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Ristretto in Mont Kiara, KL

Ooops. I promised you (and myself) that I would post about that fantastic coffee place 'tomorrow' – but I let it slip my mind! So here it is!

Ristretto cafe
Unit 3A, 10 Mont Kiara, Jalan Kiara 1, Mont Kiara

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It's located in the expat suburb of Mont Kiara. If you are familiar with KL, you may think this is far and may not even consider heading this way. There's no public transport to speak of, if you have a car, that's great, but it's a mission in itself to get a taxi to agree to take you there.

We had quite a bad experience with the taxi who attempted to bring us here. (The all too common, seemingly harmless yet lethal lie, "I know where it is lah")  We got fed up and changed taxis. The second one brought us in one go. Having read the website, I was still full of hope and faith for Ristretto. When I got out of the taxi, I already liked the place because there was a kitty walking around. Not that that has anything to with it. The kitty didn't even belong to the cafe, or anything.

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Graeme waiting anxiously for a coffee that meets his standards (hubby is a concert violinist but he is also a competition level barista)… So am I… I brought him all the way out here and after more than 30RM in the taxi I am hoping the coffee will be good.

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The inside is lovely. The head barista, Julian, is an Australian who trained in Sydney. I already knew this information from their website before coming. It will be good.

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This chalkboard menu thing is very Australian. I like.

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Here's my latte!!! With a tulip. I'm happy and relieved! I've had enough coffees in my life and had my ears talked off by Graeme enough times to know how a coffee will be just by looking at it. This is good.

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This is Graeme's double ristretto – he is happy. Nowhere else in KL can you ask for a double ristretto and be understood.

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We were both so happy. But we had to run off very quickly because we decided on the spur of the moment to head over here before Graeme had a concert, which meant we had to go home straight away as he works in KLCC.

Now all we need is a car to make getting here less painful… hahaha!

Ristretto is highly recommended. Even if you live on the wrong side of town like we do! (We live near Ampang)

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A 'down' week… getting used to it

All this week, I have been quite fatiguey and I haven't been able to get out of bed for very long. I'm ok with 'down' days/weeks as I'm able to manage my fatigue quite well now, but all I did this week was: get up, have breakfast, go back to bed, have lunch if I've thought far enough ahead, post on my blog, read kitty blogs, go back to bed, read more kitty blogs, have a nap, go out for dinner, and go to bed.

Thank goodness I could go to Kamimura on two consecutive nights! That was a highlight!

The reason we have to go out for dinner is that we don't have any of our things yet from Australia (in fact, for 6 months) – and the kitchen is extremely ill-equipped. We are getting  the kitchen cabinets replaced by the landlord because the wood has rotted away around the sink, to the extent that the drawer-bottoms have fallen out. Haha! You just have to laugh at the state of things. The wood is quite mouldy – I'm very grossed out by this, so I spend as little time as possible in the kitchen, even though I love to cook. We also don't currently have a microwave or an oven, or any kitchen utensils, cooking bowls, etc. etc. So despite my fatigue, we always go out for dinner because we prefer to eat well. Hehe!

Actually, we just recently bought a knife, a frypan and a saucepan. We couldn't find a wooden spoon so we just got a spatula. So we can make pasta with sauce out of a jar, or something!

We still like our quirky apartment though. And the beautiful surrounding grounds.

We are missing the cafe culture of Australia very much. We've made a slow transition from basically living in a cafe in Melbourne, eating breakfast out every day and visiting all the best coffee places, to moving to Adelaide whose coffee scene is tiny and breakfast unimaginative, and now to KL, where there is no coffee culture and no such thing as all-day-breakfasts. We feel somewhat like birds with clipped wings. But it is a great character building experience. We always tell ourselves we will be grateful forever and ever to have that luxury back in our lives one day.

Today, I was searching online for good cafes and restaurants in and around KL and finally found a new cafe, who seemed very serious about their coffee! This was a must try, even though it was really far away from us (like, really far even with a decent taxi, which we didn't have). The cafe turned out to be really great. I will do a separate post about them tomorrow!

Here are another couple of pictures from our pool area. We really like how green and peaceful it is, as it's such a change from the hustle and bustle of the city AND we are very close to KLCC (very central). It really reminds us of being in a resort, and I love taking pictures of flowers! There is also a walking track around the apartment complex. I'm planning to get a stroller for my kitties so I can take them out for a walk!

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I know that in a few months time, I will read this post again and laugh at all I'm finding tough about this new country. I've moved countries before, I know I can make it a home!

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So I went to Kamimura again!

As per my last post, I declared to hubby that we shall go to Kamimura again the next night – to eat the Chirashi Zushi, of course!

We were going to catch up with a few friends so suggested Kamimura as a dinner option, which they were happy to go along with!

I was so happy that I forgot to take any photos of the meal. I intend to build a whole photo album of meals there…  eventually… The Chirashi Zushi was perfect once again. It had different types of fish and even had 'seared katsuo' (apparently called skipjack tuna in English) – something that you wouldn't often see in Australia, as it can taste quite 'fishy'!!! It can be nasty to be eating a lightly seared piece of fish that you know is going to be fishy at the best of times, but this one was perfectly seasoned.

The whole meal, as I knew it would be, was DELISH!

If hubby weren't working tonight, I would be there. haha!

This is a photo of the pool area in our apartment complex. It's beautifully maintained and very peaceful – you can sometimes see a little stray cat drinking from the pool. We try to tell him/her that they shouldn't drink the chemicals…

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I'm currently searching all over the net for Malaysian Food Blogs for recommendations. Haha!

I live to eat!

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Kamimura in Bukit Bintang, KL

Today is our Blogoversary! I have been so lazy with my own blog since starting up Kitty Quartet. But since I have more free time now, I can devote a little more 'me' time. Haha!

Tonight, we went to a Japanese restaurant called "Kamimura" – that's a person's name, so I'm guessing it is the owner or chef's name.

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This restaurant is located in a shopping centre in Bukit Bintang, called the Weld. We caught a taxi from home but a good way to get there would be to get a monorail to Bukit Bintang station then walk... It's also possible to walk here from KLCC (and I have) but taxi is better, lol.

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You know that it is a good Japanese restaurant when the place is full of Japanese people!

Tonight, there were two of us, but we were quite hungry.

So we had:

Hijiki (free on arrival – hijiki is a thick seaweed cooked with dashi flavours)

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Yama-imo no sengiri (Sliced Yam with wasabi)

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Satsuma-imo & cheese korokke (Sweet potato & cheese croquette)

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Kaki fry (Fried oysters)

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Chirasi-zushi (Assorted fish on sushi rice) – wonderful dish!!!!!!!!!

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Gin-dara no miso tsuke yaki (Miso marinated grilled sea bass)

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Maitake & Mizuna no ohitashi (Mushroom and mizuna salad)

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Niku-jaga (Sliced pork, onion, potato and carrot cooked with dashi flavours)

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Dessert: Kinako maccha ice cream (Green tea ice cream with toasted soy powder), left; Shiratama zenzai (Warm sticky rice balls with red bean), right.

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Who needs to cook when you can eat here?

I would like to eat their Chirashi zushi EVERY DAY!!!

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Purple Cane Tea Restaurant, KL

Hello from KL! I feel terrible that I haven't blogged for so long! I have decided to keep a better record of what we've been up to, as we have just moved to Malaysia!

We are still getting our head around the massive city of KL but have managed to find many great restaurants thanks to our friends and guidebooks.

Tonight, we ate at a tea specialty restaurant called the Purple Cane Tea Restaurant. Purple Cane is the name of a popular tea retailer in Malaysia and they have created a restaurant focusing on tea cuisine.

We had been wanting to eat there after reading a great review in my Japanese guidebook.

The best way to get there is to catch a monorail to Maharajalela station and walk down the foot bridge to the Chinese Assembly Hall building, where this restaurant is located. We made the mistake of getting the LRT train to Pasar Seni (Chinatown) and walking down awful smelly streets!

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Graeme ordered oolong tea – this one was beautifully fragrant and mild.

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I had iced honey black tea. Wonderfully balanced flavours, and not too sweet (unlike most iced teas in this country!!) – very refreshing!

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This is the sauteed eggplant in tea sauce – the chillies look very ominous but it's not hot at all. It has a very subtle tea flavour.

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Prawn salad

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Duck

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All the dishes here were very pleasing to my Japanese palette – the flavours were subtle yet interesting, and I was left feeling satisfied but not heavy.

There were many other dishes on the menu we want to try, so we'll definitely eat there again!

P.S. Oh dear. Realising with a tinge of horror that it is our blogoversary here in TWO DAYS! I am in dire need of a new design…

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