Situated on the west coast of peninsular Malaysia, Melaka city, capital city of the state of Melaka, is rich in its cultural and historical background. With its previous Portuguese, Dutch and British rule, visiting this place gives you a truly unique experience. The city center was also listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in July 2008, adding to its already impressive resume. There is a lot to see here, and after travelling all over the place, you will want to sit down, relax and enjoy a hearty meal.
Get your knives and forks ready, in this article we will tell you 10 of the best places you can visit to get an excellent meal in Melaka.
1. Donald & Lily
A Nyonya cuisine restaurant established in 1980, Donald and Lily serves delicious local delicacies like Laksa, Taukwa Rojak and Curry Chicken Rice. The food is so delicious that the restaurant was even published in New York Times magazine! Now that is quite an achievement! There is always a crowd and endless queues, proving that it is one of the most popular restaurants in Melaka. We recommend the Curry Chicken personally, it hits just the right combination of spicy and savory.
2.The Baboon House
This cafe is well known for its juicy burgers. Its green garden gives it a serene atmosphere which also provides a nice break from the hot sun that shines so brightly outside. We tried their signature dish, The Baboon beef burger and it was scrumptious. The fact that their drinks like the honey wine and ginger beer are all homemade just adds to the charm. Also, we should mention that they have a “no selfies” rule which forces you to focus on eating the food rather than just looking at it!
3. Tengkera Duck Noodle Restaurant
Tengkera Duck Noodle is known for its distinctly Melaka style duck noodles. Here you get a choice between dry or soup noodles. The dry noodles are put into thick gravy and is topped with shredded duck meat and comes with a small bowl of soup as a side. If you do take the dry option then we recommend having it with yellow noodles; the texture goes perfectly with the duck meat.
4. Pak Putra Tandoori & Naan Restaurant
Pak Putra Tandoori and Naan serve arguably the best tandoori chicken in all of Melaka, maybe even all of Malaysia. The restaurant makes succulent and authentic tandoori chicken served with fresh and fluffy naan coming directly from the baking pot. They also provide a nice mint-chutney as a side dish. If you like tandoori then you have to try Pak Putra, you should also try their triple cheese naan, it’s filled with melt in your mouth cheesy goodness.
5. Restoran Capitol Satay
This restaurant is one of Melaka’s favourite haunts for a savoury meal. Heavily frequented by both locals and tourists alike, Capitol Satay is usually packed as soon as it opens and it is no wonder. With its 80 types of skewered food, it has something for everyone. All you have to do is choose your favourite type of meat or vegetable, leave it inside the pot (which comes with each table) to cook and eat it once it’s ready.
6. Restoran Nyonya Makko
This restaurant is famous for catering to big companies and families with children. The restaurant serves both lunch and dinner and the meals come at an affordable price. You can eat to your heart’s content and only end up spending RM 5 to RM 10 per head. One of dishes you will want to try is the Beef Rendang, it’s slightly chewy, and truly delicious.
7. Nancy’s Kitchen
Nancy’s Kitchen is said to be one of the best places to eat in Jonker’s walk Melaka. Here you will get a friendly atmosphere, and the best in local food and service. The only downside is that this place is not very children friendly and it will not be easy for a large group to find seats. However if it’s only two or three people then you should definitely take the chance to try some of their delicacies. We tried their Sek bak, sadly it is a taste that cannot be described with words, you will just have to try it for yourself.
8. Jonker 88
It may be small, yet it is one of Malaysia’s most visited cafes. Actually calling it just a café would be an injustice- it’s more like a small museum with a grand atmosphere and a huge variety of food. The affordable prices don’t hurt either. Our recommendation would have to be the Nyonya Laksa; it’s a bit on the spicy side though, so be sure to have a big glass of water or one of their sweet drinks ready.
9. Juat Lye Kedai Kopi
Apart from the locals, not many people will know about this place. However, if you happen to be in Melaka, then you should do your best to drop by Juat Lye Kedai Kopi. Their best dish has to be their prawn noodles. They give a generous amount of ingredients, with a couple of full sized prawns, a handful of pork slices, fish cakes and a lot of kangkung. The soup is undeniably delicious with strong flavors that taste real natural. They also give a very satisfying cup of coffee.
10. Hard Rock Café Melaka
This is the easily recognised famous food chain known for its western food, drink and excellent music. You’ll find the Melaka’s Hard Rock Café at the very start of Jonker’s Walk. Why visit the Hard Rock Café? It has a fantastic view, live concerts with awesome bands, the best of western cuisine in Melaka and even a 9,000-square-foot dancing space. Our recommendation is the chicken and chips, and there are just three words to describe it, savory, delicious and filling.
Whether you go as a tourist or just to visit, you will be sure to fall in love with the food of these restaurants, so much so it will almost feel like a sin. So, should you happen to find yourself in Melaka, be sure to check out these eating joints and eat until you can’t eat anymore.
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