I took a month break in between jobs. I had a short list of things to do, like train for my 10km run, read loads of books, paint, etc. and also, to try some new restaurants, and re-visit some of my old favourites that I haven’t been to in a long, long time.
Looking back over the month, covered quite a lot of makan places, some okay, some great. Here are some of the highlights:
Sagano Japanese buffet Renaissance Hotel KL.
On my very first day of holiday, i came here for their buffet lunch. I used to come here when I was working around KLCC, but it seems that it’s a lot better than I remember it. The choice is limited, but the quality of the food, man its top notch. People always say Kampachi is KL’s finest Japanese buffet, I but in my opinion, it’s Sagano. The highlights are the baby squid, sashimi is very fresh, tempura is fabulous and not oily.
Saisaki Japanese Buffet Restaurant
While we are on the subject of Japanese buffet, we came here to celebrate my daughter’s birthday (she got to eat free). I came here 3 years ago, everything’s pretty much the same. It’s not exactly authentic Japanese food, more like international buffet with some Japanese fare thrown in. On the plus side, you get great variety.
I mean, you probably won’t even get to try everything on offer. But for me, the downside outweighs the good. The sushi isn’t very good, and there is hardly any sashimi on offer. Our oyster was not very fresh and almost ruined the meal for us. At the end of the day, Saisaki and Shogun are immensely popular, even though it is by no means cheap (even with one of us eating for free). With so many new Japanese eateries these days, I guess it will be a long, long time before we ever come back.
Lye Fong Taiwanese restaurant
Never thought to try this place before, nothing against Taiwanese food, I’ve just have not been properly introduced to it. But one day in Sunway Pyramid, we dropped in coz there was nothing new else to try. The large restaurant was full and there was a short waiting line, so that was a good sign. For slightly less than RM20, you get acproportionately large set meal, that actually even 2 people can share. I can say that the food here is interesting and delicious, I’ll have to try a few more Taiwanese restaurants… Can anyone recommend some? I also have to give props to the excellent service here.
In a nutshell, the best cheese baked rice in the Klang Valley. Go try it. Either 1Utama or Bangsar Village. The waiter forgot my daughter
Part of the chain of restaurants including Sushi Zanmai, Pasta Zanmai, Hokkaido and Sushi-Zen, they serve basically the same stuff, but in a proper restaurant setting. Nothing really stood out for me here, all in all, I’ll stick to Sushi Zanmai.
Okay enough about Japanese food. We also met up with Cheahs for dinner here. I didn’t even know these flats have transformed into this, so i was pleasantly surprised. The menu is simple, the food is good, and the price affordable. Seating is quite limited, though.
The Pork Place, IOI Boulevard
Dengkil Kah Heong Pau
This is a little out of the way, and even though the standard has dropped, it still serves the best pau anywhere around here. They’ve now opened brand new shop nearby with clean and modern facilities.
And finally, Jeff Lee Kitchen @ Sg Buloh New Village
Usually when we talk about eating pun choy, its usually LYJ, the famous one. I brought my friends to try this other one nearby, and i think its a better (not to mention slightly healthier) choice. Its a long wait, though, but worth it.
So yeah, there it is. We went to a few more places, but not really outstanding.