Saturday, September 24, 2016

Brunch & Munch

Salted Egg Yolk Pork Balls

Fried pork balls coated with a nice layer of salted egg. Served hot and fresh.

Everything's exceptionally good after a few pints of beer. Our initial plan was to have only a pint of beer, but as usual it did not stop at one and it obviously changed our dinner plans as well. Not sure what other food they serve, mostly cafe style food but if you're having beer then forget about food. 

Brunch & Munch seems to be the ONLY place around this area that serves beer. Expensive beer. If you want cheap beer, go to TREC then. It's actually very convenient for those who lives at G Village.

Brunch & Munch @ G-Village
Jalan 1/76, Desa Pandan
55100 Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia
+603.4065.0860
Opening Hours 
Daily 10.30am - 10pm
Brunch & Munch on Facebook

Friday, September 23, 2016

Chandi

Chandi looks like another restaurant among the many along the busy streets of Seminyak. They have a casual dress code but not sure if it really applies? We noticed so many tourists entering with slippers. Classy much? Not.

We opted for the chef's tasting men, with really high hopes. Just one set as I would like to try their ala carte items too. I had plans for possibly 3 desserts if I could fit! As for their tasting menu, there are hits and misses. Some of which that should be eliminated!

This was on the seasonal menu - Pork Belly Salad (68k/USD5.30). It was actually so badly done the pork belly was ROCK HARD. The knife is useless, we had to bite it. Normally, I would return something so badly done, but I allowed it to slip this time around. I thought I may be wrong about them.

Seared Scallop Salad (hit) - very juicy and bouncy; it was so perfectly done! But the bed of salad is just lazy.

 Black Pepper Crab Dumplings (miss) - an absolute horrid and it should not even be on the table! Sorry, but Chinese does a way better job in this. This skin is thick, the meat is bland, it's just plain salty!! This is the dumpling to cheat those who doesn't know what a dumpling is.

Caramelised Butter Fish (miss) - It was well caramelised, but a little over done, hence it doesn't melt like what most people had claimed it to be. Perhaps, it was just mine and normally it does melt.

Grilled Slipper Lobster Dabu Dabu (hit) - Honestly, the sauce tastes about the same. The only thing they have in common is the saltiness. Grilled slipper wasn't completely grilled so it has the slimy texture but yet it carried the grilled flavours too. I actually like how it's kind of half-grilled? Not sure if it should be like that but it's actually pretty good.

Balinese Duck Lilit (hit) - Possibly my favourite among all. This has very fragrant herbs, like the typical Balinese sate. They have a menu just for Sate, perhaps it is way better than the tasting menu.

Beef Rendang Envelopes (miss) - I don't even understand how did this item scored into the tasting menu. This tasted exactly like Indian curry but the texture on the outside is soft and just did not score. Just like the dumpling, why would I want something that's neither here nor there?

Crisp Pork Belly (miss) - Just like the first dish, the pork belly's skin is especially hard. It looks like they cooked the belly the same way. It was the same taste and equally rock hard. I did not return it, which is so unusual of me to accept something that bad. The sauce is just the typical Chinese vegetable dish with a mixture of possible soy sauce and oyster. This is an extreme miss.

Chandi's Classic Beef Short Ribs (hit & miss) - Love their ribs - super duper tender!! I hope it wasn't Masterfoods meat tenderiser... Nevertheless, we really love the beef. We did not like the bed of blanched vegetables. It's a common vegetable used for Chinese cooking, not Balinese. This bed of vegetables shows how lazy the dish is. What's the point of having such a yummy piece of ribs on such a lazy bed of vegetables? More effort is needed for this dish. Think of something more Balinese to go with this dish, not Chinese.

Duck Tasting for One (210k)

I swear this dish is large it is to feed 1.5 of us!

Bebek Betutu

It was alright just very normal though. It has great herb flavours, very tender piece of meat but it wasn't a wow factor.

Duck Sate Lilit was fantastic just like the previous one we had. Served with Salted Duck Egg and Urab Salad. Surprisingly, this was served a  very Balinese style as compared to the tasting menu. The effort is clearly shown for their Duck Tasting Set, unlike the very lazy Chef Tasting Menu.

The only chilli they serve, which was really very sweet and not spicy at all. Now it clearly shows this place is a tourist trap to serve those who can't take authentic Balinese and their proper flavours. They tweak it and make it so fusion for tourists.

Pure Dark Cocoa Fondant (neither hit nor miss) - just a very regular fondant. It's molten but it did not flow out like lava.

Yes the lava did flow out. Very slowly. Not sure if it's overdone? Roasted Tamarillos with Fresh Passion Fruit and Coconut Sorbet served on the side.

After having two different tasting sets, we figured we could not have anything else anymore. Also, the fact that their food scored more misses than hits, that contributed to the decision of having more desserts. 

I have actually done my research on this place but sadly what people wrote about this place, turns out to be so different. This is why bloggers should be banned from sharing their so-called experience and food as it creates deceptive advertising. Sigh. I guess this will not be in my list of Balinese eats on my next visit to Bali. Merah Putih is a much better option!

Chandi Seminyak
Jalan Laksmana 72
Seminyak
Bali 80361
Indonesia
+62.361.731.060
Opening Hours
Daily 12pm - 12am
Chandi's Page

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Namoo On The Park

I've always wondered about this place, and finally made it there because of Pokemon! There is a gym and two pokestops which explains the crowd over the weekend!

Nevertheless, we popped by not solely for Pokemon. It was a friend's birthday and we decided to just chill for tea. I've ordered the Sweet Potato Cake and the Salted Caramel Bingsu. Not too bad, in fact I love the cake! The savoury food did not appeal much from the menu, could give it a try next time.

Namoo Korean Dessert Cafe
Publika
1, Jalan Dutamas 1
50480 Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia
+603.6411.6698
Opening Hours
Sun-Thur 11am - 10pm
Fri & Sat 11am - 11pm
Namoo's Page

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Somtam Nua

Stir Fried Thai Rice Flour Noodles (THB110)

Pork Shoulder BBQ (THB115)

Somtam with Salted Egg (THB85)

Fried Chicken (THB115)

Visited two years ago and again this year. Ordered the same food - realised that the noodles are not the same taste but still good. Noodle was very "wet" the last time we came. The only difference is they have a proper queuing system now, though we noticed that they actually created some queue on purposes. There were few empty tables but unclear why they did not let customers in until they serve food on the table. The wait wasn't too long, only about 15 minutes.


Somtam Nua 
Siam Square Soi 5
Bangkok
Thailand
+66.2251.4880

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Coffee Amo

Located at the same row with the popular Nam Heong Chicken Rice at China town. The entrance is quite hideous actually, like some speakeasy coffee bar!

We came here for their 3D Coffee Art, as a friend from the UK loves cute stuff!

Kokoro

Initially we came for cute Pokemon art which appeared on Instagram, but apparently not available for that day. They prepare it randomly, and it was so sweet of them to allow us to request! They didn't give us a reason why no Pokemon theme (I assume it depends on barista's skills...?), but at least they allowed us to pick normal ones.

...and the face is still there!

Hello Kitty

Friend from UK was really excited and thank you again Coffee Amo for the wonderful coffee art! :)

Coffee Amo  
54, Jalan Sultan
50000 Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia
03.2857.2677
Opening Hours
Mon-Thurs 10am - 9pm
Fri-Sun 9am - 9pm
Coffee Amo on Facebook

Monday, September 19, 2016

Fat Chow

The beautiful Fat Chow on the way to Uluwatu.

We noticed this from the cab so we decided to pop by for dinner. It's almost 30 minutes by car from our hotel near Blue Point.

It's located right next to the famous Jimbaran Iiga Warung. We actually ate at iiga first before Fat Chow.

It looks like a very beautiful place during the day, and not much at night. The food they offer leans towards Chinese, with a hint of Balinese. I once had lunch at Fat Chow Kuta, and they serve Bakso. I was looking forward for it but sadly they don't serve it here.

Fat Buntut (147K)

Sweet Martabak (42k)

Well it's just a fancier name for Nutella pancakes!

The menu looks different from the one in Kuta, or they have already changed their menu? Not sure... But this is what they serve in Jimbaran!


Fat Chow Temple Hill
Jl. Raya Uluwatu No.8d
Kel. Jimbaran, Kec. Kuta Selatan
Bali 80361
Indonesia
+62.857. 3875.2224
Opening Hours
Daily 12pm - 11pm
Fat Chow's Page

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Ichiro Sushi Bar

Inari Sushi

Salmon Sashimi Set (RM33.80).

Actually it looks better from pictures. Nevertheless, look at the thick cuts!

Tori Karaage

Lunch Ichiro A (RM16.80)

Their lunch deals are pretty good. Chirashi bowl looks like a very popular item, seems likes everyone loves ordering it! Will definitely return for their Chirashi bowl!

P/S: This is a very small place, and it's good if you're going with one friend. This lady went with in a party of 3 and started yelling at theirs staffs asking why is there no proper seat for the 3rd person. Well, the place is full and it's always full so what do you expect... She insisted to take the table for two but they couldn't accommodate. So seriously, if they can't take you please don't force them... Dine elsewhere.

Ichiro Sushi Bar @ Isetan
One Utama Shopping Centre
1, Lebuh Bandar Utama
Petaling Jaya
47800 Selangor
Malaysia
+603.7726.5899
Opening Hours
Daily 11am - 9.30pm
Fri & Sat 11am - 10pm
Sushi Ichiro's Page