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Chinese Recreation Club Restaurant

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Jalan Padang Victoria, George Town, Penang Island 10400, Malaysia
+60 4-228 9787
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Melbourne, Australia
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17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 14 December 2016

We had a family course dinner at the restaurant. The Four Season Hot Combination, Roast Suckling Piglet, Chinese Roast Chicken and Yam Ring with Mixed Vegetables are delicious and good. The Chinese Sweet Peanut Soup Dessert (Fa Sung Woo ) and Chinese Pancakes with Lotus Seed Paste and Red Bean Paste fillings are also recommended. However, the service was somehow... More 

Thank kcchee777
Penang Island, Malaysia
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105 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 August 2016

When you think of this place, you can't help but think it's a class above in terms of price compared to other chinese restaurants. The whole restaurant looks grand from outside and inside. The food quality is pretty good and the person who takes order is very knowledgeable in recommending dishes to suit your needs. Having said that, the portion... More 

Thank lwluen
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811 reviews
485 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 241 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 June 2016 via mobile

Very tight parking even road side parking are avalanche Few steps to climb hence handicap unfriendly . Large seating area with individual rooms available . Except few lady captain who are efficient , most foreign workers do not provide the service we expect . Basically one has to ask on numerous occasions for chillies and changing plates . We tried... More 

Thank Happy258
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149 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 April 2016

Been here on several occasions for Lunches and wedding and private course dinners. On the average ( sometimes a little inconsistent ) they do serve good Chinese course dinners(7-9 dishes). In Penang there is only a handful of such places with quality Chinese menus.which is why this place is almost always booked over weekends for weddings and special occasions. Suckling... More 

Thank humanH1N1
Johor Baru, Malaysia
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75 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 February 2016

I hosted a birthday dinner for a party of 12 last week. However, was disappointed with some of the dishes. There was a wedding dinner going on so things were rather hectic. The starter dish was bland and uninspiring. The suckling pig was too fat for my liking. However, when the meat was taken and fried with chilli it tasted... More 

Thank bertha52323
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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79 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 February 2016 via mobile

CRC is one of the better Chinese restaurants in Penang and usually popular for weddings. It is advisable to make a reservation if you wish to dine here as it is very popular among families and corporations. You can't go wrong with any of the dishes as they are high quality and delicious. We had the steam fish which was... More 

Thank Tammy7767
Singapore, Singapore
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195 reviews
125 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 December 2015 via mobile

I just tried this restaurant and the suckling pig and Assam fish head is amazing! There is this dried curry prawn dish not on the menu as well that is super delicious! Mouth watering!!!

1 Thank ajlaut
Penang Island, Malaysia
Level Contributor
42 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 March 2015

I don't understand why other guests do not like this restaurant. The head waiter who recommend and order the dishes is ever so helpful and friendly. She remembered what we had 2 years ago!The waiters are foreigners and speak little Chinese nor English, but service is warm.Keep pouring us tea when our cups are empty. I took 6 friends to... More 

Thank lotus495
Penang Island, Malaysia
Level Contributor
58 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 February 2015

The best Chinese restaurant in town no longer best describe CRC restaurant. The service was bad,hiring foreign workers that could not understand a thing,taking what it seems like forever to serve drinks. The first dish is so-so only and the shark fin soup is bland that lots of black vinegar and soy sauce needed. For the price of rm1200 per... More 

1 Thank stefway
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177 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 150 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 January 2015

I booked a table a month ahead with a menu of Poon Choi / 盆菜 (with some extra dishes) that totaled up my bill to ~RM1000 which is quite a high cost sumptuous meal. But the service and the waiting time is the mood spoiler. We need to wait for >30 mins to get the first dish to be served.... More 

1 Thank choihb

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Chinese, Asian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Jalan Padang Victoria, George Town, Penang Island 10400, Malaysia
  • Location: Asia  >  Malaysia  >  Penang  >  Penang Island  >  George Town
  • Phone Number: +60 4-228 9787

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?