Dining, Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Supper, Food review, Restaurant review, Eating out, Ambience

[Food Review] Teased by Al-Amar Express & Circus

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Mention Al-Amar and you’re likely to have visions of hummus, grilled lamb and baklavas. And that’s good. The award-winning restaurant, located at Level 6 of Pavilion KL, is known for its fine and delectable authentic Lebanese Cuisine. Unknown to some, exists Al-Amar Express, a more casual version, located at Fahrenheit88. I was invited to sample concoctions from Al-Amar Express’ newly upgraded bar, as well as be enticed in more ways than one at Circus, the newest concept eatery also at Pavilion KL.

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A Taste of the New Gourmet Menu at The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Pavilion KL

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Chicken Basil Aglio Olio

The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf (“CBTL”) at Pavilion Kuala Lumpur recently reopened its doors with a fresh new look, and added table service and extended gourmet menu. The whole new dining experience is exclusive to the Pavilion outlet and in fact, the only outlet with resident chefs. Along with other influencers, I got a taste of the new ‘coffee bean’ just before Christmas.

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[Food Review] Opus Bistro @ The Bangkung Row | KL Restaurant Week

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The ambience

I took a break from talking tech and gadgets (it’s been hell of an eventful week) to join a party of prolific food/lifestyle bloggers to sample exclusive set lunch and dinner menus at Opus Bistro, located at the renowned ‘The Bangkung Row’. Opus Bistro is a little bistro serving up authentic Italian food and is one of the 45-strong restaurant lineup participating in the upcoming KL Restaurant Week, happening from 4-11 October 2013.

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The People to Pizza Hut: Bring Back the Cheesy 7!

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Kenyang giler babs, but tetap hensem dan ayu!

What do you get when you get a crazy bunch of influencers, blindfold them and stuff them with cheese? Some say a whole lot of kinky fun. I say a lot of cheesy goodness. Does that tickle your cheesy fancy? Read on then.

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To tell you the honest truth, I had no idea what I was doing at Pizza Hut except for the fact that I was to test a couple of pizzas albeit super cheesy ones. I’m certainly a huge pizza and pasta fan, especially the authentic thin crust-type with minimal toppings. Ok, so that’s not what Pizza Hut is famous for, but heck, a pizza is a pizza is a pizza right?

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When you do a self-portrait while blindfolded, you are a certified camwhore.

Socialites Being Social
Influencers being influencers were Facebook-ing, tweeting and Instagram-ing from the very beginning. Bring the #Cheesy7 back they said.

Meeting old friends and new from the socialphere was part of the evening’s fun. Amidst the loud chatter and growling tummies in the spacious outlet at Kota Damansara, the chefs were busy prepping our cheesy pan pizzas in the kitchen.

30 Blind Lab Rats
So how do you shut 30 hungry influencers in 15 minutes? Why you blindfold them and stuff them with cheese of course. Our career as lab rats began the moment we got blindfolded by the PR crew. In darkness, our senses heightened. Like white mice our nostrils flared as we whiffed the first scent of cheese. As the chessy aroma grew stronger, we were told there was a slice of pizza on our plates in front of us. Our tastebuds went wild with excitement. Some dribbled. I have no idea who, I was blindfolded, remember?

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In life there are hits and misses. As with Chris here, definitely a miss.

Subject 1: The Classic
Napkins on lap (some around their necks), I picked up Subject 1. Unlike a person we know, the pizza did not miss my mouth. Over 30 years of experience eating mind you! Anyways, Subject 1 was not unlike the Classic Pizza Hut Pan Pizza. It had chicken, beef, sweet onions, mushrooms and peppers, generously topped with possibly several combinations of hot, scrumptious cheese. It was either we were really hungry, or this was really good.

Subject 2: See Food, Eat
Subject 2 was most obviously a seafood pizza with toppings of squid, prawn, onions and cheese. I’m no fan of seafood on a pizza, so I thought this was just ok.

Subject 3: Do the Hula
Hawaiian pizzas are one of my favourite pizzas – a light, minimalist pizza with plenty of flavour and a good combination of sweetness and saltiness. Subject 3 was no different. There was a generous serving of pineapples, chicken ham, onions and cheese.

Subject 4: Where’s the Beef?
Slices of tasty beef pepperoni, fresh tomato base and cheese always go so well on a pizza. Subject 4 had this and more.

The Verdict
Subject 1 gets my vote and I wasn’t the only one who felt the same. Followed closely by Subject 3.  Subject 2 was the least liked. But overall, I think bring all four Cheesy 7 pizzas back. To each his own. There’s something for everyone!

Till the very end, we hadn’t a clue how the pizzas look like. This level of secrecy can only be matched by Apple!

So, when exactly does Cheesy 7 return? Stay tuned with these channels:




Also check out the Cheesy 7 app on FB:

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MyBurgerLab with Casio Exilim EX-ZR20

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This isn’t a food review per se. Perhaps more of a combination post that involves food (one of my greatest vices) and a certain, versatile, super compact Casio Exilim EX-ZR20 camera.  I recently had an opportunity to finally pay a visit to MyBurgerLab, a new generation burger joint with kick-ass homemade burgers. Thanks to fellow foodie and famous food/lifestyle blogger Rebecca Saw who made the arrangements, together with a couple of friends in tow, we visited the much-hyped, and super-crowded diner at Sea Park, Petaling Jaya.

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As we wanted to try as much as we could, we took the liberty to order pretty much everything on the menu, including The Elvis (which is off-menu, and highly recommended. Thanks, Mark).

You’re looking at an average of about RM15.00 per burger which is a decent price to pay for a really good burger. Our total bill for 10 burgers came up to RM189.50. By the way, the fried mushrooms are the bomb.

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MyBurgerLab Beautiful Mess: Doesn’t this just look completely enticing?

My favourite was Jam with Elvis. Succulent beef patty and blueberry. Unusual combination, but let me tell you, so so good. A definite must try!

What’s great about the burgers are that they are all made fresh with premium ingredients. Their charcoal buns are the brand’s appeal. Not something common you’d find at any burger joint. If you’re a low-carbie, ask for a lettuce wrap instead.

Here’s a tip. Go early. The queue is out of this world, and burgers may finish by 8-8.30pm.

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Strike a pose! Rebecca, KC and Kevin.

No. 14, Jalan 21/22, Seapark
46300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor DE
5pm – 11pm. Closed on Mondays.

Catch them on Facebook and Twitter too!

More pics in the gallery below:

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Thanks to the Casio, I took some fantastic shots. Check out my series of Casio Exilim EX-ZR20 impressions and reviews.

For a real deal review of MyBurgerLab, visit Rebecca Saw’s first and second visit.

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[Food Review] T.G.I. Friday’s Valentine’s Day Set Menu

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[quote]“There is no love sincerer than the love of food.” – George Bernard Shaw, Irish playwright (1856-1950)[/quote]

February 14 marks a very special day (for some at least) in the year. St. Valentine’s would have wanted it differently I’m sure, but this is when love is at its most commercialized and commodified. Things are e-specially expensive, couples are e-specially lovey-dovey and some individuals are e-specially depressed! Jokes aside, love is, without a doubt, in the air at this time of the year.

Not to be left out of Cupid’s celebrations, I was invited to get a taste of T.G.I. Friday’s special Valentine’s Day menu, together with two other bloggers and members of media. We were met by Vijay David, Regional Manager for T.G.I. Friday’s and Sheila, Marketing Manager at T.G.I. Friday’s outlet, The Gardens. The exclusive one-day only three-course love set consists of a choice of appetizers, main course and dessert, with optional glass of wine.

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