Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Beach Blanket Babylon

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After a long week stress, best to distress yourself by sitting at the sea side enjoying the breeze and some quality food.

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Distress doesn’t mean having a glass of wine or other liquor but a class of Ice Long Black Coffee or a Chilled Mango Juice is another way of enjoying your life. Of course, having your loved one with you is another bonus.

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Unwind yourself in this place with the tune of sea wave and sea breeze could make one self enjoy the fullest.

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Beach Blanket Babylon moved out from The Garage that is along Upper Penang Road back to their own 32 Mansion about a year ago. They are part of the 32 Mansion management which is YKH Group the premier chain of award winning restaurant, but Beach Blanket Babylon is offering casual finger food for those that enjoy quiet and tranquilizing moment on their own. Talking about Mr Yeoh Kah Hock, if I remember clearly his 1st opening was Boom Boom Babylon a discotheque cum night club near China Street Ghaut (where it’s near the old building of Ban Hin Lee bank), his night club that has Las Vegas type of cabaret show, and attracted lots of sophisticated adults to his outlet . His 2nd opening in terms of night club was in former Gala Theater that is located Anson Road. Anyway, probably due to the 90s economy slumps, both outlet had closed down. And what we have right now are exclusive restaurants that serving good quality food from his chain of restaurants.

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Let’s not divert the food that we are going to share here. What’s the specialties in Beach Blanket Babylon are Laksa Lemak, Vietnamese Pho (Beef Koay Teow Soup), and Mee Mamak (RM12-00 respectively). Since we both didn’t really like lemak food nor beef, hence we opted for Mee Mamak. One may find it expensive, but once in awhile do indulge yourself with good food, why not right?? Seriously, the Mee Mamak here isn’t that bad, if could add more spicy flavour that would be perfect.

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In fact, I would strongly recommend their other specialty is their Garlic Bread (2 pcs RM2-50). I couldn’t find any other places that could have such a toast to prefect Garlic Bread. They are not using any other normal loaf of bread but Oat Meal Bread.

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For any drinker, whether you’re here for wine, or beer or hard liquor. At times, you will tend to have some finger food. Though we didn’t have one, having this prawn fritter (RM12-00) is basically to satisfy our greedy hunger.

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For once, nobody is watching the calories nor the fat, just wallop what we want. Dessert Crepe Banana Kahlua with Vanila Ice Cream (RM12-00) that ends the relaxation lunch that we have.


Address & Contact Number
Beach Blanket Babylon
No. 32, Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah
Tel: +604-262 2232

Business Hour:
12noon till 12am

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Zipangu

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On our recent trip to KL, we had a pleasant lunch with our friend, and the place that they brought us to was Zipangu. Zipangu would not be any stranger to many KL folks, probably for Penangite, they would wonder where is this place. This is a fine dining Japanese restaurant located in Shangri-la Hotel in KL. Been to this restaurant once, this is our second visit. The atmosphere and the environment still the same; it gives people a tranquilizing feel when you dine though the price is rather hefty down here. I bet people are paying for the environment and the food quality.

Anyway, since our friend is a Japanese food lover, best for him to make the order and we enjoy the food, and I could take this opportunity to snap as much photos as possible.

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Neither are we having any bento or set lunch for the day, hence, we have a la carte. 1st we have a mini cawanmushi for a start. The egg custard is simply smooth and fragrant. You couldn’t spot any steam hole in it, it was called it steam to perfection.

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Assorted tempura that consists of prawns, fishes, vegetables were served next. Prawns were fresh and tender even is covered with flour batter, but when you bite on it, you could taste the juicy out of it. It’s absolutely thumb up for this.

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After such a satisfying plate of tempura here comes our favourite – assorted sashimi. The slices of raw fish that is lining up nicely on the platter with dry ice decorated, honestly it gives us an eye opener. Well at least I don’t see Penang Japanese restaurant have such creative idea, don’t they? By looking at the thickness of these raw fishes, I believe the freshness need not to doubt.

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Grilled fish… with a squeeze of lemon that makes the fish refreshing, and of course delicious too.

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Grilled Cod Fish, though the outlook doesn’t look appetizing, but trust me, it’s real good.

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Teriyaki Chicken that come next to Grilled Cod Fish, this was pan fried till tender and juicy; it’s definitely no doubt of its way of cooking it. Hubby always finds that, this is best to eat with Japanese Garlic Fried Rice. Hence, he’s been requesting the waiter to serve his garlic fried rice as soon as possible.

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By the time the Garlic Fried Rice served, a mouth full bite on the Grilled Cod Fish was filled with satisfaction.

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Soft Shell Crab Makizushi was another delicacy food. I got to know that it is not a separate species of crab but a crab that has moulted as part of the growing process.

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Apart from Soft Shell Crab Makizushi, we were having another Makizushi. But this is using raw fish instead; this type of raw fish is high in Omega 3. With Salmon eggs as topping, honestly I could feel the luxury of it.

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Dessert is always the best that end the entire meal, with 2 couples on the table, the gentlemen op for Green Tea Ice Cream with Red Bean Paste and we the ladies went for Black Sesame Ice Cream with Red Bean Paste. In fact, this is one of the best Japanese Ice Cream that I ever tried before.

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To have a quiet fine dine Japanese food in a busy city, this isn’t any bad idea to indulge yourself, though price is on the hefty side, once in awhile, do pamper yourself with such exclusive meal, it helps to distress yourself from the day to day working stress.



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A Whiff of Lemongrass (Revisit)
KY Speak
Cheeser Land
Jules Eating Guide
Chow Times
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Address & Contact Number
Zipangu
Shangri-la Hotel
Jalan Sultan Ismail
50250 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +603-2032 2388 / Restaurant Reservation : 1800 88 7881