Unlike her spartan sister (Fraser's Hill ) , Cameron Highlands have more food choices for the weary traveller. You can get anything from really bad banana pancakes to honest to goodness Indian Bryani. Here's a list of all my favourite eating places.
1)Tea and Scones
- Bala's Chalet
Ho's Organic Restaurant - Brinchang
Hong Kong Restaurant - Tanah Rata
3)Western Style Meal
- Ye Olde Smokehouse
In cool cool Country Lodge located in Brinchang part of Cameron Highlands who can do without a steaming brew of their special herbs steamboat with lots of vege and meat.
Forget packing your utensils and sauces and recipes to the hilltop
Why work yourself painfully to stress making dinner when you can eat good stuff peacefully and cheap?
Favorite Dish: Try Steamboat style or you can a la carte you 9 course dinner.
Country is a hotel with chinese restaurant.
Very nice setting of garden cafe surrounded by plants. You may want to stay in their old style living/guest room. Perfect place for relaxing.
Favorite Dish: We just stopped by to have tea. Ordered scones served with fresh strawberry jam and butter, and have it together with coffee.
It is a chinese restaurant like in any small town in Malaysia. Quite noisy and do have to wait quite long for food as there are many people going there for dinner and supper.
Favorite Dish: Go for their signature dish… Black pepper fish. The fish is deep fried fillets and accompany by sweet sour onion and cucumber. Good for eating with rice or as appetiser. Try the white steam chicken with ginger too. The yam with stew pork looks good too. You can go for steamboat or order dishes. It is open for lunch and dinner. If you want a quick meal go for their mix rice or steamboat. If you are ordering dishes be prepare to wait for 30 to 45 minutes.
The Cafe offers good food at affordable prices. A must go for every tourist to Cameron Highlands. Recommends the desserts like Scones, Apple Pie and Cheesecake.
Favorite Dish: Scones and BOH Tea. Instead of the common Devonshire Tea and Scones. In Cameron Highlands, BOH Tea is the household tea. The sweet aroma of BOH Tea goes well with the homemade scones.
The steamboat dish can be found in various places, but it is a local speciality here in the Cameron Highlands area - and virtually every restaurant along the main strip in Tanah Rata offers it.
The best bet is just to walk along the one main road and find a place that you like the look of, and other people are already tucking in.
Favorite Dish: The cooking pot is delivered to you table along with a gas canister which sits underneath. The boiling contraption contains one (for the cheapest meal), two or even four soups. You than proceed to place the different meats, seafood, vegtables and noodles into the thing, allowing them to cook for a few minutes.
As you are actually cooking it yourself, prices are low. I think we paid only 15 Ringitt or so for our 'mid-range' meal each
Fancy encountering a German Swiss restaurant in Cameron Highlands? That's what I found during my stay in Tanah Rata.
Restaurant owner, Steven Ananda whipped up some emmenthaler sausages for me complete with mashed potatoes and salad. Turns out Steven gets his meat from Eurodeli in KL!
There's even a budget hotel here called Schwarbing House Inn and it costs RM60 (approximately US$17.40) a night.
Favorite Dish: Food was not too bad although I find the sausages that I have tasted from Eurodeli restaurant in KL better. Perhaps the meat is not as fresh in Cameron Highlands as Steven only stocks up during the weekends as it will be crowded.
Strawberry plantation is one of the trademarks of Cameron Highlands. We visited one such farm as part of the packaged tour during our Oriental Outings 2011
Although observing the unique strawberry cultivation process was an experience itself, however, the adjacent 'factory shop' was the main highlight of the visit!
Favorite Dish: My favourite is of-course two glasses of strawberry juice, as one is surely not enough! I am not sure if it is allowed to handpick strawberries from the farm, but you can always give that a try.
Coming back to the topic, i.e. strawberry juice, let me say that it was the best I have ever had! No exaggeration, believe me.
There were other strawberry items also, in the store, but most of them appeared overpriced.
Please click here to know what else we explored during the day
We had our lunch here on the first day of our trip. If I remember correctly, this eating place is located in Tanah Rata town. The food were quite good. The meal came to less RM150 for 13 adults splitted to 2 tables (meaning each dishes listed below are served in 2 plates, one plate on each table).
1) Deep Fried Tofu
2) Lemon Chicken
3) Sambal watercress
4) Stir-fried vegetables
6) Steamed rice
5) Chrysanthemum Tea
The amount of houseflies flying around during meal was normal as compared to other parts of Malaysia I've been.
Favorite Dish: 1) lemon chicken - one of the specialty of the shop, highly recommended by the owner. Indeed it tastes different from those I've tasted elsewhere and it's pretty good.
2) sambal watercress - I've only eaten watercress cooked in soup, first time i tried it stir-fried, refreshing change.
We had our 2nd day lunch here.
There are really a lot of houseflies in this by the longkang (drain in Malay) restoran. But the food is pretty good and I think this place is probably well-known by the locals.
They serves quite interesting food. e.g. We spent ard RM252 for 13 adults seated on 2 tables
1) Steamed fish x 2 (half side per table)
2) Stir-fried watercress x 2
3) Sambal "Dragon-beard Veg" （龙须菜） which is the leaves & stalks of Chayote （佛手瓜) x 2
4） Stir-fried brinjal with fresh mushrooms x 1
5) Stir-fried Masked civet (果子狸) x 2
6） Kampung Chicken x 2
7) Steamed rice x 16
8) Passion Fruit Juice x 1
9) "Fruit of Love" Juice x 1
9) Rojak x 1
Favorite Dish: I liked the Sambal Chayote leaves & stalk & steamed fish the most. I found the stir-fried brinjal with fresh mushroom a bit too oily.
As the brand new Cameron Highlands Resort is the most expensive hotel in Cameron Highlands, I wanted to take a peek at the grounds of this posh place especially its spa. Decided to have high tea and enjoy the ambience.
High tea comes at a steep price of US$20 per person. You are given a nice pot of tea, big strawberries with 3 types of sauces (chocolate, clotted cream and vanilla sauce), scones with homemade strawberry jam, finger sandwiches and 2 savouries (puffs). All very small size servings (I would call it "dainty"!)
The strawberries, jam and scones were lovely but the rest of the stuff were not that good. So, it's only worth while going there if you're looking for a comfortable spot to spend the afternoon in a big armchair, a good book and enjoying the gardens, pools of the hotel.
Avoid this place at all cost, if not it will cost you a lot. I and my family went up Cameron Highland on a wonderful Friday and expect a good dinner.
There wasn't any menu and/or price. There's only a notice saying price is up 20% during the Chinese New Year season. They'll charge you crazy for pathetic food. Fish ball soup which is basically 10 pcs of flour balls goes around RM 18. A dish of very normal vege cost about RM 17. A dish of chicken with a few slices of chicken and which doesnt taste good goes for around RM 28. Everything added in, it cost us RM 170 for 5 person simple dinner which is exorbitantly high even compared to KL standards. This restaurant is definitely a trap for tourist. They like one-time business.
Be careful of others restaurant around that have a same signage design. Or to be safe, first check whether the restaurants have menu with price listed clearly before deciding to eat there. Be wary of restaurant where there are people inviting you in.
Favorite Dish: Definitely none. Probably the strawberry juice is ok, because its not available in KL. But be prepared to pay a lot for something you can buy somewhere else on the highland.
It's actually a cafe. Certainly the ambience. The alfresco is cantilevered with the amazing view of the tea plantation.
Favorite Dish: We just ordered tea and some cakes. It was more to actually enjoying the view and the cool breeze.
In the cold weather, the most nicest way of enjoying food is steamboat.. with plain soup and Tom Yam soup... that really great.... hot soup fresh ingredient.
Favorite Dish: Mushroom, fishball, and tooooo much of "vegetable"
The waiters there are friendly, fast and helpful. The food has the quantity, quality and nice presentation. The outdoor dining area is the nicest spot to have the food, it's cooling outside and with really nice view of the hills. the service there is really good.
everything is perfect except one thing. the flies there are irritating, they don't only stop on your food, they stop anywhere and they are not that sensitive to fly off quickly unless your action is really big to shoo them off. this is the only irritating thing when you dine outdoor.
Favorite Dish: The mushroom cream soup is good, fish and chips is good too!