(Read my non-halal post on the pork knuckle from the Bulgarian restaurant over at my other food blog)
Over the years, Secret Recipe has dropped further and further down my list of places to eat. Maybe it is because competition from other cafes, maybe it is because I have weaned myself from their cakes, maybe it is because their standard has dropped.
In fact, we never even go to Secret Recipe anymore. However I was near the IC church in Pulau Tikus and it was lunch time. So, I head over the Bella Row with my #2 and #5 son.
My #2 son had the lasagna. Nothing to complain but nothing special either.
My six years old wanted the chicken cordon bleu. He ate about 1/3 of the portion and we ‘tapau’ the 2/3 home. He said the chicken is too ‘hard’, meaning too dry.
They are having some RM9.90 meal which changes every week (I think). I had a bowl of Singapore laksa which is just too weird for this Penang lang. It is like pouring a bowl of curry mee into a bowl of laksa and the noodle is the laksa rice noodle. Sorry lah, I really had a hard time adjusting my tastebuds because it is nothing like my favourite Penang ‘cham laksa’ which is the Thai lemak laksa mixed with Penang asam laksa.
With one iced lemon tea, one cup of coffee, one slice of chocolate mud and two brownies (which we tapau), the damage was RM83+ So, I cannot categorise Secret Recipe as family restaurant and yet, it doesn’t live up to the standard of restaurants like Chilli’s or TGIF.
The outlet in Gurney Plaza gave me an even worse experience because they used broken and chipped cutleries. I had found yummier lamb shank elsewhere and cakes at Secret Recipe cannot attract me anymore.