Monday, 28 July 2014

Restaurant Zur Barriere

What a week it had been.  A week where the world witness air disasters one after another, and how esteem news agency  turn into a mere tabloid level news reporting with below par evidence to support their news.  That plus the war thats going on in Gaza, I hope it ends soon so that no more civillians get hurt or die.  It is at times like these that I feel blessed and thankful for being born and now residing in a stable free country which are also war and natural disaster free.  Life goes on as one says and never forget to cherish what is infront of us.

Back to my blog posting, our dinner last week to celebrate hubby´s birthday.  It was really funny because the sign board says it is Italian menu every Thursday but we found nothing italian at all here except for 3 varieties of pasta dishes hidden in their long menu.  The pasta did not even sound italian so we ordered what German chef does best : pork dishes.

Mine was Schwein Medallion with French Sauce.  Hubby had their Schnitzel with Gourmet Mushroom Sauce.  You can never go wrong with pork dishes in Germany so, yeah, we came back with a happy tummy.

Sunday, 20 July 2014

The Uma Balinese Restaurant - The Strand @ Kota Damansara

Chinese Food - Checked
Indian Food - Checked
Malay Food - Checked
Nyonya - Checked
Thai Food - Checked
Japanese Food - Checked
Korean Food - Checked
Taiwanese Food - Checked

What´s left?

Balinese Food!  And The Uma at the Strand does a pretty decent one ...

Seen here, Bebek Betutu with accompanying side dishes.  Portions were too huge for lone luncher like me one fine week day.  I simply could not finish them, but lets not be mistaken that the food is not on par.  On contrary, it is one of the best Balinese in this side of town.

Sunday, 13 July 2014

Fürstenberg Bräustüble @ Donaueschingen

Hubby and I loveeee exploring brewery or winery kind of restaurants whenever we travel around this region.  Not only are they applenty, the food serve up are usually top-notch and what´s even better are the superb, fresh beer or selected wine that comes with it.  During our recent trip to Black Forest region, we have been fortunate to try not only one but two fantastic brewery cum restaurant.

Fürstenberg, which was incorporated back in 1283 survived the test of time with not only an impressive beer brewed here, my Braumeister-Pfannle or translated loosely to Brewmaster´s Pan (17.50 euro) was superb indeed.  Small succulent pieces of Schweine Medallions (I loveee this cut and would order it defaultly whenever I am in a German restaurant) were top notch.  The matching of gourmet mushrooms, possibly freshly harvested from this region were sublime.

Hubby´s Schwarzbierbraten (13.50 euro) arrived soon after and it looked every bit just as glorious.  I can tell that the pork had been tenderly cooked and the black beer sauce, oh wow ... I could just drink it up!  I am usually not a fan of Rotkraut or red cabbage but I guess, I have not been eating the good ones, and these I was told, tasted home made and balance.  

In Germany, it is very common to just order a main course plus a drink for dinner as their portions don´t come small.  But Fürstenberg restaurant is what I classify as in between brewery portion (hugeee) and restaurant portion (small) hence we´ve got room for some sweet ending of ice cream, some local strawberries and cream.

Saturday, 12 July 2014

Mosterdsoep @ Terscheling Island, Netherlands

Having a bowl of soup for lunch is a very common practise in Netherlands.  It is usually pretty heavy, with cream and all, and in this case, it was topped with slices of goey cheese.  There were also complimentary bread, flavoured butter and some slices of tomatos and fresh corn bites to go with it too.  For a warm weather around 25C last week on an island, its perfect.

I asked what is the soup of the day and the waiter mumbled something like Mosselsoep or Mussel Soup.  It was music to my ear.  I love seafood.  As it turns out, it is actually Mosterdsoep or Mustard Soup!

Mosselsoep, Mosterdsoep
Mosselsoep, Mosterdsoep
Mosselsoep, Mosterdsoep
Mosselsoep, Mosterdsoep
Mosselsoep, Mosterdsoep
... go figure!

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Thai Cuisine @ Serisik, Taman Tun Dr. Ismail

If fiery hot tomyum is what you crave for, I would totally recommend you to head to Serisik in Taman Tun Dr. Ismail.  They make a mean version which makes you grasping for air or water, and be warned ... it might even upset your stomach if you can´t control yourself from downing the whole bowl.  Yes, my friend H did just that and soon enough, it turned into misery.

I know my limits.  Especially so after living away from my birthhome for so many years and am now being surrounded by milder tasting, and stringently controlled food processing and cooking method here in Germany.  But sometimes I do throw in my towel and give my dun-give-a-hood-attitude!  For these sweet, sour, spicy Pomelo Salad, it is worth it!  There were very good.  The magic lies in the sauce balance and they seem to do it very well here in Serisik.

Much to my dissapointment, Serisik does not offer fish cakes but instead, has a substitute of Prawn Cakes.  It ain´t the same of course, but it was deep fried very well.  However, I do not remember the distinct Kaffir Lime Leave in it so, to me ... this is a mediocre.

A good chicken marinade, wrapped in pandan leave and deep fried to perfectly never fail to tantalise my tastebud.  More so if the meat is sprouting with juice when one bites into them.  Oh yum!

Serisik is rated highly on my list for good Thai Food.  I do hope that they keep up the good work so that I would be able to enjoy them again in few months time!

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Käsespätzle + Kalbsschnitzel @Alemannen\Hof Boutique Hotel, Titisee

Parking at the centre of Titisee during our recent holiday was a real nightmare.  Not only were they scarce, it  either cost way too much for a two hour period or they were about to close for the day, and mind you, it was not even dinner time yet.  Hubby decided to try his luck further up the strench, away from the tourist buses.  And we found a gem, slightly hidden but the moment you walk near, you are greated with a view!  But a few step closer, I realise that it is actually the much talked about Alemannen Hof from the tripsadvisor threads I´ve read.  It seems that this place offer fine dining only so I was very sceptical if we should even go it.  But soon, it got me excited upon noticing that they do offer ´Menu of the Day`which was more reasonable priced! Hooray!

Needless to say, all the lovely seats at the verandah with the gorgeous view overlooking the Black Forest Hills were fully taken.  It was a spontaneous decision to come here so, we shouldn´t be complaining really.  The restaurant was running at full capacity.  And it was a week day.  I take it as a good sign that their food is good but, it also means ... more waiting time. And our tummies were rumbling.

In any circumstances, who likes waiting.  But Alemannen Hof, a boutique hotel did live up to its reputation by serving us with two, and not one complimentary starter whlie we waited.  We had a refreshing cucumber soup with tint of spice in it, served with a generous portion of freshly baked bread, and next to it were a petit serving of tomato salsa.  Very simple, but truly enjoyable because it is done right.

The staff were very apologetic when our food were still nowhere to be seen.  I was not looking at the clock really because we were after all in a holiday mood, and are both simply too mesmerised by the view around us.  Before knowing it, a palate cleanser arrive on our table.  I am not accustom to being serve a palate cleanser before starting our main, but it is a neat gesture nevertheless.

Our main arrived immediately after our palate cleanser were cleared.  That was fast, because we did finish it up in less than 5 minutes.  Our main course must have been waiting for us?  Anyway, as the saying goes, eat local when you travel is my motto, and thats what I did.  The speciality of the area is Käsespätzle and I have been wanting to try them.  It was delish.  Very cream, bordering heart-attack sinful kinda creamy but who cares.  I savour each single bite, relishing in the cheese flavour but towards the end, I struggled a little to finish them up.  That is the thing with cheese base dishes.  It is very filling and having them during summer really does fill you up quickly.

Hubby is a meat man so naturally, he was drawn into the Schnitzel list.  Schnitzel as many knows originates from Vienna and are made from Calb, so in a way it is not eating local.  But the daily menu list is short and this is the one that caught hubby´s fancy.

In Black Forest area, one cannot help but order Black Forest everything for all meals.  From Black Forest Cake to Black Forest Ice Cream to Black Forest Sundae. Its inevitable.  But be warn!  The locals here can get pretty heavy handed with their Kirschwässer or Cherry Liquor.  So when you order a Black Forest Sundae like us, do expect a Black Forest Cocktail instead!