First and foremost, Penang Foodie would like to wish you Selamat Hari Raya Aidiladha! If you are returning to Penang to celebrate Festival of Sacrifice with your family, we have a list of eateries that are halal and pork-free cafes just for you! Hopefully, this Top 13 Muslim-Friendly Cafes & Restaurants in Penang will ease your trip!
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Top 10 Muslim-Friendly Eateries in Penang
If you are looking for food that touches your soul, taste some of their local favourites. All-time-favourite Ayam Penyet Nusantara comes with deep-friend chicken simmered in herb and served with blue-coloured rice, soup, crackers, and ulaman serving in congkak platter.
Address: Lagenda House & Cafe
Operating Hours: Opens daily, 11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
The minimal cafe serves homemade comfort food. Their sets include a main course, drink and dessert of the day. Try out their Nasi Lemak Ayam! It comes with aromatic coconut rice, golden fried chicken, boiled egg, slices of cucumber and spicy sambal.
Address: The Lengkuas Cafe
Operating Hours: Opens Monday to Saturday, 12:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
3. The Table
Mouth-watering Western food and a cosy atmosphere, you have to come here! They have many choices for you to select from! Taste their fish and chips, rib eye steak, lamb shoulder, and many more. Of course, they serve handcrafted coffee too!
Address: The Table
Operating Hours: Opens daily except Thursday, 6:00 p.m. – 12:00 p.m.
The restaurant serves Southern food, something that is hard to find in Penang! Dive into some of their specialties such as Johor Laksa, Mee Rebus Udang, Sambal Goreng, Nasi Lemak Bonda, Lontong, and many more! By the way, there’s a lot of art works in the restaurant!
Address: Kesum Art Restaurant
Operating Hours: Opens daily except Friday, 11:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
This Malay-cuisine restaurant is able to accommodate big groups of people. Perfect for family gatherings! They offer side dishes with rice. Try out their signature dishes, Kari Kepala Ikan, Ayam Pandan Berbungkus, Tauhu Claypot Muhibah and Ikan Siakap Bawang Putih Berkicap!
Address: D’Dapor Express
Operating Hours: Opens daily except Friday, 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
6. Areca Cafe
Located in a heritage-style building, the cafe offers Eurasian food. Think of Wafu Seafood Risotto, Five Spice Chicken Breast and Mushroom Trio! The cafe surely puts a lot of effort in their presentation as their food looks very visually-appealing, just like edible art!
Address: Areca Cafe
Operating Hours: Opens daily, Tuesday to Saturday, 8:00 a.m. -11:00 p.m., Sunday and Monday, 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
The beautifully decorated Wheeler’s Coffee serves hearty all-day-breakfasts and handcrafted coffee! Or, if you like food and coffee literally together, you can try their Espresso Chicken; chicken chop topped with a shot of espresso. Sweet endings include Matcha Lava Cake, one of the best in Penang, by the way!
Tag: Pork-Free; ingredients are halal sourced.
Address: Wheeler’s Coffee
Operating Hours: Opens daily, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m.
The cafe has beautiful bright yellow walls, antique furniture and intricate lighting hanging from above. Taste their briyani; an aromatic long grain basmati rice, layerd with herbs and spices served with dalca, raita, papadoms and fruit chutney. It comes with either prawn, lamb, beef or chicken.
Address: Jawi House Gallery Cafe
Operating Hours: Opens daily except Tuesday, 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
The Western cafe is known to have a reasonably priced menu. The cosy atmosphere cafe sells typical Western menu ranging from seafood, lamb, chicken, spaghetti, salads and more. Honey Oat Chicken Crisp is a highly recommended dish!
Address: Harvest In Cafe
Operating Hours: Opens daily except Sunday, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Their specialty dish, Signature Ink Pasta with King Prawns and Squid is only the reason you need to visit the minimalist cafe. It comes in a generous amount of pasta, golden prawns and slices of squid. Oh, they serve really good coffee too!
Address: More by Arang Coffee
Operating Hours: Opens daily, 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
11. The Twelve Cups
The friendly cafe serves smoothie bowls, yogurts, mille crepes and waffles! Order a Royal Chocolate Bowl, it comes with cocoa, banana, chopped almonds, chocolate curls, milk and oats. Or, waffles! Peanut Butter Waffles is made with homemade peanut butter sauce and vanilla ice-cream!
Address: The Twelve Cups
Operating Hours: Opens daily, Monday to Thursday, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – 12
:00 a.m., Sunday, 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
12. Merry Me
I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice-cream! Merry Me makes Malaysia Inspired Ice-Cream. Their flavours include Tau Fu Fah, Tau Sar Pneah, Teh Tarik, Kaya Toast and many more! If that is is not your cup of ice-cream, they have other desserts too! Yums!
Address: Merry Me
Operating Hours: Opens daily, 11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
13. Brown Pocket
Famous for their waffles and pancakes, both can be made either sweet or savoury! Try The Light Body, their signature waffle served with ice-cream and homemade tiramisu or even Spiced Apple, pancakes served with cinnamon apple, raisins, cranberries and ice-cream!
Address: Brown Pocket
Operating Hours: Opens daily, 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
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