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Penang’s Elegant Dining Room Experience Macalister Mansion

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Elegant Dining Room Experience Macalister Mansion Penang

Elegant Dining Room Experience Macalister Mansion Penang

Experience a super-luxurious lifestyle with world-class service of The Dining Room Experience Macalister Mansion, Penang.

Fine Dining in Macalister Mansion or MM is often referred to by Penangites as “Atas”.  This Malay word “Atas” is usually used to describe something of high social status. The English equivalent is a sophisticated lifestyle.

The restored elegant white 1990s colonial mansion has 8 Rooms in the fabulously luxurious boutique hotel. Distinctly nostalgic.  The spaces in the mansion are branded as Dining Room, The Den, Living Room, The Cellar, and The Lawn.

My first experience in MM started with a casual lunch in the Living Room The menu has local cuisine and international flavors. One of the most enjoyable pleasures is having afternoon High Tea in the Instagramable Living Room.

This is one of the most beautiful mansions to dine in when you visit Penang.

Elegant Dining Room Experience Macalister Mansion Penang
The magical tree in the Dining Room with a white on white deco with chairs in a stately blue. Photo: Doris Lim

Magical Gastronomy of Chef Johnson Wong

Chef Johnson Wong’s remarkable journey starts with culinary studies at Le Cordon Blue Sydney to working in Michelin starred restaurants.

Paris molded his refinements on French-style cuisine.

Chef Wong’s creative flair, a subtle mix of flavors, beautiful presentations makes for a memorable fine-dining experience at the Dining Room. He created his food as an artist, using local produce and ingredients. The surprises are remarkable.

Elegant Dining Room Experience Macalister Mansion Penang
Chef Johnson Wong “Fine dining is not just about “foie gras” or Kobe beef. It is a multisensory experience to taste the fresh produce and ingredients”. Photo: Paul Ang

The Dining Room

Macalister Mansion is the venue for classic fairy tale weddings. The setting of the Dining Room is dreamy, romantic and perfect for special celebratory dinners.

My childlike anticipation of eating delicious food makes the dining experience most pleasurable.

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Another view of the elegantly appointed Dining Room. Photo: Doris Lim

Degustation Presentation

The Chef’s Tasting Menu presents the essence of Malaysian natural ingredients at its finest. It captures the essence of fresh local produce, herbs, and flavoring using modern French cooking techniques.

The “eight” course menu has bonus treats of canapés; amuse bouche, palate cleanser and petit fours.


Chef Wong’s selection of triple canapés makes a great first impression to a dinner party. The first is an Orange Sorbet with basil and black olives. The next is Fish Crackers and the deep-fried Mushroom Golden Cakoi”. Each canapé presents a different texture bursting with fragrance and flavor.

Penang's Elegant Dining Room Experience Macalister Mansion
An array of canapés; Orange, Olive, Basil | Fish Cracker | Mushroom Golden “Cakoi” Photo: Paul Ang

Amuse Bouche

The single, bite-sized hors d’œuvre of Chorizo, Mascarpone, Garlic Cream has a crispy mouthfeel and feeds my out-and-out addiction for fried food.

Penang's Elegant Dining Room Experience Macalister Mansion
Amuse-Bouches are served gratis and according to the chef’s selection alone. Photo: Paul Ang

Mud Crab

A heightened sense of adventure and excitement precedes the presentation of the magnificent mud crab. The juicy fleshy meat is unrivaled for sweetness and juiciness. Chef Wong makes this lavish dish perfectly decadent, all the flavors carefully balanced in a sublime combination. This dish is possibly my favorite in terms of presentation and taste.

Penang's Elegant Dining Room Experience Macalister Mansion
A duo of stuffed crabs delicately perfumed with lemongrass and ginger flower is a feast for the eyes and palate. Photo: Paul Ang

62.5C Egg

Fermented Duck Egg cooked sous vide has a silky, runny yolk that breaks apart like sunshine in an adorable nest.

Penang's Elegant Dining Room Experience Macalister Mansion
Fermented Duck Egg | Buckwheat | Mushroom, a luxurious mouthfeel. Photo: Doris Lim


This presentation in a bowl takes its cue from Penangite’s favorite local curry noodles. The tender shredded chicken is moist. Perfectly paired to heighten the flavor of curry essence.

Penang's Elegant Dining Room Experience Macalister Mansion
Chicken | Cauliflower | Croutons Photo: Paul Ang

Palate Cleanser

Penang's Elegant Dining Room Experience Macalister Mansion
Nutmeg Granite |Fermented Orange Juice Photo: Paul Ang

Black Cod

Pardon my exclamation of “Oh my Cod”  This dish is simply splendid.

Penang's Elegant Dining Room Experience Macalister Mansion
Mushroom | Miso Photo: Paul Ang


Moist, juicy, tender and flavourful chicken served on a bed of yam mash. The cracker is crispy, brittle and so divinely addictive.

Penang's Elegant Dining Room Experience Macalister Mansion
King Oyster Mushroom | Garlic Soy Broth | Yam Photo: Paul Ang

Penang White Coffee

My absolute favorite. Penang White Coffee brittle, the Amaretto aroma and flavor.  The thick, creamy, soft Mascarpone cheese makes this dessert sing!

Penang's Elegant Dining Room Experience Macalister Mansion
Mascarpone | Amaretto | Cookies Photo: Paul Ang

The Review of The Dining Room

Dining in Macalister Mansion is by far one of the most memorable meals I’ve had this year. The innovative presentation, choice of fresh local ingredients must be applauded. Chef Johnson Wong and the Dining Room Team made the experience both delicious and delightful.

Overall the culinary experience is exciting with a detailed explanation of the dishes by the chef. The staffs are courteous, well trained and the service is attentive.

If you’re looking to impress a date or celebrate on a special occasion, the Macalister Mansion is the perfect venue.

Macalister Mansion | 228 Jalan Macalister, Penang Penang, Malaysia
Business Hours: 7 pm till 11 pm, Tuesday to Sunday. CLOSED ON MONDAY
Click here for a reservation.

8 Course Chef’s Tasting Menu | RM308 | Additional 160 for Full Wine Pairing
4 Course MM’s Discovery Menu | RM228 | Additional 80 for Semi Wine Pairing
Guest may opt for a la carte menu.

Eight Rooms

The Macalister Mansion has eight contemporary themed guest rooms. The Eight Rooms are luxuriously appointed and individually designed with commissioned art pieces that are influenced by the life story of Sir Norman Macalister.

If you want to stay at his luxurious home, click here to book your stay.

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