Chrys enjoys exploring places of all sorts, especially places with good food and beautiful scenery. With enough cash and time, she looks for friends to go on roadtrips to widen her world perspective and to go on makan (eating) expeditions to expand her gastronomic vocabulary. Chrys divides her time between the cities of Kuala Lumpur and Sydney. Her verbal and photographic accounts could be found at chryshijing.blogspot.com and are all personal notes to herself, as reminders of what a wonderful journey she has had in life.

chryshijing reviewed Let It Rain Cafe @ Glomac Cyberjaya

Superb
How unique is "Let It Rain"? Or in Mandarin, 下雨吧, which literally means just rain. Like, aiya, just rain la... how apt for the scorching hot weather in KL at the moment. The set up of the cafe is pretty simple and being creative people, there was evident use of recycled and inexpensive material. More importantly, they welcome visitors warmly.
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chryshijing reviewed Le Pont Boulangerie @ Bedford Business Park

Superb
I found out about Le Pont Boulangerie through David, their in-house coffee expert, whom I recently got to know through his smaller venture across the road. Coincidentally, it was their official opening the day I visited his smaller venture with Ray. Too many people and too many cars deterred me from visiting Le Pont to congratulate them.....
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chryshijing reviewed Bakeology Cafe @ Taman Sea

Superb
Cheryl dabbled in a few things before settling down to start a family and completed a pastry course. During my younger years, Dad would share stories from the office relating to how she was helping Aunty Millie in the kitchen. Rest assured that food here is served from the heart, as Cheryl has been practicing her craft from young.
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chryshijing reviewed Les Deux Garcons @ Taman Desa

Superb
What else would you order from a French dessert place? Cakes and all that, of course!
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chryshijing reviewed Fishee Coffee @ Arked Esplanad Bukit Jalil

Good
I have not had such tasty classic waffle in a long time, especially in KL
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chryshijing reviewed Midsummer Night Cafe @ Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur

Superb
Located above a car workshop, this unassuming cafe is the brainchild and a side hobby/income of Jon, a person who lectures at a local institution. It is obvious from the interior decor that he is someone who is really into the movie business. Or at least, arts and entertainment.
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chryshijing reviewed Cakes De Lemari @ Putrawalk

Good
There were so many flavours to choose from! The chiller was so colourful from the different cupcakes!
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chryshijing reviewed The Owls Cafe @ Bukit Jalil

Superb
What is in a name? Well, everything. This cafe is called The Owls Cafe and naturally would carry an owl theme. As I love owls, I love everything in this cafe - the mural, the decor, the teapots, everything! You can say that I instantly had a cafe crush, if there existed such a thing.
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chryshijing reviewed Unkaizan Japanese Restaurant @ Langkawi

Superb
We found out about Unkaizan through TripAdvisor. It is situated slightly off the main road, on a very steep part of the hill, which made parking the car very interesting. We noticed that some of their wait staff were actually Japanese and immediately we felt, okay, we may end up having a really authentic Japanese experience. Starting with warm towels and green tea with oomph, things were looking promising.
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chryshijing reviewed La Chocolatine @ Teluk Baru

Superb
It was really French French, as in the owner was a Fenchman who is a very experienced pastry chef who now calls Malaysia home.
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chryshijing reviewed Restoran Weng Heong Bak Kut Teh @ Taman Intan

Superb
Many KLites and Selangorians purposely make trips to Klang for this dish and everyone would have their personal favourite restaurant. My personal favourite is Restoran Weng Heong in Taman Intan.
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chryshijing reviewed Basil Pasta House @ Off Jalan Kuchai Lama

Superb
Apparently, this place was started by three brothers and I had a feeling that either one of them or all of them had some proper Italian cuisine training of some sort because I spied with my little eye the different types of pasta they had! I was impressed at how they made everything from scratch. However, this meant that our food took longer to prepare, which had us waiting for quite some time.
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chryshijing reviewed I'm Not a Chef @ Kota Damansara

Good
The cafe is operated by two friends. One looked after the floor and drinks while the other looked after the kitchen and hot meals. I do not recall if both or one of them were in New Zealand and incorporated some of the Kiwiness into the cafe.
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chryshijing reviewed Brew&Bread @ Kota Kemuning

Good
The first place in KL that housed a coffee roaster. A Giesen, in fact.
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chryshijing reviewed Piccolo Cafe @ Taman Equine

Superb
Piccolo Cafe is a music cafe where on certain weekends, they have musical performances for diners. So happy that finally there is a proper cafe in Taman Equine!
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chryshijing reviewed Pulp by Papa Palheta @ Bangsar

Superb
We had a cheesecake. Oh so fluffy little thing, it was. Why can't they make it slightly bigger? I can hear them retort with a why can't I order another one... And there was no way on Earth that we were leaving the place without trying their coffee... smooth and just right for my liking.
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chryshijing reviewed Shakespeare Boulangerie & Patisserie @ Ss 15

So so
A place with a huge selection on their menu, must be selective with ordering so that you'd have enough appetite to also have dessert!
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chryshijing reviewed Cosans Coffee @ Jalan SS 15/4

Good
With long hours, definitely a place that will draw in the college/uni student crowd.
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chryshijing reviewed D'Cuisine @ Plaza 33

Good
They are a part of the D'Group establishment of restaurants, which also includes D'Italiane and Ketchup. They started from a humble Italian restaurant in Section 9 of Shah Alam and from there, they expanded to Jaya33 in 2007, Sunway Giza in 2009, Paradigm Mall in 2012 and one year later, here in Plaza33. They aim to bring to diners variations of modern fusion fare that blends Eastern and Western flavours, something that was evident in their extensive menu.
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chryshijing reviewed Croissant Delicatessen @ Hartamas Shopping Centre

Superb
It would be a pity not to try their coffee since they source their coffee beans from the reputable WA Cafe. The croissant, eaten on its own with no fillings, especially when just out of the oven, is delicious!
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chryshijing reviewed Flying Teapot Cafe @ Taman Serdang Perdana

Superb
Recently, a friend has been frequenting a cafe, apparently new in our hood. The photos she shared showed a place in a lot of pink and with a unique name, Flying Teapot. One night, we chose this cafe as our catch up venue. The main theme was, as you could assume from the name of the cafe, teapots. As such, the place was decorated with many teapot fixtures, such as teapot lampshades, teapot lighting, teapot telephone, teapot clock and teapot holders to name a few.
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chryshijing reviewed Antipodean Cafe @ Bangsar

Exceptional
Famous for their Australian-style brekkie and coffee, I opted for a lighter meal of French Toast with Berry Compote (RM14.00/AUD4.80) instead of a heavy big breakfast. I should have asked for the toast to be wholemeal instead of white bread. Berry compote was delectable, I finished it all.
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chryshijing reviewed Nadeje Cake House @ Dataran Pahlawan Melaka Megamall

Exceptional
Since opening their doors in 2006, they have made headlines in the local dessert scene. Their name travelled all the way from Melaka to KL. Friends who visit Melaka on a day trip would try their hardest to pack their famous mille crepe cakes in iced cooler bags.
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chryshijing reviewed Restoran Nyonya Makko @ Taman Melaka Raya

Superb
Although I have visited Melaka a few times, I have not really had any authentic Nyonya food. We took a drive around town and saw this restaurant. We decided to give them a try. The exterior was done up to imitate a the front of a traditional Peranakan house, complete with a pair of paper lanterns hanging on both sides. Even the interior sported black and white photos tastefully displayed in wooden photo frames. Marble top tables were flanked by wooden chairs with rattan weaving.
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chryshijing reviewed Delicious @ Dua Residency

Superb
As soon as I walked in, I was impressed, especially by the "tree" in the middle of the restaurant. It reminded me of the "tree" in my childcare centre. Ambience - a huge tick from me.
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chryshijing reviewed Chef Lim Organic Kitchen @ Scott's Garden

Superb
I really liked the mainly white and simple interior of the place. The waitstaff who served us was probably a newbie, as she was quite unsure of the ingredients that made up the dishes we ordered. Otherwise, I really enjoyed the food we ordered and would not hesitate to recommend this place to all my health-freak family and friends.
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chryshijing reviewed Jogoya @ Starhill

Bad
I have heard a lot about this place since it opened its doors in 2006. I heard about the wide selection of food and how the ice-cream served here is from Häagen-Dazs and New Zealand Natural. Mum and Dad were not too impressed when they visited, though. Same here, other than the wide selection of food, I was not too impressed with the quality of the food.
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chryshijing reviewed Nihon Kai Japanese Restaurant @ Jalan Klang Lama

Superb
A friendly waitstaff ushered us up the stairs to where there was more seating. Both of us shared some warm green tea, which we ordered first, and then proceeded to browse the menu.
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chryshijing reviewed Alexis Bistro @ Bangsar Baru

Exceptional
It took me a while before I had a chance to visit Alexis Bangsar. Friends have been talking about the place for years and instead of visiting with friends, I visited with Dad.
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chryshijing reviewed Restoran Kari Kepala Ikan Tiga @ Bandar Puchong Utama

Superb
We love our steamed fish head, so when we stumbled upon this restaurant, we stopped and walked in. We gave their Famous Steam Fish Head a try and were not disappointed. The fish was fresh and I liked how it was spicy with garlic flavour.
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chryshijing reviewed Tree Monkey @ Teluk Bahang

Superb
I really liked the outdoor dining area, as in addition to the scenic ocean view, it felt as though we were treetop dining. A few months down the road on another trip up to the island, I brought some friends here, too.
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chryshijing reviewed Pun Chun Restaurant @ Bidor

Exceptional
Mention Bidor and the first image that flashes in my mind is a busy restaurant at the corner of a row of pre-war shophouses situated along a busy street. If I remember correctly, my first visit was in 9-years-old. We were on a holiday to Penang with Grandpa and this restaurant was our toilet stop. This restaurant was non other than Pun Chun Chicken Biscuits & Restaurant. The toilet stop became our lunch and shopping stop, as this is the original restaurant famous for Duck Drumstick Noodle (RM6.50).
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chryshijing reviewed Pizza San Francisco @ Mines Shopping Fair

Exceptional
He asked if I have ever tried it and when I shook my head, he decided that I should give it a try. "A calzone is like a pizza, but like a folded up version," he explained. "I've had it a few times with my brother. It's not too bad. Eat it with the sauce, it's nice."
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chryshijing reviewed MY Vegetarian @ Bandar Putra Permai

Superb
Every time Mum and I are alone at home, we would dine at MY Vegetarian. They are a franchise chain of vegetarian fast food with a Taiwanese feel.
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chryshijing reviewed Charco Restaurant Cafe @ Empire Shopping Gallery

Exceptional
To have a cousin who is learning to be a pastry chef is both a blessing and a curse. Why? Well, because if not for him, I would not have learnt about Charco and the food that they offer.
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chryshijing reviewed Levain Boulangerie and Pattiserie @ Off Jalan Imbi

Exceptional
There was a time when friends were incessantly posting photos and checking-in on Facebook when they dined at this place. I wondered what all the hype was about, really. Although I have been driving past this place for a few years since I attended piano lessons over in the Imbi area, I did not realise its popularity. And so when the bestie asked where to go for lunch, I quickly suggested Levain.
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chryshijing reviewed Restaurant Sin Ki @ Taman Dengkil

Exceptional
Every time my flight arrives the airport right before dinner time, we would make a detour into Dengkil town. As this restaurant is situated along the main road (they are diagonally opposite the primary school) and do not have proper parking available, we try to get there before the dinner crowd to increase our chances of getting a spot (for our car and also for ourselves at the restaurant).
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chryshijing reviewed Balik Pulau Home Cooked Asam Laksa @ Balik Pulau

Superb
As we drove into its compound, I noticed how it was surrounded by tall durian trees and soon after found out that it was a durian orchard, too. I also noticed that they converted their front porch into an open- air restaurant surrounded by greenery - very smart idea to take advantage of their hilltop location, where it is breezy.
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chryshijing reviewed Restoran Sun Sea OUG Pork Noodles 山海茶餐室豬肉粉 @ Jalan Klang Lama

Exceptional
After a short wait, our six bowls of pork noodle goodness arrived piping hot. I thought for RM5.50 ($1.90) per bowl, the serving portion was not bad - almost as big a serving as what we would normally get served in Sydney. It came with plenty of greens and unlike other pork noodle stalls, this also contained some seafood like prawn and squid. Perhaps these additional ingredients were what made their broth stand out from other stalls.
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chryshijing reviewed Padi House Sri Petaling @ Taman Sri Petaling

Exceptional
Situated right next to PappaRich, Padi House is an attention-grabber. From the exterior to the interior, I was attracted by its layout, the natural materials, its earthy colours, the greenery and its laidback atmosphere.
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chryshijing reviewed Yee Kee Porridge Restaurant 余記粥 @ Taman Bukit Serdang

Exceptional
Yee Kee Porridge Restaurant had humble beginnings. They had a small stall with just two tables and a few stools at the then Pasar Besar Seri Kembangan. They have been known to locals for the past 75 years and as you would have guessed from its name, it is a family business.
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chryshijing reviewed Kissaten @ IOI Boulevard

Exceptional
Quick service with the option of outdoor and indoor seating. I would imagine that there would be lots of smoking and alcohol drinking later in the evenings and during weekends. Otherwise, it makes for a family-friendly environment, too.
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chryshijing reviewed Fong Lye Taiwan Restaurant 蓬莱茶房 @ The Gardens

Exceptional
For many years, I have walked past this restaurant. In fact, since it opened its doors how ever many years ago. I remember their drinks to be quite expensive and made a mental note not to order drinks should I visit again. The braised pork with noodle set was not too bad. Would have preferred the noodles to be cooked slightly longer for that chewy texture.
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chryshijing reviewed O & S Restaurant @ Paramount

Exceptional
"You want to have char kway teow at O & S?" I furiously nodddddddd...... To consume char kway teow in all its pork lard, charcoal wok hei and high-cholesterol cockle glory, one has to be eating this at a noisy, crowded, hot and somewhat smelly hawker centre in the midst of plastic tables and chairs. Did I just spoil the image for everyone?
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chryshijing reviewed Jalan San Peng Kai See Hor Fun @ Pudu

Superb
Judging from the crowd (it was slightly past lunchtime) and what they were eating, I quickly gathered that they are famous for their chicken and prawn noodle in soup. Dad did the ordering, as I had no clue but I did want some greens. Crispy and fresh. And then there was steamed fish. Plain and simple but lovely. The taste of ginger was not overpowering and it was at the right saltiness level. Flesh of the fish just slipped off the bones. May I say that their braised chicken feet and pork belly were AWESOME.
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chryshijing reviewed Sambal Scott Garden @ Jalan Kelang Lama

Exceptional
A stone's throw away from Taman Desa, Scott Garden very quickly became a convenient meeting point for gatherings and reunions. One evening, we randomly decided to head there for dinner. None of us had any experience dining there so any outlet would not matter, which was how we ended up eating at Sambal.
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chryshijing reviewed Restoran Esquire Kitchen @ Mines Shopping Fair

Superb
My trip back to KL is never complete without a visit to Esquire Kitchen. This is almost always the first place Mum and Dad suggest for family dinner. They boast Szechuan and Shanghainese flavours, home-cooked style.
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chryshijing reviewed Mee Jawa Publika @ Jalan Dutamas 1

Exceptional
The old school bicycles at the entrance caught my attention. The red went well with their signage. They had an airy, clean, simple, open, no fuss concept. And bamboo appeared to be their feature material. The ceiling and lampshades were made with bamboo.
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chryshijing reviewed Snowflake @ Kuchai Entrepreneurs Park

Exceptional
Perhaps because I had something else to compare with, I found them very typical Taiwanese dessert. The texture of their toppings was chewy and soft while their shaved ice had the melt-in-your-mouth quality, and in humid Malaysia, that is always a welcome treat.
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chryshijing reviewed Restoran Tim Kee 添记(老地方)板面 @ Taman Universiti Indah

Superb
Dad and I love their original dry pan mee with minced pork and mushrooms, which is served with a bowl of sweet leaf soup. The chicken bone and dried anchovies soup, boiled for hours, is flavoursome. Occasionally, I order their traditional soup pan mee. RM10 comfortably covers a bowl of noodles plus one drink, with some spare change. Not bad for a cosy, comfortable and clean environment with quick and friendly service.
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chryshijing reviewed Country Farm Organics @ Bangsar Village 1

Superb
Mum was glad to find an organic shop that not only sold food items but also had a bar and restaurant attached.
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chryshijing reviewed Rakuzen Japanese Restaurant @ GTower

Superb
GTower was a fairly new building at the time we visited. There were quite a number of restaurants and we chose Rakuzen Japanese Restaurant for our annual company meal.
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chryshijing reviewed Sushi Tei @ Pavilion KL

Exceptional
My first 'date' with KS was at Pavilion, where he brought me to the Singaporean sushi franchise of Sushi Tei for dinner.
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chryshijing reviewed 100°C Steamboat, Teppanyaki & BBQ Restaurant @ Jalan Kuchai Lama

Exceptional
We were quickly ushered to an empty table and took some time to browse through the menu. As I hardly eat at steamboat restaurants, I was a little unsure of how to go about ordering but I did enjoy looking at all the food they had in the menu.
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chryshijing reviewed Ficelle Boulangerie & Patisserie @ Taman Danau Desa

Superb
I got the shock of my life when they both came out with a trayful each of cakes and what not. How are we going to finish all of THAT!?
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