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28 Oct, 2012

The Brew Culture

Posted by: Wen Ching In: Café

On a rainy afternoon, I was having a drink with two of my best friends in The Brew Culture, one of the better coffee places in KL which I would like to recommend to my readers.

Interior, The Brew Culture
Located in Plaza Damas 3, the new building across Plaza Damas, The Brew Culture is reachable by crossing an overhead bridge from Hartamas Shopping Centre.

Interior, The Brew Culture
The interior was very relaxing and comfortable. Many decorative items were made of wood and recycled items, which I liked a lot. The café was also children friendly, there were board games for the young ones to play with.

Interior, The Brew Culture
There were also counter seats available in the café, facing the main road and also Plaza Damas.

Cappuccino, The Brew Culture
Ai Wei had a cup of Cappuccino which was priced at RM7. I took a sip, it was quite good indeed.

Café Latte, The Brew Culture
Another best friend of mine had the Café Latte which was priced at RM8, she was quite happy with her cup of coffee.

Matcha Cow Juice, The Brew Culture
As for me, I had a cup of Matcha Cow Juice since I have a low tolerance for caffeine. Priced at RM8, I found the Matcha Cow Juice extremely delicious, very milky but mild in matcha taste, suitable for those who like their drinks to be thick and creamy.

Homemade Lemon Cheese Cake, The Brew Culture
Even after lunch, there’s always space for dessert! And so we had a slice of TBC’s Home Made Lemon Cheese Cake for RM6.90. The cheese cake was light and nice, we finished it up in no time!

Oatmeal Cinnamon Raisin Craving Cookie, The Brew Culture
The cookies looked appealing to us as well, so we ordered one to share. Priced at RM4.50, the Oatmeal Cinnamon Raisin Craving Cookie was quite nice. It was soft in texture, mildly sweet and filled with oatmeal and raisins, simple and nice.

I’m glad to discover this place through my best friend. It was a hidden gem in Hartamas. Two thumbs up for their service as well, the owners were extremely friendly and nice to talk to. Do check it out if you like coffee or simply looking for a place to chill with friends. For more information, feel free to visit their Facebook page.

Café Information
B-01-06 Plaza Damas 3
Jalan Sri Hartamas 1
50480 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-2857 0181

22 Oct, 2012

Yakitori Do (焼き鳥道)

Posted by: Wen Ching In: Japanese Food

One of the good Japanese food places which opened until late in KL is Yakitori Do, a place where me and my colleagues frequent after work.

Interior, Yakitori Do
Located in Solaris Mont Kiara, the restaurant operates from 6pm to 2.30am from Monday to Saturday. The restaurant was stylishly designed and dimly lit, very comfortable to hang out for a drink.

Raw cabbage with mayonnaise, Yakitori Do
Patrons were served with this complimentary snack of raw cabbage with mayonnaise. Simple and healthy, I enjoyed snacking on it!

Lemon Sour Cocktail, Yakitori Do
For drinks, I had a glass of Lemon Sour Cocktail. Mixed with Shochu (焼酎), lemonade and soda, it was light and nice, one of my favourite Shochu cocktails of all time.

Negima and Sunagimo, Yakitori Do
As the name of the restaurant suggests, Yakitori Do serves Yakitori, Japanese skewered food. Priced at RM4.90 per stick, the Negima (ねぎま) and Sunagimo (砂肝) was delicious. The Negima, chicken and leek skewer, in my opinion, is not to be missed, it was grilled to perfection coupled with crunchy skin, a must try in Yakitori Do!

Butakushi Muroran Yakitori, Yakitori Do
Their pork skewer is also worth trying out if you’re a pork lover. Also priced at RM4.90 per stick, the Butakushi Muroran Yakitori (豚串室蘭風焼き鳥タレ) was absolutely delicious. The sweet sauce complemented the juicy pork very well, I loved it!

Tsukimi Tsukune, Yakitori Do
Also one of my favourites, the Tsukimi Tsukune (月見つくね) was highly recommended. Priced at RM5.90, the chicken meatball was served with a half boiled egg. The egg gave the meatball a smoother texture, very tasty indeed.

Mune Wasabi, Yakitori Do
The Mune Wasabi (わさび焼き) wasn’t my favourite though, simple reason being that I’m not a fan of wasabi.

Zucchini with Butter, Yakitori Do
Other than meat skeweres, Yakitori Do also offers a selection of grilled vegetables. My favourite would be the Zucchini with Butter (ズッキーニ). Priced at RM3.90, it was simple, moist and delicious.

Tomato with Cheese, Yakitori Do
Similarly priced at RM3.90 per skewer, the Tomato with Cheese (トマトチーズ焼き) skewer was simple but at its best. Juicy and slightly sour with cheese flakes on top, it was excellent.

Eggplant with Cheese, Yakitori Do
Served in a similar method as the Tomato with Cheese skewer, the Eggplant with Cheese (なす) was very good as well, check it out if you like aubergine as much as I do!

Eringi Mushroom, Yakitori Do
Priced at RM3.90, the Eringi Mushroom (エリンギ焼き) was also very nice and simple.

Grilled Potato with Mentaiko, Yakitori Do
Also worth mentioning was the Grilled Potato with Mentaiko (ジャガイモ明太子焼き) which was priced at RM3.90. The potato was nicely grilled, extremely tasty when eaten with their Mentaiko (cod fish roe) sauce. I would highly recommend my readers to try this out!

Mentaiko Cream Udon, Yakitori Do
By now I’m pretty sure my readers would know that I am a big eater. Since the skewers can’t fill my tummy up, I ordered a Mentaiko Cream Udon (明太子クリームうどん) to share. The pasta sauce was similar to the one used in the Grilled Potato with Mentaiko above, very rich and creamy, every bite was so sinful but delicious, best eaten when it was served warm!

Omusubi, Yakitori Do
I tried their Omusubi (おむすび) as well. Priced at RM4.90, there were three selections for the filling of this rice ball wrapped in Nori – Salmon, Mentaiko and Japanese Plum. I had the Mentaiko Omusubi. Yup, there’s no mistake that I like Mentaiko a lot. The Mentaiko Omusubi was simple and nice and it was what I called comfort food.

I really enjoy dining in this place, it’s an extra advantage that it opens until late everyday. As for drinks, Yakitori Do serves a variety of Sake, Shochu and Japanese beers. One of my favourite beers would be their Sapporo beer. Look out for their seasonal menu for more good food. For more information, please check out their Facebook page here!

Restaurant Information
19-1, First Floor
Jalan Solaris 4
Solaris Mont Kiara
50480 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-6204-9796

16 Oct, 2012

Senjyu Japanese Restaurant (千寿)

Posted by: Wen Ching In: Japanese Food

It was our first time trying out Senjyu recently even though we frequent Bangsar Village a lot.

Senjyu Japanese Restaurant, Bangsar
Located on the second floor of Bangsar Village II, Senjyu took over the previous location of Sakae Sushi.

Restaurant Interior, Senjyu Japanese Restaurant
The restaurant interior was rather impressive, dimly lit, quiet and comfortable.

Restaurant Interior, Senjyu Japanese Restaurant
Various types of Japanese Sake and Shochu on display.

Restaurant Interior, Senjyu Japanese Restaurant
The area where we were seated.

Spider Cheese Maki, Senjyu Japanese Restaurant
We had a Spider Cheese Maki (チーズ巻) to start our dinner with. Priced at RM22, the roll was wrapped with soft shell crab, cheese and flying fish roe. Fresh and delicious, we enjoyed it!

Senjyu Chirashi Don Zen, Senjyu Japanese Restaurant
As for our mains, we ordered the Senjyu Chirashi Don Zen (千寿ちらしどん膳) which was priced at RM38. The set consisted of a Chirashi Don (assorted sashimi on sushi rice), salad, Miso Soup, Japanese Tofu and a Chawanmushi. The Chirashi Don was good, the salmon and the tuna slices were fresh and serving was generous, we thought it was worth the price paid.

Japanese Tofu, Senjyu Japanese Restaurant
Photo above was the Japanese Tofu which came with the Senjyu Chirashi Don Zen, simple and nice.

Nabeyaki Udon to California Maki Zen, Senjyu Japanese Restaurant
We also had a Nabeyaki Udon To California Maki Zen (鍋焼きうどんとカリフオルニア巻膳). Priced at RM38, the set was served with Nabeyaki Udon, California Maki, salad, Miso Soup and Chawanmushi. The California Roll was fresh and healthy, no complains about it!

Nabeyaki Udon, Senjyu Japanese Restaurant
The Nabeyaki Udon was good as well, served with Tempura prawn, chicken, egg, fish cake and seaweed, the dish was simple and nice.

We had a pleasant dining experience in Senjyu and wouldn’t mind revisiting the restaurant again. The food was good and the price was reasonable given the fine ambience and the quality of the food. Do check it out if you like Japanese food!

Restaurant Information
2F-27 & 28,
2nd Floor,
Bangsar Village II
2, Jalan Telawi Satu
Bangsar Baru
59100 Kuala Lumpur
03-2287 1535

08 Oct, 2012

Wondermama

Posted by: Wen Ching In: Malaysian Food

While we may be a bit slow in conveying the news, one of the more recent eateries to open up in Bangsar Village would have to be Wondermama.

Wondermama
Located on the ground floor beside Plan B, Wondermama brings it’s take on Malaysian cuisine to the table.

Interior, Wondermama
Wondermama has a contemporary air to it, with a unique colour scheme as well.

Interior, Wondermama
It has been crowded on our past visits, but we managed to get a table without too much difficulty anyway.

Macha Latte, Wondermama
By way of drinks, we tried the Macha Latte. Priced at RM7 for the hot version, it was not sweet and had a good, strong green tea flavour to it.

Fusion Roti Bakar, Wondermama
This was the Fusion Roti Bakar with Garlic Butter, Kaya and Tobiko, priced at RM4.50. We found the balance between the sweet kaya and the savoury garlic butter to be perfect and we enjoyed this twist on the traditional Malaysian roti bakar to be very enjoyable.

Special Seafood Maggi Mee Goreng, Wondermama
As for the mains, we tried the Special Seafood Maggi Mee Goreng. This dish was priced at RM14.90 and was served with squid, salmon, prawn, egg, mixed vegetables and onions fried in Wondermama’s special homemade spicy sauce. This was surprisingly very good. We thought the noodles also had a pleasant “wok-hei” flavour to it. Our only complaint was that the portion of noodles could have been bigger.

Nasi Lemak 2.0, Wondermama
We also tried the Nasi Lemak 2.0 which was priced at RM16.90. The nasi lemak was served with sambal petai sotong, cucumber, nuts, anchovies, egg and a piece of Japanese-style fried chicken.

Nasi Lemak 2.0, Wondermama
We liked the fried chicken, but found the nasi lemak to be lacking overall. The sambal just wasn’t satisfying enough and we found the dish to be a little too elaborate.

Kampung Style Fried Rice, Wondermama
On another visit, we tried the Kampung Style Fried Rice. For RM15.90, the rice was fried with anchovies, petai, egg, long beans vegetable, chicken and beef bacon. We found it to be nice and fragrant. It was flavourful and rather enjoyable!

Chicken Katsu Burger, Wondermama
Wondermama has, in recent times, begun serving a variety of burgers with may be altered to suit Malaysian tastes. The one we tried here was the Chicken Katsu Burger which was a burger made up of a deep-fried chicken fillet, tomato, cucumber, lettuce, tartar sauce and tonkatsu sauce. It was priced at RM13.80.

Chicken Katsu Burger, Wondermama
However, one may choose to add additional toppings to any burger on the menu at a small fee. We were feeling adventurous that day and decided to add Kimchi and Birds Eye Chilli to our burger. The end result was an odd mixture which turned out very enjoyable. It had the right amount of spiciness to it and the slight sourness of the tonkatsu sauce made the burger very appetising!

Pisang de Goreng, Wondermama
By way of dessert, we had the Pisang de Goreng for RM6.90. Wondermama’s version of the classic deep-fried banana fritters came topped with whipped cream and ice-cream along with some marshmallows. I personally did not enjoy this much, but my better half found it to be very good.

Kuih, Wondermama
On our several visits to Wondermama back during the Raya festive season, we were served with some complimentary kuih as well. Nothing too spectacular, but we thought it was a nice gesture from the Wondermama management.

Overall, we don’t really have any major complaints about Wondermama. Their take on classic Malaysian dishes may be different from what we are used to, but it’s definitely worth a try. We’ve enjoyed ourselves at Wondermama with the exception of the Nasi Lemak, so it may be worth exploring!

Restaurant Information
G6, Ground Floor
Bangsar Village 1
No 1, Jalan Telawi Satu
Bangsar Baru
59100 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-2284 9821

01 Oct, 2012

Sin Kee Restaurant (新记(中西)餐厅)

Posted by: Wen Ching In: Chinese Food

When one of us used to work in KL Sentral, we discovered this restaurant through our colleagues who gave positive feedbacks about this Chinese restaurant. On a Saturday afternoon, I decided to bring my better half to visit this restaurant.

Sin Kee Restaurant, Brickfields
Sin Kee Restaurant has been around since 1969 and they have been serving authentic Hainanese food as well as Western dishes at reasonable price.

Mun Fan, Sin Kee Restaurant
My favourite dish at Sin Kee would be their Mun Fan (steamed rice). The presentation of the dish was unique, it was served on a plate with upturned bowl on it.

Mun Fan, Sin Kee Restaurant
Remove the bowl and you will find a mound of white rice drenched with rich gravy, pork slices, Chinese sausages, squids, prawns, vegetables and a piece of omelette in it. It was delicious to eat on its own, but even better when added with sliced red chillies! Definitely something that we will recommend you to try!

Hokkien Noodles, Sin Kee Restaurant
We also tried their Hokkien noodles which my better half enjoyed a lot. The portion, again, was generous and the noodles were aromatic and delicious!

The total bill came up to RM22.20 with two main dishes and two drinks, which we thought was reasonably priced. Sin Kee also serves a number of Western dishes which we have yet to try. We will definitely return for more good food at Sin Kee!

Restaurant Information
194 Jalan Tun Sambanthan
Brickfields
50470 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-2274 1872

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