Kebaya Dining Room is a restaurant that’s part of Seven Terraces Hotel along Stewart Lane, Penang serving modern Peranakan and Indo-Chinese cuisine. Each guest is served a 4 course meal at about RM120++ per pax including choices from starters, main course, vegetables and dessert. Each serving was portioned in a generous amount. I’d suggest to order different dishes and share-share with your friends, so you’ll get a variety and able try a bit of everything.
During my last visit here, I tried the otak-otak which was rather interesting. Unlike the traditional ones wrapped in banana leaf, Kebaya had it baked as a pastry. However, this time I asked for their recommendation. Our waiter said miang kham of salmon roe was the most popular appetizer on the menu. It was indeed tasty. You can taste the bursting flavours of the salmon roe at every bite, combining with other ingredients like dried shrimp, cashews, lime and betel leaf which made it crunchy at the same time. We also tried the pork man tou which was okay, although I’d prefer if they could add a little bit of sauce over it since it was slightly bland.
As for mains; we had Kebaya tamarind beef, and organic roast pork. The Kebaya taramind beef for me was a wow! Meat was so tender (72 hours sous vide), the sauce was sweet, spicy and slightly sourish. It was exceptionally delicious, maybe because I love strong flavours and gravy/sauce that goes well with plain rice. The succulent organic roast pork belly was also yummy (and also sous vide). The skin was crispy and definitely tasted even better after dipping in their hoisin balsamic vinegar.
Even their vegetables tasted so good. Our choices were wing bean kerabu and sautéed fresh greens of the day. Wing bean kerabu is a must order (since there’s only 4 choices) as you would definitely enjoy the flavour combination of toasted coconut, pomegranate, belacan and lime. So refreshing.
Last but not least, dessert! Onde-onde being one my favourite local desserts; made of glutinous rice stuffed with gula melaka. It was, obviously my first choice. It was a very tough decision though since everything else sounded so good. Kebaya‘s version of tang yuen was onde-onde in warm coconut broth. The gula melaka mousse was light and smooth in texture. Both were delightful. My other suggestion would be pandan crème brulee (not shown in photo) which I’ve tried here last time.
It was indeed a beautiful meal. This place is highly recommended as it was not only the food that I enjoyed, but also the service and ambience. The deco, flooring, lighting and even live music from the grand piano set the mood too. Looking forward to coming back, perhaps even staying in Seven Terraces Hotel.
What was good about Kebaya Dining Room Restaurant:
- Excellent food quality
- Staff were knowledgable of menu
- Timely service
- Great ambience (elegant traditional interior and furnitures)
What was bad about Kebaya Dining Room Restaurant:
- Closed during lunch hour
- Caters to 2 seating sessions only (6pm or 8pm)
- No á la carte orders
MISSGETABOUT SCORE: 8.5/10