Sunday, February 26, 2012

Today is my Dad's birthday celebration and I was pondering hard over where to host the dinner. To make it special, it has to be a place we haven't been to for a while or an entirely new place, and of course the dining experience has to be top-notch. Can't be too shabby, I thought. Took me a while to pluck out 2 places from the air, Ming Court @ M-Suite Hotel or Meisan @ Mutiara Hotel. Of course, the latter is famed around JB for its exquisite, delectable dishes and reasonable pricing. The former though, hasn't gained as much traction as Meisan in terms of popularity but one of their selling point is the seaview and ambience. Food wise, they have exhibited major improvements over the last time we were here.

Ming Court exudes a classy atmosphere with its oriental ornaments, providing a well-balanced blend with the modern & contemporary design.

Deviating from the main topic, the birthday present for my Dad. An iPad 2 ! Yes, I know iPad 3 is pending launching in March but can't help it. Probably won't arrive on Malaysian shores in the short term.

Back to the topic, Homemade Beancurd. The dish offers beancurd in 2 variations, topped with wasabi & mayo or Thai spicy sauce. RM18.00.
Rating: 7.0/10

I personally like the wasabi & mayo version more. Crispy on the outside, and soft on the inside. The other version is unfortunately covered with the Thai sauce, which brings a notch down the crispiness.

Beef hor fun 牛肉河粉. The beef are tender and generous in portions, whereas the hor fun are done up excellently. Hor fun's 锅气 is immense and each slab of it is nicely coated with dark soy sauce. I have nothing but praise for this noodle dish. For RM15.00, this is a definitely a bargain.
Rating: 8.5/10.

Camphor duck 樟茶鸭. The roasted duck is over-cooked, a bit on the dry side and I have tasted better sweet sauce. A bright spot for an otherwise mediocre item, the deep fried mini buns are soft and fluffy. It's just a pity the duck meat and sauce aren't great. RM28.00.
Rating: 6.5/10

Nonya-styled steamed sea bass 娘惹式蒸鱼. This has to be one of my favourite dish for the night. The nonya sauce is nothing but awesome ... very appetising with that zesty and spicy flavor. I'm glad they had that much sauce in it for us. Well worth the price @ RM70.00.
Rating: 9.0/10

Extra deep fried buns 炸馒头 to go with the Nonya steamed fish, soaking it with gravy for each mouthful. Yummy ... drooling over even at the thought of it now. RM7.50.

Salted egg prawns 金沙虾球. Fresh and crunchy balls of shrimp coated with thick salted egg gravy that set me back RM60.00. Not too sure if the price is considered reasonable but it does encompass both quality and quantity. Rating: 8.5/10.

Price: 7.0/10
Service: 7.5/10
Conclusion: Chinese cuisine with quality and quantity, in a hotel's restaurant with reasonable pricing. It's a shame that this little gem has gone unnoticed ... Friday night and our table is the only one that's occupied. What a sight, but I'm sure things would make a turn for the better, if they keep up the good effort.

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16, Jalan Skudai
80200 Johor Bahru, Malaysia
Tel: (+607) 221 1000 ext 450

Operating hours: 
11:30AM - 02:30PM
06:00PM - 10:30PM

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