Posts Tagged ‘The Gardens’

I frequent Mid Valley but mostly at the ‘average income’ section of the Megamall, i.e. the Jusco Aeon, Carrefour side. To me, The Gardens section of the Megamall is for the rich and famous, where the shops bear unpronounceable names and come with abominable price tags  posh and where doormen with white gloves open their doors to the privileged few.. Anyway, the makan trip this time took us to Pastis Cafe, which is on the ‘rich man’ side of the Midvalley Megamall, Pastic Cafe is not difficult to locate, it is at the Ground Floor beside Isetan.

The RM20 deal was for  a 3 course meal : starter +  main course of either : Lamb Shank on Bed of Potatoes / Dory Fish Orange-Flavoured with Vegetable and Butter Rice or Honey Grilled Chicken with Butter Rice + dessert + free flow of drinks. One could sit on the ‘terrace’ or to sit inside the cafe where it is more quiet and private.

We chose to have our meal at the inside of  the cafe which was cozy  and comfy. For main course, we decide to forfeit the chicken and chose to have lamb shanks and Dory fish. For drinks- which was free flow- we had to get our own at the counter, the selection include : apple juice, water, iced tea and air bandung. The drinks vats weren’t labeled, so we had to get the waiter’s help to tell us what they were. In the picture below the vats are below the gigantic flower arrangement …

It was kinda interesting that they serve air bandung as I didn’t expect a  ‘western style’ cafe to serve something so local. Anyway, for information purpose, I did a www search for  ‘air bandung’ and extract from Wikipedia: Air bandung consists of milk flavoured with rose cordial syrup, giving a pink colour. (ok, this info I thing we know lah ).  The drink is an adaptation of rose milk served in India. In the Malay language. the term bandung means “pairs”, while sirap means syrup and air means “water”.More broadly, bandung refers to anything that is mixed from other ingredients or comes in pairs. Despite the name, there is no connection to the city of Bandung in Indonesia and the drink actually cannot be found there. “Bandung” was available as early as the 1960s where it was favored by the Malay community. Oh…I always thought that the drink had something to do with Bandung Indonesia..now I know I should not think so often…

Starters was mushroom soup, which had the expected mushroomy texture and taste..this was not too bad..

My makan companion  for the day commented on the table setting —‘.the setting is nice but why do they use white paper to line the table on top of the table cloth’  ..well, indeed ! I guess it makes life easier for one to clear the table and clean the table cloth..but this deducted 1,000 points from the presentation point of view lorrr..

When the lamb shank arrived, we were impressed by the portion..wow…Pastis is generous !  The meat was tender, succulent and didn’t have that gamey smell, this was nice..

I had the Dory fish orange-flavoured with vegetable and butter rice, the orange flavour was a bit too mild to cover the slightly fishy taste of the dory. The meat was too soft and fine- maybe this is the characteristic of dory- I guess that is why I still like my fried kembung fish.  The side dish combination of pickled carrot, tomatoes and zucchini was average lah, I like my rice dry and hard so I didn’t really like the soft rice that was drenched in orange gravy

For dessert, again, another local twist ( one of the blog I read said this was al-cheapo..haha..), sago with coconut meal, I thought the whipped cream on top of a pretty glob of sagu looked  pretty and appetizing ( well, I guess I am al-cheapo too ).  Initally, I only tasted the santan and thought the dessert taste rather bland, and only on the second scoop that I got to the gula melaka (palm sugar) which was rather blissful….

The service crew seemed to be fully foreign and we found the service was so-so.. Overall, I would say the meal was about average only  lah. Pastis Cafe is a pork free restaurant

Location :

KG-02, Ground Floor,
The Gardens,
Mid Valley City.
Tel : 03 2288 1559

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Finally, an unGroupon related  posting  …although it was still a promo-meal from Dealmates . When can I breakaway- when ? when ? is there something like AA to cure my addiction ?

In my small , mysterious and belacan mind,  the name Yogitree conjures images/concept of :  green, healthy ( in my vocabulary- this translate to being  : boring and bland ) , body cleansing, contortionist (yoga), save the whales, stop cruelty to the mother-in-laws movement , re-cycle, Yellowstone Park ( Yogi Bear and Bobo) , Baobab tree ( tree of life), Everest ( as in heavily bearded guru high up in the mountains seeking the meaning of life), the abnominal  abdominal abominable snowman  — oh that is Yeti, not Yogi lahh, and so much more,  that my brain hurts…

 Anyway, I have never dined at Yogitree, so, I sorta jumped ( in a good way) when I saw the promotional meal on Dealmates. The promotion was for : Bruschetta, Macarons, scones, cake and tea. Sounds good to me ! And I don’t even know what are bruschettas,  and although I have heard of the heavenly macarons , I never had any in my life…so *katak bawah tempurung one….( *frog under coconut shell..meaning-amphibian and can quickly adapt to any occasion …errr..that is certainly NOT the correct interpretation) 

Did a bit of shopping at the Megamall, and then made our way to The Gardens- well, for someone who can only eat a decent meal when they are featured on Groupons/ other discount sites- how can I afford to shop at The Gardens lorr..

It was about 11a.m on a Saturday when we stepped into the Yogitree and the place was rather empty except for a guy who was enjoying his cuppa coffee at the next table. We presented the voucher and was asked to select our choice of cake to go with our meal- the rest of the items on the voucher were fixed. The setting was pleasant  and simplistic, rattan chairs and wooden tables and no Yogi Bear or Bobo in sight.

I hadn’t had Earl Grey for a while…this was pleasant …but why no milk one..or maybe we should have asked..but I rather liked the Earl Grey flavoured with brown sugar..

Bruschetta…ahh..so pretty one..although I was a bit skeptical when I saw the bundle of alfafa sprouts that looked like a bad perm on the Bruchetta and ekk..what  is that meat with that green thingy one. They were :  Pesto chicken bruschetta and grilled vegetable caramelized onion bruschetta. The verdict after tasting : healthy food can be yummy too !! I was a bit worried that the alfafa might be too green for my liking,  but the grilled vegetable and caramelized onion  was flavourful and the alfafa had to play second bass to them but contributed by adding a crunchy texture to the topping.

Macaron and scones: the scones were served warm, a tinge of sweetness,  bits of  raisins- and when eaten with the strawberry jam – was heavenly….so nice one…no wonder the Queen ( the one in England) like scones. The macarons were light and expectedly sweet, I prefer the mint flavoured macaron which had a stronger and distinct flavour compared to the chocolate flavoured version.

For the cake of the day, we choose to try the chocolate truffle torte served with whipped cream..what is the difference between a cake and a torte ? according to the http://recipes.lovetoknow.com/wiki/What_Is_the_Difference_Between_a_Cake_and_a_Torte

  • Cakes are lighter than tortes.
  • Cakes use cake flour only while tortes will often add ground nut meal or breadcrumbs to the recipe to increase density of the cake.
  • In many tortes, the cake is soaked with a liqueur or at the very least simple syrup.
  • The simple syrup is often flavored with a citrus peel, extract, or with a liqueur.
  • Tortes are almost always a central European recipe.
  • All tortes are cakes but not all cakes are tortes.
  • Because tortes are more complicated to make than cakes, tortes are usually more expensive.

The usual price for cakes are RM12 per piece. The torte was light, creamy, rich chocolaty – I likey the tortyyy.

 You can view the menu on line by clicking here ,Yogitree serves salad, sandwiches, soup, main courses like- poached salmon, fish and chips, duck confit, wagyu beef cheese burger, asian fares –organic hainanese chicken rice, asam laksa, lamb shanks bak kut the, ayam percik nasi ulam etc, and a series of desserts and home made ice cream too.

 Location :
Lot F-237-B, First Floor ( Isetan Side) , The Gardens , Mid Valley, Kuala Lumpur 59200
Tel 2282 6163
Website : http://www.yogitree.com/