Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Tino's Pizza Express

Tino's Pizza Express opened its door for business about 2 months ago in the new Nexus Bangsar South Lifestyle Mall. I have previously passed by this area and wanted to check out this place. Tino's Pizza Express is a chain pizza store from Shanghai that offers freshly baked Napoletana style pizza.

Tino's Pizza Express is an initiative from the good folks of Chatime Malaysia. It is their latest venture into the F&B industry on top of their successful bubble tea business here.

Simple decor of the indoor dining area.

Tino's Club House. A three way combo of Tino's Wings, Dory Fish Fries and Peanut Butter Fries. Love the fries. Who would have thought that fries can be eaten with peanut butter and taste so awesome? We love this to bits and finished the whole platter. The wings was a bit spicy (pepper-ish) for me.

Pumpkin Soup. Creamy pumpkin soup served with fresh dough slices. If you love thick creamy soup. This is the cat's ass. For those who are not familiar with this slang term, it means that it's wonderful.

Italian Vegetable Soup. A tomato vegetable soup served with shell pasta and fresh dough slices. If you prefer something lighter compared to thick cream soup. You may order this. It's minestrone!!

Duck Caponata Pizza. A unique roast duck recipe topped with broccoli, capsicum and melted cheese.The roast duck is thickly sliced (very generous) and was juicy to taste. If you feel guilty eating carbs, there is a good balance of the broccoli.

Peanut Butter Banana Oreo (Sweet Crustar) . Frittered banana and Oreo cookie pieces laid on a peanut butter base topped with chocolate drizzle and almond chip toppings. If you love dessert, you will love this awesome pie. Eat this with the peppermint leaf and it brings out a delightful surprise to your palate.

Iced Black Tea. I like this because it is unsweetened.

Tino's Iced Fruit Tea.

Parking at the mall is currently free because it is brand new. There are a good number of F&B outlets in this area. Tino's Pizza Express offers different types of meat as toppings for the pizza. Our usual pizza joint mainly offers chicken, beef and seafood toppings.

Tino's Pizza Express is a pork-free restaurant and offers take-away service as well. Once you're done eating, pop over next for some Chatime.

G-15, Nexus Bangsar South,
Jalan Kerinchi,
59200 Bangsar,
Kuala Lumpur.
03- 2242 0580

Monday, May 26, 2014

Shinyaki Yakiniku + Sushi

We've been wanting to check out this new place in Segambut for a while but couldn't find the time. As we were in the area this evening, we took the opportunity to makan dinner there.

Shinyaki Yakiniku + Sushi is located inside of M Avenue. It is about 16 mins drive from Publika. We consulted Waze. It is not hard to find and we noticed that this area is full of steamboat restaurants. Will check out the rest next time.

+All photos were taken with my iPhone 5, don't expect DSLR quality+

Shinyaki Yakiniku + Sushi.

The outdoor dining area. Cute stools made from wood.

Bamboo wall - so cliche

Green tea for us as it was a hot night. Thank God we were given a pitcher so that we can refill our drinks.

Charcoal stove


Tuna sashimi

Ika aka Squid

Scallops with teriyaki sauce. Bigger than our old 50 cents. It was awesome.

Chicken gizzard. So good that we ordered second helpings.

Chicken wings. I like how the skewer the chick but this was a tad too salty for me. I love shio but this is too shio-ed. (For those who don't know "shio", it means salt)

Pork Set - you have to cook this yourself over the charcoal stove
This is the set up. It can be quite fun.
It's a nice quiet neighbourhood shoplot (M Avenue). It was a Sunday and I don't know how it's like on a weekday night. Nice place to hangout over yakiniku and some sakes and beers. Limited tables as the place is small. They are pretty new (about 6 months I would say...I might be wrong). 

Besides yakiniku, Shinyaki also offers fresh sashimi, bento meals, alcohols (of course). Places like this are rare in Malaysia. Some of the items are overly salty but that could be improved in time and comments from customers. 

There are many more items on the menu that we wish to try but we there's only so much 2 person can eat. Will come back next time when the weather is less hot.
E-08, M Avenue,
Jalan Segambut,
51200 Kuala Lumpur.
03-6250 6408
Closed on Mondays.
Tue - Sun : 12:00 - 14:30 & 18:00 - 22:30

Monday, May 19, 2014

Old China Cafe

Heard a lot of great things about Old China Cafe and decided to give it a try while I was in the city. There was plenty of parking space because #1 it was around 8 plus at night #2 it was a public holiday on a weekday #3 next day is a work day. If not, there is an open space car park opposite the restaurant.

Old China Cafe is located in an old colonial building. And next to the newly opened Ali, Muthu & Ah Hock at Jalan Balai Polis near Petaling Street. If you did not take a look at the customers and workers there you would've thought that you have stepped back in time. Everything screams Old China basically.

It could look eerie if the lights were dimmer. But I love the environment here.

Our order of Pu Er tea. The water here is very very hot. I can't even hold onto my tea cup and I'm Chinese. Born drinking tea, just so you know.

Appetizer : Lobak. Disappointed because it looks nice but the filling is very little and it doesn't taste as good as it looks.

Itik Tim (Duck meat salted vegetable soup). Love the taste of this soup. And we don't mind ordering another portion.

Kapitan Chicken Curry. The curry is not fragrant enough. Taste watered down.

Babi Pongteh. This is like the ultimate dish for the Nyonyas but Old China Cafe's version proved to be a disappointment.

Mixed Vegetable.

This is a great place for tourists and people that has never tasted Nyonya food before. We saw a lot of tourists here and not many locals. I really wished that they could offer me good Nyonya food but they really fall short on that. 

Nevertheless, this is a nice place for photography and I do like their rice.

11, Jalan Balai Polis,
50000 Kuala Lumpur.
03-2072 5915

No. 15 Redang Station

This post is specially dedicated to CL & family. Thank you so much for the recommendation. We love it so so much :)

I crave for fresh oyster once, a bad craving actually. What I did was asked on my Facebook whether anyone know of a great place for it. Lo and behold, an ex-colleague of mine who is a FOODIE sent me a  Whatsapp message. Her brother-in-law discovered a place in Sekinchan and the oysters are super fresh and it's super cheap. They had an oyster feast there plus beer.

I've been wanting to check the place out since March but due to my busy schedule and studying on weekends I couldn't find the right time to do it. When there's great things like this, I will definitely invite my family members.

This weekend I had Saturday off and we've set the time to go. I called the owner of this place, Ah Chuan a day before going over just to be make sure that they are opened for business. He said reservations are not required, just call him and tell him that you're going. His exact words.

We consulted Waze for the location but couldn't find it. Thank God for the name card that my friend sent to me. There is a map behind it and we managed to find the place. Don't worry, I will include the GPS coordinate at the end of this post.

No.15 Redang Station. This is the only signage of this place. They only have 3 tables here. And this is a makeshift makan area in front of the owner's house. It's dining by the fishing village on planks. A great rustic and village experience for us. My family loves it so much that they want to go back again and again in the future. Grandma said this, "Let's go and eat there every month okay?". I have to tell you something about Grandma. She loves food and she will only go back if the food is really good. Once you piss her off with your bad cooking, she will ban you for life.

Mantis Prawn. Those who know me knows that I dislike Mantis Prawn. This is because I don't think they deserve to be prawns (haha...it's one of my silly stuff). I was a bit skeptical about this prawn because the ones that I got served are horrible. This one though changed my mind. It's huge in size, fresh, succulent meat. This dish is steamed cooked and the meat has a little bit of saltiness in them. Juicy beyond imagination. 

Fish balls. Dare I say that this is the best fish balls I have ever had in my life? Yes! Slightly smaller than a golf ball size.

Lala soup. Normally when you eat lala in restaurants in the Klang Valley, you will find some sandy residue in it. This one is na-da. The lala did not shrink much in size. It shows how fresh it is. It has a sweet taste to it because it's super fresh. The soup is cooked with some ginger and bird's eye chilli. Delightful soup that dad and grandma could not stop drinking.

Steamed crabs. It look uncooked right? But it is cooked. The dishes here are cooked with minimal condiments or spices to retain the freshness of the seafood.

Fried noodle. Slightly salty for me. But the rest of my family member love it.

Steamed prawn. Huge A grade size prawn. Lightly steamed without any spice. It's so fat, juicy and sweet in taste. I had the most number of prawns here. Oh my cholestrol level is gonna rise like nobody's business.

I'm not good with fish names. The direct translation is 7 Star Fish. This fish is nicely cleaned without any fish scale left on the body of the fish. The fish is cooked just right and once again, the flesh of the fish is awesome.

Freshly shucked oysters. We ordered the medium size one. 10 pieces for 6 person and I ate the most. Wanted to order more for myself but I was full at that time. Dad just recovered from a bad tummy ache before this makan trip because of a previous oyster dinner. He was reluctant to try this. But I insist that he eats one just to try it out. He love it and told me the next day that he did not suffer from any tummy ache. Good news!
I can't read Chinese and I don't know what it says on the A4 paper. But the GPS co-ordinate is there.

We stopped by the paddy field and took some pictures. It was indeed a lovely makan trip with my family.
We will be back again for sure.

No.15 Redang Station
(GPS Co-ordinate : 3.507826,101.095309)
15, Lorong 10,
Bagan Sekinchan,
Tel: 019-644 7494  (Ah Chuan)

Disclaimer : Not every dish you see here is available at all time. They will only sell whatever seafood they have on hand.

(We tried using the above address to look for the place but to no avail. Therefore, please use the GPS co-ordinate. I personally feel that the address should be 15, Jalan 10 Lorong Sebelas, Bagan Sekinchan, Selangor. You will understand me when you take a look at Google Map.)

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Cafe de Paris, Pavilion KL

I'm not gonna lie. I'm a big sucker for newly opened cafes. And I enjoy luring foodie victims with me to check out new places.

Wesak Day break (Tuesday) was the day we went to Pavilion KL for makan and shopping session. This time though the victims are my hub and my bro. It was a nice drive to the city probably because most KL-ites are away somewhere from the spill over long weekend. We have too many of that AND I'm not complaining.

One of the newer ventures in Pavilion is a French cafe named Cafe de Paris. It's so cliche and yet so appealing. I love gourmet breads, rich butter and cheese.

The facade of the cafe is the foot of Eiffel Tower and there is alfresco dining area for smokers/sun tanners. I can't stand the heat in KL these days. We opt for the indoor dining area.

The menu looks like an air mail. Love it. And I've started writing journal again therefore I want to show it off in this photo.

My order of cappuccino.

Salade Maison (House Salad) - Mixed garden greens, tomatoes, avocado, cucumber, fava beans, mixed seeds and grated carrots in Dijon vinaigrette dressing. Don't you just love those darling plates?

Sourdough Toast - Toasted thick sliced French sourdough bread with Bonne Maman french preserves. We love this so much that we ordered 2 portions. We don't mind if the bread are not toasted. (This is only available until 12pm)

Perfect for sharing (Tartine) Toasted french bread with various toppings. You have the choice of 3 of 6 types. We opt for 3 as we wanted to try other dishes. The above are Boeuf (Beef), Saumon (Salmon) and Poulet (Chicken),

Fromagerie - Camembert baked with a splash of vemouth liquor & thyme, served with toasted baguette. We personally feel that the camembert tasted better paired with sourdough. 

The cafe is located opposite La Bodega on the Connection Level.

Cafe de Paris
Lot C3.06.02, Pavilion KL,
168, Jalan Bukit Bintang,
55150 Kuala Lumpur.
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