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One weekend, me and my best friend decided to explore China Town. I wanted to reminisce the good old days, and what is better than having my lunch at Old China Kafe which also served as antique gallery that I can get to appreciate while savoring my meal. 

Entrance to the Old China Kafe

Beautiful wall, surrounded with lots of old frames of photos 
Steps leading to the toilet. Look at the old fridge which is still functioning.


As appetizer, we ordered the Pie-Tee which were crispy hat-shaped cones made of rice flour, and we filled this up with bean sprouts, cucumber, sweet turnip (which were slow cooked till soft) and some fried onion. This served as a good snack, and has to go with dash of the chilli sauce. Despite the filling tasted good, I felt the 'Top-Hat' lacked crispiness. 

Pie-Tee/Top Hats. Price-RM7.80

Opted for the Coconut Rice which looked so beautifully as it is cooked with tinge of blue pea flower. We were highly satisfied with the Nyonya Fried Chicken, that carried slight spiciness, cooked with local herbs, roasted coconut grantin and fragrant coconut cream. The sauce was creamy enough and went really well with the rice. 

Nyonya Rendang Chicken. Price-RM15.90; Coconut Rice. Price-RM1.90
The mixed vegetables cooked with oyster sauce were stir fried till just nice, maintaining the vegetable freshness. 

Chinese Mix Vegetables. Price-RM10.80
Old furniture had surely maintained its charm, with the place surrounded by tourists to Malaysia, and locals as well. 


A charming cafe 

Verdict : Satisfying food taste operated within a charming old cafe occupying the heritage row. Ought to at least experience once by locals, and a must for tourists. 

Old China Kafe 
11 Jalan Balai Polis, 
50000 Kuala Lumpur 
Tel : 03-2072 5915 

Business Hours : 11.30am-10.30pm 
Last order : 9.30pm 

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If I were to award a restaurant for the most interesting concept and design, I would award it to non other than Brolly. 

The 6 of us took the challenge of getting in to town for our dinner gathering, and upon battling the jam, we all reached safely on the rainy evening. 

I was pleased as soon as I turned into Menara Felda also known as Platinum Park, being greeted by 3 artistic mannequins. With the cooling breeze that greeted me, I was in a great mood as I stepped in to Brolly. 

The lighted bus that serve as bar area stole the limelight, and what a unique idea this is. I love the transparent glass panels that surround Brolly, and I was smitten by the aromatic popcorn that was popping away. Its always nice that guests are given the popcorn as snack, foc. Lovely gesture. 

The outside are of Brolly 

The interior was seriously impressive. I seemed to walk through sections of display that seemed to be endless and was unique on its own. 

The design revolved around various theme, which seemed like inspiration from travels, and mechanic, as I saw gramaphone records, US license plate, and tools used by mechanic being used as decorative items, which were all plastered neatly on different walls. 

Interesting interior 

Bar seating area 

Pool table, with car hung upside-down

The highlight of the interior ought to be this pillar of wash basins that used tyres as sink, gasoline pumps for tank, and side mirrors hung all over the pillar. Love the lighted Christmas tree that reflected onto the side mirrors. 

How much I love the Christmas tree side-by-side with the washing "sink"
The room that we reserved was big, and I love the car ream used as decorative to the room's door. 
Nice room for privacy 
The menu was somewhat interesting, combining 9 categories of food, that ranged from Chinese, Japanese, Western, with aplenty of offerings such as live seafood, pizza, chicken wings, rice and desserts. 

Their drink menu was refreshing to me, and one range of drinks included beer booze mixed with margarita, and other flavorings were also available. 


Classic Beergarita. Price-RM28

The appetizer was so charming in presentation, with the fried onion that took centrestage. Those that came slightly later has totally no clue what was this. The onion was beautifully opened up, and fried till crispy.The coating was thin enough and the sweetness of onion was apparent, and dip was yummy to accompany each strip of the onion.


Onion Flower. Price-RM18
The salad was deliciously healthy and the light sauce that accompanied them, a good start to our dinner. 


Rocket Mango & Grilled Watermelon and Pineapple Salad. Price-RM22 & RM15

The buffalo wings came with 9 choices of flavors and we picked the Kung Po, and the Japanese Curry version. As much as they were both very tasty, and were strong in flavour, I felt I was crunching too much of the skin, that resulted from the batter. 
Each serving came with 3 pieces of big sized chicken wing, cut to 6 pieces.


Buffalo Wings. Kung Po and Japanese Curry version. Price-RM18 each 

The one order that I think I would repeatedly order is the Prawn . Reasonable in size, they were fried till extremely crunchy, highly fragrant, and coated well with spices. 


Prawn Popcorn. Price-RM23

The pizza choice we made was Seafood Matriciana. It tasted fairly well, with thin crust, and topped with small cuts of seafood and lots of goodness from the cheesy cheese. 


Seafood Matriciana Pizza. Price-RM28

The one item that was enjoyed the least was the spring chicken with Chamalla sauce (used mix of herbs). Lovely presentation, with some salad, mashed potatoes, and herb sauce that accompanied it, but the taste of the herbs was overwhelming to me, and somewhat I did not like the herb taste. 


Spring Chicken. Price-RM45

We also took the chance to celebrate a lovely friend birthday, and with that, we were presented with unbelievably generous amount of dessert, COMPLIMENTARY! Wow! 
There were 6 of us, and 6 jars of dessert were brought to us.
Love the simple presentation that used mason jar, with generous portion of each. What we tasted included Creme Brulee - extremely creamy and milky, Honey Yoghurt - sourish and totally appetizing, Chunky Peanut Butter Granola - healthy and crunchy, and Rocky Road - chewy and yummy. 
Everyone has their own favorite, and I must, all tasted equally delectable. 


Dessert In Mason Jar. Usual Price-RM16 each
Verdict : It's a great place for booze, finger food, plenty of food varieties. Service was exceptional. Price is fair, however, there are some seafood that is priced on a high side. 

Food - 7/10,  Price - 7/10, Service - 10/10, Ambiance - 10/10 

Brolly 
Ground Floor,  Menara Felda, Platinum Park, 
No 11, Persiaran KLCC, 
50088 Kuala Lumpur

Business Hours : 11am till late

Tel : 03-2181 4122

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Red Tomato @ Pantai Cenang, Langkawi

Posted by Sherlyn K On 3:52 PM 0 comments

It has been more than a decade that I last been to Langkawi. I truly enjoyed my recent trip here, and I think Langkawi is one of the places that tourists to Malaysia ought to visit. 

I fully depended on reviews on Trip Advisor for recommendation of F&B outlets. 

Red Tomato is one of the outlets that is top on their list, and best of all, it is located strategically at Pantai Cenang area. 

I love their very inviting entrance, and the restaurant was in fact filled with customers. 

Entrance of Red Tomato

A look towards the outside seating, from inside

Busy restaurant 
We ordered their salad as starter, and do expect long wait for your food. We waited close to 30 minutes, for our first dish, the salad to be served. 

This was filled with lots of greens, tomatoes, avocado, mango, cucumber, cranberries and smoked pepper tuna. There were all so fresh, and the slight salty smoked pepper tuna truly complimented the salad, and with a taste of mango sweetness, this was a yummy salad. 
Wellness Salad. Price-RM30.50
 The Carbonara was cooked to perfection. We requested for chicken to replaced its chicken ham that was originally listed in their menu. The sauce was creamy enough and overall was a tasty plate of pasta. 
Carbonara. Price-RM26
For its pizza, there is a choice of either the margherita or the basil pesto, which came with the basic ingredients, ie. tomato or basil pesto, with mozzarella cheese. 
As for additional toppings, each item is priced at either RM2 or RM4, which we opted for salami and fresh mushroom. 

We were very pleased with the thin and crispy pizza, and it was certainly delicious. 

Pizza. 
We left with happy stomach, and yes, this is truly a recommended restaurant. 

Food - 9/10, Price - 8/10, Service - 7/10, Ambiance - 8/10

Red Tomato 
5 Casa Fina Avenue, 
Pantai Cenang, 
Langkawi, Kedah 

Tel : 012-513 6046 / 604-955 4055

Business Hours : 9am-10.30pm daily 


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By chance, I became a follower of Cake Jalantiung on Instagram, and I more often than not, realized that I actually salivate when I looked at how tempting the cake that this cafe produces. I was also attracted to how passionate the team behind this cafe have towards what they are doing. 

Recently, I saw the news that they opened their second outlet, also within Shah Alam, and I 
after numerous failed attempt to be here, I finally did, today. Yay! Have a small sense of achievement, somewhat. Haha. 

Located at the corner lot below Menara Naza, I had some difficulty finding the right lift to get to the Ground Floor of this building. Apparently they have the office block lift that links to the cafe, and the one I went to was the Residences section of the building. 

I can't wait to check out the cakes that await us on this Friday afternoon. 

The simple cosy corner occupied by Cake Jalan Tiung 
Overall, I find that they have limited choices of drink, however, I feel that it is fine, as the focus of their existence is their yummylicious cakes.


Simple offering of drinks 
I love their use of simple blend of pastel colors, and the panels that matches hanging from the ceiling, and side panel of their counter. 


A colorful area that is their cashier and cake display area
We ordered their Salted Caramel Chocolate Cake, and their Chocolate Tart. Both deserved thumbs up. 


Lovely use of plates
Its highly tempting when I looked at this piece of cake. The chocolate cake, was insanely delectable. It has just the right level of texture which has the right balance of density, and extremely moist. It has a light coating of buttercream, and drizzled with lots of salted caramel on top of the cake. The salted caramel truly matches perfectly with the chocolate cake. The blend of saltiness, caramely taste, ooohh la la.... superb taste...

It has been a long long time that I haven't tasted something this lip-smacking. 


Salted Caramel & Choc. Price-RM13

Upon feeling satisfied over the cakes, and the chocolate tart which was extremely chocolatey, we ordered their chocolate chips cookies. 

The cookies were heated up slightly, and served with small glass of milk, which we are to dip into with the cookies.  
Love the slightly soft cookies, and yet slightly crunchy but what kills it was the thick chocolate used within the cookies. It has the melted chocolate that tasted extremely tantalizing. 

Chocolate Chip Cookies. 5pcs - RM8

The soft melted effect of the chocolate within the cookies 
Cake Jalan Tiung also supply their cakes to quite a number of cafes around town, and the type of cake differs from time to time. Do check out their Instagram to find out more info. 

Their space is rather limited, but that definitely doesn't deter their fans from flocking to this cake to fulfill their craving for cakes. 

Food - 10/10, Price - 10/10, Service - 9/10, Ambiance - 7/10 

Cake Jalan Tiung 
Menara Naza TTDI, 
Section 13, 
40100 Shah Alam

Business Hours : 
Mon-Fri 10am-7pm

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Portofino @ Lucky Garden, Bangsar

Posted by Sherlyn K On 5:36 PM 0 comments

This F&B outlet surely had caught my attention when I passed by. 2 days later, I received an invitation by Chef Keli which I gladly accepted. Could be the "The Secret" presented itself. Hehe. 

Striking blue signage that enough to catch ones' attention  

The lower level of Portofino definitely drew some similarity to Porto Romano where I see frames of pictures made up of movie posters hung neatly all around the wall. 



Intimate seating environment 
As I stepped upstairs, the ambiance drew a more simple and classy setting with ample space, that is very well suited for company events, or parties. I was informed that on every Tuesdays and alternate Saturdays, there are group of salsa lovers that would dine and enjoy some salsa moves throughout the night.


Ample space upstairs 
The name of the restaurant was taken after this beautiful Italian fishing village and famous resort vacation spot famed for its picturesque harbour. 

Named after Portofine,, Liguria 
Portofino in Bangsar is jointly owned by 2 Italians, Chef Keli, Lucas, and owner of Porto Romano. As I shared my conversation with these two gentleman blessed with good Italian genes, I immediately gathered that they were both incredibly passionate about running this F&B outlet. Chef Keli had vast background in the culinary field ever since young, and during a trip to Malaysia, he was shared the idea of setting up a restaurant. When back to Italy, the idea was proposed to his dear friend, Lucas and before we know it, Portofino was made possible, and they have recently celebrated their 1st anniversary on 6 Oct 2015. 

Varieties of spaghetti were the main highlight for my lunch. Apart from the standard pastas, I've not seen one restaurant offering this many varieties - from ravioli, pappardelle, gnocchi, tortellini, tagliatelle. All their pasta are freshly made, and Chef Keli ensures that he uses the best supply available and am highly particular with each ingredient used. He also goes personally to the fresh market for some selection of fish and prawns. 

The highly recommended pasta was their Cannelloni ai Fruitti di Mare/Seafood Cannelloni. The fresh pasta are cut into long shape, to form a round shape. Within it, it is filled with cuts of fresh prawns, squid, mussels, fish and bechamel sauce. I love this fresh and reviving outlook of Cannelloni. Love the 3 round shape of pasta, served on top of very yummy gravy, accompanied by a neat portion of salad and decorative chocolate sauce. The gravy was cooked using fish stock, and to ensure quality of every sip of taste that goes into the mouth, the stock was cooked using prawn head, red snapper and its bone, together with tomato paste, celery, red onion, carrot, parsley, and cooked for 3 hours.

The pasta was baked with perfection, with slight crisp on top, and the creaminess of cheese on top. I love the generous portion of seafood used that tasted so delicious. That's not all, I found more generous cuts of prawns below the pasta, and with sweetness of the gravy, this tasted heavenly. 
Seafood Cannelloni. Price-RM36
Secondly, we were served the Tortellini Caserecci / Homemade Tortellini. It was the fresh tortellini stuffed with chicken meat and beef bacon, then cooked with cream, mushroom and turkey ham. The texture carried a slight thickness yet chewy and soft when eaten, and love the extremely creamy sauce. 

Homemade Tortellini. Price-RM38 

Each tortellini were filled with so much of chicken and beef bacon, and I could taste the freshness of the meat. 
All the goodness goo-ing out of the tortellini 
Thirdly, we had the Squid Ink Pasta. This was freshly made using black ink from squid. The tenderness of the pasta was apparent, and it was extremely fresh. The gravy has the fishy sweetness taste to it, and a hint of basil. Yumms.. 



Squid Ink Tagliatelle. Price-RM36

I thank Chef Keli to use cream quality that tasted so incredibly good that made this Gnocchi so luscious. This is made using mashed potato, flour, salt, pepper and parmesan cheese, and then cooked with imported cooking cream, blue cheese, and bacon. This indeed was my first time trying 'potato dumpling'. 


Gnocchi with Gorgonzola Cheese. Price-RM36

In the past, I have been recommended tiramisu which I was disappointed after I tasted it. I can't wait to taste what is this bowl of tiramisu made of. 

It was made using a long process, to ensure the authenticity of the tiramisu could be savored by its customers. First marsala being cooked, and then mixed with mascarpone, whipping cream, and combined with italian fingers soaked with almond liquor, kahlua and coffee, to derived with this bowl of tiramisu. The softness and the creaminess of the mascarporne was indeed melodious, and coupled with the apparent taste of alcohol, this was indeed a blissful bowl of tiramisu. 


Tiramisu. Price-RM16

The spoon of goodness
My meal ended pleasantly with a plate of dessert that brightened my mood instantly. This has to be one of the best well presented plate of dessert. This pannacotta tasted perfect - soft, and creaminess of the cream made me so delightful. The tinge of orange, and lemon zest gave the taste of this pannacotta an extra umph.  The fact that I'm so full and I can still feel how delicious this was, it must be divine. It indeed was one of the best dessert I ever tasted.

Tasted so good and so beautiful to see. Pannacota. Price-RM14
Flanked by the really tall chef, Chef Keli and Lucas 

I was indeed so pleased with the food quality, and more so of the passion that I felt that brimmed through Chef Keli as he explained to me on each and every dish served. The hospitality extended by both Chef Keli and Lucas were so warm. After this visit, I had the feeling of falling in love during my 1st date, and I can't wait to go for the next date, which I in fact had done so, the week after.  

Food - 9/10; Price - 9/10, Service - 9/10, Ambiance - 9/10 

Portofino
No 1 Persiaran Ara Kiri, 
Lucky Garden, Garden,
59100 Kuala Lumpur 
Tel : 03-2094 8490 

Business Hours : 
11am-11pm daily 

Pork-free (serves halal meat)

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Kee's Creampuff @ Subang Jaya

Posted by Sherlyn K On 10:49 AM 0 comments

Having tried Kee's Creampuff since their opening, it will soon celebrate their 3rd anniversary come July '15. During this time, I have seen that they have received good media exposure, and their product extension plan seems to be going on well, where they introduced their savoury creampuffs during late September 2014. 

Makes you wanna go in to have a bite or two 
Using orange as its core color, one will see the vibrant color making up big signages outside, inside, wall color, and any items that represent their brand.


Inside seating 
Kee's Creampuff carries 3 range of puffs, from classic creampuffs, their original taste, premium creampuffs which sees option of flavors such as blueberry, chocolate banana, cookies and cream, and in total, it has 15 flavors, which includes their specialty flavor, the durian creampuffs.  


For those who isn't up to have creampuffs, they also offer cakes, tea and coffee. 
Yummy tasting creampuffs and cakes on display 
Kee's Creampuff has attractive set meals, which in fact is a good idea to opt for.


Options of set meals 
In the past I have tried their range of classic and premium creampuffs, and I was really curious on how their savoury creampuffs taste like.

Kee's Creampuff is baked made out of choux dough mixed with mozzarella, cheddar and parmesan. To add on more elements, they infused parsley and thyme in their puff. 

I took their savoury puff set, which came with choice of 2 puffs, garden salad and chips, and 1 cup of americano or tea. With RM1.50, we can upgrade to cappuccino, latte or hot chocolate. 

The puff carried a slight crisp on the top part of the puff. Within the puff, they gave real generous portion of the filling. 

We opted for the sour cream and chicken ham bits. This was extremely delicious, and was truly appetizing due to the sourness taste from the sour cream and the chicken bits gave a good texture to the taste bud. 

The curry chicken with walnut prove to be a good combination, as the curry tasted yummy, ain't too spicy, chicken was in good size, and overall the crunchiness of walnut makes this a much recommended choice. 



Savory Puff Set. Price-RM13.80 


Curry chicken with Walnut (L) and Sour Cream & Chicken Ham Bits (R)
Kee's uses arabica made of Columbia beans, supplied by Hot Shots at Publika. The bean is of single origin, thus one will be able to taste how this Columbia beans taste like.

This indeed was a good cup of coffee, creamy and strong coffee flavor. 

Latte which came as part of our set (normal price-RM8)
The other available set was the Creampuff Tea Set, that comes with 2 creampuffs and an americano or tea. The price of set differs by selection of the type of creampuffs, with price differs from RM9, RM10 or RM11 for choices of classic, premium or durian puffs, respectively.

We took the durian puff set which is priced at RM11 (ala carte price would have been RM5.60 for puffs + RM7 for tea = RM12.60).

Seriously, the durian creampuff was insanely yummy, filled with its pure, creamy durian pulp. Kee's Creampuff's recipe for their puff differs from those available in the market,with theirs carrying a much softer texture. The durian paste was light enough for me to not me want more, yet thick enough to satisfy my craving for durian.


Durian Puff (normal price - RM2.80 per pc) 

Doesn't this make you wanna gobble down the durian puff? 
The tea bag they used was of good quality, and gave blossoms smell of the calming flavor of the chamomile. 

Chamomile Tea, which is part of Creampuff Tea Set (normal price - RM7)
This is indeed the right food, for someone that is looking for light food, dessert or party food. 


Kee's Creampuff 
Subang Branch (HQ) 
30-G Jalan USJ 9/5Q, 
Subang Business Centre, 
47620 Subang Jaya 

Tel : 017-384 2813 

Business Hours : 10am - 9pm (Tue-Fri), 10am-8pm (Sat), 10am-7pm (Sun)
Closed on : Mondays 

Bangsar Branch 
12A (1st Floor), Jalan Telawi 5,
Bangsar Baru 

Tel : 013- 277 2748 

Business Hours : 11am - 9pm (Tue-Fri), 11am-8pm (Sat), 10.30am-7pm (Sun)
Closed on : Mondays 

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