Posts Tagged ‘seafood’

The last time we came here, the place was sold out. This time we were here a lot earlier. It was DL’s 3rd attempt though, after 2 failures.

While waiting for DL to park his car and order for food, these are the eye candies from the place.

... Old Master Q (老夫子) as mural for the washrooms. Classic!


... wine rack? Not really, but rather empty bottles.


... instead of leaving business cards, they keep umbrellas.

Now, the good stuff begins…

... zhup fan? This was nice, the taste was just right.


... pot of gold, basically formed with seafood of various species.


... I call this the mommy's fried egg.


... finally, a dish which the place was meant for, BBQ grilled lamb.


... it looked like a slice from a roasted duck.


... the leftover soup from pot of seafood was turned into a vegetable mushrooms soup.

And all good stuffs come at a price…

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... store front of the cafe.


... Kuma's mango juice.


... I ordered a cappuccino.


... sugar water cup which looks like a golf ball.


... ALGJ ordered a chicken chop.


... a basket of fried chicken wings.


... I ordered a Seafood Aglio Olio Spaghetti.


... Kuma's Carbonara Spaghetti.

Rating: 6.5/10

I was told that the spaghetti here was nice, especially aglio olio. This time I finally remember to come here to give it a try. Brought a long Kuma, ALGJ and TSL. The pasta variety was quite different from other place. Firstly, choose your type of flavour, such as bolognaise, carbonara, aglio olio and etc. Then choose the fillings, such as vegetarian, beef, seafood, salmon and etc.

I wasn’t quite interested on the salmon, cause it’s the most expensive. Kuma ordered the beef carbonara hence I picked the seafood aglio olio. It tasted like most aglio olio, with dried chilis in it. Though the seafood was quite fresh. It cost around RM23 per plate, which was quite reasonable. Though I still prefer the aglio olio taste of Italiannies’. Kuma had a little complain though, as she preferred the carbonara spaghetti from Asia Cafe instead.

ALGJ ordered chicken chop, though that was like the n-th plate of chicken chop she had for the week. The taste was not bad, a lot better than most chicken chops in town. Our basket of chicken wings was mediocre though. And my cappuccino came with a cup of sugar which looks like a golf ball.

... utensils.

... utensils.


... green tea, but where's the third cup?

... green tea, but where's the third cup?


... soft shell crab temaki, wrapped in tortilla instead of seaweed.

... soft shell crab temaki, wrapped in tortilla instead of seaweed.


... squids on a stick.

... squids on a stick.


... Ebi to Ika no Spicy Pasta, yes, read it in English and you'll understand. From Ebi to Ika, there's no spicy in the pasta.

... Ebi to Ika no Spicy Pasta, yes, read it in English and you'll understand. From Ebi to Ika, there's no spicy in the pasta.

Rating: 5.5/10

The soft shell crab temaki got my jaw sored. Probably due to the tortilla being used instead of the usual crispy seaweed. The temakis were served in 3 different types of sauces. I could only make out 2 of them, which were curry sauce and mayonnaise. I’ve got no idea what the third sourish and little spicy sauce was. The grilled squids on a stick was nice. Despite it it was cold, the taste was good, probably glazed with salt water. Though I expected it to have better fragrance like most grilled squids. Finally, my not spicy was only mediocre. Not that I have a good impression on this place on my previous visit.

The service for the day was terrible. We had to wait for more than 30 minutes for our main course to be served. Not that the preparations for pasta would take that long. And despite all the time taken, our ingredients weren’t exactly better than usual. The squid rings on my pasta was rather hard, and the taste of the whole thing wasn’t that good either.

Went for lunch with both ALGJ and LGFL. At first they suggested the Cili Padi food court in Carrefour. I frowned upon it at first because of the bad lightings. Then I told them that there’s a Station Kopitiam which took over the previous Don Sushi’s store location. They agreed to give it a try.

... iced barley with plenty of barley to suck. Look at the size of the straw!

... iced barley with plenty of barley to suck. Look at the size of the straw!


... rice with seafood sambal petai. Going to stink them to death.

... rice with seafood sambal petai. Going to stink them to death.


... LGFL had a chicken chop something.

... LGFL had a chicken chop something.


... ALGJ had the grilled fish wrapped in aluminium foil.

... ALGJ had the grilled fish wrapped in aluminium foil.

Rating: 5.5/10

Despite my strict diet, I ordered the seafood sambal petai because that was what ALGJ wanted initially. I told her she could have all my seafood, I’ll only stick with the sambal and the petai. The sambal was super spicy. Aside from being just hot from the wok, it almost kill me in the process of eating it. When I tried ALGJ’s grilled fish, I could barely taste anything because my tongue was nearly numbed from the spiciness of my sambal. LGFL’s chicken was rather tasteless. I told ALGJ to bring her to the RM5 chicken chop in SS3 because that cheaper chicken chop was much better.

Location: N3 04.957 E101 35.254

PG was in town and he asked for dinner yesterday. Unfortunately, I had to join my colleagues for dinner because we just came off from OH’s office. So today I bring the lady out for lunch instead. He said he wanted something nice, premium perhaps. Definitely not something roadside or non-air conditioned place. I can’t think of anything for lunch, I asked him to ring DL up to see if he has any idea.

DL was too KO’ed from the early morning hike in FRIM, he said he can’t think of anything because his brain was sucked dry by those leeches. Anyway, I suggested that we go to Solaris since PG never been there. And perhaps we could try out Ole-Ole Bali. Yes, it’s my day off on strict diet this weekends.

Unfortunately, when we were there, DL said he heard of few not so pleasant comments on Ole-Ole Bali. Then I suggested to go for Michelangelo’s instead, since someone recommended the vongole pasta there. Well, the price tag definitely fits what PG wanted, though there were rarely any air cond because we were seated on the outside. All for the sake of nicer photos.

If I didn’t see any aglio olio on the menu, I would’ve definitely go for the vongole pasta. Seeing that I’m a sucker for aglio olio, I can’t help it but to order it. Instead of spaghetti, I asked for linguine. On the other hand, DL was tempting PG with his cup of Guinness Stout while PG can barely hold it.

... apparently, I was allowed to order a cup of fruit mix. Apple and watermelon juice mix. Not the 3rd type though.

... apparently, I was allowed to order a cup of fruit mix. Apple and watermelon juice mix. Not the 3rd type though.


... yup, RM9 cup of fruit juice and all I got was a cup of diluted fruit juice.

... yup, RM9 cup of fruit juice and all I got was a cup of diluted fruit juice.


... aglio olio linguine. Doesn't look appetizing at all.

... aglio olio linguine. Doesn't look appetizing at all.


... PG's spaghetti marinara sizzle. The pan was seriously sizzling hot.

... PG's spaghetti marinara sizzle. The pan was seriously sizzling hot.


... this pepperoni calzone pizza smell damn good.

... this pepperoni calzone pizza smell damn good.

Rating: 4.5/10

My cup of fresh fruit juice was rather exceptional. Yes, it was exceptionally bad. Look at how badly diluted it was. 90% water and 10% fruit stuffs. It was RM9 a cup, I bet they use Evian mineral water on this. My aglio olio linguine was really bad. Aside from the rather non-existent aglio olio scent, the linguine was rather hard, almost uncooked. The taste, it was bland and I can’t feel any garlic taste at all. DL was complaining north, east, south and west on that spoonful of linguine that he had. RM18.90 for a plate of nothingness. Very good!

PG gave me a clam and mussel. They were both juicy, though the clam was rather tasteless. It was mildly cook, so it was tender. I guess that’s why the vongole pasta was good. The mussel was sweet though. DL complained that the seafood was not fresh on PG’s pasta. That’s what PG said, the prawns were not fresh. And my comment? The sauce tasted like kerosene.

Somehow, the pizza was nice though. The fragrance was good and the taste was above average. Better than most of the pizzas out there. DL whom was lactose intolerant was liking it. He said he took the piece without those cheese on the topping. Yeah right, he totally sucking on the molten cheese the middle layer. Though the pepperoni was rather lacking but the nice fragrance and taste made up for the sparing ingredients.

With such pricey tag, I guess I won’t be seeing the lights of Michelangelo’s anytime soon. Though we found out that, on 3rd June (or onward?), Michelangelo’s is having 50% off promotion on their main course, provided payment is made with Public Bank’s credit cards. Perhaps I might stop by for… a vongole spaghetti.

Location: N3 10.540 E101 39.599

After our rest in hotel, our next destination was a food court called Aneka Selera. Little did I know, it was called Restoran Kam Wan as well. I guess the restaurant just owned the place and decided to let some competitions join the boat.

... despite all these years, Ipoh is still flooded with food courts.

... despite all these years, Ipoh is still flooded with food courts.


... unlike KV's food court, I think Ipoh's food courts are crowded 24/7, provided they are opened 24 hours a day.

... unlike KV's food court, I think Ipoh's food courts are crowded 24/7, provided they are opened 24 hours a day.


... first item on the table, fruits rojak.

... first item on the table, fruits rojak.


... according to EN, this fried carrot cake was cooked by a very snobbish guy.

... according to EN, this fried carrot cake was cooked by a very snobbish guy.


... another local delicacies. Dried cuttlefish with water spinach.

... another local delicacies. Dried cuttlefish with water spinach.


... why does this Penang Lobak (five-spice meat rolls) doing here in Ipoh? Got lost?

... why does this Penang Lobak (five-spice meat rolls) doing here in Ipoh? Got lost?


... these fried mantis prawns were so good to them, they had to order a 2nd serving.

... these fried mantis prawns were so good to them, they had to order a 2nd serving.


... these clams were meaty, unlike those small and rubbery clams I had in KV.

... these clams were meaty, unlike those small and rubbery clams I had in KV.


... before I could say "cheese", these bamboo clams were already raped by those hungry zombies. What's left were just the shells.

... before I could say "cheese", these bamboo clams were already raped by those hungry zombies. What's left were just the shells.


... these ain't soft shell crabs. They were just little crabs from Pulau Ketam. What a con!

... these ain't soft shell crabs. They were just little crabs from Pulau Ketam. What a con!


... steamed tilapia in sour sauce. DL's idea of a dinner.

... steamed tilapia in sour sauce. DL's idea of a dinner.


... lastly, these popia came all the way from India. They ordered these first but it came last and delivered by an Indian boy. I figured it must've been from the land of elephants then.

... lastly, these popia came all the way from India. They ordered these first but it came last and delivered by an Indian boy. I figured it must've been from the land of elephants then.

Rating: 7.5/10

Our dinner was a war zone. The photographers were struggling to get a good shot of the food against the hungry zombies that would want to terrorize the presentation of the food. Can’t blame them really, 3 photographers against 5 other very hungry zombies. Anyway, the dinner was a fine one and we had a lot of varieties.

Firstly, the rojak. The sauce was quite nice, but I didn’t manage to pick up much from it except that the sauce was nice. I’ll try it out again on my next visit to Ipoh so that I could have the whole plate all to myself. Then the fried carrot cake was nice too. DL said it has a lot of choi pou (preserved vege) in it that makes the thing salty. Kinda nice but a tad too salty though, those choi pou. I was surprised I get to eat cuttlefish with water spinach that evening. I rarely have it and I was happy because the sauce used was very tasty. I don’t recall having such tasty sauce on similar dish back in KV. I had a piece of the cuttlefish and plenty of water spinach. Hope it doesn’t has the same effect of spinach on my strict diet. Next came the five-spice meat rolls. It was very ordinary, I wouldn’t want to have another plate of it. Probably because I was only picking on those permissible items, such as fried bean curd.

Then came the seafood. Firstly, the fried mantis prawns. DL said, he could eat the big fat thick meat in it. My first impression? The thick batter and barely any meat in it. It was like eating fried powder. It wasn’t even salty. Though at first it smell good, like a junior version of fried squids’ fragrance. Anyway, give me fried squids anytime over these. Nothing beats my favourite mantis prawns. Then the clams were served. I was reluctant to try but since I’ve had a piece of the fried mantis prawn, oh what the hell. I took 1 at first, the clam was meaty, juicy, and not overly cooked. I had a good impression on it until I started chewing it deeper. It was filled with… sand! Oh boy, even the 2nd one also very Sandy cLam. I stopped after that, yet DL was busy milking the juice off each of them. I just can’t take it. I’d rather eat the soda’s bottle if I wanted some silica diet.

When the bamboo clams were served, those hungry zombies raped all the meat off the shells. Fortunately, there were enough for us all. I had one, I almost vomited trying hard to swallow it. The meat was tasteless and the sauce was similar to that of the clams. Very unappetizing, these dick looking clams. Suddenly, a small plate of soft shell crabs were served. It reminded me of those crabs on Pulau Ketam. Since when it was called soft shell crabs? Very crunchy, not salty at all. Would love to have another one but strict diet alarm went off the moment I had my 2nd clam. Lastly, the tilapia was quite nice. The sauce was different and rather nice, fortunately. Too bad, we don’t have rice to go with it.

Finally, after we finished everything, the popia came. Yes, it came late, very late indeed. It was quite good though and quite filling. I’ll remember to get this too if I’m coming here for another visit.

Location: N4 36.674 E101 06.620

PCL saw this place about a week ago when we passed by while heading back to office. She told me it was something-something Recipe but it wasn’t yet another Secret Recipe outlet. I managed to steal a glance and saw the greenish looking signboard. The word Recipe do looks very much like that from Secret Recipe. Probably designed by the same marketing company.

Anyway, we remembered to stop by today for a lunch break here today. There were tables on the outside and inside of the restaurant. Seeing that it was so bloody hot for the past few days, we decided to just sit on the inside, and hopefully the air conditioning was efficient. Upon sitting down, we were given menus by a waiter and soon the chef came and introduced himself to us. Unfortunately, I couldn’t remember his name. But you can get his name from the pizza delivery box, which was printed in very bold font on the top cover, including his personal contact number.

... garlic breads were on the house, courtesy of the chef.

... garlic breads were on the house, courtesy of the chef.


... garlic bread yang hangus.

... garlic bread yang hangus.


... dang, I was surprised when my Earl Grey tea was served. Tea cup from Segafredo Zanetti???

... dang, I was surprised when my Earl Grey tea was served. Tea cup from Segafredo Zanetti???


... the seafood soup was spicy. 1x of mussel, 5x of clams and about 5x of squid rings. The soup tasted like watered down arrabiata sauce.

... the seafood soup was spicy. 1x of mussel, 5x of clams and about 5x of squid rings. The soup tasted like watered down arrabiata sauce.


... I missed out the prawns. They were too small anyway and not exactly fresh.

... I missed out the prawns. They were too small anyway and not exactly fresh.


... PCL made this order immediately to "lock" her ordering, so that she doesn't end up being the DBKL later.

... PCL made this order immediately to "lock" her ordering, so that she doesn't end up being the DBKL later.


... Gino's Special Pizza, recommended by the Chef.

... Gino's Special Pizza, recommended by the Chef.


... I asked for a regular, which cost only RM22. Instead, they got me a large pizza which cost RM30.

... I asked for a regular, which cost only RM22. Instead, they got me a large pizza which cost RM30.

Rating: 5/10

How were the foods fared? Well, for start, it was a good gesture that the garlic breads were given to us for free. Unfortunately, it was very heavy on butter, making the garlic fragrance became very insignificant. I was loosing my appetite when I was chomping down the 2nd piece. I knew I would definitely have 1 more piece to go. Anyway, I only realised the charred part of the garlic bread when I was having my final piece.

When my Earl Grey tea was served, it was served in Segafredo Zanetti’s tea cup. I was surprised that they were even related, because my previous experience with Segafredo wasn’t a pleasant one. When we both saw the tea cup, we said, “very salty aglio olio spaghetti” together and laughed. Yes, that was what Segafredo serves, very salty aglio olio spaghetti.

The soup was recommended by the chef. PCL nodded when I asked her if it’s was ok to have soup. I’ve got no idea how it looks like until it was served. Then there’s this spicy taste from the soup. At the same time, it tasted like diluted sauce used for making pasta. Fortunately, the aglio olio spaghetti was the best item of them all. Perfectly balanced taste and it was spicy too.

Lastly, our delicious pizza. When I told the waiter that I’d want the Gino’s special pizza. His first response was, “Large, sir?” I was rather disappointed by his response. Did he saw a 3rd or 4th person on our table? How could 2 persons, where 1 of them was just a little girl, finish all the food that we’ve ordered, let alone having another LARGE pizza? I guess they were desperate for business because it was quite empty the time we reached there.

And lastly, the place doesn’t accept credit card. So I had to pay my RM60+ bill with CASH. *sweat*

Location: N3 07.042 E101 34.739