Category Archives: Food Reviews

First Among Equals

This is a story of the journey of four MPs in Westminster. They compete for final prize — a residence in 10 Downing Street.

Turns out, political drama is not my cup of tea. I found this story mind-numbingly boring. But, if political drama is your cup of tea, get this book from this store or that store.


Fish & Co, MINES

I ordered orange juice, cream of mushroom and Coriander Catch at Fish & Co. The menu says Coriander Catch is “White fish fillet grilled with a home blend of coriander sauce to give it an intense, healthy flavour.” That certainly was not the case.


The rice was bland — wouldn’t make much difference if they actually served plain white rice. The coriander sauce didn’t taste like coriander — it was almost tasteless.

I like tapioca but the baked tapioca didn’t complement the meal. It tasted odd and out of place. It would be better if instead of baked tapioca, it was served with mixed veggies or salad.

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Homst Recipe, Bangi Gateway

I went to Homst Recipe at Bangi Gateway for lunch. I ordered fried siakap in tamarind gravy, ginger lala and ying yang kailan.

The siakap (fish) was fresh and deep fried. The tamarind sauce was yummy. There was nothing left on the plate but bones by the time we finished eating.


The ginger lala was delicious, but nothing special about it.

The way the kailan was cooked was indeed unique — this was the first time I encountered one cooked this way. The kailan was thinly sliced and fried crispy. It’s amazing. My guess is the chef dipped the kailan in very hot oil for maybe a minute.

The bill for two people was RM113.90 and worth every sen!

My verdict: 4stars

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