Posts Tagged ‘watermelon’

... store front with rather plain fascia.


... metal grill with fire stove below.


... dancing fire under the grill.


... Kuma's hamburg set.


... my salmon set.


... salmon wrapped in aluminium foil.


... aluminium foil expanded and about to explodes.


... cut up the aluminium foil and revealed the salmon baked in cheese.


... watermelon as dessert.

Rating: 5/10

Today we went to a new Japanese BBQ restaurant in SS15. Though it has been there for quite some time but we’ve never had the thoughts of stopping by there due to the difficulty in finding a parking. Unlike most Japanese restaurant in the vicinity, this was BBQ style, somewhat like Korean BBQ meals. It was a place that serves mainly beef, beef to be grilled. Despite the shop’s name having the word “Kobe”, but I don’t think they serve genuine Kobe beef as the price doesn’t seem to indicate so.

Anyway, to make things simple, we ordered the lunch set each cost RM28. My salmon was rather special which needed to be grilled for 5 minutes. The salmon doesn’t have the usual fishy stink from salmon served in other Japanese restaurant. Probably because of the cheese and mushroom to negates the smell. Kuma’s hamburg beef was rather nice and the portion was big too. Perhaps something I’d try on next visit, or maybe I’ll just order the beef for grilling. SL’s chicken was mediocre. After the lunch, we were served with watermelon slices as dessert. I find that the watermelon has some weird taste in it, but I can’t point out what it was like.

Location: N3 04.515 E101 35.287 (est)

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The ladies were saying that they’d want to celebrate my belated birthday today, yet it has to be something healthy for me due to my strict diet requirements. Then I suggested the vegetarian restaurant which was notorious for its outrageous pricing, as I heard. Not that I wanted to blow their wallets. Since there were 5 of us, it’s easier for us to order food. Besides, I thought of buying the lunch too.

... this place was notorious for being expensive.

... this place was notorious for being expensive.


... sweet potato chips, Chinese style.

... sweet potato chips, Chinese style.


... it's rather odd to find this here. It reminds me of Vichudda.

... it's rather odd to find this here. It reminds me of Vichudda.


... the intermediate tea pot was nice.

... the intermediate tea pot was nice.


... seaweed soup. Seaweed was good for my diet.

... seaweed soup. Seaweed was good for my diet.


... instead of those purpleish seaweed that usually used for making soup, this was those rectangle type seaweed you can get from the mall.

... instead of those purpleish seaweed that usually used for making soup, this was those rectangle type seaweed you can get from the mall.


... this curry lamb was served with a loaf of bread.

... this curry lamb was served with a loaf of bread.


... the name of the dish was siong gou (up there) tau fu, which prompted us to look up at the ceiling if there were some leftovers still stuck there.

... the name of the dish was siong gou (up there) tau fu, which prompted us to look up at the ceiling if there were some leftovers still stuck there.


... fried water spinach in belacan.

... fried water spinach in belacan.


... a very famous dish amongst the vegetarian dish, duck meat.

... a very famous dish amongst the vegetarian dish, duck meat.


... forgotten what was this, but it was really good. KUMA even said it tasted a bit like fried pork lard.

... forgotten what was this, but it was really good. KUMA even said it tasted a bit like fried pork lard.


... a healthy meal ending with fruits as dessert.

... a healthy meal ending with fruits as dessert.

Rating: 6.5/10

We were served the sweet potato chips and that place of vege with sambal belacan as appetizer. The chips, I could understand, but the plate of belacan laden vegetables. It reminded me of how Vichudda serves the belacan with cucumber. This belacan was nowhere as spicy as Vichudda’s though. As expected, vegetarian’s food tend to be mild, which was a good thing. The belacan was similar too, probably the best they could’ve imitate without resorting to using meat extracts.

The seaweed soup was rather surprising. I expected the purple-ish looking seaweed being used here, rather than the rectangle type of seaweed that you can buy from shopping mall. It has plenty of mushrooms in it. Despite it seem rather plain, it tasted quite ok, being vegetarian. I have no problem finishing my bowl of soup. At least this kind of seaweed wasn’t as sinewy as those purple type, which almost choke me to death most of the time I have it.

Next, the mutton was served, together with a loaf of bread. The bread, I expected it to be something similar to those bread that serves with crabs. It was a bit disappointing on the bread because it was not as soft as I expected and it was quite tasteless. As for the mutton, the texture was very much like… mutton. Which was a success, in term of feel. Yet it doesn’t contain anything lamb-y in it. The smell of lamb or anything. The curry gravy was very much like Mamee’s Kari Kapitan flavour. ALGJ agreed as well. I suspect they used the pack of seasoning from Mamee’s instant noodle.

The ceiling tou fu looked damn good, though the taste was not so awesome. I had to garnish it with plenty of soya sauce and jalapeno to eat it with my rice. A big fail for vegetarian restaurant to serve something very much vegan compatible. Perhaps egg was an important source for making good bean curd. Stir fried water spinach, it has the look. But when it comes to the taste, the fermented bean curd soft of kills it. It tasted very weird for me. I guess I just need my little shrimps and belacan in my stir fried water spinach.

The following 2 fried items were the duck meat and the other which I’ve got no idea what it was called, ordered by KUMA. It was her favourite. The duck meat was nice, something which I’ve abandoned long ago because I have had too much of it. The other dish laden with ketchup was the best of all. The mildly crisply pieces, I supposed it meant to resemble sweet sour pork.

Finally, we were served with a plate of fruits as dessert. The best part was, the fruit platter wasn’t that vegetarian at all, because there was a strand of hair stuck to a piece of mango. Now, who wanna guess. Is hair considered vegetarian?

I might probably revisit this place again when I ran out of idea to eat, along with my group of people, of course. A good escape from eating genuine meat, while feasting on vegetarian meats, which weren’t all bad. Except, don’t order the vegetable dishes there. Just leave the nice tasting vegetable dishes back to the ordinary non-vegetarian restaurants.

Location: N3 04.366 E101 35.429

I met up with KKMS tonight for a dinner, as a little celebration for my birthday. At first we were to dine in Dragon-i, but the place was packed with crowds and the queue was long. She was very hungry, so I suggested Canton-i. I recalled the previous time I was at Canton-i, I saw Shanghai dumplings on their menu. Unfortunately, it wasn’t quite so on my this visit.

... the view from where I sat.

... the view from where I sat.


... the additional honey was for the tau fu fah I've ordered.

... the additional honey was for the tau fu fah I've ordered.


... mix your own fruits. I had dragon fruit, watermelon and guava.

... mix your own fruits. I had dragon fruit, watermelon and guava.


... tau fu fah for only RM3, but served with honey instead of brown sugar.

... tau fu fah for only RM3, but served with honey instead of brown sugar.


... deep fried noodle with prawns.

... deep fried noodle with prawns.


... KKMS ordered the dumpling noodle.

... KKMS ordered the dumpling noodle.


... we were out of choice, only choi sum was available.

... we were out of choice, only choi sum was available.


... the glimmering and yummy looking BBQ pork.

... the glimmering and yummy looking BBQ pork.


... roasted pork is a must have in Canton-i.

... roasted pork is a must have in Canton-i.

Rating: 5.5/10

Firstly, my mixed fruits drink was kinda nice, though the dragon fruit was dominant over the other 2 fruits in term of taste and look. It still have a slight hint of guava though, while the watermelon was totally oblivious. The tau fu fah was nice though, despite the lack of brown sugar. I was given honey as condiments, though it was good without the honey because the soya taste was quite heavy in it. I’ve never tasted such prominent soya taste ever in a tau fu fah. Rather worth the cost of it for soya lover, like DL.

My deep fried noodle looked good, but it doesn’t really tasted that nice. The middle part where it was soaked in the sauce was soggy while the crispy part was only a small portion of it. I didn’t have the prawns as I was on my strict diet, sort of. KKMS told me that the prawns were very crispy and fresh. I figured it would be. The sauce was a tad sourish and mildly sweetened yet quite salty. Though I won’t have another serving of this noodle for as long as I remembered it wasn’t that good. It looked and sounded nice though. Not sure how was KKMS’s dumpling noodle, all she ever said was, “very full, very full”.

The poached vegetable was plain vanilla. The vegetable was very crunchy though. But I had to have more vege for my balanced diet, so I had like at least 75% of it. Then the BBQ pork. It looked delicious and seducing me to eat it with its glimmering glow. The sauce was sweetened and quite nice, but the pork itself was nowhere as good as Canton Fare‘s. The meat was well marinated but it was very salty. Not what I’d expect from BBQ pork though. Then the delicious roasted pork. I’ve heard much about it on how good it was. Though, the last time I had it during lunch, it was only mediocre. This time, it was really good. The fats melt in my mouth, though the inner part was very salty.

Finally, my complains; My mixed fruits drink was served last. I ordered the dragon fruit, guava and kiwi mix at first. Then later they told me they ran out of kiwi, so I settled for watermelon. KKMS’s ordered a cup of tong sui which ended up with plain soya bean because they ran out of stock too. Then the poached vegetable. I ordered the “yau mak” at first. Then we were told they ran out of “yau mak”, hence I asked for “choi dum”. And again, they ran out of “choi dum”. It was then I had to settle for less than desirable “choi sum”. How could a premium restaurant such as this keep running out of food which shown on the menu?

Location: N3 04.327 E101 36.405

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