[Penang, Malaysia] Afternoon tea at Orinea by Farquhar Mansion

Orinea by Farquhar Mansion’s Hot Air Balloon Cappadocia Grand High Tea Set is still pulling in the crowds after one year - no mean feat in George Town where the fickle dining crowd normally flocked to the latest new dining hotspot in town.

Whilst its parent restaurant, Farquhar Mansion at the 150-year-old Mission Place continues to undergo its long renovation project, 1-year-old Orinea’s nifty set-up, perched on the 18th floor of Sunshine Gurney, has continued to attract the young dining crowd. It’s an airy, spacious glass-curtained dining space, and one was lulled into a calm, languid mood as one looks out to the azure-blue waters of the Penang Straits outside.

Gurney Drive, Penang’s premier sea-fronting promenade

View towards the City of Dreams at the Tanjung Tokong residential area

The food offerings consisted of:
Fungi Forest puff pastry, with mushroom ragout & Hollandaisse sauce

Duck confit in choux pastry & cream

Mini-seafood patty burger with cheese and frisee

Seafood kataifi roll with Japanese mayo & dill

Miniature cream cheese log with coconut praline

Matcha Opera - with chocolate ganache, matcha cream and joconde

Almond Chocolate Hill - with caramel mousse, charcoal cream & Sable cookie

Lemon tart with passionfruit & mango compote

Valrhona chocolate mousse, with cherry & coffee fudge cake

The dainty pastries and cakes were nice, though I’d have preferred the more “traditional” offerings like scones with clotted cream & jam, or sandwiches, like those one gets at the Eastern & Oriental Hotel’s afternoon tea.

Address
Orinea by Farquhar Mansion
68-18-1, Sunrise Gurney
Persiaran Gurney (Gurney Drive)
10250 Penang, Malaysia
Tel: +6019-528 8933
Opening hours: 2pm - 4.30pm (Afternoon tea)

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Looks like any apartment building from the outside. Fancy and the balloon is over the top but it’s only fitting.

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