Renowned for its stunning mountain-top location and the surrounding jungle-covered hills, Genting Highlands is Malaysia’s Asian-style Las Vegas. Some people may love the spectacular vistas that this cool hillside station has to offer while others might simply be lured by its spectacularly bright lights, the thrills and spills of its theme parks and the hot casino action.
No matter who you may ask, popular consensus is that the food in Genting Highlands is definitely one of its main attractions. Gohtong Jaya is the most well-liked food quarter in Genting and seafood restaurants are especially abundant in the area although that may come as a surprise considering Genting Highlands’ location 6000 feet above sea level. The high-end resort also boasts more than a few eateries that dish out excellent fare at reasonable prices.
If you’re a seafood lover, then don’t miss out on a chance to sample some of the best seafood creations in Gohtong Jaya. The area is just a ten-minute drive from the high-end Genting’s resorts and you will see rows and rows of restaurants that offer a variety of fresh catch. Gohtong Jaya also serves as the base for the Skyway Station for the Genting cable car ride.
Location: Taman Gohtong Jaya
This traditional Chinese restaurant serves delicious seafood dishes; try the stir-fried chilli crabs. These huge and juicy crabs are topped with deliciously piquant chilli gravy served with steamed or deep-fried buns. Featuring great service and a cosy dining atmosphere, this eatery also serves excellent Australian lobster baked with cheese and butter and ‘kam heong-style’ clams.
06:00 – 22:30;
12:00 – 14:30;
17:30 – 21:30
Location: Lobby Floor, Theme Park Hotel
This contemporary-style Asian eatery serves up a variety of Asian cuisine; try the kai see hor fun soup, asam laksa, steamed village chicken and bean sprouts, curry noodles, roti john; the cuisine is affordable and appetising. The restaurant’s ambiance is a mixture of Asian embellishments and it features an array of hot and cold beverages such as cappuccinos, café mochas, iced lattes and iced coffees.
08:00 – 02:00 Friday, Saturday, eve of public holiday & public holiday;
10:00 – 23:00 Sunday to Thursday
Location: Level 2, First World Plaza
Serving up simply sumptuous Thai-Chinese cuisine, Imperial Rama is a fine dining restaurant that incorporates the best of Chinese culture and traditional Thai influences for seriously lavish fare. Featuring an exceptionally elegant interior with great ambience, this award-winning restaurant is truly an example of Thai sophistication. Try the tom yam kung, green curry chicken, stir-fried prawns with butter milk, steamed marble goby with crispy ginger and garlic and the durian tempura.
12:00 – 14:30;
18:00 – 21:30
Location: Level 2, Highlands Hotel
This newly-refurbished American barbecue restaurant – located adjacent to the Show Boat – serves up a variety of Western grill specialties; the atmosphere is casual yet classy and the fare is tasty and appetising. Try the chicken chop, special German nurnberger ring sausage, roasted German pork knuckle, fish and chips and deep-fried soft shell crabs.
11:00 – 24:00 Sunday – Friday;
11:00 – 02:00 Saturday and eve of public holiday
Location: 2nd Floor, Genting Hotel (casino)
This seafood eatery offers reasonably-priced seafood dishes that will not burn a hole in you wallet. Try the sang har meen – braised egg noodles with huge river prawns – and the chow sang meen – fried egg noodles with prawns and vegetables.
Opening Hours: lunch and dinner
Address: 29-30, Jalan Jati 1, Gohtong Jaya
Located within the First World Hotel this restaurant is a reasonably-priced eatery which serves typical Malaysian-style breakfast dishes including roti kaya, half-boiled eggs and warm and fluffy char siu pau; the Hainanese noodles are especially flavoursome. The eatery is decked out in traditional colonial furniture in an old-fashioned ambience.
Opening Hours: 24 hours daily
Location: Level 2, First World Plaza
Tel: +603 2718 1118
Bak Kut Teh – loosely translated to mean Pork Bone Tea – is a broth of herbs boiled with succulent pork ribs, tofu, mushrooms and vegetables and is served with steamed rice. It’s rather odd to find this Malaysian-famous dish in Gohtong Jaya but the cold weather makes this hot soup simply heaven-sent and it makes a change from the plethora of seafood eateries lining this strip.
Location: 27 Jalan Jati 1, Taman Gohtong Jaya
This eatery – which seems to be perpetually packed with patrons crowding in for a light snack or a full meal – has pricey cupcakes, muffins and cakes that are simply delicious. Make sure to stop by on your way to the casino or the theme parks.
07:00 – 10:30; 10:30 – 24:00 Monday to Friday & Sunday;
10:30 – 02:00 Saturday & eve of public holiday
Location: Lobby floor, Genting Hotel (opposite the Coffee Terace Buffet)
Featured in the 2008 Malaysian International Gourmet Festival, this eatery is one of the more expensive restaurants in Genting Highlands. Winner of the 2005 – 2006 Restaurant of the Year award by Hospitality Asia Platinum Awards, this eatery boasts purely lavish fare that’s well worth your dollar. Modern and arty, the outlet’s atmosphere is chic and swanky and soft music plays as you enjoy your meal – try the succulent Wagyu tenderloin, beef ribs and lobster bisque.
12:00 – 14:30 Sunday only;
18:00 – 23:00 Weekdays
Location: Genting Hotel lobby