a medley of influences

Malacca is a heady mélange of Dutch, Portuguese, Malacca-Portuguese (or as it's colloquially known, Kristang), English, Chinese, Indian and Malay influences - a repository of much colonial heritage and custom intertwined with local practice. Its rich history is reflected in many facets of the city including its cuisine.

The Majestic Malacca provides an eclectic selection influenced by its rich multi-cultural flavours contributed by the Nyonya, Portuguese, Malay, Chinese and Indian cultures. In addition to Western fare, the hotel also offers Kristang dishes that feature the freshest ingredients infused with a complex combination of spices and aromas to create one of Southeast Asia’s most original and exotic cuisines.


MELBA AT THE MANSION

With its original Straits Settlement windows overlooking the Malacca River and Kampung Morten, Melba at The Mansion provides a casual dining atmosphere with two private room options. Offering a variety of dishes stemming from a unique and rare Malaccan cultural heritage known as Kristang, celebrity chef Melba Nunis takes the helm Melba at The Mansion as she lovingly prepares culinary masterpieces from her arsenal of treasured family recipes. Located on the first floor, the ambiance is warmed with wooden floorboards. The walls are decorated with a collection of Chef Melba’s personal artefacts that provide a glimpse into her life – telling a story of the Kristang people.

Opening Hours:
Breakfast: 7am - 10:30am
Lunch: 12 noon - 3pm
Dinner: 7pm - 11pm


CHEF MELBA NUNIS

Born and raised in Garden City, Malacca, and exposed to Kristang cuisine from an early age, Chef Melba found that she was happiest in the kitchen. Her passion eventually led to the opening of her restaurant, Simply Mel’s, in 2011 which garnered rave reviews and accolades. In 2014, Chef Melba published ‘A Kristang Family Cookbook’ which was later honoured with the ‘Best in the World’ Award in the ‘Best Woman Chef’ category at the 2016 Gourmand World Cookbook Awards. Proud of her Kristang lineage, Chef Melba is an active champion of preserving her cultural legacy.

Melba at The Mansion features a specially crafted menu stemming from Chef Melba’s collection of treasured family recipes. Of the over 200 recipes collected over time, Chef Melba’s signature dishes include her Ayam Kari Keluak, Inchimintu Karangezu (Baked Stuffed Crab), Kaldu Laksa Malaka (Malacca Laksa) and Kek Sugee (Sugee Cake). Dining at the restaurant is nothing short of a journey through Kristang’s past, with Chef Melba’s own memorabilia adorning the walls. It is also an exploration in unique dishes and flavours which Chef Melba takes pride in personally explaining to guests.

“Celebrity chef Melba Nunis takes the helm at the hotel's casual dining establishment, Melba at The Mansion. Malacca's blend of cultures is apparent in its cuisine, and Nunis aims to showcase just that - whipping up Kristang and Peranakan cuisine emblematic to Malacca.”
- Lifestyle Asia SG, 2017 -

THE LOUNGE AT THE MANSION

Located at the heart of the mansion, the lounge presents an inviting and historic space, ideal for a casual lunch, midday refreshments, afternoon tea or just conversation. Take the opportunity to sample unique and colourful local snacks filling large glass jars placed around the lounge and reception areas for the enjoyment of guests.

Opening Hours:
12 noon - 3pm
3pm - 6pm (for Afternoon Tea)

THE BAR AT THE MANSION

Positioned by the entrance of the mansion, the bar is the perfect place to unwind and relax, warmly welcoming guests for a round of drinks and casual chats. Designed to resemble an olden day European saloon, it offers a comfortable setting to enjoy an extensive range of whiskies, cocktails and refreshments – perfect to plan or recount the day’s adventures.

Opening Hours:
12pm - 12am