The Pahang River is the largest river in peninsula Malaysia and it is also famous for the Silver Catfish (Ikan Patin) that is served up in signature dishes statewide in Pahang restaurants.
When breakfasting in Kuantan look for the queues outside any restaurant and you know the food is good so why not head to Restaurant Hoi Yin on Jalan Teluk Cempedak that is packed every morning until their delicious curry noodles sell out.
Cameron Highlands is home to the quaint Smokehouse Restaurant that is part of the Smokehouse Hotel that was built in the 1930's following Olde English Mock Tudor architecture complete with internal and external wooden beams adding to the ambience of the place.
The food here matches the high quality of the location serving grand British food like Brown Stew and Dumplings, Steak and Kidney Pie and Bubble and Squeak.
The charm of this place cannot be understated as you get the feeling you are in a rural village restaurant in the UK.
If a western meal is what you desire when in Kuantan the Crocodile Rock Restaurant would be a good choice with a varied and tasty menu covering Italian and Asian Fusion cuisine together with a warm ambience it is a good choice to spend an evening.
Lim Hoe Lek Road in Kuantan is home to Restaurant Kampung Hainan whose speciality is Hainan Chicken and Chicken Rice Ball using original Hainanese recipes that prove very popular with the local culinary aficionados.
You will not be disappointed as its good reputation is thoroughly deserved by serving fantastic seafood, so it's not just limited to the delicious stuffed crab, I might add!
The town of Kemaman is about 30 minutes drive from Kuantan and is home to Restaurant Tong Kuan (on Jalan Sulaiman) and it is famed for its glorious stuffed crab.
The Ikan Patin Masak Tempoyak delivers a sweet and hot taste whereas the Ikan Patin Asam Rebus conveys an equally as satisfying yet different sour and hot taste; I recommend you come to this restaurant twice to sample both, yes, they are that good!
One such eatery is the Restaurant Patin Pak Usop located in Temerloh town near the Pahang river that boasts queues of eager diners waiting to sample the silver catfish as its reputation elevates it above all other catfish when it comes to cuisine.
At the point where the Semantan River converges with the Pahang River is the town of Temerloh and the restaurants here specialise in two scrumptious silver catfish dishes which are Ikan Patin Masak Tempoyak (silver catfish in durian sauce) and Ikan Patin Asam Rebus.
Cameron Highlands Restaurants
While on the subject of tea and scones another delightful 'tea' experience not to be missed is at the Boh Cafe located within the Boh Tea Plantation.
Not only do they serve fantastic teas and scones but they offer a view of the undulating Cameron hills unparalleled in the Cameron Highlands restaurant sector.
It also has a nostalgic atmosphere that is befitting of the serving of the traditional British Tea and homemade Scones, delightful!
Pahang River Restaurants