I had a nice birthday treat last night from MrNordin. He took me to Mandarin Oriental for dinner.
We dined at the Pacifica. We used to frequent this place before, masa zaman2 sebelum Nizzar, but after the baby, we just stopped going because the place is not particularly child-friendly. It's more conducive for business meetings or intimate dinners.
Plus the meals are a bit pricey. For special occasions like this, ok lah. Tapi kalau nak bawa satu gerabak keretapi, alamat botaklah kepala husband I which is already so botak!
Pacifica used to be a fusion restaurant before, specializing in Japanese and Italian fine cuisines. But it has recently been transformed into a stylish seafood restaurant with an intimate setting, carrying a price tag of RM110 for a small meal of cod fish and couscous! I thought it was exorbitant!
But as the night carried on, I realised we were not only paying for the meal, but also for the ambience and great service.
As you go down the steps that lead you to the restaurant, you’ll find yourself surrounded by sphere-like fish bowls and floor-to-ceiling glass windows, which make you feel as if you’re dining under the sea. The tables and chairs have that Moorish influence and are set on sheer, curtained alcoves ~ very exclusive and trendy.
The staff made the dining experience more worthwhile. Ever so courteous, they adressed you by your name: "Would you like some more water, Mr Nordin?" "How's the food, Mr Nordin?" "Are you done, Mr Nordin?"
And there were a lot of “extras” like complimentary entrees from the chef, yummy chocolate pralines to savour with coffee, and surprise! Surprise! A complimentary baguette, nicely packed in a crisp paper bag to bring home for tomorrow’s breakfast! I thought that was a very nice gesture!
The food was delicious (it had to be!). We both had the fish. I had cod, MrNordin had the halibut. There were having this truffle promotion, but we didn't order any of those because it was very expensive.
We stayed on until quite late, talking about the kids, work and us. By the time the bill arrived, it was almost midnight and we were the only ones left ! Always like that when you’re having fun, right?
Before we took our leave, I asked my husband, "What's the damage?" I was feeling quite worried if the bill had cost him a bomb. With a smile, he answered, “No matter what amount it was, having you here with me is worth much more than that...."
Hee.. hee... and I melted !!!