Sepiring, The MINES

I haven’t written a food review in a while because I haven’t found a place I really like until I stumbled upon Sepiring at The MINES recently.

The first page of the menu says: Proud of our colourful heritage, our menu carries an exciting variety of recipes from all corners of Malaysia. It is this harmonious blend of flavours that make us all ‘uniquely Malaysian’.

And then, on the next page is a menu of pasta selection. Hmmmmm… am I the only one wondering from which corner of Malaysia pastas are from?

I decided to go for something truly Malaysian, so I ordered Nyonya Nasi Ulam with Ayam Percik and Durian Cendol.


You can barely see the ayam percik (grilled chicken) in the photo because it’s covered by the coconut milk gravy. The gravy was so creamy and yummy. The sambal was not hot at all (disappointing). The keropok lekor and salted egg were as expected. I was happy with the overall taste of the nasi ulam. The the right combination of spices and flavours.

The durian cendol was evil. I couldn’t finish the entire bowl. It was too much. If you choose to order this, I would recommend that you share it with a friend.

Update (24 Dec, 2017):
I snapped a photo of this pasta because it looked so tempting. The taste wasn’t disappointing. This Malaysian-ized Spicy Smoked Beef Pasta was awesome! You have to try this one. The smoked beef was thinly sliced and tasty. The coconut gravy was slightly creamy, slightly spicy, and oddly, was just right for the pasta. This weird mixed marriage was very delicious.


I ordered Bubur Chacha because I hadn’t had it in a looong while. It wasn’t too sweet, which was the way I like it, and tasty. But for some reason, I couldn’t shake the feeling that there was a missing flavor.

My verdict: 4stars


Restoran Al-Arafah, Seri Kembangan

I checked out Restoran Al-Arafah about a month ago. I ordered mushroom soup (of course), mandi lamb and Arabic tea. Apparently, Arabic tea is Lipton tea plus mint and some spices. Hmmmm….


The mushroom soup tasted like instant soup. No big deal. You’re not missing anything big if you don’t order this. The tea was very bitter. Even after I added sugar, it was still bitter. The mandi lamb was quite good, but I think the one at Balqis Restaurant is better. The bill for my meal was RM26.

My verdict: 3stars

Kesom Cafe

Kesom Cafe is reputed to serve the best nasi kerabu in town. A cafe with that kind of reputation is worth a check out.

My friend and I arrived at around 12.15 p.m. and the place was almost full. This is a cafe that serves traditional east coast, Malay food and many of its patrons were non-Malays — a tell tale sign that the cafe serves seriously delicious food.

The basic nasi kerabu cost only RM8. The add-ons chicken curry and sambal petai tempe tofu were RM6 and RM3.50, respectively. The serai pandan drink cost RM3.50. I actually don’t like petai much, but I didn’t notice the petai in the sambal tempe initially, so….


The way to eat nasi kerabu is to mix everything (except the sambal) on the plate (in this case, tray) together. I’m happy to report that Kesom Cafe lived up to its reputation — they do serve the best nasi kerabu in town. The ulam (salad) was fresh and crunchy.The right balance of all the ingredients made it, oh so, delicious.

The chicken curry was perfect, with the right balance of spices. The sambal petai tempe tofu was also good even though not outstanding. The only thing disappointing was the serai pandan drink — it was almost like drinking plain water.

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Serai, Petaling Jaya

I lunched at Serai in Section 14, Petaling Jaya. The menu, which consists of local and western dishes, is on the pricey spectrum.

We ordered seafood iced lattee (RM13), minted calamansi soda (RM13), seafood tomyam (RM22), nasi ambang (top right – RM24), nasi kerabu (bottom left – RM23) and banofee pie (RM14.80). Food at Serai comes in very generous portions.


The tomyam was very delicious. The taste was different from the tomyams I’ve had before, and it was a curious kind of different. I’m not sure but I think the lemon grass flavour was stronger than usual and that made it different.

My friend loved the nasi ambang she ordered. The beef rendang was delicious with just the right balance of the spices.

The roast chicken that came with nasi kerabu was delicious. The sambal tasted sweet-ish initially but after a few seconds, tasted very hot. Go easy on the sambal if you’re not into hot food. The nasi kerabu wasn’t bad, but you can find more delicious nasi kerabu at roadside stalls and it cost less than half of what Serai charges you. Ha ha… I don’t recommend the nasi kerabu.

The banofee pie, which contains slices of bananas, was superb! The portion was big enough for two people to share.

I like the ambience at Serai. Chic and spacious. Overall, I feel that the food was quite good albeit a little bit pricey.

My verdict: 4stars

Coffee Culture, Putrajaya

I wasn’t too hungry the first time I went to Coffee Culture, so I ordered chicken wings (RM15.36) and hazelnut latte (RM12.64). The chicken wings were VERY delicious. Yummy. Finger lickin’ good. If you go there, you must order this.

I was very impressed by the chicken wings, so I went again for lunch. This time I ordered the beef burger and a coconut latte (sorry, I lost the receipt and I don’t remember the price). The burger was slightly burned on the outside and the overall taste was just OK. It was just a beef burger — nothing special. After the superbly delicious chicken wings, I had high expectation for the burger and I was severely disappointed. I was crushed!

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The hazelnut latte was okay. It was how it should taste. The coconut latte was something else. I’m not sure how to describe it. It has a bitter-ish, creamy taste, which is kind of odd and nice at the same time. I think it’s one of those things that you’ll either love or hate. Definitely try this one.

My verdict: I really loved the chicken wing, so…. 4stars

Meatball & Co, Putrajaya

I’m not a mean person, but I have to tell people to not eat here. The food was horrible.

The meatball set comes with an option of two side dishes. I ordered beef meatballs with salad and mashed potatoes plus soft chocolate cookies and cappuccino.

The meatballs were so tasteless, I felt like I was chewing a sponge. The mashed potatoes was equally tasteless. I wondered if the cook forgot the vital ingredients. There was nothing memorable about the salad and the cappuccino.

The chocolate cookies was OK. Not too sweet and they actually tasted like chocolate cookies. The cookies were the only good thing I ate there.


The bill was RM25.95. I beg you not to waste your hard-earned money here.

My verdict: 1star

Salam Noodles, Cyberjaya

I dropped by at Salam Noodles for lunch. It’s located on level P2 of Shaftbury Square, Cyberjaya. I heard much about this restaurant and decided to check it out.

This restaurant has a welcoming feel that I like. It’s decor is simple but attractive. I sat down at a table, wrote down my order on a piece of paper and then went to the the counter to pay. The menu consists of a variety of soup noodles. There are also a few rice dishes, if you prefer that. I ordered braised beef soup noodles. Drinks are free flow and free of charge if your food is at least RM8.

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The food arrived less than 5 minutes after ordering. How’s that for efficient service! The soup was mildly spicy. I’m sure they put some herbs in it. It was the most delicious soup noodles I’ve had in a long time. For only RM8.50 a bowl, that is truly value for money. If I wasn’t so full after finishing that bowl, I would’ve ordered another one!

If you’re in or near Cyberjaya, you must stop by for a meal. I promise you won’t regret it.

My verdict: 5stars