Secret garden is a bistro and bar nestled in the city area , neighboring the Civic center and Jambu restaurant. Greeted by beautiful landscaping of palm trees, golden lights and what seems to be like a private outdoor banquet dining area gives high hopes that perhaps the night would be perfect.
The Interior Design
We decided to rate the restaurant a 6/10 for the ambiance and service. The great thing about this bistro is the large spaces available for groups of 15 or more perfect for birthdays. Decorations and lighting are nice and creates a warm friendly atmosphere. Negative points go towards the chairs which are mostly unstable or old and the environment which can be too warm at times. Not being anti-religious, it was also awkward halfway through the dinner when the Muslim prayers were blasted through the night. It was hard to talk and communicate during that period. The waiter was impressive handling a large group and remembering most of the order placements. However, he can improve by speaking louder and communicating clearer. Toilets are clean too which is super!
Let's tuck in shall we?
|Longkang Water, I mean... Mushroom Soup. Rm5.90|
We wanted to rate it 1/10 but decided that since we (unbelievably) finished it in the end, we'd rate it 3/10.Reason being it has mushroom, cream and it is edible though unpleasant.
Note: One of our editors have tasted the Mushroom Soup at Gormet Sausage and insisted that THAT should be ranked 1/10 instead, but it is a story for another day.
|Aglio Olio Rm15.90 poorer|
|Secret Garden Salad|
|Secret Garden Salad Rm6 .90|
Negative points were due to the long strips of carrots and cucumber which made it hard to eat (like noodles) which often flicks the dressing around. Besides that, I was a bit apprehensive whether the dressing was watered down or homemade. Still tasted great nonetheless.
|Lamb Chop RM24.50. |
We wished it could have been served with mint sauce. Also, the restaurant should give the choice for the cooking of the meat. Across the table, we could see inconsistencies in cooking times some being medium rare and some being well done. Great thing is that none was raw, PHEW!
|Fish and Chips|
In defence of Secret Garden, we know of other fish and chips out there that taste worse. And we still licked the platter clean. Its just very hard to please us.
Tomato Bee Hoon RM6.90
Secret Garden also serves a wide array of Asian Cuisines so we decided to give it a go. A Kuching gem, the tomato sauce noodles is hard to cook but Secret Garden fared well. Good amount of carbs ratio to the sauce of perfectly balanced salty and sweet with golden nuggets of fried onions , the dish was great! The chicken breast and accompanying condiments were succulent and fresh which is a great surprise. It seemed Secret Garden had a great asian food strength other fellow diners were raving about their Fried Rice.
I didn't rank it 10/10 because that would mean i died and went to heaven over a Tomato Bee Hoon. It's not there yet. Haha
If you would like to patronise this place
In a nutshell, this place is great for big dining parties and for selective food. We would recommend the steak or chops and the Asian cuisine as we can say for sure that those would be safe options for a great evening.
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