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I did blog about this place that the food did not taste so good and the ingredient use is not up to the standard as most of the Penangnites are ranting about it too as most of us also cannot denied that its a great place to hang out and to my surprise, the Founder or the Owner of Sticks Jerry, had actually email me and responded to my post. I am actually very happy on his response as not many restaurant owners do response to critics especially when they are newly operating in this industry and especially to bloggers too. This is what he commented and I am actually helping him to spread the words around. For those of you out there actually find the same situation, you can directly email him.
I have been reading all the complaints about STICKS and as the Owner/Founder I would like to put a face in front and seek your indulgence to respond:

1. Yes, we invested a lot (7-figures) to make it a nice cool place comparable to Kuta Bali, Hawaii, Phuket etc. The umbrellas are Aussie and the woodwork and furniture are all hardwood. We wanted to create a “postcard’ look because we could not find a beautiful place to bring friends. It was always hawker food or expensive hotels in Ferringhi.

2. Yes, we built from zero from the ground up on a bare land. Rain is the biggest issue but we have a 60 seat aircon area and retractable canopies. We could easily cover everything but that would defeat the concept. We did not want to sacrifice the “openness” under the stars. We are not fine dining but casual so even beach wear is fine! We also created the First Fish Bar (where you can drink with the fishes) in Malaysia at great expense. Not many people are aware but we have a rooftop that has a fantastic view – so far we have had a few private dinners there. Later it will be done up as a roof-garden cosy area.

3. Yes, on the first month of opening since 19dec, we had problems with the food and service. I’ll address the food later. On service, we wanted to be purist and refused to hire foreign floor staff but stuck with Malaysians. Our menu was new to the staff because they only know steaks, burger, sandwiches i.e. standard fare. They never ever experienced Hawaiian fusion and that resulted in the inability to explain or recommend the food properly even though we did train. They punch in the wrong orders etc on the computerized POS system etc. Our new revised menu (est. start 8feb) will have simplified codes numbers and pictures. And yes, sad to say, but poor attitude, indifference and poor communication seems to be a Malaysian workforce problem. We will now look to hire few foreign staff just to do running (delivery, clearing etc). We are willing to pay more to use Captains/Supervisors to take orders. We will also put up a customer comment card by 8 feb. Staff with good comments will get immediate bonus.

4. We are well aware of pricing and strive to keep it reasonable- everyone can compare. For example, small starters “tapas” are below RM5.00 ( 10+ choices). Soups are RM5.80. Salads are RM7.80 but will be revised to RM5.80. Chicken Pie is 4” round and RM5.80 with fries (remember our pies & burgers are Snacks not full meal). Main grills (8 choices) are RM19.80 incl rice or pasta, slaw, pickle & sauces. Pastas (6 choices) are RM13.80. Of course for Xmas, New Year etc it will cost more for a full 5-course set – at our neighbour outlet, you are given only 2 hours to eat and leave…and higher price than us! To be fair, special occasions you are also paying for the location and the higher costs incurred.

5. Our food portions are not large for sure. Our concept is not for a big fast meal just to fill your stomach. Coming to STICKS should be for the classy yet relaxed ambience and slowly enjoy a starter, a soup or salad and the Main with a cocktail/wine and maybe dessert with coffee. Yes, it may blow your budget to have the full course but it shouldn’t be all the time – also better to do the Lunch Set @RM13.80 or Dinner Set @RM33 (new menu). Other times, a beer/cocktail and pasta/snack is what many of our regulars go for. By the way, we are increasing the size of the Main to cater for the younger (& hungrier) people.

6. On the food there are several issues. First, I agree the Menu was confusing so we are changing to a simplified with pictures ( some people don’t read English too). Second, as I said before, our staff was unable to communicate properly – our food is modern so many people are not sure what we are about. Third, some fusion items are not for everyone eg sardine pasta – you have to like sardines or a little adventurous in the first place….but still it remains our top pasta seller today.. ….even our neighboring outlet manager buys it home after his place closes. I know customers don’t want to know excuses but it is sad in Malaysia we get unscrupulous suppliers who give you good stuff for testing then gives you 2nd grade once you are successful. We have changed and put in strict controls but will still have to look out all the time. So, we value feedback. I think in F&B there will be some OFF days but what is important is we keep listening and improving. We do not believe in a having a laundry list of items because 80% of customers order 20% of the items. To me, a long menu means you have no concept and you fear to lose out and want to serve everyone. Also, I question the freshness and the chef skills. Personally, I avoid outlets with long menus and go for places with special items – but that is my choice. The other fact is we use only fresh ingredients even up to making our own sauces- we have a Peppercorn & a Spicy BBQ as well as own salad dressings. The pickle is also from fresh fruits.

7. On the drinks, again we offer some drinks that would be the first time in Malaysia. On the new menu, we are putting in more description and pictures so you don’t order something you don’t like. A tip which I do when I go places: If you are a drinks person, always go to the bar and talk to the bartender and discuss preferences….sometimes I even get free tasting if it is not a standard drink! For example, our homemade Tamarind drink (no preservatives or flavoring) is sour, sweet with a slight bitter after taste. We tested on many customers and mostly girls like it. Others ok but some guys think it is weird. Well….not for everyone….( I will tell the staff to let customers try first if it is first time for them). We stick to our tropical concept and offer some unique cocktails: COCOKAKA (whole coconut, vodka, ++) & PIPIRUM (whole pineapple, rum, ++) are our top sellers.

8. We always want to be better and appreciate all comments good or bad. We have now done about 20 private functions from 15 to 60 pax and we have upcoming a Porsche dinner party & an “Online Dating Service” Event (believe it or not over 100 pax! From Spore!).

I know some of you may be very put off by the bad experience you had at STICKS- I would be too if it was me – I would like to offer my sincere apologies for our shortcomings. Because of the start up problems as mentioned above, I am willing to give anyone of you a FREE meal anytime to compensate. Just email me at [email protected] and I will see to it. Of course, Fridays & Sats tend to be a bit crazy so please try to make it a weekday if possible.

I thank you for coming to STICKS in the first place even though for some of you the food and service was a major disappointment. As a consolation, everyone says it is a great place. What pisses me off is I have friends who travel everywhere and say how great this place and that place is and run down Penang. But when in Penang, they complain that the Char Koay Teow is expensive at Rm5.00 etc when they pay USD5 or EURO5 overseas for a damn coffee or cold sandwich. If this mentality keeps up, we will always be living in lowcost flats! Even my best friends advise me against doing an upscale concept because Penangnites are stingy, cannot appreciate, used to hawker food, cannot behave etc..the list goes on! Living in Penang and having seen nice places overseas, my challenge and vision is to create a beautiful outlet that locals and tourists can be proud off without having to pay an arm and leg for.

Thanks,

Jerry

Gyuniku Beef Noodle House is a hidden gem in Desa Sri Hartamas that I actually did not know that located directly behind of the famous Soul Out actually hidden another small shop which I find that their food is actually quite good. If not because of my siau gang from Penang bring me here, I sure would not discover another new shop in the area. .

Gyu

Gyu (2)

A very classic shop of noodle stall or I would say modern style if you are comparing with food court or the road side stall. Cosy area and friendly staff had just make our day a perfect start and the owner also speak hokkien. 🙂

Gyu (3)

I was there for second round so I was more like a taster rather than a diner. They order ‘Beef Ball’ which I find the taste rather strong in taste which I prefer it to be, a bit spicy yet sour and the authentic beef taste is detected. RM 7

Gyu (4)

‘Beef Rice’ as the look of it already makes me want to eat it even though I am full from the first round. Soft beef slices add on with the mild gravy that makes the rice flood with gravy is just tempting as it is. RM 10

Gyu (6)

If you are a person who loves spare parts, ‘Brisket Rice’ is recommended by me. The black peper sauce which is just right to cover the taste of the brisket yet its chewy and a bit soft that doesn’t makes it too hard or over cook ( at certain places) is just perfect. RM 11

Gyu (7)

Not a big fan of ‘Fish Ball’ therefore I find it rather normal.

I am sure that I would return here for second round to actually sit down and enjoy my simple dish of beef rice.

-= Ka Ching =-

Food Rating 7/10, Not bad ah~-Stamped-

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

Location:
Gyuniku Beef Noodle House
No. 20 Jalan 28/70A,
Desa Sri Hartamas
Kuala Lumpur
No. 20 Jalan 28/70A, Desa Sri Hartamas

As I always hunt for desert to eat and my friend been telling me this place for quite sometime and finally, manage to make some time out of it to try out. Located in the heart of SS15 filled with students, most business would be good and this stall is located on level 1 of the shop lot which I believe on weekdays, the crowd is a lot but this round I went on weekend, and its full house too.

Taiwan desert is always in my mind just do not know why. Maybe is because the input I had in my mind was Taiwan Street food. hrmm…


The ingrediants that are made of for their desert.


A simple nice and cosy area which they have indoor and outdoor for smokers too.

In this shop is famous for its signature item which is you pick and choose. There are 3 steps for you to do that with the price of RM4.90 each.

1) Choose your favorite (consist of 3 flavour)
2) Choose your topping (5 types to choose from)

Or if you are lazy, you can directly choose their bestseller desert. RM5.50

After ordering and paying, you will be given this Beeping UFO, which looks like landmine. Once your desert is ready, it will beep.
This is my order with the base of ‘Grass Jelly and Taro Balls’ which is the bestseller. RM4.90

Then you will be given condense milk to be pour upon. I love this desert very much, tasty as it look, soft grass jelly and very flavorful. A perfect desert to be hunt for.

My friend she order, the ‘Signature Desert’ which the most people ordering and serve with grass jelly as the base, peanut and red bean. Both also taste about the same but for a starter this would be a good choice to start off with. A great combination flavor when eat together. RM5.50

Certainly I am coming back to this shop to try out their other desert like soya bean with yau char koay which is one of the famous item there too. Definitely recommending to desert lover.

Would be advisable to share if you come after your dinner, its quite a big portion. Price wise of course is a bargain for the size you are getting as I have underestimate it and I was very full after finish the whole bowl.

-= Ka Ching =-

Food Rating 9/10,One of my choice, Good, Recommended~ -Stamped-!

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

Location:
No.61A, First Floor,
Jalan SS15/8A,
47500 Subang Jaya

(along the strech of Starbucks – opp Asia Cafe)

With my company client around, and they have requested that they wanted to dine Lebanese food, and just thought of Al-Amar as I always walk pass a lot of times and just wonder how the food taste like. So got this opportunity to try out.


When you walk past the first section, its a very cosy area to dine in.

I just like their interior design, very well decorated with some middle east item on the wall.

With the middle east wordings on in and the best part is in the menu I don even like understand what it writes and the only thing I understand is lamb, beef, and some simple words.
My order was ‘Ice Tea’, RM 10 which I feel is very light in taste. Add in some sugar syrup it just taste weird.
‘Soup of the Day’ taste of the soup is more like veggie soup. Guess I don know how to enjoy this. RM14

I cannot remember what is this called in the middle east terms but you eat this with the fluffy bread that they provide is nice. Goes along very well.
‘Hot Bread’ Middle east style which is FOC and you can eat as many as you want.
I do not really like ‘Lamb Sausages’, it was cook inconsistent. There is one piece taste very nice rich with lamb aroma and mint taste yet juicy, the rest some is dry, some tasteless, just that I have taste better 1 before. RM22 ‘French Fries’ is their favourite. Nothing special to comment on. RM10

‘Lamb Kabsa’ is Steamed Marinated Lamb Meat served with tomato rice which cost at RM44. To what I feel is the meat is soft and tender yet juicy with some tomato puree that pour upon but it is quite plain. I find it nothing fancy.

What I feel for is that the ‘Mixed Grill’ which cost RM58 per plate is pretty expensive that filles with Tawouk, Beef fillet, and Katta skewers. All those skewers are a bit dry, eat it with bread is even dryer, even though the client said is good but I find it is bad with price they charge and the amount they served is so little.

For me, I still find that AL Diafah at Sri Petaling is nicer. The bill comes with no gov tax but add in service charge 10%
-= Ka Ching =-
Food Rating 5/10, So So nia……~-Stamped-
–Warning– This is based on my individual taste. Try it at your own risk-
Location:
Al-Amar
(Halal)
6th FloorPavilion
KLJalan Bukit Bintang
Kuala Lumpur
 
Tel: 03-2166 1011

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