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Some of you might now that I am working in Jaya One, and if you do come by, can always give me a call then we can have lunch together. One of the latest outlet in Jaya One that offer a new twist of taste is Yama & J. Chef Yama that had been train at U.S in a few Japanese restaurant over past 30 years and now with its new concept in New York known as Japanese Fusion Sushi, that he had gain his fame there and now flying back to Malaysia to open this outlet to share the latest trend to our Malaysian.

[update: no longer in operation]

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Chef Yama (pictures from Pureglutton)

I did ask him before, or not only me, why come back to Malaysia since you are doing so well in overseas. He answered, because he is a Malaysians and still his home ground. He is proud to bring back this concept. Chef Yama specialties are sauces. He always mention would love the diners to enjoy same ingredient but different taste.

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Open its door for less than a month, and he had started to gain many regular customer. With his unique sauce combination that none of us had try before that make all customer a wow on his creation. Yama & J offers Buffet for all of us at very affordable price.

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You will be rather suprise of what Chef Yama had gain its fame in New York and are now on the wall for you to read.

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Dining experience also would be more different compare to any other traditional Japanese Outlet.

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There are only limited space dining indoor and highly advisable to book your reservation first before you go over especially during lunch.

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 sitting outdoor during lunch will definitely not a pleasant experience. At night would be better.

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All buffet start from this boat and please be prepare you are about to get spam with lots of pictures.

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 What can you expect in the outlet as there are 2 sessions available for you diners.

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 Fresh sashimi ..

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 fresh oyster

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 Sushi

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 chef special sauce to go along

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 Cold Platter and Salmon Fish head (depends on availability)

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sushi Roll

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 The Kimchi is pretty good ..

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 Mango Dessert

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 Udon with the soup at the side.

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 Another chef special sauce that its a must have and available at the end of the ship.

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 Unagi Sushi

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 for last dessert, ice cream

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Buffet range does not end there, as you are entering into chef specialties, that with their menu with buffet, we can order anything in the menu with OK sign at the side. I have tried nearly all of it as I have dine here many times.

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Red Dragon Roll: Spicy tuna and cucumber roll, topped with Big-Eye Tuna & Chef’s signature spicy ponzu garlic sauce

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Happy Sumo Roll: Shrimp tempura, cream cheese & snow crab, deep-fried potato strip topped with Chef’s signature yuzu, homemade eel sauce & strawberry sauce, served in a martini glass

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Baked Salmon Roll: Snowcrab, cream cheese & asparagus on top with baked salmon, served with Chef’s signature sauce

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Art of Maki: Salmon, avocado, crabmeat wrapped with tuna & served with Chef’s signature yuzu sauce

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Mango Waikiki Roll: Fresh salmon, avocado topped with mango & red tobikko & Chef’s signature mango sauce

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Volcano Roll: Crabmeat mix, avocado & cucumber, topped with spicy tuna, spicy salmon mango with Chef’s signature sauce

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With some of them in the pictures are Eunice, Me, Coco & Yvonne Sam .. .

Food in here is great and it will give you another dimension of what to taste in sushi. The only thing is you might love it or don so like it as in the chef special menu, its much drench with sauce, there is where the sushi/sashimi boat come in handy, to tone down the taste. My preference for those are:

Waikiki Roll, Volcano Roll, Art of Maki to kick start off with . .
If you are more adventure with your sushi, then I would highly recommend this place to try out.

Buffet Lunch : RM 48++ (promo 40% offers ends 19th May 2013)
Buffet Dinner: RM 68 ++
RM 88++ Free Flow beer 2 hours (last call for food 9.45pm)
(free flow beer offers from the time you start dinning at any time of arrival)

Do note that after 10.30pm, the music and ambiance lighting will change to suits drinking hours.

Location:
Yama & J Fusion Buffet
M-6-1 Palm Square
Jaya One
Jalan University
46200 Petaling Jaya
(above StarBucks)

Tel: 03-7931-7372/016-381-8896

Plan B had received a huge buzz over blogging for quite some time when they first started, cuz of their unique concept that they have. Modern New York chic concept that had gain many diners heart that is cosy, nice interior that made them stood out from many of other cafe outlet. Then I try out another of their concept or I would call a slight changes of their concept from Plan B which is Journal by Plan B at Publika. Many people say good things about this outlet on their food. I try out their brunch turns out to be good too. 

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with one of their latest outlet, Plan B at Paradigm Mall that located below Star bucks is one of the latest addition to the mall or expansion of their cafe.

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Check out their interior design as this section is outside. . .chilling  .. .

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Just love their interior design .. .

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Lets check out their menu . ..

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Latte @

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Soft Shell Crab Spaghetti Carbonara @ one of the more oustanding dishes compare to the rest we have although its near tasteless, with soft shell crab quite oily. .

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This soup is very normal, nothing special as it taste like alot MSG in there and its very salty . . .

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Cheese Burger

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It had won our heart when we first saw the presentation with melted cheese on top of the patty. Nothing special, yet sligltly salty . .

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Signature of the night which is Lamb Pie, over baked that the crust is hard as the colour itself already mention it, lamb in it is overcook and the best of all, its way too salty.

This is the first time we never finish our food yet Marcus was way too hungry, he tried to finish it just left a few bites and gave up. We ended went down to the lower ground to hunt for snacks. 😀

One thing I understand which is different mall have different market as this outlet we think that its a let down or the crowd for Plan B just love salty flavour or it was the chef that had overdoze it. Anyway, with the price that we are paying, we can try other food. 🙂

Hopefully they improve on that.

all pictures are taken by Samsung NX 210

*Pork Free

-= Ka Ching =-

Food Rating 5/10 way too salty. . -stamped-

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

Location:
Paradigm Mall
Lot CF09, Concourse Flr
No. 1, Jln SS7/26A,
Kelana Jaya
47301 Petaling Jaya

Contact: +6 03 7886 4623
Opening Hours:
Daily: 10am – 10pm

Mandarin Oriental, Kuala Lumpur celebrates the first year anniversary of Mosaic, an all-day dining restaurant with Leica Store Malaysia in a photo campaign entitled ‘What MOSAIC are you?’ starting from 10 September to 10 October 2012, this month-long campaign will be giving out prizes worth up to RM 15,000.

Collaborating with one of the best German engineered camera brand, Leica, the campaign encourages diners and the public to submit creatively-captured photos revolving around the theme Food for Celebration – images of food and/or celebrative moments with friends and loved ones.

During this campaign, each participant is allowed to submit up to a maximum of three (3) images at any time during the campaign. Participants are required to e-mail their submissions to [email protected]  with their full name and title of their photo(s). These photos will then be shortlisted by Mandarin Oriental, Kuala Lumpur and Leica Camera. Selected entries will be posted onto the hotel’s Facebook fanpage (www.facebook.com/MandarinOrientalKualaLumpur) in an album ‘A Mosaic of Food for Celebration’.

At the end of the campaign, the Top 10 winners will be announced in Facebook as well as notified via email. Prizes include a Leica V Lux 3 camera, accommodation stays in Mandarin Oriental, Kuala Lumpur and much more. Following the end of the campaign, a collage consisting of all selected photos will be tabulated and posted as the hotel’s Facebook fanpage cover photo.

We are delighted to be working with one of the most prestigious camera brand in the world in conjunction with Mosaic’s anniversary. It is a different approach to the conventional way of celebrating anniversaries. We hope that with this campaign, Malaysians will take the opportunity to showcase their photography skills as well as helping us create a creative collage that will ultimately portray Mosaic as a fun and ideal venue for any kind of celebrations, occasions and gatherings,” said Frank Stocek, General Manager of Mandarin Oriental, Kuala Lumpur.

Throughout the campaign, a printed ‘MOSAIC’ collage will be displayed at the hotel lobby adjacent to the restaurant to create awareness and encourage participation. Diners at Mosaic will be extended a complimentary ‘Leica camera experience’ courtesy of Leica Store Malaysia. During the session, Leica’s professional photographers will be on site to share the tips and tricks for the ultimate Leica experience. Sessions are available on every Thursdays and Sundays throughout the campaign duration from 12pm to 2.30pm.

For more information, log on to www.facebook.com/MandarinOrientalKualaLumpur or contact the Public Relations Department at +60(3) 2179 8662. Alternatively, you may email to [email protected].

Over the weekend, my best friend Ian was quite free then gave me a call ‘Woi, want to go have lunch? Go Batu Caves there makan’? I was like harr.. serious? Batu Caves? then he was like very good eh, will never introduce you wrong food, then I call Ken along too. Driving from my side to another side to hunt for this restaurant. Pan Heong Restaurant is one of a well know restaurant that attracts many from near and far. He also mention that why I should come here to makan is that they use Charcoal to cook! anything cook with charcoal always create another flavor out of it.

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Pan Heong Restaurant is very well known to many locals especially their neighborhood area. With the quality of food and of course their very reasonable price had attracted people from all over then. It was Sunday morning and I was blow away on the numbers of customers queueing up for a table.

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My other group of friends came earlier, therefore we got a spot pretty fast.

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As when I dine in a new place, I always love to observe other tables on what they are ordering or what are the usual repeat order that they(diners) eat.

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As my friend told me, they started off in under a tree and their business had grew so fast then they move to shop lot themselves.

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Started off with a simple Vegetable @ RM 11

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We did not order white rice therefore we go for their Fried Rice as I see many people order. It is a very simple dish that they fried it till very aromatic and ‘wok hei’ as I always love my fried rice to have chinese sausage. @ RM 15

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This is one of their signature HOr Fun and supposedly to order their ‘Sang Har Mee’ but as majority would prefer this for this round. @ RM 15. I love the gravy texture, smooth with egg add up onto while it is serving very hot to let it cook itself while its hot. Smooth gravy and pair very well with the koey teow.

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Next one of my favourite is their Kao Yoke Mee Hoon @ RM 17. Mee hoon was not fried too dry, moist as it originally suppose to be and eat along with the soft fatty Kao Yuk is just perfect. – Recommended!

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Nam Yu (fermented bean curd) Pork is one of the dish not many places can cook well. I must say this place have done it well, that I nearly whack the whole plate by myself instead of sharing it with another 7 more pax. It is well marinated and deep fried to the edge is crispy, and the taste of fermented bean curd is there that do not over power the taste or too strong. – REcommended! @ RM 18.50

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One of the dish that many table order is their Porridge. Then we opt for Fish Porridge @ RM 18. Silky smooth texture of porridge just like the one I had it in Hong Kong, sign’s of being boil long enough to come into this texture. Notice that the fish meat cook instantly under the super boiling hot porridge. Its a bit mild in taste yet just taste good~ Heee,, for sick people, it would be a good meal for you guys.

Overall, the food is not bad and the portion charge with the prices I would say its on the cheaper side as total bill came to RM 105 and dine with total 8 pax.

*NON-HALAL

-= Ka Ching =-

Food Rating 7/10  quite good with reasonable price . . -stamped-

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

Location:
Pan Heong Restoran
No.2, Jalan Medan Batu Caves 2,
Batu Caves,
68100 Selangor
(parallel to SRJK Kheow Bin)

Tel: 03-6187 7430

GPS Coordinates: 3.233434, 101.674165

Opens from 8am to 330pm daily

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Anyone of you can think one of the best Japanese buffet spread available or to recommend? This is the constant question I got asked by my friends as they know I always hunt for food. Well, one of the restaurant I can remember was this restaurant Jogoya Japanese Buffet  which offers a huge Japanese Fushion Buffet that located on the top floor of Starhill. My last dining experience in this restaurant was 3 years ago where Jogoya was the most popular buffet spread available that often customer are spoilt with their huge selection, which I think offer more than 100 types of dishes.

In Jogoya, if you are a VIP member, you get to try out some special food selection compare to other normal diners as they reward more exclusive range that will be given a certain numbers of special receipt to clip on and drop to the bowl.

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As 3 years ago, this restaurant also offer one of the finest quality in buffet spread as overall they fare pretty well. As time pass, I wanted to visit this place again, alot people told me that their standard drop had then stop me from re-visiting not until recently, friends came down from Penang and requested that they wanted to dine in here. So, here we go again on coming here enjoying this buffet.

This round I am not going to write alot but to spam alot of pictures on what is available in this restaurant.

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Their interior design of the place is very cozy, filled with hard cement flooring, filled with wooden chairs and tables… Dim orange lights are shine towards each individual tables that provide you a cozy dining experience.

Let’s head what is available in the store:

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always in Japanese food, the first section that every one will attack is this sashimi area which filled with lots of raw food.

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Fresh Oyster. . .

Khadijah Ibrahim, Khadijah’s Kitchen sure do not ring a bell to me, after talked to her in person only realize that she is one of a famous singer in local and internationally arena with more than 31 years of experience that makes her as one of the leading singers of her generation, pioneer and innovator. From her popularity she had been named as a cultural ambassador for Malaysia and I believe you guys are very familiar with a song for Tourism Malaysia,  ‘Malaysia Truly Asia’.

Now besides being a singer, she loves to cook too, a food hunter and also a person whom is humble and willing to share and teach if you want to be a chef  and that creates out Khadijah’s Kitchen which is one of the hidden gem in Petaling Jaya area, thanks to Florence for introducing this place.

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A simple and cozy place that offer more on homely ambience that she mention, most of the restaurant furniture are from her house. Her friends are quite shock when visited her house saying that, isn’t that is the same as your restaurant? As she spends most of her time in the restaurant, she had made it her second home that ensure it’s a place like home to provide for diners.

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If you are looking for nice local Malay authentic food, there is no doubt that this would be one of the places to look for.

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Her shop is also being hunt by Jalan Jalan Cari Makan by TV3.

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Not only that, she sang for our ex current Prime Minister

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A place that resembles all her unique collection and award that she had got from the past to decorate it around her shop. If you would want to know, what she had sang, her shop would be the best place to see it.

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Sang along with many great artist in the past.

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Besides serving ala cart, she sure do reservation for special function, hosting big group of people and also catering. We do not know what to order and we order most of it with chef’s recommendation.

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