Archive for November, 2011

Another meal from the Groupon deal..really, sometimes I wonder do I save more or spend more because of all the Groupon deals…

Details of this particular promotion –  for RM22, you get a premium Australian beef rib eye steak served with garden salad and steak fries (RM39.60 value), plus a soup of the day (RM5.40 value) Total value –  RM45

The setting at El Toro was cozy .. wooden chairs and tables.. low lightsAnd while waiting for our orders, we manage to learn a bit about the parts of the baa-baa and the moo-moo..and just in case you would like to know too…

 

One could order one’s preference weight of steaks, ribs and lambs , prices range from RM15 /100g for premium grass to RM55/100g for wagyu rib eye.  Other items on the menu include : mixed grill for RM32.90, Pan fried salmon in teriyaki sauce @RM24.90, Classic beef burger @RM14.90, double beef burger @RM28.90, lamb burger @RM17.90 etc .

My makan companion ordered Iced lemon tea ( RM5) which came out of a cute bottle ( which we later took away as well- greedy folks that we are)Soup of the day was homemade mushroom soup and this is the absolute mother of the mushroom soups that I have tasted so far. This was so very delicious. The moment the soup was making their way towards our table, the aroma of mushroom filled the air  and brought out uncontrolled tears of appreciation and uncontrolled flow of saliva..it was so very mushroomyummyyy. Every drop was so precious and when it came down to the final spoonful , I felt rather melancholy ..Ah ..yumyum…
We were asked about the doneness of our steak, for me , I have only been ordering one doneness my whole life i.e. well done , but the server who took our order urged  us to try ‘medium well’ as well done can be too dry. We decide to accept the recommendation and although the still pinkish centre caused a bit of a hesitation but after biting into it, hey this was not bad , i.e. not as raw as it looked. The steak still had some juiciness and was rather tender. The 200gm premium grass fed rib eye steak came with garden salad and parmesan shavings plus fries. Both of us enjoyed our steak very much..After our meal, we kaypor at the counter and found that apart from makan-ing your steak at El Toro, El Toro is also a butchery where one could get a wide range of meat . I forgot to ask the servers what is the meaning of El Toro, while writing this- i did google translate and learnt that in Spanish this means The Bull

Overall, a very enjoyable meal..and i will be back for the mushroom soup..

Subang Avenueis located beside Carefour Subang Jaya, the building looks rather new but apart from a few restaurants and bistros at the boulevard, the building was rather empty. Saw some cute signs at the ladies : 

 

Location :
SG-07 Subang Avenue,
Persiaran Kemajuan,
SS16, 47500 Subang Jaya
Tel: 56117713

I am soo soo behind in my postings…and had missed out on something which I wanted to blog about, the trip to Penang happened during the last day of Sept and first day of Oct this year.

Since the trip took place during the Nine Emperor Gods celebration, PW took us to the Too Boo Kong / Nine Emporer Gods temple at Jalan Raja Uda to soak in the festive air , the whole temple was a lighted up with yellow toned lamps and the temple glittered like gold in the night..this was my second trip to the temple, you can read about my first visit to the temple  by clicking here   (Plus-sized) Paper clothes for the godsDevotees paying their respects at the altarI was rather fascinated with a handsome white horse placed at the entrance of the shrine hall, there were two buckets on the platform as well as blades of grasses Upon closer inspection …one bucket was filled with  water and the other with beans of some sort..must be the food offered to the horsyDevotees lighting incense and candles at the temple grounds

Chinese opera….now modernized with LED subtitles (left of pixs) , which is a good thing for someone like me who can’t understand teochew

  

The crowd enjoying the live showA famous stall for fried stuff – whatchacallit and hamchinpeng..this was nice, although deep fried, they didn’t felt too oily and ahh, crispy, yet soft, fragrant and very addictive !

The next day, met up with a bunch of old mates at a kopitiam in Lorong Selamat, one of the more famous shop was closed on that day and due to some miscommunication, we ended up at the shop which was not the one originally in the plan…but anyway, the main purpose was to catch up on old times and updates on recent happenings..The ice kacang was not bad, the ice shavings was very fine and melt in the mouth …and I would also recommend  the nutmeg drink .kau-kau…YUmmmAn old lady was going around the tables promoting  yam cakes, we decided to order a mixture of steamed and fried yamcakes…review – floury and tasteless..SC and myself ordered Char koay teow, when the 2 plates arrived at our table, I was rather taken aback that these costs us RM15..wahh…tourist price la…and frankly, the taste was so-so only, overated one and the queue was so long too !EL ordered  Asam Laksa from  the stall across the street, which looked pretty appertizing.After our meal, PW eyes lighted up, the shop across the street was selling one of her favourite food – mi ku , back in Uni days, this shop ‘Hoe Peng Biscuit’ was located opposite KOMTAR, I still remember staring in awe at the big fat miku while waiting for the buses ( well, I don’t see miku  back in my kampong mah)

 

Literally translated, miku means rice turtle, that probably relates to the shape of the floury buns . Mi ku could probably be described like a Chinese version of bread (?) one could steam it, then remove the reddish ‘skin’ ( optional) and then eat the bun with butter or jam..The regular miku are in red but because it was the nine emperor gods celebration, you get some yellow ones too..

After lunch and stuffed with updates and reminisces , we went for a stroll at Straits Quay which  was very pleasant …I was told that the place is even prettier at night

 

After the lepak-ing, it was dinner time..and rather then go to a posh restaurant, we decide to reminiscent a bit further and explore our old supper haunt at the Jelutong marketplace..

Duck thigh mee-sua – not sure was this the same stall , but taste-wise not bad..

As I didn’t have a satisfying charkoay teow for lunch, I decided to have another go at char koay teow, at about half the price ( and smaller sized prawns), I found this to be better tasting than what I had at Lorong Selamat.PW had prawns noodles- which was not bad..Juicy and delicious popiahDesserts..ooh….i hadn’t had the peanut soup since I left penang..it tasted as how I remember it to be ( way too sweet but oh so good), while PW and SC had the gingko soup- which appeared to have more ice than soup We were looking out for the laksa auntie with her mobile stall but with no luck.. not sure is she still around, I still remember the large chunks of fish in her laksa..makes your mouth water mannnn…

As usual, a truly enjoyable and happy trip in Penang . I love Penang ! And the food of course !

This was another meal from the Groupon deals :  Traditional Italian tomato soup + Main course : Choose from New Jersey Chicken Fillet, Grilled Butter Fish Fillet, Linguine Carbonara or Linguine ala Thai. For drinks : choose from Coke, Sprite or iced lemon tea. All for RM 20.90, the actual value said to be up to RM56.70. That is why I love Groupon lorrrr..

Before our meal, we loiter around Subang Parade, I dunno about you, but I am not a fan of the design of Subang Parade, it’s so confusing, the walkways that lead this way and that, and before you can find an escalator to go to a lower floor, you have to go up the walkway to the next floor and only then find an escalator to take you downstairs. ARRGGGGGggggg, or maybe it’s just my low IQ…like the malay proverb – tidak pandai menari dikatakan lantai jongkang jongket – translated to mean, you ah..dunno how to dance hor..then you say that the floor is uneven

And apart from the complain above, the next complain is..where is Chillout ? there were signs that looked promising, but then we just ended up nowhere, called the bistro and we were told to go to Cold Storage in Parkson and you will see Chillout,  so we headed towards Cold Storage, where the heck was the bistro lahh…called again and was told to go up the escalator then we should see Chillout… ok,,,did that, then ended up in the ladies department—eh..inside here got bistro mehh..what the …went downstairs and then try from the beginning, Cold Storage- checked, go up escalator- checked, but we ain’t see no Chillout laaahhhhh ! then asked the staff in Parkson, and went round a few circles..then finally got the right instruction—oh..suppose to go out the door from Parkson, aiya..early early say laa…..sorry, you might be tired of reading already, I promise we will be back to the intended topic soon. I think I would banish any thoughts of participating in the Amazing Race challenge…So, I suggest the best way is to walk from the outside of Subang Parade, you would have a better chance of finding the place

We had to climb a few stairs to the bistro, passed the bar area, a few guys were having a couple of beers. a few overhanging TVs were showing football matches, we were shown to the enclosed restaurant area.  I liked the setting which was simple and cozy

 For drinks both of us chose to have ice lemon tea ( RM11.90)

The waiter came by with our cutlery , then a more senior staff came by and show the staff the correct way to arrange the cutlery. And then it was time for the traditional Italian tomato soup (RM10.90). This was overly salty to be enjoyable, Was the saltiness intentional ? I dunno   I guess I am not a true Italian and therefore could not appreciate the traditional soup if it was suppose to be so salty.

Then the main course : New Jersey Chicken Fillet ( RM26.90) , when my makan companion for that day i.e. my niece saw the ( few) slices of chicken sitting on the mash potatoes  her eyes widen and said- so little meat, can be full mehh ? This was nice and eventually the mash potatoes did filled me up..

 Grilled Butter Fish Fillet with butter lemon sauce (actual price  RM33.90) , the fish fillet sat prettily on the mash potato cushion, accompanied by an orchestra of blanched vegetable and sauces. Niece enjoyed this too

 Overall, an enjoyable meal and I think I might come back again ( but not for the tomato soup lahh) ..From the website, it says Live bands entertain crowds from 9pm to midnight on Wednesday to Saturday, but we ended our meal before that and didn’t get to be entertained by the  band

 

Business hours : Mon-Sat: Open 11am onwards  Sun: 5pm onwards

Location :

Lot G31, Ground Floor, Subang Parade Shopping Centre,
No.5, Jln SS16/1, 47500 Subang Jaya,
Tel: 03-5638 5508
http://chillout.com.my/