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“Great food, friendly staff”
Review of Boatman Restaurant

Boatman Restaurant
Ranked #57 of 1,698 Restaurants in Penang Island
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Chinese
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Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups, Families with children, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Breakfast, Reservations
Whakatane, New Zealand
Level 2 Contributor
4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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“Great food, friendly staff”
Reviewed September 16, 2013

The Boatman Restaurant in Batu Ferringhi, Penang has to be one of the best eating places at the beach. You can find it between the new mosque and next door to the By The Sea condominium being built. What it lacks in ambiance it makes up for with excellent food and friendly staff and very reasonable prices. Example: three people dining; pan-fried snapper with garlic butter; pawn fritter for one; peach melba for two; banana split for one; one beer, one iced lemon tea, two cans of lemonade. Cost: RM91 which is about $36 New Zealand. Beat that if you can! The Boatman has an extensive menu of Chinese, Malay and Western food. Order a glass of wine and you get a full glass, not just a half glass. Mae, who will serve you, will always remember your last order!

  • Visited August 2013
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English first
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15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Great food Great service”
Reviewed September 3, 2013

Had a really good value local meal here. The restaurant was quiet and doesn't look much from the road but it is a great value and authentic experience. Definitely worth a visit!

  • Visited June 2013
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1 Thank Rosco_syd
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England
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Friendly staff and good food”
Reviewed August 27, 2013

After reading the reviews on tripadvisor we decided to try it out. Initially we were a little hesitant by the exterior but don't let that put you off! The staff were really friendly and the food was lovely - especially the sizzling hot plates. The price was reasonable and wine was available.

  • Visited August 2013
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1 Thank Orangutangirl
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Penang
Level 3 Contributor
19 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“we love the boatman”
Reviewed August 26, 2013

This is the cleanest local cafe come resturant in Batu, from the wonderful breakfasts to light lunches and great atmosphere in the evening, never will you be disappointed with the freshly cooked food, service by friendly owners and staff, who welcome diners back year after year, tell them how you like it and that is how you will get it nothing is a problem ....

Visited August 2013
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Thank lengkok
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Adelaide, Australia
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Good value dining in Batu Ferringhi”
Reviewed August 25, 2013

We have been to the Boatman several times , the first time for breakfast , it is most definitely the best breakfast in Penang , certainly value for money. We have also been a number of times for dinner several time and would highly recommend it. The staff are always very friendly , May looks after all her guests very well , nothing is too much trouble.

  • Visited August 2013
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Thank Vic H
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