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Friday, November 29, 2013

de' Amour Cafe, Kota Damansara Food Review

Kota Damansara, a place where the nightmarish traffic springs up and the ever constant road works and MRT construction exists ever since this place came up. But the traffic congestion aren't as bad as it used to be so it's okay. :D

de' Amour Cafe is located near Sunway Giza Mall where shops over there are teeming with eateries.
This place looks almost like a boutique with it's prettiness and dollhouse like interior.
 
Some great Fresh Flower Tea were served as we await for our party to be complete. The choices of Flower Tea are Jasmine, French Rose Buds, Lavender, Chrysanthemum Buds, Chamomile, Apple Flower, Rosemary, Peach Flower, Globe Amaranth, Calendula where it ranges from RM7-RM8 per pot.
Their tea cup that looks like a small fish bowl is one that I have seen before:
And that was the time when I was invited to dine at Paradise Inn at Sunway Pyramid.

Anyway, back to this cafe, I'm very glad to find one delight of mine here.
And that is Sapporo Beer!!!
I'm sure to be back again for my Sapporo Beer fix. :D

Once it was time to delve into the delicacies, we were initially served the Appetizers.

To me, the star dishes of this place are the Appetizers.
First up, the best of the best, the Smoked Duck Breast Salad:
Available at RM15, the duck breast in the mixture of vegetables are plentiful. It's meat is succulent and tender almost bacon-like in flavor. The salad dressing that went with this dish I think is the Balsamic Vinaigrette? It tasted like it. Anyway, beside lettuce, there's some onion and a little bit of tomato and cucumbers too. A truly marvelous dish.

The next appetizer is also a joy to be had and it's the Baked Scallops with Spicy Cream Sauce:
It's for RM16. When they mentioned Spicy Cream Sauce, they weren't kidding. It is spicy but at the same time, it is delicious and with the cheese coating the scallops, it didn't overwhelm it's taste and in fact brings out the scallop's flavor and heightens it.

We then move on to entrées starting with the Chicken Parmigiana (RM22):
Pan fried crumbed chicken topped with melted Mozzarella cheese with some fries and salad at the side. Chicken cooked perfectly. Overall okay in taste.

Next was the Porkie Sausage Platter (RM22):
There's a choice of Hungarian Sausage, Thuringer Sausage, Bratwurst and Hot Italian to choose from to make up the two for the platter. Not bad.

Grilled French Lamb Rack with Crushed Pistachio:
The color of the lamb is superb which shows it cooked properly and all the way through. The lamb when consumed has it's taste in there but I wish that it was seasoned more. The sauce didn't do much to help the lamb in it's taste since I find it watery but it does has a unique taste to it.

The Baked Cod Fish with Lemon Butter Sauce (RM38):
The oven baked cod fish taste fine on it's own and don't need much of the lemon butter sauce. Maybe a few splashes of it. It's portion is a little smaller than the portion I had at Decanter but then again, the price of Decanter's Cod Fish is almost double from this!

Grilled Tenderloin Steak (RM38):
Presentation wise looks good. Meat is a little too rare for my taste and I would like it to be seasoned more. Sauce can be either mushroom, black pepper, mint or red wine but I think the meat would be better if it's cooked to medium, seasoned more and just a little bit of sauce on top since having a whole lot of sauce to drench the meat in doesn't really give it much of a flavor in this case.

Finally, we had 2 pasta dishes.
One is the Aglio e Olio with Tiger Prawns (RM23):
This one is very peppery and hard to eat a lot but it do taste good. The fresh tiger prawns are good and I like it. I'm not even a person who likes to eat prawns!

Another pasta dish we had was the Classic Carbonara Spaghetti (RM23):
The Carbonara sauce was okay along with the ingredients in it. The poached egg was a little odd in taste to go with the dish but that's just my thoughts.

We ended the session by trying 3 types of Mille Crepe:
From top left clockwise, Mango Jelly, Tiramisu and Rare Cheese.

I think it's opened daily, 11am - 11pm.
Full address:
13-1, Pju 5/10, Dataran Sunway, Kota Damansara, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Food Adventure at 1 Utama's Food Street

On an eventful Saturday, I head on down to one of my favorite mall, 1 Utama, which is currently the world's 4th largest mall (largest in Malaysia), to embark on a food adventure - a collaborated project between 1 Utama and The Butterfly Project Malaysia. This was in conjunction with 1 Utama's Wonder Food campaign which ran from 4th November till 24th November. Our little adventure covers the Lower Ground of 1 Utama which is dubbed The Food Street.
There's a plethora of F&B outlets at this floor and we were provided with 15 of them to visit over a duration of 5 hours

 Let me introduce to you what are some of the food outlets available here in this very location that I've been given the opportunity to try.

Chinese:-
~~~Oyster King~~~
It was the first outlet that I visited and I never regret visiting it. I've seen Oyster King at quite a few locations before but had never tried it in my life due to the fact that I'm not an oyster lover although I do eat it on rare occasions such as these.
The owner of the outlet was enthused and attended to us in a very nice and friendly manner. She pointed out to us that the star dish at Oyster King is the O-Chien (fried oyster) which I most definitely agree with her.
It was yummy to me and the mix of omelette with the oyster is nice. However, the price is RM9. But if you're craving for it, it's definitely the go-to dish in this outlet.
Other things that were tried at this outlet are Deep Fried Oyster:
Garlic Oysters which are not bad if you like garlic:
And the Oyster Noodles:

~~~I Love Yoo~~~

Yes, the name is peculiar but I guess the Yoo is referring to the You Tiao. This is a shop where they sell You Tiao/Yau Char Kwai (Chinese Cruller) and things that go well with it, Porridge and Coffee.
Prices are affordable and reasonable and they also serve a decent bowl of Tau Foo Fah (Tofu Pudding) where you may add white sugar syrup or brown sugar syrup according to your sweetness level.
They also newly started serving Curry Puff pastries.


~~~Pao Xiang Bak Kut Teh~~~
This to me is truly a hidden gem since the outlet is out of view from the busy walkway, overshadowed by the huge Chinese herbs and medicine next door and the signage is merely in Chinese. So overall, the place is not an eye-catching one and would be hard for people to spot if they're not specifically looking for it.
The name Pao Xiang Bak Kut Teh is not entirely new to me since there's also an outlet in Glenmarie which I pass by quite a lot of times before but I've never entered to try out.

For this outlet in 1 Utama, in spite of it's location, it's also a gem to me because of the excellent Bak Kut Teh dish they churned out.
We had a customized dish brought out to us but mainly contains lean meat. The pork meat is soft and tender despite being lean meat and the soup is bursting with flavor. This was clearly the best dish that I've tasted that day out of the many outlets I've dropped by.

~~~Seaweed Club~~~
They serve Seaweed Popiah (Soft Spring Roll) here where the seaweed as the outermost layer provides an extra crunch alongside with the fresh vegetables as fillings inside.
Yes, it looks like sushi with the seaweed wrapping the spring roll but it isn't since there's no rice inside. It's Popiah. I must say, I loved the Japanese Genmai (Toasted Brown Rice) Green Tea which appeals so much to my taste buds. I can envision myself sipping at it for a whole day. Great recommendation from the owner.

~~~Eat & Happy Yong Tau Foo~~~
You've guessed it! It serves Yong Tau Foo. The variety of ingredients you can choose from to consume:


~~~Food Box~~~
Basically, this place serves rice sets, Chicken/Pork/Fish prepared in different ways where there'll be a soup and some side dish together with the main ingredient and rice. There's also Chinese Kuih desserts like Kuih Ko Se.

~~~Lammeeya~~~
Like the name suggests, this shop serves Lam Mee. They also serve fresh juice concoctions which they blend mixtures of fruits and vegetables and do point out the benefits of the juice too.

Korean:-
~~~Ko Hyang Korean Country Delights~~~
This place serves typical Korean food. From Bi Bim Bap to Jjigae to Korean pancakes.

Malaysian:-
~~~SS2 Goreng Pisang~~~
As the name suggests, it's Goreng Pisang (Banana Fritters) that's sold here along with other things like Fried Sweet Potato, Yam, Banana Balls and even Fried Tofu.

~~~Mr. Cendol~~~
Yes, Cendol may be the thing they highlight at this place,
but they also serve dishes like Rojak, Laksa and Mee Rebus here.

Desserts:-
~~~Bisou Bake Shop~~~
 
Basically, they make Cakes, Cookies and Cupcakes and their cake decorations are top-notched beautiful. Here are some examples:
 
 
 
The taste of their pastry is not bad at all. Not too sweet but just right for me.
 
~~~Molten Lava~~~
Okay, so this place also serve main course dishes such as Kong Poh Chicken Rice and Kampung Fried Rice and Noodles but to me, the must try are their Churros. I had the Cinnamon Sugar Churros and it was absolutely delicious. Unfortunately, I forgot to snap a photo of it. :(

Western:-
~~~Ninja Joe~~~
It created quite a hype when it opened it's first outlet in Malaysia. Ninja Joe is a burger joint that also serves pork burger.
Their burger may seem smaller but it does taste good.

~~~BBQ Chicken~~~
Korea's No. 1 Chicken Restaurant and use only trans fat free pure olive oil to cook their chicken, it provides a healthier dish.
This was what we were served during our visit:
Their grilled chicken with a fried drumstick with some sides of slaw and fries.
I didn't have mine served to me since I was already full to the brim and I've tasted what they have to offer before: http://www.ktheblogger.com/2010/12/food-gathering-at-jaya-one_13.html

~~~Vivo American Pizza and Panini~~~
Another good surprising find which I've never tasted before, particularly their dessert.
We were introduced to 3 of their signature dishes.
One is the Baked Chicken Chop (RM16.90):
Which is served with a side of rice, unusual in Malaysia.
The Smoked Chicken BBQ Pizza (RM12.90):
Toppings include chicken strips, mushrooms, onions, capsicum and olives.
And their lovely Volcanic Chocolate with Ice-cream (RM15.90):
The chocolate sauce just oozes out once you cut into the pastry. A real delightful dessert to me.

So that's about it. The 15 outlets that's at 1 Utama. For more events happening at 1 Utama head on to www.1utama.com.my or their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/1utama. For more info on One Card privileges check out www.onecard.com.my