PENANG is famously known as a food paradise with a reputation that draws tourists from far and near.
Synonymous with good food, Penang has become entrenched in everyone’s mind as a place that offers a wide variety of delicious cuisine with something to suit everyone, from the tastiest street food dashed up in a minute to flavours from all over the world.
Now, you need no longer hunt high and low for good food as you can find it all here at the highly anticipated upscale Gurney Food Hall.
Shoppers can take a break for a lovely meal with a wide variety of choices ranging from a myriad well-loved Penang street food to international flavours and different cuisines that are all pork-free.
Officially launching on Oct 15, this food hall is located on the fourth floor at the main wing of Gurney Plaza and is arguably the largest upscale food court on Penang Island.
With its massive area of 3,066sqm (33,000sqft) including common areas, it can fit a maximum seating capacity of 600 pax and a total of six restaurants and 25 physical stalls with three pre-built container and food caravan concept stalls among them.
What makes Gurney Food Hall exceptional is its modern and cosy interior design and the intricate concept comprising a variety of details based on local elements, with each zone representing landmarks in Penang. These four concepts are The Pier, The Port, The Palm and The Patio.
At the Port, visitors are greeted by a controlled rustic theme with nautical elements from natural plants to the vibrant colours of man-made shipping containers within a port.
Its initial concept is to highlight the Free Industrial Hub, which revived the economy back in the late 20th century, and resulted in the Penang Bridge.
The Palm, on the other hand, represents Penang's natural wonders – much like the beach and the natural park. It reflects the amount of greenery the city has. Both sides of the road are lined with trees, much like this part of the food hall.
The Pier is the first stepping point of merchants and travellers at the port, merging and linking them together. The Pier's concept aims to symbolise how shoppers (travellers) are drawn towards the exciting tenants (merchants), and the innovative design paired with interactive elements (self-service merchandise) at the Food Hall.
The Patio, or resting point, is crucial for every port. As space is sparse, a patio provides an overview of an area with a clear and generous amount of sunshine. It symbolises how prominent a seating area can be as it gives shoppers a sense of privacy for those who prefer a quieter meal.
The food hall has been set up to fulfil local market demand for a one-stop culinary food centre.
Comprising local delicacies and some known international food brands, it offers a truly unique dining atmosphere that pays homage to the rich heritage of Penang, which dates back to the British colonial era.
Expect homegrown brands like Teochew Chendul, Ban Heang, Chili Pan Mee, Sin Nam Huat Chicken Rice and I Love Yoo and international cuisines like Hana Ramen, Mr Shawerma, Thailander and Sailor Gourmet.
Among the six restaurants to open at the food hall are Kyrin Sushi, Teochew Chendol and 888 Canteen.
Gurney Food Hall grand launch highlights
Catch Adriana Adnan at the grand launch of the highly anticipated Gurney Food Hall on the Oct 15.
The Malaysian TV host and actress will be hosting the event, featuring exhilarating opening performances that include a rap performance by a local rapper, bboy, skater and music producer Emcee Wey featuring lyrics comprising delicacies featured inside the food hall.
Also, an extraordinary percussive performance featuring unconventional props as instruments will be performed by WGI Malaysia 2015 and 2017 Champions BatteryHeadz.
Guests are granted the privilege to wander around the food hall and enjoy a wide range of food samples once the opening has been initiated.
Exclusive gifts and redemptions
> Gurney Food Hall limited edition non-woven bag redemption
From Oct 16 onwards spend a minimum of RM100 (maximum two combined same day receipts, one receipt must be from Gurney Food Hall) in Gurney Plaza to redeem a Gurney Food Hall non-woven bag at the information counter. Collect all five designs.
> Tapao-Where redemption
From Nov 20 onwards, spend a minimum of RM200 (maximum two combined same day receipts, one receipt must be from Gurney Food Hall) in Gurney Plaza to redeem a food container at the information counter.
> Portable cutlery set redemption
From Dec 1 onwards, spend a minimum of RM200 (maximum two combined same day receipts, one receipt must be from Gurney Food Hall) in Gurney Plaza to redeem one portable cutlery set at the information counter.
> Foldable mask holder redemption
From Dec 15 onwards, spend a minimum of RM30 in a single receipt during weekdays to redeem a Gurney Food Hall mask holder at the information counter.
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