Donald and Lily’s
Established in 1980 and featured in the New York Times, Donald and Lily’s is a Nyonya cuisine restaurant which is always crowded with people waiting in line. The food is delicious and will give you a real flavor of the traditional Nyonya style of cooking. Expect spice-packed soups, plenty of classic noodle dishes and much more.
Address: Donald & Lily Nyonya Restaurant, 16, Ground Floor, Jalan KSB 1, Taman Kota Shah Bandar, Melaka, Malacca, Malaysia, +60 6-284 8907
Capitol Satay Celup
Looking for an inexpensive place to eat with great food? Try the Capitol Satay restaurant on Lorong Bukit Cina. The place serves Satay with Celup (peanut curry) in a steamboat. The place has an almost endless variety of options, with over four rows of skewered kebabs ranging from seafood to chicken to cockles to mushrooms and vegetables. Local favorites like fish balls and quail eggs are also popular and worth a try. If you can’t get in, there are virtually identical – if a little less famous – joints right next door.
Address: Capitol Satay Celup, 41, Lorong Bukit Cina, Bandar Hilir, Melaka, Malaysia, +60 6-283 5508
Restoran Nyonya Makko
A difficult-to-miss venue thanks to the large yellow hoarding standing at the corner of Jalan Merdaka and Tamana Melaka Raya, this one serves authentic Nyonya cuisine in a homely atmosphere. Makko translates as “Aunt” in the Baba culture, meaning this place cooks up classic dishes in a family style.
Address: Restoran Nyonya Makko, 123, Jalan Merdeka, Taman Melaka Raya, Melaka, Malaysia, +60 6-284 0737
Many consider this small home-style eatery has the best of Nyonya food, welcoming customers into a home rather than a restaurant. The food is fresh and tasty, as testified by the lines outside waiting to get in. Unlike most Nyonya restaurants however, Nancy’s does not serve Halaal meat.
Address: 13, 8, Taman Kota Laksamana, Seksyen 3, Jalan KL 3/9, Kota Laksamana, Melaka, Malaysia, +60 6-283 6099
Lutan21 Vegetarian restaurant
While Nyonya cuisine has a fair mix of seafood, meat and vegetable options, a few restaurants like Lutan21 focus on organic vegetarian cuisine without the use of preservatives, MSG or artificial coloring and flavors. If you are vegetarian and conscious about enjoying the real flavor of food without the addition of extras, drop by for a meal at this Malacca hotspot.
Address: Lutan21, 41&43, Jalan Melaka Raya 8 ,Taman Melaka Raya, Malacca, Malaysia, +60 6-292 2819
Restoran Tong Sheng
Tong Sheng is meant for those who enjoy seafood. This place dishes it up in plentiful portions too, all fresh and plucked straight from the seas around town. There is always a queue but the prawns, crabs and other delicacies more than make up for it. The decor is stripped-down and simple but the food and the bargain prices make it definitely one for the Malacca bucket list.
Address: Restoran Tong Sheng, 377 & 378, Melaka Raya 6, Lorong 2 Jln Desa Duyong 3, Taman Melaka Raya, Melaka, Malaysia, +60 16-776 7811
Pak Putra Tandoori & Nan
Probably the best Indian restaurant in all of Malacca, the Pak Putra serves very good Tandoori chicken and naan. The food is prepared in an open kitchen and diners can see the speed at which the chef rolls out and makes the naans (flat bread). The restaurant offers a variety of other Indian food, such as Butter Chicken and a range of spice-packed curries.
Address: Pak Putra Tandoori & Naan, Jalan Laksamana 4, Taman Kota Laksamana, Melaka, Malaysia
The Baboon House
Craving an American-style burger in Malacca? You’ll get that and more at the Baboon House. This is a home converted into an open-air restaurant decorated with artwork collected by the owner. Tourists have often compared the burgers here, flavored with local spices, with those from gourmet restaurants in the States. The beef is sourced locally, and for those who prefer other options, a variety of pork, chicken and even lamb burgers are available. The teriyaki pork burger and Greek lamb burger come highly recommended.
Address: The Baboon House, Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock, Taman Kota Laksamana, China Town, Melaka, Malaysia
Amigo Steak & Grill
This is a somewhat garish neon-signed restaurant in the middle of the Malacca waterfront area. Amigo Steak & Grill looks like it was transported straight from the US but the food has a local flavor to it. The restaurant serves a combination of American and Japanese cuisine, in affordable and sizable portions.
Address: Amigo Steak & Grill, 21, Jalan Melaka Raya 8, Taman Melaka Raya, Melaka, Malaysia, +60 6-283 2684
One of the best restaurants in the city, Chung Wah offers amazing value for money. The place fills up early and people line up from 7.30am in the morning for their breakfasts and brunches. Only one item is served: chicken with rice balls. That makes ordering simple and choosing as easy as can be.
Address: Chung Wah, 18, Jalan Hang Jebat, Melaka, Malaysia