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O Banh Mi @ 1 Utama, New Wing

Posted by Sherlyn K On 10:12 AM 0 comments

Inviting atmosphere

The process of making the baguette can be seen here

I passed by O Banh Mi during lunch time on a weekday the week prior, and saw that it was packed with customers. So attempted a visit during Sunday last week, when I saw a less busy crowd.

Their core product is as per name of the brand name where Banh Mi in Vietnamese means all kinds of bread.

The baguette is an absolute winner. Just as how Vietnamese makes baguette, the outer later carries a light crisp texture, while the inside was airy. This Vietnamese styled sandwich is a product of French colonialism in Indochina, combines ingredients from the French that is the baguette, and with native Vietnamese ingredients such as cilantro, pickled carrots and daikon (winter radish). We ordered the teriyaki chicken which also came with sunny side up egg. A total satisfaction to a wholesome meal.

O Teriaky. Price-RM11

I took the Dry Grilled Chicken Vietnamese Noodle. I must say that the portion is really big for the price I paid. Definitely enough for 2 share... The bowl of noodle is filled with teriyaki chicken, cucumber, spring roll, lots of mint and basil, bean sprout, lettuce, garnish with peanuts and fried onions, and their home made fish sauce. I love the texture of the vietnamese noodle, that tasted absolutely fresh. It has the right thickness of noodle that I absolutely enjoy.

Dry Grilled Chicken Noodle. Price-RM11
Details on what goes into their sandwich
This standee works, as many stopped to have a look
Also the must order is their refreshing lemon tea, that's priced at only RM5 each.

Total bill came up to RM33.90 for 2 person. Fulfilling and very much worth the price paid, in return for such satisfactory quality of food. 

O Banh Mi 
LG 328, 1Utama Shopping Mall

Their other outlet :
No. 33 Jalan SS21/56b, Damansara Utama

Business Hours :
Mon-Sun, 9.30am-9.30pm

Their FB page :


Having started its operation since 2009, Shisha Lounge has survived through its years of operation, when I see many F&B outlets has changed its operator, around the SOHO Solaris area.

I was somewhat convinced to come try food at Shisha Lounge last weekend, and was told that they served really good tasting Iranian food. In addition to this, they also served other varieties like Italian, Korean, Western like food.

I ought to say, this is one of the best food discovery, as I was almost in heaven, when I savor this one of the best tasting food I've ever tried. Hey, where have I been?

We started with the Gheymeh and Eggplant stew. Gheymeh is a Persian stew and in this option that we ordered, consist of eggplant and split peas. I love the thickness of this stew, that just goes so well with our rice. Eggplant is loved by Iranians and known as "the potato of Iran"..

Gheymeh & Eggplant Stew. Price-RM28
As part of side order to accompany our rice, we also ordered the yoghurt, that comes with small cuts of cucumber.
Yoghurt. Price-RM6
Yummeh Saffron rice..
The one photo I did not took was the saffron rice.  This was one of the best tasting rice ever. As I tried to find out a little more, I understand that Iranians has 3 methods of cooking rice. In this particular saffron rice that I tried, its parboiled rice, called 'chelo' where rice is first soaked in salted water before boiling. It is then drained and returned to the pot to be steamed. This method results in an exceptionally fluffy rice with the rice grains separated and non sticky. A big plate enough to be shared by 2 only costed us RM5. Way too reasonable. It also came with some butter for us to mix with the rice, resulting me to have continuous thought about this rice, even days after this meal I had. Oh dear! This is like I've fallen in love... with rice... *__*

A point to note, we ordered the Kebab, and the wait for a little long.. I think slightly around 20.. but but, it was definitely worth the wait, as the meat  has to be slowly barbecued, upon order.

We had the Barg Kebab which means Fillet Kebab, which is a Persian styled barbecued lamb, chicken or beef.  We ordered the beef, whereby its cut to stripes and marinated in onion and mix herbs. It was so flavorful, and with it being barbecued, the taste was even more enhanced, and the meat was so tender. A little sourish flavor that came with squeeze of lime onto the beef, alleviate the taste a little more.

Barg Kebab. Price-RM30
Being a chicken lover, we also ordered the Chicken Kebab. I'm not exaggerating if I say that this is one of the best tasting chicken that I ever tasted. Its insanely good! Again so flavorful, and the marination must have worked so well, as I totally can taste full flavor on every part of the meat.

Chicken Kebab on bone. Price-RM35
Shisha Lounge also offer performance daily, starting from 11pm.. and was told it ends around 3am. To all the late night crowd, this would be the right place to go.. And reservation is necessary for Fri-Sun, as there are huge crowd during these days.

Section for the band

Tropical setting ambiance
I can't wait to be back, again for the same food, and to try other varieties, and would definitely love to see the performance.

Shisha Lounge
Lot J-01-01 till 03
1st Floor, Soho KL,
Solaris Mont Kiara,
2 Jalan Solaris,
50480 KL
Tel :  03-6211 2338 H/P: 017 616 4043

Business Hours : 12pm-3am (however, during my 1st attempt to eat here, it wasn't open till 1pm).


I was recently in touch with my ex-colleague, Danny Loke, in which I found out that he has been running this restaurant in Sri Petaling for the last 10 years. Upon checking his FB page, I found very positive comments made on its food, and I'm glad I made my way there.

Appetizing product shots to tempt you
Nice comfy seating
From the outside

Comfy and spacious
I was extremely impressed with the food presentation at Fusion Haven. Honestly, I don't get to feast my eyes with such lovely presentation even at some fine dining outlets.
We tried the mango salad. Despite having used mango quality that isn't the best, perhaps due to seasonality of this fruit, the overall combination deserves a thumbs up.  The salad is served in a crispy basket.

Fusion Mango Salad. Price-RM13.90
Firstly, crack up the 'basket' and mix the salad together. Within this, we find fresh lettuce, apple, mango, raisins and dried fruits..Place them onto the crackers, and eat them together. The combination of crunchiness, and the slightly wet salad, simply right.

Inside look of the mango salad
The Fusion Dory Tower - I must say, I was awed with this "tower"..  At the bottom, is the onigiri rice fried, topped withe pan fried dory, followed by turkey breast ham, and another layer of pan fried dory. The octopus bonito flakes made the whole thing looked classier, and a long twist stick.

The octopus bonito flakes lends a tastier taste to the soft dory fish, with a slight crisp surrounding the fish. Yummy to the max.

Fusion Dory Tower. Price-RM23.90
The pepperocino spaghetti was absolutely tasty, fried using lots of garlic, and olive oil. The owner, Danny, requested a replacement of shisamo fish, to topped the pasta, instead of their regular pan grilled chicken. You may want to check on the availability of this at point of ordering.
Pepperocino Spaghetti with Shisamo. Price-RM18.90
This ought to be their best seller dessert. From the look, one would know that the chocolate cake is really moist.

Warm Hearted Chocolate Cake with Ice-Cream. Price-RM7.90
Cut it apart, and you will find chocolate oozing out from this small sized chocolate cake. I was pretty impressed. Taste wise, oo-la-la... it best described my taste bud.

Chocolate goodness oozing out.
And a must must order, is their ice house coffee, which I forgot to take a picture of.
Taste very good, and only at the price of RM4.80 per glass. 

Overall, I had a very good meal at Fusion Haven Cafe, and I'm not saying this just because I know the owner. And a point to note is that, with the standard of food served, the price is way too reasonable. Perhaps one thing to thank is that the high competitive F&B environment in this area. Whatever it is, it will be to the advantage of the customers. Yay!

Being located at a highly busy street (and of course, no business owner would like to run their business at area with ample parking, which would mean that, its probably a dead area), do look out for police station on the right, followed by TM Point. Fusion Haven is just few doors away.

Fusion Haven Cafe & Restaurant
45 Jalan Radin Anum Satu,
Sri Petaling,
57000 KL
Tel : 03-9054 6665

Business Hours :
Mon-Fri except Tue, 11.30am-10.30pm (close from 3-5pm)
Sat, Sun (open throughout the operating hours)


One will be spoilt for choices when they enter Oasis Square. Just like the very serene feeling, contributed by its water features at the centre, surrounded by various F&B outlets. 

Spotted Kumar's from the opposite, and our taste bud was somehow inclined to Indian food that night. We did not realized how packed the restaurant was, from the outside. I liked the entire deco of Kumar's, as it has quite modern touch, and gives me the feeling that I stepped in an Indian restaurant in overseas.

Kumar's serve South Indian restaurant that is famed for its curry fish head, and they boast a long history of experience, where they first started its business at Brickfields in 1969.

Packed restaurant      

We needed a light meal, so we ordered just 1 meat, 1 vegetable and garlic naan to go with it.

Garlic Naan. Price - RM4.90
We simply love the stewed spinach cooked with dhall.. The thickness of the dhall that blends in well with the softness from the cooked spinach compliments our naan so well. 

Spinach with Dhall. Price-RM12.90

The spices used for the red snapper fish was a true thumbs up. Its pretty spicy, however, its something that I want to bear with as the fragrant of the spices is something I couldn't resist.

Red Snapper with Samba. Price-RM15.90

We ordered the natural sweet lassi. As much as its called sweet lassi, the sweetness is just nice.

Overall a thumbs up experience. I would definitely return here with a bigger group so that I can try more of its other dishes.

R-03 Central Piazza,
No. 2, Jalan PJU 1A/7A,
Oasis Ara Damansara,
47301 Petaling Jaya,

Tel : 03-7734 7742

Business Hours :  11am-3pm; 6pm-11pm (opens daily)


Absolute Viet @ Setia Walk, Puchong

Posted by Sherlyn K On 12:06 AM 0 comments

How could it be possible that it was only my first time to Setia Walk last week... As much as I've heard so much about this place, it was a little out of place for me. However, I was glad that our meet up took place there last week. How serene and what a relaxing place this F&B are surrounded with.

Walking around, our eyes were busy checking out the F&B outlets... and having to decide what to eat, could be quite a task.

We walked passed Absolute Viet during dinner time, and it was packed with customers.

Inviting front
Upon all of us arriving, checked with all our appetite and we shortlisted to Korean, or Vietnam, and 3 of us opted to give this Vietnam food a shot. We like that this place is simple yet inviting enough.

The boss came to asked if we require any recommendation. And since we opted food for sharing, he suggested this Assorted Dishes (small size) that comes with pork, chicken, fish, popiah, vermicelli, shredded carrot, cucumber, bean sprout and basil leaves. It's either basil leave or mint leave that will usually give vietnam roll a boost to the taste.  The set comes with 5 pieces of rice paper, and additional rice paper comes at RM0.50 per piece.

When the Assorted Dishes was served, I was really impressed by the generous portion that comes with it. Real value for money and everything really tasted so good.

The boss was kind enough to offer to demonstrate to us 1 round on how to roll the rice paper vietnam roll.

Step 1. Mix the sauce that comes with peanut
Step 2. Dip the rice paper all around. Just dip, and its crucial to not be too wet. It was a mistake that I've done at home all this while, that we wet the rice paper totally, and this will eventually result in the rice paper being too soggy by the time the ingredients are placed onto the rice paper.
Step 3. Apply the sauce on top of the rice paper.
Step 4. Take a little of each ingredients, except for popiah. Little enough of each so that it doesn't "burst" the rice paper.
Step 5. Roll and wrap up the rice paper roll.
Assorted Dishes. Price-RM24.90
Yummy yummy Vietnam roll
The combination of all the ingredients.. a total thumbs up.

And the other dish recommended by the owner was the Tomato Noodle Soup. My first feedback, is it like 'tomato sauce' kind  of taste? He assured that it doesn't really has the tomato taste... in fact its a little sourish, and taste a little of tom yam..

One of the best tasting noodle.. Am I exaggerating? Ain't so..  The soup base tasted extremely good, and it carries a tinge of asam laksa taste (not spicy though, and a little sourish). Totally appetizing. It comes with chicken, and egg, and I just loved the noodle that is the thick vietnam noodle. As explained by the owner, in Vietnam, there isn't mee available, everything is made using rice, like rice noodle, vermicelli type, rice roll. All rice based.

Tomato Noodle Soup. Price-RM9.90
Simple seating

I love their logo - "Absolute Viet"

All 3 of us took the lemongrass tea. Nice.

The portion of the 2 food items ordered were sufficient for the 3 of us. Next, I hope to come with a bigger group, so that I can order more items to try. I can't wait to be back.

Absolute Viet
i-5-G, Block i, Setia Walk,
Persiaran Wawasan PBP,
47160 Puchong
Tel : 03-5879 0522 / 017-797 0522 (KC Foong) / 012-797 0522 (Effe Chan)

Closed on Wednesday, once in every 2 weeks (best to call to confirm which Wed as its subject to change)


Garage 51 @ Bandar Sunway

Posted by Sherlyn K On 4:56 PM 0 comments

Having read through a few articles online and blog about Garage 51, it all did managed to raise my curiosity of this place. What attracted me most, wow, a cafe with a garage 'feel' concept. Its such a change from the F&B scene in the past that its opened at the more commercial areas, however, we will now find F&B outlets opened at some of the most unexpected locations. 

I really liked the interior of Garage 51, and its very high ceiling.

You won't missed Garage 51 as you pass it

Check out the chair design
Packed lunch crowd
Garage 51 offers very limited menu, with only few selection available for lunch, and separately few others for dinner. Point to note is that their kitchen is closed between 4-6pm. I suppose with the amount of crowd, the selection currently meets the demand by the majority. 

Looking at the menu, the Awesome Garage Breakfast attracts my eye. It says diced mushroom, homemade hash potatoes, smoked salmon with free range poached eggs. Well, somehow I wasn't expecting all this items being stacked on top of one another. And I find that the portion is a little too small, and this dish seems to count on the natural taste from its origin, and to conclude, it doesn't taste as good as it looked... 
Awesome Garage Breakfast. Price-RM19
The bagel that Joanne is way too hard to be chewed. We know that bagel has a harder texture, however, we really don't find this pleasing to the palatte. She in fact only took the salmon and avacodo, and just couldn't finish off the whole thing.. and well, I don't blame her...

Smoked salmon on bagel with salsa. Price-RM18

 Coffee wise, I find that it lacks the richness of coffee, and it surely does feels diluted. 

Latte. Price-RM8.90
I do hope that it is only my very personal experience that will not garner this place a second visit. Thank god that taste is a very personal thing which I'm certain others may have a total opposite opinion from me.

Garage 51
51, Jalan PJS 11/9, Bandar Sunway,
46150 Petaling Jaya 

Business Hour : 
Tue-Sun, 11am-11pm (closed on Monday)
*kitchen is closed from 4-6pm