Rather than you think I usually end up eating good food at every place, believe me I sometimes stumble on places which just don't get along with my tastebuds at all. When I first saw Empress Cafe opening its doors to the public, I was excited since they're the old Bayou Cafe from Plaza Mont Kiara. However, when I tried the food there, I was sorely dissapointed with majority of the items ordered. In fact, I was so dissapointed, I actually visited it twice to make sure it just wasn't a fluke during my first visit. Not sure if I ordered duds from the menu but I just wasn't too impressed with the food nor their prices.
I was told that their Chicken Pie (RM18.90++) is famous hence we tried it. It takes a while to cook it as they claim it's made from scratch. The pastry is buttery and baked to a crisp golden colour. Really nice even though I did find stray bits of uncooked pastry within. The filling was nice and creamy which came with chunks of chicken meat.
Now, in the old days when they were known as Bayou, they were well known for their Javanese dishes hence we picked this Ambon Beef (RM22++). Served with a mound of rice, the beef is cut in chunks and cooked with an assortment of vegetables. Although it was a pretty good sized portion, they kinda ruined it as the serving was too sweet. Thumbs down for this particular dish.
Since they had such an extensive menu filled with pastas, pizzas and asian meals, I decided to give them one last chance. This time round we sampled their pizza and pasta. First we ordered their Fettucine Al Salmon (RM32++) which came with an technicolour orange sauce. Big mistake as instead of a citrusy and tangy sauce which was what I expected, it turned out to be cloyingly sweet instead.
We fared slightly better with their Steak Pizza (RM28++) which came with slices of roast beef, mushrooms and sun dried tomatoes. Although it wasn't sweet tasting like the previous dishes we sampled, this one was kinda tasteless. Now I know why they handed us a small bottle of Tabasco sauce as they knew we would definitely need it to spice up the plain pizza.
I'm not too sure if I dare venture in here for the third time as I felt the food was mediocre only even though the chicken pie was pretty good. Pricewise, it ain't too cheap either. I'm sure there are fans of this cafe out here which will scream bloody murder to me for slandering the food but bear in mind, everyone has different tastebuds. Mine just can't take too much sugar especially in savoury dishes.
G41, The Curve
Tel 03 – 7710 3801
(Halal. Open from morning till late at night especially during weekends. At the end of the Street and is next to Nanxiang Mantou Dian.)
*Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here is entirely based on my personal tastebuds and may vary for others. The reviewer also declares that she has not received any monetary or non-monetary compensation from the restaurant for writing this review.
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