Western Spices Penang

Fine dining restaurant in Georgetown

Western Spices Penang is a restaurant on Jalan Green Hall in Georgetown that has certainly gone on to cement its standing as one the island’s best places to eat in the last few years. A pioneer in this narrow laneway, proprietor Nick Lau heads the kitchen, and together with his team, puts out small plate continental selections that are quite tempting.

Diners will not find envelope-pushing cuisine, rather a menu of international flavours, from Mexican and Italian fare, to British steakhouse stalwarts and European flavours. Housed in a historic colonial Chinese storefront adjacent to the Penang Court, the combination of the kitchen’s offerings and atmosphere creates a dining experience that reflects the island’s local character, ingredients, and culinary traditions.

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Speaking of Western Spices Penang’s atmosphere, diners can expect to find interior design that is old fashioned with drum chandeliers, ornate frieze work and fabric upholstered chairs. Soft lighting and heritage elements like mosaic tile floors and local artwork help create an experience that is at once casual yet elegant.

Meanwhile, the energy and excitement in this space is creative and playful, with wait staff members who are friendly and helpful. Sweetening the meal is the restaurant’s small but fairly priced wine selection that is carefully chosen to suit the dishes on the menu as well as Wednesday-night live jazz performances.

Speaking of food, expect quite a departure from the local dining scene – Chef Nick certainly tends to go the distance with dishes that are full of flavour, drawing on local influence through the addition of regional ingredients and some of its culinary traditions. What’s more, though small plate selections are the house specialty, the portions are more than enough to satisfy the appetite of hungry diners.

What sets Western Spices Penang apart from other fine diners in its similar punching weight class is the fact that while Chef Nick comes up with inventive dishes, he keeps the flavours pretty straightforward. For example, the kitchen’s honey lemon lamb ribs (RM73.90) have a bold, sweet and rich sauce but the meat has not been messed around with too much. The same goes for the carefully seared rib eye (RM89.90), with fall-off-the-bone meat, which has been seasoned with red wine sauce – it makes for a singularly satisfying meal that does not overwhelm the palate.

Western Spices Penang

  • Opening Hours: 11:30 – 22:30
  • Address: 1, Green Hall Road (off Light Street), Georgetown
  • Tel: +604 2611 553
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