A lot have been said in blogs and reviews about 'Sage Restaurant and Wine Bar' and when you've been tagged as Cilantro's younger sibling - there's a lot to live up to. So rather than giving you the typical oh-so-boring review of photographing each dish and tormenting you by telling you how each individual ingredient taste like, I've decided to take a different approach and tell you if this restaurant is worthy of bringing your all important date for an evening of dramatic top-end experience dining.

With all the hype you'd probably have heard, you can't help but to raise your expectations up a couple of notches even before stepping foot into the establishment. Yet it doesn't disappoint you as fleets of well groomed staff greets you at the doorstep. Upon entering this outpost-liked location in the less fashionable end of the mall - you'll quickly be introduced to an environment of soaring cream walls, timber flooring and tables swathed in white linen. Some tables even have booth-styled seatings which gives the place a demure yet adds to the understated sophistication of the restaurant.

Cue the photos:-

The open kitchen is part gallery, part theater with chefs whirling around as eager diners witness the art of inspiring culinary skills and great ingredients into vibrant dishes - although I do think that the kitchen can still look better with more sophisticated wall tiles instead of your average toilet-styled ones.

The food is French in inspiration with Japanese accents and an unmistakable Cilantro flair. Pricing is fair but by golly - the choice of food is tempting. From foie gras to carpaccio - Sage's menu allows you to practice your French while indulging in your finesse taste.


An interesting thing to do will be to entertain your date by demonstrating how fine the wagyu beef - as Johan did. He cut the beef with a whiff-liked touch from the blunt side of his fork and it split gently like butter.

A couple of common mistakes I've noticed though - 1. The waiter served Johan first, even though there were two ladies on our table, and 2. The inconsistent way the waiters serve you your dishes - darting over your left then right shoulders next.

Apart from these minor observations, it seems there's no stopping the floor team of Sage from delivering to you an evening of great food, great wine and reliable service that hums like a well-oiled machine.

Food: 7/10

Service: 6.5/10

Ambience: 7/10

Food Presentation: 7/10

Overall: 7/10


Sage Restaurant and Wine Bar

The Gardens Residences
6th Floor, The Gardens
Mid Valley City
Lingkaran Syed Putra
59200 Kuala Lumpur

Tel No: 03- 2268 1188


Jess said...

I went to Sage for my bday, i didnt much like the interior design but nevertheless the food is good. Heard they change the chef too! will give it another shot.

crusader said...

Get someone to buy us dinner there!

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