Filling my Tummy @ Italian on Sixth, 6th floor Pavilion, Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur

>> Feb 26, 2010

The Restaurant has Closed for Good...


When dining at a friend's place the other day, I happened to stumble across this magazine that listed all the so called 'top restaurants' in Malaysia. Under the Italian category, I noticed this placed 'Italian on Sixth' in Pavilion. Since I happened to be in Pavilion for Chinese New Year shopping a couple of weeks ago, I stopped by Italian on Sixth for lunch.



Italian on Sixth

Although situated on the 6th floor of pavilion, the pricing seemed quite appropriate. Then again, pasta and pizza's can't be that expensive to start off with.

Anyway, as we were having 'lunch' at 3.30pm, I wasn't surprised to see that the place was empty except for another table nearby. Service was quite prompt as the staffs probably had nothing to do.

We went for a pizza, a pasta and a meat dish to share among 3 of us. We were served these complimentary cheese sticks that was supposed to be taken with olive oil and balsamic vinegar.



Cheese Sticks

Frankly, I didn't like the bread sticks at all. There were too hard and appeared to be pre-packed. I rather they had served us freshly baked bread or something along that line.



Pizza with Pancetta and Salami

Pancetta is sort off like an Italian version of bacon. The pizza was quite good. It was laden generously with lots of streaky chunks of fatty ham and salami. The pizza was priced at RM25.50.



Pork Ribs

The ribs were alright. They fell off the bone at the touch of the fork. The taste certainly didn't disappoint. However, it wasn't the best I've tasted in KL. However, I found the dish a little too sweet. I guess this is where personal preference comes in. The ribs were priced at RM40.



Spaghetti Agio Olio with Seafood

This is one of their highly recommended dish. The presentation for this dish was a winner. The spaghetti came wrapped up nicely like a goodies bag. The waiter/waitress would then slowly unseal the top of the nice bag to reveal its hidden treasures within. It was a shame to destroy that nice 'object'. The pasta was priced at RM40.

However, I would have to declare that the taste for this dish was only so-so. Okay, maybe I have high expectations as I can dish out a very good seafood aglio olio myself. Hence, I like to compare if a pasta of that sort was as good or better than mine.

To complete the meal, I went for the tiramisu. My personal opinion is that Tiramisu is the most basic dessert an Italian restaurant needs to master. After all, some people say the origins of tiramisu was from Siena (lots of people are laying claims to the invention of this dish).



Tiramisu

The tiramisu at this place was very good. It was presented so nicely on that plate that I was hesitant to cut it open to begin with. Anyway, I was quite satisfied with this dish. The tiramisu was RM16.50.

My conclusion is that Italian on Sixth would make a very good place to bring that special someone. Italian food is very popular among Malaysians. This place is not crazily expensive, create food that has a hell of a presentation and service is reasonable. I wouldn't mind coming back to this place again.


Restaurant Rating: 7.5/10 (I tend to rate Italian Restaurant a little harsher)
Pricing: About RM50 per person
Food Quality: 7/10
Ambience: 8/10
Service: 7/10
Pricing: quite appropriate

*Ratings are based on ambience, service, value and food quality for the price you're paying. Opinions expressed are solely based on my personal experience


Map to Pavilion

Address:
Italian on Sixth,
Lot 6.12, Level 6, Pavilion KL,
No. 168, Jalan Bukit Bintang,
55100 Kuala Lumpur,
Malaysia.

Contact:
Telephone number: 03 2144 2992
Fax Number: 03 2144 3992

Opening hours:
Open 11am-10pm daily

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Lunch @ Joy Cafe, Happy Garden, off Jalan Klang Lama, Kuala Lumpur

>> Feb 24, 2010

I went to this place at Happy Garden called Joy Cafe quite some time ago. Its situated on one of those shophouses on the right when one turns into happy garden. Put it this way, even a blind fella can find this place. (inside joke) sniggers at Wei Jin and Geoh Soon.

Anyway, Emi brought me to this place as she said that the nasi lemak was quite good. Parking could be a pain at times. However, if walking is no issue, finding a parking lot should be quite brisk then.



Joy Cafe

Joy Cafe has this nice clean interior, that gives you an impression that this is no random not so good yet not so crappy place that serves lots of different variety of food. The drink 'bar' is situated within viewable radius from all tables in the cafe. I notice that people like to see how their drinks/food is prepared.

Joy Cafe has a good variety of food, ranging from noodles to rice. They also had an extensive drinks menu. The specialty at this place, is their yoghurt and their yoghurt drinks. Their yoghurt is made daily. They have 5 types of yoghurt (rozalle, aloe vera, dark chocolate, soursop and wheat grass). They usually prepare 2 different flavours a day. I guess preparing all 5 everyday would be too time consuming.

Anyway, as we came for nasi lemak, we ordered a plate each. I also went for their wheat grass yoghurt drink whereas Emi had a glass of pineapple juice. I thought I made the wrong choice at first, but how wrong I was.



Wheat Grass Yoghurt Drink

The yoghurt tasted quite pleasant, with that nice wheat grass flavour (If you don't know how wheat grass taste like, I'm sorry but its quite hard to describe it to you). The wheat grass flavour wasn't too over powering. The drink wasn't too sweat. It had that nice balance of yoghurty flavour while at the same time, wasn't too thick. With one flavour turning out so nice, I can't help but imagine what the other 4 flavours would taste like. I would certainly like to give it a try in the near future. The yoghurt drink was priced at RM5 a glass.



Pure Pineapple Juice

Other than ice, there wasn't anything else added to the pineapple juice. From what I could see, the juice was quite thick before the ice dissolved in it. The juice was priced at RM5.90 if my memory served me right (it was somewhere around there anyway).



Nasi Lemak with Chicken Rendang

The nasi lemak had a very nice and fragrant smell. I would say, lots of coconut milk (santan) was used in the making of this dish, which could be a good but unhealthy thing. The rendang was reasonably good. Overall, this dish would certainly make a satisfactory meal. It might not have been the best nasi lemak I've tasted but it certainly was above average.

Note: I've heard from people that this place dishes out a very good beef brisket (ngao lam) as well.

All in all, I would say that Joy Cafe is a place worth dining at. I will be back to check out their various flavours of yoghurt drinks. This would certainly make a good place to 'yum cha' as well.


Restaurant Rating: 7.5/10
Pricing: About RM15 per person


*Ratings are based on ambience, service, value and food quality for the price you're paying. Opinions expressed are solely based on my personal experience



Map to Joy Cafe, Happy Gardens

Address:
Joy Cafe,
540 Jalan Riang 11,
Happy Garden,
58200 Kuala Lumpur.

Contact:
Telephone number: 012 268 1123

Opening hours:
Closed on Mondays.
Open 11am-10pm Tues to Sun

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Fried Pan Mee @ Lucy Stall, Happy Gardens, Off Jalan Kuchai Lama, Kuala Lumpur.

>> Feb 22, 2010

When I first heard about this place sometime last year, I got lost trying to find it. Apparently, this place is a house turned restaurant, hence the difficulty in finding it. This place has about 6 or 7 tables only. Sometimes, there will be a slight wait before you get to find a place.



Lucy Stall
(don't ask me why it isn't Lucy's Stall)

The food served at this place sort of have that home-cooked theme to it. I would say the food served here is healthy, but it clearly had that distinct 'not so much MSG taste'. We ordered a large plate of fried pan mee each and some sui kow as well.

NOTE: I would like to say that my compact camera didn't do justice to the food.



Fried Pan Mee

The fried pan mee at this place is unique compared to the dried version found at Kin Kin Pan Mee and SS19's Lian Heng. The pan mee came with lots of pork slices, some intestines, prawns, sayur manis, some shredded cabbage and fried ikan bilis. The noodles doesn't look so good but tasted quite good. Alright, I didn't think it was good at first. I was like 'wtf? So nice meh? so-so only', but had the urge to come eat this noodles again and again. It somehow tasted better every time I visited this place. **Wonders if they spike the food**. The large plate of noodles is priced at RM5.

NOTE: The special sambal belacan does wonders to this dish.

We also ordered a combination of fried and soup sui kow to share.



Fried Sui Kow



Sui Kow in a bowl of Soup

Priced at RM9 for 10 pieces, the home-made sui kow make quite a nice side order. The dumplings are filled with chopped up carrots, black fungus and mince meat, and then fried or boiled in ikan bilis stock. I prefered the unhealthy version which came with that nice crispy skin on the outside.

Anyway, this is one of those place I have that sudden urge to go eat at. Typing this post out just made me want to patron this place tomorrow. Only complaint I have is parking can be a pain. However, this place is definitely worth a try. Cheers!

Restaurant Rating: 7.5/10
Pricing: About RM10 per person


*Ratings are based on ambience, service, value and food quality for the price you're paying. Opinions expressed are solely based on my personal experience


Map to Lucy Stall, Fried Pan Mee Restaurant

Address:
341, Jalan Selesa Satu,
Taman Gembira,
off Jalan Kuchai Lama
Kuala Lumpur

Contact:
Telephone number: 012 223 9319

Opening hours:
5am-5pm. Closed on Wesnesdays.

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Dim Sum @ The Emperor, Grand Dorsett Subang (used to be known as Sheraton Subang), Subang Jaya

>> Feb 21, 2010

Sorry about the long hiatus. I was busy 'celebrating' Chinese New Year. Events that made this CNY a memorable one, some 'asshole' rammed my car while I was waiting for the traffic light to turn green. How someone can manage to hit a stationary car still amazes me. I guess there are retards driving on the road eh?

Another event would be that crazy stomach spasm that woke me up in the middle of the night due to 'food poisoning'. It was so pain that my uncle had to put in an IV line to administer anti-spasmodic and pain killer. So anyway, back to topic.

Whenever my father feels like eating dim sum on Sunday, I'll have to come The Emperor @ Sheraton Subang (currently taken over by Grand Dorsett Subang. I portray it as such a bad thing, when actually, the place isn't that bad itself. Sometimes, I'm just a little bored of visiting the same old place. I like pork, and this place only serves HALAL dim sum.

We started our meal with some of the fried / baked stuff.



Salad Prawns

Priced at RM12 a plate, the salad prawns eaten with a good dip of mayonnaise gives that nice cool crunchy feeling to one's palate. It is advisable to consume this dish while it is still warm and crunchy.



Deep Fried Prawn Roll with Cheese

Priced at RM12, this cheese prawn roll is just superb when consumed pipping hot. Careful not to burn your mouth on it. The melted cheese and succulent prawns wrapped with bean curd is just divine. I always had a thing for prawn and cheese.



Wu Kok

Stuff with yam and crispy on the outside, this dish has a good flavourful bite of meat in the inside. Priced at RM8 a plate, it sure is value for money. I would consider this to be one of the better wu kok around. Another good wu kok that I have tasted would be at SS3 pasar malam (every tuesday).



Egg Tart

Priced at RM7 for 3 pieces, this egg tart makes an excellent dessert. Although a tad bit pricey for just 3 pieces, I assure you that this egg tart is worth every bit spent on it. However, do note the egg tart is only nice when taken freshly baked.

We then proceeded to some of the steamed stuffed.



Siew Mai

It would have made a remarkable dish if the siew mai was made out of pork. I would only give it a so-so since it was chicken. It was one of the best chicken siew mai that I've eaten though. The siew mai was priced at RM10.



Har Gao (prawn dumplings)

Priced at RM11, the prawn dumplings fared better than the siew mai. The prawns were crunchy. As can be seen in the picture, the layer of 'skin' used to wrapped the prawns were so thin that it appears transculent. A good har gao can be determined on how fine the 'skin' of the har gao is. This dish didn't disappoint.



Char Siew Pau

This is one of the better chicken char siew pau I've eaten. Although halal, it had that distinct sweet char siew taste. The pau was RM8 per 3 pieces.



Phoenix Feet (chicken feet)

Chinese people have the tendency to name dishes with cool names like dragon this and phoenix that. Sorry about the sucky picture, I assure you the dish turned out better than the picture. The chicken feet was seasoned well. If you are a fan of chicken feet, this dish would definitely not disappoint. The phoenix feet with black bean sauce was RM6.



Steamed Scallop Dumpling Emperor Style

Like I said earlier on, Chinese restaurants love giving such names to their food. I am still not quite sure what emperor style means. This dish wasn't anything exceptionally. It was priced at RM15.



Steamed Fish Cake with Thai Sauce

This dish was okay. End of story.



Steamed Cheong Fun

The Cheong Fun at this place comes with a choice of scallops (RM15), prawns (RM12) or chicken char siew (RM8) stuffed in its core. The amazing thing about this dish is that nice slightly spicy sambal. Topping the cheong fun with some of that sambal does wonders to this dish. My brother is addicted to that sambal.



Stir Fried Carrot Cake with XO Sauce

If you are a fan of fried carrot cake in pasar malam, this dish would send you to heaven and back. This is a way superior version of the 'pasar malam' carrot cake. Fried with lots of egg, bean sprouts, 'chai poh' and some chilli, this dish is worth every cent of that RM14.



Pei Dan Chuk (century egg porridge with chicken)

The porridge is alright. Nothing really special about it. It was priced at RM7.



Loh Mai Kai

This dish just couldn't do without pork. However, it didn't taste that bad.



Roasted Duck

The duck was too fat for my liking. The skin wasn't that crispy as well. Nothing really great. Lots of good hawker stall would easily put this roasted duck to shame.

All in all, the dishes that make us come back for more and more is no doubt their Fried Carrot Cake with XO sauce and their salad and cheese prawn rolls. For a halal restaurant serving dim sum, the chef sure did a remarkable job substituting chicken for pork.

I would have to give credit to the waiter and waitresses. I receive good service 4/5 times I visit this place. Occasionally when there is a function, the dim sum comes out cold which is very disappointing. Cold dim sum taste like crap. Enough said. As to that, all my dishes this time round were pipping hot when served. Hence, I would have to give this place an 8 for being one of the best halal dim sum place in town.

Restaurant Rating: 7.5/10
Pricing: About RM35 per person


*Ratings are based on ambience, service, value and food quality for the price you're paying. Opinions expressed are solely based on my personal experience



Map to The Emperor, Grand Dorsett Subang (Used to be known as Sheraton Subang)

Address:
The Emperor,
Grand Dorsett Subang,
Jalan SS 12/1,
47500 Subang Jaya Selangor

Contact:
Telephone number: 03 5031 6060

Opening hours:
Open Daily
Lunch : 12 noon to 3.00pm
Dinner : 6.00pm to 10.30pm

Sundays and Public Holidays
Lunch : 10.00am to 3.00pm

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Pre-New Year Dinner @ Imperial Garden Restaurant, Intan Square, Petaling Jaya

>> Feb 14, 2010

Gong Xi Fa Cai.

Today is the first day of Chinese New Year. If you're looking for a place to have dinner on one of the 15 days of CNY, head on down to Imperial Garden Restaurant, situated a stone throw from Hilton, Petaling Jaya.

My grandparents are die hard fans of Tai Thong Restaurant (and their group). Since a very long time back, we've been having dinner at Tai Thong very very frequently. The best part is, the dish that we order is usually quite similar. Talk about a family of boring people eh?

Well, now that the Tai Thong Restaurant at Selangor Dredging has closed down, their army of cooks have been relocated to Imperial Garden Restaurant in Petaling Jaya.

Anyway, as my family knows the 'chief chef' (chief and chef is only 1 alphabet apart) Lee Wee Hong quite well, we received exceptional service every time we're here. The occasional visits from the man himself, and recommendations and customizations of dishes we would like to sample.

Chef Lee prepared every single dish on the table that night.

We started with 'yee sang', a Chinese dish that resembles a salad, consisting of shredded white radish, carrots, red pepper, ginger, Chinese parsley, smashed up peanuts, crackers, sesame seed, jelly fish and abalone or raw salmon. A sachet of five spice powder and some sweet plum sauce dressing is used to bind the 'salad' together. I'm also proud to say yee sang was invented in Malaysia.



Yee Sang

I'm not really a big fan of yee sang. I usually go after the raw salmon and crackers. However, I just eat the dish for the sake of eating it as its Chinese New Year. Nobody celebrates CNY without yee sang. This dish was so-so. The jelly fish yee sang was priced at RM48 (my grandma brought her own abalone).





Shark's Fin Soup

This dish was customized specially by Chef Lee for us. The soup was very good. I have tasted quite a good deal of shark's fin soup. I can tell the 'fake' jelly like substance that some restaurants serve to their diners. I assure you we did not receive such stuff. The soup in fact, had too much shark's fin for my liking. (I'm sorry shark, but I'm still gonna eat you, I won't go shark fishing though)



Deep Fried Pork Ribs

I love pork ribs. I will travel far and wide for pork ribs man (I prefer the Western Style of cooking pork ribs). This dish had a litle too much fat for my liking. However, it still tasted quite good. The ribs was priced at RM70.



Steamed 'Soon Hock' with Superior Soy Sauce

Soon Hock aka Marble Goby is one of the more expensive fresh water fish (don't included Kelah and Empurau). The fish resembles a log and its main defense mechanism is its camouflage(ing) appearance. It is a carnivorous fish and has a nice firm meat texture.

This fish was specially selected by Chef Lee for us. The fish weights a whopping 2.5kg. The fish was extremely fresh and steamed to perfection. By perfection in terms of steamed fish, it means the fish was 80% cooked but the meat falls of the bone easily. The backbone of the fish is also slightly reddish pink but there is no sign of blood. The secret to creating such a nice accompanying sauce in steamed fish is to add rock sugar into the soy sauce (I've tested it). This fish is usually priced at about RM130-RM180 per kg.



Home Made Tao Foo



Fried 'Dao Miao' with Garlic

The tao foo sure was good. One of the better tao foo I've tasted. However, the fried green vege was just average, or maybe slightly below average. It lacked that 'wok hei' that can be found at most 'tao chao' restaurants.



Claypot Rice with Meat and Chinese Sausage

This dish is one of the most fattening rice dish that I know off. The rice is cooked in the oil emitted by pork sausages (lap cheong) and fatty meat. The dish did not taste that well this time round. Maybe it was because we told Chef Lee to cut down on the fat stuff, hence the lack of meaty/fatty flavour. The rice was RM78.

Chef Lee told me that this dish took him 5 long years to master. Every step in making this dish is very important for it to turn out well. 5 years to learn a dish? Its as long as someone would take to study medicine.



Yam Paste Pao



Mango Mousse



Mango Pudding

The mango mousse and pudding were okay. My uncles who are very fussy eaters love the Yam Paste Pao. They even ordered 10 paos each to bring home.

All in all, the food was good. I might be a little bias in rating Chef Lee's cooking as he has been dishing out dishes for my family for at least 10 years now. I would suggest that if you are interested in dining at this place, please request for Chef Lee to prepare your dishes. After you meal, kindly pour the good chef a glass of whiskey as well.



Chef Lee getting his picture taken with me


Restaurant Rating: 8.5/10
Pricing: About RM50 per person (seafood and shark's fin price is based on market value).


*Ratings are based on ambience, service, value and food quality for the price you're paying. Opinions expressed are solely based on my personal experience


Map to Imperial Garden Restaurant

Address:
7th Floor, Intan Square,
No. 3, Lorong Utara C,
46200 Petaling Jaya,
Selangor Darul Ehsan.

Contact:
Telephone number: 03 7956 6868

Opening hours:
Monday-Saturay: (lunch) 11.30am-2.30pm. (dinner) 6pm-10.30pm
Sunday: (lunch) 9am-2.30pm. (dinner) 6pm-10.30pm.

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Change in Ratings

>> Feb 13, 2010

When I first started this blog, I didn't foresee myself landing in a situation where I could not really differentiate bad from average and average from good in my review. Hence, my ratings were all above 5 even for restaurants that didn't perform too well.

Now, that I have done about 50 reviews on restaurants, I would like to go back and changed my older post as to be able to distinguish the bad from the average and the average from the good. I would also like to add in a 'average price per person category'.

I thank my readers for their patience. Stay tune for more updates. Cheers and Happy Chinese New Year to all.

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The All Famous Chili Pan Mee @ Restaurant Kin Kin (建記辣椒板麵), Pandan Indah.

>> Feb 12, 2010

I've heard so much about Kin Kin Chili Pan Mee. However, I've been delaying my trip to this place for quite some time now (due to the distance). Restoran Kin Kin currently has 2 branches; the main branch is situated off Jalan Tar at Jalan Dewan Sultan Sulaian 1 whereas their 2nd branch is located in Pandan Indah.

The owner of Restoran Kin Kin, Mr Tan, claims to be the first person selling pan mee in Kuala Lumpur. The key word there is 'claim'.

Anyway, as Zhi Ven wanted to pick Chloe up from IMU, we had no choice to go to the Pandan Indah branch, which was run by foreigners. Zhi Ven assured me that the taste was as good as their main branch (I shall judge for myself one day). He still vows that Kin Kin is the best pan mee place in town. I have yet to agree.



Restoran Kin Kin

The noodles and ingredients at this branch is pre-made. Everything is laden out in nice big containers. I guess the boss doesn't want to let slip of his 'secret recipe'. The job of the workers were to dish the specific amount of ingredients into each bowl after cooking the noodles. Nevertheless, I shall try not to be bias.



Chilli knock you off the Richter Scale.

Supposedly, what sets Kin Kin apart from the other chilli pan mee places is their chilli paste. However, from what I've tasted at a pan mee place in Taipan (USJ), I guess they did not differ much. The chilli is made by frying dried chilli in oil to bring out that slight burnt taste.



Kin Kin's Famous Dried Pan Mee

The 'kon loh' pan mee comes with mixed meat (pork), some lard fritter (chu yao char), some dried 'ikan bilis' and a poached egg. The chilli paste is for diners to add 'at their own risk'. I would advise diners not to be too adventurous with this. I love spicy food, but 1 heaping teaspoon of that stuff almost left me in tears. The noodles also came with a separate bowl of soup.

The correct method of indulging in this bowl of noodles is to actually mix everything up (including the runny egg yolk). The purpose of the egg yolk is to give that nice, smooth texture to the noodles.

As the portion wasn't exactly big, the 3 guys went for 2 bowls each. My first bowl of noodles came with a very solid egg yolk. That's what happens when the people cooking knows less about cooking when the people eating the food. Thankfully my 2nd bowl came with the poached egg half cooked.

The verdict? It was a decent (not exceptional) bowl of noodles. It sure tasted better than the average pan mee one could get at any hawker centre. I would certainly like to try their main branch one day.

Please be advised that the aftermath of your indulgence isn't really pleasant when it comes out. The burning sensation would be more than enough to bring the most macho men to their knees. Over consumption of such a dish might even lead to colon cancer (no scientific research done).

Good day!


Restaurant Rating: 7/10
Pricing: Under RM10 per pax

*Ratings are based on ambience, service, value and food quality for the price you're paying. Opinions expressed are solely based on my personal experience


Map to Restoran Kin Kin (Pandan Indah)

Address:
Restoran Kin Kin (opposite Pandan Indah Police Station),
6-G, Jalan Perubatan 4,
off Jalan Pandan Ilmu,
Pandan Indah,
Kuala Lumpur.

Opening hours:
Tuesday-Sunday: 8am until 7pm (Closed on Monday)

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Fish Head Noodles (yu tao mai fun) & Wan Ton Noodles @ Restoran Shangri-La, Jalan Batai, Bukit Damansara, Kuala Lumpur

>> Feb 11, 2010

A couple of months back, Tammy wanted to show me this famous Damansara Heights fish head noodles. It's supposed to be in this coffee shop by the name of Shangri-La (not the Lafite Shangri-la mind you). Actually, I knew where it was as it was the restaurant that the Famous Jalan Batai Char Kuey Teow actually started at.



Restaurant Shangri-La

As you can see, the restaurant has been there for ages, hence the faded name board. As some people put it, 'the older the restaurant, the better the food'. That statement is only partially true.

This place is famous for their Fish Head Noodles (yu tao mai). Priced at RM4.70 for a small bowl, the noodles came with mee hoon (mihun), tomatoes, chinese preserved vegetables, some fried onions, a good dash of evaporated milk and chinese rice wine. The vast combination of ingredients results in a good bowl of tangy, pale coloured soup.

I am actually a very big fan of fish head noodles. As long as I get a resonable bowl of that stuff, I won't really scrutinized it. Of course, the better it was, the happier I'll be.



Fish Head Noodles (yu tao mai)

I was a little disappointed when I took that first bite of that noodles. I was expecting it to be much better. I was thinking to myself, how can such a place be so crowded that one have to wait 10-15mins for a table, but the food only came out to be ordinary. But as I went on with my meal, the noodles tasted better and better. I guess the salt and the chinese rice wine wasn't evenly distributed in the noodles. Nevertheless, it was an 'okay' bowl of fish head noodles. It still tasted better than the experience I had at Woo Pin, Taman Desa.



kon loh (dry) Wan Ton Mein (noodles)

The noodles were alright as well. Nothing really to die for. The char siew was definitely not as good as Meng Kee, FSF or Choon Yien, but it wasn't awful. The noodles gave that nice bite or 'QQ' texture that some people would describe it by.

All in all, I still wonder how come the place is packed every single day when the food is just so-so. My conclusion is that there aren't many coffee shops around Damansara Heights where people can go for a 'quick' (with such a large crowd) and cheap lunch.


Restaurant rating: 6.5/10
Pricing: Under RM10 per pax

*Ratings are based on ambience, service, value and food quality for the price you're paying. Opinions expressed are solely based on my personal experience



Map to Restoran Shangri-La

Address:
Restaurant Shangri-La,
7, Jalan Batai,
Bukit Damansara,
50490 Kuala Lumpur,
Malaysia.

Opening Hours:
Monday to Saturday (early morning until 2pm)

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of Fishing at West Port Area and dinner @ Restaurant Soon Chui (tai chow), Taman Teluk Pulai, Port Klang, Selangor.

>> Feb 8, 2010

2 weeks ago, ywlow wanted to fish at Starcruise (Pulau Indah Fishing Pond), a pond that has seen his absence for 2 good years. Kurau King aka Jeffrey, Kenny and me decided to tag along to watch the pro (ywlow) at work.

Located just behind the starcruise terminal, this pond is one of the biggest pond (about 2km circumference) in the Klang Valley. According to Kurau King, the pond holds the largest variety of fish found in the Klang Valley.

Note: taken from MFN, written by KK

So far the 'natural' fishes there are :
- Baracudda
- Belanaks (mullet)
- Tarpons
- Kitang
- Sembilan
- Talang
- Tilapia
- Hell lot more which I don't know their names.

"Introduced fishes :
- Siakap (Barramundi)
- Buntik
- Jenahak (Red Snapper)
- Pompano
- Senangin Taiwan (looks like Jew Fish but its not)
- Kerapu (Grouper)

The species of fish found at this pond is quite similar to the ponds around Port Klang. Anyway, I caught 2 Senangin Taiwan that were about 1kg each. One of the fish was actualy from ywlow's rod.

KK taught me the art of using KFC to fish for Brackish Tilapia (aka Salt Water Tilapia). With our bounty, we headed off to a very good restaurant in Klang.

This restaurant is one of those hidden jewel only known tp locals. Since KK is a regular, we left it to him to place the order. We had a total of 5 dishes.



Crispy Pork Leg with Plum Sauce

The pork leg had that nice crispy exterior, with lots of fat accompanied by soft, tender meat on the inside. The dish was very good.

**
wonders which wok (kuali) is big enough to deep fry the whole leg**



Cabbage fried with Dried Shrimps and Cili Padi (bird's eye chili)

I used to think that vegetables taste bad no matter what you do with it. I realised how wrong I was after tasting this dish. I found it to be one of the best tasting dish of the night (all the dishes were relatively good). The dish was a little too oily though.



Senangin Fish Curry with Vegetables

According to KK, senangin is a tasteless fish. Thus, he asked the restaurant to cooked it with curry. Curry is usually cooked with a good deal of spices which would mask the delicate taste of good fish. As 'Senangin' is considered a 'not so good / tasteless' fish, what better way to cook the fish than curry?

The curry did justice to the fish. The dish was very good. It went well with the white rice. A good deal of coconut milk was probably used in the dish (unhealthy).



Spare Parts (chup chap) cooked Kam Heong Style.

Chup Chap (intestine, liver etc) and me don't get along well. Chup Chap is one of the only thing (Durian as well) I won't touch. The other diners found the dish relatively good.



Deep Fried Salt Water Tilapia with Butter Sauce

I usually hate eating 'Tilapia' since that faithful day my friend told me he saw a whole school of 'fei zhou yu' (Red Tilapia) swimming in an Indah Water Pond. However, as these Tilapia(s) grew up in a salt water environment eating mullets, I made an exception.

This had to be the winner for the night. The fish was as crispy as can be (it wasn't hard, it was crispy). Accompanied by that butter sauce used in butter crab, this dish was just superb. The fish were about 1kg each. 4 kilos of fish proved to be a little too much for the six of us.

Overall, this restaurant is managed to satisfy 6 hungry stomachs. I am probably not willing to travel all the way to Klang to eat 'tai chow' food, but if I happen to be around that area, why not?


Special thanks to Kurau King for the dinner. Apparently the restaurant did not charge for the cleaning and cooking of the fish.


Restaurant Rating: 7.5/10
Pricing: About RM25 per person

*Ratings are based on ambience, service, value and food quality for the price you're paying. Opinions expressed are solely based on my personal experience



Map to Restaurant Soon Chui

Address:
Restoran Soon Chui,
Lorong Sepat 2,
Taman Teluk Pulai,
41100 Port Klang,
Selangor Darul Ehsan.


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