Malacca City Restaurants
Where and What to Eat in Malacca City
The enticing allure of good dining is as much a part of Malacca's appeal as its narrow roads, antiquated shops and the remnants of European empires. In the last few years alone an overabundance of new dining venues has sprung up around Malacca. Scores of these restaurants are in the vicinity of Malacca’s historic buildings, and some are even located within them. Offering local fare and international gastronomy, most of these cafés, bistros and restaurants have simply sumptuous food.
Most importantly you can’t think of Malacca without thinking of Nyonya cuisine – especially pervasive throughout the city centre. Nyonya fare is a unique blend of Chinese, Malay and sundry cooking styles that has evolved from the social dynamics of the different cultures. While in Malacca, don’t miss out on the chance to taste the ayam pong teh at Makko, the mozzarella chicken at Amigo or the satay celup at Restoran Ban Lee Siang.
Amigo Steak & Grill
If you fancy some sushi or a juicy steak then don’t miss out on the opportunity to dine at Amigo, which serves up a plethora of Western and Japanese fare. Sink your teeth into the mozzarella chicken, crispy onion rings and the simply succulent sizzling black pepper chicken. Western food has long been a popular option in Malacca but this eatery is the best place to go for some great options with its melting pot of palatable flavours.
- Opening Hours: 17:30 – 00:00
- Address: 21-23 Jalan Melaka Raya 8, Taman Melaka Raya, 75000.
- Tel: +606 283 2684 or +606 283 2686
Capitol Satay Celup is one of Malacca's favourite haunts for a savoury meal with loved ones. This pioneer of the satay celup business in Malacca City is located in Lorong Bukit Cina and is easy to find... just look for a queue of hungry diners trailing out onto the street. For those who are unfamiliar of the term, satay celup or 'steamboat satay' is a dish where raw or semi-cooked meat and vegetables on skewers are dipped into a hot pot of thick, spicy peanut sauce.
Open since the 1950s, Capitol Satay Celup is a modest establishment of two shop lots with tiled floors and spacious seating arrangements. Its white walls are decorated with framed magazine and newspaper articles as well as photos of celebrities who have savoured its delicious satay celup. It is the only Capitol Satay Celup in the world, and the restaurant has several signboards scattered on the walls which informs diners of its exclusivity and cautions them against any false duplicates. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Wednesday - Monday 17:00 – 23:00
- Address: 41, Lorong Bukit Cina
- Tel: +606 283 5508
Eggxtra is a quaint cafe which serves a wide array of homemade pastries and specialises in fine Italian Musetti coffee. Nestled amongst a horde of restaurants and bistros in Taman Melaka Raya, visitors can easily spot this non-smoking establishment thanks to its brightly painted walls in swathes of white, pinks, yellows, and oranges.
Eggxtra also has a bright yellow sunny-side up icon which beckons visitors into the granite-themed cafe interiors with inspirational quotes and quirky artwork decorating nearly every corner. Eggxtra offers a cosy ambience with its plush sofas and white furnishings, while rattan chairs adorn the exterior, which are perfect for dinner with friends and family during breezy evenings. There is also a unique egg-shaped seat next to a massive model of an egg, which makes for cute snapshots. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Friday – Wednesday 08:00 – 22:30
- Address: 32, Jalan Melaka Raya 15, Taman Melaka Raya
- Tel: +606 286 6366
Khaki Coffee Bar
Khaki Coffee Bar is a miniscule cafe in Taman Melaka Raya which serves brewed coffee with a satisfying array of sandwiches and desserts. With crisp white walls decorated with random knick-knacks, Khaki Coffee Bar is a quaint and relatively small cafe with a coffee bar on one side and three tables on the other (we recommend heading there early to secure a good seat). The cafe uses premium Italian espresso machines to make a creamy cup of coffee topped with picture-perfect latte art. Khaki Coffee Bar prides in sourcing out the best imported coffee beans such as Brazil Santos Arabica, Mandheling Arabica and Santos Italian. The cafe also serves cafe latte, caramel macchiato, shakerato, affogato as well as fruit juices and tea.
- Opening Hours: Tuesday – Sunday 10:00 – 18:00
- Address: 632, Jalan Melaka Raya 10, Taman Melaka Raya, Malacca
- Tel: +6017 778 2591
Medan Ikan Bakar Muara Sungai Duyung Melaka
If you’re looking for fresh seafood, try Medan Ikan Bakar Muara Sungai Duyung. Located along Jalan Padang Temu, the otak-otak, grilled fish and succulent prawns are especially popular. Make sure you try the sambal calamari which allows you to enjoy the real, unadulterated taste of squid. A very pleasant and breezy place since it’s so near to the sea; but be prepared to wait for your food.
- Opening Hours: 17:00 – 00:00
- Address: KM 4-5, Jalan Padang Temu, Permatang Pasir, 75460.
- Tel: +6010 225 8741
Nadeje Patisserie is a classy and cosy café that specializes in a simply heavenly and delicious mille crêpe. The prices are a little steep and the menu is limited so if you want a complete meal then you’d best look elsewhere. However this French cake is so spectacular – and you can’t find it anywhere else in Malaysia – which definitely makes it worth a trip.
- Opening Hours: 10:00 – 22:00
- Address: G-23 & 25, Jln PM4, Plaza Mahkota, 75000 Melaka.
- Tel: +606 284 3469
Restoran Ban Lee Siang
A speciality native to Malacca, satay celup is another must-try dish. Basically this dish is like fondue but much better as you dip skewered raw meat, tofu, prawns and vegetables into a communal pot of thick and nutty boiling satay sauce and cook it to your liking.
- Opening Hours: 17:00
- Address: 45 Jalan Ong Kim Wee, 75300.
- Tel: +606 284 1935 or +6012 651 5322
Restoran Nyonya Makko
It goes without saying that it’s nearly criminal to leave Malacca without having a decent Nyonya meal. Try Restoran Makko – which serves up fare that is noticeably authentic – as it’s been around for some time now. Run by a fourth generation Malacca Nyonya, you simply can’t go wrong when you order popular dishes like the ayam pong teh, assam fish, udang sambal petai, kangkung belacan and cendol.
- Opening Hours: 11:30 – 14:45 (lunch) 18:00 – 21:30 (dinner) everyday except Tuesday
- Address: 123 Jalan Merdeka, Taman Melaka Raya, Off Jalan Parameswara, Bandar Hilir, 75000.
- Tel: +606 283 0737
Restoran Tong Sheng
Well-known for its seafood, Restoran Tong Sheng is strategically located in the middle of Malacca City’s food and nightlife hub. Often packed with famished visitors during the late evenings, Restoran Tong Sheng boasts a wall of accolades, with framed photographs of local celebrities who have savoured the restaurant’s delicacies. One of its signature dishes is the cheese prawn mee hoon where diners can sink their teeth in fresh prawns with a healthy dose of melted cheese mixed with gravy. Diners are also encouraged to try any of their crab dishes, ranging from baked to salted egg. Exceptionally fresh and rich in flavour, make sure to drop by Restoran Tong Sheng with a healthy appetite for a fantastic seafood experience.
- Opening Hours: Daily, 17:30 – 23:30
- Address: 377 & 378, Jalan Melaka Raya 6, Taman Melaka Raya
- Tel: +606 286 7811
Wa Zen Japanese Restaurant
Established in 2007, Wa Zen Japanese Restaurant offers the dining environment of a genuine Japanese food restaurant where customers can savour the exquisite taste of fresh Japanese fare with their favourite imported liquor. All meals are prepared upon order using only the finest quality ingredients flown in directly from Tokyo.
- Opening Hours: Monday - Saturday 12:00 – 14:30 & 17:30 – 22:30
- Address: 40 & 42, Jalan Melaka Raya 15, Taman Melaka Raya
- Tel: +606 282 3882
Wok & Pan East Meets West Cuisine
Get ready for east-meets-west cuisine when you step into Wok & Pan. Even though the restaurant boasts minimalistic décor, the food here is simply mouth-watering and flavoursome. Try the grilled seafood platter, BBQ pork chops, oxtail stew in red wine, Mexican pork chops and the Australian rib eye steak.
- Opening Hours: 12:00 – 15:00; 18:00 – 22:00 (closed on Monday)
- Address: No 43, Jalan Melaka Raya 23, Melaka
- Tel: +6017 6738896
Zebra Modern Restaurant
Zebra Modern Restaurant serves mainly non-halal Western cuisine; its signature dishes include the mushroom Alfredo, Halddof fish roll, rib eye steak, and grilled Spanish mackerel. Portions are rather big (sharing is encouraged), but every dish, particularly the rib eye steak with rosemary pepper sauce, is well prepared and full of great flavour. For visitors with a sweet tooth, indulge in the rich chocolate fondue with a healthy dose of fresh cut fruits.
- Opening Hours: Daily, 16:00 – 01:00
- Address: 108, Jalan Merdeka, Taman Melaka Raya
- Tel: +606 281 0848