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Thursday, October 30, 2008

Palate Palette Restaurant & Bar

After a karaoke session in Neway, 1 Utama with fellow floggers WMW, Precious Pea, Nic, Ekeng and XLB, I have to drive all the way to Palate Palette Restaurant & Bar at Jalan Mesui. No, I amnot going there for food, I am going there to do some work. Well, the previous company that I work for provide the Point of Sales (POS) software to Palate Palette and my ex-boss asked me to help doing some update to their POS to cater for the total bill rounding. So there I was to update the POS.

Ben at the cashier, that's the POS that I just updated.

Reached there around 6pm updating and fixing up the systems took about 1 hour 45 minutes. After Paul (Executive Chef and co-owner of Palate Palette) checked and was satisfied with the update and sign the job sheet, then only considered done. Then Paul asked, "Simon, have you had your dinner yet." "Not yet", I answered. "Have your dinner here then, order something to eat", Paul speaking with his American accent. Paul is a Taiwanese from New York. Reminds me of Wang Lee Hom. Except that they are in different discipline of art, one in music and the other in culinary.

Special cocktails listed on mirrors.

There I asked Ben the operation manager of Palate Palette what's the most affordable dish on the menu because at that time I don't really have that much money in my wallet. Ben smirked. "If we asked you to eat means it's on the house. Would you like to have steak?", Ben asked. Then I sat down and Ben recommended main, which is the Chicken Chop, the most full filling main in the menu. I ordered Mushroom Cappucino and my favourite Shrimp & Avocado Salad. As for drink, I have their signature O Boi!

Palate Palette, hence the Palette you can see all over the place.

My glass of Oh Boi! (RM 21++), which is liquor of your choice mixed with assam boi. That night I choose to mix it with rum. Oh boy! It's delicious.

Oh Boi!

I was then served with warm sesame seed bun with a pinch of unsalted butter. Not sure whether it's Truffle butter or not.

Lovely bun, warm and soft.

Mushroom Cappucino (RM 10++) is next. It's actually mushroom soup in a cup top with foam milk. The mushroom soup here is different from other that I've tasted. There's a dash of spiciness in it, which is not pepper. I tried asking Paul before but he says it's a secret. Nevertheless a very warming starter which help in my appetite.

Rating: 3.5/5

Coffee anyone?

Look at the mushrooms.

My favourite Shrimp & Avocado Salad (RM 18++) is up next. The shrimp is very fresh hence the meat is firm and tender. There's red and greenish powder all over, I guess it's paprika and dry parsley. I put a shrimp and some creamy avocado and wrap it with the lettuce leaf. Superb! This is one dish that is a must try if you dine in Palate Palette.

Rating: 4.5/5

Shrimp on top and the avocado is hidden at the bottom.

Rich & Creamy Avocado. Can I have a bowl of this please?

My main sundried tomato battered Chicken Chop (RM 27++) is da value for money. The chicken chop is fried al dente, crunchy on the outside and juicy and tender in the inside. Dip it in the specially prepared barbecue sauce, the taste is marvelous. The garlic mash patatoes while is not rich with cheese as Chili's but still have it's own unique taste. If you're looking for tasty and full filling main, this is the dish you should order.

Rating: 4/5

A big piece of chicken chop with a generous portion of garlic mash potatoes.

One can find interesting deco around Palate Palette which is in a house from the colonial time.

This is for the girls only I think.

It's very safe using the toilet because there's like 6 to 7 different locks.

Besides eating here, there's also a lounge area up stair for party and private function. Lap Sap is one of the group that always do their gigs here. On Sunday, there's also a flea market held here. For updated information, you can visit Palate Palette's website.

After the satisfying dinner, I thank and say goodbye to Paul and Ben. Will surely be back to try out some other dishes. Their set lunch is a bargain too at RM 20++ with Starters, Entrees and a drink. The set lunch is available from Tue to Fri, 12 - 3 pm.


Palate Palette Restaurant & Bar
21, Jalan Mesui, off Jalan Nagasari,
50200 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Tel: 03-2142 2148
Fax: 03-2143 2148
Website: htpp://


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Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Some Very Cute Clay Deco

Simon Says: Found this interesting blog, miao~ from Jason Mumbles. Another blogger that blog with drawings. The other two drawing blogs that I follow are Stickgal and Sketchy Minds.

My friend showed me some cute little clay figure two weeks ago. According to him these are hand made and each design is limited to 1000 pieces. He got some samples with him, so I took some pics while I was having coffee in Starbucks. The handmade clay pieces are call KimClay.

Malay couples

Chinese couples

Indian couples.

Not really sure what are these but they sure look silly. LOL.

Teddy Bear and Charcoal?

These are my favourite, Fruity Shits. LOL.

Anyone interested to know where you can buy these cute hand made clay figure can drop an email to the local distributor,

You can go to these INQBOX outlets in Sunway Pyramid, and Mid Valley.
Available soon in 1Utama Shopping Centre, S'pore Suntac City Shopping, Raffles Place Shopping mall, and Parkway Parade.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Sreaming My Heart Out in SCREAM!

Since the Nuffnang Nokia Silent Halloween Party is on the 1st of November instead of 31st of October, I'll have to think of something to do on the 31st. Been thinking of where to go and I went to Thai Boxing Girl and found this...

For more info about this Halloween event click here.

Now see me SCREAM in this video. LOL.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Quattro Soft Launch

Found out about Quattro, Avenue K soft launch through Facebook. Since there's free flow from 8pm to 10pm, and I'm free on that day (17th Oct 2008) so I RSVP myself. As usual, for event like this I'll try to be on time but I overslept during my nap so only started to travel from my house at 8pm. Lucky the traffic to KL is quite the smooth. Reached Avenue K at about 8.20 pm.

The crowd queing up to go in.

There's already a small crowd in front of the entrance registering their name. Lucky my name starts with 'S' and the for 'Q' to 'Z' is almost empty. Got myself registered (my name was not in the printed list, I just wrote down my name and contacts) and went in to Autumn Club. Yes, Quottro actually has 4 different segment which is named after the 4 seasons.

Autumn Club is the main room for those clubbing kakis and is also the biggest room in Quattro.

Temp : +18ºC
Climate : Windy
Feat : The longest bar in KL and entertainment provided by local and international DJ's

With that many people, I think the temperature in Autumn Club is definitely more than 24 degree Celsius. Never mind, the first thing I do is queue up at the bar for my free booze. I chose beer and it's only Tiger beer. Well, it's free so no complain there.

Patrons queuing up for free booze.

After downing my Tiger beer, I made my way the area next to Autumn Club. It's an alfresco style lounge with live band. This is the Spring Lounge. KLCC is just opposite.

[ Spring Lounge ]

Temp : +21ºC
Climate : Cooling breeze and occasional rain
Feat : Live performances by bands, comedians, etc.

'Chun' means Spring in Chinese

The crowd has not found its way here yet thus still manageable at the bar and not that cramp.

Free booze is served here too.

If you exit Quottro from Spring Lounge, you have to be prepared to get wet or use the umbrella to go through the Raining Pathway.

Things can really get wet in Spring Lounge.

Inside the Autumn Club, the DJ announced that there's buffet in Summer Restaurant for VIP and Media. Since I haven't have dinner yet, so I make my way next door from Spring Lounge to Summer Restaurant. By the way, I'm not invited as VIP or Media but there's no one checking so in I go.

Typical restaurant deco.

[ Summer Restaurant ]

Temp : +26ºC
Climate : Sunny
Feat : Cozy alfresco seating with view of KLCC Petronas Twin Towers

Funny that Summer Restaurant is cooler than Spring Lounge because there's air-conditioning inside unless you sit at their alfresco seating.

Interesting ceiling, I wonder how it passed the fire deparment check. Inflammeable wood?

The so call buffet is actually tasting platter that is serve by the staff. There's a few plate of that's lying on the serving table, so I helped myself with a plate.

The free food.

The taste is just so so only. No complain there since it's free food anyway. Hope it won't be of this quality the next time I come here to try out their food. After walloping a second helping, I saw Fahaz queuing up for food. We then sat together and chit chat.

Fahaz holding his 'ticket' to go to events as media.

Yatz came later

Yes, that's Summer alright.

After some more chit chatting in Summer Restaurant me and Dahlia wanted to go to the Winter Bar. On the way there I bumped in to Jane and StephK. In the end I didn't manage to find Winter Bar with Dahlia. The CoolerClubber is going to Bangsar so they left early and I went to Chilis to meet up with Jane and StephK. After they finished their dinner, they lead me to an emergency stair case inside Autumn Club which takes me up to the Winter Bar.

The Winter Room

The Winter Bar will just be a normal bar if not for the Winter Garden which is sub-zero degree Celsius room with sofa and chair made of ice.

[ Winter Bar ]

Temp : Main room @ around +10ºC; Snowing room @ -5ºC
Climate : Mostly chilly with occasional snow
Feat : DJ's accompanied by live performers

The Winter Garden at one time can only allow 5 people to go in for about 5 minutes.

It snows?

Camwhored with Jane.

Your face will be like me too if you're sitting on wet ice.

Jane posing with ice.

StephK posing with a bottle of Heineken.

Well, seems like KL now have a new place to hangout, and it's all under one roof from restaurant, lounge, bar to club. I think I'm only interested to visit the restaurant first.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Oh Sweet Corn! Oh Sweet Corn!

My cousin sister bought back some sweet corn from Cameron Highlands. It's so the sweet and not the sugary sweet but the natural sweetness that you found from fruit. I just took it out from the fridge peel off the skin and bite into it. So juicy and refreshing.

Will surely buy a dozen or two of these young sweet thing if I ever go to Cameron Highlands. Oh, speaking of Cameron Highlands, I miss the sweet potato, fried abalone mushroom and strawberry there too. Anyone going there soon? Can tumpang to buy those yummy back for me? :p

Monday, October 20, 2008

Senjyu Sushi, Cineleisure

As I've put up a teaser from my previous post about this Japanese restaurant. Some of you might have guess it and some might not. It doesn't matter anyway. Here is it, I'll review to you the dishes that WMW, Teckiee and I feasted on that night. Oh, yes, we went to Senjyu Sushi in their Cineleisure outlet. I suspect that Senjyu Sushi is a premium kaiten sushi restaurant by Sakae group which runs Sakae Sushi because the dessert, drinks and kushiyaki (串焼) in Senjyu is prepared by Sakae Izakaya.

Senjyu means Thousand Year Old which means longevity.

I think I first read about Senjyu on Masak-masak. Then I got a flyer about a 20% rebate voucher promotion, so I suggested to Teckkie to eat here on a Friday night when we are deciding where to have dinner with WMW.

The ambience in Senjyu is quite like some classy Japanese restaurant that have furniture with wooden finishing. Around the restaurants are those green wine bottles. The captain told us that there's exactly 1500 bottles in the restaurant as decorative.

Air-flown wasabi. Not freshly grated but still better than the packaged wasabi.

Teckkie and I also have bad experience eating sushi or dishes from the kaiten (conveyor belt), so we opted to order from the menu instead. The first dish that arrived is my Abalone Ikura Sushi. I always like ikura (salmon roe), so it's a must for me to order if ever I saw ikura in the menu. This is a specialty in Senjyu as I've never seen this in other Japanese restaurant before. Instead of only the ikura, the sushi now have a mini abalone to add in a different texture. Biting into the salmon roe which pops in your mouth and the flavour mixed with the abalone is absolutely a refreshing experience. Recommended if you love ikura.

Rating: 4/5

Abalone Ikura Sushi (RM 12)

My next dish is Charcoal Udon, which looks more like soba. Really can't taste anything special about the charcoal. Nevertheless still not a bad soba.

Rating: 3/5

Charcoal Udon (RM 14.90)

WMW's Inaniwa Udon with Tori Ankake

Teckkie ordered Japanese Curry with Agemono. She loves the curry and I agreed with her. The Japanese curry is made to al dente just as a Japanese curry should be. Eating the agemono with the piping hot curry is so yummy. The the agemono battered with bread crumbs were fried to crispiness. I can still remember the natural sweetness of the curry. Japanese curry is very different from the curry we have in Malaysia. It's not spicy but sweet from the ingredients such as onion, carrot, potato and cabbage that is used to make it.

Rating: 4/5

Teckiee's Japanese Curry


Agemono (Fried Stuffs) (RM 16.90)

Fried shitake, salmon stick, chicken stick and quill eggs.

Teckiee's flat noodle in soup. This is not in the menu.

Next up is my Nasu Dengaku, which is actually eggplant grilled with miso paste and bonito flake. The miso paste is marvelous which mix very well to compensate the blandness of the eggplant. The bonito flakes added an extra umph to the taste.

Rating: 3.5/5

Nasu Dengaku (RM 5.90)

From the picture, it looks like unagi sushi but it's not. It's actually Mochi Unagi Kushiyaki. Grilled mochi has a very special aroma to it. The chewy almost tasteless mochi with the juicy flavourful unagi can be say is a perfect match. I think best to be eaten while it's still warm.

Rating: 3.5/5

Mochi Unagi Kushiyaki (RM 9.90)

Actually, one of the main purpose I come to Senjyu is to try their Foie Gras and Oyster Mentai Maki. This is the first time I eaten sushi using Foie Gras and Oyster. Ligthly pan seared foie gras eaten with friend maki sushi, once the foie gras melted in my mouth the flavour was absorbed by the vinegar rice in the sushi. Ah, this must be what heaven taste like. The oyster used is big and juicy. It has the same effect as the foie gras, the different is the taste which the vinegar rice is covered with oyster juice instead.

Rating: 4.5/5

Foei Gras & Oyster Mentai Maki (RM 24.90)

Foie Gras Mentai Maki

Oyster Mentai Maki

WMW at first wanted to make a full mushroom meal but the Shitake Kushiyaki that she ordered is not available, so she changed it to Aspara Gyu Niku Kushiyaki. Luckily the Portabello Tsukune Kushiyaki is available. We found that the asparagus is a bit old which spoiled the nicely grilled beef.

Rating: 2/5

WMW's Asparagus Gyu Niku Kushiyaki (RM 5.90)

The Portabello Tsukune Kushiyaki turned out nicely. The minced chicken stuffed into the mushroom is delicious.

Portabello Tsukune Kushiyaki (RM 7.90)

Last but not least, my sinful Tori Kawa Kushiyaki (grilled chicken skin). The chicken skin is grilled until crispy and lightly salted which didn't over come the taste of the chicken skin. It's not jelak at all eating the chicken skin.

Rating: 3.5/5

Tori Kawa Kushiyaki (RM 4.90)

As for dessert, the three of us shared Pretty Ugly Pudding. Which is Edamame pudding (Ugly) and Pumpkin Pudding (Pretty). You can order Ugly and Pretty on individually too. The pudding is not too sweet, which is what we liked. The only complain is that it's too milkish in taste hence, we can't really taste the edamame and pumpkin.

Rating: 3/5

Pretty Ugly Pudding (RM 7.90)

That's not the only dessert that we had because Teckiee made some Kesari (KC Lee) for WMW and I to taste. Even though it's not perfect yet, it's still not bad at all.

Teckiee's home made Kesari (Priceless)

The not so anonymous foodies, WMW and Teckiee.

Teckiee the One Eyed Monster


Senjyu Sushi
Lot 62 & 63, Ground Floor (Next to McD)
Cineneleisure Damansara
Tel: 03-7727 9028

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