Friday, 13 March 2015

Mezze Bistro @ Damansara Heights

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Mezze at Damansara Heights has been around for ages.  But it was only recently that I visited it during one of my class reunion dinner. And here´s what we had ...
Vongole Chilli (RM21.00) - Done right with fresh clams, sauce was impeccably tasty with right amount of spiciness to lift it up. Recommended.

Sancerre les vendanges d'helene 2005 (RM397.00). Excellent wine which we shared two bottles among four of us without checking the price. Ouch!

Jamon Iberico (RM46.00) - Decent.

Duck and Chicken Spring Roll (RM21.00) - Love the crunch, the combination and seasoning. The sambal dip was excellent too.  Must be the Malaysian in me, loving the kick somehow.

Chilli Shrimp Spagetti (RM37.00) - Another worthy dish, done right but shrimp should have been a bit fresher which was the only set-back.

Lamb Cutlet (RM82.00) - It is one of their best seller apparently and my companion raved highly over it.  Since I am not a lamb fan, it would be a waste for me to enjoy, isn´t it?

Chocolate Royale Cake (RM18) - Using only Vahlrona and I can totally agree with that as I only use them for baking too, these came as a no brainer in taste department. Love it.

All and all, great produce sourced abroad and locally in Malaysia makes this place stands out.  And of course, not forgetting the talented chef who did a good job maintaining the quality.

Thanks Ling for the companion too!

Friday, 9 January 2015

Shi Mai Vietnamese Restaurant, Berlin

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If you happen to be around Museum Insel in Berlin and am looking for a place to rest your feet and have a hot cuppa, I totally recommend you to try out Shi Mai. It is tucked away from the tourist heavy streets hence it is quiet.  But take a few steps off after your meal, and you will be greeted by Aquadom which happen to be the world's largest cylindrical aquarium and is located in Radisson Blu Berlin, right adjorning to this restaurant.

I love my coffee strong, and FAST but ordering a cuppa here reminded me to slow down.  Which is a good thing.  After all the walking in the morning, hubby can´t help slowing down too ... wake up loukung, stop day-dreaming! :-)

The food here is prepared well, and is affordable.  This prawn spring roll here cost only 2.90 Euro per plate and it tasted really authentic. Love it.

Grilled Chicken salad done right, with all the right spices. 

My lunch of Bun Cha :-) Superbly executed!  Grilled pork were so tender, super juicy (how did they do that?!) and flavourful .. it was already good on its own! But the moment one mixes the cold noodle, the sourish spicy sauce and the salad cordiment - its outta this world comfort food.

Happy days :-)

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Christmas Dinner At Home

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We changed our cooking plans this year.

Instead of who preparing what on which day, which can be mind-boggling and frustrating because we after all, share the same kitchen and the same utensils - we decided to go by day and not by task.  Hubby voluntered to cook on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, I am in charge of dinner on 2nd day.  The cake and coffee session is Mama´s territory, but that did not stop my itchy hand from baking another cake! Well, that´s another story altogether ... :-)

So, on second day of Christmas, we had ...

Assorted Christmas Cookies.  Three of the five are homemade.  From the top, Lebkuchen (storebought of course, its crazy to make them oneself!), Almond Biscotti (homemade by hubby), Lemon and Poppyseed Stars (homemade by yours truly), Mini Stollen (store bought, yeah I know, I should have made these) and lastly, Florentiner (also by yours truly) ...

Appetiser were Involtini.

A kind of seared meat with filings inside.  Since we´ve been stuffed to brim with German cooking past days, I decided to do Italian.  Simply because it is more colourful and it taste lighter.  Ahem, yes, compared to traditional german cooking ...

My involtini comes with Mozarella and Spinach stuffing.  They were serve on bed of Lamb Lettuce and drizzled with Balsamic Cream.

I found some fresh italian chestnuts in the market so decided to poached them simply in salt water for 20 minutes.  They tasted fabulous this way!  Moist and slightly salty .. yum.

Having had pork past days, fish is the chosen one then ...

Our main course were Italian Crusted Salmon Fillet serve with Seasonal Rooted Vegetables.  I made a simple white sauce to go with it but later, changed my mine and spiked them with tomato puree and assorted herbs so it ended up being Italian White Sauce? Hehe.

It went really well with the fish so I´m thoroughly very please.

Sometimes, the simpliest is the yummiest.

We ended our meal with Affogatto which I quickly assembled in the kitchen by combining two scoops of pure vanilla ice cream and then later, pouring a think dose of italian espresso over.

If I´m not mistaken, eveyone sleep well that night which is quite in contrary to why we´ve been avoiding coffee after 5pm all this while.  Espresso, as oppose to normal cuppa has a totally different effect.


Here´s for the record of our 2014 Christmas dinner at home with a printed menu I prepared earlier for my guest ... I hope you all had a good one too!