Monday, March 24, 2014

UMAI-YA Japanese Restaurant @ KLCC

So it was my 7th Valentine with my dear, it gonna be our 8th anniversary in 2 months time actually, but we were in relationship 2 months after Valentine, that's way.

The BF had finally work, though only few months, so he decided to treat me for something better for our Valentine this year. I wasn't really like the idea at first cause you certainly know the salary for fresh graduates wasn't enough to enjoy all the good food after deducting all the necessary expenses. But still he insisted, so we finally settled for Japanese cuisine in Umai-Ya, KLCC branch.

It was a last minute plan actually, so we didn't manage to do pre-booking, and reached there to know all the tables were fully booked. But lucky enough, they had one extra table for us and we manage to get our seats after waiting for 15 minutes or so. 



Their ala-carte menu.... They have buffet for RM58+ per person from 11.30am to 2.30pm. But it is only available in Damansara and Puchong branches.



Salmon Sashimi @ RM25++

Umai-Ya is well known of its fresh sashimi, as reviewed by most of the blogs over the internet, so I ordered my favorite Salmon sashimi to give it a try. Couldn't remember the exact price for this 5-piece salmon sashimi, it was around RM25 if not mistaken.



And the taste, I wasn't sure how to define the freshness. For me, it tasted somewhat similar to the one in Sushi Zanmai, which was priced way cheaper, though the slice is thinner. I would definitely go to Sushi Zanmai to satisfy my crave for salmon sashimi rather than Umai-Ya.

Well maybe it is indeed fresher, but I can't tell the difference, so no point paying extra. LOL...



Set of 3 Appetizer (not exact name) @ RM15.90++

Appetizer includes Itako Kyuli (seasoned baby octopus), Chuka Kurage (seasoned jelly fish), and Chuka Chimni (seasoned scallop wings), I super love these 3 dishes. They could be ordered separately at RM8.90 if not mistaken, but I chose to have these 3 altogether at RM15.90 if not mistaken again. Maybe the separate one is in bigger portion.



Chicken Sukiyaki @ RM22.90++

Hmmmmm.... I wasn't really satisfy with the way they serve it. The one I used to order in Sushi Zanmai was Beef Sukiyaki. They serve the egg and beef slices separately, and most important of all, the pot is served on a stove to keep it boiling. This Chicken Sukiyaki in Umai-Ya was served exactly like the picture shown above, where the chicken and the egg are all in the pot when it is served. Well maybe the chicken takes longer to get cooked as compare to beef slices so they served it right away in the soup.

Even so, I still prefer it to be served on a stove, because the soup got cold pretty fast and it was only warm instead of boiling hot. And then the taste, hmmmm the taste is just nice, nothing special.



Mixed Sashimi & Vege Rice (not exact name) @ RM39.90

The most expensive rice I've eaten so far, LOL. Couldn't recall the name of this dish, it was a combination of around 5 different sashimi ranging from salmon, maguro (tuna), tako (octopus), ika (cuttlefish), and suzuki (seabass), with omelette and cucumber, topped with errrrrr fish roe (??), the round orangy jelly stuff, LOL. It comes along with a soup with tofu, not sure what's the name, maybe normal miso soup or something similar.

Ok, the taste. It tasted heavenly good for the first few mouths, with the fragrance rice, fresh sashimi, and the fish roe that pop in your mouth. Everything blends in very well. The bf was a bit reluctant to order this rice at first for its expensive pricing, but I was so tempted to try what's so special bout this rice to be priced so expensive, so I said I will forgo my salmon sashimi for this. Well, the bf is like the best bf on earth, he knew I love salmon so much so he ordered both for me. *touched*

Why I said it tasted heavenly good for the first few mouths is because the more I eat the more I feel the rice is a bit sweet. Not sure how they seasoned the rice to get the sweetness, but I feel a lil bit unhealthy the more I eat it. Duh....



Avocado Maki with Baby Octopus (not exact name) @ RM25++

Sorry, I couldn't recall the name of this avocado maki as well as the price. Thought I could easily Google them at home but to my surprise I Googled Umai-Ya's menu and found almost nothing. Not even one of those I'd ordered, I have no idea why.

This sushi roll is a must try!!! I don't know how they did it but the avocado seems to melt in your mouth. The one I always eaten in Zanmai wasn't as soft as this, they were harder and tasteless. I wasn't sure of which maki to order at first and asked the waiter to recommend, she then recommended this and I was really pleased with the taste. This is definitely the best dishes among all those ordered that day.



Fried Chicken Bones @ RM15.00++

The bf taught it was fried chicken and ordered it, the waiter then remind us that this is not chicken meat but its soft bones and reconfirm whether we really want it. I was like, okay, chicken bones, let's try, LOL...

Paying that price to eat chicken bones sound a bit retard actually, haha! But the taste was quite okay la, would be a nice snack to serve with beer, for its so crunchy and chewy.



Fried Cuttle Fish @ RM15.00++

Last but not least, fried cuttle fish which taste way normal to me. It was serve with mayonaise instead of any other sauce, which I think is seriously a suck combination. Even the one I eat at roadside "Lok-lok" taste much much better, with its spicy satay sauce. This one was way too dry and tasteless.

Well, in general, the food was okay. But I may not revisit it, consider I could get the same satisfaction at Sushi Zanmai at a way cheaper price. For sure the environment in Umai-Ya is way more classy, but the food doesn't really impress me to the stage that I would make frequent visit.

So, try it once and judge on your own. =)


Bill Total : RM192.00 (for 2 pax)
Ambience : 5/5
Food : 4/5
Service : 5/5
Serving Speed : 5/5


Will I revisit?  Maybe, but not in near future.


keywords: umaiya, umai-ya, japanese, cuisine, KLCC




Monday, January 27, 2014

"Farewell" to My Soulmate

Super outdated post in my draft already, was so busy with my endless assignments I could just upload all the pictures and saved as draft to be edited when I'm finally free.

Feel a lil bit awkward to have mumbled over my assignments and studies when my peers are all stepping their foot into the society, joining the work force like months months months ago already. No I'm not studying because I failed or extended my course. Guess I'd taken the longer pathway to get my degree through A level and a freaking 4-year degree course with honors. 

Honestly speaking I'd never regretted taking Cambridge A level, it seriously marked the most precious time of my life, not to mention the quality of its certificates. But a 4-year degree course in MMU is killing me, TOTALLY.... Sort of ruining my life I just can't wait to graduate in a blink of eye, damn!

OK enough with the studies stuff. It will all end for good after this Chinese New Year, woots!

Talking bout my student life, though I hated being a student so much, but it was undeniably happening and printed a hell lots of sweet memories in my soul. An opposite gender soul mate in the same class all the way from kindergarten till Form 5 in secondary school; my first crush and many many more crushes (LOL); my first love; my gang of friends; and most important of all, MY TRUE LOVE which was a total stranger to me till we awkwardly get closed through the internet and duno-how finally stay together till now. No he's not stranger from the internet, we were from the same school, duh.

And there's one special one whom I never thought would be the one who last. 

Yes she was a member of my gang, but honestly speaking I think we weren't that close back then though hanging out everyday during school time. And after graduated from secondary school, all the friends spread to pursue their own dream and sad to admit, I find myself leaving with no friends.

It was always the bf and me. He's my friend, he's my soul mate, he's my lover. Happy and sad, I found no one to share except my bf. It was kinda sad, I used to be so emo all so sudden back then and the bf would be like OMG which role should I play now, haha!

It was a real hard time whenever I quarreled with the bf, it's like I'm all alone and no one to talk to. Used to talk to another opposite gender friends whenever I had problems with the bf, but then you know, things would get wrong having an opposite gender friends to comfort you whenever you quarrel with your love one, if you get what I mean.

And the most killing moment of all, I sometime find myself have no friends to hang out with. It's like when you suddenly feel like fleeing from your dull routine and have a cup of coffee somewhere with someone, you don't have the right one to call. That's exactly how I feel. At times I could sit quietly, thinking of who to call to have that damn coffee with me.

Couldn't recall when did we finally get closed despite hanging out in a gang since secondary school, but it definitely feel different from what I feel during the school time. It's like I could finally have someone who think the same (although not exactly the same, that would be super eerie), act the same, or even talk the same with me. What we call someone that could "click" well with you.  

I used to hope to get graduated faster, start to work, and get myself a damn car, so I could find her more often rather than having her to drive all the way to meet/fetch me all the time. And when I finally have 2 more months before I graduate, she decided to move back hometown to manage family business. *thunderstorm*

Yes you, if you happened to read this, you know how sad I am or not......................... ◕︵◕ 

Went to Pavilion for a meet up before she went back. And then craving strikes and we went Capricciosa for a heavy high tea instead of shopping as the initial plan, LOL....



We had this lunch buffet priced at RM22+ each person, where you could order almost everything in the menu, crazy or not... 

And let's see what we ordered....


Smoked Salmon Salad (Light) - RM11.90



Savory Meat Soup (Light) - RM5.90



Calamari Fritto (Regular) - RM13.90



Squid Ink Linguine - RM22.90



Creamy Porcini Pappardelle - RM29.90

Without the lunch buffet deal, what we ordered would amount to RM84.50 without tax, and with the deal we paid only RM53.00 in total after tax. Mad worth it OMG!

The Squid Ink Linguine is a must try, I personally love it so much! But be prepare to poop the next day, because your poop will come out exactly the same color, no joke, hahahaha!!!

Went H&M for CNY shopping and I ended up buying another dress.



Guess which one I got at last?

The red one. But now I'm a lil regretted for not getting the blue one instead.

The bf joined us for dinner later on, it was like only 2 hours after I had the lunch buffet in Capricciosa. Ծ_Ծ



Went to Ben's. My first time actually, heard of it long ago, but never tried.







Love the ambience, the dim light and the background music was so much soothing and relaxing.



French Fries - RM8.80

Ordered french fries as usual, my bitch love fries, hahaha!



Bread & Butter Pudding with Hot Custard Sauce - RM12.00

I was too bloated to have proper meal after the buffet in Capricciosa, so I ordered only dessert, skipping the drink as well, duh!



Char-Grilled Seafood Spaghetti - RM26.00

Bf ordered pasta, he loves it, but it's a bit dry for my liking, I still prefer moist pasta with gravy.



 Iced Latte - RM9.90



Watermelon Lychee - RM9.90



Berry Pavlova - RM14.00

And another dessert from her, because we were both too bloated to have another pasta, haha!

Again, I FORGOT TO TAKE PIC!!!!!!

My god I have no idea why I always forgot to take pic whenever we hang out though I've always reminded myself before hand, every single time! I couldn't find any pic of us, especially recent meeting, not a single one WTF. We always meet, shop, eat, talk blah blah blah blah, and then bidding goodbye. And every single time I enter my car, I would msg her yelling "Where is our photo?!".

BIG SIGH!

Browsed through my instagram and managed to find only one pic of us, taken 2 years back some more, my god.....



Make sure you find me when you come KL sapo..... LOL....


Friday, January 3, 2014

2014 New Year Celebration at Brussels Beer Cafe

First post of the year 2014!!!!

No I'm not gonna do all the new year resolution stuff, that's so out of "fashion" already, like who care anyway, LOL...

So how you guys celebrated your new year eve???? 

Mine was rather simple, they said this new year is special due to the 1314 thingy, so I also cannot lose out and must have my boy with me, haha!

Okay he isn't that sweet after all, don't be cheated, duh... He actually refused to come and stay overnight at my place cause he said it would be bored to death here. *roll eyes*
(FYI we used to stay in the same exact house, he moved out since he graduated earlier than me.)

Gone through all the debate of him asking me to go over Setapak and me asking him come over Cyberjaya. I have exam on second day of new year, so I was kinda reluctant to go Setapak, knowing I would get all distracted. So I asked him to come over after his work from Damansara and then we could head out for count down right away.

Not going to brief you the content any longer, it would spoil all our lovey dovey image, duh!

So in the end, he came over... I win. HAHA!

He didn't tell me he was allowed to leave his office one hour earlier, then he sms-ed me being all frustrated having stuck in the massive traffic jam. Minutes later there he went standing right outside my door. *scream*

So instead of rushing to town and having stuck in the traffic jam, we decided to settle at Setia Walk, Puchong. It looks somewhat similar to Sunway Giza actually, just that the crowd are like all kids like that, those secondary school type of kids. @@



The Beer Factory here is for sure a lot lot lot nicer than the one in Sunway Giza, the design, the size, a lot better seriously, they have skybar on top too. I haven't really go in actually, have been to Setia Walk twice and I just passed through it.

Opted for Brussels Beer Cafe again this time, cause the bf and I had not eaten since lunch and was starved like shit, so we planned to settle our dinner while having some beer. Reached there around 8.30pm and ignorantly thought our father own that restaurant and we could just go in and order and eat wtf, haha!

End up waited for 1 whole hour just to get a table, and by the time we had out seats, it wasn't really our turn to have the table yet actually.

NO I didn't jump queue. When I first reached and asked for a table, the waiter told us that we should wait at least 1 hour before getting our table. Then I instantly asked can I just opt for the bar seat, don't mind the uncomfortable chair I just want to fill my growling stomach. I always do this when I go to Chili's during the peak hour, haha, my uncle teach one actually. Nobody like bar top seat, that's why. Good for easy going people like us, I just want to have a sit quickly and eat! And oh, if you haven't know, you don't have to queue for bar top, so next time you're damn hungry, just go for the bar top!

Was a bit annoyed when the waiter said we could have the bar top seat, but the problem there isn't enough chair, WTF?

So I still have to wait. *flip table*

Waited for one whole hour and I really tak boleh tahan so I hurried the waiter to come over again, and point him the two empty chair I'd eyed on, HAHA! So we finally got our seat. 



No the couple wasn't us.



Belgian interior design, super love~



Ordered Hoegaarden Rosee again, wasn't in mood to have the normal beer that day, LOL...



And the bf had this Irish Cider, it was my first try on cider actually, and the taste was quite good!



Just me with my Rosee~~



Yaaaa I know I've been eating all those fattening food these few weeks my god I'm so gonna gain back all the weight I've lost... =/



Belgium Frite @ RM11.90

Main course no longer available since it was already a quarter before 10pm and hence we ordered the side order...



Mini Fish & Chips @ RM13.90



Chicken Skewer @ RM19.80

This is actually quite good! The chicken meat was so tender and juicy, though a lil bit overpriced.



Brussel's Pork Burger @ RM20.80

The burger came the last and we were already so fulled, wasted... =/



It was really good, though I still prefer the pork burger in Kissaten, you may read my review here. LOL...



Best decision I'd made in my life. 4 more months before our 8th anniversary. And my boy, if you happened to read this, I LOVE YOU!!!!  LOL....
Sunday, December 29, 2013

Xmas Gift From Resort World Genting

♫ Hark the herald angel sings~~~ Falalalala lala lala~~~ 

Yes, that is how my brain sing it which I have no idea why at all. Is like a cancerous cell growing in my brain I can't stop singing "Deck The Hall" with the combination of "Hark! The Angel Sings". zZzz...

Not really the combination of the two actually, I sing the lyric "Hark the herald angel sings" with the tone of "Deck the halls with boughs of holly", if you get what I mean. Try and see, haha!!

So for this festive season, no I didn't go for any countdown party nor any celebration, I actually got dumped at home counting down with Family Outing........ a Korean entertainment show. How ironic. The bf had died trying to get me out but I refused to mainly because I could somehow sensed that I would get bored there.

Planned to have a couple count down at first which obviously the bf prefer his gang over me, maybe because we get to see each other everyday, got a lil annoyed I just say GO GO GOOOOO.....

So on Christmas itself, I went to collect my "Xmas Gift" from Genting...... with the hangover bf. *grumpy* He actually woke up in the morning acting like a retard, slow motion and stupid stupid liddat my god lucky enough I din't whack him.

It was so misty that day but we managed to get to the top safely. Expect Genting to be super crowded so we went out earlier and lucky enough to have found a parking lot right after the entrance.



Feel like hazy instead of misty, LOL...



Sister and cousin, Priscilla, tag along cause cousin was staying over my house for a few days.

So we had our breakfast at The Bakery again. Was hesitating between Starbuck and The Bakery because the pastry and beverage in The Bakery is super pricey! Settled down for The Bakery at last because Starbucks doesn't have open air seats for me to enjoy the cold breeze. And I actually regretted so much after that, damn!!!



Ordered this Chocolate-duno-what for RM14, and it taste like a cheap cake you could buy on the road side.



Bolognaise bread or something, RM12, my god it's so hard throw dog also die. zZz... The cheese on top is like eating plastic.



Turkey and Onion Quiche for RM8, no comment, totally overpriced.



Hot mocha for RM12. Normal taste.

I was so disappointed my god! Went there last January to collect my cheque and I still blog about my nice experience there. Here's the link http://lostinbermuda.blogspot.com/2013/01/the-bakery-maxims-genting.html.

I can't believe the pastry turned so awful, or I had problem with my tastebud before this? zZz... Should have opt for Starbucks!!!

Linger around the First World Plaza for a while, it gets pretty boring cause the theme park had closed down for upgrade, so I could only think of the casino as the alternative. But cousin and sis are still underage, so I didn't go casino at last, though the bf had been dying to try some luck.



This is how the theme park looks like now. *jaw dropped*

I actually thought they just gonna add another few games on top of those already present, never know they demolished everything.



Went for shopping after that and bought this burgundy blazer for only RM60, woooo mad worth. It match my shorts I wore that day too, LOL!

I went to collect my cheque if you wonder, allowance from my scholarship, teehee... How thoughtful is Genting to prepare it earlier this year since Chinese New Year fall on end of January. Somemore I get to collect it on Christmas, isn't it the best Christmas gift??? *dancing in joy*



Alright, my pic to end this post, haha!

One more month before CNY, and two more months before I wave MMU goodbye FOREVER...

Can't wait OMG!!!
Sunday, November 17, 2013

Rendezvous Steak Garden, Kampung Pandan

UPDATE

So as I previously promised, I would one day return for their cheese fondue, here I am again! =D

This time is mainly because a former housemate of my sis come for a stay over, so we brought her to Rendezvous again since she never been there before.



So for this time round, I'd decided to try on their Cheese Fondue since it seem to be quite a popular menu whenever I went.



Cheese Fondue Chicken @ RM16.80

A pot of cheese with the heating flame underneath. Looks good tastes good!



Cheese Fondue Chicken @ RM16.80

And the chicken. The chicken pieces are just normal flour-fried chicken I would say, but it would be just nice to be dipped into the cheese gravy. You wouldn't want the chicken itself to override the taste of your cheesy gravy right?

Actually I only noticed later that the cheese gravy was actually the same as the one for the escargot, also the bun is actually the one served with mushroom soup. So now you know, if you craved for the cheese gravy from the escargot and the sweet bun that come with the mushroom soup, as I previously recommended, you might just order this and get you craves satisfied with only one dish, oh, with extra chicken pieces some more, LOL!

There are a lot more other dishes in their menu, the grilled chicken chop, pasta, side orders like baked potato and so on, sis had tried the pasta before, but we forgot to take any pics mainly because everyone was starving, duh!

So go and give them a try!!!


 

Previous published on 20th May 2013 as follow:-

Morning world~~

OMG I'm in a total Monday blue mood now.... =S

Well, since the bf and I moved to Setapak, we hardly go for date as I was so busy with my internship. Totally worn out and all I wanna do during the weekend is nothing but.............




Seriously, my best activity for weekend is just to be at home, having some great time surfing the internet, watching my favorite Running Men, and most of all, to hop on my bed whenever I want to! Isn't that the best weekend ever? Well, at least to me, LOL!

So last Friday, the bf and I went for a date after work. Headed to Rendezvous Steak Garden in Kampung Pandan for a proper date and I really have to say I'm so in love with the environment there!



This is how their entrance looks like, full with greeny decos.



Little fountain next to the entrance, further lighten up the cozy environment there.




The ambience there is indeed a perfect place for a date. You could either choose to sit at the opened air area where you could enjoy the night breeze, or roof top covered area.



Roof top covered area could be quite stuffy when the weather is hot. You wouldn't want to have your meal being all sweaty and grumpy right? So if it's not raining, go for the opened air.



The interior of the restaurant is nicely decorated with details such as classic lamp post, lots of greeny swirling around the post and ceiling, and bird cages that turned into lights, cute right?



Look at the crowd, it was almost full house when we got there.

Why am I so in love with the environment there then?



Well, because the actual lighting in the restaurant is dimmer like this.



Yup the real lighting is something like this, very very dim, and it's so romantic for a date with your love one!



Another top up is the background music! They plays classical music or English oldies OMG definitely my preference! I'm actually hating restaurant that plays unmatch background music, best example is Sushi Zanmai, Japanese restaurant playing English hits songs, like seriously?! I totally don't get the sense.

The only problem with the dim light is reading the menu. It's not totally dark and unreadable lah, but it's a challenge to read the menu clearly, especially the pictures of the food.

And oh, a real challenge in photo shooting the food.

Forget about flash, the whole lighting in the restaurant is so dim, imagine what a flash from camera would do. Yeah, all eyes on you.

So what did we ordered? =D



Fried Cheesy Chicken @ RM14.90



I ordered this fried chicken with stuffed cheese. Asked the bf to order this at first, I could order Fish & Chips, then we can share. But at last he insisted on Fried Chicken without cheese. *rolleyes



And it turned out that my Cheesy Fried Chicken taste a lot nicer! Hiak hiak hiak~~! I was planning to order Lamb Shank before going there, then the bf forgot to draw money, and my wallet left only RM30 after topping up my Touch'n'Go. I was like, my god, why so potong steam one!

So in the end we got to plan our order for not being lack of cash to pay later on, duh!

But escargot is a must!



Cheesy Escargot @ RM12.80 (Half Dozen)

Love this to the max!!! My first and only try on escargot is at Rendezvous, so I didn't know how the other escargot might taste, maybe better, but trust me, this one is real good!



Mushroom Soup @ RM5.80

Order a mushroom soup, which comes with a bun, dip the bun into the escargot cheesy gravy. My god, HEAVEN!!! And their mushroom soup is rich and thick, love it!



Coleslaw @ RM6.80

Coleslaw was rather expensive for the tiny portion. Ordered it because I'm afraid the Cheesy Fried Chicken would be too queasy, hahaha. The taste was okay overall, funny is that the coleslaw made me feel queasy instead of the cheese. Duh!



Fried Chicken Chop @ RM13.80

The taste is somewhat the same as the Cheesy Fried Chicken, just that it's without cheese. But the portion is slightly little. Better to order the Cheesy Fried Chicken.



The bf ordered sweet drinks as usual. Me, iced water, bahaha!

I keep introducing this place to my friends, haha, for someone picky like me, it's rare for me to comment a restaurant or food being nice, what's more delicious! So try it yourself! 

Heard that the cheesy fondue is worth trying as well. No worries, I would definitely return to try on their other menus. Hee~~


Rendezvous Steak Garden
14, Jln. Kampung Pandan, 55100 Kuala Lumpur

Rating:
Ambience - 4/5
Service - 4/5
Pricing - 4/5
Food - 5/5

p.s. Be prepared before you use their washroom, the floor is super wet, and the upkeep is totally worst. Other than that, it's a real nice restaurant you wouldn't want to miss!


Keywords: rendezvous steak garden, kampung pandan, cheesy fried chicken

 
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