Saturday, November 9, 2013

An Impromptu Girls' Night Out

It all started with Baby Sis buying a Groupon deal for dinner for four at 1881 Chong Tian Hotel. As is usual with all these discount vouchers the tendency is to leave it until the very last day to redeem the deal. 

Well, Thursday, 7 November 2013, was the very last day to redeem that particular deal. Baby Sis couldn't make it so it was left to Big Sister to come her rescue or the coupon would have gone to waste. 

Let me tell you, it is not easy to get people to join you for dinner at the last minute and it was really last minute. I was informed at 3pm and dinner was at 8pm. Hubby, who was just recovering from a bad cold, wanted an early night so he couldn't make it but, thank God, I managed to persuade these two ladies to join me. 

Esther and Melissa
That's what friends are for, right! To be there for you 
at the last minute and to help you eat! 

So that's how we ended up with an impromptu girls' night out with an impromptu hostess (me!) and impromptu guests (Esther and Melissa) who sacrificed their plans for the night to accept an impromptu invitation. 

The place was decorated pre-war style with rosewood furniture, ornately carved room dividers and lovely embroidery pieces. Unfortunately the choice of selection for the piped-in music jarred with the old world atmosphere. 

We were so disappointed with the food - taste-wise, presentation-wise and price-wise. The meal was supposed to be worth RM165 but we felt that it was not value for money. It wouldn't have mattered so much if the ambience had made up for lacklustre quality of the food but both were equally disappointing. Despite such shortcomings, the 3 of us managed to finish a 5-course meal for 4!

Will we return? Certainly not for the food but we might for the sake of visitors who want to have a peek into the lifestyle of the rich and famous of bygone days.

The menu: Puay Leng in Supreme Stock, Curried Prawns,
Curry Chicken, Barbecued Spare-ribs, Fish Head with Yam
and an unidentifiable Dessert
(yes, it was that terrible!)

I was not really dressed to complement the old-world furniture. 

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