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Saturday, May 08, 2010

Poolside Food Review @ Taff's Family House

Heard of Serai Satay Bar @ Pavillion Mall, Serai Thai Restaurant @ Section 3 Shah Alam and the latest Serai Empire Restaurant at Empire Gallery @ Subang before?

  • If not, let me introduce the Taff family led by a very young pretty food entrepenuer -Qistina Taff along with Chef Najib where the Taff’s family has more than 19 solid years in the food business.
  • As a preamble to his brand of flavours and his soon-to-open restaurant, Chef Najib had invited us, foodies, for an exclusive photo shoot and food tasting.
  • We were warmly greeted by Qistina and Liyana and her warm family members ... Actually this is my first experience to do a food review and photo shooting at a restaurant owner house. It was an awesome and good experience for me as it requires special flash equipment and photography equipments.


  • Splendid dining table setup with carefully arranged silvery cutlery, bone-china plates with gold trimmings & Bohemian crystal drinking glasses and best of all, it was next to the pool side ... with perfect sunny weather @ first ... before we moved into the living room when it starts to rain in the late afternoon ... it was a good thing that we manage to capture the shooting at two different environment mode.

The dishes prepared @ Taff family home kitchen ...

  • Time to show you the dishes cooked at their own home kitchen and not in their restaurant ... I am amazed with the Chef creations where the Chef manage to cook, prepare and deco the dishes like a 6-star Hotel dishes ...

Chilled Watermelon Cubes topped with Persian feta, Basil and Balsamic vinegar. One full spoon into your mouth for the first time, you will take another spoon and another spoon & another spoon ....


Portobello Mushroom Pesto Bruschetta. One of the best bruschetta I have! The bread crispy texture goes well with this ... u can hear the 'krunch krunch' sound when u ate it in your mouth ... really goes well with the mushroom!!!


Another round of Portobello Mushrooms followed served in a bigger plate, this time roasted and stuffed with steamed couscous and laced with finely chopped calamari, sliced black olives and sun-dried tomatoes. It was topped with Napoli sauce and had a sprinkling of feta cheese. The juicy and unexpected flavours were utterly pleasing!!


The Flame-Grilled Sirloin Angus (with pumpkin puree, onion relish, filed mushroom and sautéed asparagus) was perfectly medium rare and tender. Baby Dylan love this dish a lot esp the pumpkin puree ... he ate the whole pumpkin puree portion ... was way too delicious!!!
  • Anxiously can't wait to figure what is next dish will be serving to us for tasting ... so excited feeling!!

Next was the ... Pan-fried Cod, lightly crisp on the outside and soft and moist inside. Najib’s potato fondant which accompanied the fish enhanced its flavour. The cod was so fresh as when you ate the cod, you can feel the soft texture of the fish meat and it melts in your mouth without chewing it.


It is dessert time ... the Chef introduce his Banoffee with deliciously cooked sliced bananas and crisp almond tart shell. Very crispy and I had two of this ... it was way too good and definately one is not enough to satisfy my stomach capacity.


As I said, the Chef suprise us with this yummy looking Tiramisu cake which was an excellent choice to end the dinner. I can say one of the best Tiramisu cake in the town ...
  • Now let me introduce you the Chef behind all the dishes. Introducing you the handsome looking, brilliant and friendly - Chef Najib Hamid ... The chef himself, a Le Cordon Bleu graduate, greeted us warmly.
  • I really salute on his culinary and cooking skills ... the gang and myself truly enjoy all the dishes cooked by him.

Guess what ... Chef Najib is same age as me , a Sabahan. After graduating from an institution in Adelaide, Najib worked in Melbourne as a commis chef and was later promoted to executive chef.
  • Esther and Coco taking the opportunity to have picture taken with Chef Najib.

A very nice and warm family ... we feel that we are part of their family ...
  • Thanks to Chef Najib, Qistina (in blue outfit) and Liyana (in white top) for their great hospitality and the special personal invitation to their home to conduct the food review. Also thanks to their little brother in the picture who plays and accompany Dylan while me and Yve busy tasting the food ...
  • To check out their current outlets run by this family .... Have you join their Facebook fan page, if not, you can join at the following links below;
    Serai Satay Bar
    Serai Thai Restaurant
  • Najib’s planning to open his own restaurant very soon in Subang Jaya, so look out for it.

17 comments:

cHrIstInA_YY said...

OMG! I want a big slice of that tiramisu cake please!!! xD

JK Lee said...

Very nice house and food. You mean the chef itself prepared those food from his kitchen? salute him!!

woaini_87 said...

i like the house.. and great food...

mybbshop said...

very nice food presentation indeed! and love their taste of it. Their serai satay taste good. Serai Empire outlet? new outlet is it? at where?

SonnyKazu said...

Wow...! Great food presentation! I wonder if I can get the chance to taste the food... :D

Jo-AnNe said...

I went to eat their satay before @ Pavillion for tea time. Did not know the business is run by two pretty young ladies. Nowadays, is Girl Power and running the show and business!

Keep it posting us the good food in your blog yeah! Enjoy reading it :)

HenRy LeE ® said...

uhhh.. i like the way u shoot the dishes! more food review pls! :D

Peace
The CleverMunkey

kenwooi said...

looking good! so nice get to review food =D

suituapui said...

Nice house! He's not running his business at his house? Many do that in Kuching...and I think in KK too - like this Gunter Gashaus, great German food in KK!

smallkucing said...

yummy...

love the blue daises..used to have them at home.

uLi.佑莉 said...

Wow! Everything is just so nice being setup :) Foods looks delicious too ^^

Lulu said...

♥ ur way of food shooting
♥ the food presentation

TZ said...

Dude, you have become a food review blogger :) Way to go dude. *two thumbs up*

iamthewitch said...

Those food dishes were nicely presented indeed! Would love to try out the portobello mushrooms bruschetta :)

ray said...

The foods looks delicious and the chef looks very young. can see that he is a very masterful skilled chef with the food he serve you all.

Fred said...

the food looks delicious!!

[SK] said...

i can only say WOW!!! the food look so nice and appetising!! i love them!! you're so lucky to be invited lor, jealous~~

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