Gala House (GPS: 5.42061, 100.33413) is a retro-themed restaurant in George Town, Penang. It started in 2013, where it occupied 102, Muntri Street. A year later it expanded to include the adjoining property, an Arts & Craft building at the corner of Muntri and Leith Streets. The original outlet as well as the upstair level house the retro restaurant, while the corner unit houses a bar.
Gala House signage, complete with light bulbs, gives the cafe a retro feel. (1 June, 2016)
Gala House interior. (1 June, 2016)
Front shell of a VW van, retrofitted as a pastry station at Gala House (1 June, 2016)
The upstairs of Gala House has splendid views of Muntri and Leith Streets. (1 June, 2016)
Upstairs, the old window shutters of the corner premises are reused as a wall art (1 June, 2016)
My visits to Gala House
19 August, 2016
My wife and I enjoyed a lovely lunch at Gala House today. We have been invited by its owner Monsak Ja Singh to try out their the dishes that the restaurant has newly introduced.
We kicked off our meal with Clams In Wine & Fresh Herbs Broth. This is a essentially clam soup, with the clams cooked in Sauvignon Blanc together with cilantro, chillies, onions, cherry tomatoes and a hint of fresh lime juice. The clams, or siput, are tasty. Served with toasted garlic bread, it was a good start to our meal.
Even before we could finish demolishing the clams, our second dish has appeared. It was Creamy Chicken. It comprises a piece of perfectly grilled (yet juicy, not dry) chicken fillet sitting on a bed of homemade mash potatoes and creamy sauce that has been cooked with mushrooms and smoked duck breast poured over it. Monsak explained to me afterwards that they were able to preserve the crispiness of the chicken by grilling it separately from the sauce, which is of course a good idea, for it tastes much better this way.
Next, we tried the Crab-Stuffed Seabass. Wow, I love this. The fish is baked and then stuffed with a stuffing the comprises crabmeat and onions. This nests on a bed of mashed potatoes and roasted vegetables. We love this dish, though we did point out to Monsak that we would appreciate a little more sauce to this dish, if possible. But other than that, the seabass is nicely cooked and not at all dry.
It was a delicious and filling meal. We concluded it with yogurt served on platters beautifully painted with syrup. It was entirely a most satisfying meal, and we thank Gala House for having invited us.
Enjoying my lunch at Gala House (19 August, 2017)
Clams in Wine & Fresh Herbs Broth at Gala House (19 August, 2017)
Creamy Chicken at Gala House (19 August, 2017)
Another view of the Creamy Chicken (19 August, 2017)
Crab-stuffed Seabass at Gala House (19 August, 2017)
Monsak and I at Gala House (19 August, 2017)
1 June, 2016
My wife and I had a visit with Gala House on 1 June, 2016. We were met by its owner Monsak Ja Singh, who took us around. Monsak has done up Gala House to appeal to the younger crowd. A recurring theme seems to be the Volkswagen Beetle, which rears itself all over the place. On the wall upstairs is a handdrawn mural celebrating its location on Muntri and Leith.
The corner unit at Gala House has historic significance, for that was where world-renowned shoemaker and fashion designer Jimmy Choo once ran a shoe-making stall. The spot where that stall was located is just a stone's throw from Hong Kong Shoe Store, where Choo apprenticed.
Jack Daniels Chocolate Cake, GalaHouse (1 June, 2016)
The bar occupying the ground floor of the corner unit. (1 June, 2016)
The barkeep at Gala House (1 June, 2016)
Gala House signage overlooking Muntri Street (1 June, 2016)
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