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Posted by Criz Lai On February - 1 - 2009|

It was another reunion meal and a birthday celebration for my Dad on the fourth day of Chinese New Year. Most of our chosen restaurants were either closed or fully booked on that day. To avoid any disappointments, we had booked a long table at the Salsas Restaurant at Hotel Continental for early lunch instead. The restaurant was indeed very crowded. Walking into the restaurant, you can feel the coziness of the whole setup. Here’s a glimpse of the whole place.


Salsas Restaurant does not provide many ala carte dishes. Instead, it has 26 impressive set lunches in the menu, ranging from as low as RM13.50 to a higher range as much as RM27.50. Every single set lunch would come with Soup or Salad of the Day, Main Course, Coffee, Tea, Iced Lemon Tea or Fruit Juice, and Dessert of the Day. It’s quite a good money-for-value meal. Just click and enlarge the below photos to know what they have in their menu.




Let us just look at how a typical set lunch at the Salsas Restaurant would look like. First you would be asked on whether you would wan coffee, tea, iced lemon tea or mango juice on top of the plain glass of water you would be served.


They would also serve everyone with a hot toasted bun each with butter while waiting to the set lunch courses to start.


We were given the option to choose between the Soup of the Day and the Salad of the Day. The Soup of the Day was Asparagus Soup. It was creamy enough for my liking. The Salad of the Day was some fresh lettuce and tomatoes with mayonnaise and garnished with toasted bread cubes. It was refreshing.


We ordered the main course from 3 different price ranges in the menu. The first range was RM13.50. We had Double Jumbo Chicken Sausages and Grilled Dory Fish Fillet with Salsa. The sausages were good but a bit salty to my liking. The dory fillet was also good combined with the tomato salsa it came with.


The next range was RM15.50. We had Baked Penne Pasta and Lamb Pepperpot. The pasta tasted great with lots of chicken cubes and creamy cheese. On the other hand, the Lamb Pepperpot was braised with the right herbs and had the tenderness I would like. This dish came with 3 slices of richly toasted garlic bread.


The next range was RM18.50. We had ordered Grilled Sole Fish Fillet and Grilled Lamb Leg. The fish was fresh and it went well with the lemon crème and shrimp butter. It has some salty breadcrumbs garnished on the boiled cauliflower. It was very yummy indeed. Next was the Grilled Lamb Leg. The lamb leg was grilled well and the tenderness blended in real well with the accompanied salsa.


The set meal ended with Dessert of the Day which consist a scoop of vanilla ice cream, a fruit cocktail and two mini cakes. It was nothing to brag about but the presentation was great.


All the set lunches would come with a 10% service charge and 5% government tax. The total bill was RM162.73 for 9 persons. I would say it’s rather reasonable although the main course size was a bit too small to fill me up. I would surely visit them again to try out their other set dishes.

If you are driving down from Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah into Jalan Penang, you will see the restaurant right at a corner within Hotel Continental’s premise. As the road there can be quite jammed up, I would advise you to park your car at the Red Garden Café parking lot just a block away and walk to the restaurant.


Address: Ground Floor, 5 Jalan Penang, 10000 Penang, Malaysia.
Contact: 604-263 3923
Opening Hours: 11.30am-2.30pm, 6.30pm-11.00pm
GPS: 5.421928, 100.334470

Ambience: 8/10 (1-4 cheap, 5-7 average, 8-10 classy)
Food Choices: 8/10 (1-4 limited, 5-7 average, 8-10 many choices)
Taste: 8/10 (1-4 tasteless, 5-7 average, 8-10 excellent)
Pricing: 7/10 (1-4 cheap, 5-7 average, 8-10 expensive)
Service: 8/10 (1-4 bad, 5-7 average, 8-10 excellent)


  1. Little Inbox says:

    Oh, your dad’s birthday falls on the same day as my eldest sister’s. 🙂
    Hmm…the price is quite reasonable. BTW, the jumbo sausage looks a bit different, cuz usually I have is in semi circle shape, this one is just straight. 🙂

    Cool coincidence right? As for the sausage, it was kind of packed so maybe the chef did not have time to curl them.. LOL!

  2. hello!! didnt sleep ah? ;p
    ehh.. very good deal man! and yea..i know wat u meant by a post w lotsa pics now! hehe..

    Hmmm.. sleep is not in my vocabulary.. LOL! Now you know it’s not easy when you have lots of pix to go with the post. It’s all sheer hard work. 😛

  3. Oh, since when they do not offer ala carte any more????

    Not sure about that NKOTB. When I asked about ala carte, the person said that they have sets only. The only ala carte menu I saw was those being displayed on the tables.

  4. Alice says:

    Hi, thanks for adding me in FoodBuzz. You have great Food Reviews here!

    Thanks Alice… you have a great food blog there too. 🙂

  5. J2Kfm says:

    not bad. heard bout this before, but yet to try them out.
    parking’s a problem right?

    Quite as it’s at one of the busiest road in Penang.

  6. Selba says:

    If not mistaken, yesterday I was passing by a restaurant also called “Salsas” Hmmm… is it franchise? or just a restaurant with the same name?

    Happy “belated” birthday Uncle!

    It could be a franchise but I’m not really sure about that. Thanks for your wishes for my Dad. 🙂

  7. Duckie says:

    i like it there!!! anyway how do you make the photos change?!

    You do? Great! 🙂 As for the animation, it’s Flash.

  8. allie says:

    is the set lunch available during weekend?

    I guessed so as there was nothing mentioned in their menu or entrance that they will not. 🙂

  9. Hazel says:

    I like the food at Salsa and the service is good. The portion is just nice and nice ambiance as well. Value for money. I frequent there with family and friends and all happy with Salsa. And most of them will go again. I did organize company functions there and it was very well set up and very organized by the restaurant staff.

    It’s nice to know that you love the place~ 🙂

  10. chefooi says:

    Rude service! We were served by a senior waitress (block of blond hair in front) who was very rude when we request a change from dessert to extra plate of salad. This request were entertained previously without any hassle but this waitress without checking from the kitchen, commented they have run out of salad and it cost more than the dessert. When she served us the main meal, just dumped the plate without a smile and walked off. Very unprofessional, however difficult the guest is, the service staff should not show it so openly. Anyway, we’re not too demanding either, just a change from dessert to salads.

    I guessed it must be one of her bad days~ Anyway, that’s a bad attitude to show in front of any diners. Next time, do go direct to the manager if there’s such a request. At least the manager would be more tactful in handling cases such as yours.

  11. Anandan says:

    I need to reserve a place but when i called nobody picked up. What time u open shop?

    Anandan… The operation time is clearly stated in my post and I’m not related to them to advise you on the operation hours. You could have called up after their operation hours. In case you can’t get them again, please call Hotel Continental 604-263 6388 to check on their availability.

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