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Batu Fer­ringhi

Happy Gar­den

206-B Jalan Batu Fer­ringhi, Batu Fer­ringhi (+6016 490 3543).

Once you spot the huge sig­nage at the en­trance, fol­low the path lead­ing to a non­de­script restau­rant shrouded by pink bougainvil­lea. While Happy Gar­den serves Western and lo­cal food, the restau­rant is renowned for its Hainanese spe­cial­i­ties like prawn kap­i­tan, chicken inchi kabin and crispy spring rolls.

Daily, 11am-2.30pm, 6-10.30pm. $$

Golden River

Jalan Sun­gai Emas, Batu Fer­ringhi (+6012 442 8880).

Re­garded as a lo­cal gem, Golden River sel­dom dis­ap­points with de­li­cious lo­cal seafood, suc­cu­lent pork dishes and cheap cold beers. It’s very ca­sual and decor is min­i­mal, but the food is con­sis­tent and the prices friendly.

Mon & Wed-Sun, 5-11pm. $$

Guan Guan Café

43A Jalan Batu Fer­ringhi, Batu Fer­ringhi (+6012 486 1741).

A lo­cal stal­wart of the Batu Fer­ringhi café scene, Guan Guan’s friendly own­ers en­sure ev­ery­one feels wel­come and is one of the few places open for breakfast. Be sure to try the golden fried squid with plum sauce, chicken curry or beef ren­dang for lunch / din­ner.

Mon & Wed-Sun, 9am-10pm. $

Bayan Lepas

Golden Phoenix

Ho­tel Equa­to­rial Pe­nang, 1 Jalan Bukit Jam­bul, Bayan Lepas (+604 632 7188/pe­nang.equa­to­rial.com). This classy Chi­nese restau­rant of­fers a wide range of Szechuan and Can­tonese fare and dim sum. Din­ers keep com­ing back for the dou­ble­boiled soups and crispy roast chicken. Pork-free. Child-friendly. Credit cards ac­cepted. Mon-Fri, 11am-2.30pm, 6.30-10pm; Sat-Sun, 8am-2.30pm, 6.30-10pm. $$$

Butterworth

Luan Fong Ko­pi­tiam

Lorong Ba­gan Luar 3, Butterworth (+6012 409 4042/Face­book: Luan Fong Ko­pi­tiam).

We like how tra­di­tional cof­fee shops such as Luan Fong have started us­ing so­cial me­dia to let din­ers know of the avail­abil­ity of their spe­cialty dishes. The star dish here is roti kah­win, toasted bread that mar­ries the good­ness of but­ter and kaya (co­conut jam).

Pork-free. Mon-Tue & Thu-Sun, 7.30am-6pm. $

Ge­orge Town

888 Hokkien Mee

67A Le­buh Pres­grave, Ge­orge Town. A Pe­nang hawker spe­cialty, Hokkien Prawn Mee is a bowl of noo­dles in a flavour­ful pork and prawn broth, and one of best in town is served at this lo­cal joint. Cus­tomise your bowl with ex­tra prawns, pork knuckle, roast pork belly and crack­ling. Their other spe­cialty is lor mee – noo­dles in dark, starchy gravy. Prices start at RM5 per bowl.

Mon-Wed & Fri-Sun, 5.30pm-12mid­night. $

Aik Hoe

6 & 8 Le­buh Carnar­von, Ge­orge Town (+6016 472 0971).

Founded by a Can­tonese im­mi­grant al­most 60 years ago, this hum­ble eatery dishes out tra­di­tional dim sum, in­clud­ing Pe­nang spe­cial­ties like steamed chicken with cab­bage and pork rolls.

Tue-Sun, 6am-2.30pm. $

Boey Chong Kee Restau­rant

C-6, Peo­ple’s Court (off Le­buh Cin­tra), Ge­orge Town (+604 261 7672). Span­ning the en­tire ground floor of Peo­ple’s Court, Boey Chong Kee has been in busi­ness for decades, a tes­ta­ment to its strong fol­low­ing gen­er­ated by hearty, home-cooked Can­tonese meals. Sta­ple dishes in­clude fried fish head, pork ribs, ngiu chap and braised gin­ger duck.

Daily, 6.30-9.30pm. $$

Chin’s Stylish Chi­nese Cui­sine

8A Tan­jung City Ma­rina, Pengkalan Weld, Ge­orge Town (+604 261 2611/ Face­book: Chin’s Stylish Chi­nese Cui­sine).

Chin’s Stylish Chi­nese Cui­sine feels like a scene from one of Sal­vador Dali’s dreams. Orig­i­nally from Lon­don, this Chi­nese restau­rant has won mul­ti­ple awards for its loud yet taste­ful con­tem­po­rary dé­cor. Ev­ery­thing from the colour­ful serv­ing dishes to the gold framed art­work on the walls and ceil­ing were cus­tomised es­pe­cially for the restau­rant. Dig­ni­taries and celebri­ties rub shoul­ders at this el­e­gant eatery over­look­ing the Straits of Malacca. Book ahead to sam­ple the spe­cial six­course din­ner.

Pork-free. Credit cards ac­cepted. Dis­abled-friendly. Daily, 6-11pm. $$$

Cin­tra Food Cor­ner

40 Le­buh Cin­tra, Ge­orge Town (+6012 480 3308/www.bakchang.com).

The se­cret to this stall’s bak chang

lies in an old fam­ily recipe. Or­der the mam­moth-sized Guo Zheng Zong

dumpling stuffed with chicken, duck, roast pork, salted egg, chest­nuts and dried oys­ter – a dish to share – and end your meal with a bowl of sweet red bean soup.

Daily, 9am-6pm. $

Dou­ble Dragon Inn

27B Jalan Got­tlieb, Ge­orge Town (+604 227 7049).

Dou­ble Dragon Inn has barely altered its menu since it opened 30 years ago. Stand­out dishes in­clude the mui choy kao yok (pork belly cooked with pre­served veg­eta­bles), Hakka noo­dles and the pom­fret fish.

Credit cards ac­cepted. Child-friendly. Mon & Wed-Thu, 6.30-9.30pm; Fri-Sun, 12noon-1.30pm, 6.30-9.30pm. $$

Foong Wei Heong Restau­rant

23 & 25 Jalan Sri Ba­hari, Ge­orge Town (+604 261 1918).

One way to mea­sure the suc­cess of an eatery is by how crowded it gets at meal times, and Foong Wei Heong passes this test. Din­ers come here for the deep-fried pork trot­ters and poon

choy – tra­di­tional Chi­nese clay­pot dish with pork, beef, lamb, abalone and prawn.

Child-friendly. Credit cards ac­cepted. Daily, 12noon-2pm, 6-10pm. $$

Goh Huat Seng

59-A Le­buh Kimberley, Ge­orge Town (+604 261 5811).

In op­er­a­tion for over 50 years, this is one of Pe­nang’s old­est Teochew restau­rants. Steam­boat is the name of the game and here the pot is heated over char­coal, adding to the au­then­tic­ity. The rich soup is en­hanced by the dif­fer­ent com­bi­na­tions of meat, seafood and veg­eta­bles you de­cide to add in.

Child-friendly. Dis­abled-friendly. Mon & Wed-Sun, 5-9.30pm. $$

Goh Thew Chik

338-A Le­buh Chu­lia, Ge­orge Town (+604 261 8650).

Come here for Hainanese chicken rice, but be pre­pared to share a ta­ble as it's of­ten crowded. Park­ing is scarce so walk­ing there is rec­om­mended.

Mon-Fri, 11am-6pm; Sat-Sun, 1-6pm. $

Golden Gate Steam­boat

77 Jalan Pe­me­nang (Can­ton­ment Road), Ge­orge Town (+604 226 1361). Housed in an old man­sion, this restau­rant hasn’t changed in the 25 years it’s been serv­ing steam­boat to its loyal cus­tomers – a favourite for Chi­nese New Year re­union din­ners and large fam­ily gath­er­ings.

Child-friendly. Dis­abled-friendly. Free park­ing. Tue-Sun, 6-10pm. $$$

Hainanese De­lights Restau­rant

1926 Her­itage Ho­tel, 227 Jalan Burma, Ge­orge Town (+604 226 1926/www.hainanesede­lights.com). The down-to-earth at­mos­phere here at­tracts din­ers with a taste for Hainanese fare. Be­gin with the sig­na­ture crunchy spring rolls, then pro­ceed to mains like the foo yong hai, chicken rice and as­sam prawns.

Pork-free. Daily, 11.30am-2.30pm, 6-9.30pm. $$

Ho Ping Cof­fee Shop

211 Jalan Pe­nang, Ge­orge Town. Dur­ing the day, the beef ball noo­dles do a roar­ing trade, while in the evening the famed bak moi is what din­ers come for. The flavour­ful por­ridge can be or­dered with pork ‘spare parts’, which is your choice of brain, in­testines and liver; or just have the plain ver­sion without the in­nards. The lor bak is also rec­om­mended.

Daily, 9am-2pm, 6-10pm. $

Joo Hooi Café

475 Jalan Pe­nang, Ge­orge Town. Promi­nently lo­cated on Jalan Pe­nang, Joo Hooi is a well-known cof­fee shop with all the usual sus­pects of char kuey teow, laksa, oh chien and the not- to-be-missed Pe­nang Road cen­dol. Mon-Wed & Fri-Sun, 11am-5.30pm. $

Kang Beef House

474 Jalan Je­lu­tong, Ge­orge Town (+604 281 0892/Face­book: Kang Beef House).

As the name sug­gests, beef is the main in­gre­di­ent here with their beef kuey teow soup with beef balls, brisket and slices of per­fectly cooked beef. Other pop­u­lar dishes in­clude the beef fried rice and the dry beef hor fun. Child-friendly. Mon & Wed-Sun, 12noon-2.30pm & 4.30-10pm. $

Ko­pi­tiam at Loke Thye Kee

2 Jalan Burma, Ge­orge Town (+604 264 1919/www.lokethye­kee.com). Lo­cated at the junc­tion of Pe­nang Road and Burmah Road, this build­ing was built in 1929, and has been ren­o­vated along with the amaz­ing Loke Thye Kee Res­i­dences. The orig­i­nal menu leaned to­wards Hainanese dishes and there are still el­e­ments of this but with some lo­cal dishes added. Din­ers come here for the am­bi­ence and to re­mem­ber all those fam­ily din­ners from decades ago.

Halal. Daily, 8am-4pm.

Kedai Makanan dan Minu­man Satu Satu Tiga

113 Le­buh Me­layu, Ge­orge Town. Stum­bling upon this hum­ble eatery was one the best things that can hap­pen. Fre­quented by old-timers, this cof­fee shop is known for its duck dishes – duck rice / por­ridge / noo­dles. The duck koay chiap with its hand-torn noo­dles and tasty soup is a win­ner at RM5 a bowl.

Mon-Sat, 6.30am-3pm; Sun, 11.30am3pm. $

Kek Seng Cof­fee Shop

382-384 Jalan Pe­nang, Ge­orge Town. In op­er­a­tion since 1903, Kek Seng Cof­fee Shop still man­ages to stand out among Pe­nang’s many Chi­nese cof­fee shops and is very pop­u­lar with the lo­cals. The usual tasty hawker fare is avail­able but it’s the ais ka­cang topped with durian ice cream which is a must­try even if you don’t like durian!

Daily, 8am-5pm. $

Kafe St Loo Beef Noo­dles

156 Le­buh Car­navon, Ge­orge Town (Face­book: St Loo beef noo­dle soup cafe).

Pre­vi­ously lo­cated in Lam Ah Cof­fee Shop, Ms Loo opened her own restau­rant in Novem­ber 2015. These beef noo­dles are fa­mous and rightly so with its ap­petis­ing broth and well cooked beef slices en­hanced with pork crack­ling; and don’t for­get to try the oh chien while you’re there.

Pork-free. Mon-Tue & Thu-Sun, 10.30am-9.30pm. $

NEW Leong Chee Kee Bis­cuits 8-C Peo­ple’s Court, Lorong Camp­bell, Ge­orge Town (+604 263 9487)

A tra­di­tional Can­tonese wed­ding bis­cuit bak­ery Pe­nan­gites swear by. Their se­cret recipe co­conut tarts and daily fresh baked egg cakes are mor­eish and sell out fast. Get there early!

Mon-Sat, 10am-6pm. $

Ming Xiang Tai Pas­try Shop

133 Jalan Burmah, Ge­orge Town (+604 227 9880/www.face­book.com/ MingXiangTai1979).

When it comes to egg tarts, MXT are the go-to tart pur­vey­ors. Their Tr­ishaw egg tart – so called be­cause the tarts were sold from a tr­ishaw when the busi­ness first started – is their spe­cialty along with a tra­di­tional se­lec­tion of Chi­nese pas­tries like chicken siew pao, salted egg yolk pas­try and kaya puffs.

Halal. Daily, 8am-11pm. $

Mews Café

Mun­tri Mews, 77 Le­buh Mun­tri, Ge­orge Town (+604 263 5125/www. muntrimews.com).

Housed within the flash­packer ho­tel known as Mun­tri Mews, this restau­rant of­fers a se­lec­tion of Malay / Ny­onya dishes with a lit­tle twist. The pai tee comes de­con­structed with a ker­abu fill­ing, He­len’s Curry Mee is hearty and spicy, and to end try the mango and sweet gluti­nous rice with co­conut ice cream.

Pork-free. Child-friendly. Credit cards ac­cepted. Daily, 8am-11pm. $$

Ng Kee Cake Shop

61 Le­buh Cin­tra, Ge­orge Town (+6019 471 6570/+604 251 9898). Ng Kee doesn’t sell ‘cake’ in the tra­di­tional sense, but clas­sic hand­made Chi­nese pas­tries like egg tarts, co­conut tarts, pep­per bis­cuits, wife bis­cuits, bean buns and brown sugar bis­cuits.

Mon-Sat, 9am-9pm. $

Old Green House Restau­rant

223 Jalan Burma, Ge­orge Town. When it comes to Hokkien prawn mee, Pe­nan­gites all have their favourite stall. Old Green’s pop­u­lar­ity stems from the fact that you can cus­tomise your bowl with roast pork, meat balls, braised egg, Chi­nese sausage and chicken feet. The stall op­er­ates late into the night – per­fect for sup­per or af­ter club­bing munchies.

Mon-Sat, 8pm-4am. $

One Cor­ner Café

2 Jalan Bawasah, Ge­orge Town.

Still on the Hokkien prawn mee trail, this stall sees pa­trons lin­ing to score a bowl of these fa­mous noo­dles. The noo­dles lean to­wards the spicy side and are gar­nished gen­er­ously with fried onions, shrimp and sliv­ers of pork. The café’s other of­fer­ings in­clude

char kuey teow, chicken rice and yam cake.

Daily, 8am-2pm. $

Shing Kheang Aun

2 Lorong Chu­lia, Ge­orge Town (+604 261 4786).

The tra­di­tional cal­lig­ra­phy sig­nage adds to the nos­tal­gic ap­peal of Shing Kheang Aun, which has been in ex­is­tence for more than half a cen­tury since 1941. The restau­rant serves Hainanese dishes that have been per­fected over the decades. Opt for the sig­na­ture pom­fret gu­lai tu­mis,

pork stir fried with sweet sauce and Hainanese pork chop.

Child-friendly. Dis­abled-friendly. Daily, 11am-2.30pm, 5-9pm; closed ev­ery al­ter­nate Mon­day. $$

Sin Lean Heang

360-G-7, Gat Le­buh Ma­cal­lum, Ge­orge Town (+604 262 6954). Slightly off the tourist trail, this lo­cal favourite serves au­then­tic Hokkien cui­sine like or mee, bak kee th’ng, char tang hoon, char tau kua, and the om­nipresent oh chien. It gets crowded so ar­rive early for a ta­ble.

Mon-Sat, 12.30-5pm. $

Tai Tong Café

45 Le­buh Cin­tra, Ge­orge Town (+604 263 6625).

Push cart dim sum at its best with tempt­ing steam­ers of dumplings and buns go­ing from ta­ble to ta­ble. Seat­ing is slightly hap­haz­ard which adds to the ap­peal. The sar hor fun

also comes highly rec­om­mended.

Child-friendly. Daily, 6am-2.30pm. $

Ta­man Emas Cof­fee Shop

Jalan Got­tlieb, Ge­orge Town (op­po­site Pe­nang Chi­nese Girls’ High School). Lo­cals and tourists flock here for the

as­sam laksa, which is sweeter than its coun­ter­parts and ideal if you can’t tol­er­ate spicy food. The char kuey teow, which comes with an abun­dance of Chi­nese sausage and plump prawns, is equally en­tic­ing.

Tue-Sun, 9am-1pm. $

Tek Sen Restau­rant

Ground floor, 18 & 20, Le­buh Carnar­von, Ge­orge Town (+6012 981 5117/www.face­book.com/ TekSenRes­tau­rant).

Tek Sen be­gan as a sim­ple cof­fee shop in 1965 and has now ex­panded to a dou­ble shoplot. Famed for its Teochew, Can­tonese, Hakka and Per­anakan dishes in­clud­ing dou­ble-roasted pork with cili padi, stir-fried bit­ter gourd with salt egg and steamed fish; this is def­i­nitely a must-try.

Mon & Wed-Sun, 12noon-3pm, 6-9pm. $$

Tho Yuen Restau­rant

96 Le­buh Camp­bell, Ge­orge Town (+604 261 4672/www.face­book.com/ ThoYuenRes­tau­rant).

Tho Yuen’s chicken rice may be one of the best in town, but it’s their dim sum that keeps us re­turn­ing. An­other spe­cial­ity wor­thy of men­tion is the

steamed fish head with ver­mi­celli. Mon & Wed-Sun, 6am-3pm. $

Toh Soon Café

Le­buh Camp­bell (off Jalan Pe­nang), Ge­orge Town

(+604 261 3754).

Housed in a clan­des­tine al­ley­way, this Ge­orge Town in­sti­tu­tion only serves three items – lo­cal cof­fee, bread (choice of Hainan, whole wheat, cof­fee swirl, cho­co­late) toasted over char­coal and spread with but­ter, home­made kaya

or peanut but­ter, and half-boiled eggs – breakfast of champions! Their ghetto oven made of a tin tank is the se­cret be­hind the tasty toast.

Pork-free. Mon-Sat, 8am-6.30pm. $

Toon Leong Cof­fee Shop

Junc­tion of Jalan Ar­gyll and Jalan Trans­fer, Ge­orge Town (+6012 442 5752).

This Chi­nese cof­fee shop is about to cel­e­brate its cen­ten­nial! You can’t go wrong with the clas­sic ‘ko­pi­tiam’ breakfast of toast, half-boiled eggs and cof­fee, but for some­thing more sub­stan­tial, sam­ple the spicy dishes at Deen Nasi Kan­dar, which op­er­ates at the front of the cof­fee shop.

Daily, 7am-6pm. $

Yeng Keng Café and Bar

362 & 366 Le­buh Chu­lia, Ge­orge Town (+604 263 3177/www. yengkeng­cafebar.com).

Yeng Keng takes on Hainanese cui­sine with con­fi­dence and of­fers clas­sics like inchi kabin, jiu hoo char and curry Kap­i­tan chicken; for dessert go lo­cal with the sago gula Me­laka or vin­tage with an im­pres­sive Bombe Alaska. Cer­tain dishes like the chicken pie have to be or­dered in ad­vance.

Pork-free. Dis­abled-friendly. Credit cards ac­cepted. Daily, 11.30am9.30pm. $$

Gur­ney Drive

Hakka Tree

Gur­ney Plaza, Per­siaran Gur­ney (+604 899 3887/ www.face­book.com/ hakka­tree).

This small restau­rant has built a steady fan base thanks to its sim­ple but de­li­cious yong tau foo and hor fun. Fin­ish your meal with tong sui such as sweet al­mond jelly or gluti­nous rice drenched in milk.

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

Se­berang Perai

Sri Siam Curry Fish Head

Restoran Kim San, 32 Medan Ku­rau 2, Chai Leng Park, Se­berang Perai (+6012 430 7774).

Suc­cu­lent fish head curry is the dish to try here and din­ers have been seen slurp­ing the sauce on its own. Other dishes to try in­clude mango ker­abu

and the honey chicken with prawn crack­ers.

Pork-free. Daily, 10am-4pm. Closed ev­ery se­cond Thurs­day of the month. $$

Tan­jung Bun­gah

My Home Style Restau­rant

Per­mai 32, 2 Le­buh Lem­bah Per­mai 4, Tan­jung Bun­gah (+6016 475 9181/+604 898 2797/www.face­book. com/My­home­stylepenang­food). Lo­cated in a res­i­den­tial area, this pop­u­lar restau­rant serves home­cooked com­fort food. Try the tofu with bit­ter gourd and aubergine, braised fish with yam and any of their pork dishes. Reser­va­tions are rec­om­mended.

Child-friendly. Free park­ing. Credit cards ac­cepted. Mon & Wed-Sun, 11am-2.30pm, 5.30-10pm. $$$

Tan­jung Tokong

Fatty Loh Chicken Rice

21 Jalan Fettes, Tan­jung Tokong (+604 899 0888/+6013 593 9999/ www.fat­ty­lo­hchick­en­rice.com). Es­tab­lished in 1969, Fatty Loh is syn­ony­mous with chicken rice and they do it well here. The stan­dard serv­ing of fluffy rice and crispy chicken can also be topped off with roast pork and Chi­nese sausage.

Daily, 9am-5pm. $

Var­i­ous lo­ca­tions

Ban Heang

Var­i­ous lo­ca­tions (+604 229 5018/ ban­heang.e2­pages.com).

Tau sar piah and heong piah are the most pop­u­lar Chi­nese pas­tries made in Pe­nang, and there are a cou­ple of house­hold brands that lo­cals and visi­tors swear by with Ban Heang be­ing one of them. On­line or­der­ing is avail­able through the web­site.

Credit cards ac­cepted. $

CRC Restau­rant

First floor, Chi­nese Re­cre­ation Club, Jalan Padang Vic­to­ria,

Ge­orge Town (+604

228 9787); 22 Jalan Pangkor, Ge­orge Town (+604 229 9757).

The CRC was formed in the late 19th cen­tury by a group of Chi­nese foot­ball en­thu­si­asts who wanted a venue to play and so the club be­gan. The Chi­nese restau­rant is a pop­u­lar venue for wed­dings and re­unions so dishes like ‘Bud­dha Jumps Over The Wall’ and crispy suck­ling pig are the go.

Child-friendly. Credit cards ac­cepted. (Jalan Padang Vic­to­ria) Daily, 12noon-3pm, 6-10pm; (Jalan Pangkor) Daily, 12noon-2.30pm, 6-9.30pm. $$

Ghee Hiang

Var­i­ous lo­ca­tions (www.ghee-hiang. com).

It started with a pas­try chef from Fu­jian who moved to Pe­nang in 1856 and be­gan ply­ing his baked goods, and now Ghee Hiang is the go-to brand for the best tau sar piah in Pe­nang. No MSG, ad­di­tives and preser­va­tives are used in their pas­tries and their choles­terol-free and omega-rich sesame oil is a kitchen sta­ple

Credit cards ac­cepted. $

NEW The Six Can­tonese Restau­rant

Var­i­ous lo­ca­tions (www.face­book.com/ the­sixrestau­rant).

Pre­vi­ously known as Xuan Xin restau­rant, this Chi­nese eatery has a com­pre­hen­sive menu that can make it hard for din­ers to choose. We sug­gest the sautéed pump­kin with salted egg yolk, crispy fried prawn with salad dress­ing, steamed cod, sautéed frog and silky smooth con­gee.

Credit cards ac­cepted. Daily, 10am10pm. $$

NEW Sin Nam Huat

20A Jalan Paya Terubong, Paya Terubong (+6012 418 9229); 59 Le­buh Cin­tra, Ge­orge Town (+6012 444 7980); 70 Le­buh Pan­tai, Ge­orge Town (+6017 556 7630); Way­ton Court, 388 Jalan Burma, Ge­orge Town (+6016 422 7683)

Must-try in this chicken rice restau­rant is the su­perb chai buey.

This spicy and sour stew is a com­mon Hokkien dish, but with the ad­di­tion of pork ribs and pork belly, this dish takes on an­other di­men­sion. Good chicken and duck rice is also avail­able.

Daily, 9am-5pm. $

Food courts

Air Itam

Air Itam Mar­ket

Jalan Pasar, Pekan Air Itam, Air Itam.

Once of the most pop­u­lar wet mar­kets in Pe­nang, this is where the lo­cals come for the fresh­est pro­duce and spices. The other at­trac­tion is nearby fa­mous as­sam laksa, where RM4.50 will get you a bowl.

Daily, 6am-12noon, 5-10pm. $

The Cliff Café

Pe­nang Hill Com­plex, Jalan Ste­sen Bukit Ben­dera, Air Itam.

Pe­nang Hill isn’t known as a gourmet des­ti­na­tion but this three-storey food court of­fers lo­cal favourites, Western dishes, snacks and bev­er­ages. If you have time to spare, check out the quirky Owl Mu­seum on the ground floor for a hoot.

Halal. Child-friendly. Daily, 9am6pm. $

Batu Fer­ringhi

Batu Fer­ringhi Beach Cor­ner

Kom­pleks Baru Senja, Batu Fer­ringhi (+604 881 1867).

This beach-side restau­rant is a fun place to peo­ple-watch; just don’t con­fuse it with BBQ Nights, the eatery next door. Must-tries on the menu in­clude the yam duck, spring rolls, chilli crab and the roasted lamb with ladies’ fin­gers.

Tue-Sun, 6pm-12mid­night. Kitchen closes at 9.30pm. $$

I Love You Café

Lot 340, Jalan Batu Fer­ringhi, Batu Fer­ringhi (+604 885 1544).

If you’re vis­it­ing Batu Fer­ringhi’s night mar­ket, this small food court of­fers Chi­nese, Western, Per­anakan and Thai cui­sine. And, you’ll be hard pressed to find a food court serv­ing red and white wine, and frosty mugs of beer!

Daily, 6pm-12mid­night. $

Long Beach Café

Jalan Batu Fer­ringhi, Batu Fer­ringhi. Con­ve­niently lo­cated on the main strip, Long Beach pro­vides a wel­come al­ter­na­tive to ho­tel restau­rants. A good va­ri­ety of seafood, lo­cal spe­cial­ties and In­dian dishes but slightly pricier than the norm.

Daily, 6pm-12mid­night. $

Bayan Baru

Bayan Baru Mar­ket Food Court

Kom­pleks Sri Sel­era, Jalan Mayang Pasir 4, Jalan Mayang Pasir 1, Bayan Baru.

Lo­cally re­ferred to as the Sun­shine Mar­ket and hous­ing more than a hun­dred stalls, the food court here of­fers din­ers a gid­dy­ing se­lec­tion of meals. Go for the pop­u­lar tom yam

fried rice or the Sin­ga­pore bee hoon. While the mar­ket op­er­ates from day till night, stalls op­er­ate at their own sched­ule.

Daily, 8am-11pm. $

Su­per Tanker Food Court

Lip Sin Gar­den, Jalan Sun­gai Dua, Bayan Lepas.

This open-air food court serves breakfast, lunch and din­ner. Try Aki Pan­cake for a taste of the fluffy Chi­nese pan­cakes called ban chang kueh, while the Thai bela­can fried rice with scram­bled eggs, an­chovies and mango will ap­peal to the more ad­ven­tur­ous palate.

Daily, 8am-10.30pm. $

Bukit Mer­ta­jam

Insa Du­nia Food Court

Jalan Kam­pung Baru, Bukit Mer­ta­jam (+604 537 1479).

Ta­bles at this self-ser­vice food court are hard to come by on busy morn­ings. Once you man­age to score some seats, make a bee­line to the dim sum counter and help your­self to the likes of chee cheong fun, egg tarts and

siew mai.

Daily, 6.30am-12mid­night. $

Ge­orge Town

An­son Road Mar­ket Food Court

Jalan An­son, Ge­orge Town.

Tucked within the wet mar­ket on An­son Road, this hum­ble food court isn’t very big but has a cou­ple of stalls worth try­ing – kuey teow th’ng and

Hokkien char – both noo­dle dishes and ut­terly de­li­cious.

Tue-Sun, 7am-12noon. $

CF Food Court

49-F, Pengkalan Weld, Ge­orge Town. CF Food Court was fea­tured in An­thony Bour­dain’s TV pro­gramme ‘No Reser­va­tions’, and for good rea­son. This open-air food court near the Chew Jetty of­fers a good se­lec­tion of Pe­nang’s sig­na­ture hawker fare;

as long as you don’t mind the rowdy am­biance.

Daily, 9am-12mid­night. $

Kafé Fong Sheng

6A Lorong Se­la­mat, off Jalan Macalister, Ge­orge Town (www. face­book.com/fong­sheng­cafe).

This small cof­fee shop’s claim to fame is its lor mee stall, which is one of the best in town. Their ver­sion has hard-boiled duck eggs and pork fil­let swim­ming in a starchy, fra­grant herbal soup. Go for the ex­tra good­ies like pork belly, pork in­tes­tine and fish balls.

(Lor mee) Mon-Fri & Sun, 7.30am2.30pm; Sat, 7.30am-1pm. $

NEW Restau­rant Tong Hooi

358 Jalan Dato Kera­mat, Ge­orge Town.

Din­ers come here Ah Leng’s fa­mous

char kuey teow and there is al­ways a crowd. A ba­sic plate com­prises the usual cock­les and prawn combo; or you can splurge and get man­tis prawns and duck egg for a creamier taste.

Mon-Fri, 10am-3pm; Fri-Sun, 10am3pm, 7-9pm. $

Kedai Makanan Seong Huat Be­tween Jalan Larut and Jalan Bawasah, Ge­orge Town.

For­merly known as Larut Café, this food court has halal and non-halal Chi­nese stalls. For lunch, or­der the nasi cam­pur or mee goreng, which are de­li­cious; ask for the lat­ter to be ‘basah’ or wet. Come night­fall, tuck into a warm­ing dish of clay­pot bak kut teh. Tue-Sun, 9am-2pm, 5-9pm. $

Kota Sel­era Food Court

Padang Kota Lama, Ge­orge Town. This food court is lo­cated near Fort Corn­wal­lis and has seen bet­ter days but there is one stall here which draws din­ers in – Hameed ‘Pata’ mee so­tong, a ma­mak dish with an ex­tra dol­lop of squid sam­bal. Counter the spice and heat with a co­conut shake from the bev­er­age stall next door. Daily, 5pm-12mid­night. $

New Lane Hawker Cen­tre

Lorong Baru, Ge­orge Town.

New Lane re­mains a true lo­cal favourite where you’ll find the best vari­a­tions of pop­u­lar dishes like pork in­tes­tine por­ridge, chee cheong fun, seafood char kuey kak and the bela­can

fried chicken.

Mon-Tue & Thu-Sun, 5-11pm. $

New World Park Food Court

Cor­ner of Lorong Swa­tow and Lorong Hut­ton, off Jalan Burma, Ge­orge Town.

New World Park places road­side Pe­nang fare within a clean food court and all the stalls here are good. Bistros, cafés and up­mar­ket eater­ies oc­cupy the sec­tion next to Jalan Burma whereas hawker stalls pop­u­late the part closer to Lorong Hut­ton.

Daily, 11am-6pm. $

Northam Beach Café

58 Jalan Sul­tan Ah­mad Shah, Ge­orge Town.

This big food court by the sea near the city has ev­ery Pe­nang hawker dish on of­fer. Be­sides the food, the big draw here is the view on the sea. Stand­out dishes in­clude the grilled seafood, chicken wings and Hokkien prawn mee; and there is a se­lec­tion of Mid­dle Eastern and Euro­pean stalls too.

Child-friendly. Free park­ing. Mon & Wed-Sun, 6-11pm. $

Pres­grave Street Hawker Cen­tre

67A Le­buh Pres­grave, Ge­orge Town. Pop­u­lar with the lo­cals which is al­ways a good sign, the star at­trac­tion here is the 888 Hokkien Prawn and Lor Mee stall. Be sure to also try the

or chien and the de­li­cious char­coal­grilled bak kua. It gets crowded so be pre­pared to wait for a seat, but so worth it!

Mon-Wed & Fri-Sun, 4.30pm12.30am. $ Red Gar­den Food Court

20 Le­buh Leith, Ge­orge Town (+6012 421 6767/www.redgar­den­food.com).

This food court is pop­u­lar for its af­ford­able, fuss-free hawker food. While it houses a wide se­lec­tion of stalls, not all the food is up to Pe­nang stan­dards. Most cus­tomers come for the cold beers, en­ter­tain­ment (an eyeopener!) and the night mar­ket within.

Daily, 5.30pm-2am. $

Seng Lee Café

270 Lorong Bangkok, Ge­orge Town. It’s sur­pris­ing to find Bangkok Lane’s fa­mous mee goreng tucked within a Chi­nese cof­fee shop like Seng Lee, but the chem­istry works. Other food stalls com­pet­ing for your at­ten­tion in­cludes Hokkien prawn mee and char kuey teow. Park­ing can be a chal­lenge.

Tue-Sun, 8am-6.30pm. $

Sri Weld Food Court

19 Le­buh Pan­tai, Ge­orge Town.

Sri Weld Food Court at Beach Street is famed for two of its hawk­ers – Ali’s Nasi Le­mak and the beef kuey teow

stall. The for­mer is lauded with praise for its spicy sam­bal, and the lat­ter for its hearty broth, ten­der beef strips, beef balls and op­tional in­nards.

Child-friendly. Mon-Sat, 8am-5pm. $

Gur­ney Drive

Gur­ney Drive Hawker Cen­tre

Per­siaran Gur­ney.

This is THE food court on Pe­nang Is­land. Gur­ney Drive Hawker Cen­tre is where you go to sam­ple Pe­nang’s sig­na­ture del­i­ca­cies in­clud­ing curry mee, as­sam laksa, ais ka­cang, cen­dol and ro­jak. Un­for­tu­nately, with suc­cess came a price in­crease and the traf­fic can get very busy dur­ing the week­ends and hol­i­days.

Daily, 6pm-12mid­night. $

Je­lu­tong

Sun­gai Pi­nang Food Court

In­ter­sec­tion of Jalan Sun­gai Pi­nang and Je­lu­tong Ex­press­way.

This fam­ily-friendly food court has a good se­lec­tion of the lo­cal hawker fare like wan tan mee and clay­pot chicken curry. The pop­u­lar East Coast BBQ stall of­fers a se­lec­tion of fresh seafood and the grilled stingray comes rec­om­mended.

Daily, 8.30am-11.30pm; closed ev­ery al­ter­nate Mon­day. $

NEW Sun­gai Pi­nang hawker stalls

Jalan Sun­gai Pi­nang, Ge­orge Town (In front of the Honda Show­room). This col­lec­tion of stalls has be­come a hot spot for lo­cals to get their breakfast crav­ings fixed. The sig­na­ture curry mee comes with an aro­matic curry soup, juicy prawns and cut­tle­fish. The duck soup bee hoon, kaya toast and murtabak are also pop­u­lar.

Daily, 7am-1pm. $

Prai

Great Welles­ley Restau­rant

Jalan Ku­rau, Chai Leng Park, Prai (+604 390 8899).

This pop­u­lar eatery is named af­ter the old cinema that once stood here, and is the place to go for a hearty and eco­nom­i­cal meal. Dishes like ikan bakar, pan­dan fried chicken and sa­tay are pop­u­lar while kids will en­joy the fish and chips from the Western food stall.

Mon-Tue & Thu-Sun, 5-10pm. $

Tan­jung Bun­gah

Medan Sel­era Mu­tiara

Hill­side, Jalan Tan­jung Bun­gah, Tan­jung Bun­gah.

A food court that has stood the test of time and still at­tracts din­ers af­ter so many years. Also known as the Hill­side food court, there is a bet­ter se­lec­tion of stalls in the evening in­clud­ing Rizal Nasi Ayam’s Malay style chicken rice, sa­tay and

Hokkien char.

Daily, 12noon-12mid­night. $

Tan­jung Tokong

NEW Ah Wang Café

Flat UDA Fasa 3, Jalan Tan­jung Tokong, Tan­jung Tokong (+604 898 2318) Kaya en­thu­si­asts rave about the home­made ver­sion and Hainanese cof­fee here. There is a choice of three types of bread – but­ter bun, Ben­gali and nor­mal white – served toasted with but­ter and the fa­mous kaya. Mon-Sat, 12noon-7pm. $

Mount Ersk­ine Hawker Cen­tre

Jalan Mount Ersk­ine, Tan­jung Tokong.

There’s food aplenty at Mount Ersk­ine, but don’t miss the wan tan mee lo­cated at the mar­ket’s en­trance. An al­ter­na­tive is the fried mee hoon,

but one must per­se­vere, as the queues are no­to­ri­ously long.

Daily, 12noon-5pm. $

Old City Food Court

96-G-1 & 96-1-1, Jalan Fettes, Prima Tan­jung, Tan­jung Tokong.

Old City is great for when you’re crav­ing au­then­tic Thai food. We love the fiery seafood tom yam soup and

lap mao (pork salad). Other types of street food at this food court in­clude stir-fried chicken with cashew nuts, hor fun noo­dles and bela­can fried rice.

Daily, 11am-7pm. $

Viva Food Court 303 Jalan Tan­jung Tokong, Tan­jung Tokong (+604 890 2549). Viva isn’t spa­cious but it’s the food se­lec­tion that counts. Choices are end­less with curry mee, clay­pot chicken rice, bela­can fried chicken, grilled seafood, yong tau foo and char kuey teow. There are also stalls that whip up de­cent Western and Ja­panese fare. The food court only opens at night, is clean and of­fers plenty of park­ing. Child-friendly. Free park­ing. Daily, 5pm-12mid­night. $

Var­i­ous lo­ca­tions

Goodall Food Court

6 Jalan Tan­jung Tokong, Tan­jung Tokong; Jalan Got­tlieb, Ge­orge Town. There are two Goodall food courts in Pe­nang each with their own spe­cial­i­ties. The Tan­jung Tokong branch houses a Western stall that cooks up unique pasta dishes like spaghetti with spring onions; while the other out­let has amaz­ing grilled seafood and fish head bee hoon. Daily, 6pm-12mid­night. $

Ger­man

Ge­orge Town

Edel­weiss Café

38 Le­buh Ar­me­nian, Ge­orge Town (+604 261 8935/ www.edel­weiss­cafe.com).

A sweet In­dian cou­ple runs Edel­weiss Café, which was ini­tially set up as a show­case for their collectable an­tiques. Edel­weiss serves Swiss Ger­man com­fort food such as sausages with rosti, crispy pork belly sand­wiches, cheese fon­due and a mean ap­ple flan.

Child-friendly. Dis­abled-friendly. Credit cards ac­cepted. Tue-Fri, 11am-3pm, 6.30-10pm; Sat, 11.30am-10pm; Sun, 11.30am-6pm. $$

Gur­ney Drive

Euro Deli Bier­garten

Unit 170-G-37/37A, Ground floor, Gur­ney Plaza, Per­siaran Gur­ney (+604 227 2771/www.eu­rodeli.com. my).

Lo­cated at the en­trance of Gur­ney Plaza, Euro Deli of­fers a good view of the sea and Euro­pean spe­cial­ties like Hun­gar­ian beef goulash with mashed pota­toes, the bar­be­cued pork ribs or the pork knuckle. A word of cau­tion: por­tions are hefty and worth shar­ing.

Mon-Thu & Sun, 10am-1am; Fri-Sat, 10am-2am. $$$

Tan­jung Bun­gah

In­golf’s Kneipe

1F Jalan Sun­gai Kelian, Tan­jung Bun­gah (+604 899 5796/in­golf­skneipe. mon­key­medi­a2u.com). This is a pop­u­lar restau­rant par­tic­u­larly on the week­ends so it’s best you make a reser­va­tion. In­golf’s suc­cess can be cred­ited to the rea­son­able prices and large por­tions. Try the ‘butch­er­splat­ter’ (butcher’s cheese and sausage plat­ter); you won’t be dis­ap­pointed! Child-friendly. Credit cards ac­cepted. Mon, 3pm-12mignight; Tue-Sat, 12noon-12mid­night. $$

Hawker & ma­mak stalls

Air Itam

As­sam Laksa at Air Itam Mar­ket

Jalan Pasar, Air Itam.

This stall is a stone’s throw away from the Kek Lok Si tem­ple and syn­ony­mous with au­then­tic as­sam laksa. Each bowl is laden with thick rice noo­dles and fresh veg­eta­bles, filled with spicy mack­erel-based soup, and topped off with shrimp paste.

Halal. Mon & Wed-Sun, 12noon10pm. $

Sis­ters’ Curry Mee

Close to the Chi­nese Methodist Church, Jalan Paya Terubong, Air Itam.

Run by two el­derly sis­ters, this curry noo­dles stall comes highly rec­om­mended by Air Itam lo­cals. Perched on tiny stools and sur­rounded by condi­ments and ingredients, the Lee sis­ters are quite a sight as they work their magic over a char­coal stove.

Daily, 7am-12noon. $

Bayan Lepas

Orig­i­nal Pe­nang Kayu Nasi Kan­dar

15 Le­buh Ni­pah, Bukit Jam­bul, Bayan Lepas (+604 646 4767/www. orig­i­nalkayu.com.my).

Once a hum­ble stall in the Klang Val­ley, Kayu Nasi Kan­dar is now an in­sti­tu­tion with many branches. Founded and man­aged by Pe­nan­gites, Kayu of­fers all the favourite cur­ries and side dishes that make nasi kan­dar

so spe­cial.

Halal. Daily, 24 hours. $

Bukit Mer­ta­jam

BM Best Cen­dol

Gerai Jalan Danby, Jalan Danby, Bukit Mer­ta­jam.

We’ve sam­pled count­less bowls of cen­dol and BM Best Cen­dol is one of the best. Be­sides the stan­dard mix of red beans, palm sugar syrup and co­conut milk in a bowl of finely shaved ice, BM’s cen­dol comes with rich pu­lut adding an­other di­men­sion to the taste.

Halal. Daily, 10am-7pm. $

Gel­u­gor

Shar­iff Nasi Kan­dar Is­timewa

Jalan Per­mai, Ta­man Brown, Gel­u­gor.

Shar­iff Nasi Kan­dar of­fers a good, fill­ing meal for a very rea­son­able price and cus­tomers start queu­ing up be­fore the stall opens at 5.30pm. Join the line and help your­self to cur­ried seafood, fried chicken and stir-fried veg­eta­bles topped with a ladle­ful of curry sauce.

Halal. Mon-Fri & Sun, 5.30-9.30pm. $

Ge­orge Town

Ais Tingkap at Le­buh Tamil

Le­buh Tamil, Ge­orge Town.

Ais Tingkap, which lit­er­ally trans­lates to ’win­dow sher­bet’, de­rived its name from the fact that the bev­er­age was once served di­rectly out of the pro­pri­etor’s win­dow. The star thirst-quencher is com­prised of rose syrup, co­conut wa­ter, shaved ice and basil seeds. Al­ter­na­tive op­tions in­clude ais ka­cang and cen­dol. This 90-year-old fam­ily busi­ness spans three gen­er­a­tions!

Halal. Child-friendly. Mon-Sat, 12noon-8pm. $

Apong Guan

Jalan Burma, Ge­orge Town (across from Union Pri­mary School).

Ah Guan has been flip­ping these lit­tle pan­cakes for his fans for al­most five decades. Guan makes apong (Chi­ne­ses­tyle pan­cakes) by pre­par­ing his se­cret batter, pour­ing it into spe­cial cast-iron pans, and top­ping off each pan­cake with ba­nanas and sweet corn be­fore fold­ing them over. De­li­cious!

Halal. Child-friendly. Mon-Sat, 10am5pm. $

Bangkok Lane Mee Ma­mak Seng Lee Café, 270 Jalan Burma, Ge­orge Town (+6016 485 7859). Bangkok Lane Mee Ma­mak serves only one dish – mee ma­mak which is stir-fried noo­dles, onions, fried tofu, chilli, chopped veg­eta­bles, toma­toes and eggs. Mah­boob Zakaria and his fam­ily helm the eight-decade old stall at Seng Lee Café and their ver­sion is con­sid­ered the best.

Halal. Tue-Sun, 8am-6.30pm. $

Gerai Makanan dan Minu­man Maj

Le­buh Ah Quee, Ge­orge Town.

There’s no bet­ter place for cha­p­atti

than Maj, which makes the flat­bread fresh daily. Dip it into mut­ton or beef curry for a whole­some, fill­ing meal. This unas­sum­ing stall is known for its fes­tive at­mos­phere and it’s al­ways fun to watch the cooks.

Halal. Mon-Sat, 7am-6pm.

Hameediyah Restau­rant

164 Le­buh Camp­bell, Ge­orge Town (+604 261 1095/www.face­book.com/ HameediyahRes­tau­rant).

This eatery on bustling Le­buh Camp­bell serves au­then­tic In­di­anMus­lim cui­sine and is fa­mous for be­ing the old­est nasi kan­dar

restau­rant in Pe­nang, op­er­at­ing since 1907. Think spicy mut­ton curry, power-packed fish fares and fra­grant veg­eta­bles dishes. The deep-fried chicken and murtabak are favourites.

Halal. Daily, 11am-11pm. $

Kimberley Street Bela­can Fried Chicken

Le­buh Kimberley, Ge­orge Town (+6016 451 5007).

This hawker stall sets it­self apart from the com­pe­ti­tion by solely con­cen­trat­ing on the ‘oomph’ fac­tor of its pri­mary in­gre­di­ent – belachan. The chicken is mar­i­nated and deep-fried till it’s per­fectly crispy. Al­ter­na­tively, sam­ple the lesser known, but equally tasty, salted fish tofu.

Halal. Mon-Thu & Sat-Sun, 6-10pm. $

Nasi Dalca Rahim

Jalan Queen, Ge­orge Town (+6014 907 8052).

De­spite its ob­scure lo­ca­tion in Ge­orge Town’s Lit­tle In­dia, Nasi Dalca Rahim is ab­so­lutely worth the hunt. Sit­ting across Pe­nang’s old­est Hindu tem­ple Sri Ma­hamari­amman, this stall whips up a sim­ple yet very sat­is­fy­ing meal of rice, a choice of meat, var­i­ous sides and a dol­lop of their co­conut chut­ney.

Halal. Daily, 5pm-1am. $

Nasi Kan­dar Ber­atur

98 Jalan Masjid Kap­i­tan Kel­ing, Ge­orge Town (+604 261 3984).

As the stall’s name sug­gests, be pre­pared to ber­atur (queue up) for your food. Die-hard fans turn up just be­fore the stall opens to get first dibs. A com­plex mix of hand-ground spices goes into the curry dishes, which are cooked for hours. If you can only man­age one spicy dish, go for the beef with its rich gravy.

Halal. Mon-Sat, 10pm-9am; Sun, 10pm-12mid­night. $

Nasi Kan­dar Line Clear

177 Jalan Pe­nang, Ge­orge Town (+604 261 4440).

Don’t be put off by the some­what dingy am­bi­ence. A Malaysian rule of thumb states that the dodgier the venue, the more au­then­tic the food. Join the queue, grab a plate of rice, and choose from over 20 types of meat, fish, vegetable and egg dishes.

Halal. Daily, 24 hours. $

Pitt Street Kuey Teow Th’ng

183 Le­buh Carnar­von, Ge­orge Town (+6017 479 3208/+6017 477 3419). Kuey teow th’ng is pre­pared the tra­di­tional way here with silky rice noo­dle served in a bowl of hot soup, gar­nished with sliv­ers of pork, fish balls and fresh let­tuce. If you’re not feel­ing like hot soup, you can opt for a dry ver­sion of the noo­dles.

Tue-Sat, 9am-4.30pm; Sun, 9am1pm. $

Siam Road Char Kuey Teow

Jalan Siam, Ge­orge Town.

Some be­lieve the char kuey teow

here tastes bet­ter as it is cooked over char­coal in­stead of gas. There is no seat­ing around the stall, so take your food to go or en­joy it at the Chi­nese cof­fee shop across the street.

Tue-Sun, 3-11pm. $

Fa­mous Roti Canai on Jalan Trans­fer

56 Jalan Trans­fer, Ge­orge Town.

The roti here is a crowd pleaser – fluffy with slightly charred edge - best paired with the beef or chicken curry, both of which are so de­li­cious, you’ll need to or­der a se­cond piece soak it up. Last time we were here, they were sold out of beef curry be­fore noon! Halal. Daily, 7am-1pm & 3.307.30pm. $

Sup Hameed

48 Jalan Pe­nang, Ge­orge Town (+604 261 8007/+6012 473 2786).

Sup Hameed spe­cialises in hearty, tra­di­tional Malay soups. Some ev­ery­day va­ri­eties in­clude soups pre­pared with chicken, mut­ton, ox­tail or quail. Mean­while, ad­ven­tur­ous eaters can opt for sup gear­box or sup tor­pedo for the ad­ven­tur­ous diner. Hameed also of­fers stan­dard ma­mak fare such as nasi kan­dar, nasi le­mak

and roti canai.

Halal. Daily, 24 hours. $

Tan­jung Bun­gah

NEW COC Spoof Burger

12 Jalan Lem­bah Per­mai, Tan­jung Tokong (+6012 566 6859).

Branded af­ter the pop­u­lar video game ‘Clash of Clans’, this burger stall serves ma­mak-style burg­ers. Each burger is made with home­made pat­ties, lay­ered with sauces and top­pings, and a dif­fer­ent type of bun ac­cord­ing to the char­ac­ter of your choice.

Halal. Mon-Sat, 7pm-1am. $

Roti Jala at Jalan Teluk Ba­hang

Jalan Teluk Ba­hang, Tan­jung Bun­gah.

Pedal along the Teluk Ba­hang stretch and make a pit stop at this ran­dom yet large stall perched un­der the shady tree near the round­about. What you’ll get is a pop­u­lar Malay snack called roti jala. Batter is driz­zled in a cir­cu­lar mo­tion to create a net and eaten with chicken curry.

Halal. $

Var­i­ous lo­ca­tions

Deen Nasi Kan­dar

Jalan Je­lu­tong, Je­lu­tong; Jalan Gur­d­wara, Ge­orge Town.

Ru­mour has it Deen Nasi Kan­dar sells out by 10am, which is why you need to be there be­fore. Judg­ing by the many pos­i­tive re­views, the qual­ity of the nasi kan­dar is not an ex­ag­ger­a­tion along with their other sig­na­ture dish, the cat­fish head curry.

Halal. Daily, 7am-6pm. Closed ev­ery al­ter­nate Sun­day. $

Nasi Kan­dar Mak­bul

12-B-G, Jalan Rum­bai, Bukit Jam­bul (+604 642 7139); 66 Jalan Ten­gah, Ta­man Sri Tu­nas, Bayan Baru (+604 646 5541); 3 & 5 Lin­tang Batu Maung 1, Bayan Lepas (+604 626 6007); 40 & 41 Jalan To­dak Dua,Ban­dar Sun­way, Se­berang Jaya. En­joy nasi kan­dar any time of the day at this round-the-clock eatery. Mak­bul’s murtabak ayam is also rec­om­mended.

Halal. Daily, 24 hours. $

Pe­nang Road Fa­mous Teochew Chen­dul

Var­i­ous lo­ca­tions (+604 262 6002/ www.chen­dul.my).

Founded in the 1950s, the orig­i­nal stall in Le­buh Kweng Kee is man­aged by the chirpy Tan broth­ers who in­her­ited the busi­ness from their late fa­ther Tan Teik Fuang. The fam­ily rolls up their sleeves ev­ery day to pre­pare bowls of re­fresh­ing cen­dol and ais ka­cang

us­ing a 50-year-old recipe. Seat­ing is not pro­vided, so join the lo­cals and slurp away on the side­walk. It’s all part of the fun. They also have other lo­ca­tions, some even in malls like Queens­bay Mall and Gur­ney Paragon, if you’d rather have your cen­dol in air con­di­tioned sur­rounds.

Halal. Child-friendly. Mon-Fri, 10.30am-7pm; Sat-Sun, 10am7.30pm. $

In­dian

Batu Fer­ringhi

He­lena’s Café

43B Jalan Batu Fer­ringhi, Batu Fer­ringhi (+6016 464 5202).

The home-cooked In­dian food is noth­ing short of spec­tac­u­lar and the Western dishes aren’t too shabby ei­ther; and cold beers as the per­fect ac­com­pa­ni­ment to spicy food.

Child-friendly. Mon-Sat, 12noon10.30pm. $

Gel­u­gor

NEW Western Spices

Block B, Sunny Ville Apart­ment, Jalan Batu Uban, Gel­u­gor (+6014 966 2810).

This cosy restau­rant lo­cated in Gel­u­gor serves gen­uine biryani where the rice is cooked with nut­meg and but­ter and lay­ered with meat.

Child-friendly. Mon, Tue & Thu-Sun, 6-10pm. $$

Ge­orge Town

Chettiar’s Tif­fin Café

39 Le­buh Pe­nang, Ge­orge Town (+604 262 2443).

This hum­ble eatery on Le­buh Pe­nang in Lit­tle In­dia serves samosas, biryani and murtabak. They also serve Western platters (fish and chips, eggs and sausages), which is quite strange for an In­dian restau­rant, but tasty none­the­less.

Pork-free. Daily, 8am-10pm. $

Gem Restau­rant: House of Fine In­dian Cui­sine

66 Le­buh Bishop, Ge­orge Town (+604 262 4070/gem­restau­rant.com.my). De­spite Gem’s glit­tery ex­te­rior (ele­phant-shaped door­knobs!), the restau­rant has both style and sub­stance. Tra­di­tional and con­tem­po­rary In­dian cui­sine is what they’re known for.

Halal. Credit cards ac­cepted. Mon-Thu & Sun, 11am-11pm; Fri-Sat, 11am12mid­night. $$

Kap­i­tan’s

93 Le­buh Chu­lia, Ge­orge Town (+604 264 1191).

Kap­i­tan’s is your round-the-clock spot for breakfast, lunch, din­ner or sup­per. The restau­rant has carved a name for it­self thanks to its fa­mous tan­doori chicken, but we were more im­pressed with the Chicken Mi­lani Biryani – spiced rice served with pan-fried, but­ter­flied chicken and French fries. Try the badam milk which is cow’s milk boiled with ground al­monds, cashew nuts, raisins and sugar.

Halal. Daily, 24 hours. $

Karaikudi Restau­rant

20 Le­buh Pasar, Ge­orge Town (+604 263 1345/www.karaikudi.com.my). Sam­ple both South and North In­dian cui­sine (the for­mer tends to be richer and spicier than the lat­ter) at Karaikudi. An un­usual dish is the Chicken 65, which is chicken mar­i­nated in gin­ger and gar­lic for 65 days. This ve­gan- and veg­e­tar­i­an­friendly restau­rant also of­fers spe­cial­i­ties like chet­ti­nadu potato masala and veg­gie khurma.

Pork-free. Credit cards ac­cepted. Daily, 11am-11pm. $

Kash­mir Restau­rant

105 Jalan Pe­nang, Ge­orge Town (+604 263 7411).

Al­though Kash­mir is a tad pricier than most In­dian restau­rants, its menu ex­cels in terms of range. You’ll be spoiled for choice given the im­pres­sive va­ri­ety of North­ern In­dian and Kash­miri ap­pe­tis­ers, main cour­ses and desserts, and there’s an in-house bar!

Child-friendly. Dis­abled-friendly. Credit cards ac­cepted. Daily, 11am-11pm. $$

Muthu’s Tra­di­tional In­dian Ba­nana Leaf Rice

143 Le­buh Acheh, Ge­orge Town. Hunt­ing down this ba­nana leaf eatery is part of fun. Muthu’s op­er­ates without any sig­nage, so keep your eyes peeled for an all-white ex­te­rior on Le­buh Acheh. Or­der a few side dishes like the Chicken 65 to ac­com­pany your cen­tre­piece of fluffy white rice. The at­ten­tive staff will then flood your ba­nana leaf with de­li­cious cur­ries.

Halal. Daily, 9am-3pm. $

Olive Kitchen and Bar

3J Jalan Pe­nang, Ge­orge Town (+6016 597 9640).

While most bars solely serve finger food and pub grub, Olive Kitchen and Bar also of­fers ex­cel­lent North In­dian fare. This cor­ner bar fur­nished with mis­matched fur­ni­ture is fast be­com­ing a lo­cal favourite.

Pork-free. Credit cards ac­cepted. Daily, 11.30-3am. $$

Pe­nang Spe­cial Samosa

45 Le­buh Queen, Ge­orge Town. Dis­cover a wide range of deep-fried In­dian snacks like crispy samosas with chicken, tuna or vegetable fill­ing. Then delve into other tit­bits like vadai, halwa mas­card and pakkoda. Fi­nally, take home a bag of chick­peas sea­soned with chilli, spices and curry leaves.

Halal. Mon-Sat, 9am-evening when they run out. $

You Le Yuen Pri­vate Kitchen

7 Lorong Love, Ge­orge Town (+604 261 1817/+6013 492 2125/www. youleyuen.com). Within the beau­ti­fully ren­o­vated You Le

Yuen bed & breakfast, you can en­joy a pri­vate meal for small groups of four to 15. Choose be­tween meals cost­ing be­tween RM49 to RM79 per per­son,. The con­tem­po­rary In­dian cui­sine here has a touch of au­then­tic and el­e­gant flavours to match the el­e­gantly styled ho­tel.

Credit cards ac­cepted. Daily, 12noon2.30pm & 6-8pm. Reser­va­tions re­quired 2 days prior. $$$$

Tan­jung Bun­gah

Arati Vi­las

9 Tan­jung Bun­gah Park, Tan­jung Bun­gah (+604 899 1379).

Ei­ther go with the puri, which is best paired with tasty potato curry, or the

roti jala, which goes well with mut­ton curry.

Pork-free. Tue-Sun, 6.30am12mid­night. $

Tan­jung Tokong d’Tan­door Restau­rant

10-C-22, Precinct 10, Jalan Tan­jung Tokong, Tan­jung Tokong (+6019 430 2020/www.face­book.com/ DTan­doorRes­tau­ran­tPe­nang). d’Tan­door’s ex­per­tise in Mughal cook­ing spans over two decades. The chef’s spe­cial­ity is the murg mus­salam akhbari, a Per­sian-influenced del­i­cacy; chicken stuffed with mar­i­nated mut­ton and served with a side of bas­mati rice and dried fruit. An­other in-house favourite is the raan sikan­dri, a slow roasted whole leg of lamb, which needs to be or­dered 24 hours in ad­vance.

Pork-free. Child-friendly. Kids menu. Credit cards ac­cepted. Daily, 11am3.30pm & 6.30pm-10.30pm. $$$

Var­i­ous lo­ca­tions Pas­sions of Ker­ala

102-C-3, New World Park, 102 Jalan Burma, Ge­orge Town (+604 227 2550); 5 Lorong En­dah 4, Brown gar­den, Gel­u­gor (+604 657 8550). Pas­sions of Ker­ala spe­cialises in ba­nana leaf rice, a South In­dian meal of rice, vegetable sides, crispy pa­padum and curry. Us­ing ba­nana leaves in­stead of reg­u­lar flat­ware en­dows the food with an ap­petis­ing fra­grance.

Halal. $

Sri Ananda Bah­wan

Var­i­ous lo­ca­tions (+604 323 6228/ site.sri­anand­abah­wan.com.my).

As tes­ta­ment to its pop­u­lar­ity, Sri Ananda Bah­wan has spread across the penin­sula over the last two decades with out­lets in Butterworth, Kuala Lumpur and Kedah. Some must­tries at this un­pre­ten­cious and eco­nom­i­cal restau­rant in­clude the naan bread, but­ter chicken masala and chicken Hy­ber­abad. Veg­e­tar­i­ans are catered for with myr­iad meat-free op­tions such as mock mut­ton biryani and mock gar­lic chicken.

Halal. Child-friendly. $

Veloo Vil­las

22 Le­buh Pe­nang, Ge­orge Town (+604 262 4369); D’Pi­azza Mall, 70-1-62, Jalan Mah­suri, Bayan Baru (+604 611 9790)

This half-a-cen­tury old eatery gets ridicu­lously crowded dur­ing peak hours, so if you want to avoid rub­bing el­bows with strangers, dine here at odd hours. Opt for steamed rice or fra­grant biryani to go with your curry, crispy pa­pad­ums and raita. Halal. Daily, 12.30pm-3.30pm, 6.309.30pm. $

Ital­ian

Batu Fer­ringhi

Mario’s Ris­torante

152-B Jalan Batu Fer­ringhi, Batu Fer­ringhi (+604 881 3775). Es­sen­tially Ital­ian, Mario’s has been around for over a decade. Sit­u­ated in Batu Fer­ringhi, the cosy in­te­rior is filled with wooden fur­ni­ture and a bar at the back. The menu lists a med­ley of pasta, soups (try the spe­cial mush­room soup), Mex­i­can fa­ji­tas and steaks.

Pork-free. Child-friendly. Kids menu. Dis­abled-friendly. Daily, 9.30am11.30pm. $$

Ge­orge Town

Cozy in the Rocket

262 & 264 Le­buh Pan­tai, Ge­orge Town (+6012 496 7838).

Cozy in the Rocket of­fers mouth­wa­ter­ing pasta dishes and good cof­fee in an eclec­tic space hous­ing wooden fur­ni­ture plus orig­i­nal art­work by one of the pro­pri­etors. Take note: De­spite the restau­rant’s charm, the eatery im­ple­ments an an­noy­ing one-dish per cus­tomer rule.

Tue-Sun, 10am-5pm. $$ Eighty Eight Restau­rant

5 Gat Le­buh China, Ge­orge Town (+604 263 2821/www.face­book.com/ EightyEightPe­nang).

Eighty Eight is named af­ter the birth year of the pro­pri­etor and head chef, Danny Ng, an alum­nus of the Sun­rise Global Chef Academy. Us­ing cook­ing tech­niques such as sous-vide, Ng plates up dishes like mush­room risotto and hazel­nut par­fait. The menu is rein­vented on a monthly ba­sis, so cus­tomers are al­ways in for a sur­prise.

Credit cards ac­cepted. Tue-Sun, 10.00am-6.00pm, 6.30-10.30pm. $$$

Il Bac­aro Vene­tian Restau­rant

Camp­bell House, 106 Le­buh Camp­bell, Ge­orge Town (+604 261 8290/www. camp­bell­house­penang.com).

This Vene­tian eatery is packed ev­ery week­end and it's easy to see why. All breads and pas­tas are made from scratch and the menu changes pe­ri­od­i­cally to shake things up.

Pork-free. Credit cards ac­cepted. Daily, 8am-10.30pm. $$$

Via Pre

5 Pengkalan Weld, Ge­orge Town (+604 262 0560/+604 261 9800/ www.via-pre.com).

As far as Ital­ian restau­rants are con­cerned, few of­fer truly au­then­tic Ital­ian meals un­less manned by true­blue Ital­ians. Via Pre, the brain­child of broth­ers Mau­r­izio and Mas­si­m­il­iano Ranauro, is named af­ter a street in Genoa, Italy. This up­scale restau­rant has only 12 ta­bles and ser­vice is at­ten­tive. The laz­zarona pizza sur­prises with its bite of gor­gonzola and dol­lops of creamy eg­g­plant paste; and the tiramisu, lib­er­ally dusted with co­coa with thick lay­ers of espres­sosoaked savoiardi, has a kick to it. Via Pre also houses a well-stocked deli with a big range of cured meats and Ital­ian cheeses.

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

NEW Yin’s Sour­dough Pizza

Wisma Yeap Chor Ee, Gat Le­buh China, Ge­orge Town (+6011 2419 5118/Face­book: Yin’s-Sour­doughPizza).

The pizza dough here is made from a sour­dough base without ar­ti­fi­cial ad­di­tives and preser­va­tives. The egg benny pizza, pesto spaghetti with roasted meat­balls and bagel with beet­root cream cheese are all-time favourites.

Child-friendly. Mon-Tue &Thu-Sun, 8am-10pm. $$

Bella Marino Ris­torante & Pizze­ria 334 Lorong Le­an­dros, Pu­lau Tikus (+604 228 6277/www.bel­la­marino. com).

Visit this lovely spot by the ma­rina to en­joy the sea breeze while tuck­ing into a slice of Si­cil­ian-style pizza. Por­tions are gen­er­ous, es­pe­cially the

starters; go with the br­uschetta and baked aubergines.

Pork-free. Child-friendly. Dis­abled­friendly. Credit cards ac­cepted. Daily, 11am-11pm. $$$

Var­i­ous lo­ca­tions

Lu­narich

Lot 2.33 & L2.A2A, Gur­ney Paragon, Per­siaran Gur­ney (+604 228 7153); 1B-G-31, One Precinct, Lengkok Mayang Pasir, Bayan Baru (+604 611 5340/www.lu­narich.com.my). Lu­narich’s cui­sine is based on hearty Ital­ian fare. Or­der from a stan­dard se­lec­tion of piz­zas, pas­tas, risot­tos and meat dishes. We found the spaghetti aglio olio peper­on­cino and lin­guine alle von­gole es­pe­cially mem­o­rable.

Credit cards ac­cepted. Daily, 10am10pm $$

Ris­torante Bella Italia

149 Jalan Batu Fer­ringhi, Batu Fer­ringhi (; 368-1-7 Jalan Burma, Bel­lisa Row, Pu­lau Tikus (+604 881 3741/+604 227 2195).

Pe­nan­gites have been singing the praises of Bella Italia since its con­cep­tion. The restau­rant is highly re­puted for desserts – specif­i­cally, the tiramisu – and wood-fired piz­zas made from scratch.

Pork-free. Child-friendly. Kids’ menu. Free park­ing. Daily, 11.30am-2.30pm, 6-11pm. $$$

Ja­panese

Batu Fer­ringhi

NEW Matsu Ja­panese Restau­rant

1st Floor, Lone Pine Ho­tel, 97 Jalan Batu Fer­ringhi, Batu Fer­ringhi (+604 886 8686/www.lonepine­ho­tel.com) Lo­cated at the Lone Pine Ho­tel, Matsu (pine tree in Ja­panese) has a con­tem­po­rary in­te­rior and serves au­then­tic Ja­panese cui­sine. Sig­na­ture dishes in­clude Ebi No Shioy­aki (grilled prawns), grilled un­agi and salmon sashimi.

Credit cards ac­cepted. Child-friendly. Daily, 6.30-11pm.

Bayan Lepas

Kam­pachi

Ho­tel Equa­to­rial Pe­nang, 1 Jalan Bukit Jam­bul, Bayan Lepas (+604 632 7000/www.kam­pachi.com.my). Au­then­tic­ity is some­thing Kam­pachi up­holds dearly. Take your pick from three seat­ing ar­range­ments: the sushi bar, tep­pa­nyaki ta­ble (to watch res­i­dent chefs pre­par­ing your meals) and the pri­vate tatami room. The Ja­panese cui­sine here is touted to be the best in town, which ex­plains the pop­u­lar­ity of the week­end buffet lunch from noon till 3pm.

Pork-free. Credit cards ac­cepted. Daily, 12noon-2.30pm, 5.30-10pm. $$$

Soba Yoshi & Hanayoshi Restau­rant

303-01-15, Krys­tal Point, Jalan Sul­tan Azlan Shah, Bayan Lepas (+604 646 8650/www.sobayoshi. where2go.com.my).

Soba Yoshi is favoured by Ja­panese ex­pa­tri­ates, due in large part to the staff flu­ent in Ja­panese. Some stand­outs in the ex­ten­sive menu in­clude the nabeyaki soba/udon (hot clay­pot noo­dles with prawn tem­pura, egg and veg­eta­bles), soba yoshi

bento (as­sorted sashimi and sushi, cold soba, tem­pura, un­agi, shi­take ya­sai itame, chawan­mushi and miso soup), and sukiyaki tei (sliced beef or chicken, veg­eta­bles and bean curd in sweet Ja­panese sauce). Child-friendly. Dis­abled-friendly. MonSat, 11.30am-2.30pm, 6-10pm. $$$

Butterworth

NEW The Al­ley @ Raja Uda

13 Lorong Teras Jaya 7, Kawasan Per­ni­a­gaan Teras Jaya, Butterworth (+6017 599 7009/www.face­book.com/ theal­leyru).

This is def­i­nitely a dif­fer­ent kind of Ja­panese fare than what is usu­ally found. Here, we match our cof­fee with fan­tasy sushi, leg­endary Ja­panese curry and lovely Nip­pon snacks.

Daily, 12noon-12mid­night. $$

Ge­orge Town

Fu­rusato

413 Jalan Burma, Pu­lau Tikus (+604 226 2577).

Fu­rusato feels like an au­then­tic Ja­panese home, what with the slid­ing sh ji doors and tatami floor­ing. If you’re keen on some­thing spe­cial be­sides the stan­dard bento box, dial in be­fore­hand to or­der a serv­ing of sea urchin.

Tue-Sun, 12noon-2pm, 5.30-10pm. $$$ Isaribi Tei

60 & 62 Jalan Chow Thye, Ge­orge Town (+604 229 8684/Face­book: Isaribi-Tei-Ja­panese-Restau­rant). Walk down a path­way shrouded in green­ery be­fore com­ing to the colo­nial-in­spired tim­ber shop­house that is now Isaribi Tei. Cus­tomers rave about the grilled tuna maki,

shima-aji cavlor and salmon carpac­cio, king prawn ther­mi­dor and the home­made ice cream.

Child-friendly. Credit cards ac­cepted. Daily, 12noon-3pm, 6-10pm. $$

Kirishima Ja­panese Restau­rant

Ci­ti­tel Pe­nang, 66 Jalan Pe­nang, Ge­orge Town (+604 370 0108/ kirishimapenang.com.my). Kirishima’s cold dishes aren’t for ev­ery­one. Take for in­stance, the green tea noo­dles dish, which is eaten with a raw egg. The restau­rant also serves plenty of hot dishes like the pop­u­lar stone-grilled chicken.

Credit cards ac­cepted. Daily, 12noon2.00pm, 6-10pm. $$$

Kissa Koy­otei Café

Ground floor, 148 Jalan Hut­ton, Ge­orge Town (+604 226 6272/www. kissa-koy­otei.com).

While the con­cept of the Ja­panese maid café is both cute and creepy, Kissa Koy­otei is worth a visit for the salmon maki and uzura ba­con – they’re ex­quis­ite.

Credit cards ac­cepted. Tue-Sun, 12noon-3pm, 6-11pm. $$

Mat­suki Ja­panese Restau­rant 62 Jalan Pe­me­nang (Can­ton­ment Road), Ge­orge Town (+604 229 5504/Face­book: Mat­suki-Ja­pane­seRes­tau­rant).

Be­sides serv­ing one of the best tep­pa­nyaki in town, Mat­suki of­fers com­mend­able sashimi and teriyaki dishes. If you bore eas­ily of the usual sus­pects, get the nama ik­ageso (squid ten­ta­cles) or the smoked duck cheesy fu­rai. Child-friendly. Dis­abled-friendly. Free park­ing. Credit cards ac­cepted. Daily, 12noon-2.30pm, 6-10.30pm. $$

Shinju Tei Ja­panese Restau­rant

39B Jalan Pe­me­nang (Can­ton­ment Road), Ge­orge Town (+604 228 8853).

Shinju Tei de­fies the claim that one can’t dine on Ja­panese food while on a bud­get. The food here is con­sid­er­ably cheaper than that of its com­peti­tors without skimp­ing on qual­ity. Some sig­na­ture dishes in­clude the pork katsu curry and the saké don (rice with raw salmon slices and prawn roe).

Credit cards ac­cepted. Daily, 11.30am2.30pm, 6-10pm. $$

Gur­ney Drive

Mi­raku

First floor, G Ho­tel Gur­ney, 168A Per­siaran Gur­ney (+604 229 8702/ www.mi­raku-restau­rant.com). Lo­cated in the swanky G Ho­tel, Mi­raku is a fine din­ing es­tab­lish­ment staffed with Ja­panese chefs. The restau­rant of­fers good lunch and din­ner sets, as well as a wide se­lec­tion of saké, Ja­panese beer and wine. Thumbs up for the at­ten­tive yet dis­creet ser­vice!

Pork-free. Child-friendly. Kids’ menu. Dis­abled-friendly. Credit cards ac­cepted. Daily, 12noon-2.30pm, 6-10.30pm. $$$

Rakuzen

163D-6-37, Level 6, Gur­ney Paragon Mall, Per­siaran Gur­ney (+604 218 9900/www.su­per­dining.com.my).

Part of a suc­cess­ful chain, Rakuzen serves pop­u­lar Ja­panese dishes like fresh sashimi, buck­wheat noo­dles, moun­tain yam and salt-grilled fish and has a nice al­fresco din­ing area.

Pork-free. Credit cards ac­cepted. Daily, 10am-10pm. $$$

Tan­jung Tokong

NEW Aji Noren Ja­panese Restau­rant

98-G-35 Prima Tan­jung, Jalan Fettes, Tan­jung Tokong (+604 899 4720).

This Ja­panese eatery gets very busy dur­ing lunchtime, so we sug­gest mak­ing a reser­va­tion. There’s a Zen gar­den out back and din­ers are al­ways come back for the yaki gy­oza

(Ja­panese dumplings) and enoki bata

(enoki mush­rooms with but­ter). Credit cards ac­cepted. Tue-Sun, 12noon-2pm, 6-10pm. $$

Edo Ichi Ja­panese Cui­sine

G-05 & G-06, Is­land Plaza, 118 Jalan Tan­jung Tokong (+604 890 3199/ www.edoichi­group.com).

Edo Ichi places plenty of em­pha­sis on aes­thet­ics; en­joy beau­ti­ful food pre­sen­ta­tion in a Zen-like set­ting. The soft shell crab, yaki gy­oza (Ja­panese dumplings) and salmon skin salad are pop­u­lar choices. We ad­vise book­ing ahead.

Pork-free. Child-friendly. Dis­abled­friendly. Credit cards ac­cepted. MonThu, 11.30am-2.30pm, 6-10pm; Fri-Sun, 11.30am-10pm. $$$

Su­mida Ja­panese Restau­rant

98-G-23A Prima Tan­jung, Jalan Fettes, Tan­jung Tokong (+604 898 2126).

Su­mida’s min­i­mal­is­tic in­te­rior be­lies the amaz­ing food. Try the sig­na­ture mo­ri­awase matsu (a plat­ter of sashimi) or the su­rume ika batayaki (grilled squid), both of which cost a pretty penny, but make for a mem­o­rable meal.

Child-friendly. Credit cards ac­cepted. Mon & Wed-Sun, 12noon-2.30pm, 6-10.30pm. $$

Var­i­ous lo­ca­tions

Shunka Ja­panese & Fu­sion Food

Var­i­ous lo­ca­tions (www.shunka.com. my).

Shunka’s chefs make yearly visits to Ja­pan, which ex­plains the restau­rant’s ever-evolv­ing cook­ing tech­niques. Al­though Ja­panese cui­sine is the main spe­cial­ity, you’ll find sur­pris­ing ad­di­tions to the menu like Aus­tralian steak and Korean bibim­bap.

$$$

Sushi Zento

10A-11 & 12, Precinct 10, Jalan Tan­jung Tokong, Tan­jung Tokong (+604 899 2725); 31G, 33 & 35G, Jalan To­dak 6, Sun­way Per­dana, Se­berang Jaya (+604 383 1478/www. face­book.com/Zen­toSushi).

Sushi Zento’s sig­nage can be spot­ted miles away. Whether you choose to stay within reach of the kaiten

belt or sit in the al­fresco space, you can en­joy the same spe­cial­i­ties. A favourite is the Rolls Royce Roll, a spe­cial sushi roll topped with fish roe; while the green tea and black sesame ice cream are a per­fect end­ing to the meal.

Credit cards ac­cepted. $$

TAO Au­then­tic Asian Cui­sine

1820-F1 & 1822-F1, Jalan Perusa­haan Au­toc­ity, North South High­way, Juru In­ter­change, Se­berang Perai (+604 501 7826); First floor, Pe­nang Times Square, Jalan Dato Kera­mat, Ge­orge Town (+604 228 5826/www.tao-cui­sine.com).

To ap­pre­ci­ate TAO’s lunch and din­ner buf­fets, all you need is a monster ap­petite. It’s best to book in ad­vance, as the restau­rant gets busy dur­ing din­ner time.

Pork-free. Child-friendly. Credit cards ac­cepted. $$$$

Korean

Bayan Lepas

Aza Aza Starvil Korean Cui­sine & BBQ Restau­rant

47-G Per­siaran Bayan Bay, Bayan In­dah, Bayan Lepas (+604 643 9092/ Face­book: Aza-Aza-Starvil-Kore­anCui­sine-BBQ-Restau­rant).

Aza Aza’s ex­ten­sive menu con­sists mainly of bar­be­cue and Korean dishes. Opt for the bar­be­cued pork and the jeyuk bokkum (spicy fried pork and veg­eta­bles) be­fore mov­ing on to pat­bingsu (a Korean dessert of shaved ice and sweet adzuki beans).

Child-friendly. Credit cards ac­cepted. Daily, 11.30am-2.30pm, 5.30-10pm. $$

Ge­orge Town

Sa Rang Chae Korean Restau­rant

11-G-1 & 2, Jalan Got­tlieb, New Bob Cen­tre, Ge­orge Town (+604 226 3587/Face­book: Sa-Rang-Chae). Mean­ing ‘guest house’ in Korean, Sa Rang Chae presents a med­ley of Korean del­i­ca­cies suited for lo­cal palates. It’s known for its bar­be­cue menu, but if you’re look­ing to spice things up, opt for the Mae­woon Kalbi (a spicy pork rib stew pep­pered with dates, pota­toes, tang hoon and radish) or the hae­mul­tang (stew with crabs, mus­sels and mush­rooms).

Tue-Sun, 12noon-3pm, 6-10pm. $$

Tan­jung Bun­gah

Dari Café

30 Le­buh Lem­bah Per­mai 4, Tan­jung Bun­gah (+604 899 7273/www. face­book.com/Dar­iCafe).

Dari, which means ‘bridge’ in Korean, is ideal for an ini­tial in­tro­duc­tion to Korean cui­sine. The bibim­bap served in a stone pot is a crowd pleaser, as is the buchim­gae (savoury spring onion pan­cake).

Halal. Mon-Sat, 11am-8.30pm. $

Var­i­ous lo­ca­tions

Dao­rae Korean BBQ Restau­rant

15-2-G, 2-1 & 2-2, Bayan Point, Medan Kam­pung Re­lau, Bayan Lepas (+604 640 2616); 104 Jalan Tan­jung Tokong, Tan­jung Tokong (+604 891 3616).

This dou­ble-storey pre­mium Korean eatery serves bar­be­cue sets with an en­tourage of side dishes. Some stand­outs on the menu in­clude the

saeng-de­ung-shim (prime US sea­soned with fra­grant sesame oil) and the

han­bang samkyup-sal (thin slices of pork belly mar­i­nated in Korean gin­seng and herbs).

Child-friendly. Dis­abled-friendly. $$$

Malaysian

Ba­lik Pu­lau

Restoran Pe­ladang

Kawasan Sri Pu­lau, Jalan Gent­ing, Ba­lik Pu­lau.

While on the road go­ing to­wards Teluk Kum­bar from Ba­lik Pu­lau, look

out for a blue sign ad­ver­tis­ing nasi sel­era kam­pung (Malay kam­pung food). There are more than 40 Malay dishes to choose from, in­clud­ing beef curry and flower crabs. Be warned: the dishes are spicy and as vivid in flavour as they are in colour.

Halal. Daily, 7.30am-3.30pm. $$

Batu Fer­ringhi

Ayu Mee Udang

936B Lengkok Kam­pung Masjid Satu, Teluk Kum­bar, Batu Fer­ringhi (+6012 465 2823/+604 649 3881). The mee udang (prawn noo­dles) here is served in a starchy, tomato-based soup rich with the aroma of prawns. Ayu pri­ori­tises us­ing suc­cu­lent prawns ex­plain­ing the higher price but you do get what you pay for. Halal. Tue-Sun, 1-10pm. $$

Bukit Mer­ta­jam

Pun­cak Mu­tiara

Lot 179 MK3, Kam­pung Pelet, Bukit Mer­ta­jam (+604 522 8502/Face­book: Pun­cak-Mu­tiara).

Tucked away in a lush es­tate sur­rounded by farms, Pun­cak Mu­tiara is quite a ways out-of-town, but of­fers de­liv­ery within Se­berang Perai, Kulim and Kepala Batas, so you don’t have to travel far to sam­ple its iconic lamb biryani. An un­usual dish to try would be the ostrich stir fry.

Halal. Credit cards ac­cepted. Daily, 10am-2am. $$

Restoran Ne­layan Kuala Juru Per­sat­uan Ne­layan Unit Kuala Juru, MK12, SPT, 14100 Bukit Mer­ta­jam (+6012 567 2423/+6019 549 7134/+6017 446 7194). The catch-of-the-day at Restoran Ne­layan is sourced from the nearby wa­ters of Juru River. Widely fre­quented by the lo­cals of Kam­pung Kuala Juru, this eatery gets ex­tremely crowded dur­ing the Ra­mad­han month. Be sure to or­der a crab dish. Halal. Mon & Wed-Sun, 12noon11pm. $$

Warung Pak Su

385 MK12, Ba­gan Ny­iur Juru, Bukit Mer­ta­jam (+6012 409 0771).

Warung Pak Su’s in­te­rior isn’t im­pres­sive, but what it lacks in looks, it makes up for in taste. The fa­mous mee udang) and nasi goreng ke­tam

keep the reg­u­lars com­ing for more.

Halal. Daily, 1-10pm. $

Gel­u­gor

Restoran Nasi Cam­pur Awet Muda

Lorong Sun­gai Dua, Univer­siti Sains Malaysia, Gel­u­gor (+6012 494 7478/ Face­book: RestoranNasi-Cam­pur-AwetMuda). Ven­ture to the lo­cal ar­eas of the is­land to sam­ple ex­cel­lent home-cooked Malay del­i­ca­cies at this mixed rice shop, which only opens for breakfast and lunch.

Halal. Mon-Sat, 9am-5pm. $

Ge­orge Town

70’s Ice

78 Le­buh Ar­me­nian, Ge­orge Town (+6016 470 3038/Face­book: 70s-ice). So this is what nos­tal­gia tastes like! Slurp on a neatly-packed ice ball drenched in flavoured syrup or quench your thirst with a fresh fruit juice or iced lolly.

Halal. Child-friendly. Mon & WedSun, 10am-6pm. $

Jawi House

85 Le­buh Ar­me­nian, Ge­orge Town (+604 261 3680/www.jaw­i­house.com). A labour of love by au­thor, an­thro­pol­o­gist, aca­demic and her­itage con­ser­va­tion­ist Dr Wazir Ja­han Karim, Jawi House dou­bles as a café and an art gallery. The café dishes out Jawi Per­anakan cui­sine and colo­nialin­spired dishes such as lemuni rice and balmieh. Stop by the art gallery to view hand-printed batik wear, rare sil­ver and brass relics, con­tem­po­rary paint­ings and crafts.

Halal. Credit cards ac­cepted. Mon & Wed-Sun, 11am-10pm. $$

Maliia Bak­ery

114 Jalan Trans­fer, Ge­orge Town (+604 227 1106/www. mali­iabak­ery.com).

Maliia Bak­ery is one with

of few places left where you can still teh tarik at the

get your hands on ma­mak op­po­site.

roti Beng­gali or roti tawar. This crusty white bread is a real Pe­nang favourite, and best paired with hot cof­fee, tea or soup.

Halal. Daily, 8am-11pm. $

Nazarani Bistro

69 Le­buh Me­layu, Ge­orge Town (+604 261 1927/nazarani69.wix. com/nazaranibistro).

For­merly lo­cated at the Pe­nang Eurasian As­so­ci­a­tion, Nazarani Bistro has trans­ported most of its orig­i­nal menu to its new space at Le­buh Me­layu. Spe­cial­ties in­clude fiery pork vin­daloo curry,

Por­tuguese devil chicken curry, ox­tail soup, curry lada, nasi le­mak, sam­bal pep­per seafood and moist sugee cake.

Mon & Wed-Sun, 6-10pm. $

Nona Bali Restau­rant

25 Le­buh Pi­nang 5, Karpal Singh Drive, Je­lu­tong (+604 281 5983/ www.non­a­balipenang.com).

As far as Ba­li­nese cui­sine goes, Nona Bali is touted by the lo­cals as the real deal. The restau­rant caters to both meat-lovers (try their Be Siap Me­goreng) and veg­e­tar­i­ans (go for the Nasi Cam­pur Jukut).

Child-friendly. Credit cards ac­cepted. Mon-Tue & Thu-Sun, 11.30am2.30pm & 6-10.30pm. $$

Restoran Nasi Padang Mi­nang

Kedai Kopi In­ter­na­tional Ho­tel, 92 Jalan Trans­fer, Ge­orge Town.

This nasi padang stall op­er­ates out of a cof­fee shop dubbed Kedai Kopi In­ter­na­tional Ho­tel. Choose from at least 50 dishes, each seem­ingly tastier than the last. The ikan bakar (grilled fish), served on a bed of deep-fried sliced shal­lots and dipped in as­sam broth, is stel­lar.

Halal. Daily, 11am-sold out. $

Se­berang Perai

Din Ikan Bakar

6735 Jalan Butterworth, Kepala Batas, Se­berang Perai (+604 575 8602).

Smack in the mid­dle of Kepala Batas town is Din Ikan Bakar, a seafood restau­rant her­alded by the lo­cal Malay com­mu­nity for ex­cel­lent grilled seafood. Ikan bakar will, of course, be the high­light of your ex­pe­ri­ence, but also scope out what oth­ers are or­der­ing for ideas.

Halal. Mon-Thu & Sat-Sun, 11am4pm. $

Tan­jung Bun­gah

Kedai Makan Lidiana

Op­po­site Float­ing Mosque of Tan­jung Bun­gah, Per­siaran Tan­jung Bun­gah, Tan­jung Bun­gah (+6016 415 8686/ Face­book: Kedai-Makan-Lidiana). Grab a hearty lunch at Lidiana’s af­ter vis­it­ing the Float­ing Mosque nearby. Help your­self to the im­pres­sive spread of home-cooked dishes, re­plen­ished of­ten to en­sure fresh­ness. The deep­fried chicken and sam­bal-stuffed fish are crowd-pleasers.

Halal. Daily, 8am-4pm. $

Lat Café

Op­po­site Float­ing Mosque of Tan­jung Bun­gah, Per­siaran Tan­jung Bun­gah, Tan­jung Bun­gah.

Named af­ter a fa­mous lo­cal car­toon­ist, Lat Café pro­vides a bit of com­pe­ti­tion to its neigh­bour, Kedai Makanan Lidiana. The stall’s Malay food is equally splen­did de­li­cious.

Halal. Daily, 8am-4pm. $

Tan­jung Tokong

Tari Café

477 Jalan Tan­jung Tokong, Tan­jung Tokong (+604 890 9005).

Ini­tially an unas­sum­ing burger stall, Tari Café moved to its present venue to serve its large vol­ume of cus­tomers. Be­sides Tari’s sig­na­ture burger, the store of­fers noo­dle dishes like mee udang and bee hoon soup.

Halal. Daily, 7pm-2am. $

Var­i­ous lo­ca­tions Restoran Pen Mu­tiara

Wisma Ne­layan, Pe­labuhan LKIM Batu Maung, Bayan Lepas (+604 626 4615); 17 & 19 Jalan Se­lat, Ta­man Se­lat, Butterworth (+604 310 1759/www.pen­mu­tiara.com).

Pen Mu­tiara in Wisma Ne­layan is just a ten-minute drive from Pe­nang In­ter­na­tional Air­port, so in­bound travellers don’t have to go far to sat­isfy their crav­ing for good Malay food. A must-have is the sig­na­ture fish head curry, tom yam soup and mango ker­abu salad.

Child-friendly. Credit cards ac­cepted. $$$

Tony Ais Ka­cang

Hill Side Food Court/Medan Sel­era Mu­tiara, Jalan Tan­jung Bun­gah, Tan­jung Bun­gah; Kom­pleks Gerai Makanan Batu Lan­chang, Le­buhraya Batu Lan­chang, Je­lu­tong.

Orig­i­nally a hum­ble stall at the Hill­side Food court, Tony and his cheer­ful wife now serve their fan­tas­tic

ais ka­cang at the Batu Lan­chang Hawker Stalls too. Huge blocks of ice are shaved and topped with sweet corn, red beans, palm sugar syrup and a scoop of ice cream.

Halal. Daily, 9am-10pm. $

Mex­i­can

Bayan Lepas

Ha­banero

3F-07, North Zone, Queens­bay Mall, Bayan Lepas (+604 644 3339). Named af­ter a pep­per na­tive to Mex­ico, Ha­banero is one of the few places in Pe­nang that serves Mex­i­can fare. Opt for dif­fer­ent fill­ings such as shred­ded chicken or minced beef in your tacos or bur­ri­tos be­fore choos­ing from sweet, spicy or tangy sauces.

Halal. Credit cards ac­cepted. Daily, 10am-10pm.

Tan­jung Bun­gah Grumpiez Green Pep­per Mex­i­can Cantina

27 Jalan Sun­gai Kelian, Tan­jung Bun­gah (+6017 448 0250/www. face­book.com/Grumpiez). Chimichangas, chicken fa­ji­tas and spicy pork tacos are hard to come by in Pe­nang, which makes Grumpiez a gem in the rough. The restau­rant’s ca­sual am­bi­ence en­cour­ages ev­ery­one to let loose. Grab seats on the pa­tio to en­joy a nice breeze.

Tue-Sun, 12noon-10pm. $$

Mid­dle Eastern

Batu Fer­ringhi

BBQ Nights

72D Jalan Batu Fer­ringhi, Batu Fer­ringhi (+6011 276 9091/www. face­book.com/bbqnight­spenang). Skew­ered meat reigns supreme at this Mid­dle Eastern restau­rant, which dishes out chicken and lamb ke­bab, mut­ton ro­gan josh, shish ta­wouk and other Mid­dle Eastern spe­cial­i­ties. A sep­a­rate menu of­fers veg­e­tar­ian fare such as aloo gobi, masala bhind and

palak pa­neer.

Halal. Credit cards ac­cepted. Daily, 11am-2am. $$

Fruit of Lebanon

109A Jalan Batu Fer­ringhi, Batu Fer­ringhi (+604 881 3228).

Start off with some re­fresh­ing

tabouleh be­fore mov­ing on to your mains. There are plenty of veg­e­tar­ian dishes such as falafel and salad bowls. Cap off your meal with some in­tense Turk­ish cof­fee.

Halal. Credit cards ac­cepted. Child­friendly. Daily, 12noon-1am. $$

Se­berang Perai

Al-Araby Restau­rant

G3-G4, Tesco Ex­tra Se­berang Jaya, Ban­dar Se­berang Jaya, Se­berang Perai Ten­gah (+6013 500 0900/ www.face­book.com/ArabyMathaam). Al-Araby was built on tra­di­tional fam­ily recipes. Most meat dishes are slow-cooked, re­sult­ing in ten­der meat that falls off the bone.

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

Tan­jung Bun­gah

Al Me­d­ina Moroc­can Restau­rant

523C Jalan Tan­jung Bun­gah (+6016 402 1923/www.face­book.com/ alme­d­inarestau­rant).

Meals at Al Me­d­ina are a bona fide Moroc­can af­fair. Go for the typ­i­cal spe­cial­ties like the harira (a soup con­tain­ing toma­toes, lentils and chick­peas) or the tajine (stew cooked in an earthen­ware pot).

Halal. Credit cards ac­cepted. Daily, 12noon-12mid­night. $$

Tan­jung Tokong Suri­ana Restau­rant

6-17, Precinct 10, Jalan Tan­jung Tokong, Tan­jung Tokong (+604 899 9099/www.face­book.com/ suri­anarestau­rant).

Suri­ana’s menu car­ries a well­bal­anced range of Ara­bic ( ke­bab habibi and mak­louba chicken) and Western fare (chicken cor­don bleu

and grilled shrimp). Re­quest that your dish be pre­pared to suit your pre­ferred level of pi­quancy.

Halal. Credit cards ac­cepted. Daily, 12noon-11pm. $

Ny­onya

Ge­orge Town

Aun­tie Gaik Lean’s Old School Eatery

1 Le­buh Bishop, Ge­orge Town (+604 263 8121).

Look out for the blink­ing light bulbs of Aunty Gaik Lean’s sign­board. The menu fea­tures fa­mil­iar Ny­onya fare such as as­sam prawns, inchi kabin, jiu hu char and ker­abu. A stand­out dish is the grilled brin­jal gen­er­ously topped with tangy sam­bal. We also like the spicy chicken fil­let ren­dang. Child-friendly. Credit cards ac­cepted. Mon-Sat, 12am-2.30pm, 6-9.30pm. $$

NEW ET Steam­boat Restau­rant

6 Jalan Ra­goon, Ge­orge Town (+604 226 6025/ Face­book: E.T-steam­boa­trestau­rant).

This Pe­nang in­sti­tu­tion is bet­ter known as a steam­boat restau­rant, but also serves a suc­cinct se­lec­tion of Ny­onya dishes. They’re also known for their bak chang which needs to be or­dered in ad­vance.

Mon, 6-10pm; Tue-Wed & Fri-Sun, 12noon-2.30pm, 6-10pm. $

Hai Nan Town

8A Pengkalan Weld, Tan­jung City Ma­rina, Ge­orge Town (+604 263 8633).

Tra­di­tional Ny­onya cui­sine steals the spot­light at Hai Nan Town. Sta­ples in­clude the curry tu­mis fish, jiu hu char, ayam inchi kabin, yam duck and lor bak. En­joy the wa­ter­front view from the al­fresco din­ing area. Pork-free. Child-friendly. Dis­abled­friendly. Credit cards ac­cepted. Daily, 12noon-3pm, 5-10pm. $$

Ivy’s Kitchen

58 Jalan Chow Thye, off Jalan Burma, Ge­orge Town (+604 227 9864/ Face­book: Ivy’s-Ny­onya-Cui­sine). Man­aged by a hus­band-and-wife team, Ivy’s serves pork-free Ny­onya dishes and de­li­cious nasi le­mak. Ask for the beef ren­dang, king prawns in home­made chilli paste and black gluti­nous rice bee koh moi. Pork-free. Child-friendly. Dis­abled­friendly. Tue-Sun, 12noon-3pm, 6-10pm. $$

Ke­baya

2-16, Seven Ter­races, Lorong Ste­wart, Ge­orge Town (+604 264 2333/+604 261 2862/ke­baya.com. my).

Ke­baya’s grand open­ing sparked ex­cite­ment within the Per­anakan culi­nary cir­cle. The restau­rant’s beau­ti­ful dé­cor com­ple­ments its ap­peal­ing menu, while the Ny­onya cui­sine here is pre­pared us­ing in­no­va­tive French cook­ing tech­niques.

Child-friendly. Credit cards ac­cepted. Daily, 6-10pm. $$$

NEW The Le­gend Ny­onya House

2 Gat Le­buh Chu­lia, Ge­orge Town (+604 251 9598/Face­book: TheLe­gend-Ny­onya-House).

The newly opened Ny­onya House is an­other spot for fans of Per­anakan cui­sine. We rec­om­mend their chicken

kap­i­tan, salted egg with minced pork and nasi ulam. Ny­onya dishes are served at lunch with pre­mium

steam­boat at night.

Mon-Thu & Sun, 11am-3am; Fri-Sat, 11am-4am. $$

Mama’s Ny­onya Cui­sine

31-D Lorong Abu Siti, Ge­orge Town (+604 229 1318).

It’s been years since Mama be­gan cook­ing up a storm in the kitchen, and the Ny­onya food re­mains au­then­tic. Savour the likes of curry kap­i­tan, wild boar ren­dang and fish curry at this fam­ily-ori­ented restau­rant. You might run into some of Mama’s fa­mous clients in­clud­ing Datuk Jimmy Choo, squash player Datuk Ni­col David or Hong Kong di­rec­tor Ang Lee.

Child-friendly. Kids’ menu. Dis­abled­friendly. Tue-Sun, 11.30am-2.30pm, 6.30-9.30pm. $$$

NEW Moh Teng Pheow Ny­onya Kuih & Can­teen

Jalan Masjid, off Le­buh Chu­lia Ge­orge Town (Next to the back door of the Cam­era Mu­seum) (+604 261 5832/www.face­book.com/ penangny­onyakuih).

One of the old­est Ny­onya kuih fac­to­ries has opened a café serv­ing lo­cal dishes in­clud­ing nasi ulam, pai tee and laksa. The main draw here is their ex­ten­sive se­lec­tion of kuih in­clud­ing pu­lut inti, kuih talam, on­deh-on­deh and pu­lut tai tai. Tue-Sun, 10.30am-5pm. $

Restoran 77 Fa­mous Curry Fish Head

77-D Per­siaran Gur­ney, Ge­orge Town (+604 227 9086).

No mat­ter what you or­der, the fish head curry should be the cen­tre­piece of your meal. Fleshy fish head (Chi­nese deem the head the best part) is drenched in fra­grant curry, onions

and okra, and topped off with a gar­nish of mint leaves. Dis­abled-friendly. Daily, 12noon11pm. $$

Pu­lau Tikus

Jin Hoe Café

46 Jalan Can­ton­ment, Pu­lau Tikus (+6016 488 7758/+6016 452 9430).

This hum­ble café is fre­quented for Ny­onya del­i­ca­cies and Johnny’s Nasi Le­mak, the lat­ter be­ing the brighter star. Each pack of nasi le­mak

com­prises fra­grant co­conut rice, an­chovies and roasted peanuts. The home­made sam­bal bela­can rates high on the Scov­ille scale; douse the heat with an iced milk tea.

Mon-Sat, 8.30-10.30am. $

Tan­jung Tokong

Ny­onya Breeze

3A-1-7, Straits Quay, Jalan Seri Tan­jung Pi­nang, Tan­jung Tokong (+604 899 9058).

Ny­onya cui­sine re­quires ex­tremely metic­u­lous cook­ing meth­ods; for ex­am­ple, hong bak is braised for sev­eral hours while nasi ulam boasts a smor­gas­bord of ingredients in­clud­ing grated co­conut, dried shrimp paste, salted fish and fresh herbs.

Mon & Wed-Sun, 11.30am-2.30pm, 6.30-10pm. $$

Seafood

Batu Fer­ringhi

Beach Cor­ner Seafood Restau­rant

72D Jalan Batu Fer­ringhi, Batu Fer­ringhi (+604 881 1867/Face­book: Beach-cor­ner-seafood).

This pop­u­lar Chi­nese cof­fee shop by the beach is a scenic spot for lunch or din­ner. Must-tries are the yam duck, spring rolls, crabs in spicy gravy and the roast lamb with ladies’ fin­gers.

Mon-Tue & Thu-Sun, 12noon2.30pm, 6-10pm. $$

Bayan Lepas

Ah Chui Seafood Restau­rant

1238-T Jalan Paya Terubong, Paya Terubong (+604 866 0903/Face­book: Ah-Chui-Seafood).

En­joy a lav­ish seafood din­ner without leav­ing a dent in your wal­let. Pick out your se­lec­tion of fresh seafood from the tanks and then sit back and wait for your or­der to be served. Don’t leave without try­ing the prawn frit­ters, steamed fish and home­made fish ball soup.

Halal. Daily, 5-11pm.

$$$

Hai Boey Seafood

29 MK9, Jalan Pasir Be­landa, Teluk Kum­bar, Bayan Lepas (+6013 488 1114). Din­ers come here strictly for the fresh seafood so don’t ex­pect the best ser­vice or nice dé­cor. Other stand­out dishes in­clude sam­bal fried chicken and deep-fried pork stud­ded with brin­jal.

Daily, 5-11pm. $$$

Hao You Teluk Kum­bar Seafood

84 MK9, Teluk Kum­bar, Bayan Lepas (+604 649 1403).

When in Bayan Lepas, dine as the lo­cals do and in­dulge in de­li­cious seafood by the beach. Or­der the sweet and sour crab, fried squid, steamed prawn man­tis and clay­pot glass noo­dles.

Mon & Wed-Sun, 5.30-10pm. $$

Butterworth

Ong Cheng Huat Seafood

2004 Ba­gan Lal­lang, Butterworth (+604 331 4782).

Men­tion ‘toddy’ (home-brewed palm wine) to any lo­cal and you’ll be led to this shack-turned-restau­rant where a one-litre bot­tle costs RM6. Ong Cheng Huat serves unique Chi­nese dishes like steamed baby oc­to­pus with deep­fried gar­lic and deep-fried spring chicken. Take note that the restau­rant only opens un­til 5.30pm.

Pork-free. Tue-Sun, 11am-5.30pm. $$

Ge­orge Town

Bali Hai Seafood Restau­rant

90 & 90A-90D, Per­siaran Gur­ney, Ge­orge Town (+604 228 1272/+604 228 8272/www.bal­i­haiseafood.com). Sit­u­ated on bustling Gur­ney Drive, this seafood restau­rant is quite a sight with rows of fish tanks hous­ing a plethora of seafood from rain­bow lob­sters to geo­duck clams. Bali Hai is hardly a high-brow restau­rant and prices are higher than nor­mal, but the seafood is as fresh as it gets.

Pork-free. Child-friendly. Kids’ menu. Dis­abled-friendly. Credit cards ac­cepted. Daily, 8am-11pm. $$$$

DeHappy Seafood Restau­rant

62 Jalan Macalister, Ge­orge Town (+604 227 7809).

Tiger prawns, lob­sters and Alaskan spi­der crabs are among the live seafood on dis­play. While the restau­rant calls for last or­ders by mid­night, the kitchen con­tin­ues dish­ing out Teochew-style por­ridge un­til five in the morn­ing. You can opt for ei­ther al­fresco or air-con­di­tioned seat­ing.

Pork-free, free park­ing. Daily, 5.30pm-12mid­night (Teochew por­ridge,

9.30pm-3am). $$

Ocean Green Seafood & Restau­rant Para­mount Ho­tel, 48F Jalan Sul­tan Ah­mad Shah, Ge­orge Town (+604 227 4530/+604 227 2681/www. paramoun­tho­tel.com.my).

Ocean Green is per­fect for host­ing large groups, which makes it a pop­u­lar venue for fam­ily re­unions. It’s one of the old­est seafood restau­rants around, and the high in­flux of cus­tomers is a tes­ta­ment to the qual­ity of food served. Grilled crab meat topped with cheese, boiled tiger prawns and deep-fried salt and pep­per man­tis prawns rank among the bet­ter dishes. Dis­abled-friendly. Credit cards ac­cepted. Daily, 11am-10pm. $$

Weld Quay Restau­rant

18 Pengkalan Weld, Ge­orge Town (+6012 474 5566).

The mem­o­rable Weld Quay Restau­rant squats un­der a huge tree across from the ferry ter­mi­nal and has been in op­er­a­tion for years. We rec­om­mend the Nes­tum-bat­tered deep-fried prawns, soft-shell crabs and minced-meat-filled frit­ters.

Mon-Tue & Thu-Sun, 12noon-3pm, 6-10pm. $$

Se­berang Perai

Lim Aik Chew Cafe

436 Kam­pung Tan­jung Berem­bang, Nibong Tebal, Se­berang Perai (+604 593 2957/+6016 590 4912).

While there are plenty of fine things to say about Lim Aik Chew, it’s most im­por­tant to laud the prawn curry. Fresh wa­ter prawns are en­gulfed by a thick curry so de­li­cious you’ll want to mop up ev­ery last drop. Good thing that bread is pro­vided! The dish of­ten runs out on week­ends, so or­der it ahead of time or set­tle for the triple­spiced fish.

Daily, 11am-6pm. $$

Restoran Float­ing Taminga

Lot 2400, Jalan Bukit Tam­bun, Sim­pang Am­pat, Se­berang Perai Se­la­tan (+604 588 3063).

Restoran Float­ing lit­er­ally floats atop a seafood farm, which serves as the kitchen’s source of fresh seafood. Opt for fa­mil­iar seafood such as fish, prawns, squids and cock­les or be ad­ven­tur­ous and sam­ple some spikyshelled snails. The house spe­cial­ity is the steamed grouper fish in as­sam laksa served with noo­dles.

Child-friendly. Daily, 12noon-10pm. $$$

Tan­jung Bun­gah Hol­ly­wood Restau­rant

543 Jalan Tan­jung Bun­gah, Tan­jung Bun­gah (+604 890 7268/+6016 492 8282/+6010 564 8221/www. hol­ly­woodrestau­rantpg.com).

Never mind the restau­rant’s mis­lead­ing name; this fam­ily-ori­ented restau­rant has been in op­er­a­tion since 1945 and dishes out clas­sic Hainanese fare like curry kap­i­tan, inchi kabin and spring rolls. The crab and seafood dishes are also very good; think dark soya prawns, aro­matic honey crabs and Hainan-style steamed fish.

Mon & Wed-Sun, 11am-3pm, 6-10pm. $$

Dim sum

Char kuey teow

As­sam laksa

Ba­nana leaf rice

Sushi and sashimi

Mut­ton biryani

Per­anakan kuih

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