Review: 33 Blue Room, Petaling Jaya

Hey, guys! I know I’m supposed to do my 30-Day Writing Challenge prompts – but work cropped up and I’m finding it difficult to keep up. That said, since I’m on an 18-day streak, I’d hate to break the momentum – which is why I’m squeezing in this quick food post over lunch break at the office. 

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I had a couple of hours to kill while waiting for an assignment the other day. Scouring for places to hangout nearby, I came across 33 Blue Room – which was, rather unusually, tucked in an industrial zone surrounded by manufacturing companies, car dealerships and engineering firms. The place has a classy ambience – perfect for intimate gatherings with friends or the S/O, birthday parties or just as an after-hours drinks spot.

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Lots of wood and black, complemented by warm lighting. (PS: Sorry for the sucky pictures – my phone camera isn’t good with yellow / low lights). The theme of the restaurant revolves around music, which you can see from the jazz-inspired saxophone decor on the walls. There is also a deck on the mezzanine floor for the DJ to spin tunes.

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One of the restaurant’s most eye-catching fixtures is the wall of wine bottles which extends up to the ceiling.

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N and I were there around 5.30PM and they only had pizzas, pastas and some appetisers – so we waited for 6PM for the dinner menu. For drinks, we ordered the Jasmine Green Tea (refillable) and Chamomile Tea. 

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The menu is mostly Western. Their specialty is pork, so we ordered the Premium Pork Ribs to share. This is good enough for three people, as N and I struggled to finish it between the two of us –  but while there was plenty of meat, the salad and potatoes were barely a mouthful. Taste wise, it was decent but not great – the meat flaked off the bone easily, but was rather stringy and dry when chewing. Thankfully, it was saved by the barbecue sauce, which was rich and salty.

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There’s always room for dessert no matter how stuffed you are – and we obliged to an Earl Grey Mousse with Vanilla Ice Cream and Crumble. 10 points for presentation – it looked like something out of a fine dining establishment. The mousse was exquisite, and I liked how they served it with a ball of white chocolate and boba pearls; an excellent combination.

Prices are steep; expect to pay around RM100 for a complete meal for two, inclusive of drinks.

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33 BLUE ROOM 

2a, Jalan 51/225a, Section 51a Zone Perindustrian PJCT, 46100 Petaling Jaya, Selangor

Opening hours: 11AM – 12AM (1AM on weekends). Open daily

Woo Bar @ W Hotel Kuala Lumpur

One of the latest 5-star hotels to grace the Kuala Lumpur skyline, W Hotel  is a cool and edgy establishment, designed for those with a rebellious streak and creative individuals who thrive on non-conformity. Don’t expect to find chandeliers or dated-looking leather couches here!

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I was visiting for a food review at their Cantonese restaurant, Yen, recently – and couldn’t resist going on a tour of the other parts of the hotel. The pool deck was my favourite, the cabana/bar area with its high ceilings giving it a lofty sense of space.

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W Hotel KL probably has one of the best pool views in town: you can swim with a full view of the magnificent Petronas Twin Towers

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True to their edgy concept, the lobby is called the “Living Room”, and the Concierge, the “Whatever/Whenever” counter. Dangling from the ceiling are rows of colourful neon threads, reminiscent of a cascading waterfall.

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The ‘waterfall’ booths make for cosy meeting spaces

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Flock, W Hotel KL’s all-day dining restaurant, is a warm and inviting space with quirky bird-themed touches, including seats shaped like bird cages.

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Breaking once more from tradition, the restaurant boasts an open kitchen concept where you can watch the chefs in action. It almost feels like being in someone’s home!

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Tiffin carriers – a staple in many households – are the Malaysian equivalent of Japanese bento boxes. At Flock, the colourful containers are used to serve freshly baked bread.

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Next, we adjourned to Woo Bar on the Living Room level, where friendly mixologists whipped up several cocktails. Rows of liquor and ingredients line the shelves, as well as unique cups and glasses for serving.

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  • (From left) Nut This Time – Dark Rum, Nuts insued Camparini, Blood Orange, Lime and Simple Syrup
  • High Five – gin, lime, mint, Tualang Honey and pomegranate
  • Bouquet – Gin, macadamia bourbon, Tualang Royal Black Honey, mint and Floral Spray

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Not a big fan of alcohol because I get migraines whenever I have them, even in small amounts, but taste wise, these were not bad at all. I especially liked the High Five as it only had a faint taste of gin, with a stronger hint of honey.

WOO BAR 

W Kuala Lumpur, 121, Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur, 50450 Kuala Lumpur,Malaysia.

Tel: 03-2786-8888

Review: 6 Senses Gastrobar, Puchong

We never brought the Bro out for his birthday dinner coz he was away for work. So when we finally had him at home over the weekend, we took him to a fancy new place in Taman Perindustrian Pusat Bandar Puchong called 6 Senses Gastrobar. The place is tucked within an industrial area, but there are several bars, cafes and restaurants around that have been making the waves, turning the spot into a cool hangout.

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The interior is classy and elegant, done in a mostly black and gold colour scheme with leather accents and warm, ambient lighting. Despite its almost fine-dining vibe, we were pleasantly surprised at their reasonable prices.

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A beautifully decorated corner with a classy leather couch and gramophone. Great for photo opps!

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The menu serves mainly Western cuisine, from thin crust pizzas to pasta and steaks – but there are also dishes like cheese baked rice, as well as a selection of wines.

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Refreshing carrot juice; but if you don’t want to order drinks there is complimentary lemon water.

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For our mains, Pops went with the Carbonara. It was excellent – on par with the one I like from Enorme. 

The dish was creamy but not cloying, with a rich sauce coating each strand of perfectly al-dente pasta, topped with a beautiful runny egg yolk for extra smoothness, and crispy fried bacon. Also a shaving of cheese for extra aroma.

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Moo’ had half a spring chicken, served with deep fried sweet potato, vegetables and a side of gravy. The chicken was tender, moist and juicy enough on its own, even without the accompanying gravy, and packed with flavour.

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The birthday boy had the most expensive item – grilled pork chop – served with vegetables and a cream sauce. The chop was huge and thick, but cooked thoroughly, with a nice, smokey flavour on the outside.

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Everything else was good at this point, but my order of Curry Tonkatsu Rice turned out to be disappointing. The curry was tepid, not warm and hearty, and even by the mild standards of Japanese curry, the taste was weak and watery.  The tonkatsu was dry; none of the moist juiciness you get from places like Tonkatsu by Ma Maison.

Well, 3 out of 4 is not too bad, and for the setting vs price, this is a nice place to take the significant other on a romantic dinner date. Sunday is family day, so if you’re in a family of four, one person gets their main dish for free.

  • Service: 5/5 – fast, friendly, efficient !
  • Ambience: 5/5
  • Food: 4/5
  • Price: Expect main courses to range between RM20 – RM50.

6 SENSES GASTROBAR 

24, Jalan PPU 2A, Taman Perindustrian Pusat Bandar Puchong, 47100 Puchong, Selangor

Opening hours: Daily 11AM – 12AM