DINE WITH ME @ TATSU Japanese Cuisine, InterContinental Kuala Lumpur

The InterContinental Hotel Kuala Lumpur is one of few hotels in the city  which houses its own Japanese restaurant.  Located on Level 1, Tatsu Japanese Cuisine beckons diners into its cosy classy interior of darkwood furniture and fittings.  The contemporary lines of its interior design are interspersed with a subtle blend of Japanese aesthetics enhanced with touches of cobalt blue and white.

Within the intimate confines of a private dining room, we checked out Tatsu’s latest dining promotion – “Dine with Me”!  This calls for a small group of 4 diners to come together and dine with each other as this weekend dinner package is meant for sharing.  Priced at RM888 nett for 4 diners, this dinner package offers a variety of appetisers, main courses, meat platter and desserts.

We started off by sharing a platter of assorted sashimi carved from fresh seafood flown in from Kyushu, Japan twice a week.  We particularly enjoyed this with fresh wasabi grated at our table.  What stood out for us was the fresh arkshell – akagai – gorgeous texture and sweet to the bite.

Assorted sashimi of tuna, kanpachi, salmon, hotate and sweet succulent akagai

Fresh wasabi grated at the table

While there were 4 pieces each of the sliced sashimi served, unfortunately for the sushi, there were only 2 each of the avocado sushi, anago sushi, ikura and uni sushi so that had us breaking them up to share out.  The oyster mentai ikura sushi were sumptuous but make sure you eat them while they’re still hot.

Sushi: oyster mayonnaise ikura sushi, avocado, anago and uni

Hamaguri Miso Soup – giant Japanese clams, miso soup with tofu, wakame and spring onions

The platter of grilled seafood and assorted tempura was satisfying.  The grilled king crab was really good and so were the shrimp and vegetables tempura.

Seafood Platter of Unagi Shiro Sakamushi, Tarabayaki, Sake Shioyaki & Teriyaki

Unagi shiro sakamushi

Shirao with kakiage (crispily fried whitebait)

Tempura of prawns and various vegetables like broccoli, burdock and asparagus

Next came the 2nd main course platter of very substantial items.  It came complete with a stone grill for us to cook the slices of wagyu sumiyaki as well as to heat up all the rest of the other items.

Meat Platter of Wagyu Sumiyaki with Himalayan salt, Grilled Honey Chicken with Shitachi, Lamb Teppanyaki with Cheddar Cheese Aonori, Stewed Beef Cheeks with Red Wine, Stewed Aigamo Rosuni with julienned carrots, radish and kyuri, Beef Bacon with Fried Potato Roll and Mushroom Teppanyaki.

Finally desserts – and it was a lovely combo of …

Desserts: Grand Marnier Ice Souffle, Mochi, Haagen Dasz Green Tea Ice Cream

 

This “Dine with Me” promotion is priced at RM888 nett for 4 people and only for Saturday and Sunday dinner at Tao.  Citibank and CIMB card holders get 20% off.

Chef Tommy Kuan – the chef behind the special dishes of “Dine With Me”!

For reservation, please call +603 2782 6118.

 

TAO Japanese Cuisine
InterContinental Kuala Lumpur
165 Jalan Ampang
50450 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-2782-6000

Website: kualalumpur.intercontinental.com

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BEATS & BRUNCH @ LAFITE, Shangri-La Hotel Kuala Lumpur

Weekends are meant for food and relaxation.  That’s why weekend brunches are a dime a dozen, almost every cafe/restaurant/hotel worth its salt has a brunch to offer in this city.  In the sea of masses, what do you choose?

You choose something that’s a bit different, a bit unique perhaps?  Then go no further than Lafite at the Shangri-La Hotel Kuala Lumpur.  There’s a new concept of brunch at Lafite now on every first Sunday of the month, known as Beats and Brunch!  Starting at 12noon till 3.00pm, indulge on an array of “all you can eat” contemporary French cuisine with delicious entrées, mains, desserts and a la minute delights prepared by Executive Chef Olivier Pistre.  Oh did I say there’s also free-flow of Veuve Clicquot champagne, wines and cocktails?

Free-flow of Veuve Clicquot champagne!

Executive Chef Olivier Pistre

Executive Chef Olivier Pistre with Executive Pastry Chef Paul Gardin

Try all the cocktails 🙂

A mountain of Cadoret oysters!

Things also get jived up with live DJ music as I busied myself at the oysters counter where fresh juicy Cadoret oysters are replenished diligently.  These babies were really good, dripping with marine sweetness at every bite.  I think I had at least a dozen all by myself!

Cherries and strawberries were in season – lucky me!  They went extremely well with the oysters and champagne, trust me.

Cheese selection

The pace picked up as the service crew flitted around the restaurant topping up champagne, wine and serving endless plates of the chef’s signature appetisers such as cold cherry tomato shooters, eggs with smoked salmon, gratinated lobster thermidor, among others.

Lobster for brunch

 

You can be assured that your mains are always served freshly cooked as orders have to be placed for them.  The mains are 6 gourmet specials of Smoked Cohiba Grilled Wagyu Beef, Slow Cooked Lamb Shoulder, Seared Hokkaido Scallops, Pan Seared Atlantic Cabillaud, Eggs Parfait and Grilled Octopus.

My personal favourite was the Seared Scallops – big fat Hokkaido ones seared perfectly and served with artichoke velour sauce.  Yes, you can have as many as you like and I think I had at least six of these!

Slow cooked Spanish Lamb Shoulder served with red onions, parmesan gnocchi, pomegranate gel and lamb jus

Grilled Octopus – Japanese octopus grilled and served with corn cream, Japanese black garlic puree and provencal sauce vierge (French sauce made from olive oil, lemon juice, chopped tomatoes, onions and garlic)

Smoked Cohiba Grilled Wagyu Beef – beef grilled and smoked with Cohiba cigars and served with cauliflower puree, lemon gel and oyster & seaweed emulsion

Pan Seared Atlantic Cabillaud – cod fish from France cooked a la minute and served with white beans ragout, baby squid and veal jus

 

Desserts galore!

Save some space for the desserts because you definitely do not want to skip those.  Besides the selection of dainty French pastries and cakes at the dessert counter, you can also order their specials: French Rum Baba and Chocolate Surprise.

French Rum Baba – sponge cake soaked in rum syrup, topped with Chantilly cream and served with pistachio sponge, raspberries and raspberry gel.

Chocolate Surprise – traditional dessert made with Sable Breton crumble (French shortbread cookies).  Presented with vanilla ice cream, chocolate ball, chocolate syphon, fresh blackberries and old chocolate sauce, it’s something to die for!

Chef Paul Gardin, Executive Pastry Chef making delectable ice-cream candies to thrilled diners

 

As mentioned, the Beats and Brunch affair at Lafite takes place on every first Sunday of the month from 12 noon till 3.00pm.  It’s priced at RM499 nett per person.

For reservations or further information, please call 03-2074-3900 or email restaurantreservations.slkl@shangri-la.com or visit www.shangri-la-specials.com

 

LAFITE
Shangri-La Hotel Kuala Lumpur
11 Jalan Sultan Ismail
50250 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-2032-2388

 

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Mid-Autumn Mooncakes at DYNASTY RESTAURANT, Renaissance Kuala Lumpur Hotel

The Mid-Autumn Festival is less than a month away and mooncakes are on sale everywhere now!  So where do you get your mooncakes?  I mean, there are just so many to choose from.  At the malls, there are so many kiosks set up to sell these delicacies – so which is your favourite?  Recently I tried some of the mooncakes at Dynasty Restaurant at the Renaissance Kuala Lumpur Hotel and they do have a pretty good selection.

The pork-free Dynasty Restaurant has started selling its mooncakes since 29 August 2017 and will be available till 4 October 2017.  The good old traditional favourites made with lotus paste and salted egg yolks are listed, together with redbean paste and the popular assorted nuts.  For the lotus paste option, you can also have the low-sugar white lotus paste or the pandan-infused variety.  New flavours for the baked mooncakes are the Red Pitaya Lotus Paste with Mango (very light & refreshing!).

Red Pitaya Lotus Paste with Mango

Bamboo Charcoal Green Tea with Black Sesame

For the snowskins, this year’s new flavours include the Honey Lotus Paste with Chocolate, Yam Paste with single egg yolk, Alisan Tea Paste with green tea as well as the Chinese Chestnut Paste with egg yolk.

Snowskin Alisan Tea Paste with Green Tea

Snowskin Honey Lotus Paste with Chocolate

Snowskin Yam Paste with Single Egg Yolk

Snowskin Durian Paste

If you are thinking of getting some of these for your loved ones, the mooncakes are packaged in Dynasty’s signature boxes of any choice of pieces of traditional mooncakes, 6 pieces baked mini mooncakes or 6 pieces mini snowskin.  Prices start from RM18 per piece.

Dynasty’s mooncakes are on sale at the hotel as well as at Mid Valley Megamall until 4 October 2017.

Discounts & Specials:

  • Free delivery to one (1) location (within 5km radius of Renaissance Kuala Lumpur Hotel) for purchase of 20 boxes and above.  Additional charges apply for locations outside 5km radius.
  • All pre-paid orders of minimum 10 boxes before 16 September 2017 for pick-up between 14 September to 4 October will receive a 25% discount.
  • Selected credit card discounts apply.

 

Besides checking out their mooncakes, we also couldn’t resist Executive Sous Chef Kok Chee Kin’s Signature Peking Duck which is currently priced at RM60.60 nett per bird.  This promotion ends by 30 September 2017 and it’s a fowl worth going for.  The golden crispy skin was glossy and tasty thanks to the meticulous roasting process which took almost an hour to slowly infuse the smoky aroma into the meat.

The Signature Peking Duck is carved at table side.  The sliced skin is served with house-made pancake together with scallions, cucumber, carrots  plum sauce.  The meat is then cooked according to the diner’s choice.  We had ours stir-fried with ginger and spring onions.

Meat from the Peking Duck, stir-fried with ginger and spring onions – really good!

Monggolian Lamb Chops – deep-fried tasty chops with a creamy tangy sauce bursting with bold flavours – a definite best-seller at the restaurant


Dynasty’s Special Fried Rice – fragrant eggy fried rice served on a pool of gravy with dried scallops and mixed vegetables… something different from the usual fried rice!

 

For reservation, please call 03-2771-6692 or email:

rhi.kulrn.fb@renaissancehotels.com

 

DYNASTY RESTAURANT (pork-free)
Renaissance Kuala Lumpur Hotel
Corner of Japan Sultan Ismail
& Jalan Ampang
40450 Kuala Lumpur

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MID AUTUMN TREATS at HILTON PETALING JAYA

This year the Mid-Autumn Festival falls on 4 October and weeks before now, restaurants and hotels have displayed their mooncakes for the coming celebration. I know how the current economic situation is affecting most people – our ringgit has weakened so much and things have become so much more expensive these days. So, do people still celebrate such festivals?

I’d say most Chinese would still celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival come 4 October, albeit on a smaller scale for the prudent. This festival, fondly also known as the “Mooncake Festival” has always been something I looked forward to when I was a kid. Traditional lanterns made of cellophane paper and bamboo sticks were the order of the day back then. And the food, of course – mooncakes, peanuts, baby yams, pomelos… the lot. So, suffice to say, most people still upkeep the tradition every year – the Mid-Autumn Festival is still held dear… it’s a time for family and food 🙂

 

Recently I had my first taste of mooncakes for this year. Toh Yuen unveiled some new flavours of house-made snow skin mooncakes while retaining the popular evergreen baked ones. The new flavours of their 2017 signature snow skins are the Golden Mango and the Chocolate Pistachio Indulgence. I must say the Golden Mango is really good as the tangy mango centre with dried mangoes isn’t too sweet and leaves a refreshing trail in the mouth.

Golden Mango

Inspiration for the Chocolate Pistachio Indulgence came from the hotel’s renowned American Chocolate Cake. Chocolate fans would love the rich velvety chocolate ganache, bits of dark chocolate cake and fresh nutty pistachios in this mooncake. It’s pretty decadent, for sure. The snow skin mooncakes are priced from RM19nett each and RM98 per box of 4 pieces.

Chocolate Pistachio Indulgence

Besides these 2 new flavours, there are 3 other flavours to indulge: Lotus Paste with Sunflower Seeds, Black Sesame Paste and the Yam Paste.

Black Sesame Paste Snow Skin Mooncake

Lotus Paste with Sunflower Seeds Snow Skin Mooncake

Yam Paste Snow Skin Mooncake

 

At Toh Yuen, there are 6 traditionally baked mooncakes available. My favourites are the white lotus with and without salted egg yolk, the mixed nuts and the green tea with pistachios. Each golden-baked mooncake is priced at RM25 nett and RM108 nett for a box of 4. Certain banks are offering discounts for credit card purchases and for bulk purchases, the hotel does offer some volume discounts as well.

 

To celebrate the festival, Chef Ric Teoh of Toh Yuen has curated a 6-course special “Mid Autumn Reunion Set” priced at RM1,388 nett for a table of 10 persons. Here’s what the meal is going to be like…

Special 5 Deluxe Platter of Mixed Barbecue Combination

Double-boiled Soup with Mushrooms, Fish Maw & Dried Scallops

Duo Platter of Wok-fried Prawns with Red Wine Sauce and Wok-fried Fish Fillets with XO Sauce

Stuffed Sea Cucumbers with Brown Sauce & Seasonal Vegetables

Fried Vermicelli with Eggs, Seafood & Mushrooms

Crystal Osmanthus Jelly

 

Chef Ric Teoh

 

For bookings and enquiries, please call 03-7955-9122 ext.4073/4.
For the latest F&B promotions, do visit Hilton PJ’s F&B blog, www.ZestPJ.com

 

 

TOH YUEN Chinese Restaurant
Hilton Petaling Jaya
No.2 Jalan Barat
Petaling Jaya
Tel: +603-7955-9122

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SATURDAY NIGHT VIBES @ SHOOK! in Feast Village, Starhill, Kuala Lumpur

Where in Kuala Lumpur can you find a nice place which serves good food with vibrant entertainment in a cosily posh environment? And pay an affordable value-for-money charge per head of RM168 nett, for a Saturday evening of good food and good fun? Sounds almost too good to be true, right? It’s true. It’s all happening at Shook! every Saturday.

Located in Feast Village Starhill Gallery at the JW Marriott Kuala Lumpur, Shook! has been setting standards of dining experiences in the city for discerning guests for years. Now with the recent launch of “Saturday Night Vibes”, its Cirque du Culinaire experience is taking diners to the next level.

The unique dining concept of Cirque du Culinaire offers the freshest ingredients from the various show kitchens; with handcrafted desserts served at table side while being entertained by their very own magicians, entertainers and even clowns. All these certainly set very vibrant and fun vibes to the restaurant – I mean, it’s a really happening scene there.

Gorgeous food display!

Now let’s get to the food. Believe me when I say the selections are pretty mind-boggling. I didn’t know where to start because everything looks so inviting and appetizing! The entire spread is a combination of signature dishes from restaurants at Feast Village. These include the critically acclaimed Shook!, Fisherman’s Cove, Luk Yu Tea House, Sentidos Gastrobar – The Latin Grill and Khushi Spice. So my advice would be: take a slow walk through the entire premise to check everything out first before zooming in to your favourites. That’s the only way to do it. But it’s not easy…because it’s hard to pick out the favourites when everything looks so mouth-watering.

These babies were just irresistible!

The Japanese delicacies are screaming my name so how do you pick among the pile of glistening sashimi, the lightly-battered crispy tempura and freshly-rolled sushi? Right next to these are trays of beef tenderloin & sirloin, chicken wings and quails just waiting to be grilled a la minute. Further down, the platters and pots of fresh and cooked seafood beckon – oysters, prawns, crabs, lobsters, clams – you name it, they have it.

Did I say the food selection was amazing?

Chefs clad in bright satiny mandarin robes keep busy throughout the evening dishing out endless trays of kam-heong clams, spicy prawns and lobsters which are quickly devoured. Just how can you resist Seafood Paella, King Prawn Noodles, freshly shucked Pacific Oysters, Five-Spice Rack of Lamb, Snow White Dancing Prawns, the finest Wagyu beef cheeks as well as Tiger Prawn Skewers Seasoned with Togarashi – I tell you, it’s next to impossible!

I love their Sang Har Meen – noodles cooked with bouncy freshwater prawns and then served at table-side. The whole evening was like that – small individual servings of freshly-cooked delectables are brought to guests at their tables

So what’s a Cirque experience if not for another key element – the music? Every Saturday night there will be a different notable performer taking the stage with original music and mesmerising renditions of well-loved tunes.

The first to join the hand-picked Saturday Night Vibes line-up was FAZZ, a world-class Malaysian band known for its soulful jazz vibes. Taking the stage at Shook!, FAZZ entertained the guests with its own creative versions of Take On Me, Shooting Star and others; and also introduced the audience to an original number from the band, The Game. In the weeks to come, Shook!’s guests can expect to be serenaded by the likes of Evelyn Feroza, Reza Salleh, Jumero, Bihzhu, and Ryot Jones, just to name a few.

Never skip the desserts ya!

Saturday Night Vibes – an amazing evening of good food, fun and music starts from 6pm to 10pm at RM168nett per person. A beverage package is also available at RM88nett (which includes an Aperol Spritz, a light-hearted cocktail of prosecco, Aperol and soda & applies to diners of Saturday Night Vibes only) while the 1-for-1 Happy Hour is available from 9.30pm to 11pm – selected draft beers, house wines and cocktails are served.

Contact Shook! Kuala Lumpur for reservations at +603-2782-3875 or shook@ytlhotels.com.my. Online reservations can also be made on the website as well.

Details of Saturday Night Vibes are available on Feast Village Starhill Gallery’s newly redesigned website, www.feastvillage.com. It’s the most happening dinner buffet in town on Saturdays!

 

 

SHOOK!
Feast Village Starhill Gallery
at JW Marriott Kuala Lumpur
183, Jalan Bukit Bintang
55100 Kuala Lumpur
website: www.feastvillage.com

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“TREASURES OF THE SEA” WEEKEND DINNER BUFFET @ ALOFT KUALA LUMPUR HOTEL

Come Friday and Saturday, the buffet counters light up with fresh catches from the sea.  At the “Treasures of the Sea” dinner buffet, diners get to indulge in a variety of seafood on beds of ice, in soups, noodles and cooked in delicious ways kept nicely warm in crockpots and colorful cast iron pots.  All this happens in Nook, Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral’s all-day dining restaurant.

This weekend buffet dinner enhanced with Neptune’s treasures is available on Fridays and Saturdays at RM138nett per person, with free-flow of fruit juices and soft drinks.

Besides regular servings of western and local favourites like Braised Beef with Chilli Teriyaki, Chicken Avongolomelo, Irish Lamb Stew and vegetarian dishes of Palak Paneer and Stuffed Beancurd with Vegetable Paste, seafood lovers get to indulge on tiger prawns, green mussels, scallops, squids, flower crabs and bamboo clams cooked in a variety of ways.

Crab Curry – don’t miss this!

We particularly liked the Baked Seafood Parcels, Braised Giant Garoupa Fish Head, Kam Heong Squids and Poached Tiger Prawns.  Even the very simple Prawn Omelette was executed very well and the spicy Crabs Curry had us going for seconds.  The fiery curry was also perfect for dipping freshly-made roti pratha.  Strange but true, this buffet features one of the best roti canai I’ve ever had – it’s so good I had 2 whole pieces all by myself!

Excellent Roti Canai – eat it hot off the grill!

Sarawak Laksa is one of Nook’s signature items and it’s a permanent item on the buffet.  The broth is deliciously fiery with fragrant spices and a squeeze of lime makes it all the more addictive!  There’s also a grill station where diners can get their selected seafood pieces grilled upon order.  We had some really fresh bouncy tiger prawns grilled to perfection which were polished off very quickly!

Treasures of the Sea Dinner Buffet promotion is priced at RM138nett per pax (adults) and RM69nett/per child (aged 6-12 years old) available on Fridays and Saturdays from 6.30pm.

 

ALOFT KUALA LUMPUR SENTRAL
5 Jalan Stesen Sentral
50470 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-2723-1188

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FANTASTIC 50% OFF for Weekday Dim Sum Lunch @ DYNASTY RESTAURANT, Renaissance Kuala Lumpur

Half-priced Dim Sum for week-day lunch? Or a create-your-own 4-course meal for RM49.90 nett per person… both happening at the Dynasty Restaurant (pork-free) at Renaissance Kuala Lumpur Hotel.  Yes, that’s where you can get these fantastic feasts!  But it’s only until 29 August 2017 – note that down in your calendar.

I think the 50% Discount offer on Dim Sum for week-day lunch is a good deal.  It’s certainly worth considering if you are in the city within the hotel’s radius.  Who would say “No” to a light, quick tasty meal with a good variety of items to choose from?  Dim Sum at the Dynasty Restaurant has always been very decent, freshly made and served efficiently.

Their Golden Yam Puffs are some of the best I’ve had, really – not many can rival the perfectly puffy lacy yam pastry and the delicious chicken filling.  I think I had 2-3 of these babies all by myself.

Another favourite is the Crispy Mango Prawns – superfresh bouncy prawns topped with luscious pureed mango, how not to love?


Emerald Dumplings with Scallops


Green Dragon Chive Dumplings


Crispy Mango Prawns with Thousand Island Dressing


Osmanthus Pudding

The 5-Happiness Dim Sum Platter is a very thoughtful gesture – it’s perfect if there’s just one or two diners who want to try just one piece of dim sum from several varieties.  The platter consists of 5 pieces of different dim sum items, both steamed and deep-fried ones.


5 Happiness Dim Sum Platter

We tried a few dishes from the “Create Your Own 4-course” set menu.  There are 4 dishes in each of the 4 categories (Soup, Fish & Poultry, Noodles, Desserts) for diners to pick.


Wonton Pouches in Consomme


Stir-fried Duck with Sesame Oil & Oyster Sauce

Pan-fried HK Egg Noodles with Enoki & Chicken

In addition to the above 2 fantastic feasts promotion, you can also get to dine on some of Executive Sous Chef Kok Chee Kin’s signature dishes at specially-reduced prices.  For example, his Braised Oxtail with Garlic in Casserole is offered at only RM38.80 (normal price: RM88) and a Peking Duck at RM68.80 (normal price: RM168).

We tried Chef Kok’s Pan-seared Stuffed Scallops going for RM48 (normal price RM88).  Personally, I found this rather overwhelming – it wasn’t really necessary to stuff any minced prawns into the fresh scallops and the sauce was too heavy.  I prefer to enjoy the natural sweetness of fresh scallops without any redundant embellishment.

Pan-seared stuffed Scallops

 

Recently converted to pork-free status, Dynasty Restaurant now offers a slick variety of barbecued & roasted specialties, soups, seafood, poultry and vegetarian dishes.  Beef, venison and lamb dishes here would satisfy even the most discerning meat lovers.

For reservations, please call 03-2771-6692 or email rhi.kulrn.fb@renaissancehotels.com

 

DYNASTY RESTAURANT
Level 1, East Wing
Renaissance Kuala Lumpur Hotel
Corner of Jalan Sultan Ismail
& Jalan Ampang
50450 Kuala Lumpur

Tel: 03-2162-2233

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