Monday, January 9, 2012

Dinner/Desserts @ Food Republic Pavilion Kuala Lumpur: Sam-Sam Korean Cuisine, Ichiban Ramen, J.Co Donuts & Coffee and Lavender Bakery

What made our Kuala Lumpur trip extra cool for me was the fact that our hotel was surrounded by a number of boutique stores and malls, including the popular Pavilion Kuala Lumpur along Bukit Bintang.

                                   Grand Display in front of Pavilion Kuala Lumpur
                                                  The lovely Gwyneth Paltrow for Coach

                                                  Bukit Bintang Entrance at Pavilion KL

                                             Winter Wonderland theme at Pavilion KL

                       Photo op with a beautiful Malaysian girl in a super cute outfit 

    Took this photo because I've been captivated by the whole Banyan Tree concept/brand 
ever since I saw a documentary about it on the National Geographic Channel.

                                            Elegant interiors of Pavilion Kuala Lumpur

                      A huge MAC boutique store on the third level of Pavilion Kuala Lumpur!

    Vincci at the Pavilion Kuala Lumpur is the same with the VNC we have here in the Philippines

                         Bala already tired from carrying Tutapel all around Bukit Bintang
Food Republic at Pavilion Kuala Lumpur is synonymous with our mall food courts

The main difference lies in the fact that their food court featured an array of seemingly authentic international and Asian cuisines from both simple stall owners and big-time restaurateurs. And because of the many food choices in front of us, we didn't have a clue on what to eat.

When we could no longer ignore our percolating tummies, Rolandito, Ren and myself began to navigate the place overflowing with a myriad of dishes. Bala told me only one thing-to choose something that Tutapel will absolutely enjoy since he has been quite picky recently. Awwww! Sweet dada!

1st Choice: Ichiban Ramen at Food Republic, Pavilion Kuala Lumpur

             Ichiban Ramen Japanese Resto at Food Republic, Pavilion Kuala Lumpur

What I ordered for Bala and Tutapel: Delish Chicken Teriyaki Bento Set 
from Ichiban Ramen, Food Republic @ Pavilion Kuala Lumpur (RM 20 or PHP 280)

         The Ichiban Ramen bento came with miso soup, Iced Green Tea 
and two seedless watermelon slices!

2nd Choice: Sam-Sam Korean Cuisine at Food Republic, Pavilion Kuala Lumpur

Sam-Sam Korean Cuisine at Food Republic, Pavilion Kuala Lumpur

I was in the heart of Kuala Lumpur and yet I wanted to eat Korean. Funny, isn't it? Well, I planned on eating at this particular stall before hand and even researched about it well before our trip.

                                                                  Dinner for one?

I already knew which to order from the very beginning. The only thing I wasn't prepared for was how to finish everything by myself since everybody was already full. Thank God for take-outs!

Japchae (RM 11.90 or PHP 166)

A delicious medley of firm glass noodles, carrots, bell pepper julienne, shiitake mushrroms, onion slices topped with sesame seeds. I've always wanted to eat this dish ever since I saw Han Jeun, Song Hye Kyo's character cooked this in one of the scenes from the 2004 Korean drama Full House.  And I wasn't disappointed at all!  Somehow it reminded me of our very own Pancit Guisado but with a stronger shiitake taste, thicker noodles and more sauce than usual.

Food Republic @ Pavilion Kuala Lumpur

Each meal came with two types of "banchan"or side dishes of radish kimchi and raw potato slices

I found the kimchi too spicy for comfort, although I knew for a fact that kimchi was supposed to taste like that. :-) On the other hand, the idea of eating raw potatoes wasn't at all thrilling for me.

Tteokbokki (RM 12.50 or PHP 175). 

Long rice cake with carrots, boiled egg slices, green onion, fish strip and cabbage. The deep orange flavor warned me that this dish was indeed super spicy; but it turned out to be unexpectedly delicious as well. Truly, a dream come true for me! Truth is, I've been craving for this dish ever since I saw Yoon Eun Yeh's character in Goong or Princess Hours ate Tteokbokki with her classmates and Shin Goon. 

Food Republic @ Pavilion Kuala Lumpur

Pa-Jeon or Korean-style Pancake (RM 8 or PHP112). 

A popular Korean snack consisting of flour batter, eggs, green onions/scallions and squid. Although a little bland at first, the myriad of textures found in this dish made the succeeding bites interesting. In a rather strange way, the green onion stalks added freshness to the dish although if they were softer, they would have blended more with the pancake. 

I actually looked forward to eating this dish because it was always featured in some of  the Korean dramas I've watched. In Coffee Prince for instance, one of the male cast members helped Yoon Eun Yeh's sister  prepare this dish for her father's death anniversary. 

Food Republic @ Pavilion Kuala Lumpur

3rd Choice: J.Co Donuts & Coffee at Pavilion Kuala Lumpur

   Rolandito's treat: 
A box full of J. Pops Baby Donuts from J. Co Donuts & Coffee at Pavilion KL

                                                         Wanna take a peek?

J. Pops Baby Donuts from J. Co Donuts & Coffee (RM 17 or PHP 238). 

For some reason, the donuts were not that sweet and unexpectedly creamier than our local variants. And for that, I'm looking forward to tasting more of their more popular flavors when they open their first branch here in the Philippines. 

According to Mrs. Martinez's Raves and Rants, the very first J. Co Donuts & Coffee will open at The Strip, SM Megamall on February 16, 2012! 

                                                                       Coffee anyone?

J. Co Donuts & Coffee
Lot No. : 1.05.00, Level 1
Tel. : 03-2141 7751
Website :

4th Choice: Lavender Bakery at Pavilion Kuala Lumpur

          Lavender Bakery's Bamboo Charcoal Sand (RM 3.90 or PHP 55). 
I'm afraid I wasn't able to taste this one.

Lavender Bakery's Seaweed Tuna Spicy (RM 3.60 or PHP 50). 

I love this bread for it reminded me of Breadtalk's popular Fire Floss down to the core: Spicy yet equally delish!

Food Republic @ Pavilion Kuala Lumpur

Lavender Bakery
Lot No. : P1.07.00, Level 1
Tel. : 03-2141 6986
Website :

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  1. I'll be waiting for the J.Co Philippines! :D

  2. J. Pops Baby Donuts? whoa!!!! sana magkaron na nyan dito ASAP, lol!
    kakagutom naman ang mga pictures, galing!

  3. hi Rome! thanks for visiting ha. it means a lot.thank you!!! one month to go na lang, meron na ang megamall ng j. pops baby donuts. hihihi

  4. hi nurain! thanks for the visit!the tteokbokki was a 4! a little but sweet and salty, but msotly sweet. you'll love it!

  5. hello michymichymoo! 1 month to go na lang, we have our very own na at sm megamall! thank you my dear sis for the visit!

  6. hi kaye. i was searching for more information on j. co. donuts and your blog was among the top search results. not only did i find info on the donuts (someone said they would open here and your post verified the info), i got the chance to read your great post on KL! great pictures and post! hope to see you at megamall :)

  7. Thanks for mentioning my blog!


  8. @Rome: thank you! :)

    @nurain: i'll give the teeokbokki a 3.5 rating...since I'm filipino, i prefer sweeter dishes...:)

    @mrs. martinez: the pleasure is all mine Mrs. M! more power!

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