Friday, April 29, 2016

RGB Coffee at the Bean Hive - Coffee Micro-Roastery and creative vegetarian food

16 April 2016 - Well, the first word that I always can think of when someone mention about RGB is that - the cafe serves vegetarian, healthy choices of food. Probably others might give just some twist about the cafe. Here's why.

I need to meet my girlfriend, Lynn, as she asked me to purchase some eco products from Melaleuca, well the powerful detergent to protect the white uniform of her kid, Ivan. Well, some housewife gathering, huh? Well, this is us, full-time busy mama, huh?

So she asks me where to meet up in KL. "Any nice cafe?" "well, I heard of this RGB cafe, let's try to meet up at there." RGB stands for Rather Good Beans.

Alright, GPS does bring me to the right place, just that I wasn't sure it's the cafe. Wonder why?



Here's why. Can't see the signboard till you reach their entrance. There's no signboard outside, as far as I can remember.

You can see it is managed most probably by a closed family business, staff being very friendly. However, the hot weather could have turned us into the new BBQ RGB customers, especially when you are sitting outdoor area. They do have indoor air-conditioned are, it was packed.

I went to the counter, asking for recommendations since this is the first time coming to RGB. "So, what's nice as per the people say? Is all your food vegetarian?" Well, the answer is NO. Although you can see most of their food are healthy and vegetarian. They do serve some meats. Well, meat lovers, if you want to eat healthy, yet crave for meats, probably you shouldn't skip RGB cafe.




Took the Mcbrocolli Burger - Broccoli, almonds, mushrooms, and cheese. RM 21 for the burger. I took the one that serves with Quinoa Garden Salad, since I am not a fan of french fries. I would say it is really interesting...with all the combination of the vegan meat-free burger piece, I am sure they mash or blend all to make the vegetarian burger. Lots of vegetables to be eaten along.

Didn't order their coffee, as it was so hot to be in the outdoor area. A bit surprised with such a cafe, they charge RM 1 for distilled water, this means less happy on such terms. Well, different cafe has different rules.

*Receive update from RGB facebook admin:

"We charge RM1 on water that goes to a charitable cause as our water is triple filtered and we had experienced guests wasting water when we did not charge for it. RM1 is charged for a large 1L bottle which is enough to share though. You may request for tap water which we do not charge for if you do not want to pay for water."

Parents, good for you, as RGB has a little corner for the kids to play around, as you enjoy your meal or drinks in RGB.

Overall, pretty good for a cafe. Burger was home-made, so RM 21 was okay for me. And, remember, it is not 100% vegetarian and vegan.

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Name: RGB Coffee at the Bean Hive

Address: 35, Jalan Damai, Kampung Datuk Keramat, 55000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Phone:+60 3-2181 1329

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RatherGoodBeans
Email:  rgb.malaysia@gmail.com

Opening Hours:Mon:  9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Tue-Fri:  8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Sat-Sun:  9:00 am - 6:30 pm

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Sunday Vegetarian Buffet Brunch @ The Gange Cafe, Bangsar

17 April 2016 - It was a lazy hot Sunday, and I decided that since I and baby were free, I went to join the Meet Up event, where I have been disappeared since 1 year ago.

The KL Vegans and Vegetarians propose to have a meetup in The Gange Cafe in Bangsar, and I can't wait to try the Vegetarian Gujarati Cuisine in Bangsar.





So I reach at 1pm, pushing the stroller with my baby sleeping in it, into the limited space provided in the shop. We are like squeezing ourselves sitting as our chairs are just against each other. whoever sitting inside, she or he has to be thin enough to make way through to reach out for the food.




I was asking my girl friend, Lyaan how was the food since she arrived earlier. "So exotic!" she replied. So I started off with the appetizer section, took Khandi aka yellow chee cheong fun India style, the deep fried Dal Vada and Manchurian, and of course curry puffs. thumbs up as I love the Manchurian and Dal Vada; the mini curry puff was with little fillings inside.




Salad to make a great appetizer for your start for the buffet, I super love the crispy Papadam/ papadum. I will always want to grab as many as I could, whenever I go to order mixed rice or banana leaf rice.





So there you go, this is my first plate of the vegetarian lunch, adding on the mint sauces, creamy mushroom soup, rice, and sour cabbages and mixed long beans.




You can get to choose your very own flat bread.



Here are some of the main courses, appealing vegetables.






Different dahl for you to enjoy with the flat bread or the rice.




Here is our gang of the day! the vegetarian and vegan lovers. Most of them discuss and talk about protecting the environment, go green, save the animals, and so forth. I can see some of the customers ordering lassi and their Gange Pranic Green Juice (herbs, spices, leaves). Heard that Barat, a fine vegetarian cuisine which is just located few blocks away belong to the same owner of Ganga as well.

I didn't manage to eat much as my baby cries and shown tantrum, must be the hot weather and me being blur not knowing he is actually crying for milk. My friend joked saying that "Baby dislikes vegetarian, silly!" Oppsie!

Upon paying the bill, I was surprised that actually it has increased up to RM21 per head for the buffet lunch. Hmm, it is not cheap for a vegetarian buffet, but you are a fan of rice and vegetables, and you can eat non-stop from 10am till 3pm, well, probably it's worth it for you!




Found this from their Facebook, so that you can plan ahead if you are looking for the Sunday Brunch buffet or ala-carte dine-ins.

Brunch Buffet Sundays: 10am to 3pm, at RM21 per pax

Ala Carte on Mon - Sat: 8:30 am tilll 9:30pm.

Ala Carte Menu: http://www.theganga.com.my/ganga-menu.pdf

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The Ganga Cafe, Bangsar
Website: http://www.theganga.com.my/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thegangacafe/timeline

Add: 19 Lorong Kurau, Off Jalan Riong, Bangsar Pertama, 59100 Kuala Lumpur

Tel: 03-2284 2119

Google Map: https://goo.gl/maps/iSveg99JNCH2

Friday, April 15, 2016

Special function Chinese meal courses @ Marco Polo Restaurant 富臨門酒家 in Wisma Lim Foo Yong

9 April 2016 - I remembered when I was young, we always go for proper chinese restaurant for dimsum and the main dishes. With the bad economy arising over the years, chinese restaurant no longer serve the same cuisine like what they used to have. some standard had dropped like really super low quality, where I suspected they even not hiring local chinese chefs, or proper chefs who know how to cook fine chinese cuisine.

However in Marco Polo, it is a different story. They maintain the old Chinese cuisine with fantastic story behind.

I was here for my uncle's birthday celebration, as he will always have the dinner function at Marco Polo Restaurant, given the long queue of countless elderly singing karaoke, and the grandchildren will be on stage to perform some K-pop and singing to impress the audience and my uncle.




Marco Polo Restaurant is famous for their Peking Duck and Dim Sum. They definitely give you their best service in Chinese cuisine. The spacious area where you can always organize your wedding and special function, nice ambiance, superb comfortable air-conditioned area, friendly staff to ensure you enjoy your dine-in moment, dim lights, chandelier, a small stage for performers or simply a toast to your guests. Want some privacy? They have private rooms for your business and friends meet up as well.





So this is the typical Chinese meal courses. although I was surprised yet to see them serve shark fin in the restaurant.




This is the double boiled shark fin with comboy / scallop and chicken. I asked: "I cannot find any shark fin also." and my mom pointed the shark fin as per the photo below.




so this is the real shark fin. Jeez, I always ate those in shreds. For the first time I get to eat Shark fin in such size.



Next,wwwwwwwuiuuuuuuuuuuuuu...braised abalone with broccoli and mushrooms! >.<

I was like, omg, so excited! Such a big abalone and I only get to eat this probably twice a year? One during CNY season, and one more, depends if my mother has such stock of abalone. The chewy moment as I bite the abalone....yummy...just unable to describe any further....





My sister, Jac, found this double twin mushrooms and keep on take photo as it is extinct. Oh well....double fortune and prosperity?



Lastly, here comes the dessert sweetness time. this sweet kaya prosperity bun was served with the red bean and glutinous rice ball.



The red bean is not the normal red bean soup you can get from the night market. They boil the red bean till you cannot even bite any beans at all, the reason is they boil the red bean soup in low heat yet long hours, causing the red bean soup truly as if the beans are totally blended as you drink it.




The largest glutinous rice ball I have ever tried. And biting half of the rice ball, inside there's red bean fillings as well. Simply superb!

I do notice they have some special Sunday buffet lunch though, serving you sashimi, dim sum, and assorted Chinese dish, making you a full stomach throughout the whole Sunday. Priced at RM 48++

Worth? Well, only you to find out, or perhaps I will drop by in one of the Sundays.

It's the right time to get real nice dimsum in KL, because I cannot get nice dimsum no more.

Marco Polo Restaurant 富臨門酒家 in Wisma Lim Foo Yong
Website: http://marcopolo.com.my/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MarcoPoloRestaurant/timeline

Reservation and Tel: 03-2141 2233

Email: marcopolorestaurant@yahoo.com

Add: 1st Floor, Wisma Lim Foo Yong, Jalan Raja Chulan, 50200 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Google Map: https://goo.gl/maps/8p7ekoSdB2r
Tips: When you search for the place, probably you key in Wisma Lim Foo Yong instead. Or else, you will be feeling weird that you found the Marco Polo in Italy!

Let me know if you have been to Marco Polo Restaurant before, or else it's the time for you to explore the Chinese food adventure, as Marco Polo Restaurant, giving you quality food with reasonable price since 1980.

Eat Ban Mee anytime at Noodle Shack 面粉居

9 April 2016 - I was in between the tea time and dinner time looking for some snack to munch on, as I have a dinner function to attend to that night. Passed by Noodle Shack at Avenue K, and this was my second stop. As I couldn't recall whether my previous food experience was a good or bad one, I decided to stop by and try again.

It was a good food craving as I have not been eating pan mee for quite some time.


As you can see, they welcome the Muslim friends, as they do not serve pork and there is no added MSG in their food. (see the signboard at their kitchen area).


Do you remember you used to have brown cover notebook during your primary school? Good for you, you get to see their menu in such cool notebook, probably want to link you back to your childhood moment.




I order their traditional dried pan mee RM 10.90, choosing thin long pan mee with blend thick soy sauce, to be served with fried anchovy, fried beancurd sheet, minced chicken, mushrooms, and fungus. Carbo, fibre, protein, and crispy ingredients, spice up your life! Their portion was all good, just that I just feel out I miss out something from this dish, I think it is the noodle. The noodle is not in smooth texture. their anchovy clear soup is simply delicious and tasty for me.



See the belacan? I use a pair of chopsticks, dip into the belacan just a bit, and tasted it...wow...remarkably spicy! you can see that the belacan is home-made and really spicy!

I enjoyed drinking their home-made herbal tea priced at RM 3.50.

I would recommend noodle Shack, as you couldn't find any pan mee without MSG and plus, where to get traditional food in shopping centre? however to compare their pan mee with the local hawker stall, I am sure there is a better pan mee, but oh well, it is all depending on location, convenience, and all things go well into one.

Well, now, your turn...can you recommend me nice pan mee in klang valley area? :)


Noodle Shack 面粉居http://www.noodleshack.com.my/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NoodleShackMianFenJu/
Shopping Centre hours: 10:30am - 9:30pm

Add: UC-6 Avenue K, 156 Jalan Ampang, 50450 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-2181 8138

Google Map: https://goo.gl/maps/AA5pYtw88Ut

Waze: https://www.waze.com/livemap?zoom=17&lat=3.15984&lon=101.71334

If you want to see where to get noodle shack near to you: http://www.noodleshack.com.my/#!outlets/c42f














Coffee Speciality but Local Food at T.Garden Pandan Indah

14 April 2016 - I was craving for coffee and cake, just something sweet. Trying to search for cafe nearby Cheras or Ampang at 8pm, and I remembered there is an instagrammer tag herself enjoying coffee in T Garden Pandan Indah. So what i do next was, search for T Garden in Google Map, and off I went.




The first impression when I reached T Garden is that, wow spacious, modern, bright light of their signboard to make sure you didn't miss out the place.

As the exterior definitely look like a modern cafe place...it is written 'the Coffee Shop'...hmmm...why not 'Cafe', but 'The Coffee Shop'? Coffee shop reminds me of the local coffee shop suddenly.




Dimmed light, classic table, steel chairs, glass partition with lots of coffee typography poster, flowers in glass display, and a bunch of staff stand near the kitchen and bar tender area. The owner hire local staff and some foreigners.




Told my date - my baby, to stay calm and enjoy coffee, but guess he just ignored me when I told him I am taking his photo.
Guess what kind of drinks and food do they serve? For me, shock of my life!




In their menu, they strongly recommended Caffe latte, affocato special, and chocolate drink. and the right side of the menu shows dimsum?

Coffee with dimsum? I was huh? did i come to the right place? Both doesn't match together....

And I flipped their whole menu. They positioned themselves as coffee as speciality, but it seems they introduce all kind of chinese food, western food, and dim sum?!



So I gave a shot on their cold chocolate drink RM 9.90. First sip was excellent, but as I put aside, took a bit on my sandwich and started to drink back my chocolate drink...it was super sweet, like they putting half a cup fill with sugar. Probably too sweet for me, but the real chocolate is inside.




Ordered their signature big sandwich RM 11.90, 6 pcs of crispy thick toast clipping the melted cheese with egg, smoked bacon ham, and fresh tomato, cucumber, and lettuce. Well, their smoked bacon and melted cheese egg are really something flavorful, but to come along with thick toast? I end up eating the bread more than everything else. well, bread = lots of flour and starches, you will not be a satisfying customer from the first bite of it. want to keep it crispy? make sure the bread is thin and mini might be more presenting.

Overall, I spend almost RM 30 include the GST and service tax. Guess their shop appeal doesn't seem blend in well with what they show me in their menu, and yes, their price and value? Probably not worth it.

Just one remark - saw one of the waiter show middle finger pointing to his friend, and I was watching such act, I almost thought he was giving the special signage to me. Shouldn't be so playful even if your friends are around, that shows imporfession. And then I notice an uncle shouted loudly to his staff that they did not clear one of the table who has been vacant for quite some time. Probably he shouldn't be shouting angrily in front of customers either.

Argh, and there's no cake for me! Now, wait, why couldn't I recall Starbucks, where they have coffee and cake? Hmmm....

And do you know where I can get to enjoy cake especially Mille Crepe in Cheras and Ampang area? Please suggest!


T.Garden Pandan Indah
https://www.facebook.com/TGarden-Pandan-Indah-1030790873673682/timeline

Add: No., 31, Jalan Pandan Indah 4/4, Pandan Indah, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Malaysia
Landmark, just the next shop next to Tsim Tung Hong Kong Cafe.

Couldn't find the opening hours in their Facebook and they don't have website.

Google Map: https://goo.gl/maps/2D8ir4sqqik

Waze: https://www.waze.com/livemap?zoom=17&lat=3.1302&lon=101.7556


Wednesday, April 6, 2016

12th Anniversary Party at Zouk Club KL

31 March 2016 - What a great date to end the marvellous March. As I am a Zouk member, and although I rarely go to Zouk, they still send a cool stylish invitation card to me for their 12th Anniversary Party.

It is written "A bold architectural statement with influences of extraordinary design that underlines the legacy of a global club brand with a lavish spent of RM38-million, Zouk KL is the most lavish nightspot to be developed in Malaysia."

It consists of 11 venues – Zouk Main Room; Zouk Cafe Bar; Beer Garden; Phuture; Velvet Underground; Apex Lounge; Ace; Members’ Lounge; Imperial; Glass Box; and Balcony Deck. However, different songs with different ambience being played in all 11 venues. You need to call if you want to know which area is the best for you.




Although their invitation card is with 3D hologram viewing, I didn't try it out. I am always amazed with zouk invitation cards design. always amuse me.

We reached at 915pm, where everyone was chilling out in the open courtyard area. Noticed TREC is full of restaurant, bistro and other pubs, just like Changkat.





We registered for the entry, and we were informed by the receptionist that free flow is available only from 9-10pm. Hmm, makes our night slightly moody with such T and C. And then, we receive the golden zipped pouch with white earphones and a Zouk T-shirt. Both of us are wearing evening party dress with mini pouch. How on earth are we gonna bring the goodies along in the club? Probably something sleek, small, yet stylish as goodies next time? Not that we complain, we really can't bring it along or purposely putting back the items to the car.




We did not have our dinner, you know ladies take longer time for makeup, and we gotta skip dinner. We ordered Zouk cafe crunchy popcorn chicken and I must say, it is really really good and fantastic. Make me think that it's far better than KFC ones. although staff recommended seafood pasta, I opt for the carbonara vegetarian pasta. Sighed, should have know creamy pasta doesn't go along with the alcohol. Make me feel so bloated. Yet, the creamy vegetarian pasta is tempting and delicious.

All of the members are taking a bottle of Heineken, vodka mix or whiskey mix. Heineken beer is all good, but the mix? Well, you get to taste sweetness and water more than the liquor.





Some of the event programs are dance performance with the dancers dress up from the future, 3D motion graphic gambit, champagne toast with Mr Cher Ng, who was a Singaporean DJ under the moniker- DJ Cher. He is the co-founder and executive director of Zouk Kuala Lumpur and TREC. Wow, such a great work done by Cher Ng. All the hard work from a DJ to an entrepreneur. Way to go!

And congrats to Zouk Club KL being ranked as number #26 club in the 2016 DJ MAG TOP 100 CLUBS in the world.

Last year in 2015, Zouk was ranked at #38, a massive climb up to the ranking!
We were able to see this video during the anniversary party:

https://www.facebook.com/zoukclubkl/videos/10155804408556515/

and massive fireworks and poppers give a loud celebration. Night clubs laser lights always give us fantasy. Adding on the pump up music by world DJ, and a drink in your hand, dance on the floor...wow...simply awesome. forego all the stress and here you all at Zouk KL!

The party continues inside the club. My favourite is always Velvet, giving you lots of latest R and B music. My second choice would be Phuture, but Phuture is way back in the 90s kinda R and B music. Worse, I cannot feel the air validation in Phuture at all. So sad.

My girlfriend, Abby ordered a glass of whiskey mix in Phuture bar. However, it's a big let down, as it tasted just like the freeflow drinks we had, and she paid for it. I told her alcohol will be good only if we ordered the whole bottle of it, instead of asking them to mix, except wine or beer pint I guess.

The occasion wasn't right for wine drinking, we head off to Marini's on 57 after leaving Zouk at 1130pm.

Overall, it was a good party, just some little tiny problems here and there.
Happy anniversary Zouk KL!

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Zouk Club KL

Address: 436, Jalan Tun Razak, 50400 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Hours:
  • Mon-Tue:  5:00 pm - 3:00 am
  • Wed:  5:00 pm - 4:00 am
  • Thu-Sat:  5:00 pm - 5:00 am
  • Sun:  5:00 pm - 3:00 am
Tel:  03-2110 3888
Email: info@zoukclub.com.my