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Malaysian Hawker, Cambridge Forum

Malaysian Hawker Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Following on from the last post, we decided to have Malaysian for our main course.

Malaysian Hawker has quite an extensive range of traditional and authentic Malaysian favourites.

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We chose beef rendang, a really thick and delicious coconut curry that cooks for ages so the beef is really tender. This was quite a nice version, but the meat could have been trimmed a bit better. the flavour was amazing but there were a few fatty pieces in there.

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We also chose char kway teow which was as good as any ckt that you would find in Malaysia or Singapore. It had the nice smoky wok burn flavour which I love. I ate some before I took the picture, so this is not representative  of portion size.

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We also ordered Lo Bak, a beautiful pork and prawn dish in a beancurd wrapper which is steamed and then deep fried resulting in a crispy sausage type dish, then sliced into bite sized morsels. This was very good and quite a meaty version, served with sliced crispy tofu and a dipping sauce.

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I really enjoyed my visit to Cambridge Forum and would definitely recommend the stalls that I visited.

Wembley Dim Sum, Cambridge Forum

Wembley Dim Sum Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

In the middle of Cambridge Street nestled between Alexander Street and Simper Street is Cambridge Forum – a hawker centre with curries, Malaysian, dumplings, dim sum and French food. There’s also a fab drinks stall that can whip up a chendol in no time.

This is a fairly short blog post because we chose some food from Wembley Dim Sum for a starter, so I only have two dishes to review, but if you look at the next page, you’ll see the review for Hawker’s Delight, a Malaysian food stall.

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So, you go and order your dim sum and they give you a little flag for the table, then when it’s ready, somebody delivers it to your table.

We chose siu mai, a pork and prawn dumpling and they were the biggest siu mai we had ever seen, very tasty too. We also chose crab claws, probably not really traditional dim sum, but definitely a favourite and very enjoyable.

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Both came with nice dipping sauces – chilli oil and sweet chilli. Yum.

Now here’s a pic of the marvellous chendol from the drinks bar. With green rice flour jelly and red beans, it was really good.

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Three Five Three – Wembley

UPDATE – Three Five Three is now permanently closed.

Three Five Three Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

We dined here for lunch – very much looking forward to it as we had heard a lot about this place – reportedly a fine dining heaven, and really good service.

When we arrived, on a slightly chilly day, we were seated right next to an open window. Shortly after taking off my jacket, I put it back on again. Then it started to rain and I could feel the rain droplets in the air coming through the window. We decided to close it. It occurred to me that nobody asked if we minded being seated next to an open window, and none of the staff noticed that we were cold until we actually closed the window.

I ordered a strawberry and watermelon juice which arrived in a quirky chemical beaker and tasted very nice.

Strawberry and Watermelon juice

Strawberry and Watermelon juice

The menu was extremely limited – we could opt for two or three courses. The starters and dessert options were a platter (nothing else was on offer), and the mains were a choice of fish and chips, wagyu steak burger and chateaubriand with prawns. I did wonder what would be on offer for vegetarian diners.

Starter platter

Starter platter

Starter platter

Starter platter

Starter platter

Starter platter

The starter platter was quite large and consisted of charred bread, prawns with lime and mayonnaise, grilled halloumi with a pepper and tomato relish, olives, nuts, cheese and biscuits, and chorizo slices in a fruity tasting sauce.

This was not really the selection that I had hoped for, and I got the impression that the chef was making it easy for him or herself. Bowls of nuts and olives are a lazy option. The chorizo had quite a tough skin, although it did taste nice – I wasn’t sure about the fruity brown sauce that came with it. The cheese was ok, nothing special. The halloumi, again okay. The prawns were overcooked.

Having read the great reviews for dinner, I would have expected something a little more cheffy in the platter. I would have preferred smaller portions of nicer food e.g. a home made terrine or pate, some mushrooms with blue cheese, some mini arancini balls.

For main I chose the chateaubriand. I didn’t get an option of how well done I wanted it to be. I prefer medium rare. This was medium to well done.

Chateaubriand

Chateaubriand

It came with a ‘soil’ strip of coffee, which didn’t go with anything and I wasn’t sure why it was on the plate. The prawns were ok, but overcooked again, the tomatoes were nice, the wedges were ok, nothing special, the meat was tender but for me – overcooked. I was a bit disappointed.

Wagyu burger

Wagyu burger

My companion chose the Wagyu burger which came with the same brown sauce that accompanied the chorizos earlier. I asked if he could taste the quality of the Wagyu beef in the burger and he reported that he had tasted better burgers at Grill’d. He didn’t eat it all. He says he got bored with it.

Dessert Platter

Dessert Platter

Dessert Platter

Dessert Platter

Dessert Platter

Dessert Platter

The dessert platter consisted of a chocolate bavarois with three layers, raspberry sorbet, 4 mini macarons, strawberry, raspberry ripple and chocolate icecream, and elderflower jelly filled chocolates.

It looked amazing. The bavarois was quite heavy, the layers reminded me of a thick school blancmange, and I detected a hint of popping candy in the dark layer. It was okay, but I am glad that it was a small sample and not a whole dessert size. The dark chocolate ice cream was excellent – the best item on the plate. The other ice creams and the sorbet were okay, nothing special. The mini macarons were a little soft and not very flavoursome. I like my macaron shells to be crispy with a gooey middle. The chocolates filled with elderflower jelly were a bit strange to be honest, again okay, but not anything that I would rush to order again.

The waitress was friendly, but she only ever asked my companion if he wanted another drink or if his meal was okay, she did not address me at all, and during the meal the table became a little messy with a few drops of food on it, and at no point did the wait staff wipe down the table.

There was a tray of muffins left out to tempt diners, but nothing was covering them, and I saw at least two flies buzzing around – this is a failure of basic restaurant hygiene which should be second nature.

If the evening meals at Three five three are as good as everybody reports, then I am afraid that the lunch menu is sadly lacking. Will I go back to Three five three for dinner ? I don’t know – my experience does not bode well.

Bouchon Bistro, Wembley – revisit

UPDATE – Sadly, Bouchon is now permanently closed, the owners decided to retire.

The last visit to Bouchon was thoroughly enjoyable, so it was time for a return.

The menu was as inviting as ever with all dishes sounding appetising, so I could have happily chosen anything.

Choices of starters were a Linley valley pork terrine, a duck confit croquette, a sardine escabeche, and pan fried tiger prawns with gruyere custard.

We were served an amuse bouche of terrine with rhubarb – I didn’t catch the name of the meat that was in the terrine, but it tasted quite strong and gamey so could have been venison. This was very nice.

Amuse bouche

Amuse bouche

I chose the sardine escabeche with lemon, olive oil and basil sorbet, and a goat cheese bavarois.:

Sardine Escabeche

Sardine Escabeche

This was a lovely starter, nice and fresh tasting with the bavarois perfectly complementing the acidity of the sardine dressing.

My companion chose the duck confit croquette with tomato, mushroom and coriander marmalade:

Duck confit croquette

Duck confit croquette

This was packed with duck, the crispy coating being a nice contrast to the soft duck meat, and the mushrooms and jus were rich and delicious.

The choices of mains were Tasmanian salmon, braised beef cheek, panfried spatchcock breast, and veal tournedos.

I chose the veal tournedos with chestnut crust and sesame and orange condiment:

Veal tournedos

Veal tournedos

The veal was perfectly cooked – medium rare, the crust was exquisite and the citrus accompaniments balanced the meal well.

My companion chose the beef cheek in lemon grass and espelette with white bean ragout:

Braised beef cheek

Braised beef cheek

This was also perfectly cooked, melting in the mouth – the beans were nice but tasted similar to standard baked beans, and an alternative carbohydrate would have been better, such as a potato cake or some mash.

Accompaniments were green vegetables:

Green vegetables

Green vegetables

A nice mixture of beans, sugar snaps and broccoli. We could have had gratin dauphinois, but decided to keep my dairy consumption to a minimum to avoid too much of an intolerance reaction – I had already spotted my dessert, and knew that I wanted to have ice cream.

The choice of desserts was spiced fruit tagine with rice pudding, poached pear and poire william chibouste with shortbread, chocolate mousse with peanut caramel and sambuca ice cream, and a cheese plate with crackers, fruit compote and bread.

We both chose the mousse:

Chocolate mousse

Chocolate mousse

It was advertised as a dark chocolate mousse, but for my taste it could have been darker. It was delicious though, and the sambuca ice cream was sublime and complemented the dish perfectly. The peanut caramel was a little too sweet and cloying, I would have preferred the caramel to be taken further so that it was darker, and poured over roasted peanuts to form a peanut brittle. It was a very nice dessert though, and one that I will attempt to make in my own style at home for one of my dinner parties.

The whole meal was a real treat, but on this occasion the service was a bit on the slow side. The waitress did apologise a few times and I wondered if they were short staffed. I thought that it was good value for the quality of the food, and will be happy to return again.

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