Posted in Food, Photos, Year 2019 Journal

Dine out at Paul

Meeting at Paul to celebrate the first day of the year was not defined at first, but later I decided to go with French Cuisine. I couldn’t remember when was the last time I visited this restaurant. I could remember I was there once on new year day (maybe 2016), a while ago.
I craved for salad and seafood soup. I still remember the taste of lettuce in my tongue tip, it was so yummy.
There is Paul Restaurant in Villagio Mall (it is also in Paris at Champ Elysees.)
The complimentary served; bread (my favourite), vinegar, olive oil, butter and ground olive.
We didn’t order the main course; it sounded too heavy for us.
We order seafood soup (it’s creamy seafood soup, not in the menu but regular customer knows that they can do), Raspberry kale-quinoa salad, chicken avocado and crepes delicious.
The serving size is significant for one person, we shared. The food is impressive. I’ve never tried the original branch in France (if anyone has been there, please share your experience).
We ended up with crepe delicious which topped with ice-cream.


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Posted in Food, Photos, Year 2013 Journal

South African Cuisine

Europian cuisine may be widely global known nowadays. Most popular European cuisine shouldn’t be something else unless French and Italian. However, how many people know or heard about the South African restaurant. Yes, you are not mishearing. I’m talking about a South African restaurant; the Butcher Shop & Grill. This franchise restaurant was originally founded in South Africa in 1994.

In the heart of Sandton, on Nelson Mandela Square, is the flagship of Johannesburg branch of the Butcher Shop & Grill: an institute in South African dining.

Source: thebuchershop.co.za

They expend branches around the World, and now they are in the Middle East.
The restaurant is a premium steaks house and seafood for the discerning diner. I’m not eating red meat but a big fan of seafood then I shouldn’t miss it. There is only one branch in Qatar in Villagio mall; they are welcome both reservation and walk-in customers.
Once arrive you will receive free bun bread with various choices of butter as well as olive oil and vinegar, and also small pieces of beef sausages in red gravy in a tiny cup (I’ve already forgotten the name of it).
We ordered seafood soup for appetiser, grill tiger prawns, chicken escalope for the main course and strawberry daiquiri for the drink.
Creamy seafood soup is my favourite; I always order this every time. I tried seafood soup in many restaurants but never had the same taste I like in here.
Butter grilled jumbo size tiger prawns served with lemon butter peri and garlic butter sauce plus side dishes as selected; I picked potato chips. The smell of grilled prawns is irresistible, and the taste was exquisite as its smell.
Chicken escalope served with mashed potato and gravy; I felt the taste was a bit flat and dry.
The strawberry daiquiri was excellent; I think myself that it went well with main seafood dishes.


They offered some sweet, but there was no room in our stomach to fit in anymore.
It also boasts a sizeable retail butchery that allows customers to select the size and cut off their steak for a unique dining experience and buy meat for their home requirements.
All waiters and waitress there are helpful and friendly. I went back there almost every week, and later became a friend of the manager. They always welcome me as a VIP customer. Everyone knows me and greets me with my name; we feel comfortable every time we went there.

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Posted in Food, Photos, Travel, Year 2018 Journal

Street Food in BKK

I’ve been far away from my homeland more than a decade and the thing which makes me homesick every single time is the street food in Bangkok.

Wherever you are and whenever you are hungry, all street food is available there almost 24 hours (some open at daytime, some at night time). Although you wake up at midnight, there is also has nighttime restaurants open until sunrise.

What food you can find in Bangkok? It’s various I can say. But if you don’t mind to have experiences with street food, you should try.

Street food is easy to find all over places in Bangkok and nearby area. You can also try in Silom Area or China Town (I will write about China Town in Bangkok later). Various type of food i.e. Chinese, Thai traditional food & sweet, Indochina food or contemporary food.

 

My recent visit to Thailand, I went to Suan Lumpini (opposite the Red Cross Building) to have some street food. If you want to have an original taste of Thai food, you should eat in Thailand.

I started my breakfast with Indochina pan-fried eggs with topping, seasoned whichever sauce you prefer. Followed with Roti with sweet condensed milk served with a cold drink.

 

In the evening I had my dinner in Pathum Thani Province. They are famous in noodle dishes. I picked egg noodle with red BBQ pork, my aunt went with red BBQ pork with rice. The red BBQ pork with rice is a bit sweet because it is topped with sweet sauce and serves with hot squad soup.

 

About the sweet, there is also plenty of Thai traditional desserts.

Tong Yord (Round Egg York Tart)

Egg yolk, sugar and flower water are boiled in sugar syrup and formed into round balls to create this sugar lover sweet.

Foi Tong (Shredded Egg Yolk Tart)

It’s basically the same ingredients used in two Thai desserts above; Egg yolks and sugar are boiled in sweet syrup and then formed into hairlike shapes.

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Khanom Chun (Thai Jello)

Sugar, coconut milk and flour mixed and set in cookie pan to harden into a jelly is a very popular Thai dessert.

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Khanom Moa Gang (Thai Custard Cake)

Thai custard cake baked and sprinkled with deep fried red onions.

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Ta-Ko (Thai Pudding with Coconut Topping)

Authentic Thai dessert which is not as sweet as all above. This is full of the rich flavour of coconut milk.

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Posted in Food, Photos, Travel, Year 2016 Journal

Dining at Mizumi – NY

It was the second visit to NY but the first visit to my dear friend, we haven’t met since graduated, I left to Qatar and later she moved to New York. After struggling for several years to get in contact with her since I lost my cell phone. Thanks to all technology and social media which brought us to meet each other again. She was my first friend in Engineering School, we knew each other because I borrowed her pen at our interview examination. 

She picked me up from JFK airport and headed to my hotel. After checked in and dropped my luggage there, it was time to eat. I was starving and hadn’t eaten anything since morning.

She took me to “Mizumi Restaurant” in Queens. It’s Japanese Cuisine buffet. You can eat as much as you want. As my eyes became bigger than my stomach,  I picked everything I saw on the serving table. There were variations of Sushi, Seafood, Soups and my favourite miso soup. I ate a lot until my stomach didn’t any room to fill in. I love the food and taste was great. But it’s quite a busy restaurant, very crowded. I am not sure if now the reservation is required or not. If you are looking for a Japanese Restaurant in New York, I would recommend Mizumi as a good option. 

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Posted in Food, Photos, Year 2018 Journal

Baan Thai Restaurant @ Doha

After a while, I haven’t gone to a restaurant in Qatar since I returned from my recent vacation. In an evening my friend and I agreed to try on Thai food in a new restaurant. We went to “Baan Thai Restaurant” where located near Aspire Park (Villagio Mall), easy to find by Waze or Google Map. There were outdoor parking then I didn’t have to worry about where I will park my car. 

The warmest welcome from the receptionist greeting us once we opened the door. There was no customer, maybe it was Saturday (the weekend in Qatar is Friday and Saturday, but mostly they are also working on Saturday. I’m such a lucky one 🙂 )

We were impressed with the design of the decoration inside, the waitress handed us a menu. There were many interesting dishes, we looked at the sweet category with greedy eyes “Deep Fried Banana with Ice-Cream”, WOW!!. 

We ordered “Tom Kha Kai” (Chicken in coconut soup) and “Spicy Pla Kong Salad” (Spicy prawn salad) together with steamed Thai Jasmine Rice. Don’t be surprised, that we ordered Rice to eat with Salad. It’s normal for Thai people to have most Thai food with rice, especially hot food. 

The food was good and followed by the ice-cream. The ice-cream was very delicious, I recommend you to try on it. The combination of hot deep fried banana with vanilla ice-cream is perfect!

Actually, we had planned to go to a coffee shop after this meal but we were really full to move. We called for a check and got some discount for Thai and Qatar Airways cabin crew. luckily we are Thai and my friend is a cabin crew so we got a 30% discount. Big WOW, that’s a lot. 

For anyone who loves to try Thai food, you can order “Tom Kha Kai” which is mild and not spicy. You can also request a less spicy. 

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Posted in Food, Photos, Year 2018 Journal

Japanese Cuisine at Maison De Sushi

In the other posts earlier I wrote about Thai cuisine in Qatar but today I will talk about Japanese cuisine. There are many Japanese restaurants in Qatar, one of my favourites is Maison De Sushi. There are 2 branches in Qatar; Center One and Tornado Building, at the Center One branch requires booking (I can guarantee there are super crowded, especially weekend. I made an appointment 3 days in advance), another branch in Tornado building accepts walk-in customer.

The Center One branch has an oriental style decoration as well as the ceramic serving containers in Japanese style. You can have a buffet 130 Qatar Riyal with one hour and a half to finish your meal. I was really full of food in my stomach, no more space to fill in 🙂

Another branch in Tornado building has a modern decoration and the serving container comes with modern lovely Japanese style. The taste and the quality are exactly the same, appreciated that 😀

The food is a fresh cooked, tasty and good in a serving dish. An amazing for ice-cream lover is Vanilla or Green Tea ice-cream with deep fried banana!!! It’s an unbelievable tasty combination. 

It’s one of a good place to hang out in Doha, but you should bring friends there because you will give up having all the food alone. Believe me!! 🙂


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Posted in Food, Photos, Year 2018 Journal

Thai light snacks

It’s been busied and tired an entire day. It’s now time to relax and have a Thai snack for dinner prior to the main course. 

Started with Thai prawn crackers served with sweet sauce dip together with iced bubble tea. 

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The crackers were so crispy and tasty, the drink was very refreshing. Delighted me from the bad mood. 

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If you are in the bad mood, try the sweet. It can help!! 🙂