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When back to Penang usually, I always wanted to go back street food but my friend always end up bring me to this kind of places. When they told me to dinner is at Island Plaza, I thought they must be joking till they said I must try this Japanese Restaurant – Ido Ichi Japanese Cuisine. Who can really resist Japanese Food?

Well, Island Plaza used to be one of the hottest spot to hang out 15 years ago before Gurney Plaza was constructed. One of a major place that most teenagers to hang out at that time, with many prime brands hosted there. Now they have gone major upgrading work to make it another look and feel.

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I got to know thru a friend that Ido Ichi Japanese Cuisine is actually under the group which Azuma Japanese Restaurant is also one of theirs. When I arrive, I am surprise by huge crowd and have to wait for 20 minutes for a table. Seldom will see this situation happen in Penang and its located inside Island Plaza, that makes me curious.

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They are operating 2-3 lots that make the dining area spacious with a few sections including sushi bar and close up area.

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Price here are pretty decent and I compare to another of my favourite brand Sushi Tei in Gurney, its pretty much similiar

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 Then we ordered quite a lot for 5 pax and started of with Salmon Sashimi. Finely cut and its very fresh! @ RM 28

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For rolls, I would say that they have created their own signature style compare to others and tried both their Una Cheeze Maki @ RM 35 & Shake Mayo Mentai Roll @ RM 30. Both are equally good as ingredient are pretty generous and I like how the cheeze flavour makes it more unique with their own light sauce.

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I order something new that my friend have yet try is Tenderloin Cappaccio @ RM 35. It was all gone after I snap the picture. Thin slice beef that cut to perfection, with shoyu sauce and mayonnaise with the fine cut that makes it nearly melt in mouth. Order another plate again.

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Volcano Roll is not the best I have come across as I have tried better ones before. Overall, the cheese and mixture of ingredient in it is quite not bad for a Penang version. @ RM 28

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 This is the fellow who always wanted to maciam maciam places!

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Sukiyaki is pretty good too with the soup base quite salty as what I have learn, flavourfull that serve along with fine cut beef slice. It will be perfect during rainy season.  @ RM 30

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Yaki Gyuza @ RM 8 both item is nice to go along as Gyuza here won many places that I have tried, by pan fried the base perfectly to golden brown and ingredient in it a bit solid.

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Both Fried rice are equally good and I prefer more Scallop Fried Rice @ RM 12. Very fragrant with garlic with wok hei. We add extra garlic into our rice to make it extra kick. Seafood Fried Rice @ RM 12

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By the time comes to this Avocado Guratan  we are all very stuff. Ended up I finish all this. If you love cheeze potato and some seafood this would be ideal for [email protected] RM 18

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Kimuchi Ramen turns out to be pretty good, mild spicy and sour end with thin slice of pork in it. Ramen is slightly overcook and if they can make it al dante then would be perfect bowl of noodle. @ RM 18

At the end of the meal, it was a very satisfying dinner with great food. If you are looking for some nice Japanese Cuisine, this outlet certainly would be one of my recommendation.

-= KA CHING =-

Food rating 8.5/10 , Nice ambiance and great food~ Recommended! -Stamped-

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

Location:
Edo Ichi Japanese Cuisine 江戸一
G-05 & G-06 Island Plaza
118 Jalan Tanjung Tokong
10470 Penang
Tel: 04 – 890 3199
Business Hours: 11:30am – 3:00pm & 6:00pm – 10:00pm (Mon – Thu)
11:30am – 10:00pm (Fri – Sun & Public Holidays)

I guess for the pass 6 months is the big buzz off Burger and Cafe. In KL we have quite a few famous one like MYBurger Lab or street Burger Kaw Kaw (which is now overrated) with different version of it. In Penang Island, Marshall’s Burger had been a hit for the past 6 months with them starting selling burger at the road side in Pulau Tikus area, opposite Belissa Row that you will not miss a long queue at night after 8pm, this would make them hold the title Penang Best Burger. Not only that, the best part is they sell pork too.

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Few months down the road, now they have successuflly bring the brand to another level by operating in a shop lot at Burmah Road or next to Penang Plaza.

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A shop that filled with simple decoration in a old building with wooden menu that place all their signature burger on the wall.

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Sitting place in here is rather limited as I was highly advise by my best friend to head there early, and I was lucky that they do operate for lunch on Weekends. as for weekedays only at night.

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Menu is rather straight forward with few choices to choose from or different meat.

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People like me, sure will do add on’s

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Onion rings are pretty good by frying to perfection that its crisp inside out with Marshall special sauce, its like a combination of bbq with light sour sauce, will pair very well with beer. .Ended up order another portion  RM 6.50

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The Biscon with 2 beef patty, 2 cheddar cheeze and bacon@ RM 15.80

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Classic Beef @ RM 8.90

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For pork lover, you can opt for this .. The Boar that comes with 2 patty, 2 cheeze and bacon @ RM 16.50

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Here is my special verison of burger as I order only The Bull – with 1 beef patty and cheddar and I add on with 1 pork patty @ RM 6

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Then we deconstruct the beef patty . . .

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Grill till the meat is just nice, not too dry yet not too solid as in between have slight airy feel. Just nice.

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here is my pork patty and I find beef taste better.

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Those who do not prefer beef or Pork you can go for chicken which is Bacon Special Chicken Thigh with a cheeze and patty @ RM 8.90

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The burger is pretty good and their amazing signature is the sauce that makes the whole thing different. Only set back is the bread that  they are using, not so fluffy and its doesn’t taste fresh. Sauce is good and if they can intorduce another 1 or 2 more then its perfect.

For this kind of price, its definitely a great bargain, and will surely return again.

If in Penang its will be a top  notch place and good enough to satisfy your burger craving. Please do not compare to other joint in KL.

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My friends are all a good fan of this brand.

*NON-HALAL

-= KA CHING =-

Food rating 8/10 ,Good… Loving it~ Recommended! -Stamped-

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

Location:
MARSHALL’S
124-C, Jalan Burma,
10350 George Town,
Penang
(next to Penang Plaza/FIMA)

Tel: +604 229 9124
Email: [email protected]

Facebook: www.facebook.com/marshallsburger

Business hours:
Tue – Thu: 5 pm – 11pm
Fri: 5pm – 12pm
Sat – Sun: 12pm – 12am

First time being at Setia Walk and I must say, I am impress with the landscaping design that the developer had build. Its a very relaxing place that host many restaurant, & Bar, of course not to be miss TGV is hosted in here too. Great for residents in Puchong that need not travel far for movie. Not only that, as we were walking around and spotted 3 coffee joints around the area and decided to give Tipsy a try as saw my friends posting about this cafe weeks ago.

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A place that is pack with coffee lovers and interior is  nicely design with wooden wall cement floor and bar, it seems that this design is a big hit at the moment.

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Definitely this place is a comfortable place to hang out.

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Concept of Books being place at the top of the light bulp is one of the design I saw in my friends office interior design book. 😀

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Many people sitted here on that day and I cant take a full shot of the wall as there are another picture on the side that mention the process of coffee brewing and selection that they are offering.

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Price are pretty much the same as the rest of the coffee joints.

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They offer cakes too

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Cafe Latte for the night and I find that milk taste is pretty strong that overshadow the taste of coffee. Wont fall into my average coffee list. @ RM 8.90

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Well, coffee is like wine, its a very subjective taste to everyone.

Location:
TiPsy Brew O’Coffee
C-07-G, Block C Setiawalk,
Persiaran Wawasan,
Pusat Bandar Puchong,
47160 Puchong.

Tel: 03-58790790 / 012-3011583

Mon – Thu: 11:00 – 22:30
Fri – Sun: 10:00 – 23:30

To locate an excellent Mexican restaurant locally is hard to find. Yet now I believe I have found one with love that had recently open its door to public that litte did I know, that this area had been renovated and house two restaurant. Fresca Mexican Restaurant & Bar is one of the latest addition to The Gardens Mall with contemporary setting that install I fell in love with the lovely homey ambiance

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Fresca means “fresh” or “cool” in Spanish, the official language of Mexico. All their food are being serve with finest ingredients that are mostly imported to ensure that the authentic food quality is there.

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As upon arrival the waiter and watires warmly greet you as they quickly arrange our seating place for us by handling us menu after that.. Lots of questions being asked as many alien item dish name and they promote it well, along with what is good to try out for first time diners. We are impress.

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Love the ambiance in here as the setting is quite homey to me with mix of salvage planks and wooden comfort furniture being well arrange and pair along.

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here are a lot of expats who loves to chill out after office hour hitting the bar for a couple of mug and certainly another great place to hang out for a drink

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Price wise are very reasonable.

As for the night before the meals, I must say that we are lucky to be pampered with many of their signature cocktail that certainly match up to the ones I had internationally

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1) Lychee Margaritas Libation @ RM26 – Gin, fresh lime, muddled lychee & lemongrass

2) Tiramisu e Giu  @ RM26 – Whisky, kahlua, hazelnut, milk, choco sprinkle

3) Kiwi Lychee Siesta @ RM26 – Vodka, lychee liqueur, muddled kiwi and lychee

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1) Classic Margarita @ RM23

2) Sangria @ RM23 – overnight marinated fruits, cognac and Cointreau

3) Mango Margarita @ RM26

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1) Blue Mountain @ RM23

2) Jalapeno Margaritas On Rocks  (front) @ RM23

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(Behind) – Electric Blue Magarita @RM23

(Front) – Blue Mountain @ RM23 – Blue Margarita with Tequila Reserva 1800 Anejo (100% agave, aged for over a year)

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1) Alejando @ RM23

2) Midnight flight to Mexico @ RM26 – Ameretto, Fresh Lime, and Cinnamon

 

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After some alcohol, we were serve with hot bowl of some, taste is pretty unique that is quite mild in taste yet sourish at the end. Sopa de Fideo  @ RM15 – A simple chicken soup with angel hair noodles – Recommended!

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Guacamole with chips @ RM20. Start off with a simple starter that just brighten our day up. It look simple as we got it from the supermarket shelf but te main ingredient is The mashed up avocado is intensely creamy and thick that make it kick!

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Nachos Grande @ RM27 – Tortilla chips topped with re-fried beans, Monterrey Jack cheese, ground beef, Jalapeno Chiles, guacamole and sour cream. Comes on a large plate for sharing.

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I just love the taste of it and cant stop munching and this is the first time I finish all the Jalapeno as usually it put it away

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Another unique starter that I come across is this Jalapeno Poppers @ RM16

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YAp Correct, it is being deep friend along with the outer layer is Jalapenos and such spicy sourish taste pair perfectly with its sweet and fragrant Mango chipotle salsa just a match in heaven.

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Yap, not only that, see how cheezy it is. . 😀

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Tacos Ensenada @ RM20 – Flour tortillas with beer battered fish and homemade coleslaw.

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Camarones al Ajilo  @ RM24 – Tiger prawns sauteed with fragrant Guajillo Chiles and garlic. Served with two pieces of flour tortillas.

The prawn is juicy and sucullnet as it was just so instant that the dish was put onto the table and without being picture the first prawn was rape by Eunice. 😀

Temptation is just there with aroma and texture of it. Wrap It with pita bread and trying to dig a bit of the sauce to spread on the bread is just a perfect one.

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Costilla Asada @ RM43 – Succulent short ribs in a homemade barbecue sauce, slow braised for 3 hours for an off-the-bone tenderness. Served with creamy mash potatoes and sauteed vegetables.

I have never tried ribs in Mexican style as by presentation itself it had won our heart over. Extra marks for It as it smells so good that I have to swallow my saliva. Cutting of it was easy as it was so soft just by using fork able to cut it thru. Well marinated till the whole meat is flavourful and grill to perfection that did not make the edge burn yet its juicy – highly recommended!

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To those who prefer something light in taste then Pescado Mojo de Ajo  is one of the dish that you can hunt for. Fish lightly pan-fried in a fragrant butter sauce, topped with chunk pieces of roasted garlic. Served with Mexican white rice and mixed salad. RM42

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Fajitas Mixed (Chicken and Beef)  @ RM41 -Sizzling plate of chicken & beef tenderloin, bell peppers, onions. Served with guacamole, pico de gallo and chipotle cream sauce

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Carne Asada a la Tampiquena  @ RM54 – Grilled tenderloin the Mexican way, with onions, Mexican red rice, enchiladas verdes and refried beans.

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Apple Enchiladas – Baked flour tortillas filled with apples, served with homemade nougat ice cream.

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This is one of the best Mini Churros that I have come across so far that deep fried to perfection love that the Mexican donuts rolled in sugar and cinnamon, served with chocolate sauce. @ RM13 REcommended!

I am happy that I have discover a place that serve Mexican food very delicious that most of the food order are beyond words, cocktail serve with alcohol level are just perfect for me as according to the bar tender you can order slightly stronger and love the ambiance. I would surely be returning again and a recommended restaurant by me if you are looking for nice Mexican food and a perfect place to hang out with nice food.

Location:
Fresca Mexican Kitchen & Bar

Lot G-242A, Ground Floor,
The Gardens, Midvalley City,
59200 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
GPS : N03 07.053 E101 40.659
Business Hours:  11am to 11pm (Mon-Thurs, Sun)
11am to Late (Fri – Sat)
Tel :             03-2201 2893

I guess I did pay a visit to quite a number of restaurants in Straits Quay that some I do not even bother to blog about it. Till, we do not know what to eat and seeing the number of crowds in this shop Blue Reef Fish & Chips, we decided to put our steps in to give it a try.

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A place which offer cozy dining place and nice concept too . .

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Well, you can see anyone seating out here cuz the weather is killing us unless is at night.

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Price list. .  most of the mains are offered fried.

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Lets start eating ..

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S Galore Mackerel Beer Batter @ RM 40

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In our plates we have Spanish Mackerel

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Squid, prawns  and lots of frieds.

Both of us eat till very ‘jelak’ cause too much fried stuff and we even make a take away for the remainings and she cant event finish too. I guess a plate like that can be shared by 3 people. We find it a bit too dry at the end.

Just a plain simple fish & chip place and for the price that we are paying in total of RM55 with 2 drinks I think we can hunt for better food in return around the area.

-= Ka Ching =-

Food Rating 5.5/10, ~ so so only la! -Stamped-

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

Location:
Blue Reef Fish & Chips @ Straits Quay
3A-G-20, Block A, Ground Floor,
Jalan Seri Tanjung Pinang,
10470 Tanjung Tokong,
Penang, Malaysia

Tel No. 6016-4059182

Business Hours:
Mon – Fri:10:30am-10:30pm
Sat:10:30am-10:00pm
Sun:10:30am-10:30pm

The funny thing is that, when May Ling ask me to join her for dinner and told me the name of the restaurant I was like hah? again and again. .. as the restaurant name is called Ricetaurant which is located in Bangsar Village 2 which I cant even remember when is the last time that I came here.

The changes here is quite alot that now host quite a number of nice cafe’s and restaurant in this building.

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Get to know one of the reason that why the restaurant is name like that because of Asian’s culture that most of us need to have rice on most of our meals.

Ricetaurant offers best of dishes around the region that makes it a bit fusion style.

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I like the restaurant design in such a way that, it looks like a small little hidden cafe in some ally when I was in Melbourne, with tree trunk and very classic kitchen utensils to be party of the design.

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The place is not big, but good enough to provide us a very comfy dining space, with paintings on the wall and open space kitchen right in the corner.

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I like their menu, it reminds me when I was in primary school on maths homework exercise  book. Price wise is pretty decent which is not too over price with their portion being served.

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1) Apple, Elderflower and Lychee – just a perfect drink that blend till just perfect that I can taste the apple skin and very tiny small cubes of lychee – Recommended

2) Hainanese Tea

3) Pineapple, Orange and Mint

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Chinese Olives & Seafood Fried Rice smells good, that already know enough ‘wok hei’. The rice were fried till perfect dry, very fragrant in taste and just find that the black pepper taste slightly over power the overall taste. If they reduce a bit, it would be perfect.

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One of my favourite of the night is Teriyaki Chicken, which had been marinated very well, then cook along that the chicken is soft and every piece that I bite, the chicken is well coat with the sauce. Recommended

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A plain simple fried rice, that lean towards very simple chinese style is Chicken and Long Bean Fried Rice. Very mild in taste yet fragrant in wok hei and if you eat along with some curry dishes, just good enough to be satisfied for me.

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Another star of the night is Claypot Chicken, Yam and Dried Prawns in Nam Yue Sauce. Cook so well that the gravy is just thick enough, and some yam that just melts along with it, with cubes of chicken is soft and perfect to eat along with rice. – Recommended

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Sweet and Sour Fish

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If I am not mistaken this is Belacan Fried Chicken which is out of my expectation, fried crisply and by dipping with the sauce adds a bit kick but I still think eat it plain is much better and along with any of the fried rice.

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If you love cuisine from east, then this is another must order dish – Ayam Percik with Nasi Ulam

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The trick is, you must mix everything up Oxtail Asam Pedas, Sambal Belacan, Salted Egg, Ulam-ulam, Salted Fish and then eat along. Taste is pretty authentic with the ones I have tried before.

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After we are so full, I still decide to try out their Black Sticky Rice with Coconut Milk. Sticky enough, as the black stick rice cook till its soft and its a suprise that they add in lychee that makes it natural sweet on fruits, as I have always like mine to mix along with coconut milk which makes it perfect. Not many places I get to enjoy this and certainly this is one of the recommended desert for me.

After the whole meal, we are just satisfied and surely we are going to return for more, as most of the dish here are quite authentic and nice.

*Pork Free

Location:
RICETAURANT
2F-29, Bangsar Village 2,
No. 1, Jalan Telawi Satu, Bangsar Baru,
59100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Contact : Leong / Wong : +603 – 2287 1566
Opening Hours :12noon – 3pm daily & 6pm – 10pm daily

Website : www.thebiggroup.co/ricetaurant/

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