One Michelin Star Restaurant PUTIEN Gardens Mall
PUTIEN Gardens Mall is a pale reflection of the original PUTIEN in Kitchener Road was awarded One Star by the 2016 Michelin Guide Singapore.
The PUTIEN in Kitchener Road prided itself on “Fresh Ingredients, Original Taste”.
PUTIEN started as a humble coffee shop in Singapore that has grown into an international brand with 25 branches in Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Taiwan, Beijing, Guangzhou, and Shenzhen.
My 2nd Dining Experience at PUTIEN Gardens Mall
This is my second dinner at PUTIEN. My host chose this outlet as it’s conveniently in Mid Valley. My first experience was at PUTIEN Courtyard, Subang Jaya. The review is here.
However, for a Michelin Star Restaurant, this PUTIEN outlet is a huge disappointment.
The restaurant was running full, and they showed us to a table for four. This table faced the servery hatch. This is where all the noise from the kitchen is audible and serving carts are parked. The din from the plates being cleared and the general noise was unbearable.
As for the food, the taste is mediocre. The presentation is also below par. We ordered a Braised Claypot Seabass Fillet. When it was served did not match the photo on the menu. There was no garnishing, and it just looked like a different dish.
It perplexed us that this could have happened at One Michelin Star Restaurant.
Have a look at the photos.
Putien Mee Sua
The Putien Mee Sua is a must have the reunion feast, for it implies longevity. This is A must have for reunion feasts. The specialty of the silken noodles is its tenacity and elasticity.
They make these noodles with different flours which makes it more elastic.
A traditional food for the locals, the Putien Mee Sua is a braised dish in a rich pork broth.
Putien Loh Mee is braised with pork belly, prawns, clams, oysters, mushrooms mushroom, celery, or other types of fresh vegetables. Mix in their chili sauce and you are in for a treat. This dish is quite well prepared.
Spinach with Salted & Century Egg
The salty-savory notes of the two types of eggs make the rich broth tasty. The young spinach leaves are sweet. The smoky aroma of the whole fried garlic pips gives it a creamy texture.
Compared to the version at PUTIEN Courtyard, this is a little too salty for my liking.
Deep Fried Chicken with Garlic (Half)
The chicken tastes ordinary but the presentation could surely be better than this.
Braised Claypot Home Made Bean Curd
This dish looked completed different from the picture on the menu! When we pointed to the menu, we were told that the vegetables have wilted after cooking.
Putien Bee Hoon
Purportedly PUTIEN’s Bee Hoon has a pristine, white, thread-thin texture that doesn’t turn soggy when cooked. This version looks and tastes quite ordinary.
Review of PUTIEN Gardens Mall
We felt that to for a restaurant to brand itself as One Michelin One Star Restaurant, it has to earn the accolade and not rest on the reputation of the original outlet.
One Michelin Star Restaurant, PUTIEN Gardens Mall
Lot S-215, The Garden, Lingkaran Syed Putra, Mid Valley City,
59200 Kuala Lumpur | Telephone: +603 2202 1338
CUISINE | Asian, Chinese, Seafood
SPECIALTIES | Braised Pig Intestines, Deep Fried Chicken with Garlic, Soup, Stir-fried Yam
OPENING HOURS | Daily
Lunch: 11:00am – 3:30pm (Last Orders is 3pm)
Dinner: 5:30pm – 10:00pm (Last Orders is 9:30pm)