Sunway Giza (and the general Kota Damansara area) has already become somewhat of a food hub, with My Cookbook being one of the more recent additions to the already wide array of eateries:
I had spotted this "egg-cellent" looking restaurant from Sean's blog (EatDrinkKL) and just HAD to try it so I dragged a bunch of friends over to accompany me.
Anyway, we all found the ambience nice - comfortable, modern and with a quirky style (eg. the feature wall which had pots and pans as decorations):
It was a fairly big and ravenous group that night (meaning: We ate a LOT) so I'll try to keep the descriptions short & sweet - breaking it into what I found nice and what was ok.
- Seafood Cake (RM 11.90+)
I enjoyed the thick patties of chunky seafood - it was fragrant and had a nice balance of tender yet with some bounce/ bite. :)
(Was pleasantly surprised, as it looked kinda bland and uninteresting at first glance)
- Prawn Bisque (RM 8.90+)
This was a real crowd pleaser that night - slightly heavy but smooth broth, bursting with a heartwarming prawn flavour and with pretty yummy wantons too.
(Note: This is pretty much the same soup base as the king prawn kuey teow so don't order both in one seating unless you really love it THAT much)
- Soft Shell Crab (RM 11.90+)
Fairly crisp and without any "fishy" smell - not a bad choice if you feel like having something deep fried.
- Smoked Omega eggs with fish roe & shimeji mushrooms (RM 8.90+)
Nothing really bad about them (eggs were a good texture - not too hard, yet not too runny) but didn't find the taste very special.
(Just tasted like normal but fairly well executed hard boiled eggs)
(Sorry) Not so OK:
- Cheese balls (RM 8.90+)
Slightly crispy on the outside but kinda starchy inside (potato filling),... and without the oozing cheese that was advertised in the menu photo.
- Deep Fried Smoked Salmon (RM 11.90+)
Wasn't crispy enough and the fish didn't have much fragrant salmon taste.
- King Prawn Kuey Teow (RM 26.90+)
I'd say this is probably the restaurant's signature dish with it's silky strands of kuey teow, luxuriating in a steaming hot bowl of that lovely robust prawn soup and of course, topped with a half of a juicy big prawn.
(Another favourite amongst the group that night)
- King Prawn Porridge (RM 26.90+)
- Robust prawn flavour (but lighter than the prawn kuey teow soup base) balanced with a hint of ginger.
- Big, fresh, meaty prawn (2 out of 3 times - 1 person got a much smaller one).
- Perfect thick yet smooth consistency of the porridge.
(I'll admit, it's not cheap if you consider that "it's only porridge" but I think the big prawn justifies the price)
- Char Siew Salmon (RM 26.90+)
The salmon was juicy enough, with an interesting slightly sweet "char siew" glaze that did not overpower.
- Pandan Rice with Curry Chicken (RM 15.90+)
Pretty good - the rice was fluffy and matched well with the tender chicken.
- Fried Kuey Teow (RM 15.90+)
Tender noodle strands which still had a nice bite/bounce, a bit of wok hei, with 3 fairly big prawns perched at the side.
(It's actually very good for restaurant standards - just missing a little oomph to match/overtake the awesome CKT gurus at the coffeeshops/ roadside stalls)
- Black Sesame Soya Milk (RM 8.90+)
A simple but unusual combination of a soya bean "soup", black sesame ice cream and a peanut jelly - the flavours were light and refreshing, making it a good end to a satisfying dinner.
(I think that some may find the flavours a bit too delicate though)
Overall, I really enjoyed my meal, as there were some really stand out items... Will definitely be heading back for the Sang Har porridge and kuey teow soon - perfect comfort food!
(Although I better keep an eye on my cholesterol levels if I do... )
So it's: Nice modern ambience, friendly service, decent range of Asian food with a twist at reasonable (but not exactly cheap) prices BUT nothing bad really - just that not everything on the menu is perfect yet there are the "winners" that'll definitely keep me coming back again :).....
My Cookbook @ Sunway Giza, Kota Damansara
A-12, Sunway Giza, No.2, Jalan PJU 5/14, Kota Damansara, 47810 Petaling Jaya, Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia
Ambience : 7
Service : 7
Price** : RM 55/++ per person
Parking: Difficult on weekends
** Approximation - 3 course meal, excluding drinks
Telephone No.: 03-6140 6113
Opening Hours: 12nooon to 12midnight
NO PORK SERVED
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