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AmandaLaurenLee
This is AmandaLaurenLee living in Mont Kiara. I am a Personal AssistantI like to hang out in Mont Kiara, Sri Hartamas, Bangsar. Japanese, Italian, European are my favorite cuisines. I also love Restaurant and Seafood, Burgers / Sandwiches, Fine Dining.
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Japanese Dinner  Smile Oct 05, 2015   
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Categories : Japanese | Restaurant | Steaks / Chops | Seafood | Ramen/Udon/Soba

Since a friend of mine stays in Old Klang Road, there's a lot of great food there that has been introduced by her. A favourite would be Xenri as it offers pretty good Japanese meals especially when we're in the mood to splurge a little.

Something that I like about this place is the staff, both the wait & kitchen staff. Firstly they are very attentive at the front of house - making sure that we are properly settled with green teas and warm towel while we look through the menu.

As for the kitchen staff, the chef that handles the front sushi bar is rather well-acquainted with my friend so he almost always gives us a plate of complimentary sushi when we are there. And it is never anything that is of low quality or anything of that sorts, so they get A++ for that. We started looking through the menu after indulging in some warm towel and warm green tea, the waiter brought over a plate of nigiri sushi that was beautifully plated. This was an exquisite salmon belly that was perfectly fatty and tender topped with a sweet sauce and a minimal amount of wasabi. 

Now onto our actual meals, I ordered their Tempura & Nigiri sushi bento set. There were many others but most came with a bowl of rice which I was not craving for so this was the perfect one for me.Imagine my surprise when my meal arrived and how much of a feast it looked. As always the Japanese have this way of making every thing beautiful in it's own simplicity, like my set meal. 

This comes with a bowl of warm miso soup, super soft chawanmushi and also a sweet end to the meal with two thick wedge of sweet watermelon that's bursting with juice. 

 
My set comes with a plate of Nigiri Sushi that was incredibly fresh tasting on top of looking immaculately pretty. I was initially very reluctant to start eating this because of how nice it looked - I foolishly did not have the heart to start eating any of these. 

But in the end I did since I was hungry and all of the seafood, from tuna to squid to prawn and salmon was all very clean tasting. Quality was definitely beyond my expectation.

 
Then there is also the tempura portion. Usually I never like ordering this because the vegetables & prawns always come with too much batter, plus are usually greasy like crazy. But that was not the case at Xenri's which I would rate them an 8/10 score for the tempura platter itself.

This place has fast become one of my favourite Japanese Restaurant to dine at, especially when I'm around Old Klang Road just looking to splurge. Very worth the visit.
Complimentary from the Chef

Complimentary from the Chef

 
 
Date of Visit: Sep 26, 2015 

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Girl's Date Night  Smile Jan 28, 2016   
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Categories : European | Restaurant | Group/Family dining

Cava comes highly recommended by my best friend after dining there few times before. Her favourite apparently is their fruit sangria and it has also now become mine even if I am never a fan of anything alcoholic.

So naturally for our girl's date night that was where we went to for dinner and it was the best choice we made. The ambience there is rather romantic but also nothing overly fancy which to me is perfect. Although the restaurant is rather small.

 
For starters, we ordered the seafood soup to share and I was so amazed by what we were served. First was the amount of seafood that came with the soup, there were clams, mussels, squids, a scallop and also a big prawn. It was really good as the tomato-based broth was infused with all the flavours from all the shellfish and also squid.

We would have ordered another bowl if we were stupidly greedy.

 
Then because this is my absolute favourite to order, we also got the clams cooked with white wine, garlic and chillies to share too. As if the earlier amount of seafood was not enough. This was heavenly to me and the broth that the clams were cooked in were intensely flavourful. We finished this within a blink of an eye and now, I am craving for it again.

 
And for main, we got the braised beef shoulder with spinach pasta to share because we were already quite full from the earlier starters. This was AMAZING becauset he beef so super tender till it was practically falling off the bone and the sauce it came with was delicious. The pasta was perfectly al dente and everything was amazing.

Now I think it's going to be usual place to go for good dinner. 

 
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Local delights  Smile Jan 05, 2016   
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Categories : Western variety | Bar & Pub | Pizza/Pasta | Steaks / Chops | Seafood | Private Party

Have I mentioned how much I enjoy eating at Sam's? Especially when I am in the mood for something casual yet want pretty good food - which is why my mom brought me there for dinner one night. Although it was a weeknight and we had just gotten home from work, we still dragged ourselves out of the house and drove to Damansara Heights just for food.

Our usual order is western and would most definitely get the really good grilled chicken, but that night we were quite into the local food. Plus apparently she's tried them and found that to be exceptionally worth trying which was what we got. 

 
My favourite of the night happens to be the mutton curry which was specially ordered for me. It came in a claypot filled to the brim with super thick and spicy curry, then in it was plenty pieces of meat and also chunks of potatoes. This comes with your choice of either rice or naan, which I obviously would choose the later. Nothing like some soft & fluffy naan to soak up all the delicious curry. 

 
Because it's my mother's favourite, she also ordered a sambal prawn and I could undersyand why. The prawns were super fresh and they were not stingy at all with the amount we were given. Plus the sambal really made me tear because it was hella spicy but in a good way, so eating this with some rice is ideal.

Now I'm already thinking of the food and can't wait to be back for more.
 
Recommended Dish(es):  Mutton curry
 
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Banana Leaf Rice cravings Smile Jan 05, 2016   
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Categories : Malaysian variety | Indian | Restaurant | Noodles | Nasi Lemak

I get the very strong cravings for some good and hearty banana leaf rice quite often. Usually I'd drive all the way to bangsar with my friends just to have some good ones and never leave feeling disappointed. On saturday that was the same case too.

My friends and I were looking to have dinner at Nirvana. Except trying to get a table there on a saturday night is kind of crazy to say the least. There was a long line and the place was packed like sardins in a can. One look at that had us re-thinking where to eat for the night so we walked behind Tous Les Jours to Raj's instead. I've heard good things about this place but never got the chance to try it until the other day.

Safe to say I would much rather dine here now. 

 
We ordered a banana leaf rice each then for sides, we got a fried chicken thigh, squid and also some mutton varuval. All of it was super good, especially the mutton as the thick gravy had a good strong spice flavour while the meat was tender but also chewy. The fried squid was also good as the batter was nicely flavoured and being freshly fried just makes it that much better, plus it came with some deep fried onion too. Really loved the sides. 

The portions in which came as a basic banana leaf rice set was very substantial. There were braised cabbage, cucumber with yoghurt and some other veggie as sides, also som deep fried cucumber which was my absolute favourite. I had asked for extra of these and they happily gave me extra. And then the fish curry I doused over my rice tasted good too. Not overly watery and packed quite a good punch of flavour. 

This is now my favourite place to get banana leaf rice. So I'd definitely be back there more often and am already craving for the food there now.
 
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Sandwiching!  Smile Sep 20, 2015   
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Categories : Western variety | Café | Burgers / Sandwiches | Juices & Smoothies / Bubble Tea / Tea

 
Having missed by breakfast earlier in the day, I was starving to death by the late afternoon. So I immediately jumped at the chance when my friend suggested that we eat at Pickle & Fig, especially after hearing so many good reviews about them from friends and also food blogs.
Written on the wall creatively.

Written on the wall creatively.

 
So imagine my surprise when I arrived and saw the menu written on the wall. Already everything I saw made me salivate but I wanted sandwiches because those also had been getting quite good reviews.

Once I made up my mind, I went up to the counter to place my order and was greeted by a very friendly cashier. She obliged nicely when I asked which was the best sandwich to order, telling me which is the most popular. The service here is amazing which is a great thing because it makes me want to come back here more often for the good drink and food. 

 
Like always my choice of caffeine to order is Caramel Macchiato. Not many place can get this right because it is always too sweet or too milky without the nice scent from the coffee. But here at Pickle & Fig, it was near perfect. I loved it so much, was tempted to order another cup.

 
As for the sandwich, I was looking forward to trying the smoked salmon with avocado and cream cheese one. Unfortunately there might have been some confusion when it came to keying in the order because what I was served was the Coronation chicken instead. Plus it says chicken on my receipt to even though my friends heard me order the other one.

Since I was looking forward to the other sandwich that I thought I had order, so imagine my surprise when my food arrived and there was no smoked salmon to be had anywhere. Though, rather than cause a fuss and be a difficult customer since its paid for already, I ate this.

To my pleasure, this too taste good! The chicken breast was not dry at all and the sauce that came with had a very nice flavour, plus the caramelized onions was amazing. I also exceptionally like the potato wedges that came with which I believe were made in-house. Perfectly crisp and salted, also freshly fried. The meal also came with a simple side salad which I devoured along with the sandwich.

There's still so many other things I want to try on their menu, so I will definitely be back when I have the time. :3
 
Recommended Dish(es):  Avocado Smoothie,Caramel Macchiato,Americano,Coronation Chicken Sandwich,Churros
 
Date of Visit: Sep 19, 2015 

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