Saturday, 15 July 2017

Restoran Fish Head Briyani @ Taman Tun Dr. Ismail, Kuala Lumpur

Of late, there have been many new Briyani restaurants that have been opening up with very innovative concepts and Fish Head Briyani is one such restaurant. This restaurant is located along Jalan Tun Mohd Fuad 2 in Taman Tun Dr Ismail. 

The Restaurant In TTDI, Kuala Lumpur

Lovely Design

Variety Of Briyani's

They Do Rice And Curries Too

Jeera Water On The House
The restaurant wasn't too difficult to find as I am quite familiar with this area. For those who are not too familiar, this restaurant is along the same row as Mc Donalds except that it is at the other end, closer to the condominiums. The decor was superb and the overall ambiance soothing. The owners were friendly people and they even struck a conversation with me when I was outside their restaurant. That is what I call good customer service. They have a variety of Briyani's on offer, both vegetarian and non vegetarian ones. The highlight is of course their Fish Head Briyani but I am not really a fan of that, and so we went for their Mutton Briyani. Besides Briyani, they also serve rice and curries, just like any other South Indian restaurant. Plain Water and Jeera Water is on the house and it was great to see that they serve Jeera Water, a drink that is almost forgotten in most households these days. 

Mutton Briyani Set @ RM 18.00

Mutton Briyani Set @ RM 18.00
It wasn't too long a wait for the food to be served and they do serve them in a very professional manner. The Briyani comes in a claypot and is served with Raiya, Acar and some Appalam. Their Raita was quite basic I would say. It would have been better if it was a little more concentrated. Otherwise, it tasted quite decent. I would rate their Raita at 6/10. Their Acar was good. It had a good mix of ingredients and the flavours were just perfect. My rating for this shall be 8/10. 

Briyani In Claypot

Comes With An Egg and Mutton Chunks

A Closer Look
Their Mutton Briyani was above average I would say. The thing I loved most about this dish was the mutton itself. They served two reasonably large chunks of mutton and their marination was perfect. The flavours were intact and the meat was tender. For the mutton itself, I would give it 8/10. However, the rice could have been better. One thing that was not to my liking was the limited about of gravy that came with the rice and it ended up being a tad too dry. However, we did ask them for more gravy and they obliged. As a total dish, I would rate this at 7/10. 

Chicken @ RM 6.50
We also ordered a plate of chicken and this was priced at RM 6.50 . For the portion, I would say that it's very reasonable. I could see that they were quite generous with the spices and it turned out to be pretty good. Only one thing that I could comment on this and that would be the fact that it was mildly salty. Otherwise, a good dish and my rating for this shall be 7/10. 

Our Bill For The Day
Overall, their Mutton Briyani was quite decent. I loved the flavours of the mutton itself as that was done very well. It would have been better if the Briyani came with a little more gravy as the rice ended up tasting a little dry. Nevertheless, they did oblige when we asked for more gravy and that's good customer service. The overall ambiance was lovely as well. If you're a fan of Fish Head, then you could give their Fish Head Briyani a try since that is one of their signature dishes. 

Address: 36, Jalan Tun Mohd Fuad 2, Taman Tun Dr. Ismail, 60000 Kuala Lumpur.

Opening Hours: 1200 - 2200 Daily

Friday, 14 July 2017

Megat Sate Kajang @ Kajang, Selangor

When we talk about Kajang Satay, most people would only think of Sate Kajang Haji Samuri, Nyok Lan Satay and Willy Satay but there's actually so many more wonderful places where you get equally good ones. This entry is about one such Sate place. 

Lunky Day Food Court in Kajang Prima

Megat Sate Kajang Stall
Megat Sate Kajang stall does not operate on it's own as a standalone business. They are located inside this food court called Restoran Lucky Day which is located in Taman Kajang Prima and they operate from 5 pm till 2 am daily. In terms of variety, they do have Chicken, Beef and Mutton Sate and all of them are competitively priced. They even have the original Ketupat and not Nasi Impit which is the standard serving in most sate places. 

Chicken Sate @ RM 0.80 each

Delicious Peanut Dip Sauce
Megat Sate Kajang's Chicken Sate comes with lean meat that has been beautifully marinated and grilled to perfection. The marination was mildly sweet which was to my liking and this went so well with the Peanut Sauce. Their style is quite similar to Haji Samuri's except that you get only lean meat here. The dip sauce comes with some spicy sauce as well just the way Haji Samuri does it but it's not overly sweet like the latter. For me, this place too deserves to be mentioned as one of Kajang's best Sate places. 

Address: Taman Kajang Prima, 43000 Kajang, Selangor, Malaysia.

Opening Hours: 1700 - 0200 Daily

Thursday, 13 July 2017

4 Fingers Crispy Chicken @ Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur

4 Fingers Crispy Chicken is a Singaporean fast food chain that had recently ventured into the Malaysian market with four new outlets located in the Klang Valley. Their main product being Asian Style Fried Chicken that's being sold on it's own and as a burger. One of those outlets in located in NU Sentral Mall and since I was here this afternoon, decided to drop by for lunch. 

The Outlet Located On The Concourse Level

Their Menu





This outlet in NU Sentral Mall is located on the Concourse Level, very close to the escalators that connect NU Sentral Mall to KL Sentral. The outlet is of a reasonable size but they have a very short space between the entrance and the cash counters. This invariably creates a situation whereby with just three people ahead of you, you would find yourself standing outside the restaurant. That was one setback here that I came across but I guess they were just trying to maximise the seating capacity. In terms of their menu, their primary product is their Asian Style Fried Chicken and this comes with various add-on's and additional sauces. Prices were not cheap but acceptable as an occasional restaurant. Instead of going for Ala Carte items, it would be good to look into their sets as a way to bring the cost down. 

My Bill

Buzzer

Coca Cola
Once you have paid, food is not disbursed at the counter. You are only served your drinks and along with that, given a buzzer. Once it buzzes, that means your orders are ready for collection and you would need to proceed to the kitchen counter to collect your food items. The restaurant was crowded and I thought that it may take a while but I was surprised to see my food was made ready in less that five minutes. 

2 Pieces Wings With Hot & Soy Garlic Sauce
I wanted to try both their Fried Chicken and Burger and therefore ordered these Chicken Wings. They have two signature sauces here as add-on's and they are Soy Garlic Sauce and Hot Sauce. For these wings, I went for a mix of both as recommended by the cashier as it gives a unique blend of sauces. The wings itself was fantastic. I loved the outer crisp which is something that's totally new. I have not tasted anything like this in any of the fast food outlets. It was so crispy yet lean and without fat. Definitely an excellent one and I would rate this at 9/10. 

Skinny Fries With Kimchi
Their Fries are shoestring cut, hence the name Skinny Fries and they come with a choice of add-on flavours and they are seaweed or Kimchi. I am not a fan of seaweed and so I went for Kimchi. Something very different, unique I would say and it was definitely good. The fries too were perfectly done and non greasy. I would surely rate this at 9/10 as well. 

B.F.F. Chicken Burger with Hot Sauce
This BFF Chicken Burger was one massive burger. Not only was the fried chicken huge, even the buns were quite massive. One of this is more than enough to satisfy a huge eater. This time, I decided to go for the Hot Sauce only and it was very good. One thing I liked most about this burger was the crunchy bit along with the lean meat served. Not forgetting the flavours, that was awesome too. I would definitely rate this at 9/10. 

Being a Singaporean fast food chain specialising in Asian Style Fried Chicken, 4 Fingers Crispy Chicken would surely be winning the hearts of Asians as their recipe is one that is catered towards our taste buds. Whether you go for their burgers or Fried Chicken, I am quite certain that you would return a happy customer. For those who have not tried this yet, I would definitely recommend doing so. That crisp that you get with each bite is simply a taste to remember. 

Address: CC 14, Concourse Level, NU Sentral Mall, No. 201, Jalan Tun Sambanthan,
                Brickfields, 50470 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Opening Hours: 1000 - 2200 Daily

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

The Biryani Pot @ Cyberjaya, Selangor

The Biryani Pot was previously an Indian Muslim restaurant that had been selling Rojak and Cendol. Just last week, they had done a re-branding exercise  and started calling themselves The Biryani Pot. 

The Restaurant Along Jalan GC1

Simple Decoration

A Few Doors Away From 7 Eleven
This restaurant is located along Jalan GC1 in the Glomac Cyberjaya area. As you can see, they are just a few doors away from 7 Eleven. They start at 8.00 am and business goes on till 10.00 pm daily. The interior was simple looking but it slacked in design so much so there are too many lights and too few fans thus creating an extremely warm dining space. I would definitely recommend sitting outside, even in the afternoons as the ventilation is way better. 

Iced Tea
I ordered a glass of Iced Tea and was surprised by the quality. Seriously, it wasn't like one that was fixed in an Indian Muslim restaurant. Too little tea dust used and too much milk and the overall concoction was quite disappointing. My rating for this shall be 6/10. 

Variety Of Dishes Available
They have introduced these new dishes to their menu. They definitely look interesting and reasonably priced but I shall wait for my Briyani to arrive to judge on the taste. 

Chicken Briyani @ RM 9.00

Comes With An Egg
Honestly, the Briyani was quite disappointing. I found the rice to be too soggy with moisture and a little overcooked. The spices lacked as well and there was too much reliance on the sides to add taste to this dish. The Chicken was also quite pathetic taste wise. Even the egg was not cooked with the rice and it was subsequently added on prior to serving. My rating for this shall be 5/10. 

Gravy

Raita

Sweet Acar
The accompanying gravy was good on it's own but not sufficiently good to lift the taste of the Briyani. My rating for this shall be 7/10. The Cucumber Raita was definitely old stuff and it did taste stale. 4/10 for their Raita. The Mixed Fruit Acar was also disappointing. Again, it wasn't fresh and taste wise, it wasn't up to my expectations. I would only give this 4/10. 

Previously, this restaurant used to only sell Rojak and Cendol and I understand that business had not been so great for them, thus this re-branding exercise. They now call themselves The Biryani Pot and honestly, their Briyani was really not there yet. I do feel sorry for them as the boss was trying his best to convince me that this Briyani was something good but sadly, it has lots of room for improvement.

Address: Jalan GC1, Glomac Cyberjaya, 63000 Cyberjaya, Selangor, Malaysia.

Opening Hours: 0800 - 2200 Daily

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

Raita
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 Taman Bukit Pantai, they do offer some amazing dishes at very decent prices. A good place for vegetarians who are looking for variety. 

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

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