Wednesday, February 3, 2010

ISHq @ Crowne Plaza Mutiara

The setting is lovely, the service is friendly and the food tastes satisfactory, but this visit to ISHq reminded us that a few unintended glitches can be enough to blemish a meal.

The ISHq Summer Rolls seemed extremely healthy: lean slices of roast duck & crunchy veggies wrapped in rice paper accompanied by a sweet & spicy sauce.

Pomelo & prawn salad. A tangy pleasure. The poached prawns went marvelously well with the juicy pomelo and tiny bits of cili padi.

Salmon Tikka (salmon cubes matured in a spicy marinade of dill, fennel, ginger, honey & mustard oil, roasted in a tandoor). Tasted tender and fresh. But here's our first complaint: we distinctly ordered a single portion to share for RM45, but found out while paying that they actually served us two portions and charged RM90.

The alcohol content in the cocktails was really low. Worse still, the bar took absolute ages to prepare them (we finished our food before the cocktails even arrived) and got our orders mixed up, serving us the wrong drinks twice.
These two: Banana Dream (Finlandia, creme de banana, orange juice, whipped cream) and Singapore Sling (gin, cherry brandy, triple sec, lime juice, pineapple juice, grenadine syrup).

Kir Royale (champagne, creme de cassis) & Black Devil (champagne, stout, pernod).

Brown Cow (this warm cocktail comprising kahlua & milk would make a terrific nightcap) and Cowboy (Jack Daniel's & cream).

Crowne Plaza Mutiara Hotel,
Jalan Sultan Ismail.
Tel: 2144-3440


  1. I kinda even forgot this place still existed! Have not heard very exciting reviews abt this place hence I kinda forgot abt it. Btw, doubt I can also go nxt wk as I have work.

  2. boo: yeah, it's still quietly surviving. it used to be pretty good a few years back, but i think the quality has slipped. yeah, looks like most of us can't make it next week because of work...

  3. Wah punya lama lah tempat nie. I've not heard of them much these days. And did that TWO pieces of salmon cost RM90? Chisin

  4. ouch..i understand sometimes head waiter/ress do increase the portions so that it would be enough for everyone, but usually they should at least have the courtesy to say so b4 doing so

  5. I do like the interior - looks classy and pretty. No closeups so can't tell if it's run down. hehe. I see you had more alcohol than food this time. :-P

  6. qwazymonkey: yeah, i guess with so many new places springing up over the past few years, the old places lose their appeal sometimes...
    joe: ya lor. some more at that price, it didn't seem worthwhile to order two portions
    lemongrass: heheh, nope, it's still not as old as, say, chalet. but yeah, the ambiance is really nice ... incredibly high ceilings, calm water features, etc ... anyway, in the battle between booze and food, i think i'd choose booze these days :D

  7. if Jenn was there... she'd want to meet the manager :) coz she doesn't like to be conned (is this word appropriate)??

  8. leo: hmmm, well, the problem is we dunno whether it was an accidental mistake or what. but yeah, i'm the opposite of jenn. i rarely complain, even on this blog :D

  9. I think we should inform the manager that we have been short-changed of alcohol. Every alcohol drinker should know how much is a shot so that no bartender will dare to CON us!

  10. eiling: yeah, i guess i should learn to stand up for my consumer rights next time!