Sunday, July 17, 2011

Delicious - Bandar Utama

Corn Beef & Chili Padi Spaghettini
First outing with Ying Jie and family since he got back for summer break. After shopping, we stopped at Delicious to have late lunch.

Loo and I had Corn Beef & Chili Padi Spaghettini, Olio Style. Not too bad but I could not taste the spiciness of the Chili Padi at all. A little on the salty side as well. The saltiness may be coming from the corn beef.

Homemake Pesto Spaghettini
with Chargrilled Chicken
Ying Jie had Homemake Pesto Spaghettini with chargrilled chicken. Look good and must be good too as Ying Jie finished everything on his plate :)

Tomato Spaghettini
Swee Kheng had Traditional Tomato Spaghettini. This is a vegetarian dish. Looks good too.

We had a good time catching up and I promised Ying Jie that we will have another eating session before he heads back to Manchester for his studies.

Nyhavns Faergekro

This is my second trip to Copenhagen. We decided to take the metro to downtown for dinner and also check out the apotek outlets for our products. After walking around, we stopped at Nyhavns Faergekro for dinner.

As usual I will ask for authentic local food and the waitress recommended Entrecote and Stegt Flaesk.

Entrecote is beef grilled and served with grilled vegetables, handcut fries and homemade herb sauce. Shared some of Vivian's and I liked the taste.

Stegt Flaesk
Stegt Flæsk is a classic Danish dish. It is fried slices of pork on the bone with a creamy parsley sauce and potatoes. Super like this dish!

Stegt Flaesk goes very well with local beer...Tuborg. Another happy meal. Very satisfied.


Stadtkeller is a Swiss folklore restaurant. I've seen a travel show featuring this restaurant and since I'm in Lucerne, I have to try their food.

We arrived at the restaurant early and was told that the folklore show starts only at 8pm. We did not want to wait as there will be a big crowd for the Lucerne Music Festival later on.

Since we were not really that hungry, we opt for a light dish, bindenfleisch and cheese fondue.

Bindenfleisch is  also known as Bündnerfleisch or Viande des Grisons. It is an air-dried meat that is produced in the canton of Graubunden, Switzerland. 

Do I like the taste of bindenfleisch? Well, NO! It has a very funny taste and very salty. It is eaten with pickles.

Tomato Soup
After a few slices of the bindenfleisch, I decided to order tomato soup. The soup was not great either but better than the bindenfleisch.

Cheese Fondue
Cheese fondue was the last dish to be served and I was looking forward to tasting it. Unfortunately, the cheese fondue was also a let down. Cheese fondue is usually eaten during winter but this restaurant serve them all year round.

Stadtkeller Bier
The only thing that was great in this restaurant was it's house beer.

Frankly, this place is a novelty. Try once and will never go back again. If I ever go back, it is only for it's beer :)

Hotel Des Alpes

The Hotel Des Alpes has a long history and dining is accompanied with a sense of history and tradition. We sat outside, on the terrace along the river Reuss. 

This is my first trip to Switzerland and I wanted to try traditional/authentic Swiss dishes....Veal Zurich style and butterfried lake fish fillet.

Fish Soup
I had fish soup for starter. The warm fish soup was very tasty and great for the soul as the evening was rather chilly.

Veal Zurich Style
Main course was Veal Zurich style (sliced veal with mushrooms in a cream sauce, and buttered noodles). Vivian and I decided to share the main course to make room for ice cream. The cream sauce mushroom and veal was tasty. The buttered noodle looked like Shanghai noodle.

Butterfried Lake Fish Fillets
Salman ordered Butterfried lake fish fillets (butterfried lake fish fillets with almonds, boiled potatoes and leaf spinach). Apparently the fish was from River Reuss. I also noticed that Salman likes eating fish.

After dinner, we had rum and raisin ice cream as dessert. While we complaint about the cold, we still could not resist the ice cream :) There was rum in the ice cream unlike the ones we get back home.

I also had a glass of local beer, Eichhof Braugold beer. Enjoyed the view towards the Alps and the wooden bridge while eating our dinner.

Black Pearl Seafood Restaurant

Today is the day we leave Belgium for Switzerland...spending the weekend in Luzern before meeting another customer in Zurich. Vivian was craving for bouillabaisse, a dish she had eaten before at Brussel airport. Should have seen the way she looked for the restaurant :) Found the is called the Black Pearl Seafood Restaurant where we finally had our bouillabaisse.

The bouillabaisse was very tasty. I understand now why Vivian was frantically looking for it. Thanks Vivian for sharing this fabulous dish.

It is a soup dish with white fish. Yummy yummy.
We also shared a lobster salad which was equally tasty.

Not forgetting bread...the bread is so fresh and taste so good with or without the mustard paste. Thumbs up. Another great meal before we leave Belgium :)

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Le Baan Thai

After many days of Western food, we finally had an Asian (Thai) meal at Le Baan Thai. The  exterior of the restaurant is very cosy. As we were contemplating whether to have dinner at the restaurant, a gentlemen came out with some takeaway. We asked him about the food. He gave very good review and suggested that we try. I saw many Michelin award stickers at the main entrance. It was crowded and very difficult for us to get the waiter's attention. It took a while before one attends to us.

We ordered food to style with white rice. We had mixed vegetable tofu, two different types of curries and prawn tom yum soup.

The prawn tom yum soup taste good but not spicy enough for me. Guess it's tailored for Westerners. A way from home and to have a chance to taste food that's familiar is always good even though not good enough :)

The green chicken curry was very tasty and authentic. The red duck curry was equally good.

Another great meal! So far away from home and still have the feel of home. Very happy.

Le Baan Thai allows owners of pets to bring in their pets while they dine. I'm not used to this culture. Unlike me (who kept quite even though I do not like seeing what I saw), Salman was complaining about it through out dinner.  

Brasserie 't Stropke

From Paris, we went to Ghent, Belgium to meet another customer. My first time to Ghent, Belgium and like the city.

Had our lunch at Brasserie 't Stropke. A nice and cosy authentic atmosphere near the historic Castle of the Counts.

We had a table outside the brasserie which had a good view of Castle of the Counts. It was a bit chilly but the cool weather makes our tomato soup taste so much better :) Our soup was served in a nice little pot. Rather authentic.

For main course, Vivian had a chicken dish with potatoes. Tried some of Vivian's....I like the potatoes. Definitely gained some kilos as I have not been exercising throughout the trip but kept on eating food which are high in carbs.

I had mixed meat grill. Looks oily but tasty.
My dish came with pommes frites, authentic Belgian fries. What's the difference between pommes frites and french taste the same to me :)

Our taxi driver  the airport was actually recommending pommes frites with Duvel beer. Did not try the Duvel beer during lunch but had one later at Hotel Harmony.Like the taste of the beer.

Le Bristo Marbeuf

Second day in Paris...while my colleague is meeting up with our customer, Vivian and myself had the day off to explore Paris.

After walking around Champs-Elysees and did some shopping, we stopped for lunch at Le Bristo Marbeuf. Not our first choice as the restaurant recommended by the pharmacist (from whom we bought some skincare) was already closed for lunch.

Le Bristo Marbeuf is a traditional Bistro de Paris, located near the Champs-Elysees in the Metro; Franklyn Roosevelt.

We ordered escargot which never made to our table. Very disappointed :( In France and not had escargot.

While waiting for our main course to be served, we had to be contented with bread... actually, the bread was quite good.

Vivian had frog legs while I had pork. Both our dishes are French but looks like Chinese dishes.

Tried some of Vivian's frog legs...prefers back home's "kong poh" frog legs better.

I had pork which taste like "tung po" meat. Love the pork and mashed potatoes very much.

After lunch, we continued our shopping and took a city tour around Paris on the hop-on-hop-off bus. 

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Mets DV Roy - Saint Denis Paris

When we arrived in Paris, we were (at least I was) very worried as the taxi driver kept asking my colleague why the hell we ended up in Saint Denis. Apparently it's a bad neighborhood but we had no choice as there are no more hotels available during our visit to Paris. To me, it's a blessing in disguise as we found the Saint Denis Brasilique, a beautiful church and this beautiful restaurant that serve delicious French food with excellence service.

Restaurant Mets DV Roy was recommended by the hotel front desk and we were not disappointed.  Vivian and I ordered set lunch and Salman decided to go just the main course. 

Vivian's appetizer is melon with thin slices of meat. I had prawns on a bed of salad and avocado. Very nice!

For main course, Salman had salmon fish. Vivian had steak and I had duck. Nice presentation and very delicious. The baked potatoes taste really good.

Had creme burlee and chocolate cake with ice cream for dessert. Yum Yum and super full. We had a great time, sitting in front of Saint Denis Brasilique and watching people walking by.