Saturday, October 31, 2015

Iku Japanese Fusion Sushi

Sashimi Combo B (RM28.30) - Maguro, Salmon Belly, Hokkigai and Nitako

I've not heard of Iku Japanese and RM53 for RM100 cash voucher - WHY NOT!

Chuka Idako (RM5.80)

Sushi Combo A (RM23.90)

Sushi being sushi, served with their really interesting fusion sauces. It was a mixture of their special fusion sauces it came by default I'm guessing since I did not ask for it. But one of those spicy mayo, tastes superb! Sushi and spicy mayo, not bad! I did not like the strawberry sauce, one of those sweet and savoury combo gone wrong. The only thing that makes them stand out would be the sauces - it's something different, thus, Japanese Fusion Sushis :-)

Some baked oysters, I couldn't be bothered to remember what was this as it was so horribly unfresh (you know the smelly, funky, fishy eww smell) I had to spit it out. Not that it has gone bad but it does have some kind of odour. Ew.

Volcano Roll (RM27.80) , oh wait I thinkkkkk that's that.

The rolls are pretty much similar to each other I'm not even sure if I've ordered that. But not too bad, the fillings and all are pretty reasonable for the price. Edo Ichi will be the benchmark for rolls pricing - expensive roll with minimal ingredients, so not worth it. This, is just way better.

Overall I find it is OK for a second visit, their rolls can be really interesting because of their fusion sauces. It makes the rolls much more flavourful, depending on which sauce you're after. Also, there are so many choices I can't even finish trying all of it!!

As for the service, it is rather slow and they can be really unfriendly. There must be some shortage of staffs which could be the cause of the problem. When staffs are busy with work overload, they tend to be unhappy on their side too. But all on all, that is not my problem, it will only create unhappiness for us customers. Sometimes, the reason for not going back to the same place is the service.

Iku Japanese Fusion Sushi
21, Jalan SS21/60 
Damansara Uptown
Petaling Jaya 
47400 Selangor
Malaysia
03.7732.6691

Thursday, October 29, 2015

POKC

The Roti Babi smells really good... Lightly (fried?) and stuffed with minced pork and some other ingredients. I'm not sure if this is Hainanese or Peranakan food.. It's probably fusion and that's Malaysia! So we call this Malaysian it is.

Well I'm not very familiar with Hainanese food, the only thing that comes into my mind is Hainanese Chicken Rice... But fret not, just go to People of Kheng Chew, they serve Hainanese and some Western style food like burger and pasta if you're not comfortable with Hainanese (but you know, we always give in to friends who really wants to try some good food). What makes it better is they serve coffee! These days, regardless what food you're serving, coffee is essential. 

POKC
No. 12 Jalan SS21/35
Damansara Utama
47400 Petaling Jaya
Selangor
Malaysia

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Anak Nyonya Restaurant

Telur cincaluk (RM10.60)

Just omelette with cincaluk and salt which was not evenly spread. Some parts of it may be quite bland, some parts of it extremely salty...

Otak Otak (RM10.60)

Steamed otak-otak. Fish flavours were sufficient, soft texture from steaming it. So glad to be having this instead of the extra red-coloured ones in KL. I do not understand why KL's otak-otak are so dark red. Shouldn't it be sort of orangey? Too much artificial flavouring?? Glad that these are still in mild orangey colour from spices instead of colouring..

Ayam Masak Merah (RM10.60)

Very flavourful chicken. Not really spicy which is good for all, especially with kids around.

Kangkung Belacan Medium (RM14.80)

Small plate for that price. Enough for only 2-3 pax?? We were there as 5. Medium is really small, should have ordered the large. 

Ikan Asam Nanas (RM32)

Sauce is very flavourful, sourish with slight spice. Just nice for people who don't really take spicy food. Then again, the sauce is not thick... Maybe it should be like that. It is actually very flavourful but gravy is very watery.

Udang Sambal Petai (RM19.10)

The sambal they used to fry is very nice and fragrant, not really spicy and it's just nice for everyone. Though, the prawns should be peeled. The prawns are already small, and it makes life even more difficult by having to peel before I eat.

Also, we all know that Petai is prone to have worms so Petais should be divided into half to check before cooking. But hello... You don't half the half of it! that's a QUARTER of the petai now!! No matter how yummy the sambal is, it is such a turn off having to PEEL my own MINI prawns and having my QUARTER SIZED petais. This is too much effort and too pricey when it is mostly filled with onions. You don't make your dish look "huge" by doing so, it's a major turn off.

Pulut Tekan (RM1.80 per piece). Oh this is one of my favourite from this shop! These tiny babies run out really fast so grab more if you can!


Overall I'm pretty satisfied with their food, just not quite happy with the way they ration things for a dish. Sometimes, setting the price a little bit more and use better ingredients will not harm. Rationing here and there is like might as well I just cook at home then. If you're already charging not really cheap prices, give it the best to your customers. You have really good sambal, don't waste them on lousy portions/ingredients. If I remember correctly they do sell their sambal separately for an extra fee. Then again, Nyonya cravings satisfied!

Restaurant Anak Nyonya
88, Jalan Tokong
75200 Melaka
Malaysia
06.288.2626
Opening Hours
Thurs - Tues 10.30am - 9.30pm
Closed on Wednesdays

Friday, October 23, 2015

Opium KL

Salt and Chilli Squid

Some of the pictures I've snapped over the first few visits. I've been back a couple of times because I really love their drinks and the overall concept. Hence, the Valentines dinner back in February

Mango Salad with Soft Shell Crab

Though the only thing I have to say about their promotions is the weird timing. Happy hour promos are between 4-6pm. I mean, who are they attracting? Office hours are mostly till 5ish 6. Even if I get off sharp at 5.15pm I'm ain't gonna to make it by 6pm. Even if I do, I could only get ONE miserable drink. The promotion is by all means with good intention, but targeting group is errr so much confusion.

Fighting Cock Wings

I have recently tried the Eat-All-You-Can buffet and it is just so worth the money! Also, the Eat-All-You-Can is only available on weekdays (not applicable to public holidays) between 11.30am till 2.30pm. Again, who are they attracting? Office staffs around the area? Its probably better to extend it to weekends as well with a higher fee since it is weekends.

Curry Spaghettini

 Let's just say the promotions are almost null to the large majority of people. No way I'm taking off days just to enjoy the promotion, makes no sense at all. 

Some cocktails with fancy names served with nuts, nuts and more nuts!

But I do have to give thumbs up to some of the other events, like the Stiletto Night happening every Wednesday between 9pm-12am. The higher the heels, the more discount you'd get. It's going to attract ladies and ladies attracts men! Brilliant! I would love to pop by on a Wednesday, maybe some day. 

My favourite of all time from Opium - The Asean Daiquiri. 
It's the Asam boi I'm telling you....
Asam boi never fail to amuse me....

Can't remember which dish, probably the Beef Rendang served with  Mantau.

Nevertheless, I'll definitely keep up to their events and would definitely be back! Their cocktails are really different from the boring old Long Island Ice Tea, so do drop by for some surprise!

Check this page for their events. Or follow them on Facebook for the latest updates. Also, their social media team is quite responsive to questions on the page.

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Opium KL
50 Changkat Bukit Bintang
50200 Kuala Lumpur 
Malaysia
+603 21425670
Opening Hours
Sun-Thurs 12pm - 1am
Fri 12pm - 2am
Sat & Sun 4pm - 2am
Opium KL's page
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Monday, October 19, 2015

Obanhmi

O BBQ (RM12.50).

I was being hesitant between the original and the grilled pork. Grilled pork won my heart... At least I knew that was the right choice! Bread is crusty and light, pork is grilled to perfection!

 Egg Coffee (RM9.90)

Apparently it's a popular item but it's not really my kind of thing. It's thick and creamy, not the Latte kind of thick, it's way thicker and obviously carrying egg flavours. Though I'm still wondering why this has to go into the microwave oven before serving to us. Heating up coffee via the microwave oven is just no.

 Fresh Summery Roll (RM9)

Like the name, it's fresh and I've requested for no-mint.

 Beef Pho (RM12.50)

Uhmmm. Just order their Baguette the next time. The pho is an absolute failure. The noodles are not properly cooked, hence slightly tough. The soup is almost tasteless like I've gotten the paste of the jar or something. It's just not flavourful and everything seemed instant to me. Sao Nam in Changkat may not be the best but it's way better than this. Same goes to Mekong in Melbourne where everyone said it is overrated. Still, better than this.

 Ginger Tea (RM4)
Boy the hot one is really good but it is just TOO HOT. The shop itself isn't very cooling to begin with, so hot drinks would make people even hotter. Had to add ice to cool down.

I would definitely come back for their Banh Mi - it is superb, no regrets! Just not anything else... I'd like to try their pork rice, it looks pretty good... At least from pictures! I'm slightly biased, but hey.. grilled pork goes well with almost anything! :D

Obanhmi
33G, Jalan SS21/56b
Damansara Utama
Petaling Jaya
47400 Selangor
Malaysia
03.7732.8540
Opening Hours
Tues-Sunday 10am - 6pm
Closed on Mondays
Obahnmi on Facebook

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Ruyi & Lyn

Ruyi's Sushi (RM43). Hainanese Chicken Rice, Nasi Lemak and Sticky Mango Rice. Some people think these little babies are overpriced, which I personally feel so too. But come to think of it, the price is worth the beauty and the additional touch. It is very creative and it takes effort to customise these sushis. What made it special is the taste of the particular dish, all in a bite. It's a great bar food idea for those who loves all three dishes, but can't really have em' all at one go. Now, you can enjoy all three flavours in smaller portions!


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

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Somtam Nua

 A friend recommended Somtam, apparently they serve really yummy Thai food.

 Pork Noodle with Pork Floss. I've never had such combo before, I mean pork floss really??? Noodle is slightly wet, but I'm guessing it's supposed to be that way. Apart from that it's actually a great combination and it is super flavourful (in Chinese they call it "wok hei").

 BBQ Pork Shoulder.

 Som Tam for Som Tam! Yummy Papaya Salad with Salted Egg.... This is a must! I would love to try the other variations, perhaps the one with crab next time.

Som Tam's famous Fried Chicken.. Not your regular fried chicken. It must've been marinated long enough with different herbs to be that flavourful! Served crispy, of course.

Be prepared for the queue if you're arriving during peak hours. Best to go earlier! To be honest, the food is good but not really worth the extra effort to go all the way unless you're around the area.

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Somtam Nua 
Siam Square Soi 5
Bangkok
Thailand

Monday, October 12, 2015

Top Catch Fisheries 一頂魚屋

Free-range eggs. I remember those days in the UK/Aus where free range eggs are freely available in almost every marts. Unfortunately, it is not the same case in Malaysia. It would be nice if people start demanding for free range eggs than caged eggs.

This place is famous for their seafood, mostly imported items. 

Most of the items go by weight.

A slice of cod fish we got costs about RM40ish. It's not cheap, but quality is well assured.

There are a few other things flown in from Tsukiji market and some items from Norwegian. Look at those huge ass Hokkaido scallops, don't you just want one of those right now!

For sashimi lovers, grab yourself a portion of Norwegian salmon.

There are also bones and head for other purposes. I'm not a chef so I don't really know the purpose of those bones.

Freshly grated Wasabi are at RM1 each. Not too bad considered that they are freshly grated.

A generous portion like that costs about RM27.

They all come with a free container of Wasabi and Japanese soy sauce.

They are usually priced between RM20-30 depending on the weight and size. Averagely, you should expect to pay about RM25 for the Sashimi slices.

If you're looking for fresh Salmon Sashimi for your party, you know where to grab them now! Be sure to go earlier to avoid disappointment. Those slices do run out really quickly! They shut by 1pm, but don't expect to get anything at 12.30pm, they are most likely out by then. If you have any questions do drop them a message on Facebook, they are quite responsive to questions. You might want to follow them too to know their specials if they do import any. It could be Hamachi, Uni or any other premium items. 

Top Catch Fisheries 一頂魚屋 
17, Jalan Hujan Rahmat
Taman Overseas Union
58200 Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia
012.611.6212

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Rak Somtam

Certified as my favourite Thai place in town!!

 Lemongrass Water (RM3), Thai Milk Tea (RM9), Pandan Water (RM3)

 Som Tam (RM12.90). It is SO spicy you may want to ask to reduce spiciness... Unless you're really good with chilli!

 BBQ Pork Skewer (RM10.90) - Very tender and succulent! Boy the amount of fats in between the meat is just nice! Did not see this coming from someone who hates pork lard...

 Red Tom Yam Seafood (RM19.90). Just nicely done, not really spicy which is just nice for me. If you love spicy food this is too mild for you. The prawns are medium-sized prawns, not the tiny ones or the extra large ones. Hopefully they will not pick smaller prawns to reduce cost in future because this is just the right size!! Yums!

 Green Curry (RM16.90). Chilli is very mild, but just nice for me. It looks boring but boy, the flavours are superb! The milk is just nice, not too milky or creamy. Would have been better if it's pork! Well, slightly biased as I love pork.

 BBQ Pork Neck (RM18.90). This one is grilled to perfection! The lime sauce enhances the flavours of the pork! So good!

 Omelette with Minced Pork (RM6.90). This is just another omelette, nothing special.

Stir-fry Minced Pork with Basil (RM12.90). We were not too sure bout the spiciness so we asked for less spicy. Overall really good but probably nicer with the actual spiciness. Not sure, will try it next time.

*Picture taken by EatDrinkKL
As noticed in EatDrinkKL and a few other blogs, they serve it with 4 slices of Salted Egg. According to some pictures on Instagram, it is now served as 3. I don't know why the reduction but maintaining or upgrading what you serve is important.

*Picture taken by EatDrinkKL
BBQ Pork Neck was served differently, all in a bundle with tonnes of veggie by the side. Currently it's just focusing on the meat, not much greens accompanying it. One thing I like is that they have the sauce by the side now and no longer having it all over the pork. It is giving people the choice to dip or not, which is good. :-)

My biggest concern is their quality might change over time, as you may already realise that most restaurants are usually good just in the beginning stage, fingers crossed. All in all, I find their prices are really good for those dishes. Food quality is very good too, considering the spiciness and the taste. Super huge bonus for the cheap prices. As long as the quality maintains (improvement would be even better), this would definitely be my regular Thai place! Don't forget to reserve a table if you have a large group, even a party of 3 cannot get a table immediately.

Their biggest letdown is crazy traffic in Kota Damansara, sadly it is out of their control!

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Rak Somtam
17-1, Jalan PJU 5/4
Kota Damansara
47810 Selangor
Malaysia
03.6144.6621
Opening Hours
Lunch 10am - 3pm
Dinner 5pm - 10pm
Closed on Wednesdays

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