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Sunday, March 27, 2011

Food: Pastis Cafe & Dining @ The Gardens Mall

Pastis Cafe & Dining was something Adam & I always walked past on our way from / to the car park in The Gardens, but never really got around to trying. They used to be relocated in the oval in front of Isetan & near Longchamp -- there was this one night where I was a few floors above looking down, observing their operations and I spotted a long row of microwaves. I commented to Adam, "Eh they don't even have a kitchen... does that mean everything's pre-prepared and just microwaved?"

We concluded that that probably meant that they did mostly tea-time food and hence, gave it a miss for dinner that night.

Rather newly relocated & enlarged; Pastis Cafe & Dining.

Some time around the end of last year (I think? Don't quote me on this) they relocated a stone's throw away -- this time much larger, and with an actual looking kitchen. With a rather impressing array of scrumptious looking dessert, we decided to give it a chance for a late Sunday lunch.

Colourful sin that caught my eye.

When I say they've become much larger, you can't really see it from the outside, but the area behind the escalators is also actually part of their seating area. It's a lot more comfortable and bright over there, and you kind of get away from the hustle & bustle of the mall for a bit.

We both felt like milkshakes that day, and we're pretty standard when it comes to milkshake flavours. Oreos for me and Strawberry for him. Not much griping when it come to their Oreo milkshake; except that they couldn't even give me a full Oreo to top the milkshake off. That piece in the picture is actually halved. The Strawberry, on the other hand, was tiring to drink from a straw. The concoction was way too thick and Adam had to request for some water to be added in.

A set of scones

And when the food came, the disappointment started. The scones were hard, extremely dry and unfortunately, didn't taste all that fresh. They were mildly reheated before they were brought over to our table, and by the time we were done with the first one, the rest had already hit room temperature. To top it off, it was served with a paltry amount of jam & clotted cream. Between the both of us, we couldn't finish three scones.

Chicken Pie served with Mash & Peas

Adam had the Chicken Pie with Mash & Peas. The mash and the sauce was good, but that was about it. The pie was disappointingly soggy and tasted nothing like what pie pastry should taste like. Instead of airy & flaky, it was limp and tasted like it had been hastily defrozen & microwaved (I say this with quite a large degree of certainty, because I microwaved many a frozen Coles pie during lazy-to-cook days back in Melbourne). Adam ended up eating the mash potatoes and scraping all the meat filling away from the crust.

Caesar Salad with Grilled Chicken

On to the Caesar Salad; I actually thought this was very tasty. The lettuce was fresh, and well-tossed with the dressing. I liked the prominent taste of egg, and the generous serving of grated cheese for flavour. The chicken that came together with it was well-marinated and tasty. Unfortunately, we found a piece of hair in the salad and I stopped eating immediately. They were nice enough to apologize and waive the price of the salad in the bill, but unfortunately, the damage had already been done.

Now, I'm sure it was only a one-off mistake and one that could and would happen almost anywhere, but even so, I don't think we'll be returning any time soon because the food was nowhere on par against the prices they're charging.


Pastis Cafe & Dining
Ground Floor,

The Gardens Mall,
Mid Valley City,
Lingkaran Syed Putra,
59200 Kuala Lumpur.

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