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This is marcky living in Bandar Utama. I work in Bukit Bintang. I like to hang out in Bangsar. Italian are my favorite cuisines. I also love Restaurant and Burgers / Sandwiches.
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Categories : French | Café | Sweets/Snack



Sometimes, I daydream about walking down the street in France and just walking into an unassuming little French bistro, taking in the air of freshly baked bread, and sitting down to have myself a simple French meal cooked to perfection and enjoying the warm hospitality of the locals; and I’d like to think I’m not the only one who dreams such romantic dreams.

One fine evening, I found myself doing just that; except instead of France, it was Bangsar. The unassuming little French bistro goes by the name of Yeast; Frenchmen and scents of freshly-baked bread included.

 
I couldn’t resist ordering the soup of the day that evening; and I’m still not sure if it was because it was sweet pea veloute with smoked duck, or if it was because I could practice saying “soup du jour” to a stereotypically droopy-eyed French server. It proved to be a great decision. The veloute was silky smooth without being creamy, rich in natural sweetness and a subtle tickle of saltiness from the duck, which lay quietly at the bottom of the bowl. Well-executed, and plenty to share between the two of us, we thought it great value for money at 12 bucks.

 
At first sight, the bouef bourguignon didn’t seemed very overpriced; and since we were sharing this between the two of us, it did not seem like it would satisfy. Our initial impression faded with every bite of this immaculately-executed dish. I don’t think there is any way this could have been done better! The silken mash of root vegetables was so light yet rich and filling, with a light cheesy taste to it. I could hardly believe the best mash I ever had isn’t even made with potatoes, but healthy root vegetables! Braised in red wine, the beef submissively gave way to gentle pokes of our forks, so tender and soft that I could hardly withold my audible disbelief. Two juicy, caramelized shallots accompanied the beef, brilliantly sweet; disappointing only in the fact that there were only two of them, though I would think such scarcity was purposeful in achieving a balance that only the French could. Texturally contrasting fried onions lent a mild sweetness and saltiness to the dish, without being greasy or intrusive. The rich flavours and perfect execution left us feeling very satisfied despite sharing the small portion between two; and we even felt the price tag was commensurate with its quality.

They say French food is very expensive. They say good meals are always too heavy. They say good food is rich in fat and carbs. I say leave it to the French to prove us wrong.

 
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Beato? Besto! Smile Nov 26, 2013   
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Categories : Western variety | Restaurant | Steaks / Chops

 

 
This is quite easily one of the best steaks I've ever had, in my life. Dry-aged ribeye, medium-rare. I like that they only have a finite selection of meats, at specific sizes, and charge by weight. That way, you get a pick from their very best, and once it's gone for the day, that's it!

The meat was remarkably flavourful, and cuts with ease. Every bite was pure enjoyment. The outer layer is charred with a light crisp, and the insides were just so juicy, despite its namesake.

Their choices of mustard were leaps and bound beyond any I've ever had, and my choice of roast onions really complemented the steak very, very well.
 
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Categories : Multi-Cuisine | Restaurant | Pizza/Pasta | Burgers / Sandwiches

 
This is perhaps one of the better beef burgers I've ever had (dubbed "Redz Heat"), if not the best. Though chef Riz Redz (son of Chef Wan) had his unglamorous moments in the news some time ago, that makes him no less a good chef in the kitchen.

Thick, juicy beef patty, as with any worthy beef burger, topped with melted cheddar cheese, caramelized onions, beef bacon, and - most importantly - blue cheese.

The sharp, stinky blue cheese gives a lot of character to this otherwise safe burger, though some might not agree with the intense smell of blue cheese.

The caramelized onions is essential in the balance of sweetness of the burger which would otherwise be too strongly flavoured with all that cheese and all that beef.

Personally, I'm not a big fan of beef bacon - but it's there and it doesn't ruin anything, so I just pretend it's not there. I mean it's dry and coarse and tastes nothing like real beef or real bacon; so what's the point, really?

Oh, the wedges are really good too. Thick, fluffy, smooth. Goes well with mustard.
 
Spending per head: Approximately RM23

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Maria, Maria! Smile Jun 04, 2012   
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Categories : Western variety | Restaurant | Steaks / Chops

 
Set in a semi-casual yet cosy environment in a semi-upmarket neighbourhood, Maria's is a hidden gem when it comes to good steaks. Prices are fair but not bottom-dollar, but food is good.

One of the few relatively casual places you can find a good steak, and they even serve Black Angus and wagyu. Black Angus is priced at RM40 per 100g, and your cut depends on what they have available. If you ask me, it's the cheapest places to get a proper steak done perfectly. Our medium-rare came exactly medium-rare, which so far only the best restaurants have been able to deliver properly. The side dishes were also done very well.

What we enjoyed most about Black Angus is the smokey char-grilled quality and the tenderness from the fat marblings.

Despite not charging corkage, their service is exemplary and they provide proper glass wares for your wine. Service is good enough that I even tipped on top of the service tax which they had already billed me for.
 
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Salmon tataki! Smile Dec 31, 2013   (Related Review)
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Categories : Japanese | Restaurant | Ramen/Udon/Soba

 
I must say this is the best salmon ever! It is not fully cooked, rather, it is half grilled. The texture was similar to salmon sashimi, except it was slightly firmer (say 10%). It was very fresh and not gamy at all. Totally recommend this to friends!
 
Recommended Dish(es):  Salmon Tataki
 
Spending per head: Approximately RM14(午餐)

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