Banquet – Most Overrated Restaurant @ Bangsar Village 2?

vkeongBangsar, Food and Drink, Kuala Lumpur, Non Halal, Restaurant, Western Food15 Comments

If you ask me if there’s any overrated restaurant at Bangsar, I will tell you it’s Banquet without even have to think. I understand that Banquet is one of the most popular restaurant at Bangsar Village 2, thanks to the many visits from different bloggers who have given it good reviews especially on their Lamb Shank and Oven Baked Butter Fish. Do a Google search and be amazed by the number of blog links on Banquet.
Unfortunately it is now in my list of banned restaurant to visit because the food is below average and the expensive price is totally unjustified. With so many good reviews and being a sister restaurant of the extremely popular upscale restaurant CafeCafe, it sure holds a very high promise for first timer diners like me prior to dining there.
To be fair I did notice the good reviews were posted about 2-3 years ago, and many things can happen between this time. I can only feel unlucky for having to try Banquet during its worst. Let this be a reminder to anyone reading this as well, take note of the review’s date because if the standard is not being maintained, you’re going to have a very very different experience.

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Braised Lamb Shank @ RM35 had tender meat but the sauce was a complete failure. It felt like instant pasta sauce was used then mixed with some tomato sauce. This is going down in my book as the worst Lamb Shank ever.

oven-baked-butter-fish

Then came the highly rated Oven Baked Butter Fish with Cream of Honey Mustard @ RM25. The Butter Fish was very bland, just like how it should taste naturally. So the sauce is crucial here. Although the grainy Honey Mustard Cream was alright, the taste gets boring really really fast. At the first bite we were delighted that it was much better than the lousy Lamb Shank. But that feeling gradually faded with each subsequent bite.

carrot-cake

After finishing the very disappointing entrees, we had some cakes as desserts, which were included in the course meal – pretty good but nothing to write home about. I felt kinda relieved that the cakes were ok. Because if they could screw up something even as simple as a cake.. I would be really speechless. This is a Carrot Cake by the way.

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Mango Cheese Cake.

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If you are wondering how CafeCafe fares compared to Banquet, well I can tell you not it’s not doing too good either. I am saying this because I went to both Banquet and CafeCafe on the same weekend lol!

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15 Comments on “Banquet – Most Overrated Restaurant @ Bangsar Village 2?”

  1. Apple Foodees

    Vk, your picture looks so good. I would have easily just drive to this place to eat without reading your post. Lolz. After reading it, it seems like we need to look at substance over form.

  2. JD

    I guess sometimes these restaurant owners start to get complacent once they get some favourable reviews, hence the drop in quality. I had the same experience last Friday when I visited Delicious.

  3. taufulou

    haaaaa…
    i walk pass this restuarant couple of times, doesnt attract me anyway..lagi lagi now with your review..
    lol..

    will never come across my mind again~

    ha..cafe cafe bad too?

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  5. Losdosconnardos

    Naive comments, food bloggers are as or even more dumb than thise places because you cant live without them. It gives you a sense of existence. Like my friend says you should take pics of girls in the street rather than wasting time taking pic os a lamb shank.

  6. Losdosconnardos

    Hence you most of wannabe “i know good taste”, surely put your hands in dirty crips potatoe bag and munch at Mc Do, KFC, and other fast food joints by eating tge worst processed food ever and never complain and keep going eating that crap even to your kids. You just pay, obey the clown and eat.

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