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What do you have first think in your mind when this word pop up, RENOMA? Most of my friends or people would associate it with Underwear, including myself. Even more funny part is when I check on that day, my friend even watsapp me what are you doing in that cafe? Buying underwear or they giving free underwear? Renoma Cafe Gallery

[Update: – No longer in Operation]

One thing I am proud of is that Renoma Cafe Gallery is actually one of its kind cafe that set foot right in the heart of Bukit Bintang that makes them the first Renoma Cafe Gallery in ASIA. The concept of Renoma Cafe Gallery in its first outlet is located at Paris with the philosophy of Mourice Renoma, Stylist, Designer and Scenographer who is in sync with the latest fashion and design trends and enrobes this space in his visionary and sometimes scandalous imaginary. Over the years, it had gain its reputation that make them one of the places to be seen in Paris. (click here)

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This is something new to me as lets side backtrack a little about Renoma as during 1990-2000’s, Renoma venture into furniture & crockery.

I always thought that Renoma is actually a local Malaysian brand till now found out that Mr. Mourice Renoma then began his artistic career by breathing new life into men’s Wear during sixties by introducing ready to wear men’s fashion and ladies high fashion, and accessories.

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Now with the new outlet that open its door from September 2012 onward had made it a spot for executives, corporate people and cool artist to gather and chill at this outlet. Its a huge outlet with a combination of an art gallery, fashion boutique and chic bistro that make it a showcase for food, drinks, fashion, art and music living all under one roof.

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Now let me walk you through the cafe as you walk pass the main entrance,you will be greeted with Champ Gallery,  that have all the latest fashion range by Renoma for Men’s and Ladies.

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You can even purchase the item there as they do have a counter ready for you.

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Decor and ambiance of the place is unique with some combination. European inspired design with presense of neo-classical sofas and armchairs with a nouveaute appeal. Black and white images featuring its Mythologie series (shot of striking animal heads clad in elegant or casual outfits) where you will see more later, digital printed sofas and tables makes it distinctive a personality on its own.

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Head up to their mezzanine floor where on the right you can host your private functions by booking the VIP room.

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The room is called George V Suite is a well equip private VIP room with karaoke system and comes with 2 bar person that will be ever ready to make you drinks. Nice visuals on the wall that makes the hidden toilet behind it.

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A spacious room that is just perfect to host it privately especially for exclusive events, meetings or any celebration (good for bachelor night :D) with leather sofa .. .

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Huge dining area

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Private bar

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and one of its kind chair.

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Private toilet behind the paintings. . .

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At the same level as you walk accross the VIP room, is Salon Lounge which has a Verandah View of the city.

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Sitting at the bar would be ideal lovely as you can order your favourite beer right at the counter.

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Fresh from the tap and choices you can order

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You can even sunk yourself at this cozy sofa area.

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and I think i-darts is a trend now with many places starting to have this machine.

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Take the lift down as you will be nearby the main entrance, greeted with outdoor seating area. ..

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La Terrasse is the section .

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Along with a unique wall painting.

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Allee is another outdoor seating area flanking the Wine-Cellar whereby you can comfortably be seated while using your computer.

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As you walk pass the glass door, you will be greeted back the main dining section Salle that is located right after the fashion gallery.

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Decorated with different types of dining chairs and unique images hanging on the wall, cozy with chill wind blowing around along with soft music background makes it a perfect place for dining or gathering.

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there will be a live jazz band playing on every Thursday to Saturday

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I just love this oval bar .  . what is the best of it?

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One is the happy hour that they have is cheap ..

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Second is they serve a few types of single malt. .

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All of us ready to hunt for food. . .

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Upon our arrival, we were serve along with their signature cupcakes first but I decided to keep it last. 🙂

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As I open on their menu, they have quite a unique menu with unique names along that makes me explore on the whole menu. . RCG serve French cuisine. . .

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Price are pretty decent. . .

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Then we were shown to one of its kind in the world is their very own home brand Renoma French Wine – Grand vin De Bordeux. Its a wine that stole all our heart away with its easy to drink, smooth with great body, and pair almost well with most of our dishes. For the first time I found some French wine that I love. Just cant stop drinking.

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1) Refreshing Summer Cooler – Virgin Mojito and under this hot weather, its definitely a thirst quencher and refreshing.

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3) Classic Margarita Cocktail and if you love this drink its a must not miss, well balance of alcohol which is not too strong that blend very well with the lime. Some of us ended up having more than 2 glass. That shows how  good it is. – highly recommended!

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Assorted CanapesRM20 featuring “forest, sea and farm” elements. Fresh mushroom ragout, smoked Scottish salmon, beef pastrami and air-dried Muscovy duck on slices of toasted brioches is a perfect way to kick start your meal with. Different blend of flavours that play along on your taste bud.

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How we end up ordering this dish is by the name itself and we have not tried before anything with Duck breast. Cured Muscovy Duck Breast Salad @ RM28. When it was presented we were like whoa, egg yolk smack right in the middle and colour of the french duck is very tempting as we been told its cured with cammomile tea. We poke on the egg yolk to let it flow then mix it. A perfect combination with its unique taste with its dressing makes it extra kick. With a bowl of green like that, this is certainly the winner.- RecommendeD!

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Nicoise Salade with Scottish Salmon @ RM28 – silky smooth salmon, grilled artichoke, heirloom tomatoes, anchovies, quail eggs and and a robust red wine vinaigrette. If the salad I have tried this first, then it would have been a good dish, as now my mind already stick with the awesome duck salad.

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After salad, soup is our next attack. Forest Mushroom & Foie GrasVelouté of Black Trumpet, Oyster and Cepe Mushroom
with Goose Liver Purée and Crème Porcini. I have always love Mushroom soup and a soup with foie gras in it is extraordinary. Thick and rich in taste that I only manage to drink half it and if the chef tone down the salt, it certainly will be gone in 60 seconds.

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Rock Lobster Bisque @ RM32  same with this soup as its slight over saltiness but the winner of it is little medallions of rock lobster decorated on top of the soup serving of fried crispy whitebait along with drizzle of spicy cream makes it good. What goes well with it is the bread.

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French Onion Soup @ RM20 Soupe à l’Oignon Gratinée. Caramelized Onion in a Beef Bouillon topped with toasted bread and Melted Comté cheese.

All the 3 soups above its best to go along with bread and dip along that make them stood out perfectly. Without bread its slightly hard to finish the whole bowl by yourself.

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Mini Snails Parcels @ RM18 looks weird in the menu as snail as my dish its just a big no no but its a oven-baked Burgundy Escargots in puff pastry with lotus root chips act as the cap of it. Paired with a bunch of micro cress drizzled over with sauce Madere. I just pop one ball into my mouth and it taste hmmm . . impressive with the sauce with slightly salty from the taste of cheeze and the gravy balance it well.

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I rarely have Foie gras as main as in this menu its under appetizer section and I am sure this well presented yet heavy or rather huge of 120g portion will knock you off. RM78 for a start I would not say its expensive, I would say its a great value, that grilled to perfection till its still moist and juicy in there, every bite is filled with aroma and the fruits presented along create a well balance taste in your taste bud.

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there are 2 version of this with one is  Croque Madame @ RM28 and Croque Monsieur. How do you see the difference? Apparently  the former has a poached/fried egg on top because that fried/poached egg looks like an “old fashioned lady’s hat”!

This classic sandwich serving in here is filled with  Gruyère Cheese, Cured Beef, Muscovy Duck, Turkey Ham & Black Truffle Egg.

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With one accident poke onto the egg yolk it will make you a messy sandwich. Burst with plentiful of flavour in your mouth that makes it one of the best sandwich I have come across. – Highly RecommendeD!

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Hehe, how often do you see a burger price and your eyes grows as big as an egg. What if I tell you the burger patty is made from grass-fed Beef Striploin (220g), with rillette of Muscovy duck and a piece of foie gras stuff in the middle, served with a rocket salad? How much are you willing to pay?

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L’Artisan Burger @ RM 58

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A burger you will never regret to order, serve with fresh toasted bread, juicy moist 2 patty and without any sauces it taste amazing as it looks and smell. However with their very own home brand wine, it makes it a perfect combination of all.

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Their burger or sandwich comes with hand-cut pomme frites (French fries) and 2 dipping sauce.

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Another dish that would fall onto my recommended list is this Oriental Rack of Lamb @ RM60. Price at the rate I would say its a value grab with 2 huge pieces of lamb, stacking on each other that char-grilled to perfection. Its prepare medium and once cut the meat out, you can still see the juicy pinky meat. Well marinated and serve on a bed of saute’ed vegetables and sweet Shimeji mushrooms.

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Dish after dish coming and it never fails to impress us by far and every food presentation capture our yes and smell of most of the food just Hypnotize us on keep eating. Boeuf Bourguignon – Slow-braised Beef Cheek @ RM58. If a piece of meat is braise for 8 hours of  with red wine how would it taste like. SUPERB is just one of the word I can define. A gentle poke with fork easily tear the meat apart.

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How many places that you eat on steak can grill a perfect one. Handful I would say. For a 220g  Ribeye Wagyu @ RM128 score very high in our list.

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With juicy and tender meat that to grill to perfection with wagyu is not easy. I had half slab of this myself. . kekek~ with red wine, I am in food heaven.

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Cod Meuniere @ RM62– Wild Caught Cod Fish Fillet Poached in Brown Butter, Seasonal Vegetables, Capers, Kaffir Lime Leaf, Lemongrass & Orange Maître d’hôtel Sauce. Those of you do not take red meat, then this is rather one of the best dish to hunt for. A cod is seasoned with salt and pepper and herbs infuse with Lemongrass and Orange Maître d’hôtel Sauce. You imagine on the taste. . :p

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Coq au Vin ( Burgundy Style Spring Chicken) @ RM36– the Coq au Vin is essentially spring chicken slow-braised in red Burgundy wine . Button Mushroom, Smoked Duck, Pearl Onion served with seasonal baby Vegetables is a easy dish to eat along..

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As we look thru thoroughly on the menu most of us have the same thought, and next question pop out,  Rock Lobster Thermidor is just classic that long see this offered in a menu. Price at RM148 with a whole rock lobster serving on the plate.

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Blame on my mindset as I still prefer the shell of the lobster to be serve along to show that actually I am eating a lobster. Fresh juicy meat that serve along with Porcini mushrooms, crustacean veloute and melted Gruyere cheese.

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Valrhona Chocolate Fondant @ RM20

Soft & Melted Centre Chocolate Cake With Vanilla Ice Cream and Wild Berries Stew

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Ooze of the chocolate filling in flowing out after a slight cut. .

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Peach Melba @ RM18

Flavour After Six French Vanilla, Chocolate Marshmallow, Rum & Raisin (Alcohol), Strawberry Stripes

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Orange Vanilla Creme Brulee @ RM18

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Le Cafe Gourmand @ RM18 comes with a shot of Espresso with 4 other assorted RCG sweet patisseries – Macaron, Mango Millefeuille, Eclair and Croquignole (double-baked biscuit).

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Among the deserts, this is one of the desert I would recommend to try. Its a well balance of sour, bitter and sweet.

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Among the woderfull dinner that I must say that Chef Alven Tan (Chef de Cuisine) right certainly know’s how to handle all the red meat that makes them every bite of it a awesome dish and Chef Amanda Lim (Chef Patisserie) have her creative side too.

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And we got our limited edition Renoma mug that is perfect for my morning cup of coffee and tea. Loving it.

We all enjoy this dining experience, with its great food that the chef can handle, as much as picky as the rest its sure to impress and hope that both the chef’s can their standard. For a restaurant that operate less than 3 months to have such dish is good to impress. Certainly I will be returning more with other friends.

Renoma Cafe Gallery had fall into my recommended list with its overall service and food quality.

All pictures and video taken with Samsung NX 210 

Location:
Renoma Cafe Gallery
Lot 510 Jalan Bukit Bintang
55100 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +603-2143-9919

Open: Sunday-Tuesday: 12.00pm to 11.00pm
Wednesday-Saturday: 12.00pm to 1.00am

Website here

I believe many of you do notice the new empty building next to True Fitness along Sprint Highway heading towards 1-Utama. It looks kinda empty at the moment and with ample parking which is an advantage to this new outlet called Mezza 9 that just operated in the area for just about 3 weeks old. Its very easy to locate as they are the only outlet currently operating as F&B in the building.

[update Aug 2016: Close Down] 

Already manage to capture a good drinking crowd and we arrange to go try out this new outlet as they serve Mediterranean Food and heard that they hire a good chef!

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After opening its door and put my step in, they have very nice interior that again heading more towards of modern New York cafe style. A simple design that make it look elegant and a comfortable place to dine.

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The restaurant is seperate into 2 floors that on the ground level are meant for people to enjoy dining experience also a Non-Smoking area.

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However after your dinner if you would want to continue with drinking session can head to mezzanine floor which is design for friends and strangers to get along .. 😀

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A few bar tables up here and they do have happy hours too . . Now being up here is a smoking zone already . .

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Just love the design of their bar, classy black with some lamps shining on top just as I always like . .

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Wild Mushroom Soup  @ RM18 filled with finely chopped fresh mushroom cook till creamy yet not too salty at the end. Just as I preferred my mushroom soup to be.

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To many first people’s impression on French Onion Soup   is am I drinking soy sauce ah? In this case the soup is well prepared that cook till the onion is very soft till near to melt in your mouth as upon you drinking it and it bends towards more salty taste. @ RM12

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Garden Salad with Balsamic Dressing  @ RM18  is a very simple dish that serve upon yet flavourful and would turn into a perfect dish for a person who is on diet!

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Caesar Salad @ RM 18

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Another thing that you shall not miss is their Bruschetta range. Salmon Bruschetta (2pcs) @ RM12. Generous with their ingredient as you get a roll of salmon added on top of cubes of tomato with balsamic vinegar, olive oil, and finely chopped parsley.

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One of my favourite for the night is Mushroom Bruschetta (2pcs)  @ RM8, with its creamy sauce flwoing just like that, and smell of the well cook mushroom flows on our nose trails just makes us want to put this whole piece into our mouth one shot. – Recommended!

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Calamari with Homemade Tartare Sauce  @ RM12 is a simple starter and would pair better if you have a glass of beer along!

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The super star dish for the night is this Braised Oxtail (4pcs)  as we take pictures on it we already swallowing saliva with the nice smell that it flows out. A perfectly braised dish that the meat is soft yet flavourful . Just makes you want to have more. – Highly recommended! @ RM16

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A simple dish and flavourful with hint of black pepper at the end and pair well with the tomato sauce is this Meatball in Tomato Sauce (4pcs)  @ RM12.

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When it was served upon, I was like why is the salmon burn a bit .. 🙁 yet this would be my frist time to try on something new for Honey & Grain Mustard Glazed Salmon  @ RM48. To our suprise, as we cut it, it is soft not as it look and the taste to pair along with honey mustard makes it a great combination.

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Another one of my favourite is Mint Marinated Rack of Lamb with  Fondant Potato and Roasted Cherry Tomato  @ RM45 that is prepare medium with a bit blood flowing out upon cutting it. The mash potato is something we cant stop eating.

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A simple dish that prepare well is Spaghetti Aglio Olio with King Prawns @ RM38

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Mezza9 Fusion Seafood Paella  @ RM40 (double servings)  RM25 (single servings)

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Oh, I just love this dish because of its strong well balance taste of tomato with lots of mince meat Spaghetti Bolognaise with Beef Bacon (spicy)  @ RM25. I just love it. – Recommended!

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Black Angus Rib Eye Served with Mediterranean Vegetables, Roasted Potato & Corn on Cob  @ RM80

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Well prepare in medium with its meat juicy and tender.

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Profiteroles (2 serving per portion)  @ RM18

oh oh.. their signature desert, also another dish would love to recommend is Chocolate Lava cake with Orange Cream Anglaise @ RM 15. It was prepare pippin hot, that a simple cut break the crust of the cake and chocolate just ooze out, just cant stop eating this.

If you are asking me where to have a nice meal and certianly this would be one of the place to recommend! I guess one of the reason the good food came out is that they have a Chef from Sentidos Tapas, Starhill.

Those of you who love Wine, they now offer WINE BUFFET at RM 50 with 6-8 types of wine available. Available Daily except SUNDAY 

*PORK FREE

Location:
Mezza9
B-G-03A,
Glomac Galleria, Desa Sri Hartamas,
50480 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
(To enter to basement car park, take turn to left right before KFC where is on your left)

GPS : N03 09.638′ E101 39.044′

Business Hour : 6pm – 2am

Closed on Tuesday

Tel : +6017-338 2828 (Keith) / +6012-289 0594 (Kenneth)
FB : Mezza9

During the period of my stay in Bangladesh, I seriously wanted to try on their street food but its highly advise by my company partners and colleague not to do so, is because their food on street is quite dirty, they scared that our body immune system cant take it and fall ill. Well, the only place I have my food for 5 days in a row is in the hotel restaurant. So it is all one shot of food during my stay in the country.

Honestly, I have nothing much to brag on their food as the food there is something similar like Indian and cross over with some Arab food and also taste much better in our country.

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‘Chicken Bryani Rice’

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The ‘Mint Sauce’ is really unique in taste. It’s a bit minty, yet when dip with chicken it taste a bit cold when put into my mouth, a bit sour in yogurt taste but it goes very well with the fried chicken.

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‘Fried Chicken’

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‘Garlic Prawn’ as we nearly had this on every meal because its one of the best and we tried the whole menu and still remains one of our favourite. Cook with garlic fragrance till the sauce had become thick till the prawn had soak taste onto its skin.

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‘Garlic Nan’

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‘Chicken Masala’ that cook with yogurt till its a bit creamy and add on some tomato to blend with it, did not taste weird however it taste good. Soft chicken meat and thick gravy that goes very well with rice.

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‘Chicken Roti Kebab’ the dry version of our curry chicken but rich in spices.

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‘Mutton Brayani’

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After eating many days of the same dish and it had become boring meal, we did opt for western style, with their ‘Mix Grill’ that kinda dissapoint a little but again cannot compare with our local food.

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‘French Onion Soup’ which I only order during my last meal in the hotel, and only realise that its very good. Rich in soft onion, a bit salty and crouton that bake with the cheeze ontop of it, its top notch.

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‘Spicy Hawaiian Chicken’ taste not bad as it was pan grilled till very nice.

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‘Steak Dine’ which I enjoy my every bite of it. The sause taste good as it taste something like mustard cook with some mushroom sauce and it was cook medium as I prefer it.

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During my lunch, I was a bit lucky to get a taste of their very own local food which is their local fast food which I have requested because during this exhibition I cant really leave the booth and nearby the area there is nothing much to eat except on the lower ground, selling local snacks.

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One of their fast food chain is called ‘Yummy Yummy’ what a name, as me and my colleague keep laughing on it.

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When I open the box, it looks like Ramlee burger, but with the first bite of the burger, makes me finish within minutes. Soft bun and juicy mutton meat with their very own sauce is good.

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With the next meal of the day, our lunch is from Solna another fast food chain.

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The pizza sure looks like so so, but we have underestimate it as we hope each of us can get 2 slices of it. Had not enough!Bangladesh 2 (8)

and their traffic is seriously bad. The people do not drive according to their lane and its so near that till you wind down your window you can just dodge your head out abit you can lick the window of the car beside it. Their driving skill, damm geng!

Last post will show a bit on street photography and been to their biggest market that will lead a peek of their city life.

For part 1, click here.

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