10 romantic restaurants in Penang

Updated: 17 Feb 2014

Stop racking your brains on where to wine and dine your loved one in Penang. Su Aziz has it all sorted for you and in different categories too!

Romance with a View
The View
When you pair French flavours with a sweeping view of Penang and its newly completed second bridge, it has to come to only one thing – intoxication. In a good way, we mean! This restaurant within Hotel Equatorial Penang is probably one of Bukit Jambul’s well-kept secret in Penang. Offering French-influenced food, the restaurant is intimate and dimly lit. So, put on your sexiest cocktail dress and glittery-heeled sandals to match the ambience here.

David Brown’s Restaurant and Tea Terrace
Located right on top of lovely Penang Hill, you can opt to either take the funicular train or a private jeep to get to this restaurant (pictured) offering western food. We recommend the former simply because the ride up gives you a sense of adventure and the restaurant is a skip, hop and jump from the train station on top of the hill. A little more casual ambience can be had here and don’t forget a shawl for when the temperature drops after sunset. Best time to be here is just before sun retires for the day. Besides your date, we promise you, the view will be breathtaking.

On the second floor of Via Pre is this restaurant and lounge that offers live music after 9pm. Their balcony area has a few tables overlooking Weld Quay and the ferry port. Intimate and breezy, it’s a lovely spot in George Town to wine and dine your chosen one on Valentine’s Day. Besides, their Italian fare is pretty good too and so is their wine list.

Seafront Dining
Right on the waterfront of the Sungai Pinang area is this place that has a second floor balcony that offers a view of the first Penang bridge. Quiet with an easy-going ambience, their western dishes are quite good and satisfying. For an aperitif, we recommend you choose from their good selection of whiskies. A little intoxication can go a long way, right?

Three Sixty Revolving Restaurant
Its name explains what you’ll see from its all-round glass walls. The view is of George Town below and Swettenham Pier Cruise Terminal in the distance is slowly revealed as the restaurant revolves at a snail’s pace. The restaurant keeps its lights low so you can enjoy the night view in all its splendour along with their western menu with a partial buffet on offer. As the night progresses, step out onto their open-air sky bar area for a nightcap.

Three Sixty Revolving Restaurant

Quirkily Romantic
Abbey Road
So, your date is a Beatles’ fan. No worries. Here’s a Beatles’ themed restaurant in Seberang Jaya with the fab four’s paraphernalia on its walls to entertain the two of you throughout the night. Its cosy interior exudes a touch of romance too. Food wise, you won’t be disappointed here but for a deliciously naughty, quirky touch, we recommend their Elvis sandwich. Let’s just say it’s a decadent choice. Yes, throw your diet out of the window.

El Faro
Spanish themed, the tapas here is really something to drool over. Imagine feeding each other over small dishes of various, gloriously prepared food. Ah, what a romantic thought. While all that’s well and good, we’re recommending their ‘Dessert On The Table’ where your dessert for two is assembled right at your table and it’s very simply, fun! A true ice-breaker too.

El Faro's Dessert on the Table

Romancing the Food
Dining Room at Macalister Mansion
Just mentioning this mansion will evoke thoughts of everything chic with a touch of amusing playfulness. Likewise, its formal dining room that serves delectable and innovative western food epitomises style with its splendid white-ness. A dollop of romance is served on plates of beautifully arranged food promising aphrodisiac experiences. To add to that, they’ve got very good wines and single malt whiskies available too. Ehem!

Chin’s Stylish Chinese Cuisine
You can guess by its name what this restaurant’s all about. Yes, it’s all obviously spelt out, so you’ll know what to expect. Elegantly served food amid stylish interior will be the core ingredient to your romantic night here. And its location perched on the water at the end of Church Street Pier makes it an interesting venue too.

Kebaya Restaurant
A touch of exotic Peranakan flavours amid a sophisticated ambience is what this place offers. Splendidly dressed interior of antiques and polished surfaces within a well-refurbished heritage building on Stewart Lane, will welcome you. And yes, their food matches their lovely aesthetics too. So, tuck in that shirt and polish those shoes because this is going to be a memorable night out.

Kebaya Restaurant

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