Located in George Town’s UNESCO heritage district, Christoph’s is truly a hidden gem that brings the flavours of Austria – and a bit of Germany – to Penang. This cosy, rustic eatery, helmed by Christoph Girsch, a former hotel manager at the nearby E&O, delivers an authentic European dining experience with a touch of that charm you only find in the heritage heart of George Town.


Art imitates life… or is it the other way round?


The ambiance at Christoph’s is immediately inviting. The corner restaurant’s interior exudes warmth, with its wooden furnishings and intimate lighting, making it the perfect spot for a relaxed meal. The space is thoughtfully designed to reflect an Austrian inn, somehow blending seamlessly with the historical colonial aesthetics of George Town. The exterior signage says “Christoph’s Living Room & Restaurant,” and we felt that accurately broadcasts just the sort of comfort and welcome diners can expect.


A welcoming entrance in the heart of George Town


Styrian Wurstsalad


Of course, what really sets Christoph’s apart is its dedication to authentic Austrian cuisine, something that should come as no surprise as it might be the only genuine Austrian restaurant in Malaysia. (We’re not sure, though.) The menu is a testament to Christoph’s culinary background, featuring classic dishes like Styrian Wurstsalad, Wiener Schnitzel, and Kaesespaetzle. (You’ll never go wrong with the Schnitzel here.) Each dish is prepared using traditional cooking techniques and fresh, quality local ingredients, ensuring a dining experience that’s both genuine and delectable. Complementing the food is a curated selection of Austrian and Portuguese wines, perfect for pairing with your meal.




Wiener Schnitzel


We didn’t try much beyond the handful of starters and meals noted above, but the word on the street is that the Tafelspitz, a traditional Austrian boiled beef dish served with applesauce and horseradish, is a standout dish appearing from time to time, one that’s simple yet flavourful, truly embodying the essence of Austrian home cooking. The Kaiserschmarrn, a shredded pancake dessert, is another highlight, offering a sweet end to a hearty meal. In addition to the à la carte menu, Christoph’s offers a daily menu of special dishes that changes regularly.


Save room for a light, sweet finish


The service (including the wine service) at Christoph’s is top-notch, reflecting the professionalism and hospitality Christoph Girsch honed during his time at the E&O. The staff are knowledgeable and passionate about the cuisine, ready to offer recommendations and ensure every guest feels welcomed.


Austrian wines are always a treat to enjoy in Malaysia


It must be said that beyond the excellent food and cosy ambiance, Christoph’s benefits from being in one of George Town’s most vibrant areas. The restaurant’s proximity to cultural landmarks and charming streets makes it an ideal stop for tourists and locals alike, offering a perfect blend of culinary delight and historical charm.


As we enjoyed our meal, other people came in – some for wine and light bites, some for full meals. And why not? After all, Christoph’s is not just a place to eat; it’s a journey into Austrian culture, right in the heart of Penang. For anyone in Penang seeking a taste of Austria, or just a really good place to eat, Christoph’s is an unmissable destination, one that comes with our enthusiastic recommendations. One blurb we noticed on the menu, however, perhaps sums it up better than we ever could: “Austria’s fondness for the Schnitzel cannot be explained by preparation, nor can it be explained by history. And it is certainly not reasonable! Wiener Schnitzel isn’t just a piece of pork or veal; it is a part of Austria – and we are Austria.”


Blended for local palates


Location & Details

Living Room | Restaurant
55 Lorong Stewart
George Town, Penang

W: www.facebook.com/christophspenang
T: 6010.801 0188

Reservations recommended