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David Brown Restaurant Penang Hill Review

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David Brown's Restaurant at Strawberry Hill, Penang Hill

David Brown Restaurant Penang Hill Review

Standing on Strawberry Hill also known as “hill upon a hill”; David Brown’s cottage is refurbished as the highest restaurant in Penang.

David Brown Restaurant offers one of the most spectacular views of George Town at dusk. As the day winds down, the city turns into a twinkling fairytale town before your eyes.

The original house of Penang’s pioneer nutmeg planter, David Brown was rebuilt in the 19th century after it burned down. After it was refurbished and rebranded as a quintessential British colonial Restaurant and Tea Terrace.

For a romantic gateway, spend a day up Penang’s iconic Penang Hill. Take the funicular train up during a weekday where the pace is slower.

We ordered a refreshing DB Fruit Punch which has a combination of orange, apple, mango, cranberry juice, and grenadine syrup. It was a sweet thirst quenched that refreshes after we walked around the hilltop.

David Brown’s Restaurant at Strawberry Hill, Penang Hill
Some pretty fruit punch.

What to Order at David Brown Restaurant?

Soup Starters

For starters, we opt to skip appetizers to save room for desserts. That plan was perfect as the portions are not only large but delicious!

We tried two wonderful full-bodied soups, cooked in chicken broth and cream. The cooler climate makes one hungrier than usual. Maybe I was just greedy and finished all my mains.

Mushroom Soup and Chicken Corn Chowder at David Brown Restaurant. Penang Hill
I couldn’t decide which I like best. The Wild Mushroom Soup made with fresh wild mushroom or The Chicken and Corn Chowder with chunky chicken and fresh sweet corn kernels. Aha…. decisions decisions decisions

The Star Dish is Beef Wellington

Beef Wellington is definitely my favorite mains. This is the perfect main course to look forward to for Christmas Day lunch. A tender cut of beef is a little of a luxury.  It comes from the most expensive cut of meat and has no muscle, making it tender and delicious.

If you haven’t had it before, it will surprise you. The chef starts by pan searing the fillet steak on a hot pan and then coat it with English mustard. Next, he wraps the beef with a bed of bacon coated with chicken pate. The final wrap is a homemade puff pastry before its oven baked.

The roasted beef fillet is a delicious, succulent. The nice pastry is crispy on the outside. Pate and bacon smell divine and Christmassy. Perfect.

Beef Wellington at David Brown Restaurant. Penang Hill
Bit of luxury, the Beef Wellington reminds me so much of Christmas!

The Classic BBQ Chicken Chop

The Classic BBQ Chicken Chop has a lovely piquant tasty marinate and served with a BBQ sauce. The chicken is just cooked and keeps its juicy flavor, with a nicely barbequed taste. I rather like the crinkle-cut potatoes for its crispy crunch. The best part is that the potatoes are and still soft and flavorful.

Women Have a Second Stomach for Desserts

We Ordered Two Desserts!

For desserts, we had two cakes. The Pandan Chiffon Cake is light green because of the chlorophyll in the pandan juice. Delicious with local kaya and a butterscotch ice cream. That and a hot cup of cappuccino was the highlight of my Penang Hill trip.

I can’t wait to return to dine at David Brown’s Restaurant & Tea Terraces. I hear that they have a great high tea set. If there are hot freshly made scones and mini pies, I’ll be making a beeline there soon!

David Brown's Restaurant at Strawberry Hill, Penang Hill
The Pandan Chiffon Cake is a light, fluffy sponge cake flavored with pandan (screw pine) leaves.
My absolute favorite is the Chocolate Torte. This rich chocolate cake is made with ground almond instead of flour. Glazed with chocolate ganache. A cake to die for.
With a setting like that, how can you resist not dining here?

David Brown’s Restaurant & Tea Terraces | Strawberry Hill, Penang Hill, Penang.
Lunch: 11am – 3pm | Afternoon Tea: 3pm – 6pm | Dinner: 6pm – 10pm (last call 9pm)
Tel: +604-828 8337 / 018-409 6277


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