Posts Tagged ‘Cuisine:Western’

The Pink Sage is my new obsession.

July 10, 2010

Also guest blogging at Backseat Radio: Fair enough and Of Iceland and inspirations.

Slash of Guns ‘N’ Roses live @ Sunway Lagoon, 5 Aug 2010. Buy your tickets now!

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It’s not even a question. It’s on the lips of your lover. It’s the love you discover. (See what I just did there? Heh).

Relocated not too long ago to Solaris Dutamas, just a little bit down the road from Solaris Mont Kiara, The Pink Sage has created quite livelihood in the still developing centre. The diner is far from being exaggerated by perky pink walls, but it has all the creativity the fun-loving colour possess.

With a simple interior that houses many laughters their customers bring in groups and packs, The Pink Sage serves breakfasts, lunches and dinners daily. From signature favourites to familiar dishes, take it easy here over the weekend. Believe me, it will be love at first sight.

The Pink Sage serves breakfasts of all sizes that will satisfy all kinds of appetites, including the Stacked breakfast (RM17.50). Your choice of beef, chicken or lamb sausages, juicy beef brisket, with the side of toast, beans and mushrooms to go with eggs cooked any way you want. Packed with protein to give your morning a good headstart.

One of the must try’s here is their homemade burgers. They have a pretty good selection, but if it’s your first time, order the Classic cheeseburger (RM21.50). A thick patty of beef, oozing with avocado sauce, you can smell it on its way from the kitchen, even before the waiter places the platter on your table. Although quite petite in size, but it is enough to fill the tummy until the next meal.

Also with a decent selection to choose from are the tacos and quesadillas, such as the Ribeye steak quesadillas (RM24.00). In bite-sized forms, these pockets full of beef served hot from the oven drenched in spicy sauce, are suitable for a mid-day brunch for those who aren’t looking for overbearing dishes first thing in their morning, or afternoon.

Make a meal out of this, or share it with your friends. Whatever you do, The Pink Sage’s 3 stack buttermilk pancakes (RM8.50) is one dessert you would make room for even if you’re stretched to the brim. Although it’s merely three stacks, sprinkled with snowy powdered sugar and topped with a strawberry, it holds a great deal of sweetness to its name, being a household favourite to many. It definitely makes for a good start for your day at the diner, as well as an end to it all.

Also on the menu is the pancakes’ dessert sister in arms, Classic waffles (RM9.50). Baked to a good browning crisp and crowned with a dollop of vanilla ice cream, add some flavouring maple syrup and jam on the side to sweeten things up a bit.

So, how about spending your Sunday a little away from town here at The Pink Sage. Just drop in anytime, and they will greet you with a smiley…

… hello.

* The Pink Sage is a pork-free establishment.

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The Pink Sage
A4-UG1-01
Solaris Dutamas
1 Jalan Dutamas 1
50480 Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia
Opens everyday @ 8AM-11PM
T: +6 016 205 2023
F: +6 03 6207 9908
E: hello@thepinksage.com
W: http://www.thepinksage.com

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Jolly Frog goes ribbit, ribbit.

May 22, 2010

It’s been a while since I last posted something on food. Now that the concerts and events have died down a little, I think it’s time to get back to that. Just don’t drool all over the keys, alright?

The last time I was down in Singapore for Stereophonics’ concert, I had my friends take me around for some nice eating spots in the fine city. After a late night of club hopping, we kickstarted our Sunday morning with some hearty breakfasts. And we chose this cosy little gourmet cafe – Jolly Frog, around the Chinatown precinct.

A bit of love on my Cafe Latte to brighten up my day as I flip through the morning papers. Heh.

Despite being a late riser, I adore breakfast platters. The sausages, the buttered toasts, the scrambled eggs, the crispy bacons – oh the bacons. So, of course I went for the one on the menu that screams the loudest, “Eat me! Eat me!”

I suppose you can’t go wrong with the Jolly Big Breakfast (SGD15). It’s got everything you ever need for a filling breakfast: toasts, eggs, sausages, roasted tomatoes, sauteed mushrooms, and did I mention – bacons?

Another yummylicious breakfast to try out is the Eggs Florentine (SGD11.50). Drizzled in Hollandaise sauce that drips onto the plate sensually, poached eggs, toasts, baby spinach and – why yes – bacons.

But if you’re not up for a big appetite so early in the morning, or you just want to eat healthy or watch your weight, try out the Cinnamon French Toast with fair trade bananas in organic yogurt (SGD7.50).

Or the Roasted Portobello Mushroom Bruschetta with goat’s cheese and wild rocket (SGD10.90).

They don’t have no bacons though. Boo.

I thought Jolly Frog was quite cosy. Small but spacious enough to fit in enough people for a cheery morning. There is also an al-fresco dining area for someone who would like to have their morning meals outside.

Sure, the weather in Singapore can get quite unbearable sometimes, but lucky for the patrons, Jolly Frog’s cooling system on the outside and inside is good enough to keep us comfortable as we drag on our breakfast sessions well into the afternoon.

So, if you’re looking for some place to cure the hangover from the night before, or if you may, bring that someone you bedded the night before for some nice breakfast, Jolly Frog would be an appropriate place to visit. It is located along an almost deserted road, and the cafe is low key for that quiet moment.

And look, they have fresh and bright gerberras – one of my favourites. Now, who would not want a tint of sunshine on your table as you enjoy some jolly ol’ brekkie? Heh.

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Jolly Frog Gourmet Bistro Bar
81 Neil Road
088905
Singapore
Opens weekdays @ 9AM-11.30AM; weekends @ 9AM-2.30PM
T: +65 6222 9227
E: enquiry@jollyfrog.com.sg
W: http://www.jollyfrog.com.sg

Three-in-one at Crystal Jade Meal³.

September 20, 2009
If you are a fan of the stylish food composition Crystal Jade is good at, you might want to stop by another of their restaurant at Pavilion KL for a whole different set of menu to feast upon.
Established in October 2007, Crystal Jade Meal³ (pronounced ‘cube’) serves up spectacular arrays from three types of cuisine for the bustling crowd in the heart of Kuala Lumpur city. Unlike its sister restaurants all across the city and in neighbouring countries like Singapore, Vietnam, Thailand, Japan and Korea, Crystal Jade Meal3 provides diners with Asian, Eastern and Western delicacies with Crystal Jade’s tinge of food fashion to appease the customers’ appetite.
Non-veggie eaters, rejoice! The Golden Pumpkin and Potato Salad (RM11.90) is a fresh and healthy way to start off the meal. The pumpkin and potato are mashed together with diced cucumbers and dribbled with sweet mayonnaise. It is tender and welcoming on the tongue, one spoonful is just not enough.
From the soup menu, there is the Meal³ Signature Soup (RM13.90) with three types of mushrooms (button, shitake and black dried), simmering in thick sinful cream soup under the puffy pastry roof. It is very filling so you might want to share it with a friend, to leave some stomach space for other delicious Crystal Jade morsels.
Be sure to try out the Lemongrass Hot and Spicy Soup (RM15.90), filled with seafood such as mussels, squids, clams, dory fish and prawns. It is sweet yet spicy to awaken your taste buds, yet not too spicy to kill off the palettes.
The unique Stuffed Chicken Roll (RM26.90) is served with Crystal Jade’s signature brown sauce of onion and black pepper corn. This dish has the insides of the roasted chicken cleaned out and stuffed with Holland onions, carrots and basil. It is a complete meal by itself as it comes with spaghetti cooked with brown sauce.
One of the must tries in Crystal Jade Meal³ is the Wok Shallow Fried Fish Fillet (RM26.90). Served with in-house fish sauce, a big scoop of mashed potato and some steamed vegetables, the pieces of dory fish are succulent with a tang of saltiness to its softened meat. For a usual spicy kick, try it with the yellow mustard.
For those who are not feeling adventurous, there’s always Crystal Jade Meal³’s Hainanese Chicken Rice (RM18.90) to fall back on.  This dish comes with the expected chopped up chicken drizzled in onion oil and Hainanese soy sauce with complementing ingredients like cucumber slices, spring onions, Chinese parsley and ginger vinegar. It is accompanied by a bowl of steamy Hainanese rice and chicken soup.
If you would like something quick and to go for lunch, the Club Sandwich (RM18.90) would surely do the trick. It comes with a side of French fries, coleslaw and a selection of cucumbers, tomatoes, lettuce, Melbourne super sliced cheese, sliced chicken and fried egg. Whether you would like to have it there and then or pack it back to the office, it is enough to last you till dinnertime.
For desserts, Crystal Jade Meal³ has some Thai-oriented sweeties you can finish off your meal with. There is the Mango Sago and Jelly with Pomelo (RM10.90), which is a kind of substitute for Thailand’s water chestnut dessert. It comes with three layers: mango cream pudding, followed with strawberry jelly in the middle before topping it off with cream caramel and bits of fresh pomelo and sago.
You can also order a nice helping of Glutinous Rice with Mango and Custard Sauce (RM10.90), which is a simpler version of the famed mango sticky rice. Keeping in mind that this would be the last course for the day, and that diners may already have their brims stretched, the dessert comes in a small portion of white glutinous rice capped with dices of fresh mango sitting in a pool of warm custard sauce. You would want to make room for this delicious dessert, even though there is no more left!
Crystal Jade Meal³ is located at Level 3, Pavilion KL. The restaurant is open daily from 11AM till 1AM, and can seat 85 pax comfortably. For bookings, kindly get in contact with them at +6 03 2148 2116, or fax them at +6 03 2148 3116.Although established in October 2007, Crystal Jade Meal³ (pronounced ‘cube’) is often overlooked, what with the commercialised chain Coffee Bean as well as bars serving beer as neighbours.

If you are a fan of the stylish food composition Crystal Jade is good at, you might want to stop by another of their restaurant at Pavilion KL for a whole different set of menu to feast upon.

Established in October 2007, Crystal Jade Meal³ (pronounced ‘cube’) serves up spectacular arrays from three types of cuisine for the bustling crowd in the heart of Kuala Lumpur city. It represents three cuisine they serve in the restaurant – Asian, Eastern and Western. All with Crystal Jade’s tinge of food fashion to appease the customers’ appetite.

Non-veggie eaters (meaning me, heh) can rejoice now! We rarely find ourselves ordering salad dishes as our entree, but here, we can definitely ring up the Golden Pumpkin and Potato Salad. The pumpkin and potato are mashed together with diced cucumbers and dribbled with sweet mayonnaise.

It is tender and sweet, both welcoming on the tongue, and the cucumbers are like refreshing treasures hidden in the comfy blankets of golden yellow. I would have finished up the entire thing, if I was not expecting a line up of dishes to come next.

From the soup menu, there is the Meal³ Signature Soup with three types of mushrooms (button, shitake and black dried), simmering in thick sinful cream soup under the puffy pastry roof.

As you can see, no originality here as the idea derives from Dome’s very own menu. And the soup is not any better than the latter’s, either. It tasted more of cream rather than soup. So, you can imagine how quickly it got too much for me to finish.

The Lemongrass Hot and Spicy Soup is much easier to stomach. Filledseafood delights such as with mussels, squids, clams, dory fish and prawns, it is sweet yet spicy to awaken your taste buds, yet not too spicy to kill off the palettes.

The unique Stuffed Chicken Roll is served with Crystal Jade’s signature brown sauce of onion and black pepper corn. This dish has the insides of the roasted chicken cleaned out and stuffed with Holland onions, carrots and basil. However, their spaghetti has an overwhelming flour taste that just kills off my intention of finishing up this dish.

The Wok Shallow Fried Fish Fillet is a must-try in Crystal Jade Meal³. Served with in-house fish sauce, a big scoop of mashed potato and some steamed vegetables, the pieces of dory fish are succulent with a tang of saltiness to its softened meat. Not to mention the mashed potato was fluffy and addictive. It is also served with dribbles of yellow mustard for an unusual spicy kick.

For those who are not feeling adventurous, there’s always the Hainanese Chicken Rice to fall back on.  This dish comes with the expected chopped up chicken drizzled in onion oil and Hainanese soy sauce with complementing ingredients like cucumber slices, spring onions, Chinese parsley and ginger vinegar. It is accompanied by a bowl of steamy Hainanese rice and chicken soup.

The usual suspect. Nothing to shout about.

Established in the heart of KL city, there are bound to be bustling yuppies running back and forth. Before their seats could grow warm, they are already getting jittery to get up and leave for an appointment.

So, if you would like something quick and to go for lunch, Club Sandwich would surely do the trick. It comes with a side of French fries, coleslaw and a selection of cucumbers, tomatoes, lettuce, Melbourne super sliced cheese, sliced chicken and fried egg. Whether you would like to have it there and then or pack it back to the office, it is enough to last you till dinnertime.

For desserts, Crystal Jade Meal³ has some Thai-oriented sweeties you can finish off your meal with.

There is the Mango Sago and Jelly with Pomelo, which is a kind of substitute for Thailand’s water chestnut dessert. It comes with three layers: mango cream pudding, followed with strawberry jelly in the middle before topping it off with cream caramel and bits of fresh pomelo and sago.

This one did not get me going. Probably because I was turned off by the caramel topping.

But for the Glutinous Rice with Mango and Custard Sauce, I like. It is a simpler version of the famed mango sticky rice, and don’t you just love the food presentation. Keeping in mind that this would be the last course for the day, and that diners may already have their brims stretched, the dessert comes in a small portion of white glutinous rice capped with dices of fresh mango sitting in a pool of warm custard sauce.

Even though I was full, I could not help making room for this dessert, when there is no room left to make. The warm glutinous rice was like a good pat on the tummy, and the mango slices were extra refreshing especially after the mouthfuls of rice. I would definitely skip right to the end for this dessert in my next visit.

At the end of the day, it is a restaurant you could choose to go to, if ever you are not sure where else to head to for lunch. Most of their food are not hard to stomach. Just make sure to stay off the obvious choices like the chicken rice and sandwiches, then your trip would not be that mundane.

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Crystal Jade Meal³
Level 3
Pavilion KL
Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia
Opens daily @ 11AM-1AM
T: +6 03 2148 2116
F: +6 03 2148 3116

Sunday’s Marmalade matinee.

June 15, 2009

Also guest blogging at Backseat Radio: Aimee Mann live in Singapore @ 29 August 2009.

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It was another Sunday of nothingness, as I lay in bed trying to decide where to go for a quiet meal for one, when I recalled a sweet little place at the corner in Bangsar Village II, where Leng and I last met up for some afternoon tea a while back. It was also a day to try out new joints and see if I like it, instead of heading for another round of waffles at Deli.cious Cafe.

The place was already rowdy with expats and locals with friends, families and kids. Children were running around the wooden floor, as parents engaged in conversations with one another and read the day’s newspapers while sipping on coffee getting cold, cross-legged.

It was already well past noon when I arrived and the breakfast menu has ended. When at a new place and wary as to what to order, delve for the Chef’s Recommendation. You have half a chance of getting it wrong. So, I ordered a Smoked Salmon Quiche, a baked slice of battered smoked salmon, eggs, peas and whatnot, and a glass of Day Starter, a fruit juice consisting of apples, bananas and strawberries blend.

I stole the cherry tomatoes from the cute salad bowl, and delved into my quiche as I continued on a few more pages of Keruoac’s On The Road.

The quiche was just right: it was not too heavy, the eggs were fluffy on the tongue, and the salmon added a sweet tinge in every bite. I was about to finish it when I wondered if I would ever get filled with this slice, then the tummy took up the stop sign and I was suddenly filled.

The Day Starter was refreshing. Every gulpful was a different taste, sometimes apple, sometimes banana, sometimes strawberries. I could still sip the seedy texture of the strawberries. It was nice and thirst-quenching.

I like it that they have cutesy designs on the wall, and they do not go overboard with it. Even their counter and the cakes they serve are a real eye-catcher too. It definitely gives out an atmosphere where you would see yourself in a sundress, sipping iced tea and enjoying your favourite book.

I also managed to catch some familiar tunes playing in the background. Songs like The Boy Least Likely To’s Be Gentle with Me, The Feeling’s Fill My Little World and The Moldy Peaches’ Anyone Else But You. You know, those adorable and indie ones.

Granted it was first built a family-oriented cafe, so if you cannot stand kids running around and screaming, you may want to avoid the place, especially during weekends. But if you are not too picky, and you like doing funny faces to the babies in trolleys when their moms are not watching, may we suggest our next Sunday matinee at Marmalade?

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Marmalade Cafe

1F-18, 1st Floor
Bangsar Village II
Jalan Telawi 2
Bangsar Baru
59100 Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia
Opens 10AM-10PM
T: +6 03 2282 8301
E: contact@ilovemarmalade.com.my
W: http://www.ilovemarmalade.com.my