Bonfire Restaurant & Bar @ The Starling, Damansara Utama



The word "bonfire" always gives me the warmth and cosy feeling, and reminded me of my family BBQ. Every year end, we will gather all the family members and friends, and enjoy a night full of fresh food, drinks and laughter.

The warm and cosy feeling when you get over gatherings is the concept behind Bonfire Restaurant & Bar - an Australian-theme restaurant. Bonfire is a family-run restaurant that offers a list of grilled food. Walking into the restaurant, we were greeted by the piles of wood at the entrance and I couldn't wait to sink my teeth into some smoky-goodness! Bonfire chose to smoke/grill their dishes with wood from rubber trees because it gives the same smoky flavours to the dishes yet without overpowering them.


At the other side of the restaurant stands the reincarnation of Damansara Uptown's Lou Shang Bar - Bonvivant, headed by Head Bartender Demi and Chris. We were told they have been mixing some very interesting cocktails behind the bar. Can't wait!!

The spacious restaurant is lit up with yellow lighting, with a beautiful mural done by a local artist.

Some homemade bread while waiting for our dishes to be served. The bread was soft and I like the slight sweetness of the dried fruits in the butter.

For starter, we had the Smoked Lamb Tenderloin (RM 25). Tender lamb, crunchy greens tossed in tangy Calamansi dressing. The salad was fresh, bright and has the nice balance of texture.

I LOVE LOVE LOVE seafood, and I LOVE LOVE LOVE this Seafood Bouillabaise (RM 26). The soup was rich and packed with umami seafood flavours. It was a symphony for my taste buds!

The Deep Fried Soft Shell Crab Pasta (RM 28) is a MUST have for soft shell crab lovers. Crunchy yet not greasy, this pasta dish was a total delish!

Here comes the long awaited Big Bonfire Platter - Choice of 3 meats (RM 165). The platter can be shared among 3-4 pax, and you can choose to have steak, fish, chicken or lamb.

Wagyu Skirt Steak (RM 80) served with Piquant sauce. The steak was super juicy and moist.

A simple Rack of Lamb (RM 75) with rock salt served comes with mint and pea puree. It's so satisfying to enjoy tender meat with bones on.

Whole Red Snapper (RM 60). The fish was delicately seasoned and cooked perfectly in the wood fire oven, served with sweet basil & coconut beurre blanc.

The meats were so flavourful on its own, that we did not even need to pair them with the sauces.

Next.... the cocktail department!

Something very unique in the making...

Tadaaa~~~~ Demi Cinta Laksa (RM 45). Translate into English, it means "For the Love of Laksa". At first sip, the cocktail was slightly acidic but it was quickly replaced by a hint of sweetness, and ended with a very mild spicy after taste. All of the flavours were perfectly-balanced.

"Noodles" were added into the cocktail. The jelly-like "noodles" were springy and it quite addictive, I would say.

Another creation of their bartenders - Heart of Tiffin (RM 32). Inspired by kuih seri muka, the cocktail was sweet with a hint of pandan flavours. If you enjoy liquid dessert, this might be your choice.

The Big Bonfire (RM 26). When it comes to bonfire, roasted marshmallow is a must have! A bowl of lightly torched marshmallow meringue and chocolate anglaise surrounded by chocolate shortbread & gingerbread, chocolate soil and fresh berries. It has a nice modern twist on the traditional S'mores.

Caramelised Milk Pannacotta (RM 19). I've had pannacotta many times, but they are mostly a disappointment. On the other hand, the pannacotta at Bonfire was surprisingly good. The pannacotta was silky smooth and just firm with a gentle wobble, served with Nutella cigar and fresh berries to balance off the sweetness of the dessert.

No matter you are dining with your better half or planning for a group gathering, the friendly Bonfire Restaurant & Bar would definitely be a good option. Furthermore, who doesn't enjoy a table of delicacies cooked over fire?

For any updates and information on Bonfire Restaurant & Bar, do follow their Facebook and Website.

Address: G-032, The Starling Mall, Jalan SS 21/37, Damansara Utama, 47400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Operation Hours: 10:30am to 12am (Sunday to Thursday)
                                         10:30am to 1am (Friday & Saturday)
Contact: +6018 919 8226

Sushi Mentai @ Taman Desa: Cheap yet High Quality Sushi


My friends and I LOVE eating Japanese food, but most of the time the quality ones are expensive and yet cheap ones are not worth spending the money. So, when we came across Sushi Mentai, we paid their newly-opened outlet at Taman Desa.

I did some research before dropping by Sushi Mentai, and found out that they serve the cheapest yet high-quality sushi. Wow, this definitely called for a visit!

Sushi Mentai has 30 outlets across Malaysia. Instead of shopping malls, Sushi Mentai chose to have their outlets in or around housing area. Despite not being in malls, their outlets are always crowded especially during lunch and dinner hours.

There are only 2 different price for the sushi at Sushi Mentai - RM 1.80 and RM 2.80. This is seriously cheap! Not only their ingredients are fresh, but they have 25 types of sushi in each category and 30 special sushi depending on seasons.

Salmon Mentai (RM 2.80)

Some of the special sushi we had:


Salmon Sushi with Onion (RM 2.80).


If you love mentai sauce, you definitely wouldn't want to miss out some of their dishes and sushi roll that comes with mentai sauce. One of my favourite is the Ebi Mentaiyaki (RM 9.80).

Fresh prawns come with generous amount of flavourful mentai sauce. The prawns were grilled perfectly and not greasy at all.

Salmon Mentaiyaki (RM 14.80). Another not-to-be-missed dish with delicious mentai sauce.

Since the ingredients at Sushi Mentai are so fresh, how can we not try their sashimi!

Take (RM 16.80) - 3 different types of fresh sashimi for you to enjoy.

Fresh and packed with omega - Salmon Toro (RM 11.80). Can't missed this if you love salmon belly as much as I do!

Need something light and refreshing but still want to enjoy fresh sashimi? The Sashimi Salad (RM 9.80) is a good choice.

Salmon Mentai Dragon Maki (RM 12.80). Stuffed rice roll topped with salmon and mentai sauce. Perfectly delicious!

Tempura Ebi Maki (RM 6.80). It's nice to have some nice crunchy texture along with rice and sashimi.

Too much rice? Sushi Mentai has non-rice maki too!

Salmon Wrap (RM 10.80). Fresh salmon wrapped with a thin layer of rice roll. We can't get enough of this dish!

Takoyaki (RM 4.80). Not too starchy, the takoyaki is nice to munch while waiting for your mains to be served.

Tempura Moriawase (RM 13.80). A mixture of prawns and vegetables, the tempura was fried perfectly and not greasy.

Apart from sushi and maki, Sushi Mentai offers some main dishes too.

Ten Cha Soba/Green (RM 12.80). A plate of cold cha soba is very refreshing to have.

A simple Unagi Don (RM 19.80) can be satisfying too.

Tori Katsu Curry Rice (RM 13.80). The curry is mild and not spicy. It's ideal even if you can't handle spicy food.


Address: No.37-1, Plaza Danau Desa, Jalan 1/109F, Taman Danau Desa, 58100 Kuala Lumpur

For more information and updates on Sushi Mentai, visit their Website and Facebook