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Staying nearby the area had particularly making Publika or 1-U my second home as whenever thought of food, Publika area would certainly come into picture. It was not untill recently one of my reader highly recommend me this newly open place called Ante Kitchen & Bar that located along the stretch of Papa Rich is one of a new pork place to die for.

Listening to their advise, I have organize my usual pork hunters to come and do menu attack on their range. Along the way, also found out that the onwer a group of 6 love pork as much as we do by using premium Sakura Pork ingredients, AKB’s kitchen fuses traditional European dishes with flavors typically associated with the Orient.

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Ante Kitchen & Bar just started operation in mid October 2012 and since then starting to gain its popularity. When the boss see us one group came in and order so much yet fully equip with camera and got him curious. Then he asked “Are we bloggers” then some say yes some say no cuz to keep our identity discreet.

Out of curiosity, we ask how did the catchy name came about. Its about a group of best friends of six loved to play Poker as a past time back in their university days. Knowing the risks (four out of five restaurants close within the first three years, statistically speaking) but not knowing the odds of starting a successful restaurant, the six decided to wager. They put their skills, effort, time, money and sheer “can-do” determination down as the initial contribution – the stake, hence another word is the Ante.

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Interior is rather simple and cozy with simple with light European concept with sofas on the side and outdoor dining area for smokers . . .. . .

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build up of the place with mini bar and serving Carlsberg Draft beer range

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Welcoming you to Ante with oink oink~

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Recycling wine bottles to put in their creative design .. .

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Price range are pretty reasonable and food rage are pretty complete. . .

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STarting off our drinks with imported Sarsi’s  Saxbys Sars. Its a bit bitter end and sweet also. Not my type of drink.

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1) Iced Lemon Tea @ RM9

2) Rosie’s Lychee Fizz @ RM12

3) Mint Lime

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1) Rosie’s Lychee Fizz @ RM12

2) Lemon-Lime Bitters @ RM13highly recommended as one of the drink I could best find in KL food industry as it is the nearest as far as I have tried when I was in Melbourne. The most important ingredient is the bitters shot, that a drink that create a light sourish taste with bitter end. This is just well balance and perfect.

3) Citrus Mint Cooler @ RM12

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We kick start with something simple while waiting for orders The Hot Dog – wrapped in bacon papered sausage with apple mustard @ RM 18. Wrap and fried to perfection with slightly burnt at the end of bacon and golden brown colour that makes it look sexy. Aroma of it is so good that we cant wait to cut it off and put into our mouth. The sauce is the most amazing thing as they manage to well balance mustard and apple together is something new yet appetizing, dipping along with the sausage is just the perfect.

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Follow by some bites of cut lamb sausage with bacon, and this would be good to go along with beer. Yumz!

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Chunky Mushroom Soup @ RM 12 is another recommended dish with blended mushroom, just the right creaminess to kick start my meal with, I ended up having 2 bowls of this. We go a bit of adventure with , Chef Tomasco Soup – special tomato soup with mild spicy twist garnish with croutons @ RM 13. Slight spicy to make your taste bud awaken.

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Cod Crab Mash @ RM18 its like potato in pot with cod in it. Spread it out and share is a nice dish to kick start with.

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If you love green, another amazing order that you must not miss is Crispy Pork Trotter salad @ RM 21 with chunky fried pork trotter that every bite is filled with crisp and with their home made sauce is awesome – Recommended, secondary you can order Smoked Duck Salad @ RM 23.

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Now heading to mains as the smell of this Signature Charizo & Bacon already makes us salivate and looking at the texture filling with heavy cheeze on the top and the smell just trail on the air is something hard to resist. Crispy base, generous ingredient and this pizza was gone within 60 seconds. @ RM 27 – highly recommended

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Up in the Ante POrk BurgerAnte Special Pork Patty wrap in prime cuts of bacon strips & runny yolk @ RM 35

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For burger range, we hunt down their signature and there is nothing much more to compliment of it, with patty is well cook that its soft and juicy, fragrant oil from bacon that pair along the patty, melted cheeze and oozing running yolk as it might get messy but dine happily after that.

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Char Grilled Pork Steaksignature pork ribs with berry cream sauce, serve with mash potato and baked apple @ RM 33 Love a huge slice of pork with balance of pork fat and meat, then this would be a dish that you should not be miss. Grill to perfection that the pork fats is soft, and you definitely have to eat along with the meat and dip abit of the berry cream sauce to make a great combo~

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This dish not many people can take it, as some find it too creamy, The Real Bacon Carbonara cook out to my liking, creamy enough to paint your whole mouth creamy white, slightly fragrant with black pepper and pork bacon with mushroom just add on to your chewy mouth. @ RM 27 – it would be best advise to share this dish as many of us find it too creamy but for me, I can just finish this whole dish by myself.

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Something light that not so heavy then opt for Caramelize Garlic Olio – pasta with bacon topped with caramelized garlic @ RM 23

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Seafood Marinara – fresh river prawns, green mussels, and clams cook in herb tomato puree @ rM 35 – huge prawn and clamps that make the dish look luxury to be eaten, indeed that the seafood is fresh.

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The Hogger POrk Ribs – hickory piglet ribs with homemade BBQ sauce @ RM  75

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A pork ribs that is seriously huge that is nearly as long as my face.

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Gratinated Pork Loin – tender pork loin, layered with sautee potato  follow by mushroom cheeze and cream. Finish with arugula salad @ RM 29

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Chicken Pragmigiana – tender piece of crumbed chicken topped with homemade tomato puree and grated cheeze served with side of mash and [email protected] RM 27

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Volcano Sacrifice find that the lean meat is a bit dry @ RM30

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Crispy Pork Knuckle @ RM 78

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The best way to eat this is to put 3 sauces ontop of the meat and filled it in with one bite. It will be burst of flavours.

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Such a perfect pork dinner, nowdays I am having the habbit of ending my meal with coffee. Latte is nice here. @ RM 9

If you are  pork lover like us, no doubht that Ante Kitchen & Bar will be one of a highly recommended restaurant by me as with their consistency in food is there. I have dine here 3 times over this place.

As the owner found out that we are bloggers then he is giving readers like you to enjoy either a free cocktail or a glass of house red/white wine from our menu with every RM100 purchase on their bill from Monday to Thursdays (excluding public holidays).

Also on Mondays to Thursdays, no corkage fees would be charged if you Bring-Your-Own red and/or white wines.

If alcoholic drinks are not your cup of tea but do not want to miss out on our Monday to Thursday specials, just speak to our front house managers. We would be more than happy to accommodate any special requests if it is within our capacity.

First timer in this restaurant? this would be my 6 recommended dish for you to go after:

1) Crispy Pork Trotter salad
2) Chunky Mushroom Soup
3) Signature Charizo & Bacon
4) Up in the Ante POrk Burger
5) Char Grilled Pork Steak
6) The Real Bacon Carbonara

*NON-Halal

-= KA CHING =-

Food rating 8.5/10 , pretty good pork, recommended~ -Stamped-

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

Location:
Ante Kitchen & Bar,
A2-G1-09, Solaris Dutamas, Kuala Lumpur.
(Same row as Pappa Rich, facing the main road.)

Phone: 03-62063364

Omg! Time just flies as last month I was compiling my collage for Last year main event Arthur’s day for photo print and now I got invited again for this year GUINNESS Arthur’s Day 2012 Media Launch on 23rd August. Times really past in a blink of eye. This round the launching took place at one of a new bar in Tropicana Mall, Studio Lounge.

It will be another month long celebration with promotions for this year Arthur’s Day 2012 with more than 11000 outlets nationwide starting from 23rd August 2012 till the 30th of September 2012. The celebrations will also see the return of the Guinness arThursday Music Parties, which take place every Thursday in selected outlets across the Klang Valley.

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For this year, the themed “A Celebration Made Of More”, inspired by Arthur Guinness’ bold legacies, Guinness fans and music lovers this year will have 3 unique music events taking place simultaneously, citywide on 28th September 2012. It will be another  music celebration this year as they provide music lovers an evening of live music spanning over 5 hours in 3 separate locations around Kuala Lumpur.

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As I reach the location, I am suprise by this converted Trailer with a few bar counter in it to serve Guinness.

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Many pretty Guinness girls are helping out. .

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This is what I mean with a few mini bar that serve Guinness.

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By standing behind here, gives me a great memory when I was working in a bar during my study period oversea, and in here we get a chance to stand behind the bar to make our fresh pint from the tap along to learn from the pro’s how to pour a perfect pint.

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Here is how you pour by tilt 45 degree and let it flow from the tap till it reach Guinness word then let it sit still for the creamy foam to flow up then continue pouring till it fills up.

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Here is my perfect pint pouring.

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As you walk till the end of this trailer then you will see all the Guinness merchandise for sale and nice item they have here, especially the can opener.

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not long after that, guest and media start to fill up this place pretty fast.

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This is the cool stage that they have converted it into for some of the local band performance later and the launching.

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Food being serve to all of us . . .

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all of us are enjoying ourselves here, with Benjamin, Simon and Me

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Anna, Naomi and Me

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How can we not have Guinness on our table to celebrate this great launch together with the rest.

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These are the few crazy people after down some pint.

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ahhh..this guy is classic, Yatz that have been Mia in Blogging scene for quite a while and now great to see him back. 🙂

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As the night proceed, emcee for the GUINNESS® Arthur’s Day media launch is Serena C, that is welcoming guests at the start of the festivities.

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Not only this as ‘A special addition to the celebration this year, in tribute to Arthur’s philanthropic legacies, is the launch of the Arthur Guinness Fund in Malaysia in partnership with British Council, Malaysia. More than RM200000 will be channeled to the program which aims to support local Malaysian social entrepreneurs with the passion for the Malaysia community to deliver measurable, transformational change in our local communities.’

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To Arthur! The man that gave us the world’s favourite black brew and left us a legacy inspired by many.

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Right after that, we were greeted with many local bands performing hard to get a chance to perform on the actual day of Arthur’s day event. It will be the same like last year’s success  ‘arThursday Talent Search’, again they are giving an opportunity to aspiring Malaysian artist a platform to promote their music. For this round there will be 6 up coming local music talents will be battling it out for the once in a lifetime opportunity to be the opening act for ‘Creed’ at the Arthur’s Day concert in Indonesia this year.

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These will be the few bands that going to perform on selected locations in the spread of upcoming 3 weeks, Underheadlights, Car Crash Hearts, Once Upon a Time There Was a Sausage Named Bob, Rhythm Nation, SonaOne, and Busco.

Arthur’s Day 2012 promotions (Everyday) over 11000 bars and pub nationwide starting 1st Sept – 30th Sept 2012.
  • Buy 1 bucket of Guinness Foreign Extra Stout or 4 glasses of Guinness Draught and get an exclusive Guinness Arthur’s Day Pen. There are 3 designs available.

arThursday promotions (Every Thursday)
Guinness will be hosting arThursday over 600 parties at more than 175 selected outlets starting 1st Sept – 30th Sept 2012. Evnjoy Guinness at a special price every Thursday in the month of September.

Here are the selected scene in Klang Valley:

A few years back where some areas in Penang had been crown with UNESCO’s World Heritage Cities Program, a few area started to grow with small little cafe’s and backapackers inn are mushrooming arond the area (Ryokan Chic Hostel is one of the latest addition to the area) to cater local and foreign tourist which I am hoping it will become a mini like Jonker street in the future, which Penang is lacking of. . .. .One of the latest discovery that was told by my friend to ask me to check it out was this little cafe smack at the junction of New Lane and Muntri street, bye the name of  ‘Behind 50’ . .

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The shop is very obvious that it is painted in bright yellow colour walls which is only the single story unit. . .

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The whole place is decorated with very rustic feeling, mostly with their own creative design to ensure that the cafe is as heritage as possible . .

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with nice photo’s on the wall as deco . .

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even use this old classic player to play music for its cafe ..

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The cafe is certainly not big that can host only a few tables and mini bar seating area

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for a cafe like that to offer that range of food is quite good ..

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Like the Ice-Lemon Tea which is very homemade style and under this hot weather, this is just what I need. . . Refreshing sip’s .. .

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Mushroom soup wasnt on par with what I expected, as I find it too creamy and thick, a bit blend in taste too . .

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I guess this would sure be a another great place to hang out with friends with their drinks are certainly up for grab, and filled with modernize pre-war style deco and the pricing of it is sure quite reasonable  . . . .For food wise I havent really try out on it, and no comment. . .as on the day I went, there were only one guy working which is ‘pau ka liau’ the whole scene  . . . So do have patient that they are lack of man power if you plan to visit here. .

Location:

Behind 50,
Junction of Muntri Street and Love Lane,
Penang

Mon – Wed:11:30-01:00
Fri – Sun:11:30-01:00

Phone: +60124939230


View Behind 50 @ Muntri Street in a larger map

Often my friend asked me, where is the best cheap place to stay in Penang and I always have issues in recommending that as to find something really nice like what offers in Taiwan is hard to find, but not until recently there is one new Ryokan Chic Hostel that opened up that offers a very good rate especially to those who travels in group.

Cannot deny that this Ryokan Chic Hostel is one of the place that I would be recommending to all travelers if you are looking for somewhere comfy, clean environment and looking to make some new friends while travelling and with its cheap rates at backpackers price for a 3 star hotel stay,this would certainly can accommodate all types of travelers. Best even to backpackers looking for budget place to stay or travelers looking for a budget stay over the weekend for a place that offers Japanese Theme accommodation.

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Ryokan Chic Hostel is smack in the middle  Unesco World Heritage territory, surrounded by rustic architecture buildings and cultural sites, as there are also a few other operating rustic and classic cafes operating around it.

Besides that, for party animal, this place is just 5 minutes walk to a large Hawker center called Red Garden and 10 minutes walk to Penang most happening place which is Upper Penang road that filled with Bar and Clubs, also 10 minutes walk to famous Nasi Kandar Line Clear.

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At the main entrance welcomes you the modern style of baba n Nyonya concept as what I feel . .

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and I love the interior which is very simple and nice place to hang out, as the counter sited right in front is their check-in counter for your rooms.

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You are able to rent towels and other basic necessities you need.

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They have a mini bar to cater for their inhouse guest and at the moment which is not fully operational yet . .

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Dining place for your breakfast, lunch and dinner n also they have high speed wifi for you to use. Just incase you would want to connect to your love ones or keep in touch with your friends.

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They have 2 types of rooms available which is Suites Room that offer at the rate of RM 68 and I didnt manage to view this room as it was fully occupied but you can view it at their website (click here)

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Very nice walkway with a bit of garden concept and white lamps placed right in front of their rooms.

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Then other facilities for other rooms do not have toilet build in it and its a shared toilet available at the back of the hostel. Washing area. . .

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and 6 toilets available

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Let’s head up to their dorm room and you evolve from as you climb up the stairs. . .

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Before you head to their dorm you are required to put all your shoes in this shelves which is available upper section called The Loft,

6 Bed Dorm

The Sunrise, 6 Bed Dorm

The Classic, 4 Bed Dorm

The Chic, 4 Bed Dorm

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this is the 4 Chic room dorm which are only meant for female only  . . . . that RM38 per bed for a night.

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chic room also get a huge Hollywood glass frame to do their dressing up and putting on  make up.

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Each traveller will have a individual locker each to put in their stuff. .

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If you are bored in the room they have area Chillax Corner that filled with bean bags. .

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The rooms do not have tv and they include this super comfy area filled with bean bags too is this little entertainment area. . .

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They also have Reading Corner to do some leisure reading or while waiting for your friend to get ready you can browse thru some magazine.

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This are the rates on all the item including the room rates for you to check out and cannot deny that this is surely one of a good cheap accomodation to be highly recommended to travelers around the world if you do visit Penang also for its attractive location located UNESCO heritage zone and surrounding food they can go after. .

One thing to note is that, there are very LIMITED parking space available. .

Hopefully there will be more budget hotel or clean nice backpackers Hostel available in the future.

For more info or reservation you can check at their website: MyRyokan

Location:

Ryokan @ Muntri Street
62 Jalan Muntri
Georgetown
Penang
10200
Malaysia

Tel: 04-2500287

MAP click here

During big occasions of celebrations, most of us definitely would celebrate outside, it depends on restaurant, bar, playground, seaside or anywhere but for this one occasion we decided to rock this Movida  place by arranging a dinner and surprise birthday party for one of our friend.

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Modiva Kitchen, Bar and Club Longue is one of the few latest edition in this one hot spot area at Sunway Giza that start operats at April 2010. A place where usually pack with people for happy hours with their great promotions and after 10pm on certain days it will become a club for people to partayyy with an option without travelling so far down to KL.

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If you feel you do not want to be indoor then they have the outdoor area that a mini bar that served draft beer.

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Indoor before 10pm it is more like a dining space with all plates and cutleries are in place when it is after 10 the place will change

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Be prepared to get pampered by the wide range selection of draft beer.

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As me, Vialentino, Uli and Ken were there early, we decided to go on for their Kilkenny draft beer, anything with draft I am into it.

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A perfect half pint of Kilkenny with the smooth silky foam at the top of it.

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Need to take a break after a long day hard work and enjoying myself in this great ambiance.

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DJ of the night will blast you off with RnB, Trance, House and on certain days have different music. Their RnB mixing is good…

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If you feel you need in style with some privacy space with your own friends, then get this VIP area with solid red sofa that suits you well by overlook at the dance floor.

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Monday to Saturday having different promotions and music.

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Yvonne, Shell, Choi Yen and Jas

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Lemongrass Tea

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Milkshake – Thick and creamy with ice cream taste, worth the price.

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Special lychee ice-blended – chill and sweet of lychee taste

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Iced lychee that had hint of lime which is sweet and a bit of sour.

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Mojito – not solid hard in taste but great to go along with pizza.

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Special MOVIDA cocktail

If you are craving for pork burger and you type the word in Google, guess which restaurant that pop out? CrisTang is no longer a stranger to most of the foodie, this is not an ordinary burger like our fast food chain or Ramly burger, when comes to the crave of this, I have been reading a lot of foodie blog about this place with certain selection which is must have or must try! Famous Pork Burger CrisTang

It was not until recently, I manage to drag my colleague to dine at this place which I have been wanted to go for so long~ In this restaurant, besides the famous pork burger, they have a unique dressing which is sambal petai to add onto the burger!

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Cristang Restaurant is located at 8 Avenue Business Centre Seksyen 8 PJ, which for the first time I took the wrong turn and lead me to one big round to reach this place.

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It is a cozy restaurant that lightly dims . . .

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with some decorations feels like old english . . . .

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and the place of the restaurant is not huge, limited spaces are available as when we reach there, around 6.30pm, the place were arleady 90% book up. Only left 2 tables for us to choose from.

Advice: please make a reservation, if you plan to visit this place on the weekend~

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A mini bar that serve variety of drinks and alcohol, especially Germen Beers.

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This are my siau bestie, colleague that makes them a good drinking, travelling and siau people to go along with but the day turns very miserable for one of them.

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This place cannot be denied that they serve pork, so piggy is everywhere with the pillow for you to sit on and to accompanied you eating too.

When we look at the menu, its full with temptations, with the description written in it, everything sounds delicious. Comes to a conclusion that, we start off with a must order item . . . . Besides serving their famous pork burger, they do have other selection such as pasta, western food and some local cuisine to choose from. Their famous pork burger with P1 – P9 to choose from.

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