Now open: MM's Living Room
MM’s Living Room is simultaneously swanky, elegant and whimsical with a satisfying menu. By Su Aziz
At first sight, Macalister Mansion or as it’s fondly called, MM, seems imposing. Resplendent in brilliant white, amidst all the other buildings on Macalister Road in Penang, it takes up a large chunk of the road. The mansion, once a family home for a prominent Chinese family, now houses soon to be open 8-suite boutique hotel, a fine dining restaurant which only serves dinner, Bagan Bar, a whisky and cigar lounge and the very recently opened, swanky Living Room.
The latter is barely three weeks old and is an all-day dining restaurant which closes at 1am, with a delectable menu that includes a clever fusing of Western and local dishes. Its menu, helmed by Chef Lance U’ren, adds an elegant but jaunty twist to each dish – imagine a delicate piece of chapati rolled around roast chicken, jalapeno and mint yogurt or order their childhood memory-evoking Suffolk in Air Itam that consists of cucur badak, kuih koci, kaya toast with bread and butter pudding.
Then there are more conventional choices of comforting nasi lemak and assam laksa or the sophisticated truffle oil scrambled eggs cosily nestled in a brioche. Its kitchen is open as early as 8am and food costs between RM15 and RM42 for a duo of wagyu burgers accompanied by duck fat fries.
Living Room’s food menu is complemented by a very satisfying chilled drinks menu from RM12. Homemade juices such as Hangover Cure with part of its ingredients consisting of spicy ginger and celery rivals the creamier smoothie line up of eight choices at RM16. Their range of exclusive TWG teas starts at RM18 a pot and has romantic names such as Grand Wedding, Silver Moon and 1837 White tea.
As if delectable food and thirst-quenching drinks are not enough, the cosmopolitan ambience of the restaurant itself will satisfy your senses. There’s a playful theme to Living Room’s interior albeit a large dollop of sophistication and elegance, of course. Due to MM’s large property, there’s ample complimentary parking within its premises – which is a plus point here in Penang.
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