Unexpectedly Good Food @ Honey Bunny, 3 Damansara

While looking for a quiet spot for lunch near the office, I came across Honey Bunny at 3 Damansara. Touted as the ‘cutest beer pong bar in Malaysia’, it doubles as a restaurant – although I wouldn’t say it’s the family-friendly kind if you come in the evenings. They have bunnies (?) who accompany guests to drink and play games, so if you’re into that sort of thing then you’ll probably like this place.

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During the day, it’s much like most other restos, albeit a little quiet. The menu is mostly Western fusion, offering up pizzas, pastas and meat dishes, as well as finger food that go well with alcohol.

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I don’t have much faith in bar food, but was pleasantly surprised to find that the carbonara was actually very tasty. The portion was generous, the pasta was cooked al dente and it was creamy but not cloying. The noodles were topped with a perfectly oozy egg yolk, further coating the creamy strands of pasta in an extra layer of rich goodness.

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I ordered a set so it came with soup of the day and a drink.

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Also got something fried to snack on: calamari rings served with housemade tartare and chilli sauce. You can’t go wrong with fried squid!

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While I probably won’t be coming at night because I don’t drink and I have no friends, I think I’ll be stopping by again for lunch to try out other items on their menu. Prices are reasonable considering the setting, and their lunch sets are affordable.

HONEY BUNNY 

GS-13, 3 Damansara , No.3, Jalan SS20/27, Petaling Jaya (North), 47400 3, 47400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor

Opening hours: Sunday — Thursday(11am — 1am), Friday — Saturday (11am — 2am)

Phone: +6016-233 5658

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Happiness In A Cup @ Sugar Mummy Boba, KL

There are plenty of boba spots in Bukit Bintang, but if there’s one you should try, it’s Sugar Mummy Boba. Hidden in a nondescript alley between Lot 10 and Fahrenheit 88, the kiosk might be easy to miss, so just look out for the signboard with “Optimism + Coffee” just outside the alley.

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The store combines two concepts, namely Sugar Mummy Boba and  Optimist Coffee. Both brands are the brainchild of Trev Ng, a former PR practitioner who wanted to create an F&B concept to spread positivity and good vibes. You can see these from the little touches at the shop, from quirky labels on their bottles to inspiring quotes.

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The menu for the coffee kiosk covers the basics, so forget fancy schmancy drinks like ice blended tropical whatever. Sugar Mommy Boba serves only three beverages, ie the traditional Boba Milk Tea, Boba Fresh Milk and Boba Latte, which pairs tapioca pearls with coffee.

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The brand has a cheeky logo – inspired by the loud and boisterous landlady from Stephen Chow’s Kungfu Hustle.

Ordered a Boba Fresh Milk. The portion is smaller than your run-of-the-mill boba joints, but it’s good coz you get your sugar fix without overindulging. I like that they caramelise the brown sugar on top with a torch, and there’s a layer of cheese just underneath which gives it a great balance of salty and sweet. The pearls are nice and chewy as well.

Sugar Mummy Boba KL is located at SE1 Ground Floor Lot 10 Shopping Centre, 50, Jalan Sultan Ismail, 50250 Kuala Lumpur. Opening hours are from 12PM – 10PM (daily). They also have branches in Sri Petaling, Setapak and Damansara Uptown.

 

 

I Spent RM250 On Dessert & Drinks @ Mr Chew’s Chino Latino Bar, WOLO Kuala Lumpur

Yes. RM250. There are plenty of things that RM250 could get me. Two weeks of food. A month’s fuel expenses. Two months worth of phone / internet bills. A fancy All-You-Can-Eat buffet for two at a five-star hotel.  To be fair, it was a special occasion, so I’m not complaining. It’s just that I was rather taken aback by the bill when it came, lol.

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Tucked on the top floor of WOLO in Bukit Bintang, Mr Chew’s Chino Latino Bar is a popular drinking spot, boasting Instagrammable interiors and amazing views of the bustling Golden Triangle area. Spanning two floors, the main dining area is overseen by an extravagant floor-to-ceiling portrait of the Empress Dowager Cixi, as well as tall glass windows that offer excellent views of KL’s busiest district at night. The second floor is more of a private lounge area, suited for those who want a couple of drinks and quiet conversations with friends.

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Not sure if we came at a bad time but the service was not what I expected. There was no one at the concierge, and nobody bothered to even pay attention to us as we hovered about the foyer for a good 10 minutes, waiting to be seated. The one guy who finally came was warm and friendly, and led us upstairs but nobody came to take our orders for a good 15 minutes. As we were looking and pondering over the menu, Ate Noemi asked if we could sit downstairs instead, in one of the lounges. I went to look for the same guy and he said yes, so we moved downstairs.

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Again, no one paid us any heed or came to check on us – I guess we could’ve just lounged there without ordering anything. I don’t know why because the place was not crowded, nor did it seem very busy (it was about 10PM). I understand ‘service’ is always subjective because it’s the customer’s word against the establishment’s, but for such a high-end place with high-end prices, I was expecting more.

 

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View was stunning though. Feels like a metropolis – downtown LA, Tokyo, or NY.

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We had dinner earlier at Jalan Alor, so we came here just for desserts and drinks. The Banana Burrito with Tonka bean ice cream, Deep fried banana, shaved gula melaka and Coconut (RM35) came served in a wooden box. It was okay. Rather underwhelming to be honest.

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Dessert tacos (RM35) of Mango pomelo, strawberry and hazelnut chocolate were equally underwhelming. They weren’t bad, just not wow or anything. The presentation was nice though.

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Since it was Ate Noemi’s birthday, we surprised her with a box of Mr Chew’s Favourites (RM50). It’s basically what we ordered earlier, with the addition of Lychee Ice Kacang. I did not know or I would have ordered something else from the dessert menu like the Peanutbutter Parfait and the Mint Ice Kacang. Add this on to four drinks – three fresh juices and a soda – and that came up to RM250.

My overall impression of the place? I can see why people like going there because the ambience is great, but I was not too keen on the service nor the food and its prices. It was all kinda meh. This is not a professional review of any kind – you have all the high traffic websites for that. This is just an average person penning down their thoughts on their experience – which looks to be a one-off one.

Now if you want really good food in the area, I suggest this (mid-range price with excellent service – been here four times now!) and this. (cheap but hearty)

MR CHEW’S CHINO LATINO BAR 

The Penthouse, WOLO, Bukit Bintang Street, 55100 Kuala Lumpur

Opening hours: 11.30AM – 2.30PM, 5PM – 1AM

Reservations: mr-chew.com

 

Bookmark Coffee PJ : Cute & Creative Hand-Painted Latte Art

Hey guys!

I recently went to a cafe called Bookmark Coffee at PJ Midtown, which serves the most adorable hand-painted lattes ever. Seriously, the latte art is legit so pretty you’ll feel sorry to destroy your milky, foamy art piece to finish your drink.

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PJ Midtown itself was pretty dead, but the cafe was filled with customers during lunch hour.

Sorry I don’t have a nicer picture of the interior – my phone’s been acting up lately so some of the files I send to the computer end up corrupted. :/

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The menu is a fusion of local and Western cuisine. There are dishes like pastas, fried chicken and fries, salads and ciabatta sandwiches, but also rice and noodle offerings. Prices are above average, around RM20+ for mains.

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A selection of cakes.

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If you’re ordering a coffee with milk, you can request for a hand-painted latte art on your drink! You can even watch the barista in action at the counter as he meticulously creates colourful, cute pieces on top of the foam.

I asked if we could request anything and the staff said “We’ll try our best!” which was very accommodating of him. I ended up asking for a cat for my butterscotch latte. What arrived at the table was an adorable kitty that seemed to ‘bounce’ as the liquid sloshed around in the cup. The coffee was tasty as well with rich and delicious notes of butterscotch, with just the right balance of sweetness and milkiness.

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Ed. ordered Salted Caramel latte – and a lion dancer to fit the Lunar New Year mood!

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For mains, I went with the house specialty: Pandan Rice with Smoked Duck (RM20). It was very tasty, and I can definitely see myself coming back for a return visit. The smoked duck came in hefty portions and it had great flavour with none of the gaminess. The pandan rice was fragrant and fluffy, and the vegetables helped cut through the heaviness of the meat. Topping it off was a perfectly fried sunny side up.

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Ed.’s Salted Egg Yolk Pasta. We were both impressed with the giant shrimps. Again, hefty portions and the pasta was done al dente, although Ed. said it was a little dry.

A short video I tried editing on the Meitu app on my phone since like I mentioned earlier some of my photos and videos can’t be transferred to desktop without being corrupted. :/ Time for a new phone?

I had a positive experience at Bookmark Coffee – they don’t charge you service tax because you have to get your own cutlery and pay at the counter, but the staff was still attentive and friendly, serving us water and our food with a smile. The ambience is intimate and cosy, albeit a little dim due to the tinted glass. There is a bookshelf where you can grab a book to read while you sip on your coffee. Prices are standard for a cafe in PJ/KL so perhaps not something you can go to on a daily basis, but nice to indulge in every other week.

PS: They also have a branch in Cheras, Kuala Lumpur.

BOOKMARK COFFEE PJ 

G-22, PJ Midtown, Jalan Kemajuan, Seksyen 13, 46200 Petaling Jaya, Selangor

Open daily: 10AM – 11PM

 

 

Starbucks Malaysia Launches New Winter Menu – And It’s All About That Tea

It may be summer all year-round in Malaysia, but that doesn’t mean we can’t sip on some cool beverages and imagine we’re somewhere nice and frosty (while we melt in the blazing heat)!

Enter Starbucks’ latest winter offerings – The Pure Matcha series – which is inspired by Japanese tea culture. Made from premium micro-ground matcha sourced from first-harvest green tea leaves grown in Japan, there is an emphasis on preparation of ingredients and balance of flavours, to produce a cup of pure green tea goodness. Expect a subtly sweet aftertaste, fresh green notes and a silky finish – perfect for tea lovers!

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Marrying three distinctive flavours from Japanese cuisine is the Black Sesame Pure Matcha Latte with Taro Foam. Fun, indulgent and colourful, the beverage blends Starbucks pure matcha with a velvety black sesame sauce, topped with a frothy layer of aromatic purple taro foam – for a nutty, earthy and rich flavour explosion.

The Caramel Pure Matcha Chocolate Chip Frappuccino will appeal to fans of kakigori, as it was inspired by the Japanese shaved ice dessert. Pairing matcha with chocolate and caramel, no-sugar green tea powder is blended with milk, bits of chocolatey java chips, before being topped with whipped cream and a decadent drizzle of caramel sauce.

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Another one to try is the Okinawa Brown Sugar Latte, a comforting and indulgent seasonal favourite. A signature of the Okinawa region in Japan, Okinawa brown sugar has a deep and complex flavour that lends a hint of mellow sweetness to Starbucks’ signature espresso. The drink is then topped with an airy milk foam and swirl of brown sugar drizzle.

Coffee lovers are not left out, as the brand’s latest Winter Coffee Beans, produced in the volcanic Atitlan region in Latin America are used for the the Starbucks Guatemala Atitlan – carrying a bright citrus acidity, elegant aromas of orange blossom, and deep notes of sweet caramel and milk chocolate.

Starbucks® Zodiac Rat Mug

To usher in spring and the Lunar New Year, there will be Starbucks exclusive Year of the Rat merchandise, with cute, rat-inspired mugs, tumblers, water bottles, cold cups and an adorable Rat Bearista Bear. Food offerings also abound, with items such as the spicy and creamy Baked Tuna Pasta, Apple Multiseed Bread, Orange Muffin with Cranberry and Cream Cheese, Classic Walnut Cookies and Golden Treasure Cupcake.

Starbucks® Zodiac Rat Bank

Starbucks® Bearista Bear Rat

All of the above offerings are available at all Starbucks Malaysia stores from 7 January 2020 for a limited time only.

 

*Photos courtesy of Starbucks Malaysia and GO Communications

 

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The Merchant Bar @ Hotel Armada Celebrates Its 22nd Anniversary

Turning 22 is always a big thing: and The Merchant Bar marked this milestone by inviting friends and media to celebrate at its premises within Hotel Armada PJ.

Despite my office being so close to the hotel, I’ve never actually been here. The interiors are a bit dated, but it is still popular with business travellers and the older crowd.

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Located on the first floor, the Merchant Bar underwent a facelift in 2015, and now sports a spacious interior, complete with a ‘bar island’ in the centre, a small stage for live music performances, a games corner with pool tables and dart machines at the back, and a private lounge area. Lighting is cosy and intimate, with chandelier-shaped lamps casting a warm yellow glow. Patrons should note that smoking IS allowed in the bar, so if you’re a non-smoker, this might be something to consider before you pay a visit.

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For the anniversary party, guests were invited to partake in some of the hotel’s offerings. While the buffet spread was not fancy, I was impressed by the quality of the food, including Malaysian favourites such as crispy sang har mee with tiger prawns, steamed chicken dumplings, fried chicken, smoked duck and salmon appetisers, as well as a variety of cakes and desserts. The noodles were especially tasty, and had me going back for seconds (and thirds) !

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The highlight of the night was a set by legendary Malaysian pop-rock band, The Alleycats, who played some of their greatest hits as well as song covers.

THE MERCHANT BAR 

Hotel Armada, Lorong Utara C, Pjs 52, 47400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor