Ham & Eggs............

Ham & Eggs............

(Pork Ball Noodle) Chow Kee Coffee Shop @ Bandar Menjalara, Kuala Lumpur

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Pork noodles come in either the soup, or dry version. The ingredients are about the same, the only different is that the dry version comes with marinated ground meat but it depends on various places. The pork balls are not exactly the round shaped ball that you would imagine. Rather, it is flat and rectangular shaped and come in a strip which the cook can break easily.
As for this Pork Ball Noodle (dry version) in Chow Kee Coffee Shop, it comes with generous amounts of rice vermicelli. You get about 3 pieces of pork ball, 2 slices of pork sausage and some pork mince to go with the noodles. It’s quite satisfying as the noodle is top with green and white spring onions, with chewy, crispy pork and a couple of thick slices of succulent, mildly spiced Chinese sausage. Each piece of pork ball tastes really fresh too.
Overall, this pork noodle is not oily and the pork balls are pretty big, have a firm texture to it, and tasted pretty good too. As usual, you get to choose from vermicelli, noodle, kuey teow, or the combination of them as the filler. But this is not the best pork noodle in town yet, so stay tune.

Food Review

Food Type: Chinese (Non-Halal)
Address: No.21 , Jalan 9/62A, Bandar Menjalara, 52100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Price: RM4-5 per plate
Operating Hours: Daily

Taste Rating: 7/10
Ambiance Rating: 5.5/10
Service Rating: Nil
Value Rating: 10/10

Overall Rating: 7.5/10


Alexis Bistro @ Bangsar Shopping Centre, Kuala Lumpur

Monday, December 29, 2008

Alexis Bistro started operation in 2006 and located in the Bangsar Shopping Centre. Alexis BSC features its ambiance of a relaxed and stylish elegance. This bistro is spacious, main color theme is white, can be divided into a large dining room (can seat 20 pax) with an elegant bar section where they have display their selection of cakes right next to the bar. The marble-top bar itself is the centerpiece of the room with glass panels and naked light bulbs proving that the industrial and contemporary can complement each other. Their stylish décor offers a fashionable setting for the perfect meal at any time. The waitressing service is very friendly, polite and smile all the time. Their service is perfect.
All the Alexis favorites are on the menu, along with some great new offerings and a superb wine list. They also have a wide selection of cakes and desserts here, so take your time and they have apple pie, banana cake, black and white chocolate, blueberry cheesecake, bread and butter pudding, chocolate bittersweet, carrot cake, cheese cake, chocolate walnut, chocolate banana mascarpone, chocolate berries meringue, chocolate brownies, chocolate cinnamon, chocolate moist, chocolate mousse, chocolate silk, tiramisu, italian cream cake and many many more. Furthermore, they do offer Pasta, Malaysian dishes (like laksa, chicken rice, an etc) and main meals.
For starter, the stuffed calamari is quite interesting and especially the taste factor. Although most patrons would like it deep fried, they stuffed with mushroom, spices, vegetables and shrimp then sautéed the calamari accompany with a couple of slices of lemon (hhmmm….not tasty actually..=p).
For desserts, you should try the ever famous Mixed Nuts Tiramisu with homemade strawberry sauce. What nice about this dessert is the nuts glazed with honey on top of the cake which gives the extra kicks. No doubt, the tiramisu is soft and smooth in the middle with thick layer of cream, crunchy and sweet on the outside.
Next, the carrot cake is by far one of the best in town. It’s very smooth and quite satisfies.
For drinks, Citron Presse and Peach Soda are both refreshing and coolly. And for Caramel Tea, it is warm and calming. Patrons can enjoy these drinks and sit back and enjoy the ambiance with friends and family.
Basically, their reputation for excellent desserts was justified and their service is great. For dessert lovers, this bistro is a must-try.

Food Review

Food Type: Western (Halal)
Address: Lot F15A, First Floor, Bangsar Shopping Centre, 285, Jalan Maarof, Bukit Bandar Raya, 59000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Tel: +603-2287 1388
Price: Average RM23 per pax
Operating Hours: Daily (9am-12Midnight)

Taste Rating: 8/10
Ambiance Rating: 9/10
Service Rating: 10/10
Value Rating: 5.5/10

Overall Rating: 8.1/10


La Bodega Deli @ Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur

The Brand “La Bodega” has been responsible for introducing thousands of KL patrons to authentic tapas culture since the first outlet opened its doors in 1999. Although La Bodega has since expanded to include a bistro style Dining Room, as well as a Deli and the infamous Lounge, it continues as a faithful ambassador to the Spanish culinary tradition. In La Bodega Deli, the quiet, casual atmosphere, great service, and small, comfortable dining area make La Bodega Deli a great stop for a quick, yet quality bite.
Every morning, patrons can smell the aroma of freshly baked croissants at this European style delicatessen by ordering the magnificent all day breakfast menu. This deli is a perfect place to get some really fresh and fantastic omelet’s, salads and sandwiches, excellent burgers and pastas, with some great coffee and tea. Their famous “Big Breakfast” is a must-try item, with grilled chicken sausages, crisp beef bacon, baked beans, grilled tomato, sautéed mushroom, a slice of toast and a choice of eggs that are served as omelet, scrambled or poached (scrumptious, way better than New York New York Deli……).
Besides the "Big Breakfast", patrons can opt for another choice, the "English Breakfast" which comes with Hash Brown, Crisp Beef Bacon and eggs......yum yum...
The Linguini Alferdo with Turkey Ham and mushrooms in Cream Sauce. It is quite tasty and with crispy turkey ham garnish on top of the pasta, it giving patrons wanting it more.
Point to note, for convenience to patrons, both food and beverage menus have been designed to give patrons the flexibility to enjoy the food within the establishment or to take-away. However, it is a bit pricey.

Food Review

Food Type: Western and Spanish (Halal)
Address: No.16-18, Jalan Telawi 2, Bangsar Baru, 59100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Tel: +603-2287 9468
Price: Average RM30 per pax
Operating Hours: Daily (8am-10pm)

Taste Rating: 9/10
Ambiance Rating: 8.5/10
Service Rating: 9.5/10
Value Rating: 5/10

Overall Rating: 8/10


Hong Kong Kim Gary Restaurant @ Sunway Pyramid, Bandar Sunway

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Kim Gary Restaurant is a Hong Kong-style eating outlet and has a chain of restaurants around Asia. Kim Gary has setup a number of chain restaurants around KL and PJ - Sunway Pyramid, Sg. Wang, Mid Valley, The Curve and Gurney Plaza, Penang.
At this Sunway Pyramid branch, the restaurant is always packed especially during lunch hour, high-tea, late evening tea, dinner time and even supper……hhmmm, basically full all day long. You have to know the best time to have your meal here so that you do not have to queue up for your seat. The décor is pretty outstanding as they are using purple as their theme color and lots of pictures of Bosco Wong (Hong Kong Actor) who is their ambassador. Ordering food is such a enjoyment, because their menu is insane, with so many varieties. You won’t even know on which paper/menu you should order your food.

Here, its “Ying Yong” (mixture of milk-tea and coffee) is the signature drink here (even though some would opt for its Hong Kong Milk Tea). It’s very smooth and rich in milk-tea flavor.
The French Toast is also one of their main selling point. The slices of bread are dipped in egg and fried to perfect golden brown. This sinful dish would definitely left an unforgettable memory on your palate. French Toast is served with an appropriate amount of honey or condensed milk spread all over it. Not forgetting the huge chunk of melting butter on top of the succulent toast.
Cheese Baked Rice with Pork Chop. The cheese used was actually mozzarella cheese and for some patrons, it would be a bit difficult to eat because of the aluminum foil (as based). Still, it is pretty good and very filling…..(yum yum).
The Fried Spaghetti with Steak is not a bad. Portion is more than average. Steak is tender & tangy and spaghetti is ok.
The Hokkien Fried Noodle is alright, is not that it is not good. It just lack of OOMPH.
Overall, this place is always crowded (be prepare to wait in line) and price quite reasonable. It is worth visit every once in a while.

Food Review

Food Type: Chinese (Non-Halal)
Address: OB2-G-U3, Oasis Boulevard 2, Sunway Pyramid, Jalan PJS 11/15, Bandar Sunway, 46150 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Tel: +603-7494 0428
Price: Average RM15 per pax
Operating Hours: Daily

Taste Rating: 7.5/10
Ambiance Rating: 7/10
Service Rating: 7/10
Value Rating: 7.5/10

Overall Rating: 7.3/10


Penang Flavours Café @ 1 Utama, Petaling Jaya

Friday, December 26, 2008

Newly open about a couple of weeks, the lack of empty tables at the Penang Flavours Café tells its own story. This is quite a popular eatery among the shoppers in 1 Utama. Penang Flavours catering patrons who are looking for a quick bite and reasonable priced between RM7-11. At those prices, it is hard to find fault with it.For starter/appetizer, the rojak is just nice with freshly cut cucumber, vegetables, pineapples and tofu using shrimp paste which gives sweetness, spicy and sour tastes (Ok, pass).
The Nasi Lemak Chicken Curry Kapitan is just average. Although it gives a spicy and kapitan flavour but somehow the sambal sotong (squid) and the chicken is not up to the Penang standard and quite oily too.
As for the Nasi Lemak Fried Chicken, it is the same stuff instead of Chicken Curry Kapitan, is just a fried chicken. Very normal, so so saja (average) and no sort of spices to enhance the chicken texture.
For the Curry Laksa (Mee), it comes with a couple of chicken balls, hard boiled egg, tauge, and some parsley garnished on top. The soup was flavorful and fine, but a bit to the oily side.
The atmosphere/ambiance is light and the quick turnaround in service makes this a good spot for lunch, whether you’re at 1 Utama, The Curve, Mid Valley or KLCC. Penang food may be better in Penang, but that’s a mighty long drive when you’re out shopping in KL/PJ.
Food Review

Food Type: Malaysian (Halal)
Address: No. LG311-C, One Utama Shopping Centre1, Bandar Utama, Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia
Price: Average RM10.00 per pax
Operating Hours: Daily (10am-10pm)

Taste Rating: 6/10
Ambiance Rating: 6/10
Service Rating: 6/10
Value Rating: 7.5/10

Overall Rating: 6.4/10


New York New York Deli @ 1 Utama, Petaling Jaya

New York New York Deli… okay how shall I describe this place and its food? To sum it all up it was a BAD experience. My husband and I and several friends spotted this place2 days before its opening. The place looks very comfy and bright; an ideal place to eat and chat with friends or family. We had a look at the menu displayed outside the restaurant but it was scheduled to open only in 2 days time. We made a promise to come back to try the week after.
A week later…
All of us walked eagerly to the deli. Our minds filled with pictures of burgers, hotdogs, bacons and all sorts of yummy things. We got a place to sit as soon as we arrive (no waiting line…hmmm). Placed our orders using numbering system… get this, the waiters do not understand English!!! Alamak… New York deli woh!! I ordered Spaghetti with meatballs and the guy just looked at me not understanding. He said ‘give number’. Oklah… first error never mind hope the food is good. We gave the numbers for our dishes.
Most of us got our food within 30 minutes but one of our friends got his fish and chips more than 45 minutes later. Lucky for us we are not rushing for our movie. Anyway, there is a long story regarding his simple fish and chips. I’ll save it for the last.

Our drinks came first. The oreo chocolate chip was ok. My Caribbean Breeze was alright; it’s a mixture of mango and pineapple. The Bloody Eyeballs was unique; there are 2 eyeballs look alike floating in the drink, it is made of lychee and blueberry. Ice Caramel Swirl was so-so. The Ultra Rich Chocolate was nothing special. You can get better in Coffee Bean. The Root Beer Float and Coffee Float were ok.
Now, let’s get to the food, which is the main CONCERN here.
My husband got his Spaghetti Bolognese and Meatballs first. It was good. The dish consists of two quite large meatballs with tomato paste mixed with minced beef sauce spaghetti. It was appetizing.
Then, my Big Big Breakfast arrived. One look and I was disappointed. First of all it was NOT BIG! Secondly, the bacon is not bacon. It looks like processed meat white and dark red coloring. Taste like it too! Accompanying the bacon were 2 cocktail sausages, 2 small pancakes, unflavored scrambled eggs, one spoon of baked beans, 2 sliced button mushrooms and a piece of sliced raw tomato. This dish is truly not worth trying and extremely not worth the price. I think I prefer hotel buffet breakfast better.
The Mushroom Swiss Burger was normal. The meat was quite dry. The beef meat was topped with a slice of cheese with some mustard and chili sauce. Nothing special. Ramlee burger better.
The Hawaii Teriyaki Burger got thumbs up from my friend. The meat was juicy. It was oozing with teriyaki sauce. And it was topped with pineapple and which earned its name: Hawaiian Beef Burger.
The Philly Cheese Steak Burger was alright. Can try. The meat strips were quite thick and juicy and it was topped with mayonnaise and a slice of melted cheese.
The Hawaii Teriyaki Chicken is not bad. The meat portion is small though. The pineapple on top of the chicken gives it the Hawaiian flavor just like the burger.
The Mushroom Cappucino soup was something different. Its like mushroom soup with a hint of coffee flavor. (Waiting for the friend who tried this to give his comment).
Now we have reached the CRUCIAL part.
The 3 biggest mistakes!!!
First mistake: Wrong pizza!
We ordered Hawaiian Chicken Pizza. What was given was Chicken Caesar Pizza. Now, we did ask the waiters what were the dishes they brought. All they do is give blank looks and go look for their captain. However, for this case, my friend was so hungry we just finished the whole thing with no questions asked. Now, you wonder how we find out that the wrong pizza was served. Half an hour after my friend finished his pizza, a waiter came to serve his Hawaiian Chicken pizza. I really wonder he ate who’s pizza. The poor guy/ gal must be waiting long for their pizza.
Second mistake: Unsightly Fiery Buffalo Wings
When we got the chicken wings, we did not realize what it was because it looked so different from the picture. The flour does not stick to the meat, the meat was a bit black near the bone and so very oily. I think it was frozen for too long. It is not fresh anymore.
Third mistake: Rotten Fish
Now, fish and chips are the simplest dish in any Western restaurant. So, how can one screw this up??? The fish meat is rotten!!! It smells terrible. First mouthful and you feel like throwing up. I have nothing more to comment. It is so horrible, words just fail to describe it.
When it comes to settling our bill, the waiter did not even know to bring a pen with him for the patron to sign the receipt. When we indicated for a pen, again he just stares back and looks confused. 4 waiters who served our table were all like that. There were more than a dozen of these foreign waiters while only two local captain available. Needless to say the service was neither effective nor prompt. Will I come back? A definite no.

Food Review

Food Type: Western (Halal)
Address: LG311, One Utama Shopping Centre1, Bandar Utama, Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia
Price: Average RM28 per pax
Operating Hours: Daily (10am-10pm)

Taste Rating: 4.5/10
Ambiance Rating: 8/10
Service Rating: 2/10
Value Rating: 5.5/10

Overall Rating: 5/10

Additional Ranting from Editor Mart:
Agreed with your article but its lightly salted. I like mine with extra "SALT & VINEGAR"!!. Let me "elaaaahh-boh-rate"

1. Ver-burl Co-mmu-neee-k-shion
I love this restaurant. Its the 1st of its kind to hire waiters that is able to speak but doesnt speak to the customer. You get me? They are train to process "numbers" from customers. You dont order a chicken chop , burger or fries. You tell them you want 1547, 657 & 338. Classic! Wait, here's the best part, waiter bring 2 plates of burgers and TA-DA!. Eat your buggers customers coz we dont know what we are serving & practically we just dont care, call our managers if you like coz we cant speak a damn word (although we can, but likely you wont understand "numbers". TQ). Thats why my friend got serve the wrong pizza w/o noticing. Here's my perception of the interaction between the waiters, (waiter 1) 0110 110 111 001 10 (waiter 2) 110 1111 011 010. Take your time to decipher it. End of rant else i`ll go extremely sarcastic. Here's my suggestion, save your money, fire all of them, put up 2 counters with the managers that can speak and your all set! Sweet. You can thank me next "century" when i visit your place again.

2. Bob catch Shif. Shif weird smell. Bob like weird smell.
Let's start shall we. Shif & Chips, dory shif which taste like @#$%, serve to customer. Customer says it taste like @#$%. You sent to the "kitchen". Kitchen dissects and performs autopsy. Kitchen careful picks up a fork and takes a slice of the shif meat, gives it to "Ah Boon" (our pet baboon). Ah Boon dead. Kitchen fears for the worst and informs manager. Manager returns and informs customer, we are sorry, your shif is indeed @#$% with a capital (-ED) behind. Would like another @#$% shif ?. No, Thanks. Ok.

Quote "It is so horrible, words just fail to describe it." - I have help you describe the un-describe-pable

Next up, Bluff-alo Wings. Just to sum it up, its looks like some fried mice to me from the pictures or some fried lizards. Utterly disgusting. Whats with the 1 parsley there ? So happen to drop it.

3. Pressure-tentations
Food presentation looks worst then the next door mamak stall servings. Even Bro Ba-ca can do better.

4. Ah Ma, Ah Beng next door holding a can of pineapple say he been to Hawaii liao
Hawaii Teriyaki Chicken/Burger Receeeepeee
1. 1 slice of Pineapple
2. 1 patti of meat
3. 1 burger bun - optional

Carefully open a can of pineapple. Make sure its freshly bought from the next door Cold Storage. To avoid customer's contact, I suggest a rear entry with a flashbang to blind them while you make a haste to grab a can. Note: you dont have pay, its your neighbours anyway, just credit to the account. Grab a can opener and carefully remove the lid. Now carefully put on some glove and remove a slice and put onto plate. Caution, do not use force when picking up the pineapple slice, as you might break it. Use a cloth to soak up the excess water from the slice. Next, fried up the patti of meat until cooked. For best confirmation, any burn smell means its definitely cooked!. Burger buns can be lightly fried or toast to your preference. Once everything is in place, place the burger buns down first, follow by the meat on top and last but not least, the pineapple. There you have it. A Hawaii Teriyaki Burger. Stay Tune next time, for next receepeeeee


Otak Otak Place @ 1 Utama, Petaling Jaya

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Recently, there are a number of new restaurants opened in 1 Utama (located at the now defunct Giant, lower ground) and this Otak Otak Place just started operation about early December. The décor of the restaurant gives patrons a 1990s feel and once seated, you can find games on each table (can entertain while waiting for food) which you used to play during the 80s and 90s. Games like "Happy Family" card game, snakes & ladders board game and chess/checkers.
What’s funny is their choice of menu, their waiter look like primary school teachers and hand patrons an exercise book a.k.a menu. Nowadays, these new restaurants come out all these funny ideas, but quite refreshing.
Their selling point has an extensive range of delicious otak-otak prepared and served in many different ways such as Otak Otak Fish Cake, Cucur Otak Otak, Otak Otak dumpling, Otak Otak Stick, Nasi Lemak with Otak Otak, Otak Otak Roll, Otak Otak Devil Chicken with Rice or Noodle, Grilled Otak Otak Burger, Otak Otak Meatball, Otak Otak Pao (Bun) and the list go on and on………...
Of course, their main Otak Otak Specialty is Steamed Otak Otak. Overall, their Otak Otak is creamy and the texture is springy. So far it’s above par.
Besides Otak Otak, they do serve other Malaysian dishes, like their Nasi Lemak with Chicken Rendang. Unlike others, they use this70s two-tier stainless steel container replacing the conventional plate to serve the dish. As for the food, the chicken rendang is aroma but nothing out of the ordinary (normal lar). Portion wise is small but the rice is fragrant, cooked together with coconut milk, ginger and onion.
Also, they got Mee Rebus Stulang. First, the dish is steaming hot. Secondly, the dish is very spicy and lastly, the sauce is very thick, something like the rojak sauce. Basically, it’s just average.
So if you love Otak Otak, and believe that you don’t find many places in KL/PJ that serve so many dishes of Otak Otak, then this is the place for you to try.
Food Review

Food Type: Malaysian (Halal)
Address: Lot LG-311B, One Utama, Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Tel: +603-7727 4181
Price: Average RM12 per pax
Operating Hours: Daily (10am-10pm)

Taste Rating: 6/10
Ambiance Rating: 7/10
Service Rating: 8/10
Value Rating: 7/10

Overall Rating: 7/10



TwoFiveBoyz' reviews here is entirely based on our personal tastebuds and may vary for others.

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