Tuesday, September 16, 2014

AM PM Cafe, USJ 21, Subang Jaya, Food Review

When I first arrived at AM PM Cafe, my first impression is that it looks unfinished.
But after hearing that it was their first day opening that I stepped into it and part of the place are left to had an unfinished feel to it for aesthetic reasons, it made sense to me and was looking towards the food more.

It seems rather cozy but lacking in space at the ground floor. However, there will be 2 more floors upstairs but at the moment of my visit, it wasn't finished yet. A sneak preview had me loving the relaxing and chilling atmosphere and there's ample of space upstairs.

So then, we got right down to the eating business with the start of this unique drink that's available here.

The Hot Belgian Chocolate:
The Belgian Chocolate is on a stick, wrapped up served with a hot cup of milk.
So you're suppose to unwrap the chocolate and stir it into the milk while it's hot.
Just stir it up till the whole thing is dissolved or if you prefer to make it less chocolatey in the beginning, then don't let it dissolve all the way. :D
It taste exactly like you're eating a chocolate bar. The milk just made it a more smoother and richer chocolate taste and it was wonderful especially for chocolate lovers.

I've once griped a lot on having a hard time finding great western breakfast in Klang Valley which offers at a good price and AM PM Cafe's Big Breakfast is exactly the answer I looked for:
The Big Breakfast they offer starts off at the price of RM19.90 containing eggs of your choice, be it poached, scrambled, fried, sunny side up or over easy (in our case it was poached), citrus beef bacon, roasted wild mushrooms, sweet potatoes, spiced chicken sausage, baked tomatoes and refried beans and toast where you are allowed to add-on more where the cost is dependent on the ingredient you want added. It contains quite a unique set of flavors in it's Big Breakfast that you don't normally find it in a usual western breakfast. The citrus beef bacon does proof appetizing in it's own out-of-the-ordinary taste and the sweet potatoes were a nice welcome addition on this breakfast platter. But hands down my heart goes out to the spiced chicken sausage where it's savory taste captures my palate and holds it captive. I just wanted more and more of it. It provides quite a powerful spicy twist but does not drown off from you recognizing that you're eating chicken sausage. All in all, I have to say a very, very good dish.

The Eggs Benedict seemed like the lesser version of the Big Breakfast:
For the price of RM18, you get two poached eggs served atop onion scones where above of the eggs, you have a choice of either citrus bacon, smoked salmon (as in the picture up), or grilled turkey bacon splashed with hollandaise sauce. It's nice to eat but not as good as the Big Breakfast.

This here is the Catalan Baked Omelette:
Served in a hot pot, the baked omelette has turkey bacon, capsicum, tomato concasse and cheddar cheese in it. Nice cheese flavor to it for me. Priced at RM20.

French Toast (RM16):
Brioche dipped in eggs and griddled. It has fresh bananas and chocolate cream in it with butterscotch sauce. A nice combination and is definitely a good dish.

Warm Raisins Scones:
These aren't the crusty scones you normally see but rather a more cakey and fluffy type. It is served with strawberries, bananas and chocolate cream for RM14. Okay taste to me.

Next is the Breakfast Wrap:
It's basically like a breakfast all wrapped in tortilla. Contains the same spicy chicken sausage that's in the Big Breakfast, roasted tomatoes, refried beans on the outside and scrambled eggs and cheese in the wrap. Tastes okay for RM17.

This here is the Bombay Toast (RM16):
It's essentially something like the French toast, egg toast coated with cinnamon and brown sugar served with strawberries and syrup. A sweet breakfast dish and taste okay.

Pancakes (RM17):
Homemade and served with caramelized bananas and gula melaka. I like the taste of the banana, the pancakes were okay. I find it heavier than other pancakes I've known.

Sweet Potato Cake:
I like this. I find that the sweet potato taste exactly the same as the one that was served with the Big Breakfast but this is complemented with some sweet frosting on top and some sponge cake between. My friends find it tasting like wedding cake and filling.

The Oreo Mud Pie:
A very very sweet dessert. Too sweet for my liking. I feel it taste more like a chocolate mud pie than an Oreo Mud Pie since I couldn't detect the Oreo taste in my mouth.

Snickers Cake:
It is what it is, Snickers. With some nuts for extra crunch in em.

AM PM cafe is located near Main Place in USJ 21.
The address is:
11A, Jalan USJ 21/5, USJ 21, 47630, Subang Jaya, Selangor.

Opening hours:
Daily: 11am-11pm

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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Rendezvouz Corner, SS15, Subang Jaya Food Review

Rendezvous Corner is located at a busy area where the college nearby thrives and eateries are aplenty.
It's placed at a corner as their name indicates and looks great on it's outdoor settings.

Their lunch menu and dinner menu differs slightly where the dinner menu offers a more heavier and scrumptious meal while the lunch menu is lighter but still offers the same great taste to it's customers.

This here is the Hi Tea Set 2 (RM20.80):
It contains four chocolate chip cookies on the highest tier, 4 mini cupcakes on the middle tier and 4 normal sized cupcakes at the bottom row with Teh Tarik, Milo, Black Forest and Red Velvet as provided flavors. Cupcakes are nice and fluffy and the frosting aren't too sweet to intake. The chocolate chip cookies of course will go well with your tea or coffee.

These are Escargot (RM11.80):
It's served in a quantity of 6 where it sits on top of an oozing, cheesy sauce. Despite it's look of the escargot swimming in cheese, the sauce isn't as cheesy as I thought it would be. It was just perfect for accompanying the escargot. A very nice to eat dish.

Another appetizer is the Potato Skin (RM7.80):
Where on top again looks to have a lot of cheese flavor to it but it is just right in the balance of flavor with the baked potato.

This particularly is my favorite dish in this restaurant:
It's the Cheese Fondue Chicken. You can have it with fish if you prefer over chicken. Basically, whatever is on the plate, you just dip it into the cheese dip bucket and I love cheese. Even dipping it with the broccoli and carrots proved wonderful what's more the chicken, the potato and the bun. Priced at RM16.80, it's a steal. Same price for the fish version.

A similar dish as the one above is the Satay Fondue Chicken (RM15.80):
A chicken skewer served with usual satay side items, cucumber, onions and ketupat (rice cakes). As you can see, the sauce dip has a blob of red chili for spice. Unlike the cheese fondue, this is not what I like but then again, I am a person who has never enjoyed peanut sauce a lot anyway. But it was a decent effort put into the peanut sauce but needs fine tuning to up the level of satisfaction on it.

Fried Cheesy Chicken (RM15.80):
This proves to be another good dish. The ample amount of cheese inside the chicken that oozes out as you cut into it excites me and it certainly delivers in taste whenever you marry the chicken with the cheese. It taste quite like the dip in the cheese fondue to be frank. The sauce provided at the side does enhance it a bit when you dip the chicken into it but I prefer not to.

The Sweet and Sour Icy Chicken Rice (RM9.80):
Presentation-wise may be a little out of the ordinary by putting it the sweet and sour chicken on ice but in terms of taste, it still taste like your usual sweet and sour chicken, just that it's a cold dish instead of a hot one. I find that due to the chicken being immersed in ice, it seems to have toughen up the chicken a bit and it's not as pleasant to chew into. Taste-wise is okay.

Cheese Macaroni (RM11.80):
It is what it is, Mac and Cheese and with a hot dog. It's okay I guess but if I were to have it my way, I would make it more cheesy and less bland in taste.

For dessert, we had the Chocolate Lava Cake (RM6.80):
It may not be the best lava cake I had but it's good. Especially for the price of RM6.80, it's a bargain and it's worth it. A crisp outer layer with the inner fillings of chocolate sauce.

Rendezvous Corner is located at:
55A, Jalan SS 15/4, Subang Jaya, 47500

It's opening hours are:
Mon - Fri: 11:00 am - 2:00 am
Sat: 12:00 pm - 2:00 am
Sun: 11:00 am - 2:00 am

Sunday, September 07, 2014

Room Service Buy 1 Free 1 Promo + Stand a Chance to Win Movie Tickets

Room Service, the food delivery company that's been running for 11 years is currently having a buy 1 free 1 promotion on participating restaurant for their juicy burgers and pizzas and just by doing so, you stand a chance to win a pair of movie tickets to watch The Equalizer starring Denzel Washington and Chloƫ Grace Moretz.
The participating outlets and the food item that are available for a buy 1 free 1 promotion are as below:
This promotion is only valid till 30th Sept 2014 and is only valid for online and mobile app orders.
A minimum order of RM20 is required to qualify for the buy 1 free 1 promo.

As for the chance to win the free movie tickets, just place an order at www.roomservice.com.my and you will automatically be in the running to win the movie tickets. The more you order, the higher your chances of winning.

There are a total of 50 pairs to giveaway and winner announcement will be made on 1st October, 2014 via Room Service's online newsletter, Facebook and email.

For further info on the buy 1 free 1 promo head here: https://www.roomservice.com.my/oneforone
More info on winning the movie tickets here: https://www.roomservice.com.my/freetix

Saturday, September 06, 2014

Life Cafe, Cheras Food Review

I don't often go out of my comfort zone to eat but on occasions, I just felt like doing spontaneous and this were one of those times. Okay, so it wasn't that spontaneous since it is a planned food review but still it's one that I made the effort to step out of familiar territory.

Life cafe is located at a very busy place where it's opposite Cheras Leisure Mall.
The signboard were made of wood and it blended so well with the wall and also the words on the sign were not that visible hence, I passed by the place without realizing I've overshot it.

The interior of the cafe, I guess they try to do a nature feel to it.
Life cafe may give me a first impression of unappealing food but when I started to savor it, I find that it's not bad in terms of taste.

We started off with some drinks and that's where I ordered the Sago Mint Green Tea (RM5.50):
Well, I didn't get the green tea taste because the mint overpowered it but it doesn't matter. It's a tasty drink and it's between refreshing and relaxing.

We then started off with some soup.
In total, there are 8 type of soups, 1 in the Vegetarian section.

There's the Ginseng Chicken Soup and Red Dates (RM9.50):
Improves circulation and has anti-cancer properties.

Ten Treasures Chicken Herbal Soup (RM12.50):
Nourishes skin and strengthens vitality.

Traditional Chicken Soup with Lotus Roots (RM9.50):
Improves digestion and is a rich source of protein.

Chicken Soup with Goya Melon and Pineapple (RM9.50):
Among all the soups, I like this the best. It provided quite a unique taste to it.
It's benefits includes lowering blood sugar level and contains anti-aging properties.

This is the Stew Mutton with Medlar Herbs (RM9.90):
Nourishes spleen and kidney, prevents anemia, promotes healthy skin and is a good source of high quality protein. Very strong mutton taste so those who do not like that kind of taste would be better off refraining from tasting it. As for me, I like it.

I believe this is the Eight Treasure Chicken Soup (RM9.90):
Okay, so I didn't manage to scoop the other herbs up but it still has that taste in the soup. Improves appetite, blood circulation and has anti-oxidant agents.

I think this is the Black Bean Chicken Soup (RM9.90):
Helps lower the risk of heart disease and improves digestive system.

This, if I'm not mistaken would be the Vegetarian soup - Mushroom Peanut Soup (RM9.50):
Full of ingredients in it to make a delicious soup.

We later moved on to the appetizers.

Poached Chicken Dumplings (RM7.50):
You have the option of having leeks in the dumplings as well which is the same price. The dumplings were okay. I prefer eating them without dipping it into the sauce.

Fried Chicken Dumplings (RM7.50):
Just like the poached version, you can have leeks in the dumpling as well for the same price. Basically, it taste the same as the poached version just that the skin has a crispier texture and I feel the fried version goes better with the vinegar provided.

Traditional Homemade Meat Roll (RM7.50):
Like the chicken dumplings, I find this okay and quite pleasant to the palate. But unlike the chicken dumplings, I like this dipped with the sauce. It just tasted better with it.

Life's Spicy Wonton (RM8.90):
My favorite dish of all in this place. The addition of some ingredients on top enhances the flavor of the overall dish. The spicy level was just perfect to me. It won't hit you till you've tasted the wonton and only later on you will feel the heat.

Thick Toast:
They have a few variety of Thick Toast here with  Butter Toast (RM3) the plainest of all and the Life's Curry Chicken Toast (RM9.90) being the most expensive of all combining with a bowl of Curry Chicken with the Thick Toast. But the rest of the Thick Toast is priced at RM3.90 with the common one being Peanut Butter and Butter Kaya while the more uncommon flavor includes Black Sesame:
Seaweed Butter Toast and Honey Butter Toast.

For the Main Dishes, we had a variety of Vermicelli and Rice.

This is the Fish Fillet with Mushroom Sauce Shanghai Vermicelli (RM14.90):
Generally, it boils down to which meat you love the most to go with your Vermicelli or rice.
There's Curry Chicken (RM14.50):
Curry Lamb (RM14.50), Stew Beef (RM14.50), Pineapple Chicken (RM14.50), Lamb Special (RM14.50), Chicken Chop with Life's Sauce (RM15.90).

The Vermicelli on it's own is quite tasty while I find the rice a bit too coarse and dry.

And finally, heading down to dessert, we tried some Peanut Cookies (RM3.90):
Some Gui Ling Gao (Herbal Jelly) (RM5.90):
and BBQ Honey Sweet Potato (RM5.50):
Well, desserts to me were mediocre hence I would suggest to stick to their food and drinks which are not bad at all.

The Life Cafe that I visited is located at:
Life Cafe , No. 55, Jalan Manis 4 , Taman Segar (Opposite Leisure Mall) 56000 KL, Malaysia

Open daily from 11.30am-11.30pm (last order is 11pm).

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

BPL Trophy Arrives in Malaysia!

As the league's official beer partner, Carlsberg has launch it's newest BPL consumer camapign where it expects to strengthen friendship bonds as much as football fans' love for the brew in Malaysia. In the launch event, it displays the BPL Trophy in it's full glory for the invited guests and the public to see before it heads off cross borders making stops throughout Klang Valley, Penang and Johor for a tour.
The launch event were held at Publika Shopping Gallery on the 29 August, 2014 where the BPL trophy toured the country till 31 of August, 2014 after that, with the customized truck cum display platform, The Carlsberg 'Champions Trophy Truck' carrying it around.
During it's tour around, football fans were able to take photos and videos with the trophy and even stood a chance to win BPL memorabilia by taking a 'selfie' with the official BPL trophy or snap a photo of the 'Champions Trophy Truck' whenever they spot it on the road and sharing it on Facebook or Instagram with the hashtag #CarlsbergTrophyTour.
Back at the event, Henrik Juel Andersen, Managing Director of Carlsberg Malaysia said, " This BPL season, Carlsberg will focus on 3 things, beer, football and friendship. Football is as much about the supporters as it is the clubs and it has been said that the sport belongs to the fans who support it week in week out. As the official beer partner of the BPL, we kick started the season by rewarding our consumers with an experience that few in the world can say they’ve had. There will be many more moments of glory and timeless friendship throughout the season and we invite our consumers to enjoy these memorable and unique Carlsberg moments with friends."

In addition to the highlight which is the trophy, there's also a cheerleading performance presented
And live band performances:
I also had my caricature sketched:
(Doesn't it look like me?)

And of course, didn't allow the opportunity to take a photo with the BPL Trophy since it's here:
Carlsberg also unveiled the details of its latest consumer promotion that will run from September 1, 2014 to October 31, 2014. This time around, Carlsberg is giving each grand prize winner the money-can't-buy opportunity to attend the 'Ultimate BPL Retreat' with 3 of their closest friends. It will be a 2 days 1 night immersion in football experience while bonding with their closest friends over ice-cold Carlsberg. Consumers can stand a chance to win the passes when they enjoy Carlsberg Green Label at participating coffee shops, food courts, restaurants, bars and bistros or when they buy the specially packaged 6-can BPL Match Pack.

For more information, visit www.facebook.com/CarlsbergMY