Mission: To respond thoughtfully and responsibly to my experiences of drinking and dining at restaurants with regard to the quality, service, preparation, presentation and overall experience received thereat. The standpoint is one who respects the crafts of the chef and sommelier and who seeks to understand their choices in the kitchen and cellar and grow in knowledge. In this, I will seek to be fair, reasoned, direct and constructive and aim to keep my ego in check on our mutual journeys through the worlds of food and wine.
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Pleasantly surprised with The Mill Cafe at the Grand Millenium, October 20 2012.
Following a shop hunt at the Uniqlo, we decided upon the Millennium Hotel as our food destination for the night. Lenglui had recently applied for the Hotel card so being in the area it seemed the ideal opportunity to give it a try.
Previously known as The Regent Hotel, the Millennium now sports a swanky grey marble interior which makes for a cool austere ambiance. Our original plan was to try out the Japanese restaurant there, but on being told that they were fully booked we allowed ourselves to be escorted to The Mill Cafe. In a previous incarnation we remembered it as a tasty Italian outlet. The offering for the buffet was a fairly standard hotel mix of japanese, indian, chinese and italian and looked reasonaby appetizing so down we sat. The wine list was reasonable and we plumped for a 2009 Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand.
The service was attentive and friendly without being overpowering, and the food was well prepared and tasty enough. Pizza was light and crisp, Pumpkin soup a bit large in the mouth, sashimi, prawns and oysters were okay, the Chinese offerings looked a bit sad as did the beef so we passed. Desserts came out a bit on the stodgy side, though not overly sweet.
Star of the night was the Lamb Masala with the Aloo Gobi and freshly baked Naan and Tandoori Chicken. Hotels get notoriously bland with their food but this was full blown in the mouth with solid spice and fire. Perfect match with the ageing and slightly sweet wine. The chef (aptly named Makhan Singh) came across to chat with us and told us of his history in KL. Seems he was instrumental in starting up the Bombay Palace and has since served various tours of the hotel restaurants around the city. Definitely worth a return visit for the masala.
CIMB Cards get discount on the food at the moment, so our card was pretty redundant on the night. After dinner we sat at the reception waiting for the band to start. Following a five minute sit during which no one had come to see if we wanted drinks, we decided to opt for home and the football.
Buffet was RM88++, wine was RM140++