Sunday, July 12, 2015

Lakeside dining at Secret of Louisiana, Kelana Jaya

Few weeks back, I had an awesome dining experience at a serene place overlooking a tranquil lake. And I would say that it's a perfect lakeside dining experience I had ever experience. Well, this is what I saw when I was sitting down at this lakeside restaurant.

The beautiful sunset brightly welcomes me to gaze at its presence. And can you believe that I'm actually still sitting down in the hectic and busy city in Klang Valley? This is an exotic paradise which not many people are aware of.

After spending more than 8 hours working all your might in the office, this place is the perfect destination to relax and be stress-free for that few remaining hours in a day. I'm sure you'll need one too.

To enjoy this memorable dining experience which I had,  just hop to the Kelana Jaya Lake and dine in at this Secret of Louisiana restaurant. They serve the best Cajun style cuisine in town. This restaurant is owned by Chef Elvin Goh who is also the head chef in its kitchen. Chef Elvin Goh is a star chef with many years of experience in the food industry.

He's a bubbly cheerful and friendly chef who do come out to the dining area to greet its guests whenever he's done with his work in the kitchen. I think this is a good example which other restaurants or cafes need to have too.

As for me, I got to know more info on how my food is being cooked and served - a guarantee that puts your worries at ease in case you're thinking about the hygiene and quality of food prepared in the kitchen. :)

The best time to dine in at this restaurant is between 6pm - 7.30pm where you can enjoy the beautiful sunset by the lake and take some selfies while waiting for your food to be served.

This unique environment with its beautiful scenery make it suitable to host your special occasion or festive dinner here at Secret of Louisiana. They do cater for wedding dinners, ROM, engagement party and so on every month. Thus, if you would like to book this restaurant for your birthday/anniversary/wedding events, do plan ahead to secure your dates. And if you would like to have those special effects such as a mini fireworks to spark when your partner says 'Yes' to you, this is the perfect restaurant that you should be dining at. Do inquire for these additional service at an affordable charge with the restaurant yeah !!!

And I do love their table setting too. They have a clean and neat ones with fresh flowers sitting proudly on all their tables. It makes a normal routine dinner even more special. You might be dining with your partner every other day but this table setting adds a romantic mood to it :) You usually get such romantic table setting at an upscale restaurant but here at Secret of Louisina, you can enjoy such dinner at an affordable price without burning a hole in your pocket!

So, do remember to snap lots of memorable moments while dining here at Secret of Louisina. This is taken at about 6.45pm where the sunset is at its best :)
 p.s. Ignore my tired face after work yeah :P 

I had a wonderful dining journey through the real Cajun cuisine with a few friends that evening. 

My splendid Cajun cuisine journey started off with a glass of mixed fruit juice (RM11) to quench my thirst. I had this orange, green apple and lemon juice which goes down my throat smoothly. A perfect drink to cool yourself down under this hot weather.

If you have read my previous post on the US Potato Culinary Festival 2015, Secret of Louisina is one of the participating restaurants in this event and had crafted 3 unique US Potato dishes make available for order in their restaurant from 1-30 June 2015.

And I didn't missed this opportunity to taste these US Potato dishes again in their restaurant. We sampled all the three US Potato dishes which are US Potato Crawfish Pie, Shrimp Etouffee US Potato Boat and Cajun US Fries Chili Octopus.

The US Potato Crawfish Pie is delightful with its creamy mashed US Potatoes and uses live crawfish instead of frozen ones. Well, the presentation is lovely which resemble a crawfish trying to craw out from this dish scene.

 If you don't believe that the crawfish is live ones, just walk to one of its aquarium located inside the restaurant and you can see them swimming lively there. Be careful and do not put your fingers into the tank as they have strong and sharp claws.

Next on the plate is the Shrimp Etouffee US Potato Boat with a fresh and juicy prawn resting on a baked US Potato. The well seasoned US Potato with its accompanying tomato based gravy goes well with the prawn. It leaves me wanting for more!

This Cajun styled US Fries Chili Octopus is one of our favorites. The fries are not oily and not too salty like those commercial one. It's well seasoned with bit of salt, pepper and some herbs. Do squeeze the lemon on them before you start to attack them. The octopus with fries is a heavenly combination.

Of course, we were not there just for the US Potato dishes but for some real Cajun style dishes. For the appetizer, we had this Seafood Gumbo (RM30) where assorted fresh seafood are cooked in a creamy sauce together with cheese and herbs. Just spread the creamy seafood on top of the garlic bread, it's like having a luxury version of your ordinary bruschetta.

Next is the Smoked Duck Chili Spaghetti (RM35) which comes in generous portion. You'll find some sliced smoked duck, mushrooms, zucchini and some chili in this one. I love the fact that the pasta is al-dente and flavorful. They serve 13 types of pasta on their menu and you might want to come here a few rounds to try them all.

I've got to know from the chef that they do not use frozen and ready cut fillets which some eateries do. All their fish fillets are freshly sliced from the whole fish by the kitchen team. It's a great thing that you'll be consuming some fresh and healthy fillets here.

We tried this Red Fish (RM46) from their Treasure of the Sea category. The red snapper fish fillet is beautifully seared with butter on the hot cast iron and seasoned with Cajun style mixed herbs. You'll also get lots of blackened style vegetables with the fillet to balance your meal. This red snapper served together with its skin on - you don't find this in those tasteless frozen fillets.

This is the Cajun style chicken chop (RM30) where boneless chicken thigh is grilled and served together with garden salad. Yum! It's garnished with some rosemary leaves - do smell them before munching them too as I've read that rosemary can helps to increase memory by 75% according to this article here.

We ended our meal with an awesome dessert; the signature Louisiana's Mud Pie (RM18). I'm a dessert person and this hot chocolate cake goes well with the vanilla ice-cream is just perfect. It's not too sweet and just right.

I had an awesome Cajun style dishes that night and would love to bring my dining partner, pig here to try them soon. Secret of Louisiana serves tasty and healthy food with an awesome lakeside view. It is located by the lakeside inside Plaza Kelana Jaya and parking is not a problem here.

If you're planning to dine here during lunch time, do try out their Eat-All-You-can Pasta at only RM19.90/person. There's 13 choices of pasta available for this buffet style pasta and rest assure that they do not cooked them in bulk. All pasta in this buffet are cooked individually when you order them to guarantee its taste. Available only from 11am - 3pm every Monday to Saturday. Do come early as it's always pack during lunch time :)

For more info on this Secret of Louisiana restaurant, do visit their webpage and follow their Facebook page at Secret of Louisiana.

The New Orleans which is located beside Secret of Louisiana is also owned by the same team. If you're in the mood for some drinks and good music, they have Live Jazz session every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Secret of Louisiana
Block D-01-01,
Jalan SS7/13A,
Plaza Kelana Jaya,
47301 Petaling Jaya, 

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