Restaurants

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…
Chinese in George Town

Ming Xiang Tai Pastry Delights

What started as a Chinese egg tart business run from a trishaw in the 1970s has blossomed into a mini-empire of pastry shops around George Town. You can watch the sweet and savoury tarts and buns being made on one s…
Malaysian in George Town

Hameediyah

Dating back to 1907 and allegedly the oldest nasi kandar (rice with curries and veggies) place in Penang, Hameediyah has an energetic staff that belies its many years. In addition to rich curries served over rice, t…
Chinese in George Town

Boey Chong Kee

Crowd-pleasing dishes such as stir-fried noodles, ginger stewed duck and sweet-and-sour pork are very competently done here, but it's primarily the courtyard setting – outdoor tables surrounded by the comings and go…
Indian in George Town

Veloo Villas

Service is amiable and unfussy at this cheap, cheerful banana-leaf restaurant. Rice is scooped onto your leaf, along with ladlefuls of dhal (rich lentil curry) and tangy pickled veggies. Come around 11am to 4pm for …
Malaysian in George Town

Jawi House

This cosy, shophouse restaurant specialises in the type of unique Muslim dishes you'd be hard-pressed to find outside of a local home or celebration. The fragrant biryani comes with prawns, chicken, lamb or beef and…