We had a light dinner at Ostrea, the Edison Hotel’s new al fresco eatery yesterday evening.
Quite a strange sensation for me to be back in the old manor: that’s because 4 generations of my family lived in it after my great-great-grandfather had it built back in 1906 - he’d called it The Venus then. My grandfather sold it after World War II, when he could no longer afford to upkeep his oversized family home with its household staff of 12.
Today, it’s a compact boutique hotel with 35 well-furnished rooms, located strategically in the middle of George Town’s historic quarter.
The tasting menu we had opted for last night consisted of:
Loch Fyne Rock Oyster & Angel Oyster, served with mignonette sauce & fresh lemon
Salmon roe on sour cream & chives, served with scalloped potatoes
Smoked Golden Hebridean mussels, with cream cheese, hard-boiled egg & chopped tomatoes on rye crackers
Loch Fyne smoked salmon, on chopped avocado, shallots, Roma tomatoes, kyuri (Japanese cucumber) and crème fraîche
Grilled Scottish king scallop topped with microgreens, with olive tapenade, sun-dried tomato relish and basil pesto
Lemon sole, with garlic cream sauce, dill mustard and tomato relish, topped with sunflower sprouts
Citrus crème brûlée, with orange segments, sour cherries & lime zest
All in all, a simple but well-executed menu with minimal cooking involved, but where the quality of the ingredients shone through.
Ostrea at the Edison Hotel
15 Leith Street, George Town, 10200 Penang, Malaysia.
Tel: 604-262 2990