Sunday, 27 April 2014

Restoran Garden Seafood @ Tanjung Malim, Perak

This is one of the local restaurants in Tanjung Malim that is quite famous among all races. Despite it being a Chinese Seafood restaurant, it has the Halal status which attracts a lot of Malay customers here, besides the usual Chinese and Indians. This place is also a favorite stop over restaurant for many of the tour operators in the country. Sometimes, even when we locals want to have our lunch or dinner, there are no available seats as buses of tourist stop by. In such cases, the owner would inform us before hand.

Luckily, today was not such a day. It was just having the usual weekend crowd when we arrived. In fact for this restaurant, there has been a lot of mention in the local news papers as well as magazines. The owner, a Chinese guy from our neighborhood, came up with this idea of setting up a Halal restaurant instead of the usual Chinese restaurant and today, he has no one to compete with. 

Restaurant Garden Seafood in Tanjung Malim

The Entrance

Antiques

Antiques

Antique Wall Clocks on Display

Interior of the Restaurant

Interior of the Restaurant
The entire restaurant has a antique taste to it. The owner is a great antique collector and he displays his collections here. They range from wall clocks, to old bicycles, gramophones and paintings. Just like the one above, there are loads of sketches on the wall hung up for display. They show the various places in the town as it was in the 60's and 70's. Very nostalgic to people like me who belong here and grew up here. 

This restaurant occupies three shop lots and there is a large dining hall on the first floor that can be used for private functions.

The Menu

The Menu

The Menu

The Menu

Vegetarian Dishes Available Too

The Menu

The Menu

The Menu

The Menu

The Menu

The Menu

The Menu

The Menu

The Menu

The Menu
They have an extensive menu and the pricing is very reasonable, in fact cheap. As there were only four of us for lunch today, I had to be careful as not to splurge too much food on the table as I do have a tendency of doing it and have done it many times. Well, today, I decided to cut the rice just 2 bowls to be shared among four of us and this would enable us to taste more of the dishes. Do note that they have a good spread of vegetarian dishes too.

Cutlery

Chinese Tea @ RM 0.50

Coca Cola @ RM 2.60

Waiting for Lunch to Arrive

Waiting for Lunch to Arrive

Waiting for Lunch to Arrive
Luckily it was not too crowded today and the dishes started arriving after around 20 minutes.

White Rice @ RM 1.50 (Big)
White Rice comes in two portion sizes. The large one is priced at RM 1.50 and the smaller one is priced at RM 1.20 per plate, both of which seem very reasonable to me.

Honey Sotong @ RM 12.00

Honey Sotong @ RM 12.00
The Honey Sotong was nice, just that for the price of RM 12.00, the portion was a little small. Even in Kuala Lumpur, the portion is slightly larger than this. Taste wise, the cuttlefish was well prepared and I would rate this dish at 7.8/10 .

Tofu with Minced Chicken @ RM 9.00

Tofu with Minced Chicken @ RM 9.00
This was another good dish. The minced chicken was slightly sweet and spicy and it was topped on the deep fried Tofu. Definitely a good preparation and I would rate this at 8.3/10 .

Fried Baby Kailan with Garlic @ RM 10.00

Fried Baby Kailan with Garlic @ RM 10.00
Baby Kailan stir fried with garlic. The Kailan was fresh and still crisp when served and the flavouring was nice. Not the best that I have tried but it was still nice. I would rate this at 7.5/10 .

Baling Mushroom with Bean-curd Skin @ RM 12.00

Baling Mushroom with Bean-curd Skin @ RM 12.00
This is one of their vegetarian dishes. Baling mushrooms are served with bean curd skin. Crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, this was a wonderful dish. Definitely a highly recommended dish here. I would rate this dish at 9/10 .

Kam Heong Crabs @ RM 45.00

Kam Heong Crabs @ RM 45.00
The crabs were just okay. It lacked the spices and would have been great if there was more gravy provided. In this dish, the gravy was so minimal that it didn't seep in well all over. Just a so so dish and I would rate this at 6.5/10 .

On the whole, this restaurant was just okay today. We have been dining here for years and personally, I feel that the quality has dropped. The prices have remained constant but the portions have reduced too. It would be great if they serve up to the old standards again, not sure if the flaw was just today.

Address: No. 7 & 8, Jalan Wangsa Utama, Taman Wangsa,
                35900 Tanjung Malim, Perak, Malaysia.

Opening Hours: 1200 - 2230 Daily

Telephone: +605 458 3398

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Garden-Seafood/117021175005196?sk=info&ref=page_internal

2 comments:

  1. My vote:
    Honey Squid: 9/10
    Brinjal w Dried Shrimp: 7.5/10
    Baling Mushroom w Bean-Curd Skin: 7.5/10
    Garden Seafood Special Bread: 8/10
    Tofu w Minced Chicken: 8/10
    Fried Rice: 8.8/10

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    1. Awesome Brighstar!!! Thank you for your kind feedback too. Love these kind of responses :)

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