Saturday, May 12, 2012

Won Korean & Puran B @ 1 Utama

Forging ahead with the exploration of Isetan 1U's Eat Paradise food hall, with visits this week to Won Korean Dining and The BIG Group's Puran B.
Earlier entry on Eat Paradise's Menya Musashi and Gantetsu Ramen: May 9, 2012.

The best thing about Won: it's unabashedly hog-wild, so customers can revel in steaming-hot, stone-pot bibimbap mixed with stir-fried pork and veggies. Prices are moderate, with this coming in at below RM25.

The worst thing about Won: well, teething troubles _ the outnumbered service team seemed overwhelmed at peak hours. Some folks left in frustration when their orders were not taken or their food failed to surface.

Soju, to soothe our spirits throughout the twenty-minute wait for the bibimbap. 

The BIG news, however, is that The BIG Group is venturing outside KL's city limits. At Isetan 1U, there's now Puran B, the Japanese spin-off from Plan B; next up, another Plan B will open at Kelana Jaya's Paradigm Mall ... 

... but more intriguingly, Ipoh might also host one more Plan B. Nobody wants to confirm this, but there are whispers of an upcoming branch at a derelict warehouse beside Ng Sek San's Sekeping Kong Heng, which could also feature a cooking school for disadvantaged youths.

Puran B is only serving desserts and non-alcoholic beverages this week, but a full menu should emerge soon, comprising Plan B's standards, plus several Japanese-influenced recipes, potentially prevalent in the salad and pasta dressings.

Australian iced coffee at Puran B. Maybe we'll come back later this month. 

Still feeling peckish, we walked downstairs to Petite Millie.
Earlier entries on Petite Millie: Feb. 6 and Feb. 10.

Can't go wrong with the six-hour-braised beef cheek poutine, subtly tinged with truffle oil.

Also worth trying: Philadelphia cheese cakes supplied by Crossroads. This creamy creation is a Malaysian masterwork, baked with santan, topped with gula melaka and coconut shavings on a coconut cracker base.

Chocolate orb, filled with caramelized Packham pear and raisins, poured over with warm raspberry coulis. Sensuous cocoa decadence, bolstered by fruity sweetness.

Pink and the new Red: Juicy Dreams (strawberry, melon and lychee juice) and CYT Cab Sauv.

Won Korean Dining and Puran B,
Level 2, Isetan 1 Utama, Bandar Utama, Petaling Jaya.
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28 comments:

  1. puran b sounds awesome. :D

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    1. Michelle: it's a cute, cool idea, yeah =)

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  2. ohhhhhh goshhhh I need that cheesecake now! I've been having strong cravings for asian desserts recently but can't get to any good ones! :P

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    1. Vien: this cheesecake is right up your alley, I was thinking, in terms of both creativity and execution! The more I think of it, the more I realize it was a really remarkable cheesecake. Perfect creaminess, beautiful flavor, not cloying at all. Hope u get to satisfy your cravings soon, at any rate =)

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  3. pork bibimbab! :) i dislike some places which serve halal korean food

    Latest: Crown of Pork Experience

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    1. Fish: the pork Bibimbap here is nice, but I wish they had also added a whole egg inside, heh =)

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  4. This new Isetan food place sounds really exciting! I dont usually visit 1U, but it would definitely be worth making a visit there now.

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    1. Baby Sumo: yeah, it's worth an expedition to 1U, though the problem now is that during peak hours, there are long queues for menya musashi and gantetsu! arghhhhh :D

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  5. Puran B? With polite Japanese servers for a change? :D

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    1. Kenny: you'll find that the service team here is of the exact caliber as plan b in publika! :D

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  6. I like the look of that chocolate orb - looks like a clam daring you to put your spoon inside and risk having it snap shut.

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    1. The Yum List: oooh, i love your way of describing it! :D

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  7. Porky Korean food...yep, about time, 1U has something like this! Can't wait to see what Puran B has to offer when they are in full swing!

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    1. Pureglutton: heheh, too bad isetan klcc can't have this! but ya, pork-free korean just is missing something important =) puran b will have mainly the same menu as plan b. supposedly only four or five items will have a 'japanese touch' :D

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  8. luckily you got the soju to cool you down for the slow service ..
    well maybe that is their trick .. let you to order more drinks .. LOL

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    1. Simple Plan: heh, without the soju, i might have asked them to cancel the order for the bibimbap :D

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  9. Korean and pork certainl cant go wrong. I'll be quite happy to wait:D Of course if the drinks are not slow, certainly there's no harm waiting.

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    1. Missyblurkit: heh, i kinda think i'd prefer to head to the korean restaurants in hartamas, to be honest =) oooh, and i guess i should have mentioned: the soju itself took more than 10 minutes to arrive :D

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    2. hmmm... that's service in trouble!

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    3. Missyblurkit: ya, hopefully it's just teething troubles, and they'll sort things out very soon =)

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  10. Korean food? Surprise too see that! LOL
    We love that braised beef cheek poutine too, time to revisit!

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    1. CK: heheh, this is the only korean restaurant in this japanese food court. so must support :D i still haven't tried petite millie's "very atas one" poutine yet. that one also sounds good =)

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  11. The ramen outlets (both) are still King for now!
    A queue is guarantee, no matter the hour!
    Now I want to try this Korean porky outlet next!

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    1. TNG: yaaa, there was no queue at all for the ramen outlets at first last week, but now there are always 10-15 people waiting outside during peak periods. sigh! :D ya, you might like the food at this korean pork place. there's quite a lot on the menu. but you might get disgruntled with the waiting time =)

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  12. IPOH?! And I have not even gone to see how the Sekeping Kong Heng looks like now; after the refurbishment effort and all.
    But good to know that FINALLY a decent chain of restaurants come to Ipoh, instead of the centuries-overdue Nando's, Sakae & Kim Gary making their virginal appearances recently.

    Puran B sounds kinda cheesy though.

    Thanks Sean for the VERY timely update on Eat Paradise

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    1. J2Kfm: yeah, The BIG Group is invading Ipoh! watch out! gosh, y'know, it's been nearly a decade since i last visited Ipoh, but i'm thinking that maybe i should spend a night at Sekeping Kong Heng if/when Plan B opens near there. and i've still never been to Indulgence, so i should take the chance to have lunch there too :D heheh, yeah, there's something corny about 'Puran B.' but i have a soft spot in my heart for corniness/cheesiness! =) hope you'll enjoy your meal at Eat Paradise. most folks are liking the ramen here so far :D

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  13. Plan B, Puran B and Wold Domination are all synonymes! hehe.

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    1. Ciki: and ultimately, universal domination! muahahahaha :D

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