Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Allo Paris @ Damansara Perdana

Ahi katsu with ginger and wasabi sauce (RM15.90)
Breaded yellowfin tuna loin served with ginger and wasabi sauce

There's always a new makan place in town opening every other day and joining the foodscene in Damansara Perdana is Allo Paris. I came to know about Allo Paris through the alternate days 4sq check-in by my friend and later found out that his friend owns this new eatery and he told me he has almost tasted everything on the menu!

Cream of mushroom (RM6.90)
A classic veloute of mushroom made from fresh button mushrooms served with a swirl of cream

Since the Ahi Katsu has been tried, tasted and blogged to death, we decided to taste it for ourselves. For such serving and cuts at such pricing I would forgive that it doesn't taste great but not half bad either- perhaps because I generally do not prefer breaded food. The mushroom soup was also forgiven for the lack of mushroom taste presence, I feel it's too light and doesn't leave me wanting more.

Mentaiko pasta (RM13.90)
Pasta, cooked with Japanese daishi stock base, tossed in mayo and codfish

The mentaiko pasta was anticipated having tasted Ploy's version which received thumbs up and made us on the lookout for other eateries' version of the same Japanese fusion pasta. Unfortunately Allo Paris's version did not impress as we suspect it's not mentaiko (spicy) but ebiko being used and the mayo was a tad too much making it instantly filling.

Salmon steak with yuzu beurre blanc (RM21.90)
A peppercorn crusted salmon steak served with potatoes roasted in duck fat and a fennel salad with yuzu beurre blanc

I wanted a non-meat dish and decided to go for this salmon dish (always a sucker for fancy names but never knew what they were). Yuzu is a citrus fruit that looks a little like mandarin orange and is widely used in Japanese cuisines. Beurre blance is also known in French as 'white butter' where a whole butter is blended off with a reduction of vinegar and/or white wine and grey shallots. The salmon dish offers us some consolation and is pretty well marinated.

Apple Julep (RM7.90)
Refreshing drink with a mixture of apple juice, syrup and topped with soda water

New eateries are no stranger to hits and misses and Allo Paris is of no exception. We applaud the affordability and value for money (nice ambiance and set up, with eye candies for the boys - a luxury and supercar showroom next to it), we will definitely be back to sample other dishes... and we wish the dessert menu could be extended too.

Merry Christmas ya'll.

Allo Paris
Ritze Perdana 2,
No.3, Jalan PJU 8/1,
Damansara Perdana,
47820 Petaling Jaya,
Tel: 03-7732 9909
Business hours: 11:00am - 10:00pm

* Visuals by iPhone 4

[Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here are based on my personal views, tastebuds and preference and may vary for others. Please don't sue me, I don't have money. Kthxbye.]

Friday, December 23, 2011

I'm Spicy (Thai) at Seksyen 17, PJ

Fried chicken wings (RM18)

People usually think of My Elephant or Khuntai when they want to go for thai food in PJ. Unknown to many that there is actually another option in PJ - I'm Spicy, which is located a little bit hidden from the main road but regular visitors to Kanna Curry House will be able to locate it as it's just the same row at the corner.

Fried chicken skin (RM12)

Tom Yam Gai (RM20)

Thai Omelette Prawn (RM15)

Thai Omelette Pork (RM15)

Deep fried tofu and minced meat (RM18)

Thai green chicken curry (RM20)

Pork Ribs (RM25)

My colleague suggested I'm Spicy to celebrate my birthday. I have always wanted to give I'm Spicy a try but has never gotten around to do so... the suggestion to have dinner here was indeep very apt! There were 9 of us and we ordered 8 dishes with the tom yam and pork ribs double portion. Food wise, it's comfort thai food - tom yam to whet the appetite, omelette just like mom's home cooked, fried chicken wings, pork ribs and chicken skin for those who don't mind some protein and extra calories, I love the silky smooth tofu and the green curry goes really well with rice.

I'm Spicy house drink (RM12/jug)

With all the spicyness from the tom yam, it's best to order a jug of their house drink which is essentially an ice blended lime lemon minty concoction that is both refreshing and soothing. Whilst the ambiance is cosy (at least I feel it's not as 'packed' as MyElephant) and the establishment is brightly lit, my only grudge is the pricing - I think it is a little too steep.

I wouldn't mind returning though as doing a walk-in at MyElephant is usually impossible without advanced reservation.

Thanks to my colleagues for the treat ;-)

I'm Spicy
No. 1, Ground Floor,
Jalan 17/45,
46400 Petaling Jaya.
Tel: 03-7954 2281 / 7954 2271

* Visuals by iPhone 4

[Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here are based on my personal views, tastebuds and preference and may vary for others. Please don't sue me, I don't have money. Kthxbye.]

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Hing Ket Grill House, Kampung Jawa Klang

Grilled Squid (RM6)

Read so much about Hing Ket Grill House in Klang that some time a month ago, I decided that enough is enough - it's about time I give this much raved grill house a visit!

Grilled Crab (RM30)

Fortunately, this place is near where I live though it's hidden a fair bit deep in after exiting from the highway, but nowhere is unfound with the help of GPS! Parking is quite limited though I don't think it's impossible to find any parking. We ordered a few grilled favourites to sample but the much raved and reviewed grilled lamb was the main anticipation.

Grilled stingray (RM17)

Since the grilled lamb is the main star, let's talk about it later and go through the other dishes first. We ordered a portion of everything, the grilled squid portion was a tad too small to be honest. The grilled seafood fared well, fresh and nicely grilled. Delicious but not to the extent of getting me to rave about it though.

Grilled lamb (RM19)

Then came the star. I'd say, it lived up to the expectations that I had - juicy, not too gamy, it has a nice grilled lamb-ish smell and taste with burnt chargrilled bits. There is nothing to dislike about this as we go to order a second portion for takeaway!

Stir fried vegetable - Choy Tam (RM8)

With so much grilled food, nothing more satisfying (or perfect balance) to chomping on some crisp stir fried choy tam.

The lamb was definitely the star of the night, but I find the prices pretty steep. The dinner and takeaway cost about RM100+.

Hing Ket Grill House
Lot 3569 Batu 3¼,
Kampung Jawa, 41000 Klang.
Tel: 03-3371 3913 or 3371 0861
Business Hours: 11:30am - 2:30pm; 5:30pm - 10:30pm

* Visuals by iPhone 4

[Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here are based on my personal views, tastebuds and preference and may vary for others. Please don't sue me, I don't have money. Kthxbye.]

Saturday, December 17, 2011

The Hungry Hog

3 Little Pigs (RM15.90)

More porky joints mushrooming in the town, ho ho ho! I first discovered The Hungry Hog via 4Square where I saw a friend, Hsu Jen checking in. Curiousity then drove us here (actually this was quite a while back, and since it's opening in June this year, many have visited this joint and reviewed about it).

Everything about this porky joint is minimal and simple - from the location (pretty well hidden within SS15 Subang), to the decoration, food presentation and menu. The 3 Little Pigs caught our eye, name probably inspired by the '3 Little Pigs' children story. This signature burger is made up of a porky patty, streaky bacon, ham, caramelised onions & melted cheese. Simple, yet delicious.

Homemade Pork Sausages (RM11.90)

We also tried the Homemade Pork Sausages which is delish too, and can get quite filling as well. The affordability for all walks of life - from college students to office workers who wants to indulge in a bit of porky goodness during their lunch and dinner time is a plus point too.

My next visit will warrant a try on their acclaimed siew yoke and desserts!

The Hungry Hog
71, Jalan SS15/4C,
47500 Subang Jaya,
Tel: 012-225 0877
Business hours: Daily except Mondays (12:00 - 2:30pm; 6:00 - 10:00pm)

* Visuals by iPhone 4

[Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here are based on my personal views, tastebuds and preference and may vary for others. Please don't sue me, I don't have money. Kthxbye.]

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Bistro à Table

bistro à table

You know there's a new place in town when everyone talks about it online and offline. Joining the masses who've been here, let me give you my review on bistro à table.

Château Citran 2006

Looking for a new place to dine 2 weekends ago, I suggested bistro à table and invited my sisters to dine with Calvin and I as I always believe more people = more food we can try! We BYOB'ed a bottle of Château Citran 2006 (RSP about RM200) with a corkage charge of RM60++/bottle. Pretty expensive corkage if you ask me but we wouldn't mind if it compliments great food.

Bread & Olive Oil - where's the balsamic??

Cointreau Duck Parfait with Cornichons and Caper Berries (RM19)

Coddled Maple Syrup Egg with Crouton Dust and Fleur de Sel (RM16)

Now, this is usually where I come in to make a recommendation on what to order after going through some reviews and 4sq tips. I knew the menu is gonna be expensive, but I wasn't quite aware that they're THAT expensive, with the cheapest of entrees at RM16 and most expensive at RM40++! I ordered the two most cheapest entrees.

... which turned out to be disappointments! The Cointreau Duck Parfait with Cornichons and Caper Berries (wish they would have just worded in laymen's term of 'duck pate' - I hate pate), did not go well with us as none of us is a fan of pate! Forget about the fancy accompaniments of cornichons (??) and caper berries (??), if pate is not your thing then this is definitely not something you'll enjoy and want to pay for. The Coddled Maple Syrup Egg with Crouton Dust and Fleur de Sel did not go well with us either - issue was we didn't know how it's supposed to taste like, looks fancy yes but it's half boiled egg mixed with crouton dust (??) and fleur de sel (??) dipped with asparagus. I'd go for just half boiled egg, at 1/20 of the price anytime, thanks.

Risotto with Fresh Chanterelles, Trompete de la Mort & Morel Mushrooms with a 30-month Parmigiano Reggiano (RM42)

Stuffed Cured Quail with Parsnip Puree and Puy Lentils (RM68)

Australian Lamb Rack with Pink Pepper Jus and Crispy Savoy Cabbage (RM85)

Always have my red meat Medium / Medium Rare for the pinkish raw effect

For the mains, we ordered 3 different courses to share. The Risotto with Fresh Chanterelles, Trompete de la Mort & Morel Mushrooms with a 30-month Parmigiano Reggiano is the cheapest but also best amongst the 3 courses... fills you up with the rich creamy taste and flavourful shrooms. The Stuffed Cured Quail with Parsnip Puree and Puy Lentils didn't exactly make a memorable entrance to the table as it was taken back to the kitchen shortly after it was placed down on our table. When asked, the waiter said it was undercooked but did not tell us why when he took it away. I did not like the stuffing and the dish is just forgettable. The supposingly anticipated Australian Lamb Rack with Pink Pepper Jus and Crispy Savoy Cabbage was a letdown too despite it being the most expensive! Portion is small and although it was done medium the way I like my red meat to be (steak at medium rare), but there was no 'fireworks in the mouth' moment.

Truffled Mash (RM12)

French Beans with Hazelnuts (RM10)

If there was any right decisions that we made that night, it was to order these 2 sides: Truffled Mash and French Beans with Hazelnuts. I think the sides are executed perfectly and they're just simple delicious food. We even made a joke that we'll return for a revisit and just order these 2 sides and wonder if they will kick us out.

I like these hanging lightbulbs and orchids though

The chef did come out to ask us how the food were (we already knew who she was the moment we sat down as her voice was heard shouting "There's no more fish for tonight!!" from the kitchen - not a very pleasant experience). We provided our feedback on the food being served on a not warm plate causing food to get cold quickly, but she excused herself to bid a group of diners farewell and never got back to our table for at least a closure to the conversation.

That's exactly like if you're engaging in a conversation with your friend and she picks up a phone call and walked away without at least saying goodbye.

A revisit? Hmmm, I think I'll go spend my hard earn money elsewhere, thanks.

bistro à table
No. 6, Jalan 17/54,
46400 Petaling Jaya.
Tel: 03-7931 2831
Business hours: Tues - Sun (6.30pm - 11pm)
(Directions: If you know Decanter PJ, it's just behind it)

* Visuals by Nikon D300 & iPhone 3Gs

[Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here are based on my personal views, tastebuds and preference and may vary for others. Please don't sue me, I don't have money. Kthxbye.]

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Han Lim Seafood at Tmn Midah, Cheras

Prawn Teochew Porridge

To those who doesn't know me that well, my favourite food is actually dai chow - though of course I do fancy the occassional eat-out at nice big restaurants or non-Chinese cuisines, but nothing beats a simple yet delicious meal at a good dai chow.

Super big prawns

As big as a dining plate!

In the area of Cheras (predominantly Chinese area?), there is no doubt good dai chows are also centered there. I have had the chance about 3 weekends ago to try Han Lim Seafood, which apparently is pretty famous for its low priced delicious seafood.

We started off with the prawn teochew porridge (it's not exactly porridge - but rice + soup = teochew style), big fresh prawns and rice in a flavourful broth. Fills you up in a different way compared to having plain white rice with dishes. Then came the supersized prawns, they are so huge it's bigger than my face! We had it done fried, the shells are crisp and the meat is firm and because it's so huge, I had to literally eat it like a cheeseburger! Talk about the cholestrol that comes with this...

Garlic lala

Steamed juicy octopus

We also sampled the garlic lala and steamed octopus. No complains there, on top of it I'll give the steamed octopus 3 thumbs up!

Crab noodles

There was also a plate of steamed fish and fried fish cakes wrapped in fu chuk (beancurd skin) which makes great appetizers (unfortunately no picture). The last dish was the crab noodles which was worth every calorie and penny though if you do order this make sure you have some tummy space to spare!

To prove that this is indeed a cheap delicious seafood meal, the 7 dishes cost only about RM200. And best thing is you get to choose your seafood fresh from the water tanks. The not so good? You have to come early or reserve a table in advance as the premise is packed even on a rainy day.

Han Lim Seafood Restaurant
No. 12, Jalan Midah 12,
Taman Midah, Cheras,
56000 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 014-227 0062

* Visuals by iPhone 4

[Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here are based on my personal views, tastebuds and preference and may vary for others. Please don't sue me, I don't have money. Kthxbye.]

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Great Coffee and Delicious Breakfast at Brew & Bread

Welcome to great coffee and delicious breakfast!

What makes a good breakfast joint? Good coffee and juices, wholesome and delicious meal options, friendly serving staff and a cozy environment... and a bonus if it's 5 mins away from home!

Brew & Bread, that's what I'm talking about.

B&B bar - spot the brand of beans used for your coffee

I recently discovered this new cafe in my Kota Kemuning neighbourhood where another cafe used to be but has since closed down. I had spotted it when I went for my monthly car wash just opposite, and one fine afternoon my sister and I decided to skip the famous pork ball noodle shop for brunch and came here instead.

It was just their 1st week of opening. The ambiance and deco is cozy and earthy with the use of wood for its brown and black interiors.

Flat White - RM7

Iced Latte - RM7

Fresh Orange Juice - RM7

As of today, and their 3rd week of opening, I have returned to B&B for 3 times. You can tell I really like this place. The focus of beverage is of course their coffee, using the branded Illy beans - I like their brew, having tried their Flat White, Cafe Latte and Cappucino. On my 3rd visit, they have extended the drinks to include fresh orange juice. I'm a sucker for fresh orange juice!

Petite 4 - RM10

Truffle Mushroom Sandwich - RM9

If you want something light, danish pastries are available - lightly toasted to warm it, they make quite good bites. There are a few options for sandwiches, within the range of RM9 - RM12. I have tried the Truffle Mushroom Sandwich. I find it refreshing and light as it's meatless and bonus points for being toasted and served warm!

Eggs Waldorf - RM18

Would you Oooohh to that??

Eggs Benedict - RM18

And some Aaaaah??

At the moment, there are only 3 options for the brunch menu - Eggs Benedict / Eggs Florentine / Eggs Waldorf. I've tried the Egss Ben (with ham) and Eggs Waldorf (with sauteed mushrooms) and glad to say I'm quite impressed. The portion is big (worth the price), eggs poached like how it is supposed to be and love the seedless grapes addition for a refreshing balanced touch.

Basil Pesto Pasta - RM15

We decided to also try their new pasta option, the Basil Pesto Fettuccine. Done al dante, and delicious though the chicken chunks were on a drier side.

A good cuppa coffee makes a difference to one's day!

All in all, I hope they will extend their menu to include more breakfast options, i.e. full English breakfast or sausages & bacon, etc and more fresh juices! I urge those living in / out of Kota Kemuning to give this new joint a visit and hope it's stays to satisfy my cravings for good coffee, fresh juices and delicious breakfast.

To be honest, I think I'm beginning to really like Kota Kemuning. Lakeside for my weekend morning / evening jogs, golf driving range when I need to hit some balls, McD drive thru when I'm in need of Happy Meals, petrol station, banks, post office, dai chow, car workshops,....... and Brew & Bread!

Brew & Bread
No. 10, Jalan Anggerik Vamilla 31/M,
40600 Kota Kemuning,
Shah Alam.
Business hours: 9am - 8pm daily
(Directions: Coming from Kesas to the 1st roundabout in KK, take 3 o'clock, turn at the junction where is on the McD right, go straight, turn left at junction in front of Pappa Rich. Brew & Bread is further front on the left)

*Visuals by iPhone 3Gs and 4

[Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here are based on my personal views, tastebuds and preference and may vary for others. Please don't sue me, I don't have money. Kthxbye.]
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