Ipoh Old Town – Of Sour Mashed Potatoes & Daylight Robbery @ Mixed CuisineMarch 16, 2010 | 2,361 views
Today proved to be a most disastrous Tuesday, in more ways than one. Fuming mad no thanks to pathetic bureaucracy and red tape, plus stubborn-headed donkey of a boss (the disadvantages of working with the government and under someone from the Jurassic age), we heaved a sigh of relief when lunch hour beckoned.
Initially planned to have lunch at Brewster’s in old town, ironically, the cafe was closed for half a day, and only opens for dinner. Oh well, next best choice for a place with air-conditioning? Mixed Cuisine Cafe that faces Padang Ipoh then.
This cafe has been around for some time now, and I first wrote about it back in March of 2008, one of my very first few posts back then. Read about our experience HERE. And since then, we’ve been visiting this cafe from time to time, and relished in their above-average set lunches (at least, in Ipoh’s old town, for the other places that serve them, including Momo Steamboat, Miner’s Arms, and Brewster’s were either not good, too expensive, or over-rated).
Don’t miss the whole saga after the jump :
Never before have we seen the Section Closed sign before this …..
But this place has since been taken over (can’t confirm this fact, but the management and staff have sure changed drastically), though the same old, ‘dilapidated‘ menus are still being used. We should have taken heed, bearing witness to the hauntingly empty premise come lunch hour. Yes, not even a single soul in sight, and they even turned off the lights and air-conditioning units before we arrived.
Not to say they blasted the place into life the instance we stepped into the shop, but instead the new boss, a small-framed, surly man in his 40’s tried to usher us into the back portion of the shop. He turned on the lights, the air-cond, and proceeded to lay the menus on the vacant tables although we were seated at the front portion comfortably. Maybe a sign of goodwill, for he was probably thinking that we needed the extra privacy (as if lah … for we could have been screaming at the top of our lungs and there would be no other customer to hear us anyway).
But once we mentioned that we were not in favour of shifting tables, his expression turned sour, and he proceeded to turn off the lights and air-cond again! Okay …….. NOT the best impression to give the customers, really. Oh, and while deep in his preparation works (a good few minutes), he was even spraying some insecticide/perfume spray around the back portion of the shop. Ahem, let’s hope there were no roaches.
Phew, and we thought things could not gone any worse. The same old Set Lunch menu was being used, although prices have been hiked up slightly. The Chicken Chop with Rice sets are now priced at RM8.50, while the Chicken Chop sets are priced at RM10.50. Comes with a drink and desserts.
Pardon me for I did not snap a picture of the pathetic plate of chicken chop rice, if you can even call it that. The bits of deep-fried chicken served with an option of sauces (mushroom, black pepper, mongolian, red wine, rosemary, and one other I forgot) were lacklustre at best, and the portion can’t even feed a child, let alone traumatic adults with ravishing appetites.
But that’s not even the main grudge we had. The chicken chops were served with a side of coleslaw, a piece of toasted garlic bread, and a dollop of mashed potatoes. So far so good, for they did not change the combination since Mixed Cuisine incorporated those into their Western sets back then.
Most glaring difference? The portion, and presentation. Refer to the first photo above and tell me you’re tempted. No? Can’t blame you.
Drizzles of diluted Mongolian sauce (it was really good last time), on a piece of aged, frozen chicken, and served with a piece of toasted stale bread. But worst of all, the mashed potatoes was SOUR. Yes, DAMN SOUR. And thus we sent the plates back to the kitchen, only to be told with the excuse that they were MEANT TO BE THAT WAY.
WTF. I know my mashed potatoes, and even though they’re from the pre-mix, canned varieties, they’re NOT meant to be sour. It was either they went overboard with the Worcestershire sauce (for whatever reason), or as we believed, the mashed potatoes was spoiled.
The cook did walk out and apologize profusely, and promised to change the potatoes to fries instead. Okay, we relented and waited. Until the boss casually carried the same plates to our tables and nonchalantly commented that IT WAS THE MARINADE, and IT’S MEANT TO BE SOUR.
Needless to say, we were damn pissed off. Short of throwing tantrums and walking out, we paid and left, without even touching the desserts. In case you’re curious, it’s either the same old ice-cream or jelly. But not before we gave the staff a piece of our mind, with the PR skill-ZERO boss hiding behind the counters.
And yeah, there was even 5% service charge in the bills, for all it’s worth. Unjustified? Daylight robbery?
Strangely I felt much better after venting off my frustration. And I feel like I can eat a whole cow, the most pungent of budu/tempoyak/cincalok, or even a stinking pod of ‘petai’ (stinkbeans) here and now. Heck, gimme a stalk of lemongrass now and I can even chew with much gusto. Okay… maybe not.
Address and Contact Number :
No 15, Jalan Tun Sambanthan,
Telephone : 605-254 8702.
Directly facing Padang Ipoh in Ipoh’s old town.
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