12 June 2010

Guilty Pleasures

Warning : This post ends up being quite a long one...To those willing to read on, please proceed and do enjoy my ramblings...but to those who's in a hurry, I suggest you go straight to my summary which is at the end of this post :-)

Love it...love it! Yup, what else if not for my love towards glorious, glorious food....Sigh! My ultimate 'cryptonite'!!

It had been a hectic week for me last week, what with all the baking, last minute orders and meetings to attend. Not complaining though, it was hectic but lotssssssssssssssss of fun ;-) After ploughing through those busy days, I suddenly have this urge to treat myself to a day of foodies when I woke up this morning! I can never say no to food urges...Really, those urges are so hard to get rid of...Ha..ha...Excuses...excuses...( and yet I wonder why it's so difficult for me to lose weight!!! )

Anyway, those who follows my blog will notice that it has been quite some time since I last did reviews on all those eatery spots I've visited. My apologies but time is just against me!! My lappy is loaded with photos but just couldn't find the time to post & blog about it...S.O.R.R.Y....

As I had some chores to attend to in KL, I started the morning with a good set of breakfast at The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf located in Capital Square ( http://www.coffeebean.com.my/store-klangvalley.html )...This girl needs her coffee to wake up after all!!! I have to admit that I'm an ardent fan of TCBTL ( The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf ) and I've been to most of the branches...but I've never been to this branch. After just a few minutes of being there, I totally fell in-love with this particular branch. The staff was super friendly and attentive. A really good way to start my Saturday morning! Even the environment was so cosy & relaxing. Though I can't say the same thing about the branch in Ampang Point ( Sigh!! Had several bad experiences there )...As my favorite kind of breakfast is American breakfast so naturally I opted for 'Breakfast O' Day' with it's free refill of coffee. It's a plate of scrambled eggs, toasts with choices of butter & jam, chicken sausages and a small portion of salad by the side. Marvelous indeed!!!  Not too bad for a RM15.25 worth of breakfast. Err, no pix though as I totally forgot to snap it...Too eager to 'attack' my food I guess :-P

My overall review on Capital Square's Coffee Bean - EXCELLENT!!! Before I left, I did ask the waiter to convey my 'congratulations' to the Branch Manager for the great service rendered by his/her staff there...Hope she'll pass it on...

For lunch, I headed towards The Pavilion Kuala Lumpur ( http://www.pavilion-kl.com/content/index.php ) as I've been wanting to try the food at Rainforest Sports Bar, located on the 4th floor ( http://www.rotolgroup.com/ ). At first I was reluctant to proceed with my choice as I don't see any diners there...but thinking it's the World Cup Football month, I assumed everyone's at home being glued to their tv sets :-P

The atmosphere inside the restaurant is cozy enough, with tv screens all over and a pool table as well...A sporty kind of  place indeed. The menu was kind of fusion and I took some time to make up my mind...Anyway, I ended up ordering several dishes!!! Potato Cheese Balls for appetizer and two main dishes - Sizzling Beef Fajitas & Grilled Marinated Beef Sandwich With Ciabata Bread.

Serving of the food took quite some time & for those looking for a fast service, I wouldn't really recommend this place...but if you're looking for a place to laze around on a weekend or just a place to chill with no worries of time, then this is the place to go to...Luckily I was in a 'lazy' mood and don't mind the waiting...

The appetizer was served after nearly 20 minutes...Presentation of the Potato Cheese Balls ( RM15.00 ) looks tempting and as for the taste, I really don't dare to comment as I'm a sucker for potatoes!!! Serve me potatoes with sand and I still might say it's good!! Ha..ha...But jokes aside, I would say it's yummy...A sort of mashed potato with cheese pieces shaped into a ball, deep fried and served with it's special sauce. A light yet tasty appetizer.

Potato Cheese Balls

My first main dish was served around 15 minutes after the appetizer...For a dish named 'Sizzling Fajitas' ( RM32.90 ), the dish didn't sizzle when served! I was expecting it to be served just as when you order those sizzling beef steaks :-( Luckily it was hot enough for me and I did enjoy the dish nevertheless. The portion was quite big and I would say good enough to be shared by two persons. I especially love the beef that comes with the Fajitas!! Loaded with my favorite - capsicum, the beef is tender and the gravy is thick and juicy. The condiments was quite a portion too, with lots of grated cheese, sour cream and those excellent jalapenos!! I would really recommend this dish!!! Superb!

Sizzling Beef Fajitas

Unfortunately for me, there was a mix up when my second main dish was served. Instead of my beef order, they did my sandwich with chicken instead. It took them nearly another 20 minutes to get my Grilled Marinated Beef Sandwich With Ciabata Bread ( RM15.90 ) order ready and by that time I've lost my momentum already...Don't you just hate it when that happen?!! I requested for them to pack my sandwiches to go instead....Just don't see the point in forcing myself to eat it. Might as well I take it home & enjoy it in the comfort of my home, at my own pace...

My 'To-Go' Grilled Marinated Beef Sandwich With Ciabata Bread

All in all, I would say the food is good and I might just revisit the place, that is when I have all the time in the world ;-) I'll give thumbs up to the food but something needs to be done with the service, especially the food preparation time.

Wow! When I ramble, I really ramble huh?....To summarize my reviews:-

The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf
G-18, CapSquare Centre
No.7, Persiaran CapSquare
Capital Square 50100
Kuala Lumpur.
Contact No. : 03-2691 7689

Atmosphere : 8/10
Service : 8/10
Food : 8/10

Rainforest Sports Bar
Lot C4.07, Level 3 & 4
Pavilion KL, 168 Jalan Bukit Bintang
55100 Kuala Lumpur.
Contact No. : 03-2163 0163

Atmosphere : 8/10
Service : 6/10
Food : 8/10

Till my next review, happy eating & do share with me of any good food establishment you know of ;-) Have a good Sunday everybody!!

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