The Charmed One

Back to my college days, Charmed was one of my favourite TV show. In case you don’t know, Charmed is about 3 witch sisters who use their powers to vanguish all sort of nightmarish creatures and demons that threaten the city of San Francisco.

Anyway, I digress.

My friends and I went to Genting Highlands for one day tour last month and we decided to have dinner in 1 Utama when we returned from the highland resort. Our initial plan was to dine at Pasta Zanmai but unfortunately for us, the place was fully occupied. Since the rest don’t want to wait, we went upstairs and came across Charms.

You can choose whether to sit inside the cafe itself or the area in front of the cafe, under these colourful lanterns, white wooden furnitures, swinging bench and chandelier.

The medley of colourful drinks (from left to right), Wheat Grass, RM 4.00, Soya Bean Milk & Grass Jelly, RM 5.50, Honey Lemon, RM 5.90 and Bandung Syrup, RM 2.50. Everything tastes pretty ordinary, nothing much to comment about.

Their selection of main course were quite limited by the way, not much variety we can choose from. I opted for the Fried Loh See Fun in Egg Omelette, RM 8.90 which was pretty good. Abundance of diced chicken meat, bean sprouts, choy sum and a few pieces of prawns can be found among the strands of noodles and topped with sprinkles of grounded peanuts.

Chief had the Pineapple Fried Rice, RM 11.90 which was served in a hollowed “pineapple bowl” with home made sambal. Another good stuff it was. You can find bits of raisins, pineapples, diced chicken meat, egg omelette and cashew nuts. The rice wasn’t soggy and was well seasoned. But much to his surprise, while he was happily enjoying his food, he spotted something moving on the “pineapple bowl”. He took a closer look and shocked to find a small, live maggot crawling on it! We complaint to the waitress, where she immediately took it back to the kitchen and came back with a freshly cooked one, minus the pineapple case this time. She explained that the worm might have come from the hollowed pineapple. So, if you’re gonna order this when you’re here, do remember to ask them to omit the hollowed pineapple.

Jason Sr.’s Fried Tom Yam Spaghetti, RM 14.90 and came with big prawns, onions and squid rings. The spaghetti was a bit soft though, but overall it was still good nonetheless.

The odd Alvin went for the Green Curry Noodle, RM 10.90. A decent bowl of green curry noodle (he chooses for rice mee hoon) with prawns, chicken meat, squid rings, bean sprouts etc. Both of us found that the broth was slightly watery though.

And finally, Alex’s Creamy Turkey Spaghetti, RM 14.90. Although the pasta was done al dente and quite flavourful, RM 14.90 seems a bit hefty to pay for a spaghetti dish with some button mushrooms and turkey ham. Well, we do expect at least some roasted turkey meat.

Charms is quite a decent place for some oriental and “modified western” meal with simple and interesting ambiance. The service was good, although our food did took some time to arrive. The waitress and waiters were quick on providing assistance and knowledgable on description of the food despite they’re Indonesians.

Charms Café

Lot S206, Phase 2A,
2nd Floor,
1 Utama Shopping Centre
Tel: 03-7722 2206
Opening hours: Monday – Friday (10am – 10pm), Saturday and Sunday (10am – 10.30pm)
Pork free

Lot G38, Ground Floor,
Asian Courtyard, The Curve,
Mutiara Damansara, PJ
Tel: 03-7728 2206

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The Road To Silk

*Notice: Silk Road is no longer in business, replaced by another Chinese restaurant. Not sure of the name though.

Sorry for the hiatus, it’s been a busy week at work for me. So, I did went back hometown to cast my first vote for the 12th General Election last Saturday… it was quite an interesting experience for me.

I think I wanna post this today….


Heh.. yeah, this was taken last month, that was still in the CNY celebration week. Friends suggested to do yee sang dinner at Silk Road, Pavilion cos of an interesting stuff…. Salmon yee sang, RM 68.00.

The interesting stuff…. is actually a guy with elongated tea kettle nozzle (minus the kungfu). I’m sure you can see this type of “performance” almost in all big restaurants in mainland China.

The nine of us had the Eight Treasure Tea, RM 5.00 which consists of 8 types of Chinese herbs such as wolfberries and red dates. It’s quite refreshing with a distinct taste of Chinese herbs.

Jacky, the guy who has been working in Beijing for the past few months was in charge of the ordering. They have quite a wide range of dishes and desserts, focus mainly on typical Chinese cuisine from different part of China. We had the Smoked Duck Camphor with Carrot, RM 38.00. I don’t quite like it as the meat were a bit tough to chew. And for a thirty ringgit dish, it’s tastes quite bland for my tastebud.

Stir Fry Baby Kailan, RM 22.00 was pretty good, redolent with wok hei, fresh and crisp in texture.

The Diced Chicken with Peppercorns and Dried Chillies, RM 48.00 was just okay to me but I felt that the chef was over-generous with the red chillies and peppercorns (means that there’s not much chicken given).

There should be another two dishes, Spicy Sauce Sliced Beef and Hunan Style Pork but unfortunately, the pictures turned out unsatisfactory. 😦 Well, let’s hop to dessert, this is Sweet Hot Glutinous Rice Ball, RM 6.00. I like this as they uses black sesame for the filling and it’s not overly sweet. Very fragrant too but beware of the hot filling which might scorch your tongue.

The bill came up to RM377 for 9 of us. Quite a decent price but not so decent food. I don’t mind to come back for the dessert though. 🙂 Anyone interested to join me?

Silk Road
Lot 6.38 (6th Floor),
Pavilion Kuala Lumpur,
168, Jalan Bukit Bintang,
55100 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-2141 1717
Fax: 03-2141 6928

She Say Fatty Is Good

Cheryl said that, if you wanna know who. 🙂

It was early February and we were out for CNY shopping at Bangsar and 1 Utama before we finally went back to Bangsar to take a short break at David’s working place. Since it was near the shop closing time and we were still not very hungry, we decided to wait for him and go for dinner together. And she said that Fatty is good.

I don’t know why, but I had this impression that such name must be related to bak kut teh and I was right. But according to her, there’s something else better than bak kut teh.


Alright, we did have bak kut teh, single person portion. It was quite normal for me, nothing much to rave about. Herbal taste was not very strong and the broth was not too watery either, just the right consistency. The fried crullers were also just okay to me.

The good thing was this soy sauce steamed fish head. The fish head was really meaty and fresh and I guessed that it must be quite a big fish although I have no idea what type of fish it was other than it was a freshwater variety. It was drenched with soy sauce (it’s not very salty though), chopped cili padi, fried shallots, ginger and a sprinkle of scallions. We practically cleaned the fish till the bones.

And finally, some blanched yau mak with fried shallots and garlic oil to balance our carnivorous meal.

I don’t remember how much we spend on the meal but I’m sure it’s not an expensive one. Thanks to Cheryl for the recommendation and bringing us here. 🙂

Fatty Bak Kut Teh
No A-5, Batu 4 ¼,
Jalan Klang Lama,
58000 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 012-366 0035 / 012-289 2322

Who else been to Fatty?