Thursday, November 28, 2013

Tai Lei Loi Kei @ Damansara Utama, P.J

Forget about the flights, the famous Macau Pork Burger that has been operating for almost half a century is finally here in Malaysia! Pork burgers' lovers rejoice! There you have another alternative out of the many other burger joints in the market now!

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 Signature Pork Chop Bun RM11.90 with Luncheon Meat (RM1.50) + Egg (RM.150) + Ham (RM1.50)

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The Signature Pork Chop bun that got everything talking about. Crispy on the outside and tender inside, be prepared to be overwhelmed by its luscious taste as you bite into the soft bun and the juicy pork grilled to perfection with their secret recipe! Absolutely love how delicate the meat is.

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This slightly charred soft bun is filled with lotsa buttery goodness and comes out as something really simple and enjoyable. It compliments the pork well and no doubt it's one of the reasons why the Pork Bun is that good.

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To enjoy your pork bun fully, you gotta stack everything together and eat it just like that, one whole bite!

 Signature Pork Bun + Drink is priced at RM13.90 without all the extra fillings.

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Bouncing Noodle with Pork Chop RM11.90

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The secret to this noodle is that it is made using duck eggs, that's what we are told. Slick with soy sauce, the noodle is burst with eggs flavour goodness. Eat it together with the pork chop to enjoy the wholesome taste but what we like the most is its generous servings of the noodle and meat alike. However, we wish that there could be more soy sauce as it doesn't seem smooth.

Sawdust Cake Dessert RM5.50 or RM3.50 (with purchase of Value Set Meal)

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Filled with tea biscuits crumbs and layered with the creamy milky mouse, this simple and delicious dessert is perfect end to our porky meal!

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Tai Lei Loi Kei definitely provides a fulfilling meal. The pork is delicious and burst with flavours and it definitely leaves a good impression in both of us. And for those people who don't prefer to have their pork chops with the simple bun, there's always Polo Bun to choose from, which is sweeter in taste. Otherwise, you could also opt for the rice and noodle set. They also sell simple side orders such as chicken wings and curry fish ball.

Honestly, the price is slightly higher, definitely not something you could enjoy everyday unless you are filthy rich! However, considering the clean, comfortable environment you are dining in and also the fact pork isn't that cheap in the market these days, the amount you pay for seems slightly more reasonable. One thing we discover is that most of the items on the menu is either fried or grilled, if they could include in herbal tea/jelly or something else cooler to refresh the customers at the end of the meal, we think that'd be a great combination and definitely helps with the after taste! So that customers won't leave feeling overly full and turned off.

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 No.8, Jalan SS21/58,

Damansara Utama,

47100 PJ, Selangor.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Coconut Grove Dessert Corner @ Oasis Business Centre, Bandar Utama

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A good dessert is always a perfect end for a wonderful dinner. You don't really need to go for some upper class, fanciful ones. Sometimes, the simple and delicious one is just hiding around the corner.

Coconut Grove is no stranger to many people. A lot of us (especially those staying around the area) drive past the square enough times to circle our country. Yet, people like me never bothered to find out what it is all about until I stumbled upon the internet and was instantly hooked up by the few words used to describe the nature of the business - COCONUT JELLY.

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And yes! COCONUT GROVE is all about coconut desserts, made into various forms - milkshakes, jelly, ice cream... and oh look! They have cookies too!

Coconut Jelly with Aloe Vera RM5.80

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Coconut Jelly with Aloe Vera is one of their recommended option and is definitely my favorite. You can eat away all your blues and heat in your body with the refreshing coconut jelly, together with a generous amount of Aloe Vera jelly with a dash of santan (coconut milk) and gula malacca to further stimulate your taste bud. The sweetness will overwhelm your senses and leave you craving for more. I am speaking based on experience and comments from people I know here! ;)

Coconut Jelly with Green Tea Jelly RM5.80 
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Don't you think the colour white and green match perfectly? Tender coconut flesh and the chewy green tea jelly for those who are looking for an uncomplicated taste. You can swallow them whole; feel the stimulating coolness sliding down your throat and instantly be rejuvenated by their natural cooling properties.

Be thankful when the random coconut that they serve you is the younger ones so and the flesh is delicate and easier to scoop out for your immense pleasure. Otherwise, just be contented with wholesomeness of the wonderful combination of chewy jelly and coconut jelly. ;)

Morning Glory RM6.00
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Don't forget to check out their flavored shaved ice menus that serve together with different combination of fresh fruits. With its substantial portion, their icy cold desserts are good for sharing.

Coconut Grove is a really cozy corner for some nice, affordable desserts to escape the scorching heat and cool off some steam in you. Ever since I was introduced to this place, it has become one of my favorite place to visit for some nice, simple sweet treats.

Apart from what you have seen here, they actually have plenty of other toppings to choose; from cendol to just a plain simple jelly and they won't disappoint you in taste. :) So mark your calendar today and try it out yourself!

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Coconut Grove Dessert Corner
C-B-02, BU 11,
Oasis Business Centre, PJU 6
Lebuh Bandar Utama, Bandar Utama,
47800 Petaling Jaya
Selangor Darul Ehsan

Opens from 11am till 9pm daily
(till 10pm on Friday and Sat)

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Monday, November 4, 2013

Watami - Japanese Casual Restaurant @ One Utama

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When Watami first opened its door at One Utama Shopping Mall, I was intrigued by they label themselves as Japanese Casual Restaurant. What was the casual for? At that time, I didn't know that the term "Casual Restaurant" was actually originated from the Watami founder himself and is currently registered as a trademark of the Watami Corporation.

And also the Watami Japanese Casual Restaurant is also based on "Ishokuya" concept - dining oriented bar. With this concept, it's not just "wine" or "dine", in Watami, you can enjoy both together in a cozy atmoshpehre.

The concept behind "Casual Restaurant" is very simple; it is to provide extensive, rich and enjoyable food at a comfortable space with your friends and family. In Japanese Kanji, the WA means "Harmony"; TAMI means "People", therefore "WATAMI" means 'gather people to in harmony'.





As you can see, inside Watami, there's a bar. So if you come across a situation when your friends prefer to drink & wine but you prefer to have a proper dining. You could suggest Watami and be amazed by their extensive selection of drinks & food.

Fire Oyster Roll Sushi (Chili Oyster Roll) RM18.90

When this dish arrived on the table, I was hesitating whether or not to try it. First off, I have never been a fan of oyster. Then again, how could I be a reviewer if I were to be so choosy anyways? (CHEH!) In the end, I braced my fear and tried a piece. Surprisingly, I love it. I have never come across a sushi that used the quite localized thai chili sauce as part of the dressing; they actually match well with the rich japanese mayonnaise. The fried oyster's flavours was well-blended with the saucing, I found myself thoroughly enjoying the oyster's aroma this way instead of the raw ones.

Kankoku Butchige (Korean-style Army Hot Pot - Pork) RM29.90

What matters the most, just like any steamboats you are having, is the SOUP BASE & of course fresh ingredients. In this case, this Korean Style Army Hot Pot, they are using some sort of Kimchi soup base. If you are a fan of kimchi, you might love this. It's not that strong however, just enough to give the ingredients the flavours they need. For the price you are paying, the portion is pretty huge, this dish is good for sharing between 2 - 3 people. It's a good dish for friends and family to enjoy over. :)

One thing that surprises me is that fact they are implementing a bit of Korean taste in their Japanese menu.

Ten Zaru Soba (Cold Soba with Tempura) RM23.90

I know many of my friends love a cold soba, but just not me. Maybe I am a little conventional, I love my main meal hot and nice. This cold soba however, changes my views. This dish comes with a decent portion of tempura - prawns and vegetables, the standard ones. To enjoy this soba, you dip the thin buckwheat flour noodle into the chilled sauce and then enjoy it that way from the cup. Apparently, the soba is fully imported from Japan. The soba itself is rich with flavours and the chilled sauce helps to bring out the taste from within.

The last time I had soba in centuries ago, I was disappointed. This time around, thanks to Watami's Ten Zaru Soba, I am starting to have Soba craving these days. It's that flavourful! Try it!

Gomoku Kamameshi (Chicken & Seafood Pot Rice) RM26.90


This dish - Gomoku Kamameshi comes with the lid closed and with a fire on the bottom. You will need to wait for 15 minutes before the steam's starting to come off on the top to indicate that it's cooked and ready to be served. If you ask me why do we have to wait for that 15 minutes on the table? It's all about the dining experience - the idea that while you are waiting for your food to be fully cooked, you could chit chat with your friends and just spend time together.

If you want me to be honest, I don't find this food as nice as expected. The ingredients were fresh however I found each spoonful was lacking in flavours. It didn't seem to reach the level where I would say it's GOOD; it was quite plain. It was a simple dish with a bit of extra gimmick to make it look special.

Nagasaki Chanpon-fu Ramen (Nagasaki-style in Pork Broth with Pork & Seafood) RM26.90

Nagasaki-style ramen with pork and seafood in tasty pork broth. Originally from Fujian, China, this dish was adopted and made local by residents of Nagasaki in Ryushu. This ramen is unique as the noodles and vegetables are stir-fried to bring out the flavour before it is served in steaming hot pork broth.

THIS ONE. It's a MUST-ORDER DISH. You could totally ignore all the food inside and try out the soup itself and you will get what I mean. Then of course, I believe that the aplenty ingredients help to add in some flavours to the soup. According to Watami staff, the pork broth was boiled for at least 5 - 6 hours daily. No wonder the it was so rich in taste, you could totally taste the awesome essence here. This bowl of ramen is one that I would forgo all my diet plans and order two for myself! I will save all the descriptions for myself and urge you to visit Watami soon and try this!

You won't regret it!

Tonpeiyaki (Pork, cheese, cabbage & egg) RM18.90

Tons of pork slices inside. There's something with the combination of eggs, cheese, pork and the generous amount of mayonnaise saucing that make it irresistible. mmm-HMmmm! It's like Fu-Yong egg in Japanese style with different fixing. Something you should seriously consider ordering during your visit.

Watami Salad RM21.90 (BIG) RM13.90 (HALF)

The salad is served with lotsa fresh vegetables, chicken, shrimp and tuna mayo. The dressing, I suspect, is the japanese sesame sauce that many japanese restaurants use. The main thing that matters in a salad is its FRESHNESS of the ingredients. In Watami, the quality and freshness of their food is something you don't really need to worry about. :)

Watami Sake RM47.90

In Watami, you can get Sake as cheap as less than RM50. Watami even has their own brewed Sake! Their own recipes.

<LUNCH MENU> Tokyo Meibutsu Stamina Don (Pork rice with egg yolk in Tokyo Style) RM15.90

If you are nearby Watami during lunch time, they have a few selected dishes that you wouldn't be able to find in their original menus, and yes they are only served during lunch hour. Take this Tokyo Meibutsu Stamina Don for an example, stir fried with pork slices and lotsa onions, it is definitely one of the best japanese dons I have had out there. To top it off, mixing the pork slices mixed onions with the egg yolk makes it really smooth and totally alluring. I am serious and if only they put in their main menu and serve it at any other time, I might just visit Watami pretty often. Unfortunately, I don't work around the area and they don't serve this during weekends. :(

The surprising thing I discovered on my Watami visit is their extensive menus. They have plenty of drinks and food; they believe that they will always have something for everyone. I love their comfortable space. It's definitely a restaurant that you could spend a long period of time there just enjoying your food, drinks and time with people.

The food is up to standard, and for the price you pay, you get a decently large portion enough for sharing. It's a little bit high but rest assured, the quality of the food will make you feel that the money spent is all worth it.

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Do you know with the Pinch Of Salt Card, you could enjoy a 10% off in any of Chaswood's dining establishments? That include TGIF, Bulgogi Brothers, Watami and many more!  It's FREE to sign up in any Chaswood dining outlets and you can accumulate your rebate points for the next visit! Visit Pinch of Salt website for more information.


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Watami Malaysia @ Pavilion KL

C4.04.00, Level 4, Pavilion KL Shopping Mall,
168, Jalan Bukit Bintang,
55100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

T: +603-2141 6671

Watami Malaysia @ 1 Utama

1st Floor, Rainforest, 1 Utama Shopping Centre,
1 Lebuh Bandar Utama,
47800 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.

T: +603-7727 1399

Watami Malaysia @ Paradigm Mall

Lot 07, Level 1, Paradigm Mall,
1, Jalan SS7/ 26A, Kelana Jaya,
47301 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.

T: +603-7886 9661
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