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Boatman Restaurant

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No. 46, Batu Ferringhi, Penang Island, Malaysia
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Dining options: Breakfast, Dessert, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 82
    Excellent
  • 38
    Very good
  • 8
    Average
  • 0
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  • 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
Every cuisine you can think off

Went looking for somewhere quiet and clean and weren't dissapointed. Food was excellent and I went for a Malaysian curry which was medium and it was that but lovely flavours and I'm a critic but couldn't fault it. Definitely worth a visit and staff very polite and helpful

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 14, 2015
Eleri Anne J
Good for:
  • Large groups
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
  • Dining on a budget
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129 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

Went looking for somewhere quiet and clean and weren't dissapointed. Food was excellent and I went for a Malaysian curry which was medium and it was that but lovely flavours and I'm a critic but couldn't fault it. Definitely worth a visit and staff very polite and helpful

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Brisbane, Australia
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

We Had The english Full Breakfast @ 22myr, Service Was Impecable, Would Like To Try Asian Cooking (lunch/dinner), It Was Good Only Thing Would Be How You Personally Like It Cooked (grilled/poached/fried Etc) And I.m Sure They Would Do Best To Cook To Individusl Taste.

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

This restaurant is good food cooked individually always hot they do Chinese, Malay and some English food. Nothing is too much trouble for them long may they continue. Kathy and Peter

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Kent UK
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36 reviews 36 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

Returning visitors to Penang and the Boatman does not disappoint. Located near Mosque it has tablesd outside or under cover. Menu is varied and excellent Service always great with friendly staff Drinks cold and there is a choice of beers or wine Prices are very reasonable and the food cannot be faulted. They even spiced up a noodle dish for... More 

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Redcar, United Kingdom
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57 reviews 57 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

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 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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24 reviews 24 reviews
23 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
18 helpful votes 18 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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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: Large groups, Families with children, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget

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