Monday, June 29, 2009

Shogun, 1 Utama

Went to Shogun, 1 Utama for buffet dinner last Saturday.
Rate was RM60++ per pax.
Ya ya... Shogun...

Steamboat was served as per table.
The salmon in it was not very good. We practically didn't much of anything in the pot. The most we had was the soup. =P
This was give to us one serving per person. Had no idea what this is. Attempted to ask the waitress but she was not very informative.
The unagi was HUGE!!! Had two servings of this.
Scallop with cheese and mayonaise and don't-know-whats. Didn't really like this.
More scallops!!! DELICIOUS!!!
I'd already lost count of how many of these I had.
Yessssss... Scallop again...
Oysters!!! Served with lime, of course.
More oysters... I think I had five of them...
Snails. I had no idea why the hell they serve this. Do Japanese eat snails too, like the French?
Don't misunderstand. I only took one. Didn't have the courage to eat two.
That is me trying to dig out the edible part from inside the shell.
This is what it looks like without the shell.
Yucks... Nasty... It tasted as bad as it looked.
Lala soup. The lala was so bad I didn't eat any of them. The one in Saisaki tasted so much better.
Cod fish miso soup. This is not bad at all. Thumbs up!!!
Chawanmushi. This one is also bad. The egg was not smooth at all. I've tasted better ones.
Mango rice. The mango was fresh. I wished they'd serve only mango without the rice.
Ice cream. The one that looks like shit is green tea flavour, whilst the slightly better looking one is sweet corn flavour.
Last but not least, my all-time favourite drink - Milo.
Honey green tea. Also my all-time favourite. =)
All you can eat. Summed up to RM138 for two pax including tax. Not very worth it, I would say.
I'd still prefer ala carte, considering that I'm not a big eater. Also, ala carte usually gives you better quality, although more costly.
Anyway, will be looking forward to my next Japanese ala carte meal. I'm thinking... second visit to Ikkyu perhaps. =P

Monday, June 15, 2009


It's been a long time since I've seen an animation as good and as creative as this. From the director of Nightmare Before Christmas, Henry Selick, Coraline is another must-see, especially if you're a fan of Tim Burton's. Although Tim Burton did not participate in the making of this movie, Coraline somehow resembles some of his work - the genre of dark humour and fantasy.

Coraline is based on horror novel written by British author Neil Gaiman which was published in 2002. The movie quickly developed the characters and build up the tension at the very beginning. Coraline (voiced by Dakota Fanning) is a 11-year-old girl who detest her mom (voiced by Teri Hatcher) and dad, her new home, and her life. She discovered a secret door that leads her to another parallel world which is almost the same as her real life, only ten times better. Instead of her ignorant parents, she has the most loving parents; instead of the talkative Wybie, she has a mute Wybie (yesssss... mute); instead of boring neighbours, she has neighbours who invite her over to watch circus and stage play. It seems perfect... with only one tiny problem - she has to have buttons stitched on her eyes if she wants to stay there forever.

Yes I know it sounds totally creepy. And trust me, that's NOT the only creepy thing in the movie. I will refrain myself from revealing too much here though. It'd be a spoiler otherwise.

There's a character that I must introduce. I usually never really like the animals sidekick in an animation but this talking black cat (voiced by Keith David, whom I have no idea who that is), it's so cute!!! And wise. And funny. And cool.

Anyway, no matter how much I enjoyed watching Coraline, I am strongly against parents bringing children younger than 12 years old to watch it. It will only make them have nightmares every night for the rest of their lives. (Hehe...)