Review: Ippudo, Bangsar

After a long day of slaving away at work, I always seek comfort food. To me, a warm broth on a cool night is always very comforting. But few places make broths as good as Ippudo does. The steaming hot soup coupled with soft springy ramen and I'm as happy as a clam. Of course, being a Japanese establishment, they also do serve great maki and an assortment of side dishes. Though I haven't gotten the chance to try many, one of my favourites is their soft steamed pork bun (RM7). The lotus bun is steamed and then lined with a piece of lettuce, filled up with a generous slab of pork belly marinated with teriyaki sauce and topped off with a bit of Japanese mayonnaise. Their maki, like the unagi one

Review: Mitasu, Central Plaza

I very seldom make trips to downtown KL, in effort to avoid the jams and expensive parking. But once in a while, I have to go for assignments in the area. I was there some time last week when my interviewees decided to take me out for lunch at Mitasu, an affordable Japanese restaurant hidden in the basement of Central Plaza, a rather indistinct building amongst the towering skyscrapers. Since I was down with the flu, I decided to have some soupy Kitsune udon (RM16) to warm my body up. Surprisingly, the soup over there at Mitasu had a strong enough taste that I could enjoy my udon despite muted tastebuds! We were seated in an area hidden away from the crowd outside. But this meant that servic

Review: The Manna, Plaza Damas

This cheerful little Korean place in Plaza Damas was our the family's choice for an early dinner place because it started raining while we were walking around looking for a restaurant. It's very affordable - with prices starting from the low tens to the most expensive dish, their Pa-Jeon pancake, at RM25, pictured below. Pa-Jeon (RM25) - very tasty with a generous amount of ingredients. Worth the price! Dolsot-Bibimbap (RM13.90). Not as nice as Daorae, apparently. Japchae (RM17). It arrived cold and I sent it back to the kitchen. They microwaved it but still came back lukewarm. Taste-wise, too much pepper and could use a little more flavour. Overall it was an all right experience but I woul

Review: O Banh Mi, One Utama (and Uptown)

I've had O Banh Mi a decent amount of times before I decided to write this post. I simply love the casual vibe of the cafe, the simplicity of the food and the great service. Of course, if I see French toast on the menu, I must try it. And mannnn, that Vietnamese French toast is the softest, fluffiest, sweetest tasting French toast I've ever tried. It is served with peanuts and ice cream, so be sure to ask for no peanuts if you're allergic like I am. It's priced at a decent RM11. If you're a big fan of samosas and Malaysian popiahs, this Vietnamese deep fried spring roll should be no stranger to your tastebuds. For RM9, you get 3 rolls of fully stuffed spring rolls with a side of Vietnamese c

The Meat & Wine Co., Publika: Grand Opening

I was invited to the grand opening of The Meat & Wine Co. recently. Thank you for such a great night, Nadine and Devan! I decided to bring the bestie, who's also a journalist. So, us foodie-journos enjoyed a night of wining and dining which proved to be much-needed. Check out the hipster chic interior of the restaurant! Bruschetta duo (RM9) pictured above and below. The bruschetta comes with both the mushroom and diced tomato options. Chicken yakitori - flame grilled chicken glazed with yakitori sauce. Normally RM18 for the appetiser portion. The portions you see here were adapted for just the two of us. Another starter: the mini burgers (RM20), a mini version of the classic cheeseburger. Sm

Review: Acme South, Bangsar Village

Matt loves American food and he knows all about Southern cuisine. So when one of my colleagues told me about this place, I knew I had to take him here to test its authenticity. The interior of Acme South. The smoking area. Acme South's rustic looking signboard. Iced Latte (RM15). They even give you a cute little jug of sugar syrup. Matt's fried chicken mac and cheese (RM33), which he felt was "too much mac, not enough cheese". Truffles mushroom wontons (RM19). The wontons were drowned in Thai chilli sauce, which overpowered the truffle taste. Crispy Cajun Chicken (RM27) - a little messy but as Matt says, "Southern food is all taste and no presentation". It is a little heavy for brunch th

Review: Le Midi, Bangsar Shopping Centre

Matt took me to Le Midi for my birthday dinner last night. It was the first time we decided to break away from our usual Pampas Reserve dinner. He picked it for the view and good reviews about the steak. The reviews were not wrong. We both enjoyed our steaks immensely. The risotto was amazing and desserts were up to standard. I definitely enjoyed my birthday dinner! Wild mushroom risotto (RM39). 200gm tenderloin, medium rare (RM138++) Hot chocolate volcano cake (RM29). Classic Tiramisu (RM29) Le Midi, Bangsar Shopping Centre, 285, Jalan Maarof, Bukit Bandaraya, 59000 Kuala Lumpur #LeMidi #BangsarShoppingCentre #KualaLumpur

Review: Bingsu Cafe, Damansara Uptown

This is the first time I've heard of Bingsu since I'm not that into Korean culture. But when I saw pictures of it on Bingsu Cafe's Facebook page, I figured that shaved ice in this scorching weather should cool us down a notch. The interior of the family-run cafe. The cafe, though operated by a family, is also co-owned by a Korean partner. So you can be sure of its authenticity in its servings. The facade of the cafe, located strategically along the same row as Epicuro and POKC. The menu displayed on the grey feature wall. Blueberry cheesecake bingsu (RM17.90). The thing about Bingsu, which some might call the ice kacang of Korea, is that you pick what you want to eat and pair it with the sha

Review: Culinary Capers (Online)

When I first heard about Culinary Capers, it was through my former editor. She's into yoga and healthy eating. So I thought, okay, why not give it a shot (since she was hosting dinner and I didn't have much of a say anyway! Haha). It would also be the second time I was eating quinoa salad. The first was when I had quinoa salad at Living Food in Menara Tan & Tan. They serve raw food and I was rather turned off to say the least (as someone who isn't a huge fan of healthy eating, as you can see from this website). But as we gathered at the dinner table, the spread of greens and browns looking as welcoming as a tofu burger (which isn't as bad as it sounds but more on that later), I was apprehens

Review: Mercat Barcelona Gastrobar, Bangsar

I fell in love with Spanish food when I visited Mallorca and Barcelona late last year. Since then, I have not had Spanish food in fear of disappointment. Taking a leap with Mercat being the first Spanish place I've tried since coming back, I knew from the first bite that it was not a mistake. But it's a pity I couldn't try more dishes... (I must note that the last good Spanish meal I had in Malaysia was in Langkawi - Tapaz.) The facade of the restaurant, located just opposite Bangsar Village II (outside Wallis and Furla). The beautifully designed menu. Watermelon juice (RM14) Roasted eggplant with honey, pine nuts and mostillo reduction (RM29) Patatas bravas with garlic aioli and spring onio

Review: Thirty8, Grand Hyatt hotel

If there are two words I love more than "free food", they are "chocolate buffet", which is what Thirty8 at Grand Hyatt offers, on top of a stunning view of downtown KL. The chocolate buffet is RM78++ per head with plenty of chocolatey options. Chocolate opera cake, part of the buffet Also part of the buffet... The leather bound menus... ...all you can eat chocolate macarons? or blocks of Thirty8 chocolate pieces? perhaps, more macarons? or even a whole chocolate cake! Otherwise, maybe you'll settle with blocks of Valrhona instead? Otherwise... Thirty8 has plenty of ala carte dessert options too. Mille fruitless with vanilla ice cream (RM25) Thirty8 Signature Chocolate Cake (RM25) Mango sorbe

Review: Basil Thai Nudle Bar, Bangsar Village

Thai food is best enjoyed in big groups, which is why it's a good thing we tried Basil with the social media entertainment group of Malaysia for our annual Lousang Twtup. We may have overdone the lousang! ...and also the main courses! It was truly a night of indulgence till the end. The food at Basil was really authentic, maybe a little too authentic, as a few of our dining partners found the stir fried basil chicken a little too spicy. But for those who love a little extra zest and tang, this place is perfect for you! Basil Thai Nudle Bar Ground Floor Bangsar Village #BasilThaiNudleBar #BangsarVillage #authenticThaiinKL

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