Restaurants

Top Choice International in George Town

China House

You can't really say you've been to George Town unless you've stepped inside China House. This block-wide amalgamation of shophouses is home to a variety of dining, drinking and shopping options. It all starts splen…
Top Choice Hawker in George Town

Lorong Baru (New Lane) Hawker Stalls

Ask locals where their favourite hawker stalls are, and they’ll generally mention this night-time street extravaganza. Just about everything is available here: oyster omelette, otak otak (steamed fish curry), Chines…
Top Choice Peranakan in George Town

Kebaya

This is your chance to sample superb, subtly flavoured Peranakan-influenced cuisine. The stately dining room, part of the Seven Terraces hotel, is decorated with a gorgeous collection of antiques, set to a soundtrac…
Top Choice Chinese in George Town

Tho Yuen Restaurant

Packed with newspaper-reading loners and chattering locals all morning long, it's best to arrive early for Tho Yuen's widest array of breakfast dim sum. Mid-morning, plump pork bao and shrimp dumplings give way to c…
Top Choice Chinese in George Town

Teksen

There's a reason this place is always packed: it's one of the tastiest, most consistent restaurants in town (and in a place like George Town that's saying a lot). You almost can't go wrong here, but don't miss the f…
Top Choice Malaysian in George Town

My Nonya Favourites

Nothing to look at, this humble restaurant rightly gets the thumbs up from in-the-know locals for its tasty, authentic Peranakan (Nonya) dishes such as cincalok cher bak (stir-fried belly pork) and eggs belanda (egg…
Indian in George Town

Sri Ananda Bahwan

This busy and buzzy chain restaurant whips up filling masala dosa (lentil-and-rice pancake stuffed with spiced potato), lip-smacking tandoori chicken and countless vegetarian Indian dishes. There's also a counter of…
Chinese in George Town

Wai Kei

This gem sits in the middle of the greatest concentration of travellers in George Town, yet is somehow almost exclusively patronised (in enthusiastic numbers) by locals. Come early for char siew (barbecued pork) and…
International in George Town

Awesome Canteen

Hidden behind a curtain of greenery in a weathered period building, Awesome Canteen's all-paleo menu (no processed food and grains) is an unexpected palate-cleanser in Penang: quinoa cakes, aubergine 'burgers' and J…
Hawker in George Town

Kafe Heng Huat

Outside Kafe Heng Huat you'll find Soon Chuan Choo who, in her trademark red chefs hat, has been knocking up some of Penang's best char kway teow (broad noodles, clams and eggs fried in chilli and black bean sauce) …