Friday, 24 March 2017

Ipoh Market Street @ Avenue K, Kuala Lumpur

Having heard that a new outlet had opened in Avenue K that mainly sells Ipoh food, I made it a point to visit them within the few weeks from the time that they had opened. Apparently this is a branch of a famous restaurant that hails from Market Street, Ipoh and they had been in business in Ipoh since 1980. 

Ipoh Market Street At Upper Concourse Level

Very Crowded During Lunch
This restaurant is located on the Upper Concourse Level of Avenue K Mall. Being rather new, business was very good and the place was packed with customers. I had to wait a while before being allocated a table. 

Their Menu brought many of the famous dishes from Ipoh under one roof. Well, this is one of those premium malls and it's no surprise that their prices would be slightly on the high side. Nevertheless, it still seemed rather affordable to me and being in Ampang, this still would qualify as a day to day restaurant. Just like most cafe's, you'd have to write down your orders on a chit that is provided and then hand it over to the waiter who would then again confirm your orders before keying it into the system. 

Ipoh White Coffee @ RM 3.50
Their Ipoh White Coffee was not as good as the one that you would get in Ipoh. This seemed like those instant 3 in 1 coffee that comes in sachets. Nevertheless, still acceptable quality and I would rate this at 7/10. 

Ipoh Pulut Kaya @ RM 5.90
This was one of my favourites and must haves as a child. Whenever we were visiting Ipoh, it's mandatory to have this for breakfast. This preparation lived up to it's name. The Pulut was very good and the Kaya was heavenly! Highly recommended one to order here. I would definitely give this 9/10. 

Market Street Steamed Chicken @ RM 10.90
This Steamed Chicken dish was quite disappointing. In fact, my friend and I (both being Perakians) were jokingly saying that this chicken had not gone anywhere close to Ipoh and probably not even crossed the border town of Tanjung Malim. The meat was stiff and it wasn't fresh. Even the skin tasted weird. The accompanying Chili & Garlic Paste too was a let down. I would only give this 6/10. 

Market Street Dry Curry Mee @ RM 11.90
This version of Dry Curry Mee wasn't very similar to the one's that we get in Ipoh. However, I enjoyed the dish. The blend of thick curry and noodles was so good. The Chili Paste too was excellent. I have already mentioned about their Steamed Chicken and so it would not make sense to repeat it here. Their Siew Yuk was decent too. As an overall dish, I loved the flavours! Yes, another dish worth trying here. Rating wise, I'd give it 9/10. 

Market Street Chicken Hor Fun @ RM 10.90
The main thing that would decide if this dish makes it or fails is the soup and in this case, the soup failed miserably. Though I would agree that they were generous with the ingredients, the soup tasted so bland and flat. A major let down! I would give this a 4/10. 

From the dishes that I had tried today, I would say that it was selectively good. We had four dishes and out of that, two were excellent and two were quite bad and that's quite a contrast between them in terms of taste. I had also checked their Facebook page and the feedback was almost similar. So, I am not alone. I hope that they do read these feedback and do the needful. 

Address: UC - 3, Upper Concourse Level, Avenue K Shopping Mall, 
                156, Jalan Ampang, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Opening Hours: 0800 - 2200 Daily

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Green Banana Leaf Restaurant @ Cyberjaya, Selangor

Green Banana Leaf is located in Shaftsbury Square, one of those malls in Cyberjaya that is located in Cyber 6 area. They have been there for a few years now, if I remember correctly they opened up along with this mall some 3 years back. 

Located On The Ground Floor

Interior Of The Restaurant
This restaurant is located on the Ground Floor of this mall and can be easily seen from the main street. Parking can be a hassle here as there's limited outdoor parking and that would mean that you would need to park in the closed multi tier parking. The problem with that is you would need to have a Touch N Go card. If you have that, then it's quite convenient. Parking by the road side is risky as well as Majlis Daerah Sepang does tow the car's away every now and then. Coming back to this restaurant, though it looked very bright and nice from the outside, it was very gloomy and dark on the inside. The staffs were also not cooperative and they were putting on a sour face. It's like they see you but they don't and most of them tend to turn away even when you try very hard to get their attention. Finally, one guy from the kitchen came out and served me. I wasn't sure if it was only me but shortly, my theory was confirmed. A few more patrons arrived and they too were given the same treatment, and that too during peak lunch hours. 

Banana Leaf  Rice Meal @ RM 8.00
After the huge struggle, finally my meal was served. This Basic Banana Leaf Rice Meal was priced at RM 8.00 and it came with some rice, Sambar, Venthaya Kulambu, 3 vegetables, Appalam and Kesari. I would say that the price is reasonable as you get three vegetables plus a desert in an air-conditioned restaurant. 

The vegetables were generally quite tasty and they were fresh as well. Based on the three veggies that I tasted, I would give them a 8/10. 


Venthaya Kulambu

The gravies were very good as well. The Sambar was nice and it came with lots of potatoes. Their Venthaya Kulambu was a winner. It was one of the best ones that I have had, very close in taste to what Maalini's in Puchong does. That's a highly recommended gravy to have here. Rasam was good as well and I found it to be better than those that we usually get. Ratings wise, I would give their Sambar 7/10, Venthaya Kulambu 10/10 and Rasam 9/10. 

Though it was a complimentary desert, they were very generous with the ghee and as a result, it tasted pretty good. This, I would rate at 9/10. 

I am very impressed with the food here, the gravies especially. Those were truly impressive. The vegetables were good and so was the Kesari. I haven't tasted the non vegetarian dishes and thus am unable to comment on those. However, the service was surely horrible. I am yet to come across a restaurant that has staffs that behave in such a manner. It was as if customers were a nuisance and were solely there to disrupt their peace. Even when they were serving the food, there was no etiquette. They were literally chucking the food items on the leaf and were just waiting for the opportunity to leave the customer. Personally, I doubt if I would return. Being a paying customer, I would expect a certain level courteousness and not to be treated like this.Nevertheless, food is surely good.

Address: P1-17, Shaftsbury Square, Persiaran  Multimedia, Cyber 6, 
                 63000 Cyberjaya, Selangor.

Opening Hours: 0800 - 2230 Daily 

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Pandian's Indian Food Stall @ Petaling Jaya, Selangor

Pandian's Indian Food Stall has been around for about 16 years now. Not only do they cater for the locals living around SS 3, there are many loyal customers that come from afar solely for the excellent food served at this stall. I was introduced to this stall by a very close friend of mine and I was amazed as to the distance that he was willing to travel just to have breakfast. After doing some research on the internet, that was when I found out that there are many such loyal customers who are doing the same as well.

The Food Court At SS3, Petaling Jaya

Mr. Pandian's Stall Occupying Four Stalls
This Food Court has a number of stalls but Mr. Pandian is the only owner who has taken up four stalls. His business starts daily from 6 am and goes on till around 4 pm. We were here for a late breakfast and even at that time, the place was crowded and you get to see even foreigners dining at his stall.

Spoilt For Choice
Even by around 10.30 am, there were so many dishes that were already prepared catering for lunch. These were neatly arranged on the tables for customers' convenience. What you see in the photograph were solely the vegetarian dishes as the non vegetarian dishes were placed separately. From my observation, it was clear that more dishes were still being prepared. 

Vadai with Venthaya Kulambu and Sambar
Their Vadai was good. I loved the non greasy texture and it was sufficiently soft. As for their Vadai, I would give it 8/10. The Venthaya Kulambu and Sambar were both good as well. Both were generously spiced and watery. For me, both of these gravies deserve 8/10 as well. 

Roti Canai with Lady's Finger
Their Lady's Finger Perattal was tasty. What I liked most about this dish was the fact that it wasn't overdone. The veggie was still crunchy and tasty. I would give this 8/10. Their Roti Canai was good as well. Again, a non greasy version and it was soft and nice. Taste was excellent as well. Again one that deserves 8/10. 

Uppuma With Vegetable Kulambu
Since I had tasted their Venthaya Kulambu earlier, this time I went for their Vegetable Kulambu and just like the rest of the curries that I had tasted, this too was up to the mark. Good for sure and I would give this 8/10. Their Uppuma was very good. The mix of spices was excellent. Not overly infused, it was just right. I would give this 9/10. 

In summary, all of us loved the food here. The prices were very reasonable as well. In fact, I personally thought that they were slightly lower than market prices. Looking at the spread of dishes that's being prepared for lunch, I am definitely coming back soon.

Address: Stalls 3, 4, 5 and 6, Wawasan Selera, No. 5, Jalan SS 3/33, 
                47300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia.

Opening Hours: 0600 - 1600 Daily

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Restoran Gulam Maju @ Kajang, Selangor

Gulam Maju is an Indian Muslim restaurant that is located on the ground floor of Mewah 9 Residence which is in Taman Bukit Mewah, Kajang. It may seem like just another ordinary restaurant but this is the only restaurant in this vicinity that caters for easily over a 1,000 houses. 

The Restaurant At Mewah 9 Residence

Indoor And Outdoor Seating Available
The restaurant is quite simple in design and is usually manned by three staffs. All three are Bangladeshi's and you'd be surprised to learn that all cooking is done by them, except for the rice and curries that comes from the other outlet. Being the sole restaurant in this area, they are open 24 hours daily. 

Maggi Curry
The first dish that I tried at this restaurant was their Maggi Curry. Somehow it tasted quite odd for me as it had a sweet aftertaste. I am not sure what else the guy added that brought about such a taste but it didn't feel normal. Ingredients wise, it's all the common items that we would usually find. I would probably give this a 7/10. 

Rice & Curries
The above consists of Rice, Fish Curry, Fried Bitter Gourd, Fried Fish and a piece of Fried Chicken. The Fried Fish was above average only, nothing much to shout about. The Fried Chicken seemed like an overnight one which I was not too happy about. The Fried Bitter Gourd was good. Crispy and the spices were just perfect. The Fish Curry was excellent. A very good one I would say. If I were to rate these, I'd give the Fish a 6/10, the Chicken a 3/10, the Bitter Gourd a 8/10 and the Fish Curry a 9/10. 

Mee Goreng
Their Mee Goreng was very nice. I was definitely surprised that a Bangladeshi had mastered this skill. It was more on the wet style of preparation, mildly sweet and mildly spicy, and  surely a good plate of Mee Goreng. This I would rate at 8/10. 

In summary, I would definitely return for their Mee Goreng and Fish Curry. And to add to this, a few days back, I also had their Nasi Goreng and it was excellent. If I was to rate that, I'd give it a 9/10 as well. Unfortunately, my phone battery went flat and I couldn't take pictures. Drinks wise, those too are quite nice. If only they improve in terms of the variety of curries, then definitely business would be way better. 

Address: G1, Mewah 9 Residence, Jalan Bukit Mewah 9/1, Taman Bukit Mewah,  
                43500 Kajang, Selangor, Malaysia.

Opening  Hours: 24 Hours 

Monday, 20 March 2017

Claypot Junction @ Tanjung Malim, Perak

Claypot Junction is a restaurant that I have blogged about a number of times, mainly showcasing their dishes that are prepared by the kitchen in the evenings. However, during lunch hours, they do have a good variety of Chinese Mixed Rice that is quite popular with the locals. I tried this once sometime back when they newly opened in 2015 and here I am again this afternoon. 

Us Having Lunch

It's Cool And Nice In The Evenings
Daily, they have close to 30 dishes and that's a good variety to have and these dishes are prepared on a daily rotation. The reason for this is because they have quite a number of people that come there daily. Having the same dishes daily would definitely not be good and hence this practice. Only their signature Chicken Curry is a compulsory item here as it is highly sought after. 

My Lunch

Soup and Chinese Tea
If you go for their Mixed Rice, soup, Chinese Tea and plain drinking water are provided complimentary. My choice of items for today's lunch were Rice, Chicken Curry, Pork with Ginger, Thai Style Tofu and some Stir Fried Bean Sprouts. 

Curry Chicken with Potatoes
This Chicken Curry is their signature dish and it's pretty good. Prepared with lot's of potatoes, the curry itself is so tasty and it's definitely a must try dish here. I would give it a 9/10. 

Beansprouts with Salt Fish
Another good dish that I enjoyed. The beansprouts were not over done, still crispy and juicy and the blend of salt fish gave it a very unique flavour. I would give this a 8/10. 

Thai Style Tofu
A sweet and spicy preparation that was so addictive. The freshness of the tofu surely enhanced the taste as well. A good one and I'd give this a 8/10 as well. 

Sliced Pork with Ginger
This Sliced Pork with Ginger dish was another good one. The pork slices were just about the right thickness and the sauces were heavenly. I would give this a 9/10. 

In summary, this place definitely serves some good food, excellent variety and reasonable prices. A good place to have Chinese Mixed Rice for lunch in Tanjung Malim.

Address: No.1A-1, Jalan Cahaya, Taman Anggerik Desa, 35900 Tanjung Malim, Perak.

Opening Hours: 1100 - 1500 & 1800 - 2300 Daily

Friday, 17 March 2017

Tokyo Pastry @ Avenue K, Kuala Lumpur

Tokyo Pastry is a Japanese bakery that specialises in Cheese Cakes and Cheese Tarts. They opened their first outlet in Malaysia a number of years back located in Dataran Sunway and another outlet recently in Avenue K, Kuala Lumpur. 

Tokyo Pastry in Avenue K

A Very English Like Design

Beautiful Decor
They have taken up a prime space on the Mezzanine Floor and the entire outlet solely sells these two items only. I would not even say that they are premium priced but due to the demand that they are able to generate, they have been able to sustain all these years. 

Besides the bakery section, there is another section that is detached and they have branded that space as Tokyo Cafe. Here, they sell a number of fusion dishes and I have attached the entire menu above for your reading pleasure. This section is just a supplementing business and their core is still the bakery section. 

Cheese Cake @ RM 15.90
Their Cheese Cake comes in two flavours, plain Cheese Cake which is the one shown above and also Chocolate Cheese Cake, both are priced at RM 15.90 each. Size wise, it's probably slightly larger than a male adult's palm and I felt that for the quality ingredients used, the price was quite reasonable. The texture was simply awesome and the cake was just splendid. I would surely give this a 10/10. A must try for Cheese Cake lovers!

Cheese Tarts @ RM 6.00 each

Tasted so good!
Their Cheese Tarts were amazing as well. The outer crust was soft, creamy and delicious and when you bite in, you get such lovely cheese oozing out. Amazing! These guys are surely better than their rival which I would not want to mention the brand name. That's another similar tart that you can find in most malls these days. However, these guy's were a notch better taste wise. I would definitely give this Cheese Tart a 10/10. 

Don't Forget To Leave A Tip
When the receipt along with the change was sent over, I discovered this note beneath the receipt. Well, the service was par excellence. Seriously it was very Japanese in culture and having not charged any service charge, I don't see any reason why one should not tip them generously. 

To all cheese lovers out there, if you happen to be along Jalan Ampang or KLCC area, do give these guy's a try. I am certain that you'd find their cake and tarts to be good as well.

Address: M-20, Mezzanine Floor, Avenue K, 156 Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur.

Opening Hours: 1000 - 2200 Daily