Euro­pean & Bri­tish

Time Out Malaysia Eating and Drinking Guide - - PENANG -

Bul­gar­ian

Vin­tage Bul­garia Restau­rant

1E Jalan Sun­gai Kelian (04 898 1890/ www.vin­tage­bul­garia.com).

As pos­si­bly the only Bul­gar­ian restau­rant not just in Pe­nang, but also in Malaysia, Vin­tage Bul­garia has cer­tainly carved out a niche for it­self. If you’re plan­ning to make a visit, we can’t stress enough that you ought to try Vin­tage Bul­garia’s spe­cialty Bul­gar­ian dishes – namely, the Bul­gar­ian pork djolan (roast pork knuckle), the plat­ter Bul­garia (plat­ter of sausages, pork fil­lets and pat­ties) and the sweet Bul­gar­ian pas­try, the baklava (pas­try made of lay­ers of filo pas­try with fill­ings of chopped nuts and topped with syrup).

Child friendly. Kids’ menu. Credit cards ac­cepted. Free park­ing. Tue–Sun, 5pm–12mid­night. $$$

Bri­tish NEW Blue Reef Fish & Chips 3A-G-20, Ground floor, Straits Quay, Jalan Seri Tan­jung Pi­nang, Tan­jung Tokong (016 405 9182).

A sur­pris­ing find is Blue Reef on the ground floor of Straits Quay. Serv­ing straight­for­ward fish and chips, the restau­rant is of­ten packed on week­ends. There are five to six choices of fish fil­let such as Span­ish mack­erel at RM22+ and the sim­ple catch of the day for RM16+. You then have a choice of beer bat­ter or a coat of bread crumbs to dress the fish of your choice. The tra­di­tional beer-bat­ter-coated catch of the day will give you a lightly crispy, del­i­cate bat­ter that gives way to a thick, fleshy fish inside. Thick-cut fries and a hand­ful of salad leaves with dress­ing ac­com­pany it. Douse the fish and fries in vine­gar and salt be­fore squeez­ing the wedge of le­mon over the fish for a zesty but com­fort­ing bite. Fi­nally, to add a creamy oomph to each bite, dip it into the dish of tartare sauce pep­pered with chunks of pick­les.

Child friendly. Credit cards ac­cepted. Daily, 11am–10pm. $$

NEW Un­cle Al­bert’s Tra­di­tional English Fish and Chips 3A-G-9, Straits Quay, Jalan Seri Tan­jung Pi­nang, Tan­jung Tokong (04 890 3407/www.un­cleal­berts.com.my).

Tra­di­tional fish and chips will never go out of fash­ion. Un­cle Al­bert’s scores high with its thin, crispy bat­ter but a lit­tle low for its prices and home­made chips. The fish and chips menu con­sists of sal­mon, monk­fish, hal­ibut, cod and had­dock. You can choose to have your fish grilled, baked and herb crusted or coated in Un­cle Al­bert’s se­cret bat­ter and deep fried for RM42.As an open­ing pro­mo­tion at the time of print, each serv­ing comes with a bowl of soup along with a large piece of bread and but­ter. We choose the bat­ter-coated, deep-fried hal­ibut, which comes with home­made chips and mushy peas. Un­de­ni­ably, it’s the best bat­ter we’ve had. Light, fresh, thor­oughly crispy and with ab­so­lutely no floury mo­ments, it cer­tainly re­deems the flimsy flavour of the hal­ibut with a lovely crunch in each bite. The mushy peas with sprin­kles of chopped mint leaves is simultaneously re­fresh­ing and com­fort­ing while clev­erly cut­ting down the oili­ness of the bat­ter. If you're not into fish, the menu ex­tends to roast chicken, beef burger and beef lasagne, while for seafood va­ri­ety, there’s fish­er­man’s pie, spicy prawns and creamy sal­mon pasta for RM25. Be­sides the del­i­cate bat­ter, we en­joy the open-air am­bi­ence and the gor­geous ma­rina view. Oh, and the ser­vice is friendly and ef­fi­cient too. Just re­mem­ber that each fish main course or­der takes around 20 min­utes,

be­cause they’re pre­pared fresh.

Ha­lal. Child friendly. Kids’ menu. Daily, 11am–11pm. $$$ Ger­man In­golf’s Kneipe 1F Jalan Sun­gai Kelian, Tan­jung Bun­gah (04 899 5796/www. in­golf­skneipe.com).

This is not the place to visit with­out hav­ing made reser­va­tions; week­days may prom­ise a few empty seats by the bar but it’s a gam­ble not worth mak­ing on week­ends. Its suc­cess story is fu­elled by rea­son­able prices and big por­tions, not to men­tion that it’s one of few Ger­man restau­rants around. Once (or rather if) you’ve se­cured a seat, re­mem­ber to try the Ger­man butcher’s plat­ter, the Ger­man pork sausage and the pork knuck­les.

Child friendly. Credit cards ac­cepted. Mon–Tue, 3pm–12mid­night; Wed– Sat, 12noon–12mid­night. $$

NEW Lecker Ecke 233-C, Jalan Burma, George Town (04 226 5372/Face­book: Lecker Ecke).

Hum­ble in size, Lecker Ecke boasts more than just your stan­dard Ger­man of­fer­ings like wurst (sausages) and pork knuck­les. You’ll find dishes like bauern­früh­stück, the sig­na­ture coun­try break­fast of fried pota­toes, eggs, onions and ba­con as well as königs­berger klopse, a meat­ball spe­cial­ity served with white sauce.

$$$

NEW Weiss­brau Ger­man Bar and Bistro Straits Quay, Lot 3C-G-1, Jalan Sri Tan­jung Pi­nang, Tan­jung Tokong (04 890 1808/www.weiss­brau.com.my).

Weiss­brau may be known for its wide se­lec­tion of Ger­man cui­sine, im­ported draught and bot­tled beers but its menu also car­ries Weiss­brau-style piz­zas that are made with a sour-cream-an­do­nion base to com­ple­ment the slices of honey-glazed ham. For meatier op­tions, try the large plat­ter of Ger­man sausages or the sur­pris­ing ad­di­tion of Aus­tralian rib-eye.

Mon–Fri, 11.30am–1am; Sat & Sun, 11.30am–2am. $$$

Swiss

Edel­weiss Café

38 Le­buh Ar­me­nian, George Town (04 261 8935/www.edel­weiss­cafe.com).

Given its lo­ca­tion in a colo­nial shop lot in the her­itage area of Pe­nang, it’s only fit­ting that Edel­weiss Café should be adorned in an­tique fur­ni­ture and arte­facts. The chairs are the tra­di­tional ma­hogany-coloured kind and there is an almost ran­dom as­sort­ment of props slung around the place – a huge, an­cient clock with Ro­man nu­mer­als, old-school dim sum steam­ers, nowre­dun­dant kitchen­ware and an odd bronze sculp­ture of a man fish­ing from a toi­let bowl. The ec­cen­tric styling aside, Edel­weiss stands out as the only Swiss restau­rant in Pe­nang. Just take note: The restau­rant isn’t open on Mon­days.

Child friendly. Credit cards ac­cepted. Dis­abled friendly. Tue–Fri, 12noon– 3pm & 6pm–10pm; Sat, 11am–10pm; Sun, 11am–6pm. $$

NEW Euro Deli Bier­garten

Unit 170-G-37/37A, Ground floor, Gur­ney Plaza, Per­siaran Gur­ney (04 227 2771/www.eu­rodeli.com.my).

Euro Deli sits at the en­trance of Gur­ney Plaza and comes with a beau­ti­ful view of the sea. Of­fer­ing a Swiss-Gar­den menu and pub grub that aims to please, Euro Deli has a range of spe­cial­i­ties that in­clude Hun­gar­ian beef goulash with mashed pota­toes, bar­be­cued pork ribs, pork knuck­les and belly roast. The por­tions are rather hefty and best shared with a group of friends.

Sun–Thu, 10am–1am; Fri, Sat and pub­lic hol­i­day eve, 10am–2am. $$$

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