In­ter­na­tional

Time Out Malaysia Eating and Drinking Guide - - MALACCA & SURROUNDS -

Dis­cov­ery Café 3 Jalan Bunga Raya, Me­laka (06 292 5606/www.dis­cov­ery-malacca.com).

The eclec­tic and ec­cen­tric Dis­cov­ery Café spans three floors and is dec­o­rated with a mish­mash of an­tiques. With its cen­tral lo­ca­tion and rea­son­able prices, it’s popular with back­pack­ers but it’s also sim­ply a great spot to kick back with a beer. There are dart boards, pool ta­bles and cable TV as well.

Pork-free.

Ge­og­ra­pher Café 83 Jalan Hang Je­bat (06 281 6813/ www.ge­og­ra­pher.com.my).

Ge­og­ra­pher Café is it­self a his­tor­i­cal arte­fact. A tra­di­tional Malac­can shop house pre­served over the years, it is now a wa­ter­ing hole for back­pack­ers. The laid­back at­mos­phere and chill playlist make it a good hang­out spot. There are a few rec­om­mended Asian dishes to try here, like the tom yam soup or curry laksa, but gen­er­ally the menu leans to­wards Western favourites. This café also serves a sur­pris­ing amount of tasty veg­e­tar­ian food. Pork-free. Credit cards ac­cepted. Mon– Sat, 10am–1am; Sun, 8am–1am. $$$

The Man­sion The Ma­jes­tic Malacca, 188 Jalan Bunga Raya (06 289 8000/www. ma­jes­tic­malacca.com/din­ing).

Built around a his­toric 1920s build­ing, this lux­u­ri­ous YTL ho­tel ex­udes nos­tal­gic charm. Its el­e­gant restau­rant, The Man­sion, presents an eclec­tic menu that takes in the dra­matic sweep of Malacca’s his­tory to in­clude Por­tuguese, Dutch, English, and In­dian dishes around a solid core of nour­ish­ing BabaNy­onya cui­sine. But the menu is not just an in­ter­na­tional smor­gas­bord; Chef Poh has used his ex­ten­sive ex­pe­ri­ence to cre­ate truly fu­sion dishes, like the lamb shank with ren­dang sauce and The Man­sion Sam­pler, which cel­e­brate the best of Malacca’s his­tory. Pork-free. Credit cards ac­cepted. Daily, 7am–10,30am; 7pm–10.30pm.

The River Grill Casa del Rio, 88 Jalan Kota Lak­samana (06 289 6888/www. casadel­rio-me­laka.com/the-river-grill).

Sit­u­ated in the Casa del Rio which com­mands one of the best views over­look­ing Malacca River, The River Grill is one of the new­est ad­di­tions to the river­side din­ing scene. With seats ac­com­mo­dat­ing up to 150 peo­ple, ei­ther in the or­nate in­door din­ing area or on the ter­race, The River Grill of­fers a con­ti­nen­tal break­fast buf­fet in the morn­ing and lunch sets in the style of a ta­ble d’hôte menu (in which each day sees a se­lec­tion of five dif­fer­ent multi-coursed meals). Din­ers can also opt for the bar and café menu or for the grilled dishes.

Child friendly. Credit cards ac­cepted.

Tom Yam Klasik Gar­den Restau­rant Lot 48 Jalan Sun­gai Pu­tat (06 232 6745/klasik­ter­a­pung.blogspot.com).

The Tom Yam Klasik Gar­den of­fers

Malay, Chi­nese, Thai and Western dishes. The open-air con­cept does won­ders for the ap­petite. Don’t for­get to test your spice tol­er­ance against the mighty Thai tom yam and soothe it with some fresh fruit juices.

Child friendly. Credit cards ac­cepted.

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