Fresh-faced young Penang-born Chong Peng Wei aka Chef Wei currently serves up the most rewarding “omakase” dinner in Penang. A.Maze is a dining gem ensconced in a quiet back-alley off Nagore Square. The tiny eatery can accommodate 8 diners at the most, and Chef Wei works alone. Dinner reservations need to be made 24 hours’ in advance, so Chef Wei can get the ingredients for his omakase spread. We only need to let him know of any dietary restrictions or allergies.
What we had:
Amuse Bouche: Lemon Jelly with Mache, and sea salt; Beetroot and Watermelon Consommé
Beef Salami with Buffalo Mozzarella, Balsamic Reduction, Dried Black Olives and Baby Cucumber
Braised Tea-and-Soy-flavoured Quail Eggs, served with Pastry Nest and Mashed Sweet Potato
Trio of Sous-vide Scallops
Sous-Vide Salmon served with Chacee Sauce, Mizuna Leaves and Dill Milk
Shoulder & Sirloin Steak served with Potato Puree, Maitake Mushrooms, Carrots and Mustard Seeds
Pre-Dessert Palate Cleanser- Olive Oil Sorbet + Jasmine Rice Sorbet + Dragonfruit + Mercato
Deconstructed Black Forest Cake, paired with a Vodka Orange Cocktail
A cup of warm green tea was served at the end with some good whisky jellies. A perfect end to a very nice dining experience.
Chef Wei honed his skills in at least a couple of Singapore Michelin-starred establishments, including the much-touted Michelin-starred Andre’s on Bukit Pasoh Road. He’s returned to his hometown, Penang, to set-up this small, cosy but very sophisticated eatery. Truly A.Mazing!
2-G-5, Bangunan Lip Sin, Lebuh Pekaka 1, Taman Pekaka, Sungai Dua, 11700 George Town, Penang, Malaysia (Updated 9 July 2021)
Tel: +6017-376 3762
Opening hours: 6.30pm to 8pm Tueto Sun. Closed on Mondays