Saturday, June 20, 2015

Kaffa Espresso Bar, Damansara Uptown [First Glance]

Hey coffee junkies, 

Part of my coffee experimentation journey brings me to places that I would never step into such as the Kaffa Espresso Bar in Damansara Uptown a.k.a. DU. It was right after dinner at Epicuro with the gang and we were hunting for dessert. Softsrve was closed by the time we got there so we just drove around and spotted Kaffa. 

Going into it, it was a typical rustic styled cafe with dim lighting and decorated with thrinkets from the 1980's. Not that I'm saying it's bad but it's getting a little generic.

Going through their menu, I spotted their Salted Caramel Macchiato! Salted caramel anything is good to me and le boyfriend especially when done right. Ordered that and a cup of chai latte cause I didn't want to risk an atomic bomb in my tummy when I still wasn't sure if coffee didn't set it off. =S 

Anyway, we grabbed the high table and what do ya know! Everyone brought our their phones...including me but your phone can only take you so far. I scanned the cafe and what did I find but JENGA! I think I have only played jenga 3 times in my entire life so jenga was fun. 

It's good to be able to strategise and try and sabotage your friends once in a while. =D I have to say thumbs up for the board games since not every cafe provides games. 

I know you guys have been waiting for photos of the drinks so here they are! 

Salted Caramel Macchiato (RM13.80)

The Salted Caramel Macchiato was pretty good and pretty too! The flower latte art reminded me of a sunflower - which is my favourite flower!! =D The taste was good too as it wasn't too bitter and the salted caramel provided a nice accent to it. Sometimes, there would be tiny crystallised pieces of salted caramel and it provided a slight crunch to the drink. Love it!! 

Chai Latte (RM11)

The Chai Latte was good it you go for the type with foam and cream I think? Kind of like the Lipton Chai Latte sachets sold at Jaya Grocer which is delicious. On the other hand, do you want to go all the way to a cafe for stuff that taste like instant latte? Maybe once in a while... 

My verdict? Definitely a good place to chill and play the 'put all the phones in the middle and whoever grabs their phone first pays for drinks!' game. I would so go back to Kaffa. 

That's it for this post!

*All prices exclude GST. 

Kaffa Espresso Bar, Damansara Uptown

Address | 97, Jalan SS 21/37, Damansara Utama, 47400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia
Tel | 03-7732 4502
Opening Hours | 

Monday : 10am - midnight
Tuesday : 10am - 10pm
Wednesday : 10am – 11pm
Thursday - Friday : 10am – midnight
Saturday - Sunday : 9am – midnight
Website |Kaffa Espresso Bar
Facebook |Kaffa Espresso Bar
Instagram |@kaffaespressobar

Monday, June 15, 2015

Red Lobster, Intermark

Hello fellow foodies! 

Did you have a good weekend? I sure did and I hope you guys did too! =)

So, as you all may or may not know...Red Lobster! A popular seafood restaurant from the USA has finally come to Malaysia! The first branch opened at the Intermark in September 2014. 

I, for one am neither here nor there on seafood because I like crabs, prawns, scallops and obviously lobster but I can't stand raw salmon, oysters and fish cheeks. So...definitely a good thing that Red Lobster is famous for lobster rite! =P 

Why the sudden visit to the seafood restaurant? Le bro decided to treat us out of the blue so who are we decline and by we, I mean the fam. Thanks bro for lunch! 

It was pretty empty when we got there but it was lunch time and I would really go for lobster for dinner so acceptable I guess. It's a pretty big restaurant with ample sitting for big parties and they even have a small room for more private occasions. I'm not going to list out the food we ordered first like usual because there's just too many. 

Let's do it by course shall we! First are the drinks! (Note: I won't comment on the drinks and food that I did not taste) 

Watermelon Juice (RM11.90)

I ordered a watermelon juice which was pretty good. It had pulp, was good consistency and it wasn't too sweet! 

Mojito Mocktail (RM16.50)

Caffe Latte (RM8.90)

Berry Mango (RM19.90)

Bahama Mama (RM19.90)

Other drinks included le dad's mojito mocktail, le second bro's caffe latte, le mum's berry mango and le third bro's bahama mama which I did not get to try. 

On to the starters! If you order from their set lunch, it comes with a soup of your choice and brownies and ice cream for dessert!

Before the meal, you get a basket of Cheddar Bay Biscuits. Kinda like the bread with vinegar and olive oil you get at Italian restaurants. Weirdly enough, the biscuits were pretty good! Just remember to not eat too many of them since they're pretty filling and I'm sure you'd rather be hungry when the lobster arrives! 

Lobster Bisque - cup (RM13.90)
The soups come in two sizes, a bowl of lobster bisque is RM23.50.

Le boyfriend and I shared a lobster bisque which was AWESOME! It was creamy and full of the taste of the sea! Definitely a good starter to a seafood meal! Absolutely love it! 

Fried Mozzarella Cheese (RM26.90)

We also ordered a plate of mozzarella cheese sticks which were ok considering they were fried blocks of cheese. The sauce didn't really compliment them though. 

Onion Rings (RM17.50)

Other than that, onion rings! The onion rings was pretty good as they were fresh and crispy. 

Clam Chowder - cup (RM12.90)

My nephew got a cup of Clam Chowder for his lunch. Not really a fan of clam chowder so even if I tried it, it would be slightly biased. ._.

Now...finally we come to the main course! Are you ready for wipe your drool off your laptop? =P

Grilled Lobster, Shrimp & Scallops (RM116.50)

I ordered the Grilled Lobster, Shrimp & Scallops with pilaf rice. OMG guys! the prawns and the lobster were delicious and grilled to perfection! It tasted even better with the accompanied butter sauce! Sadly though, in contrary to the perfection of the grilled prawns and lobster, the pilaf rice and the scallops were disappointing. Even with the level of disappointment, I would still order this again. That's how good the prawns and lobster were! 

Fish & Chips - Set A (RM39.90)

Le boyfriend on the other hand ordered the fish and chips which were kind of plain...let's just say that we've had better.

The rest of the fam ordered as followed. 

Bar Harbour Lobster Bake (RM128)

Lobster & Steak Burger - Set B (RM89.90)

Bar Harbour Salad (RM31.50)

Seabass & Lobster - Set B (RM89.90)

Decadent Brownie

For dessert! We just stuck to the set meal brownies and ice cream as we were pretty full by the end of the meal. The brownies came hot which is good but they were kind of normal. Still a good choice for dessert if you're a chocolate lover! 

My verdict? A great place for a seafood meal! Albeit a tad bit expensive but do expect it to be as it is an overseas brand and they sell seafood for peat's sake! Good, fresh seafood is expensive when eaten in the city. I would definitely come back for more. Be sure to book a table just in case of a full house! 

**All prices quoted exclude 6% GST. 

That's it for this post!

Red Lobster, Intermark

Address | Lot G-17, Intermark Mall, 348 Jalan Tun Razak, Kuala Lumpur
Tel | 03-2181 4855
Opening Hours |Monday - Sunday 11am-10pm
Website |Red Lobster
Facebook |Red Lobster
Instagram |@redlobster

Monday, June 8, 2015

Second Sunday, Damansara Jaya [First Glance]

Hey guys! 

I'm sure you've noticed the [First Glance] in the title. I recently realised that the main reason for not posting some of the restaurant reviews is because I only tried one or two items from the menu and I feel that that is not enough to properly review a restaurant. So, instead of having a full on review, I shall just say what I think of the food so far and what I would like to try the next time I visit the place. 

So...Second would be nice if there really was a second Sunday but there isn't sadly...oh well! Second Sunday is a new player in the scene which has been opened for almost 3 months now. I was nearby on business and decided to have a bite for lunch. 

It's pretty easy to spot the place with its giant lettering but parking is a troublesome person so good luck! =D

Walking into the cafe, it was another rustic designs interior with minimal decorations. The simpler the better type of style is in now but I wish they would have more sound absorbent decos or furnishings because the echo was quite bad. Lucky for me, there were only a few tables filled so the noise level was kept low. 

I grabbed a menu off the rack and proceeded to sit next to the counter with a nice view of the cafe. I was in the mood for something savoury since it was lunch but I also really wanted to try their pancakes...such a what did I do? No...I did not order two dishes! I opted for the Sunday's Mancake which is a pancake with bacon and strawberry compote. A mix of savoury and sweet sometimes works so I was hopeful. A little too hopeful sad to say. 

(Sunday's Mancake RM19)

It looked interesting with the bacon stacked with the pancakes and the strawberry compote at the side. They are very generous with bacon which is good but the compote was terrible! I forced myself to eat 2 pancakes with the compote and the other 2 with the bacon but even seperated...the compote was terrible. 

I love sweet stuff so don't get me wrong, this compote was just not to my liking. Bacon was good though! Who doesn't like bacon?! The pancakes were quite ordinary I have to say...kinda like a normal premade batch of pancakes you can find in boxes. 

(Green Tea Latte RM10)

On the other hand, I got myself a green tea latte. Must always try the green tea lattes! It had good taste this one as it was not too sweet and not too overloaded with the matcha. Albeit a bit too heavy with the foam but a little stirring helps. It also came with 2 pieces of their homemade chocolate chip cookies! They were yummy!  =) 

My verdict so far? Never gonna order the Mancake again - gonna leave that up to the man! (If you get what I mean!) Definitely going back to try their pandan pancake with gula melaka sauce and their coffeez! 

That's it for this post! 

Second Sunday, Damansara Jaya

Address | 31, Jalan SS22/19, Damansara Jaya 47400, Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Tel | +60 3-7731 7126
Opening Hours |Weekdays 11am-11pm Weekends 10am-7pm Closed every Tuesday
Facebook |Second Sunday
Instagram |@secondsundaymy