Komugi Cafe at Tokyo Street, Pavilion KL

Who doesn’t love Bukit Bintang?

Considered as the most fashionable district in Kuala Lumpur, surrounded by malls and fashion stores. It’s indeed my favorite place to hang out and shop. But you know, shopping is tiring, especially when you have to walk under the scorching heat of the sun. I was so exhausted, thirsty and hungry so we decided to visit Pavilion to cool down a bit. We had no idea about this place called “Tokyo Street” on the 6th level of Pavilion when we came for the first time. It’s the only area in Pavilion that has Japanese ambience and culture, they sell Japan goods too! Click here to see the directory and store list in Tokyo Street.

Tokyo Street

 

It’s totally a cool place to hang out! Not to mention the food (Try also The Hokkaido Ramen Santouka and read the review here), they also sell cheap Japan goods in DAISO Japan, and oh! also Japanese snacks for the win! 🙂

We arrived there on tea time, so we couldn’t eat anything because we were already full! But, I can never say NO to Komugi’s signature Hanjuku Cheese so we went to Komugi Cafe quickly!

Hanjuku Cheese

 

Get a box of 5 pcs Hanjuku Cheese (assorted flavors) for only RM 19.00! My favorite is the half baked cheese, for sure! The cheese was so soft and very cheesy. If you’re planning for take out, make sure you keep it refrigerated under 4 hours for the best taste and consume within 3 days as advised by Komugi. There are two types of Komugi in Malaysia, the Komugi Cafe and the Komugi Bakery itself, the only difference is you can dine in at Komugi Cafe.

Komugi

 

Matcha (Japanese green tea) is my favorite! I just don’t get why others hate it (especially the smell) but for me, it’s the perfect drink! I can survive drinking Matcha every single day in my entire life! (Okay, I’m exaggerating but that’s just how much I love Matcha!)

So here are Komugi’s cold Matcha Cream Latte (RM 13++) and Chocolate Frappe (RM 12.90). The Matcha taste and smell weren’t too strong but it was delicious! It was just right, the whipped cream wasn’t too sweet as well, it was a perfect bundle! My husband ordered the Chocolate Frappe (yes, he orders only three drinks when we go to restaurants. Either mineral water, fresh milk or chocolate drinks!) It was fine for me, maybe because I’m not a big fan of chocolate drink (unless it’s hot chocolate!) but the Matcha Cream Latte was really something! I should’ve just ordered their green tea pudding instead of mango!

Komugi's Mango Pudding

 

Hello cutie Mango pudding! I forgot how much it was, but it’s not gonna cost you more than RM 6 (Speaking of Japanese pudding with cute packaging, come on!) It was the first time I’ve ever tasted Japanese pudding, it was so smooth but I could barely taste the mango in there, lol! Maybe I’m really “a mango person”, should’ve tried their green tea pudding, ah maybe next time! 🙂

Komugi Cafe is one of the most eye-catchy cafe I’ve ever been to. The colorful cakes, macarons and the smell of freshly baked pastries! It’s very affordable and pocket-friendly, and most importantly, delicious!

If you’re visiting Kuala Lumpur anytime soon, make sure to drop by Komugi Cafe in Pavilion mall. You won’t regret it, I promise!

Komugi Cafe (www.komugi.com.my)

P6.24.1A, Level 6, Tokyo Street | Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, Bukit Bintang

Lot 10 Hutong – Bukit Bintang, Malaysia

I just moved here in Malaysia on 2013, of course it was quite a challenge for me to adapt to new things. I even cried many nights for being homesick and missing the food back in my hometown (say bye-bye to martabak keju, pecel ayam, gado-gado and many more delicious Indonesian cuisine!) One of my favorite places to hang out here in Kuala Lumpur is Bukit Bintang indeed. It’s not only because it’s accessible by trains, but it also has numerous of great restaurants and delicious hawker food (hello, Jalan Alor!)

It’s indeed every girl’s addiction to walk around the stores, boutiques, and SHOP! When H&M first opened in Lot 10, Bukit Bintang, I went there almost every week! (and oh, it’s so nice of my husband to bear with me, thank you my dear!) but I was clueless about Lot 10 Hutong which is located just one level under H&M and Zara.

For the record, Lot 10 Hutong is one of the best food court I’ve ever been to. It’s not just a food court, “A gourmet heritage village,” as said on its official website (www.lot10hutong.com). I was surprised and happy to be there! It’s just so hard for me to fulfill my Chinese blood cravings since I live in Cyberjaya/Putrajaya area. Lot 10 Hutong is very classic and eye-catchy indeed, but make sure you come before the clock strikes 12 or else you’ll run out of chairs, tee-hee!

What to eat when in Lot 10 Hutong:

Moonlight Hor Fun Kim Lian Kee (金莲记)

The famous Kim Lian Kee (金莲记)!

Kim Lian Kee is known as the founder of Hokkien Mee in Kuala Lumpur. They have a lot of branches around Kuala Lumpur, one is located in Petaling Street (Chinatown). So if you find yourself tired after hours of shopping, go visit the red building just in the middle of Petaling Street. Anyway, I’ve been reading a lot of Malaysian food blogs and so many good reviews about this well-known Hokkien restaurant. You can easily spot Kim Lian Kee in Lot 10 Hutong, it’s located just right in front of the escalator.

Busy kitchen, long queue, heavenly smell, those are my first impressions of Kim Lian Kee. Kim Lian Kee in Lot 10 Hutong only serves few meals on its menu, but I bet it’s their all-time favorites. I ordered for Moonlight Hor Fun (MYR 12.50), most of the people in Lot 10 Hutong were eating that mouth-watering dish with the raw egg yolk on top (yeah, I’ve been scanning for a while before I ordered, lol) so I decided to try it. It took awhile for them to cook my order, while waiting, I got myself sambal (chili sauce) and garlic, they smell really good!

By the time it came, I was already excited, I rushed myself to take a good snap then I don’t remember what happened next, lol!

The main ingredients of this dish is the hor fun itself, pork lard, prawn, cabbage, and raw egg yolk (You have to mix it altogether for the better taste; include the sambal as well) It was very delicious, no doubt, and cheap as well!

Soong Kee Beef Noodles

Yay to Soong Kee Beef Noodles! (MYR 10)

I asked my Malaysian friend about local dishes that are worth trying and Soong Kee Beef Noodles was the first thing that came up to the discussion. I’m just happy that I found it, it’s not only because it’s extraordinarily delicious but it’s also pocket-friendly! Where else can you get a yummy beef noodles with tasty beef soup for MYR 10?! (And also the fact eating it in air-conditioned room, lol!) I’m totally clueless (and also curious!) about how did they these thin noodles tasted so awesome?! Okay, I’m sorry for the pointless enthusiasm, anyway, I got myself a beef noodles with a bowl of beef soup (contains of beef meatballs and beef slices).

I ordered it dry, because I don’t like eating noodles mixed with soup. For me, it’s best to eat noodles separated from the soup for a better taste. I’m beyond happy about the Soong Kee’s beef soup, not to mention the softness of the beef slices and the chewy beef meatballs, the soup itself is already tasty! I even said to myself, I can survive eating only the soup with a bowl of rice, lol!

I tried their signature beef noodles, it was undoubtedly delicious. By the way, I watched them while cooking. They soaked the noodles in a very hot boiling water (I think it’s not just ordinary water, haha!) Then they seasoned it with some kind of soy sauce before mixed it with beef and steamed kailan. But who cares how they did it? It was delicious and it’s all that matters!

Pin Qian Klang Bak Kut Teh

Here’s Pin Qian Klang Bak Kut Teh Noodles (MYR 10++). My husband was craving for Bak Kut Teh and he saw this (he claimed that he was led by the amazing smell, lol) Surprisingly it has Bak Kut Teh Noodles on the menu! So if you crave for both Bak Kut Teh and Noodles, just come and have both in one bowl instead! I tried the soup and it was delicious, but make sure you’re famished before ordering or else you wouldn’t be able to finish the whole bowl!

Overall, I’m happy that Lot 10 Hutong exists and I’m definitely going back! (Also, I’m gonna go back for the famous signature Pork Chop Bun of Tai Lei Loi Kei! Too bad we were too full when we saw it)

Check out Lot 10 Hutong official website (www.lot10hutong.com)  for list of restaurants and promotions!

Lot 10 Hutong

LG Floor
Lot 10 Shopping Centre,
50 Jalan Sultan Ismail,
50250 Kuala Lumpur

 

Gio Vanese – Italian Mexican Dining

Many of my Indonesian friends are clueless about the name of “Gio Vanese”. No wonder, this restaurant is still considered as new player in Supermal Karawaci. The first time I got there, the interior design caught my eyes. The orange bricks and wooden chairs with some vintage touch are truly eye-catching. I was surprised that the waitresses speak good English too! Oh my, it’s so rare to find a good restaurant in Indonesia with English-speaking waitresses (FYI it’s a total hassle for foreigners).

Gio Vanese serves not only meals but they also have pastries and cakes corner, how convenient that is!

Grilled Caribbean Chicken Salad

Here’s Grilled Caribbean Chicken Salad. Crunchy, fresh lettuce with tasty salad dressings. It’s quite a kick for starter, so you better be hungry before you get here! 🙂

Caesar Salad

Gio Vanese’s Caesar Salad.

I always order Caesar Salad for appetizer whenever I see it on the menu in any restaurant. I like comparing Caesar Salad (since it’s my favorite), Gio Vanese’s Caesar Salad was delicious, no doubt, but sadly the portion wasn’t enough for me (well, maybe I was too hungry, lol). It was delicious, folks. Topped with grilled chicken breasts and bacon slices, nom nom nom.

Rotisserie Chicken

It looks mouth-watering, I know. Here’s Rotisserie Chicken by Gio Vanese.

Not too much explanation, the picture tells all, lol. It was beautifully roasted, just look at the skin! I can still remember how tasty and crispy it was! Not to mention the meat, so full of taste and tenderness. Oh, I just hope I can just go back here whenever I want to! (BRB buy myself a private jetplane, lol!)

Grilled Red Snapper Pasta

Can you see those small black olives? I LOVE ‘EM SO MUCH!

The grilled red snapper! I might sound exaggerating, but it was so delicious and tender I could die on the spot! Seriously, I don’t know how they cooked it this good *cries*

Overall, I was so happy. The quality of the food, the ambience, the service were all excellent. It wasn’t too pricey like it could eat up all of your money in your wallet, lol! It cost us less than IDR 100,000 for a single meal, we spent for almost IDR 300,000 that day, lol! It’s Gio Vanese at Supermal Karawaci near the Debenhams entrance, by the way. They also have another branch in Gandaria City, Jakarta. I promise myself that I have to go back and drag my husband there once we go back to Indonesia! Thank you so much, Gio Vanese!

By the way, follow them on twitter: @GiovaneseID

Gio Vanese – Italian Mexican Dining: Supermall Karawaci, Jl. Boulevard Diponogoro No. 105, Karawaci (021-54220560)

 

T.G.I. Friday’s

We all love Friday, don’t we?

Championship BBQ Beef Ribs

My husband and I had a little dinner date at T.G.I. Friday’s for our 10th wedding monthsary last Wednesday. We haven’t found any better restaurant for BBQ & grilled meals other than Friday’s (or maybe we should start looking for something new, lol).  We haven’t tried their pastas yet, but their BBQ & grilled meals are totally satisfying.

Look at that giant platter of Championship BBQ Beef Ribs (RM 59.90). My husband was a little bit surprised when it came, but he finished the whole thing though! (big belly don’t care, lol!) Their salads are also delicious! Caesar salad (RM 19.90; not pictured) with crunchy and fresh lettuce and tasty salad dressings! When you order steaks, make sure it’s medium rare (never above medium) for the tastiest and juiciest meat.

Tennessee Steak

Here’s Friday’s Tennessee Steak! (RM 59.90)

It was delicious, tasty and juicy. The moment I saw it when it came to our table, I stopped calculating how many calories in that beautifully grilled slice of meat. It’s very important to taste your food with all of your heart without even thinking about fats and calories, right? 😀

But one thing made me sad though, their Tennessee Steak isn’t as thick as their Sirloin Steak. It’s true that it’s tastier and the sauce is even more delicious, but I wasn’t really satisfied with a thin cut of meat (lol I know I’m asking too much. Be grateful, you!) For drinks, try their freshly made mojito, pure mango juice or pineapple sunshine!

Overall it was nice to have dinner in Friday’s again, a bit pricey though but totally worth the price. I hope someone could recommend us for more BBQ & Grills Restaurant here in Kuala Lumpur,  that’d be great!

For now, Tony Roma’s is in our next list! Eat up, folks! 🙂

Thinking to have T.G.I. Friday’s for lunch or dinner? Check out their website for promotions and branch locator! 🙂

T.G.I. Friday’s (http://www.fridays.com.my)