C was invited to a Ramadan Preview Dinner from The Gardens Hotel & Residences and asked me would I like to come along. And of course I said yes.
Our group consist of a mix of colleagues and family members. Some of us left from the office ( and it was actually one of the guys that had to go home for a shower plus a change of clothes, whereas the ladies just did some lipstick touch-up at the office ) and arrived at 7.15 pm. We started our food exploration without any delay. That is the beauty of buffet dinner lah, dun need to wait until everyone is at the table. I was afraid that we might be too early and show too much of eagerness (greediness) but found that more than half of the tables at The Spread were already taken up.
In the invitation, they mentioned the ‘must-eat’ items :- roast whole lamp with mint jelly, seafood on ice, selection of suishi and sashimi, BBQ counter, authentic Malay dishes and mouth watering desserts.
There were 2 soups – pumpkin soup or soup ekor, I opted for pumpkin soup but the soup ekor looks pretty good with lots of meat and stuff .
The BBQ counter, tenggiri or ikan pari wrapped in banana leaf, sotong, grilled prawns, some other fish species ( I forgot, sorry). The tenggiri was nice and I enjoyed the sotong.
Not a fan of raw stuff, I didn’t check-out the sashimi although this seemed to be the most popular counter as everytime I walk past, there will be someone filling or re-filling their plates, and I see thickly cut salmon slices on the counters. There were also oysters, prawns at the seafood counter
There are also some hawker fares counter like – curry laksa, soto ayam, chicken rice, fish balls soup.
The Salad bar,
The Malay dishes include : lamb curry- tender and tasty, nice, ayam masak merah, la-la, curry prawns, curry fish, crabs, lemang+ ketupat and serunding,And also some rojak, plus tempeh, tauhu, taugeh etc
The staff will do refills for the plain water, there is also a self service counter for drinks with include : ice lemon tea, air bandung or soya bean drink. Tea, coffee and teh tarik are also available
The cut fruits are placed beside the local desserts, but if you would like the fruit to be ‘exclusive’ to you, alone, one can go to the counter and select a fruit ( including : pears, plums, guava, dragon fruit or mango) and pass it to the staff behind the counter and these will be cut specially for you.
For desserts :- Some local desserts plus some ‘western cakes- cheese cakes, black forest, carrot cake, self service Ice kacang, waffles, Tau Fo Far ( soya bean curd) – very smooth, kwai leng kou.
The ice-cream flavors was ‘interesting’ – the only 2 flavors that I normally associate with ice cream – vanilla and chocolate ( very very rich, bittersweet) and the rest include : dried jackfruit, black sesame, wasabi..will we have mee-goreng flavoured ice cream next?
Comments from around our table : The spread seemed pretty extensive to me, although when someone at our table commented that it’s not really that big- and that the sauces takes up a lot of the counter space – and when I walk about again- I think that I will have to agree. Other comments include that for some of the items – they do not replenish the items – I am not sure, maybe as this preview is complimentary, there are some constraints ? and also some comments for the ambiance, it’s a bit too bright- if the lights are a bit dimmer, it might feel a bit more exclusive and cozy.( and the yellow tiles at the lifts lobby looks a bit ‘Jang’-lah, looks a bit out of place in a 5 star hotel setting wor.
The overall food quality rating from our table : average. ( the buka puasa spread is @RM98/pax and from 6:30 – 10:30 pm)
The Spread, Level 6,
The Gardens Mid Valley City,
Lingkungan Syed Putra,
59200 Kuala Lumpur
Tel : 22681188