The Sire Museum Restaurant

Restaurant and museum along Lebuh King in Georgetown

The Sire Museum Restaurant is a relic of the past you should not overlook during your stay in Penang. It is an upholder of old-fashioned glamour on Penang’s dining scene that has prospered over the years by transcending trends. Loud, boisterous customers create an ambiance that is colourful to say the least, making it one of the most magical places to experience Penang’s colonial heritage.

Located along Lebuh King in central Georgetown, just 400m away from Fort Cornwallis, the manor used to be the home of Chinese immigrant turned banking and real estate magnate Yeap Chor Ee, who is best known in Penang for his philanthropic works. Donated to the Wawasan Education Foundation in 2006, it was beautifully restored to display exhibits (mostly upstairs) chronicling his rags-to-riches story.

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Interior Design

A poignant reminder of the island-state’s one time British occupation, The Sire Museum Restaurant has got a real turn-back-the-clock vibe, with interior design meant to emphasise its colonial heritage. Just begging for attention is the restaurant’s charming decor such as a grand piano and heavy wooden chairs and tables, plus the manor’s original tiles, frieze work and ironwork installations in the form of a heavy spiral staircase.

Surrounded by so many antiques, you feel like you are dining in the actual museum, so overhanging pots of greenery and pastel-coloured flowers are placed throughout the restaurant to soften its almost masculine tone.

The Food

Besides its sumptuous surrounds, guests are also rewarded with thoughtful service and refined, retro dishes. The meal starts off with complimentary toasted garlic tomato loaf: The Sire Museum Restaurant’s menu puts out a healthy selection of starters, ranging from soups and salads to titbits and side orders like barbecue chicken wings and French fries.  

Taste-wise, you are tucking into satisfactory comfort food but it’s nothing sensational. Poached caramelized snapper (RM29.80) is fresh and juicy, with a side serving of steamed vegetables and creamy mashed potatoes. Meanwhile, black angus rib eye steak (RM105.80) has fall-off-the-bone tender meat, with little seasoning allowing the meat’s natural flavours to shine through – a simple yet effective strategy.

The Sire Museum Restaurant

  • Opening Hours: 11:30 – 15:00; 18:00 – 22:30
  • Address: 4, Lebuh King, George Town
  • Tel: +604 264 5088
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