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Jiamin
This is Jiamin living in Kuala Lumpur. I am a StudentI like to hang out in Kuala Lumpur, Subang, Petaling Jaya. Korean, Japanese, Italian are my favorite cuisines. I also love Hotel Dining, Café, Restaurant and Buffet, BBQ, Seafood.
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Categories : Asian Variety | Malaysian variety | Western variety | Food court | Pizza/Pasta

 
That night, I had a date with my girlfriends at Asia Cafe, a premier food court offering an array of food and beverages from all over the globe, including Japanese, Korean, Chinese, and the others. As usual, since I don’t usually come to this place due to its environment, I ordered Lemongrass Grilled Chicken with Rice from Vietnamese Cuisine. It was recommended by one of my friends.

I was disappointed when the food was served. The drumstick had shrunk compared to my previous experiences with the same stall. Taste wise, it was just okay. The smell and taste of lemongrass was nowhere to be found. I would say that I was basically eating Grilled Chicken with Rice, instead of Lemongrass Grilled Chicken with Rice.

Meh! I should start to consider giving the other food stalls a try.
 
Date of Visit: May 14, 2013 

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Categories : Japanese | Restaurant | Seafood | Noodles

 
The enterprise group, Watami Co., Ltd., was developed in 1984 and was listed on the Japan Exchange in March 2000. The core service of Watami group is in food service business. Besides, it is aggressively challenging to different areas of business such as "Agriculture", "Environment", "Education", and "Nursing home". More than 600 restaurants were developed in Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Shenzhen and Shanghai up to date. Each brand has its own characteristics to provide the multiplex choice for the customer.

Watami Japanese Casual Restaurant is a new type of tavern that concentrates on providing food with less emphasis on alcohol at affordable prices. It serves delicious Japanese food and drinks in a comfortable atmosphere. The dining environment is good for causal gathering and family. – Copied and edited from Watami Malaysia (http://www.watami.com.my/)

It wasn't really our first experience at Watami Japanese Casual Restaurant. We had our first try at One Utama Shopping Centre, and it was good although slightly overpriced.
Hot Green Tea

Hot Green Tea

 
As usual, a cup of Hot Green Tea would be the best drink to go along with Japanese cuisine. Don had Iced Green Tea instead, and both were refillable.
Zaru Soba

Zaru Soba

 
Zaru Soba

Zaru Soba

 
Thanks to Don for ordering their Zaru Soba, which is literally cold soba, it was exactly when I changed my impression on soba. Since young, I used to consider it as a weird dish with funny taste and I dared not try it, only to realize that I was totally wrong all the while. Dip the soba into the sauce and eat it right away, I'm sure you will be amazed by such delicacy.
Salmon Sushi Don

Salmon Sushi Don

 
According to him, as I never eat sashimi, the Salmon Sushi Don was a "thumbs up", while I would only prefer their Tamago Yaki, the egg rolls on the side.
Unagi Kamameshi

Unagi Kamameshi

 
Unagi Kamameshi

Unagi Kamameshi

 
I had my Eel Pot Rice, or Unagi Kamameshi, with an additional Fresh Egg. I loved it, although the process was threatening. I have mentioned that I was in hunger before settling down at Watami Japanese Casual Restaurant. When I placed my order, I was informed that I had to wait for 3 minutes before I could start eating my food, and I agreed. Apparently, the time I had to wait for my meal to be cooked was way more than merely 3 minutes! I felt cheated.

Still, it is recommendable if you do not mind having sticky rice, which is my favorite of all time. I did not regret adding the Fresh Egg right before it was completely cooked. The great smell of egg was just irresistible!

Priced at approximately RM41.50 per person, it had burnt a hole in his wallet. Despite so, I will still be sure to return occasionally. Ah, their Zaru Soba! lol

My Blog: http://jcheerios.blogspot.com/2013/06/brunch-at-watami-japanese-casual.html
 
Recommended Dish(es):  Zaru Soba,Salmon Sushi Don,Unagi Kamameshi
 
Date of Visit: May 12, 2013 

Spending per head: Approximately RM42(午餐)

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Categories : Western variety | Café | Pizza/Pasta | Burgers / Sandwiches | Vegetarian

 
This modern coffee shop prides itself in its specialist coffee blend and its seasonal selection of single origin beans, all roasted and ground fresh in-house daily. Apart from the usual styles, the cafe also offers alternative brewing methods such as siphon, French Press and Pour Over.

Plan B's modern "Aussie meets New York deli" menu boasts hearty breakfasts, contemporary salads, wholesome sandwiches made with freshly baked breads; pastas, and a variety of rustic cakes and desserts.
– Copied and edited from Plan B by BIG (http://www.thebiggroup.co/planb/)

I am always tempted by their pouched eggs that come together with several dishes, and I was expecting to order something with a pouched egg to satisfy my craving, only to realize that they are only available until 6.00pm daily. Such a disappointment!

 
Somehow, I found myself being impressed by the fact that Plan B uses some of the appliances that are commonly found in a laboratory or a surgical suite, including trays and the glass bottles for plain water. Not knowing initially what it was, I had a little shock when our plain water was served. Personally, I thought it was a brilliant and economical idea without having to waste anything.

By the way, here at Plan B, refillable plain water is always served upon placing your orders.

 
Ezy, who was not planning to have a proper meal, ordered Almond Toffee Bar to be shared among us.

From the photo above, you could clearly see that the almond pieces were compressed to a certain extent and mixed with toffee. It was ridiculously sweet, to be frank, but as a person who never fancies nuts or almonds, it tasted extraordinarily good, so good that I am already planning to order it again during my next visit.

 
This is highly recommended! Out of curiosity and greediness, we ordered a Flourless Chocolate Fudge Cake. Its texture was so different from any other cakes. It was extremely soft and it wasn't too sweet for the girls who have very sensitive sense of taste. Really flourless, I would say!

Nevertheless, do not try to inhale as you eat it, because the chocolate powder topped on the cake might choke you accidentally.

 
Kah Mun ordered a Rocky Road Bar and sort of regretted it later on. The upper part was filled with marshmallows and chocolate, while the bottom part was merely a piece of chocolate cake, made of cereals, according to Kah Mun. I had one without marshmallows, and stopped eating the second piece of it ever since. Get it?

 
Here comes my meal of the night! I had Wild Mushrooms under the category of pastas. Using linguine, it was cooked together with different types of mushrooms and scented with truffle oil and thyme. I was surprised to see lemon in it, making it a unique kind of pasta. Despite so, the chef did not cook it well enough. The mushrooms hidden underneath were too salty to be eaten, although I ended up forcing myself to finish everything on my plate. If you are never afraid of the saltiness, then you should go for it.

Adding the two sandwiches ordered by Rou Han and Kah Mun, namely Rare Roast Beef Sandwich and The Loaded Club Sandwich, we had paid a total of RM99.75, which was equivalent to approximately RM24.94 per person. Considering the food quality and the environment provided, the money was certainly worth every penny. We were shooed though, merely because it was approaching their closing time, and we didn't quite like it because no one loves to be rushed. I will definitely visit the one at Publika one day, because of the positive comments I have been receiving all the while.

How about you?

My Blog: http://jcheerios.blogspot.com/2013/06/dinner-with-girls-at-plan-b-paradigm.html
 
Recommended Dish(es):  Almond Toffee Bar,Flourless Chocolate Fudge Cake,Wild Mushrooms Pasta
 
Date of Visit: May 10, 2013 

Spending per head: Approximately RM25(晚餐)

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Categories : Japanese | Restaurant | Ramen/Udon/Soba | Group/Family dining

Ramen Izakaya Kazushi Restaurant in Mont Kiara is obviously a Japanese restaurant, famous among the Japanese, which explains why only Japanese (usually men) were seen during our visit, and we were the only odd ones. Its location wasn't really bad, as long as you manage to get to the area.

I wasn't prepared for a food review though, so the information provided about the restaurant would not be sufficient. :\

 
There was Katsu Curry Rice, but mine came without curry and with pork and cabbage instead, recommended by one of my friends, Rou Han. You must definitely give it a try! The pork chop was so crispy. Rou Han, the greedy girl, snatched a small part of it as soon as it was served. My stomach was literally bloated long before I finally finished my meal because of the portion served. These are exactly why I will be sure to return again one day.

Ramen Izakaya Kazushi Restaurant has a very interesting challenge for the big eaters. You will be given a choice of noodles or what I had, served in an extraordinarily huge bowl, which the amount will be equivalent to approximately four times of what I ate. If you manage to finish everything from solid food to the sauce or soup within half an hour (if I’m not mistaken), the bowl of food will be free. Otherwise, prepare to pay RM90.00 for it.

I’m certainly waiting for someone to challenge it. lol

P/S: The only fact that I dislike about the restaurant is that smoking is allowed indoor.
 
Date of Visit: May 03, 2013 

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Categories : Western variety | Café | Pizza/Pasta | Steaks / Chops | Seafood | Vegetarian

Pommes Frites Bistro at Asian Avenue, Sunway Pyramid, has been one of our favorite places for an enjoyable and affordable Western meal, offering wide selection of spaghetti, pastas, and even freshly cut fries cooked in different styles. Honestly, we tend to experience hard times deciding on the most preferred choice from the menu during each of our visits. This particular time, however, was slightly different from the others. I was too full from my late lunch, so I couldn't help but to opt for a lighter meal, which was in fact not entirely light.

 

 
I had my Regular Ultimate Clams cooked with mushrooms, shallots, garlic, parsley, and butter, served together with Belgian Fries with Mayo. I found the clams to be quite okay, although incomparable with those served at the seafood restaurants, except that they were not totally cooked. Soup wise, it could be so much closer to getting a "thumbs up" if the amount of salt added were to be reduced.

Pommes Frites Bistro is actually famous for its fries, and they are claimed to be freshly cut. Their Belgian Fries was definitely good in terms of taste and smell. My only advice for my fellow readers is to be aware of the type of sauce you order. I had Belgian Fries with Cheddar Cheese during my very first visit with Don, and I wasn't very happy with the outcome. It wasn't even appetizing at all, to be very frank.

 
Don had Spaghetti Carbonara with Fried Chicken, if I'm not mistaken. I would usually prefer my spaghetti to be cooked with aglio olio, but here at Pommes Frites Bistro, regardless of its exaggerated portion, I loved their milky carbonara. Trust me, you can never say no to that!

In case you're curious about the term, "exaggerated portion", their portions for spaghetti are always huge enough to get your tummy stuffed to a maximum level. I'm serious!

So, would you consider coming? I hope it's a yes!

My Blog: http://jcheerios.blogspot.com/2013/06/dinner-at-pommes-frites-bistro-sunway.html
 
Recommended Dish(es):  Spaghetti Carbonara,Belgian Fries
 
Date of Visit: May 09, 2013 

Spending per head: Approximately RM32(晚餐)

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