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Authentic Jawi Peranakan Heritage Cuisine prepared by Chef Nurilkarim Razha, sixth generation Jawi Peranakan of Pakistani origin. Discover Jawi Bamieh, Jawi Laksa, Jawi Biryani and Nasi Lemuni among other dishes available. Quench your thirst with Jawi House Arabian Sherbet or Penang Nutmeg Juice and conclude your dining experience with our in-house local dessert like Kuih Sarang Semut or Bubur Pulut Hitam. Explore our premise; traditional Straits Chinese facade with an eclectic Jawi Peranakan-Straits Chinese interior maintained and conserved under the UNESCO Heritage Guidelines. Thank you and hope to see you soon!
US$3 - US$7
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Halal, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Malaysian, Arabic
Reservations, Seating, Highchairs Available, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 3 January 2021

Modest pricing on the menu considering its prime location along Amernian Street. Food is full of flavour and staff are attentive/friendly. Suggest not to drive there if you can help it as parking will be difficult.

Date of visit: December 2020
Reviewed 28 December 2020

Authentic Jawi Peranakan food in historical setting. Went there for lunch, fast and attentive service. Wonderful sauces. Big portions and very good selection of teas. Highly recommended.

Date of visit: December 2020
Reviewed 28 September 2020 via mobile

Jawi Peranakan cuisine at its best! Absolutely love everything about this place. The cosy ambience, beautiful wooden dining furniture and a historic display of photos through time gives it a nostalgic feel. My husband and I ordered a kerabu mangga, mutton briyani, colonial lemon tart...for lunch, all washed down with a mighty refreshing glass of nutmeg juice. Divine fusion of flavours and textures, a true gastronomic journey with every mouthful. It was definitely one of our best lunches in Penang - great service, reasonably priced too!More

Date of visit: September 2020
Reviewed 5 September 2020 via mobile

We came here after Halab’s management dishonorably refused to honor our table booking number. Best decision we could have made. Penang is the food capital of Asia (i.e. of most of the inhabited world), and Jawi House Cafe is perched at the very summit of...authentic Penang deliciousness. The sauces (everything in Penang is in the sauces!) are the best we’ve ever experienced. The dahl curry masalah (typically good, but not awesome at restaurants) is stunning. The beef rendang (good almost everywhere) is the best example we’ve ever tasted. And the biryani rice and peanut rice dishes are delicious with the sauces. The kerabu manggo was an excellent and refreshing starter. The nutmeg and lime drinks were just right. And the sago pudding was a great way to top it all off. The waiters and chefs were especially friendly despite having a full house. They answered our questions about the recipies. At one point one of them even called the owner to confirm that the dahl masalah we’d eaten was the same one described on a certain page in her recent recipie book The Penang Feast. Tonight the management at Halab was unhospitable; the management at Jawi House Cafe made up for it with warm hospitality and top notch delicious dishes.More

Date of visit: September 2020
Reviewed 3 August 2020 via mobile

Highly recommended! I love all the dishes that I ordered. The cucur Udang and kerabu is must try appetiser

Date of visit: August 2020
Reviewed 16 April 2020 via mobile

This restaurant was well worth the evening, the Jawi Peranakan food was really delicious. We loved the nutmeg juice here, and the desserts were also great. We went here once for dinner and once for an afternoon snack. Totally recommend it. I regret not buying...one of the cool cookbooks they sold in the back !More

Date of visit: March 2020
Reviewed 26 March 2020

This restaurant is located within the George Town Heritage Zone, therefore parking spaces are rather limited here. That, however, does not mean that one should not be coming to dine here at all... rather, if you do choose to come to this area for your...lunch/dinner, then restaurant this would be a huge recommendation. It specialises in traditional Peranakan cuisine, with a mixture of Arabic, Northern Indian, Pakistani, asd well as Malay dishes. In addition, with a nice setup here (accompanied by some slow music), this place does provide a great ambience for a lovely dining session among friends or for business discussions. The only downside (if I were to find one) is probably the generally small portions for each dish.More

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed 15 March 2020

We walked to this restaurant on the advice of our hotel concierge - and it fitted the bill perfectly. Great friendly service, excellent food, reasonable prices and a lovely ambience. We paid £3.50 for a plate of hummus and bread and just £3.50 each for...our main courses of chicken (for me) and mixed vegetables (for my wife). Our bill for two people came to just £15! This was authentic Penang cuisine - but real quality.More

Date of visit: March 2020
Reviewed 23 February 2020 via mobile

A great little restaurant serving authentic Malaysian food. We were very impressed with the food when we visited 3 years ago. We came again and were not disappointed. Every dish looks good and tasted even better. The fact that a large local family were also...dining there at the same time as we were, speaks volumes for this restaurant. Highly recommended. You will not be disappointed.More

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed 16 February 2020 via mobile

Recommended by Concierge at our Hotel, so we have it a try and we’re not disappointed. We shared the dip salads and a Biryani and it was enough to have a desert at the end. Lovely tasty food which is well presented. Service was great,...would defiantly visit again. Doesn’t serve alcohol which wasn’t a problem for us. Booking is recommended.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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13 May 2019|
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Response from Noseason | Reviewed this property |
Maaf saya tak pasti. Elok call dan tanya. Tempatnya tak besar, kalau setakat 20 orang untuk birthday dan campur 10 orang luar another maybe cukup di groudfloor. Best is to call and ask for private arrangement.
8 April 2017|
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Response from Little_Penang_Boy | Property representative |
Hi Sarajitbaral. Thank you very much for your interest. Most popular items include our briyani, nasi lemuni and laksa. Our balmieh is also very popular. We look forward to your visit, and our staff will be more than happy to... More
15 September 2016|
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Response from Divemaster S | Reviewed this property |
You can ask if your group can use upstairs area which may be suitable fir your needs.
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  • Jawi House Cafe Gallery is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
    • Food: 4.5
    • Service: 4.5
    • Value: 4.5
    • Atmosphere: 4.5