Sunday, October 15, 2017

Shin Nihon 新日本焼肉党

Wagyu Sushi (RM9 per piece)

The new "beef" place in Hartamas that's gaining fair bit of attention....

Roasted Wagyu Sushi (RM10 per piece)

Try the sushi for a change - where it's not fish.... I prefer the lightly torched version instead, did not like it too raw.. Good try though, something different.

Thick Cut Tongue (RM35)

Two friends from different groups insisted that I have to visit because their beef is really good. I found it to be better than most joints in Klang Valley, definitely better than the Koreans.... I don't really want to spoil the surprise for you but expect some surprises like melt-in-the-mouth, perfect cuts, and just nicely grilled (highly depends on the person who cooks it for your though!). I found the thick cut tongue to be my favourite actually!

Their beef looks more marbled as compared to those you get in Korean BBQ shops..

Kale Salad (RM26)

They have food from low to expensive range.. If you're feeling broke and craving for beef, there are individual options as well.

Braised Beef with Daikon Stew (RM26)

I really like the beef and daikon stew - very tender and broth is super flavourful. But it was certainly way too flavourful my throat cried for help just about half an hour after food. The amount of MSG in this bowl is just unbeliveable.. Don't finish the broth even if it's tasty, unless you want to leave thirsty.

Roast Beef Rice Bowl (RM26)

For those who are looking for economical quality beef dons... See, this is good for your wallet and tummy...

For those who wants to splurge on meat....

Likes: Good quality beef - a bit pricey but rest assured it's quality they serve. They have a good range of low and high end choices....
Dislikes: Nothing at the moment...

SHIN NIHON 新日本焼肉党 
No 26-G, Jalan 24/70A
Desa Sri Hartamas
50480 Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia
03.2856.7350
Opening Hours
Daily 5.3pm - 1am
Sat & Sun 12pm - 2.30pm
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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Kikusan

Found this place by accident... Since we were quite tired of Chinese food, Japanese food it is... I don't think I'll ever be bored of Uni, ikura and toro...

AND. Who would have thought this amazing roll costs only HKD68?!?!?!?!? TAKE MY MONEY!!!!

HKD 68. I still haven't got over that this super fresh generous portion costs ONLY HKD68!!!!! A silly bowl of noodle already costs almost the same price, it's possibly the best meal we have had in terms of value - considering that it's not only cheap but also super fresh!

There... I'm proving it!!! One portion per person - no way I'm sharing! I'm such a sucker for uni....

Likes: Fresh, very affordable, unbelievably good value
Dislikes: Service is a little slow, but bearable. Don't think other items in the menu is as reasonable though...

Kikusan  
Hyson Place
12-14 Kai Chiu Rd,
East Point
Hong Kong
+852.2252.7808
Opening Hours
Daily 11.30am - 11pm

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Locavore

So we opted for the 7 dishes, but we definitely had more than 7 with the amount of bite size dishes they offered before our actual meal.

Apart from the great dishes that they have to offer, unfortunately I was not too happy with the service. They tend to bring out the next dish even before I was done with the current. I find it to be absolutely unprofessional to be putting the next dish right in my face when I was still eating the current. It gave me the impression that I had to hurry up and get done with it. Or what, is this supposed to be Chinese food where all dishes are placed on the table? I can't help it but to raise this to the waitress who served us. On a positive note, they got the point immediately and acted on it.

All bite size came with really interesting combination of local produce. Betel leaf, coconut shavings, lemongrass and some other herbs, served with sea salt on the side.

Deep fried spinach? Well it's really crispy and not quite possible to tell what veggie is that.

I can't remember what exactly was this, but we had to pop everything into the mouth as it explodes liquid that tastes like curry leaves out. 

Some black rice cake

Some fusion otak-otak, well just grilled fish paste wrapped with leaves. It was somewhat lukewarm when we opened it. Perhaps it was left on the counter for a little too long, waiting to be served.

The cured meat that melts in the mouth...

This tomato soup is interesting - its hot and its cold. Mmmmm...

Warm bread served with peanut oil, crushed peanuts and sambal. Fortunately, the bread arrived hot...

Indonesian Ceviche - Raw with with broth

Rich creamy broth, did not taste the raw fishy smell which was perfect!

Steak Tartar - Raw beef with various local produces

Possibly the only dish I did not enjoy - beef was marinated with too much pepper? I thought the pickles at the side was an awful combination. Sourness and heavily peppered raw beef - not too sure about that.

Squid in Black - Baby squid

I don't normally eat squid but this was perfectly done!! Very very tender squid...

Into the Sawah - Duck egg served on a bed of rice and some beautiful flowers

The most beautiful dish of all. I like how the yolk is cooked perfectly - it oozes out when you poke it but not too quickly and it hits straight to the spoon when you scoop it. Lying on a bed of locally produced Tegallalang rice and garnished with local edible flowers.

Sop Kaki Kambing - Goat leg, tomato celery

As compared to the ceviche soup, this is less creamy, clear soup with lamb which is not gamey. I thought this was just nice, not too heavy.

Gule Ikan

Simple piece of fish served with thick gravy.

Not only they have appetisers before the main course, they also have it for desserts! 

Roti Srikaya - Pandan, coconut brioche

I thought this was really normal. A playful mixture of pandan and coconut, which was not particularly impressive as these two ingredients are commonly used within Southeast Asia (or at least Malaysia & Thailand). Nevertheless, it's a clever combination and it will definitely impress those who are not exposed to these. Not to be mistaken, I actually enjoyed it.

Mousse garnished with white ixora.

Chocolate truffles? I thought so..

Lastly the most beautiful one - the flower drink. We were supposed to pour the drink from the vase and eat it with the flower. Well I just drank it without eating the flower....

Though there were a few shortcomingss, in general I actually like this place very much and thought they totally deserve a spot in Asia's Top 50 list! Also the highest climber by far... 

Likes: Small and easy to find. The courses are about right with some hits and misses, but mostly hits. 
Dislikes: Service could be improved, hopefully. Reservation is difficult unless you book 2-3 months ahead.

Restaurant Locavore  
Jalan Dewisita No.10,
Ubud
Bali 80571
Indonesia
+623.6197.7733
Opening Hours
Daily 12pm - 2pm; 6.30pm - 11.30pm
Closed on Sundays



Restaurant Locavore Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Restoran Wei Kee 伟记饭店深井烧鹅

We ordered half goose which is clearly too much for 2 pax. For some reason we are always at the shop few doors away (Siew Ngap Fei) instead of Wei Kee.

This time around for a change, I thought why not just have goose instead of duck. It's very different afterall. The meat is juicier and the sauce is also different.

I don't normally have the skin but.. I just can't resist the layer of crisp...

There are also some Hakka selections - try the stuffed tofu! It's quite seasonal and this is not available on a daily basis.

Suen choy.

Likes: Good place for goose - if you don't compare to the ones in HK. Reasonably priced too. It came up to about RM40 per pax and we could not finish half of the goose. This is actually good for 3 pax.
Dislikes: Parking is HORRENDOUS. Be prepared to not be able to get a parking.

Restoran Wei Kee
50, Lorong Yap Hin
Off Jalan Pasar
Pudu
55100 Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia
03.9221.8428
Opening Hours
Daily 10.30am - 6pm
Closed on Wednesdays

Restoran Wei Kee Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Monday, October 2, 2017

Birch: Sam Egerton

A little late to showcase Sam Egerton's cocktails at Birch... When Birch was still known for their cocktails...


Birch DC Mall
Jalan Damanlela
Bukit Damansara
50480 Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia
+603.2011.5966
Opening Hours
Mon-Thurs 8am - 1am
Fri 8am - 2am
Sat 9am - 2am
Sun 9am - 5pm