Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Banquet, Bangsar Village II


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.

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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.

corn fritters

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.

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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.

oven baked butter fish with cream of honey mustard sauce

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.

braised lamb shank with chickpeas and potato 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.

seafood spaghetti

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.

Also check out:

1F-28, Bangsar Village II
2 Jalan Telawi Satu
Bangsar Baru
59100 Kuala Lumpur

Tel: 03-2282 3228


Precious Pea said...

Wow...seems like a perfect place for a romantic dinner. Butterfish at RM25 is a steal!

MeiyeN said...

oh god, feel like having da butter fish right now! sooooo yummy!

WokandSpoon said...

I'm drooling at the sight of those fritters and the butterfish! mmmm, fish! I still haven't found a fish shop near me :-(

backStreetGluttons said...

you really cannot go on like this, with those floating chandeliers, flowery lightings , fine opulence and smokeless smoked buttery fillets , warm enticing aromas , rustic iron tables etc etc. Isn't it time you allow the maybe power dressed but definitely less endowed (now presumably surounding you in flavorless plastic fittings/cold hardwares trapped in overblown centralised cold systems) to count beans fairly n truly those ssaps ias etc so that v may not be deprived of even more sensuous alluring whiffs everytime and alltime from dear u ? ( sorry got carried away again...as usual )

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

wait a sec..i saw 2 girls including u..but theres 3 mains..!! haha i half expected my picture will come up somewhere.. i went again on saturday..hopefully review coming soon lar..

Henry Yeo said...

got the menu from Iketeru?

Lyrical Lemongrass said...

precious pea: Not sure if it is romantic enough coz it's really bright. hehe. Yeah, the butterfish is cheap.

meiyen: thanks for the recommendation. :-)

wokandspoon: the fritters were really yummy. And the fish....!! aaah!! Where do you live? How come got no fish shop wan?

team bsg: hmm. I'll get back to you.....

nipplejoe: can't pimp you too much, rite? Nanti everyone recognise u on the road, then how? And the third person came after you left. :-P

henry: yes, thanks. Am analysing it now. :-) You should put an open invite on your blog, dude.

wmw said...

Ahhh....nice nice....all these new places!

boo_licious said...

How was the service? Better I hope with time. The butter fish looks good. Must give it a try soon. Think I should ask if I can omit the chickpeas or replace it with more salad.

Anonymous said...

Oh, I love the deco. I would go there for the deco alone! :)

Big Boys Oven said...

So which is better? CafeCafe or Banquet? I walked by this place a few time but must give them a try.

k.t.x said...

yeah, the chickpea seems abit too wholesome to b included in a main. i thought it shud be mashed abit.

walked by last weekend, deco seems too tackily white, and bad mix and match of decos...total yuck which many times, can b reflected on food altho not entirely logical....lol.

not my sort. lol. come to think of it, i m in a hunt to find good econ rice which can match my chosen one...lol.

Lyrical Lemongrass said...

wmw: ya lor...always nice to check out a new place.

boo: I had very attentive service. The waiter kept catching my eye all the time! Butterfish had a nice firm texture. Try it.

cc: hehe...it's rather pretty, isn't it?

big boys oven: it's hard to compare. One's more casual and the other's fine dining. Food is different too. Watch out for my cafe2 review...coming soon. :-)

k.t.x: why do you say that the decor is "tackily white"? I'm curious about your "bad mix and match" remark too. Given, I'm more Philippe Starck than Laura Ashley, but I think I'd still be able to appreciate what Banquet is trying to portray - a pretty, feminine look that reminds one of whitewashed picket fences and spring. I suppose the glass panels don't do much for the entire deco except to create the illusion of space.

Rarebeet said...

I like the look of this place, so clean, pretty and shiny! Am yet to try the food here. Have heard mixed reviews so far. That chilli sauce looks kinda lame.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

haha nvrmind mah..i wan to be famous!..yeah the butter fish i think is probably their signature dish so far..

Anonymous said...

The butter fish is real cheap! Now I'm craving for chickpeas... my mom used to buy that for me whenever we pass by the kacang putih stall.

Lyrical Lemongrass said...

paprika: yeah, it's pretty. I had higher expectations of the food, though. Try and let me know what you think.

njoe: but but but...I have no nipple shots of you! how to show??

jason: cheaper to get chickpeas from the kacang putih man in Brickfields. :-P

Lyrical Lemongrass said...

team bsg: Your comment, as always, was a mouthful, and I'm saying it in all innocence. :-P Did I see a compliment hiding in there somewhere? You are, as always, too high up there for me to achieve, both in terms of godly gluttony as well as command of prose. I salute you!

Big Boys Oven said...

Your CafeCafe review is very fast!!heheehe

teckiee said...

Ah such a romantic place... after reading Mei Yen's post and now yours .. must go ... but hor... take the wrong person there and they will perasan.

Lyrical Lemongrass said...

big boys oven:

very fast meh? too excited to post la. hehe.


Do go and try the food, but in my opinion, it's a place to relax with friends, so anyone oso can wan. ;-)