Wizards at Tribeca @ Jalan Imbi, KL

“I shall take the heart. For brains do not make one happy, and happiness is the best thing in the world”- The Tinman, Wizard of Oz

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Even though Toto, the Tinman and the Cowardly Lion are not available, I still drop by Wizards at Tribeca. I found this place last month and it has been in my mind ever since. From the pictures I found online, it looks like the kind of places I would enjoy hanging out at every now and then. High ceiling, white, nicely dressed men and women…coffee.

Since my mum and cousin were free, I dragged them out to explore with me.

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The Linguist – Sauteed prawns and clams with chilli linguine, garlic and rocket (RM30)

The prawns and clams are fresh and has a slight sweetness. The linguine is cooked al dente, but towards the end, the entire dish felt oily.

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Tree Hugger (v) – Pesto, avocados, tomatoes, baby spinach & buffalo mozzarella (RM28). Model is not included in the package.

The texture of the pizza is soft and chewy with a little crisp at the end but I can barely taste the avocado taste. The taste of the pesto is non-existent. I am not sure if it is because I am not well versed with the taste of pesto and thus cannot differentiate it or if it is too bare. The color of the baby spinach is vibrant and very tempting. The pizza is pretty oily. The first slice was OK, but upon eating the second slice, I noticed that it was practically dripping with oil and eating soon became a matter of chore as I tried to avoid the oil from dripping all over.

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Latte (RM12)

The coffee was good. The taste of the coffee is strong without being overpowering, and it did not have the burnt coffee taste as many so called cafe would have. I would say that for the venue, it is reasonably priced. I had expected a higher price tag but I guess they are keeping it more reasonable on account of the expensive food.

We were sat next to this bunch of pretty and sophisticated looking girls and I cannot help but to look at them every time they walked in front of me. Actually, I felt that most of the people in the restaurants are quite good looking. Even the baristas – while they are not exactly my type, they do look quite adorable in their work-uniform.

Oh, just for your information. You can parked at the basement. I am not sure about the weekday price, but as at the moment, the weekend and public holiday price is fixed at RM8 per entry which considering the area, is really not that expensive.


Address215, Jalan Imbi, Imbi, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur

Phone03-2715 5308

< They open from 10 am to 10 pm. If I am correct, they do not accept reservation before 6pm >

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Jibril @ SS15

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My brother took me and our extended cousin out for lunch at SS15 the other day. I was wondering where he was driving to since we told him that we want to go to Sunway Pyramid. Then he asked if we want to grab lunch first. Free lunch? Of course I said yes.

He then brought us to Jibril, a hidden restaurant. Ok la. Not that hidden but still hidden enough. To get to the restaurant, you have to find the door which is located inside Sangkaya. Since the door is painted in the same colour as the wall, you might miss it if you are not looking for it. But if you are consciously looking for it, then it is pretty obvious.

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“The Butter Chicken is the most dish popular here.” said my brother.

By my standard, RM 19.90 for a single set is pretty affordable since it comes with a drink and an ice cream. Both my brother and my cousin ordered the Salted Egg Butter Chicken and it came with extra butter for you to dip in.

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Presentation wise…There is nothing to shout about. It is a very simple, no-fuss and in-your-face type of presentation. The portion is good enough for one. And the chicken? OH MY GOD! I tell you ah! THE CHICKEN IS SO DAMNNNN GOOOOOOD! Jibril did not skimp on the chicken as we were given meaty parts instead of bones as you would get in certain places. And let me tell you something…The sauce is to die for! It comes with a tint of spiciness and is unlike any butter chicken that I have had before.

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I actually ordered Pecal Lele but they brought me Ayam Penyet. Since I was really hungry by then, I decided not to make a fuss and just eat. The chicken tears apart easily and is juicy. However, nothing memorable.

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The Potter : VERY VERY RECOMMENDED

I was apprehended when my brother told me to try it. I ordered ala carte, so there is no drink for me.

“What the heck is this? Why is there a ball inside?” (it was dark and I was not wearing glasses)

“That is not a ball.”

“Oh! It’s ice? Cute.”

I took a sip and after that, “OMG! WHAT THE HECK IS THIS? IT TASTE SO GOOD!”

It has a slight fizz and a buttery taste. It is actually a non-alcoholic beer infused with butter. I practically took over the drink after the first sip.

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Damn, my brother got fat hands

It is too bad that SS15 is too far away from my place, but I supposed I can make the hourly trip every now and then.


Address: 25, Jalan SS 15/4b, Ss 15, 47500 Subang Jaya, Selangor
Phone: 010-245 8056

< Jibril is easily accessible by public transport. It is located right next to SS15 Lrt. >

Chuan Kee @ Genting Klang

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You know what? There are times when you feel like dressing up, all glam and whatnot…and then there are times when you just want to throw on the ratty T-shirt that has been hiding at the back of your closet and put on pants that will put all adults to shame. During such moments, you will want to go to a less-judgmental-more-loud-chatters kind of place.

Mum loves Bak Kut Teh while I am indifferent when it comes to BKT. One of the popular Bak Kut Teh place at Setapak/Gombak area is at Restoran Chuan Kee, Jalan Genting Klang. The price is pretty reasonable. For a 2 pax BKT, tofupok, and Vinegar Pork Trotter, 2 normal sized plate of rice and 1 smaller portion of rice, it cost roughly around RM60.

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Even after living in KL for more than a decade, I still prefer Johor BKT over KL. I remember the first time I had BKT in KL after moving here. That was my first “culture shock”. Why? Because they don’t serve salted vegetables here. In Johor, I always eat the salted vege and at that time, I made my decision on what makes a good BKT place based on the quality of the salted vege. Anyway, after years of not having salted vegetables to go with my BKT, I have accepted the difference.

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You know how people always said that their mum’s cooking is the best? Well, there is actually a basis for that since Mums always seasoned the food according to the preference of their little hellions. Same goes for mine. I like the VPT that my Mum made because she would cook it according to my preference which is a strong vinegar-y sourish with a sweet undertaste. The meat should be tender and succulent, and cooked long enough for the taste to enter (“ru wei”?)

My experience with store bought VPT has not been good. The last VPT I ate outside barely has any vinegar taste.

The VPT from Chuan Kee, however, is pretty good. There is a noticeably vinegar taste. While it is not as strong as what I prefer, it is still acceptable.

PS : Vinegar Pork Trotter is actually a very nutritious dish especially if you are in confinement. Just throw in a few slices of ginger and you are good to go. Oh! A double benefit is that pork trotter is filled with collagen. In case you are wondering why Chinese people always look younger than their age*?

*no scientific proof. just one of the old wives tales.


Address: 90, Jalan 2/23a, Taman Danau Kota, 53300 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur

Phone: 016-376 3537

<I think they are closed on Monday and between 3pm and 6pm of other days>

Marmalade @ Bangsar Village

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Marmalade, marmalade, marmalade…My mum has been bugging me about visiting Marmalade at Bangsar Village. She keeps telling me about how Marmalade is always packed to brim and that her clients very much enjoy eating there.

So, I decided to give it a try. I have been avoiding Marmalade for a while now. There are too many people and it does not seem like a place suitable for one.

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Dear sir, can I borrow your card for a minute?

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I was sitting at a table for two when I saw that they have high seats (bar seats?). I love bar style seating as it feels much more comfortable. Thus, I requested for a change. Luckily, there was a woman there who is also alone. That woman looks powerful. She was wearing formal and she knows exactly what she wants.


Waiter : Hi, are you ready to order?

Woman : Yes. I would like one xxxx (i couldn’t catch what she said). For drinks, I will have a latte and a glass of water. I will have the water first. Please serve the latte after the meal.


Waiter : Hi, are you ready to order?

Me : Hmmmm….Well, I think I will have this (point to the picture in the menu)…and a latte.


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I have a love hate relationship with the menu. On one hand, I can see exactly what I am ordering. On the other hand, everything looks so good that I want to order all of them.

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“Coffee is a meditation in aroma. In slowness. In stretching the constraints of time. It is also a lover to memory. Tell someone important things over coffee and they will soak them in…They will remember.” – Vicoria Erickson

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Beef Lasagna – Recommended

The beef lasagna from Marmalade nearly caused me to burst out in tears. It reminded me of the year in UK where my friends would often try out new recipes. One of the dishes that they used to make is beef lasagna. Ah…The days where most of our worries center are what to eat for breakfast/lunch/dinner and where should we go during weekends.

The beef lasagna surpassed my expectations. It had a nice beef-to-lasagna ratio and everything tasted fresh. The bed of rockets are slightly sweet and comes with a nutty undertaste while accompanied by a slight crunch. I felt that the portion is big enough for two.

I do think that some people might find the taste of rockets to be weird as it is not commonly used in Malaysian dishes. At least, it is not common in my household. Prior to being overseas, I have no recollection of eating them. It actually took me quite some time before my palate finally accepts the foreign and unfamiliar taste.

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Oh yea! Marmalade is a restaurant meant for people of all ages. They have a play area for kids and parents tend to stay there for a long time while their kids entertain themselves at the cutely decorated play area. However, do be prepared for crying kids and shouting toddlers especially if you come on weekends.

The loud noises does affect the serenity of my mind after a while. Rather than hurrying through my meal, I put on my earphones and crank up the music (mostly loops of Ryuichi Sakamoto’s compositions ) while taking my own sweet time with my meal.

To avoid the din, it would be best to come during a weekday afternoon, say around 4 pm. I was there once on a weekday afternoon (roughly 4.30pm) and the place was pretty empty.


Address: 1, Jalan Telawi 2, Bangsar, 59100 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur (inside Bangsar Village, next to Grace Salon)
Phone: 03-2282 8301

VCR @ Bangsar

Do you still remember the days of the VCR? Big, chunky and not portable at all, especially when you have tiny kiddish hands. My brother and I were born quite close to the end of the VCR period. I still remember watching our kindergarten performance at home, laughing especially at the scene where my brother hit someone with a broom as he walked down from the stage. Till today, I have no idea why he did that.

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As stated previously, I have been frequenting Bangsar Village area quite often lately. Usually, instead of going home immediately after I am done with whatever I was there for, I would wait for my mum to pick me up. To pass the time, I would explore the area. After all, it is Bangsar and there are many restaurants and cafes that I can try out.

One of such cafes is VCR. I have actually been there previously with my college mates but back then, my phone was already in an advanced age and was unable to take any clear photos. So, I went back again. I quite enjoy staying at VCR because I don’t have to worry about people thinking stuff like, “Look at that, she’s so alone. Poor child.”

VCR has many small tables that are meant for one to two pax, which is great for solo explorers like me. In addition, there are many freelancer who works there as well as the strength of the the WIFI there is quite strong.

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Latte, anyone? I have went from drinking Americano to Latte nowadays. I guess my soul is less black now?

The coffee at VCR is quite good. It doesn’t have the sour-y taste that comes from coffee with high acidity. The coffee in VCR is quite smooth and it goes down pretty easily. For RM13, the serving size is good for money.

Also, it helps that VCR has cute waiters and waitresses.

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Baked Cheesecake : Very rich and with a hint of sourness. I think it was made with sour cream as I know for a fact that some people substitute milk with sour cream. I could be wrong though. (recommended by the pretty cashier. I’m kind of a sucker for pretty face)

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Bao DAEBAK : Housemade steamed bao, gochujang fried chicken, apple cider slaw, sesame, spring onion. (recommended!)

Address: 

31, Jalan Telawi 3, Bangsar Baru, 59100 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur

Phone: 03-2201 0011

Opium @ Changkat Bukit Bintang

So, one of my colleagues told me to do some research for a company dinner. Obviously, I had to use my stalking ability my researching skills to find a place that is suitable for all. Originally, I had suggested The Tamarind Springs at Ampang but given how late it was by the time we leave office, I changed my suggestion to Opium instead.

Situated at Changkat Bukit Bintang, Opium is a restaurant with an interesting name with a unique decor.

I have actually never heard of the restaurant prior but it has high ratings online and the reviews are mostly positive, so why not give it a try?

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Eat.Drink.Man.Woman…?

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Fake medicine cabinet. Don’t pull the ring. I did and it nearly fell on us.
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If you are bored with beer, why not give Chinese alcohol a try?
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Crispy Noodles with Karaage Softshell, Prawns and Egg Gravy
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Pan Seared Sour Plum Duck Breast (my favourite!)
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Lemongrass Sticks : Chicken, squid, lemongrass, turmeric
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The Water Spirit from the 4 Elements of Harmony : Seaweed infused gin, bamboo infused rice wine, Blue Curacao, Cucumber Juice, Lime Juice, Honey
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The Wind Spirit from the 4 Elements of Harmony : Opihr Gin, Martini Rosso, Noilly Prat, 5 Spiced Syrup, Aperot, Campari, Orange Juice

We actually ordered 3 out of the 4 Elements of Harmony. We made almost everyone take a sip. Most of the verdicts are “URgh.” When we asked what is their favorite, everyone actually have different opinion. Some prefer The Water Spirit, some prefer The Earth Spirit (which I think is the absolute worst), and some prefer the Wind Spirit. Out of all three, the only one I like can tolerate is The Wind Spirit. The Water Spirit made me trembled with disgust, and the Earth Spirit just made me wish that I can return to 1 minute prior to consumption. Sorry if I am too dramatic in my description. Anyway, after trying everything, I checked out the ingredients again and realized why the Water Spirit and I just don’t match. It has Blue Curacao – one of my least favorite alcohol. The other two is mostly because the combination of the various types of alcohol made me gagged.

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Creamy Butter Prawns with chinese steamed bread rolls. The prawns are fresh and huge with a slight sweetness to it while the sauce has strong buttery fragrant. 
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Chrysanthemum Tea : Drink it like it’s the 1900s.
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Calamansi Apple Ginger : I would prefer a stronger ginger taste but I guess most people don’t. Overall, this is a nice drink.
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Asian Crab & Avocado Salad : Crabmeat, Avocado, Tomato, Raja Ulam, Pennywort, Sambal, Coconut, Onion, Lime Juice
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Fighting Cock Wings : Chicken wings, Bourbon, Habanero, Hoisin Sauce

When I told my boss that I was going to order a set of chicken wings, he was like, “Really? All the way here for chicken wings?”

Then I pointed out to the menu and said, “It is called the Fighting Cock Wings. How can I not order something like this.” The last time we had a company dinner at Antara Restaurant, even though I was full, I ordered a dessert called “Terribly Alcoholic Cendol” because it is called “Terribly Alcoholic Cendol” (it was tasty by the way). Based on this, can you see how I usually make my life choices?

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Hot & Sour Soup with Szechuan Parcel : Black Fungus, Mushroom, Chicken, Tofu, Chilli, Coriander, Egg, Sesame Oil, Vinegar

All in all, the food was great. I would highly recommend the Pan Seared Sour Plum Duck Breast and Creamy Butter Prawns. The Fighting Cock Wings are not too shabby either but I was expecting burn in your mouth kind of spiciness and instead, I was given child’s play. My colleague had high expectation for the wings but it turned out to be “…quite meh.” (English : average)

The overall environment of the place is casual and it is a nice place to socialize and hang out at. Just remember to call in advance if you are going in a large group as the place is not that big and it gets crowded at night.


Address :

50, Changkat Bukit Bintang, Bukit Bintang, 50200 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur

Contact number : 03-2142 5670

 

Thai Boy @ Setapak

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I was on a date the other day when my mother called to ask if I am going back for dinner. Obviously, I know the rules. Family over Man (unless he’s Jung Hae-In <“Something in The Rain“>, then Hae-In Oppa first). I know my priority.

My brother decided to have our weekly dinner at a Thai Restaurant that I have never heard about. I was pretty skeptical as I take my Sunday food intake pretty seriously. The place was full so I had a higher expectation than normal.

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Thai Green MilkTea : Sweet but compared to normal Thai Tea, this taste watered down. It is however a pretty huge portion and we actually split it in three. However, I think none of us actually like it. My mum’s facial expression was like, “The heck is this thing…”
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Stew Pork Noodle : IMHO, this will go better with rice

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Tomyum soup with glass noodle : I did not expect it to come in such a presentation. The Tomyum was bland and I don’t understand why they have to separate the noodles and the soup when I am eating at the shop. Is that how people eat tomyum noodles soup in Thailand?
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Pork Satay : Well-marinated and I do enjoy this.
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Pork Belly Salad : The best dish for the night. Tangy, slightly spicy and with a little punch.

The portions are pretty small. If I’m not wrong, it is the same bowl as the one used by The Boat Noodles. Unlike The Boat Noodles, the food here is filled almost to the top.

Overall, I was disappointed. Naturally, I was expecting proper Thai street food but I was given the watered down version*.

Also, one of the waitress was a little rude to us. She told us that we have to wait for a while and my mum pointed out that there are customers leaving. Then she said in a very sarcastic manner, “Yala, but we still have to clean it rightttt? That’s why I said you have to wait a while. So wait la.” Erm, excusez-moi? Is that how someone in a service based business should speak? Then again, youngsters.

It is unlikely for me to patronise this shop again.

*Note that this is based on my own personal taste