Thursday, September 28, 2017

Breakfast at The Starling; Damansara Uptown - Vine Cafe

This is a continuation of the post about first visit to The Starling at Damansara Uptown. We were there quite early in the morning around 10.30am cos we had an appointment with the school's uniform supplier near Atria. Kids didn't get to eat breakfast yet and most of the shops at Atria looked closed so we headed to The Starling instead.

We chanced upon a restaurant on the ground level that was open for breakfast (they opened at 10am)  called Vine and while they have a breakfast menu, the staff was accommodating enough to take our orders for pasta and nuggets (for the kids)  at 10.30 am also. 

We ordered:

Mushroom Soup at Vine Cafe - The Starling

Mushroom soup for my no 3, he's a big fan of soups and this one goes down pretty well with him. Portion is quite big and my 2 yo slurped it to the last drop. 

Overpriced nuggets - but hey what were you expecting?

The nuggets were pretty normal and expensive but kids needed to eat so.. 

This is one of their breakfast option.. hubby ordered it.. nothing special here..but my son loves the croissant.

This is also one of their breakfast option. I LOVE this okaaay..

Above dish is my favorite! I didn't think I could finish it all up by myself but I pretty much did so haha! Minced meat in bolognese sauce with egg and loads of cheese! yuuuummmmmy! reminded me  much of shakshuka (malay style of course not the tomato arab style) my only grouch is that the toasted bread is not enough!

Breakfast at The Starling - Vine Cafe : Look at that glorious cheesy dish 😋

The toast at Vine Cafe
The toast was for my no 1, it was also very nice, with sweet jam, fresh strawberries, grapes and vanilla ice cream.. Delish!

His and hers - as usual coffee for the man and babycino for the lady :)

I love my babycino, not overwhelmingly sweet or chocolatey, just nice :) 

This is one cafe we might come back to if we feel like splurging for breakfast during the weekend :) 

P/S: I just realized that I mentioned pasta at the start, so yeah we did order carbonara and if you read my blog often, you would know that that's all my no 2 will eat if we go to cafes so.. I'm sick of reviewing carbonaras haha that's why it's picture is not in the post. The carbonara is okay, creamy and child friendly.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Kids Friendly Cinema @ Damansara Uptown - The Starling (MBO Kecil)

So.. excited much.. Cars 3 dah keluar cinema, we decided to check out MBO Kecil at The Starling (Damansara Uptown) cos the mall is pretty new so new  means less crowd and new facilities which equates to mmmmm.. no wear and tear yet :p 

Hubby chose the standard seat ( 3 front rows) which is waay low and perfect for kids to climb and jump and super convenient of your kids like to run around and you have to run after them BUT so back breaking and super uncomfortable if you are around 1.7m and above (read hubby)

kids cinemas petaling jaya
The yellow and red seats were ours ( so low! not good for those who are tall or have back pain) the 4th row onwards are the VIP seats (read normal seats) 

The sofa @ MBO Kecil, The Starling (last row)

The centre seating (VIP) is probably the best choice, while the sofa at the back row (only 4 sofas) is maybe good if your like to lie down or your baby is the sort who naps in cinemas (huh?) 

A bit blurry - the playground inside the MBO Kecil @ The Starling

Seems like a good idea yeah? Brighter lighting, a playground in the cinema = you get to watch a movie while your child who can't sit still play around.. hahaha! whoever thought of that probably didn't go running after their kids for 90 minutes! Man.. maybe if your kids are independent enough to run around on their own (in which case I would assume they would also be big enough to sit still in a cinema to enjoy a movie) so there I was "accompanying" my 9 year old and 7 year old watching cars as they sat very still and enjoy the movie with the husband, while I chase after my 25 months up and down the stairs and gently push him down the top of the slide and running down the stairs at the other side to make sure he didn't bump into someone else who might try to climb up the slide. Husband took pity on me about half way through the movie. Man.. I think I would be better off staying at home with the 25 months old! Although that boy certainly enjoyed himself very much climbing up and down the seats, running around the stairs and "playing" with the other kids (who actually were not playing with him :P ) 

Baby room / Nursing room @ MBO Kecil - The Starling

I think the whole idea is pretty neat, there's a baby room / nursing room just outside the theater entrance, a shoe rack at the side and a playground at the waiting area outside in case you arrive early for your movie and need to blow away like 20 minutes before the theater opens. Buuuut, I would probably try again when the kiddo is 4 years old. (Or maybe not cos The Lego Ninjago Movie is also out now 😅 )

Playground outside the theater @ MBO Kecil - The Starling

Afterwards, we checked out the indoor playground at The Starling called DreamWorld :

But, we didn't go in because me and hubs were too lazy to spend another 1 hour waiting for the kids hahaha.. we let them take the animal rides though.. RM10 per ride and you get a free ride if you buy two rides.. oh well, maybe next time we will try the indoor playground. 

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Halal in Singapore - Royz Et Vous at Chai Chee (Viva Business Park near Bedok)

Halal dinner in Singapore - Royz Et Vous at Chai Chee 

Okaaaaay.. back in Singapore for a super short while, finally can dump the kids with mama and sneak a dinner date with le husband. Howver, as it was Saturday night aaaaaand nearing around 6.30pm.. we had to cancel our plans for an Arab Street dinner cos we wouldn't want to be waiting in line for a table. 

Royz Et Vous was an option cos it was near, but I don't want to risk anything, so I called them up to ask if they still have a table. The waiter said "all reservations are online" to which I replied.. umm.. I'm reaching in 15 minutes. So, he said ok, I will hold a table for you. Phew.. thanks man.. you made our date possible :)

Viva Business Park, first time going there, went to Decathlon afterwards (but that's so out of point) who can resist? such a big place!

I like the fact that Royz Et Vous is just opposite the fountain.. makes for a beautiful sight nearing sunset. Inside, the restaurant is tastefully decorated in a dark, rich hue.. so romantic haha

Le husband couldn't resist looking at their coffee and ordered one recommended by the waiter, (don't ask me what he ordered cos I can't drink cofee, but he said it was the best coffee so far that he had in Singapore) I ordered hot chocolate with mint just because.. you guessed it.. chai latte was not in the menu :p I adore the light blue cup and saucer and I love the hot chocolate, not too rich, not too sweet and the mint was quite refreshing.

Hot chocolate with mint (back) and coffee (front) 

The menu was quite simple, there's soup of the day for appetizers, fries, nachos, wings..a few selection of salads (not on a diet at the moment) 5 varieties of pasta and for the mains we have chicken, salmon, duck, one type of burger, rack of lamb, striploin and ribs.That's it.  Dessert selection was quite disappointing when we were there.

So, we ordered:

Halal Restaurant in Singapore - Royz Et Vous - Mushroom soup and fried mushrooms (just because)

The mushroom soup was delish. Creamy and not too thick. Serving is enough for sharing. The fried mushroom, is because I was missing swensen's haha.. their version is a huge serving, big mushrooms, crispy batter but nothing special about the batter.. hey.. there's nothing wrong with it either :) I finished it.. though I think maybe it is nicer to pair with lime chili mayo (tekak melayu- kalau boleh semua nak ada sambal :P ) 

Signature Prawn and Crayfish @Royz Et Vous; Singapore

I ordered Signature Prawn and Crayfish Pasta (cos again I was missing Swensen's :p hey.. Swensen's in Malaysia just isn't the same as the Swensen's in Singapore okaaayyyy.. and we grew up with Swensen's before all the hipster halal cafes started) didn't read quite carefully though that it actually came with a cream sauce. This dish was ok, creamy with a hint of chili but I really don't favor my prawns being cooked this way.. you know the way that it is dipped for a short while only in hot water? I don't like the taste of prawns like that)

Brazen Beef @RoyzEtVous Singapore

Husband wanted to order the ribs, but was advised by the waiter it might be too big for individual consumption (ribs is 450gm! only for sharing people!) so he ordered the striploin instead. It was tender and juicy, but there is no sauce accompanying it. Still used to eating steak with an accompanied sauce haha.. fries and salad was so-so.. 

So.. verdict? macam swensen's lah jugak sikit2 , cuma upscale presentation and interior.. with of course additional higher quality mains on the menu. But I really like the chocolate mint. :P Boleh datang lagi? yeah maybe.. support orang Islam k? 

Royz Et Vous is at:

750 Chai Chee Road #01-06
Viva Business Park
Located near water fountain after main entrance.

Opening Hours:
Sun - Thu: 10 am - 10pm
Fri & Sat : 10 am - 11pm
Closed at 4pm-5pm (Daily) 
Last order 45 minutes before closing time. 

Tel : 65 6636 3537
Facebook: Royz Et Vous