SS2 Food | SoloMen Cafe – Japanese Ramen Donburi Coffee Dessert Cafe

SS2 Food – SS2 is indeed a popular area for cafe hoppers which normally serves Pizza, Burgers and Pasta besides coffee and cakes but this recently open cafe, SoloMen Cafe in SS2 is rather unique in a way. Instead of serving these standard cafe dishes; SoloMen Cafe serves Japanese popular dishes.

SoloMen Cafe which is located at 16, Jalan SS2/24, Petaling Jaya, 47300 Selangor has its origin from the popular Ramen Tei Japanese Restaurant in Shah Alam which has a history of more than 20 years serving Japanese dishes. SoloMen Facebook

The Chef at the SoloMen Cafe has mastered the skills to make its own Ramen; that is consistent and have a chewy and springy texture. Not many Ramen shops make its’ own Ramen as it is quite a tedious task but it ensures the consistent quality of the Ramen that it serves.

Solomen Cafe concept is a very Internet friendly cafe; besides having a fast Internet access, there are many power sockets which come equipped with USB charging enabling people to work in the cafe.

The first dish for our review is the Pan Fried Gyoza (RM11.90). I am not a real fan of Gyoza as I find that not many chefs have gotten the right balance in terms of the gyoza skin and its filling. At SoloMen, we were told that the Gyoza skin is in-house made too, while the filling has been marinated. So, if you just taste the Gyoza without any sauce; you will be able to taste its’ natural flavour. At other restaurants, the sauce will come with sho-yu but here the concoction is made up of chilli oil, imported vinegar and sesame seed.

For fans of fried Japanese dishes; can order the Tonkatsu (RM20.90) which is a Deep Fried marinated Pork Chop with bread crumbs. The outer layer was fried to a crisp while the meat texture which was marinated was still juicy and went well with the sweet sesame sauce that came along.

One of the thing about SoloMen Cafe, their Japanese dishes has some Chinese influence in it as there are places in Japan which serve these dishes and our next dish which is Hoikoro (RM16.90) is one such dish. This dish looks like the Chinese stir fried vegetables with sliced pork but instead of using oyster sauce which the Chinese do, it is using a miso paste. The miso taste is not very strong but does blend in with the condiments. Best eaten with a bowl of white rice which you can order.

After our side orders, we move on to the Ramen, here we got an opportunity to taste 3 Ramen; the first which to me was the best was the Negi Miso Ramen (RM20.90). When the Ramen was laid on the table, it looks quite plain with thin strips of Cha Siew and leek, but upon tasting the broth, it has a thick strong taste and texture which went perfectly with the in-house made Ramen. Partnering with the finely sliced leek adds a complimentary taste to the broth.

Our second order of Ramen; is the Tonkotsu Ramen (RM20.90). Before our order of this Ramen, we were told by the Chef, that their version of this popular soup based is different from those served at other restaurants; in that the soup based is not the typical thick and strong meaty flavour but rather a more subtle taste which is boiled in low flame. It is also topped with a boiled egg, seaweed and slice Cha Siew. Another notable difference is the use of chopped preserved sweet vegetable that the Chef has added which infused a totally different taste to the Ramen.

Our last noodle is the Gomoku Hiyashi Chuka (RM18.90) which is a cold noodle. The condiment which was sweet corn, sliced cucumber, sliced Cha Siu, sliced artificial crab meat and vegetables are layout in a nice round pattern. The Ramen is served with chilled vinaigrette sho-yu broth.

After the Ramen session, we move on to taste the Don (rice) dishes, the first of which is the Hokkaido Buta Don (RM22.90). The sliced pork; are first pan fried and then coated with the special in-house made; sweet sauce which was perfect with the white rice. It has that smoky taste and its aroma alone was sufficient for you to drool on this simple rice dish. This is a very popular dish in Hokkaido; that is why it is aptly named.

Our last main dish is the Beef Gyudon (RM24.50). This is another one of the Japanese popular dishes. So, we have gotten to taste after all the pork dishes that we had earlier. Loaded with chunks of onion in a homemade ginger sauce, it has all the flavours that one expect from this dish.

For desserts, you can choose from the variety of cakes that are available at the counter or you may choose their imported ice-cream. We decided on the Matcha With Azuki (RM10.90). Besides the green tea ice -cream and azuki, this dessert came with corn flakes chips that add a crunchy texture to the ice-cream. We like the strong flavours of the matcha ice cream.

To end our meal today, I ordered the Matcha Latte. For diehard coffee drinkers, SoloMen Cafe also serves a variety of the coffee and tea.

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Lobster Promotion at Tung Yuen Halal Chinese Restaurant Grand Blue Wave Hotel Shah Alam

What is the latest halal Chinese food promotion in Shah Alam? You can try out the latest promotion at the Grand Blue Wave Hotel Shah Alam Tung Yuen Halal Chinese Restaurant Lobster Promotion.
Starting from 15th July until 30th September 2017, Grand BlueWave Hotel Shah Alam (GBWHSA) is serving you a specially crafted luxurious Halal certified Seafood Chinese cuisines promotion, which is the ‘Baby Lobster Meets Hai Xian Delight’ at Tung Yuen Halal Chinese Restaurant. 
This ‘Baby Lobster Meets Hai Xian Delight’ promotions are exclusively prepared by Chef Patrick Ng and is available at Tung Yuen Chinese Restaurant, Level 1 daily for lunch at 11.30am till 2.30pm and dinner at 6.30pm till 10.30pm. 
You can expect the use of quality ingredient and fresh seafood that will be served with rich and flavorful taste.
This promotion is available in set for a minimum of 5 persons, priced at RM75.00+ per person and accompanied with 6 courses Chinese menu which are the Daily Special of Chinese Chilled Appetizer, 
Pan Fried Trio Seafood with Spicy Sauce on Hot Plate, 
Steam Garoupa Fish with Spicy Bean Paste, 
Braised Top Shell Abalone Slice with Hong Kong Kai Lan and Roasted Garlic, 
Fried Rice with Seafood and Anchovies topping
and finally, Pan Fried Chinese Pan Cake.
The set does not end here as there are special choices for you to choose (Select 1 cooking type) for soup and the baby lobster. For the soup, there are 2 choices, which are the Boiled Szechuan Soup and Double Boiled Fish Maw Soup. 
Other than that, choices for baby lobster @ 150gm each (1/2 portion per person) are Baked Baby Lobster With Cheese and Pan Fried Baby Lobster with Vietnamese Sauce which you can eat with the Mantou.
Guests are encouraged to make a reservation in advance by booking through Tung Yuen Chinese Restaurant at 03-5511 8811 ext. 2616 or Telemarketing Department ext. 2724. All prices are subjected only to 6% of GST. Tung Yuen Chinese Restaurant is well-equipped with Halal certified, endorsed by JAKIM.
Tung Yuen Chinese Restaurant is the Chinese restaurant located at floor 1, Grand BlueWave Hotel Shah Alam that offers you an array of Chinese cuisines. The restaurant acquires an official endorsement of the HALAL certificate from JAKIM on 1st November 2009 thus the restaurant served 100% Halal Chinese cuisines in the First Southeast Asian Five Star Hotel Accredited with Halal Friendly title.
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Butaya Izakaya 豚家居酒屋 Sri Hartamas Japanese Food – Casual Japanese Dining

Sri Hartamas is a very happening place and finding a casual Japanese restaurant that serves Japanese food can be a real task. We recently found out this new place Butaya Izakaya Sri Hartamas Japanese Restaurant located at 14, Jalan Sri Hartamas 8, Sri Hartamas, 50480 Kuala Lumpur. Link to Butaya Izakaya Facebook

One of the first stress relieving matters when dining at Butaya is the ample parking place in this little-hidden area in Sri Hartamas which is famous for difficulty in finding a place to park.

Next; the decor at Butaya Izakaya Sri Hartamas is one that offers a simple no frill Japanese decor with stools type of casual dining which you can see families dining here as well.

There are many choices of Japanese cuisine that you can choose from at Butaya Izakaya; notably the sashimi offering, Udon, Ramen, Salad and so forth. But, for me; what stands out is the Yakitori selection that you can choose from.

As a fan of pork we just felt satisfied with the different Yakitori pork offering (from RM4 onwards) which includes multiple choices of different parts of the pork which includes the innards offering like liver, kidney and etc which is not offered in other Japanese Restaurant.

The other things that I like about Yakitori meals are that these dishes are the perfect compliment with a nice cold beer or sake after a hard day at work. With a simple salt, sprinkles combine with the aroma of a freshly charcoal grill is magical enough to revive your senses.

One of the key features of an Izakaya is the offering of multiple snack dishes, we have the chance to sample a few of them i.e. the Cucumber Wih Sesame Dressing (RM8.00); As it is served chilled; this snack dish is perfect to start off for our long night.

Next, we had the Spinach Dashi (RM7.00), which is a specially concocted dashi sauce served with boiled Spinach with sprinkles of sesame seeds and julienne seaweed.

Followed by a special Luncheon Meat Tamago (RM12.00).

We particularly like the next snack dish which is Pork Karrage (RM14.00) which has a crisp on the outside and tender juicy pork meat on the inside. Served with finely chop cabbages with mayo sauce on the side.

After this, we had the crunchy and crackling Fried Pork Skin (RM9.00) which was perfect with the cold beer that we had ordered.

The other non-fried snack dish is the Boiled Salted Pork Belly Slice with Spicy Miso sauce (RM15.00); another chilled dish offering.

For Gyoza fans, you can taste the Pan Fried Gyoza (RM14.00).

Another Luncheon Meat based dish is the Luncheon Meat Egg Pizza (RM15.00).

The last dish of the snack food that we had is the Takoyaki (RM12.00).

After the snack food, we also tried out the other dish offering which is the special Sashimi selection (RM75.00)

and for those that love Pork Kidney (including yours truly) can try out this stir fried delicacy.

and for those heavy eaters; can order the Tonkatsu Ramen (RM22.00) or other choices of Ramen and Don that are available at Butaya Izakaya to filled up your tummy.

Our personal dining experience at Butaya Izakaya is one of a laissez faire where we can have a leisure taste of snack dishes with a drink; while catching out with friends and families for a long night of simple delight.

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MAZE @ Menara Lien Hoe Persiaran Tropicana Petaling Jaya – Hi Tea With A Twist

Of late Hi-tea session especially on weekend has been gaining traction, there are many hotels, restaurant and cafe offering these for their late afternoon. We got a chance to taste out the Afternoon Hi-Tea as MAZE @ Menara Lien Hoe Persiaran Tropicana Petaling Jaya Selangor. Maze Facebook.

What is unique about MAZE @ Menara Lien Hoe Persiaran Tropicana, is it has a dual identity, a coffee salon by day and a gin parlour by night serving you gin cocktails and gin Dim Sum (more on this on our next review session).

MAZE @ Menara Lien Hoe Persiaran Tropicana is the perfect setting for Afternoon Tea as this place is specially designed with hand-picked furniture that makes each corner a unique dining experience.

Having high tea is one of the best moments in the world i.e. taking a stress-free break to pamper yourself to some fancy treats while you talk for hours with your girlfriends or your loved one? What can possibly get better than this?

There’s nothing like a warm cup of tea, good company, and some specially crafted Gin Infused savoury offering of Smoked Duck Canapes, Mediterranean Sandwich and the Smoked Salmon Sandwich.

For the sweet offering, you can delight yourself with the Butter Croissant with Salted Eggs Yolk Dips, Peanut Butter Danish, Mixed Fruits Tarts, Dark Hazelnuts Tarts and Passion Fruits Meringue Tarts.

and finishing it with a La Noir Rose Macaroon on a laid back afternoon in Petaling Jaya.

The above set is at RM78++ for two.

MAZE @ Menara Lien Hoe Persiaran Tropicana is also the third and latest entertainment outlet by M Group, the company behind CHAZE (Whisky Luxe Lounge) and LAVO (Restro Wine Atelier).

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Kennys Food Cart @ Aman Suria Petaling Jaya Selangor

It’s been quite some I have not patronised Kennys Food Cart stall located in the alley of Jalan SS2/4a, Taman Bahagia. 3 months ago, I bought my family to taste out the popular Teng Chai Chuk (porridge), and they really like this special porridge. We were told by Kenny that they will be relocating to a place in a month or two.
As my wife was an avid fan, we got news that they have moved to Aman Suria. They retain the food cart concept in this restaurant setup to provides its customer with a more comfortable atmosphere for dining in as compared to the stalls days where it is determined by nature.
Kennys Food Cart Address
K-G-11 Jalan PJU 1/43 Aman Suria
Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
Most of the food serve here are the same when they were at Taman Bahagia stall except for some adds on rice dishes. 
Of course, one must taste out the Signature Teng Chai Chuk (RM 8.00). The porridge has many condiments that are added into it which includes anchovies, fried nuts, lots of scallions, cut fried fish paste and century eggs.
The next porridge is the Fish Paste Porridge (RM 8.00). The porridge is served with a soft texture fish paste. 
There is a number of snacks food that is served at Kennys Food Cart among them are the Deep Fried Fish Paste (5 pcs for RM 4) which you can eat it with the porridge or noodles or on its own. 
Next, we had the Fish Head Soup Noodles (RM 9.50). At Kennys the fish head is fried to a deep crisp and served separately. My preference for Fish Head Noodles is for the fried fish to be cooked with the noodles as this will add more taste to the broth. 
Another one of the signature dishes is the Cantonese-Style ‘Loh See Fun’ (RM8.00) which is cooked in a sauce much like the Cantonese Ying Yeong but with a slightly bland taste. It is cooked with minced pork meat and topped with the Fried Dried Shrimp. I like the fried dried shrimp which has a slightly salty taste which blended well and gives a nice flavour to the mouse noodles.
One of the new addition is the Stewed Soy Chicken (RM 7.90) which is served with an egg and a bowl of rice. A meal all by itself.
You can also check out the other dishes of Kennys Food Cart menu as above.

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Carlsberg Brewery Tour Shah Alam Selangor – Probably The Best Brewery Tour

Ever wondered how beer is produced, we recently got an invitation for an exclusive VIP brewery tour of Carlsberg Brewery in Shah Alam Selangor Malaysia. This visit is in conjunction with the Probably The Best Brewery Tour Campaign. For more information how you can win an all expenses Probably The Best Brewery Tour
Carlsberg hosted a VIP brewery tour ex-beer-ience giving members of the media a sneak preview of Probably the Best Brewery Tour in advance of its first batch of contest winners. While touring Probably the Best Brew House and experiencing Probably the Best Lounge in its brewery in Shah Alam, Carlsberg also unveiled the first grand-prize and first-prize winners of Probably the Best Brewery Tour consumer promotion held in conjunction with its 170th global birthday celebration.
“The 170th anniversary of Carlsberg is a chance for us to pay tribute to the beer that is ‘always sharing’. It is all about the science that comes from beer knowledge and the art that brews high-quality beers from natural ingredients. Through Probably the Best Brewery Tour campaign, we celebrate Probably the Best Beer in the World, Carlsberg,” Lars Lehmann, Managing Director of Carlsberg Malaysia shared.
“We will reward 20 consumers to explore Carlsberg’s 170 years of beer discoveries in its homeland in Copenhagen and another 1,800 consumers to see, touch, smell and taste the quality natural ingredients of our brews through a VIP brewery tour ex-beer-ience in Shah Alam,” Lehmann added
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From the moment we set foot at Probably the Best Lounge, we were greeted by beautiful brand ambassadors serving a buffet of welcome brews that consists of Carlsberg Smooth Draught, Somersby Apple Cider, Kronenbourg 1664 Blanc and premium Connor’s Stout Porter.
Upon learning more about the Carlsberg Malaysia’s brewery and brands through an insightful and interesting presentation by Marketing Director Charles Wong, we were chauffeured in a luxury MPV to Carlsberg’s gallery at the production plant. 
The media entourage had the chance to see, touch, smell and taste the beer at Probably the Best Brew House – a normally restricted area. At the sensory experience room, members of the press were briefed on the aroma of hops, the taste profile of yeast and the look of beer liquid with and without purification.
“Nowadays, there are more discerning beer drinkers who care about what makes of a lager or stout,” said Piotr Zajac, Master Brewer cum Supply Chain Director of Carlsberg Malaysia. “They want to know what are the ingredients used and how it is made.”
While many know that wine comes from grapes, “very few actually know that Carlsberg beer comes from natural quality ingredients – namely malt/barley, hops, yeast and water” said Zajac. “Inviting consumers into our brewhouse to learn more about the natural quality ingredients and the art of brewing, bottling and packaging is an excellent way to showcase our brews.”

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The Art Coffee Sunway Giza Kota Damansara Selangor

The Art Coffee Sunway Giza is a new local cafe right in the heart of Sunway Giza Kota Damansara. Located near the entrance of Village Grocer, it offers diners the option of a freshly brewed coffee which can be accompanied by coffee pairing dishes.

The Art Coffee Address
Lot G.03 Ground Floor Sunway Giza, 
No. 2 Jalan PJU 5/14, PJU 5, Kota Damansara
Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
Like most cafe, the setting is one of a bright outlook with plenty of daylight that comes from the foyer entrance of the Sunway Giza. One of the thing that we like most is the availability of power socket throughout the entire cafe and with a 100MB Wifi Internet access, it is a superb place to work on your notebook.

The Art Coffee Menu

The Art Coffee Sunway Giza has just opened its doors about four months ago and have just revamped some of its dishes.

To start off our meal here, we have a Garden Salad with Beef Bacon (RM10.90 +RM5.00). At the Art Coffee, you can order a basic salad and then add on any of your favourite ingredient which are Beef Bacon, Smoked Chicken or Smoked Salmon; ours came with Beef Bacon. The sauce that came with the Salad is the Garlic Aioli sauce which is in-house made and have the right taste that blended with the refreshing salad.

We found that one of the popular items to be ordered here is the sandwiches, our order of sandwich is the Cheezy Turkey Slice (RM14.90) which is loaded with tomatoes, lettuce, onions, cheese and turkey slice. This ingredient is sandwiched with an in-house made Ciabatta bread which has a very nice texture. It is also served with a special sauce which you can spread on the sandwich.

Next, we had 2 pizza, which the first is a 6″ (Small) Hawaiian Mojo Pizza (RM15.90) which is topped with pineapples, chicken meat and condiments.

the second pizza is the 10″ (Regular) Pepper Pepperoni Pizza (RM20.90). These pizzas are prepared using a Freeze Blasting Technology to retains the natural texture and taste of the ingredient.

To enjoy your cuppa of specially brewed coffee you can order some of the pastries items. Among the notable is the Strawberry Berliner (RM4.00) which is a doughnut with strawberries filling. The texture of the dough has a soft texture. You can request to have your Berliner either served chill or hot.

Our order of the other pastries includes the Apple Cinnamon Strudels (RM2.90), Sultana Danish (RM2.90) and the Chicken Curry Puff (RM2.90) which has a very flaky and crisp dough which we like.

Or you could order their Chicken Pie (RM13.90) which is filled with potatoes, corn, carrots and chicken meat. Best to be eaten when it is still piping hot.

Lastly, you can opt to finish your meals with some sweet offering of the Les Petit-Clair  (RM3.50).

or for fans of the macaroon can taste out the Artisan Macaroon (RM5.00).

For the coffee beans, at The Art Coffee, every month you get to taste a different blend of beans. The current blend which is used to brew our coffee; is a mix blend of  made out of 80% Brazil origin and 20% Indian origin which extrudes a nutty sweet flavour.

Latte

The concept of changing the blend is to provide coffee enthusiast, the opportunity to try out the different offering on a monthly basis.

This will cultivate the art of tasting the different blend and also not a have a familiar taste day in day out.

Besides coffee being served at The Art Coffee, you can also opt for the GRYPHON series of tea (RM9.00) selection; like the Earl Grey Lavender, Pearl of the Orient, Chamomile or the English Breakfast Tea.

and for fans of matcha, can try out the Green Tea Latte (RM12.90).

For those that love cakes, there is also wide selection available from the counter at RM13.90 per piece to satisfy your cravings.

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