Monday, March 28, 2011

Craft Brews

There's no doubt that pork and beer goes hand in hand for a enjoyable meal. Have been "warned" about how bad the food was, this time decided to go and give it a try. The food may been bad once but not necessarily over time especially it has been around for quite a bit. The non smoking area was full and so we went to the sofa seating area to wait for a table. Meantime, we ordered our food and beer while we waited. Looks good as they always say, a packed place is usually a sign for good food :p

So Darn Right!

The Combo Platter consists of "goodies" famous in Craft Brews which is the Egg Plant Chips, Bacon Wrapped Classic Roast Pork Skewers and a choice of Caramelized Pork, Pork I or Pork II. Loved the delicious crispy deep fried slices of egg plants with bits and pieces of dried shrimp which was nice to chew on with a nice mug of beer. The Bacon Wrap Skewers were excellent as the method of grilling lends a slight smoky flavour to the meat. A sliver of onions and green pepper gave it an extra nice taste. For the last choice, we chose either Pork I or Pork II as I cannot really remember which was which. The only difference is that one is spicy and one is not. We chose the former and it was really addictive. Fried pork belly in black sauce with herbs and cili padi. My friend was practically chewing on the chillies and when I tried one, it nearly burnt my tongue!

Combo Platter

We were given a complimentary bowl of minestrone soup which was a nice touch and it wasn't some kind of diluted crap.

Minestrone Soup

Crispy Roast Pork Salad was great. Loads of greens and the roast pork has been well battered and fried till crisp. The batter was light and not too thick. The portion is pretty big too and the bits of pork was pretty generous. The meat has a salty bite and goes great with any beer.

Crispy Roast Pork Salad

Honey Mustard Pork Ribs came with a side of vegetables, corn and very tasty fried potato wedges. There were four pieces ribs which were well marinated and flavourful. We made a good choice my ordering this :)

Honey Mustard Pork Ribs

A place to try the Flying Dog beer which if not mistaken, is an American beer and some of their very own cocktails. The ambiance was great for a nice drink and a fun chatter. They used to have a beer buffet for RM66++ but now they no longer have this :(

Craft Brews
Jalan PJU 7/2,
Mutiara Damansara,
47800 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Tel: 03-7722 300

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Soo Kee @ Ampang

Was over in Ampang to check out a dive shop. Since it was noon time and lunch time, it wouldn't be surprising that one will feel hungry by then :p Scouted around the area for makan place. Saw some good restaurants like Ma Maison (finally found it), Las Carrestas which I went before and was good, Brussels and a few more restaurants. Anyhow, we ended up at Soo Kee Restaurant. We weren't sure of what to order and asked if there is any Wantan Noodles. They said no wantan noodles but rather they have Char Siew Noodles and that's when we say yes and make that two.

The noodles were pretty alright and for the sauce of the noodle, they actually add deep fried pieces of crispy pork skin. It's delicious (this is coming from a person who like deep fried pork lard) but my friend finds it a little too oily. I like the Barbequed Pork very much. The meat is tender, juicy, succulent and well marinated. The only bad thing is that some of the pieces have a big layer of pork fat. Probably should have told them to give us a bit more leaner meat.

Overall, it was tasty and liked it. However, it's expensive for a barbequed pork noodle as it cost RM8 per place well above the standard price outside. After doing some googling, apparently this place is famous for their barbequed meat and their non-people-friendly prices as well.

No. 373-1
4th Mile
Jalan Ampang
Kuala Lumpur

Friday, March 18, 2011

Good Evening Bangkok @ One Utama

It has been years since I last had a meal here in Good Evening Bangkok and it was a good experience. After all those year, I never knew why it did not come across my mind to go there. I usually get my Thai food fix in My Elephant because I wouldn't need to hunt for a parking space in a shopping mall.

The Tom Yam Poh Teak (RM12.90) for one person portion was recommended by the staff there. An initial plan of ordering Tom Yam Goong was changed as the staff in waiting recommended the spicy clear tomyam soup which is filled with seafood and mushrooms. Very nice soup and low fat too! :p Didn't see a single drop of oil in there and the taste of the herbs is very well defined. Excellent choice!

Tom Yam Poh Teak

Having tried the Cripsy Catfish with Mango Salad (RM 17.90) in June Thai previously, chanced upon it in here. The catfish is deep fried until really crispy and the mango salad was piquant and tangy. Very palatable and it is definitely an excellent starter to start with.

Crispy Catfish with Mango Salad

At first, felt that the Beef with Black Pepper Sauce (RM19.90) was a little too sweet but after a while of eating it, it got better and better. Getting a little addicted to it. The beef slices were tender though.

Beef with Black Pepper Sauce

The Braised Asparagus with Prawns (RM17.90) was excellent. Loved those juicy succulent pieces of asparagus and the sauce was good. Was spooning the sauce over my rice most of the time and they were pretty generous with the portion.

Braised Asparagus with Prawn

Didn't regret coming back here again. The food is delicious, ambiance comfortable and has got the Thai feel, wasn't crowded and service was quite ok. It is located next to Robot Sushi facing the inner outdoor area of New Wing in One Utama. It has the usual 10% service charge and 6% government tax.

Lot G343A Ground Floor,
1 Utama Shopping Center
47800 Petaling Jaya,
Tel: +603-7727 8708

Sunday, March 6, 2011

The Loaf @ Bangsar Village II

Fancy bakeries have been springing about lately. Having had a good experience at The Loaf in Pavillion previously, I am glad that they opened one nearby in Bangsar Village II. A plus point about the outlet in BVII is that the place is not as congested as the one in Pavillion and there is service provided where they will take your order but that is if you know what pastry or bread that you want. The dining in area and bakery is combined thus, have your bread and order mains.

I remembered how good the Chocolate Croissant pastry was and wouldn't miss the chance to order it again. Melted in chocolate in the middle cupped with flaky pastry. Definitely a must for chocolate lovers. However, the melted chocolate was a little too cooled down hence, the chocolate did not flow as fluidly as how it was when I first tried it. The taste is still good though. And the Pan Cream which was deliciously light and fluffy. Goes really well with the cream custard in it.


Chicken Meatloaf in Brown Sauce (RM 26). The meat was juicy and well flavoured but I would definitely prefer it if it was beef. They didn't have beef on that day itself.

Chicken Loaf in Brown Sauce

Albeit a little pricy but the quality and taste is there. The Bangsar Village II outlet is a nice and quiet place to hang out.

GF-2 & 5, Ground Floor,
Bangsar Villa II
2, Jalan Telawi Satu
Bangsar Baru,
Tel: +603 2282 1769