Thursday, October 29, 2009

How does Jeq celebrate with a Jack Off Cake?


How does a Jeq celebrate with a Jack Off Cake?

Like no tomorrow.

[Or if you have a better caption for the two pictures above, i will try to find a gift for the best answer.]

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Cant believe it has been years since i knew some of this crazy bunch of friends, especially Mr Host FBB. Every brunch/teatime/dinner party has been unforgettable and this one takes the flag on the peak of Mount Everest.

Having not taken out my DSLR for a good three weeks, i blew the dust off the bag and decided to snap a few pictures (before i promptly forgot, clinged on to my glass and drank till dark).


This time around, i didnt take any cheese, i mean how to take cheese when you see what kind of goodies are presented infront of your face?

Bacon rolls, i have now learnt that thou shall not roll a bloody 6 inch bacon roll but be satisfied with stubs.

Fusion quiche; luncheon meat and mushrooms. Available for order and sale.

Delicious crumbly scones with heart clogging cream, also available for order and sale.

Some southern chicken from USA and not JB. I was hoping i could get hold of more but this is apparently a course for a secret project.

Another baked tomato and brinjal rice which is apparently also part of the secret project.

How can one live till they have tried pavlova? Jack off pavlova is the latest sensation. Just look how much cream there is.

Just Heavenly experiment? I hope its finalised soon because this chocolate goodie should be a future hot seller.

Like all parties, no party is complete without alcohol.

I think my card reader is getting old (i hope, that being the cheapest between the camera and the CF card), some pictures refuse to upload to the computer.

To another Oktoberfestavali (is there a Novemfestavalu?)

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Dave's Deli @ Subang Parade

I remembered Dave's Deli as a kid, no more than 12 years old i reckon.

Those days, going to Sunway Pyramid was the "in thing" because there had a skating rink. Not that i ever stepped in that circle and attempted to balance a huge piece of mass on those skating blades. I would probably fall and create a hole in the middle and all the other kids would cry.

Near to the skating rink however, our family discovered "Dave's Deli".

Somehow as many more eateries come and go, Dave's Deli got lost in the radar along the way.

Many years later, i am surprised that they are around. Matter of fact, if you go to their website, they are franchising their outlets and added a few more brands / cuisines in their stables.

Hard to believe because if you visit their Subang Parade outlet, you can't help but question why the outlet seemed a bit tired and even the menu resembled the food we were eating years ago.

The foot long sausage was nothing spectacular. The coleslaw seemed to flood memories, maybe the taste is still there.

One thing i remembered from Dave's Deli is not the roast chicken which they claim is the best in Malaysia but the oxtail soup. It was every drop as good as it was years ago but the price of RM15-17 a bowl seemed steep especially after seeing one of the girls taking a pre packed packet from the fridge and warming up in the pot.

Just one the things to have to bring back childhood. Visiting a place where you frequent as a kid.

Available at Subang Parade, 1 Utama, Sunway Pyramid (apparently closed too) and the Weld (apparently closed).

Verdict: 3 stars out of 5 stars. I reckon if it was any cheaper, i wouldnt mind going again but a soup here and a sausage there, the meal can buy you something decent, with so many eateries mushrooming everywhere.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Shuraku @ Solaris, Mont Kiara

The Girlfriend can be hard to please when it comes to eating out. There are probably a handful (well maybe less) of places that she truly loves and would actually ask me to take her back there.

Most of the times? Anything lar.

Shuraku thankfully belongs to the exclusive group of restaurants that we like to visit, for ocassions or the once in a awhile weekday dinner night.

Sitting cosily above Maybank situated in Solaris, its a place that can accomodate no more than 30 people. Being that big means you either have to be lucky or you call in advance for a reservation.

Just like the size, the menu is not exactly the most comprehensive either. However, in the words of someone in my company "it is like a mini skirt, short enough to attract and long enough to cover the essentials".

Blame the dim setting, either its rather romantic or seedy when the japanese comes in and starts on the wide range of sake.

The compulsory salmon sashimi. Fresh enough.

Baked Miso Egg Plant. If you must know, this was one of the dishes we ordered on The Girlfriend and I first date, way back in Australia.

A tempura prawn handroll. Handrolls seems to be the recent addition to their menu.

I vaguely remember but this was some sort of pork katsu with cheese inside.

Our favourite; tori teriyaki. Juicy pieces of fried chicken with teriyaki sauce and garlic pieces sprinkled on top.

I prefer the noodles to be almost uncooked but this was fine with the Girlfriend. Whatever she wants, she gets.

Grilled Beef Tongue for a nice chew to end the dinner.

Pricewise, the dishes are around RM15 to RM30. Not very expensive. Their dishes tend to lean towards modern Japanese fusion like. Other dishes such as their ramen, negi cha siew, appetisers are also well made. Recommended place for a date.

Address and contact details:

Add: 13-2, Jalan Solaris Mont Kiara 1, Solaris Mont Kiara, off Jalan Duta.
Tel: +603 6203 0561
Opening hours: Daily, 6pm - 12.30am

Verdict: 4 stars out of 5 stars. Nice cozy place that is not too crowded on weekdays that serves good Japanese food that both the Girlfriend and I enjoy.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Ri Yakitori @ Gardens Hotel, Mid Valley

Recently i have been learning alot of lessons.

But like they say, some old habits never die.

Lesson 1: Don't get drunk on bubbly, the hangover is worse than drinking whisky.
Fact 1: Got drunk on bubbly two Saturdays in a row, two Sunday hangovers.

Lesson 2: Get too smart about finding restaurants after a glance on the Internet
Fact 2: Went into Gardens Residences and asked wheres Ri Yakitori. Ohh, its all the way on the other side at the Gardens Hotel.

So much for being the smart alec.

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The Entertainers of the Night. They diligently grill your orders away, seem to be enjoying themselves too.

Order anything and they will serve you shredded rabbit food. Wasabi or Sesame sauce anyone? Both seemed abit mild, i wanted more kick from the sesame sauce but i couldn't find any. In any case, whos here for the salad?

Chicken skin anyone? This took awhile to guess (without asking the waitress). I tend to be quite egoistic when it comes to asking staff about what i am being served, half the time i imagine them giving me a cynical face thinking what a retard for asking me such an elementary question. I had to lie to the Girlfriend that it might be chicken feet for her to put a bite in her mouth. Needless to say, i had the rest.

The menu is concentrated on everything yakitori. All the chicken parts you can imagine and some seafood and beef. Alas, no pork.

We had a set for RM58 which comes with a generous amounts of yakitori sticks with a rice topped with half boiled egg and chicken. Some extra orders worth ordering is the wagyu beef (RM26), the foie gras (RM23) and the tamago (RM??*).

*Blame the bubbly.

Chicken tight, i mean thigh or i meant breast? Grilled to perfection, well seasonsed too.

Chicken wings that have been skillful semi-deboned for you to consume (does it even make sense?)

Wagyu beef to die for, so melt-in-your-mouth.

Foie Gras was on the small side, but where else to eat for RM23?
The tamago is awesome, if i have to had eggs everyday, i would like it this style and nothing else.

Other pictures were just so darn disgusting it is not worth posting up, so you got to imagine.

All in all a pleasant dinner, wouldn't mind coming again.

Just need to remember it is in Gardens Hotel.

Address and contact details:

7th Floor, The Gardens Hotel (Robinson’s side: take hotel lifts)
Mid Valley City, Lingkaran Syed Putra, KL.

Tel: 03-22681188

Open: 5pm to 1am (last order at 11.30pm). Closed Sundays.


Verdict: 3.5 stars out of 5 stars. A nice Japanese restaurant that focuses on the grill, should you want anything else, you got to go somewhere, but if you want yakitori, this is the place.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Pisang Goreng @ Brickfields, YMCA

Fancy waiting under the hot sun for even hotter goodies?

Is literally boiling in a pot of oil, hot enough for you?

Well apparently for all the things you swear too i.e. the sky, the sun, the heat, the dog and cats and the random auntie and uncle while waiting for the guy to patiently fry the goodies, you will send an individual apology to all of them after you bite into the banana.

In addition to bananas, theres ling gao and curry puffs. There was a myth about how the batter used contain plastics or something along the lines, but that thought should not crop to mind when you are already halfway through the queue.

The complete menu and the contact numbers.

Like what everyone does? Pre-order at the start of lunch and collect after lunch.

Only desperate sods queue up after lunch begging him to sell us whatever he has got.

Located within walking distance of YMCA, Brickfields. I am pretty sure you won't miss it due to the crowd of office dressed boys and girls.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Woo Pin Fish Head Noodles @ Taman Danau Desa

Brace yourself to sweat, not just drips around the forehead but bucket loads that will soak half the shirt.

If thats not a problem for you my friend, join me for a meal of fish head noodles from Woo Pin, at Taman Danau Desa.

I have been here on several occasions before and i found the soup, not sour enough.

However last Saturday brunch time, they finally got the concoction correct.

Sour, milky, filled to the brim with fish head pieces and heartwarming bee hoon.

Looking at the bowl of noodles and you can imagine me drooling. Satisfying with a sacrifice. Fish head noodles requires patience to eat without dying from bones stuck in the throat but the throngs of people and the lack of air-conditioning doesn't help. The efficient bunch of workers ensures that your noodles come in a very reasonable time.

If you don't want the hassle of spitting out the fish bones, take the fish paste version, home made and bouncy. The soup base can be with milk / or without milk.

Address:

Woo Pin Fish Head Noodle
Jalan 1/109F, Taman Danau Desa,
Kuala Lumpur

Cornershop

Verdict: 4 stars out of 5 stars. Either come very early in the morning i.e. 7.30am or late i think they close at like 10pm, to avoid the heat but the fish head noodles can really satisfy some serious cravings.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Baan Aa-Haan Thai @ Lorong Kurau, Bangsar

We learn many new things on a daily basis especially in Malaysia.

My singaporean friends learnt that it is possible to kill more than 1 motorcyclist on the way to Pudu for Siew Yuk, just last week. He finds it amazing how brainless certain people can be with their motorcycles. Well, what can i say? We still have better siew yuk in Malaysia?

I on the other hand was less violent in my discovery of roads being named after local fishes in the old vicinity of Bangsar.


I also learnt that you can diverse from making sandwiches to home cooked thai food.

I also learnt that that hainan chicken rice is no big deal, because i found a damn good ass kicking thai chicken rice.

Just barely minutes away from Telawi, Lorong Kurau is quiet and serene, its presence in the row of shoplots and houses. Within the shoplots, lies Baan Aa-Haan Thai.

Serving really limited items, we went with the usual chicken rice and the various forms of condiments. Theres just something different about the rice they used, its flavourful and compliments the smooth poached chicken.


The fried fish with chilli was also another gem I discovered on subsequent visits.

The tom yum soup was ok, not a big fan naturally.

Dessert like the tapoica with coconut cream is a steal for RM 4.

All in all, something simple and affordable. Set lunch only from RM10, comes with soup, fruits and a drink. A firm favourite during the weekends because its quiet and you can sit down and enjoy your chicken rice in peace.

Address and contact details:

RESTAURANT BAHT
15 Lorong Kurau
Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-2282 0991

11am-9pm, Closed on Mondays (i think)

Verdict: 4 stars out of 5 stars. Must order chicken rice.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

100°C Steamboat, Teppanyaki & BBQ Restaurant @ Off Jalan Kuchai Lama

Gone are the olden days of eating steamboat in a non-airconditioned place, pots powered by gas tanks under the table.

Steamboat sessions would take hours because it took time for the soup to boil, the food to cook and lots of chit chatting in between over beer.

Nowadays?

Its about air-con so the kids wont throw a tantrum, separate pots (so its more hygienic), different soups (for personal preference) and packaging (to lure the young ones).

100 degrees Steamboat?

Personal pots of any soup you like? herbal, the usual "cheng tong", tom yum and even bak kut teh!

Funky amounts of sauce like peanut sauce, hoi sin sauce, teriyaki sauce, ginger sauce and many more

Only the platter still looks like the good old steamboat days.


Address and contact details:

No. 3 & 5, Ground Floor, Dynasti Central, Jalan Kuchai Maju 18,
Off Jalan Kuchai Lama,
58200 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-79800899

Verdict: 3 stars out of 5 stars. Eat at the comfort of an airconditioned place, personal pots but it lacked the soul that the good old steamboat places possess.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Royal Thai @ Tropicana City Mall

There has always been a shortage of good thai restaurants in Kuala Lumpur. Unless they have been hiding in the nooks and corners of suburbs and apartments. So when i got a RM150 voucher to give Royal Thai a try, why not? No harm, especially its in a brand new spanking shopping mall; Tropicana Mall.

Open up the menu and you will find alot of chef's recommendations, and you just might start to question how come everything is special.

Decor is modern.

Lets get it started, shall we?

The Tom Yum Soup that was spicy enough for me but not spicy enough for the Mother.

The Thai Fish Cakes that were kind of hard and chewy. Bland and the Mother claims the one at Coca steamboat is still the benchmark to beat. Not worth paying the RM 17.90 pricetag.

Pandan chicken which was delicious but small in size and compared to the price, i am questioning whether its worth ordering too.

Spicy Eggplant salad was interesting. Cooked mashed eggplant formed sort of a base for some blanched seafood, with a slight spicy kick.

Probably the cheapest of the lots (starters), RM10.90 for a portion of freshly fried soft shell crab.

Time for the "Mains".

If you still don't know by now, Pad Thai is officially what i equal Thai Food to. Thai food = Pad Thai. I found the noodle not "al-dente" enough like how pad thai is in Thailand. It is meant to be chewy and almost half cooked-like. Flavours were there though.

A green curry beef that came almost "paste" like rather than a curry. A case of pre-cooked paste simmered with some coconut milk, not long enough resulting in lumpy bits? The Mother found the basil overpowering but i found it alright i guess.

The thai steam "barramundi" (the stylo milo name for the fish ever since the Father and Mother realised what the Aussies call it instead of calling it Siakap). For RM58.90, i realised how expensive it is to eat fish in a high end restaurant. Although the plentiful juice/sauce/soup was sour and spicy enough to drink.

The norm vegetable, the kangkung.

Find it too spicy to handle? Refillable ice lemon tea, juices (bottled, not fresh) or soft drinks are available. Although they only volunteered to refill it once and subsequently had to signal for some more.

The pumpkin custard was sweet. Steamed with custard, the sugar had seeped into the already naturally sweetened pumpkin which made a sugar overdose, not to mention the ice-cream too!

The Red Ruby was served with rather coarse and cublets of ice which made it hard to enjoy. The fruits at the side made no sense.

Obviously RM 150 did not cover the whole meal (or so i wished) but i didn't expect the whole meal to come up to RM280 for 5 pax. Slightly too expensive for my wallet for the kind of food we ate. Flavour wise, some are quite decent for shopping mall standards, some are "malaysianised" and some need abit of work.

Address and contact details:

Tropicana City Mall
Ground Floor
Contact No : 03-77223798

Verdict: 3 stars out of 5 stars. Especially since its rather close to another favourite Thai food joint (My Elephant), you know where i would be (if i made a reservation). However for people walking around the mall, an option for a quick meal.