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Chinese couplets on the wall and red table cloths give the clean, simple room a festive vibe. This no-frills joint has won the hearts of serious foodie...
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Bib Gourmand: good quality, good value cooking
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Reviewed 8 March 2024 via mobile

The correct time open for dinner is 5:30 pm. We arrived at 5:45 pm, already has a long line. We waited for 45 minutes. The restaurant is very busy. From order to food on table is another 45 minutes. Is worth it? We ordered tofu,...chicken, egg plants and shrimp. Yes food is good and cheap.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 18 February 2024

Food was good but the line and wait was ridiculous. We sat in line for over an hour. Maybe if you get there right away when they open it would be better. We were told they don’t take reservations but there were people rocking up...after us and getting seated right away.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 5 January 2024 via mobile

I heard their might be a line to get in and they weren’t wrong. Luckily we arrived at 1150am and got the last table for two, before the line commenced and didn’t stop for the entire time we were there. For a jam packed restaurant...the waiters have a good system to get food out promptly although not always at once. We had the recommended double cooked pork belly which we enjoyed but found it a little to sweet for our tastes. The plum sauce chicken was a hit and the garlic vegetables was a fresh finish. 3 plates was enough for 2 of us and the bill came to 90myr with drinks.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 7 October 2023

We visited this restaurant recently and happy that we managed to make a reservation 2 weeks in advance for 8 adults and 1 child at noon time. The Restaurant opens at 12 pm but it was already packed when we arrived earlier! We got our...table and ordered 8 different food dishes and be aware: to select the size when ordering as the portion is not big. At the end, we all enjoyed our lunch at this Authentic home-cooked Cantonese food Restaurant at very affordable prices. The downside is that we need to wait for at least an hour for our food as the restaurant is fully booked and even many walk-in customers are willing to Que in the rain too!. Whilst the ambiance is not anything fancy, it is worth the visit to Tek Sen Restaurant in George Town, awarded Michelin Bib Gourmand in 2023.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 24 July 2023

I don't mind the long queue since this restaurant is recommended by friends. very systematic ordering and serving. All is good until my friends ate the last dish which is the fried squid. It doesn't look appealing to me so I did not ate at...all. But my friends still ate and mentioned tasted ok. But on the same night all my friends are down with Diarrhea and vomiting. Ended up our trip was shortened as all of them are sleeping at the apartment since after vomit again and again, they got no strength to mover around. I assume the fried squid is either not fresh or not wash clean.More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 20 July 2023

The best sweet and sour chicken ever!!!! First we had a que….but it’s all waiting worth it!!! All the food is great

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 21 June 2023

Very nice food! The restaurant closes at 21.00. I would highly recommend the aubergine and pork! Keep in mind that you should be there before 20.00, as they close the doors at 20.20. There is always a line in front of the restaurant because the...food is so good.More

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed 8 May 2023

I've heard this restaurant so many times from bloggers. Last week, we planned to visit this place for dinner. I and my family prepared for Q up to 30 minutes. Anyway, we waited for our table only 5 minutes (arrived restaurant at 8 pm). Our...favorite menu is Deed Fried Homemade Tofu. You can see many tourists at this place. You can take a look dishes from other tables. Then, you can make you choices. After dinner, you can explore Hawker at Chulia street as not far from Tek Sen restaurant. Surely, taste of Chinese Food at Tek Sen is easy to fall in love with.......... EnjoyMore

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed 29 April 2023

Big crowds and long line if no reservation but they are very efficient, line goes fast. I had the stingray curry, enjoyed it. Planned to go back to try more but unfortunately I did not have the time - recommend!

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed 24 March 2023 via mobile

Not inexpensive, great food, nice ambient that really shows the diversity of Penang, Malaysia!! Would definitely recommend this place to everyone visiting Penang!!!

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed 15 January 2023 via mobile

I enjoyed my meal at Teksen. Efficient and prompt service, great tasting dishes and a terrific busy feel to the restaurant. Thoroughly recommend.

Date of visit: January 2023
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Reviewed 4 January 2023

A favourite of ours in Georgetown. Fantastic Chinese food, at very affordable prices, with dishes that we don’t see in restaurants here (Australia). The menu has a lot of options, with much to explore. The restaurant is full of local diners as well as visitors...who are prepared to queue up for up to an hour to get seated. Service is super-efficient and the restaurant buzzes with happy customers. A tip - get there by at least 5.15 to be towards the head of the queue. Menus are available at the entrance to the restaurant which gives time to narrow down the choices of what to order on your first visit, and what to try out the next time…… and the next time.More

Date of visit: January 2023
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Reviewed 18 December 2022

We ordered tofu in clay pot, stir fried potato skins and the popular roast pork with chili padi. Everything was delicious. Worth the inevitable wait!

Date of visit: December 2022
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Reviewed 13 October 2022 via mobile

This is a very popular local restaurent with no air conditioning. The queues were long, spilling onto the main road. Be prepared for noise and long waits. Very reasonable pricing. We ordered many different dishes for our large table, all of which was appreciated.

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed 23 August 2022

We somehow made it here for lunch with no line. Very impressed and quite a delicious meal. It feels very old-school and saw lots of locals there, not just tourists.

Date of visit: July 2022
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Response from dinnerfor8 | Reviewed this property |
Yes they do! Make sure you tell them no fish sauce too and that they understand you when you say it🤪
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There are a lot of gluten free options.
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Yes. We were able to make one when we passed by the restaurant in the afternoon.
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Yes, Tek Sen Restaurant offers takeaway services.

Tek Sen Restaurant is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4