Zen by Secret Recipe @ Sooka Sentral

Zen by Secret Recipe is a fusion restaurant and serves both Asian delights as well as Western food. The outlet at Sooka Sentral always seem to be populated with hungry office workers during lunch hours. However, although I find the food slightly more than mediocre, I find one of the waiters there not very friendly. He’s probably having a bad day but he shouldn’t bring it to work.

Most of the pasta available are merely mediocre, and perhaps is not worth the money spent. Spaghetti Carbonara with beef bacon strips may look delightful but it somehow lacks the taste most Carbonara has while the menu mentions Spaghetti Carbonara “with beef bacon”, the dish somehow has more mushrooms than bacon strips. Spaghetti Meatball is somehow more extraordinary with its pasta sauce on the spicier side. Perhaps this is due to the fact Zen is a fusion restaurant, hence, tomato + chili does make sense for a pasta meal. If you crave for pasta, I would recommend Delicious anytime.

Zen by Secret Recipe's Spaghetti Carbonara
Zen by Secret Recipe’s Spaghetti Carbonara

Zen by Secret Recipe's Spaghetti Meatball
Zen by Secret Recipe’s Spaghetti Meatball

Zen by Secret Recipe's Fusilli Carbonara
Zen by Secret Recipe’s Fusilli Carbonara

Zen by Secret Recipe's Thai Spaghetti
Zen by Secret Recipe’s Thai Spaghetti

Price

  • Spaghetti Carbonara with beef bacon strips – RM 18.50
  • Spaghetti Meatball – RM 14.50
  • Thai Spaghetti (Set Lunch) – RM 15.00
  • Fusilli Carbonara Vegetarian (Set Lunch) – RM 15.00

Address

Zen by Secret Recipe,
Lot G04, Sooka Sentral,
Jalan Stesen Sentral 5, KL Sentral,
50470 Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA

My Ratings (1-5)

  • Food – 3.0
  • Service – 2.0
  • Ambiance – 3.0

Power Lunch at Starbucks

Recently, Starbucks has introduced Power Lunch at Starbucks — delicious but power-packed lunch. Pasta Pie and Chicken & Mushroom Foccacia Sandwich at RM 9.50 and Quiche and Sherperd’s Pie at RM 6.50. These price are only applicable with purchase of any handcrafted drinks, i.e. Frappuccino.

Starbucks' Pasta Pie
Starbucks’ Pasta Pie

The Pasta Pie is delightful and a wholesome meal. For the price of RM 9.50, it’s almost like having two meals with Pasta Pie and it’s worth the money.

Inside Starbucks' Pasta Pie
Inside Starbucks’ Pasta Pie

Inside the Pasta Pie is macaroni in red pasta sauce. They are really good.

Shepherd's Pie (Black Pepper Chicken)
Shepherd’s Pie (Black Pepper Chicken)

Shepherd’s Pie is equally as good. The pie has a center-filled of black pepper chicken and mushroom and it has a top layer of mash potato! Definitely a great mashup and it’s very tasty too.

Price

  • Pasta Pie – RM 9.50 (with any handcrafted drinks)
  • Shepherd’s Pie (Black Pepper Chicken) – RM 6.50 (with any handcrafted drinks)

Address

Starbucks,
Unit 5, Arrival Hall, KL Sentral,
Jalan Stesen Sentral 5, KL Sentral,
50470 Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA

My Ratings (1-5)

  • Food – 3.0
  • Service – 2.0
  • Ambiance – 3.0

New Breakfast Sandwiches at Starbucks @ KL Convention Centre

Starbucks has come out with new breakfast sandwiches — Sunny Egg Sandwich, Minced Chicken Omelette Sandwich and Sausage Omelette Sandwich.

Starbucks' Minced Chicken Omelette Sandwich Breakfast
Starbucks’ Minced Chicken Omelette Sandwich Breakfast

Minced Chicken Omelette Sandwich is almost like Tuna and Omelette but taste like chicken.

Starbucks' Sausage Omelette Sandwich Breakfast
Starbucks’ Sausage Omelette Sandwich Breakfast

Sausage Omelette Sandwich tastes almost like Sausage, Egg & Cheese Sandwich which was introduced in April 2008.

The sandwiches retail at RM 4.80. But, for a limited time, you can get the sandwich at RM 3.20 with every purchase of Tall Coffee. However, this offer is only valid in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor.

Price

  • Minced Chicken Omelette Sandwich – RM 4.80
  • Sausage Omelette Sandwich – RM 4.80
  • Sunny Egg Sandwich – RM 4.80

Address

Starbucks Coffee
Lot C09 Concourse Floor,
KL Convention Centre,
50088 Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA.

My Ratings (1-5)

  • Food – 4.0
  • Service – 3.0
  • Ambiance – 3.0

Breakfast – Swiss Oven @ KL Sentral Station

Swiss Oven is a bakery located near the KLIA Express departure hall in Kuala Lumpur Sentral Station. Many white-collar workers usually drop by to pack their breakfast from Swiss Oven.

Swiss Oven's Sausage & Sunny Side Up Eggs
Swiss Oven’s Sausage & Sunny Side Up Eggs

The Sausage & Sunny Side Up Eggs includes toasted wholemeal bread and comes with a cup of coffee or tea. The sausage may be slightly oily but it’s well-cooked and perfect.

Swiss Oven's Coffee
Swiss Oven’s Coffee

The Coffee comes with Sausage & Sunny Side Up Eggs as a set. Somehow, due to the fact it only comes with a packet of brown sugar, a packet of sugar and cream, the coffee is bland and tasteless. But, it’s a bargain considering the entire set is only RM 5.90. Think of it, the breakfast at Wisma UOA II’s bakery is even more expensive and it doesn’t come with coffee or tea.

Overall, the food at Swiss Oven is quite delectable and worth it. The bread and croissant are fresh from the oven.

Price

  • Sausage & Sunny Side Up Eggs + Coffee – RM 5.90

Address

Swiss Oven,
Near CIMB ATM’s, Level 1,
Stesen Sentral Kuala Lumpur,
50470 Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA.


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My Ratings (1-5)

  • Food – 4.0
  • Service – 3.0
  • Ambiance – 4.0

Unpleasant Experience – Dome Cafe @ AEON Bukit Tinggi Shopping Centre

Dome Cafe is one of my favorite place as I have mentioned before, especially the Suria KLCC branch. However, Dome Cafe in AEON Bukit Tinggi Klang truly disappoints.

Our orders arrive quite late despite being one of the first few customers. My dad ordered Spicy Olio Pasta but it only arrived after nearly an hour. By then, my dad has already lost his patience and left the restaurant. I do not understand why it needs to take an hour to prepare a plate of pasta and I do not know why Dome does not practice first-come-first-served basis. Shortage of staff should never be an excuse. The staff should have nicely explain the lengthy duration they need to prepare the pasta instead of making the customers wait. Perhaps, Dome Cafe in AEON Bukit Tinggi Klang has never experienced this high turnout of customers on regular days. What’s worse, it didn’t even has a restaurant manager.

Worst of all, it was a dinner my sister has planned to treat the family for mom’s 50th birthday — which in the end, turned out as one of the most dismal experiences I ever had. We vowed not to ever return to Dome Cafe in AEON Bukit Tinggi Shopping Centre.

Anyways, below are my review of the food we had.

Dome's Spicy Chicken Mushroom Pasta
Dome’s Spicy Chicken Mushroom Pasta

Dome’s Spicy Chicken Mushroom Pasta is the first dish to arrive. It is good enough, at least, my mom and sister manage to finish them.

Dome's Grilled Chicken Turmeric
Dome’s Grilled Chicken Turmeric

Meanwhile, Dome’s Grilled Chicken in Creamy Turmeric Sauce is quite blatant. Despite the chicken being marinated with herbs and the so-called creamy turmeric sauce, I found the dish quite blatant and almost tasteless. Maybe the chef did not put his mind to the dish when preparing it.

Please don’t bother to visit Dome Cafe in AEON Bukit Tinggi Klang. There are many other choices available in AEON Bukit Tinggi Shopping Centre in Klang.

Price

  • Spicy Chicken Mushroom Pasta – RM 21.00
  • Grilled Chicken in Creamy Turmeric Sauce – RM 23.00
  • Gourmet Chicken Pie – RM 21.00

Address

Dome Cafe,
G28, Ground Floor,
AEON Bukit Tinggi Shopping Centre,
No 1, Persiaran Batu Nilam 1/KS 6, Bandar Bukit Tinggi 2,
41200 Klang,
Selangor Darul Ehsan, MALAYSIA.

My Ratings (1-5)

  • Food – 3.0
  • Service – 1.0
  • Ambiance – 3.0

Great Food – The Apartment Downtown @ Suria KLCC

The Apartment Downtown in Suria KLCC serves good and yet affordable food in a really cozy environment.

The Apartment's Cheese Platter
The Apartment’s Cheese Platter

If you are a cheese lover, you must not miss the Cheese Platter, great as appetizer. With a selection of cheeses served with frozen grapes, this dish is definitely a refreshing way to start your dining experience. The selection of cheeses include English mature cheddar (a strong flavored hard cheese), Gouda (slightly smoked semi-hard cheese), Danish blue (soft blue cheese) and Brie (soft ripened cheese). English mature cheddar is my favorite of them all as it has as strong flavored of cheese while I don’t quite like the Danish blue.

The Apartment's Chicken in a Bag
The Apartment’s Chicken in a Bag

Chicken in a Bag is a chicken dish which consists of chicken breast with leek, cannelloni bean, new potato, whole grain mustard and cream baked in a bag. The mustard sauce simply makes this dish delicious.

The Apartment's Seared Salmon Fillet
The Apartment’s Seared Salmon Fillet

Seared Salmon Fillet is seared salmon on crushed new potatoes and slow roasted tomatoes, together with pesto with a sun dried tomato and oregano sauce. It is quite good, the salmon is quite fresh while the sauce makes the dish quite aromatic and warm.

The Apartment's Banana Leaf Lemon Sole

The Apartment's Banana Leaf Lemon Sole
The Apartment’s Banana Leaf Lemon Sole

Banana Leaf Lemon Sole is a fillet of lemon sole in a citrus-spiced coconut milk wrapped in banana leaf and baked in the oven. It comes with steam rice. Although it looks appetizing, I still prefer the salmon fillet over this. The coconut milk and the banana leaf actually make the fillet slightly soggy and lost its freshness.

The Apartment's Iced Cappuccino
The Apartment’s Iced Cappuccino

When it comes to Iced Cappuccino, I prefer Delicious’ Iced Cappuccino anytime. The Apartment’s Iced Cappuccino lacks the real cappuccino flavor as it tastes almost like drain water. Okay, maybe not that bad.

The Apartment's Iced Chocolate
The Apartment’s Iced Chocolate

Iced Chocolate is pretty alright but when it comes to fancy places like The Apartment Downtown, one should never order gourmet coffee (and maybe chocolate) since Starbucks, Gloria Jeans, San Francisco Coffee and The Coffee Bean always have better coffees are just a few shops away. What the heck. Great food and very lovely and cozy ambiance though.

Price

  • Cheese Platter – RM 23.90
  • Chicken in a Bag – RM 22.90
  • Seared Salmon Fillet – RM 33.90
  • Banana Leaf Lemon Sole – RM 25.90
  • Iced Cappuccino – RM 12.90
  • Iced Chocolate – RM 13.90
  • Passion Fruit, Coolers – RM 10.50

Address

The Apartment Downtown,
Lot G48 & 139, Ground Floor & First Floor,
Suria KLCC, Kuala Lumpur City Centre,
50088 Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA

My Ratings (1-5)

  • Food – 4.0
  • Service – 4.0
  • Ambiance – 4.0

Jamie Oliver Style – The Apartment Downtown @ Suria KLCC

The Apartment Downtown in Suria KLCC is the second outlet besides The Apartment Cafe & Restaurant in The Curve. Inspired by Jamie Oliver’s cooking style, The Apartment Downtown serves mostly Mediterranean food with simplicity in mind.

The Apartment Downtown
The Apartment Downtown

The interior and the decoration in The Apartment Downtown is based on urban living, with lofty and spacious living in mind — The Apartment Downtown aims to create space evolves around familiarity, comfort and luxury.

The decoration in The Apartment Downtown

The decoration in The Apartment Downtown

The interior in The Apartment Downtown

The interior in The Apartment Downtown

The interior in The Apartment Downtown

The bar area in the first floor of The Apartment Downtown

The interior in The Apartment Downtown

The interior in The Apartment Downtown

While the ambiance in The Apartment Downtown is breathtaking, the same applies to the food.

Duck & Mango Salad
Duck & Mango Salad

Duck & Mango Salad consists of fresh salad of shredded duck, mango, lemon grass, spring onion, ginger and lime leaves with Thai Nam Pla dressing. It is refreshing and at anytime, tastes like Thai’s green mango salad except that there are duck meats.

Portbello Mushroom
Portbello Mushroom

Portobello Mushroom as the name says is oven roasted portobello mushroom and garlic with a light drizzling of pesto. It is the perfect starter for mushroom lovers but not for everyone.

Baked Fish
Baked Fish

Baked Fish may sound ordinary but it is a really pleasant dish. The dish is made from baked dory fish topped with cherry tomatoes with gratin mozzarella and parmesan with sauteed new potatoes. The amount of cheese is so generous, it even covers up the entire fish!

Jamie's Duck Pasta
Jamie’s Duck Pasta

Jamie’s Duck Pasta is yet another duck dishes, but believe me, this is one of the best dish you can order in here. Jamie’s Duck Pasta consists of fettuccine with shredded slow-roasted duck and tomato red wine ragu, the pasta is topped with toasted pine nuts which make it so complete.

Andrew's Pasta
Andrew’s Pasta

If duck is not your favorite, don’t fret, you should perhaps try Andrew’s Pasta, another pasta dish. Andrew’s Pasta has sauteed new potatoes and asparagus tossed with linguine and pesto. It is slightly on the savory side, but nevertheless delicious.

Chicken with Peach & Walnut
Chicken with Peach & Walnut

Chicken with Peach & Walnut is roast chicken in peach and walnut sauce with mashed potatoes. It is rather surprising this dish tastes quite good.

Piquant Cream Grilled Chicken
Piquant Cream Grilled Chicken

Piquant Cream Grilled Chicken which is grilled chicken mixed with creme fraiche, mustard seed and green peppercorn with sauteed garlic spinach and dill mash is rather disappointing. Any of the grilled chicken from Secret Recipe can easily topple this dish.

Panacota, Italian Dessert
Panacota, Italian Dessert

We were rather surprise we were served with complimentary dessert which were the Panacota, an Italian Dessert with Blueberry. Not too sweet and not too sour. It’s just the perfect dish to end our pleasant and wonderful meal.

Price

  • Duck & Mango Salad – RM 19.90
  • Portbello Mushroom – RM 21.90
  • Baked Fish – RM 23.90
  • Jamie’s Duck Pasta – RM 29.90
  • Andrew’s Pasta – RM 18.90
  • Chicken with Peach & Walnut – RM 26.90
  • Piquant Cream Grilled Chicken – RM 25.90
  • Juices – RM 10.90
  • Panacota – Complimentary

Address

The Apartment Downtown,
Lot G48 & 139, Ground Floor & First Floor,
Suria KLCC, Kuala Lumpur City Centre,
50088 Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA

My Ratings (1-5)

  • Food – 4.0
  • Service – 4.0
  • Ambiance – 4.0

Value Meal – Secret Recipe @ Menara Standard Chartered

Secret Recipe has recently introduced affordable Price Buster Value Meal with three selections of RM 10 meal. Each meal comes with a glass of Iced Lemon Tea. Now, you can eat gourmet food for half the cost.

Secret Recipe's Iced Lemon Tea
Secret Recipe’s Iced Lemon Tea

Iced Lemon Tea is included in every meal, which is considered a great deal.

Secret Recipe's Grilled BBQ Chicken
Secret Recipe’s Grilled BBQ Chicken

Grilled BBQ Chicken is more towards savory flavor of BBQ and it is not spicy at all.

Secret Recipe's Grilled Black Pepper Chicken
Secret Recipe’s Grilled Black Pepper Chicken

Grilled Black Pepper Chicken is the crowd’s favorite and tastes quite spicy.

Secret Recipe's Grilled Mushroom Chicken
Secret Recipe’s Grilled Mushroom Chicken

Grilled Mushroom Chicken is the crowd’s top choice as it is usually sold out earlier than the other two sets.

Overall, this is a great deal, if you read my previous post, Grilled Pepper Chicken costs RM 13.50 and it doesn’t come with any Iced Lemon Tea.

Note: The Value Meal is available in Peninsular Malaysia only until August 6, 2008.

Price:

  • Grilled BBQ Chicken with Rice plus Ice Lemon Tea – RM 10.00
  • Grilled Black Pepper Chicken with Rice plus Ice Lemon Tea – RM 10.00
  • Grilled Mushroom Chicken with Rice plus Ice Lemon Tea – RM 10.00

Address:

Secret Recipe,
30, Ground Floor, Menara Standard Chartered,
Jalan Sultan Ismail
50250 Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA.

My Ratings (1-5)

  • Food – 4.0
  • Service – 3.0
  • Ambiance – 4.0

Swedish Meatballs – Ikea Restaurant @ Ikea Damansara

Shopping at Ikea is sometimes tiring, and sometimes, there is no better place than Ikea Restaurant to stop by, relax and have a meal!

Ikea Restaurant's Swedish Meatballs
Ikea Restaurant’s Swedish Meatballs

Swedish meatballs, served with lingonberries, cream sauce and French fries is absolutely tasty. Skip this only if you don’t eat beef.

Ikea Restaurant's Chicken Leg with Swedish Herb and Lemon Sauce
Ikea Restaurant’s Chicken Leg with Swedish Herb and Lemon Sauce

Chicken Leg with Swedish Herb and Lemon Sauce is lovely albeit the mild spiciness. Comes with baked potatoes and salad.

Ikea Restaurant's Almondy Tart - Daim Cake
Ikea Restaurant’s Almondy Tart – Daim Cake

If you plan to order dessert, the Almondy Tart – Daim Cake is really good. It tastes almost like Crispy chocolates, sweet, slightly crunch with its Almond bits and absolutely irresistible.

Ikea Restaurant's Cappuccino
Ikea Restaurant’s Cappuccino

Coffee or Tea is refillable and you can choose either Coffee without milk, Cappuccino or Coffee with milk for coffee. If you prefer tea, you get to choose nothing, just grab a tea bag, haha.

Price

  • Swedish Meatballs (10 pieces) – RM 8.90
  • Chicken Leg with Swedish Herb and Lemon Sauce – RM 9.90
  • Almondy Tart – Daim Cake – RM 4.90
  • Coffee / Tea (Refillable) – RM 3.00

Address

Ikea Damansara,
No. 2, Jalan PJU 7/2, Mutiara Damansara,
47800 Petaling Jaya,
Selangor D.E., MALAYSIA.

My Ratings (1-5)

  • Food – 4.0
  • Service – 3.0
  • Ambiance – 3.0

Chicken Chop – NZ Curry House @ Menara Standard Chartered

Besides the Chicken Rice, NZ Curry House also serves delicious western food, especially its Chicken Chop!

NZ Curry House's Chicken Chop
NZ Curry House’s Chicken Chop

Chicken Chop is absolutely irresistible with black pepper sauce all over the Chicken Chop. Additional, you also get red beans, coleslaw and French fries. All these for only RM 9.00. This is indeed one of the best chicken chops ever, if not the best. Must try!

Note: The Chicken Chop is only available from 3pm onwards.

Price:

  • Chicken Chop – RM 9.00

Address:

NZ Curry House,
Ground Floor, Menara Standard Chartered,
Jalan Sultan Ismail
50250 Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA.

My Ratings (1-5)

  • Food – 4.0
  • Service – 4.0
  • Ambiance – 3.0