“Sorry we’re closed during Chinese New Year,” “we’ll resume our business from Day 5 onward”. This is the tradition of Chinese, calling from one restaurant to another ahead just to get a table for Reunion or Chinese New Year. Often times restaurants will disappoint you, they’re either fully booked or closed. We saw some of you asking on our page to recommend restaurants in Penang for Chinese New Year, and here we are, giving you the list of restaurants or buffet for Chinese New Year 2018 in Penang.
Restaurants in Penang for Chinese New Year in 2018
1. Hua Hee Restaurant
Located in Sungai Ara, Hua Hee is an air-conditioned, clean place for chu char. This might not be the ideal place for typical Chinese New Year course meal but hey, you’ll not be restricted with price and choices of dishes. You can order want you want here, whether be it simple home-cooked dishes or seafood, Hua Hee has it all. What’s best is that you don’t have to face cut-throat prices, great restaurant in Penang for Chinese New Year.
Opens at Chor 2 ( the 2nd day of CNY)
Address: 4c-1, Tingkat Kenari, Taman Desaria, Sungai Ara, 11900 Bayan Lepas, Pulau Pinang.
Operating Hour: 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m., 6 p.m.-9:30 p.m. (Daily)
2. Farquhar Mansion
Foodies, this is on top of our list. We all know that a table at a Chinese restaurant for this festive season ain’t cheap, the price is super cut-throat but the quality is below average. We have no choice but to take it because elsewhere would be the same, so why not try something different this year? Splurge a little more and dine at Farquhar Mansion, a fine dine place well known for its quality. Their menu is specially designed for Chinese New Year, combining both Western and Eastern. Even their Yu Shang stands out from the crowd, carefully plated.
Address: 33, Lebuh Farquhar, George Town, Malaysia.
Operating Hour: 12 p.m.-3 p.m., 6 p.m.-1 a.m.
Contact: 019-5288 933
3. Foong Wei Heong Restaurant
Voted as one of the best chinese restaurants in Penang, Foong Wei is well-known by the locals. Similar to Hua Hee, they’re also a chu char place, but prices could range from middle to high depending on the dishes. Make sure to try out their Peking Duck that comes with popiah skin to wrap the duck together with their sauce, so good. Be prepared to queue or make reservation to avoid disappointment, the restaurant is always crowded.
Address: 25, Jalan Penang & Jalan Sri Bahari, George Town, 10050 George Town, Pulau Pinang.
Operating Hour: 11:45 a.m.–2:15 p.m., 5:45 p.m.–9:30 p.m. (Daily)
4. Kota Dine & Coffee
Tired of having the same old Chinese style Reunion or Chinese New Year? Bring your family and friends to Kota then. Not only Kota serves traditional Peranakan cuisine with a modern twist, it is also set in a historical landmark, Fort Cornwallis. Take a stroll in there to learn some history and dine in Kota, they have curated a Chinese New Year menu just for you. Their Chinese New Year menu is unique, mixing both Chinese and Peranakan elements.
Address: Jalan Tun Syed Sheh Barakbah, 10200 Georgetown, Penang.
Operating Hour: 10:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m.
5. New CRC Restaurant
Why “new” ? That’s because CRC has two restaurants with the same name, the old one nestled in CRC Club and the one we’re talking about, is located right opposite CRC Club. CRC restaurant is no stranger to locals, the restaurant takes up one of the most bookings for Chinese New Year each year. The food is great and service is fast, and they have menus especially for this celebration. Plus, they’re open during Reunion and First Day of Chinese New Year. No doubt this is one of the best restaurants in Penang for Chinese New Year.
Address: 22 Jalan Pangkor, Penang, Malaysia.
Operating Hour: 10 a.m.-10 p.m. (Daily)
6. Maple Palace
Opened its door back in September 2009, Maple Palace Chinese Restaurant is a fine dining restaurant in Penang, Malaysia that offers exquisite Chinese and local cuisine as well as warm hospitality in a rustic, historically preserved building. If you want a place that is fancy enough to meet your high standard, Maple Palace is the place. Unfortunately, they’re closed on the First Day of Chinese New Year, but don’t worry you could still dine in on the Second Day 6 p.m. onward. Their Chinese New Year menu looks promising, this is probably one of the best restaurants in Penang for Chinese New Year in terms of food and ambience.
Address: 47, Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah, 10050 Penang, Malaysia.
Operating Hour: 12 p.m.-2:30 p.m., 6 p.m.-10 p.m.
More Information: http://www.maplepalace.com/chinese-new-year-menu
7. Jade Palace Restaurant
This is by far the most convenient restaurant in Penang for Chinese New Year because it’s located in a mall. That’s right, Jade Palace is tucked in Gurney Paragon Mall, so parking won’t be a hassle. Plus, you could have some shopping done before or right after meal with your friends and relatives, best of both world. They have the private room for special occasions but on Reunion and Chinese New Year where the restaurant will be flooded, they’ll open up the rooms and make it into one hall. Their service and food are no doubt a thumbs up.
Address: Lot 163D Level3 &4, Paragon Mall, Jalan Kelawai, 10250, Pulau Pinang
Operating Hour: 12 p.m.-10:30 p.m.
8. May Garden Palace Restaurant
Located right next to Cititel Hotel, May Garden is always flocked with both locals and tourists as the food there has always been good and will not disappoint. Some of the favorites are Black Chicken Soup, Suckling Pig, Steam Fish and the multi-colored Agar Agar. Don’t forget to order their Wonder Pot (盆菜) and Monk Jump Over The Wall (佛跳墙), it’s a Chinese New Year must-have to promote health and prosperity. Again, they’re closed on the First Day of Chinese New Year, but there’s a reason why we include May Garden in our list, it’s really good. You can still make reservations or Second Day right?
Address: 70, Jalan Penang, George Town, 10000 George Town, Pulau Pinang.
Operating Hour: 12 p.m.-10 p.m. (Daily)
Buffets in Penang for Chinese New Year
1. Golden Sands Resort by Shangri-La
Celebrate the Lunar Chinese New Year in tropical style with delicious food, exciting entertaining performances and activities at Golden Sands Resort. Chinese New Year only happens once a year, of course, we need to bring our relatives and friends to some of the best places in Penang. This year, Golden Sands Resort has not come up with one or two Chinese New Year buffets, but five at two different locations ! Set in Garden Cafe or Sigi’s Grill Bar, you can select their buffets based on your preferences.
Address: Jalan Batu Ferringhi, Kampung Tanjung Huma, 11100 George Town, Pulau Pinang.
Contact: 04-291 3037
2. Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa
Want to impress your relatives or friends by bringing them to somewhere fancy at the same time fail-proof ? Rasa Sayang is your best choice. Set by the beach, Rasa Sayang is a five-star luxurious resort equipped with professionals to serve you the best. Their chefs are experts and have years of experience in their field, using only quality ingredients and a humble heart. This year, Rasa Sayang has come up with three different buffets in conjunction with this festive season. So make your reservations now and you wont be disappointed.
Address: Batu Feringgi Main Road, Jalan Batu Feringgi, 11100 Batu Feringgi, Pulau Pinang.
3. DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Penang
In conjunction with Chinese New Year, the new addition in Batu Ferringhi introduced their Chinese New Year Buffet. Happening in Makan Kitchen, Double Tree has come out with three different types of Chinese New Year Menu. They are Reunion Buffet Dinner, Chinese New Year Buffet Dinner, and Chinese New Year Weekend Hi-Tea Buffet. They not only serve Chinese cuisine, but also Western and Local delicacies. Each buffet comes with a complimentary Prosperity Salmon Yee Sang and they have special offers for children as well.
Address: 56 Jalan Low Yat, 11100 Batu Ferringhi, Penang, Malaysia.
More Information: https://www.facebook.com/DoubleTreePG/
4. Hard Rock Hotel Penang
Further down DoubleTree is Hard Rock Hotel, a luxurious 4-star hotel in Penang. The hotel offers two types of buffet menu for those seeking for a gathering place for Reunion and Chinese New Year. Both buffets consist of cold and hot plates as well as fusion as they not only serve Chinese cuisines but Japanese, Western and Italian as well. Rockin’ Reunion Buffet Dinner is priced at RM138 nett and RM69 nett for both adult and kids, while Rock of Prosperity Buffet Dinner is priced at RM128 neet and RM 64 nett.
Address: Jalan Batu Ferringhi, 11100 George Town, Pulau Pinang.
More Information: http://penang.hardrockhotels.net/offers/cny-offerings/
Contact: 04-8868 057
5. Vistana Hotel
Fully refreshed in 2014, Vistana Hotels offer new vibes with updated rooms maximizing on comfort and practicality. Besides all the upgrades, they do also updated their menu. Each year, Vistana would come up with different menus in conjunction with different celebrations, especially Chinese New Year. It seems like this year’s menu remains secret but you could always contact them for more information and reservations.
Address: 213 Jalan Bukit Gambir,11950, Bukit Jambul, Penang, Malaysia.
Contact: 04-646 8000
6. Three Sixty Revolving Restaurant @ Bayview Hotel
Looking for great environment while celebrating Reunion and Chinese New Year? In here, you can experience a 360 view of Penang while dining with your friends and relatives. From cold to hot, 360 has all the essential dish of Chinese New Year as well as fusion delicacies such as Nyonya and local dishes. Their buffet is available from 15 to 21 February at the price of RM 88++, that sounds like a steal !
Address: 25, Lebuh Farquhar, George Town, 10200 George Town, Pulau Pinang.
More Information: https://360rooftop.com.my/chinese-new-year-dinner-penang/#forward
7. Berjaya Hotel Penang
8. Hotel Jen Penang
Address: Jalan Magazine, 10300 George Town, Pulau Pinang.
Contact: 04-262 2622
More Information: https://www.hoteljen.com/penang/georgetown/offers/details/taste/chinese-new-year-at-cafe-jen/
Happy Chinese Near Year Everyone!
We hope our list would come handy to you Foodies out there looking for restaurants in Penang for Chinese New Year. Indeed, Chinese New Year sounds like a hassle with lots of preparation but it only happens once a year. It’s time to get back to your family and have some bonding time together. Don’t forget to follow us on Penang Foodie for more updates.