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To me, if I have nothing much I would not have been over to Subang Empire, as this new classy mall which is one of the upper class mall in Subang had attracted many restaurants to open in here and we are certainly spoilt with choices. One of the new discovery on the outlets here are The Vanilla Place which is located on the 1st floor of the mall that a floor below the giant slide.

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Most of us would thought that The Vanilla place is a cafe that suitable to come here perfect for their breakfast or tea beacuse of their decoration that shows more like it. When we look thru on the menu, we were quite suprise that they served some Italian and homemade pie. Price seems very reasonable for this cafe to be in this mall.

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Love their decorations more like kids english style that decorate with hand paintings on the wall. . .

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bigger group get to dine in this special area. . .

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Then went to check out their fridge, and we were impress with the range they have for their desert, cakes, pie and of course their colourful Macaroons as become I came here, I read reviews saying they served one of the best, just cant wait to put the smaller ones into my mouth.

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the pot of tea are from the order of Tea for 2 set which is very very ‘Dai'(reasonable-check a few pictures below). .  Then I order Mint Oreo Shake and Oreo Milk Shake, both is also good to try out.

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Assorted Bread with Dips, I took one of the toast bread then spread with both of the spreads, one is hummus and the other one on top of it, till I finish the whole plate without realising it. The hummus is super good… try it out .. .  RM 9.80

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Cripsy crust of Pie Tee @ RM 9.80

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Tea for 2 @ RM 18.80 served with a pot of tea. . . . .tea or flower tea, mini cup cake, mini brownie, cookie, macaroon,strawberry dipped chocolate, mini scone, pie tee, mini quiche, mini pie, tomato bruschetta, tuna sundried & tomato sandwich.

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This is one of their most valuable set to order which I would Recommend to try out their range of desert in a mini size yet comes with a pot of tea..can share share with your friends while having nice conversation…

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It might look wattery as Onion Soup are rich in ingredient @ RM 9.80

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The owner is never stingy on ingredient and can you see how thick of ingredient had been added into the Mushroom Soup @ Rm9.80 as it just taste good and do add in some papper if you love the taste of it.

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One of my super favourite of the dish is Spaghetti Carbonara cook till creamy and the sos is weal coated with all the spaghetti and I enjoy every bite of it till the very last sluurrppppp  .. . . RM14.80 recommended~

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Spaghetti Seafood Pesto would be more in a healthy way that cook along with some onlive oil and greens as we quite like the taste of it too . . RM14.80

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Seafood Aglio Olio 

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Fisherman Pie – served with mashed potato and garden greens @ RM15.80

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That is served hot on the spot and I love the skin of the pie which is very aromatic with buttery taste and along with the creamy sauce of it, just taste perfect and its a good afternoon pie to be shared.

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Poach Salmon Fillet with Saffron Sauce served with 2 huge chunk of salmon that makes our eyes turn big with just RM25.80.

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Lamb Rack is certainly huge for the price of RM18.80, that comes with 4 pieces of huge rack that had grilled till the meat is just soft and fats are even in between the meat.

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Chicken Rendang to eat along with the rice are perfect companion as it filled with taste of santan and panda leaves cook along and the rendang chicken meat is very soft with not so spicy gravy. RM15.80

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Beef Stew to dip along with the toast bread and eat bites of the soft stew is good. . . RM18.80

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We were so full already yet we still insist we want to hunt for their desert and their Lovely Macaroons taste good with orange and yam flavor, soft top and cheawy center is something that I prefer.  RM4.50 each

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It has been very long time since I have hunt for good Pavlova that the nearest I came accross is Alexis and now with this shop, this Pavlova had now ranked the top in my list so far. .. it taste exactly what I have tasted at Australia. .. Recommended! RM8.80

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Tiramisu that is served very homey style that at the rock bottom is the strong espresso taste, then moving up is the soft bread and moving up is the mascarpone cheeze. Use the long spoon dip till rock bottom and pull it up again to enjoy the taste of it. You will love it. RM11.80

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Panna Cota, a smooth texture base and really good. .

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By the end of the meal, Jac decided to ta pau back the Macarons and see how big it is? If you are in this mall, looking for very decent meal at lower price, I am definately recommending this cafe with its huge portion, absolute taste in quality from mains and desert is a bargain. I am definately returning back here again .. .

With now a special deal is going on for Vanilla Cafe . .  enjoy the deal “Starter (Choice of Pie Tee or Assorted Homemade Bread with Dips)+ Salad (Choice of Caesar’s, Honey Roasted Chicken or Smoked Salmon) + 2 Pastas (Choice of Spaghetti Seafood Pesto, Spaghetti Carbonara or Spaghetti Smoked Duck)+ 2 * Ice Lemon Tea’s for JUST RM 35.90 instead of RM 72.40. Faster grab your deal Hahah.com.my which this special deal will expire on 16th March.

Location:
The Vanilla Place
FK01, 1st Floor, Empire Shopping Gallery,
(facing Toys-R-Us)
Selangor, Malaysia
603-50222198

What I we do get a chance to dine in a big open space green field with flowers blooming and cool wind towards us and enjoying our afternoon tea or lunch? That would be a chance that I do not want to miss. A new concept had been build upon for people like us, city dwellers that seldom got a chance to expose ourselves in those natural environment but something similar would be available to enjoy at The Garden Lifestyle Store and café which is located at The Curve with one of their originals at lower ground, 1-Utama.

Comes to think of it, this would be one of my longest food post so far. So hopefully you don read this during before lunch or dinner time.

[update: 2016 – No longer in Operation]

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They have the idea trying to bring the ambiance as relaxing as possible by decorating the whole place green with fan ceiling on the top, big bird cage a pianist to play for a relaxing moment.

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In the restaurant they have two dining area, one would be open garden concept which would suits those who love air or smokers especially to be seated in this section but only one scenario that you guys should fear is rain!

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A big cage decorated as the place to make it a bit english style.

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When you feel that you are lonely or waiting for friends to arrive, a pianist that actually playing there with relaxing music (a bit of classical) to cheer up your mood.

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According to some of the girls, he is consider cute and with a guy able to play piano for them on certain occasions, they consider that as romantic, which I nod my head and agree. 🙂

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For those who do not like to be in outdoor by maintain fairer skin or prefer to be somewhere chill, indoor section would be a good choice after all, as it is decorated with lots of flowers, mini tress and pots to stir up the indoor ambiance.

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Looks more like a tree style cafe dining.

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 With all this, we could not thank more to Tracy for being one of the best host whom are very friendly, warm, down to earth person type and also she do focus alot on food management of the restaurant especially on food quality control.

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Most of the time when I drive around, my eyes seems to be like very kaypo, will scout around what is around the area. One is for me to remember it so in the future if I need to go to that area I know what I can tell people or I can go there easily. Second would be hunting for food to eat and this restaurant had always caught my attention when I always travel back from 1-U area back to KL as its well lit up at night and with its dim classic look, and told myself it’s a place must hunt and try.

Not until recently, I got a called from my friend Ee Lune, invite me to help her photo shoot for that restaurant, hopefully the owner accept it. At first I do not know what restaurant is that not until I got the information about, Google it and get all excited when know its that restaurant.

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I love their restaurant setting with a bit old English style setting lit with orangey dim light that is very relaxing. A cup of beer in this restaurant is a must that I did not miss. Besides this area, on the upstairs they have a pool table and a mini bar perfect for those who love to watch soccer.

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The first serving of the day is ‘Mixed Grill’ which was serve in a huge plate and its full of ingredients, comes with sausage, lamb, beef, grill chicken and prawns. Its hard to shoot at first by takes me a while to find the right angle and this is the shot.

With its generous serving and comes with the price sure is no complain about it. Well prepared and it the best is the lamb, grill perfectly soft and tender and dip with the thick mint sauce is good.

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RM39

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Next is my choice of the day, ‘Stilton Special’ which is marinated in special sauce and grill it to perfection on medium as I prefer it topped with beef bacon and blue stilton cheese. The meat is so tender and juicy yet once cut it the juice flow out and wet the whole plate. Cut it into small slices spread the cheese on top and with another small cut of bacon eat together is top notch. If I have a glass of red wine, it would make me fly!

Highly recommended!

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RM68

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One of the signature dish in the restaurant is this huge big bone and meat ‘US Prime Rib’ served with steam potato with mince meat, corn and fresh salad. It is a huge bone with a huge slab of meat. Deeply marinated and grill on well control griller makes the meat juicy and tender, dip with their home made special sauce, I just would not mind to have this whole plate by myself.

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To end the great meal must come with a desert, ‘Coffee Hot Fudge’ RM12.90

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‘Hazelnut Friands’ RM8.90
After the whole shooting, I get to taste on the dish that they have prepared. Certainly the dish here is top-quality and I do not mind to come here again for second round becauseeeeeeee they have:

Happy Hour 3pm-8pm

Tiger BeerRM9 (per glass), RM30 (per Jug)
Guinness draftRM20 (1 pint), RM50 (3 pint)

The restaurant is overshadowing by the overhead bridge in front of it. Therefore not many people do drop by and currently its they have a new owner.

Location:
Castell Restaurant & Bar
19, Lorong University C ,
Section 16, Petaling Jaya
46350 Selangor Malaysia

Tel: 03- 7955 0532Fax

Opening hours:
Open daily from:-
Dining: 12 noon – 10.30 p.m. (last order)
Bar: 12 noon- midnight

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