Dining on Chinese cuisine with friends or family calls for a reservation at Sun Marpoh Restaurant. This long-standing restaurant has been around for many years, and for good reason.
It’s not in a touristy part of Ipoh though so it is more convenient to get here if you have your own transport.
Here’s our experience dining at Sun Marpoh Restaurant.
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About Sun Marpoh Restaurant
Sun Marpoh Restaurant (孖宝海鲜饭店) is open for dinner daily.
The non halal restaurant has an extensive menu that includes multiple ways of preparing pork, chicken, fish, tofu, etc.
Signature dishes are marked on the menu as chef recommendations. One of these is their tofu with pumpkin sauce. Additionally, they also label which dishes are spicy.
- Location: 67 & 69, Jln Dato Lau Pak Khuan, Ipoh Garden, 31400 Ipoh, Perak
- Opening hours: 11:30am to 2:30pm, and again from 5:30pm to 9:30pm (Closed on Wednesdays)
- Contact: +605-545 5127
Ease Of Parking At Sun Marpoh Restaurant
While this is a very busy area in the daytime:
Other shops aroundSun Marpoh Restaurant are closed by evening. So even though the restaurant is most busy around dinner time, finding nearby parking should not be too difficult.
PS: You don’t have to pay for parking after 6pm;
Ambiance At Sun Marpoh Restaurant
This is an old establishment, and it does show if you look closely. But Sun Marpoh Restaurant is air-conditioned.
There are two lots that make up this restaurant and both lots are full of round tables that sit large groups comfortably.
Lighting is somewhat dim, and there is a lot of red in the dated interior. It’s very much a quintessential Chinese restaurant in Malaysia.
It can be noisy and crowded as peak time approaches. But what we like is that we did not come out smelling like food and that is a huge plus point to us.
Service At Sun Marpoh Restaurant
In our experience, the older servers know the menu best. However, you’ll need to know some Cantonese to be able to ask them more about the dishes.
Like other Chinese restaurants in Malaysia, you only pay after the meal.
We came a little after 6pm, and serving times were acceptable. It was about 20 minutes for the first dish to arrive after placing our order.
Chinese tea comes in a tea pot to share among your table, and you can ask for a refill of hot water if you need more.
Note: The little teacups will come in a small basin of hot water, you’re supposed to roll these around to clean them before you take them out and pour tea in.
Food At Sun Marpoh Restaurant In Ipoh
We went for the following dishes at Sun Marpoh Restaurant:
- Lemongrass chicken
- Squid Fried With Salted Egg Yolk
- Tofu with pumpkin sauce
- Steamed Fish With Soy Sauce
All of the dishes were palatable without being too bland or too salty. None of them were too oily either.
Our favorites were the tofu dish with pumpkin sauce. And the Lemongrass chicken.
Pricing At Sun Marpoh Restaurant
A meal for our group of 7 cost a total of RM230+. We ordered under 6 dishes too. Of these dishes, it is worth noting that we did not order anything special like large prawns.
To us, this is not unreasonable. The pricing is in line with other Chinese restaurants in Ipoh.
For fair pricing and good Chinese food, we will not hesitate to recommend Sun Marpoh Restaurant as a casual lunch or dinner option.
We feel that the old-fashioned environment is Sam Marpoh Restaurant’s weakest point. In all other aspects, it delivers. See more Chinese restaurants worth considering in Ipoh.