***This place has since closed down

* This article was published in the New Straits Times (Life & Times) on 5th January 2011.

Penang is blessed with a plethora of cuisines, and lately we discovered a new outlet that really stands out among the masses. Figo’s Restaurant recently opened its doors in Jalan Sungai Kelian housing area in Tanjong Bunga. The restaurant is a short distance away from Ingolf’s Kneipe German Restaurant, Vintage Bulgaria Restaurant and the Medan Selera Mutiara.

Listed on their menu is an assortment of sandwiches and heavier entrees with flavors of New Orleans, Texas, Mexico and signature dishes of Nyonya and Malacca-Portuguese.

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Our meal at Figo’s kicked off with the Mexican Oyster shots. This appetizer had the fresh oyster dropped into the glass of Tequila, Tobasco, olive oil, and served garnished with a leafy cilantro and a wedge of lime. The oyster was fresh and the taste was accentuated by the alcohol. Indeed refreshing!

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Figo’s has its own interpretation of the Devil Curry. This well known Eurasian food inspired by the Portuguese is prepared with Chinese influences and a spicy outlook. It comes with choices of pork-ribs or chicken at RM16.

The Devil Curry Chicken with few pieces of potatoes were great for sharing. Don’t miss out this dish which goes well with their thick and floury homemade bread. Options are also available for those who wish to have this curry dish with plain rice which in many ways brings out the full flavor of the gravy. The bread and rice are charged separately.

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Devil Curry Chicken RM16

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Next up was the Jambalaya Bayou Style with chicken, mussels and shrimps, sausage, pork and vegetable. I was smitten with the brown rice casserole which draws its flavors from the rich stock of the ingredients. Indeed a well made rice dish with generous portion for the price.

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The heavier entrees were totally different. The Texas Barbequed Spare-Ribs with delicate smokiness was meaty in texture. Well marinated with lovely spices, the ribs were served with blanched broccoli, potatoes and carrot. The serving was large as well, delicious with the meat easily falling off the bone.

All mains comes with a side salad with combination of tomatoes, cucumber, olives and lettuce. I like the salad as it balanced out the meaty dish. It comes with three choices of dressing. We enjoyed it with the Thousand Island dressing sauce.

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Large serving of Texas Barbequed Spare-Ribs RM29

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A complimentary side salad for the main course


The Satchmo’s Pork Chop that we ordered was rather similar to the Pork Cordon-Bleu. The stuffed pork chop with ham & cheese was deep-fried coated with herb breadcrumbs and served with sides of potatoes wedges, broccoli and carrot. The flavor was good, however the lean meat was a bit dry.

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We flavored our meal with a poultry dish. The Cajun Spring Chicken was served grilled with potatoes, vegetables and a side salad at RM25. This dish is a tempting recommendation especially for chicken lovers. It was flavorful with the seasoning of variety of spices.

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A satisfying snack was the Home-made Hamburger. The combination of generous amount of meat, bacon and lettuce makes a nice bite. No  sauce was needed as the juicy patty was well seasoned. It was served beside  crispy fries, salad, mayonnaise and BBQ sauce.

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Home-made Hamburger RM13.50


On the lighter side was an interesting dish which is akin to the local murtabak. The Chimmichangas El Grande had a crispy texture pastry unlike the softness of the murtabak and was less oily too. It was served alongside with piping hot crispy fries.

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Chimmichangas El Grande RM13.50


Do drop by Figo’s if you are looking for a tasty and casual meal. Figo’s is considered one of the better restaurants around as each of our visits was pleasing, with consistent tasty dishes. For me, the only exception is the dessert and coffee. Hope the management will simultaneously look into it.

Anyway, do take note that certain dishes can be quite huge in portion, especially those with the sign ‘for two’. Click here for the Map Location.

Figo’s Restaurant
3 Jalan Sg. Kelian
Tanjung Bungah
11200 Penang

Tel: 04 8995091

Business Hour: 6pm till 10pm

Closed on Tuesday

Cash Terms Only

GPS Coordinates : N5.464576   E100.291001

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16 comments so far

 1 

not bad, reasonable price

CK Lam Reply:

Indeed very reasonable price for the food portion!

December 28th, 2010 at 9:11 am
Vivian Wong
 2 

Oh…I just went for our Christmas dinner last weekend, it was nice!

CK Lam Reply:

Great! Hope you will share your outing experience with me too:)

December 28th, 2010 at 9:16 am
 3 

hey, thanks for sharing… guess i can have more time to explore now. :)

CK Lam Reply:

I am looking forward to seeing more reviews from you now that you have settled down.

December 28th, 2010 at 9:41 am
 4 

Ooh, your photograph of the Mexican Oyster shots are excellent! So pretty! Reminds me of the oyster shots we had once, but those were even BIGGER, haha.

CK Lam Reply:

I really do missed those oysters shots that we enjoyed together :)

December 28th, 2010 at 10:21 am
Jack Tai
 5 

Look nice.
What is the GPS coordinates ?

CK Lam Reply:

Thanks for reminding. I have updated it in the post.

December 28th, 2010 at 6:59 pm
 6 

Happy holidays, too. Can’t wait to eat Penang with you!!! See you soon. XO.

December 29th, 2010 at 4:38 pm
lys
 7 

how much does the oyster shots cost? feel like going there just for them :)

CK Lam Reply:

Oops, forgotten about the pricing.

December 30th, 2010 at 12:23 am
 8 

for sure i am going to try this place. really nice! thanks for sharing! :D

happy 2011! all the best in the coming year!! god bless xx

CK Lam Reply:

Thanks for the wishes :) God bless you too!

December 31st, 2010 at 6:54 pm
 9 

The Devil Chicken Curry looks great! Happy New Year to you and your family!

CK Lam Reply:

Best wishes to you and your family too LK :)

December 31st, 2010 at 8:23 pm
 10 

Happy New Year CK. Please do tell if you’re down in KL someday. :)

CK Lam Reply:

Thank you. Wishing you a happy brand new year!

January 2nd, 2011 at 11:02 pm
Rakhveer
 11 

hey there….we met at figo’s !!
hahahah….Keep up the good work….

CK Lam Reply:

It was a pleasure meeting you too :)

January 24th, 2011 at 4:02 pm
 12 

Back! Just wanted to drop you a note that I went to Figo’s with Msiagirl & her lovely family and I really enjoyed the food there. Excellent recommendation, dear.

(I didn’t have the oyster shots I mentioned above though, hehe.)

August 12th, 2011 at 4:36 pm
WL
 13 

I tried this place not too long ago and liked it so much I went back three times in a week.

The servings are generous and the prices are very reasonable compared to places like Chilli’s and TGIF. I feel that the food here is better too. Would recommend the Jambalaya (says it’s for 2 but can actually feed 4!!!), chimichangas and devils pork curry. Yum!

November 2nd, 2011 at 2:22 pm
 14 

I have been to Figo’s a number of times and really enjoy it. I am from the US and this is as close as you can get to good Tex-Mex and Cajun food outside of the US.

January 8th, 2012 at 5:52 pm
John and Maria
 15 

Hey Bobby
We will see ya in Oct or Nov first beer is on me
Looking forward to some excellent food

January 17th, 2012 at 10:56 am
 16 

Hi CK – Just to let you know Figo’s restaurant is now closed and replaced by Sunnyside Up Delicatessen opened by a former Golden Sands chef. Their set lunch is very good value and food is good and nice portion too. RM11.90 with soup and coffee/tea, RM13.90 with dessert. Try their salmon sandwich, they change their menus weekly and they sell sausages, meat, bacon as well. Food is cheaper and much better than the Gusto Cafe opposite to them which is so pricey.

September 15th, 2012 at 5:55 pm

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