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Max Chin
This is Max Chin living in Setapak. I work in Kuala Lumpur City Center. I like to hang out in Kuala Lumpur City Center, Setapak, Bandar Utama. Korean, Japanese, Chinese, Asian, German are my favorite cuisines. I also love Café, Restaurant, Stall and Bak Kut Teh, Yong Tau Fu, Steaks / Chops, Nasi Lemak, Steamboat.
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Categories : Western variety | Restaurant | Pizza/Pasta | Steaks / Chops

Located just outside of the casino, it is quite easy for us to locate the restaurant, it is open till very late, somewhere near midnight, given that the casino is just nearby I am sure many gambler will find it good to have the restaurant so near. 

Service is quite okay, we are being led to our seat and explain the latest promotions. We ordered the quarter chicken with 3 sidelines, spreading across with coleslaw, mashed potato, baked bean, potato salad, fruit alas and finally Mac & cheese. Not much decoration beside the standard one which is traditionally in any of their stores, table arrangement is an issue though because some seating is arranged too close to the next one making it quite uncomfortable to sit. 

Food is delivered to us at a slow pace, someone arrived later than us already got the food while we are still waiting. The chicken texture is very poor, I had a hard time chewing on it, seriously thinking did the owner taste it before even selling to us. The sauce of the chicken is almost tasteless both for original and black pepper, for side dishes is not too bad but for mash potato it is tasteless too, the rest of the side dishes is quite fresh (vegetable base) for baked bean, quite okay but not enough tomato taste, finally Mac & cheese got a bit of cheese taste and that's about it. As I am cutting through the chicken, saw some blood on the chicken shocked I suspect the chicken is not fully cooked yet. 

For muffins, we did not specify which one we want and the staff already choose for us, serving one vanilla and banana muffin to us. Aren't they suppose to ask us instead of deciding for us ???sad Anyhow the muffin taste is quite okay, one of the signature dish beside their chicken, in this experience the chicken did badly. 





Muffins

Muffins

 
chicken with blood

chicken with blood

 
seating area

seating area

 
Quarter chicken with 3 sidelines

Quarter chicken with 3 sidelines

 
Quarter chicken with 3 sidelines

Quarter chicken with 3 sidelines

 
 
Recommended Dish(es):  Quarter chicken with 3 sidelines
 
Date of Visit: Jan 26, 2014 

Spending per head: Approximately RM25(午餐)

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Categories : Chinese | Hotel Dining | Noodles

Located near the main entrance of the casino, once you enter from the main entrance, walk far straight and turn left upon reaching deadend, the restaurant is just in front of you

Staff is obviously demotivated to the extend of not wanting to work, the service attitude we got so terrible, staff just reply us in a very rude way when we ask for dishes information. The restaurant does not contain any decoration, look like the typical primary school canteen.

Food Is served within few minutes, so obviously it is prepared in advance already, the freshness of the dish can be questioned. We had one braise chicken rice, which is quite okay, adequately filled with soy sauce, chicken meat is very nice with great texture, we almost being deceived by one customer who said loudly that it is not nice as we order it. 

The fried fishball mee is terrible, almost tasteless and the fishball is not nice, cannot really taste any fishy taste that a fishball usually has.
Braise Chicken Rice

Braise Chicken Rice

 
Fried fishball soup

Fried fishball soup

 
Seating area

Seating area

 
 
Recommended Dish(es):  Braise chicken rice
 
Date of Visit: Jan 25, 2014 

Spending per head: Approximately RM15(午餐)

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Categories : Western variety | Bar & Pub | Steaks / Chops | Burgers / Sandwiches

Irish restaurant had been a stranger to me for years as we rarely had a real chance of indulging in Irish cuisine, and now we no longer need to take hours of long flight just to grab a taste of Irish cuisine, it is now made available in Malones Irish restaurant and bar. Not known to me before being invited by my friend to have Friday night hangout, i was told by friends that it is a place you rather call bar than a restaurant as most patron here drink beer, so i guess having a few pint of beer is inescapable.

Decorated using open bar and vintage concept, it is quite a comfortable restaurant bar you like to visit especially during your Friday night session with your love one or colleague. Staff here are quite busy with their work, as we enter we almost ignored by the staff and we have to personally ask for help from the staff to be seated, i guess the part of coordination was not done perfectly.
Beer

Beer

 
Served in a stylish beer glass, the Guinness served with this glass make looking at the beer itself is so enjoyable and tempting to drink it. Couple with the good environment given by the restaurant atmosphere and the patron who chat and have fun as they enjoying their beer, it is no wonder such a place is full with office worker during Friday night.
Hotdog

Hotdog

 
Drinking beer without any snack is kinda boring, so the four of us decided to order some hot dog and mini burger to feed ourselves while chit chatting and slowly sipping on the beer. Thus hot dog, which i forgotten the name , is served with chili and hot dog slices, fit in with our beer as it add some spices to our taste bud on the ice cold beer. Texture of the hot dog meat was good and juicy, definitely a good side dish to couple with beer chopstick
Mini Burger

Mini Burger

 
Well, this one isn't that great, a stack of mini meat with some vegetables and very small bun. It is quite hard to eat these burger without getting your hand dirty as its small size make the handling process fairly hard. As you chew the burger, you find that it is actually very hard to bite and the texture of the bun is not great either. I will not recommend this dish, it sound nice but it does not taste nice at all.

On this special Friday occasion, we are lucky to witness an Irish band to perform with a Japanese drummer, though it can be quite noisy but i see most of the customer here enjoying the loud music and even dance together, this scenery you won't normally find it in restaurant, but in Malones it is still possible. Enjoy the music yourself here:

Malone Irish Live Band

 


In a nutshell, pricing wise is quite expensive and not really value for money especially for food. However it is disputably a place to hang out for your Friday beer, prices for beer seems more reasonable than the price for food. Credit card and cash are both accepted, service crew is quite attentive and sometimes come over to ask you if you want to buy more beer, can be quite annoying for some customer.
 
Recommended Dish(es):  Beer
 
Date of Visit: Aug 30, 2013 

Spending per head: Approximately RM40(晚餐)

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Rich Herbal Flavored Soup  Smile Sep 20, 2013   
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Categories : Chinese | Restaurant | Bak Kut Teh

Located along the highway of Jalan Kuching, here sit a hidden gem, a bak kut teh restaurant. Started off as a stall and now upgraded into a proper air conditioned restaurant, Yu Yi restaurant had been in business for more than 30 years and is now run by both the father and the son together. Upon arrival, we are given a warm welcome by the restaurant owner with some introduction of his restaurant plus the cooking method, it make me learn something new today by just listening.

The restaurant seems pretty well kept, as it considered clean for a bak kut teh restaurant. all the table are wipe clean and floor seems to be very clean as well, i had a glance on the menu, most of the food here cost roughly about RM9 to RM12, which is affordable to many people considering that we are eating in a air conditioned place, it is quite value for money.
Different type of rice

Different type of rice

 
Before each bak kut teh is served, we are being spoiled with 3 different type of rice, which is the "oil" rice, the normal white rice and the special fried rice. Personally i prefer to have the bak kut teh with the normal white rice as the other 2 type of rice just kill off the original taste of the food. Pouring the bak kut teh sauce on the white rice not only make you able to fully tasted it but also make you craving for more white rice.
Dried Bak Kut Teh

Dried Bak Kut Teh

 
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The first one being serve to us was the Dried bak kut teh, the sauce is pretty thick but however it was quite stingy in terms of the sauce given on this dish, i would love it even more if the sauce can be given more generous than the one served to us, having said that, the meat texture was good and i love the sauce thickness, that give you the shock of taste bud with full mouth the sauce flavor, slightly salted and sweet, it was great. tongue
Yam Chicken

Yam Chicken

 
Now moving to the next one, the yam chicken. First of its kind, at least for me, the first time tasted such food. The first bite was great, i love the texture of the chicken meat, just smooth and nice to chew on. The flavor of the Yam, is overwhelming, each and every bite give you the full sensation of Yam and it also carry some spicy taste, it was a great dish which i definitely recommend to my friend to try it out. bowlchopstick
Pork Leg in Thick Soy Sauce

Pork Leg in Thick Soy Sauce

 
The Pork Leg in soy sauce is also good, however the dish given too many fat tissues part with too little meat on it. I think this dish can be more perfect if more meat is being given rather than a whole bowl of fat tissue only. The best part about this dish is the sauce, which give you the wholesome soy sauce taste, the thick soy sauce is a great companion to the white rice, it just a great appetite simulator.
Abalone Mushroom

Abalone Mushroom

 
Moving on to the next dishes, the abalone fried mushroom. Quite a normal and common food you see on steamboat restaurant but what makes it so special is the restaurant owner actually teach you to dip the mushroom into the bak kut teh soup ! Just like how you did it for the "You Tiao" the same logic can be applied here as both food are absorbent to soup, it is kind of special to eat it with the bak kut teh soup, it give you the taste of the crunchy mushroom plus the heavenly flavored bak kut teh soup, a good combination smile
Pork Stomach in pepper soup

Pork Stomach in pepper soup

 
The Pork stomach soup is served, doesn't really differ a lot with the normal one, in fact slightly poorer as the soup pepper is not too strong, so it doesn't make me crave for me on this dish. The pork stomach texture was however good but if more pepper can be given in the soup, i guess it will make it more perfect, perhaps the soup should be heated up even more as well, probably because of the air condition, when i tasted the soup i can only say it is warm instead of hot soup.
Abalone Slice Taufu

Abalone Slice Taufu

 
This Taufu is quite special, with a special name called Abalone slice Taufu. With a thick layer of sauce on top of the Taufu, and some vegetable, the Taufu is so soft than i can literally eat it without biting it, it literally melted in my mouth. The thick sauce on the surface give a boost of sweet taste to this dish, the vegetable served together with the Taufu is also fresh and juicy, definitely a good dish to have it side by side with the bak kut teh.
Nyonya Bak Kut Teh

Nyonya Bak Kut Teh

 
And now finally the Nyonya Bak Kut Teh, it is a sour and spicy type of bak kut teh, first time tasted such a new taste of bak kut teh. While the Nyonya dish is special however given a choice i will like to have the traditional soup based and the dried bak kut teh, as it give the natural and original taste of the dish. Texture of the meat was good, i enjoy the chewing process when eating these dishes.

Overall the smacking part of this dining experience will be the soup part, it give me the most taste bud shock as it has been quite long since i tasted a bak kut teh that give me such a strong herbal soup taste, however a few thing that need improvement will be the quantity of sauce plus the temperature of the soup as most of it is not hot but only warm. We also receive a good and attentive service from the crew of the restaurant, it was an enjoyable experience which i definitely like to revisit again.
 
Recommended Dish(es):  Soup Based Bak Kut Teh,Dried Bak Kut Teh
 
Date of Visit: Sep 18, 2013 

Spending per head: Approximately RM20(晚餐)

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Categories : Italian | Restaurant | Pizza/Pasta | Steaks / Chops

Hiding at the back of main road, the Palazzo sit quietly, remain unnoticed until the day i am invited to participate in MakanVenture event. Served Western cuisine and a number of low to mid range wines, the restaurant is decorated fully focusing on bringing out the modern western gourmet atmosphere, armed with relaxing English musical, it is definitely a good place to relax while shaking the glass with red wine.

We are also informed by the restaurant owner prior to the start of the event that every rainy day, there will be 30% discount for all dishes, i guess it is crowd puller during rainy days as most restaurant might be empty during rainy day.

 
The first dish to arrive, Pumpkin soup. I am quite impress with the rich and thickness of the soup. Probably one of the best tasted in Klang Valley, however the set back is that the temperature of the soup is not high enough and the absence of crunchy biscuit make the dishes incomplete or rather not satisfying enough.

 
Spanish Patas, come in second. The cracker is quite crunchy but a little bit hard to bite. Overall tasting is quite good, with my tongue overwhelmed with sour taste. If the cracker can be made softer and remain its crunchiness then i believe this dish can be great as well.

 
Probably one of the best meal starter, the restaurant has to offer. A full plate of vegetables with smoked salmon, poured with thousand island sauce, made the salad so refreshing. With every chew of the vegetable, it comes with cold fresh taste. The smoked salmon there is to add some spice to the dish, eating the vegetable with the salmon, it is just smokin good.

 
Probably one of the dishes favorite by almost everyone, the roasted pork is said to be one of the signature dish that the Palazzo has to offer. Not overly oily and yet the pig skin is so crunchy that we all literally heard the voice of pig skin crunching inside our mouth. The meat flavor is great, not the usual mouth full of oil type roasted pork. smile

 
Highly recommend by the restaurant manager, this dish had a special name "I Love Ribs" we need to wear glove to enjoy this dish, it is best to enjoy this with your hand holding the ribs and eat it. Never mind about the dish making your hand dirty, we are told to backdate to tradition. The ribs however aren't as best as i expected, probably because i tried the one in Bali before. It is not as sweet as it should be, ribs flavoring is not as strong as expected as well. However the experience of cutting the ribs by ourselves is quite good, at least now we know how to cut open ribs in a professional way.

 
This grill fish comes in second half of the event, eating by itself you can taste the freshness of the fish meat. Fortunately the dish came with the mint sauce, dipping into it, it just added the spice to the whole dish, fresh fish meat plus with strong mint taste, taste just good and great.

 
Seafood pasta is the "wow" dishes that everyone like to finish, lots of muscle there. However the sauce is not well prepared and does not bring the good taste of the muscle. The sauce is sweet but it is just too overwhelmed and i literally cannot taste the muscle, however some savior is the prawn, it will just blend well with the sweet sauce however i won't say this is a good dish though the ingredient is exceptionally generous.

 
Comes almost at the last dish, the pork chop is good on the texture but not on its flavor. Mash potato however is good, very well done on both its flavor and not overly creamy.

Services rendered by the restaurant manager is great and friendly, definitely come again for wine gathering with friends.
 
Recommended Dish(es):  Roasted Pork,Pumpkin Soup,Smoked Salmon Salad
 
Date of Visit: May 08, 2013 

Spending per head: Approximately RM50(晚餐)

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