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Waroeng Penyet

Posted by Timothy Low under Mutiara Damansara

Flattened Chicken? Backside Soup? Happy Soda?

When I first visited Jakarta, Indonesia some years back … I had quite an an exciting culinary adventure. Other than extra strong spices, food varieties are quite similar with ours in Malaysia but it’s the name of the food that shocked me. Nasi Goreng Gila (direct translation … Crazy Fried Rice) …. Sup Bontot (hmm … how do I put this …. backside …. ass …. behind …soup?). I mean, these are just some of it that I can remember.

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Mr Teppanyaki

Posted by Timothy Low under Mutiara Damansara

I’ve been away for quite a while. Yup … job obligations. No choice. But that’s what everyone says, right? I actually miss doing this. I miss the rantings and bitching of culinary preferences among us ‘reviewers’ or better known as ‘foodies’. So here I am again, now that what I have to do is all done and the next one is not until June 2010.

For my new article, I could probably summarize it into a single sentence but then again, where’s the fun in that? So I shall elaborate further ….. here’s how it goes…..

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Ah Cheng Laksa – Revisit

Posted by Timothy Low under Mutiara Damansara

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My first visit to Ah Cheng Laksa for a review was way back in January 2009. It was a casual visit without the restaurant owner attending to me. And you can read about what I wrote here.

I was invited to visit this restaurant again recently to do a “food sampling” together with a few other fellow foodies. If you’ve been frequenting food blogs, you may have heard of Feedmelah.com … by a team of foodies consisting of Stephen, Sue Ann and William. Here’s their article on Ah Cheng Laksa.

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Ah Cheng Laksa

Posted by Timothy Low under Mutiara Damansara

Bubba Gump Shrimp Company

Posted by Timothy Low under Mutiara Damansara

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I love this quote. I loved the movie, Forrest Gump. If you haven’t watch this movie, make sure you do. I mean, earning US$677 million worldwide during its theatrical run making it the top grossing film in North America and getting 13 Academy Award nominations, of which it won 6. The movie IS that good!

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Anyway, during my last review at Vivo American Pizza at The Curve, I chanced upon the opening of a new restaurant … Bubba Gump Shrimp Company, just opposite Vivo. Well, I’ve never really heard about this restaurant … the only one I did was in the movie “Forrest Gump” and I thought it was fictional. Out of curiosity, I didn’t a little research about this restaurant and found this …

The Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. Restaurant and Market is a chain of seafood restaurants inspired by the 1994 film Forrest Gump. Launched in 1996 by Viacom Consumer Products (part of Viacom, which also owns Paramount Pictures, the distributor of Forrest Gump) and the Rusty Pelican Company, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. became the first theme restaurant inspired by a film. As of 2007, it had 28 locations in United States, Mexico, and eastern countries of Asia. The first one opened up in Monterey, CA.

The restaurant is named after the movie’s main characters Benjamin Bufford “Bubba” Blue and Forrest Gump who talked about going into shrimping business.

Now if you remember scenes from the movie Forrest Gump, you’d remember Jenny (Forrest’s girlfriend) shouting “Run Forrest Run” to Forrest Gump as he was being chased by a few bad kids and the quote “Stop Forrest Stop” based on the signs used to help Forrest when he played football at the University of Alabama. When you enter this restaurant, you will never miss the two huge license plate sign on each table. The red “Stop Forrest Stop” sign is used to signal that a table needs service and the blue “Run Forrest Run” means that all is well. Genius !

The menu consists mostly of shrimp dishes, but also other seafood, as well as Southern and Cajun cuisine.

Here’s another line from the movie that says “shrimp is the fruit of the sea. You can barbecue it, boil it, broil it, bake it, saute it. Dey’s uh, shrimp-kabobs, shrimp creole, shrimp gumbo, pan fried, deep fried, stir-fried, there’s pineapple shrimp, lemon shrimp, coconut shrimp, pepper shrimp, shrimp soup, shrimp stew, shrimp salad, shrimp and potatoes, shrimp burger, shrimp sandwich. Th-that’s about it.”

Anyway, enough about the restaurant. Let’s move on to the food and what I ate at the restaurant today. I started off with a basket of Mama Gump’s Garlic Bread and it was served … yes, on a basket and the bread was shaped like an arrow. Lining the bread was a piece of …. newspaper, or what I thought was a newspaper. Look closer and you’ll see it’s actually a replica of GreenBow County Dispatch, a newpaper in GreenBow County, Alabama. Again, there isn’t any GreenBow County in any of the 67 counties in Alabama.

Fictional. From the movie of course.

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Then came the Garden Salad

From starters, I moved on to the main courses. First the Shrimper’s Net Catch. Picture in the menu looks good …. so I ordered one. And good thing I ordered the 3/4 LB instead of the 1 1/2 LB!!!! Else I’d be chewing shrimps for the next hour or so. This is one of their specialty and it comes with either Bubba’s Garlic Spice or Secret Recipe Cajun Spice. I don’t know …. maybe it’s just me but I don’t find it really that special …. tasted like a chinese dish, in other word …. common.

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From shrimps, I moved on to fish. The Bourbon Street Baramundi is another one of their specialty. Menu says it’s Cajun-spiced baramundi (a type of Australian fish, similar to Halibut) with bourbon street sauce (a butter and egg-based. béarnaise sauce) and grilled shrimps served over mashed potatoes. This is a great dish I would recommend, love the combination.

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And the final dish, Salmon & Veggie Skillet … grilled Salmon and fresh vegetables (asparagus) with a touch of Garlic Herb Butter and Capers. This is served with Jasmine Rice …. lovely, lovely rice (I am a sucker for rice … yeah I know … there goes my carbo diet).

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By the end of it, I was so stuffed I couldn’t even go for dessert which is a shame. I would’ve to to get my hands on their “That Chocolate Thing” … warm, flourless Chocolate Cake, topped with Vanilla Ice Cream and Whipped Cream and drizzled with Raspberry sauce, served in a special jar.

And to end this article, I would say that Bubba Gump Shrimp Company did a good job on this ‘themed’ restaurant and if you ask if I would come back again … let’s just say I will have to refill my wallet before I do that. My last meal there left my wallet bleeding after forking our about RM180++ for 4 person and that’s only with 3 main course and a starter.

Ever heard of the song … “She Works Hard For The Money … ” ?

Well, in my case .. it’s “He Works Hard For The Yummy ……..

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Vivo American Pizza & Panini

Posted by Timothy Low under Mutiara Damansara

It’s another weekend at The Curve for me. Well, I didn’t exactly wanted to go to The Curve but I was there to catch a movie at Cineleisure. It was a 5:45pm show on a Sunday and I ..err …. haven’t had breakfast or lunch and I was practically starving. Yeah, yeah … it’s was Sunday and I woke up late, pretty late.

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So I arrived at Cineleisure, parked my car and walked along the Sunday market at The Curve hunting for food. Incidentally, I was craving for some Aglio Olio (you pasta lovers should know this one) so I headed to Vivo Pizza. Yes, yes … it’s a pizza joint but I hated pizza. I mean, let’s put it this way …. I am a pure chinaman. No pun intended, I just prefer bah kut teh or a plate of chicken rice anytime over some cheesy western food. There …. I said it. Thank you !

Anyway, food or no food … I remembered Vivo serving some pretty terrific pasta so Vivo it is for me. I sat down, put in my orders … looked around and waited. I remembered consciously looking around at the crowd, and noted that most of the diners were couples but there were a handful of families too. While the crowd was generally good, the waiting staffs were not exactly warm. I figured, they could do better with a touch of smiles … here and there, instead of that obliging service they provide.

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Finally my food arrived …. well, I ordered the Spicy Garlic Prawn instead of the Aglio Olio. A touch of difference, so to say. This little dish is served with some prawns, garlic, capsicums and extra virgin olive oil. Well, I don’t know if it’s just me but I felt that this dish could do better with a little more garlic …. since IT IS called Spicy Garlic Prawn. And yeah, a little more spiciness would do good too. I just find it a little too ‘plain’ … but then again, another person would have loved it. Personal preferences I guess.

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The next item served was the New Zealand Mussels and Prawns Pasta and yes, for someone who doesn’t care much about western food … I am consuming a lot of it! Anyway, as the names says it … pasta with mussels … not just any mussels, it’s New Zealand mussels and of course, prawn again. I really have to watch my diet on this … too much prawns isn’t exactly that ideal.

And finally it’s dessert time! Nothing beats ice cream melting on hot chocolate brownie except for the brownie I ordered isn’t hot and my ice cream isn’t melting on it. On it’s own, the chocolate brownie is a little dry but have it with ice cream, it’s a totally different experience altogether.

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My final verdict … NTB. That’s means, Not Too Bad with room for improvement.
Services … again, smiley, smiley.
Food quality …. the good, the bad … the yummy.
Pricing …. You won’t go broke.

And here’s the location.

Lot 154, Level 1, Western Courtyard, The Curve, Mutiara Damansara,
47800 Petaling Jaya
Selangor
Contact: (Tel)603-7729 2299 (Fax)603-7729 7799
Website: www.vivopizza.com

While exploring the World Wide Web, I came across some other folks who wrote about this place … some dear friends, some strangers. Nevertheless, different people, different taste. FEAST ON DUDES !

Da Wheels of Life & Happiness
Waisikkai

Manhattan Fish Market

Posted by Timothy Low under Mutiara Damansara

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I‘ve always thought Manhattan Fish Market is from Manhattan, New York. Heck, I was wrong ! They are actually a “made-in-Malaysia” product !!! I’ve tried googling for it, this is the only result …

http://www.manhattanfishmarket.com/

And after some extensive digging, I managed to find out more.

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Movenpick Marche Restaurant

Posted by Timothy Low under Mutiara Damansara

The motto – “Eat in a colorful market-place atmosphere” – is certainly meant to be taken literally in Mövenpick Marché restaurants. Marché is a totally FRESH concept in dining pioneered by Mövenpick in Europe in 1983.

Marché ( pronounced ‘Mar-Shay’) is an extravaganza – a hive of culinary and market activity where the only constant is change. It abounds with color from the mountains of produce, baked goods, meats, fish, pastries, fruits and other foods. Colorful tiles, flagstone flooring, bright awnings and ceiling hangings, barrels, baskets and wagons create the flavour of a bustling European market.

Marché opens its doors every day at 11.00am and virtually everything you see in the way of raw foods, prepared foods and ingredients are brand new. All breads and pastries are fresh baked continuously. Wherever possible, produce, meats and seafood are fresh from the market. Pasta is prepared right in front of your eyes.

Located at the ground floor of The Curve in Mutiara Damansara, Marche provides a totally different dining experience .. at least for me it is. Imagine this, before entering the restaurant .. you are given a Marche market passport .. like this one here. Please do bear in mind that this little card actually cost you RM200 if you ever lose it. Well .. unless your food costs you more than RM200, it’s quite a painful experience. Once you’re in the restaurant, you will see something quite familiar, a marketplace of some sort. You can wander around different market stands and freely select whatever food that appeals to you. You get to see for yourself the freshness and quality of the produce; smell what’s baking in the ovens; hear the food sizzling; and watch the food being prepared right in front of your eyes, fresh from the “market”.

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When you’re done choosing your food from the stations, more selection lies ahead. It’s time to choose which of our seating areas go with your mood of the moment. La Poterie is reminiscent of the pottery-making cottage, while the Bistro is typical of a Parisian tavern. The Swiss House has the flavour of a Swiss mountain inn.

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You pick and eat all you can, most of the food are deliciously prepared. I guess the only thing about this is when it comes to the bill. Remember the market passport I meantioned? Yes, everytime you pick and choose the food the card is stamped. When you “check out” from the restaurant, you pay based on the stamps on your card. Let’s just say, not only the food is european … the price is also as such.

The key to the Marché concepts is the collection of market tables and stations where daily specials are prepared and cooked to other. Its fun to discuss techniques and recipes with the chef’s and you can actually buy raw ingredients and others to take home with you if you wish. (After all, Marché is a market too!) The extensive food offer includes Meat and Seafood Grills, Salads and Delicacies, Pizza, Rösti, Pasta, Roast, Sausages, Vegetables, Sushi, Bread & Pastries, Desserts, Coffee, Fresh Pressed Juice, Wines and Beers. New items are always cooking.

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Contact Details
Lot G87, Ground Floor,
The Curve, Mutiara Damansara,
47800 Petaling Jaya
Tel: 03 7728 9200,
Fax: 03 7727 5660

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Operation Details
Average Price : approx RM100++ for 3 person
Operating Hours : From 10am daily
Accepted Cards: : Master Card , Visa Card

Miscellaneous Details
Halal : Yes
Dining Method : Dine-In / Takeaway
Food/Cuisine : Casual Dining, Cuisine: Swiss, Pastries, Pasta, Fruit Juice, Seafood
Ambience/Features : Family . Air Conditioned . Alcohol . Casual Dining .
BYO Allowed? : No
Reservations : Accepted

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