Today's not so much on the beauty front. I just got back from a family lunch with the brothers and mother at a Middle Eastern restaurant in Bangsar and thought I should go ahead and post a review while the opinions are still fresh and the tastes still lingered.
Introducing Red Onion, a fusion restaurant serving Arabic, European and Favourite Pakistani cuisines. I for one, love Middle Eastern dishes. There's something about the wafting aroma of spices mix with grilled or barbecued beef, tender stewed lambs that gets me excited!
|Picture of restaurant's front taken from Groupon Malaysia|
We were greeted with an empty restaurant. It's okay though. I don't even like crowded places to start with but this emptiness was definitely something else. Check out what we ordered.
I especially enjoyed the Green Chicken and the Lamb Dopiaza. Both dishes were served deliciously hot in an earthenware pot and brimming with juicy morsel. Accompanied with the crispy and light naan, these dishes are surefire winners in my book!
Roghni Naan is actually Naan sprinkled with delightful sesame seeds, cooked to crispy perfection whereas the garlic, as you can tell from its regular name, is sprinkled with garlic. But the Naan here is really delicious, I kid you not.
Now to the 'Not So Good' part of the visit. First is the beverage offerings. We ordered 2 mango shakes (RM11 each - small portion for its price, in my humble opinion) and an Orange Juice (RM9), Iced Lemon Tea (believe me, just those measly cheapo Lipton tea in a can that you can buy at any store. It was RM5) and Mineral Water (another cheapo, sold at RM5 here). I actually asked for regular iced water but the polite waiter (good thing he's polite, huh~) said they don't serve regular iced water (like seriously? Plain water is essential to any establishments and it is next to free! How could you not serve regular plain water?). I call this a customer rip-off.
Despite the superb dishes, the service were astonishingly slow considering we were the only people around. We waited approx. 20 minutes for the appetizer to arrive and another 10 or so for my brother's Chicken Tikka order. Specifically asked for them to prepare his meal first because he's a kid and would throw a tantrum. The service time is not satisfactory at all as there weren't anybody else to serve.
The other bad point was that, they forgot my mother's order which was the Grilled Fish. They haphazardly prepared the forgotten dish in around 10 minutes or so (strangely, they COULD come out with the meals this fast) but it looked and tasted like a rushed meal. They fish weren't properly grilled to perfection and it hardly looked anything like in the menu picture. Very disappointing.
Did I mention that it was pretty hot in there? They could have at least turned the aircond a bit colder now that there are customers around but they didn't. Pssh. I knew it wasn't their usual bustling hour but seriously?
All in all, I'll give them a 6.5 out of 10. The restaurant isn't entirely bad. The food was good and the ambience was clean and comfortable. They really need to improve on the service time, provide plain drinking water and do something with the aircond though.
Verdict: 6.5 / 10