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Best Vegetarian Restaurant in Penang for Veggie Lovers

Penang is one of those tourist destinations that offers an unforgettable experience to food lovers, visiting this island from different parts of the world. The amazing food on this island is recalled every time, whenever there is a discussion on Penang. As a matter of fact, the food served at a number of restaurants and cafe in Penang has meat or fish as the main ingredient. What will the vegetarians do then? Many vegetarians prefer to dine in at a place where no meat or fish is prepared in the kitchen, so they don’t even green salads there. Well, there is no need to worry at all, as Penang has everything for everyone.

Famous Vegetarian Restaurant in Penang to Eat out

Apart from the Penang street food, you can now enjoy vegetarian cuisines at the decent vegetarian restaurant in Penang. We have shortlisted some of the best ones that are not only, offering great food, but also a great eating out experience and are known for their rich food culture:

Lily’s Vegetarian Kitchen

For all veggie lovers, Lily’s Vegetarian Kitchen is the best place to dine in and have their favorite cuisines, as it serves a wide range of vegetarian food. You can enjoy the best flavors of Nyonya, Oriental, Fusion as well as Western dishes to satisfy your hunger. Lily’s Vegetarian Kitchen features 2 floors in which the ground floor is for routine ala-carte offering self-service dining and the first floor is for private events, steamboat and buffets. All the dishes are fairly priced and hence, you can have a hearty meal at affordable prices. This vegetarian restaurant in Penang, is serving scrumptious vegetarian cuisines since 2006.

You can easily reach this place at the address:
98 Noble House, Madras Lane, 10400 Georgetown,
Penang, Malaysia or call for more details on: +06 4-226 3810

Ee Beng Vegetarian Food

EE Beng is a renowned name that hosts a vegetarian restaurant as well as vegetarian buffet. If you want to satisfy your hunger with loads of veggie cuisines then you can opt for the EE Beng Vegetarian buffet. Eat out delicious 20-30 hot dishes with either brown or white rice or have them with Chinese buns. Also, there is a cook-to-order section, which has a distinct menu. At the time of breakfast, you shall see the great crowd outside, who take food for their breakfast at work. This vegetarian buffet, however, is densely crowded all day. Each and every dish is purely vegetarian.

Related Article: Best Buffet Dinner in Penang

Furthermore, you can choose from its wide range of hot and cold drinks that includes iced Chinese tea and hot Chinese tea both. Whatever you want to eat, just fill it in your plate and take it to the cash counter, he will calculate and generate a bill. Usually, per plate is not more than RM10. You can visit this place between 07:00am-20:30pm from Monday to Saturday only.

Next door you shall find a vegetarian restaurant, which is of the same owner, serving ala-carte vegetarian dishes. This place is a bit expensive comparatively. The best thing is you shall find here a cheesy food section too. Moreover, their specialty is pure tea, which is not sold everywhere and hence, is a real treat for many. You can visit this place from Monday to Wednesday between 11:00am to 14:30pm and 17:00-22:00pm. On Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays 11:00am to 22:00pm.

You can visit this place at the address:
18 20 Lebuh Dickens, George Town, Penang.
For more details you can call on +60 4-262 9161.

Hui Sin Vegetarian

Hui Sin Vegetarian is a vegetarian Chinese restaurant in Penang, serving delicious food in a buffet. The per head charges depends on your plate, simply fill it up and take it to the counter, the concerned person will tell your complete bill. Though the variety of vegetarian food is limited, but the quality of the food is simply great. This place is considered ideal for lunch.

You can reach here at the address:
11, Lebuh China, 10200 George Town, Georgetown, Malaysia,
if you have any queries, just give a call on:+60 4-262 1443

The Leaf Healthy House

The Leaf Healthy House is a famous vegetarian restaurant in Penang, which is equally favorite of vegetarians and non-vegetarians. The restaurant serves a great blend of Western food in Penang and local dishes, serving hearty signature dishes every day, which is posted outside the House. The interior of the restaurant is quite beautiful and peaceful, but obviously at the peak time, its peace is lost somewhere. If you want to enjoy in a calm ambiance, then it is recommended that you dine in here during odd hours.

The Leaf Healthy House aims to serve fresh and healthy food and hence, their mandatory ingredients include olive oil, coconut oil, brown rice, rock salt, brown sugar and high fiber. They have cultivated a small garden of their own from where most of the ingredients are used. Herbs like basil are also growing in their very own garden. Hence, the food served is healthy, as it is prepared with green and fresh ingredients, which further adds to the taste. This place is equally ideal for vegetarians and diet-conscious people. Their specialties include Coral Grass (Sweet and Spicy) and Spaghetti Basil Leaf and Pine Nuts Sauce.

You can reach here at the address:
5, Penang St, George Town, 10200 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia.
For any assistance call on: +60 12-498 8491

Water Drop Tea House

Water Drop Tea House is a pure vegetarian restaurant in Penang, serving great taste with superb quality and friendly staff. The dishes offered here are reasonably priced. The interior of the restaurant is very simple and elegant, but once you step in the design and the people are equally welcoming, depicting a great ambiance. Also, you shall observe soft Buddhist hymn playing in the background, which further adds to the calamity of the environment.

The menu here is grouped by weekends and days. Daily the specialties are highlighted as Today’s Special on the board. Must try dishes here includes Millet dumpling and Hawaiian pizza, which are purely vegetarian with no sign of meat in it. However, the restaurant also has a huge variety of rice and noodle dishes. From the food to the interior and décor, this restaurant is a perfect place to have a great time while eating.

You can easily reach this place at the address:
16, Jalan Penang, George Town, 10000 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia.
For more information you can call on: +60 4-263 6300


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Whether you are a vegetarian or not, the above discussed vegetarian restaurants in Penang, are the best places to eat out. You will definitely have a good time eating something light and refreshing, apart from the usual meaty heavy meals.

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Ratatouille La Gourmet in Austin Heights, Johor Bahru

There are many cafes and restaurants just started to operate within the Austin Heights area, which will also another prime location for this area. One of the restaurant I visited was the Ratatouille La Gourmet Austin Heights (N1.56222 E103.77841), another branch for the Ratatouille La Gourmet restaurant from Adda Heights. Operated by the same owner – Mr Brian, but with slightly different concept compare with the Adda Heights outlet.

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The restaurant has a simple and neat setting, clean and comfort environment. Let the photos below show you…

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Choices of 2 persons, 4 persons or group of peoples…even with one of the window seat. 🙂

The restaurant is suitable for family, friends gathering and also couples. The soft music was playing during we waiting for our food…

Each of us had a plate of mushroom soup and garlic bread complimentary from the restaurant, this is also the ‘Ratatouille culture’ since they started from the small stall in the kopitiam (Hokkien dialect means : food court).

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Starter :
Grilled and Baked button mushroom.

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Both were juicy! The original taste by the grilled type, and the fragrance with the cheese baked mushroom, you even can taste the fresh tomato from it. We like both!

Here come the main courses…
Aglio e olio
Bolognaise (or bolognese)
Chicken cordon bleu
BBQ Pork Ribs
Pork Chop

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Aglio e olio
The spaghetti was well prepared with the fragrance olive oil and garlic.  The spaghetti was not overcook and we all like the springy-ness of it, I like the taste of the olive oil very much. The dish was just nice to my liking.

Bolognaise
Served with fresh minced beef, cooked with their homemade tomato sauce. Creamy cheese but won’t stop us to finish it. Another signature from Ratatouille La Gourmet.

Chicken cordon bleu
This is a common dish easily available in western restaurant around Johor Bahru area. But the Chef of Ratatouille prepared the chicken so tender and succulent unlike others made it too dry, every pieces of the chicken went well with the cheese!

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BBQ Pork ribs
Well control of the heat where the ribs were tender and yummy! It served with their own recipe of BBQ sauce and you got to try it yourself!

Grilled pork chop
This was the surprised for the night! The pork chop served with moist, well done and delicious! It is difficult to have a nice pork chop around Johor Bahru area, but this was definitely scored the highest marks of that evening! Well marinated and good control of the heat, must not miss this for the pork chop lover!

The lovely dessert served after our main courses…they were same as their Adda Heights outlet, tasty!

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Beside the dishes above, they do serve Roast herb coated lamb rack, Pan seared Norwegian salmon, Mixed grilled platter and many more…all dishes are reasonable price.

The different of this outlet compare with Adda Heights outlet is…Adda Heights serve beef but no pork, Austin Heights serve pork but no beef.

It was a awesome dinner for all of us! Thanks and appreciated for creative and excellent Chef from Ratatouille La Gourmet Austin Heights.

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Related post :-
Ratatouille La Gourmet Adda Heights

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Flame’s Kitchen Western Food Restaurant at Bandar Jaya Putra, Johor Bahru

Flame’s Kitchen Restaurant (N1.57412 E103.77755) is located at Bandar Putra Jaya (previously known as JP Perdana) of Johor Bahru. The restaurant is make use of the previous show house from the developer, it was a double storey semi-detach house, and has a wide garden area on the side, the owner of Flame’s Kitchen had renovated and changed it to beautiful and comfort restaurant.

The restaurant has a amber private parking area which situated at the backyard of the restaurant.

The special designed signage is nice and I like the reflection from the water which look like the real burning flame!

It has a cozy environment, comfort, relax and rather unique because of converted from the residential house, and surrounded with a small garden.
There are indoor and outdoor area, if the weather is not too warm, I prefer to dine at the outdoor with the company of nature…

The bar counter is well decorated with all the colourful lightings…



The restaurant also serve alcohol with variety of draught beers…

We visited with a group of 8 adults and 4 children. The dishes we had as below…

Before the main course serve, we had their popular appetizer – Crab meat bruschetta.
Chopped fresh tomatoes with garlic, basil
olive oil mixed with crab meats, accompanied with toasted garlic
breads. This traditional Italian dish served as a great appetizer before our dinner.

As for the children, they had their mushroom soup and garlic bread

Our main course served on table about 15 minutes, it was pretty fast…

Rich, creamy and served with big prawns and oysters. The rich cheesy taste good, but it might not suitable for those who unlike the creamy setting.

All the main course from Flame’s Kitchen restaurant serve together with the one of the choices of 10 side dish :-
*  Garlic bread
*  Garlic rice
*  Baked bean
*  Egg mayo
*  Macaroni cheese
*  French fries
*  Onion rings
*  Mashed potatoes
*  Grilled Asparagus (1pc)
*  Grilled mushroom
Please select your favorite…

We had 2 Cujun Rub Salmon Fillet with different side dish…





The both fillets were well marinated, fresh and good. The garlic rice can be better if slightly moist.

2 different type of chicken chop below, both served in 300g…
Spicy Pastrami Chicken leg chop – paprika marinated 
Wal-lic chicken leg chop – roasted walnuts and garlics




The chicken chop was yummy with a slight of spicy taste, it was juicy and the portion (300g) was big enough for a big eater.



As for the above Wal-lic chicken chop, prefer more moist for a better bite (my personal preference), but the children like it very much! Especially the onion rings.

Follow by the Mum marinated pork belly.
The pork belly was fat, oily with the Chinese style marinated (it’s stated on the menu), Oh! I like the oily part very much! Delicious!

Not everyone will like this dish above because of the oily fat from the pork, especially those on diet…but, we all love it just because of the fragrance fat which melted in our mouth!

The last dish was on the Charcoal grill session – Cumin grilled large squid.





This charcoal grilled squid is one of the popular dish from the restaurant. The taste of the charcoal grilled which spread into your mouth while on the first bite of the squid was great! I tried the first piece without the lemon and with the lemon on the following…like both either!
It was a tasty grilled squid we will definitely come back for more!

Each of the main course will served together with a small bowl of fruits salad, I like this concept…where you can enjoy it before and after the meal…

Beside that, I like the crispy type tibits which served with one of the dish. Too bad forgot to ask the name of it…

After we finished our meal, there was a special sauce pasta (pipette rigatura) served on our table, the dish hasn’t listed in the menu yet, presented on the house by the owner of the restaurant. The taste was marvelous!
We also fortunate to had the owner personal collection of the grilled pig skin as a tibits…that was Good!

The price was reasonable with the big portion serving and the environment.

We were satisfied with the fabulous dinner provided by Flame’s Kitchen restaurant, and definitely will be back to try out their other dishes!

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Gourmet Classroom Cafe. Taman Setia Tropika, Johor Bahru.

Gourmet Classroom Cafe (N1.54502 E103.71303) is located along Jalan Setia Tropika 1/25, Taman Setia Ttropika of Johor Bahru.
This cafe has a Total New Concept and the First in Johor Bahru! The unique way is, you choose what you want in the Cafe, and the Friendly Chef – Ms Candy will cook it for you. Another option is…she will teach you all the recipe that you be able to cook it yourself at home.

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Ms Candy said, they provide the imported ‘Good Quality’ of beef, lamb, salmon, scallop and many more. Beefs are imported from Australia and you can have a chance to taste the Best Aussie Wagyu and Angus here, even the Aussie Prime Angus! Beside the good quality meat, the ingredients they use are also imported. That’s mean you can have a chance to taste the Best of it! This is also the First Cafe in Johor Bahru which serve this type of quality western cuisine!

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Another good point I like to emphasize is, all the cuisines that serve on table are cook without preservative, without seasoning, organic vegetables and ‘Original’. You have to cook it this way especially for the Good beef. Another First in Johor Bahru.

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The cafe has a simple setting and it was comfort.
The owner do sell and supply the imported raw (uncook) beef, lamb, salmon scallop to their customers and hotels, that’s the reason you can see the freezers and chillers beside the dining area.

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And not only meat, they have imported milk, ingredients, yogurt and tea (photo below) too…

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Before we place the order, the Chef (lady boss) patiently explain to us about the cooking way and understood that she serve Healthy food to her customers on the priority but sometime she also follow their customers taste bud to suit everyone. Great!

We tried out their Aussie Rib-eyes with the original taste for the first dish…

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Medium doneness was served for the rib-eyes, and it tasted Excellent! The rib-eyes was cooked perfectly with pepper, salt and rosemary…without marinated and seasoning. It provided the original taste of the Good Aussie Rib-eyes! My First time having the Rib-eye steak with the original taste! Marvellous!
The cuisine served with US imported (Lamb Weston) french fries without salt also had the original taste of “French Fries”, unlike the one we always have it at McDonald. The salads was from all organic fresh vegetables!

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The second dish was the Hokkaido Scallop, served with Premium Grade Green Coral and On Vine Tomato.
The size was much more bigger and thinker compare with the local scallop. This 3 pieces of scallops will be enough for a regular eater.

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The scallops were grilled on the surface which gave a nice aroma on the first bite (if I’m not mistaken, it grilled with some butter), and it was juicy inside. Delicious!

The third dish was the good quality Spaghetti Aglio e Olio. Simple and Nice! Served with olive oil and fine chopped parsley without the dried red chili flakes, I prefer without the chili flakes cos I can smell the olive oil nicely…it was original again! It’s difficult to have this type of nice spaghetti around Johor Bahru area beside Gourmet Classroom.  
Another thumb up dish in the restaurant!

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After the meal, Ms Candy let us tried the imported French Macaron as dessert….oh! Very good! Soft and moist! Unliike the local Macaron which is abit hard and dry…Fantastic!

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The imported Yoplait Yogurt was the last we had that evening…this is also one of their product which sell directly to customer. If you are the Yoplait Yogurt lover, you can easily get it from the restaurant right now!

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We had long chat with Mr Timothy and Ms Candy after the meals. Ms Candy, who worked and gained experience on western cuisine in Italy many years ago, we admired her cooking skill very much!

Please try out the Western Cuisine from Gourmet Classroom Cafe especially those Beef lover, they have all kind of Good quality beef start from Sirloin to Prime Angus. I believe you will surprise with the meals and feel the different compare with other Western Cuisine Restaurant around Johor Bahru, different experience!

For me, I will definitely back for thier Wagyu and Angus Beef!

*  Note : the cafe is dealing CASH Only for the moment.

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Riverside rustic Italian

Truth or myth: Don’t flip the Simply Roasted 7-star Seabass over when one side has been eaten; just remove the bone.Truth or myth: Don’t flip the Simply Roasted 7-star Seabass over when one side has been eaten; just remove the bone.

Satisfying, New York-style dining – in Shanghai.

NO wonder the expats here look so self-satisfied.� The Lord Restrain leaned back in his low chair in the “farm chic� loft at Mercato, located on Shanghai’s Bund.

“I would be, too, if I could come here to eat every day,� he declared, while scanning the large, open dining space. Here, reclaimed wood and warm leather tones complement exposed steel, iron and glass, and wonderful cuisine.

On a chilly Saturday evening in January, it was certainly an inviting venue and was filling up fast by 7pm.

Hardly surprising, then, that without reservations we couldn’t get a Mercato table at celebrity chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s recently opened restaurant. The famed three-Michelin-star chef already had a presence in the building with his fine dining namesake restaurant, Jean-Georges. So we took the window table offered near the bar, and with a not-too-restricted view of the world-famous waterway.

“The most excellent starters in decades,â€? proclaimed the Lord, not leaving a single crumb on his plate. I had to agree. The Housemade Ricotta with Cranberry Compote, Olive Oil and Grilled Bread (78 renminbi/RM38.20) was not what we expected; it looked simple and, well … rustic. But the light and creamy ring of delicately flavoured ricotta topped with the delectable cranberry cooked slowly with sugar brought a luscious combination of tastes and textures with each consecutive mouthful.

The Wood-oven Roasted Asparagus Fontina and Prosciutto (88 renminbi/RM43) that followed the cranberry carnival was no less impressive. The lightly grilled greens wrapped in soft slices of prosciutto were crunchy, yet moist. Slathered in olive oil, all it needed for a sharp tang was the juice of a lemon, and a wedge was already waiting.

The Lord is a big fan of Italian food and so, with a wood-fire oven adding warmth to an already agreeable dining room, we could not help but pick the Spicy Pork Sausage, Kale and Pecorino Pizza (118 renminbi/RM57.70). And our rustic pizza did not disappoint.

This house speciality was generously topped with sausage slices and kale, while the thin-crust pizza was surprisingly chewy and charmingly charred in spots. The blend of parmesan, mozzarella and pecorina cheeses artfully married their flavours, resulting in a comfortingly creative taste.

Aided by glasses of Italian white, generous and chilled just right, the evening was just beginning. The moneyed mélange of Shanghai, both local and expatriate, were in evidence as they came for an evening of bonhomie with partners, friends and families. Noted the Lord Restrain, “Elitist, ostentatious fine-dining restaurants should be replaced by places like this.â€? “Like what?â€? I asked. He pondered and proclaimed: “Casual … chic … really good food.â€?

By this time, the Simply Roasted 7-star Seabass (38 renminbi/RM18.60 per 100g) had arrived. Before I could even set my wine glass down, the top half of the roasted fish was gone.

“Should I turn over the fish?� I asked, with more than a hint of sarcasm.

“No!â€? He confided in me: “I was told by many Chinese friends over dinner that I should take the bone out, and not turn the fish over, especially if we are near a port. So that the fishermen’s boats will not turn over.â€? He paused and looked at me: “A myth, maybe?â€? Err …

The Spicy Pork Sausage, Kale and Pecorino Pizza is the house speciality atMercato.The Spicy Pork Sausage, Kale and Pecorino Pizza is the house speciality at
Mercato.

Roasted with sage, rosemary, tomato and lemon, the bass stewing in its hot sauce was uncomplicated and light. The clear sauce, with tangy hints of lemon, offered a bracing piquancy to complement the fresh fish.

Chef Vongerichten’s signature flair for balancing flavours and textures was at work here. The flesh, very lightly battered in a crispy shell, slipped easily off the bone and soon the fish had slipped easily off the plate, too. “The tomatoes are a little burnt …â€? the Lord announced as he popped another wedge into his mouth,â€?… but very juicy.â€?

Since the menu consists of Coastal Italian Cuisine, we decided to end our meal with a trusty Tiramisu (58 renminbi/RM28.40). This proved a wise choice, as the serving was more than enough for two, even two with such a pronounced sweet tooth. After such a great introduction to taste and texture, unfortunately, the tiramisu didn’t live up to our expectations. Not only was it stark and understated, the base was slightly dry and it was difficult to finish.

Nevertheless, the disappointing dessert did not detract us from our thoroughly enjoyable evening. Great restaurant ambience, stunning views of night-time soaring skyscrapers overlooking and reflected in the shimmering river. Moreover, I was rather pleased as I had only taken one bite of the dessert and left the rest to the Lord, who was eating it with much restraint.

“This is very relaxing,� said the Lord, slumping back in his chair, his mustard sweater contrasting pleasantly with the chair’s lime green upholstery. “You won’t feel that way when the bill arrives,� I replied. With two glasses of wine, fish weighed by the gram and two excellent coffees, the evening set us back almost RM500.

But Lord Restrain now looked pretty self-satisfied to me. As if to confirm, he leaned back in his low chair in Mercato’s loft, and muttered: “Ve-e-ery satisfying.�