Saturday, November 7, 2015

Patio Bar De Tapas @ Penang

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. “Try this paella,” 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. “You should also taste our chicken wings infused with Red Bull and jalapenos. And our baked speciality of chorizo, tomato, egg and manchego cheese.” 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.

Patio Bar De Tapas
49F, Weld Quay, George Town, Penang. Sun-Thurs, 5pm-130am; Fri-Sat, 5pm-230am. Tel: +6012-311-0442

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  1. I see paella rice...and I've yet to try that, never had the chance. Shame...shame... And is that one glorious slab of siew yoke?

    1. Suituapui: if you get the chance to try some paella, i think you'd like it! :) ooo, that was a glorious slab of a pork rib actually! :)

  2. I like the name of this place and the decor, and the dishes look succulent! :)

    1. Linda: i whole-heartedly agree with you on all those points! :)

  3. I have fond memories of this place. I visited when they had just first opened. Seems they have come a long way since then.

    1. The Yum List: they definitely do provide a great example of how to introduce a spanish-type restaurant in penang :)