First time reviewing at tripadvisor, but visit to Garvy's was compelling enough reason to write. We were there on a holiday weekend and only three out of the dozen tables were occupied. A little apprehensive, we took a look at the menu (Have to say, not impressed with the ipad menus - highly incongruous to the setting). Prices were on the exorbitant side for Ipoh patrons, so we decided to only order main courses. Happily, there were no snooty waiters to poo-pooh our decision.
Amuse bouches were quickly served by someone we assumed to be either manager or chef, who introduced the dishes and we tucked into mini smoked salmon sandwiches and butter so delicious I had to ask for more warm bread to spread it on. (And warm bread was indeed promptly brought out with no extra charges, something that always makes customers feel appreciative)
When we were done, they brought out our main. Two cod dishes, a lamb rack and a squid-ink pasta with scallops (my fave) were all served together so we can all start at the same time. Not cooks by profession so it's hard to spin words to describe how tantalizing the dishes were. But we have eaten enough good food abroad to recognize quality food, so we were very impressed by how good and true each of the dishes were to French cuisine, the sauces were so rich and amazing and leaves one wanting for more.
We have been to other high-priced restaurants in Ipoh serving western cuisine, but the food had always left us feeling a little duped. To be fair, their prices were more reasonable but the quality were nowhere comparable to the cuisine they were supposedly representing, so we dined understanding that compromise.
At Garvy's the prices are a little cut-throat, but the food and dining experience makes up for it. So you do get what you pay for. I, for one, am rooting for it to stick around. As a fellow Ipohan, it's a good feeling knowing true French cuisine has arrived in town.
Bon chance, Garvy's.
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