Tuesday, September 19, 2006

A Fung Baso Sapi Asli

I've decided to visit this new outlet after reading a post about it at boo_licious blog, masak-masak. I must say the place is not inviting at all, having a not so fancy signboard (it actually looked like a warung sign board, than a cafe), tugged in the last corner of a block and interior setting that looked as if you're gonna dine in a canteen (sorry, yes it's that bad). If it ain't for review I read, I'd just turned away and head for another restaurant nearby. There's so many new restaurant sprouting in Hartamas, and they do looked nice (from the outside of course).

So, I can't really write this visits the usual way I did, short and crisp. I just need a place to complain, just bear with me. I've been complaining non-stop during the meal and my friend was like "Shhs... that's enough.". The food is NOT NICE!

We enter the shop, albeit with a "GULP!" feeling. Saw the boss (really bossy face, like those really mean boss).

Me: Hi, what's special here?

Boss: MEATBALL - full stop

My Inner Voice: WTF? Do you sell VEGETARIAN BALL you idiot!

Me: Oh, so which of these are good? (pointing menu item 1 to 5)

Boss: Number 1 to 5 - full stop

Me: I see, erm... give me item 1 (Beef Ball soup - RM5.80)

Friend: What other nice one you'd recommend?

Boss: Item 1 to 5 - full stop

Friend: Oh, ok. Erm what is Beefball Special?

Boss: Its mixture of Item 1 and 3 - full stop

Friend: Oh... (like very fascinated like that...), give me that then

Boss: Drink?

Us: Sosro tea please.

Customer service sucks, BIG TIME. I figured the boss really should hire some friendly waiter to serve his customers. I'd never wanted to come in this shop again, with this kinda sucky service. And about the food, nothing to brag about, apart from the fact that they are specialty shop selling Indonesian themed Beefballs noodle (as well as chicken and fish). The noodle was soggy, not springy at all; the soup was so-the-wanton-mee-soup, like those you can find in kopitiam (literal translation: ajinomoto soup).

I'm so not gonna step into this shop again, but anyway, here's the pictures.

Teh Sosro - RM 2.50

Fireball - Flour ball with chili slices, "seafood" and lots of deep fried oil (can't taste anything besides flour and oil)

RM 3.00 for 3 balls

Beefball with Tofu - RM 8.50

Beefball Special - RM 9.80

Beefball Soup - RM 5.80

Dont bother to ask for the address, I ain't gonna post it here either. My advice is, don't go! Anyway, second opinion is always good. I know my post is mean to this shop, but it's very disappointing for my visit. Get over to boo_licious blog to read her review, if you're keen to taste the food yourself ;)

Hot Mama Sg Wang

Cheesy Chanai Roll wrapped with chicken and vege.

One of the special item in Hot Mama, wrapped with cheddar cheese, roasted chicken, romaine lettuce and thinly sliced cucumber and carrot in chanai sheet. Not bad, but the sauce are the usual ready made Thai Chili Sause with hint of lemon juice.

RM 5.90 for 3 slice.

Hot Mama Sg Wang Level 4

Monday, September 18, 2006

Mdm Wong Cafe - Sg Wang

Found this photos in my phone, guess its been there for sometime and I just forgot to post it up here. Not a lot to write of, at least it does justice to me for not updating my blog in 2 weeks. Anyway, here's the food we dug ourself into at Madam Wong Cafe. Its on the same floor with the Game Zone, 2nd floor, right in front of the escalator.

The interior was kinda funky, rounder white chair, those contemporary kind. And the waiter was actually quite friendly. Food, its was just ok if not worst, but I like their "tong sui".

Dessert - Chocolate pudding.

Tong sui - Honey sea coconut with white fungus.

Fried Bihun with Fried Chicken Wing - Don't you think it looks like a better presentation of canteen version of Bihun Goreng, yeah, something like that; but they add a little bit of extra flavour by dropping in some "daun limau purut".

Seafood Asam with Rice - Not really the kind of asam I'm expecting. It taste more like over-sour tomyam and ingredient wise, kinda stingy.

Saturday, September 02, 2006

Restoran Arang

In Short:
Malay owned restaurant serving a mixture of food selections of chinese, malay and western cuisine. Price and food are of average value while it does not take too long to have your food served.

The menu book.

The Food:

The usual suspect you can find at any gerai or kopitiam:
Fresh Orange - RM 2.80
Ice Lemon Tea - RM 1.80
Carrot Milk - RM 2.80

Nasi Goreng Belacan - Gotto loved this. The rice are fragrant, thanks to the generous amount of belacan and it was not too spicy as well. Served along with fish crackers.

RM 4.80

Nasi Goreng Cina with Salted Fish - Fried rice with prawn and fish cake slices, topped with salted fish crump alongside fish crackers. Nothing outstanding, it just the usual fried rice.

RM 4.80

Nasi Goreng Pattaya - Chinese style fried rice with prawn and fish cake slices wrapped in egg omelette. Basically it's the same fried rice as above without the salted fish crumble.

RM 5.80

Tofu in Oyster Sauce with Egg - Deep fried slices of Japanese egg tofu served in oyster sauce and egg's white. Tofu are fried golden brown but the sauce are a little bit disappointed, lack of taste and quite bland.

RM 3.50

Deep Fried Buttered Prawn - Literally, you can see what's been served here. Really disappointed with this one. I was expecting something more presentable than a plate consists of 6 little prawn on top of coarsely chopped cabbage without any effort to make it look good at all. Served with bottled Thai sauce.

RM 6.80

Sup Tulang - I was caught by suprise as it was served in a huge bowl although I ordered the small one. It was the usual sup tulang concoction and the meat was tender enough to just slip off from the bone. Overall, this is a good one.

RM 5.20

19G, Jalan Melati Utama 4 Melati Utama, Setapak, 53100, KL.
Phone: 012-279 2651

Its located along the road towards Genting Highland, near by TAR College. You can't missed it, its a new row of bright yellow building just besides the main road.

Monday, August 28, 2006

Gasoline - Sg Wang

In Short:
Very nice environment, spooky setting, a great place to hang out with friends to have drinks and play cards (uno card, uno stacks and poker card are provided free). Drinks are excellent, at least those that we ordered and their finger food are really really tasty (am I lucky or what today?). Gasoline does gets my vote, definitely will return to hang out here.

The menu, spoooookky.

The Food:

Yam Samosa - Deep fried crispy popiah skin wrapped with mashed yam. Slightly sweet and crunchy, samosa filling are quite generous. Yummy!

RM 6.90(12 piece)

Marmite Chicken Wing - Deep friend chicken wing coated with Marmite sauce. Extremely delicious, hehe.. I just loved the balanced taste of saltness and sweetness from the Marmite sauce. Usually you get marmite sauce that either too salt or too sweet, or too bland, but this one is definitely of just enough taste. It's really finger licking good.

Small:RM 4.90 (2 chicken wing, cut into 4 pieces)
Large: RM 8.90 (4 chicken wing, cut into 8 pieces)

Strawberry soda - Strawberry syrup in soda, nothing special. Carbonated drink infused with strawberry syrup, full stop.

RM 4.50

Peace - Ice blended with Honey Peach and Peppermint. Very nice. Jelly give you something to chew on while the drink are ful of flavour, and the ice blended are very smooth.

RM 6.00

Virgin Honeymoon - Ice Blended with Honeydew and Orange. Similar to Peace, their Ice Blended range comes with jelly that gives you something to chew on while slurping down the glass. Another recommended item, this is very flavourfull and the ice blended are smooth and thick.

RM 6.00

Sg Wang, Root Top (Level 6). It in the old Cosmic Bowl area which gets an overhaul look and now spotting lots of trendy little shop. Gasoline sits at the end of the area.

Sunday, August 27, 2006

Hooked - The Curve

In Short:
Seafood based restaurant. Served a mixture of main course such as fish and chips, spaghetti, pizza. Food are of above the average, set meals from RM10.90 to RM15.90 give you a good start to try their food.

The Food:

Mezen Mango - Mixture of shredded young mango tossed in thousand island sauce topped with a single slice of prawn. Taste good, but my only complain is the single piece of prawn served with the salad. Not really worth the money, head to The Ship for better mango salad.

RM 7.90

Lobster Pasta - Spaghetti in Aglio Olio sauce topped with blanched Slipper Lobster. A steal at RM13.90 with real Slipper Lobster. The spaghetti is using the same sauce as Aglio Olio though. Tasty.

RM 13.90

Aglio Olio Spaghetti - Spaghetti tossed with Aglio Olio sauce topped with deep fried calamari ring and prawn. Spaghetti is excellent but again, the seafood portion served is very stingy, a single piece of prawn and calamari ring.

RM 14.90

7 Seas Spaghetti - Spaghetti tossed in bolognese sauce with prawn, squids and mussel. The usual bolognese you can find around town, Fasta Pasta in The Curve still served the best seafood bolognese spaghetti.

RM 14.90

The Curve, 1st Floor Western Food Court. Take the escalator up to the 1st floor besides Sakae.

iZZi - Revisited

In Short:
Nice place to hang out at with bottomless Ice Lemon Tea or soft drinks selection and free wireless internet access. Food tasting this time around was above average and we got a steal for the the bill as they are still running their Buy 1 Free 1 main course promotions which ends on 31st August 2006.

The Food:

Chicken Steak with Linguini - Grilled Chicked Steak served with Mushroom sauce asides with tossed linguini in olive oil and freshly chopped parsley leaves. It was an average meal as I felt the chicken was rather over-cooked and slightly dry while the mushroom sauce was a little cakey.

RM 18.80

Clive Specials - Thin crusted pizza with hot spicy minced beef, smoked chicken and beef ham, mozarrela cheese and tomato paste. The minced beef is extremely salty and I've gotto combined this pizza with the Marinara version to balance out the salty taste. Personally, I do not like this for it salty taste but I guess this is what this version is about.

Regular : RM 24.80
Large: RM 31.80

Marinara Pizza - Shrimp, garlic, mussel, chili, mozarella cheese and tomato paste on a thin crusted base pizza. Toppings are generous and shrimps and juicy and fresh. Love this pizza, it looks good and taste like one too.

Regular: RM 25.80
Large: 32.80

Seafood Penne - Penne served with shrimps, mussels, sliced zuchini in Napoletana sauce. Nothing really to shout about except the shrimps which are fresh and juicy as the sauce are rather the usual Napoletana sauce you could buy off the rack or cooked up on yourself at home with good quality tomatoes.

RM 15.80

To read the previous post on Izzi KL, click here.

Saturday, August 26, 2006

Cafe 69 - Drinks

In Short:
Set in the world of 70s era, furnitures are retro funky on the inside and the usual silver square colored cafe's table settings. Staff are friendly and attentive while the drinks are of average quality.

The Drinks:

Vanilla Mango - Mixture of vanilla ice cream blended with mango in crushed ice. The presentation part of it had already failed my expectations. It looks nothing like a mango crushed nor does it taste like one blended with Vanilla ice cream. I could taste only a hint of mango, overall its a bland drink. Not recommended at all.

RM 7.90

Tropical Twist - Blended ice with kiwi and apple. Full of flavor, with enough hint of kiwi and the sweetness of apple. One of the best of what we have on the table.

RM 6.90

Minty Breeze - Mixture of Pineapple, Apple, Orange, Mint and Lemon Juice with Vanilla Ice Cream. Very sour and not enough thickness in consistency. This drink ends up broken into pieces as I accidentally knock it down on the table. Another point to make is that they use really cheap glass as once it lay on the table, the glass shattered.

RM 9.90

Monday, August 21, 2006

O'Briens Irish Sandwich Bar

In Short:
Self service sandwich bar, lots of sandwich choices, average customer service attitude.

O'Brien in The Curve.

The Food:

Smoked Salmon Sandwich - Smoked salmon served in wholemeal bread coupled with romaine lettuce, cucumber and cream cheese. Tasty and filling. Potato chips as side dish kinda cool, but there's a banner in O'Brien that says "Guilt Free Food", is potato chips one of them? I don't know.

RM 11.50

Crambo Club Sandwich - Served in wholemeal bread and a slice of white bread in between, this one comes with turkey ham, turkey, onions, romaine lettuce, cucumber and cheese. There's a really crunchy texture in the filling which I suppose is turkey, very tasty. I'd give my thumbs up for this.

RM 15.50

Where is this?
The Curve shopping mall, in the Street area, 2 door from TGIF.

Saturday, August 19, 2006


In Short:
Pronounced Goose-tow, great customer service, kudos goes to Amy who served us. She's quick to recommending house items and very friendly. Above average food, lots of choice for drinks, appetizer is a killer and dessert is amazing. Huge projector screen provides visual entertainment and their outdoor dining area was dimly lighted and windy. Very romantic according to my friend, for me it was cooling and soothing dining place, never a romantic at heart.

The Food:

Green Dream - Fresh celery combined with apple juice and kiwi. Refreshing and cooling, strong celery taste, sweet and source thanks to the combination of apple juice and kiwi.

RM 7.90

P.M. Shake - Vanilla Ice Cream blended with apple and roasted almond completed with cream and almond flakes topping. Sweet, strong almond aroma and easy to slurp texture. Almond flakes gave you something to chew on while gulping down this house shake.

RM 7.90

A.M. Shake - Combination of orange, cranberry and lemon juice. Reminds me of Dome's Cranberry Cooler but this one frizz free and slightly more citrus taste. A fresh change from my usual Ice Lemon Tea.

RM 7.90

Tropicana Shake - Vanilla Ice Cream with banana and pineapple juice. Great for banana shake lover. Flavourful and tasty, blended to perfect slurping condition.

RM 8.50

Creama di Funghi - Blended wild mushroom with cream, topped with toasted crouton. A little watery but it was still tasty. Coarse mushrooms gave you something to chew on, overall it's not disappointing.

RM 8.50

Calamari Fritti - Deep fried calamari rings coated in batter served with Gusto Salsa Picante sauce. Loved it, loved it, loved it! A great starter I must say and I'm a squid lover. It doesn't tasted chewy that you usually get from overcooked squids. This one comes in perfect deep fried condition, crispy and crunchy on the outside, tender and juicy on the inside, deep your ring in the salsa sauce, get it in your mouth and there you go, heaven! A little exaggerating I know, get over to Gusto and taste it for yourself.

RM 13.50

Roasted Duck Carbonara - Spaghetti in carbonara sauce topped with roasted duck. Tasted a little bland to me and I felt the carbonara sauce has a little too much cream in it.

RM 18.50

Aglio e Olio - Spaghetti tossed in garlic, herbs and chili olive oil. Additional toppings available in variations of Roasted Duck, Mushroom and some other items that I can't recall, each with a different price of course and this one comes with Mushroom (+ RM 2.50). I don't really like this one as it tasted only of Olive Oil while my friend was complaining it's not hot enough. Tabasco sauce and pepper does the trick for him though.

RM 16.50
+Mushroom (RM 2.50)

Lamb Shank - Braised lamb shank with vegetables and mashed potato. The normal lamb shank you'll get such as those in Secret Recipe.

RM 25.00

Italian Mix Platter - Grilled beef steak, chicken breast, tiger prawn, sausages and vegetable. Nice combination of everything grilled to perfection. I'd say the meats are tender and juicy especially the chicken breast. Prawn are fresh and the sauce are perfect to go with the grilled items. Portion are reasonable with the price as well.

RM 33.00

Panacota Pudding - My friend was giving me a rave review of how great and tasty this little glass of pudding in Gusto when he visited here last week. Of course I doesn't believe him and was saying you'd better be true. So here I am, scooping this red and white gem down in my mouth. It was awesome! Sweet, sour, creamy and milky soft pudding in strawberry sauce. A must try dessert if you come here and you'll immediately fall in love with this.

RM 6.90

How to get there?
If you came down from Penchala Link or the LDP into Mutiara Damasansara (you'll know when you see lots of RedBalls on the left side of the road), just head straight to the end of the road while keeping an eye for The Tropics sign board. Once you sees Tropics, you'll see Gusto along the road. Just park your car along the road side.

Gusto Bar & Bistro
Unit PG-01, Tropics Shopping Centre
03 - 7724 2878

Friday, August 18, 2006

Thai Nudle House

In Short:
Just another Thai restaurant with typical Thai infused dishes. Nice settings though.

The Food:

Beef Noodle - The soup is very sweet and I just don't like it. Added in some chili powder and tasted a little better, but it left me in fiery lips since I pour in a little too much chili. The beef slices was tender and nice though.

RM 12.50

Complete Meal Set B - Yeah, that's the name. Looks more like a nasi campur to me with a "sunny egg" on top of the rice. Combination of rice, egg, minced chicken in chili and kerabu mangga. The set also comes with a steamed banana dessert and Iced Lemon Tea.

RM 12.90

Steamed Banana with coconut milk - Easy peasy dessert, dripple with coconut milk. Banana was sweet and not too soft. I'll say it's OK.

Comes free with the Set Meal.

Where is this?
Level 3, Berjaya Times Square. Quite secluded, try find Secret Recipe and its just behind it.

Will I come again?
Guess I'm bored with Thai food already, don't think I'd come back any time soon.