32 at the Mansion is a glorious recreation of an Anglo-Indian restaurant. A fine-dining experience located along Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah in central Georgetown (the same row as Eastern & Oriental Hotel), this seaside manor is the perfect spot for a little Sunday socialising, or even an extra special night out with Cupid in tow.
Graceful and elegant, the restaurant has quite a few things going for it – the atmosphere is cosy, the service friendly and the decor as inviting as the colonial period it’s meant to reflect. However the food, which largely falls under either classic haute French cuisine or Asian, is the star of the show – an unsurprising fact considering the fact that the kitchen is helmed by heavily skilled Chef Mathijs Nanne who hails from the Netherlands.
- Traditional English Afternoon Tea at the Eastern & Oriental Hotel
- City Half-Day Tour
- EZhopper Sightseeing Bus Pass
- Georgetown by Night Tour
- Island Half-Day Tour
- Private Penang Hill & Temple
- Heritage Trishaw Tour
- Private Penang Hill & High Tea at David Brown's Restaurant
- Botanic Gardens & Tropical Spice Garden Tour
- Penang Hill & Kek Lok Si Temple Tour
Opened in April 2000, 32 at the Mansion is a popular wedding venue – a fact that can be attributed to its grand decor. Think high-end 1920s glam, with polished dark wooden floors, soaring ceilings with frieze work, gilded mirrors, chandeliers, white linen-topped tables and arched stained-glass windows.
The restaurant is divided into several sections – lobby, lounge and dining room – plus there is a separate room and gazebo for special functions. Entertainment-wise, there is a live jazz band on Friday & Saturday nights but regular nights have piped-in music ranging from easy listening hits to 80s classics.
Inspired by our proximity to the ocean, we start off our meal at 32 at the Mansion with crispy golden brown calamari rings – the freshness of the squid is evident. However it is the aged cheddar gougeres which impresses the most. Each French cheese puff oozes tangy brown cheese, and paired with Chef Mathijis’ homemade shallot and spicy chilli jam, it is a memorable dish.
We also sample watermelon salad with fat succulent slices of green mango, lashings of crushed crispy fish with toasted pistachio. It goes down well with the bar’s perfectly crafted mojitos.
For our main course at 32 at the Mansion, we decide on slow cooked lamb shank and barbecued beef ribs, giving us the opportunity to share and sample both dishes – a great choice, as it turns out. Slow cooked lamb shank is a delight to the palate – cooked to perfection, the meat has a slight crisp texture on the outside, while inside it is almost pink, and stays succulent bite after bite. A light seasoning on the lamb allows the natural flavour to shine – and shine it does – with some help from a side serving of Portobello mushroom with melted cheese.
However, the real stunner is the barbecued beef ribs: the meat is melt-in-your-mouth tender, with a drizzling of thick barbecue juices – each bite produces an explosion of flavours. Served with cube-shaped baked potatoes, lightly-seasoned with salt and pepper, it really is a hearty and fulfilling end to the meal.
32 at the Mansion
- Opening Hours: 12:00 – 15:00; 17:00 – 24:00
- Address: 32, Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah, George Town, Penang
- Tel: +604 262 2232