Awesome maki’s in Umai-ya

Thanks to the really awesome discount vouchers that went rampant years ago, I had the chance to nom on the wide variety of makis’ that they have. The makis in Umai-ya are the best that I ever had but did their quality remain the same now that we are in 2015? I say YES!

My little sister and I treated the fam-bam to a meal at Umai-ya and sure enough we ordered the makis and with other type of dishes this time. Also they ran out of avocados that time so expect less green peeking out of the sushi. Check out the makis that we ordered. Sadly I can’t remember the names of the makis but you can always use my pictures for reference when you’re looking through the menu.

This was yummy! I think tuna mayo is an underrated sushi ingredient because it’s not considered as an expensive ingredient compared to the raw tuna.

 

 

Deep fried soft shell crab sushi with some fish roe too is for those who likes their sushi crispy! The sauce in the middle is also really nice with a nice amount of heat to it.

 

Some tuna, salmon and tempura flakes wedged inside a sushi covered in bonito flakes which tasted nice if you are a fan of sashimi sushi.

 

We ordered a wide variety of makis to try as many as we can! This one has soft shell crab inside with some cucumber and it’s topped with unagi slices and fish roe on top. Really yummy too!

 

This is chawanmushi inside egg shells and topped with some fish roe, chicken and smaller fish roe. The chawanmushi is not overcooked and it’s really smooth too!

 

Some fresh Salmon, Butterfish and Sweet prawns sashimi to add some natural sweetness to our belly.

 

Cha Soba.
This came in a huge bowl of ice to keep the noodles cool. Nothing much to shout about here.

 

Sukiyaki. Their sukiyaki is already cooked beforehand so no flames involved but you get to add the meat and egg separately. Best to cook the meat and egg when it is still hot.

 

We ordered the Beef Tongue which came as a Cook It Yourself (CIY) hot grill. It was a decent portion for the 5 of us to eat about 1-2 slices each.

 

It’s really tender and actually sweet! Best if you can have it rare or medium rare so it’s more juicy!

 

KL rates:
Food- 7/10
Price- Average, about RM18 above
Service- 6/10
Variety- 8/10
 
 

Polpetta and all about their meatballs!

Seems like Ikea is going for the vegan route for their meatballs so which is not a bad thing since more people can have it without feeling guilty. But if you’re searching for a place that makes meatballs as their main course then Polpetta is where ya need to go! Meatballs are customizable where you can pick what base you want to go for, the sides, toppings and the sauce.

They have other sides as well such as oxtail soups, pasta dishes and more! It was pretty quiet when my friends and I went, I think because of the location. It’s not facing the main road so if you don’t know about this place you will probably miss it.

oxtail soup polpetta
Started off with some oxtail soup and it’s not too rich so I still have space for my main meal. It has a good amount of beef pieces and vegetables also.

 

mushroom balls salad tomato sauce
I picked the mushroom meatball, salad, crispy garlic topping and tomato sauce as a vegetarian-ish meal. The meatballs are pretty huge so it was decent main meal! The mushrooms meatball was really yummy and has a good amount of texture and flavour from the mushrooms.

 

beef balls pasta with cream sauce polpetta
The beau picked the beef meatball, pasta, cheese topping and cream sauce for his meatball main. He added the mash potato as a side. The cream sauce is a little bland and the beef meatball was just alright, nothing to shout about.

 

pesto beef meatball egg hashbrown pasta polpetta
Our friend had the beef ball with pesto, cheese topping, pasta with additional egg and hash brown. The pesto sauce is pretty good and you can really smell and taste the herbs! I am already thinking on what combo I am going to do the next time I dine here!
They have other seasonal dishes such as Nasi Lemak, Chicken Rice Ball and more too so if you not into meatballs you can check those out if it is available.
KL rates:
Food- 7/10
Price- Average, about RM18 above
Service- 7/10
Variety- 8/10
 
 
 
Address:
D-G-51, 10 Boulevard, 
Jalan Kenanga, 
47400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
 
Operating Hours:
Mon – Sat:
11am – 9pm

 

Birthday and Christmas presents from 2014 with some reviews and swatches

Who doesn’t love getting presents? I love it more when my presents come from my favourite people! Thank you very much to everyone that wished me and the ones who gave me these awesome gifts! You know who you are. 🙂 Take a look at what I got last year!

My birthday presents! 🙂

 

These nail polishes are apparently scented once dry, can’t wait to try these beauties out!

 

 

I love the pastel pink colour of the card! Also, I haven’t used it yet. 😛

 

One of the best gift ever! I love Marc Jacobs and I wanted to try his line too so thank you for reading my mind! Swatches will be up soon in an oncoming post!

 

These are the contents of the Clinique box and I can’t wait to start using the cleansing balm! I have never used one so reviews and swatches will be up soon too!

 

This is going to be part of my traveling kit! Who doesn’t want to smell like an angel on a vacation? This scent is one of the popular scents and if you’re into sweet with a touch of muskiness then you’ll love this! To make the scent last longer, apply the lotion after bathing with the shower gel and then spritz on the body mist!
Now onto the Christmas presents! 🙂
I gave a wishlist to my Secret Santa so she granted one of my wishes! Thank you my dear! 🙂

 

I love the colour! I can see why it was all the rage in South Korea at one point. It’s a very flattering coral colour which looks great on the lips and the cheeks as well! It has a great staying power too since it’s a stain and it’s thicker than the Benetint so application is easier.

 

Bangles are a necessity for your outfits especially the bohemian style!

 

Thank you to a dear friend for these souvenirs from USA! You know that I love my bling and I am curious about the foundation too!

 

Another big thank you to the person who knows how much I love traveling! I’m going to use this to record down the trips that I’m going to!

 

Also thank you for this cute canvas! It’s now part of my room interior!

Also, did you all visit the 1600 pandas exhibition in Publika last month? I looked from the outside and I thought I showed my support by getting this adorable towel! PANDAS UNITE!

I thought maybe we could start this what I got for my birthday and Christmas kind of post as a trend! It’ll be fun to see what you guys got as gifts! Also, whoever’s birthday that lands around this month is very lucky because you get double angpau! I hope you guys are having an awesome Chinese New Year and fellow Goats, let’s be strong to get past this year smoothly! 😀

Choi’s Don and Dak Gal Bi!

Just when you think you’ve run out of Dak Gal Bi joints to check out, then comes Choi’s Don & Dak! Opened by Mrs Choi who hails from Incheon, South Korea, her restaurant is where you need to go to taste really yummy Dak Gal Bi (Grilled Chicken) and Jumuluck (Grilled Pork). She prepares the marinades, side dishes and meat personally so that everything that comes out from the kitchen is up to her standard. Also, she’s all about fresh ingredients and using less oil and preservatives!

It’s just a few shop lots away from Snowflake.

 

The tables and grills are imported from South Korea which in a way, makes the experience more authentic, don’t you think?

 

I had the chance to try the grilled chicken and pork with other food bloggers. This here is the Jumuluck table where Mrs Choi said is with the spicy sauce. Price per person is RM22.50. Add RM2 if you want the spicy sauce.

 

This is the Dak Gal Bi table which I sat which had the non-spicy sauce. Both pans have the usual ingredients of cabbage, tokpokgi, mushrooms with the marinated meat at the bottom. Price per person is RM19.80.

 

 

It’s not completed yet!

 

At this stage, the waiter will add in the extra ingredients which you can order beforehand, here he added the mushrooms (RM8) and sausages (RM8).

 

At the last stage, usually they’ll add in the noodles, Korean udon noodles (RM7) was added to the Dak Gal Bi.

 

We asked the waiter to shape it into a heart since well, it’s good food porn! The chicken pieces was really tender and sweet, it was so flavourful thanks to the marinade! I like how you don’t feel very thirsty after eating this since it’s not overcooked and the ingredients are all fresh.

 

Here’s the Jumuluck pan, where the same add ons were added but instead of udon noodles, Korean ramyun noodles (RM6) were added instead.

 

And topped with Mozzarella cheese (RM8)!!!

 

Cheese is good!!! Also, it wasn’t as spicy as I expected. The pork pieces are marinated to perfection just like the chicken! However, I prefer the chicken, somehow it’s more sweeter and delicious!!!

 

She cooked us some Korean Ramyun (RM12) too which I think I had before but I can’t remember the brand and flavour. I thought it tasted a bit bland, maybe it’s because of the awesome grill meat.

 

Next, we tried the Korean Jjapaghetti (RM7.80). I guess this is instant noodles like the Korean ramyun. However, I have tried instant Jjajang noodles and I am not a big fan of them. I rather have the freshly made Jjangmyun because the sauce and noodles taste totally different and way nicer than the instant ones.
So, I’m not a fan of this.

 

Lastly, the waiter cooked us some Fried Rice with Dry Laver aka Seaweed (RM7). Cooked rice, seaweed, kimchi and cabbage are cooked in the empty pan because we basically finished both pans. That’s how good it is!

 

Heat some sesame oil then everything is cooked together. Then, it is flattened so that the bottom is evenly grilled and it’s scrapped into a roll and it goes into our tummy!

 

Most of us had Mocktails as it was recommended by Mrs Choi so they have the virgin Mojito and Pina Colada (Both are RM7.50 per glass). The mojito was refreshing after having grilled food while the pina colada has a strong coconut taste.

 

I had the Shirley Temple (RM6.50) which was a strawberry soda. I am not a fan of carbonated drinks but I like Shirley Temples!

 

Thank you Mrs Choi for your kind hospitality! I’m definitely coming back for your awesome Dak Gal Bi! 😀
KL rates:
Food- 8/10
Price- Average, about RM19 above
Service- 8/10
Variety- 6/10
 
 
Address:
30, Jalan Kuchai Maju 8, 
58200 Kuala Lumpur
 
Operating Hours:
Mon – Sun:
10:00 am – 10:00 pm

A late birthday roundup (Three restaurants)

Here’s my birthday roundup last year because we’re already in 2015. I didn’t make any resolutions last year and usually people would be reflecting on their 2014 and what not but I’m going against the current.

I did an early celebration together with the familia to celebrate my dad’s birthday and mine. The beau treated the family to a Japanese A la carte Buffet at Mitasu Japanese Restaurant, Central Plaza. He’s officially a senior citizen so he can take advantage of the privileges like how he was able to get the Senior Citizen rate for his meal! 😛

Mi familia! 🙂

 

KL rates:
Food- 7/10
Price- About RM56 per person for Lunch
Service- 5/10
Variety- 7/10

Wrong move for us for taking the lunch buffet because I think they were being stingy with certain items on the menu, especially the Butter Fish sashimi. The few times we ordered about 12 pieces, they only brought 6 pieces out. I think dinner would be a better option.

For more information, check out their Facebook.

Address:
B-01 , Central Plaza , No.34, 
Jalan Sultan Ismail , 50250 Kuala Lumpur.
Operating Hours:
Mon – Fri:
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Public Holidays & Weekends:
12:00 pm – 3:00 pm & 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Then, on my birthday, the beau and I had dinner at The Red Herring for some simple homey French food with a local touch, as the chef is Malaysian.

Casual OOTD wearing Dimia Top from Doublewoot, Red Shoulder Bag from Zara, Paisley shorts from G2 and Gold sandals from Ipanema.

 

We ordered the Salmon Pate (RM15.90) as a starter. The warm bread was crisp on the outside and soft inside which tastes delish with the cool pate, filled with generous amount of salmon flesh with little seasoning to let the salmon flavour be the star.

 

My favourite dish was the Pork Chops (RM32.90) and we think it’s the best dish as well! Marinated in wine and garlic, the chops were flavourful and seared to perfection because it was still juicy on the inside! I’ll come back for this for sure!

 

The beau had the Bouef Bourguignon (RM48.90) which is beef chunks braised in red wine served with a side of mash potatoes. This was a bit bland and the beef was not as tender as it’s suppose to.

 

There was only one dessert on the menu which is the Tarte Tartin (RM12), a traditional apple tart. It was too tarty for me and the crust was lumpy because of the apple juices.

 

We suggest to have it with ice-cream to balance out the tartness, which you can add on for about RM3 if I’m not mistaken. It was way nicer and easier to eat with ice-cream.

 

KL rates:
Food- 8/10
Price- Average, about RM15 above
Service- 7/10 
Variety- 6/10


For more information, check out their Facebook or drop them an email at theredherringkl@gmail.com .

Address:
M-1-16 Plaza Damas, Jalan Sri Hartamas 1
Kuala Lumpur.
 
Operating Hours:
Mon – Thu:
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Fri:
11:30 am – 3:00 pm
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Sat:
11:00 am – 3:00 pm
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Sun:
11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Lastly, the girls planned a surprise brunch at Acme Bar and Coffee and that time the restaurant was decked in pretty Christmas decor with a festive menu to boot!

I can’t help it, I love chai latte. Topped with loads of cream, it’s even better!

 

I had the Baked Eggs which was ok, I just wish the portion is bigger and there’ll be more veges underneath the eggs.

 

The beau had some seafood fettucini which had some curry flavour but it was a little bland too.

 

Spoiled Rainbow fruit cake anyone? The cake smelled and tasted weird and I know we should have complained but we were too disappointed to care. I guess the cake spoiled as it was not kept in a fridge.

 

I guess we’re not going back there anymore for meals because it’s just not worth it. Environment-wise, it is great but if only the food quality is on par.

 

Anyway, I’m grateful to have this bunch of crazies as my best friends who knows that I have a blackhole for a stomach.

 

♥♥♥
KL rates:
Food- 4/10
Price- About RM18 above for meals
Service- 5/10
Variety- 7/10

More info on their website or drop them an email at mailbox@acmebarcoffee.com .

Address:
Ground Floor at The Troika, 
Persiaran KLCC, 50450 Kuala Lumpur.
Operating Hours:
Mon – Thu:
11:00 am – 12:00 am
Fri:
11:00 am – 1:00 am
Sat:
9:30 am – 1:00 am
Sun:
9:30 am – 12:00 am