BEST OF BOTH WORLDS

总督别墅

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Named in hon­our of Sir Nor­man Ma­cal­is­ter, one of the first Bri­tish gov­er­nors of Pe­nang, the Ma­cal­is­ter Man­sion is now a ul­tra-chic and hip bou­tique ho­tel in its cap­i­tal city.

The lov­ing restora­tion of the 19th-cen­tury colo­nial build­ing, helmed by Sin­ga­pore ar­chi­tec­tural firm Min­istry of De­sign, fused his­tory with moder­nity and lux­ury.

The stun­ning makeover has earned Ma­cal­is­ter Man­sion a spot in the De­sign Ho­tels net­work, which rep­re­sents and mar­kets a choice se­lec­tion of in­de­pen­dent ho­tels around the world.

Each of the eight guest rooms, which range in size from 40 to 60 sq m, boasts a unique de­sign and spe­cially com­mis­sioned art­works.

Fa­cil­i­ties at the stately 1,700-sq-m ho­tel in­clude a wine bar, a pool with an ad­join­ing bar and a den which serves whisky and cigars.

My spa­cious cor­ner room takes up the up­per right wing of the build­ing, from which you can look down to the pool. Right be­hind the big bed is the bath­room, with a bath­tub as the cen­tre­piece. Par­tic­u­larly eye-catch­ing are the mo­saic tiles on the wall, which give the bath­room a dis­tinct Per­anakan feel.

The metic­u­lous facelift has pre­served the colo­nial charm of the build­ing while adding mod­ern touches such as sound­proofed win­dows.

The ho­tel is not far from some of Ge­orge Town’s fa­mous street food stalls. I highly rec­om­mend the beef noo­dle soup and fried oys­ters at ST Loo Beef Noo­dle Soup in Carnar­von Street.

But you do not have to leave Ma­cal­is­ter Man­sion for good food. Din­ing Room, its flag­ship restau­rant helmed by chef John­son Wong, serves in­no­va­tive French cui­sine and has been hailed as one of Pe­nang’s top fine-din­ing es­tab­lish­ments.

Chef Wong is chart­ing new wa­ters in the Pe­nang din­ing scene, in­fus­ing lo­cal flavours like Pe­nang curry into French cui­sine.

The stylish set-up is the sis­ter restau­rant to White­grass in Sin­ga­pore’s Chi­jmes which was re­cently awarded a Miche­lin star.

I highly rec­om­mend a trip to Din­ing Room the next time you are in Pe­nang. Delectable food aside, it also of­fers an­other high­light — Chef Wong’s pet dog, a white fluffy Samoyed named Ja­cob, which boasts a firm Face­book fol­low­ing of its own.

还没到槟城之前,就已看过Ja­cob的照片,它是Din­ing Room餐馆主厨黄嘉亮的爱犬,一头长得特别雪白漂亮的萨摩耶犬,在面簿朋友圈中爆红。Din­ing Room是麦卡里斯特楼(Ma­cal­is­ter Man­sion)的时尚法式餐馆,也是刚摘下米其林一星的新加坡餐馆White­grass的姐妹餐馆,到槟城去当然不能 不去解馋,也顺道和Ja­cob见面。

黄嘉亮主厨的美食富有创意,大胆采用富有浓厚当地风味的食材,如槟城咖喱,将之融入法式料理当中,为当地饮食界创新河。我从没想过在以街头美食闻名的槟城能尝到那么精致的法式料理,难怪许多老饕把槟城形容为最佳高级餐饮目的地。

Din­ing Room位于麦卡里斯特楼地面层,这栋大楼已有100多年的历史,是当时英国总督诺曼麦卡里斯特上校的居所,外观充满英国传统气质。大楼说大不大,面积1700平方米,但建筑是典型的殖民地风格,很有气派,被新加坡的设计团队Min­istry of De­sign改建成为一个结合当地历史与新世纪时尚的酒店。古迹与时尚的结合往往是铤而走险的事,但麦卡里斯特楼做得很好,因此成为De­sign Ho­tel­s成员酒店的一分子。在豪华保守的大背景下,这栋有着浓郁殖民主义风格的建筑,在设计总监佘崇霖的巧思下恰到好处植入了现代设计,在过去与未来间取得了漂亮平衡,八间豪华客房的格调简约,餐馆、书房、酒吧、大厅的设计也别具一格,整体建筑完全以欧洲豪宅的规格来规划,一走进酒店,像是从21世纪回到19世纪。

我入住的角头大房,得益于建筑原本的格局,里头没有什么柱子和墙壁,空间宽畅,享有L形窗户,打开窗就可看到泳池。在改建为酒店的过程中,除了结构被加强,原有建筑风格被强化,窗户也都换上了隔音性能良好的玻璃。浴室为长方形设计,就在大床后,厕所和洗澡间分别在左右两端,中间为浴缸,特别吸引目光的是墙壁的马赛克瓷砖,既新派也有槟城的娘惹风。

麦卡里斯特楼,距离许多出名的街头小吃和乔治市虽然不远,但还是得乘车,所幸在当地Grab车非常方便,特别推荐在乔治市附近的“吕家打石街牛肉粿条汤饭”和在同个咖啡店的松脆蚝煎,饱餐之后到乔治市逛逛,流了一身汗后回到舒适的酒店,觉得人生无限好。 Ma­cal­is­ter Man­sion 228, Jalan Ma­cal­is­ter, Ge­orge Town, 11400 Ge­orge Town Pu­lau Pi­nang, Malaysia +60-4-228-3888 www.macal­is­ter­man­sion.com

Ma­cal­is­ter Man­sion is a ul­tra-chic and hip bou­tique ho­tel in Pe­nang.

The 1,700-sq-m ho­tel in­cludes a wine bar.

Din­ing Room, the flag­ship restau­rant helmed by chef John­son Wong.

客房空间宽畅,有L形窗户,打开窗就可看到泳池。

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