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

Where?
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

Where?
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

Gusto

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.

Contact:
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.

Sunday, August 13, 2006

Bumbu Bali

In Short:
Crowded (we went there on Saturday night), average customer service, good food and great ambience. Balinese music was playing in the background while the restaurant is fully furnished will everything Balinese (at least that's what I felt).

The Food:

Ice Lemon Tea - Not the artificial one.

RM 3.50


Sate Lilit - 4 sticks of grilled combo of minced chicken and seafood wrapped around lemon grass stick served with BumbuBali Sambal. Lots of limau purut and lemon grass provide the strong fragrant aroma and taste rather sweet.

RM 11.00


Nasi Campur BumbuBali - White rice served with Beef Rendang, grilled squids, prawn, fish fillet, kangkung belacan and their very own keropok. The keropok tasted really nice, not sure if we can get this anywhere, does anyone know? Anyway, the food was amazing at first, but its tasted rather same as the Sate Lilit, I guess it's due to the fact that the same herbs mixture are used to marinate the meats. It still taste great for a first-timer.

RM 23.50


Nasi BBQ Chicken - Ayam Percik served with nasi kunyit, kangkung belacan and keropok. Chicken was juicy and tender, and the percik sauce was amazing. Again, it kinda got bored after a while as the herbs smells are rather strong.

RM 18.50



Bubur Injin - Bubur Pulut Hitam topped with banana slices and coconut milk. Served hot. Loved the added banana and the generous portion of the dessert as well as the coconut milk. Very full-filling.

RM 6.00

Where is this?
18 & 18-1, Jalan Persiaran 1, Bandar Puteri, 47100, Puchong.
03 - 8061 8699

Thursday, August 10, 2006

iZZi - Pizza, Pasta & Coffee

In Short:
Attentive and friendly service, very cosy and clean environment, huge plasma tv with enough volume to hear what's playing, above average food, and definitely will come back and hang out here with my lappy for the free Wi-Fi and bottomless Ice Lemon Tea @ RM5.90!!


The newly refurbished building besides Jalan Sultan Ismail, along the same row with Pizza Hut.

The Food:

Caesar Salad - Fresh and crisp Romaine lettuce combined with pickled anchovies strips and croutons tossed in Izzi's Caesar Dressing™, topped with shredded Mozarella cheese and black pepper. The dressing is a little too light and bland, definitely could use more texture to compliment the crispy lettuce.

Full Portion: RM 13.80
Half Portion: RM 10.80
Add on chicken: RM 6.50

Score: 3.5 out of 5


Baked Cheese Macoroni - Macoroni baked in creamy bechamel sauce with mozarella cheese and chicken bites. Tasted really good thanks to combination of the creamy bechamel sauce and cheese. Personally I'd prefer slightly more cheese on top and a bigger portion, perhaps they could consider using those deep plate to bake instead of the traditional lasagna bowl, still get my votes though.

One Size Only: RM 13.80

Score: 4 out of 5


Lasagna Bolognese - It's stated in their menu that it's layer of fresh pasta sheets served with cheese, bechamel, bolognese sauce and tomato. The menu image shows a lovely lasagna in a deep plate covered with tomato sauce which appear quite disappointed when served; no sauce to be seen. The lasagna looks dry but the texture happens to be just nice and not overcooked. Portion is ok but the chicken is too fine and lack of gravy makes me think twice before ordering this item again. Lasagna in Fasta Pasta is still the best.

One Size Only: RM 17.80

Score: 2 out of 5


Spicy BBQ Chicken Pizza (Chef Recommended) - Thin crust base baked firewood topped with smoked chicken, onions and sprinkle of coriander in rich and smokey Izzi Spicy BBQ Sauce™. Huge portion (we ordered large!) and very very very rich BBQ sauce. Not recommended to eat too much as the rich BBQ sauce tend to make u "jelak"! RM4 difference between a Regular and Large is definitely a value for money choice, go for Large!!

Regular: RM 23.80
Large: RM 27.80

Score: 3.5 out of 5


Spicy BBQ Chicken in action, waiting to be eaten.


Beef 'n Izzi Pizza (Chef Recommended) - Almost alike to the chicken version (read above), this one comes in Smoked Beef, Beef Salami, Spicy Beef chunks and Italian sausage covered in Mozarella cheese and Izzi's Spicy BBQ Sauce™. A very salty pizza due to the combination of BBQ sauce and the assortment of salt treated beef toppings. Half the pizza resulted in take away box, at least we didn't throw it away. Should have try their Marinara Pizza instead, it looks so yummy!

Regular: RM 21.80
Large: RM 31.80

The Drinks:
Izzi does serve bottomless drink with choices of Coke, Vanilla Coke, Sprite, 100 Plus, Sarsi and Ice Lemon Tea. Other than that, there's a variety of coffees and drinks that I'll just leave it for my next visit.

Will I go back?
Definitely, could be a great hang out place with its cosy environment and bottomless drink, nevertheless, their free WiFi is a plus point.

Where is this?
Jalan Sultan Ismail, same row with Pizza Hut. You will not miss this building as it is brightly lighten up with yellow and blue rectangle shaped neon covering almost the whole 4 floor building.

Phone: +603 - 2141 4111
Fax: +603 - 2145 4002
Website: http://www.izzikl.com

Monday, August 07, 2006

Cafe 1920 - The Curve

In Short:
Modest ambience, extremely bad Ice Lemon Tea, unattentive service.


If you had ever attended school in your life, scrap back the memory of the old day orange cordial in your school's canteen, this is exactly how the Ice Lemon Tea tasted like albeit the fresh sliced piece of lemon dropped in. Awful!


Ceasar Salad, fresh vege with Ceasar sauce on top, coupled with fresh sliced olives, chicken chunks and croutons. Not bad for a starter.


Timbollo, Lasagna baked with pancake crepe in tomato chicken. Texture is rather too mushy, it was okay in the beginning but not so half way.


Pizza Magherita, tasted a bit like Cheese Nan from Steven Corners, if its without the tomato paste. All I could taste off it the Mozarella cheese, insufficient tomato paste to compliment the heap of cheese on top and there are no real tomato to be seen, is that what a Traditional Magherita looks like?