Saturday, June 18, 2016

Food: Brazzo Cascades, Dataran Cascade, Kota Damansara



Brazzo Cascades is one of the latest non-halal casual dining restaurant located at Dataran Cascade, Kota Damansara. It's hard to miss the restaurant because there's a fancy fountain (not seen in the picture) just outside the outdoor dining area which everyone seemed to love. Personally, I wasn't fascinated or such but I can see that many people do appreciate the fountain.




I was told that Brazzo comes from the Spanish word 'brazo' which means 'bbq pit'. This is the 5th outlet in Malaysia and it was opened last December. Brazzo's Johor Bahru outlet is quite well known. Also, just in case you were interested to know, Brazzo takes pride in its beef-based dishes.




While the rest of Dataran Cascades seemed deserted, Brazzo's existence definitely lift up the mood in the building. From the brief visit from the carpark to the restaurant, I noticed that there weren't that many tenants and I'm guessing that Brazzo is definitely the most lively tenant here, so far at least.

Let's jump right in and talk about the food:



Mix Ham Pizza has a super thin crust that you could cut with normal cutlery (knife). It's a decent pizza but it's quite forgettable.



Char-Grilled NZ Lamb Rack was nice. No strange lamb 'odour' (my bestfriend, Google tells me that it's called 'gamey') and it was grilled to the right point. The sauce was alright.




Oven Baked Atlantic King Cod Fish was one of my favourite dishes that night. I like eating fish, and cods are definitely on top of my list. The skin was crispy and the parsley cream sauce ties very well with the cod, preserving its freshness.



Char-Grilled Chicken Thigh is a whole chicken thigh seasoned with smoked paprika. Love the sauce that's infused with cranberries, and it's good that they serve it with fries cause that means you could dip them in the sauce if you can't have enough of it.



Char-Grilled AACO 1824 Grain Fed Sirloin Steak. The degree of doneness (no, seriously, this is a legit term, I googled it) was not one that I fancy. It was well done and I prefer my steak anywhere from medium-rare to medium-well. 



Sesame Crusted Aldi Tuna left me rather confused. I actually love the tuna itself (it was medium rare) but I personally don't like the seasoning or sauce. With that said, that was the first time I tried this dish so maybe I had some...'culture shock'. 



XL Hokkaido Scallops with Balsamic Tomato Salsa. I love this! It was super juicy.


Blue Cheese Pasta aka carbonara was so good that almost everyone was singing praises about it. Don't get turn off by the 'blue cheese' yet because I personally can't take blue cheese yet the dish was unsuspecting and didn't give anything away. It's hard to find a cheese-based pasta at the right level of creaminess, and Brazzo did this very well.



XL Hokkaido Scallops Aglio Olio was great. I'm not really a person who orders aglio olio (I prefer carbonara any day) because they are usually tasteless but this one did not disappoint. It's full of flavour and there were scallops! Gooood.



Brazzo's Iberico Pork Cheek was probably my favourite dish here. Precise cut, each slice was a slice of perfection. Tasted super good and the sauce complements the meat. Must try!


Fish fingers, deep fried fillet, fries, some salad and cherry tomatoes


Sausages, ribs, pork knuckle, mushroom




The Family Platter is enormous, you'd be overwhelmed by the serving portion. Overall it was too dry for my own liking to eat them as it is, but fret not because there were sauces available. I fancy the ribs though.



Red velvet, pina colada, and blue martini. 

Many people actually come to Brazzo not only to have a meal but also chill with friends over alcoholic drinks (there's a bar here).

A little disappointed that not much non-alcoholic drinks were available, cause we wanted to ask for coffee and such. Brazzo actually listed them on the menu but they are actually not available but Brazzo is working on it.

Also not to forget, Brazzo currently offers set lunch deals from RM12.90 nett, which is quite decent. 

Rating:
Food: 6.5/10 (Try Brazzo's Iberico Pork Cheek, Lamb Rack, King Cod Fish and the pastas)
Service: 7/10
Value: 6/10
Atmosphere: 7.5/10 

Brazzo Cascades
A-G-08 & A-G-09, Dataran Cascades
No. 13A, Jalan PJU 5/1, Kota Damansara PJU 5,
47810 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
FB: Brazzo Cascades
Tel: 03-7629 4086

Sunday, June 12, 2016

#RIPChristinaGrimmie

I was contemplating about blogging about my Japan trip this weekend, but it was a busy week. A busy weekend that came with such a devastating news.

By now, you should already have heard the tragic news about the death of Christian Grimmie. If you haven't already, do know that she has passed, brutally murdered as a stranger shot her to death during a meet and greet session.



Many headlines associated her as 'The Voice alum' but long-time fans would have most probably followed her since her early days on YouTube.

I started following Christina on YouTube shortly after I heard her first collab for a Miley Cyrus Medley with Kurt Schneider, whom I've been following earlier. Truth is, I was never really a big fan until she collab with Kurt again to cover Nelly's Just A Dream alongside on of my favourite YouTubers at that time, Sam Tsui.

Christina is one of the pioneers of YouTube music, and she was one of the most popular music-based YouTubers.




I guess the saddest part about her death is how cruel the whole incident took place. A stranger who intended, who had planned to take someone's life... in the end took the easy way out and shot himself to death too. Christina was younger than me. Everyone said she would have a great career ahead of her. But beyond that, everyone said that it was a waste that she died at 22. Gone too soon.

Indeed, it's a shame for all of us that such a great person was murdered. I know I'm talking like I knew Christina. I don't but I admire her and I know millions out there feel the same. I think it's because of the fact she was so likeable as a person. Even just looking her on screen, you can know she's down to earth, and ever so genuine. Most of all, she was never ashamed to defend her faith, and proclaim and testify her faith in Jesus.

But one thing's for sure. Christina is in heaven, and there's nowhere else better for her.


Sunday, June 5, 2016

Japan Spring Trip: Hokkaido - Day 3 (Apple Holiday)

In continuation of my previous blogpost on my Japan trip, here's what I did for day 3:

Early morning after breakfast, we left Rusutsu Resort after breakfast at the same place we had for dinner. 

Almost a two-hour bus journey to Otaru, we caught some really nice landscape from the bus and here are some picture we managed to capture while we were on the bus:


Mount Yōtei, also known as the mini 'Mount Fuji' in Hokkaido.












As you can see from the pictures, the view looks a lot like winter, isn't it?

So anyway, while we were on the bus, our tour guide and tour leader kept us entertained by letting us try some snacks which we can purchase from them. Even tried some beauty products lol.

Anyway, time flew by and in no time, we made to our first stop of the day, Otaru Canal. Otaru Canal used to play a central part in the transportation of goods, then restoration works took place in the 1980s for it took look as good as now. It's now a common place to shoot romantic scenes for films.



Otaru Canal




It was chilly that day, with strong winds. 

We had to walk a bit to get to the Otaru Canal because now, tour buses are not allowed to stop directly at that area. Apparently, tour buses were able to do that last time but they caused congestion so it wasn't allowed anymore.

Anyway, the buses were parked near Sakaimachi Street, the next place we were going to visit. Basically, we were given the free time to roam around and see for ourselves the place.



Here are some photos I took at Sakaimachi Street:




Super awesome cream puffs!







One of the main attractions at Sakaimachi Street is the Music Box Museum. Things are a little pricey here, and frankly, we don't know how to appreciate them so we took a look at things and left to walk around.


Also tried the famous Rainbow soft-serve here.


This was what we had for lunch. Not the best meal but it was alright.


Next, we went to this place called Shiroi Koibito Park at Sapporo. It's Hokkaido's leading confectionery. This is the place where the famous Ishiya's chocolate cookies are made. It's such a niceeee place! See for yourself:







Spent quite some time looking around and taking pictures here. Such a nice place really! All the huge tulips was quite a spectacular sight.

I guess we were earlier than expected, so our tour guide decided that we should go and check out some sakura because we haven't really seen any yet. So, we were supposed to head to Hokkaido's former government building and Odori Park the next day but since we were ahead of schedule, we stopped by for a while before heading to our next destination.








Yay! Caught a glimpse of sakuras though most of them are still waiting for their time to bloom. Next, we headed to Tanukikoji for some shopping.

Our tour guide told us that drugs stores are booming in Japan because of Chinese tourists. Well, maklumlah China is like the home of counterfeit products so a lot of Chinese tourists actually come to Japan to grab medications and that sort of things.

Some photos I took at Tanukikoji:





After some shopping, most of us bought snacks and all... then it was dinner time! We went Ippudo at the same area in Tanukikoji. Seats were limited and we had to queue for about 30 minutes or so.




Generally, ramen in Hokkaido is very salty and our tour guide told us that after taking different tour groups to try their signature ramen, many Malaysians (like 9 out of 10 Malaysians) actually think that the ramen is tooooo salty for them. So we went to Ippudo to try out the famous pork-based broth instead. And it was greattt! I finished the soup :D





Oh, I tell you the gyoza was so good!




So, we stayed in Sapporo Grand Hotel. Is it grand? Well, it's alright but this is probably the stuffiest hotel we stayed because we can't open the windows and there wasn't any air conditioner. The whole room was also very narrow, we practically didn't have any place to even open up our luggage without blocking the pathway in the room.

The night is still young! So, we wanted to go to this place called Sushi Zanmai (lol, coincidentally the place I usually go for sushi in KL is also Sushi Zanmai) but we got lost for a bit. We went into the convenience store and asked for directions. The Lawson employee clearly didn't know where we wanted to go but she was so helpful she took out a hugeeee big book full of maps, flipped here and there while we stood there awkwardly. Japanese, always obligated to help, haha.

Anyway, we manage to find our way there, woohoo!



Got our sushi fix!


The sifu.


Look at the zebra crossing!


We decided to drop by at Lawson and try out their matcha latte and choco latte. Nice!


Obligatory hipster shot to end the night.


Read Part 2 HERE.
Read Part 1 HERE.