Friday, February 27, 2009

Lunch at Bellygood, Sunway Mentari, Petaling Jaya

Actually, this place came out on the Star newspaper the other day, and I couldn't resist on trying this place as it was close to my home. Formerly known as Wendy's Bistro, it is located at Sunway Mentari (just opposite Yuen Steamboat). I tried going there at night for dinner upon reading the review on paper, but it seems that it may have attracted way too many people so I had to come back another day, which I did.

Bellygood has a nice environment, although the shop itself is quite cramped. The kitchen is visible to diners so you could take a peek on how they cook stuff there. I ordered a mixed platter which consisted of pork ribs and pork belly while my mom had grilled pork ribs. They have regular and large size portions to suit your needs, which I think is a plus. We had Iced Lemon Tea to go with our meal.

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Exposed kitchen: you can see how they cook here.
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The environment.
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Iced Lemon Tea
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Mixed Platter
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Grilled Pork Ribs

I had a strange impression on my dish. "Why is the rib so meaty?". Turns out to be that the pork rib they serve here is actually closer to top part of the rib which contained more meat. This particular part is normally used as soup stock. But grilling it seems to work as well. Although not as juicy and tender and the lower part of the rib(the one I had at Meaty House was good), it was still soft and the sauce complemented the meat quite well. The pork belly was soft and tender, almost as if it was melting in your mouth. Talk about sinful food, this is surely one of it *drools*.
Overall it was pretty satisfying, with the exception of the ribs which may or may not suit your taste.

BellyGood (website) - Non halal.
No. 20, Jalan PJS 8/18,
Dataran Sunway Mentari,
46150 Petaling Jaya
Selangor Darul Ehsan
Tel: 03 5630 1699

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Lunch at Canton-i , 1 Utama, Petaling Jaya

A friend of mine planned to have lunch at Canton-i, but he never made it as he had to leave for studies as his holidays are over. So, we planned again, and this time I went with Sapphira and Ooity.

Canton-i is located on the ground floor of 1Utama, just beside Dave's Pizza Pasta Vino, and opposite TGI Friday's. Upon arrival, we actually had to queue outside as it was already full (12.30pm and already so many people x_x). Though it didn't take long for us to get in, we enjoyed watching the chef cooking stuff and slicing meat at the glass kitchen. The waiter showed us our table and we sat down and read the menu. Ordering food here is very much like Kim Gary, you are given a piece of paper catalog on it, and you just have to scribe down what ever you want to eat. When you are done, just flag a waiter/waitress and have him/her pick up your order. They will re-confirm your order and then you'll just wait for your food/drinks to arrive.

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Hong Kong styled Ice Lemon Tea; Canton-i Dragon Fruit drink.
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3 combo plate - bbq pork, roasted duck, roasted pork
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Canton-i speciality: Shrimp Wan tan mee
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White fungus and sea coconut dessert
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Tau foo fa
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Piggy Bun(red bean stuffed)
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Egg custard cake
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Durian pancake
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moments before cute 'lil piggy bun gets devoured

Apparently, the piggy bun was so cute that we had to order one. It's not pork bun, but it is stuffed with red bean filling and it's quite good. My first impression on the durian pancake was, "Did we order yau char kwai?"; which in turn actually turned out to be the durian pancake. It was great, I loved it as they put real durian flesh in it, and not some artificial flavouring and stuff like that. Ooity didn't like it as he was not fond of durian. Durian lovers will enjoy this dish. The wan tan mee was done well, the noodles are springy as they should be, no idea on the wan tan however(cause I can't eat seafood) but Sapphira commented it was not too bad. The combo plate was probably the best, hong kong styled bbq/roasted meat does taste a little different from what is normally prepared locally. The skin is a little more on the crispier side, and I thoroughly enjoy the bbq pork.

Egg custard cake was alright. Fresh from the steamer, it is quite fluffy and not too sweet either. Tau foo fa is exactly what you would have outside, with the exception that they use ginger based syrup which makes it more aromatic('hiong'). The white fungus + sea coconut dessert was quite good too, as they used crysantheneum base which is also nice to smell and taste. The iced lemon tea was nothing too special. I suppose Hong Kong styled refers to the type of tea they used. No comments on the Dragon Fruit drink, but apparently it's just like dragon fruit blended with ice which is nothing too special.

Great food, nice environment; a must visit if you haven't been here before. Also, if you REALLY love this place, you may also opt to purchase their menu as a sourvenier for only RM500. No, I'm not kidding, they really wrote that in the menu (refer to the back page of the menu).

Canton-i (Non-halal)
G-208, Second Floor
1 Utama Shopping Centre
Bandar Utama
Petaling Jaya

Tel No: 03- 77297888

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Dinner at Dae Jang Gum, section 14 Petaling Jaya

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Dae Jang Gum, a korean restaurant located above a mamak stall at section14 PJ(Jaya supermarket area). From Jaya Supermarket, turn right and go all the way down the road till the end of the row of shops. Dae Jang Gum will be on the 1st floor at the corner left. Dae Jang Gum serves up some authentic korean dishes and bbq (the owner is supposely korean too).

Ooity wanted to korean, so we came here to have our dinner as it is supposely one of the better ones around PJ area. We sat down, looked at the menu and the waitress promptly recommended us to take the set one instead. All the bbq dishes are counted per pax basis, which in turn would be more expensive if you take similar amounts to the set one isntead. We took her recommendation and swapped out seafood for beef. Apparently we would be served the marinated beef sirlion which was close to rm60 per pax. Quite worth it I would say.

After ordering, the usualy side dishes came. For any meal you order here they usually serve you side dishes regardless off the price. They came one by one and eventually our table was 3/4 filled with dishes. Not long after, another 2 side dishes were put on our table. I thought to myself "Did we order this?" .

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variety of meats you can choose, there are also bento sets and ala carte stuff.

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charcoal heat to cook the meat, makes it more delicious :3

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table gets bombarded with side dishes.

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Bacon and corn with cream

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Egg in hot pot.

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Meat served, looks small but it's quite alot.

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Pork belly being cooked.

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Iced barley dessert, complimentary after you call for your bill.

You don't usually order rice in a korean restaurant, but we did anyway( and it costed us rm5 per bowl). We ate ate and continued eating till the last piece of meat, and had tons of side dishes left. Food here is excellent and should be tried. Also, it's fuss free as you don't have to lift a finger to cook the meat. A waiter/waitress would promptly cook the meat for you and serve it to you. They know best when the meat is cooked to perfection. Pork belly was a bit plain because it wasn't marinated, but it was well complemented with the sesame oil + salt sauce and a slice of garlic on top. Dessert was something unique, a different taste than you regular barley drink.

Overall, it's well worth the money and if you are a big eater. We ate till we're overly stuffed.

Dae Jang Gum (non-halal)
20B-2 & 20B-3,
Jalan Seksyen 14/20,
46100 Petaling Jaya,
Selangor.

Tel: 03-79572613

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Lunch at Sushi Groove, 1 Utama, Petaling Jaya

I've always been wanting to try Sushi Groove. On the outside, it does not look very much like your typical Japanese restaurant. Green hues all over with dim lighting, very groovy indeed. I came here along with my friends as they did not come to an agreement over what to eat for lunch. One wanted Japanese, one wanted Vietnamese, one didn't mind anything and one would eat any except Chinese cuisine.

Anyway moving on, we were approached by the store manager who came to our table as we were puzzled on what to order. He recommended a few dishes for first-timers at Sushi Groove, friendly chap. He also explained that the food recommendation here is by most eaten and that they have a plaque with the top 10 dishes of the month. As for the menu, it is groovy indeed with food names like Rock n Roll Beef and Cherry Bomb Roll.

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Agedashi Tofu

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Beef Bibimbap

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Vegetarian Tempura + Udon set

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Rock and Roll Beef + Calfornia Dream Roll

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Mini Fusion(Prawn + Spicy Tuna Flakes + Cheese)

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Bento Set

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Black Sesame Ice Cream

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Mango Tempura and Pineapple Crepe

For obvious reasons, the sushi here is a little different as it is like a sort of fusion Japanese + something else. It is quite interesting and different than the rest. But how does it taste? Not too bad I would say. My udon set was alright, tempura was done right. Sashimi was fresh, which was the important factor. Although the desserts came a little disappointing. While the ice cream was good, the mango tempura and pineapple crepe weren't. The tempura came soggy, and the crepe wasn't really crepe either( more like a french loaf or something). And we could not differentiate the taste either( they must have used the same type of puree, either mango or pineapple).

Overall, food was enjoyable and is probably a nice place to hang out, although one might want to stay away from the dessert.

Sushi Groove
Lot G342 and 343
1 Utama Shopping Centre (New Wing)
Petaling Jaya
Tel No: 03- 7725 3733