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Last Friday, the traveling Australian dude Dabido decided to spend a bunch of us to a vegetarian dinner on his last night in Kuala Lumpur. Suan decided that Jade Garden at Bandar Utama Centrepoint would be a good place for such occasion because she knows the food is great, or maybe just because it is a place close enough for her to walk there with her under utilized legs.

Jade Garden at Bandar Utama Centrepoint
acha as appetizer, and the 4 season dish

Dinner was scheduled at 8, but inadvertently we only got to eat at around 9pm. I guess it is a good thing cos we were able to show Dabido the full extend of our culture, including the Malaysian Timing when it comes to having a group dinner. There was 14 of us split into 2 tables, and Suan ordered the food for everyone. Nice and dandy.

Jade Garden at Bandar Utama Centrepoint
imitation luncheon meat, tofu, imitation fish with mango salad, fried vegetable

We had about 7 dishes in total. There’s the 4 season dish with some imitation meat and fake fish balls that actually tasted quite good despite it being a cold dish. The tofu soup was more like a thick broth that goes well with rice, I like the fungus that came with it. Then there’s my favorite, the imitation luncheon meat that tasted almost as good as the real thing minus the oily bit.

Jade Garden at Bandar Utama Centrepoint
kang kung with nuts, tomyam soup, and the bunch of jokers

The imitation fish tasted pretty decent as well, and with no real fish in there, you don’t have to worry about getting your neck pierced by fish bones, which isn’t a particularly nice thing to do, speaking from experience. There’s also a fried kailan that tasted just like any fried kailan you’d expect. Other than that, we also have a fried kang kung dish with nuts and some imitation seafood that I didn’t think tasted very good, slightly too sourish with the imitation seafood a poor substitute for the real thing.

However, the tomyam soup with imitation squid and some very real tomato was an excellent dish. It was actually one of the best tomyam soup I’ve tasted and surely a must-order item if you find yourself at Jade Garden.

Jade Garden at Bandar Utama Centrepoint
Jaime, Suan, Dabido, Jack, Erna, Reta, Paul, Kim, ST, Tim, Samantha

In all, it was a very good meal, and the total bill came to about RM 370 for 14 of us. That translate to about RM 26 per person for a pretty good vegetarian meal. The price is just slightly more than the Restaurant Kuan Yin at Seksyen 17 that I went, but with a nicer ambiance and free and easy to find parking spots at Centrepoint.

Thanks Dabido, see you at Perth!

map to Bandar Utama Centrepoint
map to BU Centrepoint

Address:
Centrepoint, Bandar Utama,
Petalig Jaya, 47800 Selangor

GPS: 3.137988, 101.610124
Tel: 03-7710 2939

One of my old friends cass, whom I haven’t really meet since Terence’s wedding last year suggested that a small get together session is organized to catch up for lost time. The venue was to be at Bernard’s Bistro at Bandar Utama Centrepoint, and she called it a chicken rice gathering since the chicken rice there is supposed to be superb. A facebook event was created, and last week 8 of gathered.

Bernard's Bistro Chicken Rice at BU Centrepoint
plenty of chicken, a soup, and some bean sprouts

To be honest, I have some reserves on the lady’s statement with regards to the chicken rice, but I ordered it nonetheless. This is partly due to the fact that I know Champs (just upstairs of Bernard’s) also serves pretty good Chinese food (especially the soya sauce pork 豆油肉), and since Champs were sort of a spin off from Bernard’s according to some sources, the food shouldn’t disappoint.

These two restaurants are unique in the sense that they have a wide selection of traditional Malaysian/Chinese food in a bistro setting that is not very different from Chilis or TGI Friday’s. So you can have a combination of chicken rice and whiskey, or nasi lemak with cocktail, if you wish.

Bernard's Bistro Chicken Rice at BU Centrepoint
prawn mee and nasi lemak are good too

So I went with the recommendation and ordered the chicken rice, drum stick portion. The other noobs had the wing portion, and faggot called for the left breast (left breast is statistically bigger than the right), and some ordered the hokkien mee and nasi lemak as well.

Bernard's Bistro Chicken Rice at BU Centrepoint
clockwise: kerol, suan, faggot, steph, cass, st, kim

Food was served professionally some 10 minutes later. A pretty big portion of chicken, a plate of bean sprouts, soup, rice, and the chili sauce/paste that is synonymous to chicken rice. To cass’s credit, it actually tasted very good! The chicken was very smooth and the sauce not too salty, the chili was good too as Kerol had about 3 servings. The others commended the nasi lemak and hokkien mee too.

Bernard's Bistro Chicken Rice at BU Centrepoint
Bernard’s is located at BU Centrepoint, below MOMO Japanese Restaurant

The chicken rice was RM 11.50++, the bill came to around RM 20 per person including drinks and the extra charges. It was a very nice get together session that I think we should do a bit more often, good food, nice ambiance, and even better company.

Address:
G9A-14, Centrepoint,
Jalan Leboh Bandar Utama,
47800 Petaling Jaya
Selangor

GPS: 3.137988, 101.610124
Tel: 03-7710 3188

Note: this restaurant is no longer in business

I had an appoitnment at BU Centerpoint the other day at around dinner time, and thought I might as well settle the little whining sound my stomach was making over there instead. BU Centrepoint has been a totally new place ever since the expansion and renovation earlier this year, with Starbucks, Dragon-i, 1901 hotdogs, and many other international franchises now occupying the floor space. In sharp contrast with the earlier years.

Shanghai 1930s at BU Centre Point
old school but clean and pleasant setting

As I was walking around the mall, I came across this curious little place with the weird name, Shanghai 1930’s Cafe. The interior decoration bare resemblance of a Nyonya restaurant, and the menu offers mostly local dishes, albeit the presence of siu long pao (小龙包). After a quick check on their menu and price list, I found myself sitting in this restaurant with the strange name. Partly due to the name, and partly cos I wanted to have a relatively light dinner (ie, not Momo).

We ordered 2 of the fish sets that comes with rice. A Thai style Tengerri (Mackerel) and sweet and sour Tengerri. We had wanted to go for the black Pomphret with black sauce but unfortunately they ran out of stock for the evening.

Shanghai 1930s at BU Centre Point
two fish and two rice, a nice and simple dinner

The two dishes actually tasted quite good, the Thai style is prepared with some sliced okra and onion, while the sweet and sour dish with spring onion. The filets were slightly smallish but just enough for a single portion. The strong taste of the sauce gives good compliments to the relative bluntness of the Mackerel filets. However, some might find the sweet and sour sauce a little too sour.

With drinks, the total price came to be slightly under RM 20. A pretty decent value for a place with air conditioning and clean, if not comfortable eating environment. By the way, their sambal isn’t bad either, though up to par with Mum’s.

Shanghai 1930s at BU Centre Point
BU Centrepoint is just right next to the big 24hr McDonald’s

Address:
Lot G4, Ground Floor, Centrepoint,
Lebuh Bandar Utama
47800 Petaling Jaya, Selangor

GPS: 3.138245, 101.610231
Tel: 03-7722 1152