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“Best food we had on our 2 week Malaysian holiday!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Boatman Restaurant

Boatman Restaurant
No. 46, Batu Ferringhi, Penang Island, Malaysia
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Ranked #20 of 991 Restaurants in Penang Island
Cuisines: Chinese
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Australia
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“Best food we had on our 2 week Malaysian holiday!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2013

Ate at the Boatman Restaurant tonight and wish we'd found it earlier!! The staff were so welcoming and friendly. We ordered the spring rolls, chicken and cashew stir fry, and the chicken penang kapitan curry. I would highly recommend all of these dishes! The spring rolls were home made, delicious, and huge!! The chicken and cashew had an amazing flavour with fresh vegetables cooked to perfection. The curry was absolutely to die for! Our favourite food of the whole trip, would highly recommend the Boatman. The only downside was the food did take a little while to arrive, but the flavour definitely made up for this delay.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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north east england
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20 reviews 20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
“still as good as ever”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2013

This restaurants continues to be one of our favourites , just back from batu ferringhi , and had several meals there, the service ,quality of food , and atmosphere is excellent , to be a little critical the menu does not change much from year to year, but always worth waiting for . Sometimes the local mosque has the volume up to high , and there issome new building going up next door , but it does not distract from eating there , and always value for money.Although it is situated on the teluk bahang end of town lots of customers go there from the bay view park royal , holiday inn , all within striking distance .

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Rochester, New York
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Once In A While Is OK!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2013

Ordered Chinese foods and overall the taste was good. Tom Yam soup is just slightly over than average and nothing WOW. If you are not local and wanted to try a local Chinese food at Batu Ferringhi area this is the place you should go.

Reminder:
You have to wait for about 30-45 minutes for your foods arrive on your table.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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South West France
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61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
“Excellent food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2013 via mobile

This restaurant is located at the Teluk Pahang end of Batu Ferringhi, next to the mosque and the new apartment block being built.
Not much to look at from the outside but quite nice inside.
Service is excellent as is the food, a very varied menu, the beef rendang is the best I have had and the T-bone steak at 40 ringitt is very good as was the snapper with garlic butter.
Spring rolls for starters were good and the banana/pineapple fritter were also.
One of the better and less expensive restaurants in Batu, avoid the Lebanese restaurants that have sprung up, our experience is not good service and pricey.

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“Boatman Restaurant”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2013

I found that the Boatman Restaurant was such good value with a very friendly service. I had lunch dinner and breakfast there several times and was always pleased with the quality price of the meal and always service with a smile

Visited February 2013
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