Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Saffron @ One Bangsar

Great things has been said about this place and i was impressed when i read about their fame from being the winner of Malaysian Tourism’s Award 2004 for the Best Western Restaurant category. The original place was said to be virtually transported from the shores of Langkawi to Kuala Lumpur.

Not to be confused by the Indian restaurant of the same name, Mediterranean cuisine was on our menu when we decided to hunt down some places for our postponed installation night. The mere fact that our office is in Sentral has basically swiped out my hope of holding any dinners in Changkat Bukit Bintang and without the budget for hotels, One Bangsar offered a glimpse of hope.

Back to the restaurant, highly recommended by one of our senior staff in the firm, and i mean real senior, there were already high hopes but the quiet and empty spaces i saw as i stepped in on a Saturday afternoon didnt suggest so. Like i said before, approach food with an open mind with no expectations. Yes, sounding like a food connoisseur but in actual fact would gobble anything that is edible on sigh, we waited for them to serve us delights that will determine whether we would choose this place for our night.

A basket of foccacia was served that honestly tasted abit stale to me or rather the herbs could be too strong for me as well but something tells me the texture wasnt correct. Dipped in olive oil and peanuts, i was confused as i am a rather simple man that prefers butter with bread.

The first of our tapas: Chuletas De Cordero "Grilled lamb cutlets with garlic mayonnaise" (RM24) was delightful. Simple grilled cutlets that was tender and juicy but pointed out that the meat sticking towards the end of the bone was raw, oh well, they cant be perfect, can they? The sauce complimented well but i prefer my mint sauce any day. A must try i dare say.

Champinones Al Ajillo "Sauteed butter mushrooms in olive oil with garlic, parsley and butter" (RM 12) was rather disappointing as i have mastered my preferred cooking method for mushrooms. I like them rather dry but this came in a pool of sauce which i rather avoid.

Berenjenas Al Andalusian "Eggplant cooked in spicy 'Andalusian' sauce" (RM12). Told it was spicy but all i saw was red oil that indicated it was spicy but the chilli must have been misplaced. Misplaced? You will understand abit lower down. Bias towards eggplant, i still enjoyed this dish and the craving for eggplant is still "on" till now.

Spaghetti Al Fruiti De Mare
In tomato concasse filled with fresh catch from the sea
(Favourites) (RM32)
I was recommended this dish by the waiter, and i expected fresh catch and a rich tomato base. What i got was an utter disappointment, overcooked pasta, overcooked prawns that paled to the ones i had in El-Cerdo (my new benchmark for pork and prawn dishes) and misplaced chilli flakes! I could barely take 2 bites as the chilli flakes caused an automatic reaction to reach for the water. I couldnt even mutter a sarcastic comment to the waiter, simply because i couldnt be bothered.

Address and contact details:

SAFFRON AT ONE BANGSAR
Pavillion 2, One Bangsar
63G Jalan Ara, Bangsar Baru
52100, Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia
Tel: 03-22871158
www.saffron.com.my

Verdict: 2.5 stars out of 5 stars, a glimmer of hope came from the tapas but the pasta said it all, famed for seafood, the way they cooked mine was miserable. Although i may be persuaded to come again and try out their generous menu but it may take quite a while before i dare step back, "chilli flakes, stay away!"

24 comments:

ling239 said...

eeeeeee... me no like chilli flakes too ~ :(

daphne said...

aiyo..that sounds like a disappointment... i love a good bread with dukkah (chopped up nuts) but sounds like that wasn't up to standard too.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

ling239: me no like chilli flakes too!..haha

daphne: the fact that u pour olive oil into the nuts and serve with bread is abit too "geli" for me..need some black vinegar to counter..

team bsg said...

that has been a most complicated complex dining experience ! well thats good you are learning !
then when you meet da one...you will know ...for sure

New Kid on the Blog said...

The tapas looks good from the picture, and I wld pressume it's good in taste, but it didn't up to your expectation... what a disappointment....

CRIZ LAI said...

Sometimes I wondered whether the restaurants that get voted did bribe the officials. I have tried so many of such famed places and most of them are not up to my expectation. One thing good about Penang is that all the hawker stalls tagged by the Tourism Board are really good :)

tigerfish said...

Just passed with 2.5 marks only?

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

team bsg: arr i feel enlightened d..haha

new kid: it was so so..wouldnt say brilliant..but hey..it means my pics r getting better!

criz: well..its hard to say..bearing in mind alot of these awards r also linked to sponsorship..and chefs being chefs have their "off" days as well..so thats y i didnt write this place off..but just wouldnt try it again so soon..

tigerfish: just about lar..the pasta seriously threw me off..

cirnelle said...

With such lousy food, I'm surprised you gave them a passing mark. You're too kind.

Timothy Low said...

For the shots you make ... and giving only 2.5 ? If you didn't mention about the passing marks, I would've thought the food looks good there ....

Cynthia said...

Joe, I am always so self-conscious when I go out to restaurants and take pics, I try to do it as quickly as possible and invaribly they don't come out the way I'd like them to but you, you take amazing pics of the food you eat in restaurants, the composition and lighting are always spot on.

jason said...

Em.. Medditeranean cuisine but spaghetti? :S

fatboybakes said...

hmmm, the mushrooms may not have been nice, but your pics of them certainly are...

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

cirnelle: ok la..i m a lenient marker mah..

tim: photos same as looks can be deceiving..haha

cynthia: it takes alot of practice to bcome so thick skin like me to go ahead n take pictures..thanks for the compliment!

jason: yeah lor..didnt want anything heavy like meats..

fbb: thanks alot ar..i can also make ur cakes n food look good too..when?

Ginger said...

Seems that you cant judge the food from its pics, eh? The food looked really good.. a great pity that they don't taste nice.

Precious Pea said...

THE LAMB!!! THE LAMB IS CALLING MY NAME!!!!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

ginger: haha well a glimmer of hope lar..like i said..

pp: hahaha the lamb is about the only good thing among the pack..

AngryYoungChild said...

omg the names are so complicated...*-* Eh eh, wanna ask..have u been to tony roma's.. ?

teckiee said...

that bad meh?

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

angryyoungchild: no wor..heard got no pork ribs..so havent gone there yet wahaha..will blog abt it if i hav the chance to try..

teckiee: well to be honest..the tapas was ok lar..but like i said b4..the pasta ar..aiyoyo..

SuLee said...

looks goood but portion very small lah, Im more of a quantity kinda person :D

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

sulee: hahah tapas mah..thats y small wat..

Sophie said...

the eggplant dish looks so delish!

this is really one of the simplest dishes to make anywhere in the world so long as you can get hold of eggplant and sauce package.

Here I bought a sauce pack so as to skip all the seasonings! and i will try this friday after work.
http://yummiexpress.freetzi.com

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