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

DIM SUM (pork-free) at Pullman Hotel Kuala Lumpur, Bangsar

If you are in the Bangsar neighbourhood and looking for a quiet spot to enjoy some pork-free dim sum, the Oriental Chinese Cuisine Restaurant is a good venue. Located on Level 1 of the Pullman Hotel Kuala Lumpur in Bangsar, this spacious restaurant spots some classic oriental furniture in the form of intricately-carved wooden chairs and ornately-patterned carpet. With plenty of natural light flooding in from the floor-to-ceiling glass windows all around, the dining environment is pleasant and comfortable.

Pork-free dim sum is served daily from 12.00pm to 3.00pm. The special dim sum menu lists a good variety, from steamed, deep-fried, oven-baked items to noodles, rice and desserts.

We tried several items from most of the categories, starting with the steamed dumplings. Besides the regular “siew mai”, the restaurant offers a few fancy variations like…

Caviar Lobster Dumplings

Foie Gras Siew Mai

Black Truffles Shrimp Dumplings

Tobikko Lobster Siew Mai

Don’t miss out their Shanghai Dumplings – “Xiao Loong Bau”… the wobbly plump dumplings pack a good amount of piping hot tasty broth within the thin skin!

Xiao Loong Bau

 

Steamed Beef Tenderloin in Oriental Sauce – this didn’t hit the spot with us.  Steamed chicken would have fared better.

Crispily-fried dim sum are always tempting and we couldn’t resist these…

Crispy Taro Puffs

Crispy Beancurd Prawn Rolls

Crispy Seafood Rolls with Cheese

Crispy Lobster Dumplings

The Wok-fried Radish Cake with Seafood could have been better, taste-wise as it was rather bland.

We loved the Preserved Vegetables with Roasted Duck Buns. Within these petite buns were some delightful filling of minced roast duck and “mui choy” – something we don’t find in other dim sum places.

Preserved Vegetables & Roast Duck Buns

Honey BBQ Chicken Buns

Green Tea Buns with Salted Eggyolk Custard Cream

Steamed rice rolls are always a must for us and we enjoyed the Cheong Fun with crispy “yu zha gui” rolled inside.

Cheong Fun with Yu Zha Gui

Cheong Fun with Fresh Prawns

There’s a pretty long list of desserts in the menu. Their signature Durian Pancake is a must-try for durian lovers. For me, I enjoyed all their chilled jellies – so refreshing!

Chilled Lemongrass Jelly with Osmanthus

Deep-fried Pancake with Vanilla Ice Cream & Peanuts

Chilled Durian Pancakes

Service is attentive and the dim sum items are only cooked upon order so you get your food piping hot.

 

ORIENTAL CUISINE RESTAURANT
Pullman Hotel Kuala Lumpur Bangsar
No. 1 Jalan Pantai Jaya, Tower 3
59200 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +6 (03) 2298-1888

MAKAN KITCHEN @ DoubleTree By Hilton Kuala Lumpur: Let “The Love of Seafood” surface!

If you love seafood, and feasting buffet-style in a hotel, then you have to head to Makan Kitchen in DoubleTree by Hilton Kuala Lumpur.  The all-day dining restaurant is currently showcasing a market-style experience for diners to choose from 10 varieties of made-to-order seafood dishes.  This seafood showcase is served in addition to the lavish buffet spread served in Makan Kitchen.

Using only responsibly-sourced fresh seafood, Executive Chef Eric Siew and Makan Kitchen’s Chinese Chef Chong Wai Kin together with their brigade of chefs are kept busy in their open kitchen dishing out the orders.

To enjoy the cooked-to-order dishes, diners are given numbered clips to place their orders by putting their clips in the bowls bearing the names of the 10 dishes.

Out of the 10 seafood dishes, we picked 7 good ones and 1 truly exceptional dish.  The 7 which we liked – due to the freshness of the seafood and nicely balanced flavours were these…

Steamed Garoupa with Soy Sauce Hong Kong-style

Fried Red Snapper with Pineapples in Sweet & Sour Sauce

Fried Squids with Salted Eggyolks

Chilli Crab

Wok-fried Tiger Prawns with Buttermilk & Curry Leaves

Deep-fried Pomfret with Spiced Salt & Pepper

Steamed Mussels in Ginger Emulsion

The most exceptional dish we had was the Wok-fried Yabbies with Soy King Sauce.  These babies were super fresh and coated with a sweetish-savoury soy sauce which embellished the crustaceans in the best possible way. We had repeated servings of this – they were really very good – sweet bouncy meat and lots of creamy roe.

Wok-fried Yabbies with Soy King Sauce

 

We found the Steamed Scallops with Garlic & Glass Noodles and Fresh Clams in Superior Broth rather disappointing though.  In both dishes, the shellfish were overcooked, rendering them shrunken and kinda tough in texture.  The small morsels of scallops were practically buried beneath a bunch of glass noodles.  On a positive note, the superior broth used to cook the clams was richly flavoursome, thanks to the generous amount of Chinese herbs added in.

Steamed Scallops with Garlic & Glassnoodles

Fresh Clams in Superior Broth

 

Based on the All-You-Can-Eat concept, diners can order these dishes as many times as they wish!  And this is in addition to savouring all the other dishes laid out in the buffet counters in Makan Kitchen.

Besides the 10 special dishes, there are also several vegetables dishes available.  If you love your greens, then this definitely will delight you.

4 Heavenly Kings

Bittergourd in Salted Eggyolk

Some of our favourites from the buffet couonters

 

The price for this indulgence:

RM165nett per person
50% discount for kids 6-12 years of age
Kids below 5 years eat for free

This “For the Love of Seafood” buffet bonanza is available until 25 November 2017 and on:

Friday & Saturday
From 6.30pm till 10.30pm
The buffet comes with free-flow of sirap selasih, lemonade mint and lemongrass pandan juice.

Lemonade Mint

Place your dining reservations by calling +603-2172-7272.

 

MAKAN KITCHEN
DoubleTree by Hilton Kuala Lumpur
The Intermark
348 Jalan Tun Razak
50400 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-2172-7272

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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