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Good food is definitely hard to find, more ever those that you found and like, quality to maintain is another challenge. One place definately did not let us down so far is Sanook Bistro and Spots Bar never let us down so far, even we patron this place numerous time as normal customer, the consistantcy of food is there. I have blog about this place before last year (click here). This restaurant is actually a hidden restaurant right in Kelana Jaya yet overlook the lake.

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As for football fans, its will be a great place to hang out too, with huge screen special beer promo and ample parking around the area. As for this year, the Godfather had decided its time to change its food menu and came out with interesting food range that never fail to impress us.

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I am totally impress with their wine menu, as this is the first time I came across a restaurant that write the characteristic of the wine and description of drinking. A totally perfect menu for me that I always have difficulties in looking for my bottle of wine yet asking the waiter/waitress they would not know what to recommend.

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As its still early, we decided to chill with their signature Margarita @ RM11. A glass that is not too strong, with perfectly blend ice filled with salt at the glass and a slice of lemon. I ended having 2 glass. 😀

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Jeng Jeng JEng.. here is the new menu, a unique way of capturing attention with chef special and road sign being install as a main attention grabber icon in the menu. BY many unique names and description in the menu have the attraction to attack us by telling us everything is good. – Dangerous!

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Gyro Lamb Pita @ RM18 – Sliced boneless marinated lamb leg with veggies & black olives, stuffed in fresh homemade pita bread packets, with special yoghurt mint mint sauce. It look rather simple like any other pita bread that I am having. With first bite, lamb being well marinated and burst with flavor as the taste is even better when you dip with their yogurt mint.

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Spicy Mermaid Salad @ RM22

For greens lover, something light to go after with seafood then it is filled with Sauteed tiger prawns & calamari rings tossed with roasted capsicums, asparagus, cubed Japanese cucumbers & romaine lettuce in Sanook’s special house dressing.

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I prefer Moogus Salad @ RM22

Grilled Sirloin Beef & Asparagus tossed with wild rocket salad topped with parmesan cheese and roasted red capsicums in house special dressings. As its just simple and I always prefer meat over seafood in salad. 😀

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Kim Yang Lamb Cutlets @ RM52

Kim’s favorite lamb cutlets coated in Korean Spices, charbroiled to perfection & accompany with Korean Kimchi. As unique as the name could tell you, this lamb certainly is one of a recommended dish in the menu. Marinated to perfection and cook to well that the meat is tender and juicy. Sauce is totally unique and nearly bone licking good.

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Masala Rib Eye @ RM42

Prime cuts of beef rib eye (250 gram) coated with chef’s special mix of garam masala, grilled to perfection and accompany by vegetable kebabs.

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A mix for us sometimes would be good as it give you the option. Again the sauce is the main item not to be miss to dip.

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Sotong Otak Otak @ RM30

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Grilled whole squid (250 grams) stuffed with prawn otak otak (spicy prawn paste), served with sambal tumis , pilaf rice, garden greens, garnished with prawn crackers, almond & fried shallots

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When I saw this in the menu, I told myself I must order this – Espresso ChickenRM25. Something its totally unique and first time I came across.

Tender chicken chop with espresso honey glazed and then roasted to perfection & served with pomelo salad, corn mojo, citrus bean salsa paired with tortilla chips. Sauce on the chicken is just amazing.

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Teriyaki Char Siew @ RM22 – Tenderly broiled chicken, brushed with special sweet soy sauce marinate, garnished with piquant plum sauce & green onions served with herbal pilaf rice

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Tom Yum Goong Pisek @ RM29 – Soup lover that love tomyum, its bad that you miss this soup as the owner himself is nearly half Thai and very particular of his soup that he needs to ensure that the soup stays authentic as possible whereby what he prefer. Spicy enough to make you go numb for a while, sourish enough to my level and a perfect companion with rice.

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I always told myself, I am going to skip their pizza this round yet I always end up ordering. SPICY THAI MANGO TUNA PIZZA. They are well famous for their hand tossed thin crust pizza. @ RM 33

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In this bar, their firewood pizza is also one of their signature item that must not miss, home made thin crust with generous filling is always a must with beer while watching football. This is totally new flavour, weird by its name but taste good in your mouth.

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Some of you might not like the sesame seed like me as I do not prefer the taste yet the aroma of lamb help me pair off the taste well. Sesame Honey Lamb Pizza @ RM35

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Marie’s Crepe Suzette @ RM17 – Freshly pan fried french crepes flavored with creamy fresh orange juice and citrus zest. Orange zest taste might be a bit strong especially taste of orange skin taste is very visible but when comes to desert its hard for me to say no. crepes are thick in a mouthful bite are just nice and orange pairs it well yet a scoop of ice cream would me it perfect!

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Every one went crazy of this Henry’s mud cake @ RM11. Serve pippin hot, small portion enough to satisfy your desert crave or end your dinner in style that mud cake is moist with warm chocolate in it.

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After reading the post, might sound that I have like praised nearly everything, well, this is the Sanook Bistro that we are expecting as it never fail us with their consistant food quality as I have mention and the chef behind all these food are just amazing to make every portion right and perfect. As far as I know their new menu is amazing.

Good for you to give it a try.

*Pork Free

Location:
Sanook Bistro and Sports Bar
C-06, Plaza Kelana Jaya, SS 7/13A,
Kelana Jaya, 47301 Petaling Jaya, Selangor

Tel: 03-7877-3636

http://www.sanooking.com

First time stepping foot into Mandarin Grill is certainly another new level of experience for me, as always the main entrance projects me the impression that they are serving buffet line, neither did I know its actually a contemporary restaurant. Not only that, with chances of being here along with few others are totally slim. Mandarin Oriental is known for its award winning owner and operator, therefore Mandarin Grill is something I am looking up at.

Many of foodies like us we surely heard about Michelin star restaurant, which is a fine dine exclusive restaurant that maintain its quality all year long. There are none in Malaysia. Guess what, now Mandarin Grill is getting an exclusive chef with experience in cooking 2-Michelin star restaurant is the new chef heading the kitchen as Chef de Cuisine is Chef Reto Weber.

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There are 2 sections in this restaurant as, in this section you will be pamper with comfy mini bar counter and some sofa seating right at the window over look KLCC with a huge piano in front.

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Skipping that, you will reach a huge glass room that store with lots of good wine. .

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And here we are, the main dining area . .

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Looking at the menu tonight, I am thrilled!

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with great food, certainly wine is a great companion . .

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I love buns and these are amazing Crispy Buns with Salted Butter and Cream Cheese With Fried Shallots. I had these whole plate by myself with huge spread of butter and cream cheese, that is made fresh from oven, serve with 3 types.

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Kicking off with appetizer Black Angus Beef Carpacciosauteed wood mushroom with paramesan and pesto @ RM 70

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Pan Seared River Prawns – Spring vegetable salad with paprika dressing, something light that makes your taste bud starts going.

 

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Looking at the menu, I instantly lock this down for my mains 12 hours braised pure Angus Beef Short Ribs – morel mushroom with kohlrabi and potato puree @ RM 135

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I look down on this slab of meat that I thought I would not be filled and it proves me wrong. Braised to perfection that the meat is soft, tender and moist. I pair it with potato purree and it taste awesome along with a sip of wine. Something that you must not miss if you are here, some people do not prefer it and if you are a fan of Angus steak then should give it a try.

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At first I thought this Halibut Saltimbocca  is fish, then looking back at the menu only realize its smoked duck, sage, braised lentils , saffron jus @ RM 148

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Another amazing dish is Organic Lamb two ways – Loin, tortellini, celeriac puree, Balinese pepper sauce. Cook medium rare that you can see the blood still oozing out from the meat and sauce added on top is just aromatic. @ RM 165

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Many of other diners are aiming for this desert, as those are some regular in here and its a must have according to them. Granny Smith Apple Tart Creme France Ice Cream. It was cook to precision that the crust is slight crispy and apple is very flavourful and you must eat along with ice cream to make it more perfect, yet to me its still too sweet as I myself cant take too sweet item. The rest are just enjoy to the max with this desert.

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Dark Chocolate Sphere Yogurt sorbet, almond crumble and passion fruit

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Many girls would have their hands on this sphere, filled with dark chocolate, serving along with the sphere which is hard then pour along with hot dark chocolate puree to make a hole, that the chocolate will mix with almond crumble.

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Chef Reine came out to greet all of us.

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More about chef Reto Weber, A Swiss born, grew up in Davos, the country side of the Swiss Alps. As a chef who work at a 2 Michelin Star restaurant, Walserhof as a Commis and subsequently promoted to Demi Chef de Partie. While at Walserhof, inspired by the Exec Chef who was passionate about fresh quality products and perfection in every dish. His vast experience that he travelled to various countries in Europe, Asia, Middle East and Australia along with his memorable experience on his 3 year stint in Dubai with the opening of two 5-star hotels including the world’s first Armani Hotel design by Giorgio Armani. He is part of the pre-opening team of the world’s highest restaurant that located in 122nd floor in Burj Khalifa.

A great chef like him along with his vast experience and 2-star michelin restaurant is something to look forward for in food. For nice food hunting that willing to dig a bit more on your wallet, certainly this is one of the restaurant to hunt for!

The starters and soups selection are priced from RM32++ to RM180++ while main courses are between RM68++ to RM285++ per dish. Desserts are priced from RM18++ to RM56++ per order.

Location:
Mandarin Grill
Mandarin Oriental Hotel
Jalan Pinang
(next building to KLCC)
Kuala Lumpur City Centre,
50088 Kuala Lumpur,
Kuala Lumpur

Tel: 03-2380-8888

Operating hours:
12pm to 2.30pm for lunch
7pm to 10.30pm for dinner.

email: [email protected]

When comes to food, it is always very subjective and it seems that recently there is a big boom in Japanese Ramen industry where is start to mushroom everywhere. One of our latest findings is this outlet hidden inside Isetan 1-Utama, where I found my new love of ramen shop Menya Musashi.

[Update 2.1.2017 – found out they have change operator. Taste is different now-no longer best]

A famous ramen chain that is very famous in Japan finally reach Malaysia shore which is Menya Musashi, is one of the latest outlet that open its door to public since 6 months ago, me and my friend have been constantly returning to this shop for its perfect quality of ramen and only now I decided to blog about it. hehe~ Not only me, as many bloggers have been raving about this place and its actually good quality food being serve.

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For the first round we went 3 months ago, we gather 7 of us to attack on this place with possibility try to order the whole menu and guess how it turn out. There are stretch of chairs line up outside of this very small outlet that can be seated max 50-60 pax at one go. .

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and amazingly the turn over of this outlet is fast. People just get up and go off when finish their meal.

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not only this as you will be enjoying purely Japanese Ramen shop experience as the kitchen is very busy and you will constantly hear them yelling to motivate each other to move faster.

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Menu is pretty straight forward that you choose what types of Ramen follow by flavour broth on the right side.

  1. Shiro (white) – Onion flavoured oil/Original flavour
  2. Kuro (black) – Special oil from Fried Shallots and Garlic
  3. Aka (red) – Housemade Musashi Chili Oil
    Yeap, this is the whole menu, pretty easy to see right.

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this is the usual extra ingredient that you will get in a ramen shop as now they have fried garlic and chili powder at the side along. I love mine adding those 3 ingredient including chili oil to stir up the taste abit more.

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In Japanese restaurant its hard for us not to order Gyoza @ RM 9, as till date I have still get to eat nice gyoza in Malaysia, its being panfried perfectly on the base yet the ingredient in it just lack of the extra umph. If they add a bit more ingredient in it, then it would be just perfect.

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Next is Takana Gohan @ RM 7. A bowl of Japanese rice filled with sourish veggie (Mui Choy) and a bit of spicy taste after that. For me, I could not finish this by myself as it will be too sour for me.

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Teriyaki Chasu Gohan @ RM 9 something light for you if you do not prefer something heavy, rice is fragrant and soft top with seasoned chasu in small chunks and slices. If it comes with ramen broth along on the side then it would be a superb combination. 😀

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If you love your soup base with garlic taste then this is a bowl of broth that you should not miss. First impression of Ajimata Chashu Tsukemen @ RM33 – Ramen with ‘kuro'(special oil combined of fried shallot and garlic oil) that serve along in black colour soup like squid ink doesnt look impressive at all, yet it looks a bit weird like eating charcoal.

When you start to taste on the soup, you will be amaze on how good the broth is with garlic taste is not so strong even I like mine a bit more strong.

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Musashi Tsukemen will be the most prefer choice to start off with cuz its the orginal flavour broth, its milky thick that is just yummy! Then if you find that the taste do not suits your liking you can DIY the soup with the chili oil, chili powder and other ingredients that is available on the table. REcommended to start off @ RM27

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This would be my favourite among all as Chashu Men @ RM30 with homemade Musashi Chili Oil.REcommended!

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why is this so good as the broth taste is definitely a steal, follow by the springy thick ramen is just perfect to pair along in this bowl of ramen.

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If you decide to eat this dry ramen, please follow the step 1-3 on how to enjoy eating experience. you have to Slurrrrrpppp it~ Seriously!

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ChasuaTsukemen @RM 31 would be the dry version of ramen..serve along with broth soup at the side and some bamboo strips.

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All bowl of ramen are smack with this huge ass charsu

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The egg is so good that we decided to order extra. .  That I would always add one more additional to my bowl of ramen.

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This brand is so famous in Japan that all their bowls and spoons have the cut little samurai icon

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Master Chef Daisuke Yamaguchi

chef is always there at the counter and you can see him walk around, as we manage to capture his picture on that night. According to the 29-year-old Master Chef Yamaguchi, the secret lies in their broth – known as “tonkotsu”, (not tonkatsu, ok!) which he explained is “boiled for many hours, 10-12 hours and pork belly and chicken feet are the main ingredients, seasoned with Japanese wine and shoyu”. But why chicken feet, I asked. Well, the good chef merely gave an enigmatic smile and said “ahhh… it’s good for the collagen!”. OK, so collagen is good for your skin and all… and also for ramen. (Quoted from Pureglutton) full details about the brand drop by at her blog.

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This is the total bill that came out with 8 pax and we are totally satisfied at that round. Since that, we have return numerous round for ramen and often can crave for it!

If you are a fan or ramen then this is one of the shop that you must not miss and for first timer, it is definitely worth a try. It is slightly expensive but then its good!

Highly Recommended Ramen shop!

*Non-HALAL

-= KA CHING =-

Food rating 10/10 , highly recommended! -Stamped-

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

Location:
Menya Musashi
Level 2, Eat Paradise
Isetan @ 1-Utama
Bandar Utama City Centre
Petaling Jaya

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