1. Restaurant Kapitan
The title holders of the best claypot biryani and naan breads in town! Restoran Kapitan is an affordable, family-style dining place which is continually bustling with tandoori zealots. The cheese naan tops the bill here. Fluffy naan topped with a lustering layer of cheese, served with dhal, sliced onions, mint sauce and their unique red sauce. You’ll be spoilt with choices looking at the eclectic side dishes, yet the regular crowd pullers are their classic crimson-coloured tandoori chicken, chicken milani and chicken cheese kebab. Try their energy booster – hot badam milk. Pure cow milk, ground with cashew nuts, raisins and almonds sounds peculiar but it’s thick and tasty.
How to get there: 93, Chulia Street, 10200, Georgetown, Penang
2. Indies Restaurant
Satisfying portions, quick service and a late night hangout spot, this relatively new restaurant is gaining its reputation swiftly. It’s a classy and clean restaurant that serves a plethora of Indian and mamak style meals. Located at the heart of Tanjung Tokong, it’s easily found. The first thing that the waiter asks would be, “Would you like to try our special Cheese Naan with Tandoori and Chicken Biryani?” The cheese naan set comes with a huge cheesy flatbread topped with thinly sliced carrot and cucumber, tender and juicy tandoori chicken plus mint sauce and a sweet red sauce. Feast your eyes first before you fill your tummy. Besides gravies, Indies offers plenty of fried seafood that goes along well with the naan – Crispy Haven Squid and Spicy Chicken Lollipop. Never miss their traditional Indian sweets and desserts too.
How to get there: 3H, Jalan Pantai Molek , 10470, Georgetown, Penang
3. Sri Ananda Bahwan Tanjung Bungah
Sri Ananda Bahwan is a garden-style restaurant with an effervescent ambience and good service located right opposite Flamingo hotel. Unlike their other branches, it’s got fairly dimmer lights and is wooden themed, suiting the Tanjung Bungah beach which is just a stone’s throw away. As you walk in through the main entrance, you’ll be welcomed by colourful and tempting kebabs in long skewers, pleading “come and get me” alongside a wide selection of Indian dishes. The cheese naan here comes in a basket, sliced into smaller pita sizes and the cheesy portions are much crunchier. No worries herbivores; there are as many vegetarian dishes too. Their sweet and spicy Mushroom Manchurian is a perfect match for your cheesy goodness.
How to get there: 14, Jalan Tanjong Bungah, 11200, Georgetown, Penang
Nestled in the crowd-chocking Little India, Karaikudi is widely known for its great punch of Chettinad (South Indian) style cooking and picturesque interior. You will likely be besotted when you walk in as the vibrant adornments, artistic photos, giant lamps and exclusive copper utensils sets the South Indian tone. Your first bite of the cheese naan will sound the alarm to order the next one immediately – feathery soft bread with gooey cheese that goes well with all side dishes in the extensive menu. You will constantly hear “ummmmppphhh” and “ooommppphhh” murmurs from the neighbouring tables. It’s close to crime to leave this classy restaurant without tasting their Sizzling Brownie – chocolate brownie on a hot plate served with a generous scoop of vanilla ice cream, chocolate syrup and cashew nuts.
How to get there: No.20, Lebuh Pasar, | Georgetown, Penang Island 10200, 10200, Georgetown, Penang
5. Gem Restaurant
An Indian curry house located at the heart of Little India, Gem Restaurant is a clean, tidy and spacious restaurant that has magnetised many admirers for its contemporary interior of wood carvings, lively framework, fancy utensils and its own unique twist with Indian spices. Renowned for its cheap set lunches, yet the cheese naan here ranks among the best on the island. The cheese naan here is flaky, sliced into smaller portions and comes with regular sides of mint sauce and a sweet reddish sauce. The aroma rouses your appetite and you’ll just dig right in!
How to get there: 66, Lebuh Bishop, 10300, Georgetown, Penang
6. Enca Cafe Batu Ferringhi
Frolicking far down the beautiful coastline of Batu Ferringhi, Enca Cafe is a tailor-made spot to unwind and please your palate with yummy Indian cuisine, pizzas and American breakfasts which are rather inexpensive. Appearing as a humble, old-school and comfy restaurant, yet the food is big! An assortment of naans awaits discovery, but the all-time favourites are the garlic and cheese naans. The cheese naan is cheesier and crispier compared to the other restaurants listed here. Tandoori chicken diced into pieces, addictive Chili Chicken and Vegetable Makhanwala dovetail these warm naans delightfully.
How to get there: 101-A, Jalan Teluk Bahang, 11100, Georgetown, Penang
7. Woodlands Restaurant
First of all, it’s a fully vegetarian restaurant. Meat lovers don’t pull the plug yet; your perception is about to change from the first bite. It’s a simple and clean dining restaurant famous for Southern Indian style set meals, crunchy snacks and naan. The cheese naan here is mildly cheesed and served with dhal and vege-of-the-day gravy. A long list of delicacies, from Panner Butter Masala, Aloo Gobi, Mushroom Masala, Potato Cutlet and the list goes on. Their naan is neither gigantic nor tiny. If you want to get back home chock-full, get more than two. Sip their authentic Madras Coffee or Ginger Tea.
How to get there: 60 Lebuh Penang, George Town, Penang Island 10200, 10200, Georgetown, Penang