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Hidden in high rise residential, smack this few restaurant and bar that operate in Mont Kiara residence area and you will be surprise on what you will discover. One of them is this lovely restaurant & bar – Pipers. If you are around the area, you would not notice this building as it is pretty camoflush with the rest of the residential area or more like a club house, but its actually a public area.

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Previously was known as another name and now under this new management they have switch it to Pipers.

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Its more like a neighbourhood bar that gives you some quiet space that you wanna chill with nice background music and personal touch of the bar tender. Not only that, they do have live band playing on Thursday – Saturday. Best option is to go for their bottle beer.

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Food menu is rather simple with a few pages to flick around. Price here I would say slightly expensive for this kind of ambiance.

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Tried their Crispy Calamari with Bali Hai sambal @ RM22. Seldom I would really like appetizer or this might look normal. One of the taste that makes this pretty good is chef own made Bali Hai Sambal as the taste of the sauce is light lime sour and spicy end. The rings of calamari is fried to perfection that its crispy on the outside yet the meat still maintain moist.

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Thai Style Crab & Avocado Stack with creamy Lemon Dressing @ RM23. Presentation looks awesome, that filled with top layer creamy lemon dressing, then finely cut tomato, a layer of fresh season crabmeat with thai sauce and avocado base. Among so many starters, this is one of a kick ass. Slighltly creamy  and all aroma burst into flavor in the first bite, you can taste on the pale lemon taste yet freshness of crab meat and avocado.

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Wild Mushroom Salad with Mizuna & Crispy Noodles @ RM24

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Pan Seared Foie Gras & Grilled Eel on Daikon bed with Truffle Teriyaki Sauce @ RM45. A well balance dish and not too salty. Foie gras is fried to perfection that one side layer is slightly crisp and inside is so soft till nearly melt in my tongue. Eel been added to add on some mouthful bite of meat.

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1) Spaghetti Seafood Aglio Olio @ RM 32

2) Asparagus Risotto @ RM28

3) Slow Braised LAmb Shank @ RM 45

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1) Duck Confit with Miso Mash potato and Onion JAm @ RM 33

2) Beer Battered Fish Fillet Seabass with Mango Salsa @ RM 33

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Their Happy Hour is pretty worth it, buy 1 bucket free 1 bucket. Check em out!

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Chocolate Lava CAke serve with Ice Cream @ RM 18

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Crème Brulee

Overall, their starters do kick ass. Their main and dessert still need rooms for improvement. Believe that the chef is master in sauces as all his sauces is well balance and really really good.

Location:

First Floor, The Fare,
10 Mont Kiara, Jalan Kiara 1, Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-6211-6111
Open Mon-Sat, 11am-11pm

Sometimes we do crave for food and defiantely Ramen falls into one of the cravings and I am sure when this Hakata Ippudo open its door in Pavilion on 20th February 2013, there is a huge hype of it. Not only that, for this round they have come up something unique for us. I have often heard wine pairing and when I received an invite for Ramen & Cocktail pairing, this is surely something new!

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With this new style, IPPUDO hopes that the introduction of this new range of cocktails to its KL store will enhance the overall ramen dining experience for Malaysian diners and help them to discover this great alternative to the typical green tea or soft drink accompaniments.

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Calpis Hai – A ‘spike’ up yoghurt drink. One of my favourite drink to be mix with alcohol, is definately good. Sweet light milky texture with the sweetness of the shochu and light alcohol end. Just perfect.

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Hakata Momo – Bold & balanced with a hint of peach after taste

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Hinode- Fruity & flavourful crafted with an after taste of citrus
Umeshu Limonatta – Classic Japanese plum wine blended with a zest from sparkling lemon juice
Hakata Momo – Bold & balanced with a hint of peach after taste
Sawayaka – Perfect blend of light refreshing freshly squeezed lime and the sweetness of rum with a slight fragrance of coconut

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Oolong Hai – Humbling earthy oolong tea with a touch of shochu

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Among the startes we try, I love this the best, Buta Karaage – Deep Fried Pork – Loin with special sauce. Deep fried to perfection that inside is not dry yet juicy and the sauce os perfect. Pair well with Umeshu Aranciatta with mild sourish end.

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Curry Cheeze Haru Maki – Deep Fried Curry Spring Rolls.
Best paired with: Umeshu Limonatta

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Serve in raw with special sauce added on the side. Ishiyaki Chicken – Grilled Chicken with leek in hot stone bowl
Grilled chicken with leek in hot stone bowl served with wasabi dressing and lemon citrus. Stir well in this hot stone and then you can pair it with Hinode or Oolong Hai.

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Salmon Katsu – Deep fried Salmon with Cheeze
Best paired with: Sawayaka or Hakata Momo

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Salmon Misoyaki – Marinated Salmon with Japanese Miso
Best paired with: Calpis Hai

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Before we are heading to eat our main dish which is Ramen, in between we were given a task. We are to create our own cocktail and winner for the night will walk away with great prize. We are given with 3 types of alcohol, mixer and some ingredients to finish it off.

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Then I come out with don know what I have mix and the girls are being creative, we name our drink 3 Girls & a Guy.

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We have 5 other contestant in the list and the rest all looks good.

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Judges in action with the chef of the outlet start tasting on the creation.

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Before we dine our Ramen, we are being serve with some fresh garlic and if you need it just add on. I find that it really add on the taste to the soup to be more fragrant.

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Shiromaru Motoaji
Original recipe Tonkotsu broth served with Hakata-style ultra-thin noodles and topped with belly chashu, bean sprouts, kikurage and spring onions, cooked expertly to produce a smooth yet classic Hakata ramen.
We personally love this best as the broth made me tasted its originality. Clear yet flavoursome, we could finish the whole bowl of soup!
Best paired with: Umeshu Limonatta

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Akamaru Shinaji
The 25-year old recipe requires slow cooking over long hours to achieve a perfect emulsion of oil and liquid, creating a rich and flavorful Tonkotsu that enhances the essence of pork-bone topped with Ippudo secret miso, garlic oil, belly chashu, kikurage, bean sprouts and spring onions. This version of broth carries a more pungent taste that stimulated our tastebuds even more.
Best paired with: Calpis Hai

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Spicy Karaka-men
The Karaka Men features Ippudo signature Tonkotsu broth and Hakata-style wavy noodles, topped with ground pork and our spicy Karaka miso for the spice that you crave!
Best paired with: Hinode

Its another great night for all of us to hang out again and thanks to Ippudo Malaysia for showering me this new experience. If you are hunting for their cocktail, my favourites are Hinode & Calpis high. Easy to drink and to pair with the food. Price range from RM 15 – RM 22 per glass as I find it pretty reasonable. .

Location:
Hakata Ippudo 一風堂
Lot C4.07.00,
Connection Level 4,
Pavilion KL.
Tel: 03 2110 6233
11am – 11pm (daily)

I guess most of you have read in many blogs about this new Ramen place – Ippudo Ramen, with so much hype at that time for the first 3 weeks after its opening. Till now I manage to pay a visit to this what so called famous ramen to many people.

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IPPUDO was founded in 1985 in Japan’s ramen capital of Hakata by Shigemi Kawahara, the internationally renowned Ramen King and CEO of Chikaranomoto Company, which encompasses some of Japan’s finest restaurants. There are over 65 stores in Japan, and globally in places such as New York, Sydney, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, South Korea and Shanghai. IPPUDO has become the most popular ramen restaurant over the years. Kawahara was crowned Ramen King in 2005 and holds a place in the Ramen Hall of Fame after winning the championship 3 times consecutively between 1995-1998, on “TV Champion Ramen Chef,” a reputable Japanese television show produced by TV Tokyo. (source from Ippudo)

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Interior of this shop is very much different compare to other ramen joints as instantly you can know that this place does not comes cheap. As right at the main entrance, this outlet also do have a bar area. I guess during the night, they do serve alcohol along.

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Love their second session of design that I would say more like the original dining area that design in contemporary yet ambiance of Japan eatery feel.

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Menu is pretty straight forward that only comes in a few pages. Most of them are filled with Ramen and some appetizers. My guess is correct that its surely does not come cheap.

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As we place our order, we were ask to choose our type of noodle Soft, Normal or Hard and I ask what is the best preferred. The guy answer Hard. Ended up order 1 bowl of hard ramen and normal ramen.

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I order Akamaru Shinaji  Special @ RM 36, slow cook till its a bit oily and liquid, creating a rich and flavorful Tonkotsu that enhances the essence of pork-bone topped with IPPUDO secret miso, garlic oil, belly chasu and spring onion of course have to add an egg.

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 Soup looks pretty decent and the aroma of the soup definitely smells good.

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the broth is not bad that its a hint of sweetness and light end spicy taste from this flavour, noodle for this bowl is Hard, its a bit springy towards al dante side and I like it.

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Next came as we order somethng more origninal which is Shiromaru Motoaji Special @ RM 34 serve along with belly chashu and egg also.

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one thing I like the most is their juicy slices of belly charsu. . so soft that it nearly melts and with a good balance of fats in between.

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this bowl have the normal texture ramen and my friends loves it. I don find it any much different. If they can standardize it all Normal I am okay too.

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Egg is abit tasteless without running yolk too. Original taste of this soup is a bit more pale and add in some pepper and chili powder.

Overall, I find that its overrated by many people and price of the noodle here is slightly more expensive than the rest as the portion is smaller.

*NON-HALAL

-= KA CHING =-

Food rating 6.5/10 , so so lah -Stamped-

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

Location:
Ippudo Ramen
Lot C4.07.00,
Connection Level 4,
Pavilion KL.
(same row as overtime)

Tel: 03 2110 6233

11am – 11pm (daily)

After a good meal on their first outlet which is at Pavilion at Tokyo street, now they have opened another outlet in Paradigm mall, one of the mall that I often drop by as its near my working place. Suki-Ya : Eat All You can Shabu-Shabu from RM29.80++ which is more Japanese authentic steamboat. This would not be my first time for this brand and upoh their new outlet opening, we decided to drop by again as their price for buffet lunch is very reasonable at RM 29.80++ that only offer you a spot for maximum 2 hours.

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Here would be the price of the buffet with operating time ..

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Surprisingly its quite pack or its full house ..

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Dining area in this outlet would be slightly different as they have some private rooms available. .

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In this counter that offer variety of vegetable for your shabu shabu . .

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What do they have for deserts is ice-cream in 3 flavours.

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This is my favourite that we can order unlimited of fine cut meat slices, Chicken, Lamb and Beef.

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If you ask me which soup base is the best, I still vote for my favourite Suki-Ya soup base, which is abit more salty authentic taste of Japanese flavour that I have tried, but for me dipping too much of red meat into the soup, it turns not so good. . 😀

Miso is not bad after you concrentrate heavily on Sukiya and Kimchi I do not really like it.

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Here we are, enjoying our meal and MC really whack alot of the meat. While saying full. . keep eating. .

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For a price like this, I would say its a buffet spread that worth a try as it only allow you to enjoy 2 hours dinning which is far more than enough.

Others you can try:

  1. Mikoshi – Uptown Damansara
  2. Mo-Mo Paradise – Lot 10
  3. Kuro – Plaza Arkadia

*Pork-Free

Adult (lunch) – RM 29.80 ++
Kids (lunch) – 50% disc off buffet price

Adult (Dinner) – RM33.8- ++
Kids (Dinner) – 50% disc off buffet price

-= Ka Ching =-

Food Rating 7/10, pretty good -Stamped-

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

Location:
Suki-Ya : Eat All You can Shabu-Shabu
Upper Ground Floor( in front of Tong Pak Fu)
Paradigm Mall,
No.1 Jalan SS7/26/A, Kelana Jaya,
47301 Petaling Jaya

Phone:03-7887 3042
Operation Hour:Monday to Sunday (Except Saturday) 5pm to 10pm

Jaya One is famous for food destination with variety of food to choose from . . You name it from Korea, Jap, Spanish, Mexician and many other more with their own signature food to impress from. Since then constantly to hunt food at Jaya One, one of the first stop that I see many blogger blogged bout is Kissaten Coffee and Restaurant.

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Located inside the heart of Jaya One, you need to climb up the stair case to go up.

nice and modern interior that have indoor and outdoor. Do avoid come here on lunch time as they are packed with people, especially indoor area.

By flipping through their menu, all the pictures in it are sure impressive that are nicely take with all also look so delicious.

One drink that my colleague order ‘Bittergourd + Cucumber Drink’ @ RM 8.90 I was like.. yewwww. . . geli! Then when it was served, the whole greeney thing is like near pure blend of ingredient and you might not like the taste of it, its either you love it or hate it. I quite like its surprisingly very refreshing that we need it under this hot weather.

As I Order my set lunch, it served along with ‘Fried Gyoza’

One of my favourite from Kissaten is when I found out they have a small kitchen in Lot 10 Hutong that they really served big portion of this Pork Terriyaki Burger @ RM 10.90 which is certainly a great value and decided to give it  a try again at this outlet. .

Well, it did not disappoint me, with well grill pork burger and sweet teriyaki sauce, and cut through the egg, the egg yolk just oozeee out . .

Miso RaMen @ RM 18.90 set lunch served with gyoza and green tea

Char Siew Pizza as first glance it doesn’t impress me, when my colleague said give it a try, turn out to be good. Well cook in the oven and the dressing at the base of pizza turns out to be nice topped with the melted cheese. RM 23.90

Char Siew Lam Mee @ RM13.90

-= Ka Ching =-

Food Rating 7/10, not bad ahh~ ~-Stamped-

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

*NON-Halal

Location:
Kissaten
L12A-1-1, Palm Square,
Jaya One,
72A Jalan Universiti,
46200 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
Tel : 03-7954 1990

Was searching for nice Japanese food and Jeslin recommended this Kampachi Restaurant, have heard good food review that they provided here. Been always saying wanted to dine here, and finally get the chance to go with their classy outlook and cozy interior.

This restaurant is pretty huge with its luxury interior settings and spacious. Feel cosy to sit in a place like that to enjoy your meal.

Here are all the shasimi and sushi being prepared by all the busy chef here. All of the raw ingredients looks fresh.

This is what I have ordered. In the menu, the picture looks different from the rest so give it a try. They serve in a set and comes with miso, chawamushi, chicken and the main is Some salmon mix with egg roe. It is a cold dish. Did not know that. I use my chopstick and stir everything in there. Taste a bit weird at first cuz it is cold but then after a while, taste nice. The chicken is nicely deep fried. Chrispyyy on the outside, juicy on the inside. This is ‘Shake Oyako/Wakadori RM35
This is what Ian ordered Teppanyaki Beef Set’. When the set is serve, we were pretty shock of the serving portion. With his size, definitely he ordered the right food. I can’t take beef,so cannot review on it but what he said is the beef is just tender, soft and nice. Not too cook as he order it to be half done. It cost RM48
Jeslin order this as she said wanted to go diet, ‘Sushi Bento. The shashimi is very fresh as this is what I say. It cost RM 48
Jean ordered Unadon & Salmon’. I have no comment on this dish cuz she sat the other end of me, so my hand can’t stretch so what she said was so so only except the Unagi is nice. The dish is RM40

Gyu Katsu Don’ is what Jay Jay have for the night. It is something like Oyako don. This dish I would recommend as it is nicely cook on the chicken meat, the egg is not too cook, nice to blend/mix with the rice. Goes along very well. It is RM40 which I would say a bit expensive for this.

Ian is like a vacuum cleaner, sucking all the sauce and finish the whole dish. Dinosaur. Trying to cover his face not to be identified.

Jeslin too finish everything but I did help her on the last 2 piece of sushi. Trying to avoid too like Ian.
Good meal must always finish with a desert. Jeslin ordered this Macha Zenzai cost RM16. Nothing special about it as a green tea ice cream with red bean sauce and Japanese mua chi. Can get it in MOF on the food court level which is something similar.
This is what Ian get for his desert Goma IC Special’ RM 16. I think it is special because of the biscuits standing tall with red bean, mango, Japanese mua chi and Sesame Ice Cream(which I don like). Special in the deco but taste normal.
After sit, chat and eat by deciding to call for the bill, it comes up the total off RM289. What I can say is the price of the fine dining restaurant. Cant blame for it.
-= KA CHING =-
Food rating 7/10 , Good -Stamped-
– WARNING –This is based on my individual taste. Try it at your own risk-
Location:

Kampachi
Lot 6.09.00, Level 6
Pavilion Kuala Lumpur
Bukit Bintang
Tel: 03-21489608
Fax: 03-21482608
Halal

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