Tuesday, July 31, 2018

3S Curry House, Taman Desa, KL - Banana Leaf Rice

A couple of months ago, we visited 3S Curry House located in Desa Business Park for some banana leaf rice with our friends.

We ordered five sets of banana leaf rice which came served in a metal tray and rice piled on a banana leaf rather than everything on the banana leaf as we are accustomed to. We also ordered one plate of mutton, chicken varuval and fried bittergourd, however they served us individual portions instead so each of our banana leaf rice came up to RM15 each. A basic banana leaf rice usually costs RM7 here.

We did not quite like the mutton as the meat was quite fatty, however chicken was good. Three types of vegetables were served, I liked the cabbage best. The BLR meal also comes with pappadums and rasam.

Overall, a decent BLR meal though I wouldn't be rushing back here anytime soon as there are many much better ones around KL. However, it's a good place to catch up with friends as it is not too busy and they serve a pretty nice masala tea (RM4.50).

Opening times: Mon-Sat 8am - 10pm; Sun 9am - 5pm.

Price: Total bill RM107 for 5 pax.

Location: 3S Curry House, 30G Jln 2/109E Desa Business Park, Taman Desa, 58100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Tel: 016-328 2710

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Thursday, July 26, 2018

Oiso Korean Restaurant, Cheras Leisure Mall, KL

Oiso (which translates to "welcome") is one of many Korean restaurants located within Cheras Leisure Mall. The menu comprises of Korean homecooked food such as stews (kimchi jjigae, sundubu jjigae), noodles (janchi guk su, jap chae,), kimchi fried rice, bibimbap, sam gye tang (ginseng chicken soup), kimchi / seafood steamboat and more.

I didn't have to wait long for my beef bulgogi (RM25.90) to arrive. The bulgogi was served on a sizzling hot plate and comes with rice, seaweed soup and three types of ban chan (side dishes). The ban chan are refillable and our visit it was kimchi, beansprouts and burdock root. The kimchi was a little too mature for me (very sour), the kind I usually use when I'm making kimchi jjigae.The bulgogi was a good portion, with slices of tender, flavourful meat along with glass noodles, onion and carrots.

Hubby had the bibimbap (RM21.90), aka Korean style mixed rice topped with vegetables (cucumber, mushroom, bean sprouts), fried egg, seaweed and your choice of protein (chicken / beef / seafood). The gochujang sauce is served on the side, so you can adjust it to your preferred spiciness level. Mix well and enjoy!

Overall an enjoyable Korean meal here... will definitely return!


Opening times: 10am to 10pm.

Total price RM60.05, including 2 drinks.

Location: Oiso Korean Traditonal Cuisine & Cafe, Lot 2-23, Level 2, Cheras Leisure Mall, Jalan Manis 2, Taman Segar 56100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (near GSC Cinemas) (Parking RM3.30 per entry on weekends)

Tel: 03-9134 0093

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Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Poppo Kanteen, Sri Petaling, KL: Nasi Lemak

Who doesn't love a good plate of nasi lemak?

Imagine fragrant, fluffy rice cooked in coconut milk, with sweet and spicy sambal, crunchy anchovies and a juicy, crispy piece of fried chicken. What's not to love?

We were recently in Sri Petaling to run some errands and decided to check out Poppo Kanteen there. Other than this outlet, they also have outlets at Taman Segar in Cheras, Pandan Indah and Puchong. The restaurants are pretty hard to miss as they're painted in a bright turquoise colour (Interesting fact: Poppo the owner of this place always used to wear a turquoise coloured dress when she was a canteen operator).

The signature dish here is the nasi lemak ayam goreng berempah (RM8.90). Served on a banana leaf, this had all the components of a winning dish. I enjoyed the fragrant rice, eaten with the well-balanced sweet, spicy sambal. The fried chicken was juicy and moist, with a lovely crispy skin. You also get half a fried hard boiled egg each as well as cucumber, ikan bilis and kacang and a piece of crispy cracker.

Hubby had the Nasi lemak beef rendang (RM9.90) which came with similar condiments to mine (the egg, sambal, crispy cracker, peanuts and ikan bilis) and the beef rendang was served in a separate bowl. We found it to be slightly sweet and quite saucy (we prefer thicker rendangs) and the beef was not tender enough. The fried chicken version was definitely miles better. Hubby also had the Poppo Cendol (RM5.90), which was decent enough.

There is both indoor and outdoor seating available.

Nasi Lemak selection / menu

Opening times: Sunday - Thursday 8.00am -12.00am; Friday, Saturday and Public Holiday Eve 8.00am - 1.00am.

Price: Total bill RM30.05 for 2 pax, including 2 drinks.

Location: Poppo Kanteen, No. 65, Jalan Radin Anum 1, Bandar Baru Sri Petaling, 57000 Kuala Lumpur. (Street parking available. RM1 per hour).

Tel: 03-9054 8923

GPS Coordinates: 3.067259, 101.690465

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Sunday, July 22, 2018

Family Fun: Moscow State Circus 2018 in Aberdeen!

We are back in Scotland for our summer holidays and what better to kick it off than with a visit to one of the world's most spectacular circus displays, the Moscow State Circus.

The Moscow State Circus began their Aberdeen leg on the 19th July and will be performing here daily (except 24th and 31st July) until 5th August 2018 - check the website here for show times!

Set in the Hotel of Curiosities, the world’s most famous circus will bring its latest and greatest production GOSTINITSA - a rapturous and passionate new circus experience that fuses the Moscow State Circus with the glorious Golden Age of Hollywood, and promises all the spectacle and nerve-tingling, edge of your seat thrills for the whole family.

This two-hour long show was entertaining and nothing short of extraordinary, with award-winning clowns, the Chervotkins Duo guiding us through the show with their funny antics and had the audience in stitches. BabySumoKids favorite were the Didyk Troupe, which performed acrobatics on Europe’s only DOUBLE Russian swings, with performers flying through the air and somersaulting from one fast moving swing to another.... amazing!

The marvelous Alikhanov Troupe will feature three acrobats performing on two ten meter poles balanced on the single shoulder of a man, climbing and spinning to the very top of the same pole.

You can also catch Unicyclists the Gorodetskiys Duo and the sensational trapeze artistes, the Peruskins Duo and Anna Rastsova.

Bell Boys with their rope tricks

Magnificent trapeze action.. flying through the air with utmost grace

Performers balancing the 10m pole on their heads with three lady performers perched on the top.

One guy, three girls... wow!

And then this...!

Hula hoops


High wire... performer standing on the shoulder of another performer

Doing splits high up while balanced on the gentlemen's head!

And then it was three performers walking the high wire!

Didyk Troupe and the Russian swings... check out the video here!

Snippets of the show here

The Moscow State Circus will also be touring in Dundee (8-12 August), Newcastle (15-21 August) and Leeds (23-28 August). For more information or to purchase tickets for the Moscow State Circus, please visit their website.

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Friday, July 20, 2018

Tangerine, THE FACE Suites, KL: Rooftop Fine Dining Restaurant

THE FACE Suites is a luxury all-suite hotel in the Golden Triangle boasting immaculate views of the iconic Petronas Twin Towers and KL Tower from the 51st Floor Sky Deck. Perched on the rooftop is Tangerine Restaurant, a modern Western fine dining restaurant whereby guests can dine to the view of the KL city skyline while enjoying the evening sunset.

The elegant restaurant is modern and tastefully designed, with orange accents to match up to the restaurant's name. Helming the Tangerine kitchen is Chef de Cuisine, Siti Arini who is classically trained in French fine dining cuisine.

The menu, which changes every 3 months is both innovative and exquisite, with a choice of either 3, 5 or 7-courses. We had the 5- course set dinner, which is priced at RM318 nett per person.

If you enjoy the niceties of fine dining such as amuse bouche and petit fours, Tangerine is one of few restaurants in KL which offer this. Chef Siti Arini plays around with the amuse bouche, depending on ingredients which she gets her hands on - so there is always an element of surprise for diners here.

To tease our palates, the first amuse bouche of the evening was Smoked salmon with fruit caviar and cucumber sphere. This prelude to our meal gives us an insight of Chef Siti Arini's playful and inventive side.

How many ways can you serve a tomato? Well, here at Tangerine, you can enjoy seven spectacular ways a heirloom tomato can be prepared. Imported from Australia, the tomato is transformed into various forms with different flavour and texture profiles - Granita, Gazpacho, Caviar, Tomato compote, Semi dried tomato, Tomato salsa and Tomato dust.

For the second course, Hubby went for the King crab served with kiwi, kyuri, melon, yogurt dressing and cilantro oil, while I had the Cheese agnolotti with shaved truffle, fennel puree and hazelnut foam. The pasta parcels were delicious, with sweetness from the fennel puree well balanced by the earthiness of the truffles.

For our second amuse, we were served a crustacean espresso with a prawn cracker. A smooth, intensely flavoured seafood bisque.

The third course offers diners a choice of either Hokkaido scallop or Seared foie gras... as a fan of both these ingredients, it was a really tough choice but I settled for the scallop. The plump, juicy scallop was beautifully cooked and was served with a mushroom souffle, crusty kale and shimeji mushrooms.

Hubby had the foie gras, which was seared and complimented by candied kumquat, smoked duck, puy lentil and a vanilla glaze. The foie was rich and luscious and the kumquat helped cut some of the richness of the foie. Lovely!

Palate cleanser - berries and mint

For mains, diners can choose either the Kyushu Wagyu MB10, Hillside lamb rack, Wild turbot fillet or Free range beef short rib. I had the Wagyu and it was amazing! Chef Siti Arini sure knows how to cook meat. Absolutely tender and melt-in-the-mouth goodness, I savoured and enjoyed every mouthful of it. The beef is simply seasoned with pink salt flake and served with parsnip cream and seasonal vegetables. Please note that there is an additional charge of RM100 for the Wagyu.

Hubby had the Hill Side lamb rack, which is rubbed with spice and grilled to perfection. The meat was well seasoned and tender and was served atop a broad bean hummus along with a herb tuile and pickled onion petal.

For dessert, diners can choose to go for the lighter Apple caramel sorbet or the rich Marquise made with Cuvee bali 68%, followed by after dinner treats of candies and cookies. If you want to impress your date, you know where to head to on your next romantic rendezvous.

Opening times: 6.00pm to 10.30pm daily.

Location:Tangerine Restaurant, Level 51, THE FACE Suites, 1020, Jalan Sultan Ismail, 50250 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Tel: 03-2168 1670

Website: http://www.thefacekl.com/

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