NOSH UP @ The Atria Shopping Gallery, Damansara Jaya

After considerable success from their 1st outlet in Jaya Shopping Centre, Nosh Up recently opened at the Atria Shopping Gallery. Much like its sister outlet, the decor is similar – simple, casual with some rustic touches here and there. The menu is also similar, offering regular cafe dishes with some twists. I believe there has also been some adjustments in the execution of some of their dishes, working on feedback garnered from the Jaya Shopping Centre cafe. Take the Lamb Pie (RM24), … [Read more...]


BONBORI Japanese Cuisine @ Setia Walk, Puchong

From the landscaped lake in the centre of Setia Walk Puchong, look up and you are bound to spot Bonbori’s colourful signage up on the 1st floor. They are incredibly busy, especially during weekends, as I found out recently. On an early Sunday evening, customers were queuing up at the front door, mostly families. The restaurant’s decor is simple and tables are placed rather close to each to maximize occupancy. Flipping through their menu, I could understand their popularity as their prices … [Read more...]


FUZIO Bar & Restaurant, Kuala Lumpur

Located in the quieter part of Changkat Bukit Bintang, just behind the busy main thoroughfare, Fuzio’s facade commands more than a second glance. The slender vertical beams in its exterior design, coupled with a wooden panel with hanging potted plants, emblazoning its cuisine, lend a rustic charm to the whole setup. Upon stepping through its double glass doors, the interior exudes a cosy warmth. The raw-grained wooden tables, assorted eclectic paintings, mosaic walls, warm lightings all … [Read more...]


Tapas at Fiercer @ Publika

When Herukh Jethwani and his lovely wife Aahana were honeymooning in Spain, they were enthralled with the variety of delicious tapas served everywhere in that land. Thus the idea to formulate something similar back home in Fiercer was born and they experimented with the possibility upon their return. After numerous trials and testing in the kitchen, a series of avant-garde tapas done Indian-style have now been included in the menu at Fiercer. Slices of baguette are toasted … [Read more...]


Olive Garden @ Mid Valley MegaMall – hearty Italian fares

Malaysia has recently joined the list of locations of Olive Garden, a chain of Italian restaurants originating from the USA. Operated by the Secret Recipe Group here, Olive Garden is housed inside MidValley Mega Mall. The restaurant adopts a casual dining concept with its tiled floor, stone-clad pillars and wooden beams across the ceiling. The earth tones exude a sense of cosy warmth and somehow the booth seating on one side of the restaurant reminds me of an American diner. The menu shows … [Read more...]


CEDAR on 15 @ Hotel Impiana KLCC

A view of the Kuala Lumpur skyline while dining is always a high selling point in any restaurant that’s able to accommodate that. Sometimes, that view sells more than the restaurant’s food. Typically, such dining places are bound to be very popular and may be very crowded. Cedar on 15 at the Hotel Impiana KLCC offers a great view of the Twin Towers and its surroundings and its spacious elegant setup is definitely a bonus. Matched against warm earthy tones in the walls and flooring, tables … [Read more...]


MANMARU ROBATAYAKI & BAR @ Atria Shopping Gallery

The revamped Atria Mall in Damansara Jaya has caused quite a stir in the neighbourhood.  After so many years of “renovation”, the revamped and enlarged mall looks nothing like what it used to be.  There are quite a number of eateries in the mall and several serving Japanese food.  Manmaru Robatayaki is one of the bigger ones there.  Some of you may have heard of Manmaru Udon (read my review here) and yes, Manmaru Robatayaki is owned by the same people. The menu here is impressive, both in … [Read more...]


VLADIMIR’S PLACE – a taste of Russian cuisine

Russian food is not something that’s widely available here. In fact, I’ve never tried much of Russian cuisine except for the well-known beef stroganoff and chicken kiev but merely eating those 2 dishes does not qualify one to say that one has tried Russian cuisine. It’s akin to declaring that you have eaten Chinese food when you’ve only had sweet-sour pork and fried wantan. So when an invitation came my way recently to check out a restaurant serving Russian food, I did not hesitate to say … [Read more...]


PIGGY TAIL, Bangsar Baru

I lost count of the number of times the word “piggy” appears on the menu of Piggy Tail. This eatery, hardly a year old (opened since November last year) located in the busy Telawi area of Bangsar is packing in pork lovers by the droves. Looking at the menu, which is full of all sorts of porcine delights, it’s kinda difficult to make a selection because everything looks good. The goodies are grouped under “Breakfast”, “Salads”, “Soups”, “Pasta”, “Piggy Burgers”, “Rice” and “Desserts”. In … [Read more...]


DOLLY DIM SUM @ Avenue K, Kuala Lumpur

There are not many stand-alone pork-free dim sum restaurants in the city.  Many perceive that dim sum without pork are “not that nice” as pork is deemed to be a major taste contributor for dim sum.  However, there are several pork-free Chinese restaurants in town that serve decent dim sum and I’m so glad that there’s another restaurant being added to that list: Dolly Dim Sum. Located in Avenue K, as the name suggests, Dolly Dim Sum is not your typical Chinese restaurant.  Dolly Dim … [Read more...]