Rabu, 30 November 2011
Chicago Rib House has carved out a porky presence for months in Penang, but it's finally debuting now in the Klang Valley, promising a rib-tickling affair at 1 Utama.
Kentucky Bourbon ribs, slow-roasted over hickory wood for that succulent, savory smokiness that makes pork ribs irresistible. Finger-lickin' good _ more so than any ol' fried chicken.
For a visual treat, try the Flaming Kansas City ribs, fired up with a shot of whiskey at the table. CRH's ribs can be combined with other items for sharing platters; we like the pork tenderloin, lean but tender meat aptly described on the menu as being "grilled to pork-fection" & served with apple cinnamon sauce.
BOC Pork Burger, topped with bacon, onion rings & cheese. Excellently executed, though we wish CRH would go the whole hog & throw an egg into this too.
Rib orders come with two side dishes; choices include rice, corn, veggies & various potatoes. Everything's hearty, so come here on an empty stomach.
Chicago Rib House's signature cocktails are its Mojitos, from classic ones to flavors like lychee, peach, apple, melon, orange, berry & vanilla.
Kiwi fruit & nutty Mojitos (the latter seems laced with hazelnut frangelico liquor).
Caramel Martini & Rum Runner, pretty potent. Wine & beer are also available.
Service is praiseworthy _ amiable & efficient. We'd recommend CRH for hanging out with friends & family, though the place can get crowded & stuffy at peak hours.
Chicago Rib House,
1 Utama (1st Floor, Rainforest).
Selasa, 29 November 2011
NAKAYOSHI SUSHI BAR at
A8 XINYI MITSUKOSHI, B2
No.12, Song Gao Rd.
MRT: Taipei City Hall
hours: 11AM - 9:30PM
kid friendliness: only bar seating, mostly raw items
visit reviewed: 11/7/2011 (all photos with iphone 4G)
I'd been wanting to check out conveyor belt sushi in Taipei for awhile and while grabbing a quick lunch with a friend before shopping, we settled on this sushi bar in Mitsukoshi food court for lunch. Slightly disappointed to see that there wasn't much sushi circling around, since that's the fun of eating at a place like this, but the chef quickly told us we could order off the menu.
The menu is helpful with pictures and names in English, Chinese and Japanese. I've been slowly learning the names of sashimi that I like, and it's handy to have a reference when the chefs usually use the Chinese names here.
We started out with the bi mu yu or aburi engawa, which is a thin muscle in the dorsal fin of a flounder. They ask if we want it torched and we say yes, since that's how I've usually eaten it at other places and it's quite fatty and slightly chewy, so it tastes better torched.
My friend and I end up deciding to share a large sushi platter (NT$420) which the chef puts together. It's a good assortment of things, with salmon, tuna, amberjack, scallop, cobia, anago, engawa, crab, ikura and uni. The sashimi slices were a decent size and while not the best I've had, not the worst. One thing that definitely separates the great sushi places from the mediocre is the rice. And the rice here is too soft. And the fish was soft, unlike the firmer fresher sashimi in my favorite sushi bars, and the uni was not as sweet.
At first I didn't know what this small black spout was at the counter of each seat, but my friend explained it was a personal hot water spout for hot water or tea, if you grabbed one of the tea bags that were set out. You just push your cup against the button and steaming hot water comes out. No need to flag down a busy waitress.
We tried some of the rose rock salt from the conveyor belt. There's also wasabi and ginger circulating.
One of our favorite things was this creation we spotted off the menu, ikura and uni wrapped with ika or squid. Salty with the ikura roe popping as I chewed.
Disappointed with this special on the menu- Mentaiko with cobia sounded promising, though watching the chef make it, the mentaiko was more of a mayo paste tubed on top and then he used some butter when he torched it. So the butter flavor totally overwhelmed the natural flavors of the fish and roe. First time I'd ever tasted sushi with butter and I really disliked it.
The system for determining the bill at kaiten sushi is pretty genius- calculate the cost by the color and number of empty plates you've stacked up and do the math, or let the waitress do the math. With only two pieces of sushi on each plate, it can stack up pretty high if you're hungry.
Where is your favorite kaiten sushi conveyor belt place in town? I know a lot of people like Sushi Express since it's what you've been voting for (!), but I'm curious to know if there's other places I must try!
Gallic food at an unlikely venue _ a poolside cafe hidden in a Bangsar condominium.
With a French chef at the helm, Croisette serves traditional recipes & twists on familiar cuisine; this "pistou rotizza" represents the latter _ evocative of the healthiest roti canai ever, topped with an aromatic spread of basil, garlic, sea salt, olive oil & tomatoes.
Duck confit with roasted herb potatoes. A no-frills interpretation of a French favorite. Less sodium-packed than versions elsewhere, but every bit as juicy.
Hearty, honest-to-goodness beef bourguignon. Feels home-cooked, with red wine-braised meat accompanied by stewed carrots & mushrooms. Julia Child, who called this recipe "one of the most delicious beef dishes concocted by man," might have approved.
Another wine-not-optional classic: coq au vin, marinated with Riesling & simmered to succulence. Croisette's prices are reasonable, particularly for Bangsar; most mains cost north of RM20, with starters & desserts priced much lower.
Pumpkin veloute. Warm & thick, with a sweetness that tastes reassuringly natural.
Chocolate & orange parfait. Indulgently creamy, but since its flavor emanates mainly from cocoa & orange peels, instead of spoonfuls of sugar, this might work as a low-guilt pleasure.
Much wine is available. Angove Nine Vines Shiraz Viognier, an agreeable South Australian red.
Croisette Cafe @ Bangsar,
Cascadium Condominium, Jalan Penaga, Bangsar.
Open Monday-Saturday through 10pm.
Senin, 28 November 2011
The birth of this new gastrolounge, swathed in sexy shadows, heralds virgin territory for the busy birds & bees of the BIG Group.
Estate at The Intermark blends a bevy of influences into one establishment; if Ben's, La Bodega & The Library engaged in a ménage à trois, this might be the offspring _ a love child that inherits its parents' best traits (yes, all three of them, genetically impossible as that may seem).
Estate's forte is British pub grub, hooking customers up with everything from fish & chips to roast beef & Yorkshire pudding. But there's also haute cuisine, embodied in the sensual embrace of truffle-poached egg with Parmigiano-Reggiano & mushrooms on soft polenta (RM29.90++).
For even more carbs & cholesterol, this starter of egg & pillow-soft melted cheese on a bed of thick, toasty bread sprinkled with truffle oil (RM19.90++) might serve as culinary foreplay to set pulses racing and libidos roaring.
Earthiness assured: pizza voluptuously topped with sauteed wild mushrooms, mascarpone & truffle oil (RM35.90++). The truffle oil component could be more potent, but this is nevertheless nicely emblematic of BIG's "cendawan tumbuh lepas hujan" approach to opening eateries.
Working up a sweat in our truffle triathlon with these smoldering-hot fries (RM15.90++), impregnated with the perfume of truffles. Estate's prices are steep _ but justifiably so _ compared to most of its BIG siblings. A three-course meal here can easily exceed RM100.
Cheeseburger with shoestring fries, arugula & white balsamic dressing (RM79.90++). The inside of the Wagyu 5 patty was excellent, with lovably luscious hand-cut beef. But both the patty & sesame bun suffered from an excessively charred flavor on the outside.
Beer butt chicken (RM79.90++), with an open can of beer stuffed into the fowl's behind while it's being roasted, resulting in monumentally mouthwatering meat that makes us thankful that not all forms of posterior penetration are criminalized.
The chicken is chopped up for convenient consumption & partnered with duck fat roasted potatoes, gravy & bread sauce. This raunchy recipe is also available at Huck's Cafe in Bangsar.
Be tickled pink by this tangy twist on the strawberry sundae, featuring a fresh strawberry salad topped with raspberry granita, strawberry & lychee sorbets & rose meringue.
Sticky date pudding with homemade vanilla ice cream & toffee sauce. Warm comfort _ moist but not stodgy, sweetly flavored but not sickeningly sugary.
Bathing in the afterglow of a Cranswick Lakefield Cabernet Merlot. Alas, only one red wine is offered, a stark contrast to Estate's exhaustive beer list.
Cocktails are unavailable at Estate, so customers have to head next door to Tate for a climactic concoction like this classic Aviation (tanqueray 10 gin, maraschino liquor, lemon juice).
For fans of live music, Estate will likely have bands performing here starting at 9pm, Wednesdays through Saturdays. At other times, expect to hear the likes of Florence + The Machine blasting on the speakers.
All things considered, a sultry hangout for a swinging night out.
P.S. BIG is still sowing more wild oats at The Intermark, with at least two more outlets that offer interesting concepts to open in this building. Next month: EST.
The Intermark, Jalan Tun Razak, Kuala Lumpur.