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Island Problems – No Problem In This Japanese Thai Fusion Restaurant

The name of this eatery – Island Problems does sounds amusing, but it’d become one of my favourite to go place for some intimate and chill dining. Serving a menu full of Japanese-Thai fusion dishes, their food do not disappoint at all, as the chef constantly tweaking their menu while collecting feedback from restaurant-goers.

Tucked in this heritage beautiful street of Campbell St, it’s not easy to sight as there’s no big signage. Note for a black interior, you can visual the open kitchen and counter seating right from the outside. Island Problems has a small footprint, thus a reservation is highly recommended for a good seat at the counter so you could catch the live action of the chef preparing your meal. Upstairs has a few seats and also showcases their in-house street wear attire.

It was a casual Thursday night and we arrived earlier which in luck, we’ve got a seat at the counter as later that night someone booked the stretch of counter seating.

Steak & Butter Rice (RM49) is my go to dish at Island Problems as this was the 2nd time I ordered it. It’s a very basic, yet exquisite dish – tenderloin steak cutlet (cooked to personal preference), top with range yolk (purely yolk only) with butter onion infused rice. The steak juice blends well with the butter rice which makes an authentic fragrant in this simple rice bowl.

Clarice ordered a Trio Roe Pasta (RM39), a cream-based pasta dish that presented a strong seafood mixture which would creates some seafood explosion in your taste buds. A combination of scallops, prawns, shrimp & salmon roe, the black pasta did amaze us.

Watermelon Lychee Cooler
Lemongrass Soda

Also, not to forget to pair with some in refreshing beverage; we had Watermelon Lychee Cooler – blended with ice cold water melon & lychee (RM13) and Lemongrass Soda – literarlly lemongrass with soda (RM13)

More dish to be tasted on the next visit!

The drinks menu.
The food menu.

Update (26/05/2020):

Salmon Belly in Spicy Teriyaki Sauce w Rice. RM34

Mentaiko Tamagoyaki. RM19

Opens Thursday – Tuesday (Closes on Wednesday) 12pm – 11pm

161, Lebuh Cambell, 10100 George Town, Penang.

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