***The place has since closed down and shifted to Macalister Mansion

* This article was published in the New Straits Times (Life & Times) on 15th January 2011.

Along the folds of Jalan Bagan Jermal lies Bagan Bar & Restaurant, a wonderful venue for indulgence. Located within the proximity of Gurney Drive, this place offers a one of a kind dining and social experience that is sure to satisfy everyone.

Bagan Bar & Restaurant, Penang by what2seeonline.com

With its majestic old-world charm bungalow and preserved old flooring tiles and wooden doors, Bagan has plenty to offer in terms of ambiance. The restaurant is segregated into several large dining rooms, lounge, cigar room, bar and pool room which allows diners to relax privately before and after the meal.

Bagan Bar & Restaurant, Penang by what2seeonline.com

Bagan Bar & Restaurant, Penang by what2seeonline.com

We headed to this restaurant for dinner, and it was already decked out ready for Christmas. They have a drink menu, with some pretty interesting cocktails. We started ourselves with the mocktail, Bagan 18. This non-alcoholic mocktail with twisty fruity flavor of apple, pineapple, lemon cordial and grenadine syrup is among one of Bagan’s many unique concoctions.

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The kitchen in Bagan is now helmed by Chef Jason Choy, an Australian. When asked about his cooking style, Chef Jason said in the typical Australian accent: “My cooking is predominantly European styling with a touch of Asian. I do not complicate things too much but rather, presenting the food with simple clean lines and reasonable size”.

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There is a vast range of selection in both the main menu and the Chef’s Recommendation menu. The latter menu is especially suited for those who do not want to worry about what to order and rather leave it to the chef!

We chose the Smoked Salmon Carpaccio and the Grilled Slipper Lobster Salad to start off with. The carpaccio was absolutely delicious with its simple preparation! Chef Jason piled the toast bread on beautifully sliced smoked salmon drizzled with mayonnaise sauce.

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The other starter that we enjoyed was the delightful Grilled Slipper Lobster Salad, which was flavored by a refreshing bold combination of mixed tarragon leaves and tomato dressing. It really whetted our appetite!

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Moving on, Chef Jason whipped up two great soups for us. Decorated with a cream design, the smooth textured Broccoli soup was indeed satisfying. The taste of the broccoli was well enhanced in this creamy concoction.

The French Onion soup had the right flavor together with the melted gruyere cheese on the piece of crouton. This soup was a rather filling option. Chef Jason had perfected this soup as I remembered it being overly oily on my previous visit.

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Cream of Broccoli

Bagan Bar & Restaurant, Penang by what2seeonline.com

French Onion soup with gruyere crouton


The soups were followed up with the main course, and it was a definite joy for the sight! Chef Jason delicately prepared my choice of Duck Confit (RM54), and my huge craving for it was immediately satisfied!

The duck leg was done with two different preparation and contrast. It turned out to be fantastic, with the upper meat grilled and the lower leg done with an irresistible crispy outer skin. The meltingly tender meat paired well with the accompanied gratin potato and fig, topped with the sweetness from the sauce.

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The second main of Pan Seared Seabass filet (RM42) was just as impressive as the Duck Confit. The piece of seabass sitting on a nicely browned and crisped bed of zucchini galette was served together with avocado capsicum and mustard oil salsa. The galette with grated zucchini together with potatoes, onions, egg, and seasonings was divine…absolutely a scrumptious choice!

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The mains were served with standalone side of vegetables, with kailan, broccoli florets, corn, baby tomatoes and carrot.

Bagan Bar & Restaurant, Penang by what2seeonline.com

We were simply satisfied with our dinner. We sat back and enjoyed the dessert, entertained by the great jazzy tunes crooned by the resident singer.

Bagan Bar & Restaurant, Penang by what2seeonline.com Bagan Bar & Restaurant, Penang by what2seeonline.com

On the whole, it was truly an enjoyable evening with good combination of food, delightful cocktail and great live music under the roof of this beautiful building. Bagan has upkept its standards and food quality over the years. Click here for the Map Location.

Thank you to owner Yeoh Kah Hock for hosting the dinner.

Bagan Bar & Restaurant
18 Jalan Bagan Jermal
10250 Georgetown
Penang

Tel: 04 2264977

Business Hour :
3pm – 1am (Monday to Thursday)
3pm – 2am (Friday to Sunday)

Drinks & Snacks
3:00pm – 6:30pm

Dinner
6:30pm – 11:00pm

Closed on Sunday

Pork Free

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10 comments so far

 1 

wau…superb environment and your photo is so nice.

December 21st, 2010 at 9:28 am
 2 

I love duck confit! It looks good here!!

December 21st, 2010 at 2:07 pm
 3 

A very pleasant dining environment here. Should be a hit amongst the elites, or couples seeking for a romantic dinner for two.

December 21st, 2010 at 6:17 pm
 4 

nice place for drink but for food ah..i think should give them 2nd chance…:D

December 22nd, 2010 at 4:58 pm
 5 

Here’s an early Merry Xmas to you, dear! :)

December 23rd, 2010 at 11:22 pm
yin
 6 

I wonder if Rozz still performing here?

February 27th, 2011 at 12:18 am
rozz
 7 

Yes Rozz still performs there every Friday

March 16th, 2011 at 1:26 am
Charles
 8 

May i know the pricing for 2 ppl for a dinner here? do reply asap . thx

July 18th, 2011 at 7:29 pm
Kim
 9 

Hi, this restaurant had been moved to somewhere else right ??
May I know the exact location.
Thanks a lot !!
=)

December 12th, 2011 at 2:38 pm
Nicole
 10 

Yes, this restaurant has moved but i am not sure where. The current building has turned into a bridal house.

October 8th, 2012 at 4:05 pm

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