May 24, 2009

The Sire Museum Restaurant @ King Street - 2nd & 3rd visits

This is a mixture of a *very* backdated post (Chinese New Year to be exact) and a very recent one (yesterday) - my 2nd and 3rd visits to The Sire Museum Restaurant with different company.

I attended my primary school's Year 6 reunion (yea you heard it right - it's Standard 6 reunion) during the 3rd day of Chinese New Year and almost 50 people turned up! What a great effort done by the few organizers... great feat it was indeed :D

My good ol' fren PChoon who is also my primary school mate went with me and it was such a nice feeling to catch up with folks whom we haven't seen for *ages* and see how they look like now - most of them still recognisable and looked pretty good ;)

We snapped loads of pics as it was such a rare occassion...

We were served with the usual complimentary Cheese Baked Bread (1 for each person on the table)

My drink -
Banana Smoothie It was very thick and smooth - loved it!

PChoon and I shared an appetizer - Portebello Mushroom

These babies were pretty flavorful but ... there were only 2 of them that it's almost fine-dining standards

Mushroom Soup
that CY had

Good comments for the mushroom soup.. though I didn't have the chance to sample it

Sizzling Tenderloin
that I had

Such a big serving of the tenderloin pieces! I remembered wearing myself out just trying to finish all of them! The tenderloin pieces were lack of flavour on its own and I had to keep pairing them with the sauce which they sparingly provided on top of the tenderloin... It ran out pretty quickly and I had to request for a plate of the sauce to go with the rest of it

Lamb Shank
that PChoon had

PChoon thought this was pretty nice - soft and flavour well-infused

Caramelized Red Snapper
that CY had

I couldn't really recall asking CY about the red snapper as we were basically pretty busy chatting people up during the course of our dinner

Apple Creme Brulee
that PChoon and myself shared

It wasn't anything magnificent - just that it was pretty unique to see apple being used as the ingredient for creme brulee and using back its skin to host it

Some of pics that we took.....

In all - we were all pleased with the turn out, sharing of laughters and catching up on each others' current affairs after so long... such a nice gathering indeed

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Brought didi to The Sire on Friday as he mentioned previously that he hadn't been there before. I called to make a reservation a few days before just to make sure that we get a table at the inner section of the restaurant near the antiques and galleries

Funniest thing was, didi made a turning into Church Street and slowed down mid-way along the street and said 'let's park here' - and I went 'huh? Why are we parking here?!' and he said 'We're eating here right?' (while looking to the left where Peranakan Mansion is) and I said 'No ar, we're not eating here' and he said 'not here meh? I thought all the while we're talking about here?' ahhhhhhhhhhh... what a HUGE communication breakdown it was..

Luckily the place he misunderstood was just around the corner from the actual The Sire, I asked him to go straight and showed him where to turn... and we ended up at the dimly lit King Street where I asked him to park. He was so confused as it didn't look like there were any restaurant, let alone fancy restaurant at sight other than the 'Rumah Tumpangan' which he spotted, haha!
Seeing him so confused, I led the way to the restaurant and we were greeted by a waiter who was standing at the entrance, and we were shown to our table marked 'Cheryl' :D what a nice touch

After making up our mind and placed our orders, we went inside and started our tour of the museum within.
Even after walking around for so long, we were just half way there covering all the corners of the museum and one of the waiter actually 'looked' for us and informed us that our food had been served

so we went back to our table and our bread and soups were there already

Complimentary Cheese Baked Bread

Didi had Norwegian Seafood Soup (which I fore-warned him that it's not normal seafood chowder type) (RM 16.80)

Turned out that he actually liked the soup despite the soup having a sourish tone to it and did not taste anywhere like the usual seafood soup we are accustomed to - so I've concluded that he likes weird-tasting stuff (refer Kimchi Soup episode in this post)

I had Thick Tomato Soup (which I thought will fire up my appetite well) (RM 14.80)

This soup was super overly thick and I felt that it's just pure tomato puree that they're serving! The taste was good but it was so filling that I had to force myself to finish the last 30% of it

Our mains:-

Roasted Loin Chop (RM 32.80)

..................which he then figured out was lamb meat :P this was pretty tasty and didi liked it.. I sampled a bit as well and I'd order this during my next visit :)

Pan Sealed Red Snapper (RM 29.80)

Though the herbs and spices used to coat the snapper was visible, I find it to be a tad too much which caused the flavor to be too overpowering - it was slightly salty and some side portions of it were extremely salty too. Didi even commented that the fish's texture looked just like chicken. He wasn't entirely wrong as the snapper meat was definitely on the hard side and pretty chewy - not exactly the texture we'd expect on a snapper. I was basically struggling to finish my main as didi wouldn't help me at all as he doesn't take fish - even the small piece I sliced for him took him ages to finish.

Didi found the toothpick to be interesting.... and even attempted to con me into believing that it was fragranced *and for 2 seconds I actually believed him!*

After we were done, didi swore he was not going to have any dessert as he still had a friend's birthday party (with plenty of booze going around) to attend to later that night; but finally gave in when I kept asking him to share a dessert with me :P

So in the end, I let him choose a dessert - he couldn't take any cheese so cheese cake - out; no brownie coz too filling - out; no Tiramisu coz he's going to have Tiramisu cake later that night - out; which left us with the 2 options of either Green Tea Mousse or Apple Creme Brulee.

I was tempted to try their mousse but didi said "Apple Creme Brulee", so we ordered that.

Apple Creme Brulee
(RM 16.80)

I was pretty disappointed with it this round - can't exactly pinpoint why other than the fact that the caramelized sugar coating on top was burnt pretty bad and too thick and hard, and the creme brulee was too sour to my liking. No more apple creme brulee for me I guess.

Some glimpses of the museum.. I'm so in love with the whole architecture and layout...

In all, it was an awfully filling dinner no doubt - but the museum tour at least made it worthwhile.. I guess people come here for the ambience and the museum and not really for the food afterall...


  1. The lamb shank looks good - I always like to check out lamb shanks, but you're right, the ambience is way better. I love the concept f a museum restaurant. :)

  2. Frankly, I've been to this place a few times since last year Oct. The first and the second time were great. Third time (from New Year onwards) onwards were disappointing (I blogged them out) and at last totally lost hope (don't even wanna waste time blogging about it odi). The food quality was very inconsistent. I really hope that they will improve their food. I agree with you, coming here with the purpose of appreciating its ambience and architecture will be 'happier'.

  3. After reading this i am also anxious to go there & have a fun there. However it is really nice post.