Time Out Malaysia Eating and Drinking Guide - - PENANG -

Din­ing Room Ma­cal­is­ter Man­sion, 228, Jalan Ma­cal­is­ter, George Town (04 228 3888/www.macal­is­ter­man­

Min­i­mal­is­tic and chic, this restau­rant only opens at din­ner time. If you pre­fer all things pretty, Din­ing Room’s in­te­rior is as white as snow, dot­ted with a gor­geous tree cen­tre­piece and pas­tel-coloured deer. Match­ing its con­tem­po­rary decor is a spread of mod­ern, in­no­va­tive cui­sine that is a tes­ta­ment to the tal­ent and in­ge­nu­ity of Chef Lance U’Ren. The menu leans to­wards French cui­sine but you can ex­pect a riot of ex­per­i­men­ta­tion and more than a few fu­sions be­tween east and west. We rec­om­mend you go all-out and en­joy the the­atre and va­ri­ety of the tast­ing menu, which changes ev­ery few months. Our fi­nal tip? Don’t let the classy in­te­rior in­tim­i­date you – fam­i­lies are al­ways wel­come and there’s also a kid-friendly menu.

Child friendly. Kids’ menu. Credit cards ac­cepted. Daily, 7pm–11pm. $$$

Eté Café 79 Le­buh Carnar­von, George Town (017 435 0922/www.face­ ete­cafe).

The name means ‘sum­mer’ in French. This fam­ily-owned café is nes­tled on Carnar­von Street and man­aged by a Tai­wanese cou­ple, Chi­ang Tsung Hsun and his wife Ve­nessa. Both have ded­i­cated their time to­wards de­vel­op­ing their bak­ing skills from Le Cor­don Bleu cook­ing school, which trans­lates beau­ti­fully in the freshly baked pas­tries, desserts and the small se­lec­tion of savoury items they serve. Don’t be sur­prised to find mac­arons, al­ham­bra, tarte nor­mande and the crunchy fro­mage ba­ton here. Com­ple­ment your pas­try of choice with tra­di­tion­ally brewed cof­fee with funky names like El Savador and Si­damo Dry Process.

Dis­abled friendly. Daily, 11am–6.30pm. $

La France Café and Restau­rant 79 Le­buh Carnar­von, George Town (017 435 0922/www.face­ ete­cafe).

Once a French stall in a food court, La France has since made its way to the heart of George Town as a cosy café. Its dis­tinc­tive high­light in­cludes the cro­ques mon­sieur (oven-baked cia­batta with var­i­ous top­pings), the aglio olio with ex­tra vir­gin oil and the Crêpes Suzette. Also, de­spite what its name may sug­gest, La France also serves an ar­ray of Ger­man fare. Judg­ing by the bev­er­age menu, the espres­sobased cof­fees of La France boast a dis­tinc­tively French taste; it also serves the renowned French lager beer, Kro­nen­bourg 1664.

Child friendly. Tue–Sun, 12noon–3pm, 6pm–10pm. $$

NEW The View Ho­tel Equa­to­rial Pe­nang, 1, Jalan Bukit Jam­bul, Bayan Lepas (04 632 7000/www.equa­to­

This fine din­ing restau­rant tucked away in a quiet cor­ner of Ho­tel Equa­to­rial of­fers not only clas­sic French cui­sine but also a sweep­ing view of the area, its coast­line and Pe­nang's sec­ond bridge. This restau­rant has an old-school charm that will have you mind­ing your ta­ble man­ners. It has a semi-buf­fet menu of de­lec­ta­ble ap­pe­tis­ers and in­dul­gent desserts to com­ple­ment your choice of main course from the lunch or din­ner à la carte menu. The wine list con­sists of both old- and new-world wines to pair with your meal.

Mon–Fri, 12noon–2.30pm, 6.30pm– 10pm; Sat, 6.30pm–10pm. $$$$

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