• Wednesday, August 23, 2006

    Kopitiam VS
    Starbucks...
    and then Bonda


    4 missed calls..it was George Michael Is... inviting me out for lunch.. i'd just had lunch.. but i teman'd him anyway... Is wanted to check out Bonda.. i took him to Bonda one fine sunday night but unfortunately it was closed.. so we met up at Bonda, and they had just closed.. i was like wtf man..! apparently they close during tea time-ish and reopen for dinner..

    We headed off to Ipoh Parade... this new kopitiam outlet had just open.. Kopitiam Junction... its like the biggest in thing now.. kopitiam's are popping up every freakin where..
    The Kopitiam Junction is located smack opposite Starbucks.. direct muthafreakin competition man.. Starbucks just opened bout a month ago and now boom!... the Kopitiam Junction is gonna dent Starbucks' sales to the max... the purist' will still go to Starbucks for gourmet coffee and cakes and pastries... but how many people here actually bother or know the difference of gourmet coffee.. sad but true... most people just wanna hang out.. chit chat etc.. obviously choice man.. the kopitiam...
    besides having an asian menu.. being way way way cheaper.. the Kopitiam Junction also occupies more square feet and has a huge alfresco sitting area compared to Starbucks...
    oh! the best part is the Kopitiam Junction sells beer!!! awesome man... and its reasonable! Heine' for RM 7.50.... :D


    It has on open kitchen concept.... which seemed really unorganised.... looked like there were way too many staff in the kitchen....

    Deco wise... the standard new school meet old school... as the norm with every new kopitiam... ambience wise... very noisy.. very crowded... also the norm with kopitiams....

    You gotta mark down your own orders... and pass it to the floor staff... we hadta wait like 10 minutes for someone to finally attend to us.... service is pathetic... i only saw like 3 floor staff... whats everyone doing in the kitchen?! *click for better view*

    Iced Hazelnut White Coffee.... RM2 including 5% GST.... tell me thats aint freakin cheap! and it taste' real good... they dont stinge on the hazelnut syrup...

    Is had curry chicken with dried noodles... looked good... had an appetizing aroma... According to Is, it tasted pretty good...

    BUT.... look at that piece of chicken... besides looking like a giant chicken ass... it wasnt cleaned properly... it still had some feather attachments....! real appetite killer man....


    Starbucks Coffee.. Brewing Now.. The first and only Starbucks in Ipoh... woot! go Ipoh!


    Very small bar area... compared to the one we had in CBTL.... but CBTL looks very dated compared to this...

    Indoor seating area very limited...

    Alfresco seating area very comfy... nice greenery... ample mist fans.... the best part are the chairs...! very very very comfy...!


    Starbucks Ipoh doesnt have a gourmet counter... their sandwich selection is very limited and they rely solely on whats sent from the warehouse... i wanted their Turkey Ham and Cheese Panini... but they only had Chicken and Mushroom Panini...! no choice... i was hungry... but it didnt disappoint... the portion was HUGE... it was fresh... the chicken cubes and shitake mushrooms were yummy... Starbucks claims it takes 3 minutes to grill a sandwich... but it took about 10 minutes to arrive..!


    We went for a massage after lunch.... it was at a reflexology centre.... legit', clean place... mind you! not some doggy massage centre that doubles up as a prostitution den... i wasnt interested in gettin messaged but Is said it was on him.. so what the hell..
    i got a dude from china... he made me change into shorts... i was already wearing shorts... i didnt see the point cause i was only getting an upper body massage.... dude hardly spoke English/Malay and he insisted! they looked more like boxers actually... oversized and loose! i dont know if the message did me any good... cause parts of my back and shoulder hurt now..! dude said i got a very bad back.. that i know already... he was like very disappointed with my back and trying to explain to me mostly with sign language and a sprinkle of England English.... i just smiled and kept saying "yes" and "uh huh" "yes very bad"....
    Dude did that Chinese cupping thingy on my back... those things really suck your skin and weigh down you back man... when i got home i noticed i had fucking read round marks on by back... and they hurt...! chebai.. wonder how long till they disappear...

    after getting massaged... we went back to Bonda.. this time fortunately they were open.. Bonda claims to be a restaurant & cafe... specializing in home styled Malay and Western cuisine... Bonda literally means Mother in old school Malay... Bonda in Punjabi though means "ass"... but moving on!
    I like Bonda cause of its ambience... its chillaxed and has that very old school home-y feel to it... The last time i was there..i tired their spaghetti bolognaise... and it wasnt bad... their fried rice selection is pretty good i've been told... i didnt feel like having rice for dinner... Is opted for their BBQ lamb... sounded pretty sweet... so i ordered the same thing... The lamb was a serious let down.. just too much fat..! and it was covered with black pepper sauce..! hai! sakit hati...
    There was only one staff on the floor.. so you can expect what service was like.. fortunately for that guy, the turnover wasnt high... first time i was given a stained knife... second knife i got was stained as well...! when i wanted to settle the bill RM 24.50... the cashier didnt have change for 50...! like omfg wtf man! I didnt have smalls thus Is ended up paying... dude, i owe you a meal next time we meet up.....




    The story of Bonda....

    Sea Coconut... very delicious... refreshing...


    Fatty Lamb....


    Wish i could have given Bonda a better review... cause i really like that place.. the ambience atleast... i'd say if you just wanna a quite place to hang out and chit chat have a couple of non alcoholic beverages... Bonda would be a great place... otherwise go somewhere else...


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    Currently Feeling: 'icky and hungry

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