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Monday, November 17, 2008

Let's Jazz Things Up A Bit? (Denis Jazz Bistro, Ipoh)

Happy Monday Y'all !!!! ..... But seriously, who embraces gloomy, dreary Mondays anyway? Argghh .... I miss the comfort of my bed as I'm typing this !!!

DENIS JAZZ BISTRO (With NO signboard bearing the shop's name, you'll just have to look out for the NON-illuminated saxophone icon at daytime)

Previously operating from their premise in Greentown, at the same row with Assam House, Denis Jazz Bistro has since moved to this rather obscure spot, away from the main roads and traffic, directly behind Ipoh Garden's Aneka Selera (Tung Koo Thing).

The homemade chocolate chip cookies are complimentary, and act as appetizers rather than desserts. Something to munch on to appease the roaring hunger pangs?
Probably due to its hidden location, the crowd may not be overwhelming even on a Sunday's afternoon. But of course, this translates to peaceful requeim for the battered (and hungry, obviously) souls, relishing one's meal without the hassle and noise.
They do not cover everything under the sun, as in the case with most outlets serving Western fare, but their specialties include the homemade pies, pasta, stews etc. Safe choices, but work wonders.

Spaghetti Carbonara (RM13.90)
One thing's special though. Most, if not all, of the items on the menu can be "up-sized" to a LARGE portion. Yup, even the pies, the stews and the lamb chops. But a regular serving should be sufficient if you're not one who's been famished for days. Seriously.
The desciption of the Carbonara on the menu proudly proclaime REAL PORK BACONS. Yup, with the capitals and all. And who can resist juicy, fatty, and smoked pork bacons?!!
The egg and cream sauce was not overly rich, just sufficient to create that sense of indulgence, but it was the sauteed pork bacons and garlic that proved to be ... the FATAL combination. No pun intended. Bite into those fatty portions with smoky flavour, and paired them with the creamy spaghetti cooked al dente, and you'll polish off that plate in no time. The sides of freshly baked and crispy garlic bread, and green apple, cucumber, raisins and lettuce salad complemented the dish very well.

Shepherd's Pie (RM14.90)

Of course, being famous for their English-style traditional pies and stews, one can't help but be tempted by the sheperd's pie, lamb pie, beef pie, lamb stew, chicken stew and so forth. I had a regular portion of the Shepherd's, with minced lamd, vegetables, and a 'topping' of mashed Russett potatoes, generously doused with brown sauce. The gamey flavour of the lamb may have doubters having second thoughts, but I like them strong and gamey anyway. =P
But the mashed potatoes layer was nothing to shout about. It was a bit hardened at the top. The corn-on-cob and sides of fruits+vegetable salad, and boiled vegetables were good though. Least we're not getting the average crinkle cuts, or shoe strings.
All in all, a place to sit back, enjoy your meal, away from the maddening pace of city life. Or as hectic as Ipoh can get anyway. =P
Location : DENIS JAZZ BISTRO @ 26, Pesara Ipoh 1, Taman Ipoh, 31400 Ipoh, Perak.
Got MAP !!!

25 comments:

jasmine said...

OMG. gimme some of that carbonara now! lol.

worldwindows said...

My son major complain when in Ipoh; not many western joints and I am away too long to know where to look. He will be very happy with the carbonara. Good one to look to file away.

CUMI & CIKI said...

wa... heavy food for a monday morn, but i love your enthusiasm! happy monday 2u2! lol

jason said...

How hectic Ipoh can be anyway? :P

My friend brought me here few months back, but I didn't post this as my pics turns out bad. Their chicken shepherd's pie was okay but as you said, the top layer a little hard.

Dessert was some cake.... horrible presentation, taste ok.

mimid3vils said...

The mashed potato layer look like fat layer of "dong bo rou"~~

550ml jar of faith said...

Check out that slab of sheperd's pie! I could sink my teeth into some right now. Not sure if I'd like a sweet cookie as an appetizer... kinda ruins the savouries that follow, no?

Lingzie said...

that carbonara with REAL PORK BACON is a real killer! i want i want i want!

J2Kfm said...

jasmine : sure sure! lemme find a way to export that over? haha

worldwindows : in fact, SSTC and Italia Mia also serve not bad pastas.

cumi & ciki : yes, 4.5 days to go. i MUST persevere. keep myself happy with the food!

jason : desserts i din even browse. the pasta n pie were rather filling. true, the place was rather dark lah.

mimid3vils : haha ... not as fattening. no worries!

550ml jar of faith : dunnolah. but at least something to munch on before the mains arrived.

lingzie : the pork bacons and garlic were good. salty, smoky and oily. hahaha ... perfect ingredients to stop the heart.

Tummythoz said...

Monday today is less stress on the road day. School holiday makes a lot of difference. Can sleep in 15 min more. Yay!

Life for Beginners said...

I love how you said "Monday ma..." So true, that's exactly how I feel this morning. Just felt like climbing right back into bed. :P

J2Kfm said...

tummythoz : oh yeah hor ... no wonder this morning so fast can reach office lah!

life for beginners : i did. infact, had it not been the school hols, I'd be dead late today. =P

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

hmm that shepherd pie seemed to be cut using a ruler..so straight 1!

fatboybakes said...

that carbonara looks almost HEALTHY hor, not swimming in cream ..... anyway, anything with real bacon has to be good...

New Kid on the Blog said...

The Spaghetti Carbonara looks really really good!! You hv my attention now!! hahahahaha... :D

J2Kfm said...

joe : yeahlah. i was expecting it to arrive in a bowl, or aluminium foil.

fatboybakes: yeah! hahaha ... putting your mind aside from the tonnes of calories and triglycerides, that is.

NKOTB : haha, go go ... find one in Pg also. :)

sc said...

carbonara is something that i take in moderation..too rich! but this looks a tad dry wor, no? yeah, the sheperd's pie's mash does look dry..guess the sauce was to cover that defect? ;p

xin said...

ahh carbonara! i am so so so hungry, i lurvvee carbonara, but not those swimming in creamy sauce ones

J2Kfm said...

sc : the mashed potatoes over the pie wasnot too good. but the spaghetti was not too bad. least not watery, as in the case with some carbonara served elsewhere.

xin : hey, me too! creamy and nutty. still rmbr there's one i havent blogged bout, in D'Vine Cafe, Ipoh garden South. FANTASTIC.

Lyrical Lemongrass said...

I was wondering what to eat for dinner tonight, and at first I was thinking of indian food (based on your latest post), but now, I feel like driving to Ipoh larrrrrrr. :-P

J2Kfm said...

LL : haha ... drive down for dinner then go back. not bad ...
considering petrol prices down so much. =P

ck lam said...

A nice twist of serving carbonara with pork bacon...quite rare but comes out a winner.

Lyrical Lemongrass said...

Somemore can soon save money on toll if drive after 12 midnite, hor? heehee.

J2Kfm said...

ck lam : so true. normalle beef bacon is served. yummy, the porkiness of it all ...

LL : haha ... come after midnight and haunt me? =P this one doesnt open 24 hrs/day, soli.

lil' said...

oh, i didn't know there is this restaurant. mm....the carbonara and choco chips cookies do catch my attention. love anything with choco...hehe...

J2Kfm said...

lil' : its partly hidden by Aneka Selera though.