Patio Bar De Tapas @ Penang
November 7, 2015
It's a familiar scene in George Town, the capital of Malaysia's northern Penang island. Crowds of local residents and tourists are flocking to a cluster of roadside stalls to order tangy fruit salads and spicy noodles in tamarind soup. Penang is a beloved paradise for street food, after all. But a few steps away from the bustle, the discreet doorway of a nearly century-old building offers a tantalising glimpse into an alternative landscape for food lovers in Penang. Inside, visitors can explore a leafy courtyard with rustic walls of exposed brick - the venue of Patio bar de tapas, a Barcelona-inspired, Malaysian-owned restaurant that's packed on most weekends. â€œTry this paella,â€� Patio's co-founder Justin Chuah tells us, as his team brings a fragrant pan of Spanish-grown simmered rice crowned with prawns, calamari and clams. â€œYou should also taste our chicken wings infused with Red Bull and jalapenos. And our baked speciality of chorizo, tomato, egg and manchego cheese.â€� Patio's slate of temptations illustrates how gastronomy in George Town is fast evolving, with a dizzying new diversity of contemporary eateries concentrated within two square kilometres of George Town's core.
This is an excerpt of a glimpse into Penang's top restaurants - read the full feature in the November 2015 issue of Going Places, Malaysia Airlines' in-flight magazine.
49F, Weld Quay, George Town, Penang. Sun-Thurs, 5pm-130am; Fri-Sat, 5pm-230am. Tel: +6012-311-0442
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