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Boatman Restaurant

No. 46, Batu Ferringhi, Penang Island, Malaysia
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Ranked #20 of 991 Restaurants in Penang Island
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • Japanese first
  • Any
English first
Nottingham, United Kingdom
Contributor
12 reviews 12 reviews
9 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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Melbourne
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014 via mobile

Really friendly service & great food. A good selection of local cuisine, especially the Rendang & Penang curries. Prices are less than half than at the hotels and taste infinitely better. There's something for everyone's taste, beef, chicken, seafood, rices, noodles, soups etc. And unlike the hotels, the beer is cold.

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Penang, Malaysia
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

Inexpensive and very tasty food...staff very accommodating Does Malay and Chinese food. Unfortunately right next to the mosque so not so quite at prayer time

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2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

My wife and I were excited to try this place after rave reviews from her parents (who lived in Penang for several years). What a great experience. The food and service was outstanding. We had our 16 month old son with us and the lovely ladies working on the night played with him and kept him entertained to allow my... More 

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Penang, Malaysia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

My husband and I have just had a meal at the Boatman Restaurant Batu Ferringhi. I had the beef rendang.It was one of the best curries I have had in a restaurant for a very long time. The curry had so much flavour I could taste all the spices and the meat was tender. My husband had the kway teow... More 

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Derby
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 via mobile

This restaurant can be easily missed, and looks nothing from the road but is well worth a visit! Mai and her staff will be only too pleased to cook up a treat for you and the price will leave you feeling very happy' Great friendly atmosphere and many returning guests. Well worth a visit

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Actually easy to find but set back off the street. The staff were the friendliest we'd met all holiday. The food was beautifully cooked and they offered to make the curries slightly less hot for the children (we had them at normal spiciness and they were just fine). Very genuine and it was nice to be away from the roadside.... More 

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Prague
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17 reviews 17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Great tasty food at this restaurant/cafe.Friendly staff. This would have to be the cleanest establishment in the whole of Penang; a credit to the owners and staff.

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Middlesex, United Kingdom
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24 reviews 24 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Someone in our hotel recommended this restaurant, not very nice looking from the outside but food was ok. We had Chinese but it was more for tourist and not authentic Chinese food. The mosque was right next door so the whole meal was eaten while the prayers were said on the loud speaker as it is Ramadan. The lady who... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014 via mobile

This is a restaurant that is a favourite for Aussies in Penang. It has an excellent menu and out shines the flashy neighbouring restaurants, including the hotels. Not just in price and value but quality of the dishes. There was seven of us and a complete range of dishes all excellent even specially requested vegetarian dish. Penang Curry with Lemon... More 

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

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