Monday 30 June 2014

Food: IsMe Beauty & Cafe @ Bintang Fairlane 23 (Bukit Bintang)

Have you guys heard of the new kid on the block? IsMe Beauty Café is a unique, one of its kind café which opened a few months ago and caters generally to the modern day women. With its healthy and light menu, you don’t have to worry about the calories in your food as they strive to prepare meals with as little calories as possible. The ambience of this café is cosy, calming and relaxing, so it’s definitely a perfect place to hang out with the girls on the weekends.

IsMe will be launching their very own cosmetics line, Cuscos (Customised Cosmetics) soon. This skincare range is a collaboration with Swarovski and contains 2 carat diamond to whiten skin & brighten dull complexion. They even have a little corner dedicated for this!

Whenever the name cheesecake is mentioned, the usual thought that goes through my head would be fattening. However, IsMe prepares their cheesecake using 4 different cheese and the finest ingredients to keep it light and low in calories.

Blueberry Cheesecake
This exquisite cake was smooth and rich and surprisingly, it didn’t have that distinctive heavy cheesy smell which could make you full within a few bites. It melts in your mouth and even the blueberry layer at the top was just perfect because it had enough blueberry taste yet it wasn’t sweet.

Oreo Cheesecake
To be honest, I didn’t really like this cheesecake because I wasn’t even a big fan of Oreo to start with. But, for those who are, don’t forget to try this. One bite will definitely make you want more because similarly to the blueberry cheese cake, it was incredibly smooth and was generous with their Oreo bits inside the cake.

Mango Mille Crepe Cake
This crepe cake was perfection! Definitely the best I’ve tasted so far. Well, maybe I could be bias because the combination of mango which is my favourite fruit on crepe is to die for! Anyway, I enjoyed this because it wasn’t sweet at all. Instead, it was rather light & refreshing and they even had small mango bits inside J

Butter Croissant
Croissants are my comfort food. And, well, this was crispy on the outside but so fluffy like pillow on the inside. Close your eyes while chewing this, you would be feeling like you are in heaven! That was the case for me, at least. It wasn’t extremely buttery or oily, which is great for those who are health conscious like me but still want to enjoy this delectable pastry. 

Brownies topped with Vanilla Ice Cream
These brownies were heavenly indeed. It was divine, with its chocolatey aroma and incredibly moist texture. The ice cream which was all over the brownies made this the ultimate indulgence for those chocolate lovers out there.

 Spaghetti Chicken Bolognese
The spaghetti is cooked using chicken, instead of the usual beef in order to lower the amount of calories in the dish.  It was tasty and filling, I really liked the fresh tomatoes they used in this instead of tomato puree. There was some cheese sprinkle on the top of this dish which was a perfect combination to its sour taste.

 Creamy Mushroom Spaghetti
The sauce for this dish was savory and was indeed very satisfying. The serving was perfect for me as it wasn't too much. The mushrooms used were fresh and despite it being called creamy, it wasn't overwhelming with that cheesy, milky aroma in comparison to other spaghetti dishes I've tried previously.

I’m not much of a coffee drinker, as you guys might have already known but nevertheless, here are some pictures for your viewing pleasure.

 Peach Drink
This drink is great on a hot day! There was an addition of mint leaves in this to give you that refreshing taste. I don’t usually finish my juices by the way, because I would feel too bloated by the end. But, for this, I finished it without a doubt. Haha.

IsMe Beauty & Cafe
Lot B-1-1, Block B, 1st Floor,
Bintang Fairlane 23,
Jalan Padang Walter Greenier,
55100 Kuala Lumpur

Thursday 26 June 2014

Food: Chicago Rib House @ 1Utama Shopping Mall

Ribs have always been my favourite ever since I tried them on my vacation to Bali. So, when I heard that Chicago Rib House was organising an exclusive party with ribs and mocktails, I knew I had to be there!

In conjunction with Father's Day, the 1 Utama & Gurney Plaza outlets are having a promotion and it is available from 6th June - 6th July. The promotion is indeed fit for a king and includes two full slabs of All-American Pork Ribs with a choice of two sides, which includes a US potato accompaniment, just for the price of ONE

The best part is it is only priced at RM 79.90, and you may choose from 5 different signature sauces – Original BBQ, Honey Garlic, Flaming Kansas City, Bourbon Sauce or Caramelized Plum. The serving is definitely perfect for sharing for family of 4 to 5 persons!

Here's a sneak peek of it!

Doesn't this look yummy? Those ribs are indeed irresistible! The meat are so juicy and tender as Chicago Rib House promises that their baby back ribs are of the highest quality :)

Potato Salad
My favourite side of the night! So creamy and smooth, this potato salad melts in your mouth :) I liked how the chef added some potato cubes inside as well, giving the salad a different twist compared to the usual mashed potatoes. However, it is kinda milky so to those who have lactose intolerance, this is a no-no for you guys alright.

Stuffed Potato
Since I'm a potato lover, this was pretty yummy for me too! It's similar to baked potatoes except that this was overflowing with cheese and you could even eat the potato skin too! So fragrant, definitely a comfort food for me :)

So, what are you waiting for guys? The promotion is still on, so head to your nearest outlet and get your dose of lip smacking ribs!

Chicago Rib House @ 1 Utama
Lot F346, First Floor,
1 Utama Shopping Centre,
1 Persiaran Bandar Utama,
47800 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.

Penang Outlet @ Gurney Plaza
170-G-43, Gurney Plaza,
Persiaran Gurney, 10250,

Wednesday 4 June 2014

Food: Royal Gourmet Fine Dining @ Bandar Bukit Tinggi, Klang

If you're looking for fine dining in Klang, I advise you to look no further and head over to Royal Gourmet Fine Dining at Premiere Hotel. This restaurant serves authentic Chinese cuisine and is a perfect place to have family dinner over the weekends. It does look pretty fancy with the traditional decorations and I was immediately reminded of elaborate wedding dinners as I entered the restaurant.

So, skipping straight to the point of this post. Here are the pictures!

Double Boiled Black Chicken Soup with Chinese Herbs
This is a bowl of heavenly goodness which will definitely revitalize the soul! The extensive amount of traditional Chinese herbs used to prepare this soup contributed to its fragrance & taste. According to the chef, the main ingredient was 'Hak fu chiong' or 'Black Tiger Palm' which is a mushroom like fungus and it was definitely different from other soups I've tried previously.

Steamed Sea Grouper in Village Style
I have never been a huge fan of steamed fish in Chinese restaurant because they usually taste bland. However, this dish definitely deserved a thumbs-up from me as the fish was steamed to perfection with the sweetness of the meat tasted in every bite. The cilantro leaves and carrots garnish complimented the fish and the meat was tender as well as juicy.

Stir Fried Baby French Bean with Top Shell
This vegetable dish had that homey feel to it and I enjoyed it very much. The french bean was crisp and the chef was pretty creative to add some chewy top shell clam into the dish. It was extremely fragrant and not oily at all.

Steamed Minced Chicken with Salted Fish
This dish is usually cooked using minced pork, but uniquely, this was made using chicken instead. For a smoother texture, the chef specified that he used chicken thigh. Not only that, the chicken meat was minced manually instead of a food processor to achieve the perfect consistency. I thought that the idea of adding eggs on the top was pretty clever as well :)

Baked Lamb Rack with Special Sauce
This was definitely hands down the best dish of the night. I am a lamb lover and I love it in basically, any style. The sauce was had a hint of sweetness and the meat was absolutely juicy. The meat was marinated for 2 hours using various ingredients such as red wine, garlic and shallots before being baked. 

Double Boiled Saussurea Involucrate (Wild Snow Lotus) with Snow Fungus & Red Dates
I love desserts to wash down everything after a heavy meal! This was rather fragrant and sweet. However, I didn't really enjoy it because of the snow fungus and magnolia petals which was added.

All in all, it was a pretty decent 5-star kind of meal. If you guys are interested to head over soon, here's the address and contact number :)

Premiere Hotel
Bandar Bukit Tinggi 1/KS6
Jalan Langat
41200 Klang
Contact : 03-3325 6868