Thursday, July 15, 2010
Lunch at the newly opened G-Tower.
G-Tower, the so-called exclusive self-contained and integrated corporate office, hotel and club at the heart of the Kuala Lumpur (intersection of Jalan Ampang and Jalan Tun Razak), was our venue for lunch today as a colleague mentioned that the tea served in the cafe was immaculate. So we went, all 6 of us, hungrily.
The cafe waitress ushered us to a table large enough to fit 5 thin men and 1 hefty one. And so we ordered. Sandwich sets, which came with local tea, were RM15, which I considered reasonable for a high class establishment until I realized that the sandwich cost RM7.50 and the local tea made up the balance RM7.50. Pretty expensive for a plain old teh tarik, inst it? Seeing my hesitation, my colleague offered to share his tea with me since the tea was served in a pot, enough for one or two cups.
I was severely disappointed when the sandwich arrived 30 minutes later. First of all, I was terribly hungry. The sandwich arrived so late and then the bread was tiny. Aaaahhhhh. For RM15, cant they serve something decently sized? But then again, my luck wasn't as bad as my lanky colleague's as he waited for close to 50 minutes before getting his sandwich. They ran out of salmons and the waitress over promised him, so she had to make good on her promise and ran away for some time before coming back with a nice salmon sandwich for him. By then he was fuming mad. I offered him a portion of my sandwich for a trip to McDonald's later for seconds but being a Penangnite, he respectfully declined.
Then came the bill. We had a hard time getting the bill - first, we couldn't get their attention to call for the bill although the were standing there doing nothing. Second, after we got their attention, getting the bill took another 10 minutes. I thought they were calculating the bill by hand.
The other thing that got us fuming was people coming in later than us had their food earlier than we did. At first we thought they had pre-ordered the food until the waitress said no pre-orders were allowed. Hmm, so why did they get their food quicker than us? Expats? Hmmm....
But on the plus side, we had a wonderful waitress. She was immaculately dressed, very polite and served us well. She even went out of her way to get the extra salmon sandwich that she over promised to my lanky, hungry colleague.
All in all, RM15 for a sandwich, tea, the ambiance and the elegant waitress, yes, I would go again.