Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Restoran Windmill @ Subang Jaya, Selangor

Windmill Restaurant is a place that I have been dining for at least 25 years now and is a famous western restaurant located in Subang Jaya, Selangor. This restaurant is located right opposite Sime Darby Medical Centre (previously known as Subang Jaya Medical Centre) and along the same row as Taj Restaurant. Since they had closed down for renovations sometime mid last year, we have stopped coming until I was told that they are back open a couple of months back. I am not sure if a new group has taken over or some additional funds have been injected as now, they have opened more outlets in the Klang Valley. Those days, it used to be only this particular outlet. Food was very good then and I would boldly say better than The Ship and Victoria Station. Since we had something so celebrate, we decided to come over this evening. 

The Restaurant in SS 12, Subang Jaya

Decor Hasn't Changed Much

Newspaper Write Ups On The Walls
We were here for an early dinner and the place did not have much of a crowd. One major problem here is parking but thankfully we managed to get a spot not too far away. Looking at the interior, I don't think much of a renovation was done but perhaps restoration work. 

Lobster Set

Steak Set

The Menu

The Menu

The Menu

The Menu

The Menu

Medley Set

Sizzling Menu Set
The menu had not changed a bit but the prices surely have increased. As always, they had been specialising in Steaks, Western Dishes and Chinese Dishes. The offering thankfully remained intact. The staffs have all been changed and now we have a Filipino team running the place, right from the waiters till the kitchen helpers. Even the Manager was a Filipino lady. Now I have a strong feeling that there may have been a management takeover. Hopefully, the quality of the food has not been compromised. The staffs were friendly except for one guy who was serving as if I borrowed money from him and came here for dinner. Despite numerous times smiling at him, he was giving us a weird stare. I just couldn't understand him. Then I gave him a very deep stare in return and from that moment onwards, he never came anywhere close to me. I have a feeling that he may not like Indians. That is the only thing that I can take away from his behaviour. He seemed very jovial and nice to everyone else except us. Initially I thought of taking this up with the Manager, but having looked at her, I thought to myself better not. The reason for this is simply the way the were very closely interacting behind the drinks bar clearly showed their closeness and I doubt if she would even take this matter up. So, just sharing my experience here.

Ice Lemon Tea
My brother went for a set meal and along with that, this Ice Lemon Tea was included. My Dad and I stuck with just plain water and those were priced at RM 0.80 per glass. The Ice Lemon Tea was good. It was concentrated with sufficient amounts of ice and served with a slice of lemon. I would rate this at 9/10 .

Garlic Toast @ RM 3.50 each
Their Garlic Toast were amazing. Loads of garlic and butter were used and it was simply fantastic. Each bite was so crispy and it was oozing with butter. Truly loved it and I would rate this at 9.5/10 . Highly recommended!!!

Hot Bun with Butter
Since all of us went for their Lamb dishes, this was provided complimentary. The bun was soft and hot, just the way it should be. Not so fresh as I doubt they make these in house and that was the only setback. I would rate this at 8/10 .

Prawn and Mango Cocktail
This was another one that was part of my brother's set meal. The Prawn and Mango Cocktail wasn't that great in my opinion. Just a few shrimps, some mango slices, some cucumber and salad with some dressing. The shrimps used weren't that fresh either. I would only rate this at 6/10 .

Chicken Soup @ RM 9.00
My Dad ordered this Chicken Soup and it was priced at RM 9.00 . No issues on the pricing bearing in mind the kind of restaurant and moreover the portion was good. Tasted good too but I didn't like those huge croutons. They should have been smaller and that would have boosted the taste. The soup however was good. For that, I would rate this at 8.5/10 .

Creamy Shark Fin Soup
This Creamy Shark Fin Soup was again part of my brother's set meal. This was awesome!!! Tasted really good and was served with burners at the base to keep it hot. Savoury and loved every bit of it. I would rate this at 9.5/10 .

Tomato Soup @ RM 9.00
This Tomato Soup was the one that I had ordered for myself and it was another excellent one.Creamy, concentrated and very tasty. Perhaps one of the best Tomato Soup's that I have tried in the Klang Valley. I would rate this at 9.5/10 .

Sizzling Lamb Chop @ RM 45.00

Three Miserable Bone Cuts
This was the Sizzling Lamb Chop that I had ordered for myself. Those days, it used to be truly sizzling and they would provide us with a bip before they serve. This was just the opposite. They had cut down on the meat cuts, just three miserable looking cuts full of bones, added some Fries, Onions and Capsicum which never used to be there those days, and the base sauce was so scanty. It was like typically dry at the base. When I called the Manager asking her if this was their Sizzling Lamb Chop, she told me "Oh, if you wanted more sauce, then you should have informed us." And I was like "How would I know that you'll would tremendously cut down on the sauces as you have not been doing that for the three decades that I have been dining here'. And she just apologised and walked off. No, it's nowhere near what it was and I was very disappointed. Moreover, Onions and Capsicum were never there in their original recipe and it felt that it was a spoiler. The meat cuts..... I don't even want to get there. For me, I would only rate this at 5/10, this too I feel that I am quite generous with it. 

Grilled Lamb Chop @ RM 41.00

Lean and Juicy Meat Cuts
This was my Dad's order and this Grilled Lamb Chop was way better than my dish, though it was priced slightly lesser. Three decent cuts of Lamb served with some Mint Sauce, Grilled Potato's and some steamed vegetables. A way better dish compared to mine and the cuts were meaty. Taste wise, it was not as great as it was but still better than mine. I would rate this at 7/10 .

Steak Promotion Set @ RM 76.00
This was the set that my brother had ordered which came with all the other sides, appetisers and deserts. Only thing was we had switched it for lamb instead and they had adjusted the price accordingly. Generally a decent dish, three small cuts of Lamb with loads of vegetables, potato's, grilled potato's and corn. Once again, very limited amount of sauce at the base as this too should have been a sizzling version. It seemed like a huge dump of ingredients to me just to make it look grand. Otherwise, there was nothing much in this dish. I would again rate this at 5/10 only.

Ice Cream with Strawberry Syrup
Another desert that was part of my brother's set. The ice cream was just two scoops and topped with some strawberry syrup. It wasn't very fresh either. I would rate this at 5/10 . Honestly, the entire set meal was nothing much in terms of value. Just that you get smaller portions but more items for a fixed price which may seem like a great deal but not. Unless you're here just to try a  number of things, then fine. But for a meat fan, it is just a waste.

Bill For The Day

All Their Outlets
Except for those starters and drinks, the main course was surely a disappointment. The ambiance may still be great but it was heart breaking for a true foodie like me. I came with great expectation based on experience and returned an unhappy man. The RM 200++ that we spent here was surely not worth it. I truly doubt  that I would be returning again. Sad to say this and end my three decade long loyalty that I had had with this restaurant.

Address: No. 10 & 11, Jalan SS 12/1B, SS12, 47500 Subang Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia.

Telephone: +603 5631 8177 / 8913

Opening Hours: 1130 - 0000 Daily

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for your review. Poor services will definitely kills the good taste.

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