European & British
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. $$$
38 Lebuh Armenian, George Town (04 261 8935/www.edelweisscafe.com).
Given its location in a colonial shop lot in the heritage area of Penang, it’s only fitting that Edelweiss Café should be adorned in antique furniture and artefacts. The chairs are the traditional mahogany-coloured kind and there is an almost random assortment of props slung around the place – a huge, ancient clock with Roman numerals, old-school dim sum steamers, nowredundant kitchenware and an odd bronze sculpture of a man fishing from a toilet bowl. The eccentric styling aside, Edelweiss stands out as the only Swiss restaurant in Penang. Just take note: The restaurant isn’t open on Mondays.
Child friendly. Credit cards accepted. Disabled friendly. Tue–Fri, 12noon– 3pm & 6pm–10pm; Sat, 11am–10pm; Sun, 11am–6pm. $$
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. $$$