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Thursday, July 26, 2012

Food: Morganfield's @ Pavilion, Kuala Lumpur



So we've been wanting to try Morganfield's for awhile now, but Pavilion always seems like such a drive away! Not to mention the place is usually packed on weekends during dinner time. But it so happened we managed to get a table one Saturday night before watching Motorway; an 8.15pm movie forcing us to eat earlier than we normally would. =P



Morganfield's joins the ranks of the few restaurants that have pork ribs on the menu! Other places around town that we have seen pork ribs include Chicago Rib House, or Racks in Changkat Bukit Bintang. For those looking for a more western-family-diner ambiance with pork downtown, Morganfield's would be the place to go. =)



As is our usual tradition, we started off with some wings - the Spicy Chicken Wings (RM 16.90)! For the price, we were a bit disappointed there wasn't perhaps an extra wing. But any way we found these to be slightly too much on the sour side, even though there was a tinge of spiciness. The meat and skin was tender and crispy, so overall not a bad start to the meal, though pricey. 



With pork available on the menu here, we decided to go for 2 porky mains! One was the Pork Shoulder Chop (RM 32.90) doused in creamy butter sauce, served with mash potato and vegetables. I thought this was going to be perfect for me since I'm such a lover of cream sauce! Turns out the pork shoulder was a bit tough with quite a lot of fat in between, making it a bit hard to finish towards the end, especially with so much cream sauce. In fact in the end, we both felt the Pork Chop with Country Gravy at Betty's is more worth recommending than this. 



Lastly we gave their signature Morganfield's Sticky Bones a try, a hearty serving of their Hickory Wood-Smoked Ribs doused in their hickory BBQ sauce. Even the half slab we had (RM 38.90) was a portion that is rather large for one person; we recommend that this be best enjoyed by sharing!



First impression was the good thanks to the tenderness of the meat. Meat falling off the bone is the exact tenderness that we want! We may have overdone it with dishes basted with sweet BBQ sauce though, because it tasted very similar to the chicken wings. Somehow we couldn't really finish this, but that could be because we had a pork overdose. (Or maybe it was just not our regular dinner time =P)



Overall, it was an average experience at Morganfield's. The pork ribs were good, but everything else was average at best. We might come back again to try other things on the menu, but only if we're in the Pavilion area!


P/S: In conjunction with Morganfield's 1st anniversary, there is a special platter for two, and also a platter-eating competition for couples this Saturday, 28th July! It looks like the platter features some of the best dishes at Morganfield's, namely a half rack of ribs, half a chicken, some sausages, and other sides. If you think you and your partner have what it takes to down this fastest amongst 9 other couples, why not prove it this weekend and win some $$ in the process?! =D

We also received a pleasant surprise when we asked for the bill. Also in conjunction with their 1st anniversary, all diners also receive a 20% discount off the bill. This is only valid till the end of the month.




Morganfield's | Site
Lot C4.03.00, Level 4 (beside Red Box Plus),
Pavilion KL Shopping Mall,
No. 168 Jalan Bukit Bintang,
55100 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-2141 3192
Fax: 03-2141 1759
Email: marketing@morganfields.com
Opening Hours: Daily, 11am-1am


Monday, July 23, 2012

An Afternoon with Worthy Book

So everyone knows about Groupons and similar deal websites. Those are simple; you hunt through the site looking for something you like, and buy it at a discount, which could be anywhere between 10-90%. But what if there was something that could help us save even more money than the original amount we put in? Enter WorthyBook!


Worthy Book, as the name suggests, is a book that contains discounts for a variety of eateries around the Klang Valley! For just RM30, purchasers can get discounts and deals that if totalled up, would far exceed the original RM30 cost! Now that's definitely a worthy book, in my books. =D



How  does it work? Just like group discount sites, Worthy Book has already secured certain discounts with different vendors. To claim the discounts, all it takes is to buy the book and then tear out the desired coupon inside! It's as easy as 1-2-3. =D



But what if you're unfamiliar with the restaurants that have deals in Worthy Book, or don't know where they are? Never fear, because the thoughtful people at Worthy Book have included at least a one page description of the restaurant / eatery, including all the relevant branches!


The book is also well organized, with all the deals being listed according to the different locations. So if you ever find yourself in a certain place and are not sure where to go for a bite, just whip out Worthy Book and see what deals are available near you. =D


We know most of you are probably still skeptical. So just to prove it's usefulness, we embarked on "An afternoon with Worthy Book" journey  last Sunday to show exactly how many times we could use the book and how much we could save in one afternoon!



Our destination was Mid Valley Megamall, but we wanted a drink along the way. Ochado is one of the vendors with deals in Worthy Book, and because we remembered the branch at SS2 just opened recently, that was our first stop! (Hint: the branch is so new it wasn't even listed in the Book. =P) Be careful to read the terms and conditions for each voucher though, because not all can be used at any outlet.



Before this we had only tried Ochado once before in Pavilion, but that time we only managed to try one regular milk tea. We've always wanted to try the Pop Eggs Milk Tea (RM 5.90, regular), but never thought we would get a chance because we read they only make a limited number of cups per day. But that was our lucky day, because we managed to snag a cup of milk tea with 'pop eggs' and one Oreo Chocolate (RM 6.50, regular) with an RM2 discount off the second drink thanks to Worthy Book!



Turns out the Pop Eggs really do pop in your mouth, and the filling inside tastes a lot like coffee. It was very nice, except when I felt the milk tea overpowered the taste of the eggs. On the other hand, the Oreo Chocolate was quite disappointing, with too much ice and not much else. Give that a miss at Ochado.



So onward we went to Mid Valley! Neither of us had had lunch so by the time we arrived we were feeling like a snack, and what better snack to have than a piece of Shihlin XXL Crispy Chicken? =D



Both of us have actually worked out a routine for this; I'll takeaway a piece of Shihlin XXL Crispy Chicken  and we'll head over to another place to sit down. Normally I'll just buy the chicken, but thanks to Worthy Book I got a bottle of V-Soy for free! V-Soy doesn't come cheap in KL, so a good deal it was. =D



And where do we head to after buying a piece of Shihlin XXL Crispy Chicken? Just opposite to Crazy Potato!



Again, a better option looks like the set of two items with a drink, but since we had the free V-Soy, we used the voucher to get the 2nd purchase at 50% off! (In a way, Worthy Book encourages us to eat more..but ah well. =P). On the left is the Crazy Bacon (RM 7.90), while on the right is a serving of Onion Rings (RM 4.90) that we got for half price.



Actually I wouldn't say the fries at Crazy Potato are great; personally I prefer thinner cut fries. But what makes their fries worth trying are the different toppings they have. We like the generous topping of sour cream and bacon bits on these fries! There are other toppings available, like meat sauce or cheese sauce, and even funkier ones like wasabi and strawberry sauce, so there should definitely be something for everyone. The onion rings are also quite good, worthy of being mentioned in the same page as Burger King onion rings, for example. =D




After all that, we were well and truly stuffed...till 5pm! We fulfilled one more stop before heading back, namely Krispy Kreme donuts! For this, Worthy Book voucher gave us one free original glazed donut with a purchase of 2 assorted donuts. That's again savings of another RM2.50! Sadly, the donuts weren't impressive at all that day, with the 2 assorted donuts tasting quite stale. My tummy even felt a bit funny after that, which I suspect could be down to the cream used in the assorted donuts.



So that concluded our afternoon with Worthy Book, but there were other places that had vouchers in Worthy Book in Mid Valley / Gardens too! Say hello to George up there...



George actually came from a set of cupcake from Delectable by Su, that I bought for Wendy some years back when we first started going out! Wendy saved George in a little air-tight container and he's held up well over the years (although he's started to slump a lot, a.k.a. melting :p), but is still in pretty good shape overall! Now with Worthy Book vouchers, you could have your own George at home too. =P

Some other vendors you can find in Worthy Book - Brotzeit, Planet Popcorn, Palate Palette, Hokkaido Ramen Santouka, Ichiban Boshi, The Beer Factory, Ko Hyang, and lots more.



And last but not least, the vouchers that we feel make Worthy Book worth buying, and probably the ones we'll use next - Free salmon sashimi at Sushi Tei!



Sushi Tei was one of our first posts on this blog here. Their sashimi is a must-order for us every time we visit. Normally every plate of sashimi there costs RM10.50, but Worthy Book has 5 vouchers each entitling the user to one free plate of sashimi. So think about it; By just paying RM30 for the book, you're guaranteed at least RM50 worth of free salmon. How's that for value? =D



So the next time you look for a book to read, why not check out Worthy Book? It's available at all major bookstores (MPH, Popular, Times, Borders, Kinokuniya) and selected myNEWS.com outlets in Klang Valley! Look out for the full name -  Worthy Book™ F&B Special Edition 2012-2013” - to avoid getting the wrong edition. Happy hunting!




For more info on Worthy Book, visit their website or Facebook page.

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Ochado | Site
No. 90, Jalan SS2/60,
47300 Petaling Jaya,
Selangor
Tel: +6 03 7865 1749

Shihlin Taiwan Street Snacks | Site
LG-K17,  Lower Ground Floor, The Gardens Mall,
Mid Valley City, Lingkaran Syed Putra,
59200 Kuala Lumpur

Crazy Potato | Site
LG-211, Lower Ground Floor, The Gardens Mall,
Mid Valley City, Lingkaran Syed Putra,
59200 Kuala Lumpur

Krispy Kreme | Site
Lot LG-074A, Lower Ground Floor, 
Mid Valley Megamall, Lingkaran Syed Putra,
59200 Kuala Lumpur

Monday, July 16, 2012

Food: Cafe Crumbs @ Lucky Garden, Bangsar

Note: NO! Just before I posted this, I read on Crumbs' Facebook page that they're closing down this Friday (20th July 2012). If you love their food just like we did, do make it a point to go sometime this week, to have your favourite cakes for the last time and tell them how much they'll be missed. Maybe bring a picket and protest outside the shop. :(

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Our weekends haven't been leisurely in awhile, what with motor hunts and tiring errands and me dragging Adam out to look at cars.

One Sunday, after hunting down a non-existent Suzuki showroom along the LDP that had closed down a year ago, a Mazda showroom with no Mazda 2s to see resulting in the salesman offering up his own personal Mazda 2 for a test drive, and a Honda showroom that had two sales agents in an ugly confrontation over who should attend to us, I decided to buy Adam some tea for being the most patient boyfriend on the face of the earth. :)



After some rounding, we finally settled on Cafe Crumbs, a cute, quiet half-lot sandwich bar and cafe nestled tightly in Lucky Garden



Lots of cute pictures, happy customers and memes adorn their wall on a clothes peg line, which I'm sure makes for great conversation starters.


The menu from Cafe Crumbs is not extensive by any means, but if you're looking for a light snack or if cakes are your thing, then it is most definitely the place for you. They've also got an fixation for mustaches here, so you'll see this running theme throughout their drawings and menu. (Also a fun, with/without mustache comparison. Ever wondered what Hitler or Mario looked like without a mustache? :D)



Adam was in the mood for something savoury, so we ordered off their sandwich menu. This is the Philly Maybe, roast beef, onions and with jalapenos, with which you have a choice of laugen bread or panini. We chose the laugen, that had a great bite to it, and the generous melted cheddar cheese, beef and sauteed onions made a thoroughly satisfying combination. The homemade, lightly salted chips were also incredibly addictive! Everything was so good that we happily ate half of the sandwich before realizing that I forgot to take a picture... which rarely ever happens.



From their cake display counter, we also spotted some mini quiches. This was the Chicken, Ham & Tomato Quiche (RM 3), which could have been had it been fresh out of the oven.



We do hear the quiches are good, so I suppose we would give it another try, but only if we're there in the mornings next time. :)



The idea of chocolate and peanut butter puts me over the edge every time, so we also had this Peanut Butter & Chocolate Chip Babycake (RM 5). Many places try to do this combination of chocolate and peanut butter these days, but Cafe Crumbs' version remains my favourite so far.



They heated it up lightly for us so the peanut butter frosting was a nice light, creamy texture. That, the moist cake and the abundance of chocolate chips hidden away in the heart of the cupcake (I swear it was like a treasure chest of chocolate chips :D), had us licking every bit of frosting from our forks. 



Sitting directly next to the counter was sinful, since everything kept on calling out to us (more to me, since my willpower for sweets is... well, it doesn't quite exist).

The final spoil of the day was the Salted Caramel Brownie, (if I remember correctly, RM 5.50) with an option to add on a scoop of Vanilla Ice Cream for a few additional bucks. This was wildly satisfying, and just the way I imagine brownies are supposed to be, more moist and chewy than cake-y, with crusty bits around the corners. The combination of sweet chocolate and fragrant caramel, yet slightly salty, hit all the right spots that day! 



I would return for this alone! I think we polished it off in record time. Heh. :D





Even the drinks impressed, Adam's Strawberry Milkstache' (though it looked fit for a three year old girl :p) with frozen berries was adequately creamy, and the Ice Lemon Tea (which a lot of places tend to mess up) was just the right mix of tea, lemon, and sugar syrup.


I warn, do not sit in front of this counter. You will order everything!



The both of us ended up being really pleased (and on a sugar high!) with the food that day. Cafe Crumbs is going to be one of those places that I will return to for a quiet cozy date with friends, or just the two of us, to enjoy some quality homemade cakes in a quiet comfy environment.

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It is a shame that it is closing down in a few days time. Hopefully, we can watch this space and pray for the day that their brownies and cakes return! :(

Cafe Crumbs | Site
No. 10, Lorong Ara Kiri Dua.
Lucky Gardens, Bangsar
Tel: +6 03 2202 2027
Email: cafecrumbs@gmail.com
Opening Hours: Tues-Sun, 10am-10pm

Friday, July 13, 2012

Food: El Toro @ Subang Avenue, Subang Jaya



It was one of those rare days when I picked Wendy up from work, thanks to her car having to visit the workshop. When that happens we usually try to eat around the area for a change of scenery. That night I thought of Skewers at Subang Avenue, but after fighting through the jam we realized Skewers had closed down! (I hadn't even been to Skewers yet...) We didn't have a plan B, but when we saw El Toro just a few doors away, we instantly agreed to go there instead. =D

(Note: Pics are a mix of Wendy's old digicam and my iPhone4, so you may spot some weird variations :p)



Thanks to a recommendation by Ulric (we hope you're reading this!) some blog posts back, El Toro wasn't a totally unfamiliar name to us. The concept of El Toro is just like other more famous places like Las Vacas, where diners can have the option of choosing their own cuts of meat from the chiller to be cooked or to take home. 



No swanky decorations here, but the place looks cheerful enough. I do feel sprucing up the place a bit more would attract a bigger crowd. =)



Truth be told, the overall look of the place and the menu reminded us a lot of Ayer's Rock, which wasn't an experience that we wanted to be reminded about! But we forged ahead and ordered these Beef Meatballs (RM 9.90) just to satisfy our curiosity.



These had a delightful bite to them, as was expected since we were at a butchery anyway. The sauce too went well with the meatballs, though Ikea's meatballs will forever hold a number one spot in our hearts. (Although perhaps not so number one now after I came down with food poisoning after a recent round of Ikea meatballs near to closing time.. =S)



Prices at El Toro weren't really that impressive, since the prices were quite similar to those at Las Vacas and other similar places, when I was expecting a more obviously cheaper menu because of the location and setting. Luckily El Toro also had a set dinner menu that includes a soup, a steak and a drink which I found to be quite worthwhile. The soup was an acceptable brew of wild mushroom, complete with a slice of garlic bread. =)



For my set, I chose the Black Angus Ribeye, 250grams, since I always feel ribeyes are the safest choice of meat. It comes served with salad and fries on the side. =)



Sadly we forgot to take a picture of the pinky strip inside the steak! But I can say that we found nothing wrong with the steak here; maybe just a tad on the dry side, but probably easily remedied with some sauce from the kitchen. 

On a side note: we loved how El Toro has taken the time to write short descriptions on what the different cuts of meat and the level of 'doneness' really means! I'm sure a lot of us just know how to order our ribeyes' and sirloins' without really knowing the difference between them. But El Toro has gracefully described a ribeye as a cut that is "succulent, juicy and has excellent texture", while a sirloin is "probably the most flavorsome cut, firm in texture with a strip of fat". Do visit El Toro to find out about other cuts.




And if pure meat is too much for you, how about a burger instead? El Toro serves everything from beef burgers to lamb burgers, and if one patty isn't enough, they can double it up for you! Normally I would head straight for a double, but since we had meatballs too, I relented and agreed to a single patty. Above is a Classic Cheese Burger (RM14.90); one pure beef patty with lettuce, tomatoes, onions, and cheddar cheese in a sesame seed bun. 




I particularly enjoy having burgers at steak joints, because this usually means the patty is going to be really meaty! As the name says, this certainly is a classic cheeseburger, with no surprises or outstanding parts. Like the steak, we have no bad comments, but again this won't be winning any awards. Then again for 15 bucks, we consider this an extremely value for money burger that is worth having again! =D



So in the end, we'd like to think of El Toro as a place to go for no-frills dining, especially for steak. The steak prices may not be much cheaper from comparable outlets, but the burgers are certainly good value for money. 



Some of the other items we spotted coming out of the kitchen, like the Mixed Grill, also looked really good and in big portions. Lucky Subang folk are even more spoilt for choice now! We just hope enough people patronize El Toro to avoid suffering the same fate as the nearby Skewers. =( 





El Toro Butchery & Grill | Facebook
SG 07, Subang Avenue, Subang Jaya,
47500 Petaling Jaya,
Selangor
Tel: +6 03 5611 7713
Opening Hours: Sun-Thu, 11am-10:30pm; Fri & Sat 11am-11pm; closed on Mondays.


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