One Night Only. The Jaya One Foodcrawl, Part 3 – Divino & Kinnaree

*Click here to read about Part 1.
*Click here to read about Part 2.

As we soon as we were done with Bar Madrid, the floggers are getting impatient since the weather that night was scorchingly warm. Most of us let out a sigh of relief when we were directed to Divino, our next stop for some wine before hitting the main course. Divino serves not just wine and single malt whiskeys, but also serves value meals such as Grilled Butter Cod and Grilled Rack of Lamb with Yoghurt and Mint, while the adjoining Pristine Wine Shoppe offers a wide range of Old and New World wines.

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The person in charge of Divino, Dawn prepared 4 types of wines for us that night. From left to right: Juno Shiraz (South Africa), Ken Forrester Petit Pinotage (South Africa), Black Cottage Pinot Noir (New Zealand) and Lobster Reef Malborough Sauvignon Blanc (New Zealand). For both South Africa red wines we tried that night, I prefer the Juno Shiraz which carries a slight nutty and fruity aroma. Ken Forrester Petit Pinotage has a more intense flavour and colour derived from tannins, while Black Cottage Pinot Noir was slightly spicy but not as heavy as Ken Forrester Petit Pinotage. The only white wine that night, Lobster Reef Malborough Sauvignon Blance was most probably the “palate-friendly” wine as it’s a young wine. Recommended for beginners (like me) and goes well with seafood.

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The entourage then scurried away to our first mains for the night at Kinnaree. This beautifully decorated Thai restaurant had us going oohs and aahs; the lotus-shaped plates and lotus napkin holder are synonym with Kinnaree, a mythical Thai creature – half woman, half swan – who lives in a lotus pond. Kinnaree serves set only for lunch and priced at RM12.80+. As for dinner, only a la carte orders are available. Food here start from RM 6 – RM 60 and there’s a wine corkage charge at RM 3 per pax. Kinnaree is a pork free restaurant.

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The Yam Som O (RM 16), spicy pomelo salad with chicken, shrimp and cashew nuts, is scrumptious. It’s a combination of different flavours with textures; the rich spicy sauce pairs with the juicy pomelo sacs perfectly.

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By now, I get to know that “pla” means “fish” in Thai language. Pla Sam Rod or Deep Fried Boneless Fish with Tamarind Sauce (RM 40 for tilapia, RM 60 for garoupa) was another recommended dish. Boneless fish fillets were lightly battered, deep fried and doused with tangy tamarind sauce. The fish was fresh and the meat firm. A good substitute to the usual steamed fish in lime sauce.

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Grilled Australian Ribeye with Spicy Thai Sauce or Crying Tiger or Ser Rong Hain (RM 32), although cooked medium raw, it was rather tough to chew on. Since there were no representative from the restaurant to brief us, we were left in the dark about the name – why Crying Tiger?

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Divino & Pristine Wine Shoppe
6-1, Palm Square, Jaya One,
No.72-A, Jalan Universiti,
46000 PJ, Malaysia.

Phone: 03-7955 9968
Email: marketing@divino.com.my
Web: http://www.divino.com.my
Contact person: Ms. Dawn Lim

Business Hours:
Mon – Fri: 11.30am – 12.00am
Sat: 3.00pm – 12.00am
Closed on Sundays.
Accepts Visa/Mastercard/Diners.

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Kinnaree Thai Restaurant
12-1, Palm Square, Jaya One,
No. 72-A, Jalan Universiti,
46200 PJ, Malaysia.

Phone: 03-7957 3910
Fax: 03-7957 3920
Email: kinnaree.jayaone@thaiinspired.com
Web: http://www.thaiinspired.com
Contact person: Maggie Ang

Business Hours:
Mon – Sat: 12pm – 3.30pm & 6.00pm – 10.30pm
Sun: 6pm – 10.30pm (Dinner only)
Accepts American Express/Visa/Mastercard/Diners/Japan Credit Bureau Card

Quick jump:

DU Project – Puzzini Pizza

Situated at the same row of shophouses with PappaRich, Sony Ericsson and opposite RHB Bank, this small pizza shop with bright yellow signage often got missed out from the usual lunch crowd. We were there one afternoon for lunch and by the time we’re done, the tables weren’t even fully occupied.

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The place was a bit rundown; rustic metal chairs, black and white checkered walls and you can really see the partition that separates the dining hall and kitchen was really old. We were served with complimentary warm bun and non-chilled butter as starter – the buns were soft and fluffy. Other than serving Swedish pizza, they also have pasta, soups and other meat dishes. Set lunch runs from 11.00am till 2.45pm. Priced at RM 12.80, you get soup of the day, ice lemon tea and one mains (choose from personal size pizza, pasta or meat dishes). Check out their other Swedish stuff such as Smögen (pizza with salmon, paprika, broccoli and sour creamy sauce), Semla, Swedish meatballs (Köttbullar) and Kalops (beef stew with carrots, onions and black peppercorn, served with boiled potato).

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You can choose for beef or chicken for the bolognese sauce; Amy chose the latter and was happy with her choice. The Black Pepper Steak (chicken) was very tender and juicy. The chicken fillet was first coated with black pepper and then pan fried and served with coleslaw, potato wedges and mushroom gravy. I had this pasta with the name Dr. Ling and Dato Jamil, which is spaghetti and tuna in extra virgin olive oil, onion and chili (no picture – all shots of the spaghetti were blur). Since canned tuna has a rather fishy taste, non-fish lover might want to skip this.

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We all love their Puzzini Pizza (RM 19 for regular size) – minced chicken, capsicum, mushrooms, onion, tomatoes and herbs, all on a thin and crispy pizza crust. The three girls happily helped themselves with the pizza after their mains as they claimed that the pizza was light and not as thick as others, therefore they could enjoy it without worries.

4 set lunch (RM 12.80 each) and one regular pizza came up to RM 70.20 for four. No service charge for dine in and RM 2.00 extra charges for delivery service.

Puzzini Pizza
58, Jalan SS 21/58,
Damansara Uptown.
(Same row as PappaRich)

Business Hour:
Mondays – Friday: 11.00am – 3.00pm & 5.00pm – 10.00pm
Saturday, Sundays & Public Holidays: 11.00am – 10.00pm

Phone: 03-7727 8600
Web: http://puzzini.multiply.com

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One Night Only. The Jaya One Foodcrawl, Part 2 – Bar Madrid

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As there were only 30 minutes allocated for each venue, we then adjourned to Bar Madrid, located opposite Brussels bar. Talking about multi-tasking (snap food, snap location, eat, be introduced to the food), all within half an hour per venue! Anyway, as the name implies, Bar Madrid is a small pub cum eatery; a place to unwind to Spanish melodies and Sangria. Best sellers include Baby back pork ribs, pork sandwich and a variety of Spanish tapas.

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We had three types of tapas that night; the first one was Jamon Serrano Croquetas (RM 15.90), which was mini fried potato balls with cured Serrano ham filling, and a light, cheesy sauce. Although the taste of cheese wasn’t very strong, but if you’re not a fan of cheese, you might want to stay away from this. The lightly breaded crust crumble rather easily and exposed the piping hot filling inside. Yummy stuff.

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Spanish omelette, also known as the Tortilla Espanola (RM 9) was filled with ham and cheese, encased in thick layers of omelette. The centre was still a little bit runny when served, while the texture was smooth and dense.

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Out of the three, I like this the most. Iberico Confitado (RM 17.90), slow cooked Iberico pork in red wine reduction on baguette. The shredded pork cuts were amazingly tender, very flavourful and juicy. We enjoyed this to the very last piece.

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Bar Madrid
12A-G, Palm Square, Jaya One,
No. 72-A, Jalan Universiti, 46000 PJ.

Opening Hours:
Mon – Thurs: 12pm – 12am
Fri: 12pm – 2am
Sat: 4pm – 12.30am

Phone: 012-209 2812 (Aileen)
Fax: 03-7957 7822
Email: barmadrid09@gmail.com
Accepts AMEX/Visa/Mastercard/Diners/Japan Credit Bureau Card

Related links: Food4Thot and Quirky Malaysia.