Showing posts with label Kota Damansara. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Kota Damansara. Show all posts

Friday, January 26, 2018

Kota Damansara Food: GUESS WHAT Vietnamese Restaurant

Kota Damansara Food GUESS WHAT Vietnamese Restaurant

Looking for authentic Vietnamese food around Kota Damansara can be quite challenging. We recently chance upon GUESS WHAT Vietnamese Restaurant located at 7, Jalan PJU 5/6, Kota Damansara, 47810 Petaling Jaya, Selangor which offers popular Vietnamese Street Food at a value for money prices.

GUESS WHAT Vietnamese Restaurant

Started about five months ago GUESS WHAT Kota Damansara offers a variety of famous Vietnamese street food like Pho, Banh Mi and others. It has a modern setup that diners can enjoy their dishes in a colourful and lively environment.

Kota Damansara Food

We started with an order from the appetizer menu which the first is the popular Vietnamese Rolls called the Summer Rolls (RM6.90). The Chef which hails from Vietnam has concocted a special spicy peanut sauce as the dipping sauce for the rolls.


Next on is the Deep Fried Summer Roll (RM6.90) which has yam, Taugeh and carrot as its filling. Nice crisp on the outside with a juicy filling.


For me, the next appetizer is my favourite which is the Fish Sauce Chicken Wings (RM6.90). Marinated with premium quality Vietnamese fish sauce, it has a very savoury salty taste and has a fragrant aroma. You can taste the flavour down to the bones. Needless to day a second helping was on the card.


For the Pho, We ordered the Australian Beef Pho. This is a premium serving; as the meat is 100% Australian Beef. Sliced to a wafer-thin layer, it will curl up when mix with the hot broth. Nice springy texture. According to the Chef, each bowl will get 100 gram of meat slices. You can either order the normal Beef Slice RM13.90 while the premium Ribeye Beef Slice is at RM17.90. A real value for money considering the meat portion and the Australian Beef that is used. another point to note is that at GUESS WHAT, if you are not a fan of the Pho, you can request to replace it with Eggs Noodles or Rice Noodles for all its Pho dishes.


Next, we had the Beef Internal Organ (RM12.90). This Pho comes with Beef Tendon (my favourite), Honey Comb Beef Stomach, Sponge Stomach and Heart although you can opt for Beef Shin instead. The broth was flavourful as the chef uses the Beef Neck Bone as the main base ingredients with 5 to 6 different spices that are added to it. The slightly darker coloured broth is boiled overnight for more than 8 to 10 hours.


For those that love beef balls, you can also the Beef Ball Pho  (RM13.90) you can try this as the Beef Balls are 100% in-house made. It has a nice bite and firm texture. In order not to have wastage, you can order your Basil Leaves, Bean Sprout as a side order (RM1.50).


If you are not the beefy type, GUESS WHAT also offers Pork Noodles (RM8.90)which is topped with fried lard (Chu Yau Char) to gives you that finer porky taste.


The Chicken Noodles (RM8.90) is served with cut meat slices and a poached Half Boiled Kampung Eggs.


The fish that GUESS WHAT uses for its Fish noodles (RM12.90) are the Toman Fish which has a nice bouncy and flaky texture. While the broth used to cook these noodles which include the pork and chicken are cooked with chicken bones which has a much lighter taste.


Another not to be missed Noodle dish is the Clams Noodles (RM8.90). At this price and based on the number of clams that came in the bowl; it is a real value for money. Even a bowl of Pork Noodles from the neighbourhood coffee shop already cost RM6.50. What's more, you can taste the quality of the clams which has a juicy and firm fresh texture that is used to cook this noodle.


According to the owner, they would like to offers a variety of food at GUESS WHAT as some people are Rice people. To cater for this group of customers; there are a few varieties of Rice dish; the first of which is the Pork Chop Rice  (RM12.90). According to the Chef, the Pork and Chicken meat are marinated in garlic, honey, condensed milk and pan-fried to a nice crisp.


and the Chicken Chop Rice  (RM12.90). Each rice dish is served with a sunny side up. If you notice the colour of the yolk; it has a deep orange colour which is the character of the Kampung Eggs.


Another Rice Dish is the Heritage Coconut Rice  (RM16.50) which comes with a soup base made from the coconut water and cooked with fresh coconut flesh. We like the taste of the broth as it has a naturally sweet flavour of the coconut together with Beef Broth. It comes with the in-house made Beef Ball.


Banh Mi is also offered at GUESS WHAT. There are altogether 4 difference flavours that you can choose from which is Beef, Pork, Tuna and Chicken for RM7.90 each. The bread is custom made specifically for GUESS WHAT which still maintains the nice soft crunch and soft texture of the bread even after a while.


Currently, at GUESS WHAT they only serve one dessert and it is not a Vietnamese Dessert but a Malaysian dessert which is Durian Cendol  (RM11.50). According to the owner, the Durian Puree is sourced from the Betong (not Bentong), South Thailand. For me; I still prefer my Musang King Cendol which has a much more pungent bitter taste as compared to Thai Durian which tends to have a sweeter taste.

GUESS WHAT Vietnamese Restaurant

For Vietnamese Coffee fans, you really have to order the Vietnamese Coffee served at GUESS WHAT. There are 2 variant of coffee that is served here; the first of which is Sang Tao 1 (RM5.90 Hot - RM6.90 Iced)

Vietnamese Coffee

while the second variant is the Phat Hai (RM5.50 Hot - RM6.50 Iced)  which has a chocolatey aftertaste. I like this. One of the characteristics of a real Vietnamese coffee is the strong taste of the coffee and even though you order the Ice Coffee, somehow even after the ice is melted, it does not really dilute the colour of the coffee.

GUESS WHAT Vietnamese Restaurant Location Address Map



Saturday, July 1, 2017

The Art Coffee Sunway Giza Kota Damansara Selangor


The Art Coffee Sunway Giza is a new local cafe right in the heart of Sunway Giza Kota Damansara. Located near the entrance of Village Grocer, it offers diners the option of a freshly brewed coffee which can be accompanied by coffee pairing dishes.


The Art Coffee Address
Lot G.03 Ground Floor Sunway Giza, 
No. 2 Jalan PJU 5/14, PJU 5, Kota Damansara
Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
Opening Hours: Daily 10 am - 10 pm
Telephone Number: 03-7621 2138

Like most cafe, the setting is one of a bright outlook with plenty of daylight that comes from the foyer entrance of the Sunway Giza. One of the thing that we like most is the availability of power socket throughout the entire cafe and with a 100MB Wifi Internet access, it is a superb place to work on your notebook.

The Art Coffee Menu

The Art Coffee Sunway Giza has just opened its doors about four months ago and have just revamped some of its dishes.


To start off our meal here, we have a Garden Salad with Beef Bacon (RM10.90 +RM5.00). At the Art Coffee, you can order a basic salad and then add on any of your favourite ingredient which are Beef Bacon, Smoked Chicken or Smoked Salmon; ours came with Beef Bacon. The sauce that came with the Salad is the Garlic Aioli sauce which is in-house made and have the right taste that blended with the refreshing salad.


We found that one of the popular items to be ordered here is the sandwiches, our order of sandwich is the Cheezy Turkey Slice (RM14.90) which is loaded with tomatoes, lettuce, onions, cheese and turkey slice. This ingredient is sandwiched with an in-house made Ciabatta bread which has a very nice texture. It is also served with a special sauce which you can spread on the sandwich.


Next, we had 2 pizza, which the first is a 6" (Small) Hawaiian Mojo Pizza (RM15.90) which is topped with pineapples, chicken meat and condiments.


the second pizza is the 10" (Regular) Pepper Pepperoni Pizza (RM20.90). These pizzas are prepared using a Freeze Blasting Technology to retains the natural texture and taste of the ingredient.


To enjoy your cuppa of specially brewed coffee you can order some of the pastries items. Among the notable is the Strawberry Berliner (RM4.00) which is a doughnut with strawberries filling. The texture of the dough has a soft texture. You can request to have your Berliner either served chill or hot.


Our order of the other pastries includes the Apple Cinnamon Strudels (RM2.90), Sultana Danish (RM2.90) and the Chicken Curry Puff (RM2.90) which has a very flaky and crisp dough which we like.


Or you could order their Chicken Pie (RM13.90) which is filled with potatoes, corn, carrots and chicken meat. Best to be eaten when it is still piping hot.


Lastly, you can opt to finish your meals with some sweet offering of the Les Petit-Clair  (RM3.50).


or for fans of the macaroon can taste out the Artisan Macaroon (RM5.00).


For the coffee beans, at The Art Coffee, every month you get to taste a different blend of beans. The current blend which is used to brew our coffee; is a mix blend of  made out of 80% Brazil origin and 20% Indian origin which extrudes a nutty sweet flavour.

Latte


The concept of changing the blend is to provide coffee enthusiast, the opportunity to try out the different offering on a monthly basis.


This will cultivate the art of tasting the different blend and also not a have a familiar taste day in day out.


Besides coffee being served at The Art Coffee, you can also opt for the GRYPHON series of tea (RM9.00) selection; like the Earl Grey Lavender, Pearl of the Orient, Chamomile or the English Breakfast Tea.


and for fans of matcha, can try out the Green Tea Latte (RM12.90).


For those that love cakes, there is also wide selection available from the counter at RM13.90 per piece to satisfy your cravings.

The Art Coffee Location Address Map

Monday, March 7, 2016

Kota Damansara Food: SHELLOUT Seafood Restaurant - Louisiana Cajun Boil Fresh Seafood Feast


Seafood is one of yours truly favourite food; and when the invitation to review Shellout Seafood Restaurant 16-1 Jalan PJU5/15 Dataran Sunway Kota Damansara 47810 Petaling Jaya came by, there was no hesitation to rescheduled all the other review.


What is so special about the seafood that is served at Shellout Seafood Restaurant? The seafood is cooked using the Louisiana Boil style. People of Louisiana USA are used to this cooking style; in which the seafood are boiled using a special seafood or crab recipe broth. The seafood is then interspersed on the table to be eaten with your bare hands and fingers; normally outdoor.


Shellout Seafood Restaurant was set up to have a seafaring theme since it is a restaurant that specialises in seafood and on most of its' walls, you can see the graffiti that are drawn and written by customers who patronise the restaurant.


At Shell Out Seafood Restaurant the recipe broth is the Louisiana Cajun Boil which has a slightly stronger taste with a slight spicy note. You can order your boil based on your tolerant level of spiciness; which is either on a mild, medium or the super spicy level which is known as OMG. You can also order the Original flavour (a stronger taste) or the Malaysian style (milder flavour and less salty).


The restaurant also served up some starter food like the one that we had; was the Sweet Potatoes Fries (RM9.90).


The second snack on the table was the Silver Pomfret which came with French Fries. We love the Pom-Fret as it was fried to a very crisp and crunchy texture. You can literally eat every part of the fish including the bones.


Next came our first boil on the table which is the Big Crab (market price) in the Original flavour Shell Bang medium spicy level sauce. Customers can order the add on to the boil in which we had the Broccoli (RM10.90), Corn-on-cob (RM2.10 each) and Potato (RM8.80 for 3 pcs). The meat of the crab was very fresh and the sauce was very tasty with a strong cajun flavour. These meat crabs are sourced from Indonesia.


To go with the sauce, we ordered the Garlic Bread (RM 9.90 for 6 pcs). Spread the sauce onto the crispy bread and viola, a toast that you just can't stop eating.


Next on the table was the Yabbies or Crawfish (RM50.90 for 500g) in Black Pepper Sauce. Some customer remarks that it is quite challenging to eat these yabbies, but there is a very simple way to enjoy this crustacean, first you snap off the head and suck out the cream from the yabbies head, then you proceed to break the tail section, give a massage along both the sides of the yabbies from front to end and when you are done; Peel off the skin and viola you have a single piece of crawfish meat. Yummy.


This is followed by the Succulent King Prawns, (RM 55.90++ per 500 grammes) on the Butter Garlic Sauce with OMG spicy level. The firm texture of the prawn is infused with butter and an aromatic garlic flavour; such that it melts in the mouth and leave a savoury aftertaste of this sauce.


Next on, is the Green Mussel (RM 31.90++ for 8 pcs) in a Lemon Pepper Sauce. This is another sauce that we like. The fresh mussel meat texture was firm and very succulent.


followed by the Bamboo Clams (RM 20.90++ per 500 gramme) also in Lemon Pepper Sauce. This method of cooking the Bamboo Clams brings out the clams natural sweetness.


The next seafood on the table was the Giant Scallops (RM 29.90++ for 6 pcs) on a Butter Garlic sauce - medium. We like this sauce and the combination of the butter and garlic does bring out the full flavours of the fresh Giant Scallop meat; which has a very bouncy and a slightly chewy texture.


Our last seafood which is the Star of the night is the Canadian Lobster with the Shell Bang sauce. For fans of lobster you really got to try this out. Although a little messy to eat, you can request the friendly staff to help you out with the dissection after you have feasted with your eyes and in our case, our cameras.


If you love fresh seafood and like to try out the Louisiana Cajun Boil style for a change, then head over to SHELLOUT Seafood Restaurant at Kota Damansara for your seafood fix. Make sure you made a prior reservation as it is usually packed.

Read our other Louisiana Boil Review