Thursday, 10 May 2018

Wood & Steel @ Kota Damansara, Petaling Jaya

Wood & Steel is a cafe that is located in Kota Damansara, Petaling Jaya. It is around The Strand area and is facing the Giant Hypermarket. I was made to understand that they have been around for a number of years now and they have a good set of loyal customers. 

Unique Design
The name is so suitable as that is what the design theme is all about. They have used lots of materials from the yesteryear's and that gives it such a rustic feeling when dining at this cafe. Truly amazing concept and it feels so comfortable. Space wise, they are rather limited as it isn't a very huge cafe. 

The available spread isn't huge but I guess it's rather sufficient to keep serving items that you're good at and keeping the menu simple. Most if not all their dishes are Western cuisine and their prices seem pretty reasonable. They have some interesting drinks on offer too. Concept, is semi self service. Head up to the counter, place your orders and pay. Once ready, the dishes would be sent over to your table. Rather practical concept as it keeps their operations straight forward, less mistakes and less waiters needed to man the floor. 

Iced Peach Tea @ RM 8.00
I ordered the above Iced Peach Tea which was priced at RM 8.00 and it was seriously good. The flavours were awesome and concentrated. Not those watered down versions that you commonly get. My rating for this drink is definitely 9/10. 

Classic Burger @ RM 19.00

Classic Fish & Chips @ RM 21.00
Their Classic Burger was decent. The patty was of a sizable portion and it came with some fries on the side. Taste wise, it was moderately juicy but the bun was a little dry. My rating for this shall be 7/10. Their Fish & Chips too was nice. Again, this too came with some fries on the sides. I found the outer crust to be a tad too dry, otherwise it was sufficiently juicy on the inside. Again, one that would get a rating of 7/10 from me.

For a decent Western meal in Kota Damansara, I would recommend trying Wood & Steel. The food is nice and the concept is something very unique. Prices are reasonable too and the overall ambiance is lovely. 

Address: 33, Jalan PJU 5/20E, Kota Damansara, 47810 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.

Business Hours: 1000 - 2300 Daily

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Madam Kwan's Restaurant @ Subang Jaya, Selangor

It's been many years since I last visited Madam Kwan's restaurants. Most of the time, I would visit them at their outlet in Pavillion, Mid Valley or the one in Bangsar. If you visit the outlet in Pavillion, then you'd get an opportunity to meet Madam Kwan herself as she is there on most days during peak hours greeting her guests. 

Madam Kwan's Restaurant in Empire Shopping Gallery

This outlet that I am visiting today is located inside the Empire Shopping Gallery that is in Subang Jaya, Selangor. Their set up is pretty posh, though not as posh as the one in Pavillion. The menu seems to have been improvised and lot's of new dishes have been added, of course, their signature dishes are still there. Having not had this for a while now, we decided to go for their Signature dishes, Nasi Bojari and Char Kuey Teow. Another one that is very famous here is their Nasi Lemak. Ordering was a breeze since they were sufficiently staffed and their staffed were very professional in their work. 


Local Coffee Set @ RM 6.90
As always, the presentation is quite impressive here. Even their Local Coffee Set comes with a little tea pot and is good for two cups. I find the coffee here to be decent and my rating for this shall be 7/10. 

Nasi Bojari @ RM 29.90
Their portions are huge and so is the price tag that comes with each dish. Anyway, it's the brand name that we're mostly paying for. Their Nasi Bojari was good as always. The rice, Sambal Udang and even their Fried Chicken, all were good and up to my expectations. If you have not tried this dish, I would recommend giving it a try. It's really good and a favourite here. My rating for this dish shall be 9/10. 

Char Kuey Teow @ RM 22.90
Their Char Kuey Teow is another top seller but unfortunately, I found today's preparation to be a little bland. Not only that, it was a tad too oily as well. The entire dish was a let down and I was literally forcing myself to eat as much as possible. Not a quality that I would expect in Madan Kwan. My rating for this dish shall be 5/10. 

Our Bill
If you're one that has never visited Madam Kwan's Restaurant before, I would strongly recommend giving the place a try and my recommended outlets would be either Mid Valley or Pavillion. Their hot sellers are Nasi Bojari, Nasi Lemak and Char Kuey Teow. If you're at the Pavillion, go during lunch hours. Most likely, you might have to queue up but you get the opportunity of meeting Madam Kwan herself. This outlet that I visited in Empire Shopping Gallery Subang Jaya is not consistent taste wise. Sometimes it's up to expectations and sometimes, like today's Char Kuey Teow, was a let down. Otherwise, their service levels are just excellent. 

Address: UG 09, Empire Shopping Gallery, Jalan SS16/1, SS 16, 47500 Subang Jaya, Selangor.

Business Hours: 1100 - 2200 Daily

Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Restoran Jin Xuan Hong Kong (Puchong Jaya) Sdn Bhd @ Puchong, Selangor

Restoran Jin Xuan Hong Kong is a chain of restaurants located across the Klang Valley that specialises in Dim Sum. I have been to a number of their outlets, especially those around Petaling Jaya area. Of late, it has been a while since I last visited any of their outlets. We were around Puchong and were looking for a place to have a late dinner. Since this was one of the options, we decided to check out their Puchong Jaya outlet. 

The Outlet Located Along Jalan Kenari 8

Indoor & Outdoor Seating Available

Their Menu & Prices

The Menu & Prices
All their outlets are designed in similar style and that is good in a way as they get to maintain the standards across all their outlets. This outlet too had a very comfortable set up with both indoor and outdoor seating areas. They even have their menu displayed outside the restaurant and if you're wondering why, most weekends, there would be a long queue outside all their outlets for breakfast and brunch and during those times, this comes in handy as customers can decide their orders even as they wait in line. 


Sugar Cane Tea @ RM 5.00
Their Herbal Tea and Sugar Cane Tea is one of their signature drinks and a must try for us every time we are here. It may seem to be slightly on the high side in terms of price but the quality is really good. My rating for this drink is 9/10. 

We tried a variety of their Steamed Dim Sum's and they were consistently good. Generally, most of the Dim Sum's here are priced between RM 5.00 to RM 7.50 per basket and that's quite reasonable bearing in mind the quality and the kind of set up that they operate in. Taste wise, they were all good and I would give them 8/10. 

Fried Fish Balls

Loh Mai Kai

Lotus Leaf Rice
Their Fried Fish Balls were good too and for those, my rating would be 8/10. Their Loh Mai Kai and Lotus Leaf Rice is something that you should not miss here. I find them to be really good. Very authentic flavours and huge portions. Less greasy too. My rating for both shall be 9/10. 

Our Bill
For some good Dim Sum in the Klang Valley, I would recommend visiting any one of Restoran Jin Xuan Hong Kong outlets. Their spread is excellent and I find the taste to be reasonably good. Try visiting them in the mornings on a weekend and you would be able to see the kind of crowd that is willing to queue outside their restaurant for hours just for a table. Their Herbal Tea, Loh Mai Kai and Lotus Leaf Rice are some items that should not be missed. Good food, lovely ambiance and decent prices. 

Address: No. 7&8, Jalan Kenari 8, Bandar Puchong Jaya, 47100 Puchong, Selangor. 

Business Hours: 0700 - 2300 Daily

Monday, 7 May 2018

Restoran Claypot Junction @ Tanjung Malim, Perak

After having not visited for almost six months, we return this evening to one of our favourite Chinese restaurants in Tanjung Malim, Perak. Restoran Claypot Junction is located in Taman Anggerik Desa and is directly opposite the entrance to the hospital. I have blogged numerous times about this restaurant and so many variety of dishes that they have to offer. What amazes me is the consistency of taste over the years and that factor alone is what draws be back over and over again. 

The Restaurant In Taman Anggerik Desa

This restaurant has both an indoor and outdoor dining area and being a corner unit, the ventilation is pretty good. They have a comprehensive menu that covers both vegetarian as well as non vegetarian dishes are their prices are quite reasonable. 

Claypot Tofu with Pork Belly (Small)@ RM 12.00

Pork Ribs (Small) @ RM 15.00
Claypot Tofu with Pork Belly is one of my favourites here and I tend to order it most of the time. I just love the way the dish is prepared. The tofu is so soft and good and the broth has a balanced flavour. The crispy Pork Belly adds an amazing taste to the overall dish. Absolutely lovely and my rating for this shall be 9/10. This Pork Ribs dish is something that we're ordering for the very first time and I was very impressed with the dish. Lean pork ribs were served without the bones and the marination was heavenly. Another fantastic dish to have here and my rating for this shall be 9/10 as well.

Okra with Sambal Belacan (Small) @ RM 8.00

Steamed Fish with Chilli Paste (Cheong Cheng) @ RM 32.00
Okra with Sambal Belacan was another well prepared dish. The okra was done just right and the crispiness was intact. They were pretty generous with the shrimp paste as well and both the okra as well as the paste complimented each other nicely. A dish that deserves a rating of 8/10. Their Steamed Fish was good as well and the chilli paste had a lovely mildly spicy and sweet taste and that blend went so well with the fish. Another one that deserves a rating of 8/10. 

Our Bill
As always, the food here has been consistently good and I am glad that it remains so over the years. I am yet to come across a dish at this restaurant that is not up to my expectations. Their prices are also reasonable and the service levels are good. Definitely another good Chinese restaurant to visit in Tanjung Malim, Perak. 

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

Business Hours: 1000 - 1500 & 1800 - 2200 Daily

Sunday, 6 May 2018

Myra's Mexican & North Indian Restaurant @ Kuala Lumpur

Myra's Mexican & North Indian Restaurant started some time in June last year and they are located inside the very same building that Holiday Inn Express occupies. In fact, there are a number of restaurants that are attached to this hotel and this one is the furthest one which is closer to Holiday Inn Express. 

Interesting Combination Of Cuisines

Promotion Of The Day

A Page From Their Menu

Mineral Water
Interestingly, their combination of cuisines, Mexican and North Indian seems to be pretty amusing to me. I guess, they must be having chef's from both geographies and hence this unique offering. The restaurant has a very posh set up and it almost looks like a night club setting, except that it operates daily from 11 am till midnight. Their menu had a decent spread of dishes from both continents and being in a prime location in Kuala Lumpur, their prices were premium too. Service was amazing and their waiters were a class of their own. 

Plain Naan (RM 7 each) & Butter and Garlic Naan (RM 8 each)

Mutton Vindaloo @ RM 30.00
Their Naan varieties seemed good and we had ordered some Plain Naan as well as Butter & Garlic Naan. The previous was priced at RM 7 each and the latter was RM 8 each. Both breads were soft and good and most importantly, they were served hot. My rating for both bread varieties would be 8/10. Their Mutton Vindaloo was another good dish. Mutton chunks were cooked with potatoes and comes in a mildly spicy thick gravy and is priced at RM 30.00 . Portions wise, it's definitely pricey but looking at the location, I would say that it's acceptable. Taste wise, my rating for this shall be 8/10. 

Dal Tadka @ RM 19.00

Malai Kofta @ RM 27.00
Their Dal Tadka was decent. I won't say that it was really impressive, but acceptable quality. My rating for this shall be 7/10. Their Malai Kofta was also above average taste and again, my rating shall be 7/10. 

Sliced Onions, Chilli and Lime

Pudina Chutney

Masala Tea
We had also ordered a very traditional preparation of sliced onions, lime and chillis that is native to Punjab and I was told that it is a must to have this in most meals. I tried it too and absolutely loved the combination despite it being me first time giving that a try. Their Pudina Chutney was also nice. It was thick and adjust the right blend of ingredients. My rating for this shale 8/10. To round up our meal, we had ordered a Masala Tea each. For me, this was just okay as I have tasted way better ones. The Masala was a little too mild for me as well and my rating for this shall be 6/10. 

In summary, I find the food here to be quite decent. Their breads were good but the curries could have been better. For a meal for three which comprises of a mix of breads, 1 Mutton dish, 2 vegetable curries and 3 Masala Teas, I find the price of RM 164 to be slightly on the high side. Nevertheless, the ambiance was lovely and their customer service was excellent. 

Address: Holiday Inn Express, No. 84, Jalan Raja Chulan, 50200 Kuala Lumpur.

Business Hours: 1100 - 0000 Daily