Friday, 12 April 2013

Hakata Ippudo (一風堂) @ Pavilion

Internationally acclaimed Japanese ramen is now in pavilion KL. There is a huge hype about this place, so we decided to give this place a try to see what the big deal was all about. There was a half an hour wait before I get to enter the restaurant. Like any other ramen restaurant, the interior is simple and authentic. Once inside we were offered bar seating. It has an open kitchen concept which is common among ramen restaurant, so we get to see all the cooks in action.

Akamaru shinaji (RM28)- Ippudo's original tonkatsu broth enhanced with special blended miso paste and fragant garlic oil. Served with thin noodles, belly chashu, kikurage and spring onions. A refined, modern-style ramen.

Karaka-men(RM28) - Ippudo's original tonkatsu broth with special spicy miso & ground pork. Karaka-men was more to my liking because of the broth, in particular, was strong and flavorful compare to akamaru shinaji.

Do you notice there is no egg in the ramen, yes their ramen doesn't come with an egg. Can't accept ramen without a perfect match soft boiled egg???? Don't worry, add on toppings available from RM2- RM5

Nitamago ( RM2)- favored soft boiled egg
Negi (RM2)- Spring onion
Nori( RM2)- Seaweed
Chashu (RM5)- Simmered pork
Ajikikurage (RM3)- Flavored black fungus

Everything about Ippudo's ramen was fantastic, from the chewiness of the noodles to the completely addictive flavor of the soup, and the pork was pretty succulent.
I would prefer Ippudo ramen if I craving for some good ramen as it was very much better if compared with Menya musashi and Goku raku.

Menya musashi @ Isetan, 1 utama

Both the Kuro chashu men & Aka musashi ramen was too oily for my liking

 Goku raku ramen @ paradigm mall

Goku raku ramen- the broth was ok but not too memorable

Surprisingly, stamina don was not bad though

Service however poor in Goku raku, the worst service I've ever seen.  May be I went on a bad day??!
By the way, the tables are tooooo close together which is a pity, not only I can literally hear what the patrons beside our table were speaking, my elbow almost touched the guy at the next table while having my meal.

Lot C4.07.00 Connection Level 4
Pavilion KL

Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Tom, Dick & Harry's @ pavilion

All breakies order comes with a glass of juice and refillable coffee/tea. and the pricing is nett..isn't that great ?!!!
We were glad that we stopped by here the other day. I like the simple breakfast made with that home made touch.  On top of the food, I like the happy bustling atmosphere.

The coffee was your typical coffee.

Big breakfast (RM26)- 2 sunny side up, grilled pork sausages, bacon, baked beans, saute mushroom, fresh grilled tomatoes, golden hash brown with bread and butter (For additional awesomeness upgrade to crispy crunchy bacon -RM3 only). Delicious and very filling.

Banana pan cakes (RM16) - Yummylicious layes of pan cakes filled with sweet chocolate chips, sundried raisins and banana bits, dusted in cinnaman sugar, served with syrup, caramalised bananas and vanilla ice cream.

 I tried new menu item on my second visit, it was great as well. I suppose everything on the menu is good, come and try it yourself if you don't believe it.

Steak and Eggs Breakie (RM28) - Tender Grain fed Ribeye steak served with sunny side up, golden hash brown, saute mushrooms and fresh grilled tomatoes, with beefy brown gravy on the side.

I applaud them from keeping their food in so high quality but I wasn't uberly impressed because I'm sort of used to it..LOL

Lot C3. 10. 04, Connection Level 3,
Pavilion Kuala Lumpur
168, Jalan Bukit Bintang 
55100 KL

Friday, 1 March 2013

Monte's restaurant & wine bar

Monte's Restaurant & Wine Bar has been a favorite among diners for more than a decade. 
We tried this welcoming little place recently and had a very pleasant dining experience. The atmosphere is relaxed and staff can't do enough.

Mocktail Monte's dream (RM13) - delightful combination of pineapple + orange +?

Escargots (RM19/ half dozen)- baked and basted in Chablis and garlic sauce, very buttery and garlicky. Above average standard

Mango and shrimp cocktail (RM19) - served with garden fresh greens. It was a joy to eat this appetizer before main.

Pan seared cod (RM 58) - serve with ratatouille and chermoula dressing. Looks and tastes fabulous.

Spaghetti marinara (RM 31) - combination of seafood, garlic and tomato sauce. It just tasted OK to me, not terrible but not up to expectation.

It is a classic restaurant worth a visit. Service is good, not too attentive which annoys me.

The price wasn't too bad either. Perhaps not an every week kind of price, but easily a once a month treat kind of price.
I'll definitely say the worst thing about this restaurant  is trying to decide what you want to eat. Charbroiled ostrich available for RM39 is a must try !

Bangsar Shopping Centre 285 Jalan Maarof
59000 Bangsar
Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur 

Tel: 03-20941112

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Decanter @ Section17

Having heard mixed reviews about decanter, finally make it to this restaurant, such a great suburban find.
It's a cool little place which tucked away in a side street. Everyone should be able to find something from the extensive menu.
The place filled up after about 8 pm with a very jolly crowd of mostly families. We loved the hearty but thoughtfully-presented food here, you will walk out feeling full.

The waiting staff were friendly and helpful but it was what came out of the kitchen that makes this place special.
We had Smoked salmon with cheese and anchovies for starter which was really nice.
Jolie ordered the grilled chicken  and recommended it very highly.
I had the salmon steak. It was a basic dish but the accompanying vegetables were delicious and the generous portion make it special.

There is a lovely outdoor seating area as well

P.S. Finding street parking was very easy, always a bonus!

Pina colada (RM17)

Long Island (RM17)

Mojito (RM17)

Smoked salmon with cheese and anchovies ( RM12)

Grilled chicken (RM16)

Mix grilled platter (RM45)

Grilled Norvegian Salmon (RM36)

5, Jalan 17/56, Section 17
46400 Petaling Jaya,
Selangor Darul Ehsan

Saturday, 29 December 2012

Burger Junkyard @ Kota Damansara

A new burger joint in Kota Damansara. You shouldn't come here expecting a Michelin Star quality, but you should come here expecting a good food at a fair price.
The place is small and the quality of the food is pretty much exactly what you'd expect.
As we walked in we were greeted by a nice and helpful guy with introducing their house specialty.

The burgers were full of all the yummy fixings. The fries were your standard thin cut fries but good anyway. It's a shame they are only open from 6pm-10pm. And they only offer soft drinks, a perfect companion to the burger, I suppose.

Balsamic beefing onion (15.90)- had a juicy and thick patty, well made, and the caramalized onion went well with it. Look at the oozy cheese, don't you wanna give them a try...

Brooklyn Burger (RM15.90)- lots of meat, lots of cheese, lots of toppings. and I love the bread, it made the burger even better

There is no way to take a bite due to it's contents.

No.16-g, Jalan PJU 5/20d
The Strand Kota Damansara
47810 Petaling Jaya, Malaysia.
Tel: 03-6143 4305

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Le Deux Garcons Pâtisserie

It's a tiny cafe, but has a creative creation. In the front it has a few chairs and small tables for a few to sit and have a chat when they enjoy a light snack and of course macarons.
Upon entering the cute little cafe, rows and rows of colourful macarons came into view. There were very unique flavours such as wasabi, vodka and lime, garlic and olives....
I got the small box of six macarons which has raspberry, lemon vanilla, salted caramel, blueberry, pistachio..
The macaron are two-bite size with a chewy consistency and generous creamy filling. The flavours are distinct and easily depicted and shine through my tastebuds. And yes macarons are generally sweet but these are just at a right intensity of sweetness. However the price is generally high as well because it takes a lot of time and expertise to make a perfect macaron (you should be able to taste the quality of the ingredients and effort put into making it)

1- RM5
2- RM9.59
4- RM18.50
6- RM27

Lemon vanilla was definitely an eye opener, the vanilla and citrus flavor was a lovely combination.

Raspberry is , and always will be my favourite.

Salted caramel, anyone?!!.So far, I can never forget the taste of salted caramel. Impressive!

Blackcurrant- the filling is thick and you can taste the delicateness

Passionfruit Chocolate also has a nice texture and the chocolate flavour is good. But I could hardly taste the passion fruit.

Pistachio was fresh, very flavourful and also had a smooth and generous filling. Seriously tasted exactly like a pistachio.

These little French desserts were delightful in every way, as each macaron had its own distinctive colour and flavor. I fell in love with them and can't wait to bathe my mouth and tummy in it's amazing rich texture again. It's too bad its a very small cafe with limited seats so don't expect to sit down. There's just enough room to take a look at what you want, pay for it, and leave so you can scarf some down on the way to wherever you're headed. I'll certainly stop in when the mood strikes me as there are so much more to try.

No. 36, Jalan Telawi,
Bangsar Baru,
59100 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +6 03 2284 7833
Opening Hours: 12pm-8pm