Sunday, March 29, 2009

California Pizza Kitchen - Suria KLCC

CPK - Soups, Salads, Pizzas, Pastas and DessertsCPK - Huge grotto of an oven parked in a prominenet place for all to see.

Getting to Suria KLCC and finding parking seems to be very easy with the current downturn. We were going to the British Council's Education Fair since we have pretty much settled for a British education. The downturn didn't prevent us from looking into the education for my fifteen year old. There were some upside to the current banking mess. We needed to start early to beat the waiting list for a good school as well as gather enough info to plan ahead as well as compete for a scholarship. My wife did a recce yesterday and got us to go today.

Due to the southward trend of the British Pound it has lost 25% of its value since its height of about RM7 to a pound. There is demand once again for a good decent IGCSE and A-levels education. Besides good exchange rates, there is also some sweetener thrown in. Scholarships of up to 45% for those who do well in their IGCSE or Malaysian SPM are available. For those who do not qualify they get at least 700Pound discount (14%) per term from the Friendship Fund.

Its fun to see my son getting into the thick of action speaking with the foreign reps with his British accent acquired from his stint with an International School while we were in Bangkok. Yes he is taking responsibility for his own destiny. By getting him motivated and involved half the battle has already been won. And hopefully that will be translated into a 45% scholarship.

I was wearied from the punishing schedule set by my wife who has the benefit of her 1/2 day recce yesterday. I was also worn down from carrying the catalogues and also the very cold Convention Centre. We trudged our way back to Suria to look for dinner. Still having energy my son took charge and decided on his favourite pizza here. My meal flew by. I was so reluctant to operate my E90 as I was not in the right frame of mind to frame my shots. But I did try my best:)

My day was not over after dinner as my son wanted to get some books from Kinokuniya. Getting out of the car park the Touch N Go did not work on both the exit lane and I have to back out my car to the consternation of those behind me. Then I came home in the rain, tired and grumpy as I missed 2 interchanges, caught in a jam due to stalled cars stuck in a flash flood.

So if I don't blog this meal immediately I will lose it. Here it goes....
My Pina Colada - Pineapple juice without the rum but with coconut cream. A must for me though not very healthy.Sedona Tortilla Soup Bowl - A healthy cereal (corn based) coarse and thick soup. Satisfying and filling with pepper, chili, onion.... Glorified dhall, though much tastier. RM15.Garlic Bread served with GarlickyTomatoey Salsa. Salsa would be excellent if tart is stronger. Dough is chewy and elastic. Just love it esp. when hungry. RM12.
Main Course - BBQ Chicken Pizza. RM30. For the price I would expect better quality ingredients instead of the usual ingredients from the bottles and cans. Strong BBQ flavoured sauce. Preferred more cilantro, onions as well as chicken cubes. Above average pizza .Hot Fudge Brownie - Extra creamy ice-cream, whipped cream, brownie with thick syrupy choco sauce. Quality all the way. Not cheap. RM18.Apple Crisp - Hardened top layer gave the crunch. Sweetened to the point that I felt like eating coagulated sugar. My son requested for caramel to be drizzled on it. Apple was soft but has not lost any of its texture. Firm, sour and sweet. RM19.

20 comments:

Life for Beginners said...

Good job bringing your son to the British Education fair! Nothing beats a classic education, right? :)

I'm taking advantage of the reduced value of the pound too, but with a UK vacation in May. Mari sama-sama cuti England? LOL

SimpleGirl said...

have not tried pizza at california....but heard that is nice....

New Kid on the Blog said...

Oh dear... i have this lying in your draft folder.... yet to publish.. :)

Selba said...

Your son has british accent? Wow!

Love california pizza!

worldwindows said...

LfB... I agree with you. You are a good example with a Masters from Germany. Exposure, exposure, exposure to the great achievements of others and that one can achieve the same with a good and decent hard work and with some investment and sacrifices of the parents, ahem!

SG... I have enjoyed it somewhat but a bit on the high side so we shared the desserts!

NKotB... I stole your thunder!

Selba... Celup only lah! But young people are quick learners.

550ml jar of faith said...

Isn't globalization grand? Even the finest purveyors of Queen's English can enjoy the sunny American(?) offerings at CPK. I love the kung po pasta, with shrimp and peanuts. Yummy!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

good stuff with the british education..

but CPK? the food is urgh, for me..

Bangsar-bAbE said...

I used to like CPK, but the standard has dropped immensely.

Whenever I try to speak properly to a British, they end of telling me my accent is "American" o_0

backStreetGluttons said...

Can just imagine the feeling of a Proud Parent sending off the prouder kid to well... home of english
E N G L A N D ! omg !

Happy eating then ! No We mean Roast Lamb and the Rose

Big Boys Oven said...

california's pasta and pizza are good, tasted them some time ago!

worldwindows said...

Faith... I am new to CPK compare to my family who like to go to Kinokuniya. Hope to try more.

Joe... Still prefers a British education. Emmm.... that must be a nasty experience food-wise.

BB... If they pick up it will be good for us. The service was good except that the foreigner need more training with the menu info. I like the rough edges of British English. American is smoother and rounded.

BSG... My son love those Rose or Roast? Many came home with fond memories.

BBO... Just felt that they should be more generous with the toppings. Taste-wise was good to me.

FoOd PaRaDiSe said...

wow.... many good comments about this place. Should give it a try one day. ^0^

foodbin said...

nice pizza.

Food For Tots said...

To me, CPK's food is bit on high side. Maybe it is due to the prime location. ;)

CUMI & CIKI said...

some ppl beg to differ, but i always like the pizza here! haha

ling239 said...

i like the chicken cubes on the pizza!! give a good bite ~ ^_^

Life Of Continues said...

just drop by to say Hi, and let you know that i'm food blogger as well. :-)

worldwindows said...

FP... Or at least visit Kinokuniya Books for some intellectual food!

FB... Looks more like those from the Ristorante Italiana.

FfT... Yes and those who wanted great service can also pay I think RM2 for use of the special restrooms. The best shopping location.

CampC... I hope they will open in PJ.

Ling239... Yes I wish there were more:)

LoC... Thanks for dropping by and I have checked your site too.

thenomadGourmand said...

wow..that was some day u had there! it happens to me frequently too, missed turning (even w GPS ok!) and darn jams! Lucky boy u got there..get to go overseas for edu!

worldwindows said...

Parents worked hard for child's education. I dislike driving in the rain.