Our meal at Lestari started promisingly but ended up being disappointing and not up to the standard promised by the Trip Advisor reviews. The menu was difficult to choose from - too many options without a clear idea of what we would actually receive. Two of us ordered the BBQ special - all you can eat for Rp 220K; one ordered the Seafood Salad; the last member of our group ordered the Prawns Tapas starter and then a pasta. The menu prices were nett which is great.
Complimentary cold towels, icy fruit punch and a tiny spring roll arrived quickly.
Two slices of garlic bread were the first course for the BBQ options. When we ordered this we were asked what we wanted to eat and in what order; this was very difficult to answer without knowing how big the serves are and if they would be accompanied by anything. We thought we would just try a couple of things as we could order more if it wasn't enough (the menu does say "all you can eat"). After the garlic bread a plate of mixed salads arrived: pasta, garden, green and cucumber/tomato, each with a different dressing. Tasty, not very big. Then came the first of the meats, a tiny piece on the plate with a baked potato. One piece of steak was well cooked, medium rare as requested, the other was seared on the outside and raw and jelly like on the inside, and was returned to the kitchen for more cooking. It was still very rare when it came back and too tough to eat. The plates were removed and the tuna was brought to the table, this was overcooked as the plates were so hot the fish continued to cook at the table. Couldn't eat potato with the fish as this had been removed with the prevous plates and we weren't asked if wanted to keep it. The tuna was accompanied by 'Ratatouille' - zucchini, onion and capsicum cooked in butter. Next up were the sausages, a frankfurter and a chorizo (sort of) rolling around on the plate by themselves. I asked for more ratatouille to accompany this, it took around 15 minutes to arrive, by which time we'd had enough strange sausages, and this time it consisted mainly of capsicum. All in all a very odd way to serve and eat dinner.
The other meals were so-so; prawn entree was four tiny creatures in a spicy butter for Rp 90K. Tasty but very overpriced. Seafood Salad was also very small; one prawn, four cubes of raw tuna, similar amount of snapper, and a few leafs of iceberg lettuce. Pasta was saturated in cream with just a few pieces of fish.
The staff were charming but had to run off to the kitchen for the answers to our questions. There were quite a few customers, unlike the other restaurants we walked past to get to Lestari. I wonder what everyone else's experience was like, why does this restaurant have such a good Trip Advisor rating? Experiences like this devalue TA in my opinion.
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