Valentine’s Day Dining Guide 2010 Part II – The Budget

    betty

    Betty’s Midwest Kitchen
    Where (is it):
    A-G-40, Jalan PJU 1/43,
    Aman Suria Damansara,
    47410 Petaling Jaya.
    Phone: 03-78800196
    Opens from Tues – Sun: 11:00 am – 3:00 pm, 5:30 pm – 10:00 pm
    Why (here):
    Betty’s Midwest Kitchen is a family run restaurant. Betty, the chef, picked up the recipes from her daughter who is married to an American and lives in Iowa for years. Oh, and did I tell you that it is all about porky goodness?

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    Bread & Olives Cafe
    Where (is it):
    No. 7, Lot Perniagaan Komplex Pelancongan,
    Menara Tinjau,
    Jalan Ampang Hulu langat,
    68000 Ampang.
    Tel : 013-2506119
    Why (here):
    From the cafe’s terrace, a breathtaking view of the Ampang Jaya skyline is stretching into Kuala Lumpur, that meets the eye with the multitude buildings, houses and skyscrapers dotting the landscape! Prominent in the background are Menara Kuala Lumpur and Petronas Twin Towers with the growing city and its suburban areas in plain sight.

    buonasera

    Buonasera Italian Restaurant
    Where (is it):
    42, Jalan SS 2/66,
    Petaling Jaya.
    Tel No: 03-7877 8586
    (non halal. same row as Nam Heong and Hoppy Duck)
    Why (here):
    With only some minor quirks here and there, Buonasera is still a decent place to go for some authentic home cooked Italian food. The pork dishes fare better and the desserts are to die for!

    cristang

    Cristang, 8 Avenue PJ
    Where (is it):
    B-G-19, PJ 8 Avenue,
    Jalan Sungei Jerneh (8/1)
,
    Petaling Jaya.
    (behind the Courts Mammoth, Wisma Thrifty)
    If you are coming from Federal Highway, go up the ram and turn left after you see PJ Hilton on your left. Turn left at the traffic light. Go straight and turn right at the traffic light when you see CIMB on your right. Go straight till the end of the road and turn right. PJ 8 Avenue is on your right.
    Tel : 013-2506119
    Why (here):
    I believe Cristang needs no further introduction because the restaurant itself has been blogged to death. Located at PJ 8th Avenue, Cristang is often referred as neh-that-secluded-restaurant-famous-for-their-petai-pork-burger-and-fried-nasi-lemak- arrrrrrr.

    dave's

    Dave’s Pizza Pasta Vino
    Where (is it):
    Ground Floor,
    1-Utama Shopping Centre,
    Bandar Utama,
    Petaling Jaya.
    (opposite TGI Friday’s and Burger King)
    Tel – 03-7726-5327
    Open Weekdays 10:30am-10pm
    Why (here):
    I love meat. The smell of it cooking can fill me with desire, and I find its juicy, rich flavor uniquely satisfying. So does my man – KampungBoy and Dad who loves meat. There isn’t any other better way than to celebrate their big day with a porky lardy splendor dinner. Just forgo the prim and proper and go straight for the tried and true – Dave’s it is.

    dessert's bar

    Dessert’s Bar
    Where (is it):
    Casa Tropicana
    B-0-12, Block B, CASA Tropicana,
    No. 5, Jalan Persiaran Tropicana
    Tropicana Golf & Country,
    47410 Petaling Jaya.
    Tel: +603 7885 0227
    Fax: +603 7883 0356
    Why (here):
    There is no need to leave your conscience at home as you give in to that sinful pleasure of a delicious sweet treat at Dessert’s Bar. Here, they have thought about what constitutes a healthy dessert while retaining the yummy factor in it.

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    Full House Lifestyle Store & Cafe
    Where (is it):
    Fullhouse Fashion @ Sunway Pyramid: LG 1.96 , Sunway Pyramid .Tel:03-56219960
    Fullhouse Fashion @ Jln Yap Kwan Seng KL: No. 2, Jalan Yap Kwan Seng , KL. Tel: 03-21646466
    Fullhouse Fashion @ NZX : C-G-11,Nui Ze Xui,Ara Damansara. Tel: 03-78850
    Why (here):
    I tend to think that most themed restaurants would rely on hype and glitz rather than good food. It comes to my surprise when the food was by no means a dreadful meal, but much of it was mediocre and acceptable, with more rooms for improvement. Full House is exceptionally relaxed and convivial. It creates the perfect atmosphere for any individual to sit, read a book, meet new people, have some coffee or simply hang out.

    garden

    Garden Lifestyle Store & Cafe
    Where (is it):
    One Utama Shopping Center
    Tel: 03-77286441

    The Curve, Mutiara Damansara
    03-77242469
    Why (here):
    In all honesty, Garden offers above all excellent ambiance and services with mediocre food. We do appreciate the chefs’ effort in incorporating the freshest ingredients, but taste wise, there is room for improvement. We really like Garden and think that it is the perfect place for a date and it would be fun place for a crowd celebrating special occasions too.

    Desktop

    Italiannies
    Where (is it):
    2nd Floor,
    The Gardens,
    Mid Valley City.
    Tel: 03-2283 3675
    Why (here):
    I think that with constant somber musings on recessions, downturn and credit crunch playing over our ears every day, it is time to tighten our belt a little bit. No more fancy/fine dining but for that little treat of a hearty Italian fare that is light on the wallet, Italiannies would be the obvious choice.

    izakaya

    Izakaya Ichiban
    Where (is it):
    Lot P-3M 
Plaza
    Ground Floor
    Hartamas Shopping Centre
    Jalan Sri Hartamas
    Kuala Lumpur
    Tel No: 03 – 6201 5905
    Why (here):
    With quite an extensive sake list, Ikaya Ichiban is a no-frills place to meet up with friends for a pint and bite. We’ll come back to check out the other items in the menu for sure.

    j&r

    Jarrods n Rawlins
    Where (is it):
    Jarrod & Rawlins Damansara Heights
    No. 6, Lorong Dungun
    Damansara Heights
    50480 Kuala Lumpur
    Tel: +603 2093 0708
    Fax: +603 2095 3221
    Email: [email protected]
    Other available outlets include Desa Sri Hartamas, Ampwalk & Capsquare.
    Why (here):
    As the purveyors of fine food & wine, Jarrod & Rawlins has been serving only the best food and wines with warm friendly services for the past decade.  We were so excited about the new menu, knowing that it will only get better and tastier.

    my elephant

    My Elephant
    Where (is it):
    Block C-G4,
    Happy Mansion,
    Section 17/13,
    46400 Petaling Jaya.
    Tel: 012-3285028 or 019-3608911
    Why (here):
    My Elephant at Happy Mansion has a look of elegance sophistication with some small little details such as daisies, candle light and cute elephant painting. The quality of food has somewhat wavered due to the large crowd. This has not hampered our enjoyment because the award giving ceremony was far more interesting. We’ll definitely return for the ala carte menu due to positive reviews from other floggers’ previous visit.

    ole ole bali

    Ole Ole Bali
    Where (is it):
    Ole Ole Bali
    J-0G-15 & J-0G-16
    SOHO KL,
    Solaris Mont Kiara,
    Kuala Lumpur.
    Why (here):
    Ole Ole Bali is a Balinese themed restaurant (duh!) that serves authentic Balinese cuisine and also a small selection of Western food.
    The interior of the restaurant features many arts and crafts, decorations and handicrafts made with Buddha theme. One can choose to dine on the outdoor patio with long woden benches and soft pillows or inside the air-conditioned room.

    palate palette

    Palate Palette
    Where (is it):
    21, Jalan Mesui,
    Off Jalan Nagasari,
    Kuala Lumpur.
    Tel: 03 – 2142 2148
    Why (here):
    5/5 ratings for the ambiance, service and food.

    san fran

    San Francissco Steak House
    Where (is it):
    03 – 2938 2882 (Mid Valley Megamall)
    03 – 2382 0329 (Suria KLCC)
    03 – 5635 3338 (Jaya Square, Subang Jaya)
    03 – 7728 8010 (Tropicana City Mall, PJ)
    Why (here):
    The gracious ambiance and the juicy cut of steak are the factors that make our evening a memorable one.

    senjyu

    Senjyu Sushi
    Where (is it):
    Senjyu Sushi
    Cineleisure Mutiara Damansara (next to McDonalds)
    Tel: 03-7727 9028
    Sunway Pyramid
    Tel: 03-5632 8119 (Old Wing, one floor below TGV Cinemas)
    Why (here):
    It was such a pleasant dining experience with good food, classy interior and great companions like Vkeong, Yi Wen and Rainie. We love the Oyster Sashimi, Trio Salmon Sushi, Salmon Kimchi Nabe and Idako Mentai Cunkan so much that it’ll definitely warrants a third visit!

    skybar

    Sky Bar
    Where (is it):
    Traders Hotel, Kuala Lumpur.
    Tel: 03-23329911.
    Why (here):
    The breathtaking view overlooking KL city is stunning! It was also named Best Malaysian Bar by Malaysia Tatler last year.

    the cave

    The Cave
    Where (is it):
    No 42, Mezzanine Floor,
    Jalan SS2/61,
    47300 Petaling Jaya.
    Tel: 03-78739888/9698
    Why (here):
    All in all, I love the cave-theme interior but the menu has failed in keeping with the theme. Imagine having CKT at such a nice place. The food was rather disappointing too; I can’t be so mean because they are still fairly new and probably need some time to ‘settle down’. It would be a great place for chilling out and drinks, but if you ask what about a proper meal? All I can say is let’s just see how thing goes then.

    yogi

    The Yogitree
    Where (is it):
    The Yogitree
    F-237B, Level 1,
    The Gardens,
    Midvalley City,
    Kuala Lumpur.
    Contact: 03-2282 6213
    Opening Hours: 10 am –10 pm daily
    Why (here):
    All in all, Yogitree is a very charming, relaxing restaurant with excellent food so go with an empty stomach because you will leave with you belt open. It has totally changed KampungBoy’s perception towards healthy eating too. Healthy food can be as mouthwatering as creamy pasta or a sumptuous pork burger if it is done the right way.

    Disclaimer:
    * The list was painstakingly compiled by the author of KampungboyCitygal. Please credit the source for any images/articles taken.
    * The list referred to only places that the authors have actually been to and compiled based on their personal preferences and opinions. For restaurants that we have been to, sans the blog posts, pictures were taken from other sources with link backs.
    * Price and quality might differ from the Big Day itself. Please dial to inquire about the menu before proceeding with reservations.

    For any other suggestions (on places to go on Valentine’s Day) or inquiries (what’s our take on the food, ambiance, etc), feel free to drop us comments or emails at [email protected]

    See also Valentine’s Day Dining Guide Part I – The Luxe.

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