Archive for November, 2012
On the day we went to Presto at Citta Mall, we actually wanted to have our breakfast at Dr.Cafe. But after looking at their limited selection of food (mostly sandwich and cakes) we decided to head to Figaro Coffee Company instead – which happens to be just next door.
Figaro actually hails from Philippines, where it is considered one of the most successful chain of Filipino coffee shops. In fact, from what I read they are established even earlier than Starbucks in Philippines.
There are plenty of coffees to choose from here – taste wise OK but will hardly please the aficionados. We had the Cappuccino (RM12.90) and Butterscotch Vanilla Latte (RM12.90)
Mee Bandung is one of the foods you should not miss in Muar, simply because the best ones are all concentrated here. In fact, Muar is the town where Mee Bandung is said to originate from. Anyway, there are many stalls and restaurants you could go looking for this popular local dish but I placed my bet on Abu Bakar Hanipah‘s at Wah San Kopitiam along Jalan Abdullah. The coffee shop’s name is especially catchy and easy to remember for me, since there is a clan and mountain with the same name in Chinese martial arts novels too.
This was my first time having Mee Bandung Muar and all I could say is that I was immediately hooked. Imagine a hearty serving of noodle in an egg and shrimp broth that tastes extraordinary, like a slightly sweeter and concentrated version of Chinese prawn noodle but topped with delicious beef slices and small whole shrimps instead. Each mouthful is rich and bursting with prawn flavor, there’s simply no stopping once you have started – simply delicious. Priced at RM4 per plate, no doubt this is one of the best local food we had during our short trip to Muar.
Chan Meng Kee Noodle House is probably the busiest eatery in SS2. The shop lot they are occupying now used to be operated by Ho Weng Kee, another famous (more often regarded as more superior as well) Wantan Mee seller that had relocated their business to Lot 10 Hutong.
Since making an appearance on Astro, many of my friends and colleagues have patronized Chan Meng Kee – all wanting to have a taste of their ‘legendary’ char siew that was so highly promoted in the show.
I will be honest here, the noodle (RM5.50 small, kind of expensive for the portion) itself is springy and good with a nice lard fragrance while the char siew is delicious. So taste wise it is definitely a notch better than what you will find at the normal food courts.
But the amount of time we spent waiting for this plate of noodle to arrive is simply not worth it. We had 40 minutes to observe the kitchen’s operations and found that all the noodles are cooked plate by plate, which is a good thing if consistency is considered – bad if you can’t handle the waiting time.
Coffee Ritual, a cafe style restaurant specializing in coffee and crepes ended their operation at Section 14 about two years ago and has relocated to Damansara Uptown. The menu is revamped but still retains their style of serving set meal, as well as preserving the options of adding up coffee and desserts to main courses for a more complete/worthy meal.
Coffee Ritual’s forte now is burger and is heavily featured on the menu with few options of meat like chicken, beef and mutton. Hence, it would not make sense not to try any.
The burgers are served on a wooden board, fries in a bucket with the greens and pickles on the side. An interesting presentation concept but not very practical if everyone at the same table (al fresco area) orders this since it takes up quite some space. It might not be the best burger around but we still enjoyed the juicy and not watery patty, which has a simple yet fulfilling beef flavor.