"It is not just good, but lip smacking great!"
The first thing that hits you- Woah, this place really lives up to its name! Everything looks ancient; from the premise to the tables, chairs, and even the cook! Since I was running around in my primary school pinafore and pigtails, nothing has changed one bit. It feels like it’s been stuck in a time warp and honestly, I wouldn’t want to change a thing. This place breathes nostalgia and the packed tables attest to its honest to goodness cooking. Sometimes when the tables are filled and customers keep streaming in, the staff will open up more tables in the garden area beneath the giant shady trees. Now this is what I call alfresco dining!
On each table sits sauce bottles of assorted variety. There is the regular Maggi ketchup and chilli, lingam chilli sauce, black vinegar and its very own brown sauce concoction which is also available for sale to ‘tarpao’. I swear this sauce should be trademarked. Its Worcestershire based sauce is blended with other stuff and packs a punch when added with red chilli and cili padi - the perfect condiment to any dish.
After taking our order, the server brings over plates, cutleries and 2 saucers of killer sambal belacan and plain red chillies mixed with cili padi. Remember to pour the homemade brown sauce and crush the chillies into the sauce to jazz up the flavour. The dishes do take a while to arrive but as the saying goes, good things come to those who wait. And arrived it did and it was not just good, but lip smacking great! Our order of fried spring rolls (called ‘chun pia’ in Hokkien) arrived crisp with steaming hot filling of turnips, minced chicken, carrots, crab meat and 5 spice. Now pour some of that brown sauce-chilli concoction and sambal belacan into the filling and pop it into your mouth…. Heaven in a bite!
"The fragrant broth was addictive "
I’ve chomped down quite a few bowls of this simple dish so pan mee is nothing foreign to me. In fact, I dare say it’s a KLite staple because my Penang mama hankers for it when she comes a-visiting our capital city. With its signage so huge, it’s hard not to miss Cha Cha when you’re whizzing down NKVE. Parking’s a breeze at night when the office crowds have dispersed. The environment is great as we sat in air-con comfort and everything around us looked squeaky clean.
The menu was quickly brought to our table as the kindly uncle mentioned the daily dessert: barley foochuk tongsui. Order sheets are placed on each table so customers just need to write the order number that corresponds to their desired dish. We were mind-boggled with choices but we stuck to what we came for. We also noticed daily specials in the extensive menu like Thursday’s Petai Fried Rice and Wednesday and Saturday’s Cha Yoke Rice. The waitress collected our order sheet and passed it to the kitchen in no time. Piece of cake!
First to arrive was the daily special – fried dumplings. It’s a steal at RM1 for 3 succulent pieces. It’s not oily yet so crispy with delicious minced pork and prawn fillings. Lovely with the accompanying sweet chilli sauce, we devoured it in no time.
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"Creamy, pungent and extremely satisfying"
Psst…over here…I have a little secret to tell you…there’s a new Italian kid on the block serving up hearty delicious food. If you ask me, the bread alone is a reason to go. Crusty freshly baked loaves are served up with interesting dips such as creamy potato with truffles, anchovy and tomato, and basil cream cheese. I knew I had a lot to sample but that could not stop me from slathering slice after slice with these mouthwatering spreads.
The food here is meant to encourage family style eating. Order a few dishes for everyone to tuck into. The creamy buffalo mozzarella with tomatoes is divine and the mussels stuffed with chicken is an unusual treat. Favola has put a lot of emphasis on their starters as they’re starting up a lunch crudo bar where for just RM39 you can have all the bread and appetizers you want. This is certainly value for money. Don’t just go for the starters though because there is a whole lot more to enjoy!
What is an Italian place without pasta? Here you can order traditional pastas that might not be as common including one that is baked in a parcel and served up for you to unwrap. If you enjoy ravioli I would recommend the one stuffed with cheese and mushrooms. It is creamy, pungent and extremely satisfying. I love the pasta here as it is cooked perfectly al dente with a nice bite to it. The rich robust sauces are simply a nice bonus.
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The menu seemed to lean more towards Spanish Mediterranean food with a tapas menu and paella along with some other generic western dishes such as pasta and burgers. Upon doing a little more research I discovered the link…Fitou is a village in France that is situated close to the Mediterranean and Spain.
Initially spying Paella on the menu we inquired about that. Unfortunately this takes up to 30minutes to prepare, so we decided to try it another time and started off with some tapas instead; the calamari with a lemon garlic mayonnaise and the pork sausage sautéed with chilli padi and onions. The calamari was fried well and tasted good with the mayo. The sausages were a bit of a disappointment as though they used the regular processed hot dog sausage rather than a spicy chorizo. So while it was tasty, it was something that could have easily been replicated at home.
To balance out our meal with some greens we decided to share the feta salad. I enjoyed the pungent creaminess of the feta with the juicy olives and the citrusy vinaigrette. For me you can’t go wrong with olives, feta, and crisp salad greens. It’s refreshing and a large bowl could be a great meal in itself.
While looking through the menu my “burgie” sense picked up on the burger with real pork bacon. I knew immediately that I had to try it! I was pleasantly surprised when my burger made its way to the table. It was huge and on a homemade crusty bun. While the patty was not as juicy as others I have had, I could tell that quality meat was used. And the bread was exquisite! The crust has a beautiful crunch and yet the bread itself is soft and fluffy. It made for a different burger experience and the crispy pork bacon finished it off perfectly.