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Friday, August 8, 2008

All By Myself @ Pavilion, Kuala Lumpur & The Carl's Jr Saga Continues ...

"Ahem, pray we dun sneeze ... or our cover's blown!"
Question : What do you do, if you're alone on a weekday, at Pavilion? Do you ....

Pose with human mannequins and run your itchy fingers all over the "statues"?

Join the crowd (it's a Monday, mind you!) and queue for sickly sweet indulgences, nightmare for the diabetic souls ....

Or find requiem by tucking yourself in a corner, watching gluttons smearing their faces with sauces and relish, and satiate your hollow stomach, begging for rations ... ?

Unlimited relish, dipping sauces, bottomless soft drinks - What more can you ask for?

Walking around in circle in Pavilion, I found myself drawn to various eateries, and even Food Republic. But, luncheon alone is not so acceptable in our country, unless you deviate your attention from the prying eyes, who may be wondering what's the monster next table's up to, ordering a meal fit for a crowd, and yet dining alone.

Crisp, freshly fried and hot French fries, showing some "skins" ....

Restaurants in Pavilion are a dime a dozen. From the posh Japanese outlet (Kampachi), Chinese fine dining (Silk Road) and steak house (Angus), to mid-range varieties such as Tony Roma's, Madam Kwan's, and Crystal Jade, you're bound to find something that suits your palate and mood, on any given day.

However, fast food options are lacking, other than Nando's, KFC, and Carl's Jr, there's basically nothing much to feed the junkie souls/teenagers/students. Food Republic may be a viable option, with the amazing array of culinary delights, but I seldom choose food courts, due to endless unfavourable experiences.

(=P) ... Even the burger's sticking out its tongue? Teasing poor, lonely me?

After much deliberation, I decided to park my derriere in Carl's Jr, my second visit to the outlet here, in Pavilion. (The 1st outing was aeons ago, but I wasnt a blogger yet, therefore no pics, sorry!). Still remember the Chili Cheeseburger was pretty interesting (not necessarily delish, but interesting nevertheless!), while the Guacamole beefburger was forgettable.

In case you didn't know, the "fast-food" here is a wee different from your usual McD, and Burger King. A full set for one, will set you back at around RM20-RM30/set, depending on your choice. Of course, the basic Cheeseburger set is slightly cheaper. Just slightly.

Western Bacon Cheeseburger - RM20.50 (Medium)

This time around, I opted for the Western Bacon Cheeseburger set, which came with regular fries and a medium-sized empty paper cup. Of course, I made a mistake. A small set costs less, around RM18 (before tax), but I accidentally pointed to the medium set, additional RM1.50 for a few more sticks of fries, and a larger cup. Why I felt stupid was because the drink's refillable. Why on earth would I need a bigger cup? (Unless you're a lazybum who can't be bother to refill your cup, OR you prefer drinking from giant-sized cups, fine ... )

Tastewise? The bacons were crispy, and the beef patty was good. Juicy, and flavourful. Unlike the previous visit. And the cheese was oozing out, PLUS there's a whole fried onion rings sandwiched between the buns. It IS filling, don't let my picture fools you. The fries on the other hand, were just heavenly. With bits of potato skins intact, and lightly salted, eat them with the salsa relish from the sauces counter. Addictive stuff. (Though it all adds up on the waist). Drinks choices include soft drinks, and iced lemon tea. Drink to your heart's content ... Or til your bladder can't hold.

Location : Carl's JR @ Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, on Lower Ground Floor. Next to KFC, Pizza Hut, and Nando's. Easy to find, no worries. If you're lost, go eat sand. I mean, go ask the kind staff at the help desk on ground floor. Or get a directory.

Question : What do you do after a full meal, when your belly's weighing you down?

Go jump from this height. Kidding.

Watch and savour the camaraderie of people dancing, prancing around, and drums a-beating, feeling the beats from all over the world ....

It so happened on that day, the Malaysian Drum Festival was kicking in full force. Teams from all over the world were performing, ala street style, entertaining the casual shoppers, and curious on-lookers. (Btw, the event ended on Aug 2nd at Stadium Merdeka). Amazing performances, mind you. These guys (and gals) are professionals, beating their drums with such passion and flair, hundreds were watching, clapping, and some foreigners were eagerly dancing along, basking in the sense of festivity.

What a befitting way, to end my solemn, lonely and long-overdue soul-searching that Monday afternoon. Sometimes, walking around aimlessly IS therapeutic after all ....

P/S : I'll be gone to Cameron Highlands over the weekend, followed by another round of KL visit-cum-work-cum-food tour (!!) until Wednesday. Staying near Jln Universiti, PJ area. Any recommendations for good food? ;)

14 comments:

JENCOOKS said...

J2kfm, was this your previous KL trip or new one? Seriously living in a suitcase; got the right job for your interest 3in1.

Yah, JCO is always that long, opened by Indonesian and it's ingredients are supposedly better than any other donught joints.

Reading my thots again, I was talking to my colleague on Wed on Pavilion ...muahaha...

J2Kfm said...

haha ... gee, I must possess some superpowers without knowing it?

this is the July trip, I can't finish all in one post, so I break them up.

JCO in my opinion is still the better outlet compared to Big Apple and Dunkin. just that I can;t bring myself to queue up for 30mins again, after repeatedly did so since they opened. too much of a hassle.

backstreetgluttons said...

wmw is the queen of PJ stuff (especially the backlanes , at night ) you shud kwikly get in touch with her. the old Carls Junior did have a start and stop operations here a while ago and couldn't win over the juniors then.maybe this time

Life for Beginners | Kenny Mah said...

Do go for Sri Paandi Indian food at Section 11, PJ. Close enough. I love it!

CUMI & CIKI said...

that photo of the relish looks like Jelly babies! lol.. nicely written esp the bit about wot u see in pavilion!

J2Kfm said...

BSG : oh, OK. will bug her if the need arises. =P

kenny : Sri Paandi? sounds familiar, is it the one who was fighting with the copycat next door?

cumi & ciki : jelly babies? haha, tasted far from it.

Little Inbox said...

Enjoy your trip ya...

jason said...

Why alone!!??? And you sounds emo leh..

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

haha me alone? i will seat at ochacha or starbucks and read a newspaper/magazine..then hide in the food court la..i hate eating alone haha..

sc said...

when am in pavillion, it's shopping..not too interested with the food there lor..Jln Uni area? hmm, quick drive to Sek17 and Seapark, good food there. if drive the opposite end, pass PJ hilton, i like the braised duck rice served for dinner at an old kopitiam..

550ml jar of faith said...

Haha good post! And kudos for soldiering on even when dining without a companion! I am all for eating alone - when you gotta pig out, you GOTTA pig out!

Nic (KHKL) said...

ya hor, big cups and reflows...i never really thought of that....haha!

you tried j&co?

J2Kfm said...

little inbox : thanks! It was not really a trip though. more work than fun. tiring, nonetheless ...

jason : I guess I explained myself yday during dinner, rite?

joe : yeah, it's so obvious if you're alone, and snapping photos. awkward. Ochacha also quite empty, but the drinks pricey la ... somemore all things green look a bit off ...

sc : Section 17 we went for lunch only, at a passable coffee shop. tried to locate Food Foundry, but no time.

550mL Jar Of faith : haha, thanks! though it was not a whole day ordeal. After lunch I dragged my lifeless carcass back to house and slept ...

Nic : JCo donuts? yeah, countless times. I'm a donut freak ... I mean fan. but since Big Apple opened up in Ipoh, the overdose of donuts somehow deter me from getting any ...

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