Mango Salad (RM13)
Heavy editing involved with the photos this time as the light at this place wasn't too good. When the Banquet opened at Bangsar Village II, everyone was super excited. This was purely from the good vibes everyone experienced from Cafe Cafe owned by the same people. Although they may be sisters, they're total opposites of each other in terms of decor. While one is all dark with a Moulin Rouge inspired decoration, the Banquet is more like a garden cafe. Here, the palette is fresh white with mirrors to give it a sense of space. There's two areas to dine at - within the shoplot with ceiling to floor mirrors and a wooden deck within the shopping area which is surrounded by deep green faux Christmas trees.
Aromatic Chicken Wings (RM14 for 6 pieces)
Crispy Brie (RM23)
Chicken Casserole with White Wine and Mixed Mushrooms (RM35)
To be different, I ordered the chicken casserole which arrived quickly. I liked the rich flavour of the mushrooms and potatoes enhanced by the aromatic beef bacon. However, the chicken meat wasn't falling off the bone which is how I like my casseroles.
Oven Baked Butterfish Served with Honey Mustard Sauce (RM25)
Heard a lot of hype about this dish from the bloggers hence it was a must-have for the night. Takes a while to arrive as they have to slowly bake it in the oven to achieve that just cooked texture. The butterfish is actually quite tasteless and needs to be combined with the sauce. However use it sparingly as the sauce is very rich with a butter base mixed with seeded mustard and honey.
Wok Fried Special Noodles (RM18)
My friend SL ordered the noodles which smelt great. Tasted quite good too and she polished off the whole plate.
To end her meal, a must-have is a cup of Illy Coffee. Here they serve brown sugar cubes with their coffee. Coincidentally, I read a recent article on Illy at the Times Online which may interest you coffee lovers.
Feeling very full, we ordered one dessert to share i.e. their signature tiramisu served with mascarpone cheese and brandy soaked sponge. It may looked awful but tasted great especially the brandy soaked part. Such a tiny portion though which was slighly lopsided when it arrived at our table as the base was too laden with brandy.
Overall, it was a pretty satisfying meal and service was impeccable. When it had first opened, I had dined here and service was very slow but I noticed they bucked up tremendously. The deterrent in dining here again will be the pricing which I felt was higher than the average cafe.
Bangsar Village II
2, Jalan Telawi Satu
Tel No: 03 – 2282 3228
(Halal. Open from 10.30 am to 10.30 pm daily.)
*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.