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May Garden Restaurant

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78, Penang Road, George Town, Penang Island, Malaysia
18:00 - 22:00
Closed now
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Sun - Sat 18:00 - 22:00
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2016 via mobile

This restaurant serve fantastic chinese food if you are celebrating occasion with a generous budget. Although the ambiance is overall average by international standard, the quality of food have compensated for it. The suckling pig is the best and most consistent throughout Malaysia. The pricey double boiled shark fin soup is also have no comparison. There are few other signature... More 

Thank Soon Terng P
Mamuju, Indonesia
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 March 2016

the best suckling pig i have ever ate in the last 10 years.....but thats not all, they have super delicious the scallop soup in crunchy basket, i enjoyed almost all the meals. Absolutely food to remember!

Thank H4nny2014
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13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2016

Very good traditional Chinese fare at reasonable prices. We had black chicken soup, snow cod and their special house chicken. For dessert, we had chendol. We were a little late for lunch, but the chefs kindly agreed to go back to the kitchen for our orders.

Thank myr0ntay
Penang Island, Malaysia
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57 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2015

I have eaten here several times and it isn't often I get a dish i don't love. Some of the dishes are down right amazing. There is a crab soup thing served in an edible bowl that i could become addicted to. Not expensive but not hawker prices. Great suckling pig!

Thank S P
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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30 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2015

My DH really wanted a Chinese meal, so we searched and found May Garden by chance. Its not the most exciting from the outside, too many pictures stuck to the window, in plastic slips but the rain suddenly fell in torrents, so we took a chance and stepped in. We so pleased we did! This is not a glamorous restaurant,... More 

Thank Paynemaine
Edmonton, Canada
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2015

Was on a "toursbylocals" tour, and was brought by our tour guide after mentioning we had a craving for some Hong Kong-style chinese food for lunch. At lunch time we were one of two tables with patrons (at around 12 noon). We ordered several dishes, including Scallops with Asparagus, Assam Prawns, Fried Chicken with Plum Sauce, House Bean Curd (Tofu),... More 

Thank soyvanilla
Manila, Philippines
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 May 2015

For non-halal food lover, one should really try their pig belly soup and roasted pork, they are famous for it.

Thank mgbb73
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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121 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 March 2015

Enjoyed a delicious lunch with chinese friends on holiday in Georgetown, Penang. Fantastic personal service and food delicious.

1 Thank maxclass1
Lancashire, England
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234 reviews
125 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 126 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 March 2015

I should have know when there were just 3 other diners in this place at 8.30 pm. We were immediately served tea and a small plate of nuts while we looked at the menu and ordered a drink. It is rare for me not to find anything that I liked the look of but both my companion and I decided... More 

1 Thank UKcritic
Penang Island, Malaysia
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129 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 February 2015 via mobile

We were here on a Chinese New Year Reception and had a 8 course dinner. The restaurant was packed and our first impression was: Chaotic, unorganized and loud. Somehow the staff managed to get the food on our table and it was pretty decent tasting, but not more.

Thank Andreas S

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Chinese, Asian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly
Open Hours
18:00 - 22:00
18:00 - 22:00
18:00 - 22:00
18:00 - 22:00
18:00 - 22:00
18:00 - 22:00
18:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 78, Penang Road, George Town, Penang Island, Malaysia
  • Location: Asia  >  Malaysia  >  Penang  >  Penang Island  >  George Town

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?