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July 2015, lunch, dinner
The Eastern & Oriental had been on our list of hotels we considered to book, but we decided the Blue Mansion – A Cheong Fatt Tze Legacy, was better suitable for this occasion, wanting to stay at a boutique hotel. Please see also our review.
The only disadvantage for us was the Cheong Fatt Tze Restaurant at our hotel. It served Cantonese/Chinese cuisine, which we don’t like particularly, so we had to find another place to eat our meals beside breakfast.
The E&O was just a few minutes walking distance away, so it was ideal for our purposes.
Besides exploring the first hotel of the Sarkies brothers of the Raffles Singapore fame, we had one lunch and one dinner at Sarkies Corner. We also visited the Farquhar Bar at the property. A review of this will follow.
Sarkies Corner is the all-day dining restaurant.
The dining room was very large and kept in colonial style with tiles and dark wooden furniture. It was understated, but airy thanks to panorama windows along the whole side facing the seafront.
The menu included local and international dishes.
The staff was friendly and attentive, but working on island time. It added to the charm and transported us back, when life was slower.
Unfortunately ordering juice wasn’t that easy. Once it wasn’t available – it might had to do with a large wedding group, which was staying at the hotel – the other time we could order our carrot and orange juices without problems.
We tried the chicken wrap with fries, the Malaysian chicken satay with traditional condiments and the Chicken Kapitan Curry, which was the highlight of all the dishes we had and enjoyed.
Our dinner for example came in at 179.60 MYR (ca. 37.55 Euro or ca. 41.75 USD) including two juices, a bottle of Acqua Panna, a Drumbuie, a Kahlua, a hot chocolate and two main courses.
Should we find us again in George Town we will stop again at Sarkies Corner and at some stage even stay at the Eastern & Oriental, which is overall very charming, authentic and beautiful place to be when visiting the island of Penang.
Would we recommend this restaurant to a friend? YES!
Would we want to enjoy lunch/dinner at this reastaurant again in our future? YES!