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Dining Room - Macalister Mansion

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European, Contemporary
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228 Macalister, George Town, Penang Island 10400, Malaysia
+60 4-228 3888
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I honestly wasn't expecting much from this place. Pleasantly surprised I was! In fact, this place far exceeds my expectations. The culinary execution was very good. Presentation was excellent. Service was immaculate. Honestly, it's hard to expect more. If you have only 1 meal in Penang, I would highly recommend this place.

Thank AndrewQTM
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Had the 8 Course set menu with pairing wine. Staff were friendly but need to improve in communication skills as half the time failed to understand what the waiter is explaining on the food. Set up and ambience looks elegant but the restaurant is very bare with only 2 tables. It took 2.5 hours to complete dining.

Thank Ian C
Penang Island, Malaysia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2017 via mobile

Reached there about an hour before lunch. A friendly waitress greeted me and I proceeded to order a pancake & coffee from the breakfast menu followed by a Japanese Chicken burger for lunch. Their service was kinda slow... Food are a little overpriced but my orders were done well. Love their fries, but didn't like the sauces which tasted not... More 

Thank brommie-diver
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2017 via mobile

Great innovative menu ! Great start and looking good ! Unfortunately after 3 h 1/5 our so named second main course arrived! Since we had plans for next day to explore Penang left before dessert etc . Positive: Presentation is anytime worth a Michelin star .. Amuse Bouche , egg dish superb .. Thought ingredients a bit unbalanced .. COD... More 

Thank gooseliver66
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2017

One of the best dining experiences we've had this year has been at the Dining Room. I highly recommend the chef's degustation menu. Whether you order 4 or 8 courses, you get all the extras such as canapes, amuse bouche, to-die-for coffee rolls (really - I wish I could take these home and eat them every day), palate cleanser and... More 

1 Thank The Yum L
Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017 via mobile

Restaurant is set in an 8 room boutique hotel in a pre war mansion of a local tycoon of yesteryears called Macalister Mansion along Macalister Road. They could be more imaginative with the name of the restaurant instead it is plain and simple, just called The Dining Room and the decor of all white fits the clean tasteful image. We... More 

1 Thank Tony Y
Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

I have heard many good things about Macalister Mansion, and thankfully, it lived up to its hype. Ambience - minimalist, but beautiful. The trees inside make it look like a magical winter wonderland. But it can get a little chilly inside. Service - we had a wait staff, Tan Zhi Yang - same name as my fiancé, so we could... More 

1 Thank SaraAnnK_sasky
Barcelona, Spain
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016 via mobile

I went there on a Tuesday night and as expected wasn't too busy but i prefer it that way sometimes. Great welcome, very good description of the menu and excellent service. Very cosy atmosphere and the food is to die for. We went for the chef s selection of 8 course menu ( plus 2 complimentary appetizers) and he managed... More 

3 Thank Anka700
London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016 via mobile

We ate here on a Tuesday night, there were only three couples so it lacked a little atmosphere. The interior is very plain, very white with a white paper tree dominating the room. We had the right course tasting menu with accompanying wines. All told, including water, coffees and tip it came to nearly Rm1,000. To start we received Canapés-... More 

1 Thank Alison R
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016 via mobile

An old mansion with a refreshed breath of life. The dining ambience was pleasant and relatively quiet and perhaps, soothing too. Surely not a place for a noisy group of diners. Food was above average and nothing exceptional. Overall, if you are looking at exclusivity, this may be an option, albeit a pricey one. For me, once was enough.

1 Thank macaiwar

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
European, Contemporary
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Validated Parking
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Romantic
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 228 Macalister, George Town, Penang Island 10400, Malaysia
  • Location: Asia  >  Malaysia  >  Penang  >  Penang Island  >  George Town
  • Phone Number: +60 4-228 3888
  • This restaurant is at Macalister Mansion
The Dining Room offers contemporary French cuisine, with ala-carte and also Tasting menus that changes every few months. The restaurant has 2 private rooms (10-seater and 6-seater).
Opens Tuesday to Sunday, from 7.00Pm - 11.00Pm
(last order for Kitchen at 10.30Pm)
Close on Monday

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