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Boatman Restaurant

No. 46, Batu Ferringhi, Penang Island, Malaysia
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Ranked #10 of 874 restaurants in Penang Island
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Cuisines: Chinese
Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
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  • English first
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English first
Penang Island, Malaysia
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 NEW

May and her staff run this friendly little cafe style restaurant. Always a good selection of the best food, wine, beer, etc. The best spring rolls in Batu Ferringhi but mind you don't bite into a red-hot chilli without having a glass of iced water on standby!

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Sittingbourne
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35 reviews 35 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

Was was taken to this restaurant by our son who lives in Batu Ferringhi. Although we visited other restaurants during our stay, this was definitely our favourite. The food was consistently excellent and varied. It is also a favourite with long stay ex-pats, so that says a lot. The staff - although consistently busy (the restaurant is always full) -... More

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Northampton, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014 via mobile

Just returned home after spending six weeks in Penang we ate at the Boatman most nights,every meal was superb wether it was Chinese or western cuisine.The chef and owner Hock is a fantastic chef.Thanks to all the staff for great food and service,can't wait to get back next year.

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Perth, Australia
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31 reviews 31 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

They had great fish you can change what you have it with fried rice or salad and the best thing is western toilets and they are clean that says a lot about a restaurant

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nottingham
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24 reviews 24 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

We visited this restaurant on a holiday to Penang and were so pleased that we found it. The meals were first class and the staff so friendly. Our first visit we had to wait 3 days before we could get a booking so that speaks for itself how popular it is. The portions were substantial and all the food freshly... More

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sussex england
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2014

Really had some wonderful food the sizzling prawns were wunderbar breakfasts equally good and staff very friendly we downed a few tigers then ventured back to our rented apartment ..

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Midlands
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54 reviews 54 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2014

This is a local Chinese restaurant where it took us 3 days to get in at night to eat! Extensive menu. Friendly staff. Best toilets outside out hotel !!!!!!! So good in every way, we went back to celebrate our last night in Penang.

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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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183 restaurant reviews
189 helpful votes 189 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2014

I had a feeling that the staff of Boatman had read my previous review, because efforts had been made to enhance the visibility of the restaurant with a new sign board and an electronic display, Furthermore, a "barker" was on duty, a very friendly, humorous and successful "barker" I must say, because almost every passer by he approached, was convinced... More

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Georgetown, Malaysia
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53 reviews 53 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2014

The Boatman is a real little gem of a restaurant which is tucked away in the centre of Batu Ferringhi, not far from the Ferringhi Garden Restaurant. Places like this are such a treat to come across. It is in a good location, has seating both inside and out and serves a wide variety oriental and western food for lunch... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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26 reviews 26 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2014

We walked past this restaurant a couple of times, until we saw the trip advisor rating, it looks like an average cafe bar at best, very low key, we tried it and had to go back, it is a great combination of fantastic food and awesome and friendly service, this really is a place to try if you are in... More

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