05 Oct 2015 • 1 review • 0 follower
So by looking at the pictures, you would be thinking of a nice posh restaurant suitable for an anniversary celebration on a Saturday night. But I have never been so wrong about a restaurant.
Firstly, they only serve a SEMI BUFFET on Saturday for dinner. Why is a nice posh 'fine dinning' restaurant serving a semi buffet? and the decor of this place is probably nothing like what you're imagining now. Reluctantly, due to our hungry stomachs, we settled and stayed, and they did say the semi buffet came with 3 oysters each (to be described later on).
Back to the SEMI BUFFET. You get free flow of starters from the counter and one main with 3 oysters at $49++. I decided to walk to the starters, I see an onion soup, thats almost dried out, a tray of lyonnaise potatoes, which frankly, looked like pan fried potatoes with the onion soup drizzled all over it, with a nice 'handwritten' sign, unlike the rest of the dishes. There was a pasta salad, and some fruits and some dessert and I vaguely remember seeing a bread pudding. You know what's the first thought in my mind? This has gotta be the leftovers from BREAKFAST, because well, this is also the hotel's designated breakfast place (if i'm not wrong).
Next, the saving grace, the 3 oysters. How bad can oysters be right? When they appeared, they DO NOT look fresh. They do not even look freshly shucked and looked so dry. The worst part was that there appears to be bits of shell in it as well.
By then, we just wanted to finish the main and leave. Mains took a while to appear, approx 20 mins. During this time, there were screaming heard in the kitchen by the manager (lookalike) who was questioning the other staff if they knew what they were doing and he didn't seem to mind that there were actually customers siting here.
So the mains came, and to be fair, were of a decent standard. But by then, the impression of the place is ruined and at $49 ++ for the mains, it was definitely too pricey. Thank god I saw that this place was part of the Amex palate promotion that was displayed at the entrance and on the chequebook. BUT guess what, the discount didn't even apply. No promotions, even when asked again, a point blank no without any explanation by the clueless waiter who wasn't even sure if there was an ala carte menu for the night.
This was indeed an unforgettable anniversary experience.
ps. I even created an account for this.