Marche Movenpick @ The Curve

17 05 2011

Whenever I shop around The Curve, I always notice tons of people queuing up at the entrance of Marche. One must have the impression that the food is good judging by the amount of people eating there, including yours truly. So last month, I decided to have my dinner there with my other half.

What makes Marche so unique is the ‘passport’ card which is given to every customer when he or she steps into the restaurant. The interior is akin to a market environment where various food stations are set up namely pizza, pasta, rosti, grill, bakery, salad and etc. If a customer wishes to order any food from the respective food station, the chef will stamp on the passport card while the he or she waits for the food to be prepared. Once the customer checks out, the passport card will be collected back by the Marche staff to calculate the total amount spent.

Although the concept is unique, I find the restaurant overcrowded with people. Perhaps it was a weekend and understandably, most people prefer to eat outside but the crowd made it so hard for me to walk around the place. It almost feels claustrophobic with hot pans or plates being carried around by customers searching for a table to dine. Food can take as long as 20 minutes before it was ready and the customers will need to go back to the station to collect it.

I ordered the plain Rosti (RM 7.50), which was supposedly the signature dish at Marche. Rosti is basically made from potato strips lightly fried on the pan with oil. Honestly, I was disappointed with the dish. The grated potatoes tasted salty and it fell short of my expectations.The dollop of sour cream did not help to make it taste any better.

The mixed grilled (RM 20.00) did not fare any much better. The beef texture was hard and dry while the chicken wasn’t really great either.

The portion was also small and it doesn’t look appetizing at all.

The mixed grill came with a small cup of black pepper sauce which didn’t help to make the grilled meat taste any better.

Lastly, there was the crepe (RM 12.50) which is made from capsicum, vegetables, cheese and chicken strips wrapped with crepe.

The taste was flat and again, it was a disappointment for me.

I hardly put up a bad review for a restaurant but I am really hard pressed to say anything good about Marche. If there is one good point, the ambiance was lively and the variety of food to choose from certainly made it fun to walk around just to have an eye of what was in store at Marche.

I would however give this place a miss and wouldn’t go back there again anytime soon.

Marche @ The Curve
Lot G87, Ground Floor, The Curve
Mutiara Damansara
47800 Petaling Jaya
Selangor Darul Ehsan

Tel: 03-7727 8461

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Garden Lifestyle Store & Cafe @ The Curve

4 08 2010

If the idea of dining in a garden full of beautiful decor sounds good to you, then Garden Lifestyle Store & Cafe may very well suit your taste. Similar to Fullhouse at NZX, Garden Lifestyle is a lifestyle store and cafe located at the Curve. The concept is simple. Beautiful garden, outdoor area and great ambiance all come together to bring a new dining experience at this place.

Even the tables were ornamented with mini flower pots which added a touch of English country decor to it.

The menu was filled with a selection of food ranging from salmon salad, deep fried calamari to lamb shank. We ordered the Butter Ginger Dory Fish (RM 16.90) and Spaghetti Marinara (RM 17.90). The Dory Fish was nicely prepared with a piece of pineapple stacked on top of the fish fillet. The dish was covered with butter ginger sauce and mashed potato on the bottom.

Although it may sound weird, the fusion of sweetness from the pineapple mixed with creamy sauce and fresh seafood kind of worked for me.

Next up is the Spaghetti Marinara. I had high expectation for this dish after tasting the delicious Dory Fish.

The inclusion of mussels, prawns calamari sure made it looked delicious.

Thumbs up for the food presentation.

However, I was disappointed with the spaghetti sauce was a tad too salty for my taste.

Somehow, I felt that the dish was hurriedly prepared and certainly did not fare as good for the price I was paying.

Admittedly, the beautiful decor is a crowd puller and for me, I wouldn’t hesitate to give this place a second try, albeit skipping the Spaghetti Marinara for something more tasty.

Garden Lifestlye Store & Cafe
G41, The Curve
No. 6, Jalan PJU 7/3
Mutiara Damansara
47800 Petaling Jaya
Selangor Darul Ehsan

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Lecka Lecka @ the Curve

22 07 2010

I had a chance to try out Lecka Lecka after watching a movie at the Curve last week. Lecka Lecka prides itself in making great tasting gelato which is 99.9% fat free. Good thing about Lecka Lecka is the free sampling of their range of flavours before deciding which one to order. The texture of their gelato is firm and dense.

I took the double scoop (RM 7.90) which consists of walnut and chocolate flavour. True enough, Lecka Lecka does not compromise on their quality and taste. If it wasn’t for the price, I don’t mind having a second serving at all 🙂

Lecka Lecka
the Curve
No 6, Jalan PJU 7/3
Mutiara Damansara
47810 Petaling Jaya

Tel: +6 03 7710 6868

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