Part of the delight of traveling Penang is sampling the local cuisine in an informal and fun restaurant. With that in mind, branch out and give a few locally owned places a shot. Monsoon Jazz Bar and Thai Restaurant offers free and easy al fresco dining amid subdued lighting and the strains of live music. In a whitewashed building on two shop lots, Goh Huat Seng Restaurant personifies everything associated with downtown Chinese restaurants: witty and sarcastic ah-mahs wait on tables and boisterous Chinese families dine with rowdy grandkids in tow. The Chovelet Handy Craft and Banana Garden is a souvenir shop with a beer garden and dining service. The showroom is packed with silver and pewter and the craft store features wood and coconut shell knickknacks. Dawood Restaurant is an authentic South Indian restaurant founded in the 1940s and now run by the second generation. Penang Island's fun restaurants offer satisfaction for anyone who craves food - and atmosphere - that's refreshingly out of the ordinary.
8 Lebuh Farquhar Street
Ground Floor, MWE Plaza