The Meal Place @ Dana 1, Ara Damansara

27 10 2010

Last week, while searching for a new place to eat for lunch, my colleagues stumbled across a new commercial area called Dana 1 which is located just next to the Symphony building at Ara Damansara. One of the restaurant called The Meal Place was packed with people that day. Apparently, the Dried Chili Pan Mee was only RM 3.50 per bowl as part of their introductory offer.

The bowl of pan mee came with quite a big portion. Dried chili flakes, fried shallots, spring onions, mince meat and fried anchovies were nicely placed on top of the noodles.

For RM 3.50 per bowl, it sure looks good and yummy.

However, taste wise, it was rather disappointing. Simply put, there wasn’t much taste to begin with. Most of the time, the taste was over powered by the chili flakes.

Honestly, I won’t even consider going back to the Meal Place after having the dried chili pan mee.

While they do sell other type of dishes, my colleagues were of the opinion that they wasn’t tasty as well.

The Meal Place
Pusat Perdagangan Dana 1
Jalan PJU 1A/46, PJU 1A
Ara Damansara
47301 Petaling Jaya
Malaysia

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Eiffel Tower key chain

27 10 2010

It is said that Paris is the most romantic city in the world. While I do not have the luxury to travel to Europe yet, I have seen many nice pictures from this city of love. Perhaps one day, I will be snapping pictures at this City of Love. But as for now, I have to settle for a miniature Eiffel Tower key, which was a gift from a friend of mine. Thanks…





Lammeeya @ Empire Shopping Gallery

26 10 2010

I had a quick lunch at Lammeeya today. From what I know Lammeeya outlets are also found at Damansara Uptown, 1 Utama Shopping Mall and now, Empire Gallery at Subang Jaya. Judging from the crowd during lunch hours, the food must be good.

A plate of Lam Mee costs RM 8.80 which isn’t exactly cheap but then again, that is the price to pay for comfortable dining in an air-conditioned environment.

The soup was thick and rich in taste which is how Lam Mee should be. The prawns were also fresh.

According to my friend Lameeya is one of the better choice for food in the shopping mall.

Recommended if you don’t mind paying an extra few Ringgits for a nice bowl of Lam Mee in a comfortable environment.

Lammeeya
LG31, Empire Shopping Gallery
Tel: 603-5022 2050
Fax: 603-5022 2051

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Fullhouse @ Sunway Giza

25 10 2010

Ever since Fullhouse opened its door at Ara Damansara a couple of years ago, the cafe has garnered quite a number of followers due to its unique lifestyle dining concept. So it was no surprise that theme-based restaurants such as Gardens Lifestyle & Cafe started mushrooming around town. It appears that apart from food, ambiance and atmosphere do add up the overall dining experience for city dwellers.

Fullhouse has recently found its way to Sunway Giza. Featuring a three-storey high restaurant, Fullhouse was unmistakably the most attractive looking place to eat there. The Mini which was so prominently displayed at the Ara Damansara branch can also be seen at Giza albeit in a different colour. What makes the decor even more attractive is the life-sized replica of Tiffany standing next to it. Tiffany is one of the cartoon character featured in the Fullhouse menu.

Fullhouse definitely scores high in terms of its ambiance. But how did their food fare? I took the Vongole Spaghetti (RM 16.90) which came in a reasonable portion.

The spaghetti was cooked with olive oil and clam meat. What made it spicy (and I mean really spicy) were the chili flakes. As for the taste, I would say it was quite nice. I am not a picky eater and as long as it goes well with my taste bud, I am generally okay with any food.

Only thing it was a bit too spicy for my taste but those who are looking for an extra kick wouldn’t mind at all.

Profiterole (RM 9.90) or otherwise homemade custards were delicious.

The texture was soft and fluffy while the vanilla chocolate sauce was not too sweet.

If you are planing to eat at Fullhouse, make sure you bring your camera long. There are tons of nice pictures to take around this place. Too bad I did not stay for long. Otherwise, I would have spent my whole afternoon snapping pictures there. :)

Fullhouse
Lifestyle Store and Cafe
Sunway Giza Mall
C-2 Giza Sunway Mall
Jalan PJU 5/14
47810 Kota Damansara
Petaling Jaya

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Kitchen Creatures @ Centrepoint

20 10 2010

When I first came across Kitchen Creatures, I was intrigued with their no-frills dining concept. Simply put, all food at Kitchen Creatures are nett price. This means there are no extra costs, no government tax and service charge. Certainly, this notion was a welcome change and prompted me to give this restaurant a try last weekend during lunch hour.

Apart from the name of the restaurant, their menu was also creatively designed. Inside, a plethora of food were just waiting for us to sink our teeth into.

I took the Monster Platter (RM 15) for starters which came with fried shrimp, mushrooms, mini chicken wings and nachos. The waiter apologised to us as they ran out of calamari rings but promptly substituted them with additional shrimps. Clearly, the name itself was a good indication of the huge plate which they served the food on. The portion was also quite reasonable and can be considered as main course if you are not a big eater.

And speaking of the shrimps, they were fresh and nicely fried. The shrimps were also tasty.

The mushrooms were also equally good. I rarely had fried mushrooms but the ones at Kitchen Creatures have made me look forward to eating them in the future.

The nachos were very big in size but somehow it weren’t as cheesy or spicy as I hoped they would be.

Thankfully, the chicken wings fared better. They were moist and tasty. I wished they would have given us at least two more pieces. Oh… that was gluttony speaking on my behalf.

The combination of sour cream with tomato ketchup had me dipping the food into these two sauces. I even asked for a second helping as the first one finished in no time at all.

Next up was the Chicken Shiitake (RM 15). It was basically grilled chicken breast accompanied with some buttered vegetables and spaghetti noodles.

Hmm… does buttered vegetables means they are fried with butter?

Ever heard of roasted capsicum sauce before? Well, it was the first time I came across it. The sauce was poured onto the chicken breast. It sure looks good and tasted even better! Slices of shiitake mushrooms were found underneath the chicken.

And what did yours truly had on that day? Behold… The Big Daddy Monster Burger! If you are game for something huge, this is it. The burger is so huge that you will gasp in awe when it is put on the table. It came with double patty (choice of chicken or beef), bacon, cheese and vegetables. For RM 18, I say it is value for money. You won’t find any burger that big for that price.

Putting the size aside, how does it taste? Well it wasn’t all the bad. I sliced the burger into two portions and the first half was rather dry in my opinion. The second half tasted much better as the sauce (presumably) was not evenly distributed.

In the end, I felt so full after eating the entire burger. I even skipped my dinner on that day and did not feel hungry the next morning.

Yeah, I guess Big Daddy Monster Burger sure lives up to its name.

Overall, I would consider Kitchen Creatures as nice place to eat. Of course, the no-frills dining concept will definitely means that what you eat is what you pay. Recommended!

Kitchen Creatures
Lot F110, Centrepoint (New Wing)
No. 3, Lebuh Bandar Utama
47800 Bandar Utama
Petaling Jaya
Selangor Darul Ehsan
Tel: 03-77298039

Email: kitchencreature@gmail.com

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Sunday morning @ Sunway Giza

17 10 2010

Here I am sitting inside Austin Chase Coffee at Sunway Giza on a Sunday morning. Nothing beats lazing on the chair while sipping a cup of English tea. I must say… it is a nice environment here indeed.





MC Curry @ Glenmarie

17 10 2010

When I dropped by MC Curry for lunch yesterday, I was delighted to see the printouts from my earlier write up about their food were still pasted on the front stall. Hence, it was no surprise that the owner, Mr. Mcculloch still recognise me. When I asked him whether there was anything new to try that day, he quickly pointed to the signage at the back of him which reads ‘Hot Wok Mee’. That explains why there were stacks of little woks and bamboo baskets at the front of the counter.

While most people would know that MC Curry is famous for their curry noodle, I was curious to find out how their Hot Wok Mee (RM 4.80) fares.

After taking my first bite, I was glad to say that it didn’t disappoint me at all. The taste was just right. When I sipped the soup, it was like ‘Mmmm…..’ with a gleeful smile. The fresh ingredients (prawns, pork slices and fish cakes contributes to the yumminess of the meal.

Although the soup was piping hot, the shape of the Yee Mee was still in the original cake form indicating that it was cooked without being overly soggy.

The soup reminds me of the Cantonese fried noodle variant. Overall, it was a two thumbs up for me.

My colleague took the dry curry noodle (RM 4.30 for small portion).

According to my colleague, the curry was flavoursome which was hardly surprising given it is one of MC Curry trademark meal. There were generous amount of fried shallots covering the chicken meat.

Judging from the picture, and what I wrote about it in my previous post and one can safely assume that the taste is still very good.

Some pictures of the sifu in action. Mr. Mcculloch prepares the food himself. Don’t let the picture fool you. He is a very friendly man and will give you a warm smile if he is not too busy. Overall, we were all happy with our lunch. With good food at reasonable price, MC Curry is definitely my choice of place to eat at Glenmarie.

Restoran MC Curry Noodles
No.7 Jalan Juruaudit U1/37
Section U1, 40150 Shah Alam, Selangor
Tel: 016 2770131

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Ribs @ Tengkat Bandar Utama

15 10 2010

When my other half wanted to eat Western breakfast last two weekend, I stumbled across Ribs @ Oasis on the Internet which is located not too far away from 1 Utama shopping mall. Apparently, Ribs was offering weekend breakfast menu which features their Ribs Breakfast Special.

For RM 19.50, the set consists of choice of eggs, grilled tomatoes, mushrooms, sausages,bacon and baked beans. If you ask me, the price ain’t cheap for a breakfast meal but I was quite satisfied with the overall food.

The breakfast set also came with toast bread which goes well with the baked beans.

Of course, what would a Western breakfast be without the bacon? It was nicely cooked, tasted nice and goes well with the rest of the stuff on the plate.

The grilled potatoes was slightly burnt but then again, some people do prefer it that way. It was also salty (in a good way).

A top view of the breakfast set.

The set menu also came with free refill of tea or coffee.

I also ordered two half boiled eggs (RM 3.00) which I dipped the breads onto it. I would prefer the eggs to be slightly less cooked.

Overall, Ribs is a nice place to have a decent Western breakfast meal. However, the price was rather expensive though they do have other offerings such as Nasi Lemak or Fried Beehoon. Do check out their breakfast menu here.

Ribs @ Oasis Restaurant
2 Tengkat Bandar Utama
1-1 BU4 Oasis Complex
47800 Petaling Jaya
Selangor Darul Ehsan
Tel: 03-7729 8921
Website: http://ribs-oasis.webs.com/

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Heaven Cafe @ Ara Damansara

14 10 2010

Being a new restaurant at Ara Damansara, Heaven Cafe has recently introduced set lunch in a bid to capture the afternoon crowd. The set lunch costs RM 6.90 which comes with a free drink. Not bad considering they are offering western food which can be quite expensive in some other restaurants.

Each day, they will pick one dish as their promotional set lunch. We went there on Tuesday and had the Chicken Sausage Pasta. The inclusion of fries was something I didn’t expect but nevertheless helped fill the stomach.

The sliced chicken sausage tasted like how it should. No surprises here.

The spaghetti sauce is slightly sourish which wasn’t a bad thing.

Overall for RM 6.90, I would say it is cheap.

If you happened to be around Ara Damansara, do give Heaven Cafe a try. At Rm 6.90 for set lunch, I doubt you can find a deal better than this.

Heaven Cafe
No. 137-G, Jalan PJU1/41B
NZX Commercial Centre
47301 Ara Damansara
Petaling Jaya
Selangor Darul Ehsan

Tel: 017-396 4896 / 019-321 3288

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Bandung Trip

12 10 2010

It is finally time to do a short review on my Bandung trip. Instead of writing a chronological event from the time I boarded the plane till I landed home, I thought it would be a nice idea to highlight the pictures that I had taken with a short description behind it. I always like how The Big Picture website presents their pictures with a strong narrative for each of them. While I am nowhere near their photography skill, here are some of the shots that I had taken from my recent Bandung trip.

1. A pair of Javanese Dolls which represents Lord Rama and Goddess Sita were seen at the front counter of Hotel Cihampelas. Both Rama and Sita were principle characters in the epic story of Ramayana, which is a well known Hindu poetry and literature. Dolls like these are found everywhere in Bandung with some of them varying in colours and features.

2. The Valley – Bistro Cafe and Resort was built on the hill top which offers customers a panoramic view of the Bandung city during evening time from the hill. The tables are decorated with small lights which gives a romantic feel during dusk. A waiter was seen lighting up the small oil lamps which were later placed on each table.

3. Another view of The Valley with tables arranged next to the balcony. It is really impressive to find such an up-class dining restaurant in Bandung.

4. Custard puffs were served with a miniature umbrella which gives a nice touch to the food presentation.

5. The oil lamp on the table provides a nice warm ambiance against the blue backdrop. In Bandung, the sky gets dark around 5 p.m.

6. One of main highlights in Bandung is shopping. Factory outlets are abundant selling branded items such as Armani, Guess, Tommy Hilfiger and etc. However, not all of them are genuine as a handful of them are considered second or third grade imitations. Seen here are Dunhill ties at The Secret factory outlet.

7. Clothes typically cost around RP 30,000 – RP 150,000. The most reputable factory outlet is known as Rumah Mode (pronouced: Moh-Duh). Cameras are strictly not permitted inside most factory outlets. This shot was taken just seconds before the security guard requested my camera to be kept inside the bag.

8. Other brands such as Baby Milo is also available. This shot was taken at The Secrets which is another well known factory outlet.

9. Toyota is a very popular car brand in Bandung. Ironically, the Innova range of MPV is known as ‘Kijang’ which means ‘Deer’.

10. The Air Asia flight from Kuala Lumpur to Bandung took around 2 hours. At 40,000 feet above sea level, the clouds as seen from the window seat was truly breathtaking.

11. Air Asia now flies to Bandung every day. The air fare costs around RM 333 for a two-way trip.

12. Street side stalls were aplenty in Bandung. Just about every roads in Bandung city are filled with make shift stalls selling food or merchandise.

13. Tourists are seen walking down the path at Tangkuban Perahu which is an active volcano 30km north of the Bandung City. Stalls selling various merchandises are seen on both side of the path.

14. An old lady was selling barbecued corns at Tangkuban Perahu. With the cold temperature below 20 degrees Celsius at the highland area, a hot piece of corn was certainly a nice welcome.

15. Bandung has many local skilled craftsmanship. This man was seen sculpting from a piece of wood with a machete.

16. A pair of wooden ducks, sculptured from a piece of wood were selling for RP 30,000.

17. These wooden heads were skillfully crafted and sold at Tangkuban Perahu.

18. Keychains, apparently made from volcanic rock were selling for RP 15,000 per piece. These keychains are reputedly scratched proof.

19. Mie Baso is a well known dish in Bandung. Using the noodle from instant noodle packets, it is cooked with bean sprout, meat balls, fried shallots and vegetables.

20. At Tangkuban Perahu, each bowl of Mie Baso costs around RP 10,000. Depending on the stall, it could be cheaper. Despite the simple looking meal, it was nevertheless very appetizing.

21. A huge spider was spotted weaving its web at a Buddhist temple near to Sapulidi.

22. Pak Ude operates a stall at the foothill of White Ciater. He specialises in selling ‘goreng-gorengan’ which are basically fried fritters and fried tofu. According to him, the locals enjoy eating fried tofu with cili padi (bird’s eye chili).

23. The tofu are freshly fried thus ensuring that they are crispy despite the cold temperature.

24. Jalan Cibadayut, or more popularly known as the shoe street at Southern Bandung sells shoes of all sorts and sizes. From hiking shoes to casual wears, these shoes are sold at a bargain price.

24. Constant heavy traffic is seen along the Cibaduyut street. Taxis are called ‘Angkutan Kota’ in Bandung which is basically a truck with passengers seated at the rear.

25. Naruto, a popular Japanese anime character is very famous in Bandung. Just about every road side stall has miniature Naruto characters for sale.

26. A man is seen selling Bandung t-shirts besides the street of Cibaduyut. For some strange reason, the Volkswagen Beetle is often imprinted on Bandung t-shirts.

27. A boy was seen standing at beside a house at along the alley just off the main street of Cibaduyut.

28. A group of kids who were playing ‘flying slippers’ were excited upon seeing my camera. They quickly rushed towards and posed in front of me.

29. Oleh-oleh (souvenir snacks) is very popular in Bandung. They are deep fried using oil in a circular stone stove.

30. An old man cycling with only one hand along the busy street of Cibaduyut whilst holding a bird cage. Ironically, there was a safety banner just across the street.

31. A young boy sitting inside Angkutan Kota was peeping outside the window.

32. Trishaw pullers are a rare sight in Bandung. This puller was seen relaxing in his own trishaw while waiting for the next customer.

33. There are certainly plenty of food to choose from in Bandung. One of the most famous Nasi Padang restaurant is Rumah Garuda. Every dish served on the table will be counted based on consumption.

34. Nasi Padang dishes also include exotic delicacies such as skewered cow tongue.

35. One of the most highly recommended place is eat is Rumah Makan Dago which cooks Sundanese food. Rumah Dago is located at Ir. H Juanda 127, Bandung, Jawa Barat.

36. Sapulidi which is a restaurant built on top of a vast paddy field offers a delectable range of local cuisine. Bandung also has their version of salad known as ‘Gado gado’. In Malaysia, we usually term it as Rojak.

37. Fish is a staple food for the local people. Seafood are generally fresh as there are abundant of supplies around the Jawa island.

38. Ondel-ondel is popular show in Indonesia which depicts ancestor protecting the safety of the village and everything in it. Red face ondel-ondel symbolises male while white face presents female.

39. A group of handcrafted Ondel-ondel dolls were selling for RP 25,000 each at a local souvenir shop.

40. Some of the bigger handcrafted Ondel-ondel dolls were selling for RP 65,000 each.

41. Minature music instruments are also popular souvenir items among tourists.

42. Hand made replica of electric guitars used by popular rock band such as Gun’s N’ Roses, Led Zeppelin, Metallica and etc. were selling at stalls at Tangkuban Perahu.

43. Along the road from Bandung towards Lembang, there were many pineapple stalls. These sellers skillfully cut the pineapple and place the slices inside the plastic bag for consumption.

44. The pineapple sold at the street are very sweet as can be seen from the bees on the fruit.

45. Cihampelas street or otherwise known as Jeans street is populated with factory outlets with superheroes icons at the front of their shop.

46. A closer look at Spider-man from the main road.

47. There were also some other famous movie icons such as Tarzan and Rambo.

48. This sewing machine is used for clothes altering.

49. Ultraman is looking after the food stall in front of the Superhero factory outlet.

50. A father with his son was being ‘watched over’ by the Terminator in front of the Superhero outlet.

51. J.Co which is a popular donut outlet in Malaysia is seen in a shopping mall called Cihampelas Walk. Apparently, yogurt is quite popular in Bandung and J.Co has capitalized on it by offering their fruit yogurt.

52. J.Co serviettes were creatively printed with ideas to be jotted down in case inspiration came up while eating their food.

53. A wedding shoot was done along the Al Fresco street at Cihampelas Walk. The groom was having some lighter moments with his chihuahua which he had brought along for the wedding shoot.

54. Cihampelas Walk is a modern shopping mall filled with many contemporary dining outlets. The mall had recently gone through some upgrading works to cater for the shoppers.

55. Customize bags selling for RP 150,000 each were seen displaying on the wall rack at a shop near to Cihampelas Walk. There was only one shop in Bandung city that sell such bags.

56. Amazingly, customize bags like these are made from just an old sewing machine. One of them has just be completed as can be seen on top of the red shelves.

57. A big gorilla signboard teasing the onlookers with its butt.

58. An old man pushing his wooden cart along the Cihampelas street. Business was brisk on that sunny day as many customers were buying ice-cream from him.

59. A wooden doll depicting Lord Rama was sold at a stall facing Situ Patenggang lake. According to myth, there was a love story between the prince and princess which resulted in the lake water filled with their tears.








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