Kota | When Francis Meets Rempah | @ Fort Cornwallis, Penang

By : Chha

Fort Cornwallis or also know as Kota Cornwallis in Malay is a star fort located in George Town, Penang, Malaysia built by the British East India Company in the late 18th century. Fort Cornwallis is the largest standing fort in Malaysia. In its entire history, the fort has never engaged in any battle. It is named after the then Governor-General of Bengal, Charles Cornwallis, 1st Marquess Cornwallis, who had also been involved in the American War of Independence. (Source)

Captain Francis Light took possession of Penang Island from the Sultan of Kedah in 1786 and built the original fort. It was a palm trunk stockade with no permanent structures. The fort's purpose was to protect Penang from pirates and Kedah. (Source).

Even though Captain Francis Light died in 1794, Fort Cornwallis still stand tall and proud in Penang Island. It is really an awesome idea for Kota restaurant to be open inside of Fort Cornwallis itself. Probably many of you might be wondering, what is it like for Captain Francis Light when he first come to Penang and see all the herbs and spices. "When Francis Meets Rempah" in the "Kota" ?? Haha !

Ok, now being located inside Fort Cornwallis, Kota | Dine And Coffee | is not a hard place to find. Their service is really superb too especially the one who serve me since the moment i enter Kota. I did not make any reservation and was kinda disappointed when then place is fully booked. The waiter come out and tell me that i can have a sit outside and wait for awhile if i would still like to dine in here, so i did, i waited outside. He is constantly checking and ensuring me that it won't be long until i get my table and when i finally get my table, he take my order and serve food like a pro ! haha .. two thumbs up for this waiter. Good service, he deserve a pay raise ! hahaha !

It is also disappointing that all Kota signature dish already sold out. So i have to order other dish. Amazingly, it is tasty too .. no wonder Kota is fully booked. My suggestion is, come early and make reservation to avoid disappointment, haha !

Sunset RM 16.00
Watermelon | Mint | Lime | Sprite

The Sunset drinks is a combination of Watermelon, Mint, Lime and Sprite. It is very refreshing to drink.

Hokkien RM 25.00
Blue Prawn | Shallot | Chilli | Bisque | Sambal Prawn
(A refined version of the famous Penang prawn noodles taking the form at Italian Capellini with bisque reduction and sous vide quail egg)

My personal favorite is this plate of Hokkien. It is actually a Chinese Cuisine call the Hokkien Noodles but the way the chef here prepare it is different. The taste is different and the noodles they use here is different too but it is tasty.

Nyonya RM 25.00
Rendang | Butterfly Pea Flower | Coconut Rice | Achar | Otak-Otak
(Kota Signature blue Nyonya rice plate incorporating various flavourful sides into one impressive ensemble)

I've been thinking and thinking, what should i call "Otak-Otak" in English ? If i were to direct translate it into English then i will sound really weird, it will become "Brain-Brain", hahahaha ! Anyway, the Otak-Otak is tasty and the Achar is wonderful too. This Nyonya dish is a little bit spicy.

Nasi Lemak RM 25.00
Rice | Coconut Milk | Chicken | Spice | Peanut | Ikan Bilis | Sunny Side Up
(Malaysia's most popilar breakfast of nasi lemak with deep fried rempah chicken and anchovy topped with a sunny side up)

Nasi Lemak at Kota come in very big size and the rice will make you feel very full. The Ikan Bilis and Peanut is crunchy and the Chicken taste good.

Dining here is really awesome, where else in Penang can you dine in a Fort ? haha ! The food is good and the environment is nice. Though it may be a little bit pricey but it is worth it. One thing about Kota that you should take note is, in order to reach Kota, you will have to park your car outside of Fort Cornwallis then walk inside and pay entrance fee for Fort Cornwallis.

Entrance Fee to Fort Cornwallis :

Adult : RM 20.00
Children : RM 10.00

Adult : RM 10.00
Children : RM 5.00

I am not sure if this little information is still valid but i read from somewhere that if you dine in Kota for more than RM 20.00 per person then you can void the Entrance Fee to Fort Cornwallis. I am not sure because i went at night but what i am confident and sure is starting from December 2016 onward, every dinner sessions from 7.00 pm to 10.30 pm, admissions tickets into the fort is no longer required.

Rating :
Food : 9/10
Environment : 8/10
Service : 9/10
Hygiene : 8/10
Price : 5/10

Operating Hour :
10.30 am - 10.30 pm

Address :
Fort Cornwallis,
Jalan Tun Syed Sheh Barakbah,
10200 Pulau Pinang,

Telephone :
04 - 3714929
016 - 2975979

Email :

GPS Coordinate :
5.420615, 100.344148

Map :

Posted Date : 6 March 2017
Posted Time : 5.29 pm