Tarbush Lebanese Cuisine Arrives in Penang!

I have always like Tarbush. Having patronized their outlets in Bukit Bintang. So it was to my utter delight when I found out that Tarbush has finally expanded to our sunny shores of Penang!

Tarbush by night
Tarbush by night

Having opened its doors in June, I only had a chance to dine there recently after much persuasion on my part since my family members do not really fancy Lebanese cuisine. But perhaps that’s because they haven’t actually tried it! 😛

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One thing you will immediately notice about Tarbush’s outlet in Penang is that the place is simply breathtaking!

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Upstairs seating

Located at Batu Feringghi, the restaurant overlooks the sea and having a seat upstairs will enable you to enjoy your dinner while watching the sunset. 🙂

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The interior is lush and rich, done up in deep reds and lots of wood.

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Another beautiful element of design are the abundant tiles imported from Syria which adorn the tabletops and floors.

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My family left most of the ordering to me and so I ordered away with glee.

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31 Comments

  1. read this in Star Metro previously and wondering whether Tarbush has been in Penang all along.

    thanks. is it spelled hommus or hummus? tasted that in a buffet spread once, not bad.
    very flavourful Lebanese food.

    1. i think it can be spelled both ways. i’m more used to the ‘hummus’ spelling though the menu here spells is ‘hommus’ 🙂

  2. This is soooo EXCITING for Penang!! Nothing gets me more worked up then tabbouleh, hummus, the whole Middle Eastern works! And the location is gorgeous! I didn’t think there was any more land available along that stretch!

    1. yay!! i found me another lebanese food fan! we should go together the next time you’re back. i also didn’t think there was anymore land there…and i can’t remember what used to be on that plot of land before tarbush!

    1. yup definitely something different to the penang food scene. if you like lamb, you’ll like this place 🙂

  3. is it beside The Ship? I’ve seen this place .. but never thought of trying. thanks for sharing .. now with an idea of how the food is, i can consider going.

    1. hi duckie! i think it’s worth trying to see if it suits your tastebuds. they do have a menu online on their website too so you can have a look at that for more ideas on what they serve.

    1. yeah i guess it’s really not for everyone. after trying it out, my parents still didn’t really like it although my brother and i did!

    1. then the tabouleh would be perfect for you! really a lot of parsley! but a bit too sour for me though.

    1. i just noticed after leaving tarbush that there is another lebanese restaurant right opposite. i think cos there are more tourists up in batu ferringhi. want to try that place next…. but need to cari kaki first. 😛

    1. i love the tiles too!! but my mom pointed out that it may be difficult to clean the table tops cos of the crevices and uneven surface. she has a point so hopefully they clean them thoroughly!

  4. is there a dress code for this restaurant?
    it looks fancy.
    what are you suppose to wear there?

    1. hi jessica! i didn’t see a dress code posted up in the restaurant. i guess anything smart casual would be fine. we were in jeans, bermudas and t-shirts. i was wearing my flip flops! i think in general, penang’s pretty laidback and casual when it comes to dress code.

    1. ooo i’ve heard abt naab..real fancy place! haven’t had a chance to try it out yet. would love to someday. 🙂

  5. My first exposure to Lebanese cuisine is when I was studying Ainstralia. I fell in love with “Tak Boleh”. I love it as it is or spread it all over my Donna Kebab and Shish Kebab….Yummy

    I will go visit the restaurant and get my fix of Tabouleh soon

  6. Hi Lingzie

    Thanks for leaving a link to my blog post on Tarbush at the end of your review. I was really excited when Tarbush finally opened and jumped at the first opportunity to try the food. I am very sure that I will be back to Tarbush for many times to come whenever I need a fix for Arabic and Lebanese cuisine 😉

    As for the other Lebanese restaurant you saw i.e. Fruit of Lebanon, the food was quite good and worth a try as well (see my review at: http://my-food-fetish.blogspot.com/2009/03/fruit-of-lebanon-restaurant.html) 🙂

  7. Hi there,
    I’m really thrilled by the photos you took of our Tarbush Penang. Please drop me an email coz there are a few things that I would like to communicate with you.
    Regards,
    Nura

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