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Loke Thye Kee (樂台居) is both a landmark and a name that instantly brings back memories of nostalgic Penang. Situated in the centre of George Town at the junction of Burma Road and Penang Road, Loke Thye Kee Restaurant was the choice venue for all happy occasions like birthdays, weddings and family gatherings. Known as the oldest restaurant in Penang, Loke Thye Kee Restaurant originated in 1919 as ‘Loke Hai Kee’ until its move to its iconic building here in historic Georgetown 10 years later.
It was also famous as the teahouse for matchmaking, providing the backdrop for the not-so-subtle introductions of couples-to-be. Today, the Loke Thye Kee building has be restored to its former glory, with many of its original features and fittings intact.
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Loke Thye Kee was once known best for its range of typical Penang & Hainan Food, and for my opinion, the reputation is well deserved. The shop is both clean and tidy—just like sitting in an old kopitiam wit modern touches and more customers than can fit inside at one time. The service was up to standard and well trained as all the staff members there greeted me with smiles as warm as the soup they serve there and they surely alert on the customer’s orders and needs. I would thoroughly recommend Loke Thye Kee to anyone looking for a hawker-food-restaurant-type. I know I’ll certainly be returning soon with friends and family for more mouth-watering-food on the list.
Have tried their RM15 set lunch several times – on different days to get a different main meal choice. Have eaten 4-course dinner here (a la carte & set). When ever we have been, always good food, well presented, hot (or cold if need be). Pleasant staff, lovely location, & wonderful sympathetic renovation to this very old building. It’s a place we’ll keep going back to.
I applaud the effort of the new owners. They are not trying to re-create something. They are preserving part of the heritage and breathing new life into it and giving it a chance to find it’s own fit in a new world, and wisely so. We can never compete with memories. But we can build new ones. I hope Penangites give it a chance as this will encourage more businesses to follow the same and organically create a vibrant, exciting living heritage site. I had a great time here. It was more than just a meal. It was a journey into the past and a glimpse into a promising future.