Sunday, July 23, 2017

Good Blue Men @ Section 17, Petaling Jaya

This cosy, cheerful new neighbourhood cafe specialises in vibrantly plated sandwiches prepared to order, most prominently a few with fun Malaysian twists - think thick & tender cuts of chicken breast, drenched in rich, robust house-made kam heong sauce with arugula in oregano toast, or pulled chicken with cinnamon caramelised pineapples with a mellow, fruity-zesty achar sauce in cranberry toast (RM20 each). Worthwhile for a warm, hearty & reasonably wholesome lunch.

While sandwiches are GBM's distinctive flagship offering, a complete selection of everything from matcha pancakes (RM10) to tomyam pasta is also available, complemented by cakes like the chocolate mousse studded with almonds & pumpkin & sunflower seeds (RM13). Thirst-quenchers run the gamut from handcrafted coffee mocktails like the Blood Black (RM14; a hyper-caffeinated rush of double espresso with cola, pomegranate & lime juice) & 12-hour cold brews (RM12) to the refreshingly cool 'rusty latte' (RM11) & green tea with vanilla ice cream & almond nibs (RM13). Good Blue Men looks set to be a red-hot entry to Section 17; a bit of trivia - the cafe's name is a play on a Cantonese phrase that reflects its founders' mission to become better men.

Good Blue Men PJ
AG-1, Ground Floor, Block A, Happy Mansion, Jalan 17/13, Seksyen 17, Petaling Jaya, Selangor. Daily, 8am-10pm.


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Saturday, July 22, 2017

Satti Sorru Indian Claypot Curry Rice @ Pudu

Monitor lizard claypot curry rice? This friendly new Indian food stall in Pudu promises curries surprisingly cooked to order, meticulously mixed with rice & meat in claypots for fresh, fragrant & fiery soul food, in a homage to the home recipes of matriarchs who loved feeding their families.

Choose from monitor lizard (RM15; wild-caught from the jungles near Sitiawan in Perak), mutton (RM12), wild boar (RM10) or chicken (RM8); Satti Sorru's friendly team will then prepare your individual curry in a claypot with creamy masala pastes, tomatoes, onions, coriander leaves & more, adding in the rice & meat before serving. You can select your spice level; medium may be sufficiently fiery for many customers. 

The result is a deep-flavoured, rich-textured concoction, moist & meaty, hot & hearty - a treat for fans of Indian fare that's painstakingly prepared with no shortcuts. And for the curious, the morsels of monitor lizard flesh prove very bony but extremely tender, smooth & mild-tasting - certainly not unappealing at all. Ordering was a breeze on a recent Friday evening, with our claypot cooked & served within half an hour - not curry in a hurry, but worth the wait.

Satti Sorru (or listed as Satti Soru or SattiSorru.com sometimes)
1 Persiaran Jubilee, Off Jalan Loke Yew, Pudu, Kuala Lumpur. Open 6pm-11pm, Wednesday-Monday. Tel: 012-938-2801



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Junior Chellapa @ Old Malaya, Raja Chulan

Cuisine & culture, colour & character: Junior Chellapa is more than capable of charming fans of South Indian fare. This might be a nascent name in KL's F&B landscape, but a peek into its interior proves that its founders have created a restaurant to respect, teeming with ravishingly intricate artwork (including some of Indian village scenes witnessed by one of Junior Chellapa's founders on a train trip), vintage photographs & thoughtfully selected ornamentation spread across two sprawling levels, proudly showcasing the Chettinad heritage within the colonial-era confines of the Old Malaya gastronomic hub.

 
Head here ravenous & commence your feast with the very enjoyable crab rasam, delicately spiced, lightly tangy & peppery, brimming with beautifully balanced flavours (RM10). The menu moves effortlessly through the region from Madurai to Mangalore, the former represented by erra thokku, tomato-&-turmeric-rich prawns that pack a tasty punch (RM27), & the latter by chicken ghee roast, boasting juicy flesh soaked in savoury, spice-saturated gravy (RM25). Throw in an aromatically heady serving of goat rib bone curry (RM20), & you'll have more than enough to relish with rice or bread.

The fairly priced selection is expertly executed across the board, served by a team that works hard to please. You'll find plenty of intriguing specialities that span both land & sea, from chunky-smooth New Zealand lamb ribs with tomato masala sauce (RM36) to a whole fresh pomfret fish prepared in banana leaf, fragrant with a creamy paste constructed of cardamom, cloves & more (RM48). Round out your meal with tenderly cooked eggplant masala (RM13) & boiled egg basmathi biryani (RM12), with a lovely orange lassi (RM8) & classic butter milk (RM5) to soothe the palate. Thanks to Junior Chellapa for having us here.

Junior Chellapa
Old Malaya, 4, Lorong Raja Chulan, Kuala Lumpur. Open daily for lunch & dinner. Tel: 03-2020-1020



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Friday, July 21, 2017

5L Speakeasy Bar @ Sofia, Bulgaria

Bulgaria's first modern speakeasy-inspired bar boasts a complicated find-the-correct-key-to-unlock-the-entrance system; within, it truly is a cavern of cool cocktails, including a Macedonian rakia-based Belegzija & elderflower-laced Snow Queen.