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

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

ISHIN Japanese Dining – savour their signature dishes!

Ishin Japanese Dining is located in a bungalow lot along the ever-busy Old Klang Road and it’s one Japanese restaurant that has stood the test of time.  Established more than 6 years ago, Ishin remains a popular place to head to for some decent Japanese fares at mid-range prices.  Read about my first review of Ishin here.

On a recent re-visit, we were happy to note that Ishin was still consistent in its quality of food.  We had a couple of appetisers – Chuka Kurage (chilled pickled jellyfish) and Potato Salad with Sesame Dressing to get the meal going.  Both starters were good – refreshing and light, which really whetted the appetite.

Chuka Kurage

Potato Salad

Then came our special Sashimi Moriawase – slices of the freshest seafood arranged beautifully on Ishin’s signature igloo ice-carving.  Our favourite sashimi was all there – isaki, botan ebi, shima aji, kanpachi, salmon belly, Hokkaido uni and Hokkaido nama hotate!

We enjoyed the Ebi Tempura, Dobin Mushi and Hokkaido Oysters Teppanyaki, all of which were executed nicely by the chefs.  The tempura batter was light and crispy, encasing bouncy fresh shrimps within.  Equally good was the Dobin Mushi with its sweet clear broth brewed from dashi and fresh seafood.

Ebi Tempura

Dobin Mushi

Try the Softshell Crab Maki here as well

Hokkaido Oysters Teppanyaki

The star of the meal was undoubtedly the Ishiyaki Unagi Rice.  Thick slices of fat juicy unagi glistening with a lovely umami sauce were cooked with rice in an earthen pot.  The aroma was insane and we just had to scrape every grain of rice from the crusty layer at the bottom of the pot.  This is one dish we’d go back for!

Ishiyaki Unagi Rice

We had more Hokkaido scallops in the the Hotate Yanagawa dish where the shellfish was cooked in a light broth, in order to savour the natural sweet flavor of the scallops.

Hokkaido Hotate Yanagawa

End your meal on a sweet note here 

The 2-storey bungalow offers comfortable seating on regular tables as well as tatami-style seating.  Service was attentive and friendly.  So, if you want to avoid the malls and just want a nice quiet restaurant for a decent Japanese meal, Ishin fits the bill.

 

 

ISHIN JAPANESE DINIG
202 Persiaran Klang
Batu 3 3/4 Jalan Klang Lama
58100 Kuala Lumpur

 

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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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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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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