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Asian, Malaysian, Chinese
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
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Reviewed 16 March 2020

This restaurant serves chines food to a very high standard. The service is efficient, friendly and professional. The food is exceptional and every thing I have ever eaten here has surpassed my expectations. Mai and her staff and very welcoming and good communicators so you...always know where you are regarding timings etc. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone visiting Batu Ferringhi. They will even cook fish and chips if you are not in to Chinese. Brilliant!More

Date of visit: March 2020
Reviewed 12 March 2020

Had a couple of dinners here during recent holiday. The place is quite small and busy but the service is great and very friendly. Food is good and not expensive.

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed 10 March 2020

We eat at this restaurant as often as possible. Much variety with their menu and very reasonable prices. Don't let the basic external appearance fool you. Friendly service and they can accommodate your palate easily.

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed 28 February 2020

Boatman – Penang 2019/2020 This is a friendly family run restaurant that caters for all taste buds. The food is freshly made and delicious. My husband really enjoyed the sweet and sour prawns which he had frequently, always plenty of prawns and very tasty. I...loved the sizzlers, beef and chicken and so much more from the vast menu. It is advisable to reserve as it can get very busy as it is so popular. We stay in Penang for 2 months every year and eat here the most as its extremely good value and quality. If you have not eaten here it is to be recommended to try as you won’t regret it. See you upon our return at the end of the year Karen and Eric xxMore

Date of visit: January 2020
Reviewed 23 February 2020

Met a couple who had been here in the past and went back most nights. On outrlast night found it and got a table. Food good, service good, cheap but same as others in that location. No problems on our visit.

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed 23 February 2020

Rather hidden away, but had a menu up on the roadside so you know when you are there! Quite near the large Mosque, on the main road through Batu Ferringhi. We were told the Boatman used to be a garage so it is not very...large for a restaurant, but does have outside seating on the little lane leading up to the main part. Not sure if it is family run, but the cooking is all done to order so is lovely and hot, and the service is great - our waitress knew what everything was and helped us choose from the largish menu. There was also a large choice of drinks both alcoholic and non-alcoholic, fruit juice, milk based drinks etc. We had Satay, Stirfried Pork and Sizzling Prawns with rice we both enjoyed our meals and would go again when in Penang.More

Date of visit: January 2020
Reviewed 22 February 2020

Excellent food & very varied menu. Family run & friendly. There is both inside and outside seating and booking is preferable. You would not be disappointed

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

Delicious food and good service. Especially for fish and seafood a good choice if you stay around Batu Feringgi

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed 25 January 2020

Family run buisness. Friendly, nice atmosphere, good choice of menu, good portions at reasonable prices. Sit in or sit out. Would recommend.

Date of visit: January 2020
Reviewed 24 January 2020

Having visited this restaurant some years ago and had a very poor experience we have avoided returning. However having read the reviews on TA which are consistently good we thought it only fair to try again. This time we were much better served both with...the food and the service. The place is fairly basic in the layout but does have some interesting "displays" and has an obvious relationship with those who have served in the RAF/RAAF back in the "old days". It also has a well stocked library of books to borrow. Now to the food - a reasonable choice of menu both local and western - I went for the sizzling fish with ginger preceded by Spring rolls. Both were okay - not outstanding but okay and definitely much much better than our last visit.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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12 April 2019|
Response from Henk M | Reviewed this property |
Hello MoSahib, Boatman has a separate menu with pork dishes. Have a nice journey. Hendrik_NL
Ebrahim P
20 June 2018|
Response from Leslie W | Reviewed this property |
No I do don’t believe so
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Yes, Boatman Restaurant offers takeaway services.

Boatman Restaurant is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4