Monday, January 17, 2011

China Bar Signature Asian Buffet, Melbourne

During our recent trip to Melbourne, we visited many places of interests. I'll pick and choose a few of the highlights worth recommending :)

As usual, if you're Asian, most highlights of holidays would be food! LOL.

After patronising many kinds of restaurants in Melbourne (mostly for non-Asian food), we decided one day to finally take up my aunt's offer. Since Day 1 she had been wanting to take us to this Asian Buffet place called China Bar. I violently objected, not wanting to come to Australia and have to eat Asian food! Every now and again she would say, "Eh, want to go to China Bar or not?"
"Don't want!" I would reply.

Well, well, at Day 14 in Melbourne, look where we ended at...

China Bar Signature Asian Buffet! Ha ha ha ha ha

Not only that, but would you believe it ... I was terribly looking forward to the visit!
See, that's what repetitive conditioning does to you...after the drummings of "ChinaBarChinaBarChinaBarChinaBarChinaBarChinaBarChinaBarChinaBar
ChinaBarChinaBarChinaBarChinaBarChinaBarChinaBar" DAY IN DAY OUT
(but of course I'm slightly exaggerating).

View from our table

The salad bar
The preaching of the China Bar gospel was definitely fruitful. The succulent roasted pork was all together worth it. Mmmm.....
Perfectly roasted duck too *nom nom nom*
We also had dim sims, stir fried vegetables, curries, double boiled soups, satays (which were excellent), sushi, and HEAPS more.
Definitely one of the nicer Asian restaurants in Melbourne!
Thank you my beloved aunt for the wonderful treat!

China Bar Signature Asian Buffet
380 Burwood Highway
Burwood East
Vic 3151
+613 9887 8011

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Fatty Crab Restaurant: Order Food Online!

I saw this header in one of my emails' subject heading this morning,
"[50% Off] Seafood + free delivery for 2 pax: Fatty Crabs’ Signature Green Chilli Sweet & Sour Crab + Special Fried Rice + 6 Mantou Buns. Only RM37"

(Photo from Fatty Crab website)

I subscribe to this group buying site called Groupsmore. They have deals everyday or every other day. You sign up and you get to buy stuff with group discounts :)

ANYWAY ... back to the Fatty Crab promotion. I clicked on the email link and it took me to a very mouth-watering place! What's more interesting ... I never knew Fatty Crab did deliveries! I also never knew that Fatty Crab has their own website! Here it is

My my. I was thoroughly impressed.

Anyway, just to share with you (if you didn't know, like me) about this "order food online" service that Fatty Crab has. Happy ordering!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Allegro Cafe @ SS 15 Subang Jaya

We rarely head to Subang Jaya as it is relatively "far" away from where we are. But, we decided to go to Empire Hotel Subang one day. While in the neighbourhood, we drove around, and found Subang Jaya to be quite a nice place! Many many restaurants in Subang Jaya.

So, when our friends told us that they'd take us to Subang for dinner, we were delighted to be able to sample some food from one of the restaurants there called Allegro CafeAllegro Cafe @ Subang Jaya was not what we expected it to be, looking from the outside. It's situated on the first floor of a shop lot. We walked up the stairs and into a very cosy restaurant! Wow! I was thoroughly impressed :)
(Photo above is from Allegro Cafe's facebook page - the rest below are mine)

Warm lightings, cosy setting providing a very soothing ambience!
Now how about the food?

The mushroom soup was nice.

Mushroom cheese bruchetta was nice.

The tomato bruchetta was super nice

The Caesar salad, apparently. Didn't taste like Caesar salad - more like the warm chicken salad dish you get from Delicious (Ms Read's Cafe). But, it was nice nevertheless.

My mouthwatering medium-well steak. *drrrroooooolll* It was SO tender and SO succulent. Served with a red wine mustard sauce on a bed of aglio olio spaghetti. Oh, hello 2011!
Hubby's sole with some lemon dressing was good too. I still prefer my red meat :p

For dessert, we had tiramisu (which was quite homemade), and apple strudel ala mode (so so only).

Overall, it left a lasting impression on us. The price was good too! About RM45 for my steak, and for the other dishes about RM20. Slightly cheaper than most cafes. Very very good! I highly recommend! So far, the best restaurant in Subang Jaya! (At least in MY sample size ;))

Allegro Cafe
11A 1st Floor
Jalan SS 15/4
Subang Jaya
Tel: 03-5631 5682

10 February 2011: Oh, just saw that an excerpt of my review was featured at Milk-A-Deal! If you want to get discount vouchers for a pasta/pizza with ice lemon tea at 58% off, visit their website here!

14 February 2011: Whaddya know, Groupsmore is offering discounts too. Check the deal out here

16 February 2011: 79% discounts at Everyday! Click here to get the deal :)
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