Sunday, 11 February 2018

J&G Fried Chicken @ Putrajaya, Wilayah Persekutuan

One of the recent outlets to open in IOI City Mall is J&G Fried Chicken. J&G is a famous Taiwanese Street Food and over there, it is knows as Ji Guang, hence the abbreviation of J&G. It's all about chicken bits (pop corn chicken) that are deep fried and they top it up with some spicy flavours. Over there in Taiwan, this is a huge business and it is great to see that they have started opening outlets in Malaysia.

The Outlet On The Lower Ground Floor

Their menu was rather simple. Just a few dishes surrounding this Fried Chicken. To add a Malaysian touch, they had also introduced a Nasi Lemak combination. Since it was almost lunch hour, I decided to go for the Nasi Lemak combination and had another drink. The concept is rather simple. Place your orders and pay for them. Then they would fry the chicken and season them according to taste. 

Honey Lemon @ RM 4.00

Nasi Lemak with Pop Corn Chicken @ RM 12.80

Sambal Packed in a Packet
In a matter of minutes, my meal was served. The Honey Lemon was okay. Prepacked stuff that must have been done at the factory level. Taste wise, it was okay and I would rate it at 7/10. The Pop Corn Chicken was freshly prepared and it comes in a paper bag. Their Nasi Lemak however may be one that comes from another vendor and the sambal is packed separately in a small plastic packet. 

Nasi Lemak with Pop Corn Chicken

Closer Look At The Pop Corn Chicken
The Nasi Lemak tasted very familiar. It tasted exactly like the one that I usually buy from Shell Stations, except that this came in a different packaging. The Sambal was quite oily and basically there was nothing much in it. Just some oily sambal and onions. No anchovies whatsoever. The Sambal itself was sweet, I mean really sweet was wasn't to my liking. Honestly, the Nasi Lemak was just so so and if I were to rate this, I would give it 5/10. The Pop Corn Chicken itself was nice but the amount of artificial flavouring used is definitely frightening. Taste wise, I would give it 7/10.

If you're really into Taiwanese flavours, then I would recommend giving this Fried Chicken a try. Otherwise, you may not enjoy it. The Chicken itself was good but the amount of artificial flavours used is frightening. The Nasi Lemak too was nothing to shout about.

Address: LG 76-A, Lower Ground Floor, IOI City Mall, 62502 Putrajaya.

Business Hours: 1000 - 2200 Daily 

Saturday, 10 February 2018

Restoran Garden Seafood @ Tanjung Malim, Perak

Restoran Garden Seafood needs no introduction to the people of Tanjung Malim, Perak. In fact, it wouldn't be wrong to say that many people in the Klang Valley have heard or at least visited this place once as well. They are the first to introduce the Chinese Halal Restaurant concept in the country. They are so famous so much so four our of Prime Ministers have visited this restaurant. 

The Restaurant In Taman Wangsa Utama
This restaurant is located away from town and that being said, parking is rather easy. This restaurant belongs to a classmate of mine and over the years, business has been really good so much so, they now occupy three shop lots. Not only do you get people from Kuala Lumpur who visit them over the weekends, you also do get busloads of tourists. Prices have been incessantly going up over the years and now, it has become a premium restaurant. This evening was no exception either. There were at least  buses filled with tourists that were dining there. Despite that, they were sufficiently staffed and service was a breeze.  

Ginger & Egg Soup @ RM 15.00

Marmite Chicken @ RM 30.00
Ginger & Egg Soup is a signature dish here and the preparation is excellent. One of those soups that is deep bodied, slightly spicy and has a gingery aftertaste. The flavours are just amazing and it is a must have for us each time we are here. My rating for this shall be 9/10. Their Marmite Chicken seemed a little pathetic today. For the portions, I would definitely say that the price was expensive. A rather simple dish and we locals don't usually pay this kind of price at any other restaurant in town. For me, I would rate this dish at 6/10. 

Sweet & Sour Prawns @ RM 123.00

Mantau Bun @ RM 4.80
This Sweet & Sour Prawns is another famous dish at this restaurant, nevertheless the price is surely exorbitant. However taste wise, it's surely good and the Mantau Bun complements this dish so well. My rating for this dish shall be 9/10 and the Bun would be 8/10.  

Honey Glazed Squid @ RM 30.00

Dried Chili Cashew Mantis Prawns @ RM 25.00

Kam Heong Lala @ RM 24.00
Their Honey Glazed Squid was tasty and for the price, the portion was very reasonable unlike the Chicken dish. Perfectly coated with honey and deep fried to just the right level. 8/10 shall be my rating for this dish. Dried Chili Cashew Mantis Prawns was just okay. The Mantis Prawns were a little over soaked and that killed the flavours. It should have been a little more crispy. 5/10 would be my rating for this dish. Kam Heong Lala was good. They were generous with the ingredients and they had used the large Pacific Clams which turned out to be really good. 8/10 shall be my rating for this dish. 

Deep Fried Tofu with Minced Chicken @ RM 20.00

Hong Kong Kailan with Garlic @ RM 22.00
This Deep Fried Tofu with Minced Chicken is another favourite of ours and the preparation at this restaurant has been good. Very generous with the topping as well. My rating for this dish shall be 8/10. Similarly, their Hong Kong Kailan with Garlic is another highly sought after dish at this restaurant. The preparation is perfect and not too greasy. Again one that deserves a rating of 8/10. 

Bill For The Day
Despite the ever increasing prices, the food has somehow been good though there may have been up's and downs every now and then. If you compare the prices that you would pay for the same in Kuala Lumpur, then this place can be considered cheap and that is a key reason why you get lot's of crowd from Kuala Lumpur over the weekends. Comparatively, they are still one of the best Halal Chinese Restaurants in the country.

Address: Jalan Wangsa Utama, Taman Wangsa Utama, 35900 Tanjung Malim, Perak.

Business Hours: 1100 - 2300 Daily 

Friday, 9 February 2018

Restoran Chennai Spice @ Cyberjaya, Selangor

Chennai Spice is a restaurant in Cyberjaya that needs no introduction. I guess, most people in Cyberjaya have visited them at least once in the past. I too have visited them numerous times and those were during lunch hours. This is the only South Indian restaurant in Cyberjaya that is open 24 Hours daily. The others are predominantly Indian Muslim Restaurants and those looking for authentic South Indian flavours in the wee hours of the night would definitely come here. Today, I am here for dinner and instead of going for usual fare like Tosai, Idli, Appam etc, I decided to try their Nasi Lemak for a change. 

Nasi Lemak Bungkus

Huge Portions

Generous With The Sambal Too

Fresh And Tasty
Their Nasi Lemak Bungkus is probably two and a half times larger than the standard ones that you would get and the price is RM 3.00 each which I felt to be quite reasonable. Flavours wise, it's very Indian and lots of spices had been used to prepare the Sambal. There were lot's of Fried Peanuts as well and they too were fresh and crunchy. There's a huge, thinly fried egg that covers the entire Nasi Lemak packet as well. This I felt was a tad too thin. If they wanted to limit the egg used, that's fine but don't fry it to such a thin layer as it seems like you don't really get an egg taste to it. Overall, I would say that it was a good packet of Nasi Lemak. Very Indianised flavours and is not to be compared to the Malaysian version of this dish. My rating for this shall be 8/10.  

Fried Chicken

Teh Tarik
I had also ordered a piece of Fried Chicken. Despite having told that guy to freshly fry, he brought one that was fried hours ago. Well, I just didn't want to say anything and continued eating. Having been fried hours ago, the Fried Chicken just did not taste quite right. It had lost all it's juiciness and the fact that he heated it up in the microwave minutes before serving just made it worse. For me, it tasted like plain tasteless fiber. It was so bad that I decided to just leave it. My rating for this shall be 3/10. If only it had been freshly fried, I am sure it would have tasted way better. To water down my meal, I ordered a glass of Teh Tarik and as always, this was good. My rating for this shall be 8/10.

Their Nasi Lemak Bungkus is definitely one that I would recommend. Double the size and the flavours were authentically Indian with lots of spices used. Sadly, their Fried Chicken was a let down tonight. Teh Tarik was good as always. If you're coming here at night, I would suggest avoiding the fried items. Though they are supposed to freshly fry them on request, these waiters just find it very lazy to do so and they would always take something that was fried much earlier that day, microwave it and serve you. 

Address: No. 10, Jalan GC9, Glomac Cyberjaya, 63000 Cyberjaya, Selangor. 

Business Hours: 24 Hours Daily

Thursday, 8 February 2018

biJOEx Restaurant @ Taman Tun Dr. Ismail, Kuala Lumpur

Bijoex Restaurant is a restaurant that is located n Glomac Damansara which is typically located in the vicinity of Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Kuala Lumpur. Despite sounding French, this restaurant cum cafe has a little bit of everything. 

The Restaurant In Glomac Damansara

Set Lunch Menu

Set Lunch Menu
They do have a very extensive menu along with a value for money lunch set meals menu as well. Since I was in a rush and didn't have the time to go for an elaborate meal, I decided to cut it short and try one of their dishes that was listed in their Set Lunch Menu. If you do have time, do try their Grilled Lamb please. The reviews seems to be very good. 


A Pitcher Of Orange Juice

Orange Juice
Since there were a few of us and we had collectively ordered the Set Lunch Menu which comes with a complimentary drink, they had served us the Orange Juice in a pitcher which seemed practical to me. The entire ambiance at this restaurant is good. Whether you're here for a quick lunch or even a business discussion, it's just perfect. Amazing place for dates as well. Their Orange Juice is nice and my rating for it shall be 8/10. 

Seafood Fried Meehoon @ RM 14.90
I ordered their Seafood Meehoon and it was served in a matter of minutes. Truly amazing flavours and they were generous with the seafood. Everything was just perfect. In fact, it wouldn't be wrong for me to say that this was the best Noodles dish that I have had in a cafe. If you're around Glomac Damansara, do drop by and you'd be amazed by the flavours and hospitality. 9/10 shall be my rating for the above dish. Highly recommended. 

Address: A-G-05, Glomac Damansara, 699 Jalan Damansara, 60000 Kuala Lumpur.

Business Hours: Mon - Fri 1100 - 2200
                             Sat 1100 - 2300
                             Closed on Sundays

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Restoran AR-RASHEED @ Bandar Saujana Putra, Selangor

Recently I have been coming often to Bandar Saujana Putra for work and this is one such trip as well. I had not been able to have lunch this often as I was a little engaged throughout the afternoon. By the time I was done, it was close to 7 pm. Either I head out of this place or I find something to eat here is what I thought to myself. Looking out towards the SKVE and ELITE Highways, the traffic didn't seem too good. I therefore decided to have an early dinner here. 

Restoran AR RASHEED Located Along Jalan SPU 1

Teh Tarik @ RM 1.70
I have tried all the Indian Muslim restaurants that is located on the new side of Bandar Saujana Putra, closer to MAHSA University. For a change, I decided to come to this side, the older side of Bandar Saujana Putra which not too long ago used to be called Jenjarom. This restaurant called Restoran AR Rasheed seemed to be pretty famous. I walked in, found  table to sit and started waving for the waiters to take the orders. Despite everyone seeing me, they were just too lazy to come and finally I made my way to the curries counter. I checked out the food there and nothing seemed to be appetising or at least inviting. I then walked over to the Nasi Lemak Station and the choices seemed decent. Convinced that this shall be my meal, I decided to help myself by picking up the food items and that was when one guy started running towards me. I asked him, "You have always been standing there and you even saw me waving at you but you played blind. How come now you're suddenly coming?" and to that, he just grinned. 

Nasi Lemak @ RM 3.50
I went for the basic Nasi Lemak set and it was priced at RM 3.50 . This was really good and the ingredients used were fresh. Their Sambal was a mix of sweet and spiciness and for those who don't mind the sweeter tasting Nasi Lemak's, this would be a good one to try. The rice had a lovely aromatic flavour as well. My rating for this shall be 8/10. 

For a good plate of Nasi Lemak around Bandar Saujana Putra, I would recommend visiting Restoran AR Rasheed that is located along Jalan SPU 1. They start selling this in the evenings till around midnight. Ingredients are fresh and prices are reasonable. Choices of add on's are limited though.

Address: Jalan SPU 1, Bandar Saujana Putra, 42610 Jenjarom, Selangor.

Business Hours: 24 Hours Daily

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Chutney Mary Indian Fast Food @ Changi, Singapore

Recently I was in Singapore for a work trip and on my way back, my friend and I decided to have our dinner at the airport. Since it was a pretty long day, we were totally exhausted and were not in the mood to head into the city to look for a good place to have dinner. We knew that we could find a vegetarian Indian restaurant at the airport and as such, boldly returned to Changi Terminal 2. 

The Restaurant In Terminal 2

My Dinner Set
In terms of variety, choices were many but unfortunately, the service levels were floppy. There was almost like no proper system in place Everything seemed to be running haywire and not a single soul had a smile on their face. The restaurant was crowded, mostly with travelers from the Indian subcontinent. Well, being the only Indian Vegetarian restaurant in the terminal, where else can they go. Prices were definitely premium and nowhere was the service levels anywhere close to that. It took them approximately 20 minutes to prepare our meals though they had been mostly prepared and all they had to do was to serve them on a platter.  

Basmathi Rice

Pickled Vegetables
The Basmathi Rice was nice. I wouldn't say that it was fantastic but it was sufficiently tasty. My rating for this shall be 7/10. Their Pickled Vegetables tasted like some rubbery item. Absolutely bland and it wasn't fresh. Chewing it was similar to chewing thin slices of rubber. My rating for this shall be 1/10.  There was some Potato Masala and that was decent. In fact in tonight's meal, that was the saviour. I would rate it at 8/10. The other vegetable was again off and my rating for it shall be 3/10.  

Sweet Curd

Bru Coffee
The Pachai Payiru Curry was again a flop. Tasteless it was and my rating for it shall be 2/10. Their Sweet Curd was nice. I really liked that and for that, I would rate it at 7/10. Finally, we had some Bru Coffee and this was good. My rating for this shall be 8/10. 

Though being a classy Indian Vegetarian restaurant that is located in a world class airport, the food was nowhere close to my expectations. In fact, except for that one item (i.e. Potato Masala) on my platter, the rest were mostly bland and some food items even tasted so chewy and bland like rubber. Service levels were horrible and I pity the travelers who are vegetarians and have no other choice since this is the only vegetarian restaurant at this terminal. Either these guys improve the food or Changi has got to look for some better tenant that can provide value for money dining experience to travelers. I'm definitely not returning to this restaurant again. 

Address: 60 Airport Boulevard #036-056, Viewin Mall South, Terminal Singapore, 2 Airport                      Blvd, Singapore 819643

Business Hours: 24 Hours Daily

Monday, 5 February 2018

Saravanaa Bhavan @ AXA Tower, Singapore

I was recently over in Singapore for a work trip. Generally it was a day trip, running around for some meetings and back to Kuala Lumpur later that night. I had some time to kill in the morning before my first meeting and having had a vegetarian friend with me, I had to go for a South Indian Vegetarian Restaurant instead of the local Chinese food. Since Saravanaa Bhavan was the closest to our next meeting location, we decided to drop it for breakfast. 

The Restaurant At The Basement Level of AXA Tower

Ponggal Vadai Breakfast Set
It was a simple set up which looked like a place where people come for a quick meal. The entire restaurant was air-conditioned and it was located at the basement level of AXA Tower. You had to go to the counter to place your orders and pay. Once ready, the orders would be sent over to your table. They had a very good variety and it looked and felt like being in a restaurant in Tamil Nadu. That was the kind of variety that they had. As a Malaysian, I felt that the prices were on the steep side but again, that's because I'm looking at everything from the perspective of Malaysian Ringgit. After browsing through the variety, I finally decided to have the Ponggal Vadai breakfast set. It came with a heap of Ven Ponggal, one Ulunthu Vadai, some Sambar and Coconut Chutney.  


Ulunthu Vadai
The Ven Ponggal was superb! It was made with lot's of spices and they were very generous with the portions. I was certainly sure that I could not have lunch after this as this itself was a huge meal. Taste wise, it was exactly like the ones that we would get in Tamil Nadu. My rating for this shall be 10/10. Similarly, their Ulunthu Vadai was heavenly. Again, exactly like the ones that we would get in South India. Crispy on the outside and soft on the inside and there was not even a little trace of oil. Amazing indeed. Again, 10/10 would be my rating for this. 

Coconut Chutney

Their Coconut Chutney was good too but it certainly wasn't the best that I have tasted. This had all the flavours but lacked lime and chili. Overall, the texture was coarse and a little bland. My rating for this shall be 6/10. Their Sambar however was superb. The blend of spices were perfect and it tasted great. My rating for this shall be 9/10. 

Filter Coffee
After having had an awesome meal, we had this wonderful Filter Coffee that was absolutely amazing. Absolutely perfect and nothing to comment about it. My rating for this shall be 10/10. 

Saravanaa Bhavan is indeed an excellent place to have a South Indian vegetarian meal. Though we only had breakfast, it was still a very fulfilling meal. Huge portions and really authentic flavours. 

Address: #B1-22, 8 Shenton Way, AXA Tower, 068811 Singapore

Business Hours: 0900 - 2100 Daily