Best Indian Restaurants in Penang

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Malaysia is blessed with multicultural food from races like Malay, Chinese and to Indian. Indian cuisine is rare but extremely valued when it comes to old traditional recipes. What makes them so delicious is their heavy base flavours and aromatic spices. Many Indian eateries in Penang are usually the typical mamaks best suited for Yumcha (drinking tea) sessions.

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    If you are a Penang-borne local, you are bound to hear or know of Hameediyah. To date, they have been operating for 108 years - that's since 1907! This eatery has up their game recently by upgrading the menu and even the interior of the restaurant, giving customers a better and cleaner environment to dine. For a very a long time, their Nasi Briyani and Nasi Kandar has remained as their ultimate bestseller, with little side favourites like Chicken Murtabak and Beef Rendang.
    Tips

    Feel free to ask the friendly waiters for recommendations.

    Things to expect

    Amazing Southern Indian food.

    Best with

    Chicken Murtabak.

    Price

    RM1.50 to RM25.00

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    Hameediyah Restaurant View restaurant

    164A, Lebuh Campbell, 10200, George Town, Penang
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    042611095

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    Every day
    10:00AM—10:30PM
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    Olive Kitchen + Bar is an unusual pub/restaurant in the list because it is a Western-Indian fusion restaurant. Regardless, they still do serve authentic North Indian dishes to cater for the locals. For starters, you can opt for Bread Platter which is naan and for the main course pic the Afghani Mixed Tandoori, which is a delicious, hot and sizzling plate of smoky prawn, fish, chicken and lamb kebab.
    Tips

    You have the choice of eating outdoors or indoors.

    Things to expect

    Western-Indian fusion bar.

    Best with

    Cocktail drinks from the bar.

    Price

    RM18.00 to RM60.00

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    Olive Kitchen + Bar View restaurant

    No 11 & 12 Level LG Little Red Cube, Persiaran Puteri Selatan, Puteri Harbour, 79000, Johor Bahru, Johor
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    0127536654

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    11:00AM—01:00AM
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    If you are looking for the taste and experience of Little India, Sri Ananda Bahwan is the place to go! Among their many Southern and Northern dishes served, they are particularly well known for their Banana Leaf Rice. Their curry is especially tantalizing when poured and mix all over the rice - in local term, we call it 'banjir'.
    Tips

    The Banana Leaf Rice goes well with papadam. It's also free-flow so help yourself!

    Things to expect

    Curry-loving Indian eatery.

    Best with

    Tandorri Chicken.

    Price

    RM6.00 to RM15.00

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    Sri Ananda Bahwan View restaurant

    55 Lebuh Penang, Little India,, 10200, Georgetown, Penang
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    042644204

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    07:00AM—12:00AM
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    Karaikudi is commonly ordinary from the outside but extraordinarily different on the inside. For one, they are actually one of the rare Indian eateries to be heavily decorated with posh furniture and interior - which is said to be imported all the way from India. This restaurant also offers a wide range of north and south Indian dishes, while many of them are vegetarian-friendly. The dishes are also surprisingly not as oily as often in typical Indian restaurants. Great for health-conscious eaters who are craving for a little Indian food!
    Tips

    The Vege Set Lunch is a little pricey but definitely worth your money.

    Things to expect

    Reasonable eatery with really impressive decor.

    Best with

    Masala Thosai.

    Price

    RM6.00 to RM28.00

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    Karaikudi Restaurant View restaurant

    No.20, Lebuh Pasar, | Georgetown, Penang Island 10200, 10200, Georgetown, Penang
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    042631345

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    11:00AM—11:00PM
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    Woodlands is a geniune and authentic Indian eatery that serves purely vegetarian food alone. Even if you're not too fond on meatless meals, the flavours of the dishes will prove you otherwise, such as the curd rice served with chapati. There are also many other cute side snacks to fill your tummy like the Samosas and Fried Mushrooms. One of the best parts is their lunch set meals as they can go as low as RM4!
    Tips

    Check the menu carefully - some items are only available for lunch and some only for tea.

    Things to expect

    True vegetarian restaurant.

    Best with

    If you are hoping to end your meal with something sweet, there is an outdoor stall that serve some delectable desserts.

    Price

    RM2.00 to RM15.00

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    Woodlands Vegetarian Restaurant View restaurant

    60 Lebuh Penang, George Town, Penang Island 10200, 10200, Georgetown, Penang
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    0426397064

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    08:30AM—10:00PM
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    Also known somewhat as Bite N Eat to non-Indian locals, Dindigul Briyani is a local eatery serving Indian cuisine in a friendly and clean environment. It's easy to spot with its bright neon signboard and noticeable outdoor grill. To order, you can look through a menu tablet, which includes photos of their food item. Portions are relatively big and definitely a good value for money.
    Tips

    Ask for their dahl.

    Things to expect

    You'll have to walk through Little India for this gem.

    Best with

    Mango Lassi Drink.

    Price

    RM1.50 to RM30.00

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    Bite N Eat Dindigul Biriyani View restaurant

    17, Lebuh Pasar, 10200, Georgetown, Penang
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    042614532

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    Every day
    11:00AM—10:00PM
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