MalaysiaPenangThai $$$$$ Secluded
Bistro

Tree Monkey

Thai Restaurant

Relax in the lush, rainforest setting of the Tropical Spice Garden while enjoying authentic Thai food at Tree Monkey. The restaurant uses fresh herbs and spices locally grown at the Tropical Spice Garden, sending blissful aromas through the restaurant that will have your tummy rumbling in anticipation. Choose a Thai tapas plate to sample the flavors of Thailand in spring rolls, samosas, fish cakes, pandan chicken, and larb gai, to name a few traditional snacks available. For a more substantial meal, don't go past a spicy Thai curry with varieties including Massaman green, yellow, and red curries.

Tree Monkey's Thai cuisine is only made better by the homey outdoor dining area set on a wooden deck with clear views over the Malacca Strait. Perched high on a hilltop, the restaurant's name was inspired by the inquisitive Dusky Leaf Monkeys home to the tall trees surrounding the restaurant. Lucky diners may see some of these friendly monkeys on their way down the steep exit ramp.

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Price & Hours

Meal Prices From

RM20.80 (USD$4.78)

$$$$$

Bistro

Thai
Drinks
Beer Wine Cocktails Coffee Tea Soda Fruit Juice hot and iced chocolate
Available
Gluten Free Vegetarian
Location
Secluded

Hours

10:30am-10:30pm7 days

Overview

  • Food Quality: Best in town
  • Service: Very good
  • Value: Pretty Decent
  • Location: Slightly Inconvenient
  • Open For: Lunch, Dinner
  • Bookings: Available, But Not Essential
  • Dress Code: Casual
  • Noise Level: Quieter Than Usual
  • Comfort Level: Quite Comfortable
  • Seating: Indoors & Outdoors
  • Decor: Garden
  • Wifi: Free & Password Protected
  • Delivery: No
  • Good For Groups: Yes
  • Who Visits: Mostly Tourists
  • Payments: Cash & Card

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Dietary

Gluten-free: most dishes
eg. Green curry, tom yum soup, sweet & sour chicken, larb gai, beef salad, pineapple fried rice
Vegetarian: only upon request
eg. Stir-fried mixed vegetables (ask for no beef), sweet & sour vegetables (ask for no meat), pad Thai (ask for no seafood), cha om omelette, massaman curry (ask for no meat)
Vegan: only upon request
eg. Thai green curry (ask for no meat), tom yum soup (ask for no chicken or seafood), pad Thai (ask for no seafood or egg)

Menu icons indicate dishes that are "mild spicy" or "thai spicy"

You Have To Try...

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Thai Tapas

A little spicy

Create your own tasting plate with options including chicken spring rolls, chicken wrapped in pandan leaf, vege rolls, larb gai, fish cakes, samosas, and lemon grass seafood skewers. Available as either 8, 12, or 16-piece plates with a minimum of 4 pieces per item.

Tip: Choose monkey bas and vege rolls for a vegetarian option.

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Pineapple Fried Rice

Not spicy Gluten-friendly Dairy-free

Fried rice with chunks of chicken, egg, onion, pineapple, and cashew nuts served in a fresh pineapple shell.

Tip: Can be made vegetarian on request.

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Chicken Cashew Nut

A little spicy Gluten-friendly Dairy-free

Stir fried with onion, cashew nuts, chili and oyster sauce with your choice of chicken or beef.

Tip: Order a side of steamed rice.

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Massaman Curry

A little spicy Gluten-friendly Dairy-free Vegan

Slow cooked potato, onion, cashew nuts and shallots with your choice of chicken or beef in a spicy massaman sauce.

Tip: Can be made vegetarian on request. Order a side of steamed rice.

Look Around

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Where Is It

Lot 595 Mkm 2, Lone Crag Villa, Jalan Tanjung Bungah, 11100, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia

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How To Get There

Rideshare

Drivers drop off at the main entrance but usually pick up on the opposite side of the road.

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Taxi

Drivers drop off at the main entrance but usually pick up on the opposite side of the road.

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Motorbike

Free street front parking across the road from the entrance.

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Bus (101, 102Tropica Spice Garden, Jalan Teluk Bahang)

Bus stop in front of the main entrance.

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Backstory

Tree Monkey opened in 2010 within the grounds of popular tourist attraction, Tropical Spice Garden. It was named after the Dusky Leaf monkeys who roam in the nearby trees and are frequently spotted by restaurant guests. The alfresco dining area can seat 50 people while indoors has a maximum capacity of 30.

Scorecard

Best Parts:
  • Flavor-packed Thai food made with fresh, locally grown herbs and spices.
  • Variety of food and drink menu items.
  • Thai Tapas plate perfect for a snack, starter, or light main meal.
  • Scenery. Diners enjoy both ocean views and a lush jungle setting.
Could Be Better:
  • Remote location away from central George Town.
  • Expensive compared to local dining options like hawker stalls.
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