5 Indian Restaurants in George Town, Penang
August 6, 2014
Follow Marco Ferrarese’s quick guide to Penang’s Little India, to eat like a local and hunt
down the best dishes among a smorgasbord of excellent food choices.
Published on Aug 6, 2014
Outside Restoran Kapita
It’s hard to top the quality of this North Indian staple dish on offer at Restoran Kapitan (93 Lebuh Chulia, George Town; +60 4 264 1191; meal for two from RM25). Perfectly baked tandoori chicken chops are served atop warm naan with a side of mixed curries. Check out the street view from the veranda or head upstairs for air-con and a more intimate dining experience.
The best South Indian entrees in town are grilled to order outside the entrance of Veloo Vilas (22 Lebuh Penang, George Town; +60 4 262 4369; dinner for two RM10), an Indian Tamilowned restaurant that makes up for its bare bones ambience with an array of delicious snacks. The rawa dosa—a crispier version of the South Indian crêpe—is delectable, but come early before it is all gobbled up.
BANANA LEAF DISHES
Banana leaf dishes at Top One Cafe
Set at the northern edge of the Little India cluster, Top One Cafe (67 Lebuh Pantai, George Town; +60 4 264 3405; dinner for two RM18) looks ordinary, but in fact their kitchen cooks up outstanding traditional South Indian banana leaf meals. Try their daily choice of vegetarian set menus with white rice and crispy papadum, or spice it up by adding chicken and mutton curries.
Few dare to dispute the mouth-watering goodness of Madras New Woodlands (60 Lebu Penang, George Town; +60 4 263 9764; dinner for two RM22), a cozy vegetarian restaurant with reasonable prices. Its series of self-proclaimed “tongue tickler” dishes includes all the most beloved North Indian specialties. Savor the creamy curries, like aloo mutter, over crunchy naan.
Sri Ananda Bahwan kebabs and tandoori
A plum in the center of Little India, Sri Ananda Bahwan (55 Lebuh Penang, George Town; srianan dabahwan.com; dinner for two RM18) serves up a finger-licking-good veggies, but it’s the meaty North Indian menu that truly shines. Their mutton or chicken korma, tikka masala and tandoori barbecue meals sing with spice blends so fragrant your nose may get jealous of your mouth.