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Nando's 1Borneo (KK FoodieVenture #81)

Initially I wanted to have lunch at another famous food franchise on the lower ground floor of 1Borneo Hypermall but my partner has this sudden urge to go into this place instead as we made our way in front of their eatery (note to self – avoid walking past a restaurant that may entice said partner should I wanted to go somewhere else). To be fair, I did owe him one from our previous visit to KK so in the end I relented and decided to give them a go as well.

Since this is our second time entering the franchise (the first was when we were at Imago KK mall about 2 years ago) we at least have an idea on what to expect so we quickly ordered ourselves their Quarter Chicken meal but with different choices of sides. Mine were the PERi-Wedges and coleslaw while my partner tried out their spicy rice and PERi-Chips. And this time around, we specifically told them our preferred marinate (I opted for the newly added Mango & Lime sauce while my overconfident partner tried their Mild sauce, to which he later came to regret). Personally I do like my tangy tasting, succulent chicken but I still prefer their closest rival’s food (to which coincidentally reside just a few stores away). My partner was also a fan of their chicken but he could not take the heat (even though he only tried out their mild level of spiciness). But I’m proud that he’d decided to soldiered on and finished his dish, accompanied by his bottomless soft drink. Well, I did tell him so…

Next we have…

Food – 4/5 (as expected from a Nando’s franchise)
Price – 3/5 (borderline expensive but hey, aren’t they all nowadays?)
Service – 4/5 (at least the staff was pretty attentive & accommodating)
Décor – 4/5 (I like the cosy booths inside the restaurant)
Location – 4/5 (they’re among the first restaurant that you’ll see coming down from the main escalator)






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Restoran Anak Mamak (KK FoodieVenture #80)

While we were still staying at the Klagan Hotel, my partner found himself a bit hungry late one night and decided to drop by this 24 hours Indian restaurant for a quick tapau (because he was too lazy to walk any further). The restaurant is situated on the ground floor of Warisan Square shopping area, right beside our hotel. He ordered some Roti Canai and a Fried Chicken off of the display tray for his late night meal. Some things that he did comment on the roti canai were that it was strangely a bit powdery and insipidly taste (he theorized that maybe it was due to the repeated usage of the same oil). The fried chicken was unremarkable and just okay in terms of taste. But some customers seem to like them all the same so maybe my partner just got a bit unlucky that night. A little fun fact about the eatery – they also provide free breakfast for another boutique hotel nearby called the Celyn City Hotel.

Other than that…

Food – 3/5 (could have been better)
Price – 3/5 (a bit pricey for a standard Indian restaurant)
Service – 3/5 (at least they’re quite swift in taking & producing your orders)
Décor – 3/5 (nothing too memorable, just your typical ‘mamak’ eatery)
Location – 4/5 (they’re visible from the backside area of Centre Point shopping mall)







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IZ Tropical Fruits (KK FoodieVenture #79)

This is going to be a somewhat short post since there isn’t much to tell about this place. After finishing our lunch at the nearby Mia Boat Noodle restaurant, I felt like eating something sweet. So my eyes landed upon a fruit kiosk called Iz Tropical Fruits (just a few steps away from the latter, on the lower ground floor of Imago KK) and quickly made a beeline towards them. Hey… I’m not all about chocolates and cakes only okay guys (wink wink). So I grabbed a plastic container and proceed to scoop some fruity items off of their food trays. Afterwards, you bring your fruit filled container to the counter to be weighted and priced. And if you fancy some condiments to sprinkle on top of your fruits, you are welcome to do so to your hearts content (available in front of the cashier counter).

Next on the menu…

Food – 4/5 (a fresh & sizeable selection available)
Price – 3/5 (I personally think that it was a little expensive but then again we’re talking about Imago KK here)
Service – 3/5 (wouldn’t hurt to smile a bit right?)
Décor – 4/5 (your usual fruit parlour setting)
Location – 4/5 (they’re right at the front side of the sea of kiosks)




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Mia Boat Noodle (KK FoodieVenture #78)

One of the places that I really wanted to stop by but was unable to so before due to its overwhelming crowd is this Thai inspired restaurant. Man, it’s as if the eatery is giving away free food judging by the crowd daily. But we were quite lucky during our most recent stopover at the food mecca on the lower ground floor of Imago KK shopping mall, as we’d managed to snag a place during said time.

Now if you think that trying to find an available table was already a challenge by itself, similar situations can also be seen upon ordering (as the waiters seemed to be dashing at the speed of light whenever you tried to call them) and while waiting for your food (my partner's dish came earlier than mine; around 35 minutes or so after that). And after all that, you do expect the food to be spectacular right? Well, sadly I found the dishes (especially their staple dish the Signature Noodles) to be very underwhelming, with its one-for-all broth and limited-to-one-per-bowl fish balls. I’m just glad that I didn’t get greedy and ordered more than 5 of those mini soupy 'snacks'. My partner’s Chicken Basil Rice (if I’m not mistaken) was okay at best and a bit salty according to him while our side order the Thai Chicken Wings were just your typical fried food with a so-so taste. I definitely did not expect to be disappointed by my first visit to the restaurant but that might just be my taste buds though since the place seems to be extremely popular with other patrons. The overall menu were also very limited, with more than a few items being labelled ‘coming soon’ (which I guess might not come soon enough judging by their fading & peeling menu).  

Moreover…

Food – 3/5 (just go for the experience of having to eat noodles in tiny bowls)
Price – 3/5 (I would still consider them mid-range)
Service – 2/5 (slow as hell especially during peak hours)
Décor – 4/5 (at least the place is pleasing to the eyes but maybe not too Thailand-ny)
Location – 4/5 (you won’t be able to miss them on the lower ground floor of Imago KK)










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