Penang Cafe & Restaurant


A little about us

This little gem, beloved by Simon Gault is located deep in Otahuhu, is small, clean and with a decor that brings to mind New Flavour. None of that matters once you have tried the food.

Penang Cafe & Restaurant offers unbelievably good Malaysian. Lip smackingly incredible. You will daydream about it forever. Try the chicken curry with roti, the chicken rice, the poached chicken. Fight over the coffee pork, the tropical fish, the beans. Oh, and the coconut prawns. You better get those too.

Products and specialities

Malaysian restaurant



  • Price Range: Cheap & cheerful
  • Ambience: Relaxed atmosphere
  • Noise level: Serene
  • Licence: This venue has BYO
  • Food Options: Vegetarian

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Angela T. shared their love for Penang Cafe & Restaurant

I'd heard about this place for years as one of the best Malaysian restaurant in Auckland. My first visit did not disappoint. The roti were like pastry which is how I like them and I couldn't resist the coffee pork chops. Definitely worth checking out.

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Suzanne K. shared their love for Penang Cafe & Restaurant

It is fair to say, the only reason I have to go to Otahuhu is when I need a new car (once every 5 years or so). On the recommendation on my local friends made the trip to Penang. Penang Café s well known for their chicken rice but be warned you have to order this a day in advance. It is easy to see why people rave (and travel out of their way)- perfect chicken flavoured beautifully with ginger and soy and that's just the start. Do something different, get out of your usual routine and try this place. Cheap and fantastic.

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Eleanor B. shared their love for Penang Cafe & Restaurant

When Simon Gault let slip to New Zealand that the coffee pork is "Auckland's best-kept culinary secret" Auckland's foodie crowd deigned to notice Penang Cafe & Restaurant in Otahuhu. The owner says that there was a period where BMWs would circle nervously, unsure whether this neighbourhood and this basic establishment could be the new 'it' spot. Our family consider this the perfect spot for a meal out with the extended family. The food is really very cheap here, but like New Flavour, it's best to bring the crew. We ordered the chicken curry with roti, the tropical fish, the poached chicken, the sambal beans, the beef rendang - and of course the coffee pork. It was an incredibly delicious meal and one that was hard to stop eating.

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Sara B. shared their love for Penang Cafe & Restaurant

Not really a cafe but this place has such great food for a very very reasonable price. It’s not flash by any means but once the food comes out and you crack a couple of bottles of wine you’ll love it!