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Jingle bell, jingle bell as month of December is the happiest festive season of the year. Christmas is just around the corner. I could not help but Taste by Champignon in Ekocheras had come out with their winter series edition. This is so cute especially with rain deer and ginger breadman. Snowman is edible too but on special request.

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For winter collection they have 5 in total.

  1. Mont Blanc @ RM 22 : Chestnut Cremeux, Raspberry and Rose Jelly, Mascarpone Whipped Ganache, Vanilla Sponge and Biscuit
  2. Reindeer @ RM 22 : Cacao Barry Dark Chocolate Mousse with Sea Salt, Almond Crunch, Dark Chocolate Cake And Chocolate Ganache
  3. Blackforest @ RM 22 : Dark Chocolate Mousse, Cherry Jelly, Vanilla Cream, Chocolate Sponge, Pitted Cherry and Dark Chocolate Coating
  4. Xmas Sleigh @ RM 22 : Mint Mousse, Strawberry Jelly and Financier
  5. Ginger Man @ RM 22 : Cream Cheese Mousse, Carrot and Walnut cake infused Earl Grey and Vanilla Cream

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Blackforest @ RM 22 : Dark Chocolate Mousse, Cherry Jelly, Vanilla Cream, Chocolate Sponge, Pitted Cherry and Dark Chocolate Coating

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Ginger Man @ RM 22 : Cream Cheese Mousse, Carrot and Walnut cake infused Earl Grey and Vanilla Cream

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Xmas Sleigh @ RM 22 : Mint Mousse, Strawberry Jelly and Financier

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Reindeer @ RM 22 : Cacao Barry Dark Chocolate Mousse with Sea Salt, Almond Crunch, Dark Chocolate Cake And Chocolate Ganache

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Mont Blanc @ RM 22 : Chestnut Cremeux, Raspberry and Rose Jelly, Mascarpone Whipped Ganache, Vanilla Sponge and Biscuit

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This winter season all are pretty good. A nice balance of flavour, with layers of flavour. Each of the dessert is master crafted. Look at the thin layer of top follow by multiple layer of ingredients in it. Some of the pastry even take 2-3 days to complete.

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My personal favourite will be:

  1. Gingerman
  2. Black Forest
  3. Mont Blanc

enjoy your Christmas dessert.

Location:
The Champignons Cake shop
Lot No. G31,Ground floor EkoCheras Mall,
No.693, Batu, 5, Jln Cheras,
Taman Mutiara Barat, 56000 Kuala Lumpur

Tel: 03-9134 9288

Operating Hours: 10am – 10pm

I am sure many of you know this famous Therefore Cafe for their instagramable place in Menara Symphony, PJ. A cafe that have nice pink frontage that captures many of our attention. Yet their food is a local fusion kind of menu that bring it a notch up to your not so usual cafe dining.

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My visit to this cafe comes to early this year for a gathering.

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My usual will be Latte to kick start.

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Tex-Mal nangka nachos, with a local twist, I think this is pretty impressive for me.  A dish that I think I would recommend to order as it is topped with tortilla chips with shredded jackfruit. An Asian-style salsa, guacamole, sour cream and cheese sauce @ RM 20

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Sistem Buttermilk : @ RM 29 – boneless chicken breast roulade deep fried with seasoned flour batter, served with a creamy curried buttermilk sauce, sweet potato fries and mesclun salad.

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And soft shell crab topped with waffle. I think its a dish that try too hard.

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Overall, food and price tag okok la. This place do capture a few regular but overall food there are some hit and misses as everyone’s palate is different.

*Pork FREE

-= Ka Ching =-

Food Rating 6/10, okok la!!!~-Stamped-

–Warning– This is based on my individual taste. Try it at your own risk-

Location:
Lot 02-G, Menara Symphony,
No, 5, Jalan Professor Khoo Kay Kim,
Seksyen 13, 46200 Petaling Jaya, Selangor

Operating Hours:
Tues – Thurs: 11am – 6pm
Fri – Sun: 11 – pm
(Close Monday)

Tel: 03-7625 3119

A new hidden bar have surfaced up in KL. With your least expected area as The Curiousity Iron River 好奇鐵河  is operating at Chan Sow Lin, KL. Indeed a hidden gem for the area. If you are a person who loves to be in a second-hand kind of furniture shop, run-down ambience as I called it a rustic heritage building, then this place is a place that you would want to be.

We came here because of Petai Pizza and little did we discover further its a hidden bar. This place has great classic furniture pieces is also because the owner operates a second hand antique furniture shop.

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Discovering this place would be a pain in the ass as waze will bring you to a location here you cant park your car. Best is to park your car at Jalan Satu and walk in this bright one-way street alley.

Looking at some blog posting, they have definitely light up the whole place to a new level. More vibrant and captivating. A neon blue sign board and a deck up Avatar kind lighting garden.

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This is one of my favourite walkway. I felt that would be a nice instagramable spot.

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little did we know that it is actually a nice bar place. We were here quite early, as bout 7.30pm for dinner. Love the ambience of this place as it is like a modern touch up of a Chinese 60’s herbs medicine shop.

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We sat in this little room that is filled with unique furniture pieces.

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Since we are here, trying out one of my favourite Negroni Cocktail @ RM 33. For this, I think it is more on the sweeter side. Not really my kind of taste or compare to the usuals that I usually have.

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Smoked Duck Spaghetti – a better dish for the night compared to the rest.

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Sarawak Laksa

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Petai Pizza is indeed done nicely and the taste of petai is a bit prominent. Just that the dough need some improvement.

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Nothing to shout out for the mushroom truffle pizza.

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roast pork

Roast Pork

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Burnt cheese cake

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I would suggest to come here for drinks and enjoy the ambiance.

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Indeed a perfect place to hang out as after 9pm, the disco ball is turn on. Totally switched the ambience. They also turn on classic Shangainese songs and also the 60’s and 70’s English songs. Indeed perfect music to be in. Do not mind to come back for round of gathering with friends here.

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As they are a newly operated bar, food-wise they still have room for improvement. they need time to adjust and will go back again.

*NON-Halal

-= Ka Ching =-

Food Rating 7/10, love the ambiance !!!~-Stamped-

–Warning– This is based on my individual taste. Try it at your own risk-

Location:
The Curiousity Iron River 好奇鐵河
138, Jalan Sungai Besi,
Chan Sow Lin,
57100 Kuala Lumpur

Operating Hours:
Mon: 5pm – 11pm
Tues – Sun: 10am – 11pm

Tel: 012-638 6660

FB: www.facebook.com/thecuriousityironriver/

Healthy eating? What comes into your mind? Modern will say poke bowl. Older generation will say vegetarian. Well, both is also healthy for me. Another will be this Purple Cane Tea Cuisine in the Gardens, Mid Valley, which is one of my favourite restaurants. a restaurant cooking is infused with Tea. Not only that, trying to cater to a bigger market, it is Pork Free restaurant that they do not sell pork and beef.

With the festive season of Mid Autumn is just around the corner, celebrating this The Big, Bright and Beautiful Moon 《圓月溜溜》 Delivering a Plate Filled with the Gift of Fullness and Serenity.

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one of their moving item is also their HALAL mooncake which is love by many races. Prominents tea flavour which is not sweet yet flavourful.

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When you order a pot of tea, 2 pot will be served. This is how the way they filter their tea. First pour of tea water into the pot. Then let it sit for a while before pouring out. According to them, this is the best way to get the aroma out from the tea.

Exactly like how I was thought when I visited China.

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One of my all time favourite is their Double Boil Soup. Yup! Double boil soup serve in a tea pot. It is punch with flavour, easy to drink as I like it. I do not mind to have 3 tea pot of double boil soup. Recommended!

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What is in the teapot? as below. The amount of ingredient in it for such a small pot!

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I define this, a place where offer a kind of Taiwanese classic ambience with tea infusion food. Their mid autumn festival menu starts from RM 88 that can easily feed 4 pax. But there were 6 of us and I think it is just nice. 1 guy 5 girls.

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Simmered Chicken with Yam in Jasmine Tea Sauce.

the chicken is soft and the winning part is the creamy sauce. Fragrant and just syrup ontop of your rice is a perfect combination. 
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One of the signature for the restaurant is this Black Tea Curry Lions Mane Mushrooms. The curry is not too thick, yet you would easily need to bowl of rice for this. So easy to eat, super mild spicy with mild creamy. Instead of santan the replace it with Almond milk.

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Sweet and sour Sliced Grouper with Lychee Black Tea. Fried to perfection as it is crispy and a layer of fragrant which is just right.

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tea inspired dish

Stir Fried Mushroom

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One of their super in demand pudding. Grapefruit Rose Tea Pudding. Not your usual as it add ons with fresh handpeel pamelo from Ipoh into this. A bite with give you burstful of flavour.

Purple Cane tea cuisine

healthy option? defiantely one of my option to dine in. Their herbal egg is da bomb too!

Location:
紫藤茶原 Purple Cane Tea Restaurant
LG, Lingkaran Syed Putra,
Mid Valley City, 59200 Kuala Lumpur

Operating Hours: 10am – 10pm

Tel: 03-2283 6090

While heading to Tapestry for coffee, then at the turning of the corner saw this new shop Pizzeria Dihyang at Jalan Yap Ah Shak, KL seems to be pretty good. Decided to try them out.

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While walking in without any expectation in this slightly luxury interior for a pizza place. While walking in, you are greeting by the friendly manager and I observe there are 4 working floor staff. Immedinately knows that this place won’t be cheap.

Only then now I found out as I write this post, as they are grounded authentically in Naples’ art of pizzaiuolo in sourthern Italy. I believe is a place run by a couple who is the owner as the maker of the pizza, helm at the pizza making station.

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Chosen this place also because of its pizza pit that I am suspecting using wood fire, which I am correct.

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Of course a pizza dining experience in this ambience must pair with wine or beer. They do have Italian beer series Menabrea Italia.

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Each pizza is handcrafted by the chef himself which does not come in a proper round mould, that defines as art upon serving.

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A pizza that I ordered and could not recap back the name. As they are using bar code scanning digital menu. The Pizza I ordered is about RM 85- RM 90 if I remember correctly.

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It is a thin dough pizza. Soft, not the usual crips you enjoy. Ingredient used is alright.

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Summary its more like a Fine dine pizza place for me. Maybe worth to give it a shot once? As on that day of my dining, there are a lot of ex-pats in there.

It is not bad, just that the price to pay for a pizza is slightly above my budget.

*Non-Halal

-= Ka Ching =-

Food Rating 6/10, love it!!!~not bad, pricing is on the expensive side-Stamped-

–Warning– This is based on my individual taste. Try it at your own risk-

Location:
Pizzeria Dihyang
14G, Jalan Yap Ah Shak,
Chow Kit, 50300 Kuala Lumpur

Operating Hours: Tuesday to Sunday : 6pm – 11pm

Tel: 010-211 1398

One of my favorite private hidden wine bar Private Room at TTDI had now change to Collins Sake and wine bar. A slight chance of concept to iron out their new route towards Japanese. Some good selection of Japanese Gin and Sake you can find in here with many of the Japanese Gin I have not seen before. Of course, you can still pick your selection of wine at the rack.

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Still the same as you need to find this blue door, to head up to their secret hideout.

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Ding dong and there will be some one to lead you in.

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Menu is pretty direct.

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Jeng jeng jeng, here are some of the Japanese Gin that you can pick for your order.

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for a start, we start off with Sake mix.

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If you are hunry, they got local infusion of bar snacks and their pricing is very reasonable. For snacks I would be recommending:

  1. any of their Roast Pork Series as it is pretty good.
  2. Squid
  3. Signature Mezasoba for mains

Penang Lor Bak @ RM 15

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Baby Octopus with Thai chili Sauce @ RM 12

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Collins Beef Burger  @ RM 15

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Chicken Karage @ RM 14

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Garlicky Spicy Siew Yuk @ RM 18

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Grill Saba fish @ RM 20

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Deep Fried Nam Yu Fried Pork Belly @ RM 14

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Japanese Fried Gyoza (6pcs) @ RM 16

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Collins Signature Mezasoba @ RM 25

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Siew Yuk Ramen @ RM 18

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Grilled Lamb Chop @ RM 30

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They classic Japanese Gin is quite awesome. IF you love variety of Japanese Gin in PJ area, they options are pretty alright. For ladies, you would definitely love the Sakurao Japanse Dry Gin or Yuzu Gin. These two are so easy to drink that the effect will knock you off direct. Both have its own fragrant.

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japanese gin

My personal favourite is this among the 3 we have tried. Okinawa Gin is in deed a classic yet unique. A flavour that not many will enjoy as it is quite strong and pungent after taste. A bit woody end. This is like drinking Isle whisky which is on the oaky side.

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