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

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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Celebrate Mid Autumn Festival with colourful Mooncakes from YONG SHENG CONFECTIONERY

They come in pretty boxes and in pretty colours, they do.

I’m talking about the mooncakes from Yong Sheng Confectionery this year.  Elements of cultural heritage, and in this case, the nyonya heritage form the theme in the designs of the metal tins.  Etched against rich startling backgrounds are various designs of the beautiful kebaya amidst hanging paper lanterns, depicting the Mid Autumn Festival.

 

Besides the regular traditional baked mooncakes with lotus paste and redden paste, I tried a few “modern” creations from Yong Sheng.  I just couldn’t resist the colourful crusts they came in!  Take a look…

Peach Blossom & Sunrise Horizon

Nyonya Delight (RM20.80/piece)- sambal paste, nyonya spices and lotus paste

Cherry Blossom (RM19.80/piece) – lotus paste + plum paste + red bean paste encrusted with melon seeds, almonds and crystal cranberries

Sunrise Horizon (RM22.80/piece) – chestnut lotus paste + black sesame paste with pine nuts & isomalt (sugar-free)

Peach Blossom (RM20.80/piece) – pandan paste + coconut paste & collagen

 

Then there’s the lovely set called “Nuna in Wonderland” consisting of 8 mini mooncakes in various shades and fillings.  Priced at RM78.80 per box, as a gift, it’s just perfect because the receiver of your gift will definitely love those dainty flower-like crystalline mooncakes.  With flavours like Black Gold Sesame, Strawberry Kisses, Meet with Yam, Acacia Red Bean, Amazing Chocolate, Uji Matcha, Enthusiasm Mango and even the Fragrance Durian, who is to complain?

Aren’t they the prettiest?

 

Yong Sheng mooncakes are available at all their outlets and as their base is in Johor, they have also set up kiosks in City Square Mall in Johor Bahru and Sutera Mall in Skudai during this Mid Autumn Festival.  Oh, in 1Utama, they not only have a Yong Sheng Confectionery outlet, they have also put up a kiosk at the Concourse in the New Wing during this mooncake Festival promotion.

For the list of their outlets, do check out their website here.

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