It was a long plan outing. We had wanted to go to the Suffolk House for months; not only for dinners but also to tour the much talk-about Great House of Penang.
After a few misses, we finally made it there last Sunday. We decided to go for their afternoon tea instead of dinner as we wanted to pick-up their tours option.
But then, we dropped the idea as soon as we hit their Garden Restaurant….
This is why.
The place is very poorly maintained. We are so disappointed with our overall experience that we decided it’s just ain’t worth it to pay additional RM12/pax to tour the House :O
Lets start from the moment we reached there.
It was around 4pm, the sun was not too bright.
The area was very quiet; we could almost hear the buzzing of ‘em flying creatures from the surrounding greens.
The first sight of the mucky Air Itam River was not pleasant.
We checked through a security point and walked into the 200 years old Anglo-India Architectural Building.
A Hostess greeted us; led us through the lobby and front hall before settling us at their Open Air Dining Area; aka the Garden.
We were promptly seated and were given the menu.
The menu for Afternoon Tea is actually fixed; a pot of tea of our choice to be served with mushroom pie, scones, cucumber and salmon sandwich, brownie, butter cakes and cookies.
All of which was not good except for the cucumber sandwich and the specialty jams.
We ordered tea for 4; 2 types of flower flavored tea, English Breakfast for Mommy and Fresh and Mint for Big Jiu Jiu.
They brought Big Jiu Jiu a pot of Darjeeling instead :O
Now, we are not too particular about the food. After all, we were there for the ambience. But like we mentioned, the place is so poorly kept, it borderline irking us.
The nature is pretty; we even saw some colorful birds chirping happily around the shady trees around the greens.
The House is a tad rundown which is OK….. but filthiness is not. Thick dusts were seen everywhere, flying creatures were buzzing under the table biting our legs, flies were checking out our food, the café’s tables and chairs were giving out vibrating creaking sound that’s fighting with the evening breeze.
It’s not all that comfortable sitting at the table for our afternoon tea!
But then, only the adults sighed. Samuel on the other hand, enjoyed himself tremendously.
Perhaps dining there will be a different experience altogether since diners dine in a more kept and decorate dining hall. But our Afternoon Tea at the Garden was certainly ain’t nothing we thought it would be.