Weekday 2 Course Meals at TGI Fridays

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TGI Friday’s has a 2 course-meal set going on.  It’s RM 29.90 for an appetizer and one entree.  Add RM 6.00 for 2 vodka glasses worth of desserts.  Doesn’t include any drinks though.  Not exactly cheap if you really think about it but I guess it beats ordering ala carte 🙂

Boneless Wings.  Quite a few pieces of chicken.  Its got some spicy sauce on it for some extra kick.  Good stuff.  I’m not a celery person though 😛

One wonderful thing about TGI Fridays is their Kids Eat for Free promotion.  All you need to do is to order one main course and you can order something off the kids menu for free.  We chose the Chicken fingers.  It went very well with the sweetened mustard they served it with.

I’m not a big proponent of eating at TGI Fridays but I must say their cheese burger is really quite a treat.  Their beef patty is as thick and juicy as it looks.  This coupled with the buffalo wings is actually enough for 2 persons (not to mention the free kid’s meal).

The RM 6.00 Desserts – Mocha Latte and Chocolate Oreo Mint Crunch.  The Oreo one was really nice.

Offtopic: My lovely kids.

Total damage for the night was slightly over RM 50.00 including drinks.  It was a single set shared between 2 adults.  Photos were taken in the Hartamas Shopping Center branch.

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Jin Xuan Hong Kong Dim Sum @ Puchong Jaya

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There’s this relatively new Dim Sum place in Puchong Jaya (behind HSBC) that’s doing brisk business.  There are lots of other Dim Sum places in the area but none of them are of any acclaim.  What about this new place, then?

Jin Xuan Hong Kong (Hong Kong? really?)

When it comes to Dim Sum we usually stick to the old favourites;

Siew Mai (pork filling) & Har Gau (prawn filling)

Char Siew Bau (pork buns)

And a nice hot cup of Chinese tea to wash it all down.

Of course Dim Sum is not limited to the steamed variety.

This restaurant really impressed me in two areas.  First of all the furniture is obviously expensive stuff.  You’re not going to find flimsy plastic chairs here.  This air conditioned restaurant serves its customers in style. We’re talking wooden chairs here and tables with marble tops.  Good stuff.

Secondly, they actually have sufficient staff!  You find yourself not having to jostle around and harass the waiters to get served.  You don’t get personal waiters but you actually constantly see staff pushing dim sum around.  Best thing about the dim sum here?  They are ready to eat unlike some places where they actually need to bring your dim sum back to the steamer to be steamed before serving it to you.

Too bad then that the food is not up to standard and the price is crazy expensive.  Nothing we ate that morning was particularly good… not terrible but just nowhere near impressive.  Definitely not worth the money you’re paying.

Bad service I can (usually) tolerate and I barely care about where I eat so long as the food is good.  If the place is cheap it’s an advantage but I don’t really mind if it’s not either provided (again) if the food is good.  I’m never coming here again if I can help it.  It’s just another one of those mysteries of life.  Why is this place packed with customers?  Must be a feng-shui thing.

Omakase at Kapoh Muneharu, Federal Hotel, KL

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Ever since I came across the concept of omakase from my favourite food blog of all time I’ve been dying to try it out.  So what’s omakase exactly?  To sum things up its a Japanese term that simply means “It’s up to you” as in you’re telling the chef to serve you according to what he thinks is best.  The assumption here is that the chef will try to impress you with his culinary skills and serve you the freshest/best ingredients that the restaurant has to offer.  Kinda exciting, isn’t it?.

Prices vary from restaurant to restaurant (obviously) but you can expect to spend RM200 to RM300 per person for omakase.  While it certainly isn’t cheap it’s probably cheaper than ordering all the items you are served ala-carte.  Plus you don’t have to fuss over what’s good in the restaurant.  If there’s anyone who knows it would be the chef, right?

I didn’t quite know where to go for omakase so I followed masak-masak’s recommendation and went to this Japanese restaurant located within Federal Hotel.

Kapoh Muneharu (used to be Sushi Dokoro Maeshima under a different chef/owner)

It was a Saturday night and the place was quite empty.  Throughout the night including our table, probably no more than 4 tables were occupied.  However I think we were the only local patrons there that night.  The others were Japanese which is a vote of confidence for this place.

Tatami room (well not really tatami)

Since I had made a reservation we were seated in a 2 table tatami room with those funny sunk tables so that you can pretend you’re sitting on the floor like in a Japanese home I guess.  The room was decent and clean.  We were seated and then given a menu (which was hand written and had pictures manually glued onto them! lol).  I asked the Chinese waitress what’s on the menu for omakase… she didn’t seem to understand what I wanted so I didn’t bother to pursue.  I left it to lady luck to see what we’ll be getting.

First up was the gorgeous starter.  On the plate were baby squids, hiyayakko (cold) tofu and some fried fish.  As a fan of sotong in general I loved the squids.

Next was a delectable selection of sashimi (raw fish slices).  Can’t say I know what I ate at all but they were fresh and tasty.

Complimentary Potato Salad for Kit Yi.  We ate some and it was actually quite nice 🙂

Chawanmushi (steamed eggs).  Strangely this dish is served cold, usually they are served warm straight out from the steamer.  That orange looking pile on top is uni (sea urchin) roe.

From the never ever tried something like this before books.  That ball there is actually made out of mashed lotus root.  That little bit of gravy there is most likely made of some fermented bean sauce.  This was quite an excellent dish.

Grilled beef done right.  The beef was well cooked and juicy.  They are dabbled in a dash of sweet teriyaki sauce to enhance its flavour.

Managed to sneak a picture of the Japanese chef hard at work.

A selection of sushi and miso soup.  The one in the middle is obviously not fish.  Looks like pork but didn’t matter what it was really as long as it tasted great.

Wrapped up with some Matcha (green tea) ice cream.  I think this dish was obviously made in house.  It didn’t taste like any of the usual green tea ice cream you can buy in stores.

The total damage that night was RM 460 for 2 pax.  If you ask me whether it was worth it well I have mixed feelings about that.  The quality of the food we were served that night was obviously good.  However it doesn’t seem like a lot of food for RM 230 per person 🙂  I must say I was left feeling a little unsatisfied.

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