The Spice Market Café Penang

Buffet-style restaurant at Shangri La’s Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa

The Spice Market Café is a casual all-day restaurant in Shangri La’s Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa that offers a great spread of Baba Nyonya, Chinese, Indian, Japanese, Thai and western dishes in the form of a diverse buffet. Its utterly timeless and rustic interior design makes any other positive features about this café almost a bonus, so the unmatched food flavours from all around the world are certainly a treat.

Speaking of the fare, diners can expect live-action cooking stations with popular authentic dishes native to select regions on offer. Some of them have been mixed together with local ingredients, resulting in bold and inspiring flavours that make a meal here a singularly interesting experience to your taste buds.

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Interior Design

When it comes to the décor, expect a resort-style ambiance with lots of traditional elements at The Spice Market Café. A choice of indoor or outdoor dining on timber decks overlooking the gorgeous sandy Batu Ferringhi beach is available, but we highly recommend grabbing a table under the outdoor canopy of trees as it provides diners with the best views of the hotel’s swimming pool or the garden.

Meanwhile, barrels filled with local spices (hence the restaurant’s name) at the front doors results in exotic scents of cinnamon, black cardamom and turmeric wafting around as you walk through the restaurant. Besides that, the indoor dining room is a cheery showcase of brilliant colours, with rattan-weaved chairs, bright fruits and vegetables in glass bowls spread all around, and polished wooden counters creating a sensory experience second to none.

The Food

Prices for the buffet at The Spice Market Café start at just RM128++, and everything on the line is done well, from the eggs Benedict and grilled crab, to steamed Chinese dumplings and roast duck, ensuring a leisurely and delightful dinner. Standout dishes include most of the seafood on offer, which are some of the freshest we have had in a while, including the sushi and sashimi at the Japanese station. Also good is the creamy and rich coconut curry, with chicken and potatoes, and the black pepper beef – both of which we had with fluffy white rice.

What is more, the restaurant also hosts regular, traditional musical performances, so there will be live entertainment with meals. Attentive service adds to the pleasure of dining here and helps The Spice Market Café top our list of favourite Penang restaurants.

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Shangri La Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa

Divided into two wings (with a separate driveway and entrance for each), the five-star Shangri-La Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa is a pretty impressive property spread out across 30 acres along the famous Batu Ferringgi beach.The whole hotel has been fitted out in traditional Minangkabau style - in fact, in line with this, the hotel hosts a time-honoured Malay musical performance every Friday outside its Garden Wing lobby.We love the five-storey Rasa Wing: built in 1973, it has an exclusive feel, offering guests little extras such as afternoon tea, all day cocktails and evening canapes.This side of the hotel is home to Ferringgi Grill, an award-winning, fine-dining restaurant, plus the property also plays host to five other restaurants and bars. Read More...

The Spice Market Café Penang

  • Opening Hours: 07:00 – 22:00
  • Address: Shangri-La Rasa’s Sayang Resort & Spa, Garden Wing, Lobby Level, Jalan Batu Ferringhi
  • Tel: +604 888 8888
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