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Harvest Ground @ Sunway Geo

 

Eggettes, otherwise also known as the egg waffle has always been an iconic Hong Kong street snack. One that is almost a quintessential and while it has always been classic and nostalgic, it has been really common in the recent years for innovative modern twists. Harvest Ground seemed to nailed their rendition with some of the most local falvours. I was instantly drawn to Jack the Baba HK Eggettes (RM 20) because of that interesting combo of jackfruit and ice cream. The generous scoop of fresh coconut ice cream was pretty amazing along the shredded jackfruit. Plus the choice of salted gula Melaka caramel sauce, was quite a fascinating match all together to the otherwise boring eggettes that could really use a little more of that crispy.

 

1.harvest ground

2.harvest ground

3.harvest ground

 

The egg waffle isn’t the only innovative modern twist and despite being unsure of the core selling point, everything else is pretty innovative. Gua bao here folds a tender strip of fried chicken and even though their menu did not exactly make things easy when it comes to decision making, I was told the Taiwanese Ru Rou Fan (braised pork belly over rice) was good.

 

6.4.harvest ground

 

Fries for snacking didn’t quite leave a very impressive impression but these hits and misses can always be fixed with a better standard operating procedure.

 

5.harvest ground

4.harvest ground

 

Harvest Ground is located at:
No A-01-08, Level 1,
Block A, Sunway Geo Avenue, Jalan Lagoon Selatan,
Sunway South Quay, Bandar Sunway
Subang Jaya 47500
Tel: 012-751 1963
Monday- Thursday (11am- 9pm), Fri- Sat (11am – 10pm), Sunday Closed.
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/harvestground/?tn-str=k*F
GPS: 3.0653684,101.609708

 

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Hands and Heart @ Bangkok, Thailand

 

Beyond their instagrammble white lay out, this coffee spot delivers for those serious about their brew. An understated coffee bar with minimal seating, it’s probably not the best place to linger but serious coffee drinkers will find this an essential destination for the passion of coffee brewing is hard core at this cafe. While coffee bean from various origins are part and parcel of this impressive coffee bar, there is one particular item on the menu that caught my heart, soul and everything or anything you can probably think off to have me returning again.

 

1.Hands and Heart, Sukhumvit 38 (Bangkok)
2.Hands and Heart, Sukhumvit 38 (Bangkok)
3.Hands and Heart, Sukhumvit 38 (Bangkok)

 

Myself could come up with reasons more than you can shake a stick at to revisit for their Kombucha Coffee. Being a huge fan of Kombucha mainly because of that unique and pleasant taste on top of the beneficial factors, the coffee Kombucha here is probably the best I have ever had so far. And to make it worst now that I am back home, I’ve not found any place in Malaysia with coffee Kombucha half as close to this one that I’ve had here in Hands and Heart Bangkok. Oh well…looks like I am visiting Bangkok again real soon.

 

4.Hands and Heart, Sukhumvit 38 (Bangkok)
5.Hands and Heart, Sukhumvit 38 (Bangkok)

 

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Hands and heart Café is located at :
33 Sukhumvit 38 Alley,
Khwaeng Phra Khanong, Khet Khlong Toei,
Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10110, Thailand
Phone: +66 81 442 7977
Opens Daily : 7 am- 7pm
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/handsandheartcoffee
GPS: 13.7215827,100.579373

 

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D’Ark Café at Piman 49, Bangkok

Bangkok has a lot more than just Tom yam and green curry chicken. In fact, there’s not much that they don’t offer. This, we are referring to contemporary restaurants and cafes. And with very little time in Bangkok recently, I managed to slot D’Ark restaurant into our recent 4 days eating trip. D’Ark in the Pinman 49 complex offers elaborated meals covering brunch till late evening, and comfort food all day long with kitchen led by passionate cooks accompanying Michelin star background chefs. Walk through the path of Chef Jeriko Van Der Wolf’s Michelin star background as you dig into delicious mains and appetizers made to challenge the taste buds.

2.D'Ark Café at Piman 49, Bangkok
1.D'Ark Café at Piman 49, Bangkok

Some of the dishes that we ordered is perfectly encapsulated by quality mix of minimal and creative element and yet not having to splash out on your meals. Spend your hard earned cash here for some fun and delicious without reservations – just walk in and go nuts with the comfort casual and be sure to finish the dessert and booze. The likes of humble yet creative oven roasted Beetroot with Burrata Cheese, pomegranate, truffle oil and honey dressing (B330) or Crispy Snow Pea Salad (B190) covered with a blanket of grated Pecorino cheese, small cuts of cured smoked pork cheek, mint and dressing; share space with timeless classics done well, such as Pan seared sea water Barramundi fillet (B510) served on a bed of creamy and comforting mashed potatoes and roasted cherry tomato or English Cocotte (B 350) featuring a medley combination of Cumberland sausage, baked organic free ranged egg, baked beans in tomato sauce, roasted cherry tomatoes, eryngii and shimeiji mushroom.

3.D'Ark Café at Piman 49, Bangkok
D'Ark Café at Piman 49, Bangkok
5.D'Ark Café at Piman 49, Bangkok
7.D'Ark Café at Piman 49, Bangkok

The short drinks list, meanwhile, pulls its weight admirably, showcasing classy wines and cheerful beers with playful mix of fun shakes with fancy toppings. We had some sparkling and picked a shake from the glorious page of assorted shakes. At the same time, D’Ark does have an amazing coffee reputation and it is confirmed that coffee choices are commodity. Just don’t go looking for artisanal craft. Take consolation in the smoothie but the small pleasures from the sip of thick liquid is far from the satisfaction from the ice cream.

8.D'Ark Café at Piman 49, Bangkok

Monkey Shake (B 350)- Milkshake with banana, honey, peanut butter, topped with whipped cream, Reese chocolate, frozen chocolate banana, toasted marshmallow house made granola.

9.D'Ark Café at Piman 49, Bangkok

Capuccino (B 115)- Pick with options like skinny milk, soy milk, extra shot or decaf etc, just add a B10 to suit your caffeine preference.

10.D'Ark Café at Piman 49, Bangkok

Refine and elegant (B 330 per glass) -Vouvray ‘Pinon’ Brut Non Vintage, Domain de La Poultiere, Chenin Blanc, Loire, France .Bottle fermented Cremant from a deep chalky cellar.

Take note that they are generously portioned and deliciously served. I have had the best three picks of scoop with the 3 scoop pyramid (B125) but the worst decision of bread pudding when I ordered the Peanut butter Bread Pudding (B 330). Brioche Pain perdu with dollops of peanut butter may sound right but the horrid rendition of blackberry jelly totally ruined it.

11.D'Ark Café at Piman 49, Bangkok
12.D'Ark Café at Piman 49, Bangkok
13.D'Ark Café at Piman 49, Bangkok

D’Ark at Piman 49 is located at:
48/1 Klang Alley,
Khwaeng Khlong Tan Nuea, Khet Watthana,
Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10110, Thailand
Tel: +66 02 6627900
Daily 8.00 AM – 10.00 PM
http://www.darkoffee.com/
GPS: 13.7322988,100.576384

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Be Sixth Comfort Food @ Melawati Mall

 

The last stop at my recent visit to the Melawati Mall is a real down-home deal, a masterful comfort food with a quality coffee brewed with single origin imported from Gayo Highland’s Acheh Indonesia. Be it the gorgeous alfresco area or its stunning rustic contemporary mix of atmosphere; don’t let this modern design deter you because it doesn’t burn a hole in your wallet. We are looking at brunch serving till 4pm and plenty of hearty and delicious dishes made to order. Start with tasty bites like Nachos and Quinoa & Mango Salad before digging into their modern plating of comforting meal options.

 

1.Be Sixth Comfort Food @ Melawati Mall
2.Be Sixth Comfort Food @ Melawati Mall

 

The main spotlight, however, should be the protein choices like the Beef lasagna and Rib Eye which either gets a roast and bake in oven and served as main or those that topped over al dante pasta coated with intensely flavourful pasta sauce. Also, who could resist those beautifully baked eggs? It is really wonderful that brunch serves till 4pm.

 

3.Be Sixth Comfort Food @ Melawati Mall
4.Be Sixth Comfort Food @ Melawati Mall
5.Be Sixth Comfort Food @ Melawati Mall
6.Be Sixth Comfort Food @ Melawati Mall

 

Also on the menu is luscious portion of sandwiches and if you noticed the accompaniment in each of the mains, they either pairing well in not only taste and nutrition but also composed authentically.

 

7.Be Sixth Comfort Food @ Melawati Mall
8.Be Sixth Comfort Food @ Melawati Mall
9.Be Sixth Comfort Food @ Melawati Mall
10.Be Sixth Comfort Food @ Melawati Mall

 

Be Sixth Comfort Food is located at the Melawati Mall at:
100.1, L6
Jalan Sabah, Taman Melawati,
53100 Ampang, Selangor
Tel: 03 4162 9919
Business hour: 10am – 10pm daily
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BeSixth
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MelawatiMallOfficial/
GPS: 3.21066,101.7484403

 

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Solomen Cafe @ SS 2

 

From ramen bowls made with long simmer pot bone broth, simple soy sauce based soup, or miso to rice bowls with delicious pork slices; we can now get our Japanese comfort meal fix in Solomen Cafe at SS2. There is not only an assortment of steaming bowls of thin wheat noodles in broth, but a good fare of Japanese classics to complete a wholesome meal. This plain and humble looking cafe is absolutely a very good space and ambiance for leisure and comforting meal.

 

Starting with the delicious pieces of Gyoza (RM 1190), it is something that I’d highly recommend as add ons or appetisers. These parcels of pan fried dumpling are succulently wrapped tightly to reserve the juice and moist of the fillings so that every bite is rich and packed with flavours. And skillfully controlling the cooking time, those deep fried homemade marinated pork chop is another good dish for communal dining. Tonkatsu (RM 20.90) are crispy on the outside and tender delicious on the inside.

 

1.Solomen Café @ SS 2

2.Solomen Café @ SS 2

 

Moving to their ramen bowls, both the Tonkotsu Ramen (RM 20.90) and Kimchi Ramen (RM 19.90) packs a flavoursome punch with the usual suspects of seaweed and eggs to be expected; as well as al dante bites of springy ramen noodle. The portions are amazing- not too gigantic yet great enough to satisfy ramen craving.

 

3.Solomen Café @ SS 2

4.Solomen Café @ SS 2

5.Solomen Café @ SS 2

 

Negi Miso Ramen (RM 20.90) also have those juicy pork but shredded to match the texture of fried leek on their ramen noodles simmered in delicious homemade miso soup.

 

6.Solomen Café @ SS 2

7.Solomen Café @ SS 2

 

Ramen isn’t the only thing you get because the menu also presents a couple of rice bowls and like their ramen bowls; these rice bowls are hearty and filling. Shiogayaki don (RM 21.50) was topped with stir fried sliced pork and onion in homemade ginger sauce while Hokkaido Buta Don (RM 22.90) had their rice topped with sliced pork on special homemade sweet sauce. Should the rice have a better texture, their rice bowls are close to perfect given the range of pricing they are tagged on. After all, mushy texture really won’t do Japanese rice grain any justice.

 

8.Solomen Café @ SS 2

9.Solomen Café @ SS 2

10.Solomen Café @ SS 2

11.Solomen Café @ SS 2

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15.Tori Karaage  (RM 14.50)

 

Hoikoro (RM 16.90) stir fried sliced pork with vegetables in homemade miso paste would put a smile to pork lover with the layers of evenly distributed fats in between the layers of pork belly slices. But if you are avoiding those fats, may I recommend the gigantic Tori Karaage (RM 14.50). There are no fats in this one, only super thick coating of flour enveloping the chicken cuts to lock all moist and juice of the meat. I didn’t enjoy the thick- almost close to goey in between the supposedly-crunchy outer layer and the succulent tender boneless chicken meat; but majority would love the huge value-for-money pieces of chicken.

 

12.Solomen Café @ SS 2

13.Solomen Café @ SS 2

14.Tori Karaage  (RM 14.50)

 

So because they are also a café, the beverage list conquers 2 pages of the menu. Cucumber Mojito Sparker (RM 10.90) was really refreshing and perfect as to beat those fiery weather out there and you get your caffeine fix too if are merely just chilling after the comforting meal. Latte (RM 9.90) fares well to go with their selection of cakes- both the Cempedak Lover (RM 13.90) and Tiramisu (RM 11.90) .

 

17.solomen cafe ss2

18.solomen cafe ss2

 

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Solomen café is located at:
16, Jalan SS 2/24, SS 2,
47300 Petaling Jaya, MY
Phone: +60 16-289 9079
Business Hour: 12pm- 10pm (Monday Closed)
GPS: 3.1131367,101.620376
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/solomencafe/

 

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Fifth Palate @ Kota Damansara celebrates Malaysia Day with Nasi Lemak

Fifth Palate @ Kota Damansara

 

If there is one dish that represents Malaysia and if that particular dish must fit into any meal of the day (all breakfast, lunch and dinner); then it would inevitably be the nasi lemak for sure. And with the celebration of Merdeka and Malaysia day in August and September respectively, we are celebrating it with an assortment of nasi lemak renditions. We have the nasi lemak kukus, nasi lemak bungkus, and even nasi lemak with pork rendang. Fifth palate at Kota Damansara is celebrating patriotism with the national dish itself with the addition of Pork rendang on top of the usual suspects.

 

1.Fifth Palate @ Kota Damansara
2.Fifth Palate @ Kota Damansara

 

Their intereperation of this emblematic national dish is well executed here at the Fifth Palate. Not only did the sambal perfectly complementing the pandan infused rice, their pork rendang itself was absolutely delicious with aroma and thick flavours to accentuate the umaminess of the tender pieces of pork.

 

3.Fifth Palate @ Kota Damansara

 

Together with this dish is the Teh Tarik with Gula Melaka. This combination was cleverly done albeit a little weird but to go with their nasi lemak, is pleasantly acceptable.

 

4.Fifth Palate @ Kota Damansara

 

Finishing with their pandan flavoured eggette folded and filled with tasty coconut ice cream, is probably the best dessert to complete such satisfying meal. Sprinkled with some juicy corn kernels, this dessert can be a meal on its own if you are not sharing but hey, best things are shared and what’s a better to celebrate Malaysia if not over some sweet treats with your best bud?

 

5.Fifth Palate @ Kota Damansara
6.Fifth Palate @ Kota Damansara

 

The Pork Rendang Nasi Lemak and Gula Melaka Teh Tarik is available now till 18th of September so take note to not miss out on that delicious pork rendang.

 

7.Fifth Palate @ Kota Damansara

 

Happy Malaysia Day.

 

Fifth Palate is located at:
Blk D-G-1 Encorp Strand Garden Office Malaysia,
Jalan PJU 5/1, Kota Damansara,
47810 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
Phone: +60 3-6144 0055
Opening Hours: Thursday- Tuesday (8:30am- 5pm)
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fifthpalate/
GPS: 3.1545671,101.5967697

 

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Upperhouse Kitchen & Dessert Bar @ Bangsar

A good meal completed with a good dessert is the most perfect meal and if you know where to begin, desserts are more than just sweet treats. Upperhouse Bangsar is a place specialized in desserts that would put a smile across your face every time the plate of dessert is served upon you.

1.Upperhouse Kitchen & Dessert Bar @ Bangsar

The flow of dessert tasting starts with sweet and light refreshing Apple (RM 18), where there are thin slices of apple and kyuri as blanket, covering exquisite portion of hazelnut, chrysanthemum, vanilla, apple celery sorbet; all combined into a party of sweet refreshing tang texture of light juicy crunch from the apple slices. A light dessert after a heavy meal, a lot like a palate cleanse if taking just this.

2.Upperhouse Kitchen & Dessert Bar @ Bangsar

As the savouring continues, the journey moved towards heavier and richer sensations as it progresses. Lemon (RM 22) showcases mainly lemon curd, and even though presented with some distinctive flavours like vanilla, lavender, raspberry, and coconut ice cream; it wasn’t prominent with the obvious eggy husking over the rest of the elements on the plate. On a side note, Coconut ice cream was very fresh when I had it. Alas, I savour the ice cream as it is a whole lot more than together with the rest on the plate.

3.Upperhouse Kitchen & Dessert Bar @ Bangsar
4.Upperhouse Kitchen & Dessert Bar @ Bangsar

The Watermelon (RM 24) then came to salvage, and encompassing strawberry cotton cake, watermelon, hazelnut, basil, vanilla and a scoop of strawberry sorbet; this is particularly a food memory of Australia’s watermelon cake hype. The “artist” here painted the plate beautifully with the shade of watermelon red and while there isn’t really a proper way to eat this, you kind of just take all the bits and pieces mixing whatever flavours you think would work together- the perks of savouring deconstructed dessert dish. Generally, everything chosen by the chef matches well together in this one to create a refreshing bite of summer with the presence of watermelon in it.

5.Upperhouse Kitchen & Dessert Bar @ Bangsar
6.Upperhouse Kitchen & Dessert Bar @ Bangsar
7.Upperhouse Kitchen & Dessert Bar @ Bangsar

Moving to richer taste, Carrot Walnut (RM 20) is presented and plated with Greek yoghurt, clever addition of honeycomb, and added extra moist with a scoop of burnt honey ice cream. After this, it is time for the major-hit-amongst-their-customers- dessert to come into the lime light. The Mille-Feuille (RM 24)- with crispy and light flaky layers of puff pastry, orange milk chocolate mousse, pineapple, almond, and my favourite hay ice cream; this one clearly is a big hit because it was extraordinarily pretty. Let’s be honest, have you seen any other café with a pretty mille-feuille dessert like this one. Alas, the flavours didn’t work as well as the looks and it didn’t impress me as much as the presentation. Eating this blind fold kinda reminds me of Cadbury zip bar- specifically the orange flavour.

8.Upperhouse Kitchen & Dessert Bar @ Bangsar
9.Upperhouse Kitchen & Dessert Bar @ Bangsar
10.Upperhouse Kitchen & Dessert Bar @ Bangsar

Last but not least, something I’d strongly recommend. One of the mass favourite of course- Chocolate (RM 25). If you only get to pick one and only one dessert from this place, go for this one. But no, don’t restrict yourself to only one. That’s real sad.

11.Upperhouse Kitchen & Dessert Bar @ Bangsar

The consistency of the chocolate texture was totally on the point and it offered a nice balanced taste to go with the honey comb, and all the toppings as well as the pairing ice cream. And that we are talking about 70% Callebaut , toasted rice, burnt honey ice cream.

12.Upperhouse Kitchen & Dessert Bar @ Bangsar

The kitchen also serves savoury. I’ve sampled the Cacao Ravioli which comes on a bed of capsicum sauce and I love it. Handmade pasta, done the proper way – al dente, and every parcel filled with delish mix of cheese and yummy forest mushroom. Plus the board with pieces of fried chicken drumettes lining up and escorted with dollops of aioli, this two is a good way of light savoury start before sampling their desserts.

13.Upperhouse Bangsar
14.Upperhouse Bangsar
Upperhouse Bangsar
Upperhouse Bangsar

And finally, the newest addition to their menu, the beautifully stacked tiers of delicate and delicious bites and pieces of savoury and sweet treats comprising of most of their best selling. Except this one comes in more elegant petit sizes of stylish and graceful presentation. Afternoon Tea Set (RM 65) showcased their signature Cacao Ravioli, two types of sandwiches and Parmesan breadsticks on the lower tier; and on the upper tiers, that best-selling Mille Feuille, macarons, Chocolate Pralines, Dark Chocolate Cake, Passionfruit Trifle and Raspberry Banana Bread.

15.Upperhouse Bangsar
16.Upperhouse Bangsar
17.Upperhouse Bangsar
18.Upperhouse Bangsar
19.Upperhouse Bangsar
20.Upperhouse Bangsar
21.Upperhouse Bangsar
22.Upperhouse Bangsar
23.Upperhouse Bangsar

The genius behind these pretty canvases of edible art work is Hester Ling and Gerard Ng, who are both professional pastry chefs that is not only clever and good at what they are doing, but incredibly passionate about desserts. This Australian-inspired dessert bar and kitchen that aims to introduce contemporary western cuisine and plated desserts to stimulate one’s taste buds is set with very simple vibe of casual setting to welcome family and kids. Chocolates in Upperhouse are
made to order using single origin cacao beans from Callebaut, reputed to be one of the finest
flavour cacao beans around due to soil, climate and habitat. So it is rest assured that chocolate drink is comforting at anytime of the day.

24.Upperhouse Bangsar
Upperhouse Bangsar

Striving to introduce the Australian-inspired casual dining with modern plating to the local food scene, it is totally a good bang for bucks because the ingredients are fine and well executed with plenty of effort and passion. I know this is a super lengthy post but click HERE for more photos on flickr.

Upperhouse Bangsar is located at:
27-A, Jalan Telawi 3,
Bangsar Baru,
59100 Kuala Lumpur.
Opening hours Tuesday – Friday: 11am – 10pm
Saturday & Sunday: 9am – 10pm
Closed on Monday
Telephone no. 011-28720083
GPS: 3.1317316,101.668824
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/upperhousebangsarkl/

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