Malaysians, here’s me wishing you all Happy GST Eve! Don’t ask me why I wish you for this terrible thing, I’m just doing what many people are doing on Facebook.
Foreigners, Malaysia will be implementing a 6% GST (Goods and Service Tax) starting 1st April 2015. This tax is charged on every layer of the supply chain (producer, distributor, shops), so the final cost of goods will most likely increase by more than 6%. Long story short, if you plan to travel to Malaysia, most of your expenses will cost at least 6% more, so please factor that into your budget.
To celebrate this inauspicious thing, we decided to eat out for lunch today. After all, we might be experiencing Post GST Stress Disorder and refuse to eat out for the next couple of weeks while we transition into this 6% ordeal.
We went to another new restaurant at Elit Avenue. By the way, Elit Avenue’s free parking will also end today. 1st April 2015 onwards it would be RM 1 for the first 3 hours parking here.
This restaurant is called Oz Restaurant. If you are familiar with what the Oz means, then I think you can guess what cuisine we are talking about here.
The problem was, if you remember, earlier this month I went to a French cafe that isn’t, so I wasn’t so sure with this one.
Still, it is quite difficult not to make the conclusion that this is an Aussie restaurant. After all, you will be greeted with this at the entrance.
And then when you get inside, you see this,
They even throw in a kangaroo in their main logo.
I was still apprehensive though. I need to look at the menu to confirm that this is really a real Aussie restaurant.
Hmm, this looks… alright… I thought apart from the word Aussie, these are actually names for English dishes. But then, Australian cuisine should be more or less like English cuisine, isn’t it? Maybe they are alright.
By the way, we asked the owner if the prices will be revised in conjunction with GST. He said they would maintain the price for a few weeks, and then see how much their costs increase before making the decision to revise or not.
Anyway, let’s go to the food..
While eating, the colleague asked: “So what do you think? Does these taste like Australian dishes?”. And then it occurred to me that, I have absolutely no idea! For one, I have never been to Australia before. I have never tasted Australian food before. So how the hell am I supposed to know?
Fortunately, shortly after I posted the roast pork picture on Instagram, the Asian Australian came to my rescue.
I’m giving the benefit of doubt to the owner here. I think he is really trying to serve us Australian fare, only it doesn’t pass the scrutiny of a real Aussie. But if you can look pass the authenticity and focus on the taste, the food is actually not too bad here.
My roast pork tasted alright to me. And yes, I can vouch for the roast pork, it is really pork and not chicken! The meat was maybe slightly overcooked, but the sauce was delicious. According to the colleague, the pie was alright too.
So, if are in Penang and you want decent tasting, English/Australian named food that may or may not be authentic in an Australian restaurant with good ambience, then you can come here. Here’s their Facebook page: Restaurant OZ. You can find their address and contact in that page.