Thursday, May 18, 2017

Opus

Oxtail Soup (RM28)

I've bene to Opus many times - it is my family's favourite Italian place in Kuala Lumpur. It's clearly not comparable to authentic Italian but it's one of the better ones.

Creamy Mushroom (RM24)

It's located at the row of shops at Jalan Bangkung, and the shop is still alive even after so many years.

Shellfish Surprise (RM52)

Opus House Specials (RM38)

....in other words, Spaghetti allo Scoglio / Seafood Spaghetti.

Carbonara (RM32)

American version of carbonara. It's not authentic Italian, but well majority loves the creamy version over authentic Italian's dry version.

Sirloin (RM60)

Simple steak like the ones you get from Jake's, Nothing particularly great about the beef, it's just normal regular cut. It is served with different sauces, we opted for the red wine (in this picture) and creamy mushroom. 

Lamb Rack (RM75)

This is one of their popular items - perfectly grilled lamb rack! It's a little pricey but it was totally worth it. No gamey taste at all!

Likes: Simple neighbourhood restaurant, nothing fancy.
Dislikes: If you're searching for really authentic Italian, this isn't the best place. There are some Italian dishes with a mixture of local's taste buds.

Opus Bistro  
67, Jalan Bangkung,
Taman Bandaraya
59100 Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia
+603.2092.4288
Opening Hours
Daily 12pm - 3pm; 6pm - 12am
Sunday 6pm - 12am
Opus' Page
Opus on Facebook

Opus Bistro Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Boruto

Rice Cracker Tacos ($12.80)

Crispy rice crackers topped with pulled pork, guacamole & chili salsa. It was something really random which turns out to be very addictive! Everybody loves pulled pork and it's served on top of sushi-like rice but it's not sushi. It's crispy rice and every bite of it is crunchy!!

Truffle Hiyashi Somen ($15.80)

Cold somen tossed with confit egg yolk & shio konbu, topped with truffle molecues & sakura ebi. I came for their uni pasta, which sadly is not available!!! They ran out of uni by 8pm, that is such a shame as I was only in town for one night and they are not open on Sunday.

Negitoro Don ($10++)

Really regular, nothing special at all.

Pan fried Foie Gras ($18.80++)

This could have been better, the foie gras was tasty but it was not pan fried long enough so the texture is a bit too soft on the outside. Too soft it felt a little gooey and I like the skin of it to be a little bit more cooked.

Grilled Fish ($10++)

I can't remember which fish was this but this was the worst of all choices - fish was just a fish and it was really bland.

Likes: The truffle somen is really good! We enjoyed the dishes that were great.
Dislikes: And did not enjoy for those which were done average & badly eg. grilled fish, foie gras. It's either a hit or miss, not everything is great.

Boruto  
80 South Bridge Rd,
#01-01 Golden Castle Building
Singapore 058710
+65.6532.0418
Opening Hours
Daily 4.30pm - 12am
Closed on Sundays
Boruto Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Café Pushkin Кафе Пушкинъ

When I was told that this is only a "cafe", I would think it's a casual place that a typical cafe would be anywhere else in the world. Here in Moscow, cafes are so posh and pretty, not dressing up for it makes you look silly.

This posh cafe seems so magically pretty that every picture taken is a big wow. Feels like I'm in Beauty in the Beast, if you recall the library scene in the castle where Belle and the Beast hung out. 

We were placed upstairs at the Library Hall. There are a few floors, and do check out the elevator in the building.. It's a very old one and it is still operating. The building itself is very old, so becareful of the uneven steps as the toilet is located at the basement and it is very dark down there.

Olivier Salad (₽1490 / USD25.50)

Oliver or Olivier salad, main ingredient is egg, potato and mayo. Lots of mixed vegetables in it too, topped with yellow and red caviar. I believe there's crawfish in it too since the tail was served together with the salad. It was so good I finished every bit of it! The only thing I hated was capers...

Borsch Soup (₽655 / USD11.20)

Russian beetroot soup with a spoon of sour cream. I hated beetroot but for some reason, Russian's beetroot tasted different from the usual ones I had. It is all sweet and very addictive - a little bit like Chinese's ABC soup but additional beetroot in it. It is really refreshing I could use another portion!

Grilled Sea-bass with Roasted Potatoes and Vegetables (₽1990 / USD34)

Unfortunately, I was already almost full by the time my main arrived. This will not be the main reason for my judgement on this dish. The main was nothing special at all - just grilled sea bass which Italian's salt crust version is way better. Fish is very fresh with a hint of lemon sourness (I squeezed more lemon to it), served with perfectly grilled potatoes and vegetable skewer. I finished the fish anyway; I felt absolutely guilty for not finishing the fresh fish.

Dessert Café Pushkin (₽985 / USD16.80)

The ever popular Café Pushkin Dessert... Cake made out of berrys, topped with a layer creamy mouse, covered with a layer of chocolate. A mixture of sour and sweet... perfect combination!


Likes: A wonderful surprise - this is not a cafe, it's a proper beautiful and posh restaurant! No complains on food & service
Dislikes: Probably consider increasing the brightness in the toilet - it's hazardous...

Café Pushkin Кафе Пушкинъ  
Tverskoy Boulevard
26А, Moskva
Russia, 125009
+7.495.739.0033

Monday, May 15, 2017

WooBar @ W Samui

Every trip is quite incomplete without having a drink at a picturesque bar. For island vacays, it will be a sunset bar. I did a search online and ultimately, W has one of the prettiest bar in Koh Samui.

I have always visited W hotels in the city but never actually visit a resort of W's before. The entrance is quite far from the main road, which is about 10 minutes from Fisherman's Village, depending on the traffic.

There are four pods facing the sea and those pods are really popular for group photos and selfies, especially the last pod which has no obstruction. This bar isn't just for people who wants to get drunk by sunset, it isn't all about partying, they also serve afternoon tea from 1pm till 6pm.

At W London, music starts to play out loud somewhere late evening, turning the hotel/lobby into a party place, same goes to W Seoul. It looks like it is their trademark to play dance music so the place becomes much livelier.

I like W's contemporary design - whether it's their room, bar or common area, they all look very modern and hipster but more on the high-end side where it looks really classy.

View from the edge of the bar - it looks like a private pool for residents. If you're looking for a quiet getaway, W Samui is definitely the place to be. You don't even need to leave the place, you get everything in the hotel itself.

View from everybody's favourite selfie spot.

Loi Krathong (THB480++)

I saw this on the menu and it was a spot on. It was simply beautiful and also the reason I chose this. I'm sure this happens to most ladies as pretty things are always appealing! Fresh flowers, rather mild cocktail which is suitable for those of you who wants something light.

Thai Dragon (THB380++)

Pam introduced this cocktail which is one of the more popular ones. I prefer this over Loi Krathong as I normally don't like ice in my cocktails unless it's whiskey ice. This cocktail is very little in terms of ml but it is actually quite potent. You can finish it in 4-5 sips but every sip gets to your head! Will not recommend if you are a light drinker. Some chocolate lining with nuts on top of the glass is very addictive and goes so well with the drink! P/S: You've got to suck your drink from the bird's ass! Perhaps not the best idea for a man to be sipping it :P

Black is the New Pink (THB360++)

This drink is literally pink from beetroot's natural colouring. It comes with a hint of tequilla, which was supposed to be a hint but boy this was strong! A little fruity and sourish on top of tequilla; I'm sure tequilla lovers will enjoy it. This was alright for me, I guess the tequilla wasn't my cup of tea.

We were moved from the pod to the sheltered area when it started to drizzle. It was so unfortunate for us as there was no great sunset view for the night. It was all cloudy that evening and we were "compensated" for the natural phenomenon. We were offered two glasses of cocktails which was so nice of them to do so, as they actually do not have the control over nature and yet they made a move to compensate us. This is the difference between quality bars, they put the extra effort to keep their customers happy.

Thank you Pam for arranging the pod for us and an introduction to the hotel & island too!

Likes: Very picturesque bar, strong cocktails which I would say it is totally worth our money, very friendly staffs
Dislikes: Viewing sunset from this bar is like a gamble; either you get it or you don't (though it's really not up to W's call to decide)

WooBar W Samui
4/1 Moo 1 Tambol Maenam Maenam rd.
Tambol Maenam
Koh Samui 84330
Thailand
WooBar Samui's Page

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Podvorye Ресторан Подворье

A lovely Russian restaurant which is very popular among locals too. We were there in a big group so we had the group set meal. The place looks fully booked too - on a weekday.

Cold starter spread; all neatly spread even before we arrived.

Homemade Pork & Stuffed Tomatoes (cheese, mayonnaise, greens, garlic)

The cheese and tomato is absolutely addictive! Some mixed herbs in the cheese made it really delicious. Pork was a little tough but I got through it.

Mushroom julienne

This seems so familiar - like mushroom soup but it's thicker.

Russian Borsch Soup

They did no explanation - there was some yogurt like sour cream but they did not tell us it was meant for the soup. We thought it was for the bread! So we actually finished the soup without the cream in it. Hilarious.

Stuffed Cabbage

I like this really light dish. Vegetable and minced pork - nothing too heavy for lunch.

Pancakes with Red Bilberry, Honey and Ice-cream

Russia is very popular with berries, similar to Finland. I guess people around that area has ample supply to it so they make everything out of it. It's similar to blueberry but much more sour and smaller.

Traditional dance and music performances in the area.

The only thing I got upset was the service. We have not even finished out food and they started to clear our food already. Waitress broke a few plates of food and she got angry at us when it was her mistake.... Very unfriendly staffs.

Likes: Delicious food, and quality is food even when we ordered food in bulk.
Dislikes: Staffs are very unfriendly. They collected our plates when we were not even done - did not even bother to ask...

Podvorye Ресторан Подворье
16 Filtrovskoye shosse,
Pavlovsk,
St. Petersburg,
Russia 196625
 +7.812.454.5464
Opening Hours
Daily 12pm - 11pm
Podvorye's Page