David Brown’s Restaurant is the highest landed restaurant in Penang. The restaurant is located at the top of Penang Hill. The original owner of this house is David Brown who was one of the successful businessmen during British time. Among others which were owned by David Brown are significant places like Brown Road and Padang Brown.
This place used to grow strawberries back in the 80’s, hence it is also known as “Strawberry Hill”. However, due to climate changes, it is no longer possible to grow strawberries on this hill. However, with technology advancement the current owner is able to start growing strawberries again.
Although the restoration of strawberry plantation is still in progress, the place is beautiful enough with a huge lily pond right in front of the restaurant filled with gorgeous lilies.
The setup of the dining table just in front of the lily pond with cooling air of the hill was just perfect. I used to come here for the afternoon tea as the scones are one of the best in Penang. Until now only I know that the dinner here is just as good.
There is also a fire place with chimney for those looking for some warmth when the weather is cold which I believe it was used way back in the 80’s.
For those that looking for some quiet place and relaxing hangout, David Brown’s is the perfect spot for dinner:
David Brown Restaurant & Tea Terrace (Set Dinner only)
- Price: RM100 nett for 2 sets (aka Buy 1 Free 1)
- Time: 6.00pm -10.00pm daily, last train at 11pm
- Promotion Period: 1 June 2015 – 30 July 2015 (not inclusive public holidays and eve of public holidays)
- Delivery of vouchers with minimum purchase of 5 vouchers
Vouchers can only be purchased on the Roadshow which is happening in June 2015. The schedule for the roadshows are as below:
- Autocity – 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th June (Saturday) 6:30pm – 9:30pm
- Botanical garden/ youth park – 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th June (Saturday) 7:30pm – 10:30pm
- Occupy beach street – 7th, 14th, 21th 28th June (Saturday) 7:30am – 10:30am
- Bayan Baru Pasar Food Court – 10th, 17th, 24th June (Wednesday) 12:00noon – 2pm
The restaurant operates during these time slots: 11am-3pm (lunch), 3pm-6pm (afternoon tea), 6pm-10pm (dinner).
Smoked duck breast, a mixture of fresh greens and smoked duck breast slices with honey lemon vinaigrette as the dressing. The dressing is a unique mixture of the lemonade and sun quick orange cordial while the peppery smoked duck is full of flavour. It is a great combination and a unique appetizer to start off the dinner.
The Seafood Corn Soup has a touch of lemon grass fragrance. The corn brings in the sweetness of the soup. The chef uses fish head as the soup base and adds is scallops and prawns. The soup is sweet and creamy. It is another unique yet appetizing soup.
Serving together with the soup are some fresh rolls. You may dip the rolls into the soup for extra flavouring. Otherwise you may eat it plain with butter which is equally good as the rolls are freshly baked.
David Brown’s Grilled Chicken Chop with roasted baby potatoes, steamed vegetable & corn, and jumbo sausage. The chicken chop is very nice in terms of marination and grill. The sausage is slightly tendentious.
Pan-seared Sushi-Grade Norwegian Salmon with potato cream, citrus salsa, pea sprout and aioli. The salmon is fresh but the texture is a bit dry.
Pan seared grain-fed sirloin with roasted potato, onion marmalade, mixed green, balsamic reduction and au jus. The sauce is very nice and the tenderness of the meat is slight tough as it could be due to the beef was grain-fed.
Braised lamb shortloin with potato cream, onion confit, steamed vegetable & corn. The sweetness and slightly sourish taste is due to the apple juice and balsamic vinegar. The tenderness of the lamb is a bit over-cooked.
Chocolate Mousse Cake with pistachio tuile, vanilla ice cream, mixed berry compote and orea soil. The cake is chocolaty-rich and it is always good to have a scoop of vanilla ice cream to complement the richness of the cake.
Tea or coffee
Overall, the ambiance here is very cooling and cozy. It is always good to come up here for a better dining experience to avoid the hustle bustle of the city. Now with this “Buy 1 Free 1” promotion, there is no reason not to come up here. The taste of the food here is fresh and unique. You may enjoy your dinner until 10 at night before catching the last train downhill at 11pm.
Editor’s Review (5 Stars Rank):
Operation hours: 11:00pm – 3:00pm lunch, 3:00pm – 6:00pm afternoon tea, 6:00pm – 10:00pm dinner (7 days a week)
Contact: 04-828 8337
Address:Lot 400, MK 17, Daerah Bart Daya, Strawberry Hill, Bukit Bendera, 11300 Ayer Itam, Penang
GPS: 5° 42′ 88.46″ N, 100° 26′ 96.42″ E