Zest is a new restaurant at Marriott Hotel which replaced the old Terrace Café. While the outlet looks swankier after the renovation (renovations cost RM10mil) the service is more in need of a makeover. During my visit recently, I found the service rude and disjointed. For starters, it was difficult to get the staff’s attention and our dirty plates were not cleared from the table until requested. Worse still, one of them glared at rif’s brother when he asked for a glass of ice cubes.
My disgruntlement aside, the buffet spread was decent and the food quality has improved from my last visit a year ago. Noteworthy was the roast lamb from the carving station – tender and juicy slices, paired with a choice of mint sauce, black pepper sauce and mushroom sauce. Skip the beef skewers as the meat was tough. The chicken and fish skewers were average-tasting.
The Indian section was quite good — I especially enjoyed the chicken curry with roti paratha. The curry was thick, fiery and redolent of spices while the chicken pieces were tender. There is a live pasta station and I got myself a spinach fettuccine with beef bacon in carbonara sauce. Not bad, but not fantastic either.
Give the dim sum a miss; they were so-so and the siu mai skin was a tad hard. The chicken pie and fried calamari rings were ordinary but I found them addictive. I had two servings of each – the pie was filled to the brim with chicken bits, peas and onions in a cream-based sauce, while the calamari was tastier with tartar sauce.
Desserts were quite a flop. The cake selection was unimpressive and I doubt the ice creams were homemade. All in, the ambiance is better but the poor service ruined my dining experience. If you’re still keen on trying this, the weekend brunch buffet cost RM58++ per person.
Verdict: New look, better food selection, poor service.
Putrajaya Marriott Hotel & Spa
IOI Resort, 62502, Putrajaya
Tel: 03-8949 8888