05 Jun 2013 • 3 reviews • 0 follower
Finally got to use the Gmarket vouchers for the much anticipated first visit to Tanyoto for lunch and it turned out to e a major disappointment:
Soup base: Ordered 2 soup base - fish soup and the tomato soup (house specialty). No doubt a novelty but the tomato soup did not leave a lasting impression and there are definitely better ones out there
Fish ball: The worst I've had - absolutely no taste of fish, mainly flour and texture was very rubbery - I would suggest to tanyoto to set up a table tennis table and offer complimentary games to diners with their fish balls for their next voucher offer. It might pull in some family crowds during weekends.
Prawns: Not fresh and mushy, with meat sticking to shells. Definitely not from the tanks that had live prawns swimming in it....
Meat: Both chicken and beef were awful - Most people try hard to make mock meat taste like meat but I am impressed by Tanyoto's effort to make real meat taste like mock meat (in fact, worse). When blind-folded, I would never have guessed what I was eating was meat -both were mushy and I could not distinguish between the chicken and the beef as they both tasted the same.
Fish head: At least this tasted fresh but that was it - nothing to rave about as the soup base failed to enhance the flavor of the fish head...
Veggie: These were the only item that I could not find fault with so if you are a vegetarian, this restaurant would suit you fine.
Service: I asked for a fresh plate from the waiters in 2 languages (English and mandarin) and both waiters gave me a blank look till another lady came and gave me one - I either need to learn a 3rd language or need to polish up my English language but in retrospect, I should have googled and showed the waiters a picture of what I needed. Our vouchers came with free flow barley but it wasn't till towards the end of the dinner when we enquired about it that we were given the drinks (we were so dissatisfied with our meal that we didn't both asking for refill). We realized there were no wet towels and were told its not included in the voucher - what the???? Also, we ordered twin soup base but only half the pot was able to really boil and the other took a long time to cook - I guess it's due to the discount and we were given half the gas for cooking.
Spent~ $20/pax for the worst steamboat ever and I can easily find better ones at much similar prices and would not paying slightly more for a satisfying experience for places like J-pot or seafood paradise. Gmarket/ groupon is a platform for marketing your products/ services - if you choose to sacrifice quality during your marketing efforts，you might as well not do it.