Went to Savory Bistro at Mont Kiara for my birthday few weeks ago. Initially I wanted to have it in one of my favorite steakhouses in KL but too bad the weather has not been cooperative especially on Fridays, which means getting stuck in long traffic jam trying to get in and out of the city. Wouldn’t want that to be part of the celebration experience now, would I? Overall the food was satisfying with room for improvement and we enjoyed the live band.
Cream of Pumpkin @ RM13 – a delicious soup featuring scallop and garlic croutons. Thick, creamy and flavorsome.
Calamari Fritty with Dill Tartar dip @ RM18 to warm up our stomach before the mains. Fresh with a crunchy coating that does not feel greasy at all.
Last weekend we had a satisfying dinner at Laziz, a Middle-Eastern restaurant located at Solaris Mont Kiara diagonally opposite Cold Storage. Considering that the 4-course meal cost only RM39 (using the MyDeal‘s e-Voucher) we felt it was a pretty good deal for 2 pax. With this MyDeal e-Voucher you really do not need to spend extra because the basics you would expect from a complete meal is covered. Even the inclusive ice-lemon tea comes in big cups and tasted not too shabby either.
The highlight of the deal would be the Middle Eastern style Grilled Spring Chicken. It looked like exactly what was being promoted on MyDeal, which is always a good thing because we really dislike false marketing. It tastes as good as it looks by the way – well marinated with a unique blend of Middle Eastern herbs and spices.
Since the spring chicken is prepared fresh upon order, it could take a little while to reach your table. But that short wait would be worthwhile because you could enjoy chicken while it is still hot, and savor the freshness and juiciness (even the breast meat is quite succulent) that are so well maintained.
There are two choices of salad – either normal Green or Fattoush – a Lebanese bread and vegetable salad. We chose the latter for the obvious reason that we are in a Middle Eastern restaurant. Taste wise it is not much different from the normal salads but instead of croutouns, crunchy Lebanese bread pieces are in place instead.
After our awesome Korean BBQ meal at Little Korea, I noticed another Korean restaurant called Uncle Jang that has a rather weird sign – a smiling bald uncle. The sign and restaurant name do not explain much but we found out later that they actually serve Dak Galbi – a popular South Korean dish especially for students who are on a low meal budget. Well, I think that applies only for Korean students.
Now if you are wondering what Dak Galbi is, let me explain after researching with my leet Google skills. This dish originates from the city of Chuncheon in Korea and is made by stir-frying diced-chicken, cabbage, scallions, onions and rice cake on huge pan in a chili-pepper based sauce. Since this dish is pretty much Kimchi free (unless you add it in yourself) we thought it should suit us and decided to give it a try.
A huge gas-powered pan heater sits on every table.
A big frying pan being set up for preparing the Dak Galbi, now you could now see the relative size with the staff behind it.
Free ice water and tissues – these will come handy later.
There is a minimum order of 2 pax and you could choose either the non-spicy or spicy portions. For starters I suggest going for the 1:1 ratio (1 part spicy @ RM22, 1 part non-spicy @ RM19) first to gauge your tolerance towards the spiciness. Although I could handle spicy food very well I would still prefer to play safe, rather than having something too spicy to enjoy.
Besides, you need to consider for your dining partners’ comfort too because they will be eating from the same pan you see. And, as it turns out, 1:1 is just the right ratio, as anything beyond that would not be too pleasant for most people. Extra toppings like mushroom, egg, cheese etc are available too.
I might have finally found a Korean restaurant that is able to convince me that Korean BBQ is nice. My previous dining experiences at various Korean BBQ restaurants just to name a few like Daorae and Go-Gung had been mediocre and borderline forgettable.
Little Korea at Solaris Mon’t Kiara has become the turning point for me and it was a blessing in disguise really. How so? Because we actually planned to have chicken rice at Segambut for lunch. But the plan took a drastic turn from having chicken rice to Korean BBQ because the restaurant was closed.
However, Little Korea is not a surprise stumble as a friend actually mentioned about this place before. He commented that the BBQ pork tastes like char siew and that comment of his stuck in my mind ever since. Korean BBQ that tastes like char siew? That’s new and worth trying alright. Somehow, we knew we won’t go wrong at Little Korea as it was full of Korean customers, which you won’t see of course because this photo was taken just before we left.