordered the spaghetti with meat balls. He is used to my home cooked real cream, cheese and bacon spaghetti so he finds the white mushroom sauce a bit ‘boh ho ciak eh!’.
The sauce is a bit disappointing as it is like Campbell Mushroom soup from the can. However, the chicken meat balls are rather delicious though.
As everyone ate a bit of my Hokkien char, I had to order something else to fill up my stomach. I saw oxtail soup and mutton soup on the menu and tried the mutton soup. It is really hearty, traditional and meaty. I like it because there are lots of mutton with some fats and tendon, lots of celery and very flavourful. Price is RM8.50 and it is served with garlic bread.
This is how the garden at Yaw’s Roast and Grill looks like. When we arrived, there were not many tables. However, we understand that business is brisk because they normally open their homes and place more tables inside. By the time we finished our dinner, the place is packed and people were standing, waiting for us to get out of our seats.
The special for the day was Jumbo sausage. I like the sausage because they had fried the outside till crispy and the inside is not dry. Their mashed potatoes are probably homemade as it is very ‘thick’ without the floury texture from those instant mashed potatoes.
My eldest son had the mixed grill which costs RM19.80. It has generous portion of lamb, chicken, fish (which doesn’t smell ‘earthy’ or ‘fishy’), sausage, bacon and chips. It is served with mint sauce and also tartar sauce. I like it when restaurants do not just shove plain old mayo for everything. Tartar sauce, thousand island and mayo are three different kind of sauces, no?
Meanwhile, my second son had the ribeye or is it sirloin. It is RM20 and portion is also generous too. We ordered medium rare but they delivered medium well. Well, I don’t know what’s the difference but my son found it a bit well done. I told him cheap steaks are better cooked well or else those worms are going to travel to his brains and eat his brains empty. To which, my #3 son said, “Not like he has any left!” And there goes another argument of ‘brainless, moron, idiot’………….Sigh..I love family dinners where the kids never stop arguing over their foods.
Yaw’s Roast and Grill is quite a good place to have some cheap Western dinner. However, just stay away from their white sauces or mushroom soup because these come from cans. Our total bill comes up to RM83, inclusive of cheap drinks. Sometimes, I just hate those restaurants who charge exorbitant prices for their drinks. I usually boycott those places who sell drinks at RM6 per glass because it is just another fruit juice with over inflated prices. Sometimes, my children need two glasses of drinks at a meal so can you imagine how much I have to pay if they charge RM6 per glass?
YAW’s Roast & Grill is at No. 1, Gerbang Midlands, Penang. It is accessible from Jalan Kelawai and the place has no signboard. Their telephone number is 04-2276273/012-4848178. They are close on Monday and only available for dinner on Tuesday to Sunday from 5.30 pm to 11pm.