Thursday, 5 October 2017

Ginger Noi Thai Kitchen @ Cyberjaya, Selangor

Having had the craving for some Thai food, I decided to check out another Thai restaurant that is located in Cyberjaya. Ginger Noi Thai Kitchen is located inside DPulze Mall which is in Cyber 12 area. I believe that they have been around for a while as I do not patronise this mall that often. Most of the time, I have my meals at the restaurants outside since that is more convenient for me. 

The Restaurant At Level UG

The Menu
This restaurant is located on Level UG and they are open from 10 to 10 daily. Their menu is pretty comprehensive and they have a huge listing even outside their restaurant with all the prices. Besides individual dishes, they do have some set meals which are reasonably priced between RM 14 to RM 17. 

Thai Coffee @ RM 4.90

Red Tomyam Rice Set (Chicken) @ RM 16.90
Ordering was a breeze and their waiters were attentive. In a matter of minutes, the dishes arrived as well. I ordered a glass of Thai Coffee which was priced at RM 4.90 . Very reasonable pricing I would say and it taste pretty good. Very bold in taste and had a rich aftertaste to it. My rating for this shall be 8/10. As for my meal, I went for their Red Tomyam Set which was priced at RM 16.90 . This is a set that comes with a number of items and the main dish is a bowl of Red Tomyam with Rice. 

Sweet & Spicy Japanese Tofu

Pickled Cucumber & Tomatoes
There was a piece of Sweet & Spicy Fried Japanese Tofu that was part of the set. Honestly, I felt that it was a let down. The Tofu wasn't fresh and it clearly was one that was cooked way earlier. Even the beancurd skin wasn't up to the norms. Similarly, their Pickled Cucumber & Tomatoes was off too. It wasn't fresh and totally lacked flavours. My rating for both these items shall be 4/10. 

Red Tomyam with Chicken

Fried Popiah
The Red Tomyam soup was good. I loved the flavours and they were perfectly balanced. They could have added more chicken but I guess for the price that they charge, that's fine. I would rate this at 7/10. The Fried Popiah was above average only. Nothing to shout about and it would have been better if it was crispy. My rating for this shall be 5/10. 

Pandan Chicken @ RM 16.90
This was an add on that we had ordered. The Pandan Chicken was so so as well. I have tasted way better ones and this definitely has room for improvement. It was just not able to captivate me. My rating for this shall be 5/10. 

Our Bill
Overall, it was just an okay meal. Reasonable prices and speedy service, but the food could have been better. If you're not too fussy, then their set meals are surely value for money. 

Address: Level UG, D'Pulze Mall, Lingkaran Cyber Point Timur, Cyber 12, 63000 Cyberjaya,
                Selangor, Malaysia.

Business Hours: 1000 - 2200 Daily

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Sushi Zanmai @ Subang Jaya, Selangor

When it comes to good Japanese Restaurants that are located in shopping malls, Sushi Zanmai is my choice. Of course, you get a lot more out there from Japanese restaurants that specialise in specific food items but these are located mostly in Kuala Lumpur. Being located on this side of the city, there isn't much choice but to patronise these franchises. Nevertheless, Sushi Zanmai has been one of those that offers consistently good food across their outlets. 

Located On Level 2, The Main Place

Ocha (Green Tea)

A Pitcher Of Ocha @ RM 1.20
This outlet is located on the 2nd Floor of The Main Place. Despite having taken up three units, most of the time you would have to queue up during peak hours. That's why I would always like to come here a little early, similar to what we did today. We were here at 11 am for an early lunch and even then, they were almost full house. Service levels are excellent across all their restaurants and their staffs know their stuffs well. We ordered some Green Tea and they served us a pitcher each which was only priced at RM 1.20 . That's total value for money. And I am very impressed with how they use robotics to deliver the dishes to you. Very impressive overall management. 

Chawanmushi @ RM 5.80

Salmon Don @ RM 17.80
As always, their Chawanmushi was up to the mark. The steamed egg was just perfect and it literally melts in your mouth. The add on's were an assortment of seafood items and it was just perfect. My rating for this shall be 9/10. Salmon Don is another homelike dish that you get here. Fresh Salmon cuts served with rice and it was delicious. Not to forget how fresh the slices were. Again, another one that I would rate 9/10. 

Ebi Mentaiyaki @ 18.80

Saba Shioyaki @ RM 15.80

Sake Zanmai @ RM 29.80
Ebi Mentaiyaki was an awesome dish. Two huge prawns topped with cheese and char-grilled to perfection. A dash of lemon is squeezed just before serving. The overall flavours were just awesome and the prawns were so fresh. I wouldn't mind having more of these the next time. 9/10 is my rating for this dish. Saba Shioyaki is another all time favourite of mine and again, it was another excellent dish. Absolutely no flaws in the preparation and it tasted so juicy and good. 9/10 would be my rating for this. Sake Zanmai is an assortment of Sushi's. There were 5 varieties and they were all fresh, perfectly presented and awesome flavours. Each one had a unique taste of it's own. Again, I shall rate these at 9/10.   

The Bill
Despite being a chain of restaurants, I am very impressed with the consistency of taste and service levels across their outlets. Each and every food item that we had ordered was good, neatly presented and was total value for money. A highly recommended restaurant.

Address: Level 2, The Main Place, Jalan USJ 21/10, Persiaran Kewajipan, 47630 Subang Jaya,

Business Hours: 1000 - 2200 Daily

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Green Chillies @ Cyberjaya, Selangor

We have a lot of Indian restaurants in Cyberjaya and most of them are either Tamil Restaurants or North Indian restaurants with an exception to one which is an Andhra Restaurant. To add to that list, we now have a Hyderabadi Restaurant as well that had just started a few months back.

Green Chillies In CBD2, Cyberjaya

Pran @ RM 3.50
Not many know about the existence of this restaurant since it is located on the quiet side of CBD 2 unlike the rest of the Indian restaurants which are located in Glomac Cyberjaya. This restaurant is open from 8 am to 8 pm, Mondays to Saturdays. This restaurant has a very pleasant set up and is air-conditioned for customers comfort. I had a glass of iced water and even that was on the house and that came as a pleasant surprise to me. Not forgetting the staffs who were very friendly too.  I also tried this drink called Pran which is one of my favourite drinks in India. Surprisingly, this one was made in Vietnam and the quality wasn't the same as the one that you get in India. My rating for this shall be 8/10. They do have a very impressive menu mainly concentrating on Hyderabadi dishes. Do note that all their staffs including the chefs are Hyderabadis and all spices are imported from Hyderabad as well. That gives an assurance of very authentic taste.

Chicken Briyani @ RM 12.00

Authentic Hydreabadi Taste
Their Chicken Dum Briyani is priced at RM 12.00 and comes exactly how you would get in in Hyderabad with no fancy Malaysian additions. Portions were definitely huge for the price. Their Briyani itself had a wonderful aroma to it and it was so delicious. Not forgetting the chicken which was so soft and tender. This is definitely one of the best Hyderabadi Dum Briyani that I have tasted in Malaysia. My rating for this shall be 10/10. 

Spicy Gravy

Onion Raita
Their Raita was very unique. It was very light and had a lot of diced bird eye chilli and chopped onions. Taste wise, very authentic taste and totally different to those that you get here. My rating for this shall be 9/10. Their Chicken Curry was absolutely heavenly. It was so thick and the spices reminded me of the wonderful meals that I have had in India. Totally mind blowing stuff and I would rate this at 10/10. 

For authentic Hyderabadi food, I would recommend Green Chillies which is located in Cyberjaya. A restaurant that had recently started and they do serve some amazing Briyani's. In fact, it won't be wrong to say that this was one of the best Hyderabadi Briyani's that I have tasted in Malaysia. Not only are their cooks from Hyderabad, even their spices are imported. Besides Briyani, they do have a range of other dishes as well. 

Address: CBD Perdana 2, Jalan Perdana, 63000 Cyberjaya, Selangor, Malaysia.

Opening Hours: 0800 - 2000 Monday - Saturday

Monday, 2 October 2017

Restoran Patong Seafood @ Kajang, Selangor

I have driven past Patong Seafood numerous times in the past and the restaurant had always been full house. In my mind, this was one of those must visit places since they are located pretty close to where I stay. Most often, I had already had my dinner elsewhere and by the time I had got back, I'm kind of too tired to head out and explore new food places. This evening, I had a meeting around this area and having done by 7 pm, I decided to drop by for an early dinner. 

Patong Seafood Located Along Jalan Seksyen 3/5, Taman Bukit Mewah

Very Cosy Set Up

Teh O Ice @ RM 1.50
The set up was quite impressive and it was not like the majority of Kelantanese restaurants that are quite bare in design and comes with colourful walls. Both indoor and outdoor seating were available and since it was about to rain, I decided to sit indoors. The decoration was amazing with TV's located in all corners. Service was speedy as well and there many people who were taking orders and these were all systematically managed in a queue. In less than 5 minutes, my drink arrived. I had ordered a glass of Ice Tea and this was priced at RM 1.50 . Reasonable pricing and it was pretty good. My rating for this drink shall be 8/10. 

Kailan Ikan Masin @ RM 5.00

Ayam Masak Pedas @ RM 5.00
Their Kailan Ikan Masin was nice but it would have been better if the greens were fresher. Nevertheless, taste wise I have to confess that it was delicious and they were quite generous with the Salt Fish. Ayam Masak Pedas was equally good and it was decently spicy. Decent portions of chicken and the flavours were good. I shall rate these dishes at 7/10 for the previous and 8/10 for the latter. 

Tekur Dadar @ RM 1.50

Sup Tomyam Ayam @ RM 5.00
Telur Dadar had sufficient amount of salt but it was a tad too oily. could easily fry another egg which just the oil that was on that plate. This overly greasy feel gave it an unpleasant taste as well. My rating for this shall be 5/10. Chicken Tomyam Soup however turned out to be pretty good. Despite being stingy with the chicken, they did not skimp on the ingredients used to make the soup and it was so good. My rating for this shall be 9/10. 

I wouldn't say that the food here was mind blowing. However, the Chicken Tomyam Soup and the Ayam Masak Pedas were two dishes that stood out. The other dishes that we tried still have lot's of room for improvement. On the other hand, the place itself is very cosy and extremely clean. Prices are reasonable despite having spent huge amount of money on the renovations and the service levels were extremely good. Definitely a decent neighbourhood restaurant to visit. 

Address: 7, Jalan Seksyen 3/5, Taman Bukit Mewah, 43000 Kajang, Selangor, Malaysia.

Business Hours: 1700 - 0200

Sunday, 1 October 2017

NY Steak Shack @ IOI City Mall, Putrajaya

NY Steak Shack is an outlet that has been in Malaysia for at least 2 years now. When they first opened in Mid Valley, I was one of their earliest customers then and I was in love with the food. Parking being a huge problem in Mid Valley has deterred me from visiting them more often. Luckily they now have an outlet in IOI City Mall too. This outlet in IOI City Mall is located on the Lower Ground Floor, quite close to the centre wing of the mall. The moment you come down the escalators, you would be able to see this outlet. The place was definitely buzzing with customers. I wonder if business is so good all day round, seven days a week. Despite being almost full house, their customer turnover was fast and that ensured that the wait time wasn't too long. 

The above are just a few pages from their menu. Burgers, Steaks, Grilled Chicken, Grilled Lamb, Pastas etc. Pretty much most of the famous Western dishes in Malaysia were covered by them and the prices seemed very reasonable. In fact, it wouldn't be wrong for me to say that it was cheap.

Berry Candy Lemonade @ RM 9.90

Pepsi @ RM 6.90
Although the food is cheap, their drinks are on the high side. A tall glass of Pepsi was priced at RM 6.90 which is steep. Coke lovers, do note that this restaurant does not serve Coke.Their Berry Candy Lemonade was pretty good and my rating for that shall be 8/10. 

Mushroom Soup
Their Mushroom Soup is usually priced at RM 5.90 but today, they had some promotions and it came complimentary. Taste wise, it was the best Mushroom Soup that I have tasted in a fast food joint. It was so good, concentrated, comes with lots of diced mushrooms and is not one of those off the can stuffs. In fact, I would say that it was even better than many of the high end western restaurants too. My rating for this shall be 10/10. A must try here!

Southwest Chicken @ RM 18.90

Delicious Dip Sauce

Two huge pieces of chicken were grilled to perfection and served with fries and mashed potatoes. Once again, the choice of sides is yours. The chicken itself was so tasty, I loved the marination and it sealed the taste with a zing. For the price of RM 18.90 , the portion was huge. My rating for this is definitely 9/10. Another delicious one to try here. 

Grilled Lamb Shoulder @ RM 33.90
Their Grilled Lamb Shoulder was impressive as usual. A huge, thick cut of lamb served on a hot plate with baby tomatoes and onions, and with French Fries and mashed potatoes on the sides. Actually, you could have your choice of sides based on those available. Portion wise, both the sides were huge and they were tasty. I would rate their Mashed Potatoes at 9/10 and the Fries at 8/10. Coming back to the lamb itself, for this size, you would not be able to find one under the price of RM 50 anywhere else in Malaysia and most of the branded restaurants have upped their price to around RM 70+ for the same. I would say that this is a brilliant dish to have here. Loved the portions, perfect marination and cooked just right. The meat was tender, juicy and not chewy at all. This definitely deserves a 9/10. 

Ice Cream
Being part of the set meal, the Ice Cream too was complimentary. This was a scoop of Coconut Ice Cream and I felt it to be quite good. The texture was slightly coarse due to the nature of grated coconut but taste wise, it was nice. 8/10 would be my rating for this. 

If you're looking for some good Western cuisine for the fraction of the price that you would pay at those branded restaurants, then NY Steak Shack is the place. The food is good, huge portions, very reasonable prices and excellent customer service. Oh yes, do not miss their Mushroom Soup. It's really something!

Address: LG-045, Lower Ground Floor, IOI City Mall, Lebuh IRC, IOI Resort City,
                 62052 Putrajaya, Wilayah Persekutuan, Malaysia.

Opening Hours: 1000 - 2200 Daily

Friday, 22 September 2017

Jom Otak (Gerai 16) Jalan 223 @ Petaling Jaya, Selangor

If you a visiting the Medan Selera that is located along Jalan 223 where the famous Nasi Lemak Suri and Nasi Lemak Yanti is, another good stall to try would be Stall 16 which specialises in Otak Otak. 

Stall 16

They Only Specialise In Otak Otak
There are two stalls here that specialises in Otak Otak and this is one of them. Somehow, I prefer this over the other one. For a stall to solely survive on a single food item, the demand must be very good and true enough, they were very busy attending to the orders and they were selling by the hundreds each hour. 

Once ready, a basket filled with Otak Otak is sent over to the table and the minimum order quantity would be five. They were freshly grilled and served hot. Certainly, one that stood out in terms of taste and authenticity. Truly a very good Otak Otak it was and I would certainly recommend this stall. 

Address: Medan Selera Jalan 223, No. 2, Jalan 223, Seksyen 51A, 46100 Petaling Jaya, 

Business Hours: 24 Hours Daily