2 Feb 2018 – Friday
I had an adventurous pallet for my dinner on that day — fresh, bold or fine dining perhaps, and scoured the internet for some options. Browsing; not intimidated by what’s trending or a hype, I found myself on the landing page of Garage 51.
Having stayed in Kuala Lumpur for more than a decade, it be wise to map the distance and time of departure before heading out. Honestly, I don’t particularly enjoy being exhausted before a meal due to traffic congestion and searching for parking.
If you’re driving, you can easily park at the Sunway University parking facility which is relatively close by the restaurant, with an hour priced at RM2.00 (Price may change without prior notice). I went on a Friday evening, so I assumed not many people would be around that time. I was right! However parking may not be so convenient during the day unless your lucky. The last time I tried was during lunch (1:30pm – 2:30pm), which resulted in an hour and a half to finally get parking.
From the outside, nothing boastful nor extravagant to catch the unknowing eye, however it’s interior has a concept which is pleasantly comfortable. After almost 5 years since its doors first opened, I’d like to know personally if there were any changes due to the changing crowds. Upon entering the restaurant, Its’ staff was immediately accommodating and friendly — enlightening me on their special and the house favourite, this is an essential part of my customer experience. Eventually after taking some time to understand their huge selection on their menu which suited my taste that day, I made my order.
Seeing that during my visit to the restaurant wasn’t bustling with customers, I was expecting my meal prep time would be cut in half or at least quick.
As the meal; Vegan Black Bean, arrived at my table, its presentation was clean and simple, its size was in proportion to my taste and was not a displeasure, but did have an unusual after taste at the end. The vegetables were crunchy and fresh. This made me question the meals’ preparation consistency — will it taste the same way the second time I ordered this meal? or will it surprise me?.
The coffee wasn’t too sweet and had a bitterness to it and as for the coconut water, was to my expectations, I loved it. So here’s how I rate Garage 51. Note that this is only my personal opinion about my experience.
(1-Don’t Bother out of 10-Awesome)
Location: 5 — It really depends on which day and time you choose to go.
Service: 7 — Could be better.
Waiting period: 5 — Reasonable.
Environment: 5 — Photo worthy.
Price: 5 — Middle income earners.
Would I come again: 58% Chance of that happening!