I spent Christmas day working.

Yep. The pitfalls of being a journalist and not having regular days off. ha. I don’t celebrate Christmas, but many of my colleagues do, so we usually cover for each other on the *many* different religious/cultural festivals in Malaysia. I usually work on Hari Raya (Eid), Deepavali and Christmas… so that I can take a long-ass break for Chinese New Year.

Well tbh, it wasn’t work per se because everybody was feeling lazy and there was no publication on Boxing Day. I went for lunch at The Curve after my assignment in the morning.

PS: It’s funny how most Malaysians like to complain about rising costs of living and traffic jams on regular days… and still throng to malls on holidays/weekends like nobody’s business. I was stuck in traffic for over an hour trying to get out of the mall area.

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Most of the restaurants were full, so I stopped by a small, random shop called bbq(small letters!)  which was tucked in a corner of the first floor near The Curve’s@The Street. It’s easy to miss if you aren’t looking close enough because it’s hidden behind the Malone’s bar.

Small space but cosy, with wooden ventilation blocks above a bench area lined with colourful, vintage posters. Lots of wooden furniture accentuated by black walls and bright white lights. Points for decor!

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bbq serves Korean-inspired cuisine. Their signature is olive-oil fried chicken. They also serve fusion stuff like chicken jerky, pasta and rice.

It has been raining the past couple of days, so, feeling ravenous, I ordered a bowl ofcreamy mushroom soup to warm up my stomach. It came served with a slice of garlic bread.

The soup’s portion was humongous, enough for two persons and only costs RM7.90. For small eaters, this can already be a meal on its own. Taste-wise, they were rather heavy on the cream. I got sick after half a bowl because it was too creamy.

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Ordered some hot latte.. which came with failed latte art lol. The coffee was quite strong; more coffee than milk and might be more bitter than some people are accustomed to.

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Chicken fried in olive oil and served with a side of mustard. You can tell its olive oil because it tastes different than regular fried chicken, and it feels less oily, somehow. The meat was tender and done well, but I wished they had chopped it up in more even sizes. The size difference was a little too big (ha!) to ignore. I mean, if I’m paying for six pieces and two of them = one big piece… that’s not very fair, innit?

The top right one might as well been half a piece.

 

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Overall, the ambience and setting was good and service was prompt. The food quality was okay, a little on the pricey side for some items.

bbq chicken 

52A, 1st Floor, The Curve

Mutiara Damansara, 47810, Petaling Jaya, 47810