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“No atmosphere but great food”
Review of 1885

1885
Ranked #46 of 1,016 Restaurants in George Town
Certificate of Excellence
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed 2 July 2014

Funny one this. The rest of the E&O has such a lovely atmosphere that it's strange the signature restaurant is utterly devoid of any ambience at all. It's basically a big, high-ceilinged white room with no music, lots of empty tables and a few tables where diners are talking in hushed tones. All you here is the occasional clink of cutlery until about 10pm when the staff started bustling about clearing up and clattering about as though we weren't there. Very odd.

The food itself is excellent - the squash/tomato/salmon soup was exquisite as was the beautifully cooked chateaubriand which was possibly the best I've ever had. Prices are very high though and good as the food is, I'm not quite sure why you would come to this restaurant unless like us you'd arrived at the hotel late and had nowhere to go. Georgetown is full of street food and now has some excellent restaurants too which means there's no need to eat in a hotel dining room with such an awful atmosphere.

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Reviewed 23 June 2014

The curiously named 1885 is a real treasure - great food, excellent wine selection, nice atmosphere and excellent service. All combine to make an excellent night. The pianist provides a wonderful backing too.High Tea??

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Reviewed 2 June 2014

We were a party of seven looking to duck from the blistering heat of Penang. When E&O was suggested, we took the chance to go full on colonial. Tinkling ivories, delicate china wear, starched napkins and aromatic tea. All in air-con bliss in a tearoom overlooking the clear sea. The kids loved the pate and cucumber sandwiches, less so the sweet treats. The ice cream really disappointed - the girls left theirs swimming in sweat at the table. Service was mediocre for such an establishment and the place was hardly crowded. Very pleasantly surprised when the bill arrived, the cost was reasonable in comparison to some of the more chi chi establishments back in Singapore. For diners heading southwards to Singapore later, save yourself some cash buy lavishly splashing out here on equivalent meals lin Penang first.

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Thank Adeleine
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Reviewed 7 May 2014

The setting was well maintained and service was excellent. Staff was attentive to all the guests. The view out on the bay was impressive

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Thank Wayne J
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Reviewed 10 April 2014

It was a wonderful family time. Enjoy the nice late afternoon tea, took memorable photos, chatted about life and travel plan. Tea choices are magnificent. We all liked our respective choices, got to taste a bit of each other too.... surely delicate tasting.

Pastries, sandwiches n scones are delightful although we think taste could be improved, given the hotel status. Sandwiches bread were kind of 'dry'. Service was good.
(visited end of March-2014)

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Thank SmileyPic
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