Awesome Canteen

International in George Town

Hidden behind a curtain of greenery in a weathered period building is Awesome Canteen, with an all-paleo menu (no processed food and grains) that's an unexpected palate-cleanser: quinoa cakes, aubergine 'burgers' and Japanese-style rice bowls. Note that the kitchen takes a break between 3pm and 6pm, though you can still come for coffee.

If you like the look of the place, with its airy courtyard of skinny trees and industrial-chic furnishings, consider booking a stay in the suites here via www.sekeping.com/pinang.