Our trips to Penang often include a pit stop at China House. Almost an institution of sorts, it continues to tick all the right boxes when looking for a good restaurant in Penang, both in terms of space and a variety of thoughtful options for everyone in the family.

China House is a bit of a treasure trove. Beyond the heritage doors is a long, meandering space that is linked by an open air courtyard with several dining options. Upstairs, the art gallery boasts some edgy Malaysian art. Some of the artists are new and it is a great place to discover a less known talent. The adjacent BonTon shop is a storehouse of knick knacks and little trinkets.

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All these are distractions to the real star – the food is delightful and wholesome, with both Malaysian and international flavours. We went there for a late lunch after ambling the lovely lanes of Lebuh Armenian. The children went for the chicken and mushroom pie with mashed potato which was a hit. It was a bit early but I was offered the the high tea option and was presented with lovely scones and dainty sandwiches. The husband gave thumbs up for his creamy chicken tikka sandwich which came with freshly baked wholegrain bread.

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The children were given crayons and the opportunity to participate in a contest for the best paper lanterns!

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Of course, the real reason for going easy on the mains was so that we could have the cakes. The table at the entrance was redolent with cakes and pastry of all manner – I don’t think anyone will be able to resist the temptation.

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China House hosts various events, particularly in the evening. I imagine that it would be quite nice to combine dinner and a performance, something we would look to do when our kids are a bit older! Do check their Facebook page for updates on events and various discounts – sometimes they have promotions on cake and wine, both very tempting! It is still one of the best family restaurants in Georgetown if you want a diversion from all the hawker fare.

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We were hosted by China House but have visited several times on our own account – opinions as always are our own.

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