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Ayoi Lintas Plaza (KK FoodieVenture #140)

Just a few moments after I bought the delicious bubble tea from Majeztea, my partner decided that he is going to have his daily dose of Liang Sandwich (see my previous post to further understand his then ‘obsession’ with the ‘roti canai’ like franchise) which also has a branch within the Lintas Plaza (right beside the Lintas View Hotel). And what happens to be sharing the same shoplot with the latter? Yup, another bubble tea store that I instantly decided that I must also give a try (don’t mind my little ‘bubble tea crazed’ here folks). The local brand (I think) isn’t exactly a bubble tea specialty shop as it also has other types of beverages within their menu. And since they also do not have any chocolate flavoured bubble tea, I opted instead to try out their Chocolate Frappuccino, which comes in a reusable, pretty looking bottle. The drink was refreshing but only tasted average at best. But I do admit that my taste bud might be slightly ‘impaired’ that day because of the previous drink that I had (and preferred more). 





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MajezTea Lintas Plaza (KK FoodieVenture #139)

Like I’ve previously mentioned in my other post, I had this sudden craving for bubble teas during the first day of the Movement Control Order (MCO) and since we were already within the Lintas Plaza area (at Jalan Lintas), I thought why not I try out this MajezTea drink that I've heard so much about? Mind you, the area also houses a couple of other big name bubble tea franchises that I honestly didn’t know about until after I left the area (and foolishly Googled about them then).

There aren’t that many customers around during said time (most probably due to the MCO) but I also noticed around 3 to 4 Foodpanda riders were waiting for their orders as I was waiting for my takeaway drink (which to me is a good indicator of the quality of their drinks). I also like that the young man manning the register was a friendly chap that recommended me their Cocoreo (since I can’t find any chocolate variety within their existing menu). And you know what? The drink was definitely superior in terms of taste as it was creamy, rich and dare I say, even better tasting than some of my most recent reviews of other, more famous bubble tea brands in KK. 






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Black Whale Plaza 333 (KK FoodieVenture #138)

Coming back to the bubble tea shop that I initially want to stop by before my previous post, it was finally opened by the time we walk back to our parking space just a few metres from said place. Now there are a substantial amount of bubble tea stores clustering over the Plaza 333 commercial area (over at Jalan Pintas, Penampang) but the buzz around this one is very hard to ignore. I mean, I read a lot of reviews hailing this place as one of the top bubble tea brands in Malaysia (and even beyond). So as I made my way to their counter and scanned their menu for any chocolate flavoured drink, I was told by the cashier that it will take a few minutes for my order to be ready which was fine by me. So I go ahead and ordered their only chocolate choice (I think) which was the Brown Sugar Black Whale Dark Choco and was given my order around 10 minutes or so after that. And probably because my expectation for this drink was so high, I ended up disappointed yet again. I mean, it wasn’t bad or anything, it was just that it tasted very ordinary to me. Or did they gave me the wrong order since my drink does not looked all colourful and appealing like the ones in their menu? Oh well… At least I did give them a try right? 






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Regiustea Plaza 333 (KK FoodieVenture #137)

It was a day before the Movement Control Order started and me and my partner found ourselves at the current ‘in’ place in KK which was the Plaza 333 Kobusak Commercial Centre, at Jalan Pintas, Penampang. The reason why we were there was because I was on a hunt for a popular bubble tea shop that had just opened within the area. Unfortunately we’d arrived earlier than expected so the place was still closed. So after parking our car and walking along the area to buy some time, we ended up here – at yet another popular bubble tea shop not far from the latter (yup, my love for bubble tea holds no bounds).

The place is your typical modern café themed and Insta-worthy outlet with cosy seating areas. Since we were their first customers for the day, they gave us the bad news straight away; that most of their beverages (particularly the ones that had pearls in them) will not be ready for a while so I can’t order what I initially wanted (because they actually have a couple of choco choices that I was interested in) and had to order their Signature Chocolate Cheese instead. I admit that it was pretty good but nothing too distinguishing I’m afraid. But I’ll definitely be back to try out the one that ‘got away’ from me some other time so stay tuned folks.  





*Sorry for the minor 'editing' folks - gotta protect my name right? ;-)




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Lady Bon Bon Patisserie (KK FoodieVenture #136)

There’s a funny story behind how I was finally able to visit this bakery. Me and my partner were running an errand for his uncle on the first day of the Movement Control Order within the Lintas Plaza area, when my bubble tea cravings suddenly kicked in. As we were driving along the area trying to look for a specific bubble tea shop (which you shall see in my later post) my eyes caught a sight of this popular cake expert bakery and literally demanded that my partner to stop (which made him go into a long rant but it was worth it). I’m not too sure whether the place has a dine in area or not due to the order but you will definitely be spoilt for choice when it comes to their cakes. I have to remind myself not to take away too many of those yummy goodies and finally decided to try out their Earl Grey Choco Cheez, Ms Hazel and Royal Truffle cakes. While each cake has its own distinct flavours, my favourite has got to be the latter as it tasted rich without being too toothsome. I’ll definitely be back next time to try out some other delicious looking cakes and pastries from this patisserie.



*So sorry for the reflection as I can't find a better angle to take this pic

*FYI this is the (left to right) Royal Truffle, Earl Grey Choco Cheez and Ms Hazel


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Damn Good Burger Aeropod (KK FoodieVenture #135)

It was the first day of the Movement Control Order and my partner is suddenly craving for his personal favourite which was the Damn Good Burger grilled burgers. Unfortunately, both of the branches that we have been before (and nearest to us at that time) had been completely (albeit temporarily) closed due to the order. But fortunately for him, their slightly out of town branch at the Aeropod is still taking orders for take aways and deliveries. So off we went to the shop via Waze (since it is the first time both of us went to the commercial area near to the Tanjung Aru railway station) for some of his favourites such as the Double Beef Burger as well as some extra helpings of their Onion Rings and Cajun Fries. Needless to say, our short trip was not in vain and we enjoyed their food as always. It’s a shame that we did not get to have a dine-in experience at said time since the place looks very nice and err… ‘hipster-y’ but it’s all for the greater good. 








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Liang Sandwich Bar Suria Sabah (KK FoodieVenture #134)

Now, getting my partner to try something that I’d recommended is a tough job since both of us had polar-opposite taste buds. Getting him to actually try and like it is near impossible but for some reason he is very open in trying out this joint especially when I pointed it out to him after our previous Subway stop (on the lower ground floor of Suria Sabah). Not only that, my partner had even developed a strong liking towards the Jay Chou endorsed roti canai like snack that he’d actually bought it several times while we were in KK (and from different branches such as Imago and Lintas Plaza no less). So far he'd eaten their Korean Grilled Chicken, Mexican BBQ Chicken, Sambal Prawn, Liang Chicken and Black Pepper Chicken (yes, he really loved them) and gave very favourable comments on each of his choices. I’d personally tried their Satay Chicken variety and I found it to be surprisingly non-greasy and savoury. The satay mix tasted more like rendang to me but it still found it yummy. 




*By the way this is their Sambal Prawn...

... Satay Chicken...

... Mexican BBQ Chicken...

... and Korean Grilled Chicken


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Subway Suria Sabah (KK FoodieVenture #133)

We’d arrived and checked into our hotel at Suria Sabah during the evening (and this was 2 days before the Movement Control Order started) so me and my partner were not in the mood to walk far to grab a bite. Plus, we’d already had some snacks while waiting for our flight so we were not that keen on a heavy dinner either. So as we were checking out the eateries on the lower ground (basement) floor of said shopping mall, I was surprised to find a Subway outlet there as well (as I’d only known about their Imago branch). Mind you, it has been years since I’d last ordered a sandwich from the outlet in KL so my brain basically goes into ‘hibernating mode’ as I was making my order. Since I did not want my sandwich to turn out weird, I decided to play it safe and ordered the Chicken Teriyaki choice from their menu (plus some side veggies and sauces added into the mix) and I thought that it was delicious and filling despite only having their 6-inch sandwich. My partner was disinterested in the latter since he'd already had his eyes set on another eatery nearby (see my next post to see what he’d actually ate that night)…   








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Outward Vacay: Hotel 7 Suria

In an unlikely twist of fate, I had to fly to KK recently due to an urgent personal matter and ended up somewhat stranded (thankfully for 1 day only) at the KKIA because my Airasia return flight got cancelled (without any prior notice no less) due to the sudden implementation of the movement restriction order. Hence, I had to extend my hotel stay and thankfully the hotel that I’ve stayed in was pretty accommodating and understanding to my plight.  

Since I’d actually arrived at KK a few days before the order began, me and my partner did managed to go around town a bit to do some foodie reviews here and there (which you will see later on) as well as some during said order period. But before all that, let me comment a bit about our aforementioned accommodation…

At the beginning, this several months old hotel has a very good momentum going on right before the Covid 19 outbreak began to spread widely so their room rates were somewhat on the higher side. We initially picked out (and paid in full a non-refundable price via Agoda) their cheapest room which was the Standard Twin Room without Window. All was fine and dandy until I found out much later that their rates had dropped tremendously right after it was announced that foreign tourists were barred from entering Sabah. So I felt very annoyed checking into the hotel but was pleasantly surprised to discovered that the management had probably took notice of the rate that I’ve (over)paid and gave us a better room with windows instead. Granted, you could barely see the view from said window since there were these bars obstructing our full view but still it was a very considerate thing for them to do. The room that we were assigned to were modern and still squeaky clean; with new and super hard bed mattresses & pillows (my type of bedding preferences). They also provide those classy looking refillable & sealed drinking water bottles (similar to that of Hotel Sixty3) for their guests which I personally loved. Their bathroom and shower were equally new and clean but for some reason I had a problem adjusting their water temperature level (as the water goes from very hot to very cold only). Also, I was a bit disappointed that such a swanky looking hotel only has the basic myFreeview TV channels (so no Astro channels at all folks). But still, the hotel is still one of my top choices in KK mainly due to its location; as they’re literally on the 7th floor of the Suria Sabah shopping mall. There might be other lifts (or elevators) accessible to the floor but I do recommend you guys to use the lifts nearest to the McDonalds on the side entrance to said mall; as it will bring you straight to their lobby area. Also, you do not have to worry about the security level of the hotel as the hotel has their own internal lifts for guests to use (as they occupied most of the 5th to 9th floor). Another good thing about the hotel (well, at least at the time that we were there) was that they also provide free parking for all of their guests (with some specific but easy instructions for you to follow first before your free fare can be implemented). Hopefully the hotel can maintain its friendly and satisfying service as they have a very good potential to succeed in the future.

All in all…

Type – Superior Twin Room
Room – 5/5 (a very new, clean and secure place to stay)
Price – 4/5 (very affordable especially during their current ongoing promo rates)
Service – 5/5 (all of the staff were very friendly and all smiles all the time)
Décor – 4/5 (very modern and err... whitish indeed)
Facilities – 4/5 (they have their own internal lifts as well as free parkings)
Location – 5/5 (again, they’re literally on top of the Suria Sabah shopping mall so it can’t possibly get any better than that)   

*FYI the room with its lights on (that is visible right below the Suria Sabah signage) was where our room were...

*The open door on the right is where the main lifts are located (the ones that are accessible near the McDonalds on the ground floor) and the spot where I was standing (while taking the pic) is where the parkings were...

*The open door on the right leads to their internal lifts (where most of the rooms are)...







... and yes, this is the previously mentioned obstruct view from our window




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