Monday, August 14, 2006

Pretty, Pretty Lights....

The Dinner

This time we ventured to a new restaurant called Gobo Chit Chat at the Traders Hotel near the KLCC Convention Center. I love the ambience there: Its high ceiling gives it an airy feel and it's modern finishings are trendy and sleek yet lush:
A peek at Gobo Chit Chat

The one thing that stands out particularly would be the Gobo light show on the ceiling - absolutely entrancing!
(... or maybe I'm just easily amused by pretty lights...)

The menu here is a strange conumdrum which can be summed up as: Varied but limited. Basically, they have a varied range of different cuisine - Japanese, Italian and Asian - but somehow, the selection of each range felt rather limited.

Anyway, we were given a free welcome bite and some warm bread with dip:
Left to right: The teeny welcome bite and the Bread and Dip

Nothing much to say - it was free and it tasted ok (something like a mini shish kebab). The bread and dip was interesting though - nothing spectacular about the bread but the spicy red pepper dip (which I initially thought was some sort of sambal) is something different from the usual butter served at restaurants....

We then started off with the Caeser Salad:
The Ceaser Salad

More bacon would have been good but otherwise, the salad was really nice - crispy croutons and fresh leaves (very important) coated with just enough creamy dressing.

Then, we choose the Seared Yellow Fin Tuna Steak and Porcini Mushroom Risotto for our mains:

Clockwise from top: The Porcini Mushroom Risotto, Close Up of Seared
Yellow Fin Tuna Steak and the Seared Yellow Fin Tuna Steak

I really liked the Risotto. It was bursting with flavour and had a healthy amount of yummy Porcini mushrooms in it - definately one of the better risottos in KL and something I wouldn't mind having again.

The Yellow Fin Tuna Steak, served on artichokes, was ok.
I chose for it to be served medium cooked, so it was still a little pink inside.
I found it a little dry but I suppose that is the nature of tuna - flakey and dry. I thought that the artichoke mash thingy went really well with the fish.

The waitress was so cute though. Darling P complained that it tasted too fishy and she retorted happily: "Well Sir,... it's fish!".
*lol*

For dessert we had the Dessert Sampler. With that, you get a nice serving of fruits and a choice of 4 out of 6 different desserts (which is supposed to vary from night to night). That night, I chose the Lavender Creme Brulee, the Chocolate Pie, the Chocolate Walnut Cake and the Green Tea Tiramisu:


Left to right, top to bottom: The Green Tea Tiramisu, The Chocolate Walnut Cake,
The Whole Dessert Sampler, The Chocolate Pie and the Lavender Creme Brulee

The Lavender Creme Brulee was really interesting - it literally hits you like an accidental gulp of bath wash in your mouth. The funny thing is that after the initial recoil of horror, it actually kinda grew on me.....

Sadly, the 2 chocolate desserts I chose (being the chocoholic glutton that I am) were total non-events: the Chocolate Pie was a bit too mushy and strangely, not very chocolatey whereelse the Chocolate Walnut Cake was ok but had an overpowering taste of Maraschino cherries which I found to be a bit sickly sweet.

My favourite was the Green Tea Tiramisu - the texture was light and smooth, with a hint of the bitter green tea flavour instead of the usual coffee, which made it refreshing and interesting.

So it's: Decent prices and wine selection, wonderful airy ambience, captivating light show and friendly staff BUT hits and misses on the menu and expensive parking.

(Psssst... The hotel parking is shared with the KLCC Convention Center - basically you enter through the Convention Center parking entrance and can either park there and walk to the Hotel Lift Area or drive through another barrier gate to the designated Hotel Parking Area. Mind you, parking is a pretty pricey in the hotel area - came up to RM11 the night I was there - but I don't know whether it'll be any cheaper in the normal Convention Center Parking Area and walking a few extra metres)


Restaurant Review
Summary Sheet:

Gobo Chit Chat @ Traders Hotel, KL

Taste: 6.5
Ambience : 8
Service : 8
Price** : RM65++ per person
Parking: Expensive but Ok

** Approximation - 3 course meal, excluding drinks
Telephone No.: 03-2332 9888
Opening Hours: 11am - late

NO PORK SERVED




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12 comments:

boo_licious said...

This place also does buffet lunch rite? Must go try it one day since it's near KLCC.

I thought you were to go La Suisse?

Laksa said...

the desserts look wonderful :)

from the pictures, the restaurant looks a little high end but may give it a try since ambience scored an 8...

hungryox said...

I've been there..nice ambience. You can actually see the Twin Towers from some parts of the restaurant. For after dinner drinks, just go upstairs to Gobo Upstairs/ Bar and the view of the TT is smack in your face... fantastic!

Jemima said...

I've never been there but the green tea tiramisu is very tempting.

Btw, did you go on a weekend or weekday? Was it crowded?

J said...

to boo_licious:
Sorry.. I'm not very sure about the buffet lunch...
:)
They have pretty decently priced Asian and Italian food though.

I went to La Suisse this past Saturday. I went to Gobo Chit Chat about 2 weeks ago.
(Most of my reviews have a 1 to 2 week lag)

to laksa:
Actually, most of the food is surprisingly affordable.
:)
Sadly, the taste is not that great.
Still, the ambience is really really nice so it's worth a try.

to hungryox:
Wow - I didn't notice that!
(I guess I must have been too entranced by the Gobo lights)
I'll definately check that out the next time I go though!

to jemima:
Well, it was the nicest of the 4 desserts I tried that night.
:)
I went on a Saturday but the place was almost completely empty.
(This may be only a phase as they have juuuust opened about a month ago - maybe things will pick up in a while...)

boo_licious said...

Think they're now advertising they sell US beef rite?

Have any of your friends tried Prime in Le Meridien?

J said...

to boo_licious:
Yup!
They have beef from US and Argentina - ribeye, angus, etc.
(The angus is slightly pricey but yummy)
:)

No.... have not tried any of the Meridien restaurants actually - have heard that they are very expensive....
Have you tried any of the restaurants there?

tihtahpah said...

Looks real nice...although due to costdown i'm looking for good hawker eats..like EatingAsia...\
I have a posting in my blog about ipoh white coffee.. one of best Malaysian finds

J said...

to tihtahpah:
Ipoh White Coffee? - Cool.
Will check it out.

Well, about my reviews: I made a decision NOT to do hawkers eats because some others are already doing that so well.

Besides, I figure that since people have to pay so much more (comparitively) at these restaurants, they should know (before they go there) whether it is worth their money or not and at least be able to narrow down what to order or what not to order...
:)

tihtahpah said...

True..that's why i read your blog before i go anywhere to eat nowadays...hahahah.. some places are such a ripoff. Btw i have a sequel to the white coffee...Canada's best kept secret- Tim Horton's. The muffins, there are actually people tarpau-ing from canada and fly it all the way to Msia...

J said...

to tihtahpah:
Well, glad to be of service...
*curtsies*
:)

Haha.

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