Wednesday, November 15, 2017

FLOUR Restaurant

Eggplant curry - A must order!!

To dine in Flour, it is highly recommended to reserve a table - they are incredibly packed even on a weekday! Well I guess it's because there are very limited Northern Indian style food so it makes them look very better than most Indian joints in Klang Valley.

Fish curry (a little too fishy, not for everyone)

To be very fair, our overall experience was alright. Each dish comes with a bread to choose which I thought I did not like the idea of it. Can't it be like Dishoom where you order bread is ordered separately.... So there's just too much bread at the end of the day...

Mutton briyani was done very well in terms of taste, but the mutton portion is rather pathetic, say one piece each for 4 pax and it's gone. In Dishoom, they have a better balance between rice and meat.

Butter chicken - very creamy and the sauce is just to die for! Not stingy with butter...

I thought this was my favourite of all.. Goes well with the bread! Because each meal comes with bread, we tried different types and to be honest.... None of them were extraordinary. I'm not suggesting it's bad bread - it's really good but at the end of the night the breads were pretty much to same to me already... It was a bit too much for us.

Despite a couple of shortcomings, I have to say that this place is definitely worth returning for a bite or two if you crave for better quality Northern Indian curries, just not the place to dine and wine, it's a cafe...

Likes: One of the better places for  Northern Indian...
Dislikes: Portions are not too balanced, too much bread, the ambience is not really that great - too noisy and tables are just too close to each other, which does not give customers enough space. Corkage is too expensive for a casual cafe place like this (RM50 per bottle of wine, but at least they provide chilled glasses and ice). Just thought that it's not even a proper restaurant, it's just a cafe serving restaurant prices. It would be nice if they could consider making this place look more like a restaurant instead. Do expect slow service too/orders being left out too, they are too busy every night...

P/S: I was told that they are more responsive via Facebook, so I made my reservation through FB Messenger instead.

FLOUR Restaurant
Jalan Medan Setia 1,
Plaza Damansara
Bukit Damansara
50490 Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia
012.960.0053
Opening Hours
Daily 11.30am - 3pm; 6.30pm - 10pm
Closed on Mondays
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Monday, November 13, 2017

Chong Qing Noodles 李大姐重慶小面

Braised Pork with Soya Beans (RM15.80)

Very generous portion... of soya beans and meat. I ate a lot of soya beans but there are still ample of it. 

Black Fungus with Garlic and Onion (RM7.90)

Did not like this - the fungus was tad bit too hard. I prefer it to be a little softer, perhaps it wasn't soaked long enough I'm not sure but the one at Chef Kong is way better!

Cucumber with Chilli Oil (RM5.90)

Second favourite of all - this is just refreshing, crunchy with a hint of chilli. Very addictive!
Spicy Lotus Root (RM9.90)

Definitely my favourite! Never thought that lotus root can be a snack - a crunchy snack.

Pork Belly (RM15.90)

75% fats, 25% meat. I think they are trying to get all our arteries blocked... Jeez, definitely not for me...

Then comes the main - the spicy noodle. You can decide the level of spiciness - no chilli, mild, standard and very spicy. To be safe, we had the mild and standard. I thought the standard chilli was just about right for me. Fret not, you can always add additional chilli.

There are a few types to pick and I realise their broth are all the same. The only difference is chilli level and what type of meat you would like to have.

This is how a bowl of mild would look like. The portion is actually quite huge if you're not a big eater - consider sharing it with a friend!

A bowl of non-spicy noodle and a bowl of  regular spicy noodle. It looks fiercely red, but honestly it is just the looks. It's not really that spicy...

Chrysanthemum Tea (RM7)

The pretty chrysanthemum tea which is fairly priced higher than most places, but hey you get a pretty flower, why not.


Likes: Huge portion, affordable price, value for money, authentic Chinese noodles
Dislikes: The foreign waitresses are really rude, especially the Vietnamese lady. Took orders wrongly, served wrongly and charged us wrongly too. Yet she still did not apologise for her mistake. Get the local waitress to serve you instead.. This Viet lady is just ridiculously rude!

Chong Qing Noodles 李大姐重慶小面 
Faber Tower
Jalan Desa Bahagia
Taman Desa
58100 Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia
018.295.8813
Opening Hours
Daily 10am - 9pm
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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Antipodean

Big Breakfast (RM26)

I've seen this place, I know of this place, but never once occur to me to actually visit.

Pumpkin Soup (RM14)

One of those days we had hangover brunch on a Sunday at Antipodean... I took a bite of everything and it all seems very decent. I'm quite surprised actually, I normally would prefer soupy stuff instead of a huge plate of brekkie. So pumpkin soup it is!

Avocado Toast with Tomatoes and Bacons (RM22)


Likes: Great choices, not bad of a place for brunch - in fact one of the better ones (not overly toasted toasts at least!!)
Dislikes: Limited tables and space....

Antipodean Cafe  
20, Jalan Telawi 2,
Bangsar Baru
59100 Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia
03.2282.0411
Opening Hours
Daily 8am - 10pm
Fri & Sat 8am - 11pm
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Sunday, November 5, 2017

Bakso Monster

I have always wanted to check this place out, perhaps I'll get a good bowl of Indonesian noodle but will never think of this place whenever I'm in Telawi. I found it somewhat difficult to order, as I could not differentiate between the regular bakso and their specials. In the end, I ordered the regular and added keropok pangsit. 

The keropok pangsit arrived just after a minute of ordering. I waited and waited and waited.... for 20-25 minutes before the noodle arrived. It was not even full, there was another table and that was about it... I cannot imagine how long the wait would be if it is full house.

I was quite satisfied with the bakso - glass noodle with sup tulang. The broth is very flavourful, the noodle portion is huge and it's fit for two (of me)!. It came with a humongous bakso!!! I swear it's as huge as a golf ball or maybe slightly larger. It's stuffed with minced beef and boy it's damn juicy!! Guess it was worth the wait after all...

Likes: Huge portion, affordable price
Dislikes: A little too long wait for just a bowl of noodle... Don't serve the keropok if the noodle is not ready....

Bakso Monster  
16, Jalan Telawi 5,
59100 Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia
03.2202.2000
Opening Hours 
Daily 11am - 10pm
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Sunday, October 15, 2017

Shin Nihon 新日本焼肉党

Wagyu Sushi (RM9 per piece)

The new "beef" place in Hartamas that's gaining fair bit of attention....

Roasted Wagyu Sushi (RM10 per piece)

Try the sushi for a change - where it's not fish.... I prefer the lightly torched version instead, did not like it too raw.. Good try though, something different.

Thick Cut Tongue (RM35)

Two friends from different groups insisted that I have to visit because their beef is really good. I found it to be better than most joints in Klang Valley, definitely better than the Koreans.... I don't really want to spoil the surprise for you but expect some surprises like melt-in-the-mouth, perfect cuts, and just nicely grilled (highly depends on the person who cooks it for your though!). I found the thick cut tongue to be my favourite actually!

Their beef looks more marbled as compared to those you get in Korean BBQ shops..

Kale Salad (RM26)

They have food from low to expensive range.. If you're feeling broke and craving for beef, there are individual options as well.

Braised Beef with Daikon Stew (RM26)

I really like the beef and daikon stew - very tender and broth is super flavourful. But it was certainly way too flavourful my throat cried for help just about half an hour after food. The amount of MSG in this bowl is just unbeliveable.. Don't finish the broth even if it's tasty, unless you want to leave thirsty.

Roast Beef Rice Bowl (RM26)

For those who are looking for economical quality beef dons... See, this is good for your wallet and tummy...

For those who wants to splurge on meat....

Likes: Good quality beef - a bit pricey but rest assured it's quality they serve. They have a good range of low and high end choices....
Dislikes: Nothing at the moment...

SHIN NIHON 新日本焼肉党 
No 26-G, Jalan 24/70A
Desa Sri Hartamas
50480 Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia
03.2856.7350
Opening Hours
Daily 5.3pm - 1am
Sat & Sun 12pm - 2.30pm
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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Kikusan

Found this place by accident... Since we were quite tired of Chinese food, Japanese food it is... I don't think I'll ever be bored of Uni, ikura and toro...

AND. Who would have thought this amazing roll costs only HKD68?!?!?!?!? TAKE MY MONEY!!!!

HKD 68. I still haven't got over that this super fresh generous portion costs ONLY HKD68!!!!! A silly bowl of noodle already costs almost the same price, it's possibly the best meal we have had in terms of value - considering that it's not only cheap but also super fresh!

There... I'm proving it!!! One portion per person - no way I'm sharing! I'm such a sucker for uni....

Likes: Fresh, very affordable, unbelievably good value
Dislikes: Service is a little slow, but bearable. Don't think other items in the menu is as reasonable though...

Kikusan  
Hyson Place
12-14 Kai Chiu Rd,
East Point
Hong Kong
+852.2252.7808
Opening Hours
Daily 11.30am - 11pm

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Locavore

So we opted for the 7 dishes, but we definitely had more than 7 with the amount of bite size dishes they offered before our actual meal.

Apart from the great dishes that they have to offer, unfortunately I was not too happy with the service. They tend to bring out the next dish even before I was done with the current. I find it to be absolutely unprofessional to be putting the next dish right in my face when I was still eating the current. It gave me the impression that I had to hurry up and get done with it. Or what, is this supposed to be Chinese food where all dishes are placed on the table? I can't help it but to raise this to the waitress who served us. On a positive note, they got the point immediately and acted on it.

All bite size came with really interesting combination of local produce. Betel leaf, coconut shavings, lemongrass and some other herbs, served with sea salt on the side.

Deep fried spinach? Well it's really crispy and not quite possible to tell what veggie is that.

I can't remember what exactly was this, but we had to pop everything into the mouth as it explodes liquid that tastes like curry leaves out. 

Some black rice cake

Some fusion otak-otak, well just grilled fish paste wrapped with leaves. It was somewhat lukewarm when we opened it. Perhaps it was left on the counter for a little too long, waiting to be served.

The cured meat that melts in the mouth...

This tomato soup is interesting - its hot and its cold. Mmmmm...

Warm bread served with peanut oil, crushed peanuts and sambal. Fortunately, the bread arrived hot...

Indonesian Ceviche - Raw with with broth

Rich creamy broth, did not taste the raw fishy smell which was perfect!

Steak Tartar - Raw beef with various local produces

Possibly the only dish I did not enjoy - beef was marinated with too much pepper? I thought the pickles at the side was an awful combination. Sourness and heavily peppered raw beef - not too sure about that.

Squid in Black - Baby squid

I don't normally eat squid but this was perfectly done!! Very very tender squid...

Into the Sawah - Duck egg served on a bed of rice and some beautiful flowers

The most beautiful dish of all. I like how the yolk is cooked perfectly - it oozes out when you poke it but not too quickly and it hits straight to the spoon when you scoop it. Lying on a bed of locally produced Tegallalang rice and garnished with local edible flowers.

Sop Kaki Kambing - Goat leg, tomato celery

As compared to the ceviche soup, this is less creamy, clear soup with lamb which is not gamey. I thought this was just nice, not too heavy.

Gule Ikan

Simple piece of fish served with thick gravy.

Not only they have appetisers before the main course, they also have it for desserts! 

Roti Srikaya - Pandan, coconut brioche

I thought this was really normal. A playful mixture of pandan and coconut, which was not particularly impressive as these two ingredients are commonly used within Southeast Asia (or at least Malaysia & Thailand). Nevertheless, it's a clever combination and it will definitely impress those who are not exposed to these. Not to be mistaken, I actually enjoyed it.

Mousse garnished with white ixora.

Chocolate truffles? I thought so..

Lastly the most beautiful one - the flower drink. We were supposed to pour the drink from the vase and eat it with the flower. Well I just drank it without eating the flower....

Though there were a few shortcomingss, in general I actually like this place very much and thought they totally deserve a spot in Asia's Top 50 list! Also the highest climber by far... 

Likes: Small and easy to find. The courses are about right with some hits and misses, but mostly hits. 
Dislikes: Service could be improved, hopefully. Reservation is difficult unless you book 2-3 months ahead.

Restaurant Locavore  
Jalan Dewisita No.10,
Ubud
Bali 80571
Indonesia
+623.6197.7733
Opening Hours
Daily 12pm - 2pm; 6.30pm - 11.30pm
Closed on Sundays



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