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10 May, 2012

The Palm Court

Posted by: Wen Ching In: Dessert|United Kingdom

As we mentioned in our previous post, since it was our last few days in London, we decided to indulge in a fancy treat before we came back to Malaysia. Having afternoon tea was one of our to-do things in our list. We did a bit of research on the internet and found The Palm Court which was part of The Park Lane Hotel. Since it was available for booking, we decided to visit this place.

Interior, The Palm Court
The Palm Court was beautiful. The art deco lounge was elegant and sophisticated. There was a harpist who played the harp throughout our dining session. The ambiance was perfect.

Sandwiches and Savouries, The Palm Court
We decided to go with their Summer Perrier Jouet Afternoon Tea. It was priced at £41 per person excluding champagne. We started the afternoon tea with a selection of sandwiches and savouries. We had Smoked Chicken, Watercress and Tarragon with Salad Cream, English Brie with Gooseberry Chutney, Egg and Cress with Crème fraiche, Honey and Mustard Roast Ham with Wild Rocket and Roast Salmon, Cucumber and Dill Mayonnaise. Suffice to say that all of them were very good and we enjoyed the sandwiches a lot.

Summer Perrier Jouet Afternoon Tea, The Palm Court
After that, our scones and desserts were served in a two-tier stand which was brought to us after we finished our sandwiches. The bottom tier consisted of seasonal scones which were served with Perrier Jouet Strawberry Jam and Devonshire Clotted Cream. The scones were very fresh and delicious, excellent when eaten with the exquisite strawberry jam and clotted cream, we were very satisfied with it! On the upper tier we had two Eton Mess, Peach, Almond and Vanilla Tart. The desserts were very good overall, we loved all of them!

Desserts, The Palm Court
Other than the food served before, we were also offered to choose additional desserts from their dessert tray. We picked a Chocolate Almond Cake, a Pistachio and Almond Cake and a Vanilla Panna Cotta with Peach. Our favourite was the Pistachio and Almond Cake, the top was sweet and creamy while the cake was light and fluffy, it was a winning combination which won our heart!

Flowering Red Amaranth, The Palm Court
Also included in the Summer Perrier Jouet Afternoon Tea was two serving of teas from their selection of loose teas. Pictured above was the Flowering Red Amaranth from the oriental tea selection. The presentation of the tea was fantastic, it was served in a transparent teapot where the hand-tied green tea wrapped around an Amaranth flower can be seen. It tasted very good as well, light and infused with the fragrance of green tea. My better half had the Moroccan Mint Tea which was refreshing and reviving. Their teas were very good overall.

Souvenir, The Palm Court
As stated in the menu, the Summer Perrier Jouet Afternoon Tea also includes a palm court gift. At the end of our tea session, we were given two teacups as a souvenir. Happily receiving the gift, we brought them back to Malaysia. For more information about The Palm Court, please visit their official website.

Regent's Park
After the fulfilling meal, we decided to have a walk in the park. Since we already been to Hyde Park a couple of times, we decided to visit Regent’s Park instead.

Regent's Park
These photos were taken in the park itself and it was a nice stroll in the evening during summer time when the weather wasn’t cold.

Regent's Park
We visited Queen Mary’s Gardens and the park was beautifully decorated with blooming flowers. There was also a garden café and an open-air theatre in the park.

Regent's Park
We had a great time in the park, it was something that we miss a lot in the UK.

Restaurant Information
The Park Lane Hotel
The Palm Court
Piccadilly
London W1J 7BX
United Kingdom.
Tel: 020 7290 7328

07 May, 2012

The Maze Grill

Posted by: Wen Ching In: United Kingdom|Western Food

We divert now to a few establishments in London which we visited back in August. It was our last visit to London before our flight back to Kuala Lumpur, so we wanted to make the most of it!

Pierre Hermé macarons, The Maze
Whilst walking through Selfridges, we took the opportunity to purchase some Pierre Hermé macarons which we know to be good. On this occasion, we had a box of 7 macarons for £15 and consisting of, from left to right: Lemon, Licorice & Violet, Coffee, Apricot & Pistachio, Rose, Milk Chocolate & Passion Fruit and Pistachio. Our favourites were definitely the Milk Chocolate & Passion Fruit and Pistachio. Rest assured, one can never go wrong with these macarons!

Entrance, The Maze
Dinner that night was at Gordon Ramsay’s Maze Grill. We’ve wanted to visit a Gordon Ramsay restaurant for quite some time already, so we decided to have something a little fancy which we aren’t able to find back in Malaysia.

Interior, The Maze
Although one of the cheaper variants of his restaurants, the Maze Grill was still fancy and elegant with the waiting staff polite and very helpful.

Steak, The Maze
They specialised in steak here and the selection was top notch. Our waiter introduced the various types of meat they had and explained how each one would be like. The selection ranged from a cheaper (relatively) Aberdeen Angus grass-fed steak, aged 28 days to the expensive Wagyu ‘9th Grade’ Gold Style steak.

Bread and Butter, The Maze
Having placed our order, we were served some bread to start off with. We could tell that it was freshly baked. It was very good and did well to whet our appetite.

Chilled Gazpacho Soup, The Maze
To try a wider range of items, we got a 3-course dinner set priced at £24 from which we were able to select one of three item per category in the Set Menu. We started off with a Chilled Gazpacho Soup. It was served cold and had an acidic taste from the tomatoes in the soup, along with a touch of herbs which lent it an added dimension. We found it very appetising and enjoyable!

Confit Pork, Smoked Aubergine and Bok Choi, The Maze
The main course of the dinner set was Confit Pork, Smoked Aubergine and Bok Choi. We found the pork belly to be too fat to our liking and we would’ve preferred it with a better balance. However, the flavour of the pork itself was good.

Maze Grill Summer Pudding, The Maze
As for the set dessert, we chose to have the Maze Grill Summer Pudding. A blend of berries surround a spongey pudding, this was something unique to us. We found it to be just alright.

Creekstone Prime USDA Corn-Fed Rib Eye, The Maze
The star of the night was the steak. We ordered the mid-range Creekstone Prime USDA Corn-Fed Rib Eye, priced at £43. It was definitely pricey, but totally worth it! The steak was succulent and infused with flavour. It had an amazing texture when bitten into and was a joy to consume. We were glad to be able to try such a quality steak on one of our last days in the UK.

Biscuits, The Maze
Upon paying the bill at the end of the meal, we were served with some biscuits. The biscuits were sweet and crunchy and we thought it was a nice touch to round off a good experience.

Our dinner at Gordon Ramsay’s Maze Grill was enjoyable as a whole. It isn’t suitable for those on a budget, but we wanted to treat ourselves on our last trip to London before flying back to Malaysia. The steak was definitely worth every penny and it is no wonder why it is their specialty! We found that the steak was good and probably the wiser choice to order from the menu compared to the rest of the ala carte selection. For more information and bookings, do visit their website.

Restaurant Information
10 – 13 Grosvenor Square
London
W1K 6JP
United Kingdom.
Tel: 020 74952211

03 May, 2012

Yamagoya Ramen (山小屋)


Posted by: Wen Ching In: Japanese Food

We read a newspaper article about Yamagoya Ramen recently and we decided to visit them since we love exploring new food places all the time. After reading a couple of food blogs, we learnt that Yamagoya Ramen in Solaris Dutamas is the first branch of this famous chain from Kyushu, Japan, with over 140 franchised outlets in Japan.

Yamagoya Ramen, Kuala Lumpur
Located in Solaris Dutamas, we generally find that restaurants here are rather difficult to locate, the directory was not updated and it was fairly difficult to navigate, nevertheless, we found the place after exploring the mall for a while.

Interior, Yamagoya Ramen
The restaurant was clean and cozy, decorated with traditional Japanese calligraphy.

Ramen Machines, Yamagoya Ramen
Near the entrance of the restaurant, the machines which were used to produce the ramen can be seen through a transparent glass display. Ramen are made and served fresh in the restaurant.

Gyoza, Yamagoya Ramen
Their menu was rather simple and mainly focused on ramen. We started our dinner with a plate of Gyoza (焼きギョウザ). Priced at RM11, the fried dumpling was served with vinegar and it was fresh and juicy. It was a good start to the meal!

Mukashi Special Ramen, Yamagoya Ramen
Priced at RM24, we had a bowl of Mukashi Special Ramen (昭和ラーメン) since it was one of their most famous dishes. We had a sip of the soup and we knew it was going to be good. The tonkotsu broth was delicious, it was creamy, milky and very flavourful! The bowl of noodles was filled with slices of Char Siu, bamboo shoots, beansprouts, ear fungus, spring onions and semi-hard boiled egg. The ramen itself was flavourful, eaten with the treasures served with the noodles, it was excellent! Also, we loved the soy sauced egg, Yamagoya’s was exceptionally good that we almost wanted to order more separately.

Spicy Tobanjan Ramen, Yamagoya Ramen
We also had the Spicy Tobanjan Ramen (激辛ラーメン) for RM22. Slightly similar to Mukashi Ramen Special, it was served Char Siu, bean sprouts, ear fungus and spring onions. We also had a separate plate of Spicy Tobanjan sauce where we mixed with the soup. The broth turned red and it had a spicy kick to it, it was very good, we loved the ramen a lot!

Overall, we were very impressed with the standards of their ramen. We thought it was as good as Santouka Ramen in Pavilion. If you’re looking for authentic Japanese ramen, this would be the right place for you!

Restaurant Information
A2-G2-8, Solaris Dutamas,
No.1, Jalan Dutamas 1,
50480 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-6206 2220

30 Apr, 2012

Indulge Café

Posted by: Wen Ching In: Dessert

Not too long ago, we were wandering around the Kuchai Lama area looking for dessert when we noticed a sign for Indulge Café advertising mille crêpes. It sparked our interest, so we decided to give it a try.

Interior, Indulge Café
The café was casual and simple. Looking at the menu, we found that they also served savoury items as mains ranging from Western style pasta to Asian style noodles. As tempting as it was, we already ate that day and we were just looking for dessert.

Original Mille Crêpe, Indulge Café
We had one slice of the Original Mille Crêpe. Priced at RM7.90 per slice, we found it to be very good! The cream was not overly sweet and the Mille Crêpe had a smooth texture due to the soft individual layers having combined with the vanilla-flavoured cream.

Black Sesame Mille Crêpe, Indulge Café
We also tried the Black Sesame Mille Crêpe for RM8.50. It was as good as the Original, but with a sesame flavour instead. However, we still find the Original Mille Crêpe to be the best one there!

Matcha Latte Mille Crêpe, Indulge Café
The Matcha Latte Mille Crêpe caught our attention as well. Priced at RM8.50, we enjoyed this slice of green tea Mille Crêpe as much as we enjoyed the other flavours. Green tea lovers would definitely love this!

Café Latte, Indulge Café
Of course, dessert wouldn’t be complete without something to wash it down. So we ordered a Café Latte for RM6.90.

Indulge Café was a surprisingly good discovery on our part. Never did we think we’d find something comparable to Nadeje in Kuala Lumpur, but it seems like we have! And it’s very close to us as well! For more information, check out their Facebook page.

Café Information
A-0-11, Kuchai Business Park
No. 2 Jalan 1/127
Off Jalan Kuchai Lama
58200 Kuala Lumpur
.
Tel: 03 – 79840866

26 Apr, 2012

Restoran Fatty Crab (肥佬蚧海鲜楼)

Posted by: Wen Ching In: Chinese Food

We have long heard about this renowned seafood restaurant for quite some time. A while ago, we decided to visit this place on a Saturday evening for dinner. Located in Taman Megah on the same row as Bakery Joy, we found the restaurant easily.

Interior, Restoran Fatty Crab
Unfortunately on our first visit, we arrived late at 8pm, which was peak dinnertime. The queue was insanely long and we figured that we will come back another time, earlier. So on our second attempt, we came early at 5.30pm and settled comfortably in one of their seats.

Chicken Wings, Restoran Fatty Crab
Fatty Crab has a very limited menu, and they are all listed on their board, which was hung on the wall of the restaurant. They serve chicken wings and satay, both were cooked in the area where the patrons are seated. Pictured above is the chicken wings freshly cooked by them.

Satay Counter, Restoran Fatty Crab
The satay counter was busy as well. It served as a good snack while waiting for the mains to arrive. They offered both chicken and beef satay, but we only had chicken since I do not take beef.

Chicken Wings, Restoran Fatty Crab
Priced at RM2.20 each, we had four pieces of chicken wings to begin our dinner with. Served with chilli dipping sauce, the chicken wings were fresh and good, it was crispy on the outside while still juicy on the inside. We enjoyed snacking on them!

Chicken Satay, Restoran Fatty Crab
The satay on the other hand, was priced at RM0.80 per stick. It was good and decent, but nothing extraordinary. Nevertheless a good snack while waiting for the crabs to be served.

Sweet and Sour Chilli Crab, Restoran Fatty Crab
Despite being busy and packed with countless customers, service was speedy and food was served rather quickly. Fatty Crab serves crabs in two types of cooking methods – Steamed Crab and Sweet and Sour Chilli Crab. The crabs were priced at RM36 per 600 grams and the minimum order was 900 grams per table. We opted for the latter as we prefer spicy food, as most of our readers already know. The crabs were fresh and soft, while the shell was hard to peel, it was worth the hard work as they were delicious! The best part was the sauce, it was sweet and sour mainly, slightly spicy and full of flavour.

Toasted Bread, Restoran Fatty Crab
The sauce was good for dipping with their Toasted Bread. Priced at RM0.30 per piece, we loved eating the bread with the crab sauce, it was so good that we ordered more bread!

Fried Rice, Restoran Fatty Crab
Priced at RM5 for two, we also had their Fried Rice. Their fried rice was light and fluffy, eaten with the seafood crab sauce, it was excellent!

Overall, we had a pleasant dining experience in Fatty Crab. The food was good and we will go back for more! However, it will be safer to either go earlier or make a reservation to avoid the queue.

Restaurant Information
No. 2 Jalan SS24/13
Taman Megah
47301 Petaling Jaya.
Tel: 03-7804 5758

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