Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Oriental Spoon II Dinner @ Sooka Sentral

After seeing the Jeckyll and Hyde of Oriental Spoon (the special invite and the horrendous dim sum buffet), lets take a deep breath and take a look at the incognito dinner review, which was ages ago during Fathers Day.

Armed with a small treasure chest of a couple hundred dollars, where could one go and celebrate on that day without fighting at the entrance and facing slow service and cold food? Although almost contradictingly that i had to face the same situation that fateful Sunday morning, we had exactly the perfect evening in whereelse but Oriental Spoon.

Yes, still new to the world of F&B, it almost seemed that the restaurant was just opened for us. At 6.30pm, not a single soul but just us. Almost felt like the Kings and Queens.

The menu seemed limited, perhaps emphasising that quality plays a bigger role then quantity or it could mean that they just do not have a crowd big enough to stock so many materials and risk having to throw them all away.

Still, we managed to go through the whole menu with the help of yes, contradicting once again, a Malay lady captain. At times, this is the kind of world i want to live in, where people do not care what religion you are so long as you do a good job. Briefly, with the help of a menu and surprisingly English explanations of what was on offer, we decided on 6 dishes.

No complaints about the home-made tau fu with "seng kua" or some i-dont-care-loo fah gourd, the flavours were spot on and the smooth consistency was nice. The downside was we had 10 fellows including 3 kids who eat tau foo like no tommorow sharing 6 pieces. Could they have suggested a double portion perhaps?

A whole chicken done two styles, roast and thai style chicken. Again nothing wrong, the food was actually pretty decent. The funny thing is the captain had the brains to suggest half a chicken to 10 hungry guests but oh well, she was looking after my wallet.

The Venison done XO Style was so succulent. The meat was tender and require not more then 2-3 bites before it slithered down the throat. The sauce was neither too salty or bland with spot on flavours. Now, why couldn't they have kept to such quality during my dim sum visit?

A simple mixed vegetable stir fry to keep the fibres coming and let the digestion system work properly.

The pot of mushrooms and sea cucumbers was awesome. The flavour was so intense, maybe with the help of oyster sauce but i was vowed by the sauce. Only qualm and it appeared throughout the whole dinner is the portions. Could it not be adjusted to the people on the table?

A nice big Patin fish weighing over a 1kg, was the only dish that came proportionate for everyone. More then enough to go around and it was steamed beautifully.

The cost of the whole meal? RM300plus, a hefty price tag indeed for what appeared to be above average food. At times, where everyone is cutting down on luxurious eating, i am not too sure who would want to come and eat dinner here, although the spot on flavours did get compliments from the Parents.


1st floor, Sooka Sentral, Jalan Stesen Sentral 5, 50470, KL
Opening hours: (Mon – Sunday) 11.30 am – 8.00 pm
(Dim sum is served until 5 pm)

Tel: 03-2261 3222

Verdict: 3.5 stars out of 5 stars. The hefty price tags and the small expensive bowls of rice can be quite deterring but all this is a small price to pay if you want a quiet place to have a meal especially if it was still that quiet back in Fathers Day.


Life for Beginners | Kenny Mah said...

Guess this place must have business picking up after all the reviews. Quiet days, be gone! :P

Hey Joe, where would you recommend I take a friend out for a birthday dinner? I've been taking pals out for birthday dinners so many times these past couple of months I'm fresh out of ideas!

mimid3vils said...

Who did the ordering? All is my favorite foods ler ~.~

NekoHime said...

Wah u all like Oriental Spoon hor. I jelak already now... Dying for new restaurant to open!!

Henry Yeo said...

the power of bloggers...use it wisely, young padawans. kekeke

Bangsar-bAbE said...

That was indeed pricey. Portions looked very small for 10 pax. 0_0

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

bangsar: definitely above market rates..

henry yeo: yes yes..but lets experience with the power..

neko: ok la..i only go a few times only..u always go?

mimi: me la..who else?

kenny: alot la..how?

Mochachocolata Rita said...

aiyo, half chicken doesn't do it for me, baby!


ling239 said...

half a chicken for 10 pax ?
the other day we had chicken rice, four of us and the guy gave us half chicken and two string of char siew...>.<"

leo said...

haha interesting la your escapades with this restaurant...

there seems nothing wrong with it, yet i'm rather hesitant given the multitude of excellent cantonese restaurants around kuala lumpur..


Nic (KHKL) said...

1/2 chicken? hmmm, perhaps she meant 1/2 for the roast and 1/2 for the thai one ar? hehehe...

so, average RM30 per person lah...hmmmm....

daphne said...

that's abit stingy in terms of portion size isnt it? hmmm..

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

nic: thats y in the end i asked for the whole chicken...well if u put in that perspective it sounds alright la..but then again, got 3 kids below the age of 10..

daphne: well the prob is..it is fixed sum for fixed portion..

leo: plenty of nice canto restaurants to try..

ling239: not enuf?

mocha: alone maybe just enuf rite?

Lyrical Lemongrass said...

Looks like u've tried a lot of items on the menu di. Now you shud come up with a top 10 list. :-P

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

ll: aiyoh..sommore free advertising for them ar? i realise i have given them enuf attention as it is..ahah..

fatboybakes said...

u been spooning a lot havent you!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

fbb: fat d..spooning the easiest way..

Oriental Spoon said...

hi joe =)

hehe. thanks for reviewing. one more time.
eh, i need more picss! we have august promo coming up..err..check facebook k.