Banquet – Most Overrated Restaurant @ Bangsar Village 2?

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.


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.


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.


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.


Mango Cheese Cake.


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 Responses

  1. 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 says:

    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. hmm no good d? true, it was blogged about quite awhile ago and since then like u said, anything can happen.

  4. J2Kfm says:

    thanks for the heads-up. though I seldom venture over to Bangsar Village myself.

  5. i’ve never tried and i will never try after reading this. hehe :D

  6. taufulou says:

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

    will never come across my mind again~ cafe bad too?

  7. lingzie says:

    ive been wanting to try both cafe cafe and this place… but i guess i’ll wait a lil while longer before i venture in!

  8. Oh no! This place had so much promise! Nothing puts me off like instant pasta sauce with a price tag! Staying far far away then, thanks for heads up!

  9. westthen says:

    looking forward to your cafe cafe review

  10. LOL. good to knw i’m no the only one who post bad reviews on restaurants. esp those overrated ones!

  11. Unknown says:

    I’ll be going to Bangsar area this coming CNY, so where r the yummy food ? Can someone help….

  12. mark says:

    closed down d this res

  13. Losdosconnardos says:

    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.

  14. Losdosconnardos says:

    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.

  1. December 18, 2009

    [...] you read my dining experience at Banquet, then you should probably know what I got to say for Cafe Cafe. Although not as disastrous, it was [...]

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