Most people aren't aware that there are quite a number of good eating places for Malay food. I have to admit that Minah restaurant ranks among one of my list. It's located in Gelugor along the same row of shop lots next to Maybank. If you are coming from Bayan Lepas, you need to pass USM and after 1 km, you will come to a set of traffic lights. Proceed for a few hundred metres and you will see an entrance on your left leading you to the row of shop lots. For those of you coming from town, as you reach Gelugor, look for the Indian temple and the walkover bridge. Minah restaurant is directly opposite them.
Since it's located out of town, this unassuming restaurant is perhaps a well kept secret by those staying in the area. This second generation family-run restaurant serves good authentic Malay food. It's totally unpretentious because while the restaurant has been around for many years it still preserves the same recipes which were used when they first started. Additionally, it's probably one of the few restaurants (apart from fast food outlets & mamak stalls) where you can really experience the muhibah spirit because the clientele consists of a good balance of Malays and non-Malays.
I recommend that you try their specialities if you come here :
- mutton kurma
- fish curry
- raw Malay salad with sambal belacan (long beans, cucumber and what not)
- bryani rice - they don't serve this everyday so you need to ask
Assorted curries, rendangs and vegetables.
Gado gado in peanut sauce.
Fried chicken in spicy sauce.
While I was there last week, I had to trade off the mutton kurma since my wife doesn't take mutton. Nonetheless, the ikan bilis with petai is probably my favourite.
Minah restaurant is a great place to bring your family during the weekends especially if you feel like savouring Malay food. Overall, the food is great and the prices are quite reasonable depending on what you order. The full address of Minah restaurant can be found below:
36S & T, Sungai Gelugor
Closes: Every Tuesday