I thought I would be super free after the pageant, but unfortunately for me, that was not the case. My past two weeks were filled with workload, accumulated over the 5 days I was on leave. After a few days of dull hawker food, I decided it was time to venture out of the area for lunch, and rif suggested lunch at Secret of Louisiana.They were having this lunch buffet, which seemed like a pretty good deal – “All you can eat pasta for RM14.80+”. It was similar to what CAFF was offering, except they only serve pasta. CAFF serves both pizza & pasta. In the buffet, you get a complimentary glass of Ice Lemon Tea (refillable), salad, soup and a scoop of ice cream.Tomato soup was plain and tasteless – it looked and tasted very much like a westernised “ABC soup”. The salad comprised pieces of withered lettuce leaves and tomato chunks with Thousand Island dressing — blah. I wasn’t really bothered, as I was there for the pasta, which by the way, took ages to arrive.
There are 7 choices of pasta available, and you can order them as many times as you like. However, you will have to finish your pasta before ordering another. The pasta Bolognese didn’t wow me at first glance, and neither did it at first bite. I found the sauce to be weak in flavours, and by the second bite, I asked to switch with rif’s pesto fish pasta.
Of all the pastas we ordered (we didn’t order all 7), the fish pesto pasta was the nicest – and I still found it average. The fish was nicely pan fried, so the insides were firm and slightly flaky. rif loves pasta with pesto sauce, so this was a clear favourite for him. I’m not a huge fan of pesto pasta, but given the 7 options, I’d go for this anytime.
The Chicken Smoked Sausage Pasta was just sliced sausages and capsicums in tomato based sauce. Generic tasting, and I thought it could do with more seasoning — pepper, salt, sugar & herbs. The Mexican Aglio Olio tasted mostly of olive oil and chilli flakes. So if you like your pasta that way, you might like this. I didn’t. The chicken stir-fried spaghetti was slightly better, but it was no where near good. The ice cream was something easily available at supermarkets and the ice lemon tea was the most un-lemon tasting tea I’ve had. It tasted like teh o’ ais…and a very bad version as well.
All in, the food didn’t taste anything American — I suspect the recipes have been altered to suit the Malaysian taste bud. The pastas took very long to arrive. I reckon we waited for 20-25 minutes for each plate. So if you don’t have long lunch hours, give this a miss. Service was also not up to mark. The waiter served us our pasta, and walked away without giving us any cutlery (Did they expect me to use my hands??). I’ll be sticking to CAFF from now on.
Food: 3/10 (pork free)
Verdict: The pastas were too Malaysian-ised for me, plus the long wait and half-hearted service irks me.
Plaza Kelana Jaya,