Japanese Buffet @ Umaiya Japanese Restaurant


Umaiya is THE BEST Japanese ala carte buffet we've ever tried!  

Branches:
So far we've only dined in their Damansara Uptown branch before (the other branch is at IOI Puchong). So i'll only recommend the Damansara Uptown branch because sometime food quality does vary with branches.

Price:
It's roughly RM68 per head including tax.

Time: 
11.30am to 2.30pm on weekends only. Bookings must be made, preferably one week in advance to avoid disappointment.

Pros: 
Their sashimi was the FRESHEST of every restaurants i've tried in Malaysia! It was sooo good we went there for quite a few of special occasions because we know we wouldn't be disappointed. To us, it's the best so far but we are still in searching of new Japanese ala carte buffet to try on. Next would be Kampachi!

Cons:
Though i think it's biggest flaw is not having unagi on their buffet menu, but almost everything on the menu is very delicious. The rest are just delicious lol.


Let the foodporn begins! 

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5 Best Restaurants in Hoi An, Vietnam

While planning for our Vietnam trip, the foodie in us hoped to experience more the local Vietnamese food. We spent days watching all kind of food channel which features Vietnam, like Gordon Ramsay's Great Escape in Vietnam.

But we didn't want to stress ourselves out with the perfect food finding so we decided to eat the locals eat and just follow the crowd. Boy did we just last for only a day!

It was a mistake. We didn't like the local food so much. We've tried them all: Cau Lau, White Rose and Banquette but we can't imagine eating them for the second time. This trip would be screwed if we cannot enjoy the food here! By the end of first night's dinner, we gave up and start pulling out our phones to check restaurant reviews on Tripadvisor. It was our trip saviour!

Here's the list of restaurants that made our trip awesome!

1. Streets Restaurant Cafe
This was the first restaurant that brighten our trip. Street Cafe is actually owned by a culinary school named Street International. So the food you can expect is not just simple dishes of traditional food, but Vietnamese inspired dishes, fusions.
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We have soon developed a liking in dining by the roadside in Hoi An.
After only one day of eating Pho and Cau Lau (Vietnamese noodles), us being the typical Chinese through and through had already started craving for rice. So we ordered Glazed Pork Ribs on Bone with Vietnamese Kim Chi and Asian Style Chicken Curry with Coconut Milk.
(click here for full menu for Street Cafe

The feeling of having steaming hot rice in our stomachs was sooo gooooddd!
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The meal ended with a sweet note - a pineapple coconut ice cream. The taste of sweetened pineapple and a rich coconut flavour of the ice cream, it was a great combination we never tried until now.

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Pineapply Coconut Ice Cream

Bill came at 440,000VND, which at that time was around RM55 to 60. Not too expensive considering we ordered 2 main dishes, 2 drinks and desserts. 

2. Morning Glory
One of the top rated restaurants on Tripadvisor! It certainly did not disappoint us.

Morning Glory is so popular among the tourists that it was full house even well before dinner time. By dinner time, you can see staff lining up chairs in front of the restaurant for the waiting customers. It's that popular.

Our orders under Miss Vy's Creation category:
(view full menu for Morning Glory here)

1. Crispy Roasted Pork with red rice risotto.
The crispy roasted pork is just like the Chinese siew yokso it's no special to us. But the red rice risotto was superb! It was our first time tasting such risotto we loved it. The taste was not too strong like usual risotto but with just a hint of scent and butter.  
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2. Mine: Prawn Curry with steamed rice. 
Steaming rice and hot curry fresh prawn, need i say more? 
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Dessert was a custard thingy which was a rather disappointment i didn't bother to memorise its name.

I didn't keep the bill, was i believe the bill was roughly around 550,000 to 600,000 VND including 2 drinks and 1 dessert, slightly higher than Street Cafe. In fact i think it was our most expensive meal in Hoi An.


3. Miss Vy

Miss Vy actually shares the same boss as Morning Glory, except the surrounding looks more traditional and the price was slightly cheaper too. 
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This time, instead of dessert, we order a traditional appetiser - veggie and a slice of beed wrapped in a very chewy transparent dumpling skin. We didn't like most of the traditional food we had, but this was nice! 

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Our main dishes: Egg fried rice and chilli steamed fish.

It seems like not only the interior was not as flashy as Morning Glory, so was their food. It might looked like a normal egg fried rice, but it was sooo delicious and warm! It tasted like something a super mom cooks for her beloved children. 

The steamed fish was just so-so. Upon ordering, the waitress asked us if we want "little spicy" or "very spicy", we looked at each other, scared. If they have to ask such question, does that mean the dish is very spicy? It turned out our Malaysian endurance for spiciness is so high that "very spicy" was quite mild for us.  

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4. Duck Cafe

One thing you'll notice traveling in Hoi An is you can only have breakfast in your hotel, no matter how shitty the hotel food are. For some reasons, restaurants and cafes are not allowed to serve customers until 10.30am. So we patiently waited until 10.30am for Duck Cafe before leaving An Hoi for Cua Dai.
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It was a Vietnamese x Japanese Fusion restaurant. You can find Japanese elements everywhere. Matcha delivered from Japan was featured in the menu, Japanese books were lined up in the shelves, even manga Conan in Vietnamese can be found!

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The food was quite delicious, though not as awestruck as the previous restaurants, but the overall experience was the nicest. The ambience was so cozy and quiet. The staffs were so friendly and helpful too! 

Did i mention that the cafe exclusively hires people with disability? The bf always has a soft spot for disabled people, so we bought some handmade bracelets from them.

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Our favourite dessert in Hoi An - Affogato with Vietnamese Coffee! It has the extra milky taste compared the usual expresso. 


 5. Lucky Beach Resort

Our last restaurant in Hoi An that made us regret cutting our trip one day shorter!

If you dislike busy and crowded beach, just find your way to Lucky Beach Resort. The owner will lead you to their backyard, then you'll find yourself immersed in the most serene part of An Bang beach.
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The best part is, you can have lunch at the beach with blue sea as your view! How relaxing is that! Only lunch was allowed to dine at the beach as they do not have enough lighting as the sky gets darker. And sadly enough, we reached there at sunset so we have to dine inside.


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All the seafood was so fresh! The owner told us that his fisherman father brought seafood back to her restaurant every morning so all their seafood will always be fresh. They were quite honest too, there are some dishes they urge us not to order because they think required seafood was not fresh enough.

I think all in all, the bf and i value the overall experience more than the food alone. Give me awesome food but crappy service, we will never see us again. But give us okay food with excellent service, we will come back!

And dining at Lucky Beach Resort is one of the most wonderful experiences! If we got the chance, i will spent the whole day here by the beach and have my 3 meals here.


Everyday's everyday

The life i anticipated at my graduation ceremony is so much different from my life now.

The dream of being an entrepreneur, the desire of traveling the world, the enthusiasm of investing... Somewhere along the way, our dreams were put aside, shoved to the back of head because all the work on our desks seems more important now. 

So unknowingly every day was lived the same.

Monday always comes in blue, we woke up sulkily putting on our formal wear for work; Tuesday we accepted our fate and find little joy in having a nice expensive lunch; Wednesday we whined about the long week; Thursday we start counting hours until Friday; Friday is Friday! 

Then Saturday and Sunday we spent stucking in traffic going to places we can't go during weekends to have a meal, preferably somewhere fancy and instragram-worthy so we have "Likes" on Facebook/Instagram to convince ourselves our weekends were truly well spent. 

Then it all repeats itself again. 

Then one day we woke up to realise we are 30 years old, still stuck in the same old routine. 

Pondering
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