May 31, 2011

Weissbräu German Bar & Bistro's new menu launch

Hubby and I had the honor being on the list of invitees to attend Weissbräu's new menu launch on 20th May.

I was a bit wary at first, credited to the fact that there was a smart casual dress code and we were informed that there would be 2 groups attending the event - bloggers and press media. But the event turned out exactly how Weissbräu's owner Wayne wanted it to be - a casual hang out setting while we sample the arrays of marvelous creations in their new menu, accompanied by top-notch entertainment.

The night turned out to be a high energy one as the Mad Sally band from KL brought the atmosphere to its heights with their all-men 'mat salleh' line up (not to mention they're good-looking too! *whistle*), delivering great tunes one after another, including Leehom's infamous 唯一爱的就是你

Check out Weissbräu's new menu which is packed with informative pictures and easy to navigate too:-

Great entertainment aside - the main highlight of the night was none other than the hearty new menu line up created by the Executive Chef Pascal Schnyder as a buffet spread for the enjoyment of the guests, which really is a plus point in creating a laid back atmosphere.

Showdown of the array of culinary delights for the night, which comprised of items from the new menu:-

Mixed Salad

Porcini Mushroom Soup
(My pic of the soup was too blur hence unable to showcase it here)

Main courses:-
Right : Bavarian Bacon & Cheese Burger; Swiss Mushroom and Cheese Burger; Frankfurt Meister Burger
Left : Caprese Schnitzel

BBQ Pork Ribs
(top) & Country Style Rosemary Pork Ribs (bottom)

Mixed Sausages

Crispy German Pork Knuckle

Apple Strudel

Chocolate Mousse; Merry Pear


I finally found a serious problem at
Weissbräu... that is the fact that there are no food which are not good that night! I kid you not... The Porcini Mushroom Soup was thick and with visible mushroom chunks, though served in a huge pot and kept being refilled, it was still hot; the salad were all giving us different flavors with the freshest of ingredients; all the mains were flawless! The desserts were so refined in its presentation like pieces of art that are pleasant to the mouth at the same time. The apple strudel lived up to its promise of being warm and melted immediately in my mouth!

I would anticipate the food to be cold and probably quality compromised since they were made in bulk to satisfy the crowd, some of its tastes to run off because of the wind and being out there for a long time... but none of the above symptoms even crept up a little. Just because some of the dishes were prepared a day before and only cooked prior to the event to ensure every bit of its food preserves its quality. This is really a feat that not many can achieve, given the fact of the complexity and the time required to prepare the dishes.

Kudos to everyone at
Weissbräu for the great food, great service!

As anyone can tell, I had a blast! :D

Thanks to Wayne, Jason and Gill once again...

great hearty food to warm our stomach, great performance to feast our eyes and ears, and definitely great company to fill our hearts

The Cinnamon @ Hotel Penaga

Out of curiosity, went and took a big chance to try out The Cinnamon within the new Hotel Penaga at the Corner of Jalan Hutton and Lebuh Clarke.

Peter already commented that this could well be just another 'hotel-food' type of establishment but I still insisted of giving it a shot.

When we arrived there were only 2 tables occupied and no one seen at the 'Please wait to be seated' signage, so we walked right inside.

Greeted with dry-looking supposedly fresh flower

After seated at the table overlooking the lap pool,

we settled down with...

Drinks | Fresh Honeydew Juice (RM 12)

This was super diluted, did not come with the basic expectation of adding milk (they did not ask if I wanted or not), it was not sweet at all (poor quality honeydew), and came with plenty of ice. With a hefty price tag of RM 12, I definitely expected plenty of honeydew of the best breed with minimal ice. Any honeydew juice beats this one - including those of kopi tiams'.

Complimentary Garlic Bread

The garlic bread was charred on the surface and I was tricked by Peter into spreading the whole piece of bread with the butter provided, which made the bread super salty (-_-)" Though the bread was at the right level of crunchiness, there was no excuse of over charring, given the fact that we were the only table of customer left at that point of time.

Appetizer | Marinated Salmon with Asian Spices (RM 26)

The salmon tasted like smoked salmon and they came with 2 tiny pieces of salad within. Utter rip-off! On a side note, I clearly recalled this appetizer being priced at RM 18 on the menu as we kept thinking how outrageous the prices were - RM 6 for the 3, but with a price tag of RM 26, this makes each of them about RM 8!

Main | Grilled Rib Eye Steak - medium well (RM 44)

Peter was most fascinated with the presence of wolfberry (枸杞子) on the steak, an ingredient that is commonly used in chinese herbal soups. This was one very Chinese-y steak indeed. The steak tasted mediocre and came with a sauce that tastes just like a normal Western Food mushroom sauce.

Main | Lamb Rack with Herb Crust (RM 48)

The lamb rack meat was soft and juicy but lacking in flavor. Shockingly, I discovered that the sauce that came with my lamb rack was exactly the same as the steak's - just minus the wolfberry substance. It had 2 very common types of mushroom, one of which was straight out of the can - button mushroom.

Out of the 1.5 pages of main course menu, the chef couldn't have come up with a more unique sauce for these 2 distinctly different cuisines? What a let down!

The bill came up to a not-surprisingly whopping total of RM 150.80.

We were given a small feedback card and without hesitating a bit, penned down a firm NO to the question "Would you return to visit The Cinnamon again?". That about sums everything up.

And just when we thought we'd seen it all, we went and took a peek at its lobby and I went to the ladies while Peter went and
kepo-ed the room rates for this 6-star heritage hotel.

When I came out, I was shown a corner of a brochure which had THIS on it:-

"Kindly bring this cut-off to enjoy 15% discount at The Cinnamon."

W - T - H !!!!

I felt a bit upset and felt cheated. This is a new heritage hotel, wanting to gain good publicity and positive word-of-mouth effect and it is doing the exact opposite. It would take absolutely nothing to have me coming back to this rip-off place, coz it ain't gonna happen - period.

Not forgetting to mention some creepy deco within the ladies....

And I couldn't really comprehend the 'meaning' of these mirrors in the context of this heritage hotel....