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Featuring VCR (Bangsar), Kedai Makanan O & S Restaurant, The Daily Fix Cafe, Foo Hing Dim Sum (富兴点心), Joy St., Alexis Bistro (Bangsar), Chop Chung Wah Hainanese Chicken Rice, Alta Cafe, Lucky Tora, The Alley (SS15)
XingWei Cheang
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Tsukene [RM7]; Cool Green [RM13]; Coco in the Tropics [RM15].⁣⁣
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✨: One thing's for sure-- Lucky Tora is incredible for photos. Want that perfect Instagram shot and amazing food to boot? You've found your spot. Seated outside, we got the perfect natural lighting for the gram (bless the smoking ban). ⁣⁣
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The tsukene (meat stick) yakitori pictured was delicious. The generous amount of minced chicken and veg wrapped around the stick was tender and a flavour bomb in of itself. The accompanying raw egg yolk is quite an acquired taste with a strong flavour one would call 'umami'. ⁣⁣

💬: The only downside for me is the price point, but even that can be justified by the stunning decor, friendly service, and high quality food.⁣⁣
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I would definitely re-visit as many menu items intrigued me!⁣⁣
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On an important note, using reusable straws is a simple step one can take to save the environment. Pictured are collapsible straws (they can fold into pocket-size!) from MEKO Malaysia [@meko.my] 🌍⁣⁣
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📷 In frame: ⁣ Asam Laksa⁣ ⁣

✨ This bowl of tantalizingly hot goodness definitely satisfied my craving for asam laksa. Much to my delight, it came with plenty of har kou, or prawn paste. Every mouthful was jam-packed with ingredients. Rest assured, my mother, sister, and I downed the noodles with ease. ⁣

💬 I'd say nothing beats the asam laksa I get from my local pasar tani, though. I reckon it's mainly because of its nostalgic factor 😅

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Or perhaps I just am a sucker for any apple pie at all 🤭⁣

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Berry Pavlova and Apple Pie.⁣

✨ I would definitely re-visit for the cake selection. Alexis definitely lives up to its reputation of having the best pavlova in town. ⁣

💬 I can’t say much of their meal offerings because I didn’t try any.⁣

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Brown Sugar Boba Milk Cream Mousse [RM12.90]⁣

✨: Prior to tasting Tiger Sugar's version of the trendy brown sugar fresh milk, I was told by my friend @ngsara_ that the drink reminded her of cendol. After trying it out for myself, I have to agree. In place of cendol's coconut milk base, Meiji milk was used; and instead of gula Melaka, brown sugar. It's undeniable that the Meiji milk tastes superior to your regular store-bought Farmfresh milk. Compared to The Alley, I much prefer Tiger Sugar's version of the drink which I found refreshing rather than cloying.⁣

💬 The different-sized pearls were nicely cooked and with just the right chew. However, it lacked the good brown sugar flavour I like that is infused in The Alley's pearls. ⁣

I waited for a good 30 minutes before I got my hands on my drink. That said, I would recommend giving it a few weeks for the queue to subside before trying Tiger Sugar. ⁣

Although it's pricier than The Alley, the chances of me getting this again are way higher (big statement coming from someone who's not the biggest fan of brown sugar milk/milk tea!)⁣

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📷 In frame: Pandan Gula Melaka Pancakes⁣

For those unfamiliiar with the hotteok or Korean pancake, it is a panfried pancake commonly stuffed with fillings ranging from Nutella to veggies. I was reminded of hotteok as these pancakes from Daily Fix were filled with Gula Melaka soaked coconut shreds. Unlike hotteok though, these pancakes were not panfried but cooked on a griddle.⁣

✨ I thoroughly enjoyed how there was a nice balance of saltiness and sweetness. The filling had a very strong coconut flavour.⁣

💬 However, I wished the pancake itself was more fluffy and with more pandan flavour. The dish seems to be quite controversial as two of my friends, both dessert lovers I might add, were not fans. My other friend and I who prefer savoury dishes over sweets, on the other hand, enjoyed the dish. ⁣

Other than pancakes, nothing really appealed to me on the menu. I would recommend Daily Fix for the Instagram-worthy interior and the funky pancake flavours only. ⁣

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Polenta Shrooms topped with hazelnuts, pomegranate seeds, and sourdough crumble.

✨ The creamy polenta paired with the earthy mushrooms is genius! The mushrooms were seasoned perfectly-- not too salty nor cooked in too much grease, while the polenta carried just the right amount of richness. Combined with the supporting elements of the dish: the pomegranate seeds, sourdough crumble and hazelnuts, this comforting dish made me one happy girl.

💬 I would argue this isn’t very filling, though. It’s not so much a meal on its own but a great accompanying dish you can order to share.

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I fell in love with the quaint space that is Sin See Tai, its pink tables, and sweet wafts of roasting coffee beans. The entire cafe fits a maximum of 16 people, warranting a minimum order of at least one item per person. Diners are seated upstairs while orders are taken downstairs where the cooking and coffee brewing takes place. ⁣

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Caramelized Banana and Bacon Waffle⁣

✨ My first bite of waffle and I knew I was before the waffle gods. In a matter of minutes, the plate was wiped clean by my friends and I. The waffle had a crisp outer with incredibly light, fluffy and airy insides. Just the right balance of salt was present in the waffles too. I reckon caramelized bananas and bacon are my new favourite savoury sweet combo-- they just complement each other so well! ⁣

💬 The dish reminded me of @ronin.cafe’s savoury french toast which is similarly topped with banana and bacon. However, I feel Sin See Tai’s waffles are a cleaner, more refined version. Unlike Ronin’s syrup and grease-drenched french toast (don't get me wrong, there's absolutely no problem with that), these waffles weren’t nearly as sinful (which meant I could have a lot of it!).⁣ ⁣

A lovely, quiet space nestled within the hustle and bustle of Bangsar. The minimalist yet artistically decorated interior definitely enhanced the overall dining experience

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Scrambled Eggs on Sourdough with Confit Chilli Peppers and Salsa Verde [RM21]; Homemade Stracciatella with Italian Olive Oil, Raw Honey and Pumpkin Seeds [RM23]; and French Brie, Roasted Peach and Bresaola on Sourdough

✨ The highlight of my meal was definitely the stracciatella. Fragrant, whipped butter-like cheese paired with the sourdough! THE SOURDOUGH. So amazingly delicious with the right amount of crunch, bite, and flavour

💬 I would, however, say prices are on the steeper end for the portion of food. Oh well. A given for the atas nature of the area. Definitely not a deterrent to me going back for more though.

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French toast topped with espresso ice cream with cookie crumbles, raspberry compote and mocha sauce

✨This french toast had been on my mind ever since my first visit to VCR Bangsar. At the time, the lady who sat in the table next to mine had ordered it and I couldn’t help but continuously take glances at it. So, this time around, I had to get it. My verdict? Good, but only when enjoyed in the dish’s entirety. My favourite element was the espresso ice cream, which was smooth and with just enough of a hint of coffee. The refreshing ice cream paired with the rich, warm toast was heavenly. Nice texture and bursts of flavour were also provided by the accompaniment of the cookie crumbles, pumpkin seeds, mocha sauce and in particular, the raspberry compote. The fruity acidity of the compote brought the ultimate balance to the dessert-- eliminating the cloying feeling that sometimes comes with sweet treats

💬 On its own, the toast lacked the fluffiness and airiness I expect from a good brioche french toast. It could be that my bar for french toast is set too high by Ronin Cafe Singapore's outstanding versions. Wouldn’t say no to having this again though. Teehee.

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The interior was decorated so dreamily. I felt as if I was walking into a scene out of a children’s storybook. ⁣

📷 In frame: Vanilla Bean, Caramel, and Earl Grey Gelato ⁣

The moment I tasted Joy St.’s gelato, I was swiftly reminded of the difference between gelato and ice cream. Gelato is typically denser, more flavourful, and smoother (albeit being lower in calories!) than ice cream due to the lower amounts of air incorporated. ⁣

✨ I was a big fan of the silky, cool gelato offsetting the warm, fluffy waffle. Of the three flavours I sampled, my favourite has to be the earl grey flavour. The caramel flavour was just okay to me; it reminded me of cereal milk. ⁣

💬 However, I felt that the Vanilla was far too sweet. While I was midway through the gelato, it got a bit cloying. I wanted some water badly to wash the sugar down but unlike at Inside Scoop, you have to pay RM2 for water here. Will make a point to revisit and try out more flavours still! ⁣

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Portuguese egg tart, Teochew Chive and Meat Dumpling, Steamed Bamboo Roll, and Steamed Dumplings in Spicy Soy Sauce.⁣

If I were to rank dim sum joints in Malaysia, Foo Hing would come first as above average; Jin Xuan second as average; and Hoong Foong the last as below average. ⁣

✨ I can confidently proclaim Foo Hing’s version of the Portuguese egg tart as the best in Malaysia. Its crisp, flaky shell and smooth egg custard filling are to die for. My favourites at the eatery would be the Teochew dumplings, their rice dishes (available as lunch specials), siumai, stir-fried radish cake, the pan-fried dumpling, and the salted egg custard buns. Honestly, the good quality and freshness of ingredients make almost everything on the menu good. Something noteworthy is that the workers at Foo Hing are all really attentive and serve with a smile on their faces despite being super busy. ⁣

💬 If you’re coming here for your breakfast dim sum fix, expect long queues. I would suggest coming for lunch instead to beat the crowd (and so you can try the rice too hehe). ⁣

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Brown Sugar Deerioca Milk [RM12.20]⁣

Finally tried this much hyped up cup of brown sugar pearl milk. Not the biggest fan of the drink nor its price point, but I can see why it’s Instagrammable looks make it popular. ⁣⁣⁣
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✨ The pearls were chewy and nicely infused with brown sugar-- my most liked part of the drink.⁣⁣⁣
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💬 The brown sugar and milk flavours were very pronounced but not to my liking.⁣⁣⁣
As I made my way through my cup of milk, it got very cloying so I did not manage to finish it.⁣⁣⁣

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