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Air-conditioned setting, served ala carte style
Sean Chen
Sean Chen

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The portions of rice given seemed smaller than average but was drizzled with a layer of flavourful savoury soya sauce. Very tasty, and can very well be eaten on its own.... a bad thing as you're here for their meats! :)(We actually wanted their noodles but they were sold out when we were there)
Taste: 8/10
Price: 7/10
Overall: 7.5/10

Overall, good food, OK price, OK ambience, OK service (Very friendly but food took quite awhile).
Price: 6/10
Taste: 8/10
Ambience: 5.5/10
Overall: 6.5/10 (Worth trying if in the area)

Full review at: https://thankgodjournals.blogspot.com/2019/09/restaurant-review-eat-3-cuts-01-49.html

This was surprisingly good as the sour tangy and refreshing flavour of the lemonade totally contrast and gets washed down by the bitter aftertaste of the coffee. Do note that as the lemonade is quite acidic though, you do not want to be drinking this on an empty stomach.
Taste: 8/10 (For its unique factor, do give this a shot)

Full review at: https://thankgodjournals.blogspot.com/2019/09/restaurant-review-eat-3-cuts-01-49.html

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I came here as a group of 3 and we initially wanted to order their small portion which is meant for 2-3 Pax as stated on their menu, adding on their Taiwan Style Street Duck ($45 for whole, forgot how much for half). However, as that was not available we went with the medium portion for their Three Cuts Combination instead.
This... was definitely not a 4-5 pax portion and we easily finished the meats - Think there was too many bones.
1) Pipa duck was very moist, tender and flavourful, lightly salted and very sweet
The skin had a 'shiok' layer of fat that melts in your mouth after savouring the nice crunch from the crispy skin. Only gripe is that it could be a tad crispier as they had asked us whether we wanted the duck to be crispy or not but nevertheless, still my favourite out of the 3 cuts.
Taste: 9/10
2) Roasted duck was not as sweet and more saltish. The skin was not crispy and I don't think it was meant to be but very good flavours as well, don't think it will be fair to compare this to the Pipa duck.
Taste: 7/10
3) Soya sauce chicken was good but could definitely have had stronger flavour in the meat, also not the best I've tried. But that is considering that I've tried Liao Fan Soya Sauce Chicken (1 Michelin Star) and numerous other famous soya sauce chicken stalls. Hence, still a decent cut of meat with the most generous portion of meat given here though that may simply be due to chicken being cheaper than duck.
Taste: 6.5/10

More pictures at: https://www.instagram.com/p/B2ne1n8gd2h/?igshid=1i4b5orrbh0y
Full review at: https://thankgodjournals.blogspot.com/2019/09/restaurant-review-eat-3-cuts-01-49.html

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The special sauce here just tasted like Japanese roasted sesame dressing. Its a cold crunchy dish that is meant to be an appetiser, not a side of vegetables for the meat.
Taste: 6/10

More pictures at: https://www.instagram.com/p/B2ne1n8gd2h/?igshid=1i4b5orrbh0y
Full review at: https://thankgodjournals.blogspot.com/2019/09/restaurant-review-eat-3-cuts-01-49.html

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'Comforting homemade bread pudding. Served warm with vanilla ice cream & whiskey sauce.'
There was a strong alcoholic taste present in the sweet and thick whiskey sauce which made this quite unique and no doubt paired well with the cold, creamy and very milky vanilla ice cream. Don't think they used actual vanilla bean in this as I couldn't see the specks of vanilla bean. The bread pudding was not memorable and have definitely tried better ones at hotel buffets.
Comforting dessert but again, nothing that really says 'please try me again'.
Taste: 7/10

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'Norwegian salmon seasoned with Cajun spice & grilled. Served on a bed of Roasted potatoes & topped with tangy corn salsa.'

Did not try enough of this to rate but heard that it was cooked very well.

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'Hot chunks of pork ribs pulled off the bone, tossed with a special BBQ sauce & sandwiched in a warm buttered sesame bun'
- Moist and creamy garden veggies without being overly buttery
- Fluffy buttery and toasted brioche bun
A hearty and comforting dish but nothing spectacular
Taste: 6.5/10

More pictures at: https://www.instagram.com/p/B2b2IOjgJuw/?igshid=1k1a9as4aev3u

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'Corn tortilla chips baked with cheese, topped with delicious Chili Concarne (Beef present in this) & chunks of tender pulled ribs served with a dollop of sour cream'
- Fresh cream, thick cuts of pork and beef, melted cheese, corn, diced tomatoes, diced onions, salsa sauce, green peppers, pinto beans
Can't really go wrong with this, particularly like their corn tortilla chips
Taste: 8.5/10

More pictures at: https://www.instagram.com/p/B2b2IOjgJuw/?igshid=4my840278rw9

Overall, having tried countless dim sum including renowned restaurants located in Ipoh, I would say that this restaurant serves above average dim sum but definitely not near the top of my list. I would definitely not pay original price for this but may come back again with the discount (30% off during off-peak periods) due to the lovely ambience and prompt service.

Price: 5/10 (Without any discount; Passed due to its central location and the ambience)
Taste: 6/10 (Won't say that there will be much I can recommend to others if I come here again)
Ambience: 8.5/10
Overall: 6/10 (Nice place to come for a special occasion or just to try out some of their unique creations but I will probably patronise another Chinese restaurant instead)

More pictures at: https://www.instagram.com/p/B2T4jtJAIV-/?igshid=kqxebkk2qhkg
Full review at: https://thankgodjournals.blogspot.com/2019/09/restaurant-review-yan-national-gallery.html

Came here with a group of friends for a late lunch at around 1400H. All of us ended up ordering the same thing due to lots of persuasion from the lady working there. In Chinese, she was saying that if we have never tried their butter pork ribs before, we have got to have it and that the people that she recommended it to just moments earlier all said that it was very good.

My verdict? It is definitely a comforting tasty and sinful dish, not much wrong with such a classic but honestly, nothing spectacular. Would have preferred a salted egg version whereby curry leaves are used for additional spice and flavour.

Note: My portion came with two servings of their vegetables (no extra charge) as I had requested for more.

Taste: 7/10
Overall: 7/10

Service here takes quite long as they cook only after orders have been taken. I was thankful to have been 5th in line just as the shop opened but service still took about 20min. When I was there, only XO fried rice & egg fried rice was available and only some of their toppings were available, hence do not travel down expecting to try all their dishes.

Egg Fried Rice + Pork Cutlet ($6.50)
Short-grain rice was mixed with onions, spring onions, egg before being topped off with pork cutlet.
Personally, the highlight of the dish would be the fried rice which was very fragrant, aromatic and with strong 'wok-hei' flavour. I love the fact that they used short-grain rice as well.
Chili paste given is very spicy and fragrant; Slightly sweet at the start and very umami throughout. Definitely gives an additional depth of flavour to the dish but the dish is good without.
The pork chop was very meaty, lean and tender. It had lots of flavour and was not overly saltish/seasoned. The meat at the end of my pork chop had a layer of fat as well, making it even more tender.
Overall, the entire dish is sinfully delicious and I could definitely eat at least 2 servings of this for lunch. Just note that this fried rice is really oily and while adding the chili paste provides more flavour to the rice, it can get overly oily.
Price: 6.5/10
Taste: 9/10
Overall: 7/10 (Will eat this again if in the area but will not make a detour for this)

Iced Chocolate ($5.80++)
- Surprisingly bitter and barely sweet, quite refreshing as I expected a sweet and thick chocolate beverage
- Tastes as though they added a load of Hershey's cocoa powder; Still had the powdery mouthfeel nearing the end of the drink
Overall, I think this was a surprisingly good beverage but do not get this if you're expecting a sweet ice blended chocolate like the kind you will find at Starbucks or The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf.
Taste: 7/10

Considering the rave reviews that this restaurant has garnered online, I think and hope that the sub-par dishes I ordered were an exception and not the norm. Would I try this restaurant again? Perhaps... considering the wide variety of options offered. As of now though, would I recommend it? Definitely not... I think there are far better quality and affordable food in the West.

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