Last Saturday was my mom’s best friend’s birthday. She and the others planned to give a surprise for her at Ferringhi Garden (at Batu Ferringhi), but due to the serious traffic jam, which I heard was about 2 hours jam just to get to Batu Ferringhi, they called off the plan. However, they switched the venue to The Sire Museum Restaurant, which has the same owner as Ferringhi Garden.
The Sire restaurant was previously the home of a prominent businessman and philanthropist named Yeap Chor Ee who was born in Fujian, China in 1867. He came to Penang at a mere age of 17 in the 1890s, virtually penniless and later on emerged as the richest man in Penang. Over a course of 30 years, he built an empire with real banking, real estate and commodities trading activities. And he also founded the Ban Hin Lee Bank and many other companies. With his massive fortune, he became a philanthropist who contributed in the education field. His elegant mansion “Homestead” located at No.54 Northam Road was donated to the Wawasan
Education Foundation in 2006. He passed away in 1952 at the age of 85 and was known as the Grand Old Man of Penang, well known for his courtesy, generosity and integrity.
This is the photo of Yeap Chor Ee which I downloaded from Google Images 🙂
This is the dining part. And there’s a small dining area at the 2nd level as well, but the tables are rather small. So for big groups, like us, haha…definitely we had to sit at the ground floor. Amazing isn’t it? Can you believe this is actually a house? In the olden days, the houses were much much much larger than our current ones as many of them lived with their own families, which include their great grandmother and grandmother and many more. Unlike our modern era, most homes consist only parents and kids :/ Oh yeah, of course this house had been renovated before it established as a restaurant, just saying, because it’s funny to imagine people in the earlier days have this kind of house :p
I loved the spiral staircases, and this fountain part, so exquisite!
Tiny me in the mirror…….
Alright, let’s head upstairs!
A small art gallery on the 2nd floor which displays many perfectly shot photos around the house.
I think this might be the actual dining room where Yeap Chor Ee and his family used to dine in. Really grand isn’t it? Just take a look at the furniture….all with amazing carvings. What do we modern people have in our homes?! Ikea table and chairs…LOL~! Look at the dragon carved on the wood…it’s perfect!
Not everyday you get to have a chance to camwhore in an antique mirror, am I right?! Haha…nevermind me. Just being plain random. That’s my outfit of the day 🙂
This is the 3rd floor of the house. Probably a resting area. I was being freaked out by the buddha statue there once I crept upstairs alone…I admit, I’m a coward, but it’s quite eerie to go to the 3rd floor on your own whereas everyone was at the ground floor.
Collection of antiques. How wealthy was the family in the past?! Nearly every corner of the house has at least 1 antique. Salute and applause!
ps: I couldn’t take a picture of every single piece of antique there…there were too many of them. Sorry~
My personal favourite among all the antiques. If next time I were to have a huge mansion, surely I will put one in my living room :p hehehe!
This honey bear was a gift to the Yeap family by Tun Tan Cheng Lock (a famous local politician, whom I used to read about a lot in my high school History textbooks) who’s a close family friend. It is said that Tun Tan Cheng Lock had the similar honey bear in his home in Malacca as well.
Even the fan’s an antique, but it wasn’t on as the whole museum has air conditioners.
Mom asking me to get back to the dining table. She was in a rather weird pose with a funny expression, and I called out “You are so gonna go up my blog, mom!” Surprisingly, she was totally alright with that…Rare case for a mom, cause aren’t all moms preventing their kids from uploading stuffs onto the net publicly :S
Camwhoring with my mom and her friend, and her friend’s son while waiting for the meal to be served. I was dead hungry at that time x) ps: The one on my right is my mom, pretty huh?!? 😀
I was very fond of their table set up. So neat and clean and also…high class ^^
*Sigh* The lighting of The Sire restaurant was too dim for close up photographing. This is the result. Dull and boring…Even the food doesn’t LOOK good…
Thankfully, ever since I discovered the benefit of using my cellphone’s camera light in Sushi Kitchen, I begin to love my phone more than I used to. The photos below were taken by my Canon Ixus camera with the help of my phone’s flashlight. See the differences?
After waiting for a long time, finally the appetizer’s here. Something like garlic bread but it’s not as solid as the ordinary garlic bread. Pretty good though. A savior for a hunger, i.e. ME!
The similar unique glasses as Ferringhi Garden‘s. It’s slant! How I wish I could bring one back home! To my astonishment, my mom’s friend’s son, who’s only 4 years old enjoyed this a lot….and it’s COCKTAIL juice. I was teasing him if he would get drunk.
Salad with Scallops. I like the scallops but the salad there didn’t match my likings. I only ate up the scallops and the tomatoes and the rest was given to my mom’s friend :p
Tomato soup with garlic bread. The colour of the soup changed because of the flashlight, I’m SO SORRY. But I couldn’t take a clear picture of it if there’s no light 🙁 This and the dessert were my only favourites throughout the night. The only flaw of this soup was that it’s a little too spicy. Did they put a whole load pepper into it o.O
Another bad shot. Come to think of it, flashlights don’t guarantee good quality shots. Now I get it….
Lamb chop and fish. The lamb chop was okay to me, nothing special about it, just a normal one. The fish…….I think the fish that I had was not fresh, it had a pretty weird smell, but I still managed to force myself to swallow half of it.
Another favourite of mine. For those who know me, I am a 100% dessert junkie! Ice cream was such an indulgence after dealing with the awful fish.
The birthday girl’s birthday cake. It’s a chocolate moist cake which we ordered from Jenni Cake House. (Click here for my previous birthday cake made by Jenni Cake House as well)
Frankly speaking, you pay more for the ambience in The Sire restaurant than the food. To me, the food there isn’t really special. Exclude the birthday cake, the sum of the dishes that I showed above was approximately RM100. Over-rated. No offense, but it’s the truth. Fortunately, their desserts were great. So for those dessert lovers, I recommend you to come here after your meals. Order a dessert and some cocktails and this place shall be a perfect hangout for you and your friends!
THE SIRE MUSEUM RESTAURANT
4, King Street,
Tue – Sun
11:30 am-3:00 pm
6:00 pm-10:30 pm
(closed on Monday)