Whether you are a frequent fine-diner or simply a self-proclaimed foodie, Batu Ferringhi is sure to impress you with its array of cuisine offerings. Not only do they put out some of the best food in Penang, but because of their location, most of these places offer gorgeous uninterrupted beachfront views.
Whether you choose to dine at the decidedly informal and sedate Long Beach Food Court, or get dolled up for an evening of decadence in The Bungalow at Lone Pine Hotel, you will undoubtedly have a lovely time. In an effort to source out the best places to dine along Jalan Batu Ferringhi, we have compiled a list of our favourite spots to dine at – check out the list and see if you agree!
Situated on Jalan Batu Ferringhi, Hard Rock Cafe Penang is an island celebrity. Great burgers and a thoroughly-classic American rock vibe are ever-present, so the place is sure to leave you with more than a few fond holiday memories. One of its highlights is undoubtedly the brand’s trademark iconic music collectibles in glass cabinets and on the walls. Meanwhile, though its stage usually hosts local acts, there have been some pretty famous international performances such as Bob Marley’s Jamaican backing band, The Wailers.
Food-wise, its menu focuses on western fare and if you are a fan of giant juicy burgers, you will love Hard Rock Café’s carte du jour. We highly recommend the sizeable ‘legendary 10oz burger’: it is a fat, juicy beef patty with toppings of savoury turkey bacon strips, Cheddar cheese, a crispy onion ring, lettuce, tomatoes and pickles, sandwiched between toasted buttered buns. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 11:30 – 02:00 Sunday to Thursday; 11:30 – 02:30 Friday, Saturday and eve of public holiday
- Address: Jalan Batu Feringghi, 11100, Penang
- Tel: +604 8811 711
Easily balancing a degree of luxury with a healthy dose of innovation, Ferringhi Garden is easily one of our favourite places to eat along Jalan Batu Ferringhi. A garden-themed restaurant with Mediterranean-inspired interior décor, and an al fresco area with oil lamps casting a dim, romantic glow over the place, it is the perfect date-night (or wedding proposal) spot!
Whether it is the kitchen’s Asian dishes such as curry laksa (fat yellow noodles in a thick, spicy, savoury curry) or comforting western favourites like a juicy wagyu steak, everything is delicious. However, we like its fusion takes on classic dishes – think baked snapper stuffed into fluffy pastry, served with sautéed button mushrooms, and sprinkled with a thick reduction of raspberry and foie gras-infused butter.
- Opening Hours: 16:00 – 24:00
- Address: 34 A, B & C, Jalan Batu Ferringhi, Batu Ferringhi, Penang.
- Tel: +604 881 1193
Long Beach Food Court
If you are looking for simple hawker favourites, Long Beach Food Court is the best (and most popular) place to head to. You will find classic local dishes such as char kway teow (fried flat rice noodles with shrimp, bean sprouts and cockles) and satay (barbecue honey-glazed chicken skewers with spicy peanut sauce), but it is less spicy than what you find in regular kopitiams (coffee shops).
Besides Malaysian dishes, you can also order international stalwarts like pizza and Japanese tepanyaki. Do take note that the food is slightly more expensive than standard coffee shops, with a roll of deep fried popiah (fresh spring roll with julienne of carrots, steamed turnips, chilli sauce and sweet sauce, wrapped in a soft, paper-thin crepe) costing about RM3 – about one ringgit more than usual.
- Opening Hours: 18:00 – 23:00
- Address: Jalan Batu Ferringhi, Batu Ferringhi, Penang.
Ristorante Bella Italia Pizzeria
Dishing up hearty Italian classics with clever, contemporary interpretations, Ristorante Bella Italia Pizzeria really offers you a taste of ‘la dolce vita’ (the sweet life). Facing Golden Sands Resort, it is a casual space with an island-shack like look to it – think bamboo fencing walls, a straw-thatched roof and simple wooden tables and chairs. Meanwhile, the food is fantastic – the wood-fired pizzas are their specialities and we love the fact that they do not skimp on toppings – plus the pastas are also top notch. Our favourite is linguine aragosta and gamberoni, al dente pasta with a spicy, flavourful tomato-based sauce with chunks of lobster meat and prawns.
Our only complaint (if we really had to be honest) is the fact that there is no air conditioning: given the island’s humidity levels, you will not leave the table without sweating a little – however, we are certain you will be satisfied with the food.
- Opening Hours: 11:00 – 14:30; 17:30 – 23:00
- Address: 149, Jalan Batu Ferringhi, Batu Ferringhi, Penang
- Tel: +604 881 3741
Cool and contemporary, The Bungalow is a restaurant in Lone Pine Hotel that caters to all, with a menu of that ranges from titbits perfect for poolside snacking to hearty, comfort food like juicy, fat colonial-style steaks. It is divided into two sections – an indoor space and al fresco area, with décor of white tables and chairs that sit on black marble tiles, to create a look that is at once casual yet posh.
The kitchen relies a lot on ingredients available in region so its local fare is unquestionably fantastic – we highly recommend the wok fried noodles and Hainanese specialties. We are fans of assam curry fish – chunks of tender fish fillets in a thick, spicy, sour and savoury gravy made from okra, tomatoes and ginger: when eaten with plain white rice, it is simply marvellous!
- Opening Hours: 06:30 – 11:00 (breakfast); 11:00 – 23:00
- Address: Ground floor, Lone Pine Hotel, Jalan Batu Ferringhi
- Tel: +604 886 8566
Living Room Cafe Bar & Gallery
Set to the left of Ferringhi Garden, it is easy to overlook Living Room Café Bar & Gallery (or consider it a part of its flashier neighbour). Divided into an indoor space and al fresco section, it features the identical garden-theme with lots of potted plants surrounding its metal tables and wooden chairs, but this restaurant has paper lanterns to give it a slightly whimsical touch. Unpretentious and casual, it is very family-oriented and the food is, simply-put, comforting.
We highly recommend beef rendang, a Malay specialty of caramelised tender chunks of juicy meat seasoned with a combination of spices and served with a creamy, coconut-based curry. Living Room Café Bar & Gallery’s version is possibly the best we have ever had and is sure to attract repeat customers.
- Opening Hours: 10:00 – 15:00: 18:45 – 22:00 Thursday - Tuesday
- Address: 43-C Batu Ferringhi, 11100 Penang
- Tel: +6017 477 2148 or +6012 589 9136
If you have a hankering for curry or tandoori, Enca Café is the place to head to along Batu Ferringhi. There is a mix of traditional Indian cuisine as well as off-beat international types of food available. The ‘Indian’ side of the menu draws from all corners of the subcontinent – be prepared for hearty portions: we recommend the juicy, spicy and limey-flavoured chicken tikka masala, which goes great with the pillowy, butter naan. Also good is the pungent, burgundy-hued chicken curry, so slowly-cooked that the meat from the chicken practically slides from the bone.
Meanwhile, the ‘western’ portion of the carte du jour is varied – with classic dishes like chicken chop available, as well as exotic offerings such as burritos. We are big fans of the lamb chops, with luscious meat accompanied by thick, peppery gravy and served with a side of mash.
- Opening Hours: 09:00 – 24:00
- Address: 101-A, Jalan Batu Ferringhi, Batu Ferringhi, Penang
- Tel: +604 881 4101
Tamarind Brasserie @ Parkroyal
It is all about nature-inspired relaxation in the open air, modern Pan Asian-style Tamarind Brasserie. Lots of rattan furniture, ceiling fans, soft lighting and piped-in music make dining here an enjoyable experience, especially when coupled together with serving staff who are experienced and observant and easily able to make helpful recommendations.
Indulge in the buffet and dive into flavours from all corners of the globe from local favourites to offbeat international offerings from Algeria, Morocco and Turkey. We recommend Australian lamb rack – slowly-braised to result in fall-off-the-bone meat, just brimming with smoky taste – as well as the seafood selections such as fresh, quality giant Tiger prawns and tuna salad.
- Address: Parkroyal Hotel, Batu Ferringhi Beach
- Tel: +604 881 1133
Violet House Café
With a setting that is discreet and casual, Violet House Café is the perfect family restaurant with interior design that is chic and modern, and a menu that is varied enough that it might take you some time to make a selection. Some of the kitchen’s most interesting offerings are among the appetisers so we suggest starting out with sesame tuna tataki, fresh fish chunks served with wasabi mayo and mesclun salad, topped with a creamy sesame dressing.
Next up, whet your appetite from the mains section of the menu with fresh sea bass (almost-fluffy in consistency, though it is pan seared) served with buttery potatoes and drizzled with a saffron broth. We also sampled time-hallowed dishes such as duck confit, loaded with flavour and nuanced in its taste, as well as succulent lamb shank.
- Opening Hours: 08:00 – 15:00 and 18:00 – 22:00 Monday – Friday; 08:00 – 22:00 Saturday & Sunday
- Address: 188, Sri Sayang Apartment, Jalan Batu Ferringhi, Penang
- Tel: +604 881 1209
The Spice Market Cafe @ Shangri-La
Some call it home to the most extravagant buffet in Penang, while others laud it as the birthplace of fine dining along Batu Ferringhi. Whatever the case, The Spice Market will certainly not let you down, in terms of its sumptuous food and stunning surrounds. In keeping with its namesake, it is decorated in the style of a spice market, with gurney sacks, barrels and tubs of local spices placed at the entrance of the restaurant, and dark-hued wooden tables and chairs sitting on rough tiles under dim lighting. The exotic smells from the spices (the same kind used in dishes cooked in the restaurant) is tantalising enough, but the aroma of food wafting from the open-style kitchen is even more amazing.
Flavours from around the world are represented and it is not all about style here –there is also substance. If you are in the mood for classic comfort food, fill up on delicate, succulent strips of wagyu steak, with little more than some mashed potatoes to perfectly accompany it. However if you are in the adventurous mood, we recommend the beef satay (barbecued honey-glazed beef strips) and the Indian fish curry, with succulent chunks of meat in the thick, spicy and aromatic gravy.
- Opening Hours: 07:00 – 23:00
- Address: Garden Wing, Lobby Level, Shangri-La's Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa, Batu Ferringhi, Penang.
- Tel: +604 888 8888