Tuesday, March 31, 2009


Jogoya is a chain of Japanese buffet restaurants which originated from Taiwan.

Jogoya's first restaurant outside of Taiwan was opened in Malaysia in January 2006 at the Relish Floor of Starhill Gallery, Kuala Lumpur.

The restaurant is packed even on weekdays and advanced booking is recommended to avoid dissapointment or long wait.

The buffet lines which go around the restaurant are very extensive. The sashimi and sushi line is very impressive with an abundance of fresh oysters, prawns, fish etc. They also serve Chinese sitr fry and claypot dishes, Teppanyaki, Western, dim sum, steamed soup, local dishes etc.

Another interesting thing about the restaurant is there are a few little clips on every table for you to order your food. You only have to drop the clip into bowls found in front of dish samples you wish to try and the chef will prepare the dish for you. The clip will then be returned to the table when your dish is served so you will never run out of clips. The ordering system for freshly cooked dishes is very orderly and systematic.

Haagen-Dazs ice cream lovers will appreciate the Haagen-Dazs ice-cream station with a variety of flavours. They also serve free flow of wine, cocktail, fresh coconut juice etc.

The buffet starts from 68++ to 88++ depending on the time of the day.

T3, Relish floor, Starhill Gallery,
181, Jalan Bukit Bintang,
55100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Finnegan's Irish Pub & Restaurant

Finnegan's is a chain of Irish pub and restaurant in Kuala Lumpur. This is the one at Mid Valley mall at the Boulevard - South Court. The outlet is cozy with booths to seat four and a large bar area.

Finnegan's Lamb Hock (RM30)

Ploughman's Platter (RM21)

We opted for the house specialty Ploughman's Platter which apparently is a traditional platter offered in most Irish pubs. The platter came with butter, french loaf, chutney, salad, pickles, cheddar cheese and roast beef. We abosolutely loved this platter and would highly recommend it.

Address: Lot No. G(E)-003, The Boulevard, Lingkaran Syed Putra, 59200 KL
Telephone Number: 03-2284 8157
Fax Number: 03-2284 8167

Friday, March 13, 2009

Johnny's Restaurant

Johnny's is a chain of Thai steamboat restaurants in Malaysia. It has been enjoying brisk business ever since it opened a few years ago at the Queensbay Mall in Penang.

It is probably one of only two steamboat restaurants in the Bayan Lepas area (the other one is Lameizhi at Kristal Point). It offers convenience for a quick steamboat meal. The specialty of the steamboat here is the special Thai dip sauce (with lots of sesame and cilantro).

Since there were eight of us, we ordered two Thai steamboat sets: Set B (RM29.90) for 2 pax and Set C (RM59.90) for 4 pax, additional ingredients and two ala-carte dishes.

P/S: The photos were taken with my mobile phone camera so the quality is not great

Steamboat ingredients all stacked up in special plasticware

Mango Salad (RM7.90)

Ginger Rice (RM5.95)

We also ordered three Thai desserts (RM2.90 each):

They also serve other Thai dishes e.g. rice, noodles etc.

LG-43, Queensbay Mall,100, Persiaran Bayan Indah,
11900 Bayan Lepas, Pulau Pinang
Tel:04-6427328 Fax: 04-6424329
Business Hours: 10.30am – 10.30pm


Wednesday, March 11, 2009

OXO Cafelab

OXO Cafelab is a new restaurant just opened on 9 March at Persiaran Bayan Indah, next to Queensbay mall.

P/S: The photos were taken with my phone camera so they do not really do justice to the nice decor in the restaurant

They were already enjoying brisk business probably due to their opening promotion.

They have quite an elaborate menu with a fusion of Western and Oriental dishes.

They serve set lunch and set dinner which come with orange cordial, salad or soup (with bread of the day), ice cream and desserts.

Mushroom Soup

The mushroom soup was a dissapointment as it was very starchy and lumpy with no mushrooms in sight. They have also forgotten about the bread and did not serve with the soup.

Deep Fried Fish with Potato of the Day, Summer Vegetables and Homemade Tartar Sauce (RM11.60 per set lunch).

We ordered the Grilled Fish with Emperor Prawns as main from the Set Lunch menu but instead were served with Deep Fried Fish with Potato of the Day, Summer Vegetables and Homemade Tartar Sauce (RM11.60). We didn't even attempt to ask for a change as it will probably take another 30 minutes (we waited for 30 minutes before our food was served). The deep fried fish was okay but we probably would have appreciated grilled fish more.

Ice Cream & Desserts

Desserts were two choc chip cookies and a small slice of cheese cake.

Healthy Steam Set

They have two types of Healthy Steam Set. The sets come with a variety of herbal soup that you can choose from.
Set A Main: Tofu / Egg / Vegetables / Beancurd (RM11.60)
Set B Main: Chicken / Fish / Prawn / Beef (RM15.20)

I took Set B with chicken since that was the only main they have that day for that set. I expected the chicken to be steamed since this is a "healthy" set but the bite-size chicken pieces were deep fried.

The set also comes with white rice with steamed minced pork with mushroom and salted fish, stir fried vegetables and orange cordial. The steamed minced pork and herbal soup were good.

Double Marinate Chicken Piccata (RM15.90 ala carte)

The contemporary and nice decor were dampened by the chaotic crew and kitchen. The wrong orders and long wait didn't help either. This is probably expected of a new restaurant but the restaurant may want to buck up soon or their new customers will leave dissapointed.

They currently have an opening promotion of 15% discount for their set lunch and set dinner. Enquire within for details.

OXO Cafelab
Block G-32, Persiaran Bayan Indah
Bayan Lepas, 11900 Penang
Tel: 04-6466881
Web: http://www.oxo.com.my/
Set Lunch (12 to 3 pm) Set Dinner (6 - 9 pm)
Opens 8 am to 1 am

Monday, March 9, 2009


We have been to Soba Yoshi / Hanayoshi many times but we decided to go back there for Teppanyaki.


We ordered four Combi Teppanyaki sets (RM48 per set) which consist of chicken, scallop, prawn, beef, salmon, cod and oyster.

We were asked to don a dark blue apron before the chef started the cooking.

We took a few shots of the Teppanyaki chef in action:



Garlic Rice (RM6 per bowl)

Scallop, Oyster


Prawns, Chicken, Salmon, Cod

We also ordered the Deep Fried Fish Cake with Cheese (RM12) and Sashimi Tei set (RM24).

Overall the visit was an enjoyable dining experience with the Teppanyaki chef entertaining us with his skills at the Teppanyaki station. We absolutely loved the buttery and garlicky flavour of the Teppanyaki meat, seafood and garlic rice.

Soba Yoshi / Hanayoshi
303-01-16, Kristal Point
Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah
Bayan Baru, 11900 Penang
Tel: 04-6468650
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