Serving New Malaysian cuisine, gēn 根 is a place where quality local produce is fused with passion, culture. and childhood memories. Each dish peeks into Malaysia’s distinctive flavours and cultures.
Patrons of gēn 根, Johnson and Javi, returned to Malaysia after a long journey of cooking experiences around the world. Their mission at gēn 根 is to showcase their love for Malaysia's local ingredients, and create beautiful dishes in a Modern Malaysian Community Restaurant.

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    Meaning “ground roots” in Malay, gēn 根 keeps true to its roots by using local ingredients. The tasting menu revolves mainly around using local ingredients to recreate nostalgic flavours with bold and innovative cooking methods.

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      Communal Table focuses on serving comfort food that is designed to be shared with family and friends, a true testimony to the Malaysian dining culture. Savour Malaysia's locally grown produce and its distinctive flavours in the form of sharing plates.

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        Cuisine



        The food is exclusively and proudly based on the freshest local produce available, inspired by Malaysian traditional taste. Some of the dishes are deconstructed, some other are presented in a new creative way to highlight the taste and essence of each mouthful. Perhaps the best description for Chef Johnson’s cuisine is “contemporary Malaysian cuisine, rooted in nostalgia and flavours from his childhood”.


        The Chef & the Brigade


        “Years of crazy adventures have led us to this delicious point, and gēn 根 is born. It represents a fresh start to me, also serves as a reminder that nature is all around us. I am delighted for being a Malaysian chef, able to discover our beautiful local produces, flavours and cultures.”

        We Care


        At Gēn 根, it is very important for us to understand each and the ingredients and the communities that they are sourced from.

        For our produce, we use local farmers who maintain sustainable practices and actively care for the health of their land and livestock. We support farm-to-table buying and avoid the use of processed foods and chemicals. We source all our ingredients locally and actively support small local farmers rather than large corporations.

        We personally visit each farm from where we buy our produce.


        We endeavour to understand the real costs of the ingredients and maximise our use for the every part of the produce to achieve minimum waste.

        We also use methods such as ferments, pickles and preserves in our menus to create a collaborative network that integrates sustainable food production, processing, distribution, consumption and waste management in order to minimise our environmental footprint.


        “gēn 根, which translates as the word “root” in English, is a culinary project run by two young, creative Malaysian chefs who pride themselves in using only seasonal local ingredients. Whilst the island of Penang is known for its street food, gēn 根 brings Malaysian dishes to a new level.”

        Kim, the discoverer.

        Useful Information


        gēn 根
        Opening time: Thursday to Tuesday (Closed on Wednesday)
        Lunch: 12:00 - 15:00 (Last order 14:00)
        Dinner: 18:00 to 23:00 (Last order 21:30)
        Annual closing: none
        Time zone: (GMT+08:00) Kuala Lumpur
        Currency accepted: MYR
        Credit cards accepted: Visa, Mastercard, American Express, JCB, UnionPay
        Electricity voltage: 240V
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        ACCESS
        The best way to get to the restaurant is Grabcar or RAPID bus. Do feel free to park with The Prestige Hotel if you're driving for that night and you may redeem an hour free, please get one of us to assist the stamping during bill payment. You may find street parking along Gat Lebuh Gereja too.
        CONTACT
        Unit 6, 8 Gat Lebuh Gereja, 10300 Georgetown, Penang CONTACT HERE.
        Communal Table by gēn 根
        Opening time: Tuesday to Sunday. Dinner: 6.00pm to 11.00pm (Last order at 10.30pm) Closed on Monday.
        High Tea: Fridays to Sundays / from 2.00 pm to 5.30 pm (5.00 pm last call)
        Annual closing: none
        Time zone: (GMT+08:00) Kuala Lumpur
        Currency accepted: MYR
        Credit cards accepted: Visa, Mastercard, American Express, JCB, UnionPay
        Electricity voltage: 240V
        Plug type :
        ACCESS
        Located at Presgrave corner, opposite of the famous Presgrave Hawker Center. The best way to get to the restaurant is by Grabcar. If you're driving to us, feel free to find street parking along the Lebuh Presgrave.
        CONTACT
        68, Lebuh Presgrave Georgetown 10400, Penang , Malaysia CONTACT HERE.

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