Monday, 12 January 2015

A Treat for Me@Epicuro


Last weekend I went back to work. I actually enjoy working weekends because there is minimal or no disturbance  and I can concentrate and get my work done a lot more efficiently. And I was actually feeling pretty happy. That's when I decided to go to Youtube and listen to songs while going about my chores. I found some bands that I used to love. Like EZO, the now defunct Japanese rock band. I cranked up the volume because there was only one other person at the far end of the office. 





That certainly lifted my mood. I was hungry at 11:30am because I did not have breakfast. I usually skip breakfast on weekends. Why? No particular reason. As motivation to work (not that I needed any as I was quite jolly, must be the songs) I decided to give myself a lunch treat. Where else but at Epicuro. Again.


I walked in before 12:00pm and the place was already bustling with activity and filled with loud chatter. This is one popular place. I waited for a short while before the server noticed me. While waiting to be seated, I looked at the dessert board. The specials for the day were the White Chocolate Mousse with Blueberries and Waffles with Ice-Cream (or something like that). I was shown to a small table that seats 2. 

I ordered the Walnuts and Almond Salad (RM15.90). See the shaved cheese on top? I don't like cheese so I just mixed it all up so that I couldn't taste the cheese hee..hee.. This salad has candied walnuts and toasted almonds so there's some crunch. Very nice but it was slightly underdressed for me. I could use a bit more dressing. Maybe my tastebuds in not so sensitive due to my stronger tasting homemade garlicky dressings. But I enjoyed the salad.



Next up is my favourite, the Lamb Shank (RM39.90). But I was a little disappointed because of the very scant serving of carrots and gravy. Usually there is more than that.


And most glaring was the absence of the cauliflower mash that is usually at the bottom of the meat. I have had this Lamb Shank many times before so I know how it is served. 


Digging in, I found very thin traces of the mash (or was it cream) and I was left wanting. Sigh.... Maybe the restaurant couldn't get any cauliflower. I have not been successful myself at buying cauliflower as they are already speckled with brown spots when I get to them at the supermarket.


Once I cleaned my plate, the White Chocolate Mousse played on my mind. Ah...might as well. I mean I'm giving myself a treat and what's a treat without dessert? So here it is, the White Chocolate Mousse with Blueberries served in a tall wine glass (RM12.90). It was a very small serving and not too heavy on my tummy.

I wasn't sure if I should dig at the chocolate decoration on the plate. After all I paid RM12.90 for this whole lot. But I didn't want to look like a jakun, so I left it alone :)

It was sweet and I loved the feel of the blueberries popping in my mouth as I chomped on them together with the mousse. There are digestive biscuits in the mousse, and some are sprinkled on top.



What can I say? It was a lovely dessert though a bit sweet for my tastebuds. 


This lunch cost me RM75.55. You see, I don't spend money on designer clothes or bags or shoes. But I am prepared to spend on good food and I think a treat like this once in blue moon is good for the soul, don't you think so? That should motivate me to work harder so that I can afford these treats more often, eh? Ah, the beauty of financial independence!

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  1. Yes, we should treat ourselves to good food once in a while. But, money aside, did you eat that salad, lamb shank and chocolate mousse all by yourself? That lamb shank alone is enough to 'kill' me, I think :D

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    1. Yes, I ate all that. LOL! Actually the serving size is small. Salad consist of leaves only. The lamb shank is not a big piece, In fact I can eat two hah..hah... The dessert is small, champagne glass size only,

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  2. I will lose in an eating battle with you. Walao! Salad, lamb shank and dessert!

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    1. Sure or not? The serving size here is small and after all that, it was just nice only. Not too full. You should go there sometime when you are back here and you will understand what I mean.

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  3. Seen people blogging about this...and also on Facebook. Must be a good place to go and dine. That lamb shanks looks awesome!

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    1. It's a good place. Good food and good service. The Lamb Shank is excellent except that they did not have any cauliflower mash to go with it that day.

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  4. Afternoon sweetie, weird that I only see your update now.. Eh, your first picture looks like steamed egg with peitan, haha.. Very nice and smooth leh.. Then I read read read, oooooo, ice cream with blueberries la, aiyoh.. I was thinking, hmm, I don't think this is steamed egg with peitan, coz you are talking about western food wor.. Wah, that lamb shank looks very delicious.. I can have two plates! Haha.. "tarm tarm yok" (mouth mouth meat), lau hau sui leh !!

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    1. Louiz, you are so funny! That one is actually a mousse. Quite nice but too sweet for me. I also can eat two plates of the lamb shank because it is small. But looks big in the photo.

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  5. Yes, working on weekends is much more peaceful but i still don't like it... Weekends are meant for sleeping and shopping! Haha xD

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  6. I love the lamb shank, looks so delicious. If I were to eat all the salad, lamb shank and dessert, I would not be able to work..would be too sleepy to do any work at all. Hahaha maybe its bacause of my age.

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    1. Nancy, actually the portion size is small. So it was just ngam ngam for me, not too full and I could work hah..hah...

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  7. I thought you work on these too till I realised you eat out .... the food looks so good!

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  8. Nice looking lamb shank. I am the opposite. I like to spend money on shoes and handbags but as for food I am a bit kiam siap ha ha Oh well, I don't eat out on my own so I hardly indulge but if with my husband I let him pay :)

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    1. Gertrude, yah make him pay hah..hah...

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  9. where did you hide everything that you ate??? Mari mari....let's go and pick blueberries, in season now!

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    1. In my stomach lah :D Wish I can join you for blueberry picking. Sambil petik sambil makang :D

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    2. The farmers are laughing cos they used to throw the lamb shanks to the dogs...and the lamb shanks are so expensive now! come la this time of the year can pick strawberries also....gua petik makang petik makang....hujan doh duduk bawoh poko makang lagi ...then...oppsss...too much fibre and gotta run for life! :p

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    3. One lamb shank here at supermarket is almost RM30. I quickly pusing balik and won't buy. Don't makang too much beri nanti cirit bawoh pokok, ah sudoh!

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  10. you are cool!!! and yes, what's wrong to pamper yourself occasionally huh?? and especially when you are working extra on a weekend, i really have to agree with you that we could be even more productive and efficient on weekends without the interruptions and we tend to work with a calmer heart on weekends.. :)

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    1. True, true, I am very calm in the office on weekends. Wish it was like that everyday hah..hah...

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  11. that was indeed a very nice meal, over RM70 for a person for lunch, i don't think i have ever had such a luxury one before (i mean myself paying), haha!! nice salad and nice lamb shank (though i don't fancy lamb) and lastly that chocolate mousse, fuyoh, that was perfectly pampering and if you feel loved, who cares if you are spending on cloths or gadgets or food, agree?? :)

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    1. I agree with you, SK! We need to pamper ourselves lah in whatever way. Some people go travel, buy jewellery etc but for me it is always food. Makan nombor satu! hee..hee...

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  12. Hi Phong Hong,
    The Walnuts and Almond Salad & White Chocolate Mousse with Blueberries looked very appealing to me ... surely we deserved to pamper ourselves with nice wonderful treats occasionally :D

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    1. Karen, oh yes we do! I am looking forwards to my next treat but not so soon hah...hah...

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  13. Looks really good. I will have that lamb shank, thank you. I wonder when will I get a chance to try out this place.

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    1. Mun, one day you can drag your spouse there. Go early because this place is very popular.

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  14. You have a very good appetite PH:D I have a friend who declared that he loves to eat with someone with a great appetite :D I do indulged once in a while too:)

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    1. Jeannie, my stomach is big like the XL tong sampah LOL!

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  15. Jiayoh then ! ....Work hard and eat hard :)

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  16. Hi Phong Hong,

    You earn money and you spend money... plus money can buy happiness like this meal. So why not??? :p

    Zoe

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    1. Sure thing, Zoe! My stomach is happy and therefore I am happy :D

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  17. Hmmm...tasteful servings here.

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    1. Very tasteful, May! My favourite place to eat.

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  18. Good choice, PH!! A meal starts with salad then main meal and ends with a dessert.. and that makes it a COMPLETE meal! hahahaa... Love your choice!

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    1. Claire, I also think the same way hee..hee...

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  19. Food is a motivation to me too, anytime. Like you, I don't buy expensive clothes, bags or shoes but I don't mind spending on food

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  20. I also like to work during weekends, no disturbance from fellow colleagues, no phone calls, more efficient, can complete more work

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    1. Yup, that's the best time to work but then my household chores take a back seat and I have less time to relax at home :(

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  21. I thought I was the only weirdo who often skipped breakfasts for no reasons. I was told it is very bad to skip breakfast instead of lunch or dinner.
    Your whole meal orders are my liking. We can have parties anytime.

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    1. A party at Epicuro would be awesome. They do host private functions. Once me and my partner went there when the place was booked. The host was very kind and he let us have our meal since the party was still not in full swing.

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