Saturday, August 29, 2009

Bangsar Seafood Garden Restaurant @ One Bangsar, KL

More free food? Is J selling out? Of course not! Haha... Fresh seafood, Chinese style cooking and Halal too....

It was just like any other night,... then I received a phone call from famed baker Fat Boy Bakes inviting me for dinner at Bangsar Seafood Garden Restaurant... Sure, I was only a replacement for Capn' Hook who couldn't make it at the last minute, but 1) invited by top baker+blogger, and 2) attending as another top blogger(Babe_in_kl)'s replacement hot date?

Well, how could I say no? :)

Inside, the restaurant was comfortable - classy but simple furnishing, airconditioned:
Inside the restaurant...

It was nice meeting new food bloggers, and chit chatting with those I had met before whilst we waited for the food:
DSLRs, ready to spring to action!...

Steamed Red Snapper Fish with Bean Sauce (1 Kg: RM 90++)

The fish....

Overall, ok. The fish was fresh. :)
******

Stir Fried Tiger Prawns with Special Curry (S: RM 28++, M: RM 45++, L: RM 60++)
My prawn...

Loved the sauce - definitely heart stoppingly rich but was delish.
(Don't take too much of it - you'll get jelak in no time)
******

Egg Omelettes with Crab Meat (S: RM 15++, M: RM 25++, L: RM 35++)
A stack of ommelettes...

This simple dish was presented very interestingly... Taste wise, it was ok. Wish there could have been more crab meat but overall, no complaints.
******

Stewed Chinese Cabbage with Dried Scallops & Mushroom (RM 50++)
The cabbage...

Looks are deceiving! Despite the unappetising brownish colour of this dish, it turned out to be my favourite of the night. :) I loved that the cabbage had been lovingly stewed till it was full of flavour and had a nice textural mix (tender) against the bits of sliced chicken and shitake mushrooms.
******

Boneless Chicken with Fruits Sauce (M: RM 20++, L: RM 40++)
The Chicken...

The sauce was a little too sweet for my tastebuds, but otherwise, this chicken was nice - so tender and juicy. :)
******

Braised Bean curd Combinations (S: RM 15++, M: RM 25++, L: RM 35++)
The Bean Curd...

Another hit that night - the combination of the delicate beancurd with the accompanying chunks of crispy veges.
******

Fried rice (RM ?)
Fried rice! Carbs galore...

No complaints - wasn't spectacular (no "wok hei"), but was fairly tasty and thankfully, not too oily....
******

Stir Fried Crab Meat with Salted Egg Yolk (1 Kg: RM 60++)
The Crabs....

I was over my food capacity by this time but judging from the comments of the other food bloggers, this was not bad, although they would have liked more salted egg....
******

Butter Crab (1 Kg: RM 60++)
[ sorry, no photo - it was served to the other table ]
******

Fried Bun & Steamed Bun (6 pcs: RM 3++)
[ again, sorry, no photo - it was served to the other table and they finished it all! ]
******

Lastly, the Honeydew Sago dessert (RM ?++)
The Honeydew Sago....

A refreshing way to end the night - creamy without being overwhelming....
:)

Our friendly hostess, Jade, was also happy to highlight that there are some good sets available for the Ramadhan:
RAMADHAN SPECIAL SETS:
(From 20th August till 21st September 2009)

With every Ramadhan Set Menu ordered, you'll get a voucher to redeem 1kg of crabs on your next visit. There are 4 sets to choose from:

RM 498++:
Appetizer, Shark’s Fin Soup, Chicken with Ginger, Spicy Fried Fish, Lychee Prawns, Signature Beancurd, ‘Kampung’ fried rice, Custard Buns, Dessert

RM 598++:
Appetizer, Shark's Fin Soup, Chicken with Plum Sauce, Pomfret with Bean Sauce, Prawns with Sweet Corn Sauce, Steamed “Sang Gan”, Tom Yam Noodles, Banana with “Gula Melaka”, Dessert

RM 698++:
Appetizer, Double boiled soup, Roast chicken, Red snapper, Otak Otak Fried Prawns, Braised Sea Cucumber, Oyster Fried Rice, Chinese Pastries, Dessert

RM 898++:
Homemade appetizers, Shark's Fin Soup with Pumpkin, Boneless Duck, Curried Garoupa, Braised Seafood, Mango Prawns, Garlic Fried Rice, Banana & ‘Gula Melaka’, Dessert

LAST BUT NOT LEAST: Thank you MR FBB for the invite - I don't mind at all that it was last minute :), Jade for making the night possible and all the other food bloggers that night - lovely to meet you all. :)


So it's: Halal place to bring your Muslim friends with decent Chinese style cooking, ok ambience BUT no complaints, it wasn't really a proper dinner (I didn't pay anything) so hard to assess completely.


Restaurant Review
Summary Sheet:

Bangsar Garden Seafood Restaurant @ One Bangsar, KL

Taste: 6
Ambience : 6
Service : 6
Price** : RM50/++ per person
Parking: OK

** Approximation - Chinese style sharing meal, excluding drinks
Telephone No.: 03-2282 2555
Opening Hours: 11am - late

NO PORK SERVED



OTHER REVIEWS:
- The Nomad Gourmand
- Have Your Cake and Eat It Too
- Places & Foods
- Kampung Kayell
- A Whiff Of Lemongrass
- Bangsar Babe
- Babe In KL
- Paranoid Android


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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Rama V Buka Puasa Buffet

Temptation....

Look what I found!:
A tempting flyer.....

Rama V has a Ramadhan Buka Puasa buffet! And only for RM64+.... :) :)

The problem is that, if I am not puasa-ing.... and I go there to stuff my face with lots of yummy Thai food.... Hmmmm, all those calories....... *ponders*

Nah. Still wanna go. :) :) :D
(*lol*)


Greedy,
J

(Restaurant Review rating & Details pasted in from my original review)

Summary Sheet:

Rama V Fine Thai Cuisine @ Jalan U-Thant, KL

Taste: 8
Ambience : 8
Service : 7
Price** : This dinner was approx. RM 300 per person, but usually can eat for RM 55++ per person
Parking: OK

** Approximation - 3 course meal, excluding drinks

Telephone No.: 03-2143 2428
Opening Hours: 12noon till 3pm, 6pm till late.
Parking : Limited (but free - can park in the front lawn)

NO PORK SERVED




REVIEWS:
- Mine - Memoirs Of A Chocoholic
- Lots Of Cravings
- Kampung Kayell
- The Nomad Gourmand


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Monday, August 24, 2009

Kuriya @ BSC, KL

A new Japanese restaurant in BSC, with fish freshly flown in twice weekly....

Whilst the newly renovated Bangsar Shopping Center is not at it's full capacity yet (most shops are still not opened/ re-opened), there are already quite a few new and interesting dining choices... and since my parents are fans of Japanese food, I thought we would check out Kuriya.

I really liked that you felt like entering a special resort-like section, which is a stark contrast from the snazzy but cold looking decor of the main BSC shopping area:
The border between the modern and the resort style....

Inside, the restaurant was sophisticated yet warm, due to the natural theme, with lots of wooden surfaces:
Sophisticated but cosy setting....

The range of food on the menu is moderate, with some interesting dishes that I had not seen in other restaurants. The friendly waitress also pointed out that they had 3 selections of fish that day that had been freshly flown in (market rates apply).
(I was sad to see that they didn't have bento sets for dinner, but I guess in a way that's good because that forced me out of my comfort zone to try different things....)

First up, we tried the Sashimi Salad (RM 18++):
So cute....

Overall, this was nice - fresh and definitely a healthy option. :)

My mum loves fried rice, so naturally we also ordered the Garlic fried rice (RM 15++):
Carbs round 1....

Hmmm,... not that it wasn't nice (the rice was fluffy, not too oily and fragrant) but I still felt it's completely overpriced.

More carbs!: We also tried the Soft Shell Crab Roll (RM 22++):
Carbs round 2....

Would have been nice with more crab, but otherwise this was quite nice - I liked the thin coating of chili flakes and pepper, giving it an extra "kick"...
(Don't worry, it's not really that spicy)

Feeling adventurous, we ordered the Kaisen & Yasai Fry Miso Fondue (RM 26++):
Fusion sin - deep fried seafood & veg with creamy cheese....

Overall, not bad - chunky pieces of fish, an aneroxic prawn and some vegetables deepfried till beautifully golden brown and served with a thick cheese sauce which had a nice savoury miso aftertaste.
:)

Lastly, the Gindara Umemushi (Cod in Plum Sauce) (RM 30++):
Cod, it's good....

To me, this was the stand out dish that night - I loved how the naturally oily and rich cod fish was balanced out with a sour yet sweet yet slightly salty plum sauce. :)
(Would definitely order again)

Sorry, didn't try any dessert this round...
(Was saving some calories for a girls' night out with my friends, over drinks and cake at Leonardo's....)
... but there were some of the usual Japanese ice creams and a few other things. :)

So, it's: Classy setting (without being too "atas"), good selection of interesting and yummy Japanese food, friendly service (but just a bit blur), ok prices BUT some dishes are more on the higher price range (because freshly flown in twice weekly), some overpriced dishes (RM15++ for garlic fried rice?) and no bento/ sets for dinner...



Restaurant Review
Summary Sheet:

Kuriya@ Bangsar Shopping Center (BSC), KL

Taste: 7
Ambience : 7
Service : 7
Price** : RM 60/++ per person
Parking: OK but Quite Pricey (It's BSC lah)

** Approximation - 3 course meal, excluding drinks
Telephone No.: 603 - 2093 9246
Opening Hours: 11.30am - 2.30pm, 6.00pm - 10.00pm

NO PORK SERVED



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- Masak-Masak
- Shortcut Tales
- Fabulous Actually
- Cumi & Ciki
- Eat Drink KL


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Friday, August 21, 2009

More Midnight Snacking @ Relish, Zouk, KL

Evil carbs - so yummy yet so bad.....

My feet were burning stumps of pain, a present from the evil but glamourous Fashion Gods.

I thought to myself sadly: "Geez, I think I may be getting too old for this... hmmmm, or maybe I just need more comfortable shoes?"....

Anyway, I hobbled out of the club (trying my best to maintain my composure... but how to look nice when in so much pain? Haha...) and went into the Terrace Bar, and had a seat (Sweet bliss!). Then, I noticed a poster saying that Relish had taken over the food there! :) :)

I wasn't hungry enough to order a burger that night but I did order the French Fries (RM 9++):
CARBS!, served with sour cream (?), tomato ketchup and chili sauce....

I could ask for nothing more of a french fry - chunky slices of potato deep-fried to perfection... crunchy on the outside yet moist on the inside, without any of that horrid starchy aftertaste that you can get with some badly done fried taters....

So, all in all: Yum. :)
I just hope the burgers are up to their past standard (keeping my fingers crossed).

So, it's: Yummy yummy french fries (and the burgers are supposed to be good too - dare not say because did not try yet at this new location), opens till really late BUT Jalan Ampang can get quite jammed, and if you're not the clubbing kind then you might find it a bit hectic to be surrounded by all the scantily clad young-uns.... :) (Maybe)


Summary Information:
Relish @ Zouk Club Terrace Bar, Off Jalan Ampang, KL

Opening Hours: 6pm till VERY late (around 3am) - Mon till Sat (closed on Sunday)
Phone: 03-2171 2075
Address: Relish @ Terrace Bar, Zouk Club, 113, Jalan Ampang, KL
Website: Relish World

NO PORK SERVED


OTHER REVIEWS:
(None at the new location... ??)


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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Starting Small

I went to my cousin's new baby girl's full moon party some time back,... and as much as I don't like (most) babies/ kids*, I can't get over how CUTE she is, especially her little fingers and toes:
Look at those little toesies! Schooooo cute!!! :) :)...

Oh dear, ít's not my biological clock ticking is it?



LOL,
J

* Aka. Snotty, bratty, smelly little human life forms.

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Monday, August 17, 2009

Baan An Haan Thai (BAHT) @ Jalan Kurau, Bangsar, KL

Small Thai restaurant hidden in Jalan Kurau, Bangsar.... :)

The cutely named BAHT is a simple restaurant in the Jalan Kurau area (I wonder whether there's any restaurant out there named Ringgit? Haha), just a few doors down from Baba Low's:
BAHT from the outside....

Variety on the menu is ok - not really a lot, but not entirely limited.

We started our lunch with the Deep Fried Spring Rolls (RM6 for 2 pieces):
The deep fried spring rolls....

Not bad. Crispy, and darned big - filled with tasty mix of vegetables and some meat.
(It's mostly veg tho)

The lunch sets are very well priced (although choices are limited) - RM10 to 11 will get you a main, fruits and a drink. I chose to try the Tom Yam mihun set (RM 10):
My bowl of tom yam mihun....

... served with fruits n drink:
The Nasi Nyonya....

Overall, ok. It was sour enough but not quite spicy enough. Wouldn't mind ordering again though. :)

One of my friends tried the Fried mihun (about RM 8 I think? Lost receipt, sorry):
Fried Mihun....

Also just ok.
Decent serving size and average taste. A good point though is that it wasn't too oily (as some restaurants can go overboard).

There are lots of condiments at the side (add if you want):
The selection of condiments....

(The shop lady explained that it's all freshly made)

Lastly, the dessert : Sticky rice with mango (RM 6):
A plate of sticky sweet sin....

Not bad - mango was sweet and the the rice was full of sinful carby goodness. :) :)

Overall: Low key restaurant, decent pricing, located in the quieter side of Bangsar, friendly service BUT food is only ok.


Summary Sheet:

Baan An Haan Thai (BAHT) @ Jalan Kurau, Bangsar

Taste: 6
Ambience : 6
Service : 6
Price** : RM 12 per person
Parking: OK

** Approximation - 3 course meal, excluding drinks

Telephone No.: 03-2282 0991
Opening Hours: 11am to 9pm
Parking : Limited

HALAL




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- A Whiff Of Lemongrass
- Pillow Talk With Bangsar Babe


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PS/ Sorry but I just don't feel very wordy today. Dunno why.... :)

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Friday, August 14, 2009

Doppelganger

There's another Memoirs Of A Chocoholic* ?


I swear - it's not that I have multiple personality disorder,
J

* Well, it's not like I have my blog name registered/ patented I guess.... **
** Eeyer, I don't feel special anymore... *pout*
(lol)

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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Home Cooked Penang Food

Back to my roots.....

[ BEGIN EDIT ]
(Oct 2009)

Here's the link to Mr. Nyonya Chef's Kerabu Bihun recipe and easy to follow steps:
CLICK HERE!
So.... *expectant grin* Who wants to try to cook it? I volunteer to be guinea pig! :) :)

Nomnomnom,
J

[ END EDIT ]

Delicious, savoury, tender lobak,

+

... piquant, spicy, yummy kerabu beehoon,

=

The perfect meal! :)

Mucho thanks to Team BSG for the invite and especially to Mr Nyonya Chef for his wonderful cooking.

Really appreciate it -> good company, GREAT home cooked (Penang Nyonya!) food, washed down with ice cold beer = a really fun evening.
:) :)

(And on another note.... Big wake up call: I only know how to eat, but I CAN'T COOK TO SAVE MY LIFE. OMG, so shy lah.........)
(Oh... also, please visit Mr Nyonya Chef's website for lots of delicious authentic nyonya recipes - they look simple, but of course it takes lots of practice to perfect)


3 servings of Kerabu Bihun fatter than before,
J

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Monday, August 10, 2009

Healthy Recipe Cafe @ Solaris, Mont Kiara, KL

A new organic food restaurant in Solaris serving up healthier versions of Asian and Western meals....

While wandering around Solaris looking for a place to have lunch, we came across this fairly new restaurant a few doors down from Canton Fare.

" Eat Healthy, Be Healthy " it told us (that's the restaurant's tagline)... So, curious about whether the food would be nice, we decided to try it out.

Inside Healthy Recipe Cafe, the setting is simple and comfortable:
Simple, comfortable setting inside...

There is a pretty good selection of various Asian and Western dishes (rice/ noodle dishes as well as things like Grilled Chicken).

That day, we tried:
1) Salmon Fish with Beehoon (RM 12.90 nett):

Light Soup with Beehoon, served with Grilled Salmon...

Not bad - I wouldn't mind ordering this again.
This dish resembles the salty+sour taste of fish head noodles but without the milky taste, and has a heart-friendly slice of grilled salmon on the side. Of course, being a healthy version, the taste is definitely more on the ching (lighter) side.
(Oh, and the vegetable acar was nice)

2) Oriental Sauce Grilled Chicken with Garlic Bread (RM 12.90 nett):

The Grilled Chicken...

Not sure if I'd go for this again. Taste wise it's not bad (fairly tender pieces of chicken, topped with a slightly sweet Oriental sauce and served with a small salad and some garlic bread).... but the serving was quite small.
(Can't be helped I guess, organic chicken is expensive)
Still, I was satisfied knowing that I had a relatively healthy meal that afternoon. :)

3) Pineapple+Orange+Honey Juice and Dragon Fruit+Honey Juice (RM 4.90 nett each):
The Pineapple and the Dragon...

Not bad. I'm not sure if they added any sugar (tasted a wee bit sweet) but it was refreshing, and the price is pretty decent (as opposed to some other places that charge an arm and a leg for fresh juices).

So it's: Interesting selection of Asian and Western dishes, comfortable ambience, decent prices, food is supposed to be organic/ more healthy (and still tastes quite nice btw) BUT serving may be a bit too small for some and please keep in mind that the food is supposed to be healthier so = less salt/ oil/ etc... therefore, it cannot be nicer than normal (less healthy) food, ok? :P.

Restaurant Review
Summary Sheet:


Healthy Recipe Cafe @ Solaris, Mont Kiara, KL

Taste: 6
Ambience : 6
Service : 5
Price** : RM 25++ per person
Parking: Limited ***

** Approximation - 3 course meal, excluding drinks
***Try parking inside the Solaris basement parking instead...

Telephone No.: 03-6203 0528
Opening Hours: 11am to 3pm, 5pm till late

HALAL



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Friday, August 07, 2009

Birthday

How should I react to your sms? I don't know, but thanks for nothing.

I hope you're having fun making your fortune. You chose your path all those years ago, and let me walk away...... so please stop making a random appearance like a wall fungus that just won't go away.

Especially since you have never stuck by your promise of being friends, or keeping in touch, or just being a decent human being.
Liar.
LIAR.
LIAR.

I don't know why you chose to continue pushing my buttons. You should know me well enough to realise what can piss me off: STOP PRETENDING TO BE A NICE GUY! ARE YOU SO AFRAID OF WHAT PEOPLE WILL SAY IF YOU DIDN'T SMS ME TO WISH ME HAPPY BIRTHDAY?


J

PS/ I hate being bitter but it happens, I blame it on the hormones (convenient, I know). I suspect they keep my scars from healing completely.


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Midnight Snack @ Somo, Mont Kiara

Oh bacon, I don't know how to quit you.....

There are things that I know I shouldn't do, but I end up doing anyway because I just can't resist the temptation..... :)
The Grilled Bacon with Cherry Tomato..........


I am referring to my recent supper of sinful but yummy bacon, wrapped around a succulent cherry tomato and grilled to perfection (Cherry Bacon, RM 6++ per stick)... I care not to think about how many millllllions of calories there probably are in these morsels of pork because they were worth it. :) :D

Oh, be warned though: No matter how good it looks, please do not attempt to eat it immediately after it is served.

Why?
Because the juices from the cherry tomato are like molten lava when fresh off the grill - your tongue will be pretty much cooked.
(I found out the hard way unfortunately)

So, it's: Cool place to chill out with friends over drinks and some yummy finger food (also, I've heard that the mains are nice too) BUT nothing really bad except that service deteriorates when it gets packed, and I think that there are a few hungry mosquitoes in the area....


Summary Information:
Somo @ Mont Kiara, KL

Opening Hours: 5pm till late (around 1/ 2am)
Phone: 03-6201 0564
Address: Somo Bar & Restaurant, Jalan Kiara 1, Mont Kiara, KL
(Next to the Mont Kiara Coffee Bean, in the Shoplex)

NOT HALAL


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- Lots Of Cravings
- the argot of an eidolon
- KY Speaks


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Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Tortoises On The Left Please

I do not advocate reckless/ fast driving in any way....

... but at the same time, people who drive at the speed of less than 50 kmh on the fast lane need to be pulled over and smacked on the head, hard, with a pain inducing inanimate object*...

... repeatedly...

... or until they have learnt their lesson.
(Whichever happens first)

Grrrrr.........

Hmmm, with that being said, idiots who weave in and out of traffic and tailgate on the slow lanes should be hit even harder.


Driving around everyday shouldn't have to be this hard!,
J

* Suggestions include : Broom/ baseball bat/ spanner/ or maybe a frying pan so that there will be a satisfyingly loud clang.....

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Monday, August 03, 2009

Rama V Fine Thai Cuisine @ Jalan U Thant, KL

A meal fit for a king.... :)

I am actually quite conflicted on how to write this review:
1) I loved everything about Rama V - the ambience, the food, the service...
BUT
2) I didn't pay a cent for dinner.

Anyway, that aside, I'll try to be as objective as possible. :)
... and honestly, the ambience at Rama V near blew me away.

From the outside, it just looks like a normal "restaurant in a bungalow" type setting:
Rama V from the outside....

But inside, it feels like you've been transported to a restaurant in the middle of a beautiful Thai resort:
The dining area inside....

Beautiful lush garden setting outside, with private dining "huts"....

Inside one of the private dining "huts"....

That night, our wonderful hosts at Rama V had arranged for us to sample their new concept: The Chef's Table Menu - a seasonally changing set with exotic off the menu specialties, arranged for small dinner parties of 6 (must pre-book).

We tried so much that night so I'll try to keep it short:
APPETIZERS:
1) Traditional Thai Hor's Doeuvres:
I had never tried this before so it was interesting - (apparently it's a very traditional Thai appetizer) where you pick up your leaf and fill it with whatever variety of fillings strike your fancy:
A selection of fillings to choose from....

Step 1: Roll leaf and fill up with whatever you want from the platter....

Step 2: EAT! *chomp*....

I didn't think I'd like it, but I did. :)
(Except that I over ambitiously put too many cili padi in my first leaf. Ow.)

2) Crispy Rice Cakes With Minced Chicken and Shrimp Sauce:
A plate of crispy rice cakes....

Overall, simple but nice. Crunchy without being starchy and balanced with the light sauce.

3) Shrimp Cakes With Sweet & Sour Sauce:
The Shrimp Cakes....

Also, simple and nice. Crisp on the outside, meaty and moist on the inside. :D

4) Flower Shaped Dumplings with Minced Chicken and Peanuts:
The beautiful Flower Dumplings....

These were so pretty! :) :)
And so yummy too - slightly sticky, nutty, crunchy... all at the same time.

SALADS:
5) Pomelo Salad with Australian Abalone & Shrimp:
The yummy pomelo salad....

This was one of my favourites for the night - juicy pods of pomelos mixed with nuts and super fresh slices of abalone and shrimp... refreshing and delicious. :D

6) Marinated Raw Prawns with Chili and Ginger Sauce:
Some like it raw....

I didn't like this. But only because I don't like raw meat/ seafood. :(
(It was really fresh though - I tried one piece. I'm sure those who like sashimi will like this too)

SOUP:
7) Tom Yam with Scotland Clams, served in Young Coconut:
A bowl of fire water....

Wah.
This almost knocked my socks off. :)
Individually prepared, this Tom Yam really packs a punch - spicy, silky smooth and a bit sweet (because stewed in the young coconut, and not just ladled in later),... and packed with succulent strips of scotland clams.

MAINS:
8) Roast Duck Curry with Lychee:
THE Duck Curry....

AWESOME.
('Nuff said)

9) Sauteed Live Spider Crab in Thai Chili Paste:
The gigantic spider crab, served in chili paste....

This poor crab had been happily walking around just a couple of minutes before it was served, and you could definitely taste it. Mmmm... The meat was juicy and so "sweet" that you really didn't need the sauce.
(Although the sauce tastes great with rice)

10) Steamed Soon Hock Fish with Lime Juice and Chili Sauce:
The simple steamed Soon Hock....

This poor fella had also been alive shortly before arriving at our table.

I almost feel guilty....
.. but I guess it's not our fault that it's so delicious, is it? :)

11) Lightly Sauteed Lamb with Young Pepper and Basil Leaves:
The fabulous lamb....

ALSO AWESOME.

12) Stirfried Asparagus with Sea Snails and Oyster Sauce:
The stirfried asparagus....

Yummy fresh and crunchy asparagus, with delicious pieces of snails - simple but good.

DESSERT:
We were all thoroughly stuffed by the end of all the mains, but when they brought out the dessert "menu" - small displays of the available desserts presented on a platter - we just could not resist. :)
Choices, choices....

13) Pumpkin Custard:
The pumpkin custard....

Hmmm.. interesting - this is the first time I've tried something like this. Smooth, creamy custard, with the natural sweetness of pumpkin.

14) Tapioca cubes with Coconut Sauce:
The Tapioca cubes with Coconut Sauce....

This was simple and nice, slightly chewy cubes of tapioca dipped with the sweet cocount sauce.

15) Banana Fritters:
The banana fritters....

I completely agree with Joe on this - would have been perfect if they had some ice cream served with this. Otherwise, it was ok (but I didn't like the shaved coconut mixed in the batter.. It's just me - I don't really like coconut that much)

To cap off the review, here are some out takes from the night. :)
- Bloggers hard at work!:
"Oh yeah, that's gorgeous, the camera is loving you baybeh!"....

- Joe gets hands on:
"What's wrong with fully enjoying your food, finger licking and all, at a 5 star restaurant? Haha"....

- Everyone chilling out at the table after dinner:
"When's the next round, Danny and Andre??"....

At the end of the night, (with my pants feeling significantly tighter! Boo...) what I can say is that I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. The food was fantastic, the ambience was really nice... and of course, the great company made it even better.
:)

Some important details:
This special Chef Table Menu is definitely on the higher end (around 300 bucks per person, only upon prior booking) but we did scan the menu and were pleasantly surprised to see that Rama V has a very varied menu to suit all budgets - you can definitely have a 3 course meal here for around RM 55++ per person, just don't be so greedy to order all the exotic seafood.

Anyway, (this post is getting too long!) lastly and very importantly:
- Thanks to dahling Miss Hot Stuff Ciki for extending the invite *hugs*
- Thanks to Danny & Andre @ Rama V for being the perfect hosts, and
- And thanks to Joe, Nigel & Allan and Unka Leong for being such great company that night. :)

Overall: Beautiful restaurant, attentive service, delicious Thai food for a range of prices (up to you - you can dine here for < 50 bucks, or > 200 bucks per person, depending on what you order) BUT traffic in the KLCC/ Jalan Tun Razak area can be very bad.


Summary Sheet:

Rama V Fine Thai Cuisine @ Jalan U-Thant, KL

Taste: 8
Ambience : 8
Service : 7
Price** : This dinner was approx. RM 300 per person, but usually can eat for RM 55++ per person
Parking: OK

** Approximation - 3 course meal, excluding drinks

Telephone No.: 03-2143 2428
Opening Hours: 12noon till 3pm, 6pm till late.
Parking : Limited (but free - can park in the front lawn)

NO PORK SERVED




OTHER REVIEWS:
- Lots Of Cravings
- Kampung Kayell
- The Nomad Gourmand


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