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“Penang’s best sauces and flavor-and that’s saying A LOT!”

Jawi House Cafe Gallery
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Ranked #14 of 1,393 Restaurants in George Town
Price range: RM 14 - RM 33
Cuisines: Malaysian
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Good for: Groups
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations
Description: 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!
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.

Date of visit: September 2020
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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
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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 !

Date of visit: March 2020
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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.

Date of visit: February 2020
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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.

Date of visit: March 2020
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1  Thank Rick W
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