In addition to its rich heritage of antiquated shops and remnants of European empires, Malacca appeals to visitors worldwide for its enticing allure of Nyonya cuisine as well as an abundance of dining venues that offer tantalising local and international delicacies. From quaint cafes offering plenty of photo opportunities to classy restaurants with breathtaking views of the Malacca River, we have listed our Top 10 eating spots in Malacca City. Among the best gastronomic experiences that Malacca City has to offer is 'ayam pong teh' (Nyonya chicken and potato stew) at Nyonya Makko, mozzarella chicken at Amigo and satay celup at Restoran Ban Lee Siang.
The very thought of leaving Malacca without having tried a decent Nyonya meal is almost criminal, and so one of the best places to try it is at Nyonya Makko restaurant. Taking up a corner lot in Jalan Merdeka, it is easily spotted thanks to a massive yellow signboard against a brown and white painted building.
The restaurant is currently run by a fourth generation Malaccan Nyonya, so diners are guaranteed a consistently mouthwatering gastronomic experience. Menu-wise, it serves a wide array of Nyonya cuisine, with signature dishes including the 'ayam pong teh' (chicken and potato stew), assam fish, and cendol.
- Opening Hours: Wednesday – Monday 11:30 – 14:45 & 18:00 – 21:30
- Address: 123, Jalan Merdeka, Taman Melaka Raya, Off Jalan Parameswara, Bandar Hilir
- 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
Amigo Steak & Grill
If you're in the mood for some sushi or a juicy steak then head over to Amigo Steak & Grill, which serves up a plethora of Western and Japanese fare. Don't be put off by the rather contrasting food choices – Amigo Steak & Grill is always packed with hungry guests - perhaps thanks to it its affordable and sizeable portions.
To experience the best of what Amigo has to offer, sink your teeth into the mozzarella chicken; it comes with crispy onion rings and the succulent black peppered meat is very tender. Western food has long been a popular option in Malacca, but this eatery is one of the best places to go for some great options with its melting pot of palatable flavours.
- Opening Hours: Daily, 17:30 – 00:00
- Address: 21-23 Jalan Melaka Raya 8, Taman Melaka Raya, 75000
- Tel: +606 283 2684 or +606 283 2686
One of most popular satay celup restaurants in Malacca, Capitol is usually packed and is one of the cheapest outfits in town (make sure to head there early to avoid a long queue). At Capitol Satay Celup, there are more than four and a half rows of food, consisting over 80 types of skewered seafood and vegetables, like chicken, cockles, abalones, fish balls, cuttlefish, and mushrooms, to vegetables, quail's eggs, shrimps, and fried bean curds.
Besides the galore of food offered, the aromatic peanut sauce is one of the factors that make this place attractive to tourists and locals alike. The pot is regularly refilled with fresh sauce: workers would mix a generous amount of spices and gula Melaka into the gravy, rendering it thick and aromatic with a sweet flavour. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Wednesday - Monday 17:00 – 23:00
- Address: 41, Lorong Bukit Cina
- Tel: +606 283 5508
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.
Menu-wise, Wa Zen provides an assemblage of staple foodstuffs including noodles, rice, soup and several items made up of vegetable, crabs, fish, tofu and meat. Spices and flavours like soy sauce, miso and dashi are also added with the low fat dishes for health conscious diners. We definitely recommend the Sashimi Sarada, which consists of mixed vegetables and assorted raw fish served with apple dressing.
- 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
The Mansion - The Majestic Malacca
The Mansion, with its original Straits Settlement windows overlooking the Malacca River and Kampung Morten, offers a casual atmosphere for breakfast and dinner. Gourmet travellers will be well catered for, as dishes from the Portuguese, Dutch, English, and Baba-Nyonya cultures are combined in a tantalising menu with the freshest ingredients infused with a rich combination of spices and aromas in an eclectic selection of Nyonya appetisers, soups, salads and colourful Nyonya desserts.
Breakfast is also served in The Mansion. On weekends, it is a semi-buffet with yoghurt, fruit, pastries, coffee and tea, while the mains are ordered from the menu. Its specialities include the smoked duck salad with pickled beet, caramelized pear and mango dressing as well as the lemongrass chicken with Perkin sauce, mashed potatoes and grilled vegetables.
- Opening Hours: Daily, 07:00 - 10:30 & 19:00 – 22:30
- Address: The Majestic Malacca, 188 Jalan Bunga Raya Pantai
- Tel: +603 2783 1000
Restoran Ban Lee Siang
One of the oldest and most original satay celup restaurants in Malacca, Restoran Ban Lee Siang was established in 1989 and today, it is almost customary for visitors to savour a taste of its delicious satay celup. A speciality native to Malacca, satay celup is another must-try dish where diners dip skewered raw meat, tofu, prawns and vegetables into a communal pot of thick and nutty boiling satay sauce and cook it to their liking.
Restoran Ban Lee Siang offers over 50 types of meat, vegetable, seafood as well as quail’s eggs in thin skewers. The yummy skewers are kept in large refrigerators to maintain freshness. Unlike other satay celup restaurants, visitors who can’t get enough of the delectable satay sauce can purchase a pack from Restoran Ban Lee Siang to take back home!
- Opening Hours: Daily, 17:00 – 00:00
- Address: 45 Jalan Ong Kim Wee
- Tel: +606 284 1935 or +6012 651 5322
With its bright yellow sunny-side up icon beckoning in visitors and its modern granite-themed interior, Eggxtra Cafe certainly stands out amongst the crowd. Inside, you'll find a surprising wide variety of Asian dishes and freshly baked pastries alongside Musetti coffee to the denizens of Taman Melaka Raya. Inspirational quotes and quirky artwork deck nearly every corner of the restaurant, which makes for nice photo-ops.
Mostly frequented by brunch-lovers, Eggxtra Cafe offers a cosy ambience with its plush sofas and white furnishings. A definite must try is its spicy tenggiri (narrow-barred Spanish mackerel) assam pedas with a side of fried egg, teamed with freshly squeezed carrot juice or a strong double espresso (for those in need of a caffeine fix). The cafe’s homemade pastries, such as apple strudel and cheesetarts, also make great complements to Eggxtra’s refreshing green tea latte or Musetti Italian cappuccino. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Friday – Wednesday 08:00 – 22:30
- Address: 32, Jalan Melaka Raya 15, Taman Melaka Raya
- Tel: +606 286 6366
Situated idyllically by the Malacca River, Hard Rock Café Malacca has a similar layout (outdoor and indoor seating areas, a bar, and a live stage) to the rest of the chain’s outlets across the world, with a Straits Malacca-inspired patterned floor for a distinctively Malaccan flavour to the decor.
With portions large enough to share, food at Hard Rock Cafe Malacca is certainly meant for big parties, or for those with large appetites. Either way, its usual Tex-Mex menu consists of well-known items such as sandwiches, ‘Smokes’ (barbecued chicken and beef ribs) and Legendary burgers, with an addition of Malaysian favourites such as the ‘Percik’ burger (juicy burger patty with a paste of Malaysian spices), the seafood char kuey teow and assam pedas fish. A separate kids’ menu is also available for the young ones, and its dessert options are to die for: laden with premium ice cream Haagen Dazs, they will certainly top off a great dining experience. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Sunday – Thursday 11:30 – 01:00; Friday, Saturday and eve of public holiday 11:30 – 02:00 (kitchen closes at 22:30)
- Address: 28, Lorong Hang Jebat, Malacca
- Tel: +606 292 5188
Zebra Modern Restaurant
As the name suggests, Zebra Modern Restaurant is a chic establishment with a monochromatic decor. Located opposite Starbucks Coffee, the restaurant’s plush leather seats and dark wood tables adorning the interior with a number of quirky pieces of artwork decorating the crisp white walls makes for a cosy and stylish dining environment.
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