Thursday, April 18, 2013

Bubbles & Bites, Genting Highlands

Once in a while, Mr Hubs and I will take a trip to Genting Highlands for a bit of R&R. And as usual, Genting Highlands's F&B outlets are well known for its steep price and so-so quality. We wanted to try out a few restaurants there but it's full house and reservations are required (since when?).

We walked around like lost souls and stumble upon a white cafe named Bubbles & Bites. It is located on Level 2 of Highlands Hotel. We were extremely curious as there are a lot of caucasian customers and a few yuppies. Most of the restaurants around the resorts are full of locals. I immediately googled the place and heard some rave reviews.

Bubbles & Bites serve miniature bottles of sparkling wines, alcoholic sodas, juices, soft drinks, beers and wines from all around the world.

Scrabbles on the wall.

The waitress request for us to comment on TripAdvisor.

Cappuccino. Too diluted.

Iced Chocolate. This is quite okay.

Clam Fettuccini. This is not the exact name of this dish. The portion is small but this is tasty.

Pizza Carbonara - creamy base with button mushrooms,chicken ham, spring onions, garlic, parmesan cheese.

The quality of the food here is good and the price is just like any casual cafe. And not the usual Genting food price. I will definitely come back for more next time.

Bubbles & Bites
Level 2, Highlands Hotel, 
Genting Highlands, 69000 Pahang.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Bonbori Japanese Cuisine

Bonbori is the newest Japanese restaurant to sprout in Setia Walk, Puchong. They have just opened over a week and the place is packed with people. We were greeted by the owners at the door with big smiles. And helpful waiters.

We were shown to our seats in no time. We felt a little uncomfortable because of the strong yellow lighting though. So far, the crowd is a mix of families and youngsters.

You can see from the photos below that the place is very yellow hence the quality of the photos.

The menu.

Our order of hot ocha and iced ocha.

Hamachi Sushi (Yellowtail). It could be better. Perhaps it is now no longer cold months, therefore the quality is not as good as it is during colder season. The fat content should be higher hence a tastier texture.

Katsu Curry Rice. 

 Gindara Miso Soup. The black cod taste good and fresh and miso base is normally a bit salty. It balances the taste when cooked with the fish. This is served with glass noodles, mushrooms, carrots and plenty of shallot. A great dish to order on cold nights.

Bonbori Japanese Cuisine has more ala carte and sushi item to order. They have a wide variety of sushi from tamago to tuna belly. This place is operated by an old and friendly couple. And the staff are extremely helpful and attentive.

Bonbori Japanese Cuisine
G-01-1, Block G, Setia Walk,
Persiaran Wawasan,
Pusat Bandar Puchong,
47160 Puchong,

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Tokyo Kitchen, Setia Walk Puchong

Tokyo Kitchen is one of the newer restaurant in Setia Walk, Puchong. We were attracted to the design of the place. It's like a Japanese temple from the outside where people hang their wishes on a wooden plaque. The whole restaurant is made out of wood and red lanterns.

Upon entering the restaurant, we were greeted by friendly waiters and waitresses eager to serve. However, the inside of the restaurant was pretty humid. Perhaps at the time that we went, they have just switched on the air conditioner. It was a hot and humid season and we were sweating.

Table mat

The exterior from inside.

Cosy interior

Chicken Teriyaki Don set

Curry Chicken Katsu Rice set.

Tokyo Kitchen offers a lot of set items compared to other Japanese restaurant. The price offered here are competitive but the quality of the food is so-so. Why do I say so? Instead of using Japanese rice for their dishes, they use local rice.

If you want more variety and bigger portion then this is the place to go.
D-05-G, Block D, Setia Walk,
Persiaran Wawasan,
Pusat Bandar Puchong,
47160 Puchong,
03-5651 0012

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Kaffa Espresso Bar

Kaffa Espresso Bar opened early this year in Damansara Uptown. If you're familiar with the area, it is located right below Ryokan Chic Hotel. If you're a little old school and had lived your entire life in PJ but not sure where this is. It's the same row as the now abolished Fajar (your friendly neighbourhood store back in the days) but nearer to the police station side.

I was there last weekend with Mr Hubs and my younger bro Mr ML for drinks. It was our first time and I've heard great things about it.

The cafe's interior are painted black with a balance of brown from its coffee counter (bricks) and furnishing. It's a cosy little nook in Damansara Uptown and they are opened til late (it doesn't say til what time). May I assume until the last man standing? After all, it's not just an espresso bar as said, but a cafe that serves food, coffee and alcohol. They have Somersby (yay!) the one and only cider that I drink.

The facade of the cafe, just in case if you're looking to try. I dare say that you will missed it because that areas are full of eateries. So keep your eyes wide open and see.

My order of Cappuccino (my usual). I am okay with it but I prefer it stronger. Next time I will need to order a double or triple shot.

Mr Hubs' order of Iced Americano. It was a hot day.

I did not manage to snap a pic of Mr ML's drink because he was thirsty and drank a lot of it already. And it wouldn't look nice here. He ordered an Iced Latte.

We did not sit indoor and soon realised that they have a big mosquito problem. Don't know whether it's the black walls or that area generally attracts mozzies. The staff was very helpful and changed fresh mosquito coils around the outdoor sitting area. They even killed the mosquitos with those electronic badminton shaped thingy (presumably Made in China and highly popular in most households in Malaysia). It was so cool. The waiter said to us, "If it bothers you again, just let me know and I'll kill them for you." So macho, hehe.

Next time though, we'll sit inside to ensure that we are able to enjoy our drinks in peace. I did not take many photos of this place and it deserves much more. I did not want to look suspicious and snap everything as though I was there to steal ideas for my own cafe. But I'll be back to check out the food and drinks and Somersby.

97, Jalan SS21/37,
Damansara Uptown,
47400 Petaling Jaya,
03-7732 4502

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