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Over the years, from business traveling, meeting with friends, and invited reviews, I’ve seen quite a few buffet spreads. Hence, for the most parts, buffet offerings don’t excite me very much.

Then again, the Bubblier Sparkalite 4Cs Sunday Brunch at Intercontinental KL’s Serena Brasserie isn’t just any buffet spread.

Serena Brasserie, at ground floor Intercontinental KL
Serena Brasserie, at ground floor Intercontinental KL

Heading the kitchen is executive chef Darrell O’Neill, originally from Australia and has since left a trail of presence across the globe in countries such as New Zealand, UK, France, Hong Kong, Dubai, India, Maldives, and now, Malaysia. During his time at restaurant Al Mahara t the Burj Al Arab Hotel Dubai, the restaurant was awarded Best Seafood Restaurant by Time Out Dubai.

this is what we came here for, the Alaskan King Crab
this is what we came here for, the Alaskan King Crab

The concept of the Sunday buffet brunch at Intercontinental KL centeres around 4Cs – Crustaceans, Carvery, Chocolate, and Candy.

Crustaceans is what excites us the most, there were Alaskan King Crab, slippery lobster, tiger prawns, and cray fish. Under this “C” also includes catch of the days such as fresh white fish, marinated tuna steaks, oysters, mussels, scallops, salmon, and more.

yeap, bubbly too, and a host of seafood ready to eat
yeap, bubbly too, and a host of seafood ready to eat

If you haven’t had a chance to sample king crab due to the price, this buffet offers one of the best values. The seafood were fresh, tasty, and most importantly, plentiful. I think I had close to 10 oysters, a departure from norm as I usually don’t get more than a couple, they tasted so good!

cold cuts and little appetizer in shot glasses
cold cuts and little appetizer in shot glasses

The next C stands for Carvery – which basically means cooked meat that are freshly sliced. Here you’ll find roasted whole ribs, prime ribs, roast chicken/duck, and more. Trimmings such as Yokshire pudding, roast vegetable, and baked potato accompany these dishes well.

roast chicken & duck, local delights, and prime ribs too
roast chicken & duck, local delights, and prime ribs too

For those who wants to sample some local delights, they are available too. A good selection of traditional Malay, Chinese, and Indian dishes are available for your picking.

BBQ meat & sausage, tandoori chicken, smoked salmon
BBQ meat & sausage, tandoori chicken, smoked salmon

They’ve also set up a BBQ area right outside the air-conditioned dine in section. Here you get freshly grilled lamb rack, chicken tandoori, sausage, baby chicken, satay, and even freshly smoked salmon and “DIY” burger stand with mini-Augus beef sliders and mini-chicken satay sliders.

fruits, a variety of cheese, desserts, and cakes
fruits, a variety of cheese, desserts, and cakes

The third C stands for Chocolate, and of course, that includes a host of other desserts as well. There are Australian lamingtons, chocolate fudge brownies and rocky road, mini Pavlovas, mini fruit trifles, banana and caramel sticky puddings, and more.

I can't get enough of the Alaskan King Crab and slipper lobsters
I can’t get enough of the Alaskan King Crab and slipper lobsters

Finally, last but not least is Candy. This actually refers to the Sparkalite Kid’s Corner, a section within the restaurant set up to keep kids busy learning the sweet art of making lamingtons and be entertained by the clown. This is a particularly great feature for parents with kids who actually want to have some food in peace.

with Umei, Josen, Haze, Evelyn, Dennis, and Damian
with Umei, Josen, Haze, Evelyn, Dennis, and Damian

The Sparkalite ‘4Cs’ Sunday Brunch at Serena Brasserie is available every Sunday from noon to 3pm. Brunch is priced at RM 120++ per person, and if you want the free flow sparkling, white & red wine and beer, it’ll be RM 198++. Kids from 6-12 is charged RM 60++ per head.

For the spread that you get, I think the price is more than reasonable, now excuse me while I go get myself more King crabs.

map to Intercontinental Hotel, KL

Address:
Serena Brasserie
Intercontinental Hotel

165 Jalan Ampang,
50450 Kuala Lumpur
GPS3.159767, 101.718045
Tel03-2161 1111
Web: www.intercontinental.com

When our office first moved to The Intermark, I was quite a bit bummed. Yah, the office was way modern and wonderful, with sophisticated elevator system that only comes with open, close, and emergency buttons (everything else is via tag and touch screen outside the elevator), but compared to Bukit Bintang where there are plenty of awesome food, where should I eat?

That’s where Jaya Grocer comes in, and I’m just glad that they opened up for business just a couple weeks after we moved in.

Jaya Grocer at Intermark, check out the price of the grapes
Jaya Grocer at Intermark, muscat at RM 163.75, kycho grapes at RM 149.90

Jaya Grocer is located at the basement of Intermark’s main building, directly under Double Tree by Hilton hotel. It is the first Jaya Grocer in KL city, and directly managed by the 3rd generation descendent of the original Jaya Grocer. In a way, that makes this outlet slightly different from the others in PJ, but in a good way.

The outlet carries a  lot of premium brands directly imported from overseas. If you want to spend over RM 150 on a small box of grapes (specifically Muscat of Alexandria or Kyoho grapes from Japan) or almost RM 200 on some Japanese green melon, you can.

There’s also a huge selection of organic produce, a whole section that sells various types of cheese, frozen smoked duck breasts, imported canned tuna/salmon, and many other “exotic” stuff you don’t normally see.

yeap, you can get the blue and green fairies here, and many other imported goods
yeap, you can get the blue and green fairies here, and many other imported goods

If you’re a fan of alcoholic drinks, you’ll find the selection of liquor, wine, and beer at Intermark’s Jaya Grocer as one of the more complete ones in the country. There’s a wine dispenser for tasting, many different types of imported beer, wine from several regions, and even “mythical” brands of hard liquor such as Absinthe – blue fairy with 53% alcohol and the green version with a whopping 68% alcohol. Probably good enough to use as antiseptic.

Other than that, there’s also a section that sells liquor in sort of an ala-carte basis. Various types of cognac, rum, and even single malt whisky sold in flasks of 200 ml or more. If you want premium liquor in small doses, such as the Scotch Highland Single Malt Whisky (29 years old, 43% Vol. Teaninich Distillery), it’ll be RM 186/200 ml. Other fancier liquers include those with tiramisu, latte macchiato, mango, and passion fruit flavors. You even get to have a taste test before purchase.

Anna enjoying the pork sandwich from hamky panky
Anna enjoying the pork sandwich from hamky panky

Like the outlet at Empire Mall, El Fresco is presence here as well. Purchase your beef/salmon and they’ll cook it for free provided you purchase a side dish (RM 7.90 or so). There’s Wagyu, Angus, and more.

However, other than Fresco, Jaya Grocer at Intermark also operates a non-halal food court right next to the supermarket. On this session we sampled a few dishes from each of the three operating stalls (with 1-2 more to open soon).

Hamky Panky has juicy, tasty sandwich (RM 13.80) in the menu. First you choose your bread, then the fillings (English ham, turkey, black forest, roast beef, roast lamb, roast pork, pork patty etc), then pick any add ons, and finally choose the sauce of your choice. We tried the roast pork and roast lamb sandwich, did not disappoint. I even packed the leftover lamb sandwich for breakfast the next day.

Lam's kitchen serves up your typical roast/bbq pork, roast chicken, roast duck too
Lam’s kitchen serves up your typical roast/bbq pork, roast chicken, roast duck too

Lam’s Kitchen serves roast pork, bbq pork, roast chicken, roast duck, and more. Their menu is pretty extensive but mostly involves rice or noodle with the previously mentioned meat. We tried their bbq pork, roast pork, and roast duck. I love the roast duck and roast pork, and think that their bbq pork (chasiu) is average. I do like their chilly sauce and oily rice though.

restaurant sun huat kee with their signature pork ball noodle
restaurant sun huat kee with their signature pork ball noodle, KY & Haze

The third and final stall we tried was the Sun Huat Kee pork ball noodle, originally from Lucky Garden at Bangsar. Since we’re having a lot of other dishes, we ended up only sampling the pork balls in soup, which tasted pretty good to me. I’ll have to try the dish one of these days, tho I believe I’ve had the Bangsar version a few years ago and liked it.

map to the intermark

Address:
Jaya Grocer
The Intermark
Lower Concourse,
348, Jalan Tun Razak
Kuala Lumpur
GPS: 3.16154, 101.71996
Webjayagrocer.com/intermark

While roast duck and chicken are fairly common, roast goose is a dish that is pretty hard to come by. However, within stones throw to each other, you can find three different places offering this dish at around Jalan Pasar in KL.

Not long ago, I checked out one of the stalls at the area by the name of Chen Chen Hong Kong Roast Goose.

Chen Chen roast goose stall off Jalan Pasar
Chen Chen roast goose stall off Jalan Pasar

Chen Chen Roast Goose isn’t exactly a restaurant, the stall is located by the side of shops at the intersection of Jalan Seladang and Lorong Yap Hin. There’s tin roof and semi-permanent table and chair set up, but no luxury amenities such as wifi, fan, toilet, or wash basin.

The chef himself though, dressed up as if he’s working in a high class 5-star hotel, which is as professional as hawker operator goes.

roast goose for a single portion
roast goose for a single portion

Chen Chen actually offers more than just roast goose, there’s also roast chicken, roast duck, roast turky, roast piglet, roast pork, char siu, vinegar pork leg, and sour + spicy soup. Quite an offering for a road side stall, really.

bottom 1/4 roast goose, with "sour and spicy" vegetable soup
bottom 1/4 roast goose, with “sour and spicy” vegetable soup

A single serving of roast goose with rice goes for RM 9 and the portion is more than sufficient. The meat tender and the taste is not entirely different from roast duck, but there is a slightly more gamey taste, and overall there’s also more meat and slightly fatter. I like it.

Half a goose would cost RM 65, as compared to RM 50 for whole roast duck, so you can imagine that roast goose is quite a fair bit more expensive (and larger) than duck.

KY & Sheng, over two different visits
KY & Sheng, over two different visits

I find the sour and spicy soup here is rather average, but that’s perhaps I’m spoiled from the excellent version served up at Peng Heong Hakka Paikut at Klang.

While most other places serve steamed rice to go with roast duck/goose, Chen Chen offers a version of their yellow rice that carries a unique faint flavor that I can only describe as a cross between briyani and chicken rice, but much subtler. I  believe it is made with turmeric and butter.

If you’re up for some roast goose, this would be a decent place to try.

map to Chen Chen roast goose at Jalan Pasar

Address:
Chen Chen Roast Goose
Jalan Seladang,
Off Lorong Yap Hin, Pudu
55100 Kuala Lumpur
GPS: 3.13612, 101.71560
Tel: 012-233 3083
Hours: 10 am to 6 pm daily

Fa Ying at Paradigm Mall is the new foray into modern Thai cuisine by the same people who run Rama V at Jalan U Thant.

If you aren’t exactly a Thai historian, the name Fa Ying (means Princess) might sound a bit bizarre for a Thai restaurant. According to the owner, Fa Ying was the name of the playful sister of Rama V, the revered Thai King who was credited to the modernization of Siam. Since this outlet serves a “playful” interpretation of Thai cuisine to the sister restaurant Rama V, hence the name Fa Ying.

Pretty neat, I thought, but maybe adding “Thai restaurant” at the back of that big sign board bight help a little. 😀

Fa Ying Thai Restaurant at Paradigm Mall
Fa Ying Thai Restaurant at Paradigm Mall

The restaurant is located at The Boulevard at Paradigm Mall, the semi-outdoor area under the office block with a set up that’s not entirely unlike the “covered alfresco” area at Pavilion. It’s pretty much open air while still sheltered from the harshest of elements.

Fa Ying also spot a full bar, serving liquor, cocktails, and beer
Fa Ying also spot a full bar, serving liquor, cocktails, and beer

For those likes some proper drinks to go with Thai food, Fa Ying is definitely a place to go. Spotting a full bar, the restaurant serves a variety of cocktails, beer, and other drinks.

Some of the drinks we tried were:

  • Mango Thai Pandan RM 21
  • Thai Tom Yam RM 21 (funny name..)
  • Mojito Selection RM 24
  • Lemongrass Basil and Mango Sparkler RM 13

They also serve a fishbowl drink called Marquessa (RM 100) that comes with dragon fruit, cucumber, Absolut blue, burnt orange peel, white wine, and soda. It’s like a potent Thai version of Sangria.

While not an expert in cocktails by any means, I did enjoy their drinks.

lamb, fish, and seafood sate
lamb, fish, and seafood sate

Lets move on to the food.

We sampled three types of Thai satay here. The lamb satay (RM 20) was flavorful but without the overly strong “lamb” taste that some people dislike.

Fish satay a tender and soft, while the seafood satay with prawns & mussels were refreshing and went very well with their sourish sauce.

minced beef in cucumber, watermelon salad, pomelo salad
minced beef in cucumber, watermelon salad, pomelo salad

Minced meat in cucumber (RM 12) looked a bit like sushi but carries the distinctive Thai taste. The cucumber provided nice contrast to the meat, without the requirement of steamed rice to complement the meat. I’ll wouldn’t mind this as beer food.

For those who loves to go green, watermelon salad (RM 12) and pomelo salad (RM 16) will do the job just fine.

grilled scallops served with spinach and manow sauce
grilled scallops served with spinach and manow sauce

Our favorite appetizer of the day goes to this beautifully presented grilled scallops with spinach and manow sauce (RM 19). The scallops were perfectly seared, and the sourish manow sauce provided just the kick to complete this seafood experience.

I also think that this dish offers excellent value.

spaghetti with river prawn, Thai green curry pesto
cod fish with manow, spaghetti with river prawn, Thai green curry pesto

Codfish with Manow (RM 42) provides a choice for those who loves this buttery fish, I find no fault in the execution of this dish, except that it’ll probably leave some room for dessert.

Spaghetti with Thai green curry pesto (RM 22) and spaghetti with river prawn (RM 32) are among the two pasta dishes offered here, both were a bit spicy and definitely not masking their Thai origin. I find the experience a little strange, but perhaps it’s something you get used to.

roast duck sandwich, grilled tenderloin with green curry
roast duck sandwich, grilled tenderloin with green curry

My favorite main dish goes to the roast duck sandwich (RM 20). It was simple yet brilliant, and I wonder why it took so long for anyone to come up with this. It was utterly delicious and I would go back to Fa Ying just to have this. (btw my colleague Sheng had this and gave his approval as well)

Lastly, we also sampled their grilled tenderloin with green curry mushroom (RM 42). Perhaps I’m spoiled by those high grade beef at Prime, but for less than RM 50, the meat was decent.

Thai desserts at Fa Ying
Thai desserts at Fa Ying

Like most Thai restaurants, Fa Ying serves a variety of traditional desserts. I liked the fried banana fritters with vanilla ice cream, and their mango with sticky rice was pretty good as well. Each of these dish comes with half a strawberry, leaving the trace of the “playful” nature of Fa Ying.

Pearl, Reiko, Evelyn, Suan, Haze, KY, Audrey, Owner
Pearl, Reiko, Evelyn, Suan, Haze, KY, Audrey, Owner

We had a pretty good session at Fa Ying, and it is definitely a place I’ll revisit (if not just for the roast duck sandwich!). Mention ‘PRINCESS’ as password and get 10% off food bill before 1st of February 2013.

If you are looking for Thai food with a bit of a twist at a place with nice ambiance to bring a date, this would be a sweet choice.

map to Paradigm Mall, Petaling Jaya

Address:
Fa Ying Thai Restaurant
The Boulevard, Paradigm Mall
Kelana Jaya, Petaling Jaya
Selangor
GPS: 3.108806, 101.59564
Tel: 03-7451 2933

A couple weekends ago we woke up bright and early at over 11 am in a lazy Saturday morning, and naturally hungry. The normally quiet and demure Yuki was full of enthusiasm and decided that char siu is what we should have, and she knows just the perfect place for it. A place in Shah Alam that she claimed better than the famed Meng Kee at Glenmarie.

The name of the place? Restaurant Golden Spring, or 阳光, which actually means sun light, but I guess direct translation is overrated for restaurant names.

Restaurant Spring Golden at Kota Kemuning, Shah Alam
Restaurant Spring Golden at Kota Kemuning, Shah Alam

The restaurant is located at “the other side” of Kota Kemuning, at a light industrial area that offers very little trouble in terms of parking, certainly a welcoming change.

Getting there isn’t too much of a hassle either, take the first left after Proton, then a couple right turns will get you there.

Business is pretty brisk, and the operator dressed up professionally as a chef and take your order in English, undoubtedly better than some other places whereby ordering food is an exercise in patient and sign language ability, ie: I don’t like wait staffs who can’t speak any of the 5 languages I understand.

siu yoke (roast pork), roast chicken, and char siu (bbq pork)
siu yoke (roast pork), roast chicken, and char siu (bbq pork)

We ordered just about every type of meat they have – bbq pork, roast pork, roast duck, and roast chicken.

The char siu certainly did not disappoint, the cut was that with a good percentage of pork fat, and those fat areas roasted to perfection – they are half transparent (Yuki said it’s like collagen, it’s good for you, women’s logic…) I just love it and we ended up ordering a second plate. This is certainly one of the best char siu I’ve had, especially for those who enjoy the meat a bit on the fattier side.

The siu yoke isn’t shabby either, they are firmer than those you get from Wong Kee at Pudu, but with very good flavor and very decent crispy skin. Roast chicken is pretty average.

roast duck, vegetable, rice with free soup
roast duck, vegetable, rice with free soup

Another side dish we ordered was the roast duck, the breast meat that we got was quite a huge chunk and did taste pretty decent, tho nothing spectacular. Roast duck lovers should opt for the likes of Sunrise and Loong Foong instead, but this one isn’t too bad.

Vegetable you see in this picture is for decoration and to get off our parents’ back when it comes to an argument for balanced meal. 😀

KY, Haze, Horng, Yuki, and Kerol, we had an awesome brunch
KY, Haze, Horng, Yuki, and Kerol, we had an awesome brunch

Lunch came up to about RM 15 or so per person, with the amount of food we had, it was certainly fair. I’d go back to this place again.

map to restaurant Spring Golden, Kota Kemuning

Address:
Restaurant Spring Golden
25, Jalan Sepadu C,
25/C, Section 25,
Taman Perindustrian Axis,
40400, Shah Alam, Selangor
GPS3.0260, 101.5427
Tel019-337 9319