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14 Jun, 2012

Menya Musashi (麺屋武蔵)


Posted by: Wen Ching In: Japanese Food

As mentioned in our previous post, we returned to Eat Paradise in Isetan One Utama to try the ramen place located next to Hokkaido Gantetsu Ramen.

Interior, Menya Musashi
On a Friday evening, Menya Musashi was crowded with patrons. However, despite the crowd, the queue was rather fast and service was very fast and efficient.

Interior, Menya Musashi
We sat at the bar area as it was the fastest option to get a seat for two, and we were starving at that time.

Counter seats, Menya Musashi
While dining in the restaurant, we can hear the staff and chefs greeting the patrons and they were very enthusiastic while working, the atmosphere was lively and energetic, which was quite nice!

Interior, Menya Musashi
The table seats were mainly reserved for the larger groups. Smaller groups can also queue up for table seats, however it will take longer.

Takana Gohan, Menya Musashi
As mentioned earlier, we were really hungry on that evening and decided to order a rice dish as a side. Admittedly it was rather unusual to have rice as a side dish but the Takana Gohan (高菜ご飯) that we ordered was quite good. Priced at RM7, the salted pickled vegetable with rice was rather appetising. However, some might find the vegetable slightly salty.

Musashi Ramen, Menya Musashi
The star of the day was the Musashi Ramen (武蔵らー麺) priced at RM26. We had a choice of onion flavoured oil, special oil which comprises of fried shallots and garlic oil or home made Musashi chili oil. As spicy food lovers, we opted for the Musashi chili oil. The Ramen was served with two huge pieces of Chashu, bamboo shoots and a half boiled egg.

Musashi Ramen, Menya Musashi
At the instance when we tasted the soup of the Ramen, we knew it was going to be good. It was the best among all Ramen places we have been so far, beating Yamagoya Ramen, Hokkaido Gantetsu Ramen, Hokkaido Santouka Ramen and Marutama Ramen. Although slightly oilier than the rest, the soup was very flavourful and the noodles were very thick and springy. Their Chashu and egg were not as good as Yamagoya. However, we thought they have the best soup and ramen altogether.

Ajitaman Tsukemen,  Menya Musashi
We also had a Ajitama Tsukemen (味玉つけ麺). Priced at RM25, the Tsukemen was served with two pieces of Chashu, bamboo shoots, an egg and a bowl of thick soup. The method of eating Tsukemen was similar to eating Cold Soba. Dip the Ramen into the thick soup and slurp it up from the bowl of soup. We enjoyed the Tsukemen a lot as well, and it was unique as they were the only Ramen place who offers Tsukemen.

A revisit is for sure and we highly recommend this place to all Japanese food lovers!

Restaurant Information
1 Utama Shopping Center,
Isetan 2nd Floor,
1 Lebuh Bandar Utama,
Bandar Utama  City Center,
Bandar Utama,
47800 Petaling Jaya,
Selangor Darul Ehsan.

11 Jun, 2012

Hokkaido Gantetsu Ramen

Posted by: Wen Ching In: Japanese Food

Being big fans of Japanese food and ramen, we went to the newly opened Isetan in One Utama to check the Eat Paradise area out. Two ramen restaurants were already opened at that time, and they were located next to each other. One of it was Menya Musashi Ramen and the other was Hokkaido Gantetsu Ramen. We randomly chose one to visit first as we know that we will be visiting the other one soon.

Interior, Hokkaido Gantetsu Ramen
We read from their menu that Gantetsu Ramen was originated from Hokkaido which was established in 1998. The restaurant focuses on using traditional recipe and ingredients such as miso, soya bean sauce and Japanese salt to create their “Great White Soup”. Differed from what we had in Yamagoya Ramen, which was pork bone soup based, Gantetsu Ramen’s was miso based.

Okonomiyaki Gyoza, Hokkaido Gantetsu Ramen
We had an Okonomiyaki Gyoza to start off with as we thought it was rather rare to see this in the menu. Priced at RM11.90, this dish was good but nothing too outstanding. The Gyoza was rather soft and moist on the inside while topped with Okonomiyaki sauce and Katsuobushi, or more commonly known as Bonito flakes. Nevertheless it was still a good snack to share.

Hokkaido Butter and Corn Miso, Hokkaido Gantetsu Ramen
Since the restaurant was well known for their miso soup, we ordered a Hokkaido Butter and Corn Miso to try. Priced at RM28.90, we found their serving to be slightly bigger than Yamagoya’s. The bowl of ramen was filled with corn, Char Siew, black ear fungus and a knob of butter and grated ginger. The soup was delicious, it was creamy but not too overwhelming whereas the Char Siew was thick and mouth-watering delicious. It was unique and of its own kind.

Hokkaido Tonkotsu Spicy Ramen, Hokkaido Gantetsu Ramen
Besides that, we also had a Hokkaido Tonkotsu Spicy Ramen for RM26.90. This bowl of ramen too, was rather delectable. The soup was rather spicy as we can taste the spiciness in it. A good option for those looking for something hot!

Hokkaido Tonkotsu Spicy Ramen, Hokkaido Gantetsu Ramen
Hokkaido Gantetsu Ramen was rather nice and springy. However, we preferred Yamagoya’s ramen as we thought it was tastier on its own.

Nevertheless this is still a fairly good ramen place if you fancy good ramen. We found their egg quite good as well, top it up with RM3 if you like semi hard boil eggs. Our next visit will definitely be Menya Musashi, we’ll keep you posted for more ramen soon!

Restaurant Information
1 Utama Shopping Center,
Isetan 2nd Floor, Lot G102, F101 & S101,
1 Lebuh Bandar Utama,
Bandar Utama  City Center,
Bandar Utama,
47800 Petaling Jaya,
Selangor Darul Ehsan.

08 Jun, 2012

Restoran Sri Nirwana Maju

Posted by: Wen Ching In: Indian Food

Sometimes when we are really hungry, there’s nothing more satisfying than a large serving of banana leaf rice. A long-time favourite of ours is Nirwana in Bangsar.

Restoran Sri Nirwana Maju
It will usually be crowded no matter what time it is, so waiting for a table is likely. There’s a reason why it’s crowded more often than not and that’s because the food is good! However, the trade-off is that service might not be the best around.

Banana Leaf Rice, Restoran Sri Nirwana Maju copy
The main appeal of Nirwana is the Banana Leaf rice. This vegetarian set came with rice, 3 types of vegetables and papadums. The Rasum (a South Indian soup) is an option which we quite fancy as well. There is a choice of drenching the rice with chicken curry, fish curry or dhal. Or a combination of those curries as well! We tend to stick with the chicken curry and the dhal, which we found to be excellent. The curry in Nirwana was flavourful and one of the best around. The 3 vegetables are random depending on the day, but the deep-fried bitter gourd (if they have it) is hands down our favourite!

Sotong Goreng (Fried Squid), Restoran Sri Nirwana Maju
Another firm favourite of ours is the Sotong Goreng / Fried Squid. Priced at RM10, each squid ring was coated in a mouth-watering marinade and batter and deep-fried to perfection. Its taste was top-notch from the medley of spices.

Mutton Curry, Restoran Sri Nirwana Maju
A regular order for us would also be the Mutton Curry. We could tell the curry was fragrant with many Indian spices and the mutton pieces were always tender and a joy to bite into. This was a good accompaniment to the otherwise vegetarian meal!

Sri Nirwana Maju is a hugely popular establishment in Bangsar and it is another place that we frequent. While the service can be a bit hit and miss at times, the good food makes up for this fact. Do check it out for some good mamak food and banana leaf rice!

Restaurant Information
43 Jalan Telawi 3
Bangsar Baru
59100 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03 – 2287 8445

04 Jun, 2012

S.Wine Café

Posted by: Wen Ching In: Malaysian Food|Western Food

We are fans of the BIG Group. We’ve been to Ben’s, Plan B, T Forty Two, Canoodling and Rice米aurant and we loved them all. This time around, we heard about S.Wine Café in Ben’s Independent Grocer in Publika and decided to pay them a visit.

S.Wine Café, Publika
Publika isn’t the easiest mall to navigate. However, Ben’s Independent Grocer was huge and it was hard to miss. We found S.Wine Café in the non-halal section of the food stall.

Interior, S.Wine Café
It was a weekend night and the restaurant was packed with patrons, we waited around 30 minutes before being called to our table. We took the opportunity to walk around the area and took photos instead.

Interior, S.Wine Café
The restaurant was loud and busy and the tables very arranged very close to each other. However, this is usually the price to pay for good food, no?

Iced Soya Milk with Grass Jelly, S.Wine Café
We had an Iced Soya Milk with Grass Jelly for RM9. I personally thought the grass jelly were a bit thin to my liking. However, my better half enjoyed the drink a lot.

Pulled Pork Chilli Fries with Melted Mozzarella Cheese, S.Wine Café
Despite the huge crowd in the restaurant, it didn’t take long until our food arrived. On top of two main dishes, we ordered a side to share. Priced at RM19.90, the Pulled Pork Chilli Fries with Melted Mozzarella Cheese was absolutely delicious. Crinkled fries were topped with Mexicana pulled pork, home made baked beans, melting mozzarella cheese and sour cream. Contrary to our expectation, it wasn’t a tad spicy at all. However, the fries were thick and delicious, even better when eaten with the thick layer of cheese, pork and sour cream. Definitely a nice snack to bite on!

Spicy Bacon & Mushrooms Pasta, S.Wine Café
The Spicy Bacon & Mushrooms Pasta arrived shortly after the fries. Priced at RM23.90, we found this pasta amazing! Olio styled spaghetti was tossed with chorizo, pancetta chunks, sautéed button mushrooms, arugula and chilli flakes. The end product was peppery spicy and tasty with a tinge of Chinese style cooking. Although the meat was on the dry side, the spaghetti was delicious overall, it was my favourite dish of the night!

Sloppy Piggy Burger with Mexicana Pulled Pork, S.Wine Café
My better half seemed to enjoy the Sloppy Piggy Burger with Mexicana Pulled Pork more. Also priced at RM23.90, the pork burger was slopped with Mexicana pulled pork on a brioche burger bun and was served with coleslaw and crinkled fries. The pork burger was mouth-wateringly delicious, the patty was thick and juicy while the bun was buttery and fluffy, and we loved the combination of the pulled pork which goes very well with the patty. Absolutely delicious, highly recommended to try!

Hainanese Pork Chops, S.Wine Café
On our second visit, we had the Hainanese Pork Chops which was recommended by many. Priced at RM26, we were absolutely satisfied with this pork chop drenched in tomato sauce with peas, corn and carrot topped with coriander and served on a bed of crinkled fries. The pork was soft and moist while the tomato sauce was very delicious and appetising! I personally prefer S.Wine’s version over Yut Kee’s version.

Pork Satay with Pineapple Peanut Sauce, S.Wine Café
Besides, we also tried their Pork Satay with Pineapple Peanut Sauce which was priced at RM24. The pork belly satay was served with home made peanut pineapple sauce, cucumber, onions and nasi impit. The pork satay was good, thick, juicy and very flavourful on its own. However, the peanut sauce lacked a spicy kick which we thought will make the satay taste even better.

Overall, S.Wine’s food serving was very good and generous and we were very full after dinner. Do check this place out if you love pork! There are endless pork dishes to choose from. We will definitely revisit!

Restaurant Information
Lot 1A, 83-95 Level UG1
Publika, Jalan Dutamas
1 Solaris Dutamas
50480 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-6209 1716

01 Jun, 2012

Baaji’s

Posted by: Wen Ching In: Dessert

Not too long ago, we received an invitation to sample some Middle Eastern pastries. Naturally, we simply couldn’t turn the opportunity away. As such, we joined up with Brought Up 2 Share, My Story and Food Point of Interest and off we headed to Baaji’s in 1 Mont Kiara.


Baaji's
Baaji’s is a new outlet in the 1 Mont Kiara Mall with mouthwatering pastries and delicacies, made with a variety of ingredients such as pistachios, almonds, cashew nuts and honey.

Interior, Baaji's
There was a vast array of products which are produced in-house, under strict hygienic procedures by Baaji’s chef who was brought down from the Middle East.

Assorted Pastries, Baaji's
Pictured above are just a few of the pastries that Baaji’s has to offer. No doubt that they look good indeed!

Pastries, Baaji's
The pastries at Baaji’s are all natural and healthy as no sugar is used. Instead, the sweetness of the pastries are completely provided from honey.

Pastries, Baaji's
While the pastries are nice, we personally would have preferred them to be sweeter. We are familiar with extremely sweet Middle Eastern pastries from the UK and from our travels, so while the healthier honey-based pastries have something different to offer, they are just not our cup of tea.

Nougat, Baaji's
Aside from pastries, various dates and nougats are also offered for sale. The nougats are imported from Italy and there is simply no shortage in terms of variety!

Pastries, Baaji's
Another appealing thing about Baaji’s is the fact that one can purchase a selection of their pastries as a gift. We were also told that it is common for people to ask that the pastries be catered for big events such as weddings and parties and Baaji’s would provide an appropriate container that would best present the pastries for the occasion.

Pastries, Baaji's
There are many appealing gift boxes to choose from in-store and the arrangement of the pastries inside the gift box is simply a sight to behold.

To conclude, we would like to thank Amir for the invitation to sample Baaji’s pastries. Baaji’s is one to look out for for a healthier alternative. For more information, do visit their Facebook page.

Outlet Information
L1-10, 1 Mont Kiara Mall
Mont Kiara
50480 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03 – 6211 0403

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