Thursday, January 22, 2009

Josephine - Ipoh Garden South

I wanted to try Josephine after seeing the nice outlook of the restaurant, but Motormouth was faster, he already went to check out this place. To be frank, after reading his blog, I know the food are quite pricey. I expect a lot more from Josephine. As I always think that customer do not mind paying more, if the food is tasty - that's what we called value for money.

With quite a high expectation I step into this place. I invited a friend for lunch and she was late. So, I orderd the famous illy coffee while waiting. I ordered a Caramel Latte, it was not hot enough. I believe a lot of time is the skill of making the coffee also. It doesn't meet my requirement. I feel illy coffee at other places is much nicer, i.e. New Zealand Natural, and Big Apple Donuts & Coffee serves better illy coffee.

Ok, 1st disappointment. Then, even though the place looks good from outside, I do not feel very comfortable sitting on the sofa. The wood they used for table and chairs are some cheap wood, and maybe it is new, there is still a kind of wood smell inside the place.
Believe it or not, charging quite expensive, there was no sky juice served after I sat down. I have to ask for it?!! Ridiculios isn't it?

3rd disappointment, for God's sake, check the spelling before printing the menu, I notice a spelling mistake there, Carlsberg was spelt as Carlsburg. And the menu is only a piece of A3 paper?!! I am not sure whether they are rushing for opening for CNY therefore, they make it so lightly.

Anyways, I decided to order spaghetti as I want to compare this with Indulgence and Citrus. It was ok, but not worth paying RM30/=

Another one - "Fueslli Carbonara" -RM25 taste and looks normal- not at all value for money

Last but not least, they charge 5% service charge. I will give a big No No for this place....I hope they can improve overall, for food quality, service and interior set up if not is not easy to survive in Ipoh!

Monday, January 19, 2009

Asia Cafe SS15 Subang

My colleague brought us to Asia Cafe at SS15 last week. This is is very happening at night and is flooded with students, as INTI and Metropolitan is around the corner. I guess there are more than 50 stalls in this food court.
These are the food we ordered to share---

Fried Koay Teow - very similar to the Penang one - RM3.50

Korean mixed pork with rice - the gravy and marination was so good - very huge portion, 2- 3 people can share - RM10.00

Grilled fish with special gravy - RM15 - we ordered Ikan Pari - the fish is a bit so only

Wo Tip - the stall owner is from China I guess ( from the slang I know), taste quite good - RM 3 for 5 pieces

Uncle Bob fried Chicken - one of my colleague loves it to the core - RM5

Nice place to hang out, you'll be spoilt by the choice of food they have...

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Spice Gate, Ipoh -Chemor trunk road

On our way back from customers' site, we dropped by at Spice Gate for lunch. It is quite new, as last month when I passed by that area, it was not open yet.
This Indian restaurant serves great banana leaf rice. It is located after Kinta Free Trade Zone along Ipoh-Chemor trunk road if you are driving from Ipoh. Normally, we will opt for Restoran Samy in Chemor for banana leaf. However, recently, I feel that they standard has dropped...anyway, back to Spice Gate....the Vegetarian banana leaf cost RM4/=, taste good...

For RM4, they are giving quality vegetables, not the cheap ones....

We also ordered Chicken 65 - the boneless fry chicken - RM8.00

Basically, the chicken is marinated with different spices plus yogurt.This one taste good...There are many stories behind the name of this dish. Some said because there are 65 chillies being used for one full chicken, some said it was in the item #65 in the menu, some said it is tastier to cook this dish with chicken that is 65 days old etc....

I ordered the mango lassi, that goes well with curry, kind of smoothing effect.

However, this one is very thick for me, and quite expensive, cost RM8/=, more expensive than the meal....

If you love Banan Leaf rice,it is worth a try as the ambiance is good &most importantly the food is tasty.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Ipoh Best Wan Tan Mee - Buntong

If you are a fan of Wan Tan Mee, please check this out. This Wan Tan Mee stall has been existing for more than 20 years in Buntong, Ipoh. The noodle is not the ordinary / mediocre one, it's they own made Wan Tan noodle. Not only that, the dry Wan Tan Mee is nicely mixed with yummy sauce and not to forget, sprinkle with Ipoh famous bean sprout.
If you do not add the green chilies to your plate of Wan Tan Mee, it is not complete. Their green chilies are superb fresh, also their secret of tastiness.

They used to be at a corner lot at Jalan Sekolah, Buntong, now due to renovation, they temporary moved to Thye Kee Coffee Shop. They opens for dinner.
Direction: After Buntong Market, turn to Jalan Sekolah and look for the old uncle busy making noodle and possibly the most crowded shop, that it is!

Monday, January 12, 2009

Overseas Restaurant - Chinese Fine Dining?!

I was invited to enjoy a 7-course Chinese Fine Dining at Overseas aka Haewaytian. Wonder how Chinese fine dining looks like, do check this out.....

The first dish - Shark Fin Soup - with scallop, sea cucumber, prawn and crab meat.

Then, comes the second dish

On one side, prawn top with fish egg, at the bottom is apple salad

The other side is the noddle at the bottom and fish cake on top of it with cucumber

The overall presentation is cool - at first glance really looks like Western fine dining...ya

Here comes another surprise - looks like burger right?

Haha- is actually the Chinese Man Tao with deer meat

The fourth dish - a nice Chinese name is given 金砖烩双筋 - the golden brick is tofu and the muscles, I am not very sure - but should be pork and beef muscle ( at the bottom )

Then comes the cod fish

It's Chinese dining, so rice is a must - the fried rice with beans and other veg - top with salted egg yolk - the crispy veg at the side is Chinese broccoli - kailan

Last but not least - the desserts
Nicely presented - but it's actually the "kuih dadah" - coconut fillings with gula melaka

And the sweet corn tong sui

It was a sumptuous meal, really. Everyone enjoyed and of course, I appreciate the creativity of the chef. Overall food is good and we were enjoying the presentation of food, dining experience and of course, not to forget guessing on some of the ingredients ( later, we check with the manager to confirm also ). It is something special to explore. Guess how much is the set per pax? or how much you are willing to spend ??

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Zen Cafe - Mid Valley

I am sure most food lovers can't live without dessert. The other day, when I was watching AFC ( Asian Food Channel), the host was even commented that "dessert is a substitute for sex". In fact, research shows that eating chocolate helps to improve our mood and release stress! So, go ahead and have your dessert, but of course, don't over- indulge, !!

Last weekend we went to Zen Cafe at Mid Valley for our dessert after lunch. The cafe located at an open area of 3rd floor of the mall displayed some nice cakes, so we decided to give a try! While browsing the menu, we discovered that this is another subsidiary of Secret Recipe, oh ok...maybe a bit "high end" version of SR.

The almond brownies with ice-cream - RM7.50

With fair amount of almond flakes, not very sweet( of my taste ), the hot cake is nicely match with the cold vanilla ice-cream, good!

I tried something special, the Creme Brulee - RM 6.50

Creme Brulee is a French word. The direct translation means burnt cream. It is a dessert with rich custard base topped with a layer of hard caramel, created by burning sugar under a grill / blowtorch. It usually serves cold in individual ramekins. < From Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia >

The creme brulee at Zen is simple but taste good. The cold custard base is flavoured with vanilla, and I love the caramelized top, I like the crispy feeling with cold custard, is my cup of tea, not very sweet, lovely!

The Zen Cafe
Lot TK01. 3rd Floor, Mid Valley Megamall.
My self rating: 8/10

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Laksa - Gunung Rapat Ipoh

Ipoh is not famous for assam laksa. The laksa you can get here will be a bit different from Penang. However, there is one nice assam laksa stall opposite Gunung Rapat Market, worth trying!!

The laksa soup, with generous amount of fish pieces, sliced cucumber, sliced unions, sprinkle with mint leave, and optional shrimp paste to add into soup!

The noodle

The best to have this crispy 腐皮 to enjoy along with the laksa

Not to forget, to have a nice lemon drink, superb combination with my yummy laksa!

Look for this name - 馳名基婆喇沙 - quite funny ya! The shop just sell laksa, opposite Gunung Rapat wet market, open for lunch.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Indulgence Ipoh

Indulgence - the name itself sends us the message which type of target market this restaurant is aiming at - of course the up market and those who can indulge in spending RM30 just for a salad and much more shocking price on the menu! Of course, for me, the food really taste great, but cannot afford to be a frequent visitor, because my pocket does not allow me to be indulged so much!!! Ha ha....

It has been almost 6 months I didn't step into this place. I miss the tiramisu there a lot, so decided to indulge myself...once a while is ok right?

The bungalow - outside view of the restaurant. The dining place occupies the whole ground floor, while the boutique hotel is at the 1st floor. Price starts at RM400/night...

The stairways to heaven - - - I mean the hotel's room

The cake session

The hot chocolate - cost RM14 - my goodness!!! Feedback from my sis - ok only!

My latte - RM10 - nothing very special

The bread - this is really good!!

The pizza - FIDEL - with mozzarella and fontina cheese, sun dried tomatoes, caramelized figs and chicken - cost RM32

Does not look very special, but taste is good.The amount of cheese are generous and the base is thin and crispy!

Last but not least, the tiramisu - my love, cost RM14/ piece!!!

I know the traditional tiramisu is made from ladyfingers soaked with coffee and rum, this one I can't find the ladyfingers in this. I don't think there is liquor added as well...but I just love the taste, who cares whether it is authentic right?

My self rating:
Ambiance: 9/10
Cleanliness: 9/10
Taste: 8/10
Price: 3/10
Service: 8/10

p/s: If there is any special occasion, like birthday/ anniversary or you want to impress someone, this is the right place to dine!

The restaurant:
14, Jalan Raja Hilir ( Jalan Tambun),
30350, Ipoh, Perak.
Tel: 05- 255 7051
Closed on Monday & Tuesday

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Zanmai Sushi - The Gardens

If you are sushi or Japanese food lover, this is a place you shouldn't miss. Even though Zanmai is catogorised as Japanese "fast food" like Sushi King and Genki, personally I feel in terms of price and quality of food, it is really value for money. Not to mentioned, it is located in The Gardens, I guess, comparatively it is the most affordable besides the food court.

Anyway, the food was lovely.

The Salmon Sashimi - RM6.00 for 3 pieces - very fresh!!!

Prawn Tempura Thick Roll - RM6.00

Soft Shell Crab Thick Roll - RM6.00

Chicken Katsu Curry - RM 10.80

We did order one more soft shell crab handroll, which I forgot to snap photo - cost RM4.80 only. My personal overall rating is 8/10 for value of money dining. The total bill was RM 41.15 inclusive of 15% survice charge and tax.
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