Euro­pean

Time Out Malaysia Eating and Drinking Guide - - PERAK -

Mod­ern Euro­pean

Italia Mia

10 Per­siaran SC1 2/1, Sun­way City Ipoh (05 547 4007).

Italia Mia has been around for quite a while but, not­with­stand­ing its name, it has meta­mor­phosed beyond recog­ni­tion since its ad­vent more than five years ago. It has gone from serv­ing ex­clu­sively Ital­ian cui­sine to of­fer­ing a range of mod­ern Euro­pean dishes con­sist­ing of Ital­ian, Span­ish and Mediter­ranean food; a change brought about by new own­ers, a new chef and kitchen crew. Italia Mia now of­fers its idio­syn­cratic spin on Ital­ian sta­ples like the pizza and also sig­na­ture dishes in­clud­ing Span­ish paella, fish pic­cata and cit­rus lamb. Just as the old Italia Mia vi­talised the din­ing scene in Ipoh when it opened, the new Italia Mia stands out just as well in its own right, as a unique fu­sion restau­rant in Ipoh. Pork-free. Child friendly. Kids’ menu. Credit cards ac­cepted. Dis­abled friendly. Free park­ing. Thu–Tue, 12noon–3pm; 6pm–10pm. $$$

The Lime­stone’s Fine Din­ing Restau­rant Ground floor, Re­gal Lodge, 131 Jalan Raja Ekram, Ipoh (05 242 3241/www. re­ga­lodge.com.my/din­ing).

Lime­stone’s is one of Ipoh’s up-and­com­ing restau­rants. A mere three years old, it has es­tab­lished it­self amongst lo­cals, be­ing the first of its kind in Ipoh’s hith­erto non-ex­is­tent con­ti­nen­tal fine din­ing scene. Lime­stone’s rec­om­mends its roast lamb leg and grilled sal­mon but it’s just as wise or­der­ing from their menu of monthly spe­cials. Reser­va­tions aren’t merely rec­om­mended, but re­quired, as it seats 44 at most; but it is its small size, cou­pled with the tim­ber floor­ing and abun­dance of nat­u­ral light, that af­fords it its in­ti­mate qual­ity.

Pork-free. Child friendly. Credit cards ac­cepted. Free park­ing. Tue–Sun; 7am–10.30am; 11.30am–3.30pm; 4pm–5.30pm; 6pm–10.30pm; Mon, 7am–10.30am; 6pm–10.30pm. $$$

In­dian Pa­keeza Restau­rant & Cater­ing 15-17 Jalan Dato Seri Ahmad Said, Green­town, Ipoh (05 241 4243).

A restau­rant spe­cial­is­ing in North­ern In­dian cui­sine, Pa­keeza of­fers an al­ter­na­tive to your stan­dard ma­mak fare. The place is of­ten full, so we sug­gest you make a reser­va­tion be­fore­hand. The place is known for their biryani with a choice of chicken or beef, and the naan – one of the best we’ve tasted. Or­der the garlic, Kash­miri, cheesy, or just plain naan. They of­fer a va­ri­ety of fruit lassi as well. Ha­lal. Credit cards ac­cepted. Daily, 11am–3pm; 6pm–10pm. $$

NEW Tan­door Grill 9 Jalan Chin Choon Sam, Green­town, Ipoh (05 253 5995/05 255 5995/www. tan­door­grill.com.my).

Spe­cial­is­ing in North In­dian cuisines, Tan­door Grill of­fers a fine din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for an af­ford­able price. Or­der their bread bas­ket which comes with three types of naan (cheese, but­ter and garlic), chicken samosa with mint chut­ney, grilled fish tikka, mut­ton seekh ke­bab and tan­doori chicken. Then, chase them all down with a glass of thick mango lassi.

Pork-free. Wed–Mon, 11am–11pm. $$

In­ter­na­tional Bea­con Point 41 Lin­tasan Per­a­ju­rit 6, Ta­man Perak, Ipoh (05 546 9916/www. bea­con­point.com.my).

Its sign­board is util­i­tar­ian at best, but step into Bea­con Point and you’ll be treated to homey lo­cal and Western food. Af­ford­able set lunches tar­geted at fam­i­lies are avail­able ev­ery week­day, with the all-time favourites on the menu like nasi ulam, laksa lemak, and lamb shank. The real high­lights of the menu are the cakes and pies – the car­rot wal­nut cake with choco­late ice cream is def­i­nitely worth a try. Mon–Thu, 11am–6pm; Fri–Sat, 11am–10.30pm. $$

Café Le Lac Bukit Merah Lake­town Re­sort, Jalan Bukit Merah, Se­mang­gol (05 897 8888/www.buk­it­mer­ahre­sort.com.my/ cafe-le-lac).

Lo­cated in a re­sort that is sur­rounded by lush green­ery and one of Malaysia’s largest lakes, Café Le Lac daz­zles with its 7,000 acre fresh­wa­ter view. This café serves lo­cal and Western cui­sine in à la carte and buf­fet style.

Pork-free. Child friendly. Dis­abled friendly. Free park­ing. Daily, 7am– 11pm. $$

Cit­rus Wine & Dine

38-46 Laluan Ipoh Per­dana, Ipoh (05 545 1010/www.face­book.com/Cit­rus. Wine.and.Dine).

In con­sid­er­a­tion of Ipoh’s rather limited cir­cle of more up­scale restau­rants serv­ing Con­ti­nen­tal cui­sine, Cit­rus presents it­self as a vi­able choice for those seek­ing to take a hia­tus from Ipoh’s much busier hawker food and Chi­nese cui­sine scene. That said, Cit­rus is nei­ther un­rea­son­ably ex­pen­sive nor pre­ten­tious in their ser­vice and serv­ing por­tions; the por­tions are gen­er­ous and the staff has of­ten been ac­knowl­edged as com­pe­tent and at­ten­tive. It’s easy and ca­sual. If you’re plan­ning to drop by, re­mem­ber to try the chefrec­om­mended items. Pork-free. Child friendly. Kids’ menu. Credit cards ac­cepted. Dis­abled friendly. Free park­ing. Tue–Sun, 11.30am– 3pm; 6.30pm–11pm. $$$

NEW Daddy’s Café

Teluk Ni­pah, Pu­lau Pangkor (013 208 0404).

Some restau­rants lever­age their sur­vival on gor­geous sun­set scenery rather than qual­ity of food, and we’re glad to re­port that Daddy’s Café isn’t one of them. Sit right on the beach and ad­mire the views while your or­der takes some time to ar­rive. The ren­dang comes with rave reviews, and their Western food is quite good too. It’s just a short walk away from Teluk Ni­pah. Sun­set is the best time for this.

Daily, 11am–11pm. $$

Friend’s Café 28-30 Jalan Medan Ipoh 4, Ban­dar Baru Medan Ipoh (05 546 3667).

Per­fect for pri­vate par­ties and ca­sual din­ing, this café has sep­a­rate space for pri­vate din­ing. If you are com­ing in with a group of friends, opt for the pri­vate room with an ad­join­ing sofa area for cock­tails or pre din­ner drinks. The food menu in­cludes dishes like spicy green curry spaghetti, hot basil spaghetti with turkey ham, bal­samic duck breast salad, and lamb loin.

Credit cards ac­cepted. Daily, 7pm–1am. $$$

The Gar­den Ter­race Swiss-Gar­den Golf Re­sort & Spa Da­mai Laut, Jalan Da­mai Laut, Off Jalan Teluk Se­nan­gin, Lu­mut (05 618 3333/www.swiss­gar­den.com).

Hav­ing re­cently un­der­gone a re­fur­bish­ment, this top-notch restau­rant in Swiss-Gar­den Re­sort has glo­ri­ous views of the Straits of Malacca. It serves buf­fet meals of Asian and Western in­flu­ence and has an à la carte menu. Dine in­doors or take your meal out­side.

Daily, 6.30am–11pm. $$$$

NEW Jook Joint Bistro 4180 Jalan Sul­tan Idris Shah, Lu­mut (05 683 6202/016 557 5611).

The newly ren­o­vated Jook Joint has a good se­lec­tion of well-pre­pared Western dishes. Look out for the green sign board and you’ll find it. One of the more hap­pen­ing places in sleepy Lu­mut, Jook Joint is pretty much where the ex­pats hang out. Credit cards ac­cepted. Daily, 10am– 12mid­night. $$

NEW Miss­ing Mar­bles 99 Jalan Sul­tan Yus­suf, Ipoh (05 241 1564).

From its knit­ted lamp­shades to its bi­cy­cle seat art, Miss­ing Mar­bles is noth­ing if not quirky. Run by the same peo­ple as Burps and Gig­gles, this for­mer op­ti­cal shop oozes nostal­gia and is sure to de­light any diner’s in­ner child. On the menu is a filling mix of Asian dishes like mee siam and hara­juku ra­men, washed down with soy milk from Funny Moun­tain.

Pork-free. Wed–Mon, 10am–7.30pm. $

NEW Myth Eatery & Bar 2 Hala Datuk 5, Ipoh (05 255 5566/ www.mbou­tique­ho­tels.com/myth-eatery­bar).

It’s beau­ti­ful. But does it have the culi­nary wits to match its looks? That is the ques­tion. The roof drips in chan­de­liers and ev­ery nook and cranny of the place seems to have some­thing worth ad­mir­ing but the menu it­self is dis­ap­point­ing. There’s a range of piz­zas, pas­tas, sal­ads and meaty mains but the ex­e­cu­tion is not as com­pe­tent as we’d like. We did, how­ever, en­joy the smoky chicken wings.

Pork-free. Daily, 8am–12mid­night. $$$

Pa­long Cof­fee House Kinta River­front Ho­tel & Suites, Jalan Lim Bo Seng, Ipoh (05 245 8888/ www.kin­tariver­front.com.my/din­ing/ pa­long).

Pa­long op­er­ates from day to night ev­ery day of the week, of­fer­ing af­ford­able buf­fet pack­ages from break­fast to din­ner. It serves in­ter­na­tional cui­sine so ex­pect a range of Western and lo­cal selections, in­clud­ing the nasi hu­jan panas, seafood au gratin and their roasted lamb with rose­mary sauce. There are buf­fet pack­ages for chil­dren as well, but kids can also choose from an ex­clu­sive kids’ à la carte menu.

Kids’ menu. Credit cards ac­cepted. Dis­abled friendly. Daily. $$$

NEW Patis­serie Bou­tique 103 Jalan Sul­tan Yusuff, Ipoh (05 241 1385).

This Parisian themed café serves sim­ple pas­tas, sand­wiches, and cakes. We like Granny’s Chicken Lasagna, a fan­tas­ti­cally cheesy con­coc­tion of chunky minced chicken and red margherita sauce with a driz­zle of cream to give the dish a sal­mon-pink hue. For dessert, you can’t go past the unique pump­kin choco­late cake but keep an eye on the ever chang­ing roster of cakes.

Daily, 11am–6pm.

Se­cret Gar­den @ TSG 42 Lorong Cheah Cheang Lim, Off Jalan Tam­bun (Jalan Raja Di Hilir), Ipoh (012 575 7584/05 241 0412/ www.se­cret­gar­den.my).

Se­cret Gar­den is one of the newer restau­rants in Ipoh which have flocked to the trend of dis­tinc­tive restau­rant facades and in­te­ri­ors; Se­cret Gar­den is a restau­rant in the dis­guise of a big, old English bun­ga­low, much less in­con­spic­u­ous than its name sug­gests. Din­ers can choose to sit at any of the ta­bles in the two-storey es­tab­lish­ment, in­clud­ing a few out­side the bun­ga­low, in a gar­den set­ting. Much care and ef­fort has been put into the dec­o­ra­tive process of the restau­rant; its aes­thetic is a har­mo­nious hy­brid of Gothic and Vic­to­rian ar­chi­tec­ture with a hint of con­tem­po­rary and lo­cal in­flu­ences. It’s rather odd too for a restau­rant of its size to be of­fer­ing an ex­clu­sive take-out ser­vice with its own take-out counter; but din­ing in or out, one should try the rib eye, the teriyaki chicken and the chicken parmi­giana. Child friendly. Kids’ menu. Credit cards ac­cepted. Dis­abled friendly. Free park­ing. Daily, 4pm–1am. $$$

Malaysian 1919 Restau­rant and Gallery 1 Jalan Medan Ipoh 6, Ban­dar Baru Medan, Ipoh (05 547 7196).

Near Jusco and Tesco, 1919 is easy to lo­cate in the small town of Ipoh. They have a friendly team at hand, and they mainly serve Ny­onya in­flu­enced food. The pineap­ple fried rice served in a halved pineap­ple is heartily rec­om­mended as is the scrump­tious king sauce chicken – deep-fried chicken pieces coated in honey sauce. The dishes served are very rea­son­ably priced in this restau­rant dec­o­rated with an­tiques and teak fur­ni­ture. Pork-free. Child friendly. Credit cards ac­cepted. Dis­abled friendly. Free park­ing. Daily, 12noon–3pm; 6pm– 10.30pm. $$$

Sa­mud­era Raya Restau­rant 39 Jalan Sul­tan Idris Shah, Lu­mut (05 546 8912).

Make a quick pit stop here at Lu­mut be­fore head­ing to Pangkor Is­land. This eatery is a well-known spot in the town. Serv­ing ev­ery­thing Malay, Sa­mud­era Raya of­fers din­ers the op­por­tu­nity to savour some au­then­tic de­lights such as ren­dang and nasi lemak.

$

NEW Warung Man­shor Lot 446, Teluk Ni­pah, Pu­lau Pangkor.

This no-frills Malay ‘warung’ (small stall or shop) serves the usual Malay

rice and soup dishes. Un­ex­pect­edly tasty, cheap prices, and friendly ser­vice; it doesn’t get more lo­cal than this. Child friendly. Daily, break­fast and lunch. $

Seafood

NEW J.M. Seafood Restau­rant 82 Jalan Bo­gak Per­mai, Pasir Bo­gak, Pu­lau Pangkor (016 563 1998/012 711 6932/www.jm­seafood.blogspot.com).

Pangkor has no lack of seafood restau­rants, but JM is one of the longer-last­ing con­tenders around. Rec­om­mended items in­clude chicken wings, seafood and sweet fresh steamed fish.

Daily, 5pm–11pm. $$

Loong Kee Seafood 230 Ta­man Ja­long Baru, Sun­gai Siput (016 439 5551/05 597 1526).

This typ­i­cal-look­ing Chi­nese eatery has a very cosy fam­ily-styled din­ing area. If you are look­ing for cheap Chi­nese dishes, this is the place to be. At a very rea­son­able price, en­joy the emer­ald fish, fried prawns, sweet and sour pork ribs and fried omelette with char siew.

$$

Lung Seng Restau­rant 10 Jalan Be­sar, Tan­jung Tualang (05 360 0735).

Widely con­sid­ered the Mecca for fresh wa­ter prawns in the re­gion, visit this eatery for all things crus­tacean. In prepa­ra­tion be­fore cook­ing, the chef sub­merges the prawns in ice cold wa­ter to re­tain their springy tex­ture. You will also find live fish and crabs in the tanks of this restau­rant. Other rec­om­men­da­tions in­clude the steamed frog’s legs with essence of chicken and the sang har mien.

Child friendly. Daily, 11.30am–9pm. $$$

Mun Cheong Seafood Restau­rant 511-517 Jalan Pasir Puteh, Ipoh (05 321 0320).

Popular since 1978 in Ipoh, Mun Cheong is a syn­onym for Chi­nese wed­ding ban­quets. Dishes in Mun Cheong are gen­er­ally crowd-pleasers. Pan-fried prawns with soy sauce is a favourite. Or opt for a plat­ter of stuffed crab shells, assam-style stir­fried vegetables with scal­lops, fish paste with sliced abalone, and crispy salad chicken if you’re starv­ing. Make sure you save some room for the tra­di­tional Chi­nese dessert of sweet soup – ch­est­nut with egg white and ginkgo nuts. Child friendly. Credit cards ac­cepted. Dis­abled friendly. Free park­ing. Daily, lunch and din­ner. $$$

Pus­ing Pub­lic Seafood Restau­rant G57-65 Jalan Verasamy, Ipoh (05 241 9348).

The restau­rant is aptly named after their first branch, which is lo­cated in a small town called Pus­ing in the state of Perak. The place is popular with wed­ding ban­quets as they of­fer top notch Chi­nese ban­quet style cui­sine. High­lights in­clude the black pep­per and honey glazed fish, steamed kam­pung chicken with Hong Kong style kai lan, and their sig­na­ture dish, the pan fried big-headed prawn. Dessert high­lights in­clude the dried lon­gan and white fun­gus Chi­nese dessert and green kaya balls. Child friendly. Credit cards ac­cepted. Dis­abled friendly. Daily, 11am– 2.30pm; 6pm–10pm. $$

NEW Yee Lin Restau­rant 195 Jalan Pasir Bo­gak, Pu­lau Pangkor (05 685 1881/012 502 1881).

Lo­cated in rather dingy sur­round­ings, Yee Lin seems to be more like a ware­house or a shed rather than a restau­rant. Ig­nore the less than sat­is­fac­tory venue and en­joy the fresh Chi­nese style seafood. More popular dishes at Yee Lin are the cili padi steamed fish, sam­bal fish, and soft shell crab. Pork-free. Mon–Sat, 11am–10.30pm. $$$

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