CHRISTMAS & NEW YEAR FESTIVITIES @ INTERCONTINENTAL KUALA LUMPUR

The stunning 18-foot Christmas tree holding court in the InterContinental Kuala Lumpur leaves you no doubt that Christmas is in the air. With just barely 10 days to go,, if you are one of those who are frantically trying to plan your festive feasting, well, the InterContinental Kuala Lumpur has several mouth-watering options in their F&B outlets.

Let’s start with their IVIV (OneSixFive) Wine & Lounge Bar where Afternoon Teas are a way of life. During this festive month, their pastry chefs have gone out of their way to bake extra-delectable goodies like scones, pastries, handmade chocolates and yule logs, of course – what’s Christmas without yule logs, right? At RM98nett per person, the Afternoon Tea with TWG Tea and barista-made coffee is something worth splurging on while catching up with loved ones.

If you must have the traditional roast turkey at Christmas, then head on to Serena Brasserie where this revered bird takes centre-stage at their buffet tables. Roast Angus Beef Ribeye and Yorkshire Pudding are favourites too. Buffet starts at RM168 nett per person for lunch and dinner on 24-25 December 2017.

The must-have Roast Turkey

Yorkshire Pudding, anyone?

On New Year’s Eve, there’s a celebratory dinner with live music performance and midnight celebration at RM248nett per person. On New Year Day, welcome 2018 with a festive lunch at RM108nett per person.

At Tatsu Japanese Cuisine, it’s always good to go for their Kaiseki dinner. For both Christmas and New Year, Tatsu’s 7-course Kaiseki dinner is priced at RM288nett per person. The traditional multi-course dinner includes hot and cold appetisers, light hearty broth, assorted seasonal sashimi, simmered, fried and grilled dishes followed by dessert.

If you choose to dine at Tao Chinese Cuisine, you may be in a dilemma of whether to go for their special Dim Sum Lunch at RM118nett per person or for their 6-course Dinner at RM218nett per person. For dim sum, the choices are pretty exquisite as what we found out during a recent preview.

Gourmet handcrafted confectioneries, housemade cookies, premium chocolates, Yule log cakes and savoury roasts are also available as gifts and takeaways. These can be purchased at IVIV (OneSixFive) Wine & Lounge Bar from now till 26 December2017. There’s an Early Bird 20% discount when booked and paid before 15 December 2017. Certain bank credit cards also get 15% discount.

For dining reservations, please call +603-2782-6000/2782-6173 or email foodandbeverage@intercontinental-kl.com.my

 

InterContinental Kuala Lumpur
165 Jalan Ampang
50450 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +603-2782-6000
Website: www.intercontinental-kl.com.my

2ND FLOOR Kitchen & Bar, Taman Tun Dr Ismail (TTDI)

The good folks of The Private Room Wine Bar and The Pawn Room Cocktail Bar have just extended the dining options in Taman Tun Dr Ismail (TTDI) with the opening of 2ND FLOOR Kitchen & Bar. Located within the same shoplot but on a different floor, this new eatery serves a good variety of contemporary European offerings.

The deco of 2nd Floor is a bit of a quirky combo of bright tropical colors at the outer/al fresco dining space while the inner section is more sedate. A full wall mural featuring colorful flora and fauna greets diners amidst modern mix-and-match furniture.

 

Helmed by a young kitchen crew, headed by Chef Kelvin Wong, the team is not hesitant to work on dishes served with some creative twists and flair. Take their signature 2NDFLR Salad for example which works its charm from the delicately-charred Romaine leaves which leaves a delicious smoky trail on the tongue. Sprinkled generously with crispy bacon, crunchy croutons and a wobbly poached egg, this deceptively simple salad is a sure winner.

2NDFLR Salad (RM22)

The Crab Beignet is another appealing starter. Plump crab cakes encased in crunchy kataifi strands – what can be more irresistible? Especially when you get to dip them in some tangy citrus chilli jam!

Crab Beignet (RM28)

Being in the mood to indulge, the Goose Foie Gras certainly sets the pace. Thick cuts of foie, perfectly seared, are a joy to partake, particularly so when eaten with rosti and balsamic caramelised pineapple doused with some pineapple cream!

Goose Foie Gras (RM52)

Their star dish, something we have been looking forward to is the Grilled Iberico Pork. Perfectly grilled, with the centre still a juicy pink, every bite of the pork was tender and delicious. Don’t be misled by the size of the cut – it’s really a substantial dish with the caramelised Granny Smith apple, horseradish and potatoes.

The gorgeous Iberico!

Grilled Iberico Pork (200g)

Similarly, the Seared Duck Breast is good, paired with rosti, baby radish and nice lashings of jus spiked with cherry balsamic.

Seared Duck Breast (RM36)

For a spot of carbo, the Smoked Salmon & Erynggi Pasta (linguine) is more than satisfying. Cooked with white wine and made more delicious with lumpfish caviar and pangrattata, this is one pasta dish I’d return for!

Smoked Salmon & Eryngii Pasta (RM32)

Desserts – ahhh, so much can be said about the delightful sweets here. My favourite here is the Cherry Jubilee – a gorgeous ensemble of dark cherries soaked in gin, paired with vanilla ice cream and sprinkled with granola! Yes, I’m a huge fan of liquer-embalmed cherries and these did me in.

Cherry Jubilee (RM18)

The platter of Chocolate & Coffee comes recommended as well – a dreamy concoction of almond jaconde, chocolate cremeux and coffee ganache.

Chocolate & Coffee (RM22)

What we ate were from the dinner menu. The restaurant also serves brunch and lunch daily from 10.00am till 3.00pm based on a separate menu. So head on over to 2ND Floor – it’s one of TTDI’s latest culinary stars.

 

2ND FLOOR Kitchen & Bar
46A Persiaran Zaaba
Taman Tun Dr Ismail
60000 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 019-914-8832

*Porky/Non-halal!

Fried Chicken & Champagne @ MONTE’S, Bangsar Shopping Centre

The next time you have a reason to celebrate and are not sure how to celebrate it – well, let’s keep it simple, shall we? How about just some scrumptious fried chicken and champagne? It’s really not as incongruous as you may think! Look, almost everyone loves fried chicken, right? That’s such a universal love, no? It’s comfort food and when done well, it’s da bomb!

A bucket of amazing love!

The folks at Monte’s in Bangsar Shopping Centre has got it just right. Using only the juiciest parts of the chicken – thighs and drumsticks only, their fried chicken here is served nicely propped up in a bucket. Coated in a light batter brimming with secret spices, the crispy golden skin is irresistible, trust me. Beneath that, juicy tender meat, just the way how good fried chicken should be!

Of course we had the Cheesy Wedges too!

And to accompany this delightful fried chicken meal – none other than some sparkling Moët champagne! I can’t even begin to tell you how good that chilled champagne tasted. It’s a perfect combo, fried chicken and champagne, I tell you.

Oh you can also choose to have either some salad or cheesy wedges to go with the chicken and champagne set.  There are 2 sets for you to choose from, depending on the size and appetite of your party:

VIP Chicks Package @ RM568+
1 bottle Moët et Chandon
1 bucket Monte’s Fried Chicken (12pcs)
Salad or Cheesy Wedges

or

VVIP Party Package @ RM888+
2 bottles Moët et Chandon
1 supersize bucket Monte’s Fried Chicken (18pcs)
Salad or Cheesy Wedges

You can also order just the fried chicken on its own, without opting for the champagne – I mean, if it’s a small celebration, hehe! 3 pieces Fried Chicken go for RM18.

Monte’s at BSC has been around for more than 10 years and is very popular in the neighbourhood. For such a long-serving establishment, there are quite a number of signature dishes that have been on the menu since day 1.

 

Fresh Oxtail Soup

The thick and savoury Fresh Oxtail Soup (RM23) is one of their top dishes and I can understand why. The soup is amazing, served piping hot and with well-balanced robust flavours. Eaten with some crusty bread, it makes an immensely satisfying meal on its own.

Escargots baked in garlic & chablis sauce

Then there’s Monte’s signature escargots baked in creamy chablis and garlic sauce to tantalise your taste buds. At RM28 for half dozen, this traditional French starter is sure to please.

Recently the culinary team at Monte’s has come up with some new dishes to add more variety to the dining experience here. Just take a look at these…

Corned Beef Scotch Egg

Corned Beef Scotch Egg (RM28+) with salad and gravy

Slow braised Beef Tendons with fettuccini and melted cheese! (RM38+)

Cheesebomb Fish Burger in tumeric cream and French fries (RM35)

Waffle Beef Burger with Cheese Wedges (RM38)

As for desserts, do check out their cakes of the day and if you see these two cakes available, grab some! At RM18 a slice, I totally loved the Salted Caramel Cake – my favourite!

Nutella Chocolate Cake 

Salted Caramel Cake

It’s always advisable to go with hungry stomachs as portions are hearty and because everything looks good, there’s a tendency to over-order too.  Now, here’s to the next celebration in Monte’s!

 

MONTE’S Bistro
Lot 112 Level 1 West Wing
Bangsar Shopping Centre
Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-2094-1112
www.montesrestaurant.com.my

TUJO – refreshed & rejuvenated, come “Eat, Drink & Play!”

“Eat, Drink & Play” – that’s the tagline of Tujo, a bar-sserie and grill restaurant located on the ground floor of Ascott Residences.  And now when you step into their rejuvenated premises, you would be more than enticed to practise just exactly what their tagline preaches. 

Looking very much like a tropical glasshouse with tropical foliage covering its nooks and corners, there’s a sense of green calm about the place.  Despite being surrounded by skyscrapers all around, Tujo feels like a playful oasis filled with the elements of food, drinks and just generally chilling out.

 

With its recent facelift, Tujo now showcases a new repertoire in its kitchen and bar.  I’m told that there’s a new selection of premium cuts from the grill – the Tomahawk, a glorious Sanchoku Wagyu from Australia weighing in at a resounding 1.3kg!  It’s incomparable especially when topped with Burnt Raclette, another new item on their menu.

Roasted 120-day Pure Black Angus Striploin

Raclette counter

Roast Beef & Raclette!

There are new dishes like the Lemon Pepper Halibut, Black Miso Haddock, Kuro Squid Ink Pasta, Teriyaki Chicken Pizza, Basil Walnut Chicken Pasta and the ever-popular Short Rib Nasi Lemak.

Kuro Squid Ink Pasta – tossed squid ink spaghetti with crab meat, sliced geoduck and salmon roe

Teriyaki Chicken Pizza – a thin-crust pizza topped with grilled chicken, white radish, bonito flakes with teriyaki sauce and wasabi mayo

Basil Walnut Chicken Pasta – another popular pasta dish using fettucine tossed in a creamy nutty sauce with grilled chicken

Short Rib Nasi Lemak – a deluxe take on nasi lemak, served with grilled spicy short ribs

Chicken Wings done spicy Korean-style

There’s also fresh succulent oysters from the Oyster Bar serving fine Irish, Dutch or French oysters.

 

The Bar at Tujo has crafted a range of new cocktails named “Hometown Hooch” showcasing 16 new “Malaysiana” drinks with alcoholic twists.  Don’t miss out their boozy interpretations of Malaysian favourites like the “Hang Li Mau” (rum, calamansi, lime juice and gula melaka) or “Mat Kool” – my favourite concoction of tequila, orange liqueur, elderflower syrup, lemon juice, sea coconut, longan and orange liqueur jelly!  Check out also their devilish ice lollies like the Mystic Manggis and the Naughty Nangka – it’s love at first lick!

Dragon Barley

 

TUJO
Ascott Kuala Lumpur
No.9 Jalan Pinang
50450 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-2161-7789/012-210-3055
Open: Mondays-Sundays: 7am till closing

email: ask@tujo.my
website: 
www.tujo.my

MR & MRS CHICKEN: Savour delightful free-range Chicken Meals

David Chen is one person who knows all about chicken and chicken rice.  After all, he and his family have been in the chicken rice business for many years and have recently opened MR & MRS CHICKEN in Pudu to extend the tradition.  The family’s passion has also resulted in having their own poultry farm in Rawang.  Concerned with providing the best quality chicken to his customers, David ensures that they are bred for at least 120 days in a free-range environment and fed with premium grains mixed with passionfruit enzyme and seaweed.  He also emphasizes that his chickens are not injected with growth hormones or antibiotics.  Furthermore, with passionfruit trees grown around the farm, quite often the chickens get to peck on those fruits as well – so how much more healthier can they get?

With such a catchy name as Mr & Mrs Chicken, this recently-opened restaurant in Pudu is hard to miss and serves the prized fowls from David’s own farm.  With chicken being the star, the menu offers various sets as well as a la carte orders. 

Simple & comfortable seating in the restaurant

A typical chicken rice set includes a single portion of chicken (poached Hainanese-style, roasted or braised in soya sauce), 4 pieces of chicken rice balls, fried crispy fuchuk (beancurd skin), vegetables of the day, soup, Chinese tea and dessert.  Fresh chillies and ginger dips are of course served, too.  At RM16.90 for this complete meal, I’d say it’s good value-for-money.

Perfectly poached chicken

Roast Chicken Set

My personal favourite is the simple poached chicken.  Poached to the right done-ness, the natural sweetness and lovely texture of the chicken shine through nicely.  The yellow-toned skin has just a thin layer of fat which emits the most divine flavour and aroma.

Golden-skinned goodness!

The perfectly-rounded rice balls are fragrant and firmly shaped, thanks to the addition of chicken oil, chicken broth and some glutinous rice for the “sticky” factor.  Regular chicken rice is also available if you are not partial towards balls.

There’s also Hor Fun on the menu, for something light!

To add some variety to the menu, there are several side dishes available.  Check out their fried starters like Crispy Wantan (RM6.90), Fried Fishcake (RM6.90), Spring Rolls (RM7.90), Fu Chuk (fried beancurd roll) (RM4.90) and Fook Chow Fish Balls (RM6.90). Braised Eggs, Braised Tofu and Hainanese Curry Chicken are also on the menu.  The sweetish curry cooked with chunks of free-range chicken and potatoes goes well with rice.

Crispy Wantan

Fried Fishcake

Fried Springrolls

Hainanese Curry

 

If you wish to add on any vegetables, I’d recommend the Steamed Okra (RM7.90/RM9.90).  The okra are grown in David’s farm and they are very tender and not fibrous at all – perfect with the chilli dip served together.

Steamed Okra

All in all, Mr & Mrs Chicken serves good-value free-range chicken rice meals in a very pleasant environment.  The interior of the restaurant is kept simple and comfortable to enjoy a good meal at affordable prices.

Mr & Mrs Chicken can do private dining and private events at their premise too.  Menus can be customised to your preference.  They do bulk-order delivery as well – minimum order quantity applies – do call them for further details.

 

MR & MRS CHICKEN
No.11 Jalan Kancil
Off Jalan Pudu
55100 Kuala Lumpur
Tel:03-9224-2706
Open: 11.00am-8.00pm
Closed on Thursdays

HAECHI BBQ Restaurant, Setia Alam

Located in one of Setia Alam’s busiest thoroughfares, right in the commercial centre, is Haechi BBQ Restaurant. Opened just months ago, it’s the second outlet for the Lees and partners. The 1st outlet, in Kota Kemuning (read my review here) is well known among the residents in the township and I’m so happy for the Lees to be able to ride on that success and spread their brand of Korean food to Setia Alam.

The simplistic decor of the restaurant is refreshing. Hand-drawn art decorates the main walls, depicting some of Haechi’s signature offerings. As this is a BBQ-centric restaurant, shiny exhaust chutes snake down from the ceiling, hovering over the dining tables.

From the menu, there are several BBQ sets to choose from, catering for 2 or 3 pax. If you have a larger group, then you can opt for combinations of those sets, or order more dishes from the a la carte menu.

Refreshing & healthy Banchan!

We started with the Pork Set which gave us generous portions of spicy pork belly, marinated and non-marinated neck shoulder cuts. Banchans were quickly served while they brought in the BBQ coals for the grill. Personally I think the marinated meats tasted much better than the non-marinated servings. The grills also had some ringside space for beaten eggs to be poured in and this was cooked to perfection while the meats were being barbecued.

Pork Set (RM59/2 pax, RM79/3 pax) 

 

Besides the Pork Set, you can also go for the chicken/pork combo – Haechi Set (RM55/2 pax, RM74/3 pax) – it’s a feast of chicken, pork belly & marinated neck shoulder. If you wish to choose your own sets, sure – there’s a good selection of this. For BBQ, do order at least 2 portions, ya!

Now here’s our favourites from the a la carte menu…

Marinated Baby Octopus (RM27/200g)

Spicy Rice Balls (RM18)

Fish Cake Soup (RM24)

Cold Noodles (RM22)

Service here was quick and courteous. Food portions are generous and I love their marinades. There’s a nice “home feel” to their dishes as most recipes came from the families of the owners. It’s a place we would return to, whenever we feel like having some Korean BBQ bites.

 

 

HAECHI BBQ RESTAURANT
19-1-2 Jalan Setia Prima (R) U13/R
Seksyen U13
Setia Alam
40170 Shah Alam
Tel: 03-3358-7646

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Indulge in HANA DINING’s WEEKEND BUFFET @ Sunway Pyramid!

I’m not a fan of buffets, unless they are of the Japanese cuisine type.  I’m sure many of you share the same sentiments – a Japanese buffet can be rather hard to resist!  Now there’s another reason to stuff our faces because Hana Dining lays out a sumptuous spread come Saturday and Sunday.

Yes, the weekend is just the perfect time to round up some Japanese food lovers in your circle and head out to Hana Dining in Sunway Pyramid.  The buffet is available for both lunch and dinner at:

Lunch:  11.30am-3.00pm @ RM69 per person
Dinner:  6.30pm -10.30pm @ RM79 per person

Senior citizens get a discount of 20% (age 60 and above, show ID)
Kids, based on their height:
Below 90cm         Free
91-130cm               Half Price
Above 130cm        Full Price

 

There are more than 80 items on the buffet menu and for the price paid, you even get a once-only serving of fresh Pacific Oysters (2 pieces per person) and one serving of their House Special Dish for the day.

 

Are drinks included?  Oh yes!  Take your pick from green tea, iced Lemon tea, Americano coffee, latte, cappuccino and hot/cold chocolate!

Now, just to give you an idea of what’s on the eat-all-you-can menu, check these out…

Sashimi – good selections of salmon, tuna, butterfish, amberjack (kampachi) & octopus

Sushi – Salmon Aburi

Maki – Cheese Maki

 

The “appetisers” selection is wide and varied.  Honestly, to me every dish seemed to be an appetiser – maybe because they are served in manageable dainty portions.  I tried to try almost every dish in the various categories but failed, simply because there was so many items to choose from!  So we just zoomed in to our favourites…

Makimono – Appetisers

Seafood Skewers with Shisho Sauce

Roasted Miso Cod Fish

Olic Tuna – so good that we had repeated servings!

Softshell Crab Tapas

Temaki – Handrolls

Flounder Fin (Engawa), California, Prawn Tempura (Ebiten)

 

Yakimono

Salmon Head

Chicken & Leek Skewer

Shishamo – perfectly grilled!

Mussels Mentai Mayo

 

Mushimono

Ikura Chawan Mushi

 

Teppanyaki

Prawns and Scallops

Tofu Omelette – don’t miss this!

 

Nabemono

Beef Sukiyaki

 

Agemono

Scallop Karaage

 

Noodles, Rice Bowls

Australian Beef Soba

Egg Mentaiko Rice Bowl

 

Desserts

Besides the usual Ice Cream with matcha and goma flavours and tofu cheesecake, my favourite is the Raindrop Jelly.  I must have eaten 4 pieces of this wobbly clear jelly showered with green bean powder,  It’s just so so good – coming from a jelly lover, of course!

Ice Cream – matcha? goma?

Raindrop Jelly

 

So, get on the phone and dial:  03-5624-0888 to make your reservation for the coming weekends!

 

HANA DINING SAKE BAR
OB2.G.U1 Oasis Boulevard
Ground Floor
Sunway Pyramid
3 Jalan PJS 11/15
Bandar Sunway
47500 Selangor

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