Sunday, December 21, 2014

La Boca Latino Bar

There is always this one rotten apple that destroys the entire restaurant's image. I've always heard good feedback from people, but totally crushed my perspective when this rotten apple decided to tarnish the reputation. Behold... Long rant ahead!

Who - She was the ONLY female waitress. 

When - 4th December at 6pm (ish)

How
It all started with our order for EMPANADAS. In the menu it says "MIX YOUR FAVOURITES: Choose from Beef / Chicken / Seafood OR vegetarian". So I just wanted to clarify that sentence, if I could really mix all of it. She immediately answered "No. You cannot. You can only pick one. No mixing.". So I got a little annoyed with her rather blunt response and her refusal to even check. Instead of throwing a fit at her, I asked if she could get someone else to take our orders, possibly the manager or supervisor. Again, without even checking she said they are not in. I asked her to get someone local, as I felt she could not understand what I was trying to ask. Not questioning her ability to converse in English, just wanted to save my time explaining what does it mean by MIX YOUR FAVOURITES. I insisted in having someone else to take our orders, hence, she got annoyed with my request and without saying a word, she walked off. 

I waited for 10 minutes, nobody came. She did not get anyone else to attend to us. So I got tired of waiting, I signalled for someone else. For some reason she came back to us again.. This shows how much she understands simple English!

I repeated my request to get someone else to take our orders. Instead of answering to my request, she ignored and replied with something else instead. She said she asked the chef and yes we could mix two flavours. Since she did make a wee bit of effort, I thought I should just get it done. So I asked, why two flavours and not all since it is not stated in the menu we can't mix all. Again she gave me that abrupt no you cannot, without a bloody reason. I settled with two flavours then.

Moving on with the order, as we were telling her what we wanted, her eyes were set to the MEN BEHIND OUR TABLE, and the one NEXT to ours. She was NOT paying attention to us at all. My friend asked if she is listening she just responded with "OK OK" but still, exchanging eye contact with (a few other) men next to our table! Friend got really irritated and said it's alright, we will dine somewhere else. Without even looking at us, she collected the menu and replied "OH IT'S OKAY".

She then went straight up to the men behind our table and flirted with them, started smiling and woosh, giving all these really privileged services. No I'm not referring to being hanky panky (but soon given her behaviour! I seriously want to puke staring at her being so flirtatious). Hello... This isn't the place to meet men, sorry if that is your intention!

As I was about the leave the supervisor stopped us and said he would take our orders instead. There and then, everything became what I've heard of La Boca. Apparently he is the supervisor and he was in the whole time! What a lying sack of crap! So anyway, he was really nice, took our orders, kept coming back to check if we are alright, etc. Poor guy had to apologise on behalf for that woman. Apart from this woman, nothing went wrong actually! The supervisor's hospitality was really good, love their Caipirinha and tapas. It would be nice to have happy hour promos on cocktails instead of just beer! 

So here are the pictures!

 Lovely restaurant (minus rude woman) located in Pavilion itself, right next to TDH

 Holy guacamole

 Salmon ceviche. Nachos overload!

 The great Empanadas which started the whole drama!

Pollo picante // That's a whole layer of olive oil with cihcken cubes, dried chilli, and garlic. Omg even though it's soaked in oil, I love it soooo much! It goes really well with the bread! My favourite among all!

This is a nice place to dine and chill despite having a liability in store. If I even drop by again I would love to speak to the manager/owner about this woman's rudeness! 

La Boca Latino Bar
Pavilion Kuala Lumpur
+603.2148.9977

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Caffeinees

Caffeinees is...
  1. Overpriced. Food and drinks. Certainly, the food ain't worth the price. Also, the oysters were not particular fresh.
  2. Terrible service. The staffs could barely understand simple English. How to bring a fork is a ridiculous request. It took forever for someone to attend to us even when the place was not full.
  3. Parking RM 5 is applicable after 6pm. Why the fee after 6pm?! Are you not already setting ridiculous prices for cheap food?
  4. Shisha is overpriced too, though I wouldn't mind paying for it. Not because it is good but because the ambiance is slightly better than mamak shop.
  5. This place is way too overrated.
If I had to make a decision I wouldn't pick this place for sure. I'm sure my money is well-spent elsewhere. If you really have to go do remember to bring mosquito repellent. There are so many mozzies I came to suspected if they actually breed them. 

Caffeinees
16 Jalan Kampung Pandan
55000 Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia

Monday, December 8, 2014

Chatuchak Market

Just some random food photos in Chatuchak market. Let's take a stroll and see what to grab for lunch! :D

Tod mun pla!

Those quail eggs. O_O

Mango sticky rice!!

Papaya salad. Mmmmm...

Pad thai

Thai coconut ice cream. Psh, it's available in KL now at Sangkaya!

Mmmmm must go to Chatuchak for food and shopping!

Friday, December 5, 2014

Chong Ko Hakka Noodle

We've decided to try since it looks like a popular place. The noodle is fine.. just soft and I don't know, rather tasteless? If it wasn't for the chilli it's actually quite dull. I think I still prefer the kicap based kind of dry noodles (and it makes it not very hakka noodle anymore!)

Their meatballs/fishballs.. I don't know, it seems like the ones you can get from the market from the wholesaler. Whether or not it's freshly made in house, I'm not too sure. But didn't have any significance to be classified as homemade. 

Though I have to say, their wantans do compliment their noodles. Both chilli and wantan makes the noodle much nicer - adding extra flavours to the dull noodles. 

I may be biased because I'm not a "noodle person". It is way too difficult for me to say yes to noodles, so generally I would find them less attractive. But if I do, I would it so much! 

As for this little noodle place, no I wouldn't mind coming back for a bowl of noodle if I'm in the area - I love their chill sauce and wantans! But I wouldn't come all the way for it. 

Chong Ko Hakka Noodle
5, Perubatan 2,
Pandan Indah
56100 Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia

Monday, December 1, 2014

Goon Wah Restaurant

Chicken wings which I did not try :D I dislike the idea of having sesame on whatever I'm having, maybe that's why I didn't try!

Being a fan of Lou Shu Fun (silver needle noodles/rat rail noodles/short rice noodle/whatever you feel like labelling it), I have to try different variations of it. This version uses claypot served on a box with fire beneath. Not only it would keep the food warm, it's actually semi-cooking it to make it dry - good cencept, me like! Served with very generous portion of dried shrimp, spring onion, pork lard, sliced chilli, sauces, not sure what else is in it. Overall, it's really good... but not the kind of flavours I like. I prefer lou shu fun of any variations, with pork. I find it rather unusual to be having my LSF with strong dried shrimp flavours. It all depends on your preference!

Their famous fish head noodle which I did not like it at all. It is their specialty but I find it rather bland with just white pepper being the main flavours in it. I just, didn't like it at all. Like food for the ill patient. Again it's very subjective. Maybe bland is what it should be!

Stewed pork belly with yam and steamed buns

It's super good, so damn sinful! No major comments, but would prefer pork slices which ain't too fat! The layer of fats is just absolutely disgusting! Again, it's personal preference.

Will I come back? I would if I'm not driving! I'm craving for those mantaus now! 

Goon Wah Restaurant
G13, Jalan 3/115c,
Taman Kuchai Jaya
58200 Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia
+603 7982 0048

Sunday, November 30, 2014

The Sugar Palm

Found this restaurant by searching it online. They have one in Phnom Penh too.. I'm not certain if it's good, but I just want the Amok. My first Khmer experience!

 Tofu satay topped with peanut sauce. It's just the yellow tofu you get in Rojak, which I absolutely hated. But it is much nicer with the peanut sauce. Maybe I should just have a whole bowl of peanut sauce instead. Love it!

 The very, very crispy spring rolls with minced pork, prawn and vegetables. 

If you love eggplant you'd love this dish! Char-grilled flavoured eggplant with the saltiness from the stir-fry pork and fermented soy beans..

We've ordered the normal Khmer curry and coconut curry. I can't remember which is which, in fact they both look the same to me.

I think I personally prefer the coconut one because it is thicker and has coconut milk. The normal curry is just, curry, much more diluted. It really depends on personal preference for which one to go for.

We asked for fish amok but we got the prawn amok Soufflé instead. They got our orders mixed up... Plus we couldn't be bothered to ask for a new one since the prawn itself nailed it! If the prawn is so good I bet the fish is better! I personally prefer fish because the flavours are stronger. This amok is soft and slight watery in the middle It's SO GOOD! It's so soft and fluffy I almost wanted to keep it like that forever!

I think everyone in this little town knows about the place. Just mention it to the Tuk Tuk Driver and he/she would drop you at the destination, or else, ask for Taphul Road. It's a MUST to try if you're in Siem Reap!! Or Phnom Penh!

The Sugar Palm
Taphul Road,
Siem Reap 
Cambodia
+855 63 964 838 / +855 63 63 62 060

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Sangkaya

 Nuts about coconuts? Sangkaya is now available at Ampang Point...! It is a very small booth - a grab and go concept.

 It costs RM9.90 for the signature coconut ice cream. Yes it comes with the husk.

 You can also grab a cup of coconut juice if you're not feeling icy...

 It's basically the typical Thai style coconut ice cream where you can add your own condiments. Corn, cornflakes, roasted nuts, coconut strips.. Or have it plain. You know, the ones you get in Chatuchak Market in Bangkok.

 It's so delish, the coconut fragrant... The texture of the cream.. It's not really creamy, something like gelato but stronger in flavours. Rest assured one is definitely not enough!

They have a store along Jalan Alor, but why bother hustling in that busy street when you can always get it in a mall :)

So, no need to go all the way to Chatuchak Market for it anymore! Sangkaya is here to satisfy your Thai ice cream cravings!

P/S: It's half off today (29 Nov) so pop by for a quick one if you're around the area! It is open from 10am to 10pm so there is still sufficient time to drop by after dinner!

Sangkaya
Lot FM11 Ground Floor,
Ampang Point Shopping Centre,
Jalan Memanda 3,
68000 Ampang
Selangor
Malaysia
Sangkaya's Page
Sangkaya Ampang Point  on FB

Friday, November 7, 2014

Chinatown Express

I felt so cheated with their newspaper clippings... And that hugeass title "FRESH NOODLE MADE ON THE SPOT". I'm actually quite skeptical about that. Again, even if it's freshly made ON THE SPOT it does not mean it is up to par!

 Steamed Pork Dumplings / Xiao Long Bao. One of the worst I've ever had. These ones do not taste like fresh ones, even if it is the quality is just bad, bad, and bad. The skin is SO thick seriously, I didn't know flour is cheap. Even with the thickness, there's no broth in it. What is this... I really can't comprehend.

Duck noodle... The so-called fresh noodles. Well perhaps... The broth was just super salty. The duck is just soft and soggy after being soaked in the soup for too long! In my humble opinion, I would rather make myself a cup of instant noodle, buy a few pieces of roasted duck, then add on to it.

I just, can't. The quality is absolutely ridiculous I would never recommend anyone to go for it. Like seriously. Their signature dishes have failed to amuse, not even up to average quality. This is nothing near authentic!

Chinatown Express
746 6th Street Northwest
Washington
20001 DC
United States
+1.202.638.0424

Friday, October 31, 2014

Sifu Chio

Apparently, this little cafe serves quite "good" Wan Tan Mee. I've tried, but it doesn't appeal much to me as I don't really fancy Wan Tan Mee. If you're craving for the HK Style Wan Tan Mee then head down to Flushing and give it a shot.

I don't like Wan Tan Mee but I'm a fangirl of wantan (these little dumplings). I'm super particular about the size, the thickness of the skin, and the filling. These, are definitely not something I'd go for. The skin especially, is way too thick as though I'm indulging on flour. Filling is a little too large, I think my preference would be the mini wantans, with smaller fillings. These, are huge. 

In conclusion, I wouldn't go back again as there's no reason for me to be back. If the wantans are of my likings I would probably. Then again, you can't expect HK standards in NYC.

Sifu Chio
40-09 Prince Street
Flushing, Queens
11354 NY
United States

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Pinchos

We didn't intend to order food, only popped by for drinks. Then again, it is too difficult to resist when it comes I see ham in the menu! :D 

Jamon serrano served on melon - oh that ham is so juicy! Now I feel like going to back to Spain! Cocktails were good - it was almost tasteless initially but they added a little more flavours according to our taste buds! How nice of them!

In a nutshell, food is good (well yes... based on just one dish). Drinks.. Well if it's based on their recipe I don't quite like it, but because they made the effort to improve it is a plus point for the service. I won't say it's not good, just not strong enough to be considered as a cocktail... Again, their service, staffs were pleasant and attentive, constantly checking if we are alright or if we need anything else. What else to ask for when it's just finger food and drinks? Comfortable hut I'd definitely make my way back!

Pinchos
18 Changkat Bukit Bintang,
50200 Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia
+603 2145 8482

Friday, October 10, 2014

Jung Won Korean BBQ

This is one restaurant I'd never go back again. No. Way. First experience, not extremely pleasant but tolerable. Second one is good enough to drive me away from this place forever.




Why did I even go for the second time?


  • Because this restaurant is definitely better than most in Ampang Village, in terms of food quality, not particularly great but it's alright, edible
  • They have many side dishes which looks very much more appealing that other restaurants
  • Their garden decoration is pretty and it is very cooling to sit out for a BBQ. In fact this was one of the main reason I wanted to try it for the second time
  • It is pretty convenient as it is located in the city center and easily accessible with many parking slots
  • Service is slow, staffs can barely speak local language but I would definitely return despite the not-so-good points if the food is alright.


Reasons why I will never ever return to this place 


  1. The first time was extremely unpleasant because most their workers did not understand English or Malay. No medium of communication then, should we be using sign languages then? Can't even comprehend a simple "Please bring us some vegetables". I'm not trying to criticise one's language ability right now, but here you are, running a restaurant but you hire people that cannot communicate with your clients. Does that even make sense?
  2. The first time I sat inside and BBQ was not allowed indoors so we have no other option but to let them cook outside. Dishes were mostly cold when it came to us. I let it to slip as probably only 2 out of 5 were not immediately served (hence, just warm almost towards cold). And I couldn't be bothered to explain/ask/request more - go back to point (1).
  3. Their food quality is questionable. Of course marinated meat is not fresh. If the meat itself wasn't fresh before marinating, that was what we got - extremely gamey meat. The meat was horrible, smelly, awful, I just can't describe it by words. They have admitted that their meat is kept marinated for at least 3 days before actually serving to customers. We have not even considered the duration they kept their meat before actually marinating them. I just felt so disgusted I had to get it off my bill. And what happened when I tried to get it off my bill?
  4. They INSULTED us with these points:
  • They said we do not know how to cook our meat, what we have prepared is definitely overcooked despite the fact that the meat was still slightly rare (it was DEFINITELY red) in the middle. This is because we have had it cooked on the medium pace.
  • We were expected to cook ONLY one piece of meat, if it is "bad" we would have to return it immediately. I don't recall agreeing to a "filtering expired/bad/gamey meat tasting session", (if there is something like that). I'm not risking my stomach for that.
  • They brought us a new plate of lamb cutlets prepared by their staffs and forced us to try theirs despite us rejecting their offer. What is wrong with them? Which part of I do NOT want their meat anymore did they not understand? I felt so disgusted with the smelly meat I don't even wanna have another bite of it!
  • They said we were already full; hence we didn't want to pay for our meal. What kind of bullshit is that? I don't need to elaborate the stupidity in this point.
  • It's OK if you do not want to pay, my staff will have to bear the bill. Even so, is it MY fault that the meat they have prepared is not up to par? Oh it's also ridiculous how the owner wouldn't take responsibility but to forced her staff to bear it.
  • They said we do not know how to appreciate their food. That's just plain stupid. We have already forcefully accepted their pork and duck though it wasn't really something that I would go for the second time.
  • Other customers have also ordered the same thing, many plates (they exaggerated to 10 plates but we manually counted, it was not even more than 5!) but no complaints at all. I didn't know that customers are not eligible to complain if they put something bad in their mouth. Am I supposed to shut up I were to be fed with expired/bad food? I'm not sure now.


In conclusion


  • They said "It is OK my boss said you do not need to pay for anything, I (the staff) will bear every single cent." Sarcasm much? I requested for the lamb to be removed, not the entire bill to be voided off. I did the math myself and left the amount of money minus the lamb on their counter and left. This is what happens when these bunch of people can't understand simple English
  • I wasn't quite satisfied with their pork and duck but it was edible. I normally wouldn't nitpick on things that are below average, just having the "whatever attitude" but when it comes to gamey, expired kind of quality, no sane human would be able to tolerate that isn't it?! 
  • Their kimchi? Tasteless. It is not really sour and definitely not spicy at all. Other side dishes were alright, borderline. It's the lamb, the gamey, smelly lamb that I will NOT pay for.
  • P/S: I'm seriously doubting some certain sites (especially sites like TimeOut) that has write ups bout this place.. Too good to be true.

Write off write off.


Jung Won Korean BBQ
Can't be bothered with the exact address. 
It is located right next to Sayfol International School.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Jonker Street Hawker Food

 The street food at Jonker's street area. There are plenty of choices and the smell of the food can really torture your empty stomach!

 I just felt the need to order everything! Everything looks way too good (to be true actually)...

 The Char Kueh Kak was probably the best among all the dishes I've ordered that evening. Simple and flavourful.

 I would advise you not to order oysters as we all know how unfresh oysters in Malaysia are. It is so unfresh that it tasted bad even after cooking it.

 Really generous with the ingredients, hence, popping those flavours out! :-)

The cockles on the bottom left is a MUST NOT EAT. It was not properly washed, partially cooked and perhaps just a short time in the hot water which did not kill the bacteria. As a result, the both of us who had it, had a bad time for A WEEK. So terrible that people should just avoid cockles altogether!!

Be prepared with anti histamine and charcoal pills, for the obvious reasons. Though, I would say don't risk your life by consuming those cockles.