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Zest @ Marriott Hotel & Spa, Putrajaya
December 21, 2011

Zest @ Marriott Hotel & Spa, Putrajaya

Cold Cut

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.

DIY Rojak

Satay Station

Fresh from the grill

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.

Indian Counter

Pasta Station

Skewered meats, fish and vegetables

Spinach fettuccine with bacon and carbonara sauce

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.

Round 1

Fish skewers, chicken pie & calamari rings

Calamari rings with tartar sauce and roast lamb

Chicken curry with roti paratha

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.

Cream of asparagus soup

Kuih muih

Candies & condiments

Damn fail DIY ais kacang -- forgot to put red syrup!

Vanilla & yam ice cream

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.

Ambiance: 7/10
Price: 5/10
Food: 5.5/10
Service: 1/10
Verdict: New look, better food selection, poor service.

Zest
Putrajaya Marriott Hotel & Spa
IOI Resort, 62502, Putrajaya
Malaysia
Tel: 03-8949 8888

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6 Responses

  1. yikes, guess that more of the RM10 million should have been spent on staff training & salaries? the RM58++ for the buffet seems pretty OK though, but i guess the petrol & toll fees to get to putrajaya would add up! :D

    1. Bangsar Babe

      They should! Was so annoyed at the staff that day. :(

  2. Speaking of poor service, the other day, I had tea at the Starhill Tea Salon and had witnessed some of the most horrifying service ever! One of the staff members was asking another staff member to quickly serve warm water because our table had been asking for two glasses of warm water THREE TIMES. Anyway, the other staff member who had been asked to quickly pour the warm water throw a huge tantrum by throwing a tray down on the floor and started yelling about.

    1. Bangsar Babe

      Yikes! That’s terrible. No class at all. That staff member should be fired.

  3. aiiyoh.. u go and eat in putrajaya ar.. sure liadat on lorrr .. hahaha! poor gal. can just see ur unhappy face di! :p

  4. dv

    hye.. ur photo collections are helpful for me to do my final report..
    m a trainee at marriott putrajaya before.
    thank you :)

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