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Cheryl Chan
This is Cheryl Chan living in Cheras. I am a Secretary, work in Ampang. I like to hang out in Ampang, Sungai Besi, Sri Petaling. Japanese, Italian are my favorite cuisines. I also love Café and Steamboat/Hotpot, Pizza/Pasta, Vegetables.
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Alessio Publika Smile Sep 30, 2013   
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Categories : Western variety | Restaurant | Pizza/Pasta | Sweets/Snack

 
We were seated at the enclosed room inside Alessio which has the portrait of Marilyn Monroe printed on cushion. Very eye-catching colour tone of red and yellow at the bar.

 
Nasi Lemak Istimewa
Coconut flavoured rice with a scent of pandan accompanied with a whole leg chicken rendang, chili paste, peanut, anchovies & cucumber topped with a sunny side up
Everything done right to complement each other on this plate of Malaysia symbolic dish, but rendang chicken excels with its tender texture.

 
Apricot & Chestnut Chicken Involtini
Chicken involtini with apricot, chestnut & smoke duck bacon served with arugula salad & toasted focaccia
As Involtini means rolls in Italian, it implies a small bite of food consisting outer layer wrapped around the filling. Its complicated process paid off as I indulge in sequence like how one door leads to another: crisp layer of chicken skin, to soft and cushion layer of fat, to firm chicken meat, and finally to smoke duck bacon with apricot & chestnut.

 
Spaghetti Vongole
Spaghetti tossed in virgin olive oil, basil, garlic butter & clams dripped with Alessio's house basil & mint sauce
Distinct from those with sauces, it forefronts the simple flavors of Alessio house basil & mint sauce on Vongole (clams in Italian) and good quality olive oil on al-dente spaghetti.

 
Grilled Aubergine & Mushroom Bruscetta
Grilled marinara aubergine on Alessio's house focaccia bread and fresh button mushroom baked with cheddar & mozarella on Alessio country wholemeal bread
An appetizer combination made specially for KL restaurant week in getting the best of both worlds: Grilled Aubergine Brucetta and Mushroom Bruscetta.

 
Grilled Norwegian Salmon
Grilled deep sea Norwegian Salmon on a bed of creamy mashed potato served with coral & rucola salad, garlic butter focaccia & fresh mango sauce
Grill salmon might be of no challenge but it takes master to have crispy skin. Mango sauce comes in great with its tinge of freshness.

 
Crème Brulee
Fresh vanilla crème brulee with caramelize raw sugar touch
Rich custard base topped with right amount of sugar as contrasting layer of hard caramel and served in ramekin.

Overall it was a pleasant dining experience at Alessio with affordable price.
 
Recommended Dish(es):  Apricot & Chestnut Chicken Involtini
 
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S.Wine Cafe @Publika Smile Aug 12, 2013   
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Categories : Western variety | Café | Pizza/Pasta | Steaks / Chops | Burgers / Sandwiches

 

 

 
Momofuku-Inspired Pork Buns

Momofuku-Inspired Pork Buns

 
Momofuku-Inspired Pork Buns RM21
Chinese-style braised pork belly slices with pickled cucumber, sandwiched in steamed flower mantao

Came in a bamboo basket much like the dim sum, these two pieces of fatty pork belly were not for the health conscious patrons. Big thanks to the addition of sour pickled cucumber, greasiness of that soft melting pork fat has lowered to a more acceptable range. Portion was small enough to be finished in few bites but for those pork meat die hard fans out there, this would very much worth the price.

 
Spaghetti Carbonara

Spaghetti Carbonara

 
Spaghetti Carbonara RM26
made the traditional way with pancetta chunks & roughly-torn proscuitto, tossed in cream & topped with a raw egg yolk

Procuitto or Parma ham is a dry-cured ham that is usually sliced thin and served uncooked while pancetta chunk is a spiced, salted and dry-cured pork belly. Flavourful enough as they preserved the pork meat as it is and chewy enough for you sink the teeth between meat lines. Yet, pardon this lady for not understanding the art of dry-cured meat and seek more sips of the sauce in order to swallow that dry, salted meat. Distinct from the usual carbonara, raw egg yolk was being presented in front of my eyes which later has added the extra smoothness to the spaghetti.
Though portion was not that huge, I needed Jason's help in order to finish this plate.
 
Recommended Dish(es):  Momofuku-Inspired Pork Buns
 
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Melur & Thyme @KLCC Smile Aug 12, 2013   
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Categories : Multi-Cuisine | Restaurant | Pizza/Pasta | Burgers / Sandwiches | Noodles

 

 
Gunner & Mint Limeade

Gunner & Mint Limeade

 
(left) Gunner RM15
Ginger beer, ginger ale with a dash of fresh ginger extract and honey
(right) Mint Limeade RM15
Fresh mint leaves, fresh lime squeeze, topped with water or soda

Agnes and I were more than happy to take up their Digi rewards offer of free drink worth RM15 upon ordering from selected mains. She had Gunner and I who'd always love the minty flavor, opted for mint limeade. I was expecting the mocktail version of mojito with visible mint sprigs followed by moderate lime and sugar, perhaps in the proportion of 3:2:1. But mint leaves were nowhere to be seen as in the menu description, more of like lime/lemonade soda.
Carbonara with Smoked Duck

Carbonara with Smoked Duck

 
Carbonara with Smoked Duck

Carbonara with Smoked Duck

 
Carbonara with Smoked Duck RM28
Traditional rich creamy carbonara sauce with duck eggs blanketing spinach tagliatelle and juicy slices of smoked duck

Wise combination of spinach Tagliatelle, a narrower flat ribbon pasta than Fettucini in matching its sauce of carbonara with duck eggs: Rich (in flavor), yet not cloying. Did I even mention that the pasta was cooked to al dente? Each bite is heavenly and we wiped clean till the last drop.
Encountered with previous horrible experience of spring onion with carbonara, I overlooked on this because the taste was so insignificant. However, it's better to leave them out of sight next time.
Grilled Herb Chicken

Grilled Herb Chicken

 
Grilled Herb Chicken

Grilled Herb Chicken

 
Grilled Herb Chicken RM29
Boneless chicken breast marinated with thyme and spices, sous vide to perfection and served with vegetables, mash potato and cilantro garlic oil

Sous Vide, a French word of "under vacuum" is a method of cooking food sealed in airtight plastic bags in water bath for longer than normal cooking time, in order to maintain the level of "doneness" inside out. ~ Wikipedia

This grilled herb chicken was mediocre in terms of flavor with stuffed spices but lacking when it comes to texture. I am unsure of its cooking method of sous vide and/or grill because it has failed to grasp the essence of either. Mash potato was good with its less milky flavor and potato chunk contributing to better texture.
Peanut Butter Chocolate Cake

Peanut Butter Chocolate Cake

 
Peanut Butter Chocolate Cake RM10
For one who can easily finish up one whole jar of peanut butter, this was too dry and too dense for me to take. Appreciate the fact that it came warm, but it was not a happy ending.
 
Recommended Dish(es):  Carbonara with Smoked Duck
 
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Grand Palace Smile Oct 03, 2013   
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Categories : Chinese | Restaurant | Seafood

 
Earlier this year, Imbi Palace Restaurant as the first outlet was being closed down to make way for future development. After some thought, the management has decided to change the name to Imbi Palace Group, a total rebranding with new name and new logo.

"At the Imbi Palace Group of Restaurants, we want to share our passion for food with you and your loved ones and bring excitement to your palate.”~Mr Lum, Chairman of Imbi Palace Group

 
Floral pattern carpet, art pieces on the wall, along with the pretty chandelier lighting.

 
虫草花鲜螺头炖花胶汤
Double-boiled top shell soup with cordyceps flower& fish maw, RM28

Clear and healthy soup, with each sip of pure essence.

 
堂片北京鸭
Crispy Golden Peking Duck, RM70

Peking duck is a popular dish from Beijing, known by its thin crispy golden skin with just the right amount of meat.

 
堂煎百花鲜带子
Pan-fried stuffed fresh scallop, RM14

Finest scallop from icy cold water of Canada paired with banana prawns from the Gulf of Carpenteria, creating two distinct flavours.

 
白菌汁菇菇鸡
Crispy Boneless Chicken Stuffed With Truffle Oil & Mushrooms, RM80

Also known as "8 Treasures Truffles Chicken", it was prepared by stuffing 8 different type of mushrooms, and infused with truffle sauce.
Strong aromas of mushroom with crispy skin of chicken, yet still maintaining the juiciness of meat.

 
鲍汁南非十八头干鲍
Braised South Africa Dried Abalone, RM88 (Promo Price)

The abalone size is 18-head, which means for 600gram, there are 18 pieces.
Normal price would be RM168.

 
椰皇布丁
Coconut Pudding, RM8

Smooth and soft with rich coconut flavour. A must try.
 
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Japanese BBQ @Taman Desa Smile Sep 30, 2013   
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Categories : Japanese | Stall / Warung | Ramen/Udon/Soba | BBQ

 
Having a colleague who'd always mention about pork during office hours at least once a day isn't helping me into getting a slimmer body figure, but to crave more for the non-halal piece of meat.
Thanks to Daniel, another carnivorous eater, who has recently joined force as my partner-in-crime for food explore, hence off we go to the famous Japanese BBQ at Taman Desa.

First attempt was a disaster, we went there on a raining Monday night, only to find out that all the 3 restaurants by Mr Seiji Fujimoto (along with Maruhi Sakaba and Sanuki Udon) were closed. Oh yes, don't ever trust the "opens daily" as published from elsewhere, they are all closed on Mondays.
Second attempt was a gamble on luck, there was still drizzling at 5pm and finally stopped when we were there.

 
Faber Plaza was pretty easy to find with the help of "Jalan Desa Jaya" on Waze navigation apps.
Japanese BBQ is located at the center court of Faber Plaza, easily recognizable with its zinc roof, red bricks, and the red lantern with the words of 居酒屋 (Izakaya).Rustic environment with al fresco dining.
Though not preferable especially at this hot weather of Malaysia, we went on a good timing for BBQ which is after the rain, hence the cool evening breeze.

 
豚肉ラーメン Pork Ramen RM10
This ramen has quite justify its value of RM10, or even did more than that. Still far from the level of those chain Japanese Ramen restaurants but good enough to fill our groaning stomach while waiting for the meat to be ready.

 
ラムジンギスカン Gengkhis Khan RM20
This is the only lamb dish in the menu and would be the first dish if you ever order it, since it comes in a sizzling hot pan.
Mongolian lamb stew of tenderness, minimum gamey taste yet so flavourful that I wished to have a bowl of rice with me.
By the way, that's the ultimate compliment one can give in chinese culture.
We even finished all the cabbages as they have absorbed the essence of both meat and broth.
Not even one drop of the soup was wasted as the staff poured it all for us while he takes the hot pan away.

 
キノコホイル焼き Mushroom Foiled Yaki RM10
Oyster mushroom, enoki mushroom, shitake mushroom, chopped onion with butter as seasoning.

We've ordered ビーフリブアイ Beef Ribeye RM10, ポークベリー Pork Belly RM10 and ポーク内もも Pork Inside Leg RM10.
They are all small in portion I must say.

They also offer meat selections of lamb, pork and beef along with long list of innards to choose from, such as tongue, intestines and much more.

 
We then proceed with the grilling after the staff has taken away the hot pan.
Dripping pork lard had just made the fire gone wild.

 
While the meat was fresh with minimal marination, it goes great with the sauce provided which is a mixture of Japanese soy sauce, sake, mirin, sugar, garlic and sesame.

 
野菜焼 Mixed Vegetables RM5
Heated but uncooked vegetable?
While this doesn't make sense, it did happen. The vegetable was either overcooked with burnt edges or too raw to be consumed. Top up another RM5 to Teppanyaki Vegetable is highly recommended.

Unlike other restaurants that do online marketing, this restaurant has no namecard, no contact number and no facebook. Their only marketing was word of mouth, either from patrons or bloggers. Still, many would come to pay a visit, so do come early.
 
Recommended Dish(es):  pork belly
 
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