Can't go wrong with Alexis' pizzas... particularly enjoy the Gambretto with rocket! This time however, I watched the others order. That evening, I was on...a liquid diet of some sort. First up... the Pizza Pollo. Meal owner was kind and spared me a slice, and even when cold, it was yummy and made me secretly hanker for more!
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Friday, June 26, 2009
First, the essentials...
Stout and sturdy, makes for a sprightly start to the day!
Check it out before the crowds from Tmn Desa and Kuchai start spilling over!
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
The place was busy busy busy! Tables were filling up as we arrived at around 7.30PM.
Claypot Lou Shu Fun - Runny yolk fever! The sight of it perks me up from my real estate despondency!
Mix everything in, the wonderful minced pork, the slices of liver, egg yolk - very important to distribute evenly top to bottom, side to side of claypot so no strand of lou shu fun is slighted. Inhale, exhale and dig in! Fragrant, fatty and moist.
We also ordered the 5-piece Yong Tau Foo, arrived hot, fresh and substantial.
Sunday, June 21, 2009
While the food wasn't exactly mind-blowing, the breakfast & dinner spreads were extremely generous and when paired with copious amount of duty-free alcohol, there was no other way to go but overindulge.
We dined at Spice Traders the first night, perched above the water offering gorgeous views of dusk and an extremely rich, hearty Indian & Middle-Eastern themed buffet.
I did get a shot of these delightful ice cream flavours - Spice and Rose Petal.
Eggs any way you want them! Really enjoyed the fluffy, puffy omelettes!
Fresh loaves of bread
Smoked fish - they alternated between mackerel and tuna. Both equally satisfying with fresh bread and Lurpak butter.
Pancakes & waffles hot off the griddle...
...and all the condiments you can think of
The token Jap section... we didn't go near this though.
Action Station #2 fired up the grill for breakfast lamb chops, sausages, beef bacon; also dished up an addictive porridge with condiments galore.
Cakes, pastries, muffins... MEH!
a passable roesti and many other favourites like baked beans, meatballs, fried rice. There were also fixed stations for nasi lemak section with curries and DIY noodle soup.
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Now, Friendly Farms isn't all that hard to get to (where is in Langkawi??), but the lack of proper signage and its ridiculous proximity to its competitor Buffalo Park can be deceiving. It's about 10 minutes away from the airport, follow bright signage to Buffalo Park - which was exactly what we did.
"Mild and pleasant on its own. But creaminess came through with the sweetness from tomatoes, fresh ground pepper, olive oil & pinch of salt" - Mei Shean
"...chewy and rather milky but I ran out of olive oil so had to substitute with grapeseed oil which altered the taste...the texture was a tad rougher than the imported ones but nevertheless not bad for a kerbau Kedah!" - Hui Hsien
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Upon entering, there was not a single table occupied. Uh-oh, we thought and exchanged meaningful piercing stares, willing the other to take remedial action. But we didn't dare retreat.
We start with the prawn Summer Rolls (Nem Saigon). The rolls were bursting with fresh ingredients, and even the rice paper wrap was up to par. The sauce was a little thin though.
The Vietnamnese Noodle Salad (Vegetarian) was so-so, great for filling up on fresh vegetables and the very generous use of fried beancurd! Apparently, the Vietnamnese makes vegetarianism an art form, but there's nothing arty about this.
Some hits and some misses... I tend to find Vietnamnese outlets put a great deal more effort into their starters than their mains so I should stick to ordering just those next time. The restaurant quietly filled with more patrons during the course of our meal but still, it was barely a quarter full when we left at about 930PM. Which begs the question, at what point does a restaurant tip over from merely surviving to struggling?
Friday, June 5, 2009
Arancini di formaggi - Rice & Ricotta fritters, served with a robust tomato-based sauce. Red and lustful, like blood vampires hunt. Pulpy like the gory disembowelled insides of the victim of an Eli Roth flesh-eating zombie.
The marinara arrived with plenty of sumptuos offerings from the ocean. The ocean, where vicious sharks and underwater ghouls live.
We went with the waitress' suggestion to top up our Gambretto with rocket and it came with sparse dashing of balsamic vinegar, which provided a wicked contrast to the sweetness of the chilli prawn & olive topping.
The meal came up to a mere RM216 for the 3 of us; we thought it was well value for money.