Friday, December 20, 2013

Savaro by Felda @ Publika

The garden like exterior that resembles British style seating area almost had me expecting dishes other than Malay delicacies. All I could think of is having a cup of tea with a slice of cake over conversation with friends. In actual fact, Savaro does not only serve traditional Malay cuisine, but also Western and Italian fare to cater to customers tastebuds.

Clean and simple private room interior
Tomato Bruschetta

Layer of garlic spread, tomato, olive oil, onion, garlic and lime juice on toasted bruschetta

Refreshing mix of vegetables on a well toasted bruschetta while having the right thickness to provide a wholesome bite. Not many places will provide the garlic spread, it definitely added flavour as well as preventing the bruschetta from turning soggy due to juices from the vege. This is a simple food yet being done right.
Ciabiatta Melt

Melted Parmesan cheese, pesto sauce, capsicium, pepper on toasted ciabiatta

If you want a richer tasting appetizer, this is an alternative choice. Although I felt that the pesto sauce did not contribute appealing flavour, but I believe this is an interesting and creative addition that not many places have this. Needless to say, the cheese and vege blends well on crunchy and thick ciabatta slice.
CharPrawn Mango Salad

Essentially a fusion salad between Asian and Western flavours. The colour combination of ingredients such as provides a very fresh, colourful and inviting look. The dressing is done using fruits, provided a very refreshing base coating on crunchy salad leaves but better if more dressing is provided as we find it lack in portion to enhance the richness of taste. Minimal seasoning is done on the succulent prawns, while the mango cubes were satisfyingly sweet.
Mushroom Soup
A fine blend of mushrooms topped with sautéed mushrooms and caramelized onions. Easily one of the best around. This is not the creamy type but thick enough to make you think that it is, yet very taste fulfilling. At a point of time it reminds me of eating very fine grounded oats, not a bad thing though. Even better with the fragrant mushrooms and incredibly sweet yet aromatic caramelized onions. Definitely a favourable topping which makes it rather special and tasty.
Broccoli Soup
As far as mama says you must eat your vege, I liked this soup too considering its health benefits and of course, the rather thick consistency soup filled with blended broccoli, topped with boiled broccoli pieces and caramelized onions. Again, the onions just brought the taste of soup to whole new level, brilliantly done in my books.
Roti Jala
A popular Malaysian delicacy that I have missed eating it so much. The yellowish roti that has texture similar with roti canai goes well with the thick and spice filled chicken curry served on the side.

Taragon Chicken Sandwich
Grilled marinated chicken slice sandwiched between toasted bread, served open-sandwich style. This definitely scored extra points on the presentation. The chicken was nicely grilled resulting in slightly charred smokey flavours, followed by deep marinade flavour which enhances appetite to crave for more.

 Nasi Briyani Lamb
Nasi Briyani and lamb curry lovers should not miss this dish. The fragrant rice had a fluffy texture filled with aromatic spices, while the accompanying lamb curry immediately sent me to heaven upon first bite. The lamb pieces were incredibly tender, sitting in the rich and absolutely divine gravy that goes very well with the briyani rice. Served with acar on the side. A highly recommended dish.


Savaro Noodle- Mixture between Mee Bandung & Prawn Noodles.
I am not a fan of yellow noodles due to its alkaline flavour and I'll only eat them with rich spicy broth like laksa but not chicken soup for example. For this, the broth was bursting with flavours mainly from prawn essence and kicking chilli sensation. Upon the first sip, the spicy flavours immediately hit the senses followed by sweet aftertaste. While the alkaline taste of the yellow noodles were very minimal or non existent, the broth tasted more to sweet side towards the end. A poached egg and beef slices were served on top providing extra flavours and beautiful presentation.

Nasi Lemak Pandan

The fluffy rice was mildly infused with coconut milk so that it is not too rich to cover pandan flavours. Everyone of us liked the sambal very much- balance of spicy and sweet flavours goes well with the rice. As for the pandan chicken, the exterior had enough marinade flavours but they did not seep into the meat further. The management had addressed this issue and will marinade the chicken pieces for a longer time.

Nasi Goreng Selasih

Although this was mildly fragrant from the addition of a type of Malay herbs called Selasih, the fried rice was overall bland for me. Maybe it's just me, I like my fried rice with full of "wok hei" and seasoning flavours. The pandan chicken had the same feedback as the one served in nasi lemak pandan, could be done much better.

Moving on to the dessert session...
Sago Gula Melaka
Simple sago dessert well enhanced by fragrant and good quality gula Melaka
Pengat Pisang
Pisang Berangan is used in this dessert. It appeared to be the star dessert among us foodies and I personally like this very much. The banana slices were very moresih, goes well with the thick yet superb gula Melaka like 'broth'. The gula Melaka aftertaste which is very close to well cooked caramel is just prefect for satisfying dessert cravings. Indeed, it was a pleasure having this dessert to end our meal. People with sweet tooth will like this, as some might prefer less sweeter version.

Lompat Tikam- Inclined towards Thai style dessert
Love the contrast of colors, green from the coconut custard and red from nasi pulut (glutinuous rice). The coconut custard was very creamy but not overwhelming at the same time evident with rich coconut essence.
Another thing I like about Savaro is the creative drinks that they offer. Not pleasing for the eyes but also very refreshing. What we had that day includes Savaro's signature drink, guava juice, mango yoghurt, strawberry yoghurt and watermelon punch. Drinks with yoghurt base is highly recommended as they are not stingy on addition of yoghurt with good quality fruit puree, making the combination very well accepted.

Savaro by Felda a.k.a Savaro Restaurant Shoppe

Solaris Dutamas,
50480 Kuala Lumpur
(Beside Fahrenheit 600, near to Ben's)

Contact Number: 03-6206 5044

Opening hours: 10am till 11pm (Daily)

Facebook page: Savaro by Felda


Wednesday, December 18, 2013

2013 Christmas Gift Idea: Cupcakes from Rolling Pin

Few days ago, I was delighted to receive skilfully made cupcakes, specially delivered by the thoughtful chaps behind Rolling Pin (official website) to my house. Couldn't resist those pretty cupcakes with different designs, at the same time they are just too cute to be eaten!

 The cupcakes are made from scratch with no preservatives. You can choose flavours such as chocolate, vanilla butter and red velvet for cupcake base- more new flavours coming up soon!

The chocolate cupcake base is easily one of the best that I've had- rich with chocolate goodness and very moist texture. As for the butter flavour it was alright, not too oily with adequate buttery fragrance. Best of all the sweetness of the fondant and icing are not overwhelming. The cupcakes shown in the pics are in small size.

For booking enquiries, you can either:

1. Visit their Facebook page (
2. Contact Jolene at 017-309 5020

Selling price (Depends on sizes, quantity & type of designs)

Small- RM4
Standard- RM5
Large- RM6

The cupcakes are best kept in the fridge for maximum one week. Feel free to check out other designs by them as they do provide cupcakes for events such as birthday, weddings, anniversaries and others. I spotted various fondant icing designs including Minions which many people including kids and adults will love them too :D

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Pak John Steamboat & Yong Tau Foo, e@Curve

Steamboat is one of the best choices for meals especially during this year end rainy season. However, the hot and humid climate here in Malaysia does not deter us from enjoying the comforting meal while chit chatting with friends or family harmoniously.

Pak John Steamboat &Yong Tau Foo was just opened its door to the public less than a month ago. While Pak John carries its pride of serving only quality and fresh ingredients, it is also in the process of obtaining a halal license. If you are looking for place to hold celebrations, gatherings, business functions or others, they do cater for your needs as their spacious and wide dining area plus two private rooms are available for your choice. Do feel free to make reservations with their friendly staffs.

A simple set up and ambience that promotes comfortable dining experience. Ventilation wise there was no issue for us during our dining session but I left the place with my clothes smelling like BBQ meat.

 Three types of soup available- Chicken Soup, Tom Yam Soup and Miso Soup (Miso Soup chargeable at additional RM10)
Noteworthy ingredients are cheese tofu, cheese balls, high quality processed crab sticks, Taiwan cuttlefish balls and beef balls.
Dory fish slices came in thick cuts
No complaints for the seafood such as prawns, bamboo clams and clams as they do not contain bothering fishy taste.
Also satisfying was the bunch of fresh sources of fibres such as pumpkin, yam cubes and broccolis. It is not easy to get such moreish quality yam and pleasantly sweet pumpkins. Indeed, Pak John lives up to its tagline “only quality and fresh ingredients”. 
 Various types of noodles, note that they do provide high quality Japanese Udon which response is well received by diners

Coffee, Tea and Orange juice are available to quench your thirst
You get best of both worlds- BBQ grill and boiling broth 
Tom Yam Soup- well balanced spicy and sour sensation that spicy food lovers will give a thumbs up for this.

Clear soup- naturally sweet with addition of chicken bones and cabbages, I love how homey this tastes as the large amount of cabbages really contributed sweet flavours to the broth.

Miso Soup- glad that it did not taste too salty at the beginning as I am worried the addition of miso paste is not monitored properly. The addition of soft seaweed definitely added textures and umami flavours to the overall taste. The taste did become salty towards the end after adding various kinds of seafood so you may want to add more soup to suit your taste buds.
The Australian lamb slices came absolutely fresh, good for both BBQ as well as meat swishing experience in broth. Add some butter provided on the pan and you are good to go with savouring the freshness of lamb slices. I easily had three plates of these. Minimal cooking time in broth is required so that your meat won’t get overcooked.

I was delighted to enjoy the juicy, succulent and flavourful smoked duck breast- easily one of the best around. Best for BBQ grill if you ask me, it tastes so good on its own.

Abalone slices were fresh as well, remember not to cook it too long or else the texture will turn rubbery.

Chicken wings were well marinated- be it Honey, Spicy or Black Pepper flavor, I love all of them even more when the skin is nicely browned on the grill pan. Marinated beef slices are also available but I can't take beef so no comment.


Left: Green Chilli Sauce, Right: Belacan Chilli Sauce
Signature sauces that goes well with ingredients
My 'haul' on that day =P
Various types of potong ice cream that rekindle childhood memories. Surely there will be a flavor that suits your sweet tooth.

We also had green tea and chocolate ice cream to end our contented meal. Just the right creamy texture, adequate flavours and sweetness level  explains one scoop is never enough. The fresh taste of green tea and rich chocolate taste easily win the heart of customers as I can see their happy faces when the ice cream is being churned out from the user friendly machine.
With the price tag of only RM28 excluding 10% service charge for lunch during weekends, this is definitely value for money considering the quality of ingredients.

Pak John Steamboat & Yong Tau Foo
Lot LG-13A & LG-15,
Lower Ground Floor, Ecurve.
No 2A, Jalan PJU 7/3, Mutiara Damansara
47810 Petaling Jaya Selangor.
Contact Number
03-7733 3913/ 018-386 3139/ 018-389 3139
Operating hours
Mon - Thu: 10:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sun: 10:00 - 00:00