Farquhar Mansion, a haute joint with the lush curation of European cuisine in the heart of Georgetown is definitely an ode to Robert Townsend Farquhar himself. Here’s how we wined and dined at Farquhar Mansion for an exquisite experience—definitely a change from all the food-spotting, and road tripping.
Who would have thought of a fine-dining destination in Penang—a renowned hawker-food haven? Well, now you know, and Farquhar Mansion is probably the reason why anyone would be up for some fancy night out on the island; all decked out in their best button-downs, and cocktail dresses in exchange of their comfy Birkenstocks and denim shorts. Located along Lebuh Farquhar, George Town, right across the famed Eastern & Oriental Hotel, Farquhar Mansion is hard to miss. If you go at night, the whole compound is lit with starry lights, that make it look like a dreamy place to have date nights (possibly even proposals!). Once a mission house back in the 1870s, Farquhar Mansion is located inside of Mission Place, a heritage precinct on Farquhar Street.
As you walk into Farquhar Mansion, you’ll be welcomed by handsomely dressed waiters and host of the evening, ready to sit you and your company. The restaurant is a two-storey building, each floor with a different vibe. Essentially, the ground floor is to cater to walk-ins and non-member reservations whereas the top floor is exclusive for members only.
Members or not, Farquhar Mansion promises an exquisite experience, and exquisite it was as our seven-course meal commenced.
First up on the course was the amouse-bouche(an expression in French for bite-size portions of food as appetisers) featuring three types of dish.
At Farquhar Mansion, one is promised to be swayed and serenaded with food and ambiance that match the rich history of the 200-year-old building. A full course meal lasts around 2 hours or so but do not be discouraged as time flies quickly – the restaurant also has a lounge area with live band and piano performances on specific days. If you don’t have the luxury of time for a full course meal, Farquhar offers delectable ala carte menu too for a quick meal.
If you are looking to spend Mother’s day somewhere, why not check out Farquhar Mansion? Details as follows:
No. 33, Lebuh Farquhar,
10200 George Town, Penang.
Business Hours: 12 pm to 3 pm; 6 pm to 12 am (last order for restaurant dishes at 10 pm). Open Daily.