Monday, June 21, 2010

La Cocina @ USJ

Baby Squid in Cream Sauce- RM11.90; Baked Mussels with Cheese Tapas- RM9.90; Caramelised Rich Custard- RM7.50

La Cocina has been in USJ Taipan for ages, but I have never gotten around to pay it a visit until few days ago. It was a pretty quiet Wednesday night at the restaurant. We ordered 2 tapas to try- Baby squid sauteed with shallots, garlic, herbs and cream sauce. The sauce was creamy and compliments the lightly toasted bread well. The mussels were claimed to be from New Zealand and was cooked in tangy spanish sauce and baked with cheese, I could taste something like pesto sauce though.

Negres Paella (2 pax)- RM66

Our main objective was to have the Negres Paella or in simpler description- Spanish rice cooked in black ink squid, large prawns, shrimps, fish fillets, squids, mussels, clams and vegetables. The portion was just right for 2 persons' consumption. It was a different taste of sorts compared to the normal paella. Do not let the blackness scare you as it is quite tasty and the prawns were very fresh too.

We had wanted to order one of their desserts but were told that it was unavailable. To our surprise, the waiter brought to our table a Caramelised Custard (similar to Creme Brulee) and said it was complimentary on the house. Wow, a penny saved from desserts!

We would definitely return to La Cocina for their other tapas. They are also currently having some combo promotion, for i.e. Paella and Tapas combo. Do check it out!

La Cocina
38, USJ 9/5P,
UEP Subang Jaya.
Tel: 03-8023 2395

[disclaimer: the opinions expressed here are based on my personal views, tastebuds and preference and may vary for others. please dont sue me, i dont have money. kthxbye.]

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Bulgogi BBQ House

Assorted appetizers; Pork & Beef BBQ Set- RM75.90

In the spirit of the Koreans thrashing Greece in their first match of the WC 2010, we decided to support our Asian countrymen by having Korean :) There were few places that came in mind after a google search but we opted for Bulgogi in Kota Damansara instead because I feel I have not explore the area much yet.

Grilled Pork; Seafood Beancurd Stew- RM13.80

We ordered the Pork + Beef BBQ set which comes with corn drink (for acquired taste only, like burnt corn flavoured drink, urgh), rice and soup. The beef was a sirloin strip and we like the tenderness of the meat and the grilled marks too. The pork was okay as well, good that the fatty strips tasted like lean meat after a good grill. The complimentary appetizers were just so-so, Daorae still ranks top for their variety and taste. The Seafood Beancurd Stew was a disappointment as it was not really what we were looking for :/

Bulgogi is managed by a Korean couple and has a very small and cosy feel. Service is good and they serve complimentary fruits and mint candies too :D

Bulgogi BBQ House
12A-G, PJU 5/20B,
The Strand Damansara,
Petaling Jaya.

[disclaimer: the opinions expressed here are based on my personal views, tastebuds and preference and may vary for others. please dont sue me, i dont have money. kthxbye.]

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Sanbanto Premium Pork

Butcher at Work, Do Not Disturb; Meatball Tomato Broth- RM10; Corn Soup (set lunch menu)

Surfin' through food blogs during moments when you're bored is a good way to discovering new places to have lunch the next day. Sanbanto Premium Pork is making waves as another alternative place for a porky affair. The downside however, is that the shop can only house less than 10 tables of 4 each as 1/2 of the shop is a deli and advanced booking may be needed if you want to get a table. Based on an open concept, you could either be watching the open kitchen or the butcher at work.

Pork Belly Salad- RM13; Caesar Salad with Caviar- RM19.80

I was at Sanbanto with my usual lunch kakis who enjoy eating as much as I do and we would always try new places if time permits, thus making lunch time an hour we look forward to. The menu at Sanbanto is just right- not too extensive to have you scratching your head on what to eat. The Pork Belly Salad is a healthy mix of fiber and protein, the Caesar Salad with Caviar proves to be a bit too steep on the price considering those are no Beluga caviar, just Ebiko.

Portobello Mushroom Cheese Burger- RM19.50

I had the Portobello Mushroom Cheese Burger, which fares much better in comparison with the burgers at Cristang. Love the juicy burger patty and melted cheese on top! Even the buttered bun tasted good that I would give up fries space for the bun.

Pork Bolognese Pappardelle Pasta- RM17

My foodie colleague had the Pork Bolognese Pappardelle Pasta. Pappardelle is a type of broad fettuccine pasta. Seeing that she cleaned the plate, I'm guessing it must be good too.

Bacon n Cheese Burger- RM17

The Bacon n Cheese Burger is a Chef's Recommended item. I think it is similar to the Portobello Mushroom Cheese burger without the portobello mushroom of course.

Pork Chop Pasta- RM15.90 (set lunch menu)

The Pork Chop Pasta is part of the set lunch menu (Corn soup + Mains + Drink for RM15.90). My colleague commented that the pork chop was good stuff!

Overall, it was an enjoyable lunch though I would agree it was a pricy lunch affair but well at least there's a pork place to go if you're in need of some pork therapy! ;-p

Sanbanto Premium Pork
32, SS2/63,
Petaling Jaya,
47300 Selangor.
Tel: 03-7876 1728

[disclaimer: the opinions expressed here are based on my personal views, tastebuds and preference and may vary for others. please dont sue me, i dont have money. kthxbye.]

Thursday, June 10, 2010

La Suisse @ Bukit Damansara

Appetizers- Raclette cheese; Garden Salad with bacon; crab bisque sharks fin soup; baked escargots

La Suisse sounds like a really fancy name for a restaurant but in fact is a humble little shop in Bukit Damansara, deco with little and no resemblance to a high class pay through your nose steakhouse but food with flavours that packs a punch!

The Raclette cheese was something new to me- typically heated and scraped to the diner's plate as the name is derived from French, meaning "to scrape". It has a creamy mild taste but too much of this can be a little difficult to stomach! The crab bisque sharks fin soup was something special as well as I didn't expect to see a Chinese delicacy in a Western style soup.

Medium grilled steak; Vege sides

The mains was a big slab of medium grilled sirloin to share. It was really good as the outsides were charred but the insides still tender, juicy and pinkish. Man, what I'd do to have this for dinner!

Desserts- Walnut Parfait; Red Wine Cherries Crepe

These two desserts are the chef's specialty, each with its own distinctive difference as the Walnut Parfait is cold ice cream block with bits of walnut, topped with chocolate and caramel sauce and the match made in heaven combination of strawberries with whipped cream. The crepe, on the other hand is a combination of hot (the cherry sauce) and cold (the vanilla ice cream) drowned in a little bit of red wine flavour.

La Suisse
8, Medan Setia 2,
Bukit Damansara,
50490 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-2094 6587

[disclaimer: the opinions expressed here are based on my personal views, tastebuds and preference and may vary for others. please dont sue me, i dont have money. kthxbye.]

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Sup Gearbox

Sup Gearbox- Bull's Bone Marrow Soup

I never really have Malay-style soup before although passing by those Malay tom yum shacks was a routine. Not exactly your usual Sup Ayam or Sup Kambing is this special soup which goes by a very special name too- Sup Gearbox. I know, the Westerners and carmakers will be proud. If I was the inventer of this soup, I would have cut a deal with one of the carmakers to name the soup after them, i.e. Sup Gearbox BMW. Then again, I would probably need to pay royalty for every bowl sold :S

(p/s: I'm in love with Bimmers!)

BBQ Daging

Essentially it's the bone marrow of the bull which resembles the car's gearbox. It is said that a bull's bone marrow will be better as they have more muscles (from working hard at the farm??) than the cow's. Cows are better off be made steak I guess. The soup is rich and flavourful which is actually quite delicious and it goes very well with rice too. The normal way to finish up the soup is to put a straw in the bone marrow and suck it up *slurp*.

I was brought to the famous Sup Gearbox in Kota Bahru which also specializes in BBQ Daging. Pity that I don't really know where this place is but it seems that it's very popular among government officials and have even appeared in Malay dailies.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Sang Har Meen @ PJ

Sang Har Meen for 10 pax (RM125)

Sang Har Meen is inarguably one of more pricey noodle dish amongst the noodle family due to the usage of Sang Har or Fresh Water Prawns. A Sang Har Meen meal can be a very pricey affair depending on where you can have it and the size of the prawns. Ever since I discovered a place that offers delicious noodles and sizeable fresh prawns, a serving of this scrumptious noodles never looked so affordable and easily accessible before!

Sang Har Meen per portion; Tung Po Pork- RM30

This comes off as a surprise finding as my initial intention was just to gather a group of colleagues for lunch where we wouldn't have to crack heads over transportation issues. There was a new restaurant near our workplace at Section 19, same row as Greenview Restaurant (the other restaurant famous for Sang Har Meen but at cut throat price). It was opened a few months back but business seemed to be lacking and they somehow changed the menu and setting of the restaurant. It now spots a very huge and distinct red 'Sang Har Noodles' signboard so there's no way anyone can't see it!

The Sang Har Meen is very affordable at only RM12.50 per pax as we ordered for a 10 pax portion. The delicious succulent huge prawns and sinfully egg roes is the reason for drooling! We also had a serving of Tung Po Pork which was served with fried mantous and a serving of Claypot Chinese Cabbage with Yam (RM20) which received widespread thumbs up around the table.

Thong Kee Sang Har Meen

Another place which offers Sang Har Meen is Thong Kee, which is a couple of shops away from the famous Seapark Sunrise Duck shop. However, this one comes off slightly expensive compared to Richwell, if I remember clearly is about RM20 per pax.

I read that Greenview's is at about RM28 per pax.

Restaurant Richwell
24G & 26G, Jalan 19/3,
46300 Petaling Jaya.
Tel: 03-7955 5855

Restaurant Thong Kee
33, Jalan 21/12,
46300 Petaling Jaya.
Tel: 03-7874 2444

[disclaimer: the opinions expressed here are based on my personal views, tastebuds and preference and may vary for others. please dont sue me, i dont have money. kthxbye.]
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