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Boatman Restaurant

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No. 46, Batu Ferringhi, Penang Island, Malaysia
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Barnsley, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We have been a regular visitor to the Boatman for the last 20+ years, and from the first visit we have never been disapointed, excelent on all fronts, meals, service and very freindly staff (all family) nothing too much trouble. They serve a good selection of both traditional Malay/Chinese and Western food (try the Lamb shank), keep up the good... More 

Thank Dalton100
Carshalton, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Excellent service so friendly Wonderful food , ice cold beer , and so inexpensive . As the restaurant is set so far back it needs to make more of the entrance as it could easily be mistaken for being closed We wanted to take friends there on Monday but it is the one day they are closed - pity

Thank jackieanney
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28 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were staying at the complex next door to this restaurant called "by the sea". We walked past The Boatman on several occasions and wasn't sure it was still even in business. However when walking past one evening we came across a person we knew and stopped to talk to them, as they were a local l asked their opinion... More 

Thank taubs
Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
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27 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We'd been staying in the south of the Island and decided to visit Batu Ferringhi. Arrived late morning with very little open in BF except this little gem. Quite a large sign out front but the restaurant is set well back from the street and we weren't sure the place was open as there were no other guests (sometimes a... More 

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Pampanga Province, Philippines
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59 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Stumbled across the Boatman one lunchtime whilst looking for something to eat. It would appear to be one of the very few places open during lunchtime in Batu Ferringhi. Met by a pleasant woman who assured us the restaurant was open. A very casual place with a very good menu and icy cold beer. Had beef Rendang, sweet N sour... More 

Thank Ocean_Ranger
Adelaide, Australia
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82 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 7, 2016 via mobile

What a great find! Pity we did not find it earlier,the food was not just good but the best tasted that week. I had chicken rendang, not too spicy but full of flavours that lingered after each mouthful , the beer super cold and the service delightful,we had a view of the kitchen,and saw all food being prepared fresh and... More 

Thank Peter L
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 16, 2016 via mobile

First went to this restaurant in 2002, it has changed a lot since then but what hasn't. Trying to get round to has many restaurants we can, now we have settled here to live so went back to the boatman last night. Early evening, not busy ,good greeting ,good menu good prices for touristy Batu.Had an excellent chicken curry kapitan... More 

Thank billios4466
Rhyl, United Kingdom
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2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2016

Went here after a friend's recommendation and was very pleased. It's a small simple restaurant but they are very pleasant and welcoming. The food was good and inexpensive. Good value all round. Worth visiting.

Thank Zoenga
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2016 via mobile

Highly recommended place. Staff super friendly. Food not too expensive and delicious. We went there yesterday for dinner, was bit quiet but we went early. Just next to night market. Good place if you want eat good food :)

Thank iza_w23
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2016 via mobile

Just up from ferringhi gardens we had breakfast here three times and it was delightful,staff wonderful price cheap and english breakfast superb (real bacon)

Thank colinwhitt

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Chinese, Asian, Malaysian
Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Dining on a budget, Kids, Families with children, Local cuisine, Large groups
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?