The Sire Museum Restaurant – Great Ambiance, Disappointing Food

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The Sire Museum Restaurant is a unique and beautiful museum cum restaurant serving Western dishes, which was previously the home of Yeap Chor Ee, one of Penang‘s greatest philanthropists.

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There are tonnes of articles out there singing praises about The Sire, calling it a must visit restaurant serving delicious food in Penang. This prompted me to visit it last weekend, with high hopes and expectations. While I do agree The Sire’s ambiance is truly mesmerizing, the food was the opposite and failed to impress – like totally.

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The appetizers – some cheese baked baguette.

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The food’s presentation here is top class for sure, I won’t deny that. The chef definitely have the skills to present the food so nicely that the diners would feel as though they are having fine dining food.


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Pan-Sealed Red Snapper @ RM29.80. The fish was not fresh and had a mushy texture. Even though the sauce was not bad having a zesty orange flavor, the dish failed in overall due to the unfresh fish. Even the sides (mashed potato and vegetable) were bad, the standard is just not there.

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Despite being called Grilled Lemon Grass Chicken @ RM32.80, it did not have the tiniest hint of lemongrass flavor. It was very bland tasting and disappointing. The disappointment was greater when the dish looked so promisingly delicious.

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The only consolation that night was my Roasted Lamb Chop @ RM32.80. For me, it was the only dish that was worth recommending among our orders. The portion was satisfying because 3 pieces of meaty Australian lamb chop were given, and the meat’s seasoning hit the spot nicely – good enough to be eaten on its own without the accompanying sauces.

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The lamb chops were cooked medium well but still managed to taste tender, juicy and retaining some of their original gamey flavor. Luckily this turned out good, preventing a complete disastrous meal.

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If you are wondering, the museum is just next door to the dining area. Photography is prohibited here but I don’t think it was really enforced.

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If you are looking for a restaurant with great ambiance but don’t mind expensive and unimpressive food, then you could give The Sire a try. But who am I kidding here? In the end the most important thing for a restaurant is to dish out tasty food that would leave the customers satisfied. I am sure there is a restaurant in Penang that could be both beautiful and serve great food as well.

The Sire Museum Restaurant
4 Lebuh King
10200 Penang
GPS Coordinates: N5 25.205 E100 20.485

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