Monday, April 14, 2014

The Yard Boutique Hotel

Strategically tucked between the famous Jalan Alor and Tengkat Tong Shin, The Yard Boutique Hotel is the place when it comes to serenity within bustling area. Access to The Yard is rather convenient by public transport (Monorail Bukit Bintang) then follow by another 10 minute walk. Drivers, on the other hand, have to bear with the traffic jam but rest assured that there will be parking spaces at outdoor carpark just next to and about double the size of The Yard.

Bukit Bintang hotel
It is a totally different world upon stepping in; the colonial tiles beneath, long tiled benches on the side, illuminated tealight lanterns hanging on the tree, white cast iron outdoor benches along with tables on wooden platform…and the spacious courtyard.   

The Yard Boutique Hotel
The Yard Boutique Hotel
jalan alor hotel
The Yard Boutique Hotel
The Yard Boutique Hotel
The Yard
The Yard Boutique Hotel
The Yard Boutique Hotel
The interior design of deluxe double room (about RM180 after tax) was amazing; the high ceiling hence good ventilation, bare concrete floor and walls, a work desk with chair, LCD TV mounted on the wall, semi-open shelf for closet & safe box that is also acting as a divider to separate wash basin area, transparent sliding door with blinds on the other side for rain shower and a toilet.  
Despite the great design, the cleanliness of the floor was disappointing as if we barefooted outdoor. Paper slippers provided had just become one of the essentials.

The Yard Boutique Hotel
The Yard Boutique Hotel
The Yard Boutique Hotel
The Yard Boutique Hotel
bukit bintang hotel
This seemingly leisure moment of reading while enjoying a cup of hot Lipton tea in the courtyard came only after solving the mystery of missing kettle in our room. Perhaps it was due to safety or hygienic issue that no kettle provided hence we had to get hot water from water dispenser at the lobby. Luckily I only needed 1 cup.

The Yard Boutique Hotel
The Yard Boutique Hotel
The Yard Boutique Hotel
Whenever we enter the room, we had to play this game called "who shuts the door faster". It was pretty interesting as we were competing against the amount of mosquitos that somehow, would successfully enter our fort. Tracking and slapping those victory mosquitos with our bare hands would be the price to pay. I saw hi-tech mosquito repellent system, I saw mosquito repellent vaporizer and it seems that they have tried everything they could to deter those mosquitoes but sadly, it did not work well.

The Yard Boutique Hotel
The Yard Boutique Hotel
The Yard Boutique Hotel
All in all, the location was strategic with access to eateries, pubs and shopping area but it was also concealed in the dimly-lighted smelly back alley of rats hence it is strongly recommended to walk with companion. Some complained that it was noisy but I have experienced none so far. Mosquitos too, would be an issue for some. Still, The Yard is the place to fall for interior design enthusiast and landscape lover. Trust me, we have fallen twice!

Lot 623 (No.51D)
Jalan Tengkat Tong Shin
50200 Kuala Lumpur Malaysia 
(Behind Alpha Genesis Hotel)

Telephone: +6 03 2141 1017
FAX: +6 03 2141 1079

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Obanhmi @Damansara Uptown

Baguette is just not something I would fancy. The brick-hard texture serves good as gum exercise or even the ability to disguise as self-defense weapon against stray dogs just put me off. The 2 trips I have made to Vietnam didn’t help a single bit on lessen these horrible experiences. No matter how good the filling might be, I just won’t fall for the baguette.    

Still, sitting here while drafting a post trying to recommend this extraordinary fluffy baguette was not something I would have foreseen:

Obanhmi

The restaurant name Obanhmi is self-explanatory; selling mainly Bánh mì, the Vietnamese term synonymous with Baguette though it refers to bread in general, while offering Vietnamese coffee and fried spring roll too in their menu.

Obanhmi Damansara
Vnmese Milk Coffee (Hot) RM4
No doubt the coffee here is rich, though there is still a gap to fill compared to those at Vietnam.

Obanhmi
Vnmese Milk Coffee (Cold) RM4 & Vnmese Iced Lemon Tea RM3.5
The hot coffee was stronger in aroma while this cold drink served best as thirst quencher. Iced Lemon tea was sour and refreshing enough though my palate detected more lime than lemon. Pair them up with any baguette and save RM1 each.

Obanhmi Damansara
Obanhmi
Spring Roll/ O’Rolly
Order a whole plate for RM7 or pay RM2 extra from drink + baguette meal deal for one roll. Deep fried spring roll of rice paper filled with seemingly healthy shredded vegetables like carrots, black fungus, cilantro and mung bean noodles, yet the amount of oil oozing out following each bite just horrified both of us.

Obanhmi Damansara
Freshly baked baguettes would be the key for such perfection with new batch available daily at 8.00am, 12.30pm, 1pm and 6pm.

Obanhmi Damansara
Obanhmi
Obanhmi Damansara
Obanhmi Damansara
Obanhmi Damansara
O Sunny  RM9.20
Pâtés the rich and succulent spreadable paste of pork and beef, hams the extra layers of meaty bites, pickled radish & carrots in bringing out their natural sweetness minus the pungent vinegar smell; all lies within the crispy yet fluffy baguette. It would be perfect if the egg given was sunny side-up as stated.

Obanhmi
O BBQ RM8.20
No more pâté and ham here as they have been replaced with BBQ pork.  The meat was flavorful enough for hearty bites and I must credit the runny egg yolk else this baguette would be on the dry side.

Obanhmi
Obanhmi Damansara
Obanhmi
Obanhmi
O.M.G. RM11.20
Twice the loads of O Sunny but pay only RM2 extra sounds like a good deal hence the limitation of up to 30 pieces per day.

Obanhmi Damansara
Obanhmi
O Roasted Pork RM12
A choice you won’t regret going for if you’re a pork lover.

Obanhmi Shop
No 33, Jalan SS 21/56b, Damansara Uptown, Selangor.
Tuesday – Sunday
9.30am-9.30pm
03-7732 8540
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