Friday, January 18, 2013

The Royal Flush, Oasis Square Ara Damansara

The Royal Flush is the latest venture by the guys from Tom, Dick and Harry's : pub+grub. You might have dined at their other outlets namely; Hoofed at TTDI (porky place) and Ali, Muthu & Ah Hock (Ara Damansara). This is their first Chinese Fine Dining restaurant, which will open their door to business on 21st January 2013. The Royal Flush (同花順) is located at Oasis Square in Ara Damansara, a new business office/retail place. 

The owners of The Royal Flush invited members of the media to share this joyful night and introduces their Chinese New Year set. According to Ernest (one of the owner), the set that I will share with you shortly is his personal favourite and therefore, that's what we'll be eating. It's called "The Spot On Menu".

The facade of The Royal Flush. Ain't it grand? (note : this photo was taken from my colleague's FB because I forgot to snap one myself *shy* Photo credit to Miss WC

The surrounding area of the restaurant. Very atas hor? I love it! (Photo credit to Miss WC)

Just in case if you're wondering whether I'm pulling your leg. The place is indeed called The Royal Flush. 

The ground floor seating arrangements.

Chinaware fits for royalty. The Chinese Emperor wears yellow. It significes the Yellow Dragon (黃龍) and balance of Yin and Yang. (this was not told by the owners, i just felt compel to share this).

Crispy Popiah (hor d'oeuvres). The chef is extremely smart and make this less guilty for the ladies. The popiah lies on top of a bed of alfafa sprouts hence the excess oil will not coat the bottom of the plate.

Salmon flakes wrapped in fried wantan skin. It's so Italian. I call this perkahwinan di antara masakan Itali dengan Cina.

Twin Cold Combination. Fresh oyster with a slice of lemon with dip sauce in a cup and the other one is sliced abalone on top of kiwi fruit with cherry tomatoes and alfafa sprouts.

Dimsum Combination. Awesome fish ball (extremely fresh and bouncy), Siew Mai and Xiao Loong Bao.

Grilled Cod Fish. I love the texture of the fish however, the glazed was a bit salty.

Grilled Scallop Bacon. Essentially, this is the Cina-fied version of Pigs in a blanket. A refreshing good combo.

Grilled Pork Ribs. Just the right amount of fats, meat and gravy.

Asparagus garnished with salmon flakes.

Abalone Fried Rice.The abalone sits snugly on a bed of rice. Don't it look comfy? Like a person being tucked in to bed?

Double Boiled Bird's Nest. But it looks and tastes like Sea Cucumber White Fungus dessert to me. I'm not sure. This was a bit too sweet for my taste.

Crystal Peanut Dumpling. Mochi coated with grind peanuts and sesame filling. I love the filling.

The Spot On Menu is priced at RM1,200 nett. If you're scratching your head wondering where to bring your family or friends for dinner this CNY, why not come here? Cosy ambience , top notch service by the crew and super atas feel.

*Note : They are officially opened on 21st January 2013

Central Piazza, Oasis Square Ara Damansara,
No.2, Jalan PJU 1A/7A,
47301 Petaling Jaya,
012-299 7598

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Petite Millie +closed down+

Petite Millie is a place that I've always wanted to tryout. But everytime I pass by, I have already eaten. If you're wondering where this place is. They are located inside of 1Utama Shopping Centre. I haven't been there much after the renovation coz I've moved to Timbuktu. 1Utama used to be my favourite haunt. I was there 3-4 times a week when I was still living at home.

The open concept kitchen. The chefs are hard at work.

Simple decor with soft lighting. It's pretty dark and romantic inside. Probably one of the darkest restaurant in 1 Utama.

Petite Millie - Good Food, Good Company. Yes, indeed.

Wanted to be healthy so we ordered fruit juice.

Poutine Cheek and it's deadly.... -  I swear this is the name of the dish. It's on their menu if you don't believe me. You won't die from eating this dish. But it's good. The beef cheek is tender and the cheese is not overwhelming. The combo is pretty awesome.

Manila Clams Linguine -  I love the freshness of the clams and the linguine is cooked al dente. I love this especially. I'm not an avid fan of pasta but I don't mind having more of this.

The only setback is that the portion is small. Hence the name Petite..duh. But after sharing 2 of the dishes above, my tummy was still screaming, "More food please". It felt like I had appetisers only. Sorry for being a glutton. The next time I go, I might need to order 2 portions of the Manila Clams Linguine.

Lot G146, Ground Floor,
1 Utama Shopping Centre,
47800 Petaling Jaya,
03-7732 0395

Thursday, January 3, 2013

TJ Haus

I've been here numerous times but never got around to blog about it. Reason being that I'm normally seated outside because it's always packed with people on the inside. And the lighting outside is not enough to snap proper photo of the food.

I was introduced to this place by 2 good friend of mine, Ms CAV and Ms JL. They both live in Subang Jaya therefore they are more familiar with places to eat. TJ Haus is a cosy spot for good western food. The variety is wide with offerings of Spanish Paella and German fares.

We felt "lamby" today so we both ordered lamb dishes. No regrets for sure as the meat is tender and don't worry about the "lamby" smell. It is non-existent here.

Braised Lamb - big slabs of tender and juicy lamb served with brown and mint sauce.

Braised Lamb Shank - tender meat that practically falls off the bone.Served with ratatouille and brown sauce.

Additional order of the rosemary potatoes. Yummeh!

Cheesecake. Done differently from other restaurants. There's a layer of jelly followed by cheese and crumbs. Order this beforehand to avoid disappointment.

As and when I felt like having good western food, I will go to TJ Haus. It's quiet during later part of the night. We could have our dinner in peace and ensured of good service.

TJ Haus
 27A, Jalan SS18/1B, 
47500 Subang, Selangor
 03-5636 4508

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Food Foundry

Food Foundry has been around for quite a number of years. When I was still living at home with my parents, they started their business with 1 shop lot and now had expanded to 3 shoplots. My first thought was that the food must be good or else they wouldn't have stayed in business for so long. I was wrong!

Pan Fried Dory on Spaghetti. The texture of the cooked spaghetti is al dente.  However, the dory fish was too sweet. Marinate too long ?

Salmon Alfredo - Bits and pieces of salmon, you can hardly taste it.

Chicken Chop - this was okay.

Stir fried Beef with Ginger and Spring Onion. This is no good. The beef used was poor quality and it stank. And they charge around RM18 or RM20 for this. Ugh!

Moist Chocolate Cake. It was not finished and woman love dessert. Enough said.

Vanilla Mille Crepe. This is okay compared to some places serving it. But I still prefer the ones at Nadeje and Humble Beginnings.

I like the ambience of Food Foundry but not the price and the poor quality food. This is supposed to be a neighbourhood cafe and they are charging a proper restaurant price. The margin is so wrong. I don't mind coming back for the dessert but definitely not for the food. 

BG-8, Happy Mansion,
Section 17/13,
46400 Petaling Jaya,
03-79553885 / 03-7932 2322
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