Delightful dining with wide variety of delicacies

A section of the Gurney Food Hall known as The Palm, with greenery to represent Penang’s natural wonders. Cardboard mascots can also be seen on certain chairs to remind diners about physical distancing.

THE Gurney Food Hall is Penang’s latest culinary destination, promising foodies scrumptious nourishment in a trendy environment.

From local street food to international favourites, there is much to thrill the taste buds at the upscale venue located on Gurney Plaza’s fourth floor.

Char koay teow, Hainanese chicken rice, Hokkien prawn mee, curry mee, chili pan mee, nasi goreng, porridge, Nyonya kuih, dim sum, yong tau foo, herbal soups, oyster omelette, nasi goreng and roti canai are just some of the comforting treats available.

Spicing up the selection are Thai tom yam, Western grilled items, pastas, Japanese hot plate specialties, Korean ramyon,

gourmet sausages, pies and pizzas, as well as Middle Eastern shawerma.

With varieties of tong sui, chendul and ais kacang sweetening the experience, the food hall has enjoyed brisk business since it started welcoming guests beginning of this month.

(From right) Ng, Ahmad Husni, Chan and Siti Hajar launching the Gurney Food Hall.(From right) Ng, Ahmad Husni, Chan and Siti Hajar launching the Gurney Food Hall.

There was much fanfare at its grand launch recently, hosted by Malaysian television presenter and actress Adriana Adnan.

Local rapper Emcee Wey surprised all with a catchy, specially composed tune with lyrics mentioning all the delicacies found inside the food hall.

WGI Malaysia 2015 and 2017 champions BatteryHeadz then put on an unconventional percussive performance using knives, chopping boards and pans.

Present for the occasion were Tourism Malaysia northern region director Ahmad Husni Ahmad Basri and deputy director Siti Hajar Mohd Yunus and Penang Global Tourism CEO Ooi Chok Yan.

They joined CapitaLand Retail Malaysia mall management (northern region) general manager Selina Ng and Gurney Plaza centre manager Peter Chan to bang on woks to officially open the food hall.

A lion dance capped off the programme. Chan said planning and development of the food hall took two years, with much thought going into its concept and design.

“Penang is widely known as a food haven, with many venturing from near and far to sample its street food. However, these offerings are scattered around the island.

“Most shops and stalls don’t offer the convenience of all-day dining. People may also encounter problems with parking when visiting these places.

The BatteryHeadz drumming up some rhythms with kitchen utensils at the grand launch of Gurney Food Hall in Gurney Plaza, Penang.The BatteryHeadz drumming up some rhythms with kitchen utensils at the grand launch of Gurney Food Hall in Gurney Plaza, Penang.

“With that in mind, we wanted to create our very own food paradise that conveniently brings everything together under one roof.

“Food lovers will be spoilt for choice. And more importantly, it is pork-free, ” he added.

Operated by the mall itself, the Gurney Food Hall is said to be among the largest, upscale food courts on the island at around 33,000sq ft. Besides the 25 food stalls already open, a further six restaurants will follow in the coming weeks and months.

It accommodates up to 600 diners, though capacity is currently reduced due to government-mandated SOPs. Cardboard mascots can be seen occupying certain seats to remind diners to physically distance themselves.

“The interior design will be close to Penangites’ hearts. There are four dining zones within the food hall, each based on and representing important elements of Penang, ” Chan pointed out.

These are named The Pier, Port, Palm and Patio – with each having distinctive decor. Social media-savvy visitors will find it one of the most Instagrammable food courts around.

In conjunction with the opening, the mall has several redemptions lined up, including one for exclusive non-woven bags that began on Oct 16.

From Nov 20, Dec 1 and Dec 15 onwards, there will be redemptions for Tapao-Where food containers, portable cutlery sets and mask holders respectively. Terms and conditions apply.

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