Monday, June 21, 2010

Football Fever Special @ Secret Recipe

~In for a bad time..uhuhu~

Not all places are the same, even if they have the same name. We learnt this the hard way when we went for lunch at Secret Recipe, Plaza Mutiara, Jalan Ipoh. On the surface, it looked very much like any other Secret Recipe outlet, and was less crowded but were we in for a surprise.

I wanted to try the Football Fever Special. They had a choice of 3 set meals (+ 1 glass of Pepsi) for RM15. My initial "safe" choice of Fish & Chips was not available, so I opted for Spaghetti Meatballs. So our menu for the day was:

  • Spaghetti Meatballs (MINE!)
  • Tom Yam soup & Tom Yam Kung
  • Japanese Soba Noodle
  • Marshmallow strawberry cheesecake & Tiramisu


My meal arrived promptly and I'm glad to say that it was actually quite good. Except for the fact that they forgot to drain the excess water from my spaghetti (Zil helped me to solve that problem), the sauce was good. Not just tomato-ey but also had a little heat with the spices nicely flavouring the dish. I'm usually not a big fan of meatballs, especially the ones that are too packed and chewy (they taste too meaty). However, I really enjoyed these meatballs because they were lightly fried to give a crunchy exterior and slightly crumbled inside when I bit into them.

~Puzzled why everyone else's meal did not arrive yet~

Sadly, my ONE good dish did not a good meal make. Because the service was atrocious.

  • Serving us the wrong drinks even when we had corrected them.
  • Took so long to serve even the Tiramisu (all they had to do was slice and serve).
  • Forgetting to cook every other dish (except my spaghetti), which was plain silly because why would FOUR people share a plate of spaghetti? None of them noticed that we were not eating yet. After about half an hour, we enquired about our meal and then.. they discovered their folly.
  • Did not give us cutlery prior to the dish. They served the food then went back for the cutlery. What was even more ridiculous is when we asked for the spoons and forks, they came back with only one set. Hello? If you put THREE dishes on the table, why would you only give ONE spoon?!
  • We were not the only victims, a couple sitting next to us had one of their orders forgotten too (2 people = 2 orders ..Simple, right?). Plus the poor guy had to ask the waiter 4 times to bring a small bowl of chilli sauce, with the waiter getting it wrong each time even bringing the same WRONG sauce TWICE).

~Marshmallow and strawberry cheesecake: I don't eat cheese or marshmallow...uhuhu~

~Tiramisu: I don't eat cheesecake or coffee, so out~


Maybe it is true, they do have FOOTBALL FEVER.


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Kie-yu said...

mcm best
RM15 je?
fan footbal ke cik dayah?

Hidayah Ismawi said...

Kie-yu: Yup, kira ok lah utk satu meal yg lengkap..

Kita minat football time world cup ajer ...hehe

Nur -al- Ain said...

wahhh.. mmg worlf cup fever la tu.. semua pening lalat.. hahaaa

Hidayah Ismawi said...

Nur-al-Ain: yup.. kitaorg lagi pening tengok diaorg

smallkucing said...

Never had their tomyam before but the chicken chop was good

Hidayah Ismawi said...

smallkucing: the girls like the tom yam there, quite nice but I'm not too keen on the mee used :)and the chicken chop (mushroom) is another one of my "safe" orders

NuFa said...

aritu pnh dgr gak komplen pasal serving kat secret recipe.. huhuhu... nie macm agak respect ngn org kat indonesia sini.. bagian serving diorg bagus.. peramah dan murah senyum... dan puas hati... heee

Farah Y said...

I'm starting to miss their cheesecakes! Ah, craving.

darkbatman said...

aie komen sini ehh.. hehe.
1st, ske lagu best lg2 tgh hujan..rndu lak kat org tsyg.hhe..

ok, straight to the point..
rasenye yg kurang nya pd entri yang bling2..ahaha..
byk tulisan berkaler2.. kdg2 pembace akan bace sepintas lalu jer.. tgk yang penting n terus blah.. biase nye cm2 la sbb 2 biase klau yg dh femes mcm mel, redmummy, eyriqazz sume wt en3 sume same.. xde kaler melainkan dorang akn boldkan mane yang penting...hehe

Hidayah Ismawi said...

NuFa: tulah mcm sedih..sbb makan sedap ..tapi the whole experience jadi tak best

Farah: hehe.. sorry buat u terliur

Hidayah Ismawi said...


thanks for the comments..nanti kita jawab pjg lebar kat blog anda yer :)

~Blabberina~ said...

dah lama xmakan secret recipe. bosan dgn kek dia dah..sumtimes je crave for it.hehe..but marshmallow tu baru ek..nak cari laa

Hidayah Ismawi said...

Blabberina: yup..yup.. it's new.. am not that big a fan of the cakes either.. sekali sekala jer nak geram :)

Nia said...

Hidayah, kita suka entry kaler2..hehe...rupanya tak sesuai yek? baru tau nih

Hidayah Ismawi said...

Nia: itu tips dr blogger hebat (mr darkbatman) , he says nanti membuat org sukar utk baca betul2 the entry..

but I guess its about personal taste.. right now am trying to give the just black style a try.. we'll see..hehe

cek chun said...

sama macam SC kat alor staq. tomyam kung yg udangnya dah kulit kaler hitam (stok lama). cordon blu yg kecut, shrink semacam jer..

dah 2, 3 SC yg i lawat, semakin kurang orang makan di dalamnya, semakin carca merba la hidangan yg anda bakal dapat. do visit SC yg selalu penuh ngan orang :)


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