Sunday, 8 March 2015

Dinner With The Family

I've been wanting to treat my family for dinner for some time but never seem to find the time. Actually, maybe it's more because I didn't make the time. Huhuhu

We were supposed to have dinner on the first day of CNY but somehow I didn't relish the prospect of suffering through the horrendous festival traffic jam back to my hometown so the earlier planned dinner at Tanah Aina in Sang Lee was postponed to yesterday evening.

We later decided to try Mohd Chan Abdullah in Bangi. When we arrived at 8pm, the place was  quite empty and I should've taken it as an omen somewhat. Not a good sign, although the first floor dining area did fill up later.

Anyways, as Hubby and I (with Son of course) were the first to arrive, we decided to order first and would top-up on the order later when everyone gets there.
Quite limited choice, I have to say.

We ordered a steamed siakap, salted eggs prawn, kam heong lala, butter sotong and baby kailan first.
The first to arrive was the steamed siakap. At first, we thought, wow impressive. Fast service.

But then, that lone siakap got cold and uneaten because it was 20 minutes later that we got our next order! 

When one of my sis arrived with her family, we ordered tom yam seafood, pandan chicken, siakap tiga rasa and black pepper beef.

And these were served after that now already cold siakap.
 Nah... don't order this even if you're a tomyam fan. Got a thumbs down from everyone.
 The siakap tiga rasa.
 Pandan chicken.
Black pepper beef.

It was after we complained, (again and again) that we were served the rest of our order. 
Puny serving of rice. Not even the fragrant type. (I dunno lah, but it tasted like the Cap Rambutan variety only). The staff sent us three plates of rice and then went missing for 10minutes. I guess it took THAT LONG to scoop 9 plates of rice. Seriously. We had to remind again and again that we ordered 12 plates of rice.

Then finally, after much scowling by hubby; we got the rest of our earlier order.
 Kam heong lala. What can I say? It's salty. The curry leaves that were in all the dishes pretty much served as garnish. We certainly didn't get the aroma or the teeniest bit of taste of curry leaves at all.
 Butter sotong.
 Garlic baby kailan.
Salted egg prawns.
Some of the drinks. My sisters and their families were unanimous in that, all the drinks were pretty tasteless. The watermelon juice tasted of orange juice, most probably because nobody bothered to wash the blender/juicer.

None of the drinks were finished.

Hubby and Son were better off because they drank mineral water. 

Quite a disappointment, really.

I'd only recommend anyone to go to this outlet if one wants to eat cheap.

For all the above, plus drinks and rice for 12 (9 adults); I only paid around RM275.00.

So yeah, only go if you can to be a tightwad but still want to have a number of dishes served.

I don't think you'd want the address or phone number of this outlet from me, right?

26 comments:

  1. Hmmm...what a disappointment. Don't go there again lah :(

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  2. Expensive too.. but never mind.. never try never know.. :)

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  3. the first thing I feel after reading this post is that, uiks!!! Mak Glam gave a treat to the family after some time and the plan kept postponed.. and now the food wasn't nice and everyone gave a thumbs down.. must be quite embarrassing for Mak Glam huh?? so promise the next time will be better, promise to make everyone menjilat jari next time..

    huhuhuhu ^^

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  4. hmmm, lousy service and lousy food (though some of the dishes do look quite nice in the photo), and I would say not cheap too.. ah, thanks for the heads up and sure no one would care to consider this place huh??

    hihihihi ^^

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    1. Dunno oso. Taste are rather subjective,right?

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  5. Finally some nice food blog from you besides hiking and running. Oh...I love the tom yum!

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  6. Never try, never know how's the foods...

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  7. They serve the same way those cheapo road side Chinese "tai chao" stalls used to do, the dishes come one by one. Usually we would dig in first while waiting for other dishes. But I think nowadays even the road side ones have improve their serving quality where all the dishes come almost together. This one quite screwed up I would say. Wait more than half an hour to get all the orders is quite Zzzzzz...

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    1. Yalor... Screwed up big time.

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  8. The portion looks smallish - or was it me being used to big servings in Australia?
    ooh.. i see ketam on the menu, no ketam this round eh - but lucky you didn't since you were disappointed with the taste ^^

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    1. Lazy to eat crabs, messy. Hahaha

      But yeah, lucky didn't order...

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  9. But the tomyam looks good from the photo...

    Then the butter sotong, looks really good to me!

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    1. Looks can be deceiving! Hahaha

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  10. Oh dear, the drinks sound yucky! But the food pix do look good........

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    1. Looks can be deceiving. Huhu

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  11. Hello Lina,
    It must be a total disappointment for you especially, when you finally had the time to have a family dinner.

    The presentation of the food looks quite nice but the taste and the slow service kill the appetite right? Nevermind Lina, just don't bother to go there. No wonder there's not many people over there.

    I once was deceived by a crowd. I went to a crowded restaurant and ordered several dishes. However, they were all tasteless. Never again I'll go there. Maybe these people were health conscious, looking for less salty food.

    Finally, you're right...I won't be asking for the phone number. Hahaha!

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    1. True. Sometimes crowded places do not mean it's good. Maybe just hype.

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  12. Family dinner on first of CNY? Pretty wise of you not to decide on that date. Else everywhere packed like mad.

    Mohd Chan...there is one in Setia Alam and one near my place I think. Thought wanna try out but the outlet near my place always tarak orang go so we also didnt go in

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    1. Packed for maybe Chinese eateries. Malay joints, maybe not so much. ;)

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  13. I see the portion quite small la. For nearly RM300 dinner....hmmm.....not quite worth it though the fish looks good.

    Dtrinks i think maybe they didnt rinse the juicer before they use it for other fruit kot? Hence watermelon juice taste like Orange.

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    1. Yah... That's what I said... No rinsing the juicer.

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