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Review: Delifrance Malaysia Christmas Menu

>> Tuesday, December 23, 2014

As I sit in the bedroom, overlooking the gloomy weather outside the window in the wet & rainy Kuantan town, my stomach rumbles & longs for a warm, comforting meal. Too bad there isn't a Delifrance outlet here at Kuantan. Imagine biting into warm, crispy pie crust with oozing, creamy meat & mushrooms, on a rainy weather - bliss!

Delifrance Mid Valley

This Christmas, Delifrance Malaysia proudly introduces a variety of warm meals & pretty cakes. To kick-start our tasting session, we were treated to some of their all-time best-sellers as below. What better way to begin with pastries as appetizers! :P I love pastries...

The Christmas set menu was also introduced, where each dish comes with a glass of F&N Seasons' iced lemon tea.

Chicken/Beef Lasagne (RM17.90/serving)
Lasagne layers filled with minced chicken/beef in a light tangy sauce topped with melted cheese. Comfort food indeed!

Poached Salmon with Creamy Dill Sauce (RM34.90/serving)
As much as I love salmon, I felt that this dish lacks "umph" compared to the other dishes available on the Christmas set menu. Nevertheless, the salmon is nicely cooked & the creamy dill sauce complimented the salmon quite well.

Provencal Lamb Stew (RM34.90/serving)
Although this dish didn't look the most appetizing (it's all brown!), but trust me, it's one of the best dishes on the Christmas set menu. The pieces of lamb were so tender & melts in your mouth. The gravy was also very flavorful, with the right balance of herbs & spices. I'll certainly recommend trying this dish if you're here for their Christmas set menu! Oh, it comes with mashed potatoes at the bottom as well! *drools*

Cheesy Turkey Pasta (RM15.90/serving)
I'm certainly no big fan of turkey ham pasta & this was no exception. The pasta was cheesy enough, but it could get slightly cloying since the sauce is cheesy + creamy.

To complete our tasting session, desserts are certainly a must!

Mini Fruit Tartlets

Rocky Land Gift Cake (RM35.00/cake)
Blegian chocolate cake topped with ganache. I didn't try this as I was quite stuffed, but it certainly looks like a perfect Christmas indulgence :)

Santa Play Land Gift Cake (RM48.90/cake)
Who doesn't fancy red velvet cakes with sour cream cheese topping? The cake was quite moist (could be more moist though) & it wasn't too sweet. Not too bad & no doubt it looks pretty enough to be a great Christmas gift for family & friends ;)

Classic French Macarons (approx RM3.00 per macaron)
Oh-so-sweet-but-oh-so-yummy! Not the best I've had, but it's still good :D At least the shell was crusty on the outside & soft on the inside, with evident taste of its flavor (strawberry, chocolate, coffee, coconut & more).

This Christmas, for a simple yet satisfying meal, come by Delifrance & be pampered with their delicious puffs, warm Christmas set meals or even their cakes.

Delifrance Mid Valley
LT-052, Mid Valley Megamall
LR397, Mukim Kuala Lumpur
Batu 2 1/2, Jalan Klang Lama
58000 Kuala Lumpur
Business hours: 9:00a.m. - 10:00p.m. daily
Tel: (+603) 2284 5658 (Mid Valley outlet)/(+603) 7842 5718 (catering hotline) / (+6012) 223 9806 (catering hotline)
Email: catering@delifrance.com.my (for catering services)
URL: http://www.delifrance.com.my/
FB: https://www.facebook.com/DelifranceMalaysia
Note: There are 15 outlets of Delifrance nationwide, so check out for the nearest outlet to you on their website. 

Love the pastries & lamb stew,


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....

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