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First time dropping by here for their chinese restaurant that Toh Yuen Chinese Restaurant have a new menu to be pushing out with master creator of menu, Master Chef Lee that only uses fresh ingredients for his menu. Looking at the menu itself for the night, most of the dishes being serve are more toward China cuisine and some combination, it got me curious as it had been a while since I miss China cuisine.

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Asked the chef how he got his inspiration that he loves to travel to china for a period of time, learn the ingredients that they used, then cook back here.

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Chilled Pacific Clam with Salsa

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It looks plain from first glance, and guess what? I finish this whole portion myself, as I love the soury taste and its serve chill. Clam is fresh and chewy.

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Pan Fried Lamb Rack with Mongolian SauceRM28. Look ordinary, that is nothing special, once you start eating it, flavor burst onto your mouth, soft chewy texture well fried till the sauce coated well on the meat and flavorful. – Recommended!

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This is new to me with Deep Fried Soft Shell Crab with Garlic and Chicken Floss @ RM22. Something simple for you to start off with that can eat it just like that and will definately pair well with beer.

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I never say no to soup, especially anything with double boil along with herbal is a must for me! Double Boiled Village Chicken with “Chong Cao Hua” (Cordyceps) Soup, ingredients that added in have curing effect that the herb helps prevent aging and stimulates the immune systems.

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Double Boiled Wild Chicken with ”Shi Hu” Soup 

Comparing both soup, I like both of them and depends on what you need for the day as it helps on immune system by the end of the day. 🙂 Love both of them and if I can get 2 big pot of it, sure loving it~

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Sautéed Venison Slices with Chinese Croissants and Cumin

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Braised Sea Cucumber with Flower Mushroom & Abalone Sauce @ RM 80

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Steamed Canadian Black Cod Fish with “Yu Feng” Ginger SauceRM32 per 100gm topped with “Yu Feng” Ginger Sauce. Ginger sauce is just mild and nice that would perfectly pair well with rice. Finely cut ginger slice then fried along and top as dressing. Like how the taste of it and cod fish is very fresh.

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Sautéed Fresh Prawn with Salted Egg Yolk @ RM 50 would be a perfect dish for lazy people like me that do not like to peel its shelf out. Its all been peel out and fried to perfection in the wok with salted egg yolk coated well with its thick texture.

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Deep Fried Smoked Duck with Fruit Sauce is something new and one of a recommended dish!  @ RM 38 . Preparation process was smoke along with tea leaves and one of the reason dragon fruit was used is to balance up the taste to avoid it to be oily.

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Sautéed Venison Slice with Chinese Croissants & Cumin @ RM 50

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Deep Fried Banana with Strawberry & Cheese CakeRM20 Something new to me, never really like it as I still prefer my classic cheeze cake.

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Then we sample along mooncakes at Toh Yuen starting with  6 types of snowskin mooncakesgreen tea and cheesecake, yam and strawberry, sunflower seed and lotus paste, red bean and banana, pumpkin and pandan, and durian.

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Green Tea and Cheese

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Yam with Strawberry

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Durian Paste

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My Favorites are  Green tea and cheesecake, pumpkin and pandan and Yam and Strawberry. They are price at RM13+ each. If you decided to go for their normal version, it is also available with Golden baked mooncakes selling at RM 22++ , flavours are  White Lotus Paste with Single Yolk, Lotus Paste with Double Yolks, Green Tea Paste with Single Yolk, Red Bean Paste with Sunflower Seeds, Pandan Paste with Single Yolk, and Assorted Nuts

*Pork Free

Location:
Toh Yuen
Hilton Petaling Jaya
No 2, Jalan Barat,
46200 Petaling Jaya
Tel: 03-7955 9122

Website: www.ZestPJ.com or www.petaling-jaya.hilton.com

Facebook: hiltonpetalingjaya

The Apartment is not like a new development or project that is upcoming. A place that had been establish with very homey concept as The Apartment was named. Understand that many of us dine outside after work very often as the outlet aims to provids a casual, comforting home dining experience set in a modern apartment-like restaurant setting that is located at The Curve shopping mall.

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With their cozy environment, I used to hang out here with my friend for drinks on weekends as they play great soft music as background music and perfect place to chill and chat.

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It is exactly like a house as this is one of the few sections I love to be seated around as I called it living room area or bed room style located one floor up.

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A simple DJ deck area to spin off some music. I guess we can be DJ ourselves too, by doing a mixture at home, plug and play here. :p

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For special functions or private events, definitely wound be one of the place to consider as can easily cater quite a crowd with their huge dining space.

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Ever dine before in your bathroom? Hehe, they do have a bathroom dining concept here too.

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Okay, lets start off with what The Apartment have to offer and for the month of April, the have something special inhouse as currently they are doing The Chef Series that feature special serving of deep sea delicacies themed menu Unlimited Flavours Of The Ocean. They will be featuring in 2 parts as for Part 1 which is in April and Part 2 is on May.

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A flavorful Oyster Shot that prepare in shot glass to give you the after pleasure. I was told not to use spoon to dig up instead I just have to eat the whole thing like drinking a shot. Being a good follower I just follow and I am amaze on how the taste blend in. A bit sweet and sour from the mango, oyster is fresh that the after taste is fresh and refreshing. I do not mind to have another 2-3 more shots. 😀  RM11.90

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Next is the steak which is prepare medium well that comes to my liking and for the first time I see a steak pair with prawns mixture with  au jus, garlic, chillies, honey glazed tiger prawns & mash. Surf ‘n’ Turf is one of the latest addition to the menu.

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Almond Crusted Cod is one of my favourite for the night. Cod is very soft and fresh, with a gentle cut in between it just open instantly. Almond was fried crispy and brings the aroma out of it, cook along with some clams make it sweet and a bit sourish taste of tomato that makes the taste perfectly good! I just drink the soup base till dry. The cod nevertheless was being attack and gone within seconds. – Highly Recommended!

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Red Snapper @ RM39.90

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Pan fried red snapper with couscous and lemon butter reduction is one of the dish that suits most of our local people here as one of the reason I am saying this is most of our locals love to have their meals with rice. Therefore a simple pan fried fresh snapper and pair along with flavorful rice is good~

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Stuffed Squid is heading towards more of our local taste, a bit spicy on the end yet juicy squid being stuff with risotto to make it solid and goes along with the gravy. Every one just loves it. @ RM25.90

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Another dish that I like is Jamie’s Duck Pasta that brings you Fettuccine with shredded slow-roasted duck and tomato red wine ragout, topped with toasted pine nuts. Not many places that can cook this well especially with duck involve, and they have make it good with slices of duck meat cook along with red wine and the tomato taste just did not over power everything. Highly Recommended!

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Looking for something not so complicated then go for Tossed Pasta Plain is very simple yet flavourful as some of them just like their portion with lots of chili flakes. Too much will make your tongue numb yet its nice. 😀

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Prawn Capellini with tiger prawns, lemon zest, olive oil and marjoram.

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English Lamb Curry is another new addition to the menu. They are being generous with the lamb as its quite a big piece for a portion like that, well marinated and cook till the lamb is soft and serve along with special briyani, egg, carrot raita (yoghurt) and cashew nuts.  – Recommended!

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After great main dish on the table and it always have to get something sweet as ending and comes with Creme Brulee that is perfectly burn on the top to make a fine thin crips while your spoon poke upon it gives you a crack sound after that. Top with a scoop of ice cream and pretty good enough to make the sweet [email protected] RM13.90

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A desert that reflect much on our local delicacies as this  Buah Melaka Desert serve  palm sugar dumpling served and coconut ice cream @ RM12.90

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Premium Dark Chocolate Cake & Banana Pecan Cake 

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It used to be a hype on Red Velvet Cake and I have only tried once so far and this would consider the second time. I love this piece more with the texture of the cake is nice and the two cheeze layer is being put with the right amount that does not give you the feel of too much and strawberry dressing pairs it well. – recommneded

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For those who loves chocolate alot then you would not want to miss this Chocolate Mousse

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When this Baked Chocolate Pudding, every one’s eye was set on it and had make this desert super star for the night with its oozing chocolate syrup flow out along and with a scoop of ice cream being serve along and it is being freshly done from the oven and serve piping hot as upon this order you would have to wait for 15-20 minutes to get it. It was all worth the wait. I certainly would love to have this desert all by myself! not going to share! – Highly Recommended! 

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For those of you prefer something not that sweet then this slice definately suits your taste bud as Homemade Carrot Cake served with mascarpone cream and carrot syrup.

Part 1 of the special menu going to finish soon and I just cant wait for part 2 on chef’s special.

THE CHEF SERIES A Two Part Deep Sea Symphony – Part I of II available everyday from 11am onwards @ KLCC and 6pm onwards @ The Curve

*PORK FREE

Location:
The Apartment @ The Curve
Ground Floor, Western Courtyard,
The Curve Shopping Centre,
Mutiara Damansara.
Tel: 03-77278330
Website: www.atheapartment.com

The Apartment @ Suria KLCC
Lot G48 and 139 Ground Floor and 1st Floor
Suria KLCC Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-21662257

Well, woke up early next day as Goft was already at lobby waiting for all of us, which she mention to us that we are heading to one of a famous restaurant chain from New York for breakfast which is just directly across our hotel which is Dean & Deluca. To head here is pretty easy, just climb up to the SKY Train Station and just walk across which sandwich in between the 2 exits of the stairs.

One of the reason that Goft bring us here is because its famous restaurant chain from New York that have 16 outlets around in US and another 16 outlets out from US and here is one of the outlet that opens its door to public since mid of last year and according to her, its a must try outlet for us. Well, she also did told us that alot people hype about it, and leave the tasting to us to judge. 🙂

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Dean & Deluca is well situated in the heart of Silom under the Mahanakton Project whereby will be completed around 2014 that will marks tallest building in Bangkok. It will also share along with Ritz Carlton Residence, Bangkok in it. This area is known as one of a busy business district in Bangkok, so put this place nicely sandwich in between the exit of Chong Nonsi BTS SKY train service.

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So here we are early morning for our breakfast and it was only 9am which today is the day of their Queens Birthday. So you can do planking right in the middle of the road where no car will hit you.

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Once we open its door and set foot into this outlet, we know that our breakfast gonna cost us a bomb and it was already packed with people.

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With interior of high ceiling, concept following back the ambiance of busy cafe in Manhattan, a huge space filled with simple white chairs and tables, share along with minor part of departmental rack right at the corner for you to buy some of their snacks. This place looks like a typical western cafe that smack in high end area to attract those bosses or business people over for lunch or coffee.

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A huge board behind the order counter that design with huge slabs of marble and you place your order right at the moment.

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Was told that during weekend, they have pretty nice live jazz band that attract many people over to have their wine here and enjoy the music.

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Then we head to the order counter which we are already drool with saliva after seeing most of the display rack.

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of course the desert area kill us off but in such early morning, most of us do not have the appetite to eat one of this yet, if we are here during tea time, we will be crazy over it.

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We were pampered with huge selection of bread and pastries, that get to choose on the spot. Then the girls went crazy, keep pointing, I want this, I want that, please order ahh.. Remember..plz plz. . .

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 Even bagel were hanging like donuts.

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If those bread and deli do not attract your attention, then I believe the sample of main selection display right above on the rack will tempt you on.

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At such a nice cafe deli area, it would be wrong if not to order coffee for breakfast and I would say the coffee is well prepared that you would rarely see such a nice smooth froth on the top.

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Special brew coffee @ 70 bhat

Cuppucino @ 100 bhat

Mocha @ 110 bhat

Latte @ 150 Bhat

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Annie and her Latte @ 150 Bhat , as I would say the coffee taste is quite a let down for us, that the taste is a bit pale end with a bit bitter after taste. Although, did try out a few selections of coffee before, certainly this are not my preferred choice.

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Early morning, Tatt already order such a meal that makes his taste bud awake by ordering Lime Prawns @ 275 bhat, 2 prawns that served along with greens and shower with some of its gravy, not a bad choice, for sour and bit of spicy taste in the morning. Prawns are fresh too.

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My choice, I start off with plain Meat Panini @ 220 bhat. I find that its too heavy for me, as the serving is huge, good enough to share for 2-3 pax and its quite salty because many layers of hams and cheeze melted on it. The bread is quite dry as I believe its meant to be in this way, and I think its best to order something else.

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Next the girls order Double Egg and Sausage Sandwich each for  275 Bhat.

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They ordered 2 portion and they are shocked when see the servings of it which is pretty huge. Collen and Nancy were having fun time on playing with the bread as they keep saying, how to go into my mouth, so wide and huge, then Tatt give it a try. . .

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Even him also having hard time in biting and chewing as the bread is pretty dry that just smack 2 eggs and sausage along.

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Salmon Bagel @ 250 bhat

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This was the hit among all of us, with generous slices of salmon given along with bagel and the sour cream is nice, not too sour and creamy which is just perfect, well toast and prepared.

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This Bagel & Scott SMK @ 250Bhat, I do not really know how to enjoy this, I gave it a bite and pass but Steven enjoy every bite of this.

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The super star among all dish that ordered. French Toast with Bacon @ 250bhat, was gone in seconds when it was place on the table. Well toast and fried along that coated with layer of egg and a layer of honey tat make it a bit sweet salty, crispy on side then eat along with bacon is just perfect! – Recommended~

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New York Cheese Cake was served at the end with Tatt order it mysteriously at 145 Bhat. We left it quite a while to eat our mains first then it start to melt that the texture is a bit off, it was very rich in cheeze that we love it, with the crust is crispy just as the cheeze cake as we expected it, best to eat it while it had been served or out from the fridge.

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Goft trying to be cheky .. .

Well, the whole experience of New York choice of breakfast is the typical type of western breakfast I would say, with panini, and dry bread that can be expected, well ..  if there is a hype on it, I guess maybe you guys can give it a try on their mains that looks pretty good on the display rack, do expect that it will cost a bomb as this is one of the most expensive breakfast we had that cost us 2950 bhat for 6 pax.

It is one of a recommended place from me if you want to try classic western breakfast for the first time but be willing to be pay for the price of it, and the ambiance. On my second thought, I think you can spend the money else where for better breakfast at that kind of price.

-= Ka Ching =-

Food Rating 7/10, you can give it a try~ -Stamped-

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

Location:
Dean & Deluca
MahaNakhon Project,
92 Naratiwasrachanakarin Road
Silom, Bangrak,
(right infront of Chong Nonsi BTS Station)

Telephone: +662-234-1434

If you walk on Bukit Bintang area, you will notice that Middle East Food is starting to mushroom around the area that we had drawn quite a lot of crowd from Middle East to our country. One of my favorite restaurant Al Amar that we previously dine in (click here) had now expended to one of a famous landmark in the area with Al Amar Express sited right in front of Fahrenheit88.

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If you drive or walk pass, you cant help but to notice this big black steel dim with red backlight signage infront of the reestaurant.

Usually with the word express, we do expect something smaller from their restaurant, yet this certainly surprise us by having the whole big lot more like a restaurant.

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A few areas can be seated which is this section is at the back of the restaurant filled with comfy sofa’s and main purpose is more on Shisha.

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Then they have their crew located in their open concept kitchen where you can see their hygiene.

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Indoor area

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The difference between their main restaurant and Al-Amar Express is the menu that here focus more on light food and finger food.  . . .

One of my favourite hang out place during tea time is The Loaf – U hu! Hu! By the look and located at the prime location in Pavilion level 3 that usually filled with people sitting down there chit chat have a quick bite of cakes and I am certainly used to be one of them when I work in KL business district.

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A very simple and nice cafe style concept with board that using chalk to write all the menu in it.

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When I am at this cafe, one thing that I have never left out which is this fridge. One of my favourite cheese cake fridge and shop.

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With lots of flavour to choose from and you can slowly hunt for the one you love.

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I go for half a dozen and of course do share with my friend. Almond, Durian, Chocolate, Blueberry, Lemon and plain was my choosen one for this round. Love the soft melting texture of the cheeze taste.

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Ice Mocha is not the best but it beat alot of places.

Kinda love this place and used to crave alot for the cheeze cake, one of my favourite

-= Ka Ching =-

Food Rating 8.5/10, pretty good~ -Stamped- Recommended ~

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

Location:
Pavilion Center Court
Kuala Lumpur

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