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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...]

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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...]

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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...]

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PUTIEN – indulging in new seasonal dishes & signature favourites

I’ve always liked the food in Putien ever since I first tried it when they opened in early 2012 (read my first review here).  And it may or may not be a good thing that their 1-Utama outlet is just a stone-throw away.  Good because I can easily get to indulge myself there and may not be very good as too much of a good thing is not good for you. OK, since we are on a good roll, let’s see what’s so good about the food in Putien.  I’ve eaten their signature dishes many times and yet each … [Read more...]

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Ticklish Ribs & ‘Wiches @ Sea Park, Petaling Jaya

The Ultimate Tickle – that’s the name for Ticklish Ribs & ‘Wiches’ signature BBQ Ribs.  If you haven’t heard already, this porky joint in Sea Park Petaling Jaya has been making some waves in the neighbourhood for the past couple of months.  Amidst all the comedic and entertaining hog-related posters decorating the restaurant, the aroma of grilled pork permeating the air greets you when you step in.  The eatery is kept very casual – order and pick up your food at the counter … [Read more...]

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Iberico Kitchen @ Ara Damansara

The Iberico pig is much revered for its quality meat. It is often referred to as the "wagyu equivalent" of pork. What wagyu is to beef, Iberico is to pork. The superior taste and texture of Iberico pork is a result of its unique metabolism. The pig is able to metabolise directly whatever they have ingested into their bodies, resulting in meat that is delicately scented from their feed. As their feed is usually of premium quality, it is no wonder then that Iberico pork is far more superior than … [Read more...]

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Enorme @ PJ Centrestage

Right smack in the centre of the podium of PJ Centrestage is Enorme. You can’t miss it. Actually, I didn’t even know about this PJ Centrestage until someone told me about Enorme. Opened since last December, Enorme has been quietly dishing up simple Italian fares to its clientele. Basically it’s a pizza and pasta joint, with some antipasti and mains thrown in. Oh, it also has a Brunch menu. “Enorme” is enormous in Italian and the inspiration for this chosen name lies in the … [Read more...]

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TOPSHELF’s New Menu

Having just returned from Paris and having tasted her food, I realise that we do have some pretty good French cooking offered in our local restaurants too. And affordable. Yes, very affordable, if compared to what's paid in Paris. Of course the argument goes that it’s because our ringgit has depreciated tremendously and one should never convert the currency when spending money overseas. Ahhh…easier said than done :-) Anyway, coming back to French food on local soil, Topshelf in Taman Tun … [Read more...]

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Hawk & Fish @ TTDI Kuala Lumpur

The name “Hawk & Fish” certainly seems intriguing and when I first heard of it, images of a soaring hawk diving in to fish from a flowing river came to my mind and I thought that’s quite an odd name for a restaurant. How wrong I was as I was later told that the “hawk” in this case actually was short for “hawker” and the fish, well… the fish probably referred to their signature Fish & Chips. Oh, more about their fish & chips later. Hawk & Fish in TTDI serves a variety of … [Read more...]

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Epicuro – what to eat besides the famous pork chops

Epicuro remains one of the best dining treasures I discovered last year and it still remains firmly on my list of favourites. Its famed Pork Chops, created by Yugin has been raved over and over (and not only by me)… truth be told, I never fail to order that at Epicuro. However, Epicuro is not all about its delectable pork chops, as I discovered in an invited meal there a couple of months ago. Yes, this post is two months overdue and I’m guilty as charged but I shall not delve into the reasons … [Read more...]