***The restaurant has since closed down.

How about having a wonderful dinner in a classy and romantic restaurant? Well, I did just that at Bagan Bar & Restaurant which is located nearby Gurney Drive. This restaurant is operated by the same management which owns the Thirty Two Mansion, Beach Blanket Babylon and The Eclectic Lounge & Restaurant in Batu Ferringhi.


This restaurant is housed in a colonial bungalow which you would not miss as there is a large signboard in the front promoting its name.


Big compound and driveway

The interior of the restaurant has European elements in their decorations, very charming and cozy with many different lounges and dining areas decorated with furniture and green plants.


As the night sets in, the whole place turns very warm with soft lighting. It is very relaxing dining and enjoying mouth watering dishes in this type of nice ambiance.


They have an extensive menu which I chose the ala carte Rack of Lamb while hubby went for the set meal with his choice of Charbroiled Beef Sirloin which comes with a salad, soup of the day and a choice of dessert.


The night got started with the salad, which was the mixed salad with the interesting and colorful dressing of strawberry vinaigrette. The salad was topped with shaved parmesan cheese.


Next came the soup of the day for the set meal, and it was the onion soup. We found it a bit too oily for our liking, and were surprised to see that it was not accompanied by any bread.


After the soup, the main course was served…! Charbroiled Beef Sirloin with peppercorn sauce. The meat was still pinkish in the middle, indeed very tender and satisfying for my hubby.


This beef set meal @RM73


I had the macadamia coconut encrusted rack of lamb with prune rosemary lamb juice. The lamb was evenly coated with the crushed macadamia and coconut. The serving was well portioned, three racks which came with serving of vegetable. The gravy was very tasty and the meat was so tender and delicious.


This ala carte Rack of Lamb @ RM50

There are several spacious lounges with huge armchairs and sofa where you can relax while enjoying a drink from their extensive wine & drink list. All drinks are freshly prepared from the bar, and during happy hours customers can enjoy the drinks at a discount!

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Relax and unwind in one of their many lounges…


Care for a game of pool?

After the tantalizing meal, both of us enjoyed coffee with plentiful choices of dessert. We had the Tiramisu cake which was well complemented with diced strawberry, apple and orange. The taste was just right, not too over powering.


This is indeed a very nice and classy place to unwind. One could choose to proceed to the lounge to enjoy listening to songs by their residential singer. The singer has a soothing voice and sang mostly jazzy tunes. Alternatively, you could choose to chill out at their bar which is smack right in the center of the restaurant.


Walk down the wooden staircase which leads right to the bar…


The extensive alcohol collection!

The attentive service given by the waiter and waitress certainly makes me wanting a revisit to this outlet. It is directly opposite Phor Tay High School on Jalan Bagan Jermal. Click here for the Map Location. It’s an ideal place for a celebration and entertaining friends.

Bagan Bar & Restaurant
18 Jalan Bagan Jermal
10250 Penang

Opening hours :
3pm – 1am (Monday to Thursday)
3pm – 2am (Friday to Sunday)

Tel : 04 2264977 (call after 3pm)

Close on Sunday

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39 comments so far


wow! CK you had a romatic dinner! sure full of romance . . . now I am seeing the softer side of you, so damn awesome! By the way food looks awesome too! Defintely a place to be!

August 7th, 2009 at 6:54 am

Place looks amazing!

August 7th, 2009 at 7:13 am

:) Oh… you finally went and posted this. glad you enjoy the environment and the food there. :)

August 7th, 2009 at 8:18 am

i love this kind of ambiance, but sure pocket will be burnt after the visit..pricey!!

August 7th, 2009 at 8:36 am

Prices are ok, when u compare this to KL! Haa

August 7th, 2009 at 10:12 am

Oh I went there before too, really not bad, but I still think Mansion 32 has better food. But Bagan has better environment. :) And the soup DOES look oily! I think I wouldn’t have accepted that kind of soup from such a high class restaurant.

August 7th, 2009 at 2:37 pm

Big Boys Oven – Indeed a lovely place…like to revisit, maybe earlier in the evening when its not so dark, easier to take photos of the food.

superwilson – I agree on that…good for functions too.

New Kid On The Blog – It sure was a relaxing and enjoyable dinner.

SimpleGirl – You could visit this place for a celebration…

thenomadGourmand – The prices are ok to me considering the ambiance and attentive services plus live performance.

iamthewitch – Everything was perfect except for the oily soup. I did inform that about it, hopefully they will take note of that.

August 7th, 2009 at 2:41 pm

is this place new, CK?
never realised there’s such a charming place in Penang, near to Gurney Drive.

a bit pricey yes, but nothing beats a romantic dinner for two in a private setting.

August 7th, 2009 at 2:54 pm

wahhhhh really romantic the place! good food, good place, certainly there is a price to pay for right? ;)

August 7th, 2009 at 3:56 pm

wow! what an indulgence :) You’ve got a great shots on those food :)

August 7th, 2009 at 5:48 pm

just like dining in a rich man’s private home.

August 7th, 2009 at 6:20 pm

My bro do recommend me to try out this restaurant. Nice environment!

August 7th, 2009 at 9:01 pm

I’ve been to 32 The mansion, food pretty good there. Never got down to trying Bagan. Love to try especially the Charbroiled Beef Sirloin. Looks delicious!

August 7th, 2009 at 11:19 pm

J2Kfm – It’s been around for many years and not many people have blogged about it. Indeed is a nice place for a quiet dinner.

xin – Prices are slightly on the higher end in such a place.

allie – Just trying to take photos in the place which is pretty dark. It could be better.

foodbin – That’s another way of seeing it.

email2me – You could allocate some of your time to visit this restaurant.

Sue – Do try it out…each outlet has their own food and presentation.

August 8th, 2009 at 3:57 pm

talking about celebration..how they actually deal with that?i mean like sort of playing bday song at the same time bringing out the cake??i am thinking to celebrate my gf bday there. ;)

August 9th, 2009 at 12:36 am

eddie – They will be more than happy to have you celebrating in their restaurant. Give them a call to let them know about it at 2264977 (call after 3pm).

August 9th, 2009 at 12:50 am

Hmmm the soup looks really out of place there, amidst the good looking cuts of meat. And no bread?? Blasphemy!

August 9th, 2009 at 11:54 am

Good place for candle light dinner, so romantic, haha.

August 9th, 2009 at 6:25 pm

I have never had dinner there. All the while went there for the beers and music. Drinks are expensive there, so I could say the same for the food. However, I should try the food there one day

August 9th, 2009 at 6:33 pm

550ml jar of faith – Everything was just perfect except for the soup. I can’t really taste it with that layer of oil.

Mindy – Indeed very suitable :)

Alan – For the ambiance and attentive service, I would say it is still worth the price.

August 9th, 2009 at 10:25 pm

The place looks very cozy with its nice ambience and great food.

August 9th, 2009 at 11:38 pm

A great place for dating couples! So romantic!!

August 10th, 2009 at 12:36 am

wow…. romantic dinners. ^-^ Well, this is one of the place I wanna visit and it’s in my makan list. The foods look great.

August 10th, 2009 at 7:46 am

ahhh, i went to this place 3 years ago.. brought my dad for his bday dinner and the food is quite dissapointing that nite..ended up having 2nd round at gurney drive.

but the environment is good~

August 10th, 2009 at 2:32 pm

Wow, this is a really gorgeous place. I could stay there wine & dine all day long. Both the exterior and interior are superbly decorated. Thanks for sharing abt this place. Must check it out next time I go to Penang.

August 15th, 2009 at 2:30 pm

Sweet Jasmine – With soothing music too!

food-4tots – Even good for gatherings with friends too.

FoOd PaRaDiSe – Great place for a celebration.

taufulou – Maybe you could give this place a try again after all these years.

npm – Thanks for visiting my blog and glad you liked this place. You have a lovely blog too :)

August 16th, 2009 at 5:23 pm

Well they started as 64 in Midland OneStop. After that they opened 32. After 32 they opened Bagan. The food expensive because of the enviroment and nt because of the chef. Their chefs are just some ordinary people who graduated with a diploma in hospitality or culinary.

August 21st, 2009 at 2:19 pm

Hi CK,
I had been there for drinks but not meal.
What is the price for set dinner?

August 25th, 2009 at 2:11 pm

Hi, may I know what is the price range of the food?

January 8th, 2010 at 12:56 pm

kopi & Chew- The Charbroiled Beef Sirloin which comes with a salad, soup of the day and a choice of dessert @ RM73. The ala carte Rack of Lamb cost RM50.

January 8th, 2010 at 8:25 pm

Hei CK,

February 22nd, 2010 at 9:29 am

Thavorn – I think you have to write in to the relevant government department so that they will be able to check out your complain.

February 22nd, 2010 at 7:23 pm

Recently the place has become very pub-like at nite with loud speakers blasting away and most of the really nice staff has left. It’s just an opinion but I also feel that some of the staff are really annoying, arrogant and rather predatory. Some examples include standing by and pouring your wine glass to the brim everytime you take a sip so that they can push sales – as you’re aware you do not fill a wine glass to the brim like it’s beer or something. In fact, there was once I even overhead the staff commenting that they should ‘target the customer who like to show off’. Obviously it is a practical business strategy but how would customers like you and me feel?That we are all going there to ‘show off’ therefore we are their victims?I think the place has lost its charm over the years

July 6th, 2010 at 4:53 pm


Anyone knows if Bagan still plays salsa or latin music? I will be visiting Penang in Oct, just a casual dance and looking for a venue to do some dancing. any suggestion on venue and time in Penang? thanks. almity@hotmail.com

CK Lam Reply:

Do give them a call at 04 2264977 (call after 3pm) for more information.

September 1st, 2010 at 12:46 am

Hi, may i know do they serve ala carte food for dinner?

CK Lam Reply:

They have several menus, ala carte, set dinner and recently I have seen the chef’s recommendation menu too.

December 2nd, 2010 at 9:21 pm

Hi, pls advise tht are Bagan is halal?

CK Lam Reply:

It is pork free outlet

January 17th, 2011 at 1:58 pm

Hi CK, I went to 32 Mansion today for dinner, the salad has HAIR in it! Very dissapointing despite of the “class” they claimed to have..

September 21st, 2011 at 9:53 pm

Not sure when will it open at new location?

CK Lam Reply:

It has since shifted to Macalister Mansion. More info at: http://www.what2seeonline.com/2012/09/macalister-mansion-introducing-dining-room/

November 2nd, 2011 at 4:38 pm

anyone know where is the new location ??
They already moved !

CK Lam Reply:

New address is Macalister Mansion… http://www.what2seeonline.com/2012/09/macalister-mansion-introducing-dining-room/

January 5th, 2012 at 6:32 pm

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