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Boatman Restaurant

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No. 46, Batu Ferringhi, Penang Island, Malaysia
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Good for:
Families with children
Large groups
Local cuisine
Dining on a budget

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  • 79
    Excellent
  • 37
    Very good
  • 8
    Average
  • 0
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Beef Rendang

Excellent food, what a find in Penang, way down towards the Hard Rock Hotel, just after the mosque, you nearly miss it. The staff are very friendly and the food especially the beef rending is the best we had. Very popular with the ex pats and English visitors who return year after year, and they... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 31, 2015
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Redcar, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
  • Dining on a budget
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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125 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Redcar, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
57 reviews 57 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015 NEW

Excellent food, what a find in Penang, way down towards the Hard Rock Hotel, just after the mosque, you nearly miss it. The staff are very friendly and the food especially the beef rending is the best we had. Very popular with the ex pats and English visitors who return year after year, and they were all so friendly. Good... More 

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Northampton, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW via mobile

Just spent 8 weeks in Penang we ate at the Boatman most nights. We were never disappointed great food every night. Have dined there for years and never had a bad meal,hopefully we will eat again there next year. Thanks to all the staff.

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Suedlohn, Germany
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19 reviews 19 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

We went there for lunch almost every day. The food (mainly malay) is very good, staff is very friendly. You can have a look into the kitchen and see that even the spring rolls are freshly prepared

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Brisbane, Australia
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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

First time here for meals went 2 years ago but only for drinks too late to order food. This time we booked in advance and it was worth it lovely food we all had great meals really nice will go again

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Food and service impeccable -very well priced the only place that gave me 'dry noodles ' no sauce just past the Ferringhi Gardens

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Barnsley, United Kingdom
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

Always eat and drink here. Tried a number of other restaurants and never had a bad meal at any of them but Hok, Lay Pheng, May and the rest of the staff at the Boatman make this a home from home. Excellent food and hospitality.

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Maybole, United Kingdom
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150 reviews 150 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

Located at the far end of Batu-Ferringi this is a reasonable priced restaurant serving both Chinese and Western food it is licensed and on the time we went you could bring in your own wine, you can eat outside or in and the restaurant is licensed the fish is always worth asking for if it is full you can try... More 

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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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557 reviews 557 reviews
270 restaurant reviews
315 helpful votes 315 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

You can always rely on Boatman Restaurant to offer tasty dishes in a casual environment by hospitable staff. The environment is a bit messy due to the building activities concerning the access road to to brand new "By the Sea" complex, but the restaurant is still the same. You can choose to sit outside, or inside the restaurant structure. I... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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43 reviews 43 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

No frills but decent food and service. Juice drinks with ice acceptable quality (not always the case in Batu Ferrringhi). Started with prawn cocktails (a blast from the 60's) a bit unconventional served with chopped apple and a bit of salad with some passable seafood sauce on side. Had a whole steamed fish coked to our requested spicy spec. and... More 

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

The boatman is situated between the Mosque and the new block of flats being built between the Park Royal and the Hard Rock Hotel. A longish walk from the Golden Dands but worth it. The menu is mainly Chinese but with Western options. The food is excellent. The staff not only remember you but even what you had before. The... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: No. 46, Batu Ferringhi, Penang Island, Malaysia
  • Location: Asia  >  Malaysia  >  Penang  >  Penang Island

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Chinese

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget

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