Monday, August 29, 2016

Hacha Mecha

Cocktails from IKKI. I find IKKI's cocktails are not as super as what everyone raved about. I shall have a separate post for their cocktails.

Sauteed Mushroom (RM18)

Nothing spectacular, something you can prepare at home.

Roasted Eggplant (RM15)

Same goes to this dish. Pretty overpriced snacks  you can prepare at home actually.

Signature Firesides Platter (RM75)

Yakitori - It was alright but not worth the price because it wasn't fantastic. Clearly it was worth at most RM50? This obviously is no where near Sumika. The grilled flavours aren't there at all.

Norwegian Salmon Duet (RM60)

Beautifully presented, not sure why the salmon sashimi are exceptionally red (Marinated with beetroot? Not sure but I really thought it looks like tuna at first glance?). Then there's the regular pan fried salmon and boy the skin was really crispy! I like how they pair it with glass noodles which makes it so Asian.

Wagyu Sliders (RM28) + Foie Gras (RM30)

These slides are just regular burgers, smaller than your palm. Adding a foie gras makes it so much better! Though it wasn't so pleasant to see those blackcharred bits on the foiegras - not sure it was from the bread or the pan used to fry the foie gras wasn't cleaned properly.

Bara Wagyu Foie Gras Donburi (RM95)

A tad bit too salty, otherwise everything else were great. For the ungenerous portion of meat and foie gras, I would say the next dish has a much better value.

Truffled Wagyu Donburi (RM75) *RM30 for additional foie gras.

This looks way better and tasted much better too. We did not order even more foie gras as we had already added in some of our dishes.

Unagi Tamage Donburi (RM55)

This was extremely disappointing - the unagi has a lot of bones. So many that we had to page the staff to inform them of this situation. The staff only said "it's normal to be like that". I'm not sure if they are trained to speak that way, but that's certainly not right. Also, there was no offer to change / remove it off the bill for such a amateur mistake. For an upscale restaurant, bones should be completely removed. If not don't serve it at all. 

I complained via Instagram and the handler responded with a more positive note - to prepare another bowl on the house the next time I return. This is a great way to let us know that they can do better than that. I haven't actually gone back for food every since - maybe next time. Thanks for handling it well!

Cold "Tuna" Sashimi (RM28)

..Which is actually made out of watermelon slices. I thought it was a little weird and I didn't enjoy it overall.

Macha Panna Cotta (RM20)

This was a better option - the Matcha infused panna cotta was really smooth. Red beans were a bit too sweet though.

Hacha Mecha
Unit E-G-08, Ground Floor
No. 436, Jalan Tun Razak
55000 Kuala Lumpur
Opening Hours 
Sun-Thurs 6pm - 12am
Fri & Sat 6pm - 4.30am
Hacha Mecha on Facebook

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Ruyi & Lyn

Ruyi & Lyn is a pork free restaurant (not sure if they are Halal as they serve alcohol).

The "Tidbits" (RM6) we did not order. 2 plates of sour tomatoes.

Oh you wouldn't believe it that they charged without telling us and served without asking us. That's a scam!

More tidbits we did not order and get charged for - Rice Crispies (RM6).

Also, the tomatoes tasted so sour and horrible. Rice Crispies are the ones you get off supermarket shelves. Beware of their scamming tidbits - we got charged 4 plates for nothing.

Prawn Roll Mango Cream(RM18)

This was really good - the batter is very light and fluffy.

Delicate Tofu (RM18)

Apparently homemade tofus. I didn't really like it as it was a bit too soft and bubbly. Those of you who loves it soft will love this.
Gyoza Pancake (RM18)

Nothing special at all. Just deep-fried vegetable plus flour.

Chicken Chop (RM33)

This is seriously one pathetic chicken chop. The chicken was served much later, soaked in the sauce which made the whole chicken batter soft, soggy and disgusting. The size of the chicken? No bigger than my palm. 20% batter, 80% chicken, yup.

Prawn Salad (RM33)

This fusion Chinese-Thai salad is really, really good. Prawns on eggplant with Thai-infused sourish lime juice dressing.

Crab Curry Rice (RM68)

Also not to be missed - the Thai inspired curry rice served in a dimsum basket is really flavourful! Fried rice just just regular, the Thai herbs mixed in the curry made it so flavourful one bowl is not enough!

Singapore Fried Noodles (RM33)

Portion good for 2-3 pax as you'll get a bowl each? Nothing special, just fried noodles with scallops, prawns and crab meat.

Overall, there are some hits and misses but I wouldn't mind going again to try the rest of the items I haven't. However, I'll be more cautious from now on - remember to tell them you don't want their lousy overpriced appetisers. Such a shame for such an upscale Chinese restaurant to be charging without informing their customers. I wouldn't have been so disappointed if the snacks are good - seriously who on Earth would pay RM24 for these lousy so-called terrible tidbits?!

Ruyi & Lyn
Bangsar Shopping Centre
Kuala Lumpur
Opening Hours
Daily 12pm - 2am
Lunch 12pm - 2.30pm
Dinner 6pm - 2am
Ruyi & Lyn on Facebook

Saturday, August 27, 2016

De Sapphire Cliff Villa

Uluwatu is a quiet place - so quiet it's so difficult to find food within walking distance.

Thank goodness the hotel provides free breakfast.

Which was so not satisfying. 4 types of food, dry toasts and fresh omelette.

Nevertheless, they also have an ala carte menu. This is honestly better than going out to search, you'll die from hunger before getting actual food.

It was not amazing, but the food was surprisingly OK for this boutique hotel's standards. It was good enough that I do not need to go out to search for local food.

...and you have it by the pool.

Or on the bed.

De Sapphire Cliff Villa  
Jl. Labuansait No.313
Bali 80364

Friday, August 26, 2016

Mdm Wee Food Cafe

Found this place via Google. Typical Sarawakian breakfast coffee shop.

Sarawak 3 Layer Tea

Minced Pork Bun

Sarawak Laksa (RM6.50)

Kolok Mee (RM3.50)

Both noodles did not disappoint. Love the Sarawak Laksa broth!

Do note that their opening hours may not be till 2.30pm. We arrived at 1.30pm on a Saturday and they were already clearing up tables and chairs.

Mdm Wee Food Cafe
Jln Murraya
98000 Miri
Opening Hours 
6am - 2.30pm

Thursday, August 25, 2016

The Red Beanbag

We booked via Off Peak and got ourselves a wonderful 50% off! The only thing I've noted is their service when they are about to close. We arrived at 5.20pm and we were hurried to make choices, order, eat, and leave. Like everything we did we were hurried to quickly do it. 

I understand that they want to close, and leave at 6pm sharp, and they could have not taken our booking then... But if they have taken it so please perform your best. Unfortunately, I find everything was such a hurry that food presentation wasn't the best and service is a little lacking. 

Smashing Advocate (RM25)

Not too bad. The whole combi is great - bread, ham, avocado, nicely poached eggs, messy watercress.

Only downside is the rather lazy watercress mess. They ran out of beef bacon so they replaced it with ham.... In terms of presentation it wasn't great. But taste was alright.

Don't bother calling them either- their phone is faulty (at least it didn't work on 23rd Aug). I called them so many times they did not pick up or just couldn't hear me then tell me it's my phone's problem.

Who Zoo Yuzu (RM22)

Thick pancakes, yuzu sauce, orange slices, chia seeds, basil leaves, a scoop of ice cream. Great combi, berry ice cream is very refreshing. Nothing to fault!

Overall, I will give it another try once again perhaps not when they are "about the close"? Rather disappointing on our first, perhaps it is one of those days. I will not penalise them immediately because their food is actually not bad.

Also, note that their food is Halal. I've confirmed with the wait staff but unsure they are certified Halal. They kitchen staffs looks Malay too, just in case you're still worried about the certification. It's good for everyone.

The Red Beanbag 
Lot A4-1-8 Solaris Dutamas
Jalan Dutamas 1
50480 Kuala Lumpur