Sunday, January 25, 2015

"For 2 Please!" @ Opium, Changkat Bukit Bintang

Yang and i are similar in certain ways, especially when it comes to food. I usually always leave it to him to choose the restaurant cause i for one can't seem to decide unless i'm craving for something specific, like if i wanted to have steamboat, i'd just keep going on and on about it till you get me some of that wet fish ball, what you don't like to eat wet fish balls? pfft. lol anyway what we find way more exciting is when we both discover new places to eat and it's usually spontaneous and unplanned.

Changkat is probably one of the most happening places at night, there's never a night empty and quiet.. always filled with people, especially tourists! Besides the colorful nightlife, food is plentiful and good food is easily sniffed out (just made us sound like a frigging dog, my bad).

Opium is probably one of the most unique restaurants along the main street of Changkat. Its ambience brings you back to the olden oriental days where men would smoke on opium and drink alcohol while being accompanied by women with Terasa Teng playing in the background. 

this blog post will consist of pictures from our first and second night there!

Our first night at Opium was just for their drinks and snacks because the kitchen was already closed :(    SAM_2994SAM_2993

here's what we had at 11plusPm!
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Calamansi Apple Ginger
Quenches your thirst instantaneously! YUM my fav :)
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Mango Asam Boi 
 Kicks ya in the face with its sourness! I'm always up for anything sour sweet~ *nibble nibble on mango bits*
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Lamb BALLS! i mean Patties.. 
fried braised lamb with sambal mayo dip! the dip is ze bomb, spicy and tangy! makes a real great snack!
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Salted Egg Cream Bun aka LIU SHA BAO!
definitely up to standard! look a that creamy goodness oozing out! *obsessed*
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I picked up a Thai boy! lol
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me with melted make up, was doing an outdoor shoot earlier on so i was pretty tired but whatever cause  look at that pretty rose petal background :)

Second night!
We wanted to try out their main dishes so dinner at Opium it was!
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it's cool how they serve tea with porcelain bowls instead of ordinary cups!

Time for the REAL DEAL!
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Opium's signature poppy flat bread! We had the Smoked Duck and wow it was delicious, i couldn't stop eating slice after slice, thank goodness it was a small portion! MONSTER MEL, shush don't cha judge me.
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Cod Fish in Curry Cream with steam buns
coconut cod submerged in thick curry!
we really wanted to order their Wagyu Rendeng but they were out! SAD LIFE US.
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Crispy Tofu Salad
this was pretty ordinary :]
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Yang: Put that tabasco down!!
Mel: WHYYYYY!
...why would people hate on an innocent bottle of tabasco pfft. not to mention bossy! lol
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Banana Fritters with Aged Cheddar topped with Banana Ice Cream
I was completely mind blown when i had a bite of the ice cream (was totally expecting boring Vanilla), BANANA FRIGGING ICE CREAM OMG BANANA ON BANANA! SOOOO GOOOOOD I ALMOST CRIED LOL
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chunks of banana in the ice cream Yummers! ONE MORE SCOOP FOR ME PLS!
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the heck, your eyes are already small enough! hahaha
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Hope you've enjoyed reading my series of "For 2 Please!", there shall be more to come so please keep coming back! hehe :D

xoxo,
Mel

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

"For 2 Please!" @ Whimsical Gelateria & Caffe by Cielo Dolci, Solaris Dutamas

Yang did some research and made a short list of the places we could try at around 10pm and one of it was Whimsical Gelateria & Caffe by Cielo Dolci. I remember passing by this cute little cafe while walking towards Barfly one night, what caught my eye was its adorable name! Just by saying "Whimsical" out loud turns me into a weird little happy kid! whimsical, icicle, tricycle, BICYCLE? i could go on and on... and i dare you to stop meeee.

Who would have thought gelato could mix really well with savory food? I for one wouldn't think it would be a great idea at all, i mean imagine a scoop of strawberry gelato on top of your aglio olio pasta, weeeeee-ird! The genius mind behind Cielo Dolci came up with all kinds of exotic flavors which will blow your mind! Have you heard of Bacon Gelato?... exactly..

Unfortunately we couldn't order the entire menu cause it was pretty late and we were only feeding two mouths. Scroll further to see what we had that night!

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Tomato Basil Salad
don't be fooled by its simple outlook as it will shock you with its very unusual cooling sensation. instead of your regular creamy pesto dressing, go Basil gelato!

Not feeling very whimsical that day? Their gelato-free menu is pretty wide!
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Burger Blues
beef patty with blue cheese! the patty was cooked to perfection and it looked like they use really good minced beef to make the patty, quite fatless... i actually felt healthy after every bite :P
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Fries were extremely fresh and crunchy!
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The burger monster!
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don't worry i shared my burger with him :D

We went to sample a few (almost all actually hehe) of their interesting gelato flavors and finally decided on Salted Caramel and Raspberry Cinnamon :) 
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Yang called me a fatty for ordering 2 scoops so here's my not-so-guilty face!
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yeap! not an ounce of guilt!
The waffles were perfectly crispy, which is my personal favorite! Can't stand those soft and chewy ones bleh.
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quit trying to copy me you crazy cow :P
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dessert was so good we had to fight for the last bite! Salted Caramel was DE BOMB!! 
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Saw a familiar face walking pass the cafe and he came in for a short chit chat! So good to see you again, it was nice catching up Derrek :D keep in touch :)

Anyway good news! They change their featured gelato's on a regular basis, so every visit will probably be a different set of awesome flavors! All in all, it was a fun experience at Whimsical! Will be back for more fun :)

Location & Contact

If you're not familiar with Solaris Dutamas/Publika area, it's right opposite Namoo On The Park behind the main Publika mall, same row as 7Eleven.

D2-G3-05, Solaris Dutamas, Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-6419-0966
Closed on Tuesdays
xx,
Melissa

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Novotel KL City Center for Christmas and New Year!

Looking for a place to celebrate your Christmas or New Year's Eve? Well do not panic, it's not too late to head down over to Novotel KL with your loved ones for a feast!

I was lucky enough to be one of the first to experience their Christmas buffet and thankfully for the figure hugging outfit i wore that night, i managed to hold back or else i would have left looking 2 months preggers! hehehe!

Anyway I shan't bore you with anymore of my ramblings and proceed with some food pictures! Unfortunately by the time i got there quite a lot of food had been walloped by hungry guests but i did my best to take as many nice shots as possible. Enjoy!

Oven roasted lamb leg
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cute kebab boy
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Selections of pudding
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Macaroons
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my favorite macaroon was the passionfruit! normally macaroons served at buffets are either too sugary or just taste funny but these were delicious! :)

I couldn't try everything but overall the food was very flavorful and had a wide variety from local food to other international cuisines!

Take a look at the Christmas Menu!

CHRISTMAS BUFFET MENU
APPETIZERS
Pan-Burst Cherry Tomato and Baby Mozzarella and Basil Dressing
Tuna Pasta & Lychee Salad
Turkey Ham Salad with Pineapple, Kidney Beans & Aioli
Sauerkraut Salad
Pear & Caramel Walnut Salad
Asian Thai Beef Salad with Honey Soy Dressing  
Mixed Fresh Garden Salad
Condiments & Dressing
Olives, Pearl Onions, Gherkins, Tomatoes, Cucumber, White Julienne Cabbage, Corn Kernel, Green Peas, Thousand Island dressing, French Dressing, Lemon Vinaigrette, Basic Vinaigrette, Honey Mustard, Tamarind Dressing)

SOUP
Clam Chowder
Selection of Bread & Butter

CARVERY
Oven Roasted Whole Turkey with Stuffing
Oven Roasted Lamb Leg
Cranberry Sauce, Creamy Peppered Sauce, Mushroom Sauce

LIVE STATION
Beef & Chicken Satay with peanut Sauce & Condiments
Kacang Pool & Condiments
Chicken Shawarma with Pita Pocket

MAIN COURSE
Buttered Rice with Peas & garlic
Spiral Pasta with Pistachio and Pesto
Lamb Kofta with Prunes
Cajun Minutes Steak with Honey Mustard
Roasted Sweet Potato Wedges
Crispy chicken chops with Peri-peri Sauce
Pan-seared Fish with Mango Sauce
Prawns with mushroom and Bisque Sauce
Herb Buttered Mixed Vegetables

DESSERT
Selection of Fresh Cut Fruits and Local Fruits Delight
 Christmas pudding, chocolate trifle, panna cota, French pastries, Assorted Fruit tartlette, Selections of pudding, Assorted Christmas cookies, Christmas stolen, Apple Bread & Butter Pudding
Chocolate Fountain with Condiments
Selection of Ice-Cream with Condiments

BEVERAGES
Orange Juice
Pink Guava
Coffee & Tea
Carlsberg Beer
Florenbelle Rose Wine
Florenbelle White Wine

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The Handsome men behind Novotel KL City Center!
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Thank you so much Miss Goh Ching Sing for the invitation, it was really great meeting you. No picture with the main woman because she was super busy! Everyone else at the hotel was incredibly friendly and welcoming as well.

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For more information and reservations, please do call (603) 2147 0888 extension 7668.
2 Jalan Kia Peng,
50450 Kuala Lumpur, 
Malaysia
(walking distance from Pavilion)

Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year guys! 
xoxo,
Melissa

Monday, December 8, 2014

Fresca Mexican Kitchen & Bar + Dolly Dim Sum @ Avenue K

Took my pirana out because she's back for the holidays once again, so happy to see her pretty face and there will be many more dates to come! She's one of those few friends i can really be myself with and so it's like a treat meeting her ever since she left for Kangaroo land.  

So brunch it was! we were thinking to have something in Bangsar where we would normally have our dates but nah! decided to get out and head to town. i thought of Dolly Dim Sum as it is a relatively new restaurant with a lovely modern version of a traditional chinese tea house located in Avenue K. I also heard some good reviews about their food (despite it being halal, ya no real char siew pao *sad face*).

To our utmost surprise, Fresca Mexican Kitchen was sharing half of the restaurant space! they both share the same owner :)

We were feeling mexican + dimsum so we cross-orders between Fresca and Dolly!

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flawless skin, bij gimme yo skinnnz!
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piglet and duckie
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BBQ Siew Bao
yum yum! sweetness was just nice :)
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Ordinary plain buns? totally deceiving...
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THIS!!!! My mouth waters by just looking at this picture! omg so delicious! The best Egg Custard Bun i've had so far! warm creamy custard yolk gushing out after taking the first bite omgomgomg orgasmic moment in the mouth! I swear I tasted a pinch of caramel in it!

And now.. time for some
Mexican food!
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Beer Battered Fish Tacos
crispy on the outside, flaky on the inside! *thumbs up*
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Chicken and Mushroom Quesadillas
this tasted a bit bland despite the overwhelming spice mix but not too bad overall!
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piranatwin
we took so many pictures! the lighting was so good no editing needed :P we shall be back for more dim sum and tacos!
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Love you piraƱa! Thank you for the belated birthday treat!

till next time!
xx