Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Food For Thought 216 - La Scala @ Jalan Mayang

La Scala Italian Restaurant is one of the newest fine dining restaurants down town. It has a roof top bar with partial KLCC Twin Tower view. We went for a drink at the roof top bar first on a Saturday night and I absolutely love the Belini cocktail (RM36+). The bar was pretty empty and we were the only patrons around, perfect for lots of selfie/wefie time. 
Then we went downstairs for our dinner. The restaurant was so quiet with few other diners in the room, we literally had to whisper in order not to be seen as rude. Big Teddy had an issue with the decor, he said the place was just too grey to his taste. I think a touch of turquoise or blue would definitely lighten up the place. 
Service was prompt, and we were never short of attention whenever we needed anything. Food was nothing short of amazing and we enjoyed our 3-courses dinner very much. Some might say the portions were small but I don't expect otherwise at such a fine dining place anyway. Apart from the alcohol (we had cocktail, beer, wine and lemoncello) which made up of half of our final bill, the food was actually quite reasonably priced for such a fine quality. 
Well, some of our food pictures were not captured as Big Teddy just couldn't wait to dig into his food before my camera could focus and snap fast enough. Anyway, below are some of the pictures from our dinner at La Scala...

The lift entrance to the restaurant with a lazy cat lying right in front 
Half of KLCC Twin Towers shinning bright
Roof Top Bar
Italian Gavi Wine for RM200+
Complimentary appetizer
Cubo di coda alla Vaccinara (Ox Tail deep fried cube Vaccinara style with dill mayonnaise and bloody mary sauce) for RM48+
Interpretazione di Baccala (Cod Tiramisu with toasted almond, Golden fried cod with potatoes and capsicum, Cod salad with celery and onion, Cod with tomatoes, cappers and olives) for RM58+
*P.S. Big Teddy took this picture
Gnocchi Pistacchio  (Homemade potatoes gnocchi with gorgonzola cheese and “Bronte” pistachios) with Black Truffle for RM105+
Strawberry Panna Cotta for RM26+
Official Website:
Lot 183, Jalan Mayang,Kuala Lumpur, 50450, Malaysia
Tel: +603 2161 2291
Business Hours:
Monday - Friday : Lunch 12.00pm to 2.30pm; Dinner 6.30pm to 10.30pm
Saturday: Lunch closed; Dinner 6.30pm to 10.30pm
Sunday: Closed

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Cuti Cuti Malaysia 106 / Food For Thought 215 - Burps & Giggles @ Ipoh Old Town

Burps & Giggles is the hippest place to dine in Ipoh Old Town located right behind Sekeping Kong Heng. Extremely rustic with lots of touches from the old world, we felt that we stepped back in time when we set foot in this restaurant. Big Teddy and I had an early drinks and dinner there after strolling around the sleepy town. We started with a round of Guinness before we move on to the food. We ordered 2 burgers off the menu, Ram Bam (Wahyu beef pattie) for RM28+ and Jammy (Angus beef pattie) for RM18+. We enjoyed the burgers which were juicy and tasty, not particularly the best that I ever had but still delicious. Overall, I liked the ambiance of the place cos it's very relaxing and laid back. Plus, who can forget the catchy wall mural below?!      

The face of Burps & Giggles 

Ram Bam Burger with Wahyu Beef Pattie for RM28+
Jammy Burger for RM18+
Address: 93 & 95, Jalan Sultan Yussuf, 30000 Ipoh, Perak. (Behind Kong Heng in Ipoh old town) 
Tel: 05-242 6188
Business Hours: 8.30am – 8.30pm, closed on Tuesdays.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Cuti Cuti Malaysia 105 - Strolling Around Ipoh Old Town

Ipoh Old Town during the British colonial era was Malaysia's second city for administrative purposes. There are several notable buildings from the British Colonial era such as the railway station and the town hall which are very much intact until todate. Big Teddy is always fascinated by the old colonial history so we had a long stroll around Ipoh Old Town, exploring and appreciating this sleepy little town.... 

Birch Memorial Clock Tower
Ipoh Railway Station
Ipoh Town Hall

Concubine Street  

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Cuti Cuti Malaysia 104 - Sekeping Kong Heng @ Ipoh Old Town

Sekeping Kong Heng is a unique retreat located in Ipoh Old Town in a 3 storey neo-classical building which also houses a famous coffee shop of the same name, Restaurant Kong Heng on the ground floor that serves great coffee and some of the best local dishes in town. It was also our place to stay during our Ipoh weekend staycation back in March. 
Locating the place is not as hard as locating a parking nearby, and the backward parking coupon system surely didn't make it easy for outstation people like us. But I was glad that we were there because the place is just awesome. There's a small library and an art gallery at the ground floor. The Big Group's Plan B is just right next door serving great casual western food with couple of small stalls selling small ornaments, as well as a small Indian barber joint. I like the way they preserved the place and turned it into an architecture charm thanks to Ng Sek San and his team.  
Our room was rugged yet filled with wonderful touches that bring out the uniqueness of the old building. I like the wooden floor and ceiling, as well as its part exposed brick walls. It really took us back in time. However, the wooden floor gave us some problems during our night sleep as some inconsiderate people were walking back and forth upstairs at 2am causing so much noise. I almost lost my cool but decided not to cause a scene at 2am in the wee hour. 
Well, apart from the bad night sleep caused by the inconsiderate people, Sekeping Kong Heng is a nice place to stay and hangout. The old and new mixed so well together there and it's truly a work of art. For those who are looking for something different, this is definitely the place to go... 

Tel*: +6012-2272745/+605-2418977 (Ms Lau)
*Call hours from 8am-7pm (Mon-Sat).