Hakka Republic
Lot 2.05, Level 2,
Menara Hap Seng,
Jalan P. Ramlee,
Kuala Lumpur

03 2078 8908
http://www.hakkarepublic.com

Opening Hours
Monday – Thursday: 
12:00pm – 3:00pm (Lunch)
500pm – 12:00am (Dinner)
Friday: 
12:00pm – 3:00pm
5:00pm – 1:00am
Saturday: 
Closed for lunch. 5:00pm – 1:00am

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Hakka Republic has great lunch deals where they offer buy one free ones on weekdays. They have a few Malaysian style food like mee mamak and some western ones as well like pastas. You might wanna steer away from the fish and chip ones but the linguine vongole is a steal!

Linguine Vongole, Hakka Republic

Also came here for their degustation dinner. They’ve got 4 or 5 courses selection and on certain days, they offer buy one free one deals as well. I’m not too sure which days they offer it, best you could do is call in and enquire! After my fish and chips ordeal, I was very taken aback at their dinner service and quality of food. It was pretty damn good and made even better with the fact that it was buy one free one!

tuna tartar, hakka republicmarinated tuna tartar with cold green tea soba & yuzu dressing

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gratinated mushroom cannelloni

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stuffed squid with prawn & cep, truffle oil

mushroom soup, hakka republic

wild trio mushroom soup with truffle oil

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prawn bisque with egg drop soup

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pan roasted barramundi with saffron and mushroom risotto

Honestly I was pretty contented with all the starters/appetizers that when my main came, I was actually stuffed. Nonetheless, meals were fantastic, ingredients were fresh and they really did surprise me with the dishes they put up!

I’ve been wanting to go there on a Thursday just to check out their live jazz.. oh well, guess Hakka Republic and I aren’t fated that way, I’ll just have to wait and see when the schedule permits. maybe tomorrow?

The Good Batch
53, Jalan SS 21/1A,
Damansara Uptown,
Petaling Jaya

Opening Hours
Tues -Thurs, 10am-10pm
Fri -Sun & public holidays, 10am-1am

The Good Batch

The Good Batch is a nice addition to the brunch scene. I love the simple menu that doesn’t spoil you for with too many choices, much like Yeast. Except Yeast has way too many pastries that I love and can’t seem to settle for one whenever I’m there. It brings the greedy side of me out.

Anyway, onto the food!

Parisien, The Good Batch

Parisien – Three layers of french toast sandwiching turkey ham slices with some cream sauce topped with sunny side up eggs. This dish is my absolute favourite!  Though it’s definitely not very parisien, it is a nice modified version of the croque monsieur!

Norwegian, The Good BatchNorwegian- I really like this combination. If you’ve been following my blog all these while, you’ll notice that this is the dish I order most for brunch. I’ve opted to omit the capsicum + onion combination as I hate capsicums!

The Good Batch, KL

Mexican – this was nothing special really, just roti canai wrapped with some chicken and capsicums. Thought it was quite bland and the stuff kept falling out!

The one dish that would keep me going back for more and more and more has got to be the Parisien. It is absolutely delicious!

Thim Kee Steamed Fish
Jalan 1/77c,
Off Jalan Pudu,
55100 Kuala Lumpur
03 3986 3907

Thim Kee does pretty delicious and cheap chinese food in the vicinity of Pudu. They are famous for their tilapia fish done either steamed or fried. We saw a couple of tables with only two person ordering two styles of fish.. Madness, I tell you!

Thim Kee Steamed fish Pudu

Thim Kee Steamed fish Pudu

The steamed tilapia with black bean sauce was yum! Fish was very fresh and the sauce with just the right balance of salty sweetness. 1 fish was sufficient for the three of us because we wanted to try out some of their other signature dishes as well.

Thim Kee Steamed fish Pudu

Deep fried egg, definitely not for the faint-hearted or ones who are watching their waistline! Crispy but not dripping with oil, but you’d definitely feel guilty after a few bites thinking about the amount of oil needed to crisp it up.

Thim Kee Steamed fish Pudu

Crispy-skinned chicken is another one of their signature. I like how their chicken still retains its moisture even after all the deep frying.

Thim Kee Steamed fish Pudu

Last but not least, no meal is complete without an order of vegetables.

The bill for the three of us came up to only about RM 50+ and we were stuffed! Be sure not to get there too late though. The place starts filling up around 1 when the working lunch crowd kicks in.

Ichiro Sushi Bar
2nd Floor
Eat Paradise
Isetan 1 Utama
Tel: 03-7726 5899
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm

I don’t know about you, but I have a hard time finding good meals in shopping malls. Malls usually have like a hundred food restaurants, but I can only find that one or two satisfies my tummy. Whenever I’m in One Utama, I dread thinking of where to eat. So, these are the times where my friends come in handy! They usually just do the thinking for me. Now you know what friends are for 😉

So Krystle and En Tzer has been talking about this sushi bar, ICHIRO, for ages, and we’ve only managed to try it out last week. Pretty surprised that the crowd is lacking given that the seafood cuts there were pretty fresh and prices were reasonable.

IMG_8722Ipad ordering system. Like how they show pictures so that you’d know what to expect from those whacky sushi names.

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Their signature Ichiroll, RM 35

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Horse Mackarel (RM 12 for singles, RM 22 for pairs)

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Prawn Tempura Roll (RM 15)

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Squid (RM 7 for single, RM 12 for pairs)

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Salmon (RM 7 for singles, RM 12 for pairs)

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Tsubugai (RM 16 single, RM 28 for pairs)

Tsubugai is whelk which is like a sea snail. It’s slightly crunchy and has a natural sweetness to it. I’ve never seen this on a menu before!

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Wild Shimaaji (RM 10 for singles, RM 18 for pairs)

Also heard that they’ve got pretty cheap lunch deals. Too bad I won’t be wondering around One Utama during lunch hours.

**The only thing that bugged us was that they did not charge us a flat per piece price when we ordered sets of three. As you can see it’s clearly cheaper when you order in pairs. So how they charged us on our bill was a pair and a single so it’s like (RM 18+RM 10) for three wild shimaaji sushis when it could have been RM 9 x 3.

Coffea Coffee
No 8, Jalan Telawi 2,
Bangsar Baru.
Tel: 03-2201 3338
Opening Hours:
Mon – Thu: 9:00 am – 12:00 am
Fri – Sat: 9:00 am – 2:00 am
Sun: 9:00 am – 12:00 am
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Life is too short for bad coffee…

Coffea Coffee, Bangsar

Coffea Coffee has got to be the latest place for coffee hipsters to hang out at. The place is usually packed after 8. If you’re not a fan of the buzz and noises, you’d be better off hitting this spot before the night crowd kicks in.

They serve only two types of coffee; Maestro or Madonna. Maestro is the American blend, which is a darker blend. My favourite has got to be Madonna, simply because it reminds me of Australian coffee; always packed with an acidic punch to it.

Madonna, Coffea Coffee, Bangsar

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They also have my favourite chai latte. It’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but its definitely mine. It’s hard to find places that serve up decent chai latte. Most of the time they are really diluted, or the chai powder’s balance of spice is just wrong.

If you feel like having something non caffeinated, try out their Peanut Butter Latte. It’s one of their signature drinks. Subtle and light hints of caramel-ish peanut butter. If the weather’s too hot to bear, have a Berry Nana Smoothie!

*To provide you with a rough idea of where this place is, it’s on the same row as La Bodega, Yeast and Antipodean.

Yeast Bistronomy
No. 24G, Jalan Telawi 2,
Bangsar Baru,
59100 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +6 03 2282 0118
Opening Hours:
Tue – Thu: 8:00 am – 10:00 pm
Fri – Sat: 8:00 am – 10:30 pm
Sun: 8:00 am – 10:00 pm

The first thought of my every weekend mornings is this, where should we have brunch?

and Yeast would always lie at the back of my mind. It has become a place that I visit almost every weekend.

Sometimes when I feel like something light in the morning, I’d just grab an almond croissant with OJ or their sinful Valrhona hot chocolate. Other days when I feel like an absolute glutton, I’d go all out to indulge in these heavyweight items.

Eggs Benedict, YeastEggs Benedict with Smoked Salmon

Croque Monsieur, YeastCroque Monsieur with fries and their to-die-for aioli dip!

Quiche Lorraine, Yeast

Quiche Lorraine with smoked duck pieces

Calamansi Tart

My favourite dessert in KL, their calamansi tart. I love sour desserts, and this has got to be the best sour one I’ve ever had!

On non brunch related events, I was glad that I took Roseanne, Jacob and Yi Shen here for dinner. It was my first time having dinner here and thankfully it was the right place for our mini Melbourne reunion.

Chicken Roulade, yeast

Roasted chicken roulade with string beans and potatoes

Risotto with Butternut Squash & Duck Confit, Yeast

Risotto with butternut squash and duck confit

Wild Mushroom Tagliatelle, Yeast

Wild Mushroom Tagliatelle with truffle oil finishing

Escargot, yeastEscargot served with bun and herb butter sauce.

You could check out this page on their Facebook for a general idea of how this place looks.

So here you go, one of my favourite places in Bangsar. Make sure you grab some takeaway almond croissants for your loved ones!

Honeymoon Dessert
3431 Cloud Nine Shopping Mall,
1018 Changning Road,
Shanghai.
http://www.honeymoon-dessert.com/en_us/

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Dad introduced me to this when we were at Honeymoon Dessert. It’s called Shuang Pi Nai (双皮奶) in Mandarin, which literally translates to Double-Skin Milk. According to dad, it’s a staple dessert in our ancestor’s home in Shun De, a district in Guangdong.

It’s almost akin to eating tau fu fah that has a smooth and custard-like texture.

Who knew that you could make such a delicious dessert plainly with milk, egg white, sugar and of course some nut toppings to give it a crunch.

Tori Yasu (Niao An)
890 Changning Lu,
near Huichuan Lu (entrance)
长宁路890号,
近汇川路

I’m finally in Shanghai!

It’s been 3 years since I’ve last set foot here. Well, it doesn’t look like it has changed much. Atleast everything still looks familiar!

I’ve basically spent the whole day yesterday sitting on my bum. Flight was delayed while we were all seated inside. Managed to reach Shanghai after 6 hours on the plane (it was torturous) and then another hour in the car. My butt hurts from sitting too much. Soooo can you tell how fun it was spending a whole day travelling instead of eating?

Thank god dad salvaged my day by bringing me to Tori Yasu for some yakitori.

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Felt like Alice in Wonderland as I was entering the door. It was really tiny and short. You gotta watch out for your head!

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Very good yakitori chef on duty

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Dad ordered this sourish drink for me, claims that it’s like a yogurt mix. Pretty refreshing.

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Got my hands on these grilled chicken skin. They were to die for! Absolutely delicious. I could have 10 of these and not get sick of them. Someone’s arteries were cringing when I told him I was having these.

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Ox Tongue

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This is my first time having chicken heart. It tastes a little bloody and has a very slight chewiness to it. I loved it! I shall be the innards queen of oinks, moos and cuckoos.

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Gotta have shishamos… I love these pregnant fishies.

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Grilled chicken wings

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Grilled rice

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Ribs! It was juicy and succulent but a little too salty! Dad says it’s usually perfect, they were a little heavy handed on salt today.

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Ramen with pork bone broth. Springy ramen with flavourful broth that has just the right amount of oil to allow us to chuck down the soup!

The bill came up to about RMB250 for the both of us. I thought that it was pretty alright for the amount of food that we had.

How come we don’t get good stufflike this in KL ;(