The Ferringhi Garden Restaurant: great dining within an oasis 

Ferringhi Garden © Adrian Cheah

The Ferringhi Garden Restaurant has an amazing lush garden filled with flowers in full bloom. Even before looking through the menu, we could not resist taking a few photographs of its tranquil and beautiful dining ambience.

Ferringhi Garden © Adrian Cheah

This garden-themed restaurant offers both interior and al fresco dining areas, lit with oil lamps which cast a warm glow all over. My family and I were having dinner with our hosts, Dato' Welf and Datin Susan. After a few snaps, we returned to our table and were ready for a delectable feast. 

Ferringhi Garden © Adrian Cheah

Ferringhi Garden © Adrian Cheah

For starters, we had a charcoal-toasted sourdough loaf served with garlic aioli and tomato salsa, smoked salmon with pink potato cubes and tomato salad as well as mushroom soup. All were so delicious and we waited in anticipation for our main courses.

Ferringhi Garden © Adrian Cheah

Susan and my wife decided to go for the Australian sirloin.

Ferringhi Garden © Adrian Cheah

The generous cuts were premium grade strip steaks cooked to perfection over a flaming charcoal fire. The intense, smoky, fire-seared flavours infused in the steaks added character and depth to the dish. Both were very pleased with their scrumptious meals.

Ferringhi Garden © Adrian Cheah

Welf selected the Australian beef tenderloin, a tender cut of fillet mignon served with roasted vegetables and mashed potatoes. His steak had a salty, crispy exterior and a tender, juicy, medium-rare centre. The chef served the accompanying sauce in a mini pan, taking great care not to smother the steak. 

Ferringhi Garden © Adrian Cheah

I had the passion fruit snapper – a sous vide red snapper fillet with passion fruit sabayon and bell pepper ratatouille. The combination of flavours was refreshing and this was the first time I had the passion fruit sabayon with fish! Kudos to the chef for this creative dish.

Ferringhi Garden © Adrian Cheah

For dessert, Welf and my wife had the decadent double chocolate tart made of 70 per cent Belgian dark chocolate. It was served with a scoop of raspberry and mint sorbet. This dessert was rich yet refreshing, tangy yet sweet, creamy yet crunchy; all so very exciting in the same mouthful. 

Ferringhi Garden © Adrian Cheah

My daughter happily indulged in a serving of dark chocolate brownie – a 70 per cent dark Belgian chocolate cake topped with a sinfully-delicious salted caramel macadamia gelato. It was indeed a brilliant choice to conclude a wonderful dinner.

The service at Ferringhi Garden Restaurant was excellent and the time flew by very quickly especially when we were having such an enjoyable dinner. I was very glad we were able to indulge in such a simple pleasures of life – good food and great company. Thanks you, Welf and Susan, for a memorable evening.

P.S. Be selective so that you savour the best choices on offer!

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Written and photographed by Adrian Cheah 
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23 March 2019

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Ferringhi Garden Restaurant
34C, Batu Ferringhi, 11100 Penang
GPS Coordinates: N5 28.234 E100 14.721
T: +604 881 1193