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Boatman Restaurant

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No. 46, Batu Ferringhi, Penang Island, Malaysia
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Melbourne, Australia
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19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We ate at this restaurant 4 times in two weeks and got to know the owner (May) very well during this time. She explained the delicious menu to us if needed, the service was great, quick or if you wished to spend time over your meal it was no poroblem. The food was fresh looked very appetising and we enjoyed... More 

Thank Glenys P
Brisbane, Australia
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6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

After a recommendation from one of the staff at the Bayview hotel, we tried out the Boatman restaurant, yes the decor might be a little outdated however the food was delicious. We had to go back for a second visit. Was definitely the best place we ate at in Batu Ferringhi.

Thank wooharty
Karratha, Australia
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A great place for quality food. We had a full breakfast and it was the best we had in 2 weeks in Batu Ferringhi. Thoroughly recommend this restaurant.

Thank paul9846
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Service was friendly and prompt. Informal outdoor and indoor seating arrangements. high chair available for babies. was perfect for dinner but might get a bit too warm during noon as heat from open kitchen also adds to the temperature. Banana fritters and banana pancake were awesome.

Thank roshu6682
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Old style looking inside the restaurant. Served by a friendly owner. Having a delicious Chinese and Western food at there. Must try their Tomyan soup and sizzling pork.

Thank Robin L
Melbourne, Australia
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2016 via mobile

Delicious quick and tasty. Service was friendly and reasonably priced. Would definitely recommend it. The setting is simple but clean.

Thank unusedscreenname123
Sheffield, United Kingdom
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39 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2016

We went here twice in a week. Very nice food , friendly and quick service. There were locals in when we attended on both evenings. It was close to our hotel and near the market. Cannot fault food , good value for money and menu choices for all the family.

Thank burty29
Melbourne, Australia
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37 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2016 via mobile

We ate at the restaurant a number of times during our stay. Unfortunately the food is not consistent - our last meal I would rate as inedible. One would expect a Penang beef curry to have lovely tender meat that has been braising for hours, instead the meat appeared to be a lump of leather heated in a wok with... More 

Thank Hotelsurveyqueen
Kent UK
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45 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2016

Returning guests to Batu ferringhi Penang and this place never disappoints. Friendly service and great food. the menu is varied and the Chinese cannot be faulted. OK its not the plushest of surroundings but compares well with many similar establishments on decor/tables. The thing that wins this place over is the quality of the food-its great and not expensiveand we... More 

Thank ollymac_9_10
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58 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2016

Restaurant has a menu which includes Asian and Western food and there is enough choice even for the fussiest of eaters. It is a family run restaurant and you need to get there by around 7 pm as it seems the locals come for their evening meals so can get very busy and it is not a large restaurant. It... More 

Thank Lesley C

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Chinese, Asian, Malaysian
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Local cuisine, Large groups, Families with children, Dining on a budget
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: No. 46, Batu Ferringhi, Penang Island, Malaysia
  • Location: Asia  >  Malaysia  >  Penang  >  Penang Island

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