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Month of Feb is one of the best month so far that comes with CNY and along with my Birthday. For the first time in my life so many friends celebrated my birthday with. Usually it doesnt hit more than 2 group of friends.I know its a bit sad but this is true fact. . . ūüėÄ

Another group of my crazy friend that invited me along for this dinner that they find that the food is fantastic. As most of them are also food lover, not to mention some of them are good drinker. If you are looking for some changes in your dining experience with a blend of South America, then here is one of the place to stop by.

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What does LA BOCA mean? Its a colourful seaport town in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and a famed port of call for thousands of immigrants from Italy, Spain, and other European countries. Today, La Boca is the domain of the working class, bohemian artists, rabid soccer fans and tango street performers.

It is an authentic Latin American Restaurant & Bar famed for our friendly atmosphere, authentic Latino food & beverage, awesome latin music, personalized service (handsome waiters) and great parties. Our genuine South American atmosphere creates the ideal environment for special occasions and celebration parties.

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Love the restaurant interior design that they totally brings out the feel of South America, with hand painted original artwork depicting the rough brilliance of the houses in the Tango street of ‚ÄúCarminito‚ÄĚ which was built with cast-off ship building materials and colourfully painted by the local immigrants.

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They presented their menu in different style too, more like a mini newspaper

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Price of the food are pretty reasonable with the quality and serving . . .

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Striploin @ RM 68, apologize for this little slab of meat only as the rest were too hungry and started eating, and this is what I am left behind. Cook to perfection as per request medium rare that the beef is fresh and juicy, sprinkle with some spices that make the taste event better. If you are a beef lover, not to miss out on this.

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If you would want to hit some light food or diet then Cevichi Salmon would fall into one of my recommended list. Light in taste with sour tomato, sweet and spicy that enhance the taste of the salad that make it irresistible. The dressing that makes it stood out too.      RM 25

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This is no ordinary pizza or that makes it a Argentinean folded pizza, Pizza Rellena @ RM 30

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stuffed with turkey ham, mozzarella, kalamata olives and basil. Not only that, it taste much better with the pairing sauce which I have forgotten to take. Its slightly on sour taste that pairs very well.

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I ask the rest what is good and Jason told me La Boca Burger is damm awesome. Then I follow suit and order. Serve along with thick homemade patty with special dressing and small cubes of mango. Meat is soft and mango with special sauce that make it slight sour base end. Perfect. Highly Recommended! @ RM 29

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when comes to traditional eating, of course must try out their signature authentic Fajitas @ RM 29. Serve in a hot plate that have a perfect blend of taste, chicken, mushroom, basil leaves and capsicum. A few slices of wraps are given separately for you to wrap on.

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Empanadas @ RM 21

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I would call it Argentinean Curry Puff. hehehe, with different filling more like white sauce, with mince meat, and dipping with the sauce gives another level of taste. I prefer to eat it original.

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Some say their Churros @ RM 15 used to be one of the best and for this round they change the texture of churros and many of them think their last one better. The current one is chewy and not crispy. If it is sprinkle with cinnamon sugar would be perfect.

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Louixe is also a Feb baby too . . She is getting excited. .

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Here am I, celebrating along with my best friend Louise who is also Feb baby, as her date is 2 days away from mine.

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It wouldnt be perfect if these guys are not here, with Jason, Kelly, Anna and Evelyn. thank you all for da dinner ~!~!~

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AFter that, we head to Tom Dick and Harry for second round as Mad Sally was the band that performing that night.

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These are the 2 inseparable earthlings. Not to mention Kelly had great voice to sing too, as she amaze many of the crowd that night by being guest singer for Mad Sally.

In Pavilion, if you are looking for some interesting food, then La Boca is certainly one of a recommended restaurant by me.

*Pork Free

-= KA CHING =-

Food rating 9/10 ,Good… Loving it~ Recommended!¬†-Stamped-

-WARNING ‚ÄďThis is based on my individual taste. Try it at your own risk-

Location:

La Boca Latino Bar,
Level Three,
Pavilion Kuala Lumpur.

Tel: 03-2148 9977

Mon – Thu: 09:00 – 01:00
Fri – Sat: 09:00 – 03:00
Sun: 09:00 – 01:00

One of the place that I recently visit certainly make it a hidden gem around the area. It was a surprise to me that, in that area actually hid one nice restaurant, although I went to KLPAC for some local stage show a few times. Neither did I know there is actually that exist here. KLPAC is actually like a new dimension as you enter the guard house with tress flanking on both side that will lead you to a abandon house smack right in the middle on the narrow road. Just follow the flow you will reach to another end of the park is Samira by Asian Terrace.

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Here we are today hunting for Thai Food that is located directly opposite KLPAC and you will see this red brick wall standing tall with bamboo tress hidden behind it.

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Right here in the park, this is where the restaurant is hidden in that you actually sit in it, you will get to enjoy the view of the park and pond.

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Getting into the restaurant is pretty tricky, as you will be entering a little maze and you will reach this wooden bridge with  a huge pond next to it.

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As follow the flow of the wooden bridge, you will reach the main area of the restaurant.

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The ambiance of the place is truely amazing, that you got transported back to another world. Found out that the previous owner runs Japanese restaurant and it was taken over that now serve Thai Cuisine.

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Surely it is a nice place to have quiet and peaceful dinner with family and friends, or would make it a nice place for your special occasions.

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or you can be seated outside chill on the wooden bench and table.

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overlook the pond and park.

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In Thai food range is hard for me not to order this few drinks РGinger and Lemongrass, Lemongrass and Basil drink.

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The first serving caught me by surprise, as it the first time I came accross Crispy Catfish with Mango Salad @ RM20, fried to perfection that it is very crispy as you bite you can still hear the cracking sound. Easily to be peel off , eat along with mango salad gives you another new bursting flavor. РRecommended!

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Vietnamese Yam Salad is another new dish to me, that hardly come across a Thai restaurant serve such a unique entree dish. Yam was fried to crisp shower with some lime juice, fish sauce and sugar. Sourly is not just the taste as to make your taste bud to wake up up,  chilli padi is added in to make it sourly spicy.

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Another one of my favourite entry as I just love sour dish to kick start with. Huge juicy prawns top along with pamelo, as you take one full bite of it, mouth had been burst with sourish juicy pamelo follow by spiciness at the end. Thai Pomelo Salad is something that you must not miss for as start.  RM 24 REcommended~

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Tom Yam Goong is one of a thai soup that you must not miss too. If this soup is serve pippin hot then it would have been a perfect dish. serve along with seafood – prawns, squid and fish fillets. @ RM30

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Grilled Norwegian Salmon With Basil Leaf is something that I truely enjoy, as I do not really love basil taste on my food, yet they are able to tone it done and blend well with the gravy giving it a perfect mix of balance with the thick sauce that cook with mix herb.

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Southern Thai Masaman Curry With Beef @ RM 28 will be a perfect pair with white rice.  Gravy is thick yet slightly sweet in spicy curry, and rich with spices that cooked with tender beef slices is just delicious.

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Traditional Thai Tom Kha with Chicken

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Steamed Squid with Chilli and Lime Juice @ RM 28 – juicy squid brought to steam first then drench in sourish soup. I love the soup and chewy squid with my rice.

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Grilled Fish Fillet in Banana Leaf (Otak-Otak) @ RM 32

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When this dish was serve River Prawns with Lemongrass Sauce, we were like ‘wahhhhhh’ as it was set on the table it feels like the prawn got rape as it is¬†tremendous¬†huge prawn that was place on the table. I had 3 of this that making it particularly like I am having the whole plate already as prawns were very fresh, with roe and the lemongrass sauce¬†@ RM35

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Pineapple Fried Rice that smells very fragrant, cannot deny it is with pineapples, and spices akin to kunyit @ RM18

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Do not ask me why, as I just love Phad Thai Noodle with Prawn and Egg @ RM16 and I would say its one of the recommended dish that make it well fried with ‘wok hei’ and mix all ingredient in, just comes to my liking.

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Pineapple Lamb in Coconut Sauce is another new dish to me. Mild in coconut taste with slightly thick gravy yet hint of pinapple sour sweet taste is detected after that. I just place this whole bowl infront of me. – Recommended

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Spicy Chicken With Chef’s Special Sauce @ RM 22. Chicken is well prepared with outer layer fried to crips with meat is soft. It is very    fragrant with spices in thick coconut milk. Another star for the night.

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Pan Fried Banana with Ice Cream @ RM12

Mango Sticky Rice @ RM 18, that mango is fragrantly sweet and by dipping a bit of coconut gravy with sticky rice and eat along all in one bite gives you the satisfaction.

At the end of the meal, all of us were satisfied with the  amazing dish that this restaurant have to offer as I find the food price is decently price along on the quality that we had, surely we will return again for more. It will be another recommended Thai Restaurant in my list.

Location:

SAMIRA BY ASIAN TERRACE
Lot 268 Sentul Park
Jalan Strachan
Off Jalan Ipoh
51100 Kuala Lumpur

Tel : 012-9213880 .

I again felt honor that I was selected to attend one of the most prestigious event by Hennessy that will took place in Penang for year 2012. I was already speechless when I received invites for the last Hennessy X.O appreciation Grows that took place at Hotel Equatorial last May 2012 . Indeed it was one of the best dinner experience I have attended so far, by getting a chance to dine Hennessy X.O pairing with Chef Edward Lee master piece which is a winner from Iron Chef. On that event itself, I was amazed on the whole event flow, on food presentation, live chef video  preparing the meals and of course how to enjoy Hennessy X.O with food.

I am looking forward for month of September that I get to kill two birds with one stone by attending, upcoming Hennessy Artistry then followed by Hennessy X.O appreciation Grows happening in Penang and I am proud that they are going to my hometown for this event.

Lets take a ride back on happenings last year.

Hennessy X.O Penang dinner which was held in May 2011 at Suffolk House Penang that converting the whole place into a dimention for fine dine. It is one of a exclusive event that guest are attending in Black Tie dress code.

With appreciation comes true knowledge; quality cues are discovered and connoisseurs created. This is true of luxury products, including cognac and¬†Hennessy X.O.¬†On¬†Last year’s gastronomic event, the meals are well presented and Chef Cheong Liew¬†was the master creation behind the scene¬†.

Till date, how I remember¬†Hennessy¬†X.O this word was my grandfather’s¬†favorite¬†drink that he used to place his favourite collection on his alcohol shelf and loves to keep it for a few years before drink it. During special occasions he will always bring along a bottle to celebrate.

Well, I guess this whole brand starting point for true originality is as far as 1870, when Maurice Hennessy created Hennessy X.O, the first in the category of X.O cognacs. Elegant and complex, Hennessy X.O is the result of the blending of one hundred eaux-de-vie with an eXtra Old character, laying the foundation for a rich heritage from which Hennessy X.O continually innovates to be at the forefront of modernity.

Guess who will be the master chef line up for Penang Gastronomy for¬†Hennessy X.O Appreciation Grows Penang 2012. Will be this new kid on the block that have¬†tough love¬†qualities along with¬†the commitment, passion, and above all, dedication to excellence that had made him being¬†nominated for the World Gourmet Summit Awards of Excellence ‚ÄėRising Chef of the Year‚Äô in 2010 and 2011, with FiftyThree, ¬†his restaurant that opens its door at year 2009 and¬†nominated as ‚ÄėBest Restaurant‚Äô in 2011. Notably, FiftyThree was featured as one of World‚Äôs 50 Best Restaurants ‚ÄėRegional Spotlight ‚ÄďSingapore‚Äô, and on CNNgo.com‚Äôs Best Eats 2010 asSingapore‚Äôs Best Gourmet Restaurant of 2010 –¬†Singaporean Chef Micheal Han

Not only that,¬†Michael is no stranger to Penang culture and cuisine, having grown up with a nanny fromPenangand ‚Äúa steady diet of Penang Laksa‚ÄĚ, these influences can be found in his cooking today. Michael‚Äôs upcoming menu at Hennessy X.O Appreciation Grows 2012 in Penang is highly anticipated as he will be utilizing local Penang favorites,¬†we will be following him for a Pre-Event Food Trail by¬† deconstructing them in a modern way while maintaining the essence of what is already familiar. Here is what we gonna enjoy in Penang this weekend similar to what Chef Edward Lee and Will Quah had done to Petaling Street as video below:

I am looking forward for this food trail along with this young Chef Micheal Han by learning along with his experience. He kick off his career in a fine dining restaurant Au Jardin before moving on to stints at The Fat Duck, L’Enclume and Anthony’s in England, Mugaritz in San Sebastian, Spain and Noma in Copenhagen, Denmark.

After this food trail, he will then present his master creation from September 26th to 28th 2012. The event will be held in Penang within the chapel of St. Joseph’s Novitiate Flanked by Gurney Drive and Kelawai Road, the historic building was built in 1925 as quarters for novices for St. Joseph’s Training College. To many Penangnites, Gurney Paragon is no stranger to us for its new location of dining that keep that building restored and updated in with its contemporary surroundings, it is a physical embodiment of the values that encompass Hennessy X.O.

Continuing on my last trip at Bangkok, the last night itself we wanted to visit some sky bar in the city itself as I have seen many bloggers went to many nice sky bar that available in Bangkok. Then told Goft about it and she mention to us that she will be bringing us to this Red Sky Bar which is located in Centara Grand Hotel in Central World.

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As you head upon the bar you need to do a lift transfer as you need to head to the lobby floor then change lift to head up to level 55 whereby the RedSky Bar is. Love the hotel lobby as it feels so luxury to walk in and all of us were greeted by the friendly staff there.

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Ding Ding, here we are upon reaching the highest floor of the hotel at level Fifty Five.

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Welcome to Red Sky Bar, a bar which is located on the 3rd highest building in Thailand and from the 55th floor itself with 360 degree view accross Bangkok City.

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Here are the details of the bar. .

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The bar offer relaxing ambiance that filled with jazz band, a perfect interior whereby you can bring your love ones to this place for special occasions.

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This would be their private function room covers with huge curtains that make it a total private space for you and your friends that totally no one can look thru it whereby the table will be facing with magnificent view of the city itself.

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The careful consideration from the bar also offer a single seater area for people who just love being a long for a moment  ..

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The place are pretty pack for Friday night and many people came here just to chat or hang out.

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The bar is serve full range of spirits, wines, champagnes, cocktails and beers along with happy hours between 5pm and 7 pm. Get to know that it is one of the popular time with many locals on that time to catch the nice sunset.

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Live Jazz from 7.15pm – 11.30pm daily.

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Too bad that we cant be seated outside that night as it was raining quite heavily and sad to enjoy a perfect view of the city from last night itself.

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I manage to take a few pictures from the top how it looks like ..

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Then heading back where we are seated, as for the night we were super full, so we opted to drink wine for the night.

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Nancy and Goft

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Me enjoying the drinks, companion of my best friends and the ambiance~

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Before we left they are all busying taking pictures of the well lighted wall that fully decorated with wine bottles which is quite impressive.

If you prefer some where you can dance or shake around, then you can consider other sky bar as this one are meant more for relaxing as they have jazz band playing along.

You can find out other info on other by this checking out this website – Top 10 Sky Bar in Bangkok

Location:
Red Sky Bistro & Bar, Rooftop
Centara Grand at CentralWorld,
999/99 Rama 1 Road, Pathumwan,
Bangkok 10330, Thailand

Tel : +662. 769 1234

Opening Hours-
Red Sky Bistro- daily from 7 pm- 1:00 am
Red Sky Bar- daily from 5 pm- 1:00 am ( happy hour 5 pm- 7 pm)

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So this ends my adventure in Bangkok and flying off. . . Next trip . .Cambodia~

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This is the new international airport of Bangkok and some predict that it will be one of the busiest airport in Southeast Asia ..

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The airport is quite huge and offers quite a good range of mix retailing in the duty free center.

It has been a while since I last visited Pavilion that I have less reason to be there now after I have moved. Traveling down town is just being lazy except there are friends from overseas that came over or any special occasions or events to attend. Well, we bought a discounted voucher from a website to try out this outlet Morganfield’s which is doing a discount of RM 25 voucher for RM15 which i think about 40% off which quite a value buy, so we decided to give it a try.

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Morganfields is located at the GSC Cinema wings or directly next to Overtime Pavilion. One of the reason we to get this voucher as Morganfield is¬†Europeanized American casual diner specializing in pork ribs. Pork Ribs how can we miss that? Not many outlet that serve that even the famous Tony Roma’s also serve without pork (which is their signature too).

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Standing right outside the outlet and it was full house on Friday night, every one just hop onto bar and restaurant to get out from work as its heading weekend to chill with friends, thank god that I made my reservations which I am used to it already.

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They have outdoor area too especially for smokers.

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I love their interior design or would love anything which actually have simen wall/ interior base that create their own style of ambiance.

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Happy Hour certainly a good buy . .

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Love this bar dining section as the cool dim lighting just lit it perfectly.

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Interior with red brick wall, wooden planks, tables and chairs just blend the whole concept very well.

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I was suprise that I was given what they so called VIP room. Its great to be in here as it is quieter compare to outside with full house and every table talking, just imagine that. One of the set back in this room is, its a bit hard to look for waiter / waitress as it is a bit hidden.

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Long hot day, so we ask the waitress what is nice for such weather and Cucumber Apple Mint Spirit was recommended! indeed it is a great drink with hint taste of cucumber that mint taste blends in very well and apple base at the in make it a perfect start. – REcommended~ @ RM 13.90

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Mango & Lime Lassi taste good just that one of the set back of it is the lime and its skin was blend along too that make it bitter with every sip. If without the skin in it, it would have taste perfect. RM 14.90

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 Smokehouse Club Salad @ 17.90

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As all of them wanted to start off with some thing light then salad was the first dish to arrive. Chicken meat breast was being the top of it and nothing special to shout about.

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Cheesy Fries is something similiar to Dog food(click here)  that we have tasted yet much better as this is Morganfield version. The whole plate was covered by cheeze and with some dippings to go along, certainly if beer was pair along with this, its a good combination and for the price of RM 14.90, its a good bargain with its portion.

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I didnt have this much for Tequila Spiked Chicken @ RM 32.90

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Ribs & RibsRM 65.90

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The signature for their outlet, pork ribs, being grill to soft and their bbq sauce is nice to pair along with its meat and we have opted for 2 sauce in here, BBQ sauce and Black Pepper sauce. On my preference, I just prefer this with their in house BBQ sauce. Black Pepper just taste weird with pork ribs.

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Lamb Chops was a bit overcook as its had turn to solid meat, burn the taste of the lamb taste and if it were to cook a bit medium well, would have been just fine. RM 49.90

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I find this Pork Chops is one of the best after the ribs with its texture of meat is soft and blend well with their special sauce. Something to look after for the price that they are offering. RM 29.90

Then funny thing for the night is, I wanted to order desert to end my meal, all of them give me many excuses to order later with:

– wait la, 2 of them went toilet

– eh, you got eat desert after dinner 1 meh? I thought you don like desert

– wait for me to finish my meal 1st la.. I was like huh? order first la.. “wait wait wait”

– can I have the menu please, “har u want to order d ah” can you please just wait for the rest to come back?

– Me- where they go so long eh..I want to order my desert now! ” others reply – okay, we help you order right after we came back from toilet!

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To my suprise, cakes were served along with them and it was a suprise bday arrangement from them. No wonder I cannot order my desert. . .

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These were the crazy friends that celebrated with me on 2 weeks ago.. Thank you guys~ Hugsss!~!~!~

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As every one left, I took again a picture of this area. Just love it.

Morganfield is one of the outlet I would just drop by for a drink as I find the food so so only, and on the pricing wise, its a high to pay for meal like this..

I prefer Chicago Ribs House (click here) over this, in terms of price and food quality . .:D

-= KA CHING =-

Food rating 6.5/10 , okay lah -Stamped-

-WARNING ‚ÄďThis is based on my individual taste. Try it at your own risk-

*NON-HALAL

Location:

Morganfield’s @ Pavilion,
Level 4, Pavilion,
Jalan Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-2141-3192

Just all the lovebirds busy purchasing items for their love ones, I can see that in the mall, many people already pre celebrate the event early as it was Valentine’s Eve. To make it more interesting,¬†Mo√ęt actually came out with their limited edition bottle and taste which is Mo√ęt Ros√© Imp√©rial for this special Valentine with its pink bottle and you can personalize it by¬†writing¬†any words you want for your love ones (click here) as they start selling from 8th¬†February¬†till 14th¬†February¬†to get this limited edition bottle.

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The whole center concourse had turn into pinkish area to mark their special bottle and event and I was invited for their great launch and will be my first time drinking on pinky Mo√ęt.

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This is how the bottle looks like with their lovely girls. . where right in the middle you can personalise your quote.

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The week-long celebration of love for the champagne house saw fashionistas, celebrities, and socialites sipping flutes of Mo√ęt & Chandon Ros√© Imp√©rial while a few dared to declare their love for each other through personalised Mo√ęt Ros√© Imp√©rial ‚ÄúTag Your Love‚ÄĚ bottles. Reflecting Mo√ęt & Chandon’s fun and flirty style, the iconic Mo√ęt Ros√© Imp√©rial certaiinly catch many of our attention and many of them went back by purchasing a bottle including myself. ūüėÄ

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They are price in 2 different pricing as this is with the box cost RM 313 and without the box is RM 286 with the difference of RM30 that will be more suitable if you plan to add into your alcohol collection.

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I just love the crown of the bottle as it is for display only. If not I certainly would love to have it for my bottle too.

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It was a free flow¬†Mo√ęt Ros√© Imp√©rial for all night long and many of them are already turn to red, no longer pinkish. ūüėÄ

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The taste is nice as I have tried on their classic bottle where most happen to be in wedding or special occasions and this creates a flamboyant palate fuses intensity and roundness‚ÄĒfleshy and juicy at first, then firm (fruit stone), with a subtle herbal (mint) finish.

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with a great singer singing nice soft music on the background certainly match the ambiance.

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Many of us just enjoy our drink.

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and the best part is Ester is back in action. Have not seen her for a few months or would say since Arthur’s Day last Oct.

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# pic 2 – Esther , Jessica and her friend

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#pic 3 – a group pic of us. . Thanks to Simon Seow for helping out to take this pic .. ūüėČ

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#pic 5 as this siau poh definitely help out alot in event. thanks to you.

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*ahem..well, this bottle now sitting at my alcohol collection rack and make it pinkish. It was a great night meeting all my friends and of course meeting new friends too.

First alcohol event for the year and ¬†looking for more ūüėČ

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