For as long as I can remember, I’ve always preferred chicken thigh to breast. Same goes to duck, goose and turkey. Mainly because the meat is smoother and there is a bit of fat around the area that adds flavour. Which was why I was rather annoyed when the waiter at Foodtique told me they ran out of the lower part of the duck. At 8pm!
Not wanting to spoil the mood, I settled for the upper part of the roast duck (RM18) which turned out to be a huge disappointment – coming from the people behind Four Seasons group. The duck was bony and cold, severely lacking in flavour. This was nothing like the original roast duck from Four Seasons Bayswater.
Foodtique is a halal outlet so the Szechuan mapo tofu (RM17.50) is prepared using minced chicken instead of pork. Despite the lack of porcine, this was pretty good. Piping hot with a good balance of meat, tofu and sauce. I love my dishes saucy as they go well with white rice that way.
Also decent was the braised eggplant and minced chicken (RM17.50), served in a claypot to ensure it remains warm throughout. The fried chicken with salt & pepper (RM18.50) was very moreish. Chicken thigh pieces, battered and fried till golden brown perfection, and then tossed with pepper and salt for extra flavour.
My waiter was quite efficient that night but the same could not be said about his co-workers. Dinner came up to RM105 for the above, inclusive of white rice and a glass of wine. I wouldn’t come back for the roast duck, but the fried chicken, why not?
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Food: 6/10 (halal)
Verdict: I found the roast duck very overrated. But the other dishes were commendable.
39, Jalan Telawi 3,
59100 Kuala Lumpur.
Hi Bangsar Babe,
I miss Four Season’s London duck! Man, am glad they are nearby home. Just to double check, you mentioned it is halal in your write up but at the end of the post (verdict) it is non-halal? Just needed to check so I don’t bring my Muslim friends to the wrong place heh
Thank you for pointing that out. It was an error on my end. The food at Foodtique is HALAL. :)
Braised eggplant and minced chicken for RM17.50…no way! ‘Dai chows’ are cheaper and I dare say tastes better…hehe :P
Aiya but this one different. Got aircon. :P
Thank you for your honest feedback. I am beginning to like your posting. Sincere and brilliant. This place is still worth my try???? Maybe for the sake of their heritage. Hopefully they will improve from your feedback. Keep up the good work :)
Thanks Julynda! :)
If you manage your expectations accordingly, it is still worth trying. I wouldn’t recommend the duck, but the other dishes are decent. Especially the salt and pepper chicken.
My mother in-law comes here for dim sum and likes it, though I haven’t tried so I wouldn’t know.
I decided to try this restaurant last night due to its Four Seasons, London connection (even though it’s empty most of the time).
The new manageress rushed us to order and then took 15 minutes for the first dish of Roast Duck to arrive. It was nothing like the succulent duck served in their London outlets, so please be forewarned.
Rice was dry and hard, served on plates.
Hot & Sour soup was tasty but almost as thick as cake frosting.
Crispy Aromatic duck was tasteless and came with pancakes unlike any served in Chinese restaurants – they were more like chappatis (I should have asked for some dhal from next door).
Yau Mak with Garlic was average.
The only dish I enjoyed was the Fried Tofu with chicken floss, in bite sized cubes, slightly crispy on the outside.
Overall, I would avoid this restaurant until they get their act together.