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“Slightly disappointing”
Review of Contango

Contango
Ranked #44 of 4,423 Restaurants in Kuala Lumpur
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Asian, Japanese, Malaysian, Contemporary
Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Reviewed February 25, 2013

RM88++ is about the normal dinner buffet rates at the 5-star hotels in KL. But paying for this up front was a little weird especially for a 5-star YTL hotel! The buffet spread was good: Indian, Japanese, Malay Rojak (i think!), pastas & pizza (only made to look wood fired but it was just gas lit!), BBQ station, dessert area etc. But the absence of food name tags was very annoying. For example :The poor chap manning the ice-cream counter had to repeat the flavours of the ice creams to every one! No one knew what meat it was at the grill station! The attention from the staff was very good. Plates were cleared quickly. Also, a little weird that the desserts were all kept behind glass display counters. You had to wait for the staff to give you a scoop of dessert and towards the end of the dinner when people were heading to the dessert table, there was quite a bit of confusion and crowd. Not a serene experience as I would have expected.

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Reviewed February 18, 2013

for RM88++, i think the buffet spread is unbeatable: indian, japanese, oysters, mussels, crabs, freshly cooked meat...and MAKE YOUR OWN WOOD-FIRED THIN CRUST PIZZA?! frankly, i went in expecting to be disappointed since the place is so new, but my family and i were pleasantly surprised. even the small side dishes for the meats like the stir fried portobello mushrooms were really tasty and full of flavour. i'm a big fan of sashimi, and the wide array of sashimi did not fail to disappoint me at all. i also had the freshly grilled lamb, beef and fish, all of which were very good. my grandmother went for the kway teow th'ng, which she said was very good. coming from a Penang-ite, that's saying something. the soup was sweet, the fish balls were nicely springy and had just the right amount of fish flavour. i had to curtail my intake of stolen fish balls.

since it was/is still chinese new year, my family was served two small plates of lou sang. i thought that was cute.

the dessert bar was great; there was a wide selection of delicious gelato, apple crumble, bread and butter pudding, cake, jelly, strawberry mousse, and they even had a couple of chocolate covered pears for the decadent diner. having staff hand over your dessert to you from behind the counter encourages some serious thinking about what you're going to have as opposed to just submitting to pure greed. all the staff were super friendly and very helpful.

i can only hope that the standards won't drop and the prices won't increase by too much by the time this place becomes more established. keep it up!

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1  Thank Annabel T
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Reviewed December 30, 2012

Celebrated my wedding anniversary with the family at the Contango restaurant in the hotel.

The Buffett dinner was disappointing.

You're greeted by being ushered to the cashier to pay for the buffet before entering the restaurant!! This is ridiculous and totally unexpected, especially from a YTL hotel which is normally renowned for their service and class!

The variety of food was lacking in the Buffett. Had Indian food - roti canai, pooree, mee goreng. There were no naan breads, tandoori, etc.

Food was not labeled. There was white rice, but only 1 main curry!

Pasta was low in salt whereas the pizza had too much salt.

Dessert - probably around 10 types of jellies, puddings ad cakes. Nothing stood out. My daughters can vouch for that as they only had Ice cream for dessert!

Coffee and tea was self served from huge steel containers. No such thing as freshly brewed coffee.

Should have just gone for Shangri La or Doubletree Hilton buffet. Way better than this place. Really disappointed, especially since YTL have excellent restaurants in other places, e.g. Shook, Enak, the restaurants at Pangkor Laut resort, etc.

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6  Thank peed
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Reviewed December 26, 2012 via mobile

We had brunch here on Christmas day. At RM68++ per adult, it was good value given the high quality of the food.
Turkey was moist and plentiful, with ample portions of both dark and white meat. The lamb station was also excellent. There were other western dishes as well as separate stations for Japanese, Malay, Indian and Chinese dishes. Special mention must be made of the Indian station - the puri was light and fluffy and the curry dishes tasted as if they came from a beloved roadside stall. That's a compliment because you don't often get authentic local cuisine in hotel restaurants!
The desserts were fantastic. The chocolate lava cake was velvety with a luxurious, melty filling. I called it a chocolate souffle but was corrected by the staff. How modest of the patisserie chef! What was unique was that staff were at hand to serve you the desserts and scoop the ice cream for you. I find this an excellent system as it reduces wastage and prevents the dessert station from getting messy.
In fact, there were many restaurant staff on dutu, so service was quick and attentive. We were greeted politely with smiles, even when the buffet was at its height of busyness. There were even staff who were tasked solely to guide patrons to the restrooms!
One sore point was at the start of the buffet at 11.30am, when we were made to queue to check our reservations. The queue was long, and someone in our party was actually had to pay in advance for the meal. Also, our party of 12 had to be split up into 3 tables. The food and service made up for these inconveniences later. Let's hope these are just teething pains for an otherwise pleasant dining experience.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile
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