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Galito’s First outlet in Malaysia @ e-Curve Mutiara Damansara

Galito’s first outlet in Malaysia at eCurve (Vs Nando’s Malaysia)

 

For a fast moving city, too few of KL’s fast casual dining restaurants offer real, actual, dining with good ingredients and relaxing ambiance. I am talking about quick service with little waiting time and a balance and delicious meal with good nutrition and the right portion while experiencing all that in a place with joyful and vibrant ambiance. Enter any Nando’s outlet and that’s your glorious casual experience to fuel up and eat well. They’ve always have flamed grilled aromas over diners and while there are not much for vegetarians, there’s yummy meals with no meat in it on their appetisers and sides as well. Notoriously known for their delicious sides, fino sides and big portion appetisers, I say there is always a great share of something for solo or communal dining.

 

And let’s admit it- there are no other flamed grilled chicken like Nando’s. Not until Galito’s from the same country of origin as Nando’s decided to open in Malaysia with their very first outlet located in E- curve Mutiara Damansara. With close to 80% similarities in their menu, concept, and even the interior design, right down to the renowned peri sauces, Galito’s will inevitably being branded as Nandos’ copy cat and even though they are established from as early as 1996, Nando’s got a history approximately 10 years ahead of them when it was founded in 1987. But now that the both are here in Malaysia, would you rather Nando’s or Galito’s?

 

2. Galito's Malaysia at ecurve

 

Here in Galito’s, chicken tasted tender from a long marinating and a quick grill just enough to cook the chicken properly and retaining the juice from within. It was not as flavourful as Nando’s but casual dinners can never tell them apart if not eating both side by side. Chicken serving is offered as quarter (starting from RM 11.50) or half (starting from RM17.90) with smaller variation of sidelines (RM4.90 for regular and Rm 7.50 for large) to choose from.

 

1.Galito's Malaysia

 

Smaller sideline varieties are not necessarily bad because quality is assured with lesser to juggle. But here in Galito’s, their sides are at a bigger portion. The sweet potato fries is a must order and one thing Malaysians are going to be thrilled with, is the bottomless white rice that’s fragrant and fluffy and absolutley not a slapdash job. I enjoyed the white rice with the Liver and Roll (RM 9.90) that is and not as peri peri as the ones in Nando’s. I also enjoyed the Galibowl (RM 15.90)- a decent portion of appetizer with opporto rice mixed with chicken cubes, spinach and their signature sishebo sauce. It is good as a main.

 

3.Galito's Malaysia at ecurve

4.Galito's Malaysia at ecurve

5.Galito's Malaysia at ecurve

6.Galito's Malaysia at ecurve

 

They’ve nailed the chili beans as well, but it still doesn’t beat Nando’s Fino Sides which unfortunately tags slightly heavier in price. I’d say Galito’s copied well if not more fantastic than Nando’s and would definitely win the hearts of many Malaysians with the slightly cheaper and more affordable meal choices when it comes to flaming grilled chicken. I like the bigger menu in Nando’s and I’d choose Nando’s sauce over any other sauces anytime.

 

Galito’s first outlet in Malaysia is located at:
G02-G03 eCurve,
2A, Jalan PJU 7/3,
Mutiara Damansara
Petaling Jaya
Business hour: Daily 10:30AM–10:30PM
GPS: 3.1575492,101.6120124
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GalitosMalaysia/

 

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Wayback Burger at the Melawati Mall

 

Wayback Burger has landed in Malaysia and its first outlet is located at the very convenient mall in Melawati. Apart from the many fnbs that I’ve reviewed for the recent foodieville, there is no way I would let this slide and this one is the exciting one that I was really looking forward to during the restaurant hopping session. Originated from none other than where burger consumption is comforting, this America fast casual restaurant chain based in Cheshire, Connecticut serves burgers and hotdogs, as well as milkshakes.

 

1.wayback burger

 

With an open kitchen parading and showcasing the flow of your burger preparation right from where the meats are grinded and patties are grilled and assembled into stacks and layers of meats and cheese and buns and lettuces. Served with their fresh potato chips, every bite of the burger will be elevated with the texture of those crispy chips.

 

2.wayback burger

7. Wayback Burger Malaysia

 

Meat is very fresh and delicious when I had it, and the buns are what’s different from many burger chains in town. In fact, they are probably the few that does their burger buns in such. Burger bun is grilled with butter and inverted so be ready to have all fingers greasy when eating the Cheeeesy Burger (RM 22.99). This is the signature and with double patties and 4 slices of cheddar cheese, you either love the flavours or you hate it.

 

4.wayback burger Malaysia

 

Their House Made Chips (RM 12.99) are fantastic because of the thickness of each piece of chips. The crispy and natural flavour of real potato is fabulous. I get to try the Alaska Pollock Fish fillet that’s supposed to go in between buns alongside with tartar sauce and lettuce in their WB Fish (RM 12.99), but I didn’t quite enjoy it. The Chicken Wings (RM8.90 for 4pcs or RM 11.90 for 6pcs) is some extra selection for add on at communal dining. There is smoke bbq sauce, hot sauce, Wayback gold sauce and the chili padi sauce to choose from. I tried the chili padi sauce and I can personally tell you this- it wasn’t spicy at all when in the mouth but the throat burns after.

 

3.wayback burger

6. Wayback Burger Malaysia

5.wayback burger Malaysia

 

I would really love to return to properly eat an entire meal instead of sampling the dishes and if anyone is interested with the rest of the restaurant hopping during foodieville, read all about it HERE.

 

Wayback Burger is located at:
100.1, L3, Melawati Mall, 53100 Ampang
Business hours: 10am – 10pm
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Wayback-Burgers-Malaysia-251025512009307/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MelawatiMallOfficial/
GPS: 3.21066,101.7484403

 

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Baba Nyonya by Sambal- chili @ Melawati Mall

 

No need to scratch your head when it comes to dining in Melawati Mall. The choices are so diverse one is spoilt with the wide selection. Scratch your head deciding what to order instead when it comes to the dishes that represents the heritage of Malaysia. The best of cuisine that is truly unique as a heritage of Malaysia is probably the Baba Nyonya dishes. Baba Nyonya by Sambal- chili offers the wide selection of rich spices and herbs with dishes prepared upon order for their diners to ensure the freshness of each dish.

 

Baba Nyonya by Sambal- chili @ Melawati Mall

 

Combining Chinese wok and claypot into local rempah, Chef Rimong made sure that the rich culinary flavour is delivered in their Peranakan dishes. Homey and comforting, the dishes were packed with flavours we are all familiar with. The dishes are not the only thing that’s capturing the heritage of Malaysia. . The interior and paintings on the wall is equally as heart-warming. Check out their batik prints on their menu. Every piece of menu has a unique piece of batik cloth on it. From the piping hot and savoury spicy claypot of Assam Pedas to the Sambal Petai Prawn and the kangkung Belacan, these dishes were delicious and goes fantastic with some white rice.

 

1Baba Nyonya by Sambal- chili @ Melawati Mall

 

And just for the love of fried egg, the Cencalok Omelette is with no doubt on my “repeat order” list. The edges were crisp and textured just nice to balance the soft fluffiness of the egg. Also on the frying mode and the add-on-to-the-mains list is the Chicken Lobak. It could be good for nibbling but above all is Ayam Goreng Berempah that got my attention. Inside the meat was tender and juicy albeit looking a little dry. But hey, don’t let this fool you because it was delicious.

 

2.Baba Nyonya by Sambal- chili @ Melawati Mall
3.Baba Nyonya by Sambal- chili @ Melawati Mall

 

But if you love Peranakan dishes, the Chicken Pong Teh is not too shabby when it comes to generously portioned serving size. Serving hot in a claypot, the pieces of chicken submerging at the rich gravy will be a lovely companion for the white rice. And speaking of claypots, the fish is equally astounding and to be very honest was beyond my expectations. But nothing beats having a completely balanced meal with their vegetable dishes. I love the Kangkung very much- it was young plant and cooked to perfection at the correct timing to not ruin the texture of the green and still having that little bit of crunch in every bite. Plus, it wasn’t greasy despite the load of chili. Thumbs up for this one.

 

4.Baba Nyonya by Sambal- chili @ Melawati Mall
5.Baba Nyonya by Sambal- chili @ Melawati Mall
6.Baba Nyonya by Sambal- chili @ Melawati Mall
7.Baba Nyonya by Sambal- chili @ Melawati Mall

 

Lastly, don’t forget to treat yourself a little better sometimes for the most perfect meal isn’t complete without the desserts. Serving on the dessert menu is the Banana Fritters and Cendol. Myself is more of a fan or the later instead of the first but if you like breaded deep fried bananas, there is no reason to not order it.

 

8.Baba Nyonya by Sambal- chili @ Melawati Mall
9.Baba Nyonya by Sambal- chili @ Melawati Mall

 

This stop at the outlet here in the Melawati Mall was part of the Foodieville event organized by the mall and I also have the review on the rest of the participating fnb outlets for the occasion. Click HERE to read more about the rest of the restaurants in the mall.

 

Baba Nyonya by Sambal- chili is located in Melawati Mall at:
100.1, L3 Jalan Sabah, Taman Melawati,
53100 Ampang, Selangor
Business hour: 10am – 10pm daily
Phone:+60 3-4161 6313
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sambalchillirestaurant/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MelawatiMallOfficial/
GPS: 3.21066,101.7484403

 

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Jamaica Blue Café at Melawati Mall

 

The latest Jamaica Blue Café at the Melawati Mall is one with serenity in a casual relaxing vibe to consistently deliver the unique identity of the brand itself. Named after the Blue Mountain in Jamaica, they take pride in the 2 types of coffee beans – the Jamaica Blue Signature Blend, and the Jamaica Blue Mountain. Both the award winning coffee and the world’s best coffee were delivered perfectly alongside the fabulous food. Perfect to start the day, their Signature Harvest Menu really captured my attention. We all know I love starting the day right with the right food. And this Super Fruit Bowl (RM 19.90) and the Enrichment Bowl (RM 19) is probably also a fabulous choice for fitness enthusiast.

 

1.Jamaica Blue Café at Melawati Mall
2.Jamaica Blue Café at Melawati Mall
If we are aiming at something slightly more savoury and flavourful, there is the Buttermilk Chicken and Corn Pie (RM 15.90) with tender pieces of chicken and sweet kernels of corn in a smooth creamy sauce, encased in a delicious flaky pastry. This one is served piping hot and is apparently freshly baked in-house. Same goes with the Chicken and Pumpkin Lasagne (RM 24.90) for those seeking comfort in food, this one is served hot and deliciously held together in layers of pasta sheets, chicken, pumpkin, semi dried tomato pesto, ricotta, baby spinach and mozzarella cheese,
3.Jamaica Blue Café at Melawati Mall
4.Jamaica Blue Café at Melawati Mall

 

For snacking and to replenish that quick sugar rush in between meals, (I know… I have that occasionally) there is the Zucchini and Feta Fritters s (RM 15.90) served with tomato chutney and salad garnish; or their sweet treats namely the Jamaican Queen (RM 15) and the Jamaica Blue Mountain Special (RM 15.90).

 

5.Jamaica Blue Café at Melawati Mall
7.Jamaica Blue Café at Melawati Mall
6.Jamaica Blue Café at Melawati Mall

 

Check out this contemporary and relaxing dining experience at Melawati Mall:
100.1, L1
Jalan Sabah, Taman Melawati,
53100 Ampang, Selangor
Tel: 03 4162 9919
Business hour: 10am – 10pm daily
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jamaicabluemelawatimall/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MelawatiMallOfficial/
GPS: 3.21066,101.7484403

 

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Cooking Demonstration with In Style Hong Kong (Hong Kong Trade Development Council) by Hong Kong Celebrity, Luk Ho Miing

 

Being one of Asia’s most important financial hub, Hong Kong has always been known to be the most prominent business city in Asia. Characterized by the trade of business, lifestyle element and the high economic resilience in general, living standard in Hong Kong is growing rapidly in proportional to its economic growth- it is growing with a sundry of vibrant and unique lifestyle.

 

After a successful launch in Jakarta, Indonesia (2015) and Bangkok, Thailand (2016), the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) is hosting its third edition of In Style Hong Kong in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 7 th and 8th of November 2017. Over the next few months, we will see a series of sales promotion highlighting the Hong Kong lifestyle elements such as design-led products, trendy fashion and culinary experiences with special offers from selected restaurants.

 

And with focus on promoting Hong Kong cuisine, HKTDC has invited famous Hong Kong food personality, Luk Ho Min to talk about the uniqueness canton cuisine has to offer. Partnering with the Canton-i, we are participating in a demonstration by Luk Ho Ming and Chef Yim Yu King from the outlet and the tasting menu is the Double boiled honey fig soup with sea whelk and pork lean meat, Slowed cooked dragon groupa fillet , and Double boiled coconut with natural peach resin soup and almond. These three dishes are available for 2 months starting October 1st, 2017.

 

5.Cooking Demonstration with In Style Hong Kong (Hong Kong Trade Development Council) by Hong Kong Celebrity, Luk Ho Miing

1.Cooking Demonstration with In Style Hong Kong (Hong Kong Trade Development Council) by Hong Kong Celebrity, Luk Ho Miing

2.Cooking Demonstration with In Style Hong Kong (Hong Kong Trade Development Council) by Hong Kong Celebrity, Luk Ho Miing

3.Cooking Demonstration with In Style Hong Kong (Hong Kong Trade Development Council) by Hong Kong Celebrity, Luk Ho Miing

4.Cooking Demonstration with In Style Hong Kong (Hong Kong Trade Development Council) by Hong Kong Celebrity, Luk Ho Miing

 

Fig is already well known as a wonderful source of calcum and fibre, but this is my first time having them in soup. Together with sea whelk and the high protein pork lean meat, this one goes through the double-boiling process to release the taste of all ingredients and lock in the nutrients in the soup.

 

6.Cooking Demonstration with In Style Hong Kong (Hong Kong Trade Development Council) by Hong Kong Celebrity, Luk Ho Miing

 

I might have taken slightly a longer time to photograph this but the silky smooth and soft texture of the dragon garoupa served steamed with bok choy is still lovely despite it being a little cold (we all know fish dishes normally gets a little fishy when it’s cold). Nonetheless, I acknowledge the benefit of this dish and I appreciate the beneficial ingredients that are also in the dish. Wolfberries are not only known to add and enhance the flavours of the dish, but are also rich in antioxidant and beta carotene to help fight aging and cancer.

 

7.Cooking Demonstration with In Style Hong Kong (Hong Kong Trade Development Council) by Hong Kong Celebrity, Luk Ho Miing

 

Lastly, we had a dessert I would request for a second serving at anytime. Served inside a real coconut, this one with nourishing peach resin in it is supposedly rich in collagen that does not only resemble the bird’s nest when it comes to texture but is also containing almost the same content of the bird’s nest.

 

8.Cooking Demonstration with In Style Hong Kong (Hong Kong Trade Development Council) by Hong Kong Celebrity, Luk Ho Miing

9.Cooking Demonstration with In Style Hong Kong (Hong Kong Trade Development Council) by Hong Kong Celebrity, Luk Ho Miing

 

In Style Hong Kong is a large-scale promotion campaign organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) to promote and highlight Hong Kong’s vibrant and unique lifestyle in Malaysia. Stay tuned with the In Style Hong Kong by liking their Facebook Page or alternatively their homepage for more information on the campaign. Take note that HKTDC will be collaborating with OpenRice to share exclusive offers from over 50 Hong Kong food outlets with its readers. This promotion will start mid-October and run for a month. That is fabulous news for foodies isn’t it?

 

This mega promotion will be showcasing Hong Kong’s trendsetting products and world class professional services. To explore how you can be a part of what Hong Kong can offer, look out for the upcoming B2B exhibition with quality Hong Kong suppliers showcasing Hong Kong brands and design-led lifestyle products at the In Style Hong Kong expo with spotlights on services expertise to help Malaysian companies expand overseas. This is a good opportunity ti meet directly with Hong Kong’s best services providers and don’t miss out the free business matching services.

 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hktdc.hk/?fref=ts
Website: Instyle-hk.com , http://symposium.instyle-hk.com/en/index.html

 

 

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Wingstop Malaysia @ The Curve, Mutiara Damansara

 

With over a million followers on Facebook, Wingstop- the popular fried chicken brand is finally here in Malaysia. This fast growing chicken restaurant brand is now open at the Curve, Mutiara damansara and is said to be opening more outlets in different locations in Malaysia over the next 6 years. The thing about fast casual restaurants is that diners are enjoying fast food in an ambience a lot more comfortable with food served to your dining table. With all this reputation, it is inevitable to admit there’s something about it that is alluring and at the same time attractive. And that, we are talking about signature American flavours like the buffalo wings and sticky BBQ wings as well as some of those Louisiana flavours etc, being served and made upon orders. Here, the personal meal is served with your choice of side; and each serving offers two flavours in a plate.

 

6.Wingstop Malaysia

 

Served together with their signature fries, some options of coleslaw and onion rings accompanied with a dip. There is a limited choice when it comes to sides but these are the signatures to go with their fried chickens.

 

4.Wingstop Malaysia
5.Wingstop Malaysia

 

6pcs Boneless wings (classic buffalo and baines spice) with coleslaw – RM 17.95

 

2.Wingstop Malaysia
3.Wingstop Malaysia

 

6pcs Hand breaded wings (Louisiana rub, mango hebenero) with signature fries – RM 18.50

 

Drinks range from well-known carbonated drops to milkshakes, as well as a couple of juices. Lucky me as I was craving a lot for strawberry milkshake despite the calories in it. I would really wish to say that it was worth the calorie but unfortunately it wasn’t to my liking and that I should have save the quota for something else. Perhaps some after meal dessert. My Strawberry shake (RM 13.95) was super thick and very it could use slightly a little more of strawberries.

 

1.Wingstop Malaysia

 

With plenty of other fried chicken chains and Korean fried chicken houses in town, I’m not sure if Wingstop is the exact place to go when craving fried chicken slathered in full on marinades. I mean there are plenty of good ones out there to satisfy that chicken cray. Besides, a lot of those places have portions in enormous sizes, and there is drinking until late night for weekend suppers – it is going to be cray fun night with it. So fried chicken connoisseurs should just save your calorie quota for elsewhere. Watch this featured on the vlog.

 

 

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Wingstop Malaysia is located at:
Lot G51, The Street, The Curve,
Mutiara Damansara,
47800 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
GPS: 3.1574249,101.611270
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MyWingstop/
Phone: +60 3-7731 3393
Business hour: 11am-10pm daily

 

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Sekai No Yamachan @ Plaza Arkadia, Desa Park City

Originating from Japan and specializes in tebasaki – Nagoya-style fried chicken wings, Sekai No Yamachan at Desa Park City is currently operating a second outlet in Plaza Arkadia. The brand runs with more than 50 outlets worldwide and such reputation has turned their wings into phenomenal stature when it comes to chicken wings.

This is not very distance from where I am based but it’s not the area that I frequent. With a spontaneous decision, we paid a spontaneous visit to Desa Park City and earned some fun as we discover the offerings of this renowned acclaim. Let’s get on with what’s generally offered. From salads to stews and deep fried chicken cubes to tempuras, there is no complexity. Instead, it is all subtle precision on every dish and it’s the kind of variety you’ll want to savour.

Miso Stew Udon (RM 26.90), Salmon Salad (RM 21.90), and Satsumaimo Tempura (RM 11.90) may be the common but it was their package of ambiance and friendly service that really stood out. Plus a good company of friends, the meal was elevated a bit more happiness and satisfaction. Not to mention a little addition of alcohol kick to the meal, Kirin Draftbeer (RM 25.80) weighs up the pleasures of meal indulgence. Miso Stew Udon was deep and full of umami satisfaction.

1.Sekai No Yamachan @ Plaza Arkadia, Desa Park City

2.Sekai No Yamachan @ Plaza Arkadia, Desa Park City

3.Sekai No Yamachan @ Plaza Arkadia, Desa Park City

4.Sekai No Yamachan @ Plaza Arkadia, Desa Park City

Proceeding to the popular dish, we quite sampled most of the available flavours but they came to a single conclusion- stale. Grilled Chicken Wings in Salt (RM 14.90 for 5 pieces), Famous Kara-age Deep Fried Chicken Wings (RM 15.90 for 5 pieces) and the Japanese Style Worcestershire Chicken Wings (RM 12.90 for 3 pieces) arrived too quickly on our table – in less than 3 minutes, hence making it very questionable as to whether they are all freshly made to order.

7.Sekai No Yamachan @ Plaza Arkadia, Desa Park City

6.Sekai No Yamachan @ Plaza Arkadia, Desa Park City

5.Sekai No Yamachan @ Plaza Arkadia, Desa Park City

There is a cute and distinctive method to savour the scronny wings but the tough and dry chicken wing is a little stubborn with it that. We prefer eating it our way. Watch it

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Yamachan is located at:
Plaza Arkadia, Block H-G-5,
3, Jalan Intisari Perdana
Desa Park City.
Tel: +60 3-6411 1718
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/yamachanmalaysia/
GPS: 3.1866016,101.6353426

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