We have been in several of the other local Soho establishments & decided to try out their new GastroPub at Precinct 10 in Tanjung Tokong.
4 of us in our late 40s – mid 50s, 3 Brits 1 Malay, 2 gents 2 ladies. We arrived at 7.30pm & decided to eat inside. 12 of the approximately 24 tables had reserved signs on them – the man who we thought may be the manager told us that tables had to be booked a week in advance if we wanted to sit on the more comfortable seats (bench/banquette seats). The tables were reserved for the young, affluent Chinese Malay who come out to play late at night & spend their own or ‘mummy & daddys’ money with ease.
Reluctantly, one of the 2 waiters pulled 2 tables together for us – these were on a long stand so we had to use the only seats suitable – high stools. All the tables were high & all the remaining seats were stools. The table height meant our arms rested up on them – uncomfortable for anything but drinking & socializing. The stools were hard with circular seats & if we put our feet on the foot rests, our heels were scratched by the base of the seat.
Food: very poor limited menu compared to the other Soho places. I had beef lasagna which was good, but that was it – no garlic bread, no side salad, no garnish. My husband had the beef burger – no side salad, no garnish & had to order fries (covered in salt) as an addition. He said the burger had no texture & was slimey. One friend had chicken pie – no garnish etc: just the pie. The other had fish & chips – no garnish, too much batter on the fish & too much salt on the chips.
The gents ordered pints & the were OK. My friends white wine was sour – as if the bottle had been open a few days & it had gone off. On the happy hour drinks menu, rum as a 'buy 1 get 1 free' was offered. I asked & was told that white rum/Bacardi rum was included so I asked for Bacardi & coke. After my meal, I asked for my ‘free 1’ & was told that Bacardi wasn’t included in the offer.
Just before 9.30pm, people came in & sat at 1 of the reserved tables – the only other people in there excluding the staff. They instantly started smoking & using their mobile communication devices.
As we paid our bill (RM230 for the lot), we noted about 10 staff in there. The girl who we assumed was the ‘meeter & greeter’ said goodbye – but she was chewing gum & her mouth opened so wide so rhythmically that not only was the gum visible but we thought also her tonsils – not a good promotion for herself personally or for the restaurant.
We won’t go there again, but will continue to patronize the Penang Road outlets.
As a warning – when driving out of the car park you have to cross the lane bringing traffic in off the dual carriageway – this has the potential to be dangerous.
There is an upstairs area but as we didn't go up there, can't comment. Music was played at an acceptable level throughout - Police/Dire Straits stuff - OK with us.
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