Frontera Sol of Mexico @ Jaya One

5 09 2011

A few days ago, I was invited to participate in a food review session at Frontera Sol of Mexico which serves authentic Mexican and Tex-Mex cuisine.

Apparently, the restaurant has decided to organise a food review session with a few bloggers to give feedback on their new dishes before launching their revised menu on the 26th September 2011. During review session, each blogger, including yours truly was asked to randomly pick a dish and give comments on how it fared. Bloggers will also get to decide what goes and what stays in the menu by inviting their friends to vote on the Frontera Facebook Page.

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All of us were given a starter which consists of two soups, namely the Tortilla Chicken Soup and Chipotle & Mushroom Soup.

The Tortilla Chicken Soup is a traditional lightly spiced chicken soup with tomatoes and onions, garnished with tortilla strips, cheese and cilantro. I enjoyed eating the slices of tortilla strips which was wrapped with cheese. Taste wise, it was a good, hearty soup and will certainly delight soup lovers. Love the creamy texture.

The Chipotle & Mushroom Soup was described as a mildly spicy chipotle chili and button mushroom clear soup. However, mild was the last word in my mind as I coughed quite a fair bit when the soup hit my throat after the first sip.

Although I didn’t like it initially, I gave the soup a few more tries and surprisingly, the taste of chipotle (which is actually smoked dried jalapeno) started to grew on me. The best way to describe the soup would be an acquired taste which taste better after a few more sips.

And here were my written comments (with ugly handwriting) ….

I also enjoyed dipping the nachos into the Chili Con Queso which is a Tejas-styled cheese dip made from American cheese, cheddar cheese & tomatoes.

Next up was the main course which was chosen randomly. I got the Texas Bacon Cheeseburger which sounded really exciting. The burger came with 200g of pure beef patty topped with lettuce, onions, tomatoes, dill pickles, melted American cheese & beef bacon.

The bacon was nicely cooked and the cheese was thick and flavoursome. The vegetables were crisp and fresh. My only gripe was the patty itself which was overly cooked. I was told by Mr Ramesh Vadiveloo, the manager of Frontera that the patty was char-grilled and as a result, the outer meat texture looked rather black-ish. However, he took my feedback positively and promptly asked the chef to redo the same dish again. The replacement burger was much better as the texture was evenly cooked. Still, I would prefer the burger to be a bit more moist and juicy. If Frontera could do that, they will definitely have a winner here.

Here are some of the additional pictures taken…

My other half took the Texas BBQ burger looked almost the same as the Texas Bacon Cheeseburger with the additional glazed with BBQ sauce on the beef patty and also onion rings.

The onion rings on top of the patty was a nice creative twist. Thumbs up for the food presentation.

Again there was nothing much to fault other than the dried patty which I mentioned earlier. (Again, it was replaced with a better grilled patty). Portion wise, the meal was great and the rest of the ingredients were fresh.

The proper way of eating the burger is to put the top half of the bun on top of the patty and onion rings. Be prepared to open your mouth really big as the burger is certainly huge.

And being true to its Tex-Mex origins, fries are served with jalapeno coleslaw.

This was how the burger looks like after taking a huge bite.

Finally it was dessert time and I got to eat try Black Label Sundae.

Initially I thought that the sundae was mixed with whiskey as implied by its name, but it was actually a chocolate chipotle brownies topped with Mexican caramel, vanilla ice cream, hot fudge, whipped cream and cherry.

The whipped cream has a nice milky taste to it while the chunks of chocolate brownies at the bottom of the glass which was otherwise bitter became soft and sweeter after being soaked with the melted ice-cream for a short while. This is definitely a welcome dessert after a hot spicy meal.

Overall, it was an enjoyable food review session. I am sure that if Frontera tweak their new cuisines just a little bit more, they would definitely be great additions to their new menu. I would also like to thank Ramesh Vadiveloo, the manager of Frontera for his great hospitality throughout the food review session.

Frontera Sol of Mexico
No. 18-G-2, Jaya One
72A, Jalan Universiti
46200 Petaling Jaya
Selangor Darul Ehsan

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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


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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

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