My evening outings on weekdays are purely related to how much my daughter has tired my wife. One such day was yesterday.
I went home early to look after my kid as my wife needed help and realized that it was not one of those days to be enthusiastically cooking at home.
Having heard a lot about "Burmese Khow Suey" being available at Urban Asia, I decided to bare the traffic and head there. Called in at 6.30 pm for a 8 pm reservation for 2 + 1 toddler and inquired about the buffet.
I was briefed about the menu price and that it will be explained when I come to the table. Apparently there were conditions on the buffet which were forgotten.
We reached the place and were shown to our table. I decided to go in for the buffet and my wife was planning to go the ala carte way. Hence we ordered for 1 veg fried rice and one plate of all non-veg starters.
The waiter took the order and left. Suddenly it strikes the steward that its not feasible to serve buffet for one person ( on the table ).
I was surprised, I had called in advance and told that we were 2 , also inquired about the buffet - This should have been enough information for me to be told that buffet is served only if there are 2 or more people ordering it for whatever reason. That was not done.
I placed the order and even the waiter was not aware ? Was this a life threatening secret ?
I was pissed when I was told, but not wanting to spoil the evening, I checked with my wife and she was ok with the buffet and we ordered the veg part for her and non-veg for me.
The food started to arrive relatively quickly. The menu is attached as a picture. The soup was gelatinous - very blah
One by one all fried items started to appear, dripping in oil and color. The kung pao chicken was probably the best dish of the evening. The Chicken tai pei was red colored, the chili sticks were red colored, the calamari smelt old, the prawns were oily and hell. I had to keep reminding them less oil every time they served, looks like that never reached the person making the dish.
Having put up with so much oil we needed a drink or 2 to wash it down the throat. We ordered for a coke and a litchi delight. Both drinks were ok.
For the main course we had egg fried rice and vegetables in Manchurian sauce for my wife and I had chicken fried rice.
The only difference between the above 2 main course dishes - boiled chicken pieces shredded and put in my rice as is !
Both items were not made in different pans. It was the egg fried rice with some chicken on it. My wife loved the food, I hated it for the amount of oil that went down my throat.
Service is decent but I thought the waiters should have known the conditions for the buffet to be served.
Looking at the reviews, looks like no one had the buffet - my bad. But for food freshly made, this was definitely not a good thing to do - deep fry everything in oil and make it a buffet menu with some rice or noodles thrown in at the end.
Thankfully the dessert was a palate cleanser. Having had the food at Via Milano and looking at the reviews my experience was such a bloody let down, I would have been better off eating a floor above and taking care of my stomach !
It is such a horrible idea to serve food lathed in oil that you don't even want to visit them again ? Coloring the food so much that the color sticks to your hand is a cardinal sin in my book !
Next time, may be a couple of months later - another visit is due !