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Finally, I am happy to see the cooking local scene is heading a notch up. With many young emerging local chef starting their own moderning dining place and I am definately vouching for them. Stubmle upon Gooddam after dining at The Little Pig at level 1 then decided to Google about after that as their outlet attracts my attention.

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Only found out that it is a modern dining Italian restaurant whom is helm by a young chef at the age of mid 20’s with his working experience in Italy with learning stint near Parma and a subsequent stage at a respected establishment on the shores of Lake Maggiore.

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Love the opening kitchen concept and it would be even better if there are a few high stool that can right in the middle of the island to catch chef in action and dine there.

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Usually in this kind of restaurant, menu is not extensive as they are seasonal menu and then to change along the way with seaonal produce and chef creativity.

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Starting of with complementary watermelon cubes to cleanse and get your palate up fresh.

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Love their compliemtary bread, as it is a homemade and the butter with a bit of gula melaka is spot on. Not your usual combination but start it off well.

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This caught my attention as it is not your usual meal. A nice refreshing starter is Salame of the day @ RM 20. Servce with their salame of the day, very fragrant that aged about a week, paired with a base of rock melon and top with IGP balsamic vineger drop. Hence a nice combination, sweet, salty and sour. A perfect pairing with their Italian white wine. Lurve it.

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If there are classic dish, of course I would hit on one.Was told by the owner that Tajarin Yolk Pasta is from a classic recipe and should give it a try. Tajarin pasta tossed with bits of crispy guanciale and toasted hazelnuts, with pasta cook to al dante. A nice mix of flavours, simple and direct as I like it. To some of you might be a little salty but that is how it is done. @ RM 45

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This is one of my personal favourite of the night. A unique combination of flavour and it is perfect for sharing. A person to finish all this might be too salty for you as a good risotto comes with a good stock base. Hence that’s the flavour of chef original recipe. Clam Pearl Rice Risotto @ RM 42 – red snapper sashimi, clam and szechuan oil. I enjoy this very much as the risotto is cook to al dante, stock base is fragrant, clam is fresh and the vege with seasonage and aged used brings a unique flavour out of it.

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To end the meal, I order a glass of Modella Prosecco which is one of my favourite sparkling wine bottle. A will be a perfect bubble for dessert pairing.

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we were given this complimentary cake for this first ending.

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Follow by my order of their signature Salted Coconut Panna Cotta. Serve in a icy bowl that still enjoy the effect of strong snow effect. So fine that it looks like will instantly melt upon serving. A clever mix of flavour that gives you an ending taste like kuih talam mix ondeh onde. Very interesting dessert, where (santan-strong snow, roselle jam and pandan oil) @ RM 30

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Last whic is my favourite as I am not a fan of chocolate but this indeed hit all the right notes. Damak Chocolate Ice Cream @ RM 34 – Braised Pear and Keluak Powder. Chocolate is from Pahang Estate by Chocolate Concierge. A perfect chocolate with slight bitter and nice koko after taste. Done to perfection.

A great dessert ending that I certainly do not mind to come here again to enjoy only their dessert!

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If you are looking for some exploration in your food Italian venture, then Gooddam will be one of a unique place for you to hit on.

Not your usual mind of classic dining but with some clever mixture of classic twist n some local ingredient. Price is very reasonable too, nice ambiance and great service. Indeed will be one of my recommeded place.

 

*Non-Halal

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Food rating 9/10 , well, can give both the burger a try!~ -Stamped-
-WARNING –This is based on my individual taste. Try it at your own risk-

Location:
Burger Baek
Jalan PJS 8/14, Bandar Sunway

Hours: 6pm – 4am

Tel: 017-2001 814

Location:
Gooddam
Lot B-G-07, The Hub SS2,
19 Sentral, Jalan Harapan,
Seksyen 19, Petaling Jaya, Selangor.

Operating Hours: 630pm-10pm (closed Tuesdays).

Tel: 010-7669708

One of a new revamp places in Jaya One that is currently housing a few F&B under one roof. Tommy Thongchai in The Square, Jaya One is one of their latest outlet to be operating in the area. Offering a cool unique Thai Fusion food with a twist. I would say its a clever cooking and flavour combination from all around the world. Not only that, also known as a Thai Gastro bar, hip and chic place to get your reasonable cocktail average at RM 25.

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I believe all of you must be curious like me why the place is name Tommy ThongChai? Who is this person or does he exist? Well, half of it is actually from a famous Thai Singer known as ThongChai, a Thai Scottish singer and actor known as Bird ThongChai. A fan of him, the owner use the back name and add in an english name on the front, hence Tommy Thongcai.

A place with its modern interior that certainly makes it a perfect hang out places with friends, especially with celebrations is even better.

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On that night itself, we get to sample quite an array of food range and all of them are their signature dishes.

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This is not our usual flavour of nachos, it comes with a Thai twist. Thongchai Mango Salsa Nachos’ – mango salsa, coriander aioli, wonton skins @ RM 16 (medium)/ RM 28 (large)

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If you come with a group of friends, Tommy’s Platter (extra Large size) @ RM 85 – fried calamari, fried pork belly, fried pork riblets, Chiang Mai sausage, pulled pork fries, Thongchai’s Nachos, luncheoon meat fries, moo ping skewers would be an ideal platter. Fit with all the Thai classic that you need espcailly with a glass of beer.

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Besides those platter for you to hit on, there are individual charcoal skewers that you can order too. Ranging from RM 5 – RM 19

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Black Angus Steak Fries @ RM 127 (285g) – grain fed black angus ribeye, isaan marinate or thongchai’s dry rub charcoal grilled, thongchai fries.

Not to miss this, as I find the price is very reasonble for such a place and this steak is cook to perfection. Requested for medium rare and pinky inside meat and nice charred on the meat. Juicy inside out. Worth an order.

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Kale Salad with a crunch – fresh kale, thongchai kale dressing, thai chili flakes @ RM 22. Those of you love your friends, might want to start off with this.

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Both of the starter I quite like as have their own unique taste. Yum Sum-0 (Thai Pamelo Salad) @ RM 26 is every bite burst with flavours. filled with white prawns, imported Thai Pamelo, yum som-o dressing – recommended.

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I am a fan of Mac & Cheese yet it is not easy to find a place that serve pretty good one. However, the version here is wiht a twist and I am liking it. Thongchai Baked Mac & Cheese @ RM 35 – krapao pork, mozzarela cheese & macaroni

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Tomyum Bolognese with meatball – tomyum pork ragout, homemade meat balls, spaghetti @ RM 23

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If you like your classic street food, their Pork Trotter Rice is pretty spot on. @ RM 21

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Pan Seared Salmon Trout with mango Salsa @ RM 59

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For their Americian Classic twist, turns out to be better than I expected. Thongchai Chili Dog – Chiangmai sausage, pork ragout & Thong Chai fries  @ RM 28

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Among their burger series, this is worth recommending. – Krapao Pork Burger @ RM 28 – krapao pork patty, fried egg and thongchai fries.

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This burger would be option 2 – Laarb Moo Tod Burger @ RM 28 – deep fried pork with herb and fried egg with fries.

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Fried Chicken Som Tam Burger @ RM 28

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Pineapple Fried Rice with charcoal grilled pork belly – a pretty good dish

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fried mama noodle

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Tom Kha Cocktail @ RM 35 – vodka infuse with chili, coconut milk, fresh milk , lemongrass, lime

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Behind: Chow Phraya @ RM 42 – phraya rum, mekhong rum, bitters, lime, mint,

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This is a pretty interesting cocktail – Thong Kao @ RM 38 mango juice, lime, cinnamon, star anise, Mekhong rum, sambuca & Angustura Bitters,

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For birthday person, you can order their signature Tommy Lava @ RM42

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Indeed a great place for nice food and drinks. Like the ambiance too.

Location:
Tommy Thongchai Thai Gastrobar
G.005, The Square,
Jaya One, Jalan Universiti,
46200 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.

Tel: 012-901-2848

Operating hours:11.30am – 12am

Time of the year to be Spooky as this year celebrating Halloween 2019 at Soul Out Hartamas is kinda interesting, known as The Monster Ball.. On this night, SOULed OUT are summoning all to join its group of beautiful angels, demons to stroll around the outlet.

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The cauldron had even brewed up some pretty potent potions. For the grown-ups, my wickedly delicious Monster Ball’s cocktail, the Black Eye Fear @ RM 25 with vodka, cranberry juice, and lime. Bella’s Eyes @ RM 12, a mixture of mango, orange and fresh lemon juice as well as strawberry syrup.

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spooky delights the likes of a magic show, face painting, a haunted photobooth, hair-raising SO Gaya dancers, the Spooky Dip challenge and much more, including Best Dressed for both adults and kids, so you’re gonna want to make sure that you come up with the best costume you can!

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Enjoy our food and companion for the night.

When I was back in Penang, pass by this shop Hanjan Eatery Soju Bar. The outlook of it certainly attracts me and arrange a gathering round one at this place. One of a new bar in Penang that serve both food and alcohol.

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Love the ambiance of this place. Rustic yet filled with nice furniture and warm lighting. A perfect place for gathering.

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Was told by my friend that their food is not bad. Smells good though when the table next to me order some food. I have not try any of it. Only was over for drinks.

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Started off with simple – Korean Highball @ RM 28. – Soju, Beer, peychaud bitter, and lemon peel. So it is kinda atas soju bomb.

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Tried the cake, Charcoal burnt cheese cake. It is too dense and lack of flavours. RM 20 per piece (if I remember correctly) and quite a small piece though. Certainly the baker can improve on it.

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Will come back to try out their food in the future. Maybe if you are looking for Korean food in Penang to try, can check it out here.

*No ratings cuz no food ordered.

Location:
56, Lebuh Campbell,
10200, Georgetown, Penang.

Operating Hours:
Mon – Saturday 9 am to 12 am.
(Closed on Sundays.)

Contact Number: 017- 479 9423

Hakwer Hall is one of the latest eatery being added into Sri Hartamas neighborhood. If you are looking for a decent pricing of street food to hunt, this could be the place. Offering variety of food and a nice place to sit and chill.

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We might be thinking wrong, however it does look and feel like a food court with different operators. Not too sure is it run by a team in there and the little stall outside is for decoration purpose.

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Love the vibe of this place.

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Food menu.

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Penang Char Koey Teow @ RM 12.90 serve with 3 big prawns. Alot good comments in Google Review. (It was a let down for me as expectation set too high for me in those reviews)

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Cantonese Seafood Hor Fun @ RM 12.90 – this is “out”

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Penang Mee Mamak @ RM 10.90 – this is not too bad.

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Daebak Soy Garlic Wings @ RM 17.90 – no comment on the Korean fried chicken.

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Stir Fry Basil Leaves with Lala @ RM 19.90

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Kopi Peng @ RM 3.50 – never finish (they need to fix it, as like drinking condense milk)

Oh well, rarely seen a food operator that can cook “pretty good food”. I guess this place does not suit me to my liking. Could be suitable to many of you out there. Best is this place is pork free.

Burger was the highest recommended by my friend. Will check them out again. But the rest, not for me.

remark: I paid with Grabpay and was told one of the dish could not make it, hence told me to get refund. Waited 30 minutes later why my refund still have yet gotten and only was told I have to CALL GRABPAY myself to initiate the refund. (this is indeed very weird for me). Cashier maybe need to learn how to smile abit, we do not owe you a million.

Hopefully they will improve over the months as only 2 months in business.

*Pork Free

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Food rating 3/10 , nice food court but food very mehhhh!~ -Stamped-
-WARNING –This is based on my individual taste. Try it at your own risk-

Location:
Hawker Hall
22, Jalan Sri Hartamas 8,
Taman Sri Hartamas, Kuala Lumpur.

Daily, 4pm-1am.

Tel: 03-5888-4030

Recently, I am constantly being task as a food directory with many friend starting to ask, any nice food to eat in KL. Just a few days ago only that we celebrated my friends birthday over at Little Pig at The Hub, SS2 is one of a new upcoming eatery hub that hide in this housing area. Discover this place place through a blog and find that to support some new local talent.

[update: Oct 2021 ” sad that they are permanently close impact of MCO]

Read up that chef Yong Yu Khim learns his craft of Spanish food in Singapore’s Barcelona-inspired FOC Restaurant. I would say that his is a new modern Spanish Cuisine with some twist in their food ingredient. I have always love this kind of small modern hidden restaurant, that you will get to enjoy some unique food especially with local chef.

This place is rather new as they are about 6 weeks old and currently still on soft trail run.

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The best place to sit if you are not in a big group, of course at the bar section. I always like to see chefs in action and how my food is being prepared and presented, then served right in front of you. But with such high setting, I doubt you can see much action.

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The place is rather cozy and simple with nice Spanish song as the background. The place is also break into 2 section. The front part is for dining and the back part is a bar.

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If you are not here for their food, do check out their cocktail and also beer. A simple nice place to catch up with your friends too.

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For a start, we started off with Whisky Sour @ RM 33 & Old Fashion @ RM 33. Both the cocktail is indeed nicely crafted. If you love your drinks strong, here has pretty nice decent amount that is overpowering the classic flavours. Once a while I do quite like this. Do give it a try. Besides that, I also ordered one of my favourite beer Estrelle Barcelona Beer @ RM 25 & Sangria (1 Jug) @ RM 90.

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For food there are not many pages for you to flip around, as there is only front and back.

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As everyone arrived, we kick start with Bread with Tomato  @ RM 10 – Crispy Bread Slices, Extra Virgin Olive oil, Tomato Roma. Believe the bread is made from scratch as it is soft, fluffy and nicely toasted with spread of tomato on the top which is not too sourish yet a hint of nice fragrant and mild end sourish to my liking. Dont mind to have the whole plate myself.

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Love their Iberico Ham @ RM 28 – Fine Cut cured Ibberico Lomo Loin Ham, Salchichon, Chorizo. Not too salty, cut to perfection on the super thin slice cut, yet the loin part they used is slight chewy and fragrant. Certainly pairs well with Spanish white wine.

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Tortilla Classic Omelette is awesome. @ RM 23 – Fried Spanish potato agria millie-feuille, aiolie and chipotle sauce. I believe they steam the egg then baked in the oven. Done to perfection that the center is soft and eggy with the top part perfectly baked that give you a slight burn as it need. A well balance of flavor. Indeed one of a starter dish that you shall not miss.

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We order a mix Croquetas – Ham (left) and Mushroom (right). Both are equally good for starters as they are generous with ingredients.

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Something unusual that I will order as it was a recommendation by the waiter, so we decided to give it a try. Green Pea Salad @ RM 18 Sous-Vide Onsen Egg, Pea Pure, Peas and Chives Oil . Uniqely presented as when you mix it all together, sous-vide egg gives you a creamy edge along with the pea puree. Best for sharing with 1 spoon each to enjoy a freshness flavour of it.

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By reading the description in the menu, it is definitely one of a must order item for me. Crispy Pork Belly Eel Bao @ RM 34 – 2 Homande bao with Spanish Duroc, Pork Belly, Dutch Eel, Pickled Cauliflower, Teriyaki Sauce, Egg Yolk gel. Not your usual bao that it use tecnical skils to craft on it. With the egg gel on the top and stacks of flavours is just pretty spot on!

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This is indeed not your usual paella. Squid Ink Filini Paella @ RM 88 (L) Instead of the rice grains, this is more like a short bee hoon being cook to perfection. The saltiness and mild creamy, light better end of Saffron is indeed one of the best squid ink paella that I have had so far. Punch with flavour and the salty is to my liking. A well prepare stock to cook it (what I have learn that paella must be salty from the stock as it is good wine pairing – for local context we might find it slightly over salty but this is perfect) 

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Duroc Pork Belly Paella @ RM 94 (L) – Duroc Pork Belly, Pig Ears, Scallop, Saffron . Scallop pan fried to perfection, soft, fresh and good. Stock base to cook this is pack with flavours and saffron cream on it, give sit the edge to make it slightly creamy. This have its own unique style of flavour and with pig ear give you a nice chewy bite. I like it.

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Iberrico Pork Ribs @ RM 60 – 12 hours slow cooked, Cherry Tomato’s, & Padron Peppers . Certainly believe this piece of pork ribs is being slow cooked in a control temperature. L0ok at the colour and texture. Soft and near melt in your mouth. A glass of shiraz red wine is a perfect combination.

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Presca Iberica @ RM 58 – Chorizo Ketchup, Pickle Apple Sheet and Red wine Black Garlic Jus. Felt that the meat is slightly overcook and a bit tough. The sauce of black garlic juice is perfect. Just dip slightly on the chorizo ketchup and eat it with apple sheet is a bite punch with flavours.

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A dish that never go wrong as my friend requested to order this. Shancuko Wagyu Cube Rolls Marbel Grade 5 – 200g @ RM 145 – grain fed 300 days, sides of pequillo, peppers and bravas. Nothing special about this as the beef is cook to medium rare and top with a sheet of red pepper and crusted potato. Do eat it together at one go as it gives you different taste and texture.

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Strawberry & Cava Granitta @ RM 24 – Yuzu Strawberry Gel, Vermouth Jelly, White Chocolate. Looks plain on the outside but I find it lack of white chocolate (or it could be grated it out) as the taste of strawberry gel and vermouth jelly is overpowering the taste. A great dessert to end as it gives freshness and like a palate washer. The taste are more towards sourish end.

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There is no actual huge shop signage as this kind of modern dining are meant for you to find them. They sit in Level 1.

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Had the birthday celebration here and our bill certainly do not come cheap as most food we order is either 2 or 3 portion.

My personal recommendation in my list:

  1. Mix Crouques 
  2. Squid Ink Paella
  3. Crispy Pork Belly Eel Bao
  4. Iberico Ham
  5. Tortilla Classic Omelette
  6. Iberrico Pork Ribs

Do make a reservation before you head there. Pretty good food and certainly do not mind to come back for special occasion. One of the best Spanish food in Pj or best Spanish food in KL at the moment. (This is if you are looking for modern Spanish food dining)

*NON-Halal

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Food rating 9/10 , great moden Spanish Dining!~ -Stamped-
-WARNING –This is based on my individual taste. Try it at your own risk-

Location:
Little Pig
The Hub, Lot B1-06 ,
19 Sentral, Jalan Harapan,
SS 2, 46300, Selangor

Operating Hours:
Mon-Thurs: 6pm – 10.30pm
Fri – Sun : 6pm – 1.30am
(Tuesday Closed)

Tel: 016-222 2708

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