Showing posts with label Taman Desa. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Taman Desa. Show all posts

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Wine Appreciation at Gallo Wine Bar Taman Desa Old Klang Road Kuala Lumpur



Wine appreciation takes a new level at Gallo Wine Bar which recently opened its' door to serve wine from all over the world and food menu that are specially crafted to be paired with these fine wine. At Gallo Wine Bar you will be able to enhance not only your knowledge of wine but to be able to appreciate the finer details of wine appreciation.


Gallo Wine Bar Location Address Map
5-1-1, Jalan 2/109F, Taman Danau Desa,
58100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


On entry to the wine bar, one can feel the ambience and atmosphere that is cosy yet homey. Most of the seating setup here are of the chesterfields settee and gives you the English continental feel that prepares us for a night of great wine and nice food.


At Gallo Wine Bar, one can easily order the wine of your choice thru the ingenious Wine menu that is segregated by its originating country, region, type of grapes, body and its fruitiness. This will make it easy for you to really understand your need for that special wine to be paired with the food.


The night started with the introduction of the wine of the month which is the Litoral Leyda Valley Chile Pinot Noir 2012 by our host.


Our first tapas for the night is the Cheese Crackers (RM18.00). Cheese is the best partner for wine and what a nice way to start off our review with this simple Cheese Crackers. We like the wafer-thin crust of the Parmesan Cheese which is paired with Honey Sauce, Rock Melon and Green Apple


Next on is the Lambor Guinness (RM18.00); a dish of in-house made lamb meatball. The meatball which is wrapped with the bacon is stewed with the Guinness Sauce. Although a tad of saltiness, the sauce is really enticing and eaten with the garlic bread that is served as a side was just the right start.


The Mushroom Threesome (RM18.00) is a delicate dish that comprises the combination of sauteed Portobello Mushroom, Fried Button Mushroom and Eringi Mushroom which is topped with Duck Bacon, Onion Ring; makes it nice starters.


The next dish is not really my favourite as I am not a real fan of Mac and Cheese. But this Grown Up Mac and Cheese (RM35.00) was cooked in the pan to ensure that it is kept warm for as long as possible. The use of the Jack Cheese which is served with the Duck Bolognese Sauce and topped with pan fried Duck Sausage makes the difference that had me take in a couple of extra spoonfuls. 


This is followed by the Smoked Salmon Roll With Vodka Cream (RM18.00). Served with a mixed green salad with Orange it has a tangy taste that went well with the Vodka infused cream that is wrapped with the smoked salmon roll with a topping of the caviar to finish it up. Another perfect dish that paired well with our wine.


Next on is the Beef Brisket Asian Slaw Mantou Sliders (RM18.00) A move from the norm is this sliders dish, The mantou is steam first before frying it to give a nice soft spongy texture on the inside while a slight wafer thin crust on the skin of the mantou. Nice combination although some might find it a little too sourish from the use of the young mango slices.


For a taste of BBQ item, we had the Yakitori Station Sea Prawn with Pickle Papaya and Lemon Zest (RM18.00). We like this BBQ prawns as it has that zesty lemon taste with every bite. Eaten with the pickled papaya which has a slightly sour taste bring out the best in the wine.


The second dish from the Yakitori section is the Not Your Ordinary Chicken Teriyaki (RM15.00). Tender Chicken leg meat is skewered in between with the cut leek and coated with the teriyaki sauce.


The last tapas we had is the Mushroom Pizza (RM18.00)  A nice combination of everything mushroom that comes combine with the right balance of mozzarella cheese with a thin crust that makes it savoury for the wine. A strong aroma of truffle was evident as the pizza arrives at on our table.


For dessert, we had the Brie (RM16.00). The Brie Cheese is served on a hot pan and was a nice combo with the Cranberry Sauce while the Gooseberry and Strawberry add a sour dimension to this dessert with the Walnut giving you a nutty crunch feel for this dish. 



If you are one of those beginners wine drinkers, you might just go for the monthly Wine of the Month or ask the staff for the right wine to be recommended to you.

Gallo Wine Bar Location Address Map

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Thirsty Monkeys Café & Bistro Taman Desa Old Klang Road German Bavarian Pork Feast Review

 

One of my favourite German Dishes is Pork Knuckles. When Best Restaurant To Eat got this invitation to review a new restaurant that serves Pork Knuckles, we jump in without any hesitation. The new restaurant which serves German Bavarian cuisine is the Thirsty Monkeys Café & Bistro located at No.2, Jalan 4/109e, Desa Business Centre, Taman Desa, Old Klang Road, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.


Established in July 2014, the newly opened Thirsty Monkeys Café & Bistro is a restaurant serving the German food and beers.


Thirsty Monkeys Café & Bistro Taman Desa was a combined idea of 3 partners who saw the potential of bringing quality German food and beers culture to Malaysia. Why is it called Thirsty Monkeys? Simply put, all three owners are all born in the Year of the Monkey!


As the restaurant is at a corner shop, the décor is one of bistro setup with open spaces along the sides of the restaurant giving diners option to chill and dine in natural ventilation. Foods that are served here are suitable for family dine in or chill out with friends.


Our review started with a simple salad that comes with Thousand Island dressings.


Next, comes one of my favourite, which is Lamb Shanks. I have eaten many lamb shanks from many other restaurants previously and I find the sauce that was used to braise this Lamb Shanks to the right tender texture (the meat are easily removed without great effort) was very delicious and lip smacking as those that I have previously eaten. 


The meat was very tender and there were no gamey lamb taste which can be a great turn off for Lamb Shanks. The Lamb Shanks was served with mashed potatoes and salad.


The next main course for us was the Baked Pork Belly which was served with mashed potatoes, fresh vegetables and apple sauce. 


The Pork Belly was baked to ensure the layers of fats are fully gelled up to the tender meat with a slight crisp of the pork skin. The Pork Belly is then layered on top of a chef created Apple Sauce which gives it a special sweet and tangy taste to match the slightly salted Pork Belly.


In any German Bavarian cuisine, you can never miss the sausage and here at Thirsty Monkeys Café and Bistro at Taman Desa, the sausages are served in a Sausage Platter Set meant for sharing and it has 6 popular sausages in it. The sausages in the platter are the Farmer’s Bratwurst, Nuemberger, Emmenthaler, Hungarian, Thueringer, Chorizo and slices of bacon to topped up to this dish. 


The sausages are very meaty and firm which I liked, Although a tad of saltiness was evident, it is a very nice pairing to the Hoegaarden cold beer that we had. The Sausage Platter is served with garlic mayo, habanera mayo, mustard, sauerkraut and mashed potatoes.


Another dish which is a signature for German Bavarian restaurant is the Pork Knuckles. One of the your truly favourite dish. I find the meats and fat was nicely roasted and was flavourful but to me the skin was not to the crisp which I yearn for. A check with the chef says that some of the customers preferred it this way.


For those who love the skin to be roasted to a more crisp, please let the chef knows about it during your order. The Roasted Pork Knuckles are served with mashed potatoes, sauerkraut and pork sauce.


At, Thirsty Monkeys Café and Bistro @ Taman Desa, they do serve a variety of German Beer and the one we had was Hoegaarden – a very smooth beer and nice pairing for the meat dishes that we had earlier.


and Konig Ludwig Dunkel. For fans of German Beer, Thirsty Monkeys Café and Bistro @ Taman Desa is having a promotional German beer which is the German Bucket Promotion ie. RM120.00, you can have choose any 5 bottle of the German Beer. 


Thirsty Monkeys also serves some snack food, which are suitable dishes for the Beer for example Tender Chicken, Squids Ring and the one we had was the Spicy Mutton. The Spicy Mutton has a very strong spice infused aroma and taste, which was ideal as a side to the beers.


Lastly, we had 2 desserts to end the night, the first of which, was the Fried Banana Fritter Ala Mode – The banana are battered and deep fried with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and caramel syrup, it is a combination of something hot and something cold which is a mix taste to our taste bud.


and the Apple Crumble. The apple crumble was soft, fluffy and crusty and with the layer of zesty apple sauce in between the crust, it was a sweet ending for our dinner at Thirsty Monkeys Café and Bistro.


So, for those that stay around the Taman Desa or Old Klang Road, you need not travel far to enjoy nice German Bavarian style dishes and beers. Thirsty Monkeys Café and Bistro is just a stone throw away and will be able to satisfy your yearning for German food.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Doiffee Café @Taman Desa, Old Klang Road – Delicious Gourmet Coffee and Thai Inspired Food Review


Doiffee Café @Taman Desa located at 10A, Jalan Desa Jaya, Taman Desa, Old Klang Road Kuala Lumpur is a distinctive new café that is serving up gourmet coffee and Thai inspired food serving in the neighbourhood of Taman Desa, which does not have many such cafe in this area and Old Klang Road.


The café is decorated as a homely décor that exudes a charming setting. All the tables and chairs are different unlike other restaurants, which have standard furniture throughout the café, as it allows the customer the option of having to seat comfortably like at home.


So, what does Doiffee means? Doi in Thai means mountain - Doiffee Café literally means Mountain Coffee Café as coffee is usually grown on mountains quoted by the owner. 


At Doiffee Café @Taman Desa, the coffee serves here are of a few roast type, with bean supplies coming from France i.e.Malongo – specially for the espresso, Singapore Highlander and the Caribbean Cuban.


For a start, we had the POPCORN COFFEE. Although the coffee was of a mild and light taste, the popcorn flavoured infused taste and aroma of the popcorn was strong and flavourful. Fans of popcorn would love this drink.


Next, we had the Iced Latte, it was a light shot of coffee with smooth blended snow ice. At Doiffee Café @Taman Desa, they have a special ice shaving machine that can churn out smooth and fine snow ice.


After that, we had the Hot Chocolate which was from France. It has a distinctive and strong chocolaty taste and aroma. It is a comforting hot drink to warm oneself especially cold weather night, more so for us that night as it was raining cats and dogs while we were leisurely enjoying our cuppa of hot chocolate. 



For me, this was followed by the star of the night, which is the AFFOGATO. The affogato was of the French roast which has a double shot of espresso, it was very strong and you can taste the kick of it while it was a nice pairing with the smooth gelato from KAPITI. The sweetness of the vanilla gelato from New Zealand was blended well with every scoop of the espresso mix with it. 


We start off our dinner with a special Thai Salad i.e. PAPAYA SALAD, it tasted like vinaigrette papaya with a strong dash of chilli padi. The papaya was still has the crunch which is nice and was a good starter to whet your appetite.


This was followed by the MANGO SALAD, the mango was of the Japanese Lilly Mango and tasted very refreshing minus out the sourishness in other mango type. Coupled with the onion and chilli padi in the dressing, it was a tad more spicy for most people. We like the roasted peanuts toppings as the crunch add an interesting dimension to the salad.


When the SUMMER SALAD was brought to the table, our eyes were feasted as the salad was very well decorated with brimming fresh garden lettuce at the bottom, and was topped with alfalfa, pomegranates, cherries tomatoes, capsicum, and carrots. 


There are 2 home made dressing for this salad i.e. Refreshing Dressing which we had and Oriental Dressing which is unique and might need to get use to it to enjoy this salad.


Our first main dish of the night is DRUNKEN SEAFOOD SPAGHETTI; it is one of the specialties serves here. The generous topping of scallop, prawns and squids makes this dish super yummy for seafood lovers like me as each spoonful of spaghetti is accompanied with one of the fresh and chewy seafood pieces. 


The sauce is infused with some red wine, peppercorn with a strong aroma of the basil and fragrant that makes eating this dish very tantalizing.


The next dish is the KERABU MINCED CHICKEN SPAGHETTI – as we were used to eating pasta with a lot of sauces, this dish was a little surprise, i.e. a little dry. It looks quite plain as it is, it tasted very much like a dry noodles that we had but the taste of the minced chicken meat was cooked with mint, basil and with some spices, which made it interesting.


For dessert, we had the MANGO STICKY RICE which is a very popular Thai style dessert. The glutinous rice was very flavourful eaten as it is. Most shop that I had this dessert, the glutinous rice is usually quite bland and starchy. Although the santan that came with the dessert was a bit too little, it was very flavourful nevertheless and was ideal for the mix of the rice, santan and the sweet ripen mango.


Lastly, we had the very picturesque KOI FISH JELLY, this KOI FISH Jelly based is the perfect mixture of coffee taste into the jelly, while the darker colored was with extra doses of coffee, which was very fragrant when eaten. 


Doiffee Café@Taman Desa, also serves the emerald pandan egg santan jelly which has a strong pandan flavoured taste.


The night ended with another cuppa we had, it was the CAPUCHINO, a bit light for me though but a splendid end to a night out with my fellow bloggers on the Café Hopping Malaysia project.


At Doiffee Café@Taman Desa, you can choose to relax in the ambience of home like, while sipping your favourite drinks in this part of town with your family and friends. The food serves at Doiffee Café@Taman Desa is quite interesting as it is presented to diners. Like the saying goes, we eat with our eyes first.