Saturday, February 25, 2012

Kinnaree Thai Restaurant - Jaya One

Boy boy and I had our Chap Goh Mei dinner at Kinnaree Thai. 

Paku with shrimp (RM20)
Tom Kha Prawn (RM14)
Stupid me ordered the wrong thing. Tom Kha is a mix of tomyam and coconut. Both of us couldn't finish this one small bowl because it just taste so weird. Boy boy commented is like eating chilli bubur cha cha.  

Lime Steam Fish (RM48)
We both love this steam fish. Boneless (plus point!) with some spicy sour lime sauce. Very fresh and big portion indeed.
Tub Tim Krub (RM8)
I craving for tub tim krub. The shaved ice was on the rough side, very hard to eat.

Although it is a steep price for a Thai food, but for the ambiance and the company, it was worth it.

Kinnaree Thai Restaurant
12-1, Palm Square Jaya One
72A, Jalan Universiti
46200 Petaling Jaya
Tel: 79573910

Tiny Ratings:
Food: 7/10
Service: 8/10
Ambiance: 8/10

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Japanese Buffet Umaiya - Damansara Uptown

We had a Chinese New Year gathering at Umaiya for Japanese lunch buffet. There were 7 of us and we were given a space with 2 separate tables. Funny right?

The buffet is ala-carte style. We were given a buffet menu and just write down the numbers that you want to order on a piece of paper. This post is going to bombard with lots of food picture.

Oysters (not palm size though)
Various sashimi
The sashimi are very fresh and quite thick slices too.

Teppanyaki chicken, beef touban teppanyaki, fried tofu with osyter, stir fried vege
The chicken teppanyaki was very good, flavoured with garlic. the beef was tender too.

Seafood tempura, shisamo, chuka lidako, mushroom soup

Saba, fried tofu, grill prawn, Sanma

assorted sushi
soft shell crab
Soft shell crabs were soggy and very salty.

the amount of food on 1 table.
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The food in Umaiya was good as I have ate twice their normal ala-carte dish. But I wouldn't recommend the buffet lunch to anyone because:

1) Buffet starts at 11.30am, the restaurant opened 11.45am, we were seated at 12pm. The last order is at 2pm. Which was very rush for us.

2) The raw food (i.e sashimi) was served very fast but the cooked food took them at least 45 minutes to be served. Very slow service.

3) They  mixed up the numbers of our two tables, so it caused quite a few confusion when serving the food.  The waitress still want to argue with us on the table number even when we took the table number plate and show her and she still insisted that she was correct.

4) At first we thought of ordering slowly but because of the super slow service, we buck up our order in the 3rd and 4th and 5th order form. And suddenly, BAMP! They served us all the big big portion from the 4th and 5th order form and missed out all the 1st, 2nd and some of the 3rd forms.

5) The waitress chased us to finish our food by 2.30pm. She said "finish your food fast, we will come in and weigh the leftovers on 2.30pm". What service is that??? So freaking rude.

I will not blacklist the restaurant but I will blacklist their buffet lunch. Not worth the emotionally being tortured while having the lunch. 

Umaiya Japanese Restaurant
49G, Jalan SS21/37,
Damansara Utama
47400 Petaling Jaya

Tiny Ratings:
Food: 7/10
Service: 6/10
Ambiance: 6/10

Monday, February 20, 2012

Guo Guo Xiang - Damansara Uptown

On a rainy day, Boyboy doesn't see a need to ask me "what to eat?" because he knows that  I will be craving for steamboat during rainy season. But the question is "which steamboat to eat?". All the good ones are either in Puchong or Kepong. We wanted to go to Bone and Pot but definately the restaurant is full during peak hours. 

So we took a ride to Uptown, the road where Xiao Fei Yang is located. Nope, I am not going to XFY cause I find the Ma Lat is totally not up to standard, so we decided to try out this new steamboat restaurant since there is a big banner indicating "Buy 1 Free 1 meat slices". 

The staff explained to us on the menu (i.e soup selection, the prices) and we were given an A4 size of paper to tick the items that we want. The restaurant also have BBQ option to be put on top of the steamboat but we didn't opt for that. The BBQ is free though, you just need to order the ingredients.

Combination Soup: Ma Lat / Mushroom (RM23)

Since we presume it is a competitor to XFY, we ordered the Ma Lat and Mushroom soup. The Ma Lat soup was a bit diluted, not really spicy though. The mushroom soup was ok. But halfway through eating (and throughout the night), I was very very thirsty.

Sauce, mix yourselves at the counter

There is a counter for you to mix / create your own sauce. Mine was a mix of "Sa Cha Jiang", smashed garlic and some onions.

Meatballs (RM9), Mushroom (RM7), Vege (RM4) 
Pork slices (RM10)
The texture of the pork slice was so-so only.

Sliced Lamb Leg (RM19)

I don't quite like that texture of the slice lamb leg, it was rough.

Since it was full house that night, the service was a bit bad. They keep on forgetting to bring our FREE pork slices after we have asked them 4 times. I saw lots of customers were complaining it as well. They mix up a lot of orders. Service could be improved. In addition, the sauces at the counter was not being re-filled even though it has finished.

Guo Guo Xiang
34, Jalan SS21/62
Damansara Utama
47400 Petaling Jaya

Tiny Ratings:
Food: 6/10
Ambiance: 6/10
Service: 6/10

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Jalan Ipoh Yong Tau Foo - Segambut

Emay strongly recommended this Yong Tau Foo place in Segambut. I am not so adventurous to find food in a place that I am not familiar. But this time she is driving, so we (susee, me n Boyboy) just tagged along. (**wink**). Actually, it is not far from PJ, approximately 15 minutes drive using Sprint without jam.

The restaurant is a bungalow situated along Jalan Segambut. Although it has some space for parking, but during peak hours, you definately have to double park. The area is quite big and it was packed. We have to wait a few minutes for a table outside. So it was a bit hot.

Once we were seated, we were given a piece of paper to write down how many pieces of YTF you want. Just write it down and pass to the waiter.

There is a separate stall selling rojak. Since we saw every table has a plate of rojak, we are interested to try it as well. It was served first. 

Fruit Rojak

The rojak paste has a slight prawn paste, not very strong like the rojak in Penang. Just nice for me. Lots of crushed nuts. It was good.

Grill taufu
Same prawn paste as the rojak but the cucumber was stuffed into the taufu. I wish the taufu could be more crispier.

Yong Tau Foo

Our YTFs have arrived. The ones with slight soup are taufu, lady finger, bittergout and brinjal.

Fried ones

The fried ones are fuchuk and dumpling.

dumplings and fishballs
The soup ones are dumplings, which are very big and filled with ingredients. Must-have!

The fish paste embedded in the YTF was fresh and very Q. It has no fishy taste and the YTF was quite big piece. The bill came RM36.50 for 4 for us; the rojak and the grill taufu cost RM8.

I wouldn't mind coming back here again, during the non-peak hours of course.

Ipoh Road Yong Tau Foo
67, Jalan Segambut,
Kuala Lumpur

Tiny Ratings:
Food: 7/10
Ambiance: 4/10
Service: 6/10

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Ireland's Potato - Sunway Pyramid

Boy boy and I are potato lovers. Once we are in Sunway Pyramid, our choice of lunch definitely would be Pommes Frites Bistro that serves Belgian fries. So, one day, after having our lunch at Pommes Frites, we walked around the shopping complex. Before we depart from home, I insisted that I want to try the Ireland Potato. So, there we were, ordering one fries and one mashed potato. 

Fries with cheese topping
The toppings are really hot as they microwave it before serving. It is filled with cheesiness and I love it! 

Thick fries
Of course I have to compare the fries with Pommes Frites. Although both serve different texture of fries, Boy boy and I prefer Pommes Frites Belgian fries version. Belgian fries are softer while Ireland fries are harder. Nevertheless, I love them both!

Mashed potatos with meat toppings

I can't stop complimenting this mashed potato. The toppings are really addictive! I even took the fries and dip with this toppings. It was just so good! However, the texture of the mashed potato was a bit hard.  

Love the quote!

Overdosed of potatoes that day.

The kiosk is located outside of TGV cinema. You wouldn't miss it.

Tiny ratings:
Food: 6.5/10
Service: 5/10 (the cashier was a bit moody)
Ambiance: 5/10 (high chairs, small tables)

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Dian Xiao Er, Singapore

We went to Ang Mo Kio Ave 3 to get an early dinner before we proceed to Night Safari. This complex is not big, I doubt that we can find good food in this place. Bearing in mind that my mom and gu cheh (dad's sister) always prefer Chinese cuisine. We managed to find 2 chinese cuisine located side by side and we decided to try Dian Xiao Er. I am glad that we made the correct decision for trying this shop as the food was fairly good!

Old era settings

We were escorted inside by the waiter and we were impressed with the decorations and ambiance of the restaurant. It looks like we are back to the 1900s (or whatever era where the Wu Xia people exist). Wooden stools, brick wall, bamboo stand. 

Dong Po Pork - Medium (SGD18.80)
The dong po pork is served with a layer of fats and a layer of lean meat. Both fats and meat are balanced equally. The sauce was sweet and just nicely done.

Fried Kailan - M (SGD14.80)
When this 2-styles kailan was served, I doubted the taste by looking at it, because it looks totally different from what we have here in Malaysia. The dish is served with chicken floss and sauce. In fact, I was wrong. The whole combination was very good indeed. The kailan was crunchy and the sauce mixed well with the chicken floss and fried kailan.

 Mushroom & Vege - M (SGD18)
Normal mushroom and vege dish.

Ten WonderDuck - M (SGD23.80)
My dad couldn't resist not having duck since he saw the roast ducks hanging in front of the restaurant. The roast duck is very fragrant, it has strong herbs taste and I wish that the skin could be more crunchier though.

Overall, dad, mom and gu cheh was happy with the food.

Dian Xiao Er
53, Ang Mo Kio Ave 3
#B2-02 Ang Mo Kio Hub

Tiny Ratings:
Food: 6.5/10
Ambiance: 7/10
Service: 6/10 (minus 1 point because we have to Q at the counter to pay, long Q-ing time)