Peranakan / Jawi Cuisine at Jawi House Cafe Gallery


Jawi House Cafe Gallery
Address: 85 Armenian Street, Georgetown, 10200 Penang Malaysia, Malaysia
Phone: +60 4-261 3680
Business Hours: 10:00 am-10:00 pm everyday except Tuesdays
Have been meaning to pay a visit to this quaint little Jawi-influenced cafe gallery right smack in the heart of the popular heritage area of Penang for sometime now. Partly because I’ve heard rave reviews bout it and partly because it’s the family business of a friend.

So when we were circling round town with empty stomaches looking for a place to satiate our hunger around brunch time, Jawi came to mind.

And boy, did it not disappoint. It justifies the rave reviews, and more.

Food was deliciously good and of the highest quality. My beef briyani was awesome and rice flavourful. My wife found their baba ghoulash (not sure I got the spelling right) brilliant. Mum had savoury Jawi laksa and dad thought the roti jala and curry was better than most of the authentic ones he has tasted. Dessert was fantastic too, with their yoghurt cheesecake being rich without being overbearing and their pineapple & coconut tart being extremely flavourful without being overpowering.

Decor was quaint, peaceful and very artsy. If you’re a lover of Peranakan / Jawi culture, there are enough art pieces, intricate ornaments and the right ambience to hark you back to such roots.
Excellent place. Do pop by for a meal and tour if you’re in the area.


Pricing: 7/10 – reasonably priced even though in the vicinity of the touristic, heritage part of Georgetown.

Quality: 8/10 – creative twist to traditional flavours with homemade feel to them

Environment: 8.5/10 – a very cosy place steeped in art and old-timey decor.

Service: 8/10 – friendly, polite and attentive staff and if you happen to catch the owners or chef there on a not so busy day, very entertaining bunch.

Location: 8/10 – right smack in the Georgetown heritage trail. stop by for lunch or a break after walking along Armenian Street admiring inner city Georgetown

Comeback Factor: most probably


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