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78, Penang Road, George Town, Penang Island, Malaysia
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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
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This restaurant used to be packed to the brim. Then had a fall from grace due to neglect for a few years. It has since improved much. I come here on and off. I love the plate of mixed vegetables best. All dishes served here are generally good.

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 3, 2015
kiangtravellar
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George Town, Malaysia
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22 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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93 reviews 93 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

Enjoyed a delicious lunch with chinese friends on holiday in Georgetown, Penang. Fantastic personal service and food delicious.

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Lancashire, England
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142 reviews 142 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
135 helpful votes 135 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

I should have know when there were just 3 other diners in this place at 8.30 pm. We were immediately served tea and a small plate of nuts while we looked at the menu and ordered a drink. It is rare for me not to find anything that I liked the look of but both my companion and I decided... More 

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Penang Island, Malaysia
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64 reviews 64 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015 via mobile

We were here on a Chinese New Year Reception and had a 8 course dinner. The restaurant was packed and our first impression was: Chaotic, unorganized and loud. Somehow the staff managed to get the food on our table and it was pretty decent tasting, but not more.

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George Town, Malaysia
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22 reviews 22 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015 via mobile

This restaurant used to be packed to the brim. Then had a fall from grace due to neglect for a few years. It has since improved much. I come here on and off. I love the plate of mixed vegetables best. All dishes served here are generally good.

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London, United Kingdom
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38 reviews 38 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015 via mobile

We love Chinese crispy noodles and were enticed into this restaurant by the photograph outside showing our favourite dish. Whilst what turned up was edible and (just) ok it bore no resemblance to the picture and the noodles were pretty submerged under a plateful of gloop. The waiter had difficulty carrying it without spilling. They pour you tea as soon... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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82 reviews 82 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

At about US$25 per head for a full 9-course dinner including a combination cold dish, sharks fin soup (I did NOT do the ordering as I don't do sharks fin), steamed snapper, whole suckling pig, this place is great value considering that Malaysia is no longer a cheap place for dining. Do not expect great ambience as this place is... More 

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Penang Island, Malaysia
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72 reviews 72 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
105 helpful votes 105 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

It was my first visit to the restaurant together with my superiors and business associates. We let the restaurant management decide on the menu and we were surprised by their choices of dishes. They served us seafood kerabu and deep fried pastry with salted egg yolk as appetizer. Main dishes were - stir fry Iberico pork, thai style curry with... More 

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Cairns, Australia
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82 reviews 82 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

This was recommended to us by our tour guide. We had spring rolls and suckling pig. The food was GREAT. The service was a little over the top, we had five people waiting on us. All for only $20.00 Australia dollar

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Penang, Malaysia
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 via mobile

We went inside I had abad feeling about the place and the food was edible but the worst Chinese I have ever had. I live in Australia and Chinese is part of our culture. The food was ordinary and expensive for Penang. Definitely a trap.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

We have 8 courses Chinese New Year dinner there. The foods are terrible. Tasteless and ingredients are not fresh. Service are very bad and the restaurant hires foreign workers to serve its customers. Our suckling pig was wrongly serve to other table and serve us the same suckling pig. The restaurant reluctant to change the new suckling pig for us.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 78, Penang Road, George Town, Penang Island, Malaysia
  • Location: Asia  >  Malaysia  >  Penang  >  Penang Island  >  George Town

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Chinese

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