LIFETIME INSPIRED EXPERIENCE
HNG Capital’s “Hotel and F&B” Division portfolio is set to be a game-changer in the industry, offering an unconventional hotel experience and a one-of-a-kind fine dining gastronomic journey. This includes Macalister Mansion, a century-year-old colonial heritage mansion that’s beautifully restored to a boutique hotel located in historic George Town, Penang. Adding to the list of hotels is the Northam All Suite Hotel Penang, which is currently closed for revitalization with a fresh appeal in the coming years. The F&B list proudly adds the acclaimed Whitegrass Restaurant located in heritage-listed CHIJMES of Singapore, as well as Restaurant Blanc in Macalister Mansion, where patrons are served not only exquisitely delish dishes, but also a delightful fine dining experience.
Macalister Mansion, Penang
Macalister Mansion, a reinvention of the 100-year-old Penang heritage building offers a quirky and sophisticated lifestyle destination. Strategically located nearby to the UNESCO Heritage Sites and local eateries, this award-winning hotel reminiscence the charm of a European getaway.
Indigenously restored in the year 2012, this treasure trove is proud to be the first member of Design Hotels in Malaysia. The name Macalister Mansion honours Sir Norman Macalister, one of the first British Governors of Penang from 1808 – 1810. The design of the mansion pays homage to the colonial past, differentiating itself from the local boutique hotel scene by its intimate scale, contemporary design and attention to details.
The historic building’s customized suites are currently undergoing a refurbishment. It is estimated to be completed by Q4 of 2020, reinventing the notion of the modern-day luxury retreat in all the 8 rooms. Its dining, bar, and pool areas offer personalized service and gourmet food and drink. Each one is distinctively branded from one another – Restaurant Blanc, a fine dining restaurant; The Cellar, a wine bar; The Lawn, a poolside bar, and Guest Lounge.
Northam All Suite Hotel, Penang (Temporarily closed for a face-lifting project)
Located on Penang’s famed ‘Millionaire Row’, The Northam All Suite Hotel Penang offers the astute corporate and leisure traveller a spacious haven to unwind at the heart of the islands’ business and commercial district. The Northam’s ideal location lets you revel in the excellent city and sea views, while still sensibly ensuring you’re just minutes away from many notable sites in George Town including Gurney Drive, the city’s famed seafront promenade, the 2 upscale shopping malls – Gurney Plaza and Gurney Paragon and local eateries.
However, the changing demands of luxury travellers today are the reason that Northam taking up a major makeover and rebranding the hotel that has been a long time coming. In the deluge of hotels in Penang, the vision of this establishment is to present an upscale luxury lifestyle accommodation with sophistication, and a strategy that puts it out of the competition to characterize its distinctiveness that will match the present hospitality.
Whitegrass Restaurant, Singapore
Whitegrass presents a contemporary fine dining experience at the heritage-listed CHIJMES, one of Singapore’s most iconic locations. Under the helm of Head Chef Takuya Yamashita, Whitegrass showcases classical French fare with a contemporary Japanese twist. Chef Takuya has travelled to Paris, spending two years mastering French cuisine and techniques at award-winning restaurants, Etude and Les Enfants Rouges. Upon his return to Japan, he was mentored by acclaimed Chef Kazunori Otowa at the One Michelin-starred Ciel et Sol, learning to elevate his creations through the clever use of textural components before joining Whitegrass.
The menus are built around a passion for showcasing nature, sustainability, and the journey of fresh ingredients through modest but beautiful dishes that reflect both culinary tradition and creativity. The 40-seat restaurant boasts stellar service and a carefully curated beverage list that serves to elevate the experience of dining in this iconic venue further.
Restaurant Blanc, Penang
Restaurant Blanc, a fine dining restaurant housed in Macalister Mansion offers French-Asian cuisine in an elegantly cozy ambiance for a pampering treat. The newly appointed Chef de Cuisine, Benny Yeoh Guan Hoei brings over 10 years of culinary experience to his new post. Backed with the knowledge of European culinary management and working experience in Singapore hotels and award-winning restaurants like Corner House, Michelin starred Botanic Garden by Chef Jason Tan, expect seasonal changes of the menus and surprise dishes from Chef Benny from time to time.
The 42-seat restaurant is setting the bar just like how Macalister Mansion has set the benchmark for design on the island. Its dining space also suggests the idea of transforming it into an intimate space to host small-scale celebrations and private functions such as weddings, annual dinners, product launching events and more. Enjoy an unpretentious dining experience while taking in the modern heritage atmosphere, which is a rare gem that one could find.
❚ Macalister Mansion