Beer Garage

Special thanks to Beer Garage for extending this food review invitation.

Beer Garage is a new drinking establishment in Bandar Sunway. This eatery-cum-bar is within a short driving distance from Sunway Pyramid. Beer Garage obviously caters to the night-time drinking crowd.
The premises of Beer Garage was previously an automobile workshop. Red brick walls, metal roof, tool carts and tires are remnants of the former garage. Occupying an end lot, the sports bar has plenty of dining space on the side.
Beer Garage's food menu consists of Western grill, Thai barbecue and local wok-fried fare.
At open kitchen, meats are grilled over burning charcoal. The dishes here are generally heavy in taste because they are meant to go with alcoholic beverages.
The Charcoal Grilled New Zealand Lamb (RM20.00) is basted with sweet-savory barbecue sauce. Mint sauce is provided as the condiment. The dish includes a side of customer's choice: Caesar salad, mashed potatoes or French fries. The Caesar salad comes with hard-boiled eggs and croutons.
As for poultry, the Charcoal Grilled Chicken Chop (RM14.00) is highly recommended. Compared to the lamb chop, the deboned chicken thigh is substantially tenderer. This dish also comes with a choice of side. Shown here is a serving of hand mashed potatoes.
Moving to Thai food, my favorite dish this evening is the Grilled Skewered Milk Pork (คอหมูย่าง, RM12.00). This skewered Thai snack is thoroughly marinated with coconut milk, making the pork scrumptious to the last morsel.
The Chicken Feet Salad (ยำเล็บมือนาง, RM15.00) has an intense tanginess that some people may not be comfortable with. Nevertheless, the rubbery texture of chicken feet is craved by many. The salad is garnished with coriander and cherry tomatoes.
Red tilapia is used for the next dish, Salted Crusted Grilled Fish (ปลาเผา, RM5.00 per 100 grams). The fish is stuffed with lemongrass, galangal and pandan to enhance its flavor. Its crispy skin is too salty on its own but goes pretty well with beer. As for condiments, nam chim thale (น้ำจิ้มทะเล) and nam chim chaeo (น้ำจิ้มแจ่ว) are provided.
Steamed Squid With Spicy Seafood Sauce (ปลาหมึกนึ่งมะนาว, RM20.00) is another pungent Thai dish. The squids are flavored with bird's eye chili, garlic, lime slices and lemon juice. Be prepared to have your taste buds tantalized by the combination of sour and spicy flavors.
As for local seafood fare, Salt & Pepper Crispy Soft Shell Crab (盐椒软壳蟹, RM15.00) is an interesting choice. The crabs' shells are sufficiently soft enough to be eaten entirely.
Deep Fried White Pomfret (香脆小白鲳, RM16.00) comes in six pieces per serving. In my opinion, it would be better if smaller fish were used. Ideally, the pomfret should be crispy enough to be eaten with its bones.
Hakka Fried Pork (客家炸肉, RM16.00) is prepared by marinating pork belly with fermented tofu (南乳). Unfortunately, the taste of this dish does not line up with my expectation. In addition, I feel that the pig's skin is too chewy instead of being crispy.
Customers who are fond of offal may want to try Fried Pork Intestine With Dried Shrimp & Chili (虾米爆生肠, RM20.00). Actually the "intestine" is the sow's oviduct (生肠), not the guts. This delicacy is cooked with garlic to enhance its aroma and taste.
Fried San Mee (炒生面, RM9.00) contains shrimps, chicken, egg, bean sprouts and cabbage. The noodle's mild spiciness comes from red chili peppers. Fried San Mee is best enjoyed while it is warm.
Beer Garage offers draft beer for a mere RM10.00 per glass. There are four choices: Asahi, Connor's, Kronenbourg Blanc and Carlsberg. If you are hanging out with friends, go for a beer tower (RM98.00) instead.
The atmosphere at Beer Garage is pretty lively especially after sunset. There is a pool table for patrons to enjoy the evening. Meanwhile, electronic entertainment includes iPong (electronic pong) and electronic darts. A game of iPong (RM58.00) comes with a jug of Carlsberg beer. The loser pays for the winner's drinks!
Name: Beer Garage
Address: 2, Jalan PJS 11/14, Bandar Sunway, 46150 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Contact: 017-319-9836
Business hours: 4:00pm-2:00am
Website: https://www.facebook.com/beergaragemalaysia
Coordinates: 3.07054 N, 101.60158 E
Directions: Driving westward on New Pantai Expressway (NPE), turn left after the pedestrian bridge near Sunway Clio Hotel. Continue driving for 200 meters and then turn right onto Jalan PJS 11/8. Turn left onto Jalan PJS 11/3. Beer Garage is one of the shops on the right. Street parking is available.

Hoong Foong Dim Sum

Today's breakfast brings us to Hoong Foong Dim Sum (鸿丰港式点心) at Pusat Perniagaan USJ 21. Facing Main Place Mall, the restaurant is a combination of 3 contiguous shops. One section of the dining area has air conditioning.
Siu Mai (烧卖, RM5.00) is commonly served in Cantonese dim sum restaurants. Made from minced pork and shrimps, the steamed dumpling is wrapped in lye-water dough.
Ha Kao (虾饺, RM6.00) and Basley Prawn Dumpling (鲜虾粉果, RM6.00) are both filled with shrimps. The latter also contains scallions (青葱) and garlic chives (韭菜).
Salad Prawn (沙律虾角, RM6.00) also contains shrimps but is deep-fried instead. Sweet mayonnaise is provided as the dipping sauce.
We also ordered an Egg Tart (蛋挞, RM2.00) and a Portuguese Egg Tart (葡京蛋挞, RM2.50). The latter is dusted with cinnamon and has a caramelized crust. I love the crumbly texture of the flaky pastry.
The pastry for Cha Siu Cake (叉烧酥, RM5.00) is pretty good. Glazed with honey, it is filled with sweet barbecued pork.
This is followed by Lotus Bao With Egg Yolk (莲蓉包, RM2.30). It is filled with lotus paste and salted duck egg yolk.
The final dish is Fried Carrot Cake (炒萝卜糕, RM6.00). The "cake" is actually made from daikon, not carrots. Cut into bite-size cubes, it is stir-fried with eggs, bean sprouts, garlic chives, garlic and soy sauce. I think the serving size is way too small.
For customers who park inside Main Place Mall, Hoong Foong Dim Sum gives RM2.00 rebate for a minimum spending of RM25.00. This rebate is applicable on weekdays only.

Address: 77 & 79, Jalan USJ 21/10, Pusat Perniagaan USJ 21, 47630 Subang Jaya, Selangor
Contact: 03-8081-2653
Business hours: 7:00am-5:00pm
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Nostalgia

Special thanks to Nostalgia Boutique Hotel & Restaurant for extending this food review invitation.

Nostalgia Boutique Hotel & Restaurant (诺思竺隐) is located along Jalan Tanjung Bungah. The place is within a stone's throw from Copthorne Orchid.
Nostalgia has a spacious dining hall with air conditioning. Decorated with antiques and ornaments, the restaurant presents an opulent appearance reminiscent of an English manor.
Should customers prefer al fresco dining, there is also an outdoor section next to the swimming pool.
Nostalgia is currently having a "Buy One Get One Free" promotion. Customers can choose from a menu of 11 Western and Asian dishes. With menu prices starting from RM19.90, each dish may effectively cost as low as RM10.00! This promotion is only applicable to dine-in customers.
The first dish is Maize Flakes Fish Fillet (香炸鱼柳, RM29.90). Coated in crispy crumbs, the fillet is best paired with creamy tartar sauce. The meal comes with a generous serving of potato wedges and garden salad.
Next, the Cheezy Crispy Chicken Burger (香脆超大鸡肉汉堡, RM29.90) is a humongous meal indeed. Fried to golden perfection, the chicken cutlet is larger than the sesame seed bun itself! Like the previous dish, the burger is served with potato wedges and garden salad.
The 8-inch Choco Durian King Pizza (巧克力榴莲比萨, RM29.90) is presented on a wooden peel. Featuring genuine durian paste, the pizza is also topped with tomatoes, cheese, chocolate sauce and mayonnaise. I enjoy the lovely texture of the pizza's crust.
Spaghetti Alla Bolognese (番茄肉酱意面, RM19.90) is another delectable dish. The savory taste of Bolognese sauce is balanced by freshness of broccoli and cherry tomatoes. This pasta dish comes with a slice of garlic toast.
Spicy Garlic Soft Shell Crab Rice (避风塘软壳蟹饭, RM39.90) is a delicacy of Hong Kong. The fried crab is surprisingly spicy, much to my palate's delight. This dish comes with rice, bok choy (小白菜) and fried egg. Side dishes include vegetable soup, pickles and fruits.
I cannot recommend the Honey Glaze Roasted Pork Belly Rice (港式蜜汁叉烧饭, RM19.90) highly enough. The pork's soothing sweetness makes it succulent to the last morsel. It comes with soy egg (卤蛋), bok choy and rice. The side items that come with this dish are identical to the previous one.
The broth of Crispy Chicken Tomato Noodle (香酥鸡排番茄汤面, RM19.90) has a gentle taste of tanginess, making it quite pleasant to my taste buds. On the side is a gigantic chicken cutlet. Most people will find it difficult to finish the meal.
As for drinks, Soul Of Sour (酸到心里) is a concoction of soda water sweetened with lemon-flavored syrup. Served in a tall glass, the iced drink is a good thirst quencher. Its non-alcoholic nature makes it suitable for children too.
Meanwhile for alcoholic beverages, the Snowy Beer (雪花冰啤酒, RM18.00) is a sound choice indeed. If you are hanging out with a friend, get two glasses for RM25.00 only!
Snowy Beer comes in 5 different flavors: rose, peach, lychee, strawberry and passion fruit. Shown here are the lychee and rose versions. Topped with a frothy head, the golden beer produces a pleasant sensation as it trickles down the lips.
At Nostalgia, bottled beer only costs RM10.00 each. Beer choices include popular regional brands like Tiger, San Miguel, Tsingtao and Singha.
According to Nostalgia's staff, the restaurant is available for hosting private events. The presence of a swimming pool makes this place a perfect venue for children's birthday parties.

Name: Nostalgia Boutique Hotel & Restaurant (诺思竺隐)
Address: 523D & 523E, Jalan Tanjung Bungah, 11200 Tanjung Bungah, Pulau Pinang
Contact: 04-890-1109
Business hours: 11:00am-10:30pm
Website: https://www.facebook.com/nostalgiapenang
Coordinates: 5.46607 N, 100.29119 E
Directions: Traveling westbound on Jalan Tanjung Bungah, make a U-turn after the pedestrian bridge near Dalat International School. Nostalgia is located on the left just after the pedestrian bridge.

Nostalgia

Special thanks to Nostalgia Boutique Hotel & Restaurant for extending this hotel review invitation.

Nostalgia Boutique Hotel & Restaurant (诺思竺隐) is located along the main road of Tanjung Bungah. Originally a pair of semi-detached houses, the building was extensively renovated and combined to form a large mansion. The top of this neoclassical structure bears Nostalgia's golden insignia.
The wall that originally partitioned the building has been removed, resulting in a nearly symmetrical floor plan. At the staircase area, a fancy chandelier illuminates the glossy marble floor with golden lighting.
There is another flight of stairs that is somewhat obscured from plain sight. It leads to a "hidden" balcony directly above the front porch. There is a large wooden table at which the "discoverers" can enjoy the cooling breeze in relative seclusion. The balcony area also houses several antique cameras and a grand piano.
Every corner of the hotel is furnished with antiques such as pianos, pipe organs, grandfather clocks, cabinets, vases and porcelain dishware. Mostly acquired from Europe, the antique collection evokes feelings of nostalgia. Indeed, the hotel is not called "Nostalgia" for nothing.
Nostalgia has 13 guestrooms in total. Each room has either a king-size bed or two twin beds. Room amenities include ensuite bathroom, air conditioning, ceiling fan, television, minibar, wardrobe and ornate cabinets. Towels and basic toiletries are provided.
As a boutique hotel, Nostalgia offers a unique experience in each guestroom. Named after one of the twelve months of the year, the room has a decor that vaguely reflects the corresponding "season". The largest guestroom of all, simply called "Months", is a 2-room suite that accommodates 3 guests.
Nostalgia has a small swimming pool right under the front porch. For the convenience of guests, there are several changing rooms nearby.
Although Nostalgia does not have a proper gym like those in full-service hotels, it does have a stationary bicycle at the west veranda.
The spacious children room has air conditioning and rubber floor mats. The toys here are meant to keep children occupied while their parents relax elsewhere.
As for dining, Nostalgia has an in-house restaurant. Located beneath the children room, the air-conditioned dining hall has several marble tables surrounded by antique pianos.
For diners who prefer a more casual setting, Nostalgia has an open-air dining area next to the swimming pool. Sheltered by a glass ceiling, the place is ideal for hosting private events such as birthday parties.
In-house guests are served breakfast around 9:00am. Since Nostalgia has fewer than 30 guests at any given time, breakfast is served à la carte.
The Western-style breakfast includes familiar items like ham, eggs, toast, salad and fruits. White coffee is provided.
Meanwhile, the restaurant's main food menu comprises of Western and Asian dishes. The serving size is humongous in most cases. As for drinks, alcoholic beverages like beer are available.
Nostalgia is currently having a "Buy 1 Get 1 Free" promotion. Customers can choose any 2 dishes from a menu of 11, and only pay for the price of 1. With prices starting from RM19.90, each dish may cost as low as RM10.00!
Compared to most boutique hotels in George Town, Nostalgia affords a more laid-back setting as it is further away from the city center. Nevertheless, the hotel is still well connected to the city; Gurney Drive is just a 15-minute drive away.

Name: Nostalgia Boutique Hotel & Restaurant (诺思竺隐)
Address: 523D & 523E, Jalan Tanjung Bungah, 11200 Tanjung Bungah, Pulau Pinang
Contact: 04-890-1109
Business hours: 24 hours
Website: https://www.facebook.com/nostalgiapenang
Coordinates: 5.46616 N, 100.29124 E
Directions: Traveling westbound on Jalan Tanjung Bungah, make a U-turn after the pedestrian bridge near Dalat International School. Nostalgia is just after the pedestrian bridge.