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“Average Only”

Living Room Cafe Bar & Gallery
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $1 - $14
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Good for: Families with children, Dining on a budget, Kids, Local cuisine, Bar scene, Special occasions
Dining options: Late Night, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Sydney, Australia
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37 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Average Only”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 9, 2014

Batu Ferringhi in general is pretty awful. A great place if you like feeling as if you are having an authentic Penang food experience just because you are sitting on rickety chairs in a slightly grimy outdoor restaurant that is full of western tourists.

I can see why regulars love it as they are fawned over by the staff but if you are unfamiliar you don't get a second look.

Food is OK - quick efficient service. Chicken curry was nice but salty. Salt and pepper squid were frozen battered lumps served in an oversize martini glass....??

Milk shakes seemed popular but really who wants a milkshake when it is 35 degrees and 75% humidity? All that milk would curdle in your stomach! Milkshake and laksa anyone??

In a town of pretty poor options The Living Room is not bad but go with no expectations...

  • Visited July 2014
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Penang Island, Malaysia
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21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Nice dinner”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 8, 2014

Had dinner last night with husband and friends after hearing of good reviews. We reached there at 7pm and was attended to promptly. The restaurant was half occupied at that time. We ordered salt & pepper squid, thai style fish, sizzling beef, garlic prawns and pork ribs. All the dishes were tasty, except for the squid which was rather bland and came in a small portion. The beef was very tender and well seasoned, definitely my favourite. The ribs were tender too, portion was just enough for 1 person. Thai style fish was deep fried in batter and the sauce poured over it. The fish was boneless and very fresh though personally I would have preferred it not battered. For dessert, my friend and I tried the apple strudel in vanilla icecream which was more like an apple pastry. Not bad tasting but nothing like apple strudel!

All in all, we had a nice evening there. The place is not fancy but it is clean. Could have done with more fans though for better air circulation. Prices are reasonable for a tourist area. Will definitely visit again.

  • Visited July 2014
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Western Australia
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85 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
“Another tasty meal”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 8, 2014 via mobile

Our family thoroughly enjoyed our meal here. Amy is an excellent host and we enjoyed catching up with her after another year. Our meals were delicious- we had the pork ribs, salt and pepper squid, lemon chicken, noodles and a fish and chips. All washed down with a range of juices, wine and beer. We'll be back for lunch before we leave Penang.

Visited July 2014
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nsw,australia
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Can't beat the living room”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 8, 2014

A stay in batu ferringhi would not be complete without a meal or six at the living room.wonderful food,milkshakes to die for.service and hospitality second to none.well be back!!

  • Visited July 2014
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Melbourne, Australia
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11 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
“Great food, service and atmosphere”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 7, 2014

Came upon this Cafe Bar by accident on our second night in Penang after being served Horse and plastic at the Slow Rock Cafe on our first night (Do not go there!)
Needless to say our experience was worlds apart. The service was efficient and friendly, the wine pleasant and the food excellent. My son enjoyed the fried rice and beef which was served on a sizzling skillet table side, and I had the salt and pepper squid, which was tender and delicious followed by lemon chicken, equally flavourful and moist. The atmosphere is relaxed, with comfortable couches and artworks and full of foreigners and Malays alike,no doubt due to the excellent food and to continued good reviews on Trip advisor. Reasonably priced. Thoroughly recommended.

Visited July 2014
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