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! 😛


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

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. 🙂


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


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


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


  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. 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!

    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. 🙂

  4. 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

  5. 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) 🙂

  6. 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.

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