My party went there for dinner. Parking was easy and accessible. Atmosphere was rather like eating in a hotel lobby.
We opted for ala carte as we were in the mood for a light meal, so I cannot comment on the quality of the buffet, but people seemed to be enjoying themselves as far as I could tell.
The ala carte dishes turned out to be a mixed bag. My friend ordered the fish and chips, which was said to be 'good' although another member of the party commented that the chips were not as fresh as they should have been.
Another friend tried the poshed-up version of Hainanese chicken rice, which was merely ok, but said it was nothing special and probably not worth the RM30 price tag.
I ordered the seared cod, and from the description in the menu, it was supposed to be a 'seared cod fillet on a bed of lemon potato mash and fennel salad'.
After a long wait, the waiter showed up with a slab of completely-cooked fish resting on some rather sorry-looking fragments of potato and some slivers of fennel garnishing on the top. I'm not sure what happened here. Either the person who wrote the menu meant to be misleading and confused the meanings of the words 'sear', 'mash' and 'salad', or maybe because it was late-ish, the kitchen staff wanted to hurry home and decided to cut some corners (and hoped we would not notice).
Whatever the reason, the result was immensely underwhelming, certainly not worth the hefty price tag they put on it. When the discrepancy was pointed out, the server initially tried to convince us that the random loose chunks of potato hiding beneath the fish were indeed supposed to be the 'mash' but on realising we were not fooled, took the dish back without further attempts at deception.
I will give credit to the staff in that after the dish was sent back, they paid a bit more attention and redid part of the dish, this time with a little bit more effort. They also apologized and offered a bowl of soup to make amends, but I regret to say that even after all this, the food was still rather bland and the fish now overcooked (they probably just reheated the one from my old plate and put it back on). I briefly considered sending it back again when they came to ask if everything was all right but this point it was so late I no longer trusted the place to do things right and just wanted to finish and leave.
Overall, I think we probably would have gotten a better experience food-wise from the Skybar upstairs (which I might add the Gobo Chit Chat staff errorneously informed us earlier, 'did not serve food'.)
I'm rather surprised at such a lack of quality control considering Gobo Chit Chat is supposed to be a classy restaurant attached to the reputable Trader's Hotel, but looks to be that the management and staff are getting to be a bit complacent about anything that is not the buffet. Quite a shame, really.
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