Sunday, February 8, 2015

Best Fine Dining @ Farquhar Mansion, Penang

Henry Tan | 11:26 AM | |
Valentine's Day is approaching, are you guys ready for it? Scratching your head on how to impress your loved one with romantic candle light dinner? Farquhar Mansion definitely is the answer for the best fine dining restaurant! Well, our Valentine's Day came early this year. We visited their lounge back then and we like the place so much, so, we decided to celebrate our love in Farquhar Mansion, Penang!

Best Fine Dining at Farquhar Mansion in Penang!


Best Fine Dining, Farquhar Mansion, Penang, Valentines Day Dinner
Best Fine Dining @ Farquhar Mansion - Candle Light Dinner! Hehe
Candle light is a must for romantic fine dining, especially a nice candle holder. It could easily create a cosy atmosphere where you feel totally at ease. With the soft music playing, the dimly lit ambiance is certainly calming and soothing.

Best Fine Dining, Farquhar Mansion, Penang, Valentines Day Dinner
Best Fine Dining @ Farquhar Mansion - Complimentary Amuse-bouche
We started off with Farquhar Mansion's complimentary amuse-bouche or "mouth amuser" literally. Amuse-bouche actually means a single, bite-sized hors-d'oeuvre (first course), something that gives you a sneak peak to the chef's masterpiece. We were served with dehydrated duck breast together with kataifi and codfish flakes topped with Ikura (salmon roe) and ossetra caviar. Kataifi is shredded wheat strands, something like a fried beehun, which added the crispy texture. While pesto sauce and bird nest dressing enhanced the flavor of amuse-bouche. 

Best Fine Dining, Farquhar Mansion, Penang, Valentines Day Dinner
Best Fine Dining @ Farquhar Mansion - Breads with homemade butter
It was really great that we have a friendly Farquhar Mansion server that explained in detailed and patiently to us over our fine dine. Yeah, patiently, as we do not know most of the terms. Lol! So we were served with three types of homemade butters, namely herb butter, classic salted butter and semi-sun-dried tomato butter, with two types of soft rolls, namely Ciabatta and rice bread. The Italian white bread, Ciabatta, was very soft inside and good to spread with flavorful butter such as the herb butters and semi-sun-dried tomato butter. Meanwhile, the rice bread was added with walnut, so classic salted butter would be sufficient. 

Best Fine Dining, Farquhar Mansion, Penang, Valentines Day Dinner
Best Fine Dining @ Farquhar Mansion - Pre-Appetizer (RM48)
Next, we proceed to the Hokkaido scallop tartare and Macallan cured salmon. The pre-appetizer came with Ikura, quail egg, scallop paper, truffle scented cauliflower mousse and ossetra caviar. Oh wait, Ossetra caviar?! That's one of the most expensive caviar! Farquhar Mansion's Hokkaido scallop tartare was marinated with Sake for 3 days to sealed its freshness, while the salmon was cured with Macallan whiskey. The thin layer of scallop paper was impressive as we never thought that it could be done this way! 

Best Fine Dining, Farquhar Mansion, Penang, Valentines Day Dinner
Best Fine Dining @ Farquhar Mansion - Seared Foie Gras (RM88)
Best Fine Dining, Farquhar Mansion, Penang, Valentines Day Dinner
Best Fine Dining @ Farquhar Mansion - Seared Foie Gras (RM88)
Our fine dining turned to be fascinating when we were served with Seared Foie Gras. The level just gone up high and higher! Farquhar Mansion's seared foie gras came with green frisee, cauliflower mousse, mango carpaccio, black berry and port wine emulsion. We started off with savoring the foie gras then only ended with sweet berries and mango. I have to say the foie gras was been seared perfectly with a little crispy crust on the outer layer sealing the soft silken fats inside. We simply enjoyed it very much! 

Best Fine Dining, Farquhar Mansion, Penang, Valentines Day Dinner
Best Fine Dining @ Farquhar Mansion - Cauliflower Veloute 
Then, finally, cauliflower veloute as the soup before starting our main course. Cauliflower veloute came with herb flan, oyster and Ikura. Farquhar Mansion's veloute was thick and flavorful with the aroma of dehydrated leek, but the portion was just nice to tantalize our taste bud. Oyster was pan-seared before adding into the soup so that the juiciness and the freshness are sealed within. Ikura were hidden in the soup and created a little surprise whenever it burst in the mouth.

Best Fine Dining, Farquhar Mansion, Penang, Valentines Day Dinner
Best Fine Dining @ Farquhar Mansion - Let's Start!
Let's start the Main Course!

Best Fine Dining, Farquhar Mansion, Penang, Valentines Day Dinner
Best Fine Dining @ Farquhar Mansion - Pistachio Crusted Lamb Rack (RM198)
Best Fine Dining, Farquhar Mansion, Penang, Valentines Day Dinner
Best Fine Dining @ Farquhar Mansion - Pistachio Crusted Lamb Rack (RM198)
Farquhar Mansion's crusted lamb rack was served with mushroom stuffed lamb loin, sweet pea, carrot flan, glazed brinjal and lamb jus. The delicious mushroom stuffed lamb loin was tender and juicy. The amount of mushroom stuffed inside lamb loin was just nice to mask the lamb gamey smell. 

Best Fine Dining, Farquhar Mansion, Penang, Valentines Day Dinner
Best Fine Dining @ Farquhar Mansion - Pistachio Crusted Lamb Rack (RM198)
Darling and I enjoyed the lamb rack as it was cooked to medium with seared outside and a little pinkish in the inside. Juicy but not too chewy, just nice to our liking! The grape chutney and lamb jus dressing surely did well in enhancing the flavor, while the brinjal soaked up all the essence, making it tasty to eat!

Best Fine Dining, Farquhar Mansion, Penang, Valentines Day Dinner
Best Fine Dining @ Farquhar Mansion - Cod Fish (RM188)
Best Fine Dining, Farquhar Mansion, Penang, Valentines Day Dinner
Best Fine Dining @ Farquhar Mansion - Cod Fish (RM188)
As usual, we always love to share our food so that we both could taste it all. Darling's cod fish was served with cod ball, dehydrated cod, tapenade, pea puree, potato cream, roma tomato confit and herbs emulsion. Personally, I think Farquhar Mansion is brilliant to put together a deep fried cod fish ball and a dehydrated cod fish as we could taste the best of both worlds! Did I mention that Farquhar Mansion was also very generous in their use of the premium ossetra caviar? It was undoubtedly a pleasurable Valentine's Day dinner here. 

Best Fine Dining, Farquhar Mansion, Penang, Valentines Day Dinner
Best Fine Dining @ Farquhar Mansion - Pre-Dessert
While waiting for our dessert, Farquhar Mansion was thoughtful enough to serve us with lemon meringue in a small glass topped with strawberry as pre-dessert. It was rather a refreshing one as it contains a top layer of meringue, a layer of sourish lemon cake, a layer of sweet chocolate with cream and a layer of crushed biscuit. 

Best Fine Dining, Farquhar Mansion, Penang, Valentines Day Dinner
Best Fine Dining @ Farquhar Mansion - Chocolate Souffle (RM28)
Best Fine Dining, Farquhar Mansion, Penang, Valentines Day Dinner
Best Fine Dining @ Farquhar Mansion - Chocolate Souffle (RM28)
Chocolate souffle was served with assortment of macarons, strawberry, black berry and so on. The souffle was incredibly light, chocolatey and simply divine! To get another different taste, a scoop of warm souffle mixed with a scoop of cold ice cream would make a mouthful of happiness

Best Fine Dining, Farquhar Mansion, Penang, Valentines Day Dinner
Best Fine Dining @ Farquhar Mansion - Flourless Valrhona Chocolate Mousse Cake (RM28)
Best Fine Dining, Farquhar Mansion, Penang, Valentines Day Dinner
Best Fine Dining @ Farquhar Mansion - Flourless Valrhona Chocolate Mousse Cake (RM28)
If all the above still does not impress you, then Valrhona chocolate surely does! Just in case if you do not know, Valrhona is the most premium chocolate manufacturer in France and it surely does not come cheap. The raspberry lava offers the sourness to the rich and thick chocolate mousse cake. I guess that's something like relationship between a couple.

The SWEET is never as SWEET without the SOUR!

Best Fine Dining, Farquhar Mansion, Penang, Valentines Day Dinner
Best Fine Dining @ Farquhar Mansion
Best Fine Dining, Farquhar Mansion, Penang, Valentines Day Dinner
Best Fine Dining @ Farquhar Mansion
Best Fine Dining, Farquhar Mansion, Penang, Valentines Day Dinner
Best Fine Dining @ Farquhar Mansion - Valentine's Day 2015
Big group, small group or even just a small table for couple, Farquhar Mansion has it all. I believe it's all about your dining experience as a whole which includes the food, the environment and the server. I'm glad that darling enjoyed our romantic candle light dinner. I guess that's all Valentine's Day is all about, a day to cherish our love, express our love and even appreciate our loved one. Last but not least, do not take it for granted. So, what are you waiting for? 

Bring your loved one there today! 

33, Lebuh Farquhar, 
10200 Penang.

Tel: 013-3188933 (Ms Celine)
Email: farquhar.pg@gmail.com

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