Monday, November 23, 2015

Food: BBQ Town, Mid Valley Megamall (Pork-Free)

Thinking of having a BBQ session? Someone from your family wants shabu shabu instead? Cannot decide? So why not get the best of both worlds at BBQ Town, Mid Valley Megamall?

BBQ Town has been around for quite some time now at Mid Valley Megamall. Here, you can enjoy Thai BBQ and Japanese shabu shabu, buffet style.

At BBQ Town, patrons can choose from having beef, lamb or chicken. If you like, you don't even have to choose at all and get all three. The meat are all from Australia. Best of all, it's free flow!

Most places use pork fat for grilling and also to prevent the blackening (carbonized bits) on the grill. Here at BBQ Town, the beef fat is provided instead because this place is in fact a pork-free restaurant and no alcohol is served here. If you don't take beef, no worries, you can let the waiters know and you'll be given sesame oil instead.

For shabu shabu, patrons can opt for the two types of broth offered here, namely Konbu chicken soup and spicy miso soup. I got to try both and honestly I cannot decide which one I like better because I actually love both! However, the spicy miso soup is actually not spicy at all, and for the record - I don't really take spicy stuff.  

All the meat are sliced into perfection, thin enough to make your BBQ experience better so that you don't have to take a long time to grill your meat. 

You can make your own sauce at BBQ town.

Healthy vegetable spread available at the counter, while you can request the helpful waiters around to get refill for your meat. Before I forget, there's also some beefball, squid and scallop at the counter.

There's also sushi available at BBQ Town with no extra charges. 

Took a few piece of sushi to try. It's not too bad, just average but decent enough. I'll actually however skip the sushi (because rice makes me full) and focus on devouring the lamb and beef. 

BBQ Town also offers limited ala-carte dishes including the popular ebi tempura, agedashi tofu, gyoza age, garlic fried rice just to name a few.

Crispy fried chicken wings was really good. Well marinated and super crispy. Delicious :)

Thai Papaya salad was flavorful, a good appetizer. 

Last but not least, end your meal with the unlimited green tea or chocolate soft serve ice cream with toppings.

Admittedly, the buffet spread is rather limited but I'm thinking that people like myself will come back to BBQ Town for its fresh meat. I also really love two choices of broths available and enjoy the shabu shabu more than the BBQ actually. It's really a fun and hearty meal to enjoy with family and friends. What's even better is the value because BBQ Town is reasonably priced at RM32.80++ for lunch and RM39.80++ for dinner (additional RM2 for weekend and public holidays) for an adult. 

Food: 6.5/10 (Limited choice but excellent meat and broth)
Service: 7/10
Value: 7.5/10
Atmosphere: 6/10 (No exhaust to prevent me from smelling like smoke when I left)

BBQ Town,
2nd Floor, North Court,
Mid Valley Megamall.
59200 Kuala Lumpur.

Monday, November 16, 2015

First Impressions: Xiaomi Mi Power Bank 10,000mAh

Recently I bought the new 10,000 mAh Mi powerbank after it went on sale for the first time in Malaysia. Managed to get two units (one for myself, another for my friend) directly from Mi Malaysia's website. 

Mi Malaysia should consider giving me some freebies or such for being such a good customer. Bought so many units of Mi phones and Mi accessories from them in the last 1.5 years.

10,000mAh is the new model that is smaller and lighter than its predecessor, the 10,400mAh model. Similar to the original model, it pushes an maximum of 2.1 Amp and charging can receive up to 2 Amp input.

I have the 10,400 mAh powerbank which I bought last year. I've been using daily to charge my phone. All is still good I still can get good amount of charge for my phone the only thing is the port is a little loose, that's why I bought a new one for backup in case the current powerbank dies. It's also nice to have a spare.

Straight out of the box, it's the usual: powerbank itself, a manual which no one reads and a micro USB cable. The cable is longer this time as compared to the previous 10,400 model and I heard the quality is better. The cable that came with the 10,400 was so lousy I had to buy a new cable after 2 months of usage.

So, I've only used the powerbank for about 2-3 weeks now and I'm happy to say that it charges (both input and out) faster than the older model. Also appreciate that it's smaller in size and lighter too. Awesome, looking forward to using it longer and hope the ports won't get loose too quickly.


Monday, November 9, 2015

Food: Toridoki, Desa Sri Hartamas

Toridoki is a fairly new restaurant (about 4 months old since its opening a few months ago) in Desa Sri Hartamas. Toridoki prides itself in serving the best chicken dishes - you can find 'chicken' on almost every page of its menu.

Kitchen area is open for everyone to see and I find it impressive that the staffs can work around such a tight and cramped space.

Yay for tatami mats. 

For starters, take heart to know that the restaurant will serve you a complimentary appetizer for your meal. It changes day-to-day but we got potato salad when we visited.

First dish for the night was Konsai Salad (root's vegetable's salad). The salad is made of Japanese root vegetables, covered with mayonnaise and then grated with parmesan cheese. Yes, that's one huge cheese there. 

I thoroughly enjoyed the Konsai salad and it's one of my favourite here although it's not chicken.

Then comes Nagaimo Garlic Butter (Japanese yam with garlic and butter). Personally, it's one of the least favourite dishes from Toridoki. For one, I think it's too oily. Although it's fragrant, the overall taste leaves me wanting more - don't really have much taste and I think adding more garlic would fix that. Perhaps Toridoki was hesitant in putting more garlic because not everyone likes the taste of garlic.

Next in line is the Teba Age (deep fried chicken wing). One of my personal favourites at Toridoki. Everybody loves deep fried chicken wings right? Crispy and fragrant with the right amount of marination to give you tasty and uber crispy wings. 

Taking a break from the crispy fried wings, next was the Sunagimo Ahijyo (chicken gizzard and 8 kinds of vegetables served in hot plate with french loaf). Honestly I didn't find this dish very special taste-wise.

Back to chicken. One of the main stars in Toridoki is Maruyaki (grilled whole chicken). The size of the chicken is smaller than the regular chicken, but take my word for it that the portion is sufficient if you've ordered other dishes as well. 

Three condiments will be provided for the grilled whole chicken. It's marinated but I think not long enough for the marination to be absorbed into the chicken flesh so the condiments add more taste to the chicken. Oh ya, the skin is super crispy!

Toridoki boasts of making fresh tamago, and it's hot when served. Honestly I love it but RM14 seems a little overpriced for me. Also, I realised I didn't take a picture of the Toridoki logo stamped on the tamago from the right point of view and I tried rotating the picture but it doesn't make sense due to the angle and framing of the original photograph.

Matsu Ni - soup with chicken innards and tofu. That round thing in the middle is chicken ovary, not fishball or meatball. Can't bear to eat such thing (I don't take innards) but people on my table were telling me it tastes like egg. I didn't take anything else from the pot except to try the soup, which was quite good.

Alright, here comes the other stars from Toridoki, the yakitoris (skewered chicken):

Yakitori - Tsukune is a skewered chicken made of different parts of a chicken. It is grilled using sweet sauce and the texture is just right. 

Yakitori - Negima. Since the skewered chicken is made of all chicken thigh, there's leek to balance out in case you think you're stuffing yourself with too much chicken.

Yakitori - Toridoki is a chicken skewered made of chicken thigh and chicken breast wrapped with chicken skin. Chicken breast is almost as tender as the chicken thigh. Taste good enough even without sauce.

Another dish we tried that night was Cheese Yaki Onigiri (camember cheese with grilled rice ball). I actually prefer if the rice ball is not grilled (I like onigiri that way) but overall this onigiri is very pleasant to have. Cheese is not too much so it won't make you jelak.

Another dish I really like for the night was not chicken but the Houjicha pudding because I'm a sucker for desserts it's something different, a special kind of dessert made from Japanese green tea. Uber fragrant and a great ending to a meal with lotsa chicken.

Overall, I think Toridoki really thrives in making good yakitori. Be sure to try the Houjicha pudding! Price is rather steep here though but seeing that it is Desa Sri Hartamas, you can be sure that's the average price for food around the area.

Just a word of caution, I think everyone will already know that Desa Sri Hartamas area is infamous for its parking. So... yes, be prepared to go around finding for parking - it took me almost 20 minutes to find a parking spot.

Food: 6/10
Service: 6.5/10
Value: 5/10
Atmosphere: 6.5/10 (I was seated at the far corner of the restaurant (tatami mats woohoo!) and that spot was good enough to prevent me from smelling like smoke when I left)

No 40, Jalan 24/70A,
Desa Sri Hartamas,
50480 Kuala Lumpur,
FB: Toridoki

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

I Got A New Toy!

I obviously have a lot on my mind lately. But really, I don't know where to start. So let's begin with this: I got myself a new (well it's used) camera: the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II.

Also, I'm on a break now so if you're looking for a photographer for an event... ask me? I promise to take nice photos. :)

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Food: Grilled Salmon Cajun Style @ Fish & Co., Pavilion

If you're working near Pavilion and its vicinity, you should probably pay a visit to Fish & Co. for its weekday lunch set. The restaurant is secluded, hidden at the corner of level 4 of Pavilion but perhaps if you're craving for some seafood satisfaction, this will be worth a visit.

I had the opportunity to try out the Grilled Salmon Cajun Style. Honestly, you can't go wrong with salmon otherwise that's a big problem. Fish & Co's grilled salmon is well-marinated and cooked to perfection - can taste that the salmon is fresh. However, the sides are rather disappointing, bland french fries and the vegetables are too raw for my liking. Overall, I think it's an OK dish, but honestly I expected better from Fish & Co. I got a feeling I would like the Arctic Fish & Chips better though.

This outlet is hugeeee, should have no problems accommodating hundreds of people (yes, hundreds! this place is seriously hugeeee). Also think it's a great venue for parties because of the huge space, be it for young children or adults.

I always give extra points for cool serviettes. 

Fish & Co.
Lot No. C4.02.00,
Level 4, Pavilion Kuala Lumpur,
168 Jalan Bukit Bintang,
55100 Kuala Lumpur.