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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

A fan of Italian food? Not only that, a fan of buffet spread? If yes to both question then you guys should visit this Viva Italia Champagne Brunch Buffet at Prego in The Westin Hotel KL. Only Happening on every Sunday 11.30am – 2.30pm

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I personally think that it is a good bargain that you can eat all pretty good Italian food and with choices of Wine or Champange to go along. Of course with different sets of pairing comes with different pairing with prices as below:

  1. For Buffet only is RM 188 nett per pax
  2. add RM 160 nett for Free flow – Red wine, white wine, proscesso, draft beer, special Sunday cocktail, soft drinks and chilled juice
  3. or add RM 260 nett for all the above as in no.2 and with addtional Moet Chandon Champange

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The selection of your choice or can be poured at your table.

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Love the selection that is provided from cold cuts, warm food,instant cook to order items.

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All the 3 meats provided are pretty good.

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cheese platter area is one of my favourite.

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Those who loves seafood, this might be the area you would want to attack. It is pretty fresh on that day especially for oyster and scallop.

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For dessert section, you are to be pampred with variety of cakes, and ice cream.

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We are all enjoying our buffet and I am enjoy both champange. Personal preference, I prefer prosecco more as goes well with what I am having.

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Speghetti is made to order, cook on the spot then serve to you later.

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Including some bites too.

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not to mention their pizza is pretty good and it is on thin crust.

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We had a few rounds of oyster on that day as the perfect combination for our champange.

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Meats are equally good and still one of my favourite Italian restaurant place.

Location;
Prego
The Westin Hotel KL
199, Bukit Bintang Street,
Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur

Tel: 03-2731 8333

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

-= KA CHING =-

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

Who loves pizza? It is quite hard to find a nice pizza place. My favourite is a kopitiam pizza stall in Penang known as Frankie Pizza. However, my best friend whom she stay above the place told me I must come try this newly open pizza place known as Pizza Mansion at Happy Mansion Section 17.

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Hence, upon writting this post, it had been my third visit over past 2 months. Why this place is pretty good as the dough is made fresh and they use wood oven to baked the pizza. Interior is indeed very simple and nice. Love the simple ambiance.

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A place that is not huge, but enough to cater some groups of people. There is no reservation and what you need to do is to be there early. Once it is full, there is a little note pad hanging right at the door area, write your name and just lepak around the corner.

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It is a very simple menu.

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There are 2 item is a must in my list. One is this Baby Garlic Pizza @ RM 5. Simple. soft and fluffy pizza bread and pack with flavour. WE usually have one each before the pizza arrive. Just a slight inconsisancy as we found out different baker at the counter comes out with different taste.

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This is another 2nd item that must have – Truffle Mac & Cheese @ RM 20 – Macaroni, Granda padano, mozzarella, gauda, aged cheddar and truffle. Baked to perfection as the cheese just melt on the top with a slight burnt on the top of the cheese and maraconi. Perfect!

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Pineapple Express @ RM 30 – Slow roast pineapple, smoked duck slices, chopped jalapeno, tomato sauce and Mozzarella.

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Holy Paperoni @ RM 30 – tomato sauce, cured spicy beef, fresh onion ring, Fior di latte, aged parameson and oregano.

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Smokey Robinson @ RM 35 – Smoked salmon, onion ring, capers, fresh dill, spring cream, sour cream and basil oil. Among those few, this flavour is my least favourite. I still prefer those classic flavours.

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Most of the pizza are pretty good. Currently emerge as one of my favourite pizza place. However do note that there are slight inconsistancy, however I think still a recommended place by me..

*Pork Free

-= Ka Ching =-

Food Rating 8/10, pizza here quite good.-Stamped-

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

Location:
Pizza Mansion
BG3, Block B, Happy Mansion,
Jalan 17/13, Section 17,
46400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor

Operating Hours: Daily: 12pm – 10.30pm

After bring my niece to Desa Park City and was heading to Kepong to tapau for my favorite coffee, my bro suddenly requested to have Italian Lunch with spaghetti for my niece. Googling around and found this place, Me Famiglia Italian Restaurant at Kepong.

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Hidden right behind Aeon Big Kepong, under an Apartment sits this little restaurant which is like family run place. A bit rustic and nostalgia with the smell of furniture and classic table settings.

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Find that their pricing of Lunch and Dinner set is pretty cheap.

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Trying out Garlic Toast topped with homemade garlic butter are the classic ones. A simple starter. @ RM 4

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Soup of the day was Mushroom Soup @ RM 5.50. For the price in this place, I find the portion is decent.

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Linguine D’Mare @ RM 26.90 – cooked with mixed seafood and special garlic sauce.

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Bolognese Di Manzo @ RM 12.50. Cooked with Chef special sauce.

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For my parents, I order Grilled Lamb Shank @ RM 39.50 for them to share. Love the creamy sauce, and a little salty at the end to my liking but the meat is pretty spot on. Soft and juicy that just comes off from the bone easily.

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Their pizza comes out to be pretty good. Hawaiian Pizza at RM 17.90 is indeed a good bargain. With homemade dough and made fresh, this is recommended!

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You must end with their Classic Tiramisu @ RM 9.90. You can taste the fresh espresso at the base, creamy mascarpone in the middle and the texture is just nice. For this price I could not complain much. I think this is one of the cheapest I come across.

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For this Italian food in Kepong, I certainly cant say much about them as in price point and portion they are very decently price. I would certainly recommend their Pizza and Tiramisu not to be miss in your orders.

*Pork Free

-= Ka Ching =-

Food Rating 7/10, really not bad for this place~-Stamped-

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

Location:
Me Famiglia Italian Restaurant
C-G-16, Jalan Metro Perdana 3,
Kepong, 52100 Kuala Lumpur

Tel: 03-6258 8442

Operating hours:
11am–3pm, 6–11pm
(Tuesday Closed)

Delicious at One Utama is also tapping into this Chinese New Year Festive Mood. This also solve one of my recommendations to some of my friends too as for the past week, was told where to have Chinese New Year Gathering that serve Halal food and with Yee Sang.

Delicious is one of a good option to hit on that it may not necessary to be Chinese Food.

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Nice ambiance for gathering.

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This is Delicious Yee Sang as the chef is comes out this special edition. This is a combination of Nyonya and Chinese Style. The sauce is the catch and best of all it is serve mostly with fresh ingredients.

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Instead of Salmon, the chef replace it with Soft Shell Crab. I must say this is one of the better Yee Sang that I have had for this festive season. Even though I only tried 4 locations.

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for the rest of the folks who loves their usual favourite dishes, Delicious had most of them. Satay Kajang.

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This snacks is super addictive as I nearly finish the whole plate myself. It is a must order item. Salted Egg Yolk Crispy Fish Skin.

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Beef Nachos. As soon they going to have Chicken Nachos.

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Morocan Braised Lamb Shank @ RM 38

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If you are a healthy greens person, you can opt for their fusion Kerabu Salad. A nice mix of ingredient with a bit of chili to make it flavorful.

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One of their best seller is this Roasted Pumpkin Salad @ RM 25. One of the recommended dish too. Nice balance of flavour with its roasted pumpkin and vinaigrette is just perfect.

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Aglio Olio Seafood @ RM 39

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Duck Confit @ RM 33. As the chef took longer process to do this as the duck is aged and dry up for 3 days, abstract the stock the cook it as one of the base to make it fragrant.

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Crowds favourite: Mee Goreng Mamak @ RM 28

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Baked Salmon @ RM 35

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Classic Cheese Burger that is serve with Angus beef from US. @ RM 32 with 150g patty.

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as for dessert, do check out their Chocolate Lava. A great satisfying dessert.

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Dishes that I like:

  1. Salted Egg Yolk Crispy Fish Skin.
  2. Roasted Pumpkin Salad
  3. Chocolate Lava

Location:
One Utama Shopping Centre (New Wing)
1 Utama Shopping Centre,
1, Lebuh Bandar Utama, Bandar Utama,
47800 Petaling Jaya, Selangor

Operating HOurs: 10am – 10pm

Tel: 03-7724 1086

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