Mr Boss invited us to Bangsar Seafood Garden for a pre-christmas / Chinese new year meal. There was a Special Year End package available- the 4 packages -Package A -RM488 ++ per table or 10 ; Package B -RM 588 ++ ; Package C -RM688++ and Package D RM1,288++ .
Mr Boss must be feeling generous but not generous enough to select the RM1,288 package but settled for Package C, I guess I should be thankful that it was not the RM488 porhh. We called a few days earlier to make reservations and managed to get a private room.
When the waiters (they do not looked local) brought in the yee sang, they place that on the side table and two of the seemed to be in heavy discussion ( in some foreign language) for more than 5 minutes, then later, one of them went out and a Chinese waitress came in and started to open the pre-packed packets and pour them onto the big plate.
Then we started to toss the yee sarng and shout out all the auspicious words ‘to good health’ ; ‘ prosperity’, ‘good business’ ‘good blog traffic’ etc etc . there were a lot of the floury crunchy ( muruku-ish) stuff in the yee sang, I managed to get a slice of salmon, but am not sure I see the snow pears.
Next dish was ‘shark’s fin broth with seafood and scallop’ this was tasty and I have to admit that I had a second helping ..although I do not support the killing of sharks for the fins and should have boycotted this dish sorry..
Next – ‘ steamed chicken with bamboo basket with lotus leaf’ I think there was half a chicken in this, the chicken was cooked to very tender and it was very easy to be ‘dissected’ , there were dried mushrooms, snow peas, carrots as well as fried wanton in the bamboo basket. We enjoyed this dish and the bamboo basket was quickly emptied
They brought a portable stove to the table and then placed a claypot on the flame, we were told to leave that to cook for 10 minutes, being lazy, we asked the waitress to do the cooking and watch the time. The gravy was ok although I find the fish was a bit too fishy.This dish is – Stewed cod fish in claypot ‘home’ style
For the next dish, Grill hot stone prawns – they also had to bring some ‘gadgets’ to the table, which included a big saucepan, the uncooked prawns were put inside the pan and then covered and voila.. one of my colleague caused a bit of a commotion as she had to duck to avoid the hot steam that were blowing furiously at her.. The prawns turned red in a matter of seconds, and it was very good. The prawns was ‘just’ cooked and had the sweet and fresh taste.
After the prawns, I think that the cook start to be a bit too generous with the use of salt… Braised stuff oysters with ‘fatt choy’ was next, there was something ( like a fish paste / meat thingy) wrapped around part of the oysters , the rich and unique taste of dried oysters served with thick shitake mushroom and broccoli, this was good but we would enjoy it more if it weren’t so salty.
By this time, most of us were started to feel full and so when the fried rice arrive, everyone gave out a groan, but when the waiter went around to serve the rice, nobody denied him, it was like yong chow fried rice -plus a lot of salt, this (again) was very salty.
Next the waiter came in with a big bowl of yellow looking stuff ‘chilled mango puree’ , I didn’t quite like it as to me it taste a bit milk-powder-ish, but I think the rest of my colleagues disagree as they were seen happily sipping the dessert.
The last dish was ‘Chinese pastries platter’ which was pretty, 2 different kinda pastries were served inside the wooden basket, one looked ( to us ) like a ciku ( but I think might be something more glamourous) , I found this a bit dry and floury and the filling was a bit short.. The other pastry was shaped like jagung and the pastry was like those for ‘ping pei’ mooncake skin and the lotus paste filling was neither too sweet nor too bland, I like this a lot ( as some of the people do not have a sweet tooth, I managed to have 3 of these..oink oink )
Overall, everyone commented that the meal was enjoyable and value for money
Bangsar Seafood Garden Restaurant
No 63, Jalan Ara
59100 Kuala Lumpur
Their website is here
Telephone +6 03 2282 2555
(Lunch: 12:00pm -2:30pm)
(Dinner: 6:00pm -10:30pm)