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Zender’s Restaurant and Bar, Publika

12 Nov

A couple of weeks ago was our first wedding anniversary and the husband and I thought of having lunch at Zender’s but it was fully-booked, but the day finally came when we got to try out a simple casual lunch.


Being unfamiliar with Publika, it took us some time to actually find the place. On our way there, we overheard others in a similar predicament reading out loud block names and such.


They had a nice outdoor area furnished with plush armchairs and sofas.


The decor inside had a similar feel, with the grey and white furniture along with wooden shelves and floors.


I quite like this big wooden-framed mirror.


Time for the food! This was their carrot soup. With the right consistency and not overly thick, it was served with a touch of cream and freshly-ground black pepper. It was a flavourful and delicious start to the meal.


I opted for the fish and chips. Deep-fried dory served on a bed of chips, with homemade tartar sauce and garlic butter rice on the side. The rice was a tad dry but quite tasty, and the fish was crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside. Quite well done. The salad leaves that accompanied the dish was a bit sad though. Wished it was more generous.


Hubby chose the leg of lamb. Served with some vegetables, herbed mash and lamb jus. The mash was delicious with just the right hint of creaminess. The lamb was not bad, and hubby was happy with the portion.


Dessert was a chocolate cheesecake (I think). The fluffy chocolate mousse sat on a soft Oreo cookie base with a dollop of whipped cream on top. It was quite rich, and was just the right portion to end the meal.

Overall quite a nice place to dine. Might come back some time if I come by here again. Check them out at their website or Facebook page or visit them at:

Zender’s Restaurant and Bar

D5-G4-06, Solaris Dutamas (Publika), Jalan Dutamas 1, Mont Kiara, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Open weekdays from 11am to 1am and weekends from 12 noon to 2am

Phone: 03-6206 3124


Penang One, Kota Damansara

23 Sep

While almost everywhere in Malaysia is famous for some food or other, Penang food is one of the most recognisable. After tasting the delicious food in Penang, people hunt for the same stuff where they live or work elsewhere in Malaysia. Often, you have Penangites saying the food offered elsewhere is not authentic enough or doesn’t taste the same.

This is a gap which Penang One hopes to bridge. Bringing food made by the original stall owners in various famous shops in Penang here to the Klang Valley, it allows people to enjoy authentic Penang delicacies without having to travel all the way.

Penang One front

We tried the branch in Kota Damansara although they have another outlet in Bandar Puteri Puchong.

Penang One wall

The wall shows the original stall owners where the food is from and which part of Penang they are located in. The shop is decorated with faux road signs where the stalls or shops are.

Penang One

The open kitchen lets diners see what’s going on. Some of the items on the menu include Ais Kacang from Lorong Swatow, Chee Cheong Fun from Macalister Lane, Kampung Jawa Char Kuey Teow and most recently, Kuey Teow Thng from the Pulau Tikus market.

Penang One curry mee

Clockwise from the top is Special curry mee from Keong Curry Mee (RM8.50) on Jalan Burma, guleng peng (RM3.80), curry mee again, assam laksa from Lorong Selamat (RM8.50) and ice-blended lemon tea (RM5.80). The curry mee is filled with ingredients like prawns, cuttlefish, bean curd skin and pork blood. My sister doesn’t eat pork blood but ordered it anyway and left that part out. While I don’t remember how it compares to the original (it was some time ago), I’d say it’s quite similar.

Penang One laksa

I also enjoyed my assam laksa with the chunky soup and generous fish slices, with the right amount of sour and spicy. Needless to say, I finished every drop of soup.

Now I have heard varying opinions on this. All from local Penang people. Some friends say it’s not as good as they claim, some say it’s pretty much authentic. I think that on the island itself there are many variations of the dish so it’s hard to say what is the original version. It’s pretty good, methinks, although I do wonder how they replicate something like char kuey teow since it’s not just a matter of assembling the ingredients, no? Anyway, if you’d like to check them out, they’re at:

Penang One (non-halal)

Petaling Jaya Outlet   : 16-1, Jalan PJU5/7, Dataran Sunway, 47810 Kota Damansara, PJ  

Phone: +603 – 61511083

Monday – Sunday
10.30am – 10.30pm


Puchong Outlet         : G5, Jalan Puteri 2/1, Bandar Puteri, 47100 Puchong, Selangor

Puchong : +603 – 80520181

Monday- Friday
9.30am – 3.30pm

5.30pm – 9.30pm

Banana J Foodstation

15 Aug

Hubby and I first came across Banana J Foodstation a few weeks ago when we were passing by these two rows of shops in Section 17, Petaling Jaya. We decided to check it out and bought their mango bread for a gathering that night. It was an interesting version of the banana bread and we decided to visit again to try their other offerings.

This time, we dropped by for lunch.


Simple, kitchen-inspired decor.


Some of their available cakes for the day. I was offered a sample of the Chocolate Bar which you can see at the top right corner of the picture. It consists of chocolate (dark, I believe), biscuit and marshmallow. It was delicious. Not too sweet, and at RM1.50 each, quite reasonable too.

For lunch, I ordered the spaghetti bolognese (which I had been craving) and hubby took the English Breakfast. The pasta sets come with a glass of iced lemon tea and a choice of spaghetti or fettucine. The English Breakfast comes with a choice of turkey ham, chicken ham and beef bacon. Hubby opted for the bacon.


Hubby was happy with the portion, especially the serving of bacon. I found my spaghetti satisfying. The sauce was quite chunky, although maybe could do with more ‘body’. Anyway, I was happy.

The waitress then served us two complimentary mini cupcakes.


The inside of the carrot and red velvet cupcakes. You can see the bits of carrot in the first. Quite moist and with a hint of cinnamon. The red velvet was quite chocolatey, although maybe a tad dry.

Banana J is having a promotion where you get a slice of cake of the day if your bill amounts to more than RM20.


We were served the chocolate cake. The shell on the outside was a bit hard so we flipped the cake on the side. I found the shell a bit sweet but loved the cake underneath.

All in all, I thought it was a satisfying meal which is good value for money at RM22.90.

On another note, we were at the Mayang Oasis foodcourt for dinner the previous day and guess what we saw?

double rainbow

A rainbow! A double rainbow actually. I take it as a sign of great things to come!

So check out Banana J Foodstation’s Facebook page. All items on the menu are available for catering as well. Or pop over to the cafe at:

Banana J Foodstation

609,jalan 17/10, 46400 Petaling Jaya, Malaysia

Phone: 03-7931 6289

How Kaw is Burger Bakar Kaw Kaw?

25 Jun

So the burger bakar craze had piqued my curiosity. We see people queuing for hours just to get their hands on the grilled burgers. Just how good are they?

I decided to visit the one at the Mayang Oasis food court in Petaling Jaya. We ordered the double beef baconizer which comes with two beef patties and beef bacon.


It’s definitely not a burger you can just bite into, although I had imagined the patties to be bigger. Beef lovers would like the grilled smokey flavour of the patty. I also tried the double chicken turkeynizer at another time. Comes with two fried chicken breasts with turkey ham. Both have their own taste. Depends on whether you prefer fried or grilled.

We also ordered spaghetti bolognese from the stall next door.


The first time I had this it was not as spicy and somehow more fulfilling. Or maybe I was just craving it at the time. I’d say not bad. The pasta was al dente which I don’t expect from food court stalls.


A rainbow with dinner! How lovely is that?

Burger Bakar Kaw Kaw

SS 26/9, Taman Mayang Jaya, 47301 Petaling Jaya, Malaysia

GPS Coordinates: 3.116027,101.60397

Restoran Nyonya Makko – Melaka

25 Jun

Hubby and I went to Melaka a few weeks ago to visit some friends and we took this opportunity to meet at one of my favourite Nyonya restaurants – Restauran Nyonya Makko in Taman Melaka Raya.


It has been around since 1984 and I was introduced to it by a friend who was the classmate of the boss’ daughter. So these are what we ordered:


Squid sambal (I think) in the foreground and kangkung sambal belacan behind it. The squid was quite spicy but both were not bad.


Clockwise from the front: Cincalok omelette, steamed tofu, chicken pongteh. The steamed tofu was so-so but I like the omelette and pongteh. The omelette was a tad salty this time though.


Fried otak-otak! I love otak-otak so I thought this time I’d try the fried version. Nice and crispy on the outside and soft on the inside.


Cendol in front, sago gula melaka at the back. What is a visit to Makko if you don’t order their shaved ice desserts? The cendol is one of my favourites because of the gula melaka that they use. I even bought a bag of the delicious palm sugar from them.

All in all, I’d highly recommend the place. Can be quite busy during peak hours so give them a call if you’re coming from far.


Restoran Nyonya Makko

123, Jalan Merdeka, Taman Melaka Raya, 75000 Melaka

Tel.: 06 – 284 0737

Fax: 06 – 283 7490

Lunch   : 11.30am – 2.45pm

Dinner  : 6.00pm – 9.30pm

Closed on Tuesdays

Petit gateaux from Les Deux Garçons… and something to chew on

6 Apr

French pastries are these delicate little things that sometimes look too good to eat. Recently I got to try out 3 petit gateaux from Les Deux Garçons in Bangsar and was quite eager to see what these pastries are so popular.


Simple but pretty packaging.


First up, La Duchesse (RM15). “A decadent piece with earl grey solid sponge, milk chocolate earl grey ganache, and earl grey mousseline“.


I could definitely taste the Earl Grey. The slight bitterness of the tea and a hint of bergamot made a most interesting flavour.


Le Favori (RM15). “An inspired combination of  pistachio and raspberry, the pistachio flavoured biscuit pâte à choux base sets the stage for delightfully contrasting layers of Sicilian pistachio and fine French Raspberry mousseline“.


I like pistachios. The subtle nutty flavour here is complemented by the sourness of the raspberry. The different textures of the layers can be felt as I gently sunk my fork into the cake.


And finally, Printemps (RM16). “Made up with Hazelnut and black sesame dacquoise, milk chocolate macha ganache, macha mousseline, and macha crumbles“.


This is my favourite of the three. It’s got quite a strong green tea flavour, which surprised me somehow at first bite. The layers of soft, creamy mousseline, with the crunch of the crumbles and chewiness of the base make this a delightful treat.

So as I was savouring the cakes, a thought came into my mind. I thought of how the pastries reminded me of life (perhaps good desserts make one philosophical). I thought of how every kind of cake that is eaten comes to an end anyway, just like how our lives will come to an end. What sets them apart is what we put into these cakes. We can quickly whip up something with ready-made cake-mix and put them all in moulds and basically live a cookie-cutter life in a cookie-cutter world. Or we can patiently make these different layers and textures that add depth to the finished product, making it enjoyable and something you think fondly about. A more lasting effect.

So how can we make more lasting contributions and live a fuller life? Each one of us would probably have a different answer but for me, it’s in serving our fellow human beings. There is much we can do in our neighbourhoods to build the community. And by that I don’t mean just a provision of services, but really a coming together and empowering each and every member to serve as well.

I’ll end this post with a quote I like.

“Service to the friends is service to the Kingdom of God.” – Abdu’l-Baha