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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Brazzo By The Bay, Johor

Western Fine Dining at its best!
This is one of the coolest place to hangout in Johor Bahru right now. 
A place suitable for family with kids (child friendly place) and a great place to chill and catch up with friends. This place has great potential. 
It's a great place to host events and launches too.
Brazzo by the bay sits just across Jalan Skudai, opposite  Danga Bay Marina

View taken from Brazzo By The Bay.
You can't miss this sign on the front porch.
If the parking lot within the restaurant is full, just head on over to the allocated parking lot that comes with a security guard. Your vehicles will be safe here.
This place simply takes my breath away. 
Stepping in to the restaurant for the first time, 
I fell in love with the outdoor dining concept area. 
Suddenly I felt so at ease and carefree.

Let me take you on a journey 
on what's on the outside first which is my favourite spot.

Here diners get to experience dining out in the open air. 
Such a breath of fresh air. Interesting place to dine, right?
Here's a quick snapshot on what they have to offer. 
They serve full meals here. 
But this time round, I only had drinks.
 I heard the food here is awesome. Oh well, maybe next time.
This was what I had. Simple drinks served in a beautiful transparent cup, surrounded by lush greenery that is pleasing to the eyes. Ahhh....this is life!
This is another area where one can sit and chill with friends.
Here's a closer look at the interior.
Love the space and simplistic design.
Testing out the seats in the corner.

So let's move in to what's on the inside. 

The lighting is at a comfortable level. 
Not too bright and not too dark.
 The interior exudes classic elegance with a rustic feel.
VIP Room Area for privacy
 Collection of fine wines
 Cigars are also for sale here. Ahhh....pure luxury.
 A fun shot with my friend, Mike.
 And one shot for remembrance before I left. 
Thanks for introducing this new awesome place to me, Mike. 
I will be back next time for the food. 
Overall, I had a great experience here. 
The surroundings were relaxing, the service was excellent. The staff were polite. 
I will definitely be back in my next Johor trip.
Meanwhile, enjoy a Virtual Tour from the video I have taken here


Brazzo By The Bay is located at:

29-D, Jalan Skudai, Straits View, Johor Bahru

Operating Hours: 4.00pm-1.00am (Mon - Sun)






Sunday, October 19, 2014

Explore the World of Tiffin's by Chef Korn


I was thrilled to be invited by renowned cook book writer and established food writer, Eu Hooi Khaw to join her at an exclusive food review at Tiffin's by Chef Korn 



 To get to Tiffin's, just go into Daisho. Climb up the stairs to the top floor. Then exit. 
Tiffin's will be on your right. It is a hidden gem.

Just opened for a month and a half, this restaurant serves delectable Thai Food with a difference. However, please note that this is a non-halal restaurant.
The food served here is village style, casual dining, modernized in Chef Korn's style. 


THE AMBIANCE
But first, let me take you on a journey inside Tiffin's.
As you walk in, you will be greeted by the sight of Tiffins 
(just like the name of this restaurant itself) 
"However, these Tiffins are not for sale at the moment. It's for display only" 
says Phua, the owner.

 Besides Tiffins on display, there were snacks for sale.
 A great place to catch up for drinks or casual dining. 
This place serves some really awesome and interesting drinks.

This place is a must try, especially for the adventurous diners who seeks a difference!
It opened up my eyes with so many delicious offerings that are so unique. 
Let me share with you the dishes that I tried.

DRINKS WITH A DIFFERENCE!

Do not be frightened by the name of this drink. 
This is the Tom Yum Mojito (RM9.80)
The taste of this drink explodes in my mouth with its sourish offerings.
 I loved the way the drink blends into my taste buds. This is a highly recommended drink. Try it for yourself the next time you are at Tiffin's. You won't regret it!
This special drink is a good mix of chili (but not pedas), galangal (a type of ginger), 
lemon grass, kaffir lime laeves and mint leaves.
This is the Passion Tea (RM 9.80)
Served with REAL Passion Fruit, peach tea and a dash of mint leaves.
Love the aromatic flavour. A real thirst quencher on a hot day!
 Thai Milk Coffee (RM 7.80)


 Thai Milk Tea (RM 7.80)
This is my all time favourite too! 
Always looking for my Thai Milk Tea when I dine at Thai Restaurants.
Love the taste of this drink. It's as good as having it in Bangkok!

STARTERS

 For starters, we tried the Hugging Prawns - 8 pieces (RM 23.80) 
These are deep fried prawns wrapped with wantan skin 
and served with a variety of dipping sauce. How innovative! It's so crunchy.
Next, we tried the Tiffin's Pop Corn (RM 15.80)
Not to be mistaken as the popcorn at the cinemas.
This is deep fried home made corn paste with tempura flour, served with Thai Chili sauce.
 Boxing chicken  - 6 pieces (RM 15.80)
This is deep fried and marinated with a secret sauce.
 Salted Wings - 6 pieces (RM 15.80)
Juicy, Deep fried marinated chicken wings
For those in search of a light snack.

Fire Balls- 5 pieces (RM 19.80) 
This is one unique dish packed with rich stuffing of deep fried minced pork salad, ground roasted rice and dried chili, spring onions, coriander and shallot. 
Be prepared for a blend of rich fire ball flavours in your mouth!

DIPS AND CONDIMENTS
It is a journey of the palate from North to North Eastern, Central and Southern. 
Each region represents a different taste.

Northern Offerings
Nam-Prick-Noom - grilled green chili dip (far right)
Nam-Prick-Ong - Minced pork and tomaties dip (Top left) (Hint: this is my favourite)

North Eastern Offerings
Pon-Plaa-too - grilled fish and fermented fish dip (top right)

Central Offerings
Nam-Prick-Phaow - Roasted Chili Paste Dip (far left)
Nam-Prick-Kra-bi Shrimp Paste Dip (not in picture above)

Southern Offerings
Keang-Tai-Plaa - Perut Ikan Dip (not in picture above)

Below are the dishes for dips.
 Terung Goreng
 Crispy Fried Chicken Skin
 Duck Eggs
 Fish

Dips and Condiments are served with
 Fresh vegetables like Long Beans, Fresh Raw Cabbage, Cucumber, Carrots.

 Chef Korn explains the concept behind the dips and condiments. 
This platter brings out the joy of sharing, allowing everyone to try different dips.

 Here's a sample of my favourite dip.
Crispy Fried Chicken Skin  topped with the minced pork and tomatoes dip.

Here's an overall look at all the dips and condiments we tried today.


NOODLES
Northern Style chicken curry noodle (RM20.80) 
served with a starter and salad.

This yummy-licious dish is so rich in flavour and santan. 
Currently this dish is available as part of the Chef Korn's Daily Specials on Tuesdays.
This is a beautiful dish called Pink Ocean Noodles (RM 28.80)
This is noodle is served with Chef Korn's Daily Appetizer and a Fresh Thai-based Salad.

Why pink? This dish is assorted seafood and condiments topped with a tasty pink "foo yee" sauce that made the soup base pink! Such a beautiful name. This dish is splendid too!
Beef Ball Noodles (RM 28.80)
This is noodle is served with Chef Korn's Daily Appetizer and a Fresh Thai-based Salad.
This dish is filled with generous portions of Australian tender shin meat, poach beef, beef balls and delectable broth. The soup is simply mouthwatering.
 Next, I tried this Tiffin's Style Suki-Yaki (RM 28.80)
This is noodle is served with Chef Korn's Daily Appetizer and a Fresh Thai-based Salad.
It consist of glass noodles with assorted seafood, pork and vegetables in a yummy homemade suki-yaki sauce.

Mix the items on the left together. Pour in and let it mix with the soup. 
The result is an appetizing soup base. 
This dish is my favourite noodle dish! I will come back for more! 
I highly recommend this.  Double thumbs up!

DESSERTS

 The Tiffin's Wonder (RM 9.80)
This little wonder is actually snow ice served with assorted condiments. There is corn and small slices of bread in there to give you that "bite"
2 Tabung ujis filled with syrup and condensed milk made this Tiffin's Wonder complete.
It is Chef Korn's version of Ais Kacang.




Yam and Tapioca Balls - 6 pieces (RM9.80)
This melts in your mouth dessert is just right! Not too sweet.
Lastly we finished off with the Candied Bananas with light coconut milk (RM 9.80). 
This is categorized under the warm dessert category. The bananas are steamed slowly and the coconut milk compliments the whole dessert so well.

For more information, logon to:

Tiffin's by Chef Korn is located at
#T068/69, 3rd Floor, Mezzanine (North Court),
Mid Valley Megamall.
Tel: 03-2201 7368

(Located just beside Daisho (upper level)

Lastly, one group shot for remembrance.








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