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Grand Palace Restaurant @ Pavilion

This year, my birthday was quiet but memorable. I’ve been celebrating it with a few people on different days starting with a good friend last Friday. We had a session of free-flow champagne (other champagne-based cocktails included) and some nibbles from 7-9pm at Feast Village before adjourning to Grand Palace Restaurant Pavilion for a proper dinner.

When we got there, it was 9.45pm and the kitchen was about to close. But my friend knows as assistant manager there who made sure we got our food. For two pax, we had the bacon-wrapped prawns, baked spare ribs (1 portion each), abalone and foie gras on fried rice cake, and a seafood wat tan hor.

The prawns were batter-fried and delicious; they were succulent, sweet and savoury from the bacon. Some wasabi mayo would have given it a nice ‘kick’, but this tasted pretty good with the chilli sauce provided.

The abalone and foie gras on fried rice cake wasn’t on the menu. Instead, it was prepared via special request. While the foie gras was slightly overcooked, the abalone was nicely chewy with a briny flavour. This went nicely with the crispy rice cake.

Although we only had one spare rib each, that one piece was large and meaty with beautifully charred edges. The meat was tender, slightly fatty and oh-so-flavourful when I sank my teeth into it. Bone-licking good! I wasn’t impressed with the wat tan hor though, as the noodles lacked wok hei. A pity, as the seafood was fresh and sweet.

After dinner, we actually went to La Bodega for a round of margaritas! And because I was so stuffed with food, I still went home sober. To my friend who wants to remain anonymous, thank you for drinks, dinner, and the birthday gift!

Ambiance: 6.5/10
Price: N/A
Food: 6.5/10 (non-halal)
Verdict: Chinese dishes with a modern touch.

Lot 6.39.00 Level 6
Pavilion Kuala Lumpur
03-2143 1128

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A Wet Thai Restaurant @ Puchong

After reading Mei Yee’s Puchong Food Guide, I asked her to take me for Japanese buffet in Bandar Puteri Puchong. But she told me about this Thai place just across the road called A Wet Thai Restaurant. The restaurant name caught my fancy so I decided to try the food there instead.

Unless you live or work in Puchong, it can be a maze for those with poor direction sense. Good thing rif goes to Puchong for work at least once a year — he knew just where the restaurant was. Unlike most Thai restaurants in KL, this place is non-halal (yay!). Between the four of us, we shared the Thai Deep Fried Pork Trotter, Tom Yam Seafood Soup, Thai Deep-fried kangkung and Pandan chicken.

The pork knuckle was pretty good. Crispy on the outside with a moist centre, this tasted best when eaten with the Thai green chilli sauce provided. Portion was huge but since I was there, finishing this was an easy feat. Muahahaha! Otherwise, it’s best to share this with 5-6 people.

Our tom yam seafood came with a metal pot with a burner to keep it warm. Lukewarm tom yam is a no-no for me. Tastewise, it was adequately spicy, but I like my tom yam fiery hot and sour. The seafood was not the freshest I’ve eaten, but still decent in my books.

The batter-fried kangkung was addictive. Once you start, it’s hard to stop…until the plate is wiped clean. I liked that the batter wasn’t overly light, giving the vegetables a good crunch when bitten into. The light ones would just ‘melt in the mouth’. No-shiok.

I’ve never been a fan of pandan chicken, partly because the pandan leaf is a pain to remove. The other reason is because the chicken pieces tend to be drier that usual. A Wet Thai’s version was nice and moist, but I still wasn’t a convert. Give me green curry chicken anytime!

Instead of plain water, you are served pandan flavoured water which helps cool the body down from the heat. Pardon the lack of pictures; my camera battery died just as I took a picture of the pandan chicken. All in, the food was quite decent and prices were reasonable. I’m not sure how much each dish cost, but we paid RM90+ for all the above. Thanks for recommending this place to me, Mei Yee!

Ambiance: 5.5/10
Price: 6/10
Food: 6/10 (non-halal)
Verdict: Pretty decent Thai food, and it’s non-halal!

No.1, Grd Floor
Jalan Puteri 2/5,
Bandar Puteri,
47100 Puchong.
03-8060 5630

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June 28, 2011


Today, I turn 26. Unlike my past birthday celebrations, this year was pretty low-key. I wasn’t looking forward to this day at all. Remember when I said turning 25 was the worst thing ever? Well, I was wrong. Turning 26 is worse, and I foresee it getting worse as I grow older each year. Technically, […]

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