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Mumbai Delights, a restaurant serving northern Indian’s vegetarian cuisine, with their specialty being Mumbai's street food open recently at Plaza Mont Kiara. I had the chance to dine there with fellow foodies the other day, and it really gave me a new perception on what Indian dishes have to offer. Check out what we had that day,
Mumbai Street Food @ Mumbai Delights, Plaza Mont Kiara
Block E, 01-04, Jalan Kiara 2, Plaza Mon’t Kiara
Mont Kiara, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Tel : 603-6206 2008
Simple, comfy decor
Al fresco area for those who prefer open spaces
The location itself is pretty strategic, in Plaza Mont Kiara. Mumbai Delights is an ideal place for great healthy meals and casual get-togethers with its simple yet cozy and warm dining setting. For a more relaxing ambience, diners can dine in comfortably at the al fresco beer garden section over a wide selection of alcoholic beverages. Yes, they do serve alcohol at their bar section.
Watermelon Juice to kickstart our meal
Mumbai Delights has a rather extensive menu, catering for everyone's needs from light dishes, to heavier complete meals. This includes Mumbai’s delight special, sizzlers, Mumbai’s chowpatty, kebabs, bread, naans, all sort of dal and gravy, as well as Chinese and western foods with a twist of Indian flavor prepared skillfully by their Head Chef Abhi.
Vada Pav - RM5.50
I was told the Vada Pav is a popular grab & go street food in India. Made from homemade soft unsweetened bread roll (pav), it had a deep fried spicy potato filling with a heavy taste of coriander and green chili. Sprinkled on the top is this rather flavourful chutney powder, which I like as it enhanced the taste of this dish. Served along with tamarind (made with tamarind and jaggery sugarcane) and green (made with coriander, green chili and yogurt) chutney at side, each bite promises you an explosion of taste and textures.
Bhurji Pav - RM18
Another new to me dish, the Bhurji Pav is simple yet full of flavour. Pan fried, with grated cottage cheese, green chilies, onion and spices thrown into the mix, it does go well with the accompanying laacha paratha on the side. Savoury, yet spicy enough to tingle your tastebuds.
Himachali Kumbh - RM18
Fresh button mushrooms were used in Mumbai Delights' Himachali Kumbh dish. Not your usual button mushrooms, they were stuffed with cottage cheese in tikka style cooked in a hot tandoor oven. Served with malai sauce, it is indeed a tempting dish.
Thai Curry Dal and Garlic Naan - RM14
A comfort Indian food with a twist of Thai flavor. Chef Abhi paired these garlic naan, a flat leavened bread of northwest India, with his unique creation of Thai curry dal that has a mixture of greens such as broccoli, red pepper, green pepper, pak choy, carrot, onion and lastly the dal to add in a nice texture of creaminess. Love the garlic naan.
Parizza Layered Pizza - RM24
I can't imagine myself ever enjoying a vegetarian pizza, but here at Mumbai Delights they surprised me with the Parizza Layered Pizza which quickly became my favourite for that evening. Different from the normal pizza dough, Chef Abhi uses laacha paratha, layered flat bread that made with whole wheat flour, as the pizza base. To ensure its crispiness, the chef prepared the laacha paratha in tandoor first before placing ingredients like fresh mushroom, capsicum, cottage cheese, cheddar and mozzarella cheese on top, then oven baked it till perfection together with chef’s special BBQ sauce.
Chili Garlic Sizzler - RM24
Now this Chili Garlic Sizzler dish this is an acquired taste, at least to me. Fill your palate to the brim with this sizzling dish that served a variety of sumptuous dishes in generous portion. Diners can choose rice, noodle or both mixed as the base, and then it will be topped with wholesome items like corns, carrots, French beans, cherry tomatoes, fries, mixed greens and cottage cheese cutlet with appetizing chili garlic sauce.
Chocolate Samosa - RM18
Crispy samosa filled with sweet chocolate brownies, drizzled with really rich warm chocolate sauce, this had to be a first for me. Served with ice cream on the side, this sweet dessert was just too sweet for my liking, but it is indeed a very special and unique end to a good night out with friends. Do drop by Mumbai Delights for some nice authentic Mumbai street food the next time you're at Plaza Mont Kiara.
Date of Visit: Jun 02, 2015 Other Ratings:
Value for Money 4
Part of NEXUS Bangsar South's new Chillin' At Nexus campaign brought me to SOULed OUT Nexus Bangsar South. Now I've been to their other outlet in Sri Hartamas a number of times, but haven't had the chance yet to dine and drink at this outlet. Check out below on what my fellow foodies and friends had that evening.
SOULed OUT Bangsar South @ NEXUS Bangsar South KL
SOULed OUT Bangsar South
G11-12, Ground Floor,
Nexus Bangsar South,
No.7 Jalan Kerinchi,
59200 Kuala Lumpur.
Opening Hours: (Mondays – Sundays)Noon till closing
Reservations: 03 – 2242 3308 / 013 – 613 1663
General: 03 – 2242 3309
Fax: 03 – 2242 3307
Catering & Events: 013 – 613 1663
SOULed OUT Bangsar South @ NEXUS Bangsar South KL
Almost two decades in the competitive F&B business and SOULed OUT is still rocking the dining scene in Kuala Lumpur, drawing patrons from near and far to visit for breakfast, lunch, dinner or late night drink.Interesting dance moves by their waitress, performed once a week
SOULed OUT latest outlet in Nexus Bangsar South KL continues to be one of the best restaurants in Kuala Lumpur, proudly driven with SO lip-smacking food, SO thirst quenching drinks, SO fabulous theme parties and SO personable service.
Lychee Mojitos - RM28
SOULed OUT Bangsar South is a restaurant showcasing a cozy, relaxed ambience during the day, churning out dishes such as Crumbed Fish Sandwich, Classic Homemade Beef Burger, Caesar Salad, etc. for casual dining. As evening falls, soulful spirits arise to keep the night going.
Lychee Martini - RM28
Mojitos, Sangrias, Margarita, Cocktails start to take the centerstage (though you can start ordering them from 12PM onwards), accompanied by a complete ” SOULed OUT Bangsar South menu ” featuring an array of Western, Northern Indian, Asian delights to satisfy the hunger.
Cheese Nachos - RM23
We kickstarted our feast that evening at SOULed OUT Nexus Bangsar South with a rather large platter of Cheese Nachos. Strictly meant for sharing, unless you have a really big appetite. We got layers of crispy corn chips, towered up with cheese, jalapeno peppers and Mexican salsa. I was told this dish is a favourite with patrons who come to chill out and drink with fellow friends after working hours.
Mango Prawn Salad - RM23
Summertime Salad - RM23
Two very different salad, yet equally delectable, the Mango Prawn Salad and Summertime Salad served by SOULed OUT has that cocktail of taste that delights the senses. The Mango Prawn Salad is made of succulent prawns, plump mangoes, avocado slice in a zesty dressing while the Summertime Salad has grilled seafood, orange segments, alfalfa sprouts, lettuce, croutons tossed with homemade vinaigrette dressing.
Deep Fried Calamari - RM25
Satay - RM18
Snacks and bites that delights the senses. Deep fried to a crisp at the sides, the Deep Fried Calamari is made from these bouncy, chewy squid rings jacketed with secret batter recipe that results in crispy texture contrast. Satay! My all-time favourite no matter where I have it. Here it comes in a dozen of chicken satay, beef satay or mix of half dozen for each, your choice. I found it to be a bit too lean for my enjoyment, as I always love some fats in between the skewered meat.
Prawn Aglio Olio - RM28
Sake San Pizza - RM34
Pasta and Pizzas, both having the same 'P' alphabet, but are in two different worlds. SOULed OUT whips up decent pastas, be it a traditional Italian Prawn Aglio Olio or pasta with a creative twist like the East meets West Soft Shell Crab Pasta with curry leaves and chili flakes. That evening we had the Prawn Aglio Olio with fresh prawns served with al-dente spaghetti. The Sake San Pizza is something very unique to me, with ingredients made out of salmon sashimi, roe, cherry tomatoes, lollo rosso, Japanese mayo and and wasabi.
Fried Beef Noodles - RM16
Pad Thai - RM16
Some of the Asian cuisine off SOULed OUT's menu which we had that evening was the Fried Beef Noodle and the Pad Thai. The Fried Beef Noodle tastes like what I use to have back in Penang, the 'wa tan hor', with plenty of egg thrown into the mix. Pretty good taste to boot. Their Pad Thai is a cross between Thai-style Pad Thai with local char koay teow. Not as sweet as the Thailand version, but it has that slight 'wok hei' flavour to the dish.
Chicken Cordon 'Blurr' - RM26
Not sure why the name has the 'Blurr' word in it, but the Chicken Cordon 'Blurr' is a must-try dish off their western menu. The dish is a wonderful combination of melted cheese, smoky ham and sausage wrapped together with a wrap of succulent boneless whole chicken leg.
Lamb Shank - RM39
Lamb shank lovers would like the version that is served here. Braised till fork-tender, dressed in a bed of creamy, flavouful brown sauce on a bed of mashed potatoes and vegetables, it's a nice dish. I was pretty glad it wasn't too big though, as I've had giant ones which took a huge effort to finish.
Chicken Makanwala + Pulao Rice - RM24
SOULed OUT serves some rather good Northern Indian cuisine as well, with the Chicken Makanwala being one of them . Chicken cubes stewed in spicy creamy onion gravy, it's great taken with the pulao rice on the side. I mush preferred the next dish though.
Sizzling Lamb Cutlets -RM35 and Garlic Naan - RM3
I truly love the crowd favourite, which is the Sizzling Lamb Cutlets. Strong tasty flavours hit your tastebuds the moment you bite into each piece of meat. Each piece is flavoured with Indian herbs which goes very well with the accompanying Garlic Naan. Truly recommend this dish.
Tiramisu - RM16
Lava Cake - RM16
We ended our feast of good food at SOULed OUT NEXUS Bangsar South with their sweet desserts. It was a sweet treat with the Lava Cake and Tiramisu literally coating our tastebuds with sweetness. Lava Cake is the highlight, but other selections such as Ice Kacang with Haagen Dazs Ice Cream, Salted Caramel Apple & Guava Tart, Rocky Road Brownie with Haagen Dazs Ice Cream, and Tropical Palvova should be tried out as well!
Spicy Lemon Drops - Single (RM20) A tray of 6 (RM90), shots for that extra kick
Remember to check out SOULed OUT at NEXUS Bangsar South the next time you're in the vicinity and need a place to chill out with friends and family.
Value for Money 3
The next outlet in my quest to explore NEXUS Bangsar South so happened to have a fellow Penangite as its owner. Part of NEXUS Bangsar South's new Chillin' At Nexus campaign brought me to Chili ESPRESSO Nexus Bangsar South. Located on the ground floor, with brightly coloured facade, they do have some really friendly staff welcoming you in the moment you pass their eatery. Check out what we had that evening.
Chili ESPRESSO @ NEXUS Bangsar South, Kuala Lumpur
G6, Ground Floor, Nexus Bangsar South
No 7, Jalan Kerinchi, 59200 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Tel: 603-2242 2632
Sun – Thurs & Public Holidays 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. ; Fri – Sat 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Simply, bright decor of Chili ESPRESSO
Opened in May 2014, Chili ESPRESSO at Nexus Bangsar South is the second outlet to open after its first successful outlet that started 8 years ago in Sooka Sentral. We were briefed on the inspiration behind Chili ESPRESSO by its owner, Robert who hails from Penang.
“Being born in Penang, he would like to bring back the popular street art back here. The design is based on old pre war shop houses alley or “lorong” with children eating noodles under a frangipani tree. It flows to a more recent colonial styled building where their coffee bar is", he says. Serving up great comfort food at affordable prices, Chili ESPRESSO provides both local and Western dishes with a spicy twist.
Interesting art adorn the walls of Chili ESPRESSO
Taking its inspiration from Penang’s heritage city, the restaurant has art murals hand painted by Drew Funk, an Australian based artist on its walls. Inspired by the old pre-war shop houses in Penang, the bright bold red walls had cute art renditions of children and nature in a cheerful mode enjoying a cup of coffee or slurping noodles. A beautiful frangipani tree stood out at one wall. The art is further emphasized by the addition of 3D fixtures all over.
Premium French Fries - RM6.80
An appetizer to kick start our night out, we were treated to some rather nice premium French Fries, served with their home made tomato sauce. What's unique and nice about their fries is the fact that each of it has some skin leftovers which added to the flavour, something I won't be able to get at other fast food outlets. It added that extra texture and bite.
Mango, Chicken & Jicama Salad - (RM9.80 Small RM14.80 Regular)
Salad lovers will love these two variations whipped up by Chili ESPRESSO. Now I'm not usually a salad guy, but I did like the Mango, Chicken & Jicama Salad. The very sweet mangoes make up the bulk of my enjoyment of this dish. Add in a mix of grilled chicken, crunchy jicama batons, mixed greens with pea shoots, crispy tofu pok, cucumber, cherry tomatoes, aromatic sesame seeds and a sweet and tangy hoi sin sauce and you have a good fun starter dish.
Apple, Chicken and Rocket Salad - (RM7.80 Small RM13.80 Regular)
The Apple, Chicken and Rocket Salad has exactly what its name dictates. To be found inside were crunchy apples with grilled chicken, rocket leaves, mixed greens, Kalamata olives, walnuts and a citrus dressing. Chili ESPRESSO's salads come in two fun sizes, so you could enjoy it as a side dish, or a meal on its own.
Mexicana Char-Grilled Aussie Beef Burger - RM17.80
A closer look at that beef patty
Ah, my favourite beef burger, super sized by Chili ESPRESSO to become this delectable Mexicana Char-Grilled Aussie Beef Burger. The well seasoned grilled beef patty was really thick, making it almost impossible to bite down into the burger in one mouthful. The beef patty itself uses Aussie Beef which had a good bite in texture. Served with fries on the side, go for this with an empty stomach and it'll satisfy you fully.
Double Cooked Duck Linguine - RM18.80
An addictive pasta dish, with flavourful double cooked duck and chili flakes, this signature Duck Linguine is a must order from Chili ESPRESSO's menu. Sauteed with oven dried cherry tomatoes, garlic, and light spicy sauce, I do think it makes a rather good main dish.
Herbal Nasi Cina Kampong (Ulam Rice) - RM16.80
A Kelantanese dish, the Herbal Nasi Cina Kampung requires a lot of preparation to cook the rice with around 8 different herbs used. Served with red chili pickled green papaya and sambal belacan long bean, diners can choose to have either the the ikan tenggiri with tamarind kaffir lime leave sauce or the fried kunyit chicken with tomato rempah sauce. We tried the chicken version and it actually tasted pretty good!
Penang Fried Mee Mamak - RM15.80
My favourite dish of the night from Chili ESPRESSO would be their Penang Fried Mee Mamak. Hailing from Penang myself, I always love the taste of a good mee mamak, and here their bestseller hits all the right notes. The taste was akin to the ones I've had back in Penang, being more lavish in the ingredients used. Lots of seafood of prawns and squid were added together with cucur and boiled potatoes making it really good.
Apple Banana Crumble - RM9.80
We ended our meal at Chili ESPRESSO NEXUS Bangsar South with their sweet Apple Banana Crumble. Simple, yet satisfying, the pairing of apple and banana in a dessert is a rather surprising mix. Do remember to check out their outlet the next time you are at NEXUS Bangsar South!
Date of Visit: Jul 04, 2015 Other Ratings:
Value for Money 4
Still on my quest to explore Nexus Bangsar South, this time around I ended up at a surprisingly good chinese restaurant, Dao Xiang, serving really nice Shunde cuisine from the Guangdong province in China. It was my first time trying this cuisine, and I must say, it left a lasting impression on me. Check out below on what we had that evening.
Dao Xiang Chinese Restaurant @ Nexus Bangsar South
Dao Xiang Chinese Restaurant @ Nexus Bangsar South
Address: Unit 1-13, Level 1, No 7, Jalan Kerinchi,
Nexus Bangsar South, 59200 Kuala Lumpur.
Phone: +60 2242 3318
Opening Hours: Daily. Lunch (12:00 - 14:30) Dinner (18:00 - 22:30).
Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgNot your usual Chinese cuisine restaurant
Coated Peanuts - RM3
Sauteed Cucumber - RM3
The restaurant houses 22 round tables, while those who want a more private dining pleasure can opt from one of their six private rooms available. We kicked off our dinner with some chinese appetizer snacks, namely the peanuts and sauteed cucumber. I love peanuts, and the ones served here were coated and very crunchy. The whole night I kept on popping these into the mouth. The Sauteed Cucumber is a good appetizer snack as well, being both spicy and sour, savoury to the bite.
Chicken Feet in Herbal Soup - RM5
Pan fried Pepper and Lotus Root - RM23
Up next, some very healthy soup, the Chicken Feet in Herbal Soup. Love the soup, not quite the chicken feet as I'm not a big fan of it. I found the combination of pan fried pepper and lotus root to be really interesting. Crunchy, savoury, with a nice texture and after taste, it's a good bite before the mains.
Stir Fried Black Fungus - RM18
Another interesting dish whipped up by the chef from Dao Xiang would be the Stir Fried Black Fungus. Served in a sauce akin to the ones in the sauteed cucumber appetizer, I like how the black fungus has that 'crispiness' to it. Not bad at all.
Rice Noodle with Preserved Vegetable - RM10
Sauce, garlic and chilli to complement your meal
Another delicacy, the Rice Noodle with Preserved Vegetable had a very light aftertaste to it. Shunde's version of chee cheong fun, I would have preferred it with a heavier taste. Of course, you are welcome to add condiments to it.
Claypot Rice with Chicken - RM40
I didn't know claypot rice with chicken that is presented in such a light colour can be so delicious. So used to the dark charred version that I was curious how this lighter version tasted. The rice was indeed fragrant from the sauces, and chicken tasted delicious and tender. Interesting to note, even without heavy black or soy sauce, it tasted just as good. Must be the rice, or the sauce.
Shunde Porridge (Soup Only) - RM23
Condiments - mushrooms
Condiments - Lala
One of the must-try traditional Shunde Dish at Dao Xiang would be the Classic Shunde Porridge. Unlike your normal porridge, here it looks and taste very different, a result of cooking the rice until it starts to break down, releasing its starch into the water. With a consistency alike to cream soup, the porridge is without any seasoning, with that pure rice taste.
Condiments - Pork Meat Ball
Condiments - Grouper Fish Slice
Condiments - Pork ribs
A wide variety of premium delicacies from seafood, to meat and vegetables can be added into your Shunde Porridge. Each of these condiments will be dipped into the boiling porridge, and then served by the waitress.
The waitress preparing our meal for us
Each table in Dao Xiang is served by one dedicated waiter or waitress, who will help prepare your dishes inside the Shunde Porridge. The staff are well trained to ensure that all the ingredients are cooked just right based on a sequential order for you to savour each round of the delicacies.
Shunde Copper Hot Pot (Soup Only) - RM18
Next, we had the star of the Shunde Cuisine which is the Shunde Copper Hot Pot; as with the porridge; you can now choose all your favourite delicacies which has ample selection namely fresh seafood like crabs, prawns, shellfish and your choice of fish; like Grouper, Baramundi, Tilapia and so on which are attractively arranged in the hot pot.
The delicacies that we had was the Mud Crab, Prawns and Grouper Fish. The marriage of flavours and taste from these 3 fresh seafood coupled with the lusciously creamy broth was getting us slurping every spoonful of it right from the pot.
Sweet desserts to end our meal at Dao Xiang Restaurant
Date of Visit: Jul 03, 2015 Other Ratings:
Value for Money 3
Eau De Vie (EDV), a nice restaurant at Nexus Bangsar South offers wine pairing and a full range of liquor, from wine, champagne, to beer and whiskey. I had the opportunity to dine there recently on some of their delectable western cuisine, paired with a good bottle of wine. Eau De Vie @ Nexus Bangsar South
Eau de Vie
Unit G-03, Ground Floor, Nexus Bangsar South
No 7, Jalan Kerinchi, 59200 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Tel : 603-2242 3118
The beauty of Eau De Vie is the in-house Sommelier, something that is hard to find in many restaurants in Malaysia. The name Eau De Vie itself stands for the 'water of life', pretty apt for what they offer on their menu. Check out what we had that evening.
Eau De Vie
A wide choice of liquor at Eau De Vie is available
Eau De Vie's patrons can dine in the warmly lit yellow lights inside or chill out at their spacious al-fresco area that furnished with wooden fixtures outside. Inside, they offer a spacious VIP room as well, with huge sofas and flat screen TV.
Let's have our meal with some house wine, Bottega in this case
Bottega sparkling wine
Eau de Vie’s house pour wine is priced at RM12 nett per glass before 9 p.m, so be sure to take advantage of having some wine, paired with your meal. We had the Bottega sparkling wine that evening, poured by the waitress at our table.
Mariniere - RM28
We kicked off dinner with the wine, paired with multiple western cuisine, starting off with the Mariniere. A bowl of Tasmania Black Mussels cooked in white wine sauce and shallot, garlic, butter and parsley, served with some bread, this is one of the crowd favourite at Eau De Vie. Even for a person like myself who rarely take mussels, I actually liked this dish, especially when taken with the sauce.
Deep Fried Squids - RM14
To be taken as an appetizer, or as a snack to go with chilled beer, their Deep Fried Squids went well with the lemon mayo dip. Simple, yet appetizing, we were ready for more yummy noms.
Andalusian Crab Cake - RM22
Served on a bed of pak choy and garlic, the Andalusian Crab Cake had a lot of crab meat stuffed inside. Pan fried, it had a nice texture, going real well with the creamy avocado aioli on top. I like the fact they were really generous with the crab meat. Good stuff.
Seafood Mixed Grill - RM49
If you are unsure which seafood dish to order, why not go for their Seafood Mixed Grill, a mixture of grilled sea-bass, prawn, clam, squid, scallop antipasto, tomato and asparagus with capers beurre blanc. Fresh, scrumptious seafood, I do think for the price you're paying, you actually get your money's worth.
Chef's Special Beef Ribs - RM60
Grilled Lamb Cutlets - RM48
Ah, meat dishes are my favourite. Eau De Vie brought out their specialties, the Chef's Special Beef Ribs and Grilled Lamb Cutlets, both looking real good even before I chomp down on the meat. The beef ribs are slow braised, served with potato salad, corn-on-the-cobs, buttered vegetables. Love the generous portion. Served with garlic mash, minty salad and baked caramelized pear with rosemary garlic reduction, treat your senses to a wonderful culinary experience with the perfectly grilled tender Australian lamb cutlets.
Chocolate Volcano Lava Cake - RM17
We ended our meal with Eau De Vie's Chocolate Volcano Lava Cake. Served with premium vanilla ice cream, this made in-house heavenly rich double molten chocolate cake is definitely a dessert not to be missed for serious chocoholics. Remember to check them out the next time you're at Nexus Bangsar South, and am in the mood for some good liquor to go with your meal.
Date of Visit: Jul 02, 2015 Other Ratings:
Value for Money 3