Category: Western Food

HAVEN Training Restaurant @ Siam Reap, Cambodia

Food should never pose an issue for travellers to Siam Reap since there are so many international restaurants along the town’s main street. For those who are not that adventurous to venture into the more exotic street food, the vast options of ‘proper restaurants’ must surely be a relief. But if you are willing to stray a little further, Haven Training Restaurant is definitely worth checking out.

Haven Siam Reap

Just like the name says, Haven is a training restaurant in which the staff and chefs are recruited from the less privilleged youngsters – such as orphans. Haven equips them with useful life skills to prepare them for a better life in the future, as well as helping them to secure a permanent job after their training ends.
All of these benefits are provided free to the trainees and you could lend your support just by dining here. Anyway the food’s great anyway and you are eating for a good cause too. So why not?

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The menu (priced in USD) has a mix of Cambodian classics, Western and Fusion specials that also includes many vegetarian options. Don’t be surprised to find a few Swiss dishes too because a Swiss association actually backs the restaurant.
My HAVEN Cheese Burger @ $7.50 was awesome – simple, unpretentious yet so good and I still crave for it every now and then.

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C.E.O Burger @ Bandar Menjalara, Kepong (Non Halal)

The time is long overdue for the Kepong folks to have their own burger specialty joint. With the opening of C.E.O Burger at Plaza Menjalara, we finally have one. The name’s a bit cliche but that does not matter because the burgers are really quite awesome. Thanks to C.E.O Burger the F&B scene at Bandar Menjalara is a lot more lively now – at least it’s something else other than steamboat!

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Single-Patty-Burger

Choices are aplenty and distinct but the patties are limited to either beef or pork. The price starts from RM14.90 for a set including fries and a dollop of their “Magic Sauce” while drinks are purchased separately. The most expensive burger goes to the the Double Satisfaction @ RM23.90 for having double patties, bacon and cheese. The cheese could be customized and you have a selection of Swiss cheese, orange cheddar and mild cheddar which is the default. Pictured above is the beef Absolute A @ RM14.90 and pork Home Alone @ RM18.50.

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The Steakhouse @ Changkat Bukit Bintang, KL

What should you do if you want to promote your restaurant? Simple. Just send out mass emails to bloggers asking them for ‘food reviews’, that’s how. It doesn’t even matter if your restaurant specializes in steak and yet the invited blogger prefers the meat to be ‘well done’. Best of all, it usually works too.
I was one of the invited bloggers to ‘review’ The Steakhouse but I turned down the request because of my no-invitation policy. If you are wondering why the need for me to clarify this, simply because I want to emphasize the neutrality of this post, unlike of the tens and twenties of sugar-coated write ups you will find on the Internet.

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OK, now that is out of the way – The Steakhouse does serve delicious steaks (choose between Aged Black Angus and Australian Grain Fed, price ranging RM68-RM108) and they know what they are doing. The steaks are well-cooked and properly rested before being delivered to you so it’s tender and juicy. One thing to note about the steaks here is that they have minimal to no seasoning or spice and the sauce is served separately. Great if you like ‘honest’ meat in its natural flavor, but could be slightly annoying for those with stronger taste preference.

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Angus House Japanese Charcoal Steak @ Starhill Gallery, Bukit Bintang KL

Compared to Publika’s branch of Angus House Japanese Charcoal Steak, Starhill’s seems awfully quiet. Maybe because Starhill gives the impression of being expensive and exclusive. But if you are willing to pay a little extra, the food here is worth going for – honest and consistently good, better than some pretentious restaurant that self-claim to be the best.

Rib-Eye-Steak

300g Rib Eye Steak @ RM130 – Meat doneness is not an issue here as the chefs know what they are doing. In our visits thus far, our steaks have always come out a perfect tender medium rare without fail.
Our experience here actually mirrors the one we had at Publika last year. So you could say it was overall a pleasant meal and I actually liked the radish and mirin sauce this round. Somehow it did not taste out of place as the flavor complemented the meats quite nicely.

Compared to Publika's branch of Angus House Japanese Charcoal Steak, Starhill's seems awfully quiet. Maybe because Starh...

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