After the High Tea experience at the 1885 yestrday, we continued our civilized streak and had the buffet dinner at Sarkies at the Eastern Oriental Hotel. Arrived promptly at 7:30pm and was ushered to a table by the door. The place wasn’t full and the staff could have placed us at a better spot. Who wants to be seated right in front of the door? Besides, there were already 3 goblets of water there. I’m guessing someone was previously ushered there but then changed spits. We asked to be seated elsewhere. Unfortunately, the staff also brought the water goblets. We had to ask for new goblets. Lazy staff.
The restaurant is at the E&O’s new wing but it was fitted-out like it was in the old days—tiled floors, marble-top and wooden tables, and wicker chairs. It was quite warm, though. Maybe it was part of the old world charm?
Food was quite good but limited. Nothing to go wow over with, though. At least I had my fill of grilled lamb chops and roasted duck.
The dessert station was better—lemon tarts, raspberry panna cotta, and red velvet pudding. I skipped the cendol. I’m over and done with local food. I did try the lamb curry though which was good especially when paired with prawn crackers.
Rating? Just so-so. It was more for the experience of dining at the E&O more than anything. Cost was at RM 114 but paying with my Citibank card gave us a 15% discount while my aunt was given a 50% senior citizen discount. Can’t argue with that.