Swez Brasserie, Eastin Hotel

Warning: If you're seriously hungry, do NOT be reading this. If you're extremely full, do NOT be reading this. If you're still curious, then good luck to you!

This Saturday, I'd like to bring you on a foodie adventure to...Swez Brasserie, Eastin Hotel. Oh and the last time I checked on Google Translate, it's pronounced as "Spez Basseree" so...yeah. But whatever it is, you should be looking into this site to know more about it. Fantastically, all senior citizens above the age of 55 eat at only HALF the price so dearest senior citizens, this is the place to be!

With me being me, I kick started my meal with nothing better than...

THE CHOCOLATE FOUNTAIN!!!

Yes, I am spoiled brat in love with the chocolate fountain to any hi-tea spread. It was a great variety, with grapes, rose apples, marshmallows and puffs for dipping choices. I opted for the marshmallow of course. What better way to start your day sweet?

Okay, brat moment over. So the spread was limited in choices but I do suspect it's because it is the fasting month and so Swez Brasserie may limit their food in order to avoid wastage. I wouldn't say it was such a bad idea but neither was it very intelligent given that we are still charged the normal price. Perhaps that's just me being a cheapskate stereotypical Chinese but I really felt a little cheated.

I opted for a few dishes offered, with others not quite appealing to my appetite. (Sorry la, I've gotten to this whole cheapskate stereotypical Chinese mood today, taking only the EXPENSIVE things.)

Bangers & mash

Deliciously creamy mash potatoes with a fragrant herbal banger

I ultimately loved the mash potatoes from the bangers and mash more than the banger because of how soft and creamy it tasted. Probably the best dish from the whole spread today.

Breaded Fish Finger with Pangko Breadcrumb and Sesame Seed

Fish finger and tartar sauce

For a tiny fish finger, this wasn't too bad but it really just felt a little like a fish and chip dish without the chip. The tartar sauce complimented the fish finger pretty well but it might as well just be as that with nothing truly great.

Braised Chinese Mushroom & Taukan

Here's where my Chinese roots kick in to my food spread. By taste, this dish has quite won me over but simply not that overwhelming. The broccoli was nicely braised and deliciously soft; just the way I like it and the taukan was not cut off in too big sizes. My complaint is that the mushrooms were really sliced TOO thinly and it quite made me think about how they were trying to save on ingredients. Hmm...why would you do that for a grand place such as Swez Brasserie?

Smoked Duck Breast

Smoked Mackerel with Dill- Lemon Salad

Up close and personal with the smoked mackerel and duck breast

The duck breast served was ABSOLUTELY awesome. I'll be honest, I have always been a huge fan of duck meat and today I finally had some brilliant smoked duck breast. I am a happy child. However, the smoked mackerel was a let down, with the smell of the fish overpowering anything else that really accompanied it. I definitely had seconds and thirds of the duck breast though!

Fish Pie

The fish pie was indeed very fishy, simply not to my taste. My mother didn't quite enjoy it either. My verdict would just be to avoid it; unless you don't mind the smell of fishes...

Hawaiian Pizza

No pineapples? Okay...

To be honest, I had quite expected more from the Hawaiian pizza because it had looked beautifully golden on the plate but at first bite, I realized that it was cold and not quite up to taste. As a Hawaiian pizza, there was no pineapple on it at all and I had no idea what I was actually biting on. A disappointment? You bet.

Herbal Chicken

Again, the Chinese in me kicked in and I quite enjoyed this succulent chicken dish as compared to anything else Chinese. However, I felt that it was a little dry for my liking and there was not enough sauce for us to take. What's herbal chicken without some herbal "soup" right?

Mushroom Soup

Oh dear me, this is the true disappointment to me. I LOVE mushroom soup. I love anything mushroom and the moment I saw it on the spread I was expecting so much from it. In fact, the aroma of the soup was so overwhelming that I had the desire to drink it straight off from the buffet stand. Alas, there is so much that this bowl of soup is lacking. While the aroma is great, the taste to the soup did not justify just enough to a mushroom soup lover like myself. I would have preferred something creamier and possibly with just a little more salt and pepper but there were none to offer so I had to settle with whatever they had. What a waste, really...

Mochi Balls

Hmmm, yes I had a bite of this. I loved how chewy the texture of the balls were and it's a definite entry to my list of "good Mochi balls". Delicious!

Blueberry Crumble

Frothy and fluffy whipped cream

Blueberry Crumble with whipped cream

Blueberry Crumble with sweet milk

If there has ever been anything on the spread that I have taken 3 to 4 servings of, it HAS to be this blueberry crumble. The warm blueberry crumble when accompanied by the semi-sweet frothy and fluffy whipped cream is an absolute heaven! I loved how the crunch of the blueberry crumble was when infused with the whipped cream! The sweet milk on the other hand completely overpowered the warm blueberry crumble's aroma, making it not quite the choice in accompaniment. Take my word for it, this is a MUST HAVE dessert that even my mother has fallen in love with!

Black Sesame Glutinous Rice Ball in soup

Chewy Black Sesame Glutinous Rice Ball

If you know me well enough, you would know that I have always been a great fan of glutinous rice ball whether in season or not. To me, the black sesame glutinous rice ball served was a tad bit too huge in size and rather flat, making it look more like a flat and disgusting lump than a rice ball. The filling tasted just right but the skin could have been better. Overall edible, but only if you really have a craving to it.

Rose apple covered in dark chocolate from the chocolate fountain

Of course, here's just to close up my review for the day on the food from Swez Brasserie, Eastin Hotel. My rose apple covered in dark chocolate was just...bliss.

Now, I am unsure if it is the fact that it is the fasting month but I had found that the choices were really limited and that most of the dishes were unlabelled, making it difficult for me to judge if the dish was indeed the right choice for me. For instance, there were a few things in which looked like beef but I was unsure of what meat it was and so I did not opt for it. Also, the service staffs all looked as though they had just been given a kick on their bottom and did not smile at all. The only staff of the day that looked friendly was an Indian lady called Indra who handled our booking and seemingly she was a very nice and easy going person. 

I had honestly expected a little more from Swez Brasserie and I am sorry to say that no doubt the place smells freshly of lemons, (I have no idea why but it's just so aromatic, I fell in love with the scent) there definitely is space for improvements. There are things to be fixed, staffs to be trained and probably some trays that need replacement. (Some of the trays were extremely difficult to open and others were so easily opened, our hands slipped and made a complete ruckus of the place.)

Swez Brasserie
Lobby Level, Eastin Hotel, Petaling Jaya
Open from 6 AM to 11 PM daily
+603 - 7665 1111 (Ext 183)

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