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Zhu Yuan

  • Vegetarian
    ( 6 reviews )
Contact 604-261-7706
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90, Jalan Dr. Lim Chwee Leong, Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia, 10100

Extensive English/Chinese menu with photos. Some special dishes like steamboats and several buffet items have to be booked in advance. Open Tuesday when it's on 1st or 15th day of Chinese lunar calendar.

Category: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Chinese, Western, Buffet, Fast food, Take-out

Reviews (6)

First Review by ahkow

Good choice for a quick bite - Edit

The restaurant is perfect for a quick yet good dinner or lunch; we felt like the atmosphere was actually nicer than what you'd expect from looking at it from the outside. The staff was very friendly and helpful and the food was fresh and tasty. Two of us shared three dishes altogether, we had some greens but also some mock meat satay and everything was nicely prepared. I would not have the chestnut juice next time though, that was a bit too sweet for me... All in all a really good experience!


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Okay.. - Edit

Very friendly People as the other reviewers wrote. Tried the fried spring role, it arrived inside nearly cold outside warm. So it wasnt fresh made.

Than I tried the sweet & sour chicken that was pretty nice. I think the small portions are small but that seems a question of view ;-)

Pros: Friendly

Cons: Not All Fresh Cooked


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Nice people, clean environment, great food - Edit

We were a little war torn when we stumbled in to Zhu Yuan. After a string of unpleasant eating experiences in Penang we were feeling very wary as our eyes cruised through the menu. The friendly and helpful staff did a great job of putting us at ease, deftly guiding us through the options to arrive at what turned out to be a very enjoyable meal.

We had already called ahead with the usual MSG question but checked again just in case and the response was a reassuring 'not used at all'. Oh good. There was no shortage of mock meat on the menu, but we managed to avoid all the factory made varieties of such.

The food here is mostly Chinese with a bit of Thai and Malay thrown in for variety. We selected a mushroom dish, a handmade soy meat roll with gravy, some seaweed soup and a vegetable curry. The mushrooms were an interesting rubbery texture and tasted good enough. The soy meat dish was made of rolled up yuba and was a true masterpiece - most certainly a great choice. The soup was full of flavour too. The curry, which came last, fully slapped us in the face with its unabashedly sharp and oomphy attitude.. not sure what souring agent went in there but it was fiesty and full of flavour -just wished we had have asked more about it and its origins as it was highly enjoyable. By the time we had ploughed through all of this we were very full and our only regret was that we didn't order any greens.

The closing time is 9.30pm, not 10pm as stated here. The steamboat option was not available today for some reason and we were told it probably wouldn't be next week either due to the chaos that is expected to ensue during the vegetarian festival. We'll be back.

Pros: Healthy tasty food, Friendly helpful staff, clean, pleasant interior

Cons: they do use mock meat, not all vegan - do check


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Tasty Food, Friendly Service - Edit

A nice, clean, relaxed restaurant, great for a casual meal, though a little lacking in ambience (to be expected at this price point really). Whilst there appeared to be a self serve buffet section, we were too late to take advantage of it, and were asked to order a la carte instead.

The menu is large and varied, and divided into different sections for chicken, seafood, beef etc. There were also quite a few dishes that I haven't seen elsewhere (Marmite Chicken for example!). Dishes can be ordered small, medium or large, with small dishes priced at around RM8 each. Between the two of us, we ordered 4 small plates hoping to sample a few different things. As it turns out, small isn't exactly small, and four was way too much - you could comfortably get by on one small dish per person.

We were happy with everything we tried: chicken rendang (particularly good), black pepper lamb, barbecue ribs, and a tasty fish dish recommended by the staff, who were exceptionally friendly and helpful, and more than happy to have a chat.

Frozen products are also for sale in the freezers out the back if you're up for some home cooking.

Definitely recommended, and we'll certainly be coming back next time we're in Penang.

Pros: Great variety and some unique dishes, Frozen products galore for sale!, Very friendly staff


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