Saturday, March 28, 2009

SohoKL @ Solaris Dutamas

I used to be a "homing guy" for the past years. Ahem~

Eh, give face a bit lah. Don't boo at me lah. Listen first.

I said so 'cause I really spent more time staying at home than hanging out with friends, for some reasons. I even lazy to go out for a lunch or dinner or mamak stall and imagine did not step out even to the car porch during the weekend days until Monday when go to work. And I work in KLCC, the most happening area in the capital, I don't even know what pubs, discos, dining restaurants and so forth surrounding my office. Yeah, shameful to say I still know very little until today, even what shops available in KLCC. :") One particular reason is I hate to hangout in KL.

Recently I revert myself as city hunter (Ha! Damn! I recalled this nick my friends used to call me!!) recently. I was eying on a new hangout place, the SohoKL at Solaris Dutamas for the past weeks. My friends and I visited few restaurants just for some de-stress sessions after work...


Hmmm... Which one to start first?

Ok, first, the Schokolart...


The setup...


Since it's just an exploratory visit, only 2 cakes were ordered. The milk chocolate and caramelized pineapple breton part (RM9.50)...


The Ebony and Ivory (RM9.50)...


Did I remember the name correctly? Some others on the shelf...


And the price...


Need not say much, it's a chocolate specialty restaurant, but it serves other food as well, visit the web site for details. The cakes were good, not so sweet. Again, sweet things usually taste good for everyone's tongue. If you are a chocolate lover, worth a try, though the price is on the high side for the chocolates but the meals like lunch set is quite affordable.

The manager, Mr. Berry was very friendly and pleasant, to explain the menu. He is a very responsible servant that he knew his products very well, to the detail that he could explain the ingredients and making of each cake on the shelf. Since it's the first visit, he was kind enough to gift a member card which costs RM20 but FOC to each of us...


It's attached at the bottom left of the application form. The card entitles us a 10% discount for next visits and immediately on the 2 cakes we had! So basically we paid nett price for the food without the 10% tax. Thanks Mr. Berry!

The second restaurant we visited was Biz Cafe...


This time we were hungry because of the cakes we had earlier on, they stimulated our appetite. So let's go straight to the food...


The nasi goreng (fried rice) above and the seafood spaghetti below...


Though I was sharing with other, but both tasted good! The cafe also offers Tiger Beer at RM28 nett per jug from 6pm - 8pm. I recommend this cafe if you happen to be there searching decent meals with reasonable price (at such place). The cafe also sells some cakes...


Last, the Boston...


It's a pub-like restaurant, therefore you need to be checked at the entrance, though you can easily sneak in from behind, belakang mari...


To be checked or to be check?

This time I managed to took a shot on the price so one can get a feel what do I meant by reasonable price (at such place)...


The menu has some overlaps with Biz Cafe above but it also serves some western food like steaks which look yummy on the menu. We ordered a family snack platter 'cause the yellowish cheesy dip looked delicious...


And the real serving...


Noticed the sauce was in different color? We asked the question and was told "picture one is the wrong sauce". What can you say more?! So if you were tempted by the menu here, warn you, you might be disappointed by its real serving. The platter tasted so so and one commented a bit tasteless.

Since it's pub, the happy hour begins from 6pm for 9pm. We were told the first bottle of Tiger Beer (the only beer) was RM23 nett followed by subsequent bottles for RM0.50 nett, so it should be RM24.50 for 4 bottles. It was indeed true but the waiter did not mention per pax! So it's RM23 nett per pax per first bottle, ended up the bill (for beers only) was RM92!

I did not feel I was cheated like my friend did, she was so upset with it, may be some after effect of alcohol. Certainly it's a miscommunication with the waiter as the waiter could not speak fluent English, though we did clarify with him beforehand and he said yes for our calculation of RM24.50. Anyway, I don't like Tiger Beer, but I think it's a worth deal if you and gangs could at least drink more than 2 bottles per person in 3 hours time. Oh ya, you must have RM0.50 coins, not 2 x RM0.20 + 1 x RM0.10 to get your subsequent bottles. This was what I was told, (by the waiter again) but I saw few RM0.20 coins in the collection bucket.

Here is the location of Solaris Dutamas, you can find it in latest MFM map...


Overall, the place is nice for hang out with friends or loved one or even with family. In addition, it's generally hard to get good food (or even yucks type of feedback) in such hang out places, you pay the price for the atmosphere and setup, but SohoKL is an exception, the food was tasty, in particular the Biz Cafe. Plus the price is reasonable and not so crowding like those places in KL city center, certainly you feel relax here. I shall correct myself that I hate to hangout in KL city center since this place is called SohoKL, but I am cool with KL suburbs like this area.

There are many more restaurants look interesting to explore, perhaps next month or so. We have too many outings recently and my pocket isn't that deep. Hehe...