Thursday, October 11, 2007

Dining Out @ Banquet, Bangsar Village II, Kuala Lumpur

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)

The menu is a mix of old favourites and new items like the Asian themed dishes. Since there was a few of us, we ordered a variety to share. The table got a bit small for us after a while hence you'll see loads of dishes around. First to hit the table almost immediately after we placed our order was the Mango Salad. The consensus around the table was good for these tangy mango strips tossed in crushed peanuts, crunchy ikan bilis and chopped bird eye chilies. We couldn't resist the deep fried chicken wings. These were really tasty too as they marinated it with shrimp sauce before deep frying. Thumbs up to this dish!

Crispy Brie (RM23)

I have a soft spot for fried cheeses hence I ordered this to share. Although it's nice with the melted cheese interior, I thought it wasn't fantastic. They served it with a tangy sauce which complemented the rich cheese.

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.

Illy Coffee

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.

Tiramisu (RM18)

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.

First Floor
Bangsar Village II
2, Jalan Telawi Satu
Bangsar Baru
Kuala Lumpur

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.

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New Kid on the Blog said...

NOted lots of restaurant used honey mustard sauce for their oven baked fish... and at times, it does taste good at times it doesn't. i wonder why, could it be due to the time of marinate the fish? or rather the sauce?

Cat Cat said...

Why the chicken so expensive?? $14 for 6... Expensive oooo but looks so delicious, boo... Can I have a dozen of wings? Alamak, that would cost me $28 bucks...

jasmine said...

i haven't been back to banquet after my first visit there when it was first opened. maybe it's about time i tried them again.

Big Boys Oven said...

The food looks good, I think service is good too but I hope the owners are friendly! They maybe be friendly but looks bossy to me!

MeiyeN said...

i find da local delights at banquet quite okay.... i remember i ordered da prawn mee which surprisingly turned out to be yummy! :)

daphne said...

the deep fried cheese brie looks delish. I can just imagine it oozing out if serve hot enough.

HairyBerry said...

i agree with the lighting. it was so difficult to get a good pic! Everyone's raving about the chicken wings. Missed that on my visit.

boo_licious said...

new kid on the blog - it's more the combination of the sauce if it has the right balance of sweet and salty.

jackson - fried chicken wings very yum

cat cat - yup, pricey place but the food is not bad.

jasmine - I kinda forget they are around as I tend to head towards delicious on the ground floor also.

BBO - have not met the owners but the wait staff are very nice people.

Meiyen - yup the local fare is nice.

Daphne - aiks, now I feel like having it again.

nic - but you have a DSLR vs my dinky point and shoot so shld be better? The light source is too high hence the light is not good.

ling239 said...

Wok Fried Special Noodles looks like instant noodles leh... :P

HairyBerry said...

yupe, technically mine should be better but my skills are not there yet..hehe (still learning to adapt to this complex machine).

damutznutz said...

Tried this about 2 months ago, and would not eat there again. While their starters/snacks are fine, they absolutely fail at main courses. My other half tried some asian noodle soupy thingie which was mediocre, I tried the seafood pasta - which (on top of the seafood being not fresh) came swimming literally in .5 cm of oil...which tasted stale...horrendous.

Dessert was ok, service was ok, but not some place I would go back to.

Incidentally Marmalade in BV2 is as big of a disappointment. Have yet to go back to BV2 for ANY dining as the outlets I've tried so far have been terrible. Only Sakae sushi came out decent enough to warrant a 2nd visit.

boo_licious said...

ling239 - more like Indomie Fried Noodles.

nic - never mind slowly learn.

damutnutz - sigh, sounds like a bad experience.

damutznutz said...

Oh I have to be fair though - the mango salad was very so so yummy and seasoned just right :)

wanderlust said...

Went there when they first opened for lunch. I must say love the setting but the menu price is too expensive for brunch and lunch crowd and don't really offer anything suitable for Sunday brunch. It would be a better place for dinner I guess. Been to the other outfit of theirs, Cafe Cafe and love the dessert there! Try the Lemon Tart... yum!

Aaina Rambli said...

are you sure it's halal? u do state that the tiramisu..brandy..
if I'm not mistaken, brandy considered as 'haram'..unless it's another type of brandy ler..

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