Sunday, 29 May 2011

Le Safran @ Suria Sabah

Safran, or Saffron in English is the most expensive spice in the world. It stain yellow when added to any food, be it a special sauce to a steak, a Mediterranean risotto, or fruit cake. I still remember a small pack of saffron thread cost more than AUD20!

Le Safran is located at the third floor of Suria Sabah (near DiGi centre), offering the first French Cuisine to the hungry KK foodies. However, Le Safran got nothing to do with the spice, at least it is off-menu. Let's see what we had for dinner here:

Salmon Pasta (RM16) Good balance of taste and creamy sauce with chunks of salmon. The portion quite small, ideal for a light lunch or afternoon tea.

Tenderloin (RM32) This lightly spiced delicate showed that the chef use only fine quality beef, unlike many other restaurateur emphasize on the marinate to avoid unpleasant smell of the low-grade meat. Credit go for the maple syrup as well which created some degree of uniqueness to the steak. A bit overpriced though, is this a fine dining? Good news for calorie watching ladies but definitely not filling my stomach T__T

How can a French Dinner ended without a French dessert (What a good excuss to gain weight!!!)? We shared a Crème Brûlée (RM8.50). No complain :)

❤ BigFish & I sampled Le Safran ❤

Enjoying the romantic sunset from the restaurant...

Foods: 16/20
Drinks: N/A
Environment: 16/20 (Great sea view out-door dining area. Conservative, half-done interior design...)
Service: 18/20  (Very cute & helpful crews =D )
Price: 14/20 (Portion too small, overpriced!)

Mon-Sun: 10am-10pm

Lot 3-36, Third Floor,
Suria Sabah Shopping Mall,
88000 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah


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Thursday, 26 May 2011

Miso @ Karamunsing Capital

I know a lots of people stop eating Japanese food after the earth quake and the Fukushima nuclear crisis, but definitely not for sushi enthusiast. You can argue with me how serious is the radiation leakage, but do you aware that most of the ingredient the Japanese restaurant would use usually flown from somewhere else rather than getting it from Japan? Reason? The price! 

BigFish & I decided to try out Miso, the Japanese restaurant at Karamunsing Capital. The place is very spacious and they have the tepanyaki counter you can see the chef preparing the food in front of you! We ordered a plate of Salmon Sashimi, Onigiri (Japanese rice ball) and a plate of Beef Skewer.

The chopstick cover from Miso Japanese Restaurant

Sunday, 22 May 2011

Kitchen Boulevard @ 88 Marketplace

Having heard about this newly opened restaurant at 88 Marketplace here on a several occasions, finally BigFish & I decided to give it a try on one weekend. It's good to try out new stuff or food, no?

Kitchen Boulevard's Co-owner, Andrew told us that they actually yet to launch the restaurant (by the time we visited here 2 weeks ago) as they are still doing some fine tune for the menu and decoration. I was seeing the interior designer still doing some minor works at the second floor. Hmm... does that mean they are still learning how to cook? Of course not! :D

As usual, photo session before the meal ♥
I like the brick wall! We was told that got people booked the restaurant for pre-wedding photo shooting!

Caesar Salad (RM5.70)

Grilled Lamb Shoulder with Mushroom Mustard Sauce and Potato Wedges (RM13.90)

Spaghetti Meatball (Beef) (RM8.90)

We started off with the fresh carrot apple mixed juice (RM6) and a plate of Caesar salad for extra fiber. Caesar salad was alright, as long as the leaves are fresh and crispy. and no "Lady's Choice Mayonnaise" please. Extra points if shredded Parmesan and fresh grounded pepper are available. BTW I am using Grana Padano at home if you wish to grate or shave your own Parmesan cheese, its a good substitute since a whole-piece Parmesan is quite difficult to find sometimes and very expensive.

Grilled Lamb Shoulder also not bad, the portion was big and its simply cheap for a dinner, which was only RM13.90 came together with a choice of wedges or fries, and some green. The potato was well seasoned and lightly coated for deep fried and I eventually finished off the wedges first! Meatball spaghetti was however just newly introduced to the menu during our visit. The taste was OK and the spaghetti was perfect, but we found the meatball was way too soft (should it be more precise if I use the word: too "lembik"?). We told Andrew that meatball should be more chewy. Maybe too much starch flour or cheese was added? I suggested.

BigFish & I enjoy the food and environment here, definitely will come again for more exploration.

Foods: 17/20
Drinks: 17/20
Environment: 17/20
Service: 16/20 (new restaurant, still got room for improvement)
Price: 18/20 (cheap and value for money)

016-5530992 (Floor Manager)
016-8120888 (Andrew)

Lot No. 6, GF, Block E,
88 Marketplace,
Lorong Pusat Komersil 88/2,
Jalan Pintas 88300 Kota Kinabalu,

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Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Rumours Bistro @ KK Time Square

I was surprised that few of my clients actually follow my food blogs. One of them even suggested me to put the "Halal" or "Non-halal" tags, all together with the "Location Label" and "Type of Food Label" on top of every blog entry so that my Muslim readers would skip that part. Good suggestion! Seriously I would like to do so however I really don't know how to modify this template. Perhaps anyone know how to do it?

Back to the eating business :-)

If you ever want to fill your evening with some makan and then follow up with a couple of drinks, KK Time Square is the place for you. There are a few restaurants here, and Rumours Bistro is one of them which offers good western food and snacks. Just opposite of FireFly, the environment here is relax with bar music during the early evening and slowly switch to faster beat in the later. Not much selections on the menu but I trust its enough for lunch or dinner, similar to any other bistro-type restaurant.


A corner of Rumours

Ice Lemon Tea (RM6.90)

(Orange Juice RM7.90)

Mixed Salad (from my set dinner)
Less appealing and taste average, need to improve.

We then move to the main course:

Grilled Lamb Shoulder in Mint Sauce (RM22.90)
The marinate was quite unique, as you can see here, its full of lemon grass! Hmm... okok!

Grilled Salmon Set Dinner (RM32)
The flavour is almost the same as the lamb, I think the chef only left lemon grass in the kitchen! Haha... kidding~~

Grilled Sirloin Set Dinner (RM36)
Less lemon grass this time thanks to black pepper sauce, and I actually liked this! I have to agree that the chef here really know their meat, and know how to cook according to customer's request. This is the fundamental of western cooking. I strongly recommended to go for "medium" if you think you can trust the restaurant or the chef!

Chocolate Pudding with Vanilla Ice Cream (from the set dinner)
This is a good one, warm chocolate with cold ice cream.

Foods: 17/20
Drinks: 15/20
Environment: 17/20
Service: 15/20
Price: 16/20

They Serve:
Snacks, Lunch & Dinner

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G H-45-G Jalan Off Coastal Highway,
Block H, KK Time Square,
88100 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
(Opposite FireFly Bar)


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Sunday, 15 May 2011

ConsFood Cafe @ Yakim Jaya, KK

ConsFood is famous for their baking ingredients and cold storage in KK. They do have bakery as well but only until the opening of ConsFood Cafe Yakim Jaya last year, I manage to visit and taste their food. Yakim Jaya is a quiet residential area beside the busy Jalan Tuaran and opposite of Kian Kok Secondary School. If you are driving from the KK town all the way from Karamunsing Plaza / Bulatan Nenas, the Pagoda / FookLuSiew Temple and then the Wisma Wanita, the ConsFood is on your left after the Shell station.

I especially like the concept of ConsFood here because it looks like a community cafe in Europe country: they offer both open air and indoor dining, shades of big trees in front of the cafe, and they serve western food too! I once imagine there are a few cute looking blonde hair girls passing by in front of me holding a book or a equally cute ShihTsu when I was sitting there one afternoon. You know how the 'ang mo' wear during summer, don't you? =P

 Standard breakfast set available here for only RM5.90, cheap!

Yummy croissant

 All freshly made here

Coffee is available if you don't mind its made from automatic coffee brewer

Egg tarts and chicken pie

Breakfast set with turkey ham (RM5.90)

 Breakfast set with sausage (RM5.90)

 Hot from oven!

 Lasagna = Garfield's favourite =)  (RM9.80)

Jumbo Hot Dog (RM8.50)

WiFi is available here, however the electrical outlets are very limited. Should have more!
And in case you interested in baking art, ConsFood do actually open classes for baking and cake decoration. Call them for more info. 

Foods: 16/20
Drinks: 14/20
Environment: 17/20
Service: 15/20
Price: 17/20

088 264 228

Ground Floor, Taman Yakim Jaya,Mile 2 1/2, Jalan Tuaran,
Kota Kinabalu, Sabah


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Wednesday, 11 May 2011

Mosaic @ Hyatt Regency Hotel, KK

To Ms. BigFish who is going under a knife tomorrow,

I warn you to get well soon, else I will eat your favourite durian and lokan bakar with another pretty girl :D  But I am sure you will recover soon after your appendix is removed, and all the pain that you suffered all this while will disappear together with the lil' naugty one. And I promise here I will tell a lots of jokes after you awake from GA kakakaka!!!!

Love you (and only you) always,
Mr. TomatoTree

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It's my girlfriend's birthday few weeks ago and I decided to bring her to a extraordinary birthday dinner. First, she need to cook her own food on her birthday night, while looking at me enjoying my char-grilled prime meat without the hassle. Then after the dessert, she will be given a special hand-crafted anime character cupcakes which I trusted nobody ever did before.

We went to Mosaic Restaurant and Bar at Hyatt Regency Hotel, KK town here. The restaurant is adjacent to the famous Shenanigan's Terrace Bar, and opposite of the Upperstar Restaurant. There are only a few tables here so the environment here is quite quiet, very suitable for a romantic birthday dinner or date.
FOR GUYS: However, it's up to the lady to judge whether its romantic or not... =.=

BigFish playing with the cordless electronic candle

"Weewangwang Weewangwang~"
Miracle egg please gain me wealth and health, kekeke~~

BigFish & I


And after....
Mixed Grilled Combo (salmon, chicken and beef) for RM48

Sirloin Steak with chips and salad for RM55
Very juicy and well seasoned. I believed the restaurant simply use premium quality meat to ensure the food here meet customer's high expectation.

14 selections of home-made ice cream!

Belgium Chocolate

Blueberry Ice cream
The ice cream is very smooth and has the same quality as BR31 : )
Especially good during a hot day!!!

Foods: 17/20
Drinks: 16/20
Environment: 19/20
Service: 19/20
Price: 16/20

Business Hour:
10.00am - 11.00pm


Jalan Datuk Salleh Sulong, 88991,
Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia



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BigFish's birthday cake is a box of Usavich Character Cupcakes, made by Boutique Cupcakes
This cupcakes specialist literally accept any custom made character / design as long as you book several days in advance.

Happy birthday to you again, my dear BigFish! 

Friday, 6 May 2011

Masarap Filipino Cuisine @ Lintas Square, KK

I found Filipino Cuisine interesting to blog about because of its uniqueness in flavor and the blend of many types of foods from different cultures. Philippines is a Catholic country but the majority in the Southern islands are Muslim, therefore we can expect some difference in their food. On the other hand, due to influences from the Chinese and Malay Archipelago, the food here always have the fusion of both. My supplier from the Philippines once told me that she is not new to Kudat rice cracker or Sambal Fish because back to Manila there they have something similar to our version!

If you ever been to a German restaurant you must have heard or tried the famous Pork Knuckle. Similarly you cannot miss this dish from a Filipino restaurant! I was learnt that the Western greatly influenced the Filipino Cuisine not to forget they underwent the Colonial Era and these foreigners then deeply shaped the recipe as we can see / taste today.

Big Fish and I decided to dine at Masarap, the famous Pinoy restaurant in Sabah. I am quite confident that they are serving the original taste without alteration to the locals favour because: First, we are geographically  close to Philippines so there is no problem in getting the ingredient, furthermore we share some commonness in term of herbs or spices we use; Second, there are a lots of Pinoy here so they are the best people to evaluate a Filipino restaurant.

Masarap, the taste from the Philippines

Interior deco

Do you know that pork in Tagalog is Baboy? Almost sound like Babi, hehe

Valenciana Seafood (RM15, small)
With mussel, prawn and the Philippine's special pork sausage, the Longganisa.

Lechon Kawali (RN12, small)
This is actually deep fried crispy pork, dip with special sauce -- the Mang Thomas Sauce, something very native to the Spanish community I believe.

Sinigang Na Nipon (RM12)
This is the equivalent to the Thailand's Tom Yum Gong. It taste sour and a bit spicy.
I would said that this soup give a unique aroma, which I believe is due to the horseradish.

BigFish & I

Foods: 21/25
Drinks: N/A
Environment: 19/25
Service: 20/25
Price: 20/25

Business Hour:
10.30am - 10.30pm


Block B, Lot 13, Lintas Square,
88300 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah


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