Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Il Gabbiano Pizzeria

 Bread and breadsticks! I love their breadsticks. It's like the perfect snack to watch dramas. It's not heavy, not sweet or buttery. It's very light and you can go on eating a few packets without realizing.

 Some mussels... The gravy is really good to go with the bread...

 Fresh king sized prawns

 Octopus salad

 Carpaccio, sliced raw beef with rocket and sliced cheese. It's a traditional Italian dish... Completely raw. Eating this reminds me of Korean Yukhoe. After eating half of it I didn't really felt like continuing anymore. I never like rocket leaves so it was a bit weird to finish the plate of raw beef fearing that my stomach couldn't take it.

Being in Italy, it means I have to eat tiramisu. So here it is. I love their tiramisu!! The biscuit layer is really juicy. It's completely soaky wet with strong liquor. My favourite!

I love their house wine too. I wish I can go back again just to savour on the tiramisu and house wine. Perfect combination to end the night. Italians usually eat dinner when I prepare to go to bed. Good news, this restaurant opens at 6.30pm!!! Perfect timing.

Il Gabbiano Pizzeria
Via Guglielmo Marconi 4,
Salice Terme
27052 Pavia
Italy
+39 03 83 93 109

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Ristorante Papà Francesco

 I never like olives, but this olive tasted different. It it a bit salty and sweet. It doesn't have that awful olive taste... It kind of reminded me to sour plum though

 Prawn cocktail.. pretty standard. The prawns are fresh but... nothing special.

Creamy sea bass ravioli

 One of the best raviolis I have eaten... I was never a fan of ravioli but the waiter convinced me that it's so I gave it a shot. It was really good, the pasta was not really thick, and the sea bass as fillings were really sufficient, about a spoonful of it. There were four pieces of it, portion is small and just nice to have enough room for dessert. I like the cheesy cream too, not too thick and not too diluted either. I just realized the pasta is black in colour. I think it's made out of squid ink..

 Coffee panna cotta. Panna cotta is so common, so I ordered the coffee flavoured one. The pudding is really smooth and not very sweet. Apparently their desserts are all homemade. If only I had more room I'd order the tiramisu too..

The waiter was really nice. He offered me a free limoncello shot. He introduced the shot as a Italian digestive drink. It has some percentage of alcohol in it. Awesome. I never knew the existence of this awesome shot!! Since then I have one shot everyday after dinner and I bought two bottles back to London. :)

This restaurant is around the Duomo area so do drop by if you intend to savour on some really good Italian food... 

Ristorante Papà Francesco
Via Marino 7,
20121 Milan
Italy
+39 02 86 21 77

Ristorante Papà Francesco Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Monday, October 29, 2012

The Hummingbird Bakery


 
 Their cupcakes are not the pretty or cute ones, no design at all but the taste is something to die for. The red sponge cake is soft not really very sweet. The cream cheese frosting is sweet, which makes a good combination of both. Do grab one if you're down in London.

Unfortunately, the other cakes are pretty standard. Vanilla is just normal and the carrot cake tastes a bit weird, I have no idea why I thought I was eating ginger cake. It's probably just me, I did not enjoy the taste of the carrot cake.

Hummingbird Bakery is available in other locations throughout London. Click here for more information.

The Hummingbird Bakery
47 Old Brompton Road,
South Kensington
SW7 3JP London
United Kingdom
(020) 7851 1795

The Hummingbird Bakery Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Pasta Zanmai


Overpriced expensive seafood pasta. As you can see from the picture itself, it has merely nothing in it. Only on tiny prawn and a tiny scallop. Taste awful, way too much herbs (felt like eating grass..) and not enough cheese. The whole combination is just terrible. 

No, will not go back again. Too expensive for bad quality food.

Pasta Zanmai
1 Utama Shopping Centre,
Bandar Utama 47800 PJ
Malaysia
(03) 7728 1210

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Zebrano

So everyone says I should go for Fish and Chips when I'm in London. So I randomly picked this restaurant and ordered it. I don't know what makes a good fish and chip... As long as I like it? The batter is not thick, which I like. I hate thick floury batter which totally spoils the food. As for the chips? Normal... I still prefer my favourite Lord of the Fries :(

Apparently this is a good place to hold parties. Will update if I ever hold a party here. Make sure to call up for reservations first. :)

Zebrano
18 Greek Street,
W1D 4DS London
United Kingdom
(020) 7287 5267

Friday, October 26, 2012

Beijing Dumpling

 This restaurant is famous for their xiao long bao. They serve pork and chicken dumplings and some other choices I can't recall. First, the skin is not as thin as Din Tai Fung... but it's considered OK since we're talking about chinese food in a western country. I have no idea why pork in London tastes different. It has this really bad smell and so the pork dumplings that they serve has that "smell" too (this has nothing to do with the skills of preparing the xiao long bao...). The soup in the pork dumpling is too thick. The chicken one tastes normal. A bit too dry, as we already know xiao long bao should have a small spoonful of soup in it. The chicken one don't really have much in it actually, not even half teaspoon. Overall I would say that it is average. I wouldn't rate this as one of the "best" in London, but definitely not below average. It's average. But I wouldn't go for it unless I really miss chinese food.

 Sweet and sour pork. 

 Some chicken dish, can't remember what was it.

Eggplant / Aubergine / Brinjal, whichever this is...

Beijing Dumpling
23 Lisle Street,
London Chinatown
WC2H 7BA London
United Kingdom
(020) 7287 6888

Beijing Dumpling Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Din Tai Fung

 Din Tai Fung is famous for their xiao long bao. They serve a variety of xiao long bao, from pork to chicken to crabmeat. I personally like the original xiao long bao (pork). The skin is very thin and it has soup inside, very little, probably half a tablespoon. The skin is the most important factor of xiao long bao. If it is too thick, it'll taste too floury. If it is too thin, it won't be able to hold the soup inside. It's really the skills that counts ;)

 Salted egg pumpkin - goes well with rice.

 Fried rice... nothing special

 Century egg. My favourite! I don't know what exactly is a good century egg... but to me the yolk must be juicy... If the texture of the yolk looks watery and juicy then it'll probably be nice (my preference!). If it looks hard and dry it'll probably just be something hard and dry. Of course it blends well with the slice of ginger :) Din Tai Fung always serves good quality century eggs. Am dying for it now...

 Salted egg prawns - goes well with rice (I think all salted egg stuff goes well with rice...)

 Green beans with minced pork.

Thousand layer cake.. (direct translation... in chinese it's chin chang gou)

Din Tai Fung, originally from Taiwan is available in many other countries, namely, Malaysia, Japan, China, Singapore, Indonesia, Korea, US, Australia and Thailand. I've only eaten it in Malaysia, not sure about the quality of the food in other countries. I would say that I'm quite satisfied with the one in Malaysia. Definitely one of the restaurants that serves good xiao long bao. :)

Din Tai Fung
Pavilion 6th floor,
Kuala Lumpur 55100 WP
Malaysia
(03) 2148 8292

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Vlado's

 Meat platter. Mixture of beef loins, pork cutlets and liver.

 Main course. You'll be given a few choices to pick, on the spot. I normally go for the sirloin.

Dessert. The strawberries and crepes is a must have after meal.

This is a four course meal. It will start off with a sausage. A bowl of refillable salad will be served. The meat is very fresh and tender. You'll get to pick your main course on the spot and see if you like it before they serve it. It all comes in a set, you can't really say no as they'll still serve it. It comes in one price only. The price increases from time to time.... The first time I had was probably AUD 65. Now it has gone up to AUD 93 per person. 

If you're keen, you have to make a reservation otherwise you won't get a seat. The place is not very spacious.

Vlado's 
61 Bridge Road,
Richmond VIC 3121
Australia
(03) 9428 5833

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Satori

 Soft shell crab roll

Fried udon. Bit too salty.

Overall it was OK. Just that I was a bit thirsty after the meal, probably it's the ajinomoto.

Satori Sushi
Bentalls Center
Wood Street,
Kingston Upon Thames
KT1 1TX London
United Kingdom
020 8546 1001

Monday, October 22, 2012

Café Madeleine

 Lasagna. Nothing special. Food is OK.

 Foie gras with salad. I'm don't know how to enjoy foie gras.... Taste a bit odd :S

 Pan fried sausages with fries and salad, Nothing special. Food is OK.

 Smoked salmon salad

Saw someone at the next table having this dish. It looks interesting but I have no idea what that is. It's a rice dish with cucumber bordered around the rice. Looks interesting, should ask the waiter what's that and try. :)

P/S: When I say it's OK that means it is edible, not exceptionally good but nothing special I should describe that's why I'll just say it's OK. You should probably try something else if you're in Paris for vacation.

Café Madeleine
1 rue Tronchet,
75008 Paris
France
(01) 42 65 60 47

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Kokoro

 Chicken curry katsu. I never like japanese curry... But cousin loves this a lot. She thinks it is the best curry she have ever eaten... for such a cheap price.

Seafood udon. I love the soup!! They have huge chunks of fresh salmon and some tiny prawns inside. Not bad... and most importantly it is cheap for such a huge portion :)

Kokoro 
4 Castle Street,
Kingston upon Thames
KT1 1SS London
United Kingdom
020 8541 3626

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Wondermilk

 Baked potato with cheese. Can never go wrong with potatoes and cheese (:

Coney dog!!! It's just as yummy as A&W's...!!

Wondermilk
Publika
No 1 Jalan Dutamas 1,
50480 Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia
(03) 6211 1092

Friday, October 19, 2012

Aseana Cafe

 Keropok lekor... Expensive version and in smaller size. It tastes better than the ones by the road though probably because the ones by the road uses recycle oil (like really bad and stinky.. and not healthy too).

 Can't remember which pasta was this already

 Asam fish rice

Ayam masak merah

This cafe serves a variety of local and western food. The price of the food is a bit too high, as for such quality food or maybe better quality ones would be cheaper. It's the decoration, ambience and location you're paying for. Food is average. I don't really have comments on the food, probably because it tastes pretty normal and there's really nothing worth remembering.

Aseana Cafe
Suria KLCC
Kuala Lumpur City Centre,
50088 Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia
(03) 2163 5701

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Ladurée

 Colourful macarons, superb princessy design even if it's only a tiny stall in Printemps.

 Macarons in box of 6.. Carefully wrapped in that cute tiny box

Unlike the lousy macarons in KL, this one's really good. It's not too sweet which is good. It melts in my mouth whenever I take a bite.

And guess what! They have it in London as well :)

Ladurée
Printemps
64 Boulevard Haussmann,
75009 Paris
France
01 42 82 40 10