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Jawi House Cafe & Gallery

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$$ - $$$
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85 Armeniam Street, George Town, Penang Island 10200, Malaysia
+60 4-261 3680
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Wed - Mon 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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New York City, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

and beautiful interior! We came for a small lunch and had very tasty dishes! The cake was delicious, I never had such cake in Penang before! The staff is very friendly! Just a perfect place to go and we will definitely have lunch or dinner again at Jawi House!

Thank Susangermany
Toulouse, France
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This restaurant has an ‘olde worlde’ interior and is the perfect place to have a civilized, authentic Malaysian meal. It’s on a curve on Armenian Street, so it doesn’t tend to attract swarms of tourists. This said, if you’re dining alone, I suggest you go early – around 6 or 7pm. It will give you time to mull over the... More 

Thank dubaijournal
Carcassonne, France
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There are LOTS of places to eat in Georgetown but this was our favourite. Quiet ,calm ambience' lovely staff. Just excellent value GOOD food.Had to return.

Thank PaulNock
New York City, New York
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28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Good for lunch. Great location. Veggie dishes good. Service friendly but a bit slow. Lots of choices.

Thank Rob W
Singapore, Singapore
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23 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent food at affordable pride in this small restaurant. A local friend who is very knowable on the food scene in Penang brought us here. Visit upstairs. They have preserved it very well.

Thank goruca64
Penang Island, Malaysia
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58 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Quite good selection of dishes–traditional Jawi Peranakan, local comfort food and sandwiches. That said... I would go just for Jawi Bahmieh–a fantastic lamb stew; its meat falls off the bone. Even if it means I would probably have to park several blocks away from this restaurant as parking bays are hard to come by–it's worth it. Yummm!

Thank brommie-diver
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Simple, not pretentious, but delicious, in a comfy ambience. The place is perfect for a leisurely date for two. Service is very nice. We enjoyed the Jawi Lamb Bamieh - extremely tasty! It went well with the hummus as a side dish as well. For drinks, the Arabian sherbet was outstanding. For desert? Again, the creme caramel is totally unpretentious... More 

Thank rugiez
Butterworth, Malaysia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Must try the Red Velvet cream Cheese Dessert. Is great. The Nasi Bryiyani are nice. Just abit hard to find parking space.

1 Thank LinnaTeng
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I came all the way to taste Jawi Laksa after I saw the making of it on Ainsley Eats The Street on Discovery Travel; cooked by the chef himself. It is appetizing to see, what more the taste is delicious. It tastes fresh from the abundance of mint leaves, sourish too like the asam laksa counterparts despite the addition of... More 

1 Thank Nurhuda N
Phuket, Thailand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I visited during quiet lunch time. Service was friendly, restaurant has nice traditional decoration, bit of "home" feeling, not too fancy. I took rice with some veggies & tofu. It tasted great. Really nice set up & quality of food.

Thank kristiinasuvi

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$2 - $7
Cafe, Asian, Malaysian, Halal
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Wifi
Good for
Romantic, Local cuisine, Kids, Business meetings, Families with children, Special occasions, Large groups
Open Hours
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 85 Armeniam Street, George Town, Penang Island 10200, Malaysia
  • Location: Asia  >  Malaysia  >  Penang  >  Penang Island  >  George Town
  • Phone Number: +60 4-261 3680
Jawi House is a small family run cafe, which aims to revive and bring Jawi Peranakan cuisine to the world.

We are open for walk-in dining, group events, and well as catering.

In July 2014, we are open from 10am to 9pm (last order) everyday except Tuesday when we close. We are offering our special buka puasa menu during this time.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?