Kebaya restaurant at Penang’s gorgeous Seven Terraces Hotel offers diners a true taste of Peranakan food without having to go too far out of town, or even break the bank. Located on Stewart Lane under the roof of one of the city’s prettiest Anglo-Chinese boutique hotels, it certainly has a certain historic feel and is popular with tourists who visit for its beautiful photograph-worthy interiors.
Since its opening, it has developed an excellent reputation for refined Baba-Nyonya food (with the kitchen placing strong emphasis on seasonal ingredients in its cooking), as well as its delightful décor and impeccable service.
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Inside, glass shelves hold intricately-patterned china, marble-top tables shimmer and heavy crimson curtains create a sophisticated look. The space is divided into two sections: a beautiful greeting foyer and a generously-sized dining room open to hotel guests and walk-in diners.
Do not expect blowout décor of ornate chandeliers and rich fabric – this fine diner’s style keeps things simple with white mosaic tile floors, intricately carved wooden antique furniture and pots of fuchsia and white orchids.
Under the leadership of creative head Chef Christopher Ong, diners at Kebaya restaurant can expect classic Peranakan dishes that are constantly reinvented to the delight of regulars and newcomers alike. The menu is an exciting mixture of old and new, with classic Indo-Chinese dishes infused with unexpected flavour by Chef Ong’s French cooking techniques.
For example, favourites like otak otak (grilled fish cake) are given a new twist – spice-cooked red snapper is stuffed into a crispy pastry, instead of the usual banana or pandan leaf wrap. Thus the kitchen easily elevates the traditional to that which is perfect for haute gourmet dining and the results will leave you absolutely contented.
A four-course meal set us back about RM100+, but portions are generous and perfect for sharing. The restaurant also has a wine menu with glasses starting in price from RM20 and rounds off the proceedings nicely. In a nutshell, this is great designer food, combining seasonal ingredients with flair in each creation.
Kebaya Restaurant Penang
- Opening Hours: 18:00 – 22:00
- Address: Seven Terraces, Lorong Stewart, Georgetown
- Tel: +604 264 2333 or +604 261 2862