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Jawi House Cafe & Gallery

85 Armenian Street, George Town, Penang Island 10200, Malaysia
+60 4-261 3680
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  • Excellent60%
  • Very good31%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“lamb” (34 reviews)
“sherbet” (16 reviews)
“lemon tart” (16 reviews)
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Cafe, Asian, Malaysian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Halal, Gluten Free Options
££ - £££
85 Armenian Street, George Town, Penang Island 10200, Malaysia
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you wish excellent food we would recommend you Jawi House. The menu is not big but is gold worth. We prefer restaurants with less dishes as this way they will be excellent in all they offer. Don’t forget their dessert, lemon tartin 😋 Can...More

Thank David S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped here for lunch after seeing reviews and it didn’t disappoint. I had the fish laksa and my boyfriend had the lamb stew. Both were lovely, but I’d definitely recommend the lamb. It was excellent food for the price (between 18 and 24 MYR).

Thank evs1305
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Our lovely hotel recommended this place and we were most impressed. It’s a lovely local restaurant serving local food and the service is great too. They don’t serve alcohol so we had some locally brewed ginger beer which was the most gingery ginger beer we’ve...More

Thank unclelumpy
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Our work group enjoyed lovely local food set in a welcoming heritage style restaurant - great food st wonderful value

Thank Mark B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We visited here for dinner and shared the beef masala byriani, chicken curry (described as an add on) and extra papadoms! So glad we shared no way we couldn’t have eaten a byriani each! The food was great, service friendly. Note to diners that they...More

Thank Claireylou79
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A nice, clean restaurant with tasty food and efficient and pleasant staff. Understood my requests for no gluten and ended up with a tasty meal and lovely flan/creme caramel for dessert. The atmosphere could be a tad bit nicer if they turned down the lights...More

Thank Jonathan J
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I had an amazing lamb with vegetables!! It wasREALLY good! The place is great, the staff polite and the music soft and nice. The only 2 things are that 1) since it’s a Muslim estatura the they don’t serve alcohol; 2) I’ve asked for a...More

Thank Luis B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a wonderful restaurant. It's peranakan with flair and creativity, the traditional ingredients and recipes with a difference. Lovely location too, interesting art work and great service. We had a lovely evening there

Thank JHND
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Another good address in Penang is this jazzy music background restaurant. Very clean and elegant. The food is just so tasty ! You cannot avoid the Roti Surai at a starter (just order it while you are choosing you food).

Thank NpPeguero
Reviewed 6 November 2017

My buddy recommended this restaurant to me and I assumed that it was the typical Peranakan restaurant serving dishes such as babi pongteh, ayam buah keluak, but I was wrong. Jawi House is an Arabic Peranakan restaurant which results in a different mix of dishes....More

Thank David T
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Questions & Answers
8 April 2017|
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Response from Little_Penang_Boy | Property representative |
Hi Sarajitbaral. Thank you very much for your interest. Most popular items include our briyani, nasi lemuni and laksa. Our balmieh is also very popular. We look forward to your visit, and our staff will be more than happy to... More
15 September 2016|
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Response from aquagems | Reviewed this property |
You can ask if your group can use upstairs area which may be suitable fir your needs.
7 May 2015|
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Response from Little_Penang_Boy | Property representative |
Hi Pete Apologies for the delayed response. We do not serve wine, but you can bring your own at a small corkage of RM25. Last orders are around 9. Hopefully I didn't catch you too late. Look forward to seeing you here!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$2 - US$7
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Kids, Romantic
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 85 Armenian Street, George Town, Penang Island 10200, Malaysia
  • Location: Asia  >  Malaysia  >  Penang  >  Penang Island  >  George Town
  • Phone Number: +60 4-261 3680
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Jawi House Cafe and Gallery aims to promote Jawi Peranakan Heritage and Cuisine to the world. Authentic Nasi Lemuni and Bamieh is available here. Take in the ambience and feel apart of history in our humble cafe, which was built in the 1880s; along side any one of our desserts made in-house and freshly brewed coffee. We hope to see you soon!
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