Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Pappa Roti Cafe @ Putrajaya

Pappa Roti is one of the very successful brands that has spread it's wings to 13 countries. Despite being one that is so famous, I have never come across their outlets in the Klang Valley, maybe that's because they have been concentrating on the global scene and now are opening more outlets in Malaysia. 

The outlet in IOI City Mall is located on the Lower Ground Floor, closer to the Tesco side. The cafe has an excellent ambience and is a great place to relax and have conversations with friends. The staffs were very friendly and seemed ready to assist with any queries. 

Their Signature Bun is offered here with a number of wet and dry toppings. The variety and creativity that they have added to the bun truly amazes me. Prices seem reasonable as well. 

Signature Bun @ RM 3.40
Their Signature Bun is very unique compared to the other coffee buns. This one comes caramel coated and has a much lighter  and fluffier mid body feel to it. During the baking process, it takes a minimum of five hours for the bun to rise and maintain it's perfect shape and that shows the level effort that is invested in each bun. No wonder this brand has become a global brand with more than 400 outlets across 13 countries. If you happen to be in IOI City Mall, I would definitely recommend  giving this a try. 

Address: LG 26, IOI City Mall, 62502 Putrajaya, Malaysia.

Opening Hours: 1000 - 2200 Daily

Monday, 10 July 2017

The Ganga Cafe @ Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur

I have heard about Ganga Cafe from many of my expatriate friends. Lot's of positive reviews shared and it's one of those rare places where you get Maharashtrian cuisine in Kuala Lumpur. It has always been on my list of must visit restaurants and only today I got the opportunity to visit this restaurant. 

Ganga Cafe In Taman Bukit Pantai

Located Amidst A Green Residential Area

Simple And Nice
This cafe is located in Taman Bukit Pantai. right between Bangsar and Pantai. Finding the place should not be a problem if you use any of the GPS systems. One of the big challenges here is parking, especially late evenings since there are many high end restaurants along this same row and with very minimal parking bays. One option would be to use the jockey services available. Otherwise, you would end up going in circles just to find a place to park. 

As you can see in their menu, they mainly concentrate on Maharashtrian food and most street food that you commonly get in the streets of Mumbai. Kindly do note that this is a vegetarian restaurant as well. I would not say that their prices are very cheap but these are food items that we do not commonly get in Malaysia and that slight premium is acceptable. Waiting time can be long since most of their dishes are cooked to order. Do expect a wait time of 40 minutes on average. 

Ganga Standard Thali Set @ RM 9.90

Comes With A Choice Of Rice Or Chapati
They do have two types of Thali Meals, 'Light' and 'Standard'. This is their standard one, comes with four vegetables, two gravies and Rasam. Also, you have a choice of going for Rice or Chapati and I opted for the latter. The curries were good and so were the gravies. Definitely different to the ones that we get in South Indian restaurants. If I were to rate them, I would give them 8/10. Their Chapathi's were good as well. The right thickness and served hot. I would rate these at 8/10 as well.

Hyderabad Dum Briyani @ RM 18.00

Their Hyderabad Dum Briyani was nothing much to be honest. Or, perhaps I am so used to having meat based Briyanis, this seemed like it lacked flavours. But I have eaten Vegetarian Briyani in South India and the flavours were good. Based on this, I can only conclude that this was not up to the mark. It was a little dry as well and lacked gravy. The Raita on the other hand was good but sadly, the rice slacked. My rating for this dish would be 6/10 only. 

Pav Bhaji @ RM 8.90
Their Pav Bhaji was awesome! It tasted exactly like the ones that I had had in Mumbai. The buns were soft and the vegetarian gravy mixed with diced onions and lime was awesome. I would give this 10/10 for sure. 

Vegetarian Mutton @ RM 5.00
Unlike the other dishes that we have tasted thus far, their Vegetarian Mutton was a let down. Firstly, the mock mutton itself wasn't great. Secondly, the portion was probably half the size of my palm and for RM 5.00, that's just not justified. And most importantly, it didn't taste that great either. Considering all these, I would only give this 4/10. 

Sev Potato Poori @ RM 6.00
Their Sev Potato Poori was excellent. Loved the mixture of ingredients inside the Poori's and the taste was very pleasant and authentic. Without a doubt, this is another dish that deserves 10/10. 

Vada Pav @ RM 6.90 each
Their Vada Pav's were just brilliant. Each bite brought scenes of my previous Mumbai visits to my mind. The taste was so authentic and I just fell in love with it. 10/10 is what this heavenly Pav deserves. 

Masala Tea @ RM 3.90
Their Masala Tea was exactly what you would get in Mumbai which isn't like any of those that we would get in South India. Very bold bodied, very rich in spices and a subdued tea taste is what I would say this was. Though it wasn't one that I thoroughly enjoyed since my taste buds are more tuned in to the South Indian version, for it's authenticity I would give it a 10/10. 

The Bill
If you're looking for a place to have authentic Maharashtrian Vegetarian food in Kuala Lumpur, I would suggest Ganga Cafe. Located in Pantai Hillpark, they do offer some amazing dishes at very decent prices. A good place for vegetarians who are looking for a slight change in menu. 

Address: No.19, Lorong Kurau, Taman Bukit Pantai, Bangsar, 59100 Kuala Lumpur.

Opening Hours: Monday - Saturday 0900 - 2300
                             Sunday 1000 - 1500

Sunday, 9 July 2017

Dynasty Fire Restaurant @ Hulu Bernam, Selangor

Dynasty Fire Restaurant is a rather new restaurant that had taken over from the previous management. I have blogged about this place sometime in May, that was when they had just taken over the place. Being impressed with the food, we decided to come back this afternoon for lunch. 

Dynasty Fire Restaurant In Taman Weng Cheong

A Very Clean Set Up
This restaurant is located in Taman Weng Cheong which is on the Hulu Bernam side of town along Jalan Changkat Asa. The restaurant has two sections, an air-conditioned dining hall and another open space. Service is speedy here and the reception that you get is warm too. 

Dry Chilli Squid @ RM 13.00
Their Dry Chilli Squid was very good. In fact, I was surprised when I saw the bill later on and this dish only cost us RM 13.00 . The portions were huge, the dish was mildly sweet and spicy and overall it was an enjoyable dish. I would rate this at 9/10. 

Sizzling Tofu @ RM 12.00
Their Sizzling Tofu was above average for me. I would have preferred for it to have some egg at the base and a little more of minced pork. The volume of Japanese Tofu however was satisfactory. My rating for this shall be 7/10. 

Deep Fried Fish with Vinegar @ RM 34.20
The deep fried fish was perfectly done. However, the soy sauce and vinegar mix was a little off. It ended up being a tad too salty and that killed the dish. Otherwise, the fish itself was good. Another one that I would give 7/10. 

Kangkung Belacan @ RM 8.00
This Kangkung Belacan dish was heavenly.They were very generous with the dried shrimp paste (Belacan) and that definitely helped to boost the taste. Amazing this was and it deserves a 9/10. 

Butter Prawns @ RM 23.00
Another good dish that we all enjoyed. The batter was just perfect and the prawns were wonderfully done. Loved the flavours! My rating for this shall be 8/10. 

The Bill
Overall, we were quite happy with the dishes and the prices seemed reasonable too. Most of the dishes tasted pretty good as well. This would definitely be a place that I would be visiting more often. A good Chinese restaurant to visit if you happen to be in Tanjung Malim / Hulu Bernam area. 

Address: No. 9, Taman Weng Cheong, Jalan Changkat Asa, 35900 Hulu Bernam, Selangor.

Opening Hours: 1100 - 1500 & 1730 - 2300 Daily

Saturday, 8 July 2017

Indian Kitchen / Simple Box Food.com @ Cyberjaya, Selangor

Indian Kitchen is one of the pioneer Indian restaurants in Cyberjaya. Years back, they were located inside the Street Mall and of late, they had moved over to the Glomac Cyberjaya area. I have blogged about them in the past and so if you would like to go through their menu, I have captured it in the previous entry. The food here is pretty good and the prices are reasonable. I had some guests from India this afternoon and we were supposed to meet for lunch. Confident that these guys would serve some good food, I brought them here for lunch. It was mid day and the place was crowded with customers. Despite that, they handled the crowd swiftly and in a matter of minutes, we got our meal. 

Garlic Naan @ RM 4.00 each

Butter Naan @ RM 4.00 each
We went for two pieces of their Garlic Naan and one Butter Naan and both their breads were very impressive. They were sufficiently soft and came with a generous spread of add on's, in this case garlic and butter. And for the price, I would say that the portions were reasonable. My rating for these shall be 8/10. 

Dhal Makhani @ RM 12.00
Dhal Makhani was good and I loved the generous usage of spices in this dish. Dhal was also reasonably thick and was just perfect to go with the bread. Portions were huge too. Taste wise, I would give this 8/10 as well. 

Aloo Gobi @ RM 12.00
Their Aloo Gobi was very good. I think for this Cyberjaya area, this is the best Aloo Gobi that I have tasted. The vegetables were cooked just right and the mix of spices were overwhelming. 9/10 is what I shall rate this dish. 

Onion Pakoras @ RM 8.00
This was one of the top sellers at Simple Box Food (prior to the merger) and you get that very same consistency here. The Pakkoras was crunchy, non greasy and absolutely addictive. For the price, the portion was huge too. A must try item at this restaurant. I would definitely give this 9/10. 

Masala Tea @ RM 4.00
After a good meal, it is always best to round it up with a good Masala Tea. Priced just at RM 4.00 , I found the tea to be good. The masala wasn't too strong and it had that perfect blend. One that I would recommend for sure. My rating for this shall be 9/10.

Our Bill For The Day
I have visited this restaurant numerous times and each time, I would return satisfied. In fact, even my Indian friend found the food to be good. Besides the food, the overall ambiance is very cosy as well. If you're looking for a good place to have North Indian food in Cyberjaya, this restaurant would definitely be a good choice. 

Address: No. 7, Block E-G-7, Jalan GC4, 63000 Cyberjaya, Selangor, Malaysia.

Friday, 7 July 2017

Tien Yin Seafood Restaurant @ Bagan Sungai Burung, Selangor

Sometime last week, I had shared an entry from a fishing town and that was from the coast of Pantai Batu Laut. Today, I shall be sharing another fantastic place that is not too far from Kuala Lumpur and this place is located in Bagan Sungai Burung, Sabak Bernam. 

Paddy Fields Along The Way

The Restaurant In Bagan Sungai Burung, Selangor

Crowded Even During Non Peak Hours

People Just Keep Pouring In

Clean Space
Bagan Sungai Burung is just off Sungai Besar but it comes under the Sabak Bernam district. Being a fishing town, this place promises cheap and fresh seafood that is deliciously prepared. There's many ways to get here but for us, it was best to come from Tanjung Malim using the Sungai Besar road that starts from Behrang town. The journey was just under 80 minutes but the roads were not too good as you're mostly driving through villages and paddy fields. Nevertheless, it is still worth the drive. We arrived around 2.30 pm and even at that hour, this place was three quarter full. There's no menu card whatsoever here but the dishes shown below are some of their signature dishes and you would see them at almost every table. The staffs are very friendly and they surely seem so used to handling crowd. One thing I liked about the lady boss here is that she does adjust the dishes based on the number of pax and she tells you when she thinks that you're ordering a little too much. That is an honest gesture that is not found in many restaurants these days. 

Salted Egg Squid @ RM 19.08
Even when placing the orders, the lady boss had informed us that only the large squid was available and we decided to proceed with the orders. I must agree that the squid was very fresh and for this lot, we were only charged RM 24.80 which is very cheap. The preparation was good too. I would rate this at 8/10. 

Kam Heong Mantis Prawns @ RM 16.96
Another wonderful dish that is not to be missed here. The Mantis Prawns were again fresh and they were cooked with lots of onions and dried shrimps. Again a wonderful preparation that we all enjoyed. I would definitely rate this at 9/10. 

Large Prawns Steamed With Eggs @ RM 28.62
This was again another fantastic dish. 12 large prawns they are and the dish was only priced at RM 28.62 . Taste wise, this was quite unique. They had used Rice Wine and egg and that gave a wonderful blend of flavours. A good one to have here and I would rate this at 9/10. 

Teo Chew Style Steamed Fish @ RM 24.38
That was such a large cut and it was very reasonable priced at RM 24.38 . The Teo Chew Style of steaming was also perfectly done and it came with lots of pickled vegetables and soft bean curd. A must try here and this deserves a perfect 10/10. 

Butter Crabs (1 Kg) @ RM 57.24
Their Butter Crabs were very fresh and the meat was so juicy. For 1 Kg, it was only priced at RM 57.24 which is the cheapest I have seen in recent times. It's definitely way cheaper that Pantai Batu Laut as well. 9/10 is what I shall give this dish. 

As you can see from the bill, the food is is very cheap and no wonder that this place is so crowded and people are willing to travel the distance.

Beautiful Beach Not Too Far From The Restaurant
Being a fishing town, this place does serve some excellent seafood at ridiculously cheap prices. The food is fresh as fishermen literally dock at this village daily. Even if you want to get some fresh seafood supplies, this would be the perfect place as you could buy them directly from the fishermen. The best route to get here would be via Tanjung Malim using the back road that heads in to Sungai Besar. A mere 80 minute journey that brings you to some heavenly food that's wallet friendly. After your meal, you could relax at the beach side as well. The views are amazing and it's a mere three minutes away from this restaurant. 

Address: Lot 24725, Bagan Sungai Burung, 45200 Sabak Bernam, Selangor, Malaysia.

Opening Hours: 1200 - 2230 Daily