Thursday, June 19, 2008

Food Republic @ Pavilion Kuala Lumpur

I find it ironic when a part of the country declares "war" over the ridiculous prices of petrol, marching down the streets to show that they mean serious business whilst the remainder (i suppose) loiter around one of the brand new shopping centers in the Golden Triangle, filling the food court to the brim.

This is no ordinary food court, may i add. With a concept imported from the country below, where they say style and branding means more then the taste of the food, Food Republic was born on the lower ground floor of Pavilion.

To add insult to the poor souls who march down the streets in the hot sun and the hordes of workers taking the LRT and abandoning their car, here we have humans who do not give a care for the extra ringgit because bowls of noodles costs ONLY RM 7-8, drinks that cost you an arm and a leg as well posh "price tags" of street food that you can get all over Malaysia.

If i can go one step further, we have stalls claiming to sell Thai food, Malaysian food, Taiwanese and Korean food but served uniformly by foreign and most likely underpaid cheap labour. Is this what you call authenticity? Well lets give them benefit of the doubt, because i don't have a pocket deep as the ocean to try.

Carrot cake? Where?

Ohh there you are. The carrot cake wrapped with an egg omelette

The first stall that captures your eye would be Thye Hong, imported straight from Singapore. Serving their famous "Prawn Mee" that doesn't look like a Malaysian Har Mee, i didn't find it exactly very exciting when i digged in. Getting confused between a wet or a dry noodle dish, with some doubtful looking skinny prawns thrown in; the zest of lime and the chilli just about saved it from being a failure. Their carrot cake well, was average if i must say anything, and the deceiving picture which had big prawns to go.

If there was one thing positive, it is the range of food they offer. Everything under roof, to satisfy any craving you have, food cravings of course. So when i dreamt of satay, i got satay but for a ridiculous RM12.90. 5 pieces of satay, 2 pieces of ketupat and peanut sauce. Not the best in the world but enough to say it is edible satay and please be happy.

Not my wallet though.

I suppose the last draw is the Lin Chee Kang that costs RM4.20 for the shallow bowl with not the most of ingredients.

Has everyone gone cash rich for people to demand RM4 for a dessert at a food court?

I guess the petrol price issue is really going up in my head, a good wake up call for everyone, prices aren't exactly cheap anymore but we happen to be so used to it. As if i woken up from a dream, I now find myself paying exorbitant sums of money eating, do you? Looks like it is back to the basics with no frills, well as soon as i get my salary on the 28th of course.

The PMS you get when you find funds running short at the same time of the month, close to month end.

Address:

Lower Ground Floor of Pavilion, Food Republic

Rating: 3 stars out of 5 stars. Fancy having a meal that will burn the smallest hole in Pavilion, look no further because here is the place to go. Don't expect the greatest but the choices they have is good enough if you are as indecisive as me.

26 comments:

zewt said...

you should try the lam mee... that's good. but not something i can eat too often.

wmw said...

Only four biji of carrot cake underneath ah? Hahaha...

Seaqueen said...

I find that Pavilion is one of the priciest food court in KL that I've been to so far. Not only has food cost increase. Even dr consultation has increased. My normal gp has charged me RM70 for a normal sore throat and flu. Before the price increase it was only RM40. Can't afford to eat. Can't afford to get sick even. Sad life here.

Precious Pea said...

I have only tried their oyster omelet after hearing good reviews on it. Sadly, the chef must be having PMS that day. It was STARCHY and SALTLESS! Our plate was left untouched...same goes to the plate at the next table.

New Kid on the Blog said...

hahaha, I like this post.... that integrate into fuel hike and everything goes up. Good one, pal!

CUMI & CIKI said...

i wouldn't eat there either... i would save my money for shopping... hahaha:)

Kenny Mah // Life for Beginners said...

P.Pea: It must have been a bad day, cos I had the oyster omelette too and it was better than some places in PJ even. But still, nothing spectacular. Can't beat small town oh chien.

And I do eat here quite often... better than shopping here, right? Mahal lah...

Nic (KHKL) said...

wah, so hot one...hehehe...
the prawn mee in singapore is much better, really. when you coming down? ;)

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

zewt: haha feeling the heat..let me check the bus fares..has it increase with the petrol rise?

kennymah: well i suppose if u hav to do something in pavilion..if not a walk in the bookshop is quite cheap too, isnt?

newkid: yeap! thanks..

c&c: well u better save hard..coz pavilion isnt any pasar malam eh?

pp: disappointed rite? esp the long queue..

seaqueen: what gp wor? mine was still 35rm as of yesterday..

wmw: got more then that la i suppose..

zewt: ok ar? let me try..poor thing la, even lam mee also ration ar?

tigerfish said...

Food Republic?!?? They are everywhere. I was at the one in Hong Kong recently. That has imports from Korea, Macau, Thai...no Prawn Mee but Chicken Rice!!!

Michelle said...

hmm... haven been to food republic yet.. pretty pricey, huh?..

p/s: had always love ur pix. good skills. ^-^

Bernsy said...

effects of petrol price hike cannot be felt yet... but I think soon I will. Just crossing my fingers, BNM not increasing the interest rates... then I surely will feel it...

Seaqueen said...

GP in Cheras Pandan Perdana lor. Kanasai.

Live2Talk said...

Well, there are still heaps of people eating there especially during lunch hours! Price increase? What price increase?

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

live2talk: haha bcoz ppl ask where got price increase lor?

seaqueen: wah expensive..tmn midah la..cheap cheap..

bernsy: im dying..u want us to die meh..

michelle: thanks for the compliments!

tigerfish: er..no prawn mee ar??

Lynn said...

Hahha. But I really cannot tahan the price Food Republic sets.

Simon Seow said...

Pavilion, what do you expect? Pasar malam price?

leo said...

very over the prices.. reminds me of madam kwans..

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

leo: madam kwan lagi teruk la..

simon: haha true also la..so classy ambience rite?

lynn: then looks like we cannot do anything else lor rite?

J2Kfm said...

wei joe, the one in S'pore was very good la, ppl lined up for it. That was my 1st and last taste of the dish in S'pore, and I even had the audacity to recommend the one in Pavilion to everyone, until my fren lamented that it was horrible!
for once, S'pore trumped M'sia's food? =P

Dhanggit said...

oh my goodness they are so tempting!! delicious photographies :-)


btw, we would love to invite you and your delicious blog to Recipe Muncher :-)

vliam said...

I tried the Cendol ($6); banana fritters with ice cream ($10) at Madam Kwan's. Ridiculously priced and left me wondering if it's because foreign visitors don't mind paying or Malaysians already used to paying?

mimid3vils said...

Food Republic probably is the most affordable food we can find at Pavilion :P

mh said...

yes joe. Its expensive to be called Food Court food. But it is the cheapest around Pavilion. People like me who worked around the Golden Triangle....sigh, there's not much choice. Even chap fan can go up to RM8, and u eat under the hot sun. So, I rather pay RM12.90 and eat Food Republic sometimes....This stupid fuel hike is ridiculous. Make my life so miserable...Neroteca, Palate Pallete is just behind my office, but I dun think its a good place to go for everyday lunch..? Unless they pay me loads in the bank...LOL!

Cheapest entertainment now is to sleep at home. Go to gym (since already paid for it) and to diet (not eating - spend less).

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

mh: where u go n eat zhap fan for rm8 wor??? imbi turned to such a wolf d ar? haha palate2 has set lunches for rm20..which i rather pay then pay 12.90 to food republic lor..

yes go gym..just went..spent no money except petrol to get there haha..

mimi: i would think so too..

vliam: i reckon its both..doesnt stop them from having full crowd..

dhanggit: thanks! err recipe munchers? i dont have any recipes..

j2fkm: maybe on the trip up here..it turned bad haha..

ling239 said...

the satay is expensive leh...>.<"