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Friday, 26 December 2014 14:48



Built in 1929, Loke Thye Kee Restaurant down on Burma Road boasted a ship design in memory of its original waterfront location in Weld Quay. During its heyday, the restaurant was famous for its traditional Hainanese cuisine besides widely regarded as the place for matchmaking, weddings ceremonies as well as birthdays celebrations.

The historical place acquired by its current owners underwent a restoration programme and was restored to its former glory in late 2012.

Today, the refreshed Loke Thye Kee houses a number of pork-free and Halal outlets: Kopitiam, The Bridge Grill and Loke Thye Kee Restaurant. Guests can enjoy Hainanese, Malaysian and Western delights at these outlets.



2nd Floor – The Bridge Grill

The roof terrace is occupied by The Bridge Grill. The restaurant with a 360-degree view of George Town delights with a specially crafted menu of flame grilled and teppanyaki style Western dishes.

For every order of a main, you will get unlimited starters of salad, cheeses and cold cuts, along with soup and desserts of fresh fruits, cakes and ice cream. Priced from RM45 onwards, the choices of mains include grain-fed beef, poultry, lamb and lighter options of seafood and vegetarian.

Worthy of a mention is the Rack of Lamb with accompaniments of capsicum and potatoes. The flavours are spot on and the meat is tender enough that the knife cuts through it easily.



1st Floor – Loke Thye Kee Restaurant

Loke Thye Kee Restaurant (a Halal outlet) on the first floor of the building opens for the early lunch crowd. Diners can choose to dine in its air-conditioned dining area or at the al-fresco area on the balcony.


The menu is divided into several sections with bountiful line-up of Malaysian dishes including a selection of Hainanese dishes. Our pick from the menu was Macaroni Pie and Fish Head Curry.

The Hainanese style Macaroni Pie served with a side of crunchy breadsticks and small helping of salad reveals a warm creamy filling of well-cooked macaroni, carrot and chicken. For those who like a pie for a meal, this comfort dish nicely balanced with herbs and richness is well worth a try.


Another recommended dish is the fish head curry with brinjal, ladies fingers, red and green chillies. Prepared with a creamy base, lots of Indian spices and garnished with mint leaves, the dish provides immense flavour and fresh taste. All that is needed to go along with this curry dish is white rice.


Ground Floor – Kopitiam

The food and beverages outlets of Loke Thye Kee building doesn’t stop there. On the ground floor of the building is Kopitiam, a Hainanese Chinese word that expresses a casual coffee shop. Expect to find breakfast offerings and local beverages.


Hainanese breakfast of toast with butter and kaya, soft-boiled eggs, nasi lemak and The Big Breakfast provides the right start to the morning.

On top of that, the Cheese Burger and Big Bowl Noodles make great snacks for anytime of the day. Take your pick from Tomyam Mee, Beef Noodles, Taiwanese Noodles, Nissin Noodles and both the Red and White Curry Mee.

The beef noodles makes for an unexpected as it is hardly found in restaurants in Penang. With varieties of beef balls, beef slices, innards and bean sprouts, the steaming bowl of soupy koay teow (flat rice noodles) is thoroughly enjoyable.



Loke Thye Kee is equipped with facilities, such as a lift to cater for the wheelchair users or elderly with disabilities to go up to the restaurants.

As for parking, there are spaces available at the Khoo Sian Ewe Road, a one-way-alley beside the building.


Loke Thye Kee (乐台居)
2 Jalan Burma
10050 Georgetown

Tel: 04 264 1919


Business Hour:
The Bridge Grill: 6pm – 10pm daily
Loke Thye Kee Restaurant: 11am – 10pm daily
Kopitiam: 7am – 10pm daily


Written by CK Lam, food blogger and editor of; featuring the Best of Penang Food. She constantly combs Penang for the best gastronomical delights besides sharing photos of Penang culture and heritage at:



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