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The Seven Terraces owned by Christopher Ong, a heritage-preserving and award winning hotelier, has worked with the hotel’s chefs to create a menu of classic Indo and Straits Chinese Nyonya dishes. Along with Chef Zac and Chef Kent, Kebaya had undergone reinterpretation and de-construction to deliver surprising new twists of elevation in its serving.

Prior to the opening of Kebaya, Chris has the luxury of working closely with both the chefs, Zac and Kent for more than six months. In the hardship battle to convince the Swiss-trained chef to venture into this path, Chris has guided the chefs into the right direction with the help of Nyonya aunties with a lifetime of Peranakan cooking knowledge.

Armed with their passed on secrets, Kebaya applies very innovative cooking methods using traditional Malaysian flavour profiles, Vietnamese lightness, Thai spiciness, and traditional French cooking styles. In this innovative produce, Kebaya delivers surprising new twists on this already fascinating cuisine.

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  • Haynes Cheung
    Haynes Cheung
    4 months ago

    Fancy traditional Chinese dinning room, unfortunately the food was a let down. Also, given the prices of this restaurant, there were some bits that didn't feel very premium about it.They only serve set menus.My bf has skewers as a starter, and I had a blue crab meat wrapping thing (costs ~35RM extra). I'd recommend the crab starter, as it comes in a platter and you wrap the ingredients yourself. Fun and tasty. In comparison, the skewer was a poor choice. When my platter looks so big, who would've thought they would just give 2 small mediocre skewers as a starter? I had better quality skewers from the street with bigger portion.For main, we had lamb and a prawn curry. Lamb was tasty, curry was good but nothing special than what you can have from other normal restaurants.We were not big fans of their veggies sides.We came here at 6pm and the lady who played traditional Chinese instrument started playing from 7pm. Lovely relaxing music in a cute dinning room. But this was the only thing we liked about this restaurant.Bathroom can be cleaner (not dirty but water was splashed everywhere). Our dinning table was slightly wobbly but it's understandable in a historic restaurant (could be part of their theme). However, the poor quality of their napkin was not forgivable. Mine even had a yellow stain on it.Overall, we wouldn't come to this restaurant again because of the food doesn't justify the higher prices. But if you like places with a bit of character then it's a beautiful historic restaurant.

  • N. X.
    N. X.
    4 months ago

    Kebaya is a Peranakan fine-dining restaurant worthy of its reputation. Its setting is stunning: antique tables, vintage cabinets and elaborate wood-carvings remind you of the Penang of lore. There was nothing to complain about with regard to service, either: attentive enough, polite enough and swift enough.But this wouldn’t be a restaurant review without discussing the heart of the matter: the food, especially in a place like Penang, where such subjects stir strong emotions. Would the dishes evoke the Peranakan spirit of old? The short answer: yes, they do. My Peranakan husband came expecting to be disappointed, but went away pleasantly surprised, though not without some opinions of his own.The rendang croque monseiur was an interesting pairing of rendang and strong cheese: though not exactly to his liking, he could appreciate the thought that went into its composition. The fish in the gulai pomfret was fresh, without the strong smell that gives away fish left too long in the fridge, and the curry sauce had just the right touch of tangy sourness to accompany it. The spicing of the sayur lodeh was spot on. The drawback, though, was that there was a touch too much sugar in the dishes. While this may be the “Indo-Chinese” touch that was promised, such sweetness imbalanced the food’s flavor slightly.As for my vegetarian selection, it was more hit and miss. Some of the dishes were vegetarian spins of a classic: braised tofu skin, blanched kai-lan, and sweet-and-sour gluten. Alas, one of the dishes, blanched string beans in a coconut sauce, was imbalanced by its sweet touch, as was the blanched cabbage in sesame and chilli oil.Finally, the meal was rounded off with dessert, which was solid but unspectacular. The gula Melaka fredo, though, was a bit too difficult to cut, sending pieces flying across the table! It would be better off pre-cut before serving, avoiding unnecessary hassle or embarrassment to dining companions.Overall, though, the imbalanced flavors are a minor point in an overall satisfactory meal. This place gets a solid four stars, but would benefit from a few tweaks in the recipes.

  • John Maull
    John Maull
    a month ago

    I had a delicious dinner at this elegant restaurant in George Town. It was a highlight of my visit in Penang. I opted for the 3 course meal and had a hard time choosing because everything looked so good. With some guidance from the maitre D’, I opted for the Otak Otak, a pastry stuffed with sea bass, and the Sambal Goreng. The service was excellent and attentive

  • Souto Caviglia
    Souto Caviglia
    2 weeks ago

    Definitely recommend the Kebaya. Service was exceptionally good, the waiters where extremely kind and helpful. The food was also delicious. Overall a great experience at a great price!

  • Mohan Belani
    Mohan Belani
    a month ago

    We celebrated my Dad's 70th birthday there and everything from the reservation experience, to the dining, to the service level all the way to the ambience was just amazing.The staff was very helpful in helping us with the menu and making great suggestions. They went the extra mile to portion out the dishes based on our group size. They were kind and supportive in ensuring that my family had a great experience. They also went the extra mile to take pictures, sing a birthday song and waive off some off the corkage expenses. The staff was also very attentive to the needs of my family, especially with 2 young children at the table.The food was also fantastic. Every dish was great, portion size was good. The ambience and the grounds around the area allow for an immersion into the deep Peranakan heritage.Special thanks to all the staff that went above and beyond to provide a spectacular experience to my and my family.

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