Many people consider George Town to be the street-food capital of Southeast Asia. Certainly, a visit to its hawker stalls, or open-air food courts, where dozens of different stands cook up local dishes such as oyster omelettes, fried crabs and spring rolls, is an essential experience for any visitor to Penang. Most are open only at night. If you’re feeling mildly adventurous, try the Red Garden food court at 20 Leith Street, which is open from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Otherwise, here is a selection of my favorite George Town restaurants.
The elegant restaurant at the Seven Terraces hotel specializes in Peranakan cooking, including dishes such as minced chicken with herbs wrapped in lettuce, grilled snapper, and pandan-leaf crème brûlée. Excellent wine list and very good service. Dinner only. Reservations essential.
Stewart Lane. Tel. (60) 4-264-2333.