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Review: Sparkle in the Joy of Christmas with Armada Hotel PJ

>> Saturday, December 20, 2014

Halal: Yes

Christmas is nearer than I thought! Time just flies so fast with the load of office-work flooding into my mailbox that I've somewhat lost track of my days & dates. This Christmas, Utara Coffee House @ Armada Hotel Petaling Jaya, brings you more goodies than you could imagine.

Featuring an extensive variety of what I would call as Christmas "comfort food" like the Crustaceans with Mushrooms, Roast Duck with Apple Sauce, Roasted Pumpkin Pie, Roast Chicken with stuffing, just to name a few, Utara Coffee House continues to bring you on a gastronomical journey this Christmas all the way through the New Year, keeping you & your loved ones satisfied.

Here are some of the items in the buffet spread:

Christmas Sushi Sashimi Platter

Fresh Prawns with Lemon Wedges

Crustacean with Mushroom
Rich, creamy & smooth - seafood + mushroom lovers would love this dish! 

Boston Oyster Bisque
 Fresh oyster in a creamy bisque...oolala...

Roast Duck with Apple Sauce
Smokey, sweet & fragrant. How about some tender, juicy quack-quack? :D

Smoked Salmon with Rosette

Roasted Pumpkin Pie
 This was actually my favorite during the review as I love pies & the smooth & rich pumpkin taste was just lovely with the fragrant, crispy pie crust.

Christmas Roast Chicken with Walnut Stuffing accompanied with Giblet Gravy and Cranberry Sauce, Mousseline Potato, Glazed Honey Carrot and Brussels Sprouts as well as the Louisiana Pumpkin Pie and Gratinated Oyster with Spinach
*overwhelmed* So many items in ONE dish!!

Beef Medallion with Mushroom Crest
Done just the way I like it - medium :D

Christmas Fried Rice

Classic Yule Log Cake

Assorted Christmas Cookies

Christmas Cake

Minced Pies & Assorted Desserts

Chef Chew with the Christmas spread :) great job, chef!

Don't miss out the opportunity next week! Enjoy your Christmas & New Year with some good food at Utara Coffee House with your family & friends :)

Christmas Eve & New Year’s Eve Buffet Dinner
RM80.00++ per adult
RM70.00++ per senior citizen
RM45.00++ per child
* Party packs and live band (JUKEBOX) performance on 24 & 31 December 2014
* 1st set – 7:30p.m. till 8:15p.m.; 2nd set – 8:45p.m. till 9:30p.m.

Christmas & New Year’s Day Hi-tea Buffet (12:00p.m. - 4:00p.m.)
RM70.00++ per adult
RM65.00++ per senior citizen
RM41.00++ per child
* Party packs and live band (JUKEBOX) performance on 25 December 2014
* 1st set – 12:30p.m. till 1:15p.m.; 2nd set – 1:45p.m. till 2:30p.m.

Utara Coffee House Armada Hotel
Lot 6, Lorong Utara C, Section 52
46200 Petaling Jaya
Selangor Darul Ehsan
For reservations, please call (+603) 7954 6888 ext. 4557
URL: www.armada.com.my
FB: Hotel Armada
Twitter: Hotel Armada

Looking forward to Christmas,


Review: Polpetta - Your Meatball Canvas

>> Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Overall comment: Great place for meatball lovers (both meat eaters & vegetarians)!
Halal: Pork-free

Polpetta is almost one month old now! *yay*

Here's introducing Polpetta, your meatball canvas :D Build your own main dish with meatballs as the main ingredient - be creative! Build your own combination as the 'canvas' is free for you to 'design' ;)

Located at 10 Boulevard along the Sprint highway before the ramp to Bandar Utama, Polpetta is surely a potential to be THE place for good meatballs. This simple cafe is a family business by the Nah family, managed by their young & capable son, Egbert Nah. The family has a passion in the F & B industry & Polpetta is certainly one of the family's pride & joy.

The design of the cafe is simple & homey, aiming to just satisfy the cravings of all meat & even mushroom lovers! Yes, you read it right! They have mushroom balls for vegetarians (100% meatless) :D *yay again*

Ordering is fairly simple although I do feel that it's somewhat complex due to the choices available! :P Just 4 steps, but there's a possibility of 240 combinations!! *faints* I hope my math is correct (3*4*4*5).

1. Choose your meatballs: Beef (RM15.00/serving), chicken (RM13.00/serving) or mushroom (RM16.00/serving)
2. Choose your base: Pasta, mashed potatoes, brown rice or salad
3. Choose your sauce: Classic tomato, freshly blended pesto, mushroom or cheesy cream
4. Choose your topping: Parmesan cheese, nuts, crispy crunch, roasted garlic, or roasted onions

That's not all that Polpetta offers. They have add-ons available as well such as fried egg, hash brown & more, PLUS special combinations/sets! You'll certainly be spoilt for choice here :)

The menu

Since a group of us friends came together to try out Polpetta's meatballs, here are some of the dishes that we had:

Creamy Mushroom Soup (RM9.00/serving)
You can taste the bits of mushrooms in their soup, but the taste could be improved as the soup was had that day lacks salt/ seasoning. Texture is acceptable, but somehow it lacks some "umph" for a mushroom soup. Drink it while it's hot. We realized that when it turned cold, it was quite difficult to finish the bowl of soup as the taste has 'changed'. 

Beef Meatballs + Pasta + Freshly-Blended Pesto + Parmesan Cheese (RM15.00/serving)
The meatballs were actually quite large. Although each serving comes with just 3 meatballs, it's actually enough to satisfy your craving of meatballs & keep you happy. The meatballs were flavorful & juicy, & it actually went well with the fresh pesto.

The Three Stooges (Beef RM15.00/ Chicken RM14.00/ Mushrooms RM16.00 per serving)
Three balls served separately in brioche buns with lettuce & tomatoes, three different sauces: mushroom gravy/ fresh pesto/ classic tomato/ cheesy cream
If you're a fan of meatballs & love variety, go for this dish! You'll get to try all 3 types of meatballs with 3 different combinations of sauce, served in mini brioche buns! Christmas is coming & this looks like the perfect treat for yourself this season :D

Three Musketeers (Beef RM20.00/ Chicken RM18.00/ Mushrooms RM22.00 per serving)
Three balls served on top of a toasted roll with caramelized onions, crispy eggplant, a splash of sauce & simple selection of greens
Mushroom balls + deep-fried eggplant slices + cheesy cream sauce served on a bun! It's actually quite nice, but the mushroom balls had a bit too much bread crumbs that I couldn't really taste & feel the texture of the mushrooms. We gave the feedback to Egbert already, so I'm very sure that they've improved on their mushroom balls since our 1st visit!

Beef Meatballs + Mashed Potatoes + Classic Tomato Sauce + Parmesan Cheese (RM15.00/serving)
This is really classic. You can't go wrong with such combination ;)

Chicken Meatballs + Pasta + Mushroom Sauce + Parmesan Cheese (RM13.00/serving)
This is your typical, homey, comfort meal. I think they could improve on their mushroom sauce. The meatballs are the star of the dish as always.

Mushroom Balls + Mashed Potatoes + Mushroom Sauce + Crispy Crunch (Beef Bacon (RM16.00/serving)
This is my pick for comfort food craving as a mushroom-lover: mushroom balls + potatoes + crispy beef bacon! *drools*

Mushroom Balls + Mashed Potatoes + Cheesy Cream + Parmesan Cheese (RM16.00/serving)
I call this combination the ultimate cheesy combo! Hats off to Sheepz for ordering such a cheesy combination! He must be craving for cheese like crazy...hahaha...he was "stuffed" by the time he finished the whole plate of mushrooms balls & mashed potatoes.

This festive season, why not try something new in town by popping by Polpetta to fill-up your own meatball canvas? They're constantly improving & introducing new items to their menu, so do give this place a try!

Polpetta Cafe
B-G-26 & 27, Jalan Kenanga
10 Boulevard, Kayu Ara
47400 Petaling Jaya
Selangor Darul Ehsan
Tel: (+6016) 222 9908
Business hours: 11:00a.m. - 9:00p.m. daily
FB: https://www.facebook.com/polpettarevolution
Note: It's facing inside, not facing the Sprint highway.

Jingle balls, jingle balls, jingle all the way....


Review: Bmon Cafe, Kota Damansara

>> Monday, December 8, 2014

Overall comment: Great place to chill, enjoy the company of friends & family (even me time!) over affordable & delicious food & coffee. Their waffles are recommended!
Halal: Pork-free
Note: Just show your Student ID and you will be entitled to a 10% discount on any food, beverage & desserts.

Comic fans will certainly find this name "Bmon" no stranger & yes, this new cafe is a joint venture of both brothers, Roy & Travis, where Roy is the artist of the Bmon comic! Located at The Strand in Kota Damansara, Bmon Cafe aims to serve its customers good coffee plus delicious food at affordable prices at their comic-themed cafe.

The entire cafe is filled with drawings of Bmon from the stairs all the way up to the cafe itself.

Comic fans will enjoy this place!

Every corner is setup to be as cosy as possible for all customers to enjoy their cup of coffee alone or with a good company of family & friends :) *yay*

Here at Bmon Cafe, you'll find a good variety of drinks, main dishes & even desserts.

One of their specialties is the Bmon Plant! I love the way they present their drinks: simple & homey. *aaahhhh....*

Bmon Plant (RM13.00/mug)
Aromatic coffee topped with whipped cream, shaved dark chocolate & a sprig of mint leaves. Very creative, no doubt. It makes the coffee bitter sweet & very refreshing at the same time.

Green Tea Latte (RM11.00/mug)
I haven't come across many cafes that serve good green tea latte. I must say that the green tea latte here is commendable! You won't find diluted green tea with milk but Bmon Cafe's green tea latte is rich, creamy & they certainly didn't stinge on the green tea.

Hot Chocolate (RM10.00/mug)
This is something that I would like to try in my next visit :D

Honey Milk (RM9.00/mug)
I love the way the simple honey milk is presented!! Anything with honey at Bmon Cafe & you'll get to feel like Winnie the Pooh *yay*

Honey Lemon (RM8.00/mug)

Ice Apple Soda (RM8.00/glass)
This is best for hot days; fizzy, refreshing & fresh!

Apart from the variety of interestingly presented drinks, Bmon Cafe is proud to pair your favorite drink with some of their freshly cooked/prepared dishes. Every dish is reasonably priced, prepared using the freshest & best quality of ingredients for a tasty & satisfying meal.

Let me introduce you to the 2 BEST dishes served at Bmon Cafe first:

Hippo in the Pond (RM14.90/serving)
This is the star! Calling all potato fans out there! This is like a potato salad with a tangy cheese sauce! Woohoo! It may be very fattening, but it's SOOOO comforting that even those who count their calories must try this & skip your other meals :P Carbs, veggie, meat - all in one!

The other favorite is the waffle! Fragrant, fluffy & wallet-friendly waffles are hard to come by & you can find it at Bmon Cafe!

Waffle with Peanut Butter (RM7.90/serving)
Waffle with Maple Syrup (RM8.90/serving)
Waffle with Ice-Cream and Fruits (RM12.90/serving)
What's not to love about waffles that are done in perfection?? Warm waffles with a scoop of cold ice-cream, anyone?

Here are some of the more 'substantial' meals for those who prefer salads, pasta & breads:

All Day Breakfast (RM16.90/serving)
Bmon Cafe's All Day Breakfast serves a simple variety of favorites. I love their mushrooms, but I felt that their scrambled eggs & beef bacon could be further improved.

Fruit Salad (RM 10.90/serving)
Fresh garden salad with a touch of sweetness from the raisins, fruits & cherry tomatoes plus some crunch from the croutons. I found this simple yet refreshing.

Caesar Salad with Tuna Mayo or Chicken Mayo (RM10.90/serving)
This salad is very similar to the one above except that it's a more savory option. I think there's space for improvement of the salad dressing since they call it a caesar salad. The dressing seems to lack garlic, I think.

Chicken Mushroom Carbonara, Beef/Chicken Bolognase, Chicken Aglio Olio Pasta (RM13.90/serving)
They didn't do very well with their pasta during the time we had our tasting session, but we've provided the team our feedback on the texture of the pasta. Taste-wise, it's not too bad, especially the chicken mushroom carbonara, but the spaghetti were over-cooked, so it was too soft.

Chicken Wrap (RM12.90/serving)
Their wraps are a good variety to the usual sandwiches that you find at cafes. I prefer the chicken wrap to the tuna wrap as it has less mayo & thus less soggy. For me, having this wrap set is just nice to satisfy my tummy. Anything more & I'll be over-stuffed; anything less & I'll start feeling hungry in the next 2-3 hours :P

Tuna Wrap (RM12.90/serving)

Turkey Ham Sandwich (RM14.90/serving)
Who doesn't fancy a buttery, fluffy croissant in exchange for the usual sandwich bread?? I was delighted to find that Bmon Cafe serves croissant for all their sandwiches! Love it! :D

Mushroom, Chicken Mayo or Tuna Mayo Sandwich (RM13.90/serving)
Check out the generous serving of sandwich filling! *drools* I'm hungry again... and I just had lunch!

Mushroom Pizza - Vegetarian (RM13.90/serving)
Thin crust pizza that's great for a single person's main course or as a side dish for sharing. I love the generous serving of mushrooms!

Hawaiian Pizza (RM13.90/serving)
Need I say more about their generosity? Here at Bmon Cafe, you will pay an affordable price for their food & get a satisfying meal on the whole. How fantastic is that, eh? If you're not happy with the service, food or drinks, the cafe's staff & management will be more than glad to receive your constructive feedback & criticisms to help them improve :)

Last but not least, the yummy chocolate mud cake with ice-cream. This was well-loved by everyone & the personalized hand-drawn Dora Bmon sure gave the simple dessert an added 'character' :D

Chocolate Mud with Ice-cream (RM10.00/serving)

If you're around the area or just looking out for a good doze of waffles/comfort food like the Hippo In the Pond, come over to Bmon Cafe for your fix!

Map to Bmon Cafe

Bmon Cafe
8-1, Jalan PJU 5/20B
The Strand area, Kota Damansara

Petaling Jaya
Selangor Darul Ehsan
Tel: (+603) 6158 9993
Business hours: 11:00a.m. - 10:00p.m. daily

FB: Bmon Cafe Kota Damansara

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Love the waffles & Hippo in the Pond,

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