Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Lepaq Lepaq

One Thursday, I made plans to have lunch with JR and JL in KL. It was an advanced birthday lunch for JR. I could only do lunch because December is a crazy packed month with birthdays, Christmas parties, reunions and etc.

The venue : Lepaq Lepaq. Where is it ? No idea. Just want to go and try. Thank God for Waze and JL for sharing the location. I am totally a sesat person when it comes to road. I remember landmarks and that's it. The location is quite easy, they are located next to Lanson Place in Ceylon. It's a building by itself with parking, so you don't have to worry about parking on the roadside.

 From (L) to (R) : Downstairs area and Upstairs non-smoking area. For smokers, there is an air-conditioned area on the first half of the 1st floor with lots of natural light for Instagram opportunity.

  

 From (L) to (R) : Thursday's menu and Beverage menu. The menu changes everyday and they serve the biggest Big Breakfast in town from Fridays to Sundays at RM55. Can be shared among 3-4 person depending on your appetite.

From (L) to (R) : Newpaper table mat and cutleries. This kinda reminds me of Bangkok's Karmakamet Diner. To read more about it, read it here.

From (L) to (R) : Cappuccino and Iced Long Black. I do like the coffee here and it is decent. This is a place I will drop by again for the coffee. Iced drinks are served in a box on the left. I find it cute but not very environmental friendly. They have a more popular drinks called the Rainy Day Coffee, a hanging cotton candy and a cup of black coffee. The cotton candy melts from the heat of the black coffee and therefore creates a rain effect. Nice to Instagram but it is nothing new in the market. Oh Scooter Cafe in Subang have been serving cotton candy with coffee since 2014. 

From (L) to (R) : Deep Fried Lotus Root - crispy fried sliced lotus root served with salted egg yolk flakes and butter coating. We all love this! This is definitely a great appetizer and before you know it, it's all gone. Salmon Spaghetti - Spaghetti sauteed in garlic oil with sundried tomato slices and basil, accompanied with grilled salmon fillets. The chef forgot to put salt in our spaghetti and it came out bland. We have informed the chef about this. This comment is not to throw anyone under the bus, but this was what we experienced. Since the place is new, things like this do happen.

 From (L) to (R) : Pan-seared Beef Roulade - stuffed with sauteed shiitake mushrooms and sliced onions and served with homemade mushroom sauce and accompanied with lemon couscous and sauteed vegs. This is the best dish among the rest that we ordered for the day. Charcoal grilled Chicken Chop - served with black pepper sauce and accompanied with sauteed potatoes and vegs.

Nasi Lemak Cheesecake. I find this dessert intriguing because it doesn't taste like a dessert but it looked like one. And it does taste like nasi lemak. I didn't see this in the menu, it was on display near the counter. From what I tasted, the cheese area is mixed with glutinous rice, the green jelly area tasted like pandan/banana leaf and the toppings are chilli flakes and ikan bilis (anchovies).

I will be back one of the weekends to try the Big Breakfast. But until then, I hope that the owner hire more staffs and train them properly. There were a few instances when they wanted to clear my coffee without asking me and I'm not finished with it. When I told 'him' that I'm not done with it, he just shrugged and walk off without any apology. It's kinda rude, don't you think? But then again, English is not his first language. I don't blame him.

Lot 687, Jalan Ceylon Seksyen 57,
50200 Kuala Lumpur.

Harrods Cafe

Monday was a bonus public holiday for people working in the Selangor area and the right thing to do was to add traffic to the KL City area. (hehe...) I used to work in the city and hated public holidays in Selangor for the same reason. Not that it's reversed, I'm not sorry at all. :)

Anyway, my siblings and I had planned to have afternoon tea one of these days but never gotten the chance due to our different work schedules. But Monday was a blessing as all 3 of us had the same off day.

I heard from a good friend of mine that Harrods Cafe at Suria KLCC's afternoon tea is not bad and ask me to check it out. I called ahead of time to reserve because I'm kiasu like that. According to the friendly voice on the other side, the afternoon tea starts at 3pm and ends at 6pm. Perfect!

At 2.58pm, we arrived at the Harrods Cafe (the one with the bear outside) and was informed that there was no reservations under my name. I was puzzled as I remember speaking to someone and reserving a space (not that the place is full...). That was when the waitress asked whether I made reservations at the other Harrods Cafe. I was like, how many Harrods Cafe have you got here? Apparently there are 2 Harrods Cafe in Suria KLCC itself, silly me!

The main one is located on the same floor as ben's and Godiva and the other one is located on the Ground Level, same level as Ralph Lauren and Melur & Thyme.

We trot over to the one on the Ground Level because our reservation was there and it was more cost effective there compared to the one on the First Level. Just in case, if you want to know as the view on the First Level is definitely nicer. They count per head for afternoon tea around RM80-ish ++.




Since there was 3 of us, we ordered a 3-tier Afternoon Tea Set that comprises of 2 pots of tea and Scones Set that comes with 1 pot of tea. FYI, the teas are refillable (heaven~~). You get to choose Darjeeling, Assam or English Breakfast. We ordered 1 of each flavour of tea. You also get to choose coffee or teh tarik if that tickle your fancy.

The 3-tier Afternoon Tea set is priced at RM105 which is actually decent compared to other brands in the city centre area. Most of the other places that offers Afternoon Tea sets do not do refills and you share a pot of tea and maximum you will get 2 cups each and the cups are shallow. 

The Scones set speaks for itself; 3 scones with butter not clotted cream and jam and it comes with a pot of tea. It is priced at RM30.

The portion are generous and we filled our tummy in no time and washed it down with tea. The staff here are friendly and always have a smile on their face. I will definitely come back for another session. 

All the prices are inclusive of GST and Service Charges, so whatever you see on the menu is what you will pay for. Ain't that great ?

Harrods Cafe
G03J-03K, Ground Level,
Suria KLCC,
50088 Kuala Lumpur.
03-2165 1111 
(opposite Melur & Thyme, same row as Ralph Lauren and next to Isetan's exit on the cosmetic floor)

Friday, August 28, 2015

Kuching Noodle House

There is a hidden gem amidst the One City Mall@USJ 25. You would've heard of a mall that has a transparent walking area on the 10th Floor. And it's located between Puchong and Subang nearing to the exit to the ELITE/NKVE highway. If all else fails, use waze.

The area is currently under heavy construction because of new upcoming projects. You might find the area a little bit confusing. Despite all these challenges, you will love this place that I'm about to recommend if you love Sarawakian food.

It's called the Kuching Noodle House and it's located at the shoplot next to the One City Mall. You will not be able to see the shoplot from the main road. You need to follow the signboard into One City and pass the entrance of e-City Hotel first. You will see the shoplot on our right.

Smoked Duck Kolo Mee. If I am not mistaken, they have more than 10 varieties of Kolo Mee. We chose this because it's different from the usual plain ones. Macam ala ala east meet west.

Sarawak Laksa. They serve authentic Sarawak Laksa here. I have tried a few places and I have to say that this is awesome. I ordered a large one.

Nyonya Lobak. Portion is generous enough. Quite alright but it's a bit heavy on the spice.

It's reasonably price and worth driving all the way there to check out the Laksa and Kolo Mee. For East Malaysians working in Peninsular and you miss your hometown's local delight, this is the place to go to. Do let me know, if you know of another better place.

Kuching Noodle House
B-08-GF @ One City,
Jalan USJ 25/1A,
47650 Subang Jaya, Selangor.
019-318 6933

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Ichiro Sushi Bar

The cutlery. It would be nice if they give actual chopsticks for the price they are charging for the food.

Ichirou Sashimi Set. Simple dinner and yet filling.

A closer view of the sashimi.

Uni and ikuro chawanmushi. The most sinful steamed egg ever. But this is oh so good that I want to eat it everyday.

Salmon & Ikuro Don. I had this for lunch on a second visit.

Everything is fresh here and I love the simple sushi bar setup. The place is so popular that you have to wait for a table for a while during dinner hours. Do not compare the price of this place with your usual sushi joint as this is more premium but worth a try.

If you are a sashimi lover, you MUST check out this place no matter what.

(inside 1Utama - Isetan's Eat Paradise)
03-7726 5899

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Mei by Fat Spoon

First thing that came to mind : guilt free pleasure food. Minimalistic and lots of sunlight. That is how I would describe Mei by Fat Spoon. They were opened in February of this year and I kept seeing photos from other foodies on Instagram and I was intrigued with this place. The name Fat Spoon is known and in Damansara Uptown but wth is Mei by Fat Spoon. And what's with all the Japanese looking cuisine? AFAIK, Fat Spoon has a very different concept.

I got together with some friends and had dinner there earlier of the year and only blog about it now. Yeah, delayed reaction. And my food blog need some updates. So here are what we ordered.

Cappuccino. Not bad.

Osmanthus Tea. Cute and endless cups of tea. 

Salmon ikura. Love this combo and it's quite filling too because there's rice at the bottom of this bowl of goodies.

Chirashi. Refreshingly good and guilt free. Fish = brain food :)

Hokkaido scallops and lychee tartare. This is for sharing but it was not enough for us so we ordered another one.

Torched salmon rice and soup. Slightly torched salmon if you don't like raw fish and comes with a soup. Forgot to take a pic of the soup.

Kentucky Fried Oysters. I prefer raw oysters.

Light braised beef short ribs and radish. This is definitely everyone's favourite and yes, we ordered another portion of this. This comes as an ala carte dish or with rice. This is a must have for me.

Fat chocolate cake. I'm not a fan of chocolate but I love this. It is so moist and tasty that I will sometimes dream of eating this.

Salted gula melaka ice cream with sago. I'm not a fan of gula melaka and sago. But my friends love it! 

I want to eat there everyday but my wallet don't allow it. So I have to be patient and endure the cravings. Happy eating~~
 
22G, Jalan 27/70A,
 Desa Sri Hartamas, 
50480 Kuala Lumpur.
Tues - Sat : 11am - 10pm
Closed on MONDAYS!
03-2300 3327
 

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Ante Kitchen & Bar

Ante Kitchen & Bar is located at Solaris Dutamas (Publika) facing the main road opposite the residential area (bungalows), if you are unfamiliar with the name. They've been around since late 2012 and that's saying something. Despite their outlet's location and accessibility from the mall, they are doing well for themselves. If you have been here, you would know what I mean.

Let's get started, shall we? 
First off, they have a new Brunch menu (available from 11am - 4pm)  and I was itching to check it out. So, the 5 of us woke up early on a Sunday morning and meet up at Ante for some makan

Garden Duck Salad 
Watermelons, poached eggs, pangritata, bacon bits, parmesan cheese, Caesar dressing.
We wanted to order the Crispy Trotter Salad but we felt that there was too much pork (what do you mean by too much pork? there's no such thing!) and attempt to balance our meal with a different meat. Therefore, we opt for the Garden Duck Salad above.  The portion is generous and it's a refreshing starter for a hot day.

Sweet Belly
Signature roast pork bell, crispy skin, honey soy sauce.
Super crispy skin and the honey soy sauce glaze. This is a starter and if you are here with a bigger party, order a few plates. Me alone can eat half of the portion or the whole damn thing.

Deep Fried Soft Poached Eggs with Bacon
Pair of eggs, house smoked bacon, aioli, sourdough toast, honey soy side salad.
Thick slab of bacon sits on top a sourdough toast. We all agreed that we love the bread and bacon combo. 

A closer view on the eggs. 
Hard and crispy on the outside, oozy on the inside. Isn't that beautiful ?

Ante Big Breakfast comes with a complimentary coffee
Choice of sunny side, scrambled or 63 degree poached eggs, house smoked bacon, bratwurst sausage, trio of shimeiji, button and oyster mushrooms, guacamole and a slice of sourdough toast.

We opted for the 63 degree poached eggs because we were curious about it. Why is it not 62.5 or even 64 degree? We had a long argument about this (seriously!) So, we asked the owner why? He said that 63 degrees is when it's close to being a hard boiled egg but yet not fully harden and have a slight runny texture to it. It's pretty much like an onsen egg but thicker yolk.

We played with the eggs for a bit and yes, it has a jelly-like texture that you are able to fork it up and it stays in place. You can try it if you don't believe me. Have fun forking it up!

Since there was 5 of us, the big breakfast obviously is not enough and we ordered an additional 3 more sausages and 2 deep fried poached eggs. We took some pics of it but I'm not going to share it here for its very "graphic" reason.

French Toast
With compote of blueberries, strawberries and mangoes, vanilla ice cream.

I believe that this is the only cold item in the brunch menu. We thought that the french toast will be hot and well, we were surprised that it's cold. The ice cream is to die for and we also ordered additional ice cream because we are gluttons.

Valrhona Chocolate Delice
With hazelnut feuilletine and earl grey tea.
I'm not a fan of chocolate but my friends who are enjoyed this delicate dessert. 

If you love pork and you're in the neighbourhood, why not check out Ante? They have an loads more interesting dishes on their menu especially for dinner. I have fallen in love with their Chargrilled Pork Steak (very generous portion) and Char Siu Curry Cream pasta.

Did I mention also that the ambience is very romantic? Yes, you can have pork and romance in the same venue. Boys get to enjoy the meat and the girls get the romance here.

A2-G1-09, Solaris Dutamas,
50480 Kuala Lumpur.
Mon - Sun : 11am - 11pm
03-6206 3364

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

BingSu Cafe

This is a relatively new Korean dessert place in Damansara Uptown. Not sure whether you've heard of this place as it is not visible from the main road.

It is located at the same row as POKC and Rekindle. The interior is bright yellow and it reminds me very much of mango. But I don't like mango.

We ordered a Strawberry Bingsu instead. According to my brother, the bowl is at subzero temperature. Don't hold it and eat if you don't want to kena frostbite.

They do serve coffee as well with their mini La Cimbali coffee machine. Don't expect any coffee art. We named this 'Ghost Art'.

28, Jalan SS21/35,
Damansara Utama,
Selangor.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Gogi King 고기킹

Those that know me personally know that I'm sucker for Korean food. I'll always try my best to check out all the new Korean places within my ability to travel in Klang Valley. My family love Korean food as well so it's a major plus.

My sister was work surfing (½ work ½ surfing the net) one day and came across a new place in Solaris Mont Kiara called Gogi King. In Korean, it means meat king or king of meat. And the first thing that came to mind was Korean BBQ and we love Korean BBQ. Wrap those meat with lettuce leaves to feel less guilty and add on some kimchi.

We got there around 6-ish close to 7pm and the place was packed with customers. Good sign or that everyone is curious to check out a new place? I choose the latter because I am one of them.

There was 6 of us and we signaled to the waiter that we need 2 tables for dinner. We were informed that we would have to wait as a table is finishing soon. We did not need to wait long to get our table, which was a plus.

We review the menu and it look pretty similar to Sae Mae Eul's version including the price. For those who are unfamiliar with this place, you may read about it here. And they are located a stone throw away from each other too.

 Mini rice balls (새알밥)
This can be a bit spicy because there are chilli padi inside the rice balls.

Corn lather with cheese (콘치즈) 
This is awesome if you love cheese and corn. Fortunately, I love both so I love this dish!

The lettuce leaves for wrapping the meat and 2 pathetic salad as banchan.(side dishes) 

Kimchi (김치)
This kimchi is meh~

Soybean paste soup (된장찌개)
This soup is also meh~

Selection of pork meat (돼지 고기)
Portion is too small.

Photo credit from Instagram @lbsmich
The grill - meat, steamed eggs, cheese, chilli, garlic and kimchi

The dinner started out okay when we sat down and got our drinking water. We looked through the menu and decided to order a set which consists of 3 meat (all pork) and add one 1 spicy chicken in case it was too much. Alas, we were wrong as the portion was small and it barely fill our stomach. We ended up order another set of pork meat and that did not fill our stomach. 

The waiters are slow and not attentive and gives you attitude if you ask for something. Normally, you get very good and fast service from Korean restaurants but this is the worst of the worst. The waiter that cooked our meat look half asleep and quite rude to be honest. 

By the way, each set of meat comes with the cheese in the pic above. If you want more, you have to pay for it which is ridiculous. The steamed eggs are free flow though but it did not taste good.

I'm really disappointed with this new place and will not step foot in it ever again. There are better ones around and are cheaper in price, taste better and have better service.

  We went to a nearby cafe and ordered a sandwich after this dinner. 

No.1, Jalan Solaris,
Solaris Mont Kiara, 
50480 Kuala Lumpur.
03-6206 5256
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