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Helena's Cafe

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43B Jalan Batu Ferringhi | opp Yahong Gallery, Batu Ferringhi, Penang Island 11100, Malaysia
+60 16-464 5202
12:00 - 22:30
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Mon - Sat 12:00 - 22:30
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649 reviews
289 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 712 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 November 2013

Compared with other venues in SE Asia, I find Batu Ferringhi to confront visitors with the dilemma of beach resort communities in much of the world – how to maximize value and quality in a mix of nice but sometimes relatively high-priced upmarket restaurants (in hotels and elsewhere) and lower-priced but often grubby places with filler-rich (nutrition-low) meals which are... More 

3 Thank EarthlingOnline
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 November 2013

We have returned to this wonderful family restaurant many times now and the food just keeps getting better. Whether it is a magnificent indian curry, whole fish cooked Malaysian style, Chinese or local food you like, this is the place to go to. We suggest you try their steamboat.....wow! If it's great food and service you enjoy, visit Theresa and... More 

2 Thank kr54p
Penang Island, Malaysia
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 November 2013

An outstanding outdoor decoration with delicious home-cooked meals. Excellent customer service at a very reasonable price. In my opinion, I strongly encourage anyone to drop-by if you're searching for a good meal and time with your friends or family. Thank you for the amazing experience and the lovely pancakes!

2 Thank Mathilda_JA
Johor Bahru, Malaysia
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 November 2013

We ordered the mutton curry and the fish curry, both were excellent. We also wanted a tofu dish, so we asked if they had (since there was none listed on the menu), the lady there said yes, they can prepare sizzling tofu with egg. It was not bad, but was shocked when the bill came and it was priced as... More 

Thank avya98
Sydney, Australia
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73 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 November 2013 via mobile

Food was average. Had better satay skewers at the hawker stalls. Service was ok except when we tried to pay and one guy was busy combing his hair while we waited for someone to come meet us at the register...

Thank Steph L
Langwarrin, Australia
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15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 November 2013 via mobile

We have been going to Helena's cafe for many years and will continue to do so. Theresa and her family always provide a very warm and friendly atmosphere. You will not find a better curry in Penang!! And the beers are cold. Excellent value for money.

1 Thank Barb06072016
Melbourne, Australia
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66 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 November 2013

We always pop out and get lunch from Helena's during our stays at Batu Ferringhi and take it back to our hotel as it is great value and fresh and tasty. The ladies are always so accommodating and I have never had a bad meal. It's a must go!

1 Thank Lionel888
Kuala Lumpur
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28 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 October 2013

We had a couple of curries at this place based on it being no 4 on Trip Advisor. We were the only customers. Not surprised, very ordinary.

Thank Steve M
Perth, Australia
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84 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 October 2013

Helena's restaurant is a family owned and run business, daughter that looks after front of house and mother the great chef in the kitchen. Having just returned from Batu Ferringhi, during our 8 days stay, we had eaten 5 times as Helena's, this composed of a few lunches as well as evening meals. The satay was nice and fresh with... More 

Thank Peter D
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83 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 October 2013

We enjoyed a great meal here, the satay was divine. Great service, amazing value, we'd certainly eat here again.

Thank LNB1968

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Chinese, Asian, Malaysian, Vegetarian Friendly
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Cash Only, Free Wifi, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
12:00 - 22:30
12:00 - 22:30
12:00 - 22:30
12:00 - 22:30
12:00 - 22:30
12:00 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 43B Jalan Batu Ferringhi | opp Yahong Gallery, Batu Ferringhi, Penang Island 11100, Malaysia
  • Location: Asia  >  Malaysia  >  Penang  >  Penang Island  >  Batu Ferringhi
  • Phone Number: +60 16-464 5202

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