Monday, 6 August 2018

Hayadon @ Jalan Raja Chulan, Kuala Lumpur

Hayadon is a Halal Japanese fusion restaurant that is located on the 2nd Floor of Wisma Cosway.  They had started sometime towards the end of 2015 and have managed to grow a  decent customer following of their own. It is not like a usual Japanese restaurant. The menu is very different and their main concentration is to bring value for money set meals to their customers. 

The Restaurant on the 2nd Floor, Wisma Cosway
There are many restaurants inside of Wisma Cosway. If you come up using the escalator, you would be able to find these restaurant the moment you step onto the second floor. Floor space isn't huge but somehow they have managed to handle the space management rather well. 

From the menu above, you would have been able to observe that they have a very different kind of offering. Here, their main proposition is to bring a balanced healthy meal to their customers at reasonable prices. It is very much a self service restaurant. Walk up to the counter and place your orders, pay for them and when your order is ready, you would have to pick it up yourself. 

Green Tea (Cold)

Hayadon Soup
I had gone for one of their set meals and as part of the set, I got the above Hayadon Soup as well as a glass of Green Tea. Total wait time from the time of order was somewhat ten minutes and that was quite efficient. Coming back to the drink, you could choose to have cold or hot Green Tea and I had gone for the previous. Their Green Tea was good and it was real Japanese Green Tea. The soup was different as it had lots of veggies in it. Taste wise, not quite like what Miso Soup would taste but it was like a hybrid of that and the regular vegetable soup and to be honest, it did like it. If I were to rate this soup, my rating for it shall be 8/10. 

Grilled Chicken with MG Sauce Set @ RM 14.90
Originally, this dish is supposed to come with white rice and since I had asked them to omit the rice, they had doubles the amount of mashed potatoes. As per the photograph, it was supposed to be fried potatoes but they had told me at the time of the order that they had run out of that and would be serving me mashed potatoes instead. This also came with some MG sauce. The grilled chicken was decent but pretty much tasteless without the dip sauce. Even the dip sauce was a tad too sweet and I would say that it was just so so. The blend of mashed potatoes and steamed beans was again quite bland. Overall, it wasn't something that I had enjoyed and my rating for this dish shall be 4/10 only. 

If you're one that is looking for a balanced healthy Japanese set meal, than you should head to Hayadon Restaurant that is located in Wisma Cosway. Personally, I did not quite enjoy the main course and I found the dish to be quite bland. The Hayadon Soup was good though. Unless you're really counting calories, then this may be the place for you.

Address: Lot 2.38, 2nd Floor, Wisma Cosway, 88, Jalan Raja Chulan, 50200 Kuala Lumpur.

Business Hours: 0930 - 1830 Monday - Saturday

Sunday, 5 August 2018

Lankan Cafe @ Petaling Jaya, Selangor

I have been to Lankan Cafe a number of times and that's mostly for their ala-carte dishes and I have shared my thoughts on the place in my blogs too. I do know that they have this Sunday buffet but never really got the chance to come for that. This afternoon, since I had just the right partner for that, we decided to go head over for their Sunday Buffet Lunch. 

The Restaurant in Petaling Gardens

Located On The First Floor
I have had a number of friends who have come all the way here and not able to find the restaurant. The reason being, most of them only look at the restaurants on the ground level. Please do note that this restaurant is on the first floor, right above Shanar Curry House. 

Buffet Lunch @ RM 38.00 per pax
The buffet spread was good but it's more of a non vegetarian fair. There are vegetarian dishes but it would be a waste if you come solely for those as it no longer seems worth it. For the first round, I went for some crabs, Mutton Bone Marrow Curry, Spring Hoppers and Sothi. The Mutton Bone Marrow Curry was just awesome. Being a buffet spread, you could take as much as you want and me being a mutton lover, I was simply in ecstasy. Taste wise, the thick spice gravy was just superb and I would rate this at 10/10. Their Idiyappam's were good too and that I shall rate at 8/10. Their Sothi was nice as well and again, I shall rate that at 8/10. Their Crab Curry was excellent but the crabs itself weren't fresh. Nevertheless, just for the curry, I would give it 9/10. 

This round, I went for more Idiyappam's as I am not much of a Puttu fan. They also have White Rice for those who prefer to go for that. As for the curry, I tried their Fish Curry and Venthaya Kulambu. Their Fish Curry was off and even the fish wasn't fresh. I would not recommend going for that and if I were to rate that, 4/10 shall be my rating. Their Venthaya Kulambu was good and that deserves a rating of 8/10. There were two types of Brinjals, Kathirikka Paal Curry and a spicy perattal. Both were awesome and I would rate both at 9/10. Of course, I didn't stop here. I also went back for more of their Mutton Bone Marrow Curry because it was just too good. 

Masala Tea & Sukku Malli Coffee

Masala Tea @ RM 6.90
Masala Tea and Sukku Malli Coffee isn't part of the spread and it's an add on that is priced at RM 6.90 each. Their Masala Tea was good but their Sukku Malli Coffee could have been better. Would rate the previous 8/10 and the latter 5/10. 

Some Cakes

To wrap up our meal, we also went for some cakes and a little bit of porridge. All the cakes were excellent and I would rate them 9/10. The porridge was too good and that deserves a rating of 10/10. 

If you're in the mood of having a heavy Sunday lunch, then I would recommend heading to Lankan Cafe for their Sri Lankan Sunday Buffet Lunch. It's priced at RM 38.00 per pax and it is truly worth it. Good spread of dishes and the food is delicious. Best to be there at sharp 12 noon since the crowd builds up after that. 

Address: No. 388, 1st Floor, Jalan 5/59, Petaling Gardens, 46000 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.

Business Hours: 0900 - 2200 Daily

Saturday, 4 August 2018

Restoran Damansara Uptown Hokkien Mee @ Damansara Utama, Petaling Jaya

Restoran Damansara Utama Hokkien Mee is a Hokkien Mee restaurant that needs no introduction. In fact, it wouldn't be wrong to say that they are the most famous Hokkien Mee restaurant in the Klang Valley and they have four outlets that are strategically located across the Klang Valley. 

The Original Restaurant in Damansara Utama
The original restaurant started in Damansara Utama which is where we are this evening. Business has been so good for them for so long now so much so, even when you are here in the late hours of the night, still you got to wait for a table. But now, to solve this seating problem, they have taken up another unit by the side and have made it into an air-conditioned dining hall. Their other outlets are located in Kota Damansara, Puchong and Kuchai Lama. 

Initially, they only had a handful of dishes but now, they almost have an array of dishes that is almost comparable to a day to day Chinese restaurant. However, most people still prefer sticking to a handful of their original dishes. Prices are a premium and still, the response from the people is still overwhelming. Today, they have systems in place so much so, ordering is no longer personal. You fill everything into a chit and then ring the buzzer and a waiter would come and collect the chit, more like a Kopitiam style restaurant. 

Orange Juice @ RM 6.50 & Herbal Tea @ RM 3.80

Their Signature Belacan Chilli Paste
As you can see from the prices of the drinks, they are quite pricey but still the crowd this evening was truly overwhelming. The place was buzzing with customers and they were full house, both indoors and outdoors. The drinks were good and I would rate them at 8/10. Their Signature Belacan Chilli Paste is a must have when going for their Hokkien Mee. It's not that spicy but has a lovely flavour that compliments the noodles so well. My rating for this shall also be 8/10. 

Hokkien Mee (1 Pax) @ RM 11.90

Pork Lard (Big) @ RM 3.00
The price of their Hokkien Mee is RM 11.90 for one pax and that is surely way higher than any other Hokkien Mee joint in the Klang Valley. However, it is truly worth it. The dish itself is quite moist and the overall flavours are truly excellent. Do add on some Pork Lard and it gives an extra crunch to the noodles. My rating for this noodles is 8/10. 

Bill For The Day
Restoran Damansara Hokkien Mee is one of those Hokkien Mee places that has been doing really well. Today, they have four outlets in the Klang Valley and their original outlet in Damansara Utama has expanded and now they even have an air-conditioned dining hall. Taste wise, it's definitely a good place to go for Hokkien Mee and they do have a number of other signature dishes as well. Quite pricey but surely worth visiting. 

Address: 121, Jalan SS 21/37, Damansara Utama, 47400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.

Business Hours: 1700 - 0230 Daily

Friday, 3 August 2018

Restoran Jayna Vilas @ Cyberjaya, Selangor

I have been to Jayna Vilas Restaurant a number of times before this and have always been happy with the food that had been served. Having been convinced that the food is good, I decided to visit them again this evening. 

The Restaurant Located Along Jalan GC 3, Cyberjaya

My Dinner @ RM 11.00
This restaurant is located on the Glomac Cyberjaya side and is visible from the main trunk road that heads into Cyberjaya from Puchong / Kajang. It was a rather early dinner for me and they still had a number of items which are my favourites. I then ordered a glass of Teh O Ais, and went for some White Rice, Mutton Kulambu, Mutton Varuval, an Omelette, some Radish and some Rasam. This whole lot cost me RM 11.00 which I felt was slightly on the high side. Anyway, since I took a little more mutton than usual, I guess the higher prices was caused by that. 

Teh O Ais

Their Teh O Ice was decent. It wasn't too sweet and just the way that I like it fixed. As such, I would rate this drink at 8/10. Unlike the usual, their Omelette was a little dry and way too thin. It was so thin that I could not get the feeling that I was actually having an omelette. This surely comes as a surprise since the food here is usually good. If I were to rate this, I would only give it 4/10. 

Mutton Kulambu

Radish Perattal

Mutton Varuval
Their Mutton Kulambu was a disappointment. It was way too diluted and totally lacked flavours that should have been there. I would only rate that at 3/10. Their Radish Perattal was decent. Not to say great, but just decent and I would rate that at 5/10. Their Mutton Varuval was also so so. This again comes as a surprise as they usually do some really good mutton. Again, one that I would rate at 4/10 only. 

Bill For The Day
Jayna Vilas Restaurant used to be one of my favourite South Indian restaurants in Cyberjaya. Their food was really good but today, I was surprised by the food that I had tasted. Food quality had dropped tremendously. I wonder if they had changed their cook or perhaps someone else did the cooking for the day. Taste wise, food was definitely not the same and that is truly sad. 

Address: Jalan GC 3, Glomac Cyberjaya, 63000 Cyberjaya, Selangor.

Business Hours: 0700 - 2200 Daily

Thursday, 2 August 2018

Restoran Mahbub @ Damansara Damai, Petaling Jaya

I have tried Mutton Soup in a number of restaurants across the Klang Valley but none comes close to the preparation from Restoran Mahbub. Having been in the mood to have some Mutton Soup this evening, we drove all the way to Damansara Damai just for this. 

The Restaurant in Damansara Damai, Petaling Jaya

Teh Tarik
For those who live around Petaling Jaya area, it would be best to head to their outlet in Damansara Damai and for those who live around Kuala Lumpur, you could visit their outlet that is located in Lucky Garden, Bangsar. As for me, the nearest would be Damansara Damai and that is why we were here this evening. This restaurant is open 24 hours daily and despite it being crowded round the clock, they have sufficient manpower to manage the crowd and because of that, they are always fast to attend to customers needs. Their Teh Tarik is something that should not be missed as it find it to be really good. Rating wise, I would give this 9/10. 

Sup Kambing (Mutton Soup)

Comes With Decent Mutton Cuts
They have both Chicken and Mutton Soup and being a mutton lover, I always go for the latter. The soup is prepared with lots of spices and comes with generous portion of mutton cuts. If you're one who loves a good bowl of spicy Mutton Soup, I would definitely recommend giving this one a try. 

Address: L-013A, Vista Shop, Jalan PJU 10/2A, Damansara Damai, 47830 Petaling Jaya.

Business Hours: 24 Hours Daily

Wednesday, 1 August 2018

Freond Tavern @ Puchong, Selangor

We visited Freond Tavern a couple of weeks back. Having been impressed by the food during our last visit, we decided to drop by again for dinner today. This time around, we were here much earlier and were hoping to try more dishes compared to the last time. 

Some Ongoing Promotions

Indoor Dining Space
This restaurant is located in Block G of Setia Walk, Puchong. Parking is convenient and if you know the block number, you could park near the lift that brings you up to this restaurant. There are many ongoing promotions that they have but these are mostly suitable to larger groups. Do note that this is a pub cum restaurant but the overall ambiance is lovely and it good for families. 

5 Mugs Carlsberg Draft @ RM 60.00

Coca Cola @ RM 9.00
There was an ongoing promotion for beers and since we had some friends that were in the mood for some beers, they decided to go for this. RM 60.00 for 5 mugs of ice cold Carlsberg Draft surely is a good deal. My can of Coca Cola however was priced at RM 9.00 . Well, being a pub, I can't complaint as they would always encourage you to go for alcoholic beverages. The selection of beer and wine that they have here was quite impressive and they had many promotions for beers which seemed like an amazing deal. So, if you're a beer lover, do take advantage of these promotions. 

Grilled Chicken Chop with Black Pepper Sauce @ RM 20.90

Grilled Pork Tenderloin @ RM 22.90
Just like the last visit, their Grilled Chicken Chop was truly excellent. The cuts were good with and they were really tender. The accompanying Black Pepper Sauce was really good too. Their sides are quite standard across their dishes and I would say that the Fries were crisp and good. My rating for this dish shall be 9/10. Similarly, their Grilled Pork Tenderloin was excellent as well. Despite being Pork, the meat was so tender and it came with almost no fat. Definitely one of the good Pork Tenderloin dishes that I have recently eaten. Again, 9/10 shall be my rating for this dish. 

Grilled Lamb Cutlets @ RM 22.80

Salmon Fillet @ RM 30.90
Their Grilled Lamb Cutlets were truly divine. They were done according to the old school style, a style that is slowly disappearing in Malaysia and for me, it was like a dream come true. Being able to taste something this good after a long time was indeed satisfying. Prices were very reasonable and they came with a dash of mint sauce and mashed potatoes. 10/10 would be my rating for this. Just as good as the earlier dish was their Salmon Fillet. Quality cuts were served and the accompanying sauce went so well with the fish. The fish itself was so juicy and heavenly. 9/10 shall be my rating for this. 

Chicken Wings @ RM 16.80
As the last dish, we went for their Chicken Wings. Three full wings with drummers were served on a platter, smoked using BBQ Sauce and it was reasonably priced at RM 16.80 . Taste wise, it was good as well and my rating for this shall be 8/10. 

Bill For The Evening
For some good Western Food in Puchong, Freond Tavern would be my choice of restaurant. All the dishes that we had this evening were good and their prices are very reasonable. Whether it's Fish, Chicken, Lamb or even Pork, they do it extremely well. A must try for Western food lovers. 

Address: G-3A-G, Block G, Setia Walk, Persiaran Wawasan. 47160 Puchong, Selangor.

Business Hours: Mon - Fri 1000 - 0000
                             Sat & Sun 0900 - 0000

Friday, 20 July 2018

Restoran Big Big Wantan Mee & Rice @ Damansara Utama, Petaling Jaya

Restoran Big Big Wantan Mee & Rice is the newest Wan Tan Mee restaurant to open in Damansara, Petaling Jaya. They are not an entirely new restaurant. They do have an existing outlet in Puchong but it is great that they have decided to open another outlet on this side of the city. 

Restoran Big Big Wantan Mee & Rice in Damansara Utama
It is quite easy to locate this restaurant in Damansara Utama. For those who know where the famous Damansara Utama Hokkien Mee restaurant is, this restaurant is located right beside them. Parking can be a challenge on this side of Uptown and my recommendation would be to park on the other side that faces the LDP and walk through the back alley to this side. The restaurant itself was very nicely designed. Their primary dining area was air-conditioned and they have a few tables on the outside for smokers. 

Their menu had a good range of dishes. Not only did they limit themselves to Wan Tan Mee, they also have a number of rice dishes as well and lot's of side dishes to choose from. Prices are reasonable but not to be compared with the hawker fare. Taking into consideration the high rental prices around this area, then I find the price of the dishes here to be reasonable. Customer service was good and the waiters were quick to attend to our needs. 

Barley @ RM 2.00 & Herbal Tea @ RM 2.50

Pickled Chilli
Their drinks, both the Barley as well as the Herbal Tea were good. They weren't diluted and the price was right. I also enjoyed their Pickled Chilli's as they were not too thinly cut.My rating for the drinks shall be 8/10. 

Dry Char Siew Wan Tan Mee (Small) @ RM 7.00

Char Siew
Their Wan Tan Mee was truly good. In fact, this was the best that I have had in recent days. Among all the Wan Tan Mee places that I have shared, this was the best. The noodles were so delicious on it's own and they were very generous with the sauces. My rating for their Wan Tan Mee would be 9/10. Their Char Siew was equally good as well. Not too fatty and it had a fair portion of lean meat. Taste wise, it was superb and I would definitely rate it at 9/10. 

Wanton In Clear Soup

Minced Pork Sausage @ RM 7.00
The Wanton's that comes in the clear soup was nice but I have definitely taste better ones. The soup itself was nice and it had some balanced flavours. My rating for their Wanton's would be 7/10. The Minced Pork Sausage however was very nice and I would give this a 10/10. 

The Bill
Restaurant Big Big Wantan Mee & Rice had recently opened this outlet in Damansara Utama. Of late, I have shared a number of Wan Tan Mee places and among the whole lot, these guys would be the best. Delicious noodles and reasonable prices. A place that I would recommend. 

Address: 113, Jalan SS 21/37, Damansara Utama, 47400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.

Business Hours: Mon - Fri 1100 - 2300
                             Sat & Sun 0930 - 2300