But hey, it was still a big makan-makan month for us. In fact, I'm holding on to a couple more places which should be included in next month's edition.
Anyway, let's start with this Brazilian place. Yes, Brazilian! I.e.: Carnaval Churrascaria. "Churrascaria" actually means "steakhouse"and yup, it's all about meat, meat and more meat here. Located in Damansara Jaya (near the Maybank at Atria Shopping Complex), it went through a minor refurbishment recently, so it doesn't look as run-down as it did before!
And the unique thing about how the food is served here is that the meats would be presented on skewers and sliced for you upon request. Like so:
And they've got TONS of meat for you. Chicken in different styles, steaks, sausages, lamb etc. Here's my favourite: the rump steak!
And another must-slice is the grilled pineapple...
At RM50++ per head, it's REALLY worth the money. Apart from the meats, you can also help yourself to the buffet line that serves pasta, rice, vege and a whole lot more! But oh, do call for reservations if you plan to come by during the weekend.
Next up: The Apartment at KLCC. The location itself is pretty good, and I would recommend it for just chilling on a weekend afternoon.
We started with some Italian breads (God, I love breads), and these were pretty good with the different dips and sauces.
Then, we had what we're dubbing "the most expensive piece of meat we've ever had".
You might have seen this before on an episode of Top Chef: it's called Beef Carpaccio, and the price? RM25.90. Yes, that much for just a slither of beef. But you only live once kan, and I have to say that it's quite good.
The tapas mode continued with some crab salmon cake and baked mussels.
But the highlight of the day was this strawberry pavlova. Best giler!
At Pavilion one weekend, we decided to try something new and headed to Grandmama's for some nyonya food.
But bummer, they didn't have the very reason why we chose the place: sambal udang petai. So we ordered these instead...
The food's pretty decent lah, though slightly pricy. We would recommend the pucuk paku and also the fish.
And speaking of fish, let me introduce you to this excellent nasi padang place in Bangsar Shopping Complex: Dancing Fish!
As you know, we had an only so-so experience at the much-vaunted Bumbu Desa, but Dancing Fish was a different kettle of fish altogether. (OK, OK, I will refrain from using the word "fish" too much). It's actually an Indo-Malay restaurant and as such, it also serves this...
It's quite good, with just the right balance of syrup, milk and all the bits you love in an ABC. As for the food, we ordered the obligatory emping, pucuk kerabu, the prawn soup (which is a slightly milder version of the tomyam, but really good nonetheless) and daging empuk (yum, yum).
The highlight was of course the dancing fish itself i.e.: crispy deep fried fish served with a special mango sauce (there are a variety of sauces you can choose from actually). And it was excellent. Jackpot!
OK, how about some middle-eastern cuisine now? If you're game, our recommendation would be Tarbush Restaurant at Sunway Pyramid.
For starters, the premised look very elegant and, um, middle-eastern-y. And the service there has never really failed us.
On this particular trip, we ordered the Tarbush mixed grill and the chicken briyani.
Both were up to expectations and really, the meat served here is always fresh and grilled to perfection. The portions are also enough to share.
We also finished the meal with some baklava, a delicious desert that's pretty tough to make, or so I was told.
And finally, we also decided to go for a hi-tea buffet at somewhere swanky and new (ahem). So we ended up at the Makan Kitchen, at Doubletree Hotel by Hilton, Jalan Tun Razak.
The theme was "local delicacies", and so there were different stations for malay, chinese and indian food.
Here's the laksa johor. Decent, but only 70% authentic. Where's the chai poh lah?
But my favourite item turned out to be the humble roti john...