Friday, June 27, 2014

Dinner in Style @ Jibby & Co, Empire Shopping Gallery

Located as an extension area outside Empire, it is not easy to not notice the very unique looking restaurant any time when you go past the shopping mall. In fact I was already pretty excited before they opened! 
That feeling kinda fades away as time past especially after two experiences: 1) Deardo and I went there as early as 6pm one weekday and was informed they have only those side tables with high chairs available and 2) Lea went there with her family for breakfast on a Sunday morning and had only bad comments on their services, food quality and the fact that all items are overpriced.
If not for SIL who suggested we go there for early dinner the other day, I might not even visit the place until maybe when the crowd slowly go away...
Tell me you are not impress, tell me!
The restaurant's design itself looks extremely impressive both from the outside and inside. Glass panels, high ceiling, tables and chairs that come in different sizes and designs, cool furniture and decor made the restaurant pretty breath-taking and I truly appreciate the effort and money put onto these details. 
Glancing through the menu, you'll find the restaurant, which is under the same management as Serai, offers dishes that are quite distinctively theirs - usual dishes with a fusion twist. Because of the pricing, it was pretty hard to make a decision, especially when we were so scared that the dishes (which are expensive) we ordered will turn out to be bad! So here are what we ordered:
Chicken Popcorn, RM22.
The Chicken Popcorn we ordered to share was pretty awesome! Usual chicken popcorn always have a hard texture but these tender chicken pieces that are coated with salted eggs (scream~~~) were simply addictive! Of course it is quite crazy to pay 22 bucks just for an appertiser! :S 
Shredded Duck Pasta, RM29.
Thai Chicken Maryland, RM28.
Soft Shell Crab Burger, RM32.
Roasted Aubergine Salad, RM25.
SIL's Shredded Duck Pasta is more like an Aglio Olio with duck, baby spinach and their house made semi-sundried tomatoes and it was above average, I must say. BIL had the Thai Chicken Maryland in which the Thai Honey Sauced Chicken was just okay but the salted egg fried rice was super nice with a heavy salted egg fragrant! And what a creative recipe too!
Deardo gave their star item - Soft Shell Crab Burger a go and was impressed. The soft shell crab was huge, crispy and fresh while the buns was soft and nicely grilled. The sweet potatoes fries were also very addictive Lil' Jolie would approved! LOL! I had the Roasted Aubergine Salad which was definitely one of the best and complex salad I've ever had in my life! :)
Whose Cuter? Me or Jolie???
With BIL's Lychee Mint (RM13), plus 10% service charges, the bill came up to RM163.90, which is obviously on a higher range.
Overall, I'm surprised at how much I actually enjoyed the dinner after all the bad reviews. I mean, maybe breakfast here are bad and not other dishes? Food are a class above but unfortunately the price is also a class above, making it hard to say it's an everyday casual dining restaurant. In fact, from other blog reviews I noticed their prices have already increased after opening for merely 2 or 3 months time! Well their business is still doing pretty well so I guess Malaysians are willing to pay a lot for their food hey?

Jibby & Co
GK11, Ground Floor,
Empire Shopping Gallery,
Jalan SS16/1,
47500 Subang Jaya,
Tel: 03-5613 7070

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Eight Outfits & a Wedding

This entry is almost useless if you follow me on Instagram... No lah, don't leave the blog, there are still some  details that I didn't post onto my IG! :p

Anyway, here's an entry to showcase the fashionista side of me, which is not entirely fashionista (psst... Mostly no make-up mah, that's why).

You probably need sunglasses for this dress!
I don't know why as I aged I grew to prefer colourful, if not bold and striking colours compared to the dark and insecure days (with clothes' colours lar) when I was younger. Is this even normal? This bright orange and pink dress is definitely one of my favourites in my current wardrobe! :)
Bright colours dress: Dressabelle
Nude pink heels: Payless 

Flare dress is quite a signature-me outfit I must say.
Mint floral dress: Dressabelle
Mint Jelly heels: Jelly Bunny
Pink belt: From Taiwan
Bag: Gucci
Sunglasses: Deardo's Ray Ban

If you know me well, you'll probably know white is not my colour. But I gave in to this dress cos I just love the unique cut at the neckline. Since it's like a corset top it was quite tight but look at the result in picture! It makes me look so slim ME LOVE! :D
White + floral dress: Twenty3
Heels: Zara
Bag: Gucci
Earrings: Diva

Trying out new look too recently. Bought in some lovely coloured pants and this light purple jeans was a great deal at around RM80, during sales period!
Top: H&M
Light purple jeans: Levi's
Heels: Zara
Bag: Gucci

For the love of cute graphic tees, I've also bought in more Cotton On Tees which are so convenient I can just slip into one and pair with a pair of short or skirt whenever I feel lazy! Don't mind having more of these at all!
'Now or Never' graphic tee: Cotton On  
Mint Skirt: Tee Too
Sandal: Twenty3
Bag: Charles & Keith

More on graphic tee cos this Pineapple tee is too cute!!!
Pineapple tee: Cotton On

I know I just said I don't really fancy dark, especially black clothes anymore but when I saw this dress my jaw-dropped... The vintagy floral overlay that is actually transparent makes this dress so classy, vintage yet cool! 
Dress: Twenty3
Heels: Charles & Keith
Bag: Gucci

My black & pink themed outfit for Sue's wedding dinner not too long ago.
The dress is super old but only got to wear it now for the dinner while the bag was a score from H&M sales at only RM39! Who doesn't like cheap deals?
Black dinner dress: Mango
Fuchsia heels: Zara (my wedding shoe)
Fuchsia bag: H&M
Bracelet: Diva
Necklace: Louisa

Here are some snippets from Sue's very interesting Mickey & Minnie themed wedding dinner!
Sue is another firm evidence that wedding is the best motivation to slim down. Look at how slim she is man! The chin already so damn sharper than mine! 
Anyway, congrats once again to the newlyweds! :)

Monday, June 23, 2014

Hi-Tea the Tai Tai Way @ Majestic Hotel, KL

I think almost all foodies know about the famous hi-tea at Majestic Hotel that takes up to a month to book your table. I have heard about it for quite a while now but have not tried it until 3e invited me to join the Teh sisters and Ah Ma for a belated Mother's Day celebration. She herself have booked the table 2 weeks ahead. 
The walk down to the cafe itself was mesmerising with very old-school English styled dining rooms and decorations. Of course we also walked passed and shamelessly camwhored in front of the gorgeous Orchid Room which you need to pay extra to have your hi-tea at. It was quite an experience for me even if you wanna called me suaku. Almost everything looks so grand and pretty! :)
I am also very glad with their high-standard service, where the server came to explain everything to us, even suggesting to go with which cheaper options and all. For that I give them a five-star. Of course their service became a bit slower later on when the place was fully packed but it wasn't too bad still.
Me love enjoying a 'tai-tai' day!

The hi-tea set is priced at RM48++ per set so for the seven of us, we ordered only 4 hi-tea sets with another 3 extra drinks orders (coffee or tea), which was certainly more than enough. The tea and coffee are also all refillable.
This is a tray of 2 hi-tea sets.
The cakes.
The scones.
The sandwiches.
To be fair, I don't really fancy cakes and sweet stuff. To me hi-tea is more for the experience itself and so I didn't think any of their sweet items were any outstanding. While the sandwiches weren't fantastic, I appreciate the different bread and better ingredients e.g. alfalfa and smoked salmon used to make them.
The savoury items.
The savoury items came in a separate dish with mini popiah, cheese balls and vol-au-vents which make me very happy. Not stingy with their fillings, the items were fresh, warm and still crispy when they were served onto our table. 
Cute little mini ice-cream!
As we continued our chat and camwhoring all the way till 6pm, we also got our mini coned ice-cream to wrap things up before the manager came over to say hi and asked us for feedback.
A selfie with 3e!
And not exactly a selfie with 4e.
Ah Ma with her cute expression! 
4e, Ah Ma, 3e and Uncle Thong enjoying the hi-tea.
My too-hawt aunts here who look like they 100% would qualified to be my sisters! 
Before we left, the manager chased after Ah Ma and handed her a pot of fresh orchid as a gift just because we said it was a belated Mother's Day celebration. So once again, well done for the 5-star hospitality! :)
Ah Ma is all smile with her pot of pretty orchid! :)
The bill came up to around RM280 with taxes and service charges, which is quite acceptable for a hotel standard. Most importantly, the service and food we had were a class above. Definitely way better than the hi-tea I tried at Delicious, which is more expensive! So to all hi-tea kakis, I think this Majestic Hotel's hi-tea is worth a try!

The Tea Lounge
Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur
5, Jalan Hishamuddin,
50000 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-2785 8000

Friday, June 20, 2014

Time for Dessert @ Encore Patisserie Cafe, Taman Bukit Desa

So the other night after an awesome dinner at Woo Pin Fish Head Noodle, we made away to a nearby cafe, Encore, which has only opened for about three months when we visited them for some desserts and coffee.
Located near some housing area, and same row as the now pretty crowded Sanuki Udon, the cafe has a very pretty French cafe-style facade from the outside but has a very simple decor inside with white colour as their base, definitely a different concept compared to the now very trendy rugged style cafes.
Attracting mostly people from the neighbouring area, the cafe sells a variety of fancy cakes, tarts and pastries, including a small selection of pies and sandwiches.  
We were there just to sample their cakes and tarts so here are what we had...
Chocolate Rocca, RM9.
Pear & Almond Tart, RM11.
Opera Cake, RM9.
Cheese Tart, RM9.
My favourite of the night has to be their famous Cheese Tart. The tart comes with cheese filling that isn't overly cheesy with a pinch of lemon zest (I'm assuming) which makes the tart light and perfect for someone who prefers their dessert to be not so heavy and sweet. The crust can be a little bit softer though. Love the Opera cake too but that's probably because I always love Opera cake. *cough cough~*The Chocolate Rocca and Pear Almond Tart were not bad, just too sweet to my liking.
Cafe Latte, RM9.
Cappuccino and Flat White all at RM9 each.
Their coffee while lacks the nice coffee aroma, tasted pretty nice - smooth and thick just like what I like! :)
Seriously, Lil' Jolie can finish the whole Opera cake all by herself! Look at her!!!
And me the 'Au Mou' (Jolie can't pronounce 'Kau Mou').
With a comfortable environment, Encore offers very nice cheese tart (I heard their lemon tart is also not bad) and decent coffee at reasonable prices, making it a nice place to be for some nice desserts and drink without having a headache looking for a car park space. Well, that's just for now, we won't know if the place will become famous and packed later on!

Encore Patisserie Cafe
1, Jalan Bukit Desa 5,
Taman Bukit Desa,
58100 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-7972 7988