Alright, sorry that I haven’t shared this Penang, Georgetown stuff yet. So without further ado, let’s get this post rollin’!
This post is just going to be a very basic and simple guide to eat relatively healthy when in Georgetown. First of all, there are a ton of places to eat, but that also means that you have to do a lot of searching on your own, or just trust me when i say: “We already did all the testing for you, and take my word for it, we found some gems for you to try out!”
Wheelers coffee first of all serve excellent coffee and tea, but not only that, they also have a pretty great menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Their juices are fresh made, please do yourself a favor when ordering juice at any other place, to ask them if it is made with fresh fruit. Because most of the places, use this fruit syrup and ice cubes. Some places also add yogurt to their juice and still calls it a juice, even though it should be called a lassie, so do yourself a favor and do ask before ordering.
But back to Wheelers; this is without a doubt our favorite place to eat in Georgetown, the food is super tasty and the service is super friendly. They also have a lot of vegetarian stuff on the menu, and they will make it vegan if you ask them, often with a simple takeout of cheese or cream.
Health level is not super high, but it’s super duper for a hearty breakfast or a soup for lunch. We never had dinner there, but the menu items looked really good! And the WiFi is super awesome witch is a major plus for me anyways! A hipster vibe runs through the place and it is possible to sit upstairs and have a little meeting around the tables. The inside is air conditioned and outside is fans, so its a super comfortable place to spend a few hours! Prices are very fair so you won’t break your bank. Wheelers Coffee is located on Love Lane, pretty easy to spot from the 7eleven on Chulia street.
Epic smoothies, we had the mango and banana one, and it was really good, they wanted to put yogurt in it, but we asked them to use more ice instead (because milk is for baby cows, not for humans, don’t worry, i will do another blog post on that). great coffee, nice selection of teas, so a perfect break time spot to rest up and refresh.
The place is not very vegan friendly, but bagels are great and there will be something for you! WiFi is not super great, so don’t plan to work from here, but it’s fine for checking you phone and reading some news. This is not a place that I would recommend to do a 5 hour chat session, as the seats are not super comfy, but the place is pretty cool, and there is a bakery right next door, and they let you sit in there and eat stuff bought in there also. Mugshot is located on Chulia Street, just after Love Lane on the same side as 7eleven.
The Leaf – Healthy House. We where struggling with finding a real vegan restaurant in Georgetown, there is plenty of vegetarian food, but most of it is really oily Chinese/Malay food, and it is in no way suited for human consumption any more than Mc Donalds or burger king. So try to stay away from that, it’s full of sugar and MSG, so please don’t eat it.
BUT!! We found this place called The Leaf, the flavors and menu choice was pretty good, nothing super fancy, but really cheap and healthy food, for vegetarians and vegans. The desserts where not really good, so don’t bother, but don’t be scared to order a few different dishes for main course, the portions are not bigger than you can have two:) The Leaf is located on Penang Street.
Sushi Kitchen is another super nice and really healthy vegan sushi place, it has two locations in Georgetown, one on Lebuh Acheh and another one in the Gurney Plaza mall. The sushi is amazing, even if you are not vegan, please don’t cheat yourself out of a meal here. The prices are pretty fair, about 10 ringits for 8 pcs of sushi.
The miso soup is really tasty and all of the sushi was surprisingly tasty, actually more tasty than a lot of sushi i have had with fish in it:) We ate on both locations during a week, and the standard was the same. Note! Don’t ask for spicy unless you want spicy, because the spicy fried rice is almost impossible to eat if you are not a legend!
Restoran Tajuddin Hussain:
This is where the fun begins, now this has nothing to do with health food, this is all about taste. This is a classic Indian Malay restaurant, with several types of vegetables, lentils, dahls and meats in awesome grave and with the sweetest different types of Indian freshly made breads.
We are big fans of Indian food, and especially the ones that has a Pakistani twist. Go there and go nuts, just keep ordering stuff until you are full, don’t worry about the money, this place is super cheap and super tasty. It’s located on Queens Street, in little India. Note that they open at 18.30, so don’t come to early.
Hassans Briyani House is another little gem that we found on Jalan Transfer. At first look it doesn’t seem like a place you would wanna put your feet in. You know one of those places that the health authorities in the western world, would have shut down yesteryear:) But we took a chance and we did not regret it at all.
This buffet style Indian-Pakistani super tasty food, is really(I mean REALLY CHEAP) cheap, the naan bread is super fresh and soft yet crispy, just the perfect bread. The service was unbelievable (I bet they were not used to western folk walking in) they all wanted to make sure that we had enough, and when they found out that we were vegetarian, the chef quickly cooked up another amazing chickpea stew. This place was so good that we just had to come back the next day:)
This wraps up my little eating guide to Georgetown, this should be enough for a weeks time of enjoyment, but don’t hesitate to post a comment if you feel like there is a place that we overlooked.
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