Saturday, April 29, 2017

H.A.P.P.Y. & Shimokita Komorebi @ Setagaya, Tokyo

Landing in Tokyo at 11pm & arriving in the neighbourhood of Setagaya past midnight means that precious few restaurants & bars remain open - lifesavers for supper & several sips at that late hour include H.A.P.P.Y., a six-seater whose show-runner dishes out steaming-hot bowls of oden until the wee hours of the morning ...

... & Shimokita Komorebi, a tiny & narrow bar where you'll receive a gracious smile & a glass of wine or pint of Japanese beer.

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Friday, April 28, 2017

Sukaphat Thai Vegetarian Restaurant @ Old Klang Road

This Thai vegetarian restaurant offers enough to entice - the deep-fried 'pomfret' is strikingly shaped to resemble the real fish, in a substantial serving that'll suffice for two to three customers, soaked in sweet-&-sour sauce with a colourful sprinkling of fruits & vegetables (RM28). Mock meat also takes centre stage for the 'mutton' massaman curry, reasonably rich & robust (RM17.90). But our best bet here is the pumpkin fried rice, flavourful & textured with 'prawns,' mushrooms & more (RM13.90).

Sukaphat Thai Vegetarian Restaurant
Valenza Hotel, Lot 118, Batu 3, Jalan Klang Lama, Kuala Lumpur. Open daily for lunch & dinner. Tel: 03-7972-6100

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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Rosti Haus @ Taman Permata

Possibly KL's most painstakingly prepared rosti, cooked to order by Swiss-trained chef Elcey Tan & her team with three types of potatoes for a fragrant flavour, crisp & lightly crusty to the bite, simultaneously firm & tender to the chew; order one crowned with a runny egg & coupled with Zurich-inspired beef stew for RM24 in this home-based eatery adorned with Elcey's artwork.

Rosti Haus
2709, Jalan Permata 10, Taman Permata, Off Wangsa Maju, Kuala Lumpur. 
Open Thurs-Tues, 11am-9pm. Tel: 017-215-0008

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Wrappe @ GTower, Tun Razak

When a triathlete kicks off his own business offering wholesome wraps, bowls & sandwiches, it's likely to showcase the same sort of dedication, drive & discipline required to go through a gruelling race. Yong Lim took two years to plot out Wrappe, ensuring everything from the recipes to the prep work resulted in food he would personally & pleasurably consume himself.

Build your own combo with chicken, beef, fish or falafels, complemented by, say, sweet potato mash, mushy peas, hash browns, black beans, red onions, sharp cheddar, sauteed carrots & cherry tomatoes, rounded out with a house-made sauce in varieties like lemak laksa, barbecue or curry for a balanced meal with satisfactory flavours & textures, assembled to order, costing RM9.90 to RM15.90. Even the lemonade is conscientiously thought out, shunning white sugar for brown & honey.

Wrappe
LG -10, GTower, Jalan Tun Razak, Kuala Lumpur.

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Ziffy Cafe @ Kota Damansara

Nothing iffy about Ziffy: Kota Damansara's latest cafe serves a spiffy selection of Melbourne-inspired brunches with international influences & set lunches with local twists in a sleek setting that hosts live musical gigs on selected nights.

Scrambled or shakshuka: Taco About Awesome (RM19) stuffs soft tortilla wraps with plenty of creamy eggs, spinach, mushrooms & tomatoes, while Shakshuka Surprise (RM23) combines baked eggs & shredded chicken with mozzarella cheese & Neapolitan sauce - comfort food that complements coffee brewed with beans from the KL-based AIM Coffee roasters.

Ziffy's midday meals represent a sturdy bargain: From 12pm to 2pm, RM20 gets you a substantial portion of seafood paella or seafood spaghetti goreng, both capable of satiating a crustacean obsession, spiked with chillies to fire up the local palate, plus a soup of the day & iced peach tea. There's some genuine effort poured into the offerings here.

Ziffy Cafe
Ground Floor, Sunway Nexis, Kota Damansara, Selangor. Currently open 10am-10pm, except Wednesdays.

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Bonjour Vietnam @ Taman Bukit Mayang Emas & Pho Le Saigon @ Kota Damansara

Bon appetit: Served steaming-hot, Bonjour Vietnam's peppery pork hock noodle soup (RM7.50) & pho with beef brisket, tendon & meatball in a sweetly mellow broth prepared with six-hour-cooked shin bones (RM10) convey pleasantly distinct, clean-tasting flavours, chock-full of meat, whipped up fresh in a kopitiam kitchen. Worth a stop for folks in this neighbourhood.

Bonjour Vietnam
4, Jalan BM 1/2, Taman Bukit Mayang Emas, Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
Daily, 4pm-930pm; takes over the operations of Family Mixed Rice Restaurant in the evenings.


 Noodles keep customers slurping all day long at Pho Le Saigon - the namesake pho bo (RM13.90), nam vang noodles with pork meat, pork heart, prawns & quail egg (RM13.90) & rice vermicelli with grilled pork & seafood spring rolls (RM11.90) make for a fair-value, low-fuss meal with mild flavours.

Pho Le Saigon
46 Jalan PJU 5/10, Dataran Sunway Kota Damansara, Petaling Jaya, Selangor. Daily, 10am-10pm.

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