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Now as all local businesses are gearing up for MCO phase 4 where alot F&B is already opening up for business. All of us are already flocking out to support local businesses by dining out. Latest hidden gem discovery in what to eat in Ampang is this Back Alley Pasta helm by Chef Jay serving classic Italian and Japanese food range. the place is indeed hide behind a row of shoplot BUTTTT in the back alley “lorong”.

If high end dining is out of your budget then I would highly recommend this private dining concept that would not break your pocket. Not a fancy restaurant but my kind of dining concept by sitting the kitchen while watching chef in action.

I enjoy one of my best dining experience in Melbourne – Press Club Experimental Kitchen  . Although cannot compare, but its a great start for our local scene

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I am starting to get impress with all our young local talent as Chef Jay is currently only 31 years old hand having being train with a few famous culinary chef in Singapore and now is back to Malaysia, ready to penetrate our local market, for Italian food in KL.

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This is just fun as we will be dining like a private kitchen dining that able to cater for only 9 pax. So reservation is highly recommended as while I am there chatting with chef, his reservation right now is 1 month in advance booking. I am lucky to get a spot here with 10 days in advance.

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Chef Jay will on serve us best ingredient that he can source with affordable price, so that all his customer would get to enjoy best of his cooking. All his pasta are also made fresh daily right before open for dining.

The little trick is, do ask chef what he have special of the day. It is not in the menu. Special of the day is base on the best ingredient he got for the day to shape it out. The 2 item I order maybe might not be available during your time of visit.

 

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Starting off with Crisped cocktail potato with thyme @ RM 18. Simple dish that elevate it to another level. A dish that is cook with pig oil, let it pan fry till it is soft and topped with variety toppings and end with with cheddar cheese on top. Soft and fragrant.

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spaghetti with hokkaido scallop

This is Chef Special in hidden menu or his special of the day. Today we got Hokkaido Scallop Pasta. One of the best dish for the night as the spaghetti is al dante, broth that cooked along shimmer to perfection. Topped with variety condiments and with torch burned fresh Hokkaido Scallop. – recommended (sorry I throw away my receipt – forgot check price)

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Another special dish in special menu is this Salmon Belly Don. Another perfect dish as the cut of belly and you justlook at the layer of it. Well balance and topped with fish roe. Best of all is, soy sauce is chef special homemade soy sauce. It is good, light and not too salty yet goes very well with the whole bowl element. With special season daikon in it give a balance of crips where it needs.

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classic carbonara

Next is this chef famous signature dish : Squid Ink Tagliolini Carbonara with Smoked Bacon and Soft Boiled Egg @ RM 27. Near classic style of cabonara that is topped with chef onsen egg. Yolk that ooze out makes it slight creamier and is also another of my favourite.

Those of you are not use to “too” creamy then this would be best to share.

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After finish the top, I still wanted to try more by ordering another best seller : Antipasti : Quinoa, Spinach and Truffle Arancini with Pomodoro Sauce. @ RM 22. I was lucky as this was the last portion for the day, which was only at 7.30pm. Means those diners after me will no longer get to try this.

To avoid disappointment, this is best to pre-order along your reservation.

This is fried to perfection, crisp on the outside with hint of spice on the layer and the filling in it just burst with flavors.

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do note that the place do not serve Alcohol, so you can do your own BYO at only RM 10 corkage fee. But do not have ice also. that is why it is so cheap. Do not expect fancy wine glass as they only provide some glasses, which I am happy.

I know it is Japanese and Italian fusion, I brought along a bottle of White wine and just pairs so well with all his food.

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I am happy for my food for the night. My total bill came about RM 180. Certainly would want to come back with a larger group. One of the best Italian Food in KL for such concept.

Make your reservation thru their insta @backalleypasta

If you do not want to dine in, then you can order take away from Beepit

Other local young chef recommendation will be as below:

  1. little PIg in SS2 The Hub – Spanish Food
  2. GoodDam – modern Italian 
  3. JuugatsuTen Japanese Dining – Omakase

*NON-Halal

-= Ka Ching =-

Food Rating 9/10, love it!!!~Recommended-Stamped-

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

Location:
Back Alley Pasta
No8 jalan 1/67b, Off,
Jalan Mengkudu,
55000 Kuala Lumpur

Operating Hours: 5pm – 10pm

Tel: 014-758 5780

Kaiju Company is definitely one of the new kids on the block at AWP, Bangsar that gaining its popularity among many foodies out there. A small cozy place that will definitely win your heart away with its simple setting. Certainly gives a good replica like all those hidden restaurant in Melbourne. This place offer Japanese & Thai fusion gastronomic experience.

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remark : visited them 23/01/2022 : food quality is not the same as when they open. Still okay

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Always love to be seated at the bar area where you can see all the actions of chefs and preparations.

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Love the menu too, as Kaiju is indeed a Godzilla. offerings are pretty decent and straight forward.

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For cocktail we tried – Sake + Lemongrass @ RM 22. Not too strong, yet just nice to pair with your food. Refreshing drink.

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A few dishes was highly recommended by my friend. Started off with – Bara Bara Chirashi + 1 Spicy miso soup @ RM 30 – Original Kaiju style mixed sashimi rice bowl. A simple bowl of charishi that is filled with fresh sashimi. Nice aroma as with a little twist in it as you do taste a bit of sourish end.

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Miso soup is interesting, as it is like a near clear soup miso soup yet gives you a hint of spiciness.

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As long as I sit at the bar and by looking at their preparation, Yoyoki Tuna Tataki @ RM 26 – Mango Salad, Namtuk Sauce & Garlic Sauce is indeed one of a very consistent dish. with 1 cm cook at the side that still remains most of it raw is what I am expecting. Great snack dish as the mango and garlic sauce do pair well.

 

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This dish was highly recommended by my friend so Tomyum Udon is the dish that would want to go after @ RM 28 – udon, fish noodle, prawns, squid, mushroom and egg. This is indeed not your ordinary udon as the flavour is with a twist. Mild creamy soup base that gives you a nice aroma of coconut yet you can taste a bit of tomyum flavour which did not overpowering the rest of the taste. Prawn is fresh and love the fish noodle which is chewy and springy.

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Others I have tried along the way – August 2017 :

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Kaiju Fried Chicken is simple and good! top with their in house flavouring is just nice to keep you moving. Lime enhance the taste along lifting up the chili leaves.

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Daikan Gyu Tan Salad @ RM 24

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I think this was special of the day.

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555 Salmon Tata @ RM 28

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BKK Asomboi is very refreshing in our hot weather. @ RM 10

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This place is indeed a great place to hunt for a nice fusion food. Food and presentation is what I am not expecting as flavours are. Price is decent.

The only set back is that, there are no reservation. You have to walk in or wait for table. Average waiting time is 30 minutes to 1 hour. Do prepare to get a spot as the sitting capacity in here is limited.

*Pork Free

-= Ka Ching =-

Food Rating 8/10, Nice Jap Thai Fusion restaurant.!.-Stamped-

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

Location:
Kaiju Company
29, Jalan Riong, Bangsar,
59100 Kuala Lumpur

Phone: +60 3-2788 3796

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kaijucompany/

Business Hours :
Tuesday – Sunday 星期二 至 星期日 | 12pm – 3pm ; 6pm – 10pm
Monday 星期一 |closed

GPS: 3.124316,101.674261

Kaiju Company Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

The Eight Avenue Bar & Restaurant is one of the latest edition to Publika family. Its just only about a few weeks old and since the first visit, it had been one of my hang out spot in the area. Find the staff are very warm and they have created a friendly warm feelings in this outlet

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Do check out their promo as they do have pretty cool promo running before 9pm including happy hour beers.

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Apparently, I believe the guy that came to our table is the owner introduce us, their cocktail is pretty good too. That I shall save it for my next visit when I am coming for happy hour.

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To those of you who love pork, their menu offering is rather interesting, that most of the descriptions sounds good.

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First order came Sticky PigRM 19.90 serves pork ribs stewed, and then grilled to perfection with toppings of caramelized apple and sticky sauce. I am not a fan of coriander, yet they cleverly infuse it with their own dressing and the taste is well pair up with sticky pig. Little sourish, and sweet end.

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Next which is one of their signature on this nicely presented plate which is Angles and Demons @ RM 14.90, smoked salmon wrapped in juicy cantaloupe and bacon wrapped prunes. This is my first time having prunes top with bacon, taste is pretty unique to me and follow with a bite of smoke salmon to give it a juicy sweet fruity end. White wine would be ideal for this pairing.

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Another dish which do look ordinary which is Pulled Pork Tacos @ RM 29.90. For a pretty serving of homemade version and price is rather steep for 4 pieces of pork tacos, but its a comfort food that have a great balance of taste. 

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When during our order, the owner insisted that we try on their house signature or his personal recommendation Cauliflower Manchurian @ RM 11.90 battered dipped plants with Manchurian sauce. Upon serving, it does smells good and it sure do look like fried chicken skin instead of cauliflower. After the first bite, it leads the plate gone within the next 60 seconds and we were in the midst of ordering another plate. Sticky, aromatic sweet sour end sure do give a good lift with beer.

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In the description in the menu, it sure do sound superb, when it was presented, the look of it is quite a let down. After slicing the pork and try it out with creamy mushroom is a bomb. The outstanding mushroom sauce give the creaminess taste that its needed with a little crunch of the greens and pork was cook to perfection.  Pork ScallopiniRM 28.90

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Usually when it comes to pasta range, I would often end up with carbonara range, as this round it was a fair share of ordering, Zucchini Pasta Doppelganger was chosen for its healthy description. @ RM 24.90. Tossed in basil pesto Portobello mushrooms and sundried tomato that makes me feel is very comfortable home cooking. Pretty strong in pesto sauce and sun dried tomato give the sourness taste of it, there are more greens than the pasta.

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Among all the presentation, this sure impress us the most. Beautifully platted which is Sunny Salmon @ RM 24.90. It looks inviting on its mix greens on the side.

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For such a meal, dessert is a must as we look through the menu, Angela’s Passion @ RM 17.20 capture our attention. It is pretty and looks flavorful, however many elements of flavors could not be tasted. 

Its a nice bar and restaurant if you are looking for comfort food with a unique twist in it. Worth giving it a try as I will be coming back to try a few other items.

*NON-HALAL

-= KA CHING =-

Food rating 7.5/10 , pretty good ! -Stamped-

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

Location:

The Eight Avenue Restaurant and Bar is located at:
D2-G3-03, Solaris Dutamas
Kuala Lumpur 50580
Tel: +60 12 407 7045

Business Hour: Mon- Sun (12pm-12am)

GPS: 3. .17141, 101.66497
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theeighthavenuekl
Website: http://theeighthavenue.my/

The Eight Avenue Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

A new outlet that had just pop out in the neigbourhood of Damansara Kim. Tug in a quiet area but it had start to gain its fame thru online platform. We got to know that KomPassion one of a NON-Halal Thai food, then it makes us even more eager to try it out. Then decided to head to that outlet and do menu attack again..

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I love the interior of the outlet which is creatively set up, that is very simple yet look elegant, with zink atap roof, wooden platform chairs on the side with pillows and lights below  . .

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 Water paip s as the support frame of the lap. .

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A group of us sitting there quietly browsing on the menu, then got slightly excited as they offer quite a range of food to choose from and many new items or signature to hunt for. Price are slightly more expensive . .

As usual, when we go in a group of food bloggers without any invites, the usual still we will be equip with our gear – lights and camera. As the food came, every one in the restaurant were very curious on what we are doing. Then only the owners drop by our table to introduce themselves as Desmond Wong and Tan Huat Jin (who are brothers-in-law). Even better to know that both of them actually  teamed up with Chef Nikom Uatthong to set up this restaurant.

How the name Kompassion came up is they know the chef have alot of passion in cooking hence by using his last 3 character of his name and combine with this and that is how the name being created.

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We started off with starter. KomPassion Chicken Wings @ RM17.90 A very simple dish that well marinated with spices and I was saying, if order a beer would have been perfect.

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Stir Fried Kai Lan @ RM15

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 First pork dish and we are all excited, as The Paneang Curry Pork Loin came first..

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A bit dissapointed on the other end as for the price of RM 35 its a rather small portion. Curry is thick with a hint of basil taste after that. Its not bad to go along with rice.

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If you prefer something light and more soupy gravy, Green Curry Crispy Pork is the one that you should go after. Filled with basil leave taste, slightly creamy curry gravy and the pork cook along can still taste the crisp of the [email protected] RM35

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Tom Yum Fried Rice with Grilled SeafoodRM18.90 , is cook in a healthy way with multi-grain brown rice is used and the serving came with grilled squid rings, a medium-sized prawn, crabsticks and salmon fillet. At the price I find this is very reasonable and rice being fried to fragrant and the sauce pairs very well, with seafood is fresh.

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If you travel to Thai often, then many of us would not miss pork leg rice, as its the same in Kompassion Pork Leg Rice, when we saw this in the menu, its a must order. Pork meat is soft and juicy with gravy and the chili sauce that pair along is mild spicy and sourish end taste.  @ RM25.90

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One of my favorite which is under KomPassion Special, we ordered the Double Cooked Pork Belly and Soft Shell Crabs with Cucumber Salad @ RM65. The pork skin is awesome, that its crispy on every bite and the meat is tender. Unami sauce that shower into it that makes the taste even better. Soft Shell crab on the other end fried to perfection till crisp and top with ebiko to make it even more bitefull feeling. – Recommended!

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Tom Yum Fish @ RM45 with a spicy level of 2 (choose from 1-3, 3 being the spiciest). For those who cant really like spicy then would advise to go for level one. As the spiciness doesnt kicks in immediately, will suddenly shot up and I down a glass of water instantly. Its challenging yet I would not mind to go for level 3. 😀 Fish slices that cook along is soft and fresh. – recommended!

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Tako @ RM10 is one of the signature in the outlet as its better for you to pre-order first when you are ordering your meal. Smooth coconut milk texture on the top and pandan base makes it hard to resist and and Ice Cream with Jackfruit and Red Ruby @ RM10, I find it pretty average..

Cheese cake are complimentary for us to try (bottom left)

In the end our bill came into RM 382.50 for 6 pax. Slightly more expensive than normal dining restaurant but its pretty satisfying with the offering in the restaurant. Surely will come back again as there are a few dishes that I am looking to back for.

Remark: do note that this is a Fusion Thai restaurant as the taste might not be at your expectation as the taste had been tweak.

If you are looking for some nice Thai food, surely this would be my another recommended restaurant.

*NON-HALAL

-= KA CHING =-

Food rating 8/10 , nicee, for a fusion restaurant – recommended! -Stamped-

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

Location:
Kompassion
No.5, Jalan SS 20/11,
Damansara Utama,
46350, Petaling Jaya,
Selangor.
Tel: 03-7731 9256
Business Hours: 12pm to 2:30pm, 6pm to 10:30pm
Closed on Mondays


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Sometimes, hunting nice food is when you look at some pictures that you like and you go for it. So often that I hear this modern Thai dining serve pretty good food is Fa Ying by Rama V. I get to know this place when I saw my friend insta it while they are enjoying their meal there. Then not long after that see them Insta again. Then it got me very curious about the place and food and its a recommended place by them.

Since my friends birthday is around the corner, therefore I suggest this nice restaurant for birthday dinner.

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Get to know that t Fa Ying means “princess” in Thai and by that you would nod your head once you know that it is connected. That is how I feel I am connected when I first saw this place. 😀

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At night this whole restaurant look pretty comfy with nice lighting and set up with bar in the middle of Fa Ying by Rama V.

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Sitting outside at night without wind can be like in sauna . . .

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Starting to love this place when I they have happy hour buy 1 free 1 all day long. AT times before movie will drop by for a drink.

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Offering in this Fa Ying by Rama V seems pretty good as I have asked my friend the list what is the must have item and she recommended a few.

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This is something new to me as Watermelon salad is something light and simple to start off with, sweet and burst with watermelon juices, light mint taste and goat cheeze is added to make the taste more kick. @ RM 12

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In salad range, I was asked not to miss out their signature Pamelo Salad with Prawns @ RM16, mint leaves are added along, light herbs taste in between and the pamelo is sweet sour base that pair with the ingredient very well.

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Thai Fish Cake @ RM 12

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It will never be complete if you step into a Thai restaurant without ordering Tom Yum, the version here is rather mild and serve along with 2 slices of toast bread. Bread is good but to pair with thai soup its a bit weird.

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Pinapple Fried Rice is pretty good as fried to fragrance and pineapple taste did not overpower the rice.

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All ala carte order comes with this bowl of thai fragrant rice and a bow of thai salad. Thai salad is popular among the rest as the sour base and spicy end makes it nice.

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Follow by our mild spicy Curry Duck. Duck meat is not too hard yet cook to perfection that the gravy is slightly thicker and coated well on the duck meat. Love this dish.

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Phad Thai is like one of my favourite dish. Will try to order if available or not to full. Thin noodles here are pretty good, and did not fried too dry, slightly  moist to my liking. Serve along with peanuts and bean sprout to stir all together along.

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Prawn Speghetti

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Clearly Roasted duck sandwich @ RM20++

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Is the clear winner for the night as it was gone within seconds. Smack in between 2 slices of toast Ciabatta  with combination of duck, vegetables and sauces is just nice. Fa Ying by Rama V

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Here is the biday girl and her cakes.

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Of course my usual order placement of cakes will be from Fatboybakes.blogspot.com

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Lastly, for the celebration and we were told their signature cocktail that we shall not miss is Marquessa @ RM100, uniquely served in a huge fishbowl as the mixture of the drink  filled with dragon fruit, cucumber, burnt orange peel, Absolute Blue, white wine, soda and 7-Up. Nice to drink and can at least be share with 5-6 friends.  If you are a cocktail lover, then this is one of the item you shall not miss..

For a pork free restaurant to come out with this flavorful dish, I must say I am impress. Total bill for the night came out RM650. Not bad for a recommendation.

*PORK Free

-= 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:
Fa Ying by Rama V
The Boulevard, Paradigm Mall
Kelana Jaya, Petaling Jaya.

Tel: +603-7451 2933

Opens daily from 11am onwards.

Who would really know that actually in PJ Trade center hidden a few bars and restaurant and a new discovery in the small area we found Gecko Restaurant, Bar & Lounge with a very unique desert that worth to be share with you guys.

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Gecko is located at the end of the stretch of the bar or more visible is next to Ecobar . . .

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A place that offers comfy dining in a very peaceful environment

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They have tiger and Guinness draft available for you beer drinkers. . .

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They offer fusion food in the restaurant ..

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Chicken Merguez Sausage

As below are all the super stars for the night, as for the first time we come across superb alcohol ice cream. So we ordered a few and this is the first one that came.

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Single Malt 12 years old Macallan – Ice cream is quite solid soft that pairs the taste of Macallan very well, that is not too strong, yet get to taste the alcohol is there and did not overpower the taste of vanilla. – RM 12

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The super star of the night is this Guinness Flavor! It is exactly like drinking Guinness! I think would be very best to order a pint of Guinness and put a few scoops of this to make it like alcohol float! Recommended! RM10

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Italian Kahlua, I would say more suits to girls as Kahlua already known by itself its a coffee liquor that is not too strong in flavour and best perfect to pair with milk and it is just right to go along. RM 10

Another Flavor is Johnnie Walker – Turns out to be not bad but have tasted the best above so my taste bud had overpower this flavor. RM 10

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Bailey’s Mud Pie @ RM 10

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I often had Mud Pie but never come across this Bailey’s Mud Pie that a soft warm chocolate pie is place on a mini sea alcohol of Baileys. The taste is warm, filled with alcohol and a perfect combination with ice-cream that makes it very unique in taste! – Recommended

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Peanut Butter Snow Pie @ RM 10

If you are looking for something different for your desert, Gecko is one of the place to hunt for something you rarely try and its good! as for my own personal favourites of Ice – Cream I would choose 2 flavours is a must try is Guinness and Macallen!

Besides that, Gecko offer services such as:

1. Shisha available daily from 8pm onwards til late
2. Live band performances on Wed, Thu and Fri
3. Saturday Happy hour all day long
4. Wine & liqour available
5. Signatures: Italian Sausages, Duck Sausages, Pasta, Grills and especially the alcoholic range of ice cream and desserts

Facebook: www.facebook.com/geckogastrobar
For weddings & private functions: Can contact Joanne: 012-2218422

Location:
Gecko Restaurant, Bar & Lounge
Lot B-G-01, Menara Bata, PJ Trade Centre,
No 8, Jalan PJU 8/8A, Damansara Perdana,
47820 Petaling Jaya, Malaysia

Tel :03- 749 21035

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