Sunday, February 12, 2017

Mario Cittadini @ Mandarin Grill Kuala Lumpur

One-Star Michelin Chef Mario Cittadini was in Kuala Lumpur from 11th to 14th January 2017. Fortunately, we managed to book four seats for lunch on Saturday, which coincides with a friend's birthday. They even prepared a cake for the birthday girl - with a card signed by all their staffs! Such lovely personal touch there. 

As for the lunch courses, it starts from RM148 for 3 courses, RM168 for 4 courses and RM188 for 5 courses. We opted for the 5 courses - 2 antipasti, 1 primi piatti, secondi piatti and dessert. Actually all four of us had practically everything from the menu. Not sure if we had extras or our some of our antipasti/primi piatti portions were split evenly - we had 7 courses each!!!

Antipasti Polipo E Patate - Charred octopus salad, saffron and lemon potato emulsion

Antipasti Cappesante - Seared Hokkaido scallops, romaine lettuce, passion fruit, bottarga

Antipasti Uovo - Slow poached organic egg, liquid salad, shrimps spezzatino, anchovy, herbs vinaigrette

Primi Piatti Tortelli - Parmesan emulsion, black truffle caviar

Primi Piatti Risotto - Black squid ink, smoked oyster, grilled squid

Possibly the only dish that got us confused - I see no smoked oyster, I taste no smoked oyster, in fact none of us did. Unless the black stuff are the oyster. Where is the mysterious oyster?!

Primi Piatti Fettucine - Tagliolini, grandma's meatballs ragout

Secondi Piatti Merluzzo - Poached Atlantic cod fish, childhood memory white sauce

I thought the fish was fresh, but boy the sauce was absolutely bland. It's great for kids though.

Secondi Piatti Brasato - Slow braised Australian beef cheek, mashed potato, crispy leek... Not.

The chef upgraded the beef for us!! Instead of serving the beef cheek, we got the wagyu. How sweet.

Secondi Piatti Wagyu - Australian Sher Wagyu black label sirloin B.M.S. 8, roasted cauliflower, bagna bauda, roasting juices

Secondi Piatti Pollo - Chicken breast “chaud-froid”, savoy cabbage, black truffle

Dolci Mimosa - White chocolate biscuit, lemon curd, chamomile sorbet

I've booked it way ahead with a note that I wanted the table next to the window. Upon arrival, we were placed at the darkest corner right at the kitchen's exit. Such a disappointment - but this was sorted immediately. We were placed right next to the window at the end of the room!

Thank you very much for the hospitality once again, Mandarin Grill. It has always been a pleasure dining here.

Mario Cittadini @ Mandarin Grill
Mandarin Oriental
Kuala Lumppur

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Tea Verandah

We opted for the tea place in Atria because all the coffee shops (eg. Starbucks) were too full!!

So you'll get to smell the sample tea leaves - they are nothing like Chinese tea leaves, but there are a probably a few Chinese ones and they are mostly English / flower tea. Some people label it as "athas" tea.

One from our group insisted to have coffee, which was a terrible mistake - they served really bland hot coffee in a long glass without handle. All I can say is, never order coffee when you are in tea house!

Tea Verandah
Atria Shopping Gallery
Jalan SS 22/23
Damansara Jaya
Petaling Jaya
47400 Selangor
Opening Hours
Daily 10am - 10pm
Tea Verandah's Page
Tea Verandah on Facebook

Friday, February 10, 2017

Izuju いづ重

The shop is literally opposite Yasaka Shrine - this is the entrance of the tiny shop and it's quite easy to find.

It's perfect that they have different sets to cater different people, especially for smaller groups. We opted for Set B (¥2990) - Saba Sushi, Box Sushi and Inari Sushi.

If you do a Google search on them, they are one of the most popular in Kyoto for their Box Sushi and Saba Sushi. They claim to be around for 100 years now, more reasons that you have to try at least once.

The Sushi chefs preparing the boxes.

I think this is the actual box if you order it separately.

Ours came all in one plate because we ordered the set, which is perfectly fine too.

I would say that the Box Sushi is a must try, I don't think I know how to appreciate the Saba Sushi - it's just normal to me with additional seaweed. But it seems to be their most popular item. I actually find the taste of the sushi to be rather flat.

I find their Inari Sushi is more addictive - it has a hint of Yuzu citrus and there are little hemp seeds inside. I swear those seeds are annoying but nevertheless, I like it the most among all.

For the Box Sushi, there are a lot of little herbs hidden between the sashimi and rice. I really don't have a clue what herbs are those, but some tasted a little weird. These herbs are not for everyone! I recall the dark brown pieces you see in the picture are cake like texture and it's sweet - I actually never got to find out what exactly is that. It's interesting to have cake pieces surrounded by slices of seafood.

Miso Soup (¥300)

Kyoto Clear Soup (¥300)

Do head down to this little shop for quick bites - and beware of the long queue if you're planning to visit during peak hours! I was lucky to get a table with no queue as I visited only after 1pm. I did not make a reservation, just in case you're wondering.

Izuju いづ重
Japan, 〒605-0073
Kyoto Prefecture
Kyoto, Higashiyama Ward
Opening Hours
Daily 10.30am - 7pm
Closed on Wednesdays

Thursday, February 9, 2017

BAKE Cheese Tart

BAKE Cheese Tarts is at the end of Nishiki Market.. ¥216 for 1, ¥1242 for 6 tarts.

I prefer BAKE over PABLO - BAKE's cheese oozes out like liquid, whereas PABLO's tarts did not. Try both and you'll know what I mean!

BAKE Cheese Tart Kyoto

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Fat Sunday

I'm not a popcorn person but Fat Sunday's popcorn melts in the mouth!! It was so addictive I couldn't stop eating... 

It's a little pricey but it is worth every penny! They claim to use the finest ingredients - it certainly tasted different from the commercial ones you get at chained stores around Klang Valley. 

They also have other snacks and you can purchase them at !

Tuesday, February 7, 2017


Asian Pear & Caramelised Walnut Salad (RM16.50)

New Zealand Lamb (RM46)

Wagyu Beef Rice (RM52)

Likes: Very interesting dishes, a little bit of Thai and Jap with Western influence. The Entertainer makes it very affordable too.
Dislikes: Probably bit too pricey for the portion without The Entertainer. Portions are quite small. It's just casual dining by slightly above average pricing - but fret not, the food they serve may be expensive, but it's good.

PLOY Publika  
Publika Shopping Gallery
1, Jalan Dutamas
Solaris Dutamas
50480 Kuala Lumpur
Opening Hours
Daily 12pm - 12am
PLOY's Page
PLOY Publika on Facebook

Monday, February 6, 2017

Starlight Seafood Naturalle

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Likes: The place is huge enough to cater groups and there is a banquet hall for wedding or events. There are private rooms for karaoke sessions and a dance floor with live band on selected days at the public area. Very fresh seafood - crabs, prawns, mantis prawns, fish, and the list goes on...
Dislikes: Toilet condition? There are only two cubicles to cater the whole floor....

Starlight Seafood Naturalle  
Jalan 51A/241, Seksyen 51a
Petaling Jaya
47300 Selangor
Opening Hours
Lunch 11.30am - 2.30pm
Dinner 6.30pm - 10.30pm
Starlight Seafood Naturalle on Facebook