Saturday, July 20, 2013

Face to Face (Jalan Ipoh)

Face to Face Noodles House
No. 511 Jalan Tiong
Batu 3 off Jalan Ipoh
51100 Kuala Lumpur
+60340502386
(Coordinates: 3° 10' 55.00", 101° 40' 56.00")

We had a laugh reading this off the restaurant’s website: “The great grandfather of the founder of "Face to Face" was born in China. He decided to leave China behind, and seek his fortune in Hong Kong for new life path in year 1903. He found his first job in HK as a chef’s assistant in a local restaurant. Being honest and hard working, he won the chef trust and started to learn the traditional skill on making of Jook-sing noodles which is considered one of the more rare noodles in existence.” - this is what happens when you google-translate whole sentences!

To appease Brendan’s incessant craving for pan mee, we gave this place a try. Apparently there are 26 Face to Face branches nationwide, and this branch is the closest to where we live. Nestled in our favourite part of Jalan Ipoh, this street hosts a wide variety of Chinese cuisines, and we were thankful to Face to Face for reacquainting us with this part of Jalan Ipoh. We will definitely be coming back to this neck of the woods to sample the other eateries in the vicinity.

To the uninitiated, Pan Mee literally means "flat flour noodle", and is a uniquely Malaysian Chinese cuisine. Okay, back to Face to Face. Bright and cheery ambience has always appealed to us, and Face to Face is no different. Its lime green theme sure does a lot to arouse our appetites. 

nestled in Jalan Ipoh's food district
appetizing green
bright and cheery, warm and welcoming
Brendan can't decide what to eat? yeah right!
waiting to be served

Brendan ordered the house specialty’s Hot & Spicy Pan Mee (what else?), Cat tried the Sarawak Laksa (rice noodles served in a curry sauce) while I sampled the Dried Curry Chicken Pan Mee. For drinks Brendan had the Passion Fruit Tea while Cat and I had ordered the Honeydew Milk.

Brendan ordered No. 102
This was what Cat ordered
but unlike the photo above the prawns drowned
let's eat!
three guesses who ordered this...
... yup, you guessed right!
my dried chicken curry pan mee beckons
our beverages

The verdict? Brendan (as usual) thoroughly enjoyed his Pan Mee while I thought my Pan Mee was pretty good (though a little too oily). Cat said her Sarawak Laksa was on the bland side, but a smattering of dried chili remedied the situation.

The damage? All in it came to a respectable RM33.60 which is within the realms of the everyday food for the everyday person.

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