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All reviews fried rice satay batu ferringhi great food and service western food an extensive menu ate here penang
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Reviewed 25 February 2024 via mobile

Great little restaurant and highly recommended. Really tasty food and a good menu to pick from, the food can be changed depending on how spicy you want your food, really good portions and nice wine and beer available. The owner (May/Mae) is really friendly and...happy to recommend dishes. The menu includes some western options but we only ate from the local dishes and highly recommend the sizzling beef and the chilli prawns! Excellent portion sizes of delicious food at a very reasonable price! What more could you ask for. One of our favourite restaurants we ate at during our holiday!More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 20 February 2024 via mobile

Great find ! Due to the Chinese New Year the restaurant was closed for some of the time that we were there or we would certainly have visited more than we did. Only about 50 covers and the place was always busy. Mae, the owner,...is so friendly and helpful. Meals are extremely tasty and you can decide the level of ‘ spicyness ‘ that suits you best. The kitchen is manned by a very efficient group of male cooks and front of house is run by Mae and her efficient lady assistants. Meals take about 15 - 20 minutes and they arrive piping hot at the table. The Boatman is one of the very few restaurants that still offer wine and beer to customers in Batu Ferringhi. Most of the Moslem restaurants do not offer any alcohol whatsoever so ever. The sizzling beef is recommended as is the chicken with oriental rice. Enjoy !More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 27 November 2023 via mobile

We ate here twice in our four night stay. A warm welcome and delicious food. I would particularly recommend the Nyonya Chicken Kapitan.

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 12 August 2023 via mobile

We discovered this little restaurant, and what a great find it was. May, the owner is truly beautiful and very sweet, nothing is too much trouble. The food was delicious, the sizzling beef was the star, but you must try the home made spring rolls....Everything we ate was exceptionally tasty. This is a family run restaurant with May, her uncle doing cooking and her cousin assisting with serving when busy. Really good to see family together. We will eat here often I believe.More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 30 July 2023 via mobile

We discovered this little gem while looking for somewhere to eat. The food was delicious and the service was very friendly. It was a lovely meal, so good in fact we returned later in the week. If you’re looking for something simple but tasty it’s...well worth a visit.More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 8 June 2023

It was our first time back in Penang for nearly 20 years, and this was always one of our favourite restaurants on our previous visits as large family groups. We were so disappointed when we walked past and it seemed to have closed down, but...then we got speaking to a local tailor who told us that it only opens Wednesdays – Sundays. So we headed back first chance we had and boy, we were not disappointed! It has had the same owners for over 30 years and the food was some of the very best we had in Batu Ferrenghi, Penang. It only has a small menu, but a selection and it turned out to be the best value for money (REALLY cheap) for the six hungry adults. The drinks were very cold and came out fast, and the meals followed very soon after, the quality and flavours were faultless Do yourself a favour and track this place down, trust me, you won’t be disappointed.More

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed 8 March 2023

This is a delightful restaurant. Family run, all the staff are wonderful. My husband loved sweet and sour prawn dish indeed ate it many evenings there. My preference was the sizzling chicken, however they have an extensive menu and it is cooked fresh. It is...not a very large restaurant and can get very busy. Waiting times can be a little long when they are busy as its cooked fresh, but well worth the wait. We ate here most evenings when they were open and introduced several friends who in turn recommend it on. It really is a place to try, once you have been here I feel sure you will return many times. Thank you May and staff see you in December Karen and EricMore

Date of visit: December 2022
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Reviewed 26 January 2023 via mobile

Enjoyed a wonderful dinmer of saray noodles snd fried rice cooked to perfection. Haigh quslity. Try the homemade sambal sauce!

Date of visit: January 2023
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Reviewed 7 January 2023 via mobile

Just returned from holiday in Penang. So many restaurants served Western food and not great so it was wonderful to come upon Boatman and enjoy authentic Asian food. Food was delicious and we returned 4 tines during our 11 night stay. The owner was super...hospitable and always endeavoured to get our meals out efficiently even though we were 8 person family. Loved the range of dishes ❤️More

Date of visit: December 2022
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Reviewed 26 August 2022 via mobile

Best satay in Batu Ferringhi. Ordered several dishes and all very good, great flavours. Great prices too.

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 10 June 2022

Always greeted with a smile. The food is always good and tasty but it’s such a shame they have had to limit there menu because of covid and only open at weekends I do think they are losing a lot of business

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed 16 March 2020

This restaurant serves chines food to a very high standard. The service is efficient, friendly and professional. The food is exceptional and every thing I have ever eaten here has surpassed my expectations. Mai and her staff and very welcoming and good communicators so you...always know where you are regarding timings etc. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone visiting Batu Ferringhi. They will even cook fish and chips if you are not in to Chinese. Brilliant!More

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed 12 March 2020

Had a couple of dinners here during recent holiday. The place is quite small and busy but the service is great and very friendly. Food is good and not expensive.

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed 10 March 2020

We eat at this restaurant as often as possible. Much variety with their menu and very reasonable prices. Don't let the basic external appearance fool you. Friendly service and they can accommodate your palate easily.

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed 28 February 2020

Boatman – Penang 2019/2020 This is a friendly family run restaurant that caters for all taste buds. The food is freshly made and delicious. My husband really enjoyed the sweet and sour prawns which he had frequently, always plenty of prawns and very tasty. I...loved the sizzlers, beef and chicken and so much more from the vast menu. It is advisable to reserve as it can get very busy as it is so popular. We stay in Penang for 2 months every year and eat here the most as its extremely good value and quality. If you have not eaten here it is to be recommended to try as you won’t regret it. See you upon our return at the end of the year Karen and Eric xxMore

Date of visit: January 2020
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Hello MoSahib, Boatman has a separate menu with pork dishes. Have a nice journey. Hendrik_NL
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  • Food: 4.5
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