POISON APPLE, Bandar Sunway

The small round red Hobbit door at the small round entrance of Poison Apple is misleading. Once you step through the dwarf entrance into Poison Apple, the interior is pretty big. A wishing well adorned with bright red apples and swirling “mists” greets me, very Insta-worthy and a favourite spot for photos. The mystical wishing well also doubles up as a beer dispenser!

Located inside EGG (Eight Gourmet Gala) in Sunway, Poison Apple (from Snow White of course) is inspired from fantasy and fairy tales. There’s a bar, checkered tables and more seating inside the cavernous space but what really catches my attention are the hologram “paintings” on the wall high above the bar. Just like in the Harry Potter movies, the characters in the pictures can move!

The main dining space inside Poison Apple is surrounded with shelves holding wines and liquors from various corners of the world. An extensive selection of beer and cider is also available. The food menu puts together an interesting melange of local and western dishes, most of them given creative twists. To help diners with their choices, the Top 10 dishes is a useful guide. From the list, half of the dishes packed some fiery heat, mostly due to the male Szechuan chilli peppers added.

Here’s what we tried and tasted…

Chilli Phoenix (RM58) – kampong chicken with dried chillies smoked with fragrant applewood. Skin was crispy and the meat smokily tender and juicy.

Seafood Tomyum Mee Hoon (RM33) – spicy seafood in boiling broth over mee hoon – definitely appetising!

Spicy Unicorn Leg (RM58) – lambshank in Szechuan pepper sauce. Very tender meat robustly infused with chillies and spices!

Griffin Wings (RM22) – mala spicy fried chicken wings. A bit heavy-handed with the malat peppercorns here but the wings were really crispy and tasty.

The Red Queen Spaghetti (RM33) – mala pasta with Szechuan pepper with minced beef/chicken. A bit overwhelming with the chillies – strictly for chilli lovers!

Lobster Omelette (RM168) – silky whipped eggs poured into poached fresh lobster in a sizzling hot pot. A crowd favourite – and I loved the sweet steamed eggs infused with umami lobster chunks.

“Ang Mo” Spring Rolls (RM16) – spring rolls oozing with thick creamy cheese – only for cheese lovers!

Excalibur, Sword in the Stone (RM32) – big cheesy garlic bread, very filling!

The Beast Burger (RM33) – signature burger with thick juicy beef patty and fried cheese patty and a whole lot of French fries.

Old Driver’s Fried Rice (RM28) – secret Hakka Fried Rice with shrimps and anchovies served in a tall beer glass – quirky!

Do check out Poison Apple’s specialty cocktails, created with whimsical elements and presented with panache! The cocktails are all priced at RM32 and the serving crew does a good job putting in the theatrics …

Poison Apple Signature – vodka with green apple syrup & soda

Snow White’s Potion – vodka with white creme de cacao and coconut cream

Witch’s Voodoo Cauldron – fruity red wine, mixed berries, whipped cream and cocoa powder

The 7 Dwarfs – a shot of 7, mixing beer with a variety of syrups – Connors with Khalua, Carlsberg with Peach, Carlsberg with Blue Curacao, Carlsberg with Grenadine, Carlsberg with Peppermint, Carlsberg with Apple & Grenadine, Carlsberg beer

Poison Apple is certainly appealing with its refreshing theme – great for chilling out in an extraordinary space.

 

POISON APPLE
Suite G-01 The Pinnacle Annexe
Persiaran Lagoon
Bandar Sunway
47500 Petaling Jaya
Tel: 012-433-9686
Opens daily from 3.00pm-1.00am

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Sunday Japanese Buffet Lunch – KAMPACHI @ EQKL

When I first moved to Kuala Lumpur back in the early 1980’s, there weren’t that many Japanese restaurants in the city. But one name stood out whenever good Japanese food was sought: KAMPACHI. Back then, this well-established was housed at the Equatorial Hotel Kuala Lumpur and it’s always a special treat for me whenever I got to dine there. I remember their Weekend Buffet was immensely popular and one had to book many weeks in advance for a table. This flagship restaurant ceased operation when the Equatorial Hotel Kuala Lumpur closed for re-development in March 2012. Of course, by that time, standalone Kampachi restaurants have opened in Pavilion Kuala Lumpur and Plaza 33 Petaling Jaya.

So, here’s the good news: Kampachi has reopened its flagship outlet in the newly remade Equatorial KL. It’s back – bright and spacious, spotting a comfortable modern decor. There’s plenty of natural light flowing in from the glass walls, bringing out the natural colours of the light wood paneling and Japanese art hangings. I like how the interior design is cleverly structured to portray a casual and cheery dining experience during the day and transforms into a classy and intimate ambience at dinnertime.

And here’s even better news: the legendary Kampachi Sunday Buffet Lunch at EQKL is now available! The contemporary layout of the restaurant is such that the food counters and stations are well spread out to avoid over-crowding at any one spot.

My favourite is the Sashimi & Sushi counter, of course. I piled my plate with glistening cuts of premium maguro, amberjack, salmon, snapper, octopus, squids and shrimps. On top of that, there are at least 12 varieties of sushi and hand rolls and other mouth-watering starters. Cheerful chefs are in attendance to make fresh maki and hand rolls for diners.


 

At the next chamber, there rows of baine maries with tantalizing freshly-fried tempura, all kinds of grilled seafood, crabmeat chawanmushi, oden, sukiyaki and yosenabe. There’s also a divine roast beef on the board, so tender and gorgeous with sweet jus.

Last but not least, there’s the desserts counter with lots of fresh fruits and Japanese sweets. My favourites are the cooked-on-the-spot mochi and creamy matcha ice cream!

Kampachi maintains its policy of serving contemporary Japanese dining that is authentic, prepared using the highest quality ingredients and characterized by bold flavors and simple but exquisite presentation.

The Sunday buffet is available every Sunday from 12.00pm – 2.30pm, at RM168 nett per adult, and RM78 nett for children (6-12 years old). Reservations can be made via TableApp or by calling +603-2789 7722.

Here’s a special treat for sushi lovers…

 

KAMPACHI
Ground Floor, Equatorial Plaza
Jalan Sultan Ismail
50250 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +603-2789-7723
*Pork-free
Open daily 12.00pm-3.00pm; 6.00pm-10.30pm

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New Menu at FIVE SEN5ES by Chef Ron Lean

Recently The Westin Kuala Lumpur welcomed a new chef to their stable – Chef Ron Lean Wen Seng as the Chef De Cuisine in Five Sen5es, their Chinese specialty restaurant. I was thrilled to be invited to a tasting of Chef Ron’s maiden food presentation to the media.

The youthful-looking amiable chef, a Perak native, brings with him more than 17 years of culinary experience, having started in the kitchen at the tender age of 15. Chef Ron started in small local restaurants, developing his skills and nurturing his talent along the way. Driven by culinary passion, he eventually steered himself into chef roles in high-end Chinese restaurants in Australia and international chain hotels. Prior to joining The Westin Kuala Lumpur, Chef Ron was the Banquet Sous Chef in Aloft KL Central and Senior Sous Chef in New World Hotel.

Chef Ron’s signature dishes lean towards Hongkong-style and his masterpieces are often dishes cooked with seafood (lobsters and abalones), chicken and desserts using traditional Chinese ingredients. Taking the helm at Five Sen5es, Chef Ron together with his enthusiastic culinary team cooked up a storm for us recently.

Here’s what we had…

Boston Lobster Combo featuring Deep-fried Lobster Balls and Lobster Steamed with Eggs

Double-boiled Rambutan, Chicken with Crabmeat & Scallop Soup

Ingredients used in the soup

House-made Spinach Tofu braised with Shimeji Mushrooms

Fuzhou Litchi Sweet & Sour Chicken

Pomelo Crispy Prawns with Special Sauce

Steamed Coiling Dragon Garoupa with Golden Garlic Sauce

Stir-fried Romaine Lettuce with Salted Fish

Chilled Peach Gum with Red Dates & Longan in Coconut

Flavours were sweet and clear in most of the dishes, as what Hongkong-style does: allowing the natural goodness of ingredients to shine. With wellness very much in mind, the dishes are well executed with minimal use of oil and hard flavouring. I like how Chef Ron injected some fun innovation in his repertoire like using our local rambutans in his soup and pomelos in the prawn dish.

“Inheritance preserves the old dishes, Innovation does not forget the tradition,” – that’s my ideology in creating new dishes and also the ruling principle behind the new menu we have created at Five Sen5es in The Westin Kuala Lumpur. My team and I look forward to creating memorable dining experiences for our guests.” – Chef Ron Lean Wen Seng

 

FIVE SEN5ES
The Westin Kuala Lumpur
199 Jalan Bukit Bintang
55100 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +603-2731-8333

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Best of Hong Kong & Organic Village Chicken Promotion at ZUAN YUAN, One World Hotel, Petaling Jaya

This month, October, is a nice time to dine in Zuan Yuan at One World Hotel, Petaling Jaya. With two food promotions going on at the same time, diners will be spoiled for choices!

Let’s see… first up: if you are a fan of chicken, don’t miss out on the special dishes using organic village chicken prepared by their Executive Chinese Chef Tommy Choong Chan Hoo. Using his personal and family recipes, Chef Tommy’s repertoire of 5 special poultry dishes are bound to please. Using only premium quality organic village chickens, diners can choose from the following selections:

1. Steamed with Cordyceps Flowers in Bamboo Basket
2. Poached with Garden Greens & Dried Scallop Sauce
3. Smoked
4. Roasted with Black Truffle Paste
5. Braised with Chinese Herbs

The Braised Organic Village Chicken is served as a whole bird, priced at RM120 nett per bird and a 24-hour notice is required. For any of the other 4 dishes, it’s priced at RM60 nett per half bird and available for lunch and dinner.

Organic Village Chicken with Chinese Herbs

Many of us love the Cantonese food in Hong Kong. Personally, Hong Kong is a food destination (first and foremost), be it their street food or more upscale refined dining in well-known and even Michelin-starred restaurants. Well, if you miss the real thing in Hong Kong, Chef Tommy Choong and team have come up with several HK-style dishes to warm your tummies. We had a taste of some of those delicious dishes recently…

Baked Crabmeat & Assorted Mushrooms with Cheese

Curry Fish Balls & Fish Maw in Claypot HK-style


Crispy Roast Duck with Yam Paste

Pan-fried Scallops with Prawn Paste

Our favourite is the Curry Fish Balls & Fish Maw – the fragrant spicy curry is delicious on its own and even better when eaten with some plain rice of rice noodles! The house-made fish balls are sweet and springy and the tender spongey fish maw fully absorbing the delightful curry. Coming a close second are the Pan-fried Scallops with Prawn Paste – can never go wrong with fresh huge succulent Hokkaido scallops paired with firm springy prawn paste!

These two food promotions are on until 31 October 2019, so make a beeline to Zuan Yuan soon!

For reservations, please call +603-7681-1159/57 or email zuanyuan@oneworldhotel.com.my

 

ZUAN YUAN
One World Hotel
First Avenue
Bandar Utama City Centre
47800 Petaling Jaya
Tel: +603-7681-1111

*Pork-free

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Best of Hong Kong & Organic Village Chicken Promotion at ZUAN YUAN, One World Hotel, Petaling Jaya

This month, October, is a nice time to dine in Zuan Yuan at One World Hotel, Petaling Jaya. With two food promotions going on at the same time, diners will be spoiled for choices!

Let’s see… first up: if you are a fan of chicken, don’t miss out on the special dishes using organic village chicken prepared by their Executive Chinese Chef Tommy Choong Chan Hoo. Using his personal and family recipes, Chef Tommy’s repertoire of 5 special poultry dishes are bound to please. Using only premium quality organic village chickens, diners can choose from the following selections:

1. Steamed with Cordyceps Flowers in Bamboo Basket
2. Poached with Garden Greens & Dried Scallop Sauce
3. Smoked
4. Roasted with Black Truffle Paste
5. Braised with Chinese Herbs

The Braised Organic Village Chicken is served as a whole bird, priced at RM120 nett per bird and a 24-hour notice is required. For any of the other 4 dishes, it’s priced at RM60 nett per half bird and available for lunch and dinner.

Organic Village Chicken with Chinese Herbs

Many of us love the Cantonese food in Hong Kong. Personally, Hong Kong is a food destination (first and foremost), be it their street food or more upscale refined dining in well-known and even Michelin-starred restaurants. Well, if you miss the real thing in Hong Kong, Chef Tommy Choong and team have come up with several HK-style dishes to warm your tummies. We had a taste of some of those delicious dishes recently…

Baked Crabmeat & Assorted Mushrooms with Cheese

Curry Fish Balls & Fish Maw in Claypot HK-style


Crispy Roast Duck with Yam Paste

Pan-fried Scallops with Prawn Paste

Our favourite is the Curry Fish Balls & Fish Maw – the fragrant spicy curry is delicious on its own and even better when eaten with some plain rice of rice noodles! The house-made fish balls are sweet and springy and the tender spongey fish maw fully absorbing the delightful curry. Coming a close second are the Pan-fried Scallops with Prawn Paste – can never go wrong with fresh huge succulent Hokkaido scallops paired with firm springy prawn paste!

These two food promotions are on until 31 October 2019, so make a beeline to Zuan Yuan soon!

For reservations, please call +603-7681-1159/57 or email zuanyuan@oneworldhotel.com.my

 

ZUAN YUAN
One World Hotel
First Avenue
Bandar Utama City Centre
47800 Petaling Jaya
Tel: +603-7681-1111

*Pork-free

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45 SPEAK VEZY BAR @ Jalan Kamunting, Kuala Lumpur

At 45 Kamunting, time stands still.  Or so it seems.

Taking after the address, 45 Speak Vezy Bar is a casual laidback joint in Jalan Kamunting in downtown Kuala Lumpur.

Amidst taller, newer buildings in the area, this 1928 pre-war house at the corner of an alley stands its ground. Framed with potted leafy plants, the porch holds some rickety-looking tables and chairs, so reminiscent of the olden days. Stepping into the cool interior, I feel as if I have stepped back into my childhood days. Back then, I spent a few formative years in a typical wooden village house on the outskirts of Ipoh town and I get a sense of déjà vu here.  Alan Yun, the owner, has a great fondness of the retro era and he has amassed a good collection of furniture and deco items here to give you that unmistakable sense of nostalgia. Mandarin songs from the 1950’s/60’s era play in the background enhances the wistful and sentimental mood.

The structure of this pre-war house has been preserved nicely – the various rooms and hallway have not changed. Patrons get to chill-out in the various rooms and I love the spiral staircase towards the back of the house. Ventilation and natural light are aplenty, thanks to the airwell – a feature that’s very much old-world. And it’s definitely a very Instagram-worthy premise.

The stairwell & the spiral staircase

Cold beer and Lok-lok Hotpot may sound like a peculiar combination, but strangely, it works. From 6pm onwards, after the sun has set, the nostalgic ambience in 45 Speak Vezy Bar goes up several notches. With soft warm lighting casting romantic shadows everywhere, it’s time to sit back and sip some cocktails, beer or wine or some home-boiled barley!

Instead of the usual bar snacks, 45 Speak Vezy serves a delightful Lok-Lok Hotpot. Using the delicious fish broth from Woo Pin Fish Head Noodles (they serve this here from 7.30am till 2.30pm), the skewers of various types of balls, fried beancurd, vegetables, pork and prawns are slowly boiled. It’s a pleasurable activity – this dipping and munching, in between sips of alcohol while chilling out with buddies.

Skewers are priced at RM4 each and there are also some Lok-Lok Hotpot Sets if you are there in a group:

Set A @ RM88: 10 skewers + 1 bucket beer
Set B @ RM118: 10 skewers + 1 bottle wine
Set C @ RM168: 20 skewers + 2 buckets beer

 

If you must have some fried tidbits, additional bites in the forms of Popcorn Chicken, Fried Fucuk (beancurd skin wrapped with fish paste) and Fried Fish Skin are available.

Popcorn Chicken (RM15)


Fried Fucuk (RM12)


Fried Fish Skin (RM12)

The hard metal and wooden chairs here may not be the most comfortable but the ambience and set-up plus the efforts to maintain this preserved heritage makes it a worthwhile visit. Do be warned though – parking may be a bit of a challenge around here, so consider taking the LRT to the Dang Wangi Station and then a short walk over.

 

45 SPEAK VEZY BAR
45 Jalan Kamunting
50300 Kuala Lumpur
For reservations, contact Vsun @ +6017-236-1119

Open from 6.00pm till late

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45 SPEAK VEZY BAR @ Jalan Kamunting, Kuala Lumpur

At 45 Kamunting, time stands still.  Or so it seems.

Taking after the address, 45 Speak Vezy Bar is a casual laidback joint in Jalan Kamunting in downtown Kuala Lumpur.

Amidst taller, newer buildings in the area, this 1928 pre-war house at the corner of an alley stands its ground. Framed with potted leafy plants, the porch holds some rickety-looking tables and chairs, so reminiscent of the olden days. Stepping into the cool interior, I feel as if I have stepped back into my childhood days. Back then, I spent a few formative years in a typical wooden village house on the outskirts of Ipoh town and I get a sense of déjà vu here. Allan Yun, the owner, has a great fondness of the retro era and he has amassed a good collection of furniture and deco items here to give you that unmistakable sense of nostalgia. Mandarin songs from the 1950’s/60’s era play in the background enhances the wistful and sentimental mood.

The structure of this pre-war house has been preserved nicely – the various rooms and hallway have not changed. Patrons get to chill-out in the various rooms and I love the spiral staircase towards the back of the house. Ventilation and natural light are aplenty, thanks to the airwell – a feature that’s very much old-world. And it’s definitely a very Instagram-worthy premise.

The stairwell & the spiral staircase

Cold beer and Lok-lok Hotpot may sound like a peculiar combination, but strangely, it works. From 6pm onwards, after the sun has set, the nostalgic ambience in 45 Speak Vezy Bar goes up several notches. With soft warm lighting casting romantic shadows everywhere, it’s time to sit back and sip some cocktails, beer or wine or some home-boiled barley!

Instead of the usual bar snacks, 45 Speak Vezy serves a delightful Lok-Lok Hotpot. Using the delicious fish broth from Woo Pin Fish Head Noodles (they serve this here from 7.30am till 2.30pm), the skewers of various types of balls, fried beancurd, vegetables, pork and prawns are slowly boiled. It’s a pleasurable activity – this dipping and munching, in between sips of alcohol while chilling out with buddies.

Skewers are priced at RM4 each and there are also some Lok-Lok Hotpot Sets if you are there in a group:

Set A @ RM88: 10 skewers + 1 bucket beer
Set B @ RM118: 10 skewers + 1 bottle wine
Set C @ RM168: 20 skewers + 2 buckets beer

 

If you must have some fried tidbits, additional bites in the forms of Popcorn Chicken, Fried Fucuk (beancurd skin wrapped with fish paste) and Fried Fish Skin are available.

Popcorn Chicken (RM15)


Fried Fucuk (RM12)


Fried Fish Skin (RM12)

The hard metal and wooden chairs here may not be the most comfortable but the ambience and set-up plus the efforts to maintain this preserved heritage makes it a worthwhile visit. Do be warned though – parking may be a bit of a challenge around here, so consider taking the LRT to the Dang Wangi Station and then a short walk over.

 

45 SPEAK VEZY BAR
45 Jalan Kamunting
50300 Kuala Lumpur
For reservations, contact Vsun @ +6017-236-1119

Open from 6.00pm till late

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