Asam Pedas Pak Man
Melaka is famous for its Asam Pedas and you will find this spicy dish everywhere. But Asam Pedas Pak Man which opened in 2018 at Bukit Katil chose to be a specialist. Basically, this is the only dish on the menu. Locals soon recognized it as the best is the city and every night (except Wednesdays when it closed) it is packed with diners. This restaurant is just five minutes drive from Castlewood.
By Vista Kirana, Jalan Gapam, Ayer Keroh
Just across the road from the entrance of the Tiara Melaka Golf & Country Club and just 5 minutes drive from Castlewood, is Dapur Café. A very cool place to hang out with interesting interior design. You can sit on a sofa or chair and read while having a coffee or waiting for food to “go”. The kitchen is open for lunch and more recently for dinner and serves really delicious ‘home-cooked’ Malay food. The price is quite reasonable. We highly recommend this gem. We eat there ourselves regularly.
Al Dente Restaurant
30 Jalan PM 12, Taman Merdeka Permai, 75350,
Perhaps the best Italian restaurant in Melaka at this time. You can sit inside or outside. Pleasant decor and good quality food. The mushroom dip is one of our favourites. Apart from that you will find the usual range of Italian dishes plus some local choices if you are accompanied by anyone who is not ready for Western food. The staff and friendly and they will happily serve you wine and beer at a reasonable cost. Closes at 11pm.
At the beginning of Jonkers Walk next to H&M
The nearest thing to an English pub in Melaka but it is actual a branch of a KL favourite. The location is enviable. It is perched on the river bank so try to get a window seat. On the second floor there is actually a balcony that overlooks the river. It gets noisier later at night as they a live band performing so if you want to eat in peace go early. We recommend the steak & kidney pie and other traditional British dishes like Shepherd’s Pie. Burgers of all sorts are also on the wide menu. Parking is a problem so either get a taxi or accept a 15-minute walk to this pub. Closes at midnight.
I Jalan Tukang Besi, Melaka 7520. Phone +60 12-605 6490
Excellent choice if you want to sample local dishes. Laksa and Apom Berkuah stand out in my memory from my last visit. Some folks even rate the Laksa as the best in Malaysia. This restaurant has a nice atmosphere and the owner is very helpful if you are new to Asian cuisine.
Sun May Hiong Satay House
Jalan Kota Laksam 1 Melaka 75200 Phone: 606-281 7281
Great value and good food hence it is very popular with locals as well as visitors. Service and atmosphere are not great but the excellent food draws me back regularly.
Jalan Hang Leki, Jonkers Street Phone +60 283 6099
Situated near the famous Jonker Street, this restaurant has been popular for many years. You will find delicious Nonya cuisine served in a place that has heaps of ambience. It fact someone described it as a bit like eating in a friendly neighbour’s dining room! Please note it is not a Halal eatery. I was there recently and tried the Sweet & Sour fish which was as good as my mother used to make – that’s big praise indeed. Get there early or you may have to wait for a table.
Pak Putra Tandoori
Jalan Laksamana 4 Phone +60 12-601 5876
The locals know that the best place in town to go for Tandoori Chicken and Nan is this casual restaurant. The butter chicken is sometimes very good and sometimes a bit lacking. I enjoy going to this restaurant late at night as do many others hence there is always a big crowd.
When Melaka was under the Portuguese naturally the foreigners and locals intermarried and by 16th and 17th centuries there was a thriving mixed community. In 1933 a patch of swampy near the sea was cleared and ten wooden houses, with attap roofs, were established for this community. The new fishing village drew more of this mixed race from other parts of Malaysia and quickly expanded the original group. It is a pity so little has been preserved today of the buildings and culture. However, the popular seafood restaurants draw locals and tourists alike. In June, the Arts Festival attracts around 100,000 visitors.