If you have been to Café Café, you will know that its interior is dark and opulent and it is every photographer's nightmare. Banquet, its sister restaurant, which just opened at Bangsar Village II, is what light is to darkness. The restaurant is decidedly feminine with chandeliers, wicker chairs, wrought iron table stands and flowers everywhere.
The smoking section, located in an enclosed space, is filled with mirrors giving the illusion of space. The non-smoking section is bathed in warm light and is located in the centre court section of the shopping mall. Both are pretty, and the main theme of white furnishings is carried through the two sections.
The menu includes both local as well as western cuisine with prices generally in the RM20 - RM30 range. For starters, we ordered the sweet corn and shrimp fritters (RM14/US$4) which was served with a rather plain, somewhat commercialised, chilli sauce.
I loved the fritters which was fried to a nice crisp with distinct pieces of corn and shrimps. Very tasty and it didn't leave me with the feeling that I was eating just plain flour.
I enjoyed the baked butter fish (RM25/US$7) which was served with a lovely sweet and tangy honey mustard sauce. I especially loved the sauce's grainy texture. The salad was pretty ordinary and it's something that you either love or hate. I felt that the boiled chickpeas would have done better in a rolled up page off the telephone directory rather than in my salad.
The lamb shank (RM38/US$11) was nice and tender. It's hard to go wrong with an order like this. The lamb shank was served with the same side dish of chickpeas and potato salad.
The seafood spaghetti (RM28/US$8) was served with a generous portion of prawns, but sadly, the prawns were not very fresh.
The dessert menu was rather similar to that found in Café Café. We tried the chocolate tart (RM9/US$2.60) which was very gelatinous in texture and really nothing to shout about.
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1F-28, Bangsar Village II
2 Jalan Telawi Satu
59100 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-2282 3228