Saturday, January 20, 2018

Chef Lee Noodle House, OUG...You Can Take a Chef Out the Restaurant, But You Can't Take the Restaurant out of the Chef.

When Formosa closed down in SS2, after being there for almost an eternity, the loyal food community were moaning and groaning that we won't get to the imitable Mrs Jeannie Lee in action anymore... And eat their lovely Taiwanese fare.

But I think retirement just doesn't suit the Lees, because lo and behold, they're running a noodle shop in OUG now.  Well, it's called a noodle house but there's plenty of non noodle dishes, like this delicious pork rice

Lu Rou Fan, only RM5.50 for small and RM8 for large.  Where to find such amazing value for money?

The pumpkin yam rice, a dream for carb lovers, is also RM5.50 for the small portion and RM8 for the large.  It reeks of homemade-ness, and is so hearty.

The Sour Plum Ayu and Ayu Roselle drinks are refreshing thirst quenchers.  Slightly on the sweet side for me.

The ginger tea goes well with the food, because it helps expel wind and bloatiness... which after our meal certainly needed every last inch of stomach space, so any wind expulsion was welcome.

Spicy Black and White Fungus, ...I wonder who was the first person brave enough to forage for fungus and see if it was edible.  There's something very cleansing about fungus dishes, so it's a great complement to the other more decadent dishes. RM4.00 (yes, I can't believe it myself)

Signature Pork Noodles, (chee yoke fun), at RM6.80, is cheaper than a lot of kopitiam places.  Whilst the soup was adequate, I won't really consider this as my favourite in the pork noodles ranking.  I did enjoy the spare parts galore though.

Delicious Roast Pork Noodles, so simple but so good.  With a drizzle of some special sauce, this is definitely a dish I'd order again.

Nan Ru Pork Slices, RM7, screaming out for a beer actually.  What's not to like about crispy pork slices,

Beef noodle
Their spicy beef noodles, which at RM10.80 is probably one of the most expensive dishes there, but so much beef and brisket.  Most delicious indeed, if not a bit scary because of the layer of oil at the surface... presumably chilli oil.

Dessert selection, mango pudding, guilin gou, creme caramel, and matcha pudding with azuki.  All averaging around RM3.50.

Whilst I liked the flavour of the matcha and red beans, I didn't really like the texture which I found too light.

Creme Caramel, I believe it takes great skill to produce a silky smooth creme caramel, and this was perfect.

Herbal Jelly, actually my favourite Chinese dessert because the bitterness seems to erase a whole host of sins.

The lovely variety of tong shuis are also all good.  That bubur chacha is calling out to me again.

Thanks to Makan Fairy Godmother I was invited to once again enjoy the lovely company of Mrs Lee, and some extra mochi thrown in for good measure.

Chef Lee Noodle House is at 97 Jalan Mega Mendung, Taman United 58200 Kuala Lumpur, Tel: 03 7496 5394. It opens daily from 7.30am to 9.30pm.

Wednesday, January 03, 2018

Mosto Wine Bar & Restaurant, One KL

Happy New Year!!!  I thought I'd start with this post, because this porky platter is just soooo worthy of first blog pic of the year.  I'm shallow that way. 

So where did I go to feast on such a platter of porcine paradise?  Well, Mosto Wine Bar, and the next question would be, where is it, followed by the answer, ONE KL.  I am pretty certain 90% of people won't know where it is. 

Anyway, ONE KL was one of the most expensive condos in its day, with private pool in each unit, etc etc, facing the MO, KLCC and Ascot, so it's basically off Jln Pinang, as you turn into the MO. And Mosto is there, in that building, next to Marini Grande.  (Not to be confused with the one in another location on the 57th floor)

This Gran Tagliere (2 pax) at RM99, has a wonderful variety of cold cuts, some of which I've never had before, such as the Lardo, (the white lardy stuff behind the salami), and the more common mortadella, parma, iberico pelota and three types of cheeses.  That blueberry conserve is absolutely yum, and complements the saltiness of the cured stuff.

The Lardo is pure fat, and is sublime, but you really can't eat too much of it without feeling it's going straight to your waist.

Note the ala minute guillotining of the cold cuts....

A wonderful selection of breads to choose from, which I wisely abstained from or I would not have been able to tuck in any of the other goodies.  But the crispy bread I loved, and had a ton of it nonetheless.

Apart from food and wine, they also whip up some fine cocktails, from Amaro Tonic, Negroni (pic), Mosto Highball,..priced at an average of RM38

Jungle Bird.... actually it does look rather flamingo like....

I can't honestly say I enjoyed this soup, because I am not a fan of thick bean soup..which is what this dish  it seemed like.

PASTA E FAGIOLI RM28, Tagliatelle pasta with cannelini beans, kidney beans, pork belly &
sliced pork

RISOTTO CON SALSICCIA E VINO ROSSO RM48, Carnaroli risotto with salsiccia & red wine reduction was what you'd hope for in a risotto, rice nicely done, not too soggy, full of flavours, but exceedingly rich and filling.

SPAGHETTI AGLIO OLIO RM38, Spaghetti aglio olio style with house-made roasted pork belly, a classier way of saying SIU YOKE PASTA.... but oh sooooo gooood, a combination forged in the heavens, and probably what Marco Polo ate when he was in Orient lands.  It's such an obvious combination that would work.  Looking at this and writing this makes me crave for a plate NOW.

You wonder how we can eat so much at one sitting...yes, well, it required tenacity, and you really gotta have the stomach for it, literally.
COSTOLETTE DI MAIALE RM78, Grilled pork ribs with barbeque sauce, served with roasted potatoes & sweet corn... at least that's what they said in the menu, because this was served with chips and a salad.  Which was welcomed, because of the meat overload.  The token leafy greens were much needed.

The ribs were good, but not as good as compared to the next dish....which was even "gooder"....

Italian style spit roasted pork ribs with butter & sage, just the right fat to meat ratio, and a subtle seasoning so as not to overpower the meat itself.  This would be my choice of mains.

Mosto burger with house-made 180gm juicy pork patty, crispy pork bacon, grilled
pineapple, lettuce, tomatoes, cheddar cheese & caramelized onions & fries on the side... Charcoal buns seem to be all the rage...Jog my memory please, why is this?  Are they healthier?  Anyway, with all that bread around, in the previous courses, and a bread basket over and above, the poor bun was about as neglected as a skinny guy at a weight loss centre.

The porky patty is what defines a HAMburger...  a word that I am sure is quite outlawed in this country.

I'm not sure I remember there being any bacon in the menagerie piled on the bun....

The tale as old as time, song as old as rhyme dessert, the molten chocolate cake (RM25)...

And the quintessential tiramisu with sponge fingers (RM20).

The ambience of the place is very elegant, with wood tones juxtaposed against dark marble flooring, matching the marble bar counter.  Dining tables made of rare Chengal wood complementing the comfortable high back chairs.  An alfresco terrace is also well furnished, and can seat up to 40, whilst the interior can seat 50. 

And there are a lot more items on the menu that look rather interesting, that we have not sampled.

wine bar & restaurant
Ground Floor, ONE KL,
50450 Jalan Pinang
+603 2386 6029

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Gobo Upstairs New Year Eve Menu

New Year's Eve...I'm not sure how the young people of today usher in the new year, I myself have had myriad ways and different theme parties, on one occasion, even spent it in a church watchnight service, (much to the gasps of shock from my party going friends).  Restaurants flog their NY eve menus, those with a view can flog it for more, those without, maybe a bit less.

Of course, Gobo Upstairs has the benefit of a closeup KLCC view, and for a more aerial view, the Skybar upstairs, so really, this seems an ideal venue to spend NY Eve.  Of course, it won't be cheap, but then again, it is a top notch hotel, and top notch venue, so as the Chinks would say, one ounce of money for one ounce of goods. (yutt fun cheen yutt fun for).  So privileged to have been invited for a preview of the NY Eve menu, I reckon for the RM398 per person, the food you're getting is really good value.

Is it December already?  Groan

If I was a cheapskate restaurant owner, and inviting a bunch of bloggers for a review, I'd fill them with bread and butter, BUT, in THIS case, there was sooooo much food and such generous portions, I don't know why the lovely Theresa even bothered with bread....Lovely as it was, I was not about to fill my precious stomach space with breads.

AND, the most pleasant of surprises, a belated birthday "cake" in the form of baked brie, with caramelised nuts, AND a bottle of my favourite bubbly.  AWWWWWW, and omigoodness, that baked brie was soooooooooooooooooooo goooood...  Unfortunately, it's not part of the NY Eve menu, so just read and weep.

The Amuse bouche in the menu is smoked salmon and caviar bruschetta, but since this was a birthday treat, we had some addtional items, like seared scallops.

This is the actual amuse bouche on the day, ie, only the bruschetta

Just look at that sheer decadence.  Heck, just looking at this, I actually just placed an order for a 5" square cast iron skillet.  (Really, from Lazada)

What can I say, ..Marinated Lobster with berries, apple and fennel salad.  The lobster was divine, succulent and what luxury to have lobster without having to work through the layers of calcium that encase that precious meat.  Okay, to be honest, that apple fennel salad was a bit heavy, so we have given our feedback to lighten it a bit.  Tastewise the salad was fine.

The most lovely Chicken Consomme with Chicken Dumplings and Scallion Oil...  First thought in my mind was wantan soup.  Over the years I have come to appreciate a clear broth, and appreciate how much more talent is required in making a clear simple broth taste sublime.  And this broth was indeed that.  Good to the last drop... Coincidentally, you can see the last drops...

Looking at this makes me swoon everytime...  a perfectly seared foie gras, with poached pear in red wine, arugula and mustard.  I've come to realise it's not easy to perfectly sear a slab of foie gras, that melt in the mouth goodness, ...I still get chills down my spine thinking about it.  I shamelessly admit I LOVE foie gras.  Fortunately, it's an acquired taste and at the end of the day, most non liver eaters don't like this dish, good for me.

Foie gras

The house red,...however the price of the set does not include wine.

Grilled 150 days Grain Fed Tenderloin, with truffle pomme puree, asparagus, brocolli, onion relish and madeira... There are only so many ways I know how to describe beef, especially a well cooked one.  Flavours of the meat in tact, tender but still gamey, (as opposed to those super fat cuts that you can cut with a butter knife), the way a tenderloin is meant to be.  

For the pescatarian inclined, the pan seared cod with summer roasted vegetables and prawn mousse is indeed a delightful option.  They really ought to serve this dish with a spoon as well, because it would seem inelegant in a place such as this to slurp up that lovely fish broth like you would porridge in an orphanage.

For dessert, a ricotta cheesecake with berries compote.  Absolutely delicious, but believe it or not, my complaint would be its TOO MUCH.  Huge serving, and even after opting to SHARE our desserts, it was still too much.

And for dessert after the dessert, the leftover cheese...rebaked and still as good.

New Year’s Eve Dinner
Sunday, 31 December 2017

6.00pm to 8.00pm (1st Session)
RM346 nett per person for 5-couse menu
Complimentary 1 glass of champagne at SkyBar from 8pm to 9pm.

8.30pm onwards (2nd session)
RM458 nett per person for 5 couse menu
RM549 nett per person for 5 course menu inclusive of free flow wine

New Year’s Eve Exclusive Dinner
@ Gobo Upstairs Lounge Area with KLCC View
Sunday 31 December 2017
RM2,950 nett per couple for 5-couse menu + wine + 1 bottle champagne for two