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Red Onion @ Bangsar

Posted: June 23, 2013 in @ Bangsar
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When I saw the makan voucher/ promo for  Red Onion  at Bangsar, the main issue I have was – oh..what about the parking ?  And a few weeks later when we wanted to redeem the voucher, the same question cropped up when we were pusing-pusing-ing around Bangsar looking for a parking space. Anywy, lucky that Bangsar had a large residence area, we managed to find a parking space  way way behind Jalan Telawi 5 of a Telawi somewhere and had to walk under the hot sun..the sacrifices we make for food huh ? err..well, at least I do not have to run around in a loin-cloth ( not an appetizing sight as well) with a spear or a club to clobber some mammoth or a wildebeest and after that having to start a fire to cook my meal..well,  a bit of a hot sun didn’t do anyone any harm..so, I shouldn’t grumble…

Red Onion specializes in Arabian and Pakistani cuisine. Our visit was on a Sunday and the lunch hour at Red Onion was quiet to say the least, apart from the two of us, there was only one other guest at the restaurant. The setting at Red Onion was nice and cozy.settingThe menumenu

For drinks, we asked for plain water (as drinks were not part of the vouchers, us- cheapskate wanna save a bit lah) but was told that, Nope, they do not serve plain water and what they can offer is mineral water. A quick flick of the menu, this costs RM5 for a small bottle, so we decide to go for ice lemon tea ( RM5) instead and the waiter recommended us to try Tea with hot milk which according to him was better than teh  tarik. Ok, we will try that..

Tea with hot milk ( RM6)- the tea was light and smooth, but frankly I prefer my stronger and ‘heavier’ teh tarik with condense milk…or maybe I am too loyal to the mamak stalls..tea with milk

The promotion for the vouchers came with a salad, 2 soups and two main course, we can’t chose the soup but were given a few options for the main course, we decided to go for the Shesh Tawok from the Arabic cuisine and  Red Onion Special Chicken from the Pakistani cuisine. Apart from Arab and Pakistani cuisine, Red Onion also serves Vegetarian, Chinese –  chicken Manchurian and Chicken Shashlick – I don’t know how Chinese are these, I guess Manchuria is in China, so that qualifies, as for Shashlick..me no idea one;  Western – steak, spaghetti or lasagna,  Rice dishes – fried rice, Buryani, mushroom rice, Muglai rice etc

Hot and sour soup (RM10) , this was peppery and not too sour- taste a bit like a creamier version of the Chinese style sweet and sour soup.soup1

The green salad ( RM5) :  at the centre of the salad was a very much dried up and shriveled green chili which I guess might have seen better days. From a scale of 1 to 10, I will give a zero for the presentation of this salad, there are soooo many ways to make this dish prettier and more appetizing.

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Shesh Tawok (RM24) was cubes of grilled  chicken and vegetables served with rice. I looked up the WWW, shesh means skewered and tawok is chicken and from wikipedia the common marinades are based upon yogurt or a tomato puree, though there are many variations. The chicken cubes were tender and the meat was fragrant. This was nice. The serving was rather generous.  tawok

Red Onion Special Chicken (RM 22), we ordered some plain nan to go with this dish. Taste wise- I had to remind myself not to compare with our local curry, but for ease of reference that is what I am going to do, the ‘curry’ is much lighter i.e not as rich as our curry and this was also not spicy. Taste wise- not bad. The nan was nice and fluffy.special chicken

The staff were friendly, we had two of them came by our table to ask us about how we like the food . According to the Manager who came by for a chat at the end of our meal,  Red Onion started business about 6 months ago and lunch during the weekends are always slow because people like to sleep in after a late night and they do much better business during dinner time. When I commented that it was difficult to get a parking space, En. Khalid  said that the diners  could call them 15 minutes before their arrival and red Onion can reserve a parking spot for the patrons. Red Onion is a halal restaurant – En Khalid told us that a Pakistani restaurant would be halal. And we were also told that the chef was formerly working at JW Marriot.

Before we left the restaurant, En Khalid thrust 2 of their pamphlets ( what you see below) into my hands, from the pamphlets- Red Onion also does home delivery  and there are no delivery charges .

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Location :
No. 4, Jalan Telawi,
Bangsar 59100,
Kuala Lumpur.
Tel : 03-22016674
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My earliest association with the Germany was my pen-pal – Sabine,  back in my secondary school days. I guess in the age of e-mails, FB, twitter etc , pen-pals might be something obsolete..ah..the joy of getting a letter with the foreign stamps delivered by  the postman. Exposure to the German language was when Chunny took up German in Uni-days, and from that I got to learn one word- guten morgen.

Anyway, as you might have expected, this is another meal we purchased from the Groupon promotion.  The deal was inclusive of :

 It was a Saturday night , not a good choice to go to Bangsar Baru as parking can be atrocious, Chunny- my makan kaki for the day managed to spot a free spot at a backland not far from the House Frankfurt, Bravo ! The place was packed and in full swing when we arrived at about 8 pm. The setting was cozy . Our table which was at an enclosure near the end of the restaurant was set rather close to the next table, if I stretch, I could probably nick some garlic bread from our neighboring diner

First up, the soup, there were two choices, soup of the day and goulash. We ordered one of each. Did a www search on goulash and got to know that this thick stew/soup originate from the Hungarian cattle herders. There were generous amounts of beef cubes in this beef soup, this could have easily have  been a meal on  its own, The soup was very flavourful, rich but not too heavy.

We were also served with some garlic bread. Crispy, warm and garlicky – the way garlic bread should be !

Grilled knuckle of pork (RM52) with sauerkraut, mash potatoes and gravy. The knuckle was a fairly good size. The knuckle was covered by thick crispy grilled skin which didn’t take too much of an effort to cut through to get to the meat. The knuckle was lightly marinate and one could still taste the porky taste from the meat, so I guess tThe meat was lightly marinated which , not too tough, not too soft. This was quite enjoyable. I guess the correct way is to eat this with the skin, but after looking at the layer of fat underneath, I got a bit worried and did  my best to remove some of the bad fat before introducing it into my system. I found that the skin lost its crunchiness and turned slightly rubbery once the knuckle loss its heat. I must say that the sauerkraut is an acquired taste which I have yet to master. After checking from the wikipedia, I got to know that the sauerkraut is fermented by various lactic acid  bacteria. The sour flavour is a result of the acid that forms when the bacteria ferment the sugars in the cabbage

The other main course that we ordered was : Thueringer bratwurst, fried pork or chicken or veal sausage served with sauerkraut and mashed potatoes.  We were served two sausages, one big and the other one smaller, I am not sure which is which, was in pork and chicken ? pork and veal ? chicken and veal ? I don’t know. But anyway, the bigger sausage had a more even texture and from someone like me who is only exposed to (cheap) frozen hotdogs, this was delicious, the texture was springy and very tasty. The smaller sausage was a bit tougher and both Chunny and myself prefer the larger version. Size does matter ?

You can view the menu by clicking here

Overall, an interesting and enjoyable meal, and I have added sauerkraut and bratwurst to my vocabulary.

 Operating hours : Open daily from 12 noon to midnight
Location :
House Frankfurt Restaurant
12, Jalan Telawi 5,
Bangsar Baru.
59100 Kuala Lumpur
Tel : 2284 1624
http://www.housefrankfurt.com

Joseph Kitchen @ Bangsar

Posted: March 18, 2012 in @ Bangsar
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A very late posting for a meal we had before Christmas 2011…

This was another promotional meal from Groupon , the total meal was valued at RM58.20 and one only have to pay RM24. Err..not easy to resist..and at that time we thought that since nobody was going to invite us  for Christmas dinner, we have to invite ( and pay) ourselves , desperate time call for desperate measures !

Before this trip, I have never been to UOA Bangsar.  There was a crossroad  and we saw the UOA building on our right , we then made a U-turn at the traffic light and to get to the car park – we had to  pass  through a rather sad alley which then led us to the brightly lit car park…

The Groupon promo :

 For appetizer, Chunny had the turkey mango crepe and I chose the pumpkin soup.The turkey mango crepe : it was  a pleasant surprise ( although it did say it was turkey mango crepe) to bite  into mango which adds a freshness  to the crepe , this was also aided by  the lettuce,  the crepe was light and served warm..not bad..

Pumpkin soup – umm.. this taste like pumpkin soup, nothing unusual. Additional point given as the bun was warm.

For the main course, it was not too difficult a choice, one would logically chose the more expensive option  amongst the lot. So we chose the seafood and the grill and left out the ‘cheaper’ spaghetti. Yeah, we are practical  folks. Chunny had the fisherman’s wharf – which was a seafood platter consisting of deep fried scallops, calamari rings, prawns and fish. Taste wise, not too bad, the batter was light and did not overpower the sweetness of the seafood.

 The Farmer selection was not bad at all, the meat were tender and well marinated, what I liked best was the gravy, I  am not sure what gravy it was, but I likeyy. I am not someone who like gravy on my food, but I made an exception for this, it looks like black pepper but didn’t have that hot pepperish taste, it had a bit of sweetish taste to it too.i don’t know what it was but I like it lah.

 For the appetizer, we chose one each of creme brule and cake of the day- which happen to be green tea cake. When the cake arrive, it looked kinda minute to be costing RM7 as stated on the Groupon deal. The cake was not too bad but we didn’t have much to go around as it was such a tiny piece, I find the texture of the creme brule a bit too liquid-y and it didn’t have that texture and taste of richness to it.

Overall, an enjoyable meal..

http://www.josephkitchen.com.my/

 location :

Unit 2-7, Second Floor.
Menara UOA Bangsar,
No.5, Jalan Bangsar Utama,
59000 KL
Tel : 2282 2242