Saturday, March 14, 2009

Indoor 'Alfresco' Dining @ Garden Cafe, One Utama

One look at the cafe, I was in love with it. Fully white furnished, with garden arches with artificial florets and leaves coiling around it.

A grand white piano stood beautifully at the entrance of the cafe, welcoming the guests elegantly to be seated, making people wanting to touch the keys on the piano so much.

It's not just a cafe, but rather a lifestyle store and a cafe. There are garden related things sold inside as well, such as pots, standees, artificial plants, garden decorations and accessories etc. At one glance, people will see similarities of Garden Cafe with Fullhouse in NZX. Yes, it's managed by the same people of both restaurants. Garden Cafe is also linked with Voir gallery, a neighbour boutique store.

They serve set lunches in the afternoon. Price were quite reasonable, which was one of the factors attracting me to dine in. One look around, it seems like a nice place to have a big gathering too.

Three of us, we ordered two set lunches and a set of a la carte items. The set lunch comes with a soup of the day and a drink where you can choose between ice lemon tea, coffee or tea. I ordered the carbonara set (about RM15.90), whereas my friend ordered the nasi lemak set (about RM9). Another friend of mine ordered the clam pesto pasta (a la carte) (about RM16).

Iced Coffee (too milky, my friend said)

Rose soda (a la carte) - This is freaking expensive deyh! RM12 if i'm not mistaken. Almost the same price as my friend's pasta already!

Ice lemon tea which comes with the set.

Soup of the day - Mushroom soup. Yippee! (Taste is there, but I feel it's too pureed. Prefer some course bites inside)

A no no for the day. The pasta were clumped up together. I guess they just saute it without blanching the noodles again. Portion was small too.

Looks very small portion right? Yes it is. But it's adequate due to the creaminess. Slightly lack of seasoning though.

I categorize their service as.. hmm.. good and bad. Why so? My carbonara was delayed for about half an hour at least. Seems that the order did not turn up at the kitchen side. As for the good side, I didn't finish my carbonara, the server came and ask if anything is wrong. Oklar, at least they're caring enough to ask so. Overall, it's ok. Nice place to hang out. But I hope the food will be improvised.

Garden Lifestyle Store and Cafe
Lower Ground Floor, New Wing (next to Hang Ten)
One Utama Shopping Centre

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