Wednesday, February 27, 2019

MyBanana, Taman Megah, PJ: Banana Leaf Rice with a Porky Twist

The hunt for the best banana leaf rice continues! Last weekend, the BLR gang gathered at MyBanana in Taman Megah, PJ to try out their unique banana leaf rice offerings. The restaurant which takes up a corner unit is semi air-conditioned and is pretty well-ventilated, and service is good too.

What's unique about them, you ask? Well, MyBanana is one of few banana leaf restaurants that serve pork dishes to go with your rice, such as Chinese-style roast pork (siew yuk), wild boar curry and pork curry on top of the more common side dishes such as fried chicken, mutton dishes, crab curry, fried sotong and fried fish.

The basic banana leaf rice set (RM7.50) comes with rice, 3 types of vegetables, curry, rasam, pickled chilli, acar and papadum and is refillable. I was delighted to see two of my favorite vegetables here - the cabbage as well as deep fried crispy snake gourd. Two types of curry sauce was available during our visit - fish and chicken, which were thick and well-spiced. The rasam was appetizing too. Overall, this ticked all the right boxes for us.

As we walked through the door, we couldn't help but notice the glorious siew yuk hanging in the glass compartment. They do only two slabs everyday, and they sell out pretty quickly, we've been told. I have to say they did a very good job, tender, flavorful meat with melting layers of fat and  crispy crackling.

Chef Prakash chopping up some siew yuk for the customers

We also loved the wild boar peratal (RM10) and mutton peratal (RM8) which came with tender chunks of meat. The pork peratal (RM10) is made using both pork ribs and shoulder. We also sampled three types of chicken dishes - chicken varuval, chicken peratal and chicken kurma (all RM5.50 each).

For those who prefer briyani rice, they also do chicken and lamb briyani, and during our visit, they had a special CNY lap cheong briyani.

BabySumoKids joined us on our BLR expedition this time, though they stuck with what they were familiar with (ie roti canai). MyBanana also does roti with a porky twist, ie their new Roti bacon cheese. Highly recommended - the roti was crisp with melting, oozy cheese and bacon bits in the centre. Simply awesome, I think I've found my new favorite roti!

They also do a fantastic pork murtabak (RM10), generously stuffed with egg, onions, and minced pork.

And why not enjoy your seriously tak halal meal with a cold beer?

Food & Drinks Menu

Verdict: Everything was well-prepared and delicious, from their banana leaf rice to their wonderful side dishes and rotis. Definitely one of the best banana leaf rice we've tried in PJ/KL! 

Banana leaf rice is available 11.30am onwards. Roti/thosai is available from 8am -12pm, and 3pm onwards.

Serves pork/Non-halal.

Opening times: 7.30am - 11pm daily.

Price: approx. RM20 per pax.

Location: MyBanana, 28 & 30, Jalan SS24/13, Taman Megah, 47301 Petaling Jaya, Malaysia (Street parking available).

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Monday, February 25, 2019

Taste of Oceana @ Kwee Zeen, Sofitel Kuala Lumpur Damansara: Seafood Buffet Dinner

Every Friday, Kwee Zeen, the signature all-day dining restaurant in Sofitel Kuala Lumpur Damansara presents Taste of Oceana, showcasing a bountiful array of fresh seafood as well as an extensive variety of international and local flavours.

Taking center stage is the fresh seafood on ice, whereby guests can indulge in lobsters, oysters, tiger prawns, clams, New Zealand half shell mussel, blue swimmer crab and much more. There will also be sushi and sashimi (butterfish and salmon) as well as the various appetizers such as smoked salmon, smoked mackarel, nicoise salad, seafood terrine, Italian seafood salad and more.

Guests can also enjoy flavours from Malaysia and all around the world with signature treats such as Whole Steamed Salmon with Dill Cream Sauce, Red Snapper with Spinach and Lemon Sauce, Gulai Udang Nenas, Beef Goulash, Braised Chicken in Chili Tomato Sauce, Cauliflower with Mustard Seeds & Curry Leaves, and more. There are also several live cooking stations, where diners can get freshly grilled seafood (namely fish and prawns), wok-fried seafood cooked in your preferred sauce (mussels, prawns and crabs) as well as seafood risotto. Our personal favorites were the Dory in Ginger Oyster Sauce, Crispy fried calamari, grilled prawns and wok-fried mussels in oyster sauce.

Red Snapper with Spinach and Lemon Sauce

Dory in Ginger Oyster Sauce

 Asian spiced roasted chicken

Indian counter and fresh seafood, ready to be grilled

Fresh crabs

End your meal on a sweet note with the mouth-watering desserts such as Black Lemon Éclair, Blackberry Pavlova, Tiramisu, Panna Cotta, Assorted Cakes and Pastries. There is also a selection of gluten-free desserts and breads. If you're a cheese person, don't forget to visit their Cheese Room and a sample selection of fine Bordier cheeses, accompanied by an assortment of breads, dried fruits and nuts.

Gluten-free creme brulee

Bordier cheese... so good!

Taste of Oceana is available every Friday from 6.30pm to 10.30pm and is priced at RM158 per adult. Children between the ages of 7 to 12 dine at 50% of adult price while children six years old and below dine for FREE.

For enquiries or reservations, please email HA123-FB4@SOFITEL.COM or call 03-2720 6688.

Location: Kwee Zeen, Lobby Level, Sofitel Kuala Lumpur Damansara, No. 6, Jalan Damanlela Bukit Damansara, 50490 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (Parking available in DC Mall, RM3 per hour, RM1 per entry after 6pm)

Tel: 03-2720 6688


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Sunday, February 24, 2019

Vanilla Mille Crepe Cafe, Midvalley Megamall, KL

We were super excited when we saw that Vanilla Mille Crepe has opened a cafe in Midvalley (the mall we visit most often!). Prior to this, we would always visit their outlet in Paradigm Mall to satisfy our mille crepe cravings.

The new outlet is located near AEON BIG's new entrance. It is a pretty compact space though, with only two small tables available for dine-in, with the cakes on display for you to choose from.

There are 16 flavours to choose from here. We had the Bamboo Charcoal, which is our favorite flavour here. Delicious layers of luscious cream and crepe. YUM! All cakes here are priced at RM13.90 per slice.

Mille Crepe Menu

Location: Vanilla Mille Crepe Cafe, Mid Valley Megamall, LG-089A, Lower Ground, Mid Valley City, 58000 Kuala Lumpur.

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Friday, February 22, 2019

Hugo's KL, Ramada Suites KLCC

Located on the lobby level of the Ramada Suites KLCC is Hugo's KL, the flagship outlet of Hugo's Group. The restaurant has a lovely casual vibe, with a menu showcasing a variety of Malaysian, Asian, tapas, and Western cuisine as well as value-for-money Indian meals and set lunches.

We definitely hit the jackpot with our starter choices. Our kids enjoyed both the Beef Sliders (RM24) and Fried calamari (RM20), and they loved them so much that they had these two days in a row. The beef sliders are essentially mini gourmet burgers with juicy ground beef patties and caramelised onions - well-balanced in texture and flavour and are simply the perfect size for their little mouths. The fried calamari was lovely and crisp, and is served with a chilli coriander mayo dip.

Guests can enjoy Happy Hour at Hugo's from 6pm to 9pm, Monday to Fridays. A big bowl of Beef nachos (RM26) with salsa, guacamole, jalapeno, sour cream, melted cheese would certainly work a treat with a mug of cold beer.

The Wok-fried Penang char koay teow (RM24) here was surprisingly good; the flat noodles certainly had "wok hei", fried with large prawns, squid, chives, beansprouts and chillies for a slight heat.

There are 10 different pizzas to choose from here. Our kids favorite is Hawaiian pizza (RM28), and the version here is topped with homemade tomato sauce, spicy pineapple, turkey ham, streaky bacon and lots of cheese. Lovely thin and crisp base .. yum!

If you would like to try a pizza with local flavours, go for the Chicken rendang pizza (RM28), topped with flavorful, minced chicken rendang. Spicy and cheesy; rather good, I have to say.

Since Hugo's is well-known for its Indian cuisine, we tried the Chicken tikka masala (RM23) which comes with either pilau rice or chapati, papadom, cucumber raita and mango chutney. The gravy is not as thick as the tikka masala that I'm accustomed to, nevertheless still very tasty and well-spiced.

Virgin mojito (RM19)

For those with a sweet tooth, check out their Chocolate Fudge (RM24) or American baked cheesecake (RM24) for a sweet end to your meal.

Click here for the full menu.

Opening times:10.30am to 10pm.

Location: Hugo’s KL, Ground Floor, Ramada Suites KLCC, 1 Lorong Ceylon, Bukit Ceylon, Kuala Lumpur (Parking in hotel basement or open air car park next to the hotel).

Tel: 03-2386 9288


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