Which Penang restaurant should you try for lunch or dinner? It is not easy to pick one, let alone, the best restaurant in Penang!
Especially when you tire of Penang street food, take a detour to one of the best restaurants in Georgetown Penang!
There are famous restaurants for Nyonya, Chinese, Malay, Western and even vegan food! Listed here for your convenience!
Table Of Contents:
- Tek Sen Restaurant
- Lagenda House & Café
- Two Frenchies Cafe Bistro
- Jawi House Cafe Gallery
- What The Duck Restaurant
- Il Bacaro
- The Book Sandwich Café
- Tofu Village
- Blue Vegan Restaurant
- Auntie Gaik Lean’s Old School Eatery
- Restaurant Ferringhi Garden
- Andrew’s Kampung
- Hard Rock Café
13 Best Restaurants In Penang
1. Tek Sen Restaurant
Prepare to be early at this restaurant in a typical shop house setting!
They used to have just a simple stall back in 1965 to serve Cantonese, Hakka, Teochew and Nyonya dishes.
Along with their extensive ala carte menu, is a pleasing selection of beverages like beer, coffee, local drinks (e.g. water chestnut, sugarcane juice, soya milk etc) and tea!
It’s best to bring a group with you to sample many dishes!
Dishes to try:
- Double roasted pork (with or without chili padi)
- Fish curry (assam tumis)
- Claypot tofu
- Kangkung with sambal and prawns
2. Lagenda House & Café
What’s not to love at this colorful restaurant with delicious food in large portions!
By the way, the legend they are referring to is a Malaysian music and film icon, Tan Sri P Ramlee!
Food presentation is top notch as you will see if you order any of their large appetizer platters filled with Malay delicacies!
Even if there is no alcohol, there’s still a wide range of beverages to order! Like nutmeg juice and pandan sarabat!
3. Two Frenchies Cafe Bistro
Benches and tables along the wall of this Penang cafe and restaurant provide ample seating for groups!
Light bites like Croque Madame and Quiche feature on the menu. As do salads, French mains, soup-of -the-day, pasta and mouthwatering desserts!
Pair their hearty platter for 2 with some wine!
- Signature burger (beef)
- Boeuf Bourguignon
- Cassoulet Toulousain
- Duck Confit
4. Jawi House Cafe Gallery
Don’t miss out on the chance to try authentic Jawi Peranakan food (some with just a hint of Western influence) when you’re busy hunting Penang street art at Armenian Street!
And if you’re not hungry, you can try one of their homemade ginger beer or nutmeg juice! Tiny but charming, this restaurant uses a lot of lovely wooden antique furniture!
Dishes you cannot go wrong with include:
- Herbal lemuni rice
- Braised brisket sandwich
- Beef rending with lentil rice
- Lamb biryani
5. What The Duck Restaurant
As you can probably guess from the name, duck meat is present in most of the menu!
This contemporary restaurant at Nagore Square is not afraid to take creative liberties with their dishes:
- Smoked Duck Apple Walnut Salad
- Drunken Duck Clear Soup with Wolf Berries
- Duck Confit Spaghetti
- Balinese crispy duck (bek-bek)
- Quack Chowder
- WTD Spicy Dirty Duck Rice
Sitting is limited as there are only 3 tables inside the small establishment!
6. Il Bacaro
Did you know that you could have authentic Italian food right in Georgetown, Penang?
You’ll find this elegant Venice-inspired restaurant at the ground floor of Cambell House! Everything from the bread, pasta and sauces are made from scratch!
The menu changes occasionally with Italian staples you don’t usually see in Malaysia:
- Focaccia (i.e. flat bread)
- Cicchetti (appetizer)
- Stracci (similar to lasagna)
- Wood-fire pizza!
- Zabaglione (Italian dessert)
7. The Book Sandwich Café
Yes, they specialize in sandwiches (like their lobster sandwich) but the menu doesn’t stop there!
With intriguing items like:
- Soft shell crab meat burger
- Salted egg spaghetti
- Salmon fillet
- Hokkaido scallop risotto
- Lamb shank
As for the ambiance, it’s very romantic with light music in the background and dim lighting!
8. Tofu Village – Best Of Hakka Tradition
Tofu Village does Hakka cuisine in 2 styles – local and Taiwanese! In a trendy space with black and white fittings.
They boil their own loh han guo drink which you should definitely take advantage of! Taiwanese shaved ice desserts are available too!
Hakka dishes to taste here:
- Yong tau fu
- Braised pork trotters
- Hakka mee
- Nan ru chicken
- Rice wine chicken
- Yam abacus
- Claypot stew
9. Blue Vegan Restaurant
Blue Vegan Restaurant pushes the standards up for vegan food in Penang!
It’s very welcoming inside with white-washed walls, potted plants and tasteful touches of wood and blue!
Try their vegan cheesecakes and cakes too!
- Curry ramen
- Popcorn mushroom
- Cashew Basil Pesto Spaghetti
- Black Magic Energy Mushroom Burger
- Spaghetti Bolognese
10. Auntie Gaik Lean’s Old School Eatery
You can bet that anything coming out of the kitchen will knock your socks off if Auntie Gaik herself is manning the helm!
The environment is comfortable too with spacious seating to cater for families!
- Beef rendang
- Chicken kapitan
- Eggplant with sambal
- Ikan tumis
- Jiu hu char (Dish with shredded radish, carrot with strips of squid)
- Sambal petai (Warning: petai has a pungent aftertaste that’s not for everyone!)
11. Restaurant Ferringhi Garden
All the way in Batu Ferringhi:
Restaurant Ferringhi Garden never fails to delight its customers with its stunning outdoor dining area! Which is just as nice in the morning as it is in the evening!
It can get real fancy (and pricey) with excellent starters like crab cakes and freshly baked bread, wine and their opulent seafood platters and Wagyu steaks!
A full course dinner with starters and dessert will set you back a few hundred ringgit!
But not to worry, as there are plenty of other places to find seafood in Penang!
12. Andrew’s Kampung
Tourists at Batu Ferringhi like to head to Andrew’s Kampung restaurant and for good reason!
Besides being affordable, the food is divine as is the service! And you can sit a few stories above the street too!
It’s so busy that you might have to make a booking first!
What to order:
- Crispy duck
- Sizzling hotplate (beef)
- Black vinegar chicken
- Pineapple fried rice (with turmeric)
- Chicken curry
13. Hard Rock Café
Returning customers will realize that the walls are now blue and the floors are lighter!
And there are numerous new items on the menu:
- 24-Karat Gold Leaf Steak Burger
- Fruity cocktail blends
- Buffalo wings
- Milkshakes with flavors like strawberry cheesecake!
- And more!
Generous portions, happy hour and a daily live performance from the house band (10:30pm to 2am) help to justify the prices!
Browse the shop to pick up some Hard Rock Penang souvenirs!
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Getting Around Penang
Embark on a tour around Penang with RayTheTour! We can pick you up straight from the airport or your hotel!
And even drop you off for dinner at any of the restaurants in this list after your tour!
Other reasons to book our private tour service:
- English or Chinese-speaking local guides
- No fixed itinerary – go where you want to! Or let our guides advise you!
- Comfortable transport (MPV or van)
- You can combine your tour with our Ipoh and Cameron Highlands tours too!
Penang restaurants will satisfy your craving for more local food! And let you refresh your palate with a different cuisine altogether!
You can find genuine Nyonya, American, Italian, Chinese and French food all in Penang!