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“Mixed feelings”

David Brown's Restaurant and Tea Terraces
Ranked #201 of 1,655 Restaurants in Penang Island
Cuisines: European, British
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Good for: Groups, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, View, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Brunch, Dinner, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
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“Mixed feelings”
Reviewed 16 June 2014 via mobile

We made dinner reservations for 6 pax at least 2 weeks before. This restaurant was highly recommended by a friend from Penang.
We had a rented car, drove from our hotel at Batu Ferringhi to the foot of Penang Hill. We lost our way, got caught in heavy traffic, arrived at the foot of Penang Hill, waited to take the cable car to the hilltop. We underestimated the travel time.
Only 3 tables were occupied, including ours. We were told by the service staff that the main chef was on compassionate leave so they could only offer a limited range of food comprising soup, spaghetti and dessert.
Some of us ordered the chicken spaghetti and were not expecting the minced chicken. Very simple presentation and it didn't look appetizing at first. The seafood spaghetti tasted better. Both the onion soup and mushroom soup was good. They served us some bread (small and thinly sliced from baguette) which we finished in 2 bites. The service staff said it was not possible to give us more.
We had been looking forward to steaks for dinner but ended up with spaghetti.
It was a nice gesture when they waived the 2 lava cakes off the bill. The lava cake tasted SUPER and was the highlight of our otherwise simple meal.
We lamented that if the next table was served salmon and steak (they were already
there when we arrived), why were we only offered spaghetti. I am missing the puzzle ...
About the landscape: the restaurant has a beautiful garden and lily pond in front but some parts were cordoned off with the cordon tape. Frogs were hopping out from the pond heading to the bushes when the sun had set. We were so enthralled to see the frogs.

Visited June 2014
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“Poor environment especially crowded by tourist who make noisy”
Reviewed 14 June 2014

Scenery was initially good but full of crowded tourist and shouted without consideration. Wasting my time up to hill and spend for a calm place. Coffee standard still can improve.

  • Visited June 2014
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kuala lumpur
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 265 helpful votes
“A Good Gastronomic Meal at heavenly top”
Reviewed 13 May 2014

Despite hearing so many negative remarks on David Brown's Restaurant in Penang Hill, we nearly backed out from our booking, but thank heavens, we didnt. We celebrated 2 Birthdays at this heavenly top and the Manager, Asst Manager & All the Staffs including the Chef were equally hospitable & very attentive to our needs. Food were excellent & for the price we paid, the portion was big. Instead of a usual birthhday cake, we were pleasantly surprised when we were presented with 2 Flaming Alaska Bomb.
Not that were were bombed but rather the Chef specialty of having a flaming top of an ice cream like cake. It was the most memorable evening & ambiance very romantic for honeymoon couples. From the restaurant you can view beautiful Penang Island & the 2 Penang Bridges & cascading lights during the night.
The hill was shrouded by clouds at one stage, looked as if we were floating in heaven.

  • Visited May 2014
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Penang
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“Overrated”
Reviewed 2 May 2014

The building is an English cottage with really nice deco and a huge garden with a pond. Really nice environment. The food served are of big portion but overpriced and nothing fantastic. Wanted coffee but was told that their coffee machine was not working! The service was equally bad.

  • Visited April 2014
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Singapore, Singapore
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“Scenic, relaxing”
Reviewed 29 April 2014

Haven't been up Penang Hill for more than 10 years (using the old cable cars then) and decided to try out the new cable cars that are in use now. Headed to the peak and found David Brown... if you're stopping for a meal go to the restaurant but if just for tea, they'll request that you visit their Tea Terraces instead. We were ready for lunch and tried their soup, pasta and Waldorf salad. We weren't expecting much in this restored place but the food were pretty good though a bit pricey. If you're not in a rush to get to another place, go for an al-fresco relaxing lunch with a view of the Penang Island and a nice lily pond outside the restaurant.

Visited April 2014
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