Monday, March 5, 2018

Halong Bay Tour

Some one day tour we booked at Hanoi. This is the tour that I've regretted a lot - going to Halong Bay without staying is like a touch and go thing. There were a lot of activities which were not included for one day tours. Even the kayaking session was a scam - the tide was already too high by the time we arrived so we did not get to see the main cave. Such a waste of time...

Here's what to expect if you land on a one day tour you've booked in Hanoi.

Some local eats which looks absolutely unappetising, but it was surprising good simply because the food were served hot. You get a whole seafood spread with some vegetables and poultry dishes too. I guess to the locals, this is considered as a very luxury treat already. Contented with the food provided, and possibly the only thing that I've enjoyed throughout the whole tour. 

We booked the 2nd level tour (not the most expensive one), which they called it luxury. Don't know what is the difference but I doubt there is any "luxury" in it - so much time wasted to pick passengers, change buses and get people settled down. The actual time spent in the bus is around 4-5 hours one way. So the actual tour time is 3-4 hours tops? 

At the end of the tour while we were heading towards the jetty, local Vietnamese wine.

These were most of the views. Not the famous one where you have to climb 400++ steps to get all the way up there to snap the nicest photo of Halong Bay. It was not included for I don't know what reasons.. Too bad. So avoid these one day tours at all costs... You don't get to see/experience the true beauty of Halong Bay.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Pizza 4P's

Not the most captivating entrance.. But the cafe behind this door is extremely comfy!

Open kitchen concept where it's fun that you can see, but not quite fun if someone decides to spread virus! *ahhh-choo*

Ricotta cheese and ham (VND36k each)

Camembert truffle cheese (VND54k)

Caprese (VND 95k)

Cheese fondue (VD95k)

Two flavours pizza + extra burrata cheese (VND320k)

You can choose your pizza flavours and the size of your burrata. We went all in and got the largest piece!!

Likes: Good food, anything with cheese is good. I would definitely return for their pizzas! The burrata is worth adding too!
Dislikes: Not very attentive service, force sell Acqua Panna - we ordered warm water but they served paid water which is very unethical. Don't bother about the caprese too - it wasn't juicy. If you love the ones you had at Italy, this somehow differ quite a bit and it just did not appeal.
Reservations: Yes, otherwise you may not get a table

Pizza 4P’s Ly Quoc Su
Hàng Trống,
Hoàn Kiếm
Hanoi
Vietnam
+8428.3622.0500
Opening Hours
Daily 10am - 10.30pm
Pizza 4P's Page 
Pizza 4P's on Facebook

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Stoked

Amuse bouche - guess I'm not very appreciative, it's just crisps and really not much difference from grabbing a pack off the rack before heading to the payment counter. I'm not saying this is bad, it just did not appeal. It's just crisps.

Ibericopork with grilled asparagus, gorgonzola and walnut

Chicken liver parfait with grilled brioche, pear and cherries

Kyushu wagyu rump - corn and rice fed (Marble score 10+)_

Meringue and lemon tart curd. 

To avoid the Valentines crowd, we decided to pop by slightly earlier.  To our disappointment, the head chef was not around. The purpose of visiting is to have him supervising at least.. Oh well, our luck wasn't that great then.

Likes: The iberico pork was alright, dessert was definitely refreshing. Rump was okay - rump being rump, definitely a lot more tender than the usual rump but I think I like meat that melts in the mouth more. No more rumps for me please.
Dislikes: The chicken liver pate tasted a little funny, I guess after having Dinner's Meat Fruit, no liver parfait is the same anymore...

Stoked
120-122, Jalan Kasah,
Medan Damansara
50490 Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia
03.2096.1645
Opening Hours
Wed-Sun 12pm - 3pm; 6pm - 11pm
Mon 6pm - 11pm
Closed on Tuesdays
Stoked Restaurant & Bar Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Friday, March 2, 2018

Quinary

A little throwback to my favourite bar in Hong Kong. The signature drink!

We were there in a large group so I got to try many cocktails for the night but this was the most memorable - cocktail of the month! It tastes a lot like long island without ice but served in a tiny glass so it is extremely dangerous! It's a great casual place to hangout, a small place with limited tables so I wouldn't recommend a large group visit. Better off dating someone at sit at the bar instead :)

PS: If you are contemplating between The Old Man & Quinary - Forget about The Old Man. Customers aren't treated with respect in the other bar, despite how good the drinks are... It's a turn off.

Likes: Simple with limited funny decorations on the cocktail as they focus more on the drink quality. Very friendly staffs as well
Dislikes: Nothing! - this is an amazing place to be for drinks! (Better than the overly busy Stockton!)

Quinary
56-58 Hollywood Rd,
Central
Hong Kong
+852.2851.3223
Opening Hours
Daily 5pm - 1am
Closed on Sundays
Quinary's Page
Quinary on Facebook

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Pho Gia Truyen Bat Dan

The internet introduced this place and said it's one of the more popular pho places. So I've decided to check it out - hang on there, too early. It's only 4pm.

 I can only feed my camera for now...

 Came back again much later, at about 7pm? The place is packed and my gosh - the queue is actually long..

 Some of the meat to tempt you.

 They cannot converse in English so it's easier if you order just a standard bowl or anything shown on the wall above. Don't even attempt to customise anything unless you speak Vietnamese.

 Very clear broth, fresh beef slices and all but, I think I favour Southern's version more. The broth is not only clear, it's absolutely bland and I barely taste any beef flavours. I'm a little confused to be honest! I personally will not return to this place, it did not have any wow factor at all?

Likes: Reasonably priced, hot broth
Dislikes: Broth is bland, cutlery is dirty, the lady charged us extra so becareful of that, very very small place so just share your table with anyone

Phở Gia truyền Bát Đàn
49 Bát Đàn,
Cửa Đông
Hoàn Kiếm
Hanoi Vietnam
+8424.6683.3535
Opening Hours
Daily 6am - 10pm

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

The Alchemist Cocktail Bar

Accidentally found this place as I was going to Mojito Bar. This is located at the upper floor.. Which is a lot classier than Mojito and serves a whole list of sexy cocktails.

I don't even know what I've ordered - I requested for no ice, less sugar, a little bit of sourness.

They even have The Connaught's Martini Trolley! But it was not functioning and they have not fixed it so... I was actually prepared to try since I've tried the actual one before..

They had some live jazz performance as I was about to leave. Quite a good cocktail bar and it's comparable or better than a lot of bars I've been to!

With the exception that they should not put that red chair over there.

...and do provide printed receipts instead...

Likes: Simple, reasonable prices, good cocktails, great ambience, nice friendly bartenders
Dislikes: Can't complain much actually

The Alchemist - Cocktail Bar
19 Nguyễn Quang Bích,
Cửa Đông,
Hoàn Kiếm
Hanoi Vietnam
Opening Hours 
Daily 6.30pm - 1am

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

KFC Malaysia Delivery

Valentines Day is usually a day where people come up with silly set meals to cheat couples so KFC is more practical. It's not like I celebrate it anyway, it's just another day that will pass... So might as well have some comfort food instead of cheating set meals out there... Unfortunately, it seems like KFC is equally as bad as dining out. Is this drumstick or drummets???

This size of drumstick is comparable to the packet of chilli sauce they provide.

I AM NOT KIDDING!!!!!!

THAT'S HOW BIG THE DRUMSTICK IS. Oh my gosh, KFC Malaysia, shame on you for allowing such quality to roam on the streets. Suddenly, dining out on Valentines isn't a bad idea after all....