Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Naughty Nuri's Restaurant, KL

Naughty Nuri's KL Life Centre
20 Jalan Sultan Ismail,
Golden Triangle,
50250 Kuala Lumpur,
Malaysia


 The Place 
This restaurant locates in KL Life Centre opposite Fraser Place were we stayed for a week. Naturally, we wandered inside once or twice looking for food at time when we were to tired to walk.

Entrance, Naughty Nuri's Restaurant, Life Centre, KL, Malaysia
The pair of restaurant's porcine ushers

Its large entrance locates right behind the entrance of KL Life Centre, and so it isn't hard to miss. But its name and its beckoning pig guarding the door made me recoil from going in.

When i mentioned this to Fraser Place's staff, they told us that this place cooks up some mean spare ribs, and who could argue with the locals?

It's interesting that while travelling in KL, i found out that some of the most famous local dishes and restaurants are in fact selling pork, which is non halal. Look at the bottom left corner of their sign above the door in the above photo, and it says "(tidak  halal)", meaning non-halal in Malay. Duh!

Before even given a menu, given the 2 pigs at the doors, and its shelves stuffed full of pig figurines, you get a distinct feeling that this restaurant specializes in pork. Duh!

Pig figurines, Naughty Nuri's Restaurant, Life Centre, KL, Malaysia Pig figurines, Naughty Nuri's Restaurant, Life Centre, KL, Malaysia
Pig figurines, Naughty Nuri's Restaurant, Life Centre, KL, Malaysia Pig figurine, Naughty Nuri's Restaurant, Life Centre, KL, Malaysia Pig figurine, Naughty Nuri's Restaurant, Life Centre, KL, Malaysia
Pig figurines, Naughty Nuri's Restaurant, Life Centre, KL, Malaysia Pig figurine, Naughty Nuri's Restaurant, Life Centre, KL, Malaysia

In one afternoon i was there (just passing through) during their break, i saw some pep-talk being whipped up to energize their staff. I had a feeling that you won't find inattentive waitstaff here.


 The Food 
For the 3 of us, we ordered 3 dishes to get a sample of their tastes.

Signature BBQ Pork Rib: 8.5 / 10.
This is the signature dish that they've earned their name. The smokey flesh is quite juicy, and came right off the ribs. In short, it smokes!

I would give them a 9 / 10 if their BBQ sauce is a little less sweet. It's not overwhelmingly sweet, but i don't have sweet tooth. For those who do, you probably give it a higher score.


Spare Ribs, Naughty Nuri's Restaurant, Life Centre, KL, Malaysia


Chicken Nasi Goreng: 7.5 / 10.
Their fried rice isn't bad, but no match for their spare ribs. The prawn crackers did make a lot of deliciously crunchy noise. Not too oily.

Nasi goreng, Naughty Nuri's Restaurant, Life Centre, KL, Malaysia


Salad Topped with BBQ Pork:  7 / 10.
Seeing Chinese BBQ pork sitting on top of salad greens is a 1st for me. The skins were a little bit of a let down. The dressing (tastes like Assam or tamarind sauce) is also an interesting surprise.

BBQ pork salad, Naughty Nuri's Restaurant, Life Centre, KL, Malaysia


Overall Score: 8 / 10. Sign, Naughty Nuri's Restaurant, Life Centre, KL, Malaysia
The moral of the story is, don't judge a restaurant by their welcoming pigs.

Just like the sign says, this pork-centric restaurant started in 1995 in Bali, Indonesia and it's quite well known there. Their franchise have been spreading northwards to KL and Singapore.

Yes, there's a Naughty Nuri's in Singapore, and i discovered it while travelling in KL. Life's like that. Although this shouldn't come as too much of a surprise because the Naughty Nuri's in Capitol Piazza mall in Singapore had only opened a few months before i visited this KL franchise outlet. Capitol Piazza mall itself has been opened for barely a year, and when i visited the Spizza outlet in the mall, less than half the stores were opened.

I certainly would like to check out the Naughty Nuri's spare ribs when i return to Singapore.



Sunday, 29 May 2016

Alternative Title for Movie Poster 1: Pink Flamingos (1972)

Pink Flamingos (1972)


Movie poster for original title:  Pink Flamingos (1972).
Alternative movie for the poster:  Beauty and the Beast.




Funny Caption 26: An Immature Thirst for Art



"Instinctual drive towards Mother Nature."

"Holy cow! Din-din comes unexpectedly early today."

"A Hunger for Art."

"An Unmovable Feast."

"Don't mind if I do."

"An artistic nourishment."

"Wow! Double t[r]eats !"

"Art sucks!"

"I came, I saw, I conquered!"

"You've got my total divided attention."

"Cultural care au pair."

"A case of mistaken identitit."




Friday, 27 May 2016

Thought of the Day 23: Vision of Age

Reading glasses, spectacles


"Age is only a number."   - Bernard Baruch

It looks like number 496. With reading glasses on, it turns out to be a 3-letter word!




Thursday, 26 May 2016

Funny Caption 25: Cat Owl

Cat that looks like owl


"Don't just stand there like an idiot, get me down!"

"Oh Lord, I dunno how long this branch is gonna hold my weight !"

"Don't shoot. This isn't my best angle!"

"Stop pretending. You are NOT an owl."




Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Nobu Restaurant, KL, Malaysia

Level 56, Menara 3 Petronas, 
Persiaran KLCC, 
50088 Kuala Lumpur,
Malaysia


If you're a foodie, especially if you have a weakness for Japanese cuisine, you're likely to have heard of Nobu as it's a reasonably high profile restaurant franchise with worldwide exposure. If you're living in California, you don't need any introduction because Nobu Matsuhisa, a celebrity chef, started his now successful Japanese-Peruvian fusion cuisine restaurants in Hollywood.

For those who haven't heard about Nobu, here's a little background. Nobu opened his 1st restaurant "Matsuhisa" in Beverley Hills and shot to fame as it was frequented by many Hollywood personalities including Robert De Niro, who later became his business partner. 2 celebrities is better than 1 in business.


 The Place 
Celebrity alone is no guarantee for good taste, but I've heard good thing about their standard. So we decided to try them out while we visited KL. Their central and more importantly lofty location in KL gave us one more impetus for going there.

We have been dining in elevated restaurants in new cities we visited, at least once, so that we could feast our eyes of the panoramic cityscape while feasting on good grubs, killing 2 birds with 1 stone (or as the Chinese say, killing 2 condors with 1 arrow). We had yum-cha in the Michelin Tin Lung Heen at the Ritz-Carlton in HK, and dined in the Michelin French restaurant in Robuchon au Dôme in Grand Lisboa in Macau. These previous dining experiences had been nice (despite my vertigo), and so we'd like to continue this tradition.

Cityscape Panorama, as viewed from Nobu restaurant, KL, Malaysia
At least 120° panorama of the city below our table. One of Petronas Tower is one the right side of the photo
(Click to enlarge)

We were initially thinking of going up to the Observation Desk of the Petronas Twin Tower. Having learnt that its admission ticket is a steep price of RM85, we thought we might as well look at the view from Nobu while leisurely dine there (I may have already been to the Observation Desk some years ago from my increasingly unreliable memory).

Nobu restaurant situates on L56 of Tower 3 of Petronas. Yep, we only know of Petronas Twin Towers, but there's a Tower 3.

While Nobu isn't located as high as the Observation Desk (L86), but its considerable higher than the Skybridge (L41).

Petronas Twin Tower Skybridge, as viewed from Nobu restaurant, KL, Malaysia
The Skybridge as seen from where we sat

We came in 6:30pm, and was the 1st group of diners. We didn't really see majority of the diners come in until after 7:30pm. The sunsets in KL is around 7:10 to 7:20pm. Because we came in 6:30pm, we were treated with cityscape in the changing hues from late afternoon, dusk, to nighttime scenery. Why should only our palates get all the pleasure?


Cityscape Panorama, as viewed from Nobu restaurant, KL, Malaysia


Cityscape Panorama, as viewed from Nobu restaurant, KL, Malaysia


Cityscape Panorama, as viewed from Nobu restaurant, KL, Malaysia
In the foreground is Fraser Residence where we stayed for 2 nights, and the massive Wilayah Mosque with
its towering minarets could be seen in the middle of the background
(Click to enlarge)

We also visited the huge Wilayah Mosque a few days later. To read about more about it  


Iluminated Public Bank, Cityscape Panorama, as viewed from Nobu restaurant, KL, Malaysia
Illuminated Public Bank
Iluminated Public Bank, Cityscape Panorama, as viewed from Nobu restaurant, KL, Malaysia
The same Public Bank if you're wearing special filter goggle

Fountain show, as viewed from Nobu restaurant, KL, Malaysia
Fountain show as viewed from Nobu restaurant

Nobu is far more familiar by Californian than Asian. So far only a number of Nobu restaurants had been opened in Asian capital cities. KL is the 1st Nobu opened in SE Asia, and there's no Nobu in Singapore. According to the staff, it's because the rents are too expensive in Singapore. For Singaporean foodie, this is the nearest Nobu opens near you.


 The Food 
I guess i should talk about the food. We didn't order the signature dish of Black Cod in Miso. According to Nobu, after he recommended this dish to Robert De Niro to try, and he liked it, and so as the words got out, the price of black cod went from 50 cents a pound to $12 a pound.

Receipt, Nobu restaurant, KL, Malaysia
The most expensive thing is, as usual, the sparkling water.
The approx exchange rate at the time of dining is 1 USD = 4 MYR (Malaysian Ringgit)

We didn't try the signature dish because our waiter recommended omakase. This is a 5 courses meal with 3 entrees, 1 main, and 1 dessert. The exact dishes would be decided by the chef on the day. Well, why not? Unlike Ada who would pore over a menu like some mothers pore over photos of their match-making websites in search of their prospective kids-in-laws . This would save her agony of decision (or indecision).

White fish with uni (sea urchin), Nobu restaurant, KL, Malaysia
White Fish with Uni (sea urchin)
Not at all fishy as one would expect from sea urchin.

yellowtail with Matsuhisa dressing, Nobu restaurant, KL, Malaysia
Yellowtail with Matsuhisa Dressing
Quite fresh and appetising

Squid pasta, Nobu restaurant, KL, Malaysia
Squid Pasta

rib eye with truffle rocoto miso
Rib Eye with Truffle Rocoto Miso
While it isn't as rare as i would like, it was still quite juicy and tender. Interesting sauce.

chocolate salan dagi, Nobu restaurant, KL, Malaysia
Chocolate Salan Dagi
Love the nuts.

The overall score for the food is 8.5 /10. This is a testimony of their high standard as these were random choices, not our fave dishes.

Refreshingly original, and easy to go down as i would expect from Japanese cuisine. I managed to finish all 5 courses without feeling fed up because except for the filling main, the rest was seafood that were lightly cooked and easily to digest.



Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Pavilion Crystal Fountain and Mall, KL

As soon as we checked into Fraser Place, we went out in search of lunch. After some discussions - ok negotiations - we decided on Pavilion mall, which is some 15 mins walk from our hotel. Too close for a taxi, but too hot to walk. We settled on making use of the 562m long air-conditioned walkway that connects between the 2 major shopping malls of Pavilion and Suria KLCC (better known for its Petronas Twin Towers).

KLCC - Bukit Bintang (BBKLCC) walkway, Bukit Bintang, KL, Malaysia

KLCC - Bukit Bintang (BBKLCC) walkway, Bukit Bintang, KL, Malaysia

It's nice to have such a walkway to shield us from the blistering tropical heat. It was actually not too bad during the day because it was raining. Again, the walkway would be a nice facility. If KL isn't sunny and hot, it's rainy. It works for rains too.

HK has its famous Central-Mid-Levels escalators and walkway to solve its problem of the city building on mountain slopes. KL built its KLCC - Bukit Bintang Walkway (aka BBKKLC Walkway) to solve its blistering temperature. Both cities built these structures trying to tame their natural environments.

There're several access points to the Walkway. In our case, we got to the Walkway from the exit point at Jalan Perak where Fraser Place is located 5 mins away.

Pavilion Crystal Fountain, Pavilion Mall, Bukit Bintang, KL, Malaysia


Pavilion Crystal Fountain, Pavilion Mall, Bukit Bintang, KL, Malaysia


As we approached Pavilion mall, one can immediately sense this is the happening place with the throng of shoppers. It's like stepping into Times Square or Sogo malls in Causeway Bay in HK, or Orchard Road in Singapore. It's without question the pulse of the city, the main temple for the devotees of materialism mall for the shoppers of fashion labels.


Pavilion Crystal Fountain, Pavilion Mall, Bukit Bintang, KL, Malaysia


You should go to Pavilion mall, if not for retail therapy, at least you can look at the Pavilion Crystal Fountain in front of its main entrance. It has a unique Chinese design that departs from your usual marble sculpture of Roman nude gods or goddesses, or pissing cherubs, or such typical European designs. The most noted example of it happens to be the Trevi Fountain in Rome, which popularized by, unsurprisingly Hollywood, in Three Coins in a Fountain (1954).

Pavilion Crystal Fountain, Pavilion Mall, Bukit Bintang, KL, Malaysia
If you look at the pond of the fountain, you'll likely to see not 3 coins, but hundreds.

The 3 tea cups echo the 3 coins, but it has a more important and serious meaning. The 3 represents the 3 Malaysia's major ethnic groups. And the 3 primary colours of red, green and blue are also incorporated into the design (I had never the pleasure of seeing the 3 changing colours).

The "Crystal" refers to the art glass made by Taiwanese-based Liuli Gongfang (琉璃工房), and this should be their showcase, which is acknowledged by the Malaysian Book of Records as the tallest Liuli Crystal Fountain in the country.

I have seen their works being exhibited in Paragon on Orchard Road, where you'll find a Liuli Gongfang outlet. The art of Liuli dates back to 11th century BC! (Not AD). The founders Yi and Yang have brought this very ancient Chinese art back to life.

Because of the delicate nature of crystal glass, many of the artworks were small and dainty. The glass made into the sizes of these 3 cups are quite impressive. These sizes present the artists with a whole set of technical problems.

These 2 are good examples of what typical Liuli artworks look like.

Liuli crystal glass art object
Liuli crystal glass art object
Left:  Liuli crystal art object created by Chang Yi
Above  :  Liuli crystal art object created by Loretta Yang

Loretta Yang, Taiwanese actress
Loretta Yang, also a multi-award winning Taiwanese actress

The unpainted part in the hibiscus flowers allow the light to shine through the crystal glass, giving the flowers on the tea cups its 3 changing colours like a lantern or cover of a lamp. This changing colours is only possible because of the transparency of the crystal glass. This "Crystal" Fountain idea is more clearly shining though (no pun intended) when viewing at night when the ambient lights are dimmer.

Pavilion Crystal Fountain, Pavilion Mall, Bukit Bintang, KL, Malaysia

Pavilion Crystal Fountain, Pavilion Mall, Bukit Bintang, KL, Malaysia Pavilion Crystal Fountain, Pavilion Mall, Bukit Bintang, KL, Malaysia Pavilion Crystal Fountain, Pavilion Mall, Bukit Bintang, KL, Malaysia


Pavilion Crystal Fountain, Pavilion Mall, Bukit Bintang, KL, Malaysia


Men in business suit with angle wings, Pavilion Mall, Bukit Bintang, KL, Malaysia
...and now it's time for a free commercial break. It's free, because I'm not asking for a advertising fee by displaying here...
Handsome devil

At the altar of the temple atrium of the mall are the 2 large banners with smooth, taut, wrinkle-free faces of Simon Yam that match those on a giant cinema screen. Mr. Yam is the face of Malaysia-based Gintell (and Audy Lau lends his similar smooth, taut, wrinkle-free face to Singapore-based OSIM, and Chi Lam - who isn't old enough to need a face lift - speaks for Japan-based Ogawa. HK stars and massage chairs go together like ads and money bee and honey).

Atrium, Pavilion Mall, Bukit Bintang, KL, Malaysia
A spacious main atrium of Pavilion

Atrium, Pavilion Mall, Bukit Bintang, KL, Malaysia



Lion dance, Pavilion Mall, Bukit Bintang, KL, Malaysia

Chinese Lion heads for lion dance


I spotted some dog-tired lion heads resting on the floor of the atrium. So i went and asked the guy stood next to the lion heads in lion dancer costume what time they were going to do their dances. He said 20 mins. After waiting for 10 mins, the guy and all the lion heads disappeared. And then i realised, it was a magic act of making things disappear. I didn't see it coming. Bravo! I clapped until my palms bruised up. And then I left.

If i decided to stick around for another 20 mins, i would have graced the magnificent presence of Mr. Yam, and asked him for the phone number (of his plastic surgeon. Not for me, i can't afford it. That is, i can't afford to be told that i'm vain. Shh..don't tell anyone that i'm vainglorious. I still want to keep up my image of the International Man of Mystery. Yeah baby!).

View from BBKLCC walkway of Jalan Raja Chulan at the back of Pavilion, KL, Malaysia
View from BBKLCC walkway of Jalan Raja Chulan at the back of Pavilion.
A local favourite Hakka restaurant is located opposite