Revolving Restaurant, City Bayview, Penang

The Relvolving Restaurant has been around since the 70s and is sort of like a landmark of Penang. We don’t often go there because of the ‘rather old’ image the place has. It has the same kind of ambience like the other revolving restaurant in KL. However, my kids are fascinated with the ever revolving floor and hence, my #3 son picked the place for his birthday treat.

It takes an hour for a complete 360 deg celcius turn and if you are prone to motion sickness, you may barf your dinner. LOL.

revolving restaurant

This is not exactly a restaurant review for Revolving but just some photos I took that night. Would I recommend the place? Well, not exactly unless you are not from Penang or you want to go there with your grandma or amuse your kids about the turn-turn floor. 😛 Is it romantic? Well it depends. If you are unlucky, you may bumped into a huge group and they do tend to spoil the mood.


To be frank, the food from City Bayview has been consistent for as long as I can remember. They have a wide varieties of Malay, Chinese, Italian and Western dishes on the buffet. Price is about RM40++ for adult and RM20 ++ for children below 12 years old. If you are looking for stuffs like fresh oysters, sushi and shashimi and exotic things or fancy desserst, then, it is not the place for you. What you get are wholesome local foods, roast beef, salmon and ham platter, desserts, pasta station and plenty of rice and noodle.

ulam raja, kacang botol dan sambal belachan

I took some ulam raja and kacang botol or four angled beans with sambal belacan. I know it will make a nice photo with all those greens and red sambal. BTW, if you have not tried this ulam raja, you should. It has a tart-y taste but leaves a sweetish flavour in your mouth after chewing it.

My hubby and children said it is waste for me to go for a buffet costing RM40++ when I eat things I can get from Malay nasi campur stalls like the ikan kembong and ulam fro RM4. But hey, it is fun to take a bite of everything, you know? I have better photos of other nicer foods but since I am not paid to promote LOL, I shall not post them.


They have live music and two aunties were singing that night. Marvellous voice and nice songs (for my age group) but a big yawn for my kids. These naughty teens and tweens then, wrote a long list of latest songs request for the two ladies. Then, they bet if the singers can sing them. *roll eyes* They dished out Spiderman song for my birthday boy. So much for latest songs. Hahaha.


On the ceiling, which of course, doesn’t turn are the 12 zodiac signs. It is fun to look up and identify our own horoscope signs.


Yay! *Our* sign! The Virgo.

E&O Hotel, Penang

This is the E&O Hotel seen from Revolving. The best time to go is around 6.30 pm when the sun is just setting. It will be nice to watch the skyline turning dark. The buffet starts at 6.30 pm and after 9.30 pm, the price is 50% off. If I am not mistaken, they close at 11.30 pm. (Time and prices may change, so please Google for the information)

I don’t think I will be going back anytime soon unless another kid insists for a turn-turn restaurant.

Post Author: Lilian

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5 thoughts on “Revolving Restaurant, City Bayview, Penang

    sooi sooi

    (December 7, 2007 - 3:55 am)

    i’m sure ur kids would love the turn turn restaurant at menara kuala lumpur too…the night view is totally fantastic!


    (December 7, 2007 - 10:57 am)

    sooi sooi, but the food is not worth with price,
    tasteless for me


    (December 7, 2007 - 6:28 pm)

    you know when someone told me that City Bayview served the best hokkien mee among the hotels , i don’t really believe. But when i and Erina went there and ate it for our selves..i think that we really kow-tow to the Chef.. Their char koay teow and satay which they do it like hawker style on the roadside is good to try but they are still charging you the hotel prices eventhough hawker style..apalah !!

    I think Hokkien Mee is their trademark and proud of it compare to other hotels


    (December 8, 2007 - 9:35 pm)

    Didn’t think highly of the food at the revolving restaurants at Bayview Penang and KL Tower. I like the Bayview hotel rooms, though. Spacious compared to Shangri-La and cost less.

    Sweet Jasmine

    (December 11, 2007 - 1:17 am)

    i went up there on the night of the when the tsunami cause havoc in Gurney drive….few yrs back….not realising the real danger at that time….no wonder we were the only ones in the restaurant that night….!

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