Friday, March 5, 2010

Sage @ The Gardens Residences, Mid Valley

Sage is no stranger to people who either have gone out for fine dining or those who want to go fine dining or those who happen to walk through every nook and corner of Gardens. At one point, it was the bright replacement for Cilantro, one of the fine dining establishments in town and now, it is still standing strong on its own with a new chef and its own identity.

Dinner back then was an ok experience but last i remembered that was a good year plus ago. How time really flies so it was time for a revisit. As do most fine dining places, dinner can get quite luxurious and pricey. So kind souls they are, they usually offer lunch menu at a more affordable price.

At Sage it is like RM150 vs RM100, whether you see it as a RM100 spent on just lunch or RM50 saved by having lunch is totally up to you. With that in mind, lunch is only available on weekdays only (including public holidays).

For RM100 nett, you get this:

You get a nice bright environment from the natural lighting that makes everything so white and clean. You get a complimentary drink that had a hint of soda and lemon, refreshing in this kind of crazy hot weather and freshly warmed focaccia bread to be dipped into a pesto dip. What a way to start a lunch especially on a Friday which happened to be a public holiday!

True bloggers always do what they need to do for food photography, order variety.


A choice of the best porcini mushroom soup i have ever tasted with truffle oil and scallops or the blue fin tuna resting on a bed of avocado and wasabi dressing. As much as i liked my tuna, i got to say the soup wins by the mile, so flavourful and intense.


It was either the black cod with yabbies or the wagyu beef cheeks. While i really didn't think too much of the fish except the sauce it was served in and the yabbies, the beef intrigued me when it came out like it was deep fried. However the cheeks were still soft and moist and went well with the sauce which had a zing to it. The three button mushrooms seemed abit out of place but were well cooked.

Now after my first round with Sage, it was quite apparent that desserts didn't seem to be their forte. Quite rightly so, the ladies which had the strawberries and ice cream wasn't too vowed by the choice. While as what bloggers have to do, i took the cheese and was met with a rather pungent one (the one on the spoon). Coffee and tea ended the pleasant experience.

Address and contact details:

The Gardens Residences (same side as Isetan)
6th Floor, The Gardens
Mid Valley City
Lingkaran Syed Putra
59200 Kuala Lumpur.

Tel: 03-2268 1188

Verdict: 4 stars out of 5 stars. Theres something about the place, the status, ambience, service and food that somehow deserves the stars even though i didn't exactly enjoy my cheese. The fact that the restaurant was close to empty made the experience even more exclusive.


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UnkaLeong said...

Popped my Sage Cherry recently as well. We didn't really like the dessert as well, but I lurved the ice-Cream!

babe_kl said...

wonder when will i hv my Sage Cherry popped??? :p *crossing fingers*

terri@adailyobsession said...

aiya, this is in gardens? i stayed in the hotel a couple of months ago n love the hotel rooms (so clean, modern n spacious) n i looove the gardens mall more than the new mall, pavillion. too bad i didn't know of sage then but now i do.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

terri: yeap gardens residences 6th floor, u like it more than pavilion? its abit more smaller i suppose and easier to walk around

babekl: u dun cross ur fingers, u go whisper to captain hook can d.

unkaleong: of course la, ice cream got vanilla seeds!

Sean said...

i've never managed to try their lunch sets before, but i torture myself by checking out their website regularly to see what different items they're offering for lunch every week. =)

Fuiz said...

wonder they still have the degustation menu(~240RM if not mistaken)?

last time also fall in sleep after the meal because the cozy ambiance+outside raining,haha~!

that strawberry seem not really good?unripe...

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

fuiz: yes i think they have some sort of degustation menu. the strawberries, i heard no complaints and b4 i knew it, it was gone! so i dont think its unripe

sean: what website? how come i dont c anything on google?

Fuiz said...

wish to try the degustation menu before my gardens club card expire(wondering it apply on degustation or not T.T)

The strawb. in ur photo look not fully ripe with part of light green...

the Sage website:

Paranoid Android said...

The Porcini Soup was amazing hor? Somehow or another the starters are usually better than the mains. Told the Manager about sour strawberries. Flaming in cointreau did not take away the sourness. Some of the desserts are good. Look out for the mint sabayon and Earl Grey bavarois. Some are awful, like the phylo and ice cream.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

pa: yeah the soup was like omg..

fuiz: omg, cant believe theres a website with their menu!!

thule a.k.a leo said...

for RM100 nett person, I don't think that my stomach will be filled.. lol!

Anonymous said...

omg.. i love ur blog so much!!!
habislah i lepas ni!!!


"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

anne: haha thanks anne!

leo: keep refilling the bread la!

fatboybakes said...

oooh, i just had a sampling of the porcini soup yesterday! DIVINE!!!! best i;ve had. eh, some of their desserts not bad la. i love the earl grey ice cream.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

fbb: the soup was awesome ler..

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