Beyond assam laksa: the fine-dining restaurants that prove Penang is going to be Asia’s next big gourmet city
Even in its infancy, George Town’s fine-dining scene shows great promise. Singapore and Bangkok, watch out — Penang is gearing up for its time in the spotlight.
- March 2020
Char koay teow, nasi kandar, chendol … cheap and delicious street food has always been why foodies flock to Penang. But a fine-dining scene has been brewing. Here are four of George Town’s most promising and confident players.
1. Gen 根
Founded by two Johoreans, Gen 根 is a 20-seater that offers a progressive tasting menu of flavours inspired by local produce and the food memories of its chefs.
2. Restaurant Au Jardin
Located in a quaint warehouse at arts hub Hin Bus Depot, this 18-seater opens in new window offers a menu driven by a deep respect for local farmers. Expect seasonal ingredients transformed into modern European works of art.
3. Chin Chin Gastropub
The vibe at this modern Asian restaurant may be casual but the culinary finesse on display is on par with a fine-dining establishment. Go with the omakase — you are in good hands here.