Friday, August 28, 2015

Grazia Cafe, JB

It was one of those chillax day where my family and I just chilled and did some leisure outing. We had a filling breakfast, and we went for a movie in the afternoon. We watched American Heist, which I thought was pretty good! I have never liked robbery movies, but this movie depicted perfectly the struggle of a person who was just released from a prison, and how the little brother struggled from living freely but yet obligated to help his brother. The movie was rather heavy for a chillax day though, so we thought we needed a cozy cafe to just chill out. 

I am a big fan of cute decor. And this cafe just won me overrrrrr! They have the cutest decor! BUT! Lol. A big BUT there was because most of the writings and doodles whatever not was in Mandarin. I think it's a JB thing though. lol. Once we stepped inside, not only we were greeted by really lovely decoration, we were also inhaling the aroma of the coffee deep into our lungs. It made a person who doesn't adore coffee much, wanted to try one. 

However, I picked myself Sakura teaaaa! It was written on the menu that it soothes the soul. So yesssss!

 And they served it in the cutestttttttt presentation! 
The little cookie there was delicioussssss! 
I still don't know yet why people often serve a small piece of cookie with tea or coffee?
But I love them! 

 And I ordered a homemade brownie! 
Which was superrrrr overpriced. 
I mean look at it, there's nothing there basically. 
Just a tiny weeny piece of cake, and a whole ball of ice cream.
That's all! 
And it costs RM20 or so. -.-

 And my sister gotten herself burgerrrrrr! 
Which again, was overpricedddddd.. 
These are all simple materials, 
they just fried them roast them and piled them. 
And it costs about RM30? 

But the decorrrrrrrrr!! Wasssssss lovelyyyyyy!!

So I guess there's nothing much to eat here, most people were here mainly for the ambiance and the wifi I suppose?

Ooppssss forgotten one thing, they are pretty famous for their coffee too! But since it was pretty late for a cuppa, that's why we didn't try that out.

Address: 80, Jalan Sutera Tanjung 8/3, Taman Sutera Utama, 81300 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
Phone:+60 7-559 6428

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Ippudo Ramen, Pavillion and Review of Truefitt and Hill, JW Marriott

I knowwww I am super late at this, but I finally got to try Ippudo Ramen. Hahahaha! Super outdated. Well the truth is I didn't know they have a branch in Pavillion and I kept going back to the same old trusty Ramen Shop at level 6 should I crave for Ramen. 

I guess luck were on our side because there was an ongoing promotion where you can purchase a set inclusive of 2 Ramen, 2 appetiser and 1 dessert at only RM88.00! BARGAIN! So that's what we went for. We have also added another bowl of Ramen, just so we could try out all the flavours available. 

 The appetiser comes in a set of 3. 
We get tofu, fried shrimp I think? and some vege. 

And here we have pork bunnnnn! 
Pork is loveeeee! 
And it tasted really good! 

My family members love a good gyoza!

 The normal creamy broth. 
It tasted okayyyyyy! Not quite as good as I would have expected though. 
But shoutout to the abundance of spring onionnnnnnsssss!

 This is the spicy one! 
Which also tasted all right. 
Not as spicy as my mum would love it to be. 

 And her we have the mildly spicy one. 
The broth was pretty much the same except that it's slightly spicy but not too spicy? 

I was looking lethargic that day! I have no idea whyyyyy! 

 Last but not least we have our dessert! 
We got two mochi, the filling was vanilla ice creammm!!
It wasssss realllllyyyyy goooddd and I love it to bits. 
It tasted better when you eat it with the strawberry. 

So, like I have mentioned above, I do not think that the ramen is out of the world or on par with my expectation. Guess it was because I had my Bari-Uma Ramen days ago which the taste wassssssss phenomenal. It's inevitable that comparison has to be done once you have tasted the best. 
And I must say Ippudo is no where near there. But, the deal was definitely worth the money! And generally the price was okay too!  

So here I am also going to review one of the most lavish male hair salon in Malaysiaaaaaaa! 

It is none other than Truefitt and Hill, which is a renown barber shop from England. This is now the oldest barber shop in the world and its history has won it a Guinness World Record. And Yessss.. They still do the hair for the Duke. This was a Father's Day luxury gift for my daddy. I wanted my dad to enjoy the best service and relax himself as he was always working hard to provide. 

Please note that you would have to make an appointment beforehand and walk in may not be entertained. I made an appointment at JW Marriot branch, for Royal Hair Cut (RM100), Head Massage (RM80) and Face Massage (RM80). 

I think the service was okayyyyy.. I don't quite like the barber that I have appointed, his name is ....... 
I just checked the website and found out that he's no longer working there. LOL. 
Perhaps you could pick Sam. 
He is quite an eye candy! Hahahahha! :P
I guess the service varies with barber? 
So make sure you pick a barber and make your appointment ahead of time! 

Friday, August 7, 2015

Noble Mansion, PJ

I am back again with another Chinese Restaurant. Increasing exposure to a variety of upmarket Chinese Restaurant has made my heart for my roots grown fonder. I used to have a tiny bit of disdain towards chinese restaurant because I grow up eating mostly Chinese cuisine all the time. But now that I have tasted quite a bit of different cuisine, I am slowly finding my way back to my roots.

Sorry for the digression and let's just teleport ourselves to the restaurant!

Noble mansion, a posh chinese restaurant under the Oriental Group of Restaurant, was newly opened in early January 2013 at Plaza 33 at Section 13 PJ and is set to be the most sensational new restaurant in the Klang Valley.
"Noble Mansion is a modern interpretation of a Chinese traditional mansion. The restaurant is divided into a few sections – The Lantern, The Bamboo Courtyard, The Terracota Rooms and The Grand Hall - to elevate your dining experience to the next level." - quoted from their website
Upon arrival, we were all startled by the amazingly beautiful decoration, knowledgeable and friendly staffs, we knew right away that our dining experience here was most definitely going to be a pleasurable one.

 Our first dish was Shark's fin simmered with shark's bone soup. 
It was rich and fragrant, 
you couldn't even taste an unpleasant fishy smell. 
The slightly creamy texture brings the soup to a whole new level of enjoyment. 
I have never thought shark fin could be cooked in such a way. 
Price : RM 888

 Abalone with goose leg and broccoli. 
I have never tried goose leg throughout my life, 
so this was definitely a great experience. 
Abalone sauce was cooked to perfection, 
the right saltiness that was able to maintain the abalone's taste without overpowering it, 
goose leg was heavenly. 
So much of collagen and was surprisingly pleasant to eat! 
I wasn't even worried it would leaves spots on my white dress. 
(Price: RM 300 +/-)

 Portugese Pork Ribs. 
It is, no doubt, rather difficult to eat pork ribs even if knife and fork were provided, 
therefore, gloves were provided! 
It was nicely grilled, 
and I wish I could decode their marinates, 
because the meat tasted really good! 

 It's served with lime juice to aid digestion. 
Refreshing, appropriate sweet and sour proportion, 
made us feeling less guilty gnawing those fatty pork ribs. 

 Longevity noodles, 
specially for the birthday boy, my dad! LOL! 
I have always loved longevity noodles, 
the gravy, 
the minced meat, and the noodle itself, 
I love them! 
However, it is always served when we were too stuffed to eat anymore. LOL!
Taste was great, noodle was nicely cooked, not too soft! 

 My dessert was the bomb! Mine was different because I am allergic to bird's nest! 

 And this is their bird's nest! 

I like the food a lot! And the ambiance was really great! Service was excellent, but they were in a hurry that day because they had to arrange the tables for a wedding reception that evening. But overall, I really enjoyed myself! 

The total price was more than RM2k. LOL! Which was quite scary I must say. But they do serve some normal food that doesn't cost a bomb! So, be sure to check out! 

2013       Time Out Kuala Lumpur Food Awards
              -Best Chinese Restaurant
2014      Winner   HAPA Flavours Of Asia - Hospitality Asia Platinum Awards 2013-2015 Malaysian Series
               TOP 10    HAPA Restaurant Of The Year - Hospitality Asia Platinum Awards 2013-2015 Malaysian Series

Noble Mansion 
P1-01, Level 1 Podium, Plaza 33 
No. 1 Jalan Kemajuan, Seksyen 13 
46200 Petaling Jaya, Selangor Darul Ehsan 
Tel: +603-7932 3288  
         012-938 2683 (Coco) / 016-902 1491 (Brenda) 

Fax: 03-7932 3988

Friday, July 31, 2015

Afternoon Tea at Shangri-La, KL

It was daddy and mummy's wedding anniversary, so I reserved 5 places for the family at Shangri-La Hotel, KL for a lovely bonding afternoon.

Shangri-La is one of the most renown hotel group in the world, almost everyone would have heard of Shangri-La, or yearn to stay there for once. I hope my photos and words do the hotel justice, because the hotel was really beautiful and posh, and it doesn't help now with my sleepy head as I am tapping these words away.

We were a little ahead of our reservation time, so, we had to utilize the time we had to stroll around and snap away!

 I believe this is the Lemon Garden Cafe. 
It is outdoor and the sun was blazing, if you are a sun person, 
this place would've been perfect for a cuppa. 
But, I'd prefer the luxury of air-conditioner rather than the sun glaring directly at us. 

 This fountain is quite a signature for Shangri-La KL I suppose. 
I was in love immediately with the lush designs of the hotel, the high ceilings, the dim lighting, and the fresh flowers arrangement all around the hotel area, I was quietly ticking off these luxurious hotel must have list in my head. 
Not forgetting, their service was sterling! Staffs were friendly and were always smiling. 

 The staffs kindly reserved seats beside the lush water garden! 
We marvelled at the beautiful scene through the floor-to-ceiling glass walls, 
it was quiet, the greenery was soothing to the eyes, 
and you get a lot of privacy!
However, my mum, being all princess-y, 
complained that the sun was too hot for her liking, 
so we were then given an ordinary place. LOL! 

 They have a nice selections of cakes for your indulgence. 

 Vast variety of tea leaves for you to pick from! 

 "I'm gonna swing from the chandelier~~~" 

 We picked two different teas, 
I went for one with caramel infused tea and I can't remember the other one. 
I love how they provide honey as the sweetener instead of sugar. 
It adds so much aroma and taste to the tea! 

Then I thought, it would be such a waste if I didn't take enough photo by the beautiful lush water garden, so my sister and I sneakily went there to take few more photos. Hahaha! The staffs were really nice and lovely! They allowed us for photo taking even though the table needed some re-arrangement to accommodate the next group of customers who have reserved this place beforehand.

When we were done romping around the place like small kids, our three-tier afternoon tea set was served.

 The classic tea set came with :
Truffled Egg Mayonnaise and Caviar in Brioche
Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese Roll
Tuna with Pepper and Guacamole in Saffron Roll
Chicken and Mushroom with Mustard Sandwich in Puff

Feuillantine Hazelnut Gateaux
Classic Baked New York Cheese Cake
Raspberry Macaroon
Passion Fruit and Mango Mousse Dome
Chocolate Pralines

Almond Cake
Marble Cake
Scones, both plain and with raisins and sultanas, served with mascarpone cream, strawberry and apricot jam
Fruit platter.
The Malaysian Afternoon Tea set came with:
Percik Chicken Pie, Deepfried Salmon Spring Roll, Golden Spiral Curry Puff and Gado Gado, which has shredded vegetables in a crispy nest with tangy peanut sauce.

Sweet delectable Malaysian treats include Royal Palm Coconut Pandan Crepe, Red Bean Apam Balik with Sweet Cream Corn, Mango and Jackfruit Trifle Pudding with Red Pomelo, Sarawak Pineapple and Kaya Swiss Roll, Lychee Almond Tart, Malay Kuih Lapis, Kuih Talam and Kuih Sago. There is also the Fresh Sliced Fruit Platter.

We were almost feeling quite full when we were half way through the set. My dad ordered another Lobster bisque to relish in. So, we were really taking it slow in the lobby lounge, as though the world has slowed down with us. We were always in a haste, be it eating or walking. lol. So, I really like the idea of having afternoon tea with my family!

I certainly wasn't lying when I said the staffs were really nice! Before we finished with our food, she came to us and offered us two slices of cakes!!! If this is not kindness I don't know what is.

 Poached pear pie. 

 Apricot cake. 
I have never tasted an apricot cake in my life, 
but this was really good! 
My mum just couldn't stop eating it. 

They do provide smoking area too, so you could enjoy afternoon tea and smoke and die alone outside if you're a smoker. HAHHAHAHAHHA!

The price for each set was RM80 nett. And the parking fee was RM10.

Anyway, it was such an amazing experience. It was really nice living high off the hog once in a while, just relaxing and chatting without rushing time.

11 Jalan Sultan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur, 50250, Malaysia
T:(60 3) 2032 2388