My family Chinese New Year reunion was an impromptu one. We didn’t plan anything as hubby worked on that day. So, we went to Queensbay Mall, looking for a place to dine. As it is Chinese New Year, we want a place serving Chinese foods but Dragon-I was closed and the other place is probably Johnny. But all my kids hate the sight, smell and mention of steamboat.
IndoCine is a restaurant with nice decor and very high ceiling. There are glass windows all around and views are great. You can either sit near the window and enjoy the view of Penang bridge or sit in the middle and see the atrium of Queensbay. They have a few Vietnamese English speaking staffs.
Overall, we have a nice cosy dinner and took plenty of photos as there were not many patrons as we were early. They have these tiny corners with different type of ambience. There are some ethnic decors with bamboo and some regular dining places plus a corner like what my family occupied.
As for the foods, I can’t say it is really that special. However, it being a Chinese New Year’s eve and almost all the restaurants were closed, we have to make do with what’s available. We had the set dinner for four pax at RM178++. It is inclusive of fresh fruit juices, dessert and several dishes. The above is the Vietnamese spring rolls. The first photo is the stuffed mushroom with brocolli. I know they mention some abalone but I don’t see a single thing that looks remotely like it. LOL.
Some fish name chee choe or something like that. Don’t order it. It smells of bamboo shoots or something weird like burnt coconut. The fish is fresh but the sauce overwhelmed it.
Some three flavoured prawns. (when you see I describe foods with ‘some’ you know how enthusiastic I am 😉 )
Some tomyam that has even more prawns. So my Chinese New Year reunion was filled with lots of hee-hee-haa-haa.
And our meal is complete with tab tim krop or water chestnut and coconut cream.
Indocine is on the last floor of Queensbay and is a new outlet. A nice place to entertain but the foods flavour probably needs some adjusting. Even for someone like me who loves spicy foods, I find the foods taste too overpowering and many of them too salty. I know Thais love their foods real salty but they will probably get more regular diners if the flavours are adjusted to suit Malaysians’ taste. As it is not exactly a cheap restaurant, it is wise to balance the flavours to suit Chinese taste buds who normally go for something milder.