NEW Andy Warlord
4A Jalan Gottlieb, Pulau Tikus, George Town (017 514 3253/www.facebook. com/AndyWarlord).
This ‘gourmet’ burger stall recently moved from Jalan Burma and now has two locations – one in Pulau Tikus (directly opposite New Box Centre) and the other in Raja Uda. As with most burger shops, the menu is pretty extensive. There are pork, beef, chicken and fish burgers from RM6 to RM15.50, and there are at least five or six combinations to choose from. Each patty is sandwiched between slices of an English muffin or a poppy seed bagel. We recommend the Beef Shaman and Fish Grunt.
Mon–Sat, 6.30pm–12midnight. $
Hard Rock Café & Bar Hard Rock Hotel Penang, Batu Ferringhi Beach, Batu Ferringhi (04 881 1711).
Its ubiquity in the form of printed T-shirts worldwide notwithstanding, Hard Rock Café’s reputation is, in fact, backed by the authentic American cuisine menu that was its original recipe for success – nachos, fajitas, 10oz burgers and hot fudge brownies being highlights. The Penang outlet doesn’t stray far from the Hard Rock style – comfortable seats with the discernibly Hard Rock eccentricity in the furnishing, and unsurprisingly, hard rock music played by its daily live bands to complement the wild boozing atmosphere. That said, this is actually a very family-friendly place to dine out. Halal. Child friendly. Kids’ menu. Credit cards accepted. Sun–Thu, 11.30am–2am; Fri, Sat and eve of public holiday, 11.30am–2.30am. $$$
Irrawaddy Fine Foods
4 Jalan Irrawaddy (04 228 6360/ www.irrawaddyfinefoods.com).
Irrawaddy labels itself as a café and a delicatessen, serving soups, salads and sandwiches. As Penang’s first New York-style delicatessen, it stocks up on specialty cheeses, hams, sausages, pâtes, vinegars; at times, they also take custom orders for groceries from the UK. It’s just as good as a café; it sports a quiet, cosy environment that is ideal for spending your Saturday afternoons in, with a sandwich or a hot drink in hand. Child friendly. Credit cards accepted. Free parking. Mon–Sat, 10am–5pm. $
NEW New York Burger 723Z-G, Vanda Business Park, Yellow House, Jalan Sungai Dua, Gelugor (04 655 2626); 16, Jalan Irrawaddi, George Town (04 227 2626); 5, Union Street, George Town (04 264 2626/
Fast-food lovers with a hankering for charcoal burger buns can ease their cravings at New York Burger, a sibling of New York Pizza at Vanda Business Park. The menu is divided into beef and chicken, with fancy names like Manhattan Madness and Yellow Cab. If you love sky-high burgers, ring for a Big Apple made up of double chicken patties, two cheese slices, tomatoes and lettuce – all sandwiched between crispy charcoal buns. Credit cards accepted. Daily, 11am– 10pm. $
New York Pizza 723Z-G, Vanda Business Park, Yellow House, Jalan Sungai Dua, Gelugor (04 658 4640/www.newyorkpizza.my).
Fresh vegetables, meat chunks and thick mozzarella cheese on classic hand-tossed pizzas are bound to have you singing ‘New York, New York’ after the first bite. The philosophy here is ‘More than just pizza’ – you can also find pasta and chicken wings here, and on weekends the restaurant sends free pizzas to old folks’ homes and orphanages. Halal. Child friendly. Credit cards accepted. Disabled friendly. Daily, 11am–10pm. $$
TGI Friday’s 1.32 & 1.A2, Gurney Paragon Mall, Persiaran Gurney (04 228 7554); Lot GF 131 & 139, Ground floor, Queensbay Mall, 100 Persiaran Bayan Indah, Bayan Lepas (04 641 3363/ www.fridays.com.my).
The famous American chain has good reason to spring up everywhere around the world – it still offers quality staple American cuisine such as burgers, chicken fajitas, nachos, Buffalo wings and fried mac and cheese. Friday’s Three for All is perfect for groups of friends – it includes Buffalo wings, loaded potato skins, fried mozzarella sticks and celery sticks, sour cream and marinara sauce for dipping. Top it off with one of Friday’s shakers and you’ll be thanking God it’s Friday.