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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“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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DIM SUM DELIGHTS at SHANG PALACE, Shangri-la Hotel Kuala Lumpur

Brunch on Saturdays has never been better, not since I found out that now you can indulge in quality dim sum in a posh restaurant in an even posher hotel. Oh, it’s also available for Friday lunch and the place is … the Shang Palace at the Shangri-la Hotel in Kuala Lumpur!

From now until 26 August 2017, you can indulge in an Eat-All-You-Can dim sum experience with over 40 choices of dainty dishes at the Dim Sum Delights promotion happening at the Shang Palace. This amazing feast of steamed, deep-fried and baked dim sum along with rice flour rolls, noodles, rice, vegetables and desserts is served every Friday (between 12 noon to 2.30pm) and Saturday (from 10.30am to 2.30pm).

And the best thing is…it’s RM88 nett per person! Given the quality of the food, the classy ambience and the faultless service, I’d say this is quite a steal! Go on a Saturday – you have 4 solid hours to indulge and that can come to some really good dim sum damage!

First and foremost, Appetisers to rouse your palate!

From the extensive Dim Sum Delights menu, there are 13 varieties of steamed dim sum such as fresh shrimp dumplings, chicken dumplings with fresh scallops, fish balls with garden greens, fresh scallops and mushroom dumplings, glutinous rice with chicken and mushroom (“loh mai kai”), beef balls, chicken claws with spicy Szechuan chilli sauce, steamed chicken wings with black bean sauce, steamed barbecue chicken buns, salted egg custard cream buns, vegetarian yam cake, bean curd rolls with assorted vegetables and chicken porridge. And that’s only the steamed dim sum list!

Fresh Shrimps Dumplings (“Har Kow”)

Chicken Dumplings with Fresh Scallops 

Steamed Chicken Wings with Black Beans Sauce

Steamed Chicken Claws with Spicy Szechuan Sauce

Fluffy Steamed BBQ Chicken Pau

 

Coming to the deep-fried and baked dim sum selections, check out the spring rolls with vegetables, fish balls, mashed yam dumplings with minced chicken meat (“wu kok”), baked barbecue chicken pastries, pan-fried Cantonese radish cakes, “Hakka’ stuffed bean curd with chicken and prawn filling, fish cakes with prawn paste, prawn dumplings served with mayonnaise, prawn balls coated with cornflakes, wok-fried radish cakes, sesame prawn rolls, baked mini egg tarts and sesame balls.

Pan-fried Cantonese Radish Cakes

Hakka Stuffed Bean Curd Puffs

BBQ Chicken Baked Pastries

Mashed Yam Dumplings (“Wu Kok”)

Fish Cakes with Prawn Paste

Sesame Prawn Rolls

Fried Bean Curd Rolls

 

I never miss my “chee cheong fun” in a dim sum meal and at the Shang Palace, the steamed riceflour rolls are prepared in four styles: steamed with shrimp, with vegetarian filling, with minced barbecue chicken and Chinese parsley and pan-fried with dried shrimps and supreme spicy sauce.

Steamed Rice Rolls with Fresh Shrimps

Besides dim sum and if you can still spare tummy space, there are also noodles, rice and vegetables on the Dim Sum Delights menu. The Stewed Hong Kong Noodles we tried were deliciously comforting – smooth slippery noodles cooked with mushrooms and chicken slices, simple and satisfying. We also had a huge plate of greens (HK kai lan) for good measure!

Stewed Hong Kong Noodles

HK Kai Lan

Desserts should never be skipped and we had a hard time choosing from the 8 varieties of desserts on the menu. My favourites were the house-made sweet bean curd and chilled lemongrass jelly with lime sorbet. Other choices are chilled mango pudding, red bean cream with lotus seeds, chilled Chinese herbal jelly, black sesame seed dumplings in ginger soup, chilled mango puree with sago and pomelo and chilled water chestnut cakes with osmanthus – pick your favourites!

Chilled Mango Pudding

Crunchy and chewy Sesame Balls

The man behind the deliciousness: Dim Sum Chef Chai Chee Yuan

 

The Eat-All-You-Can Dim Sum Delights promotion at the Shang Palace is priced at RM88nett per person. This promotion is valid for dine-in only and all guests seated at the same table must order from the Dim Sum Delights menu. Hurry – the promotion is until 26 August 2017 only!

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

 

 

SHANG PALACE
Shangri-La Hotel
Jalan Sultan Ismail
Kuala Lumpur
Tel: (60 3) 2032 2388
Fax: (60 3) 2031 4927
Website: www.shangri-la.com/kualalumpur

*Pork-free

 

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FAVOLA, LE MERIDIEN KUALA LUMPUR: AN UPDATE from CHEF DOMENICO PIRAS

The first time I tasted Chef Domenico Piras’ dishes was last August when he first started at Favola, Le Meridien Kuala Lumpur. I can still remember vividly his amusing tales about Sardinia where he grew up and where his mother still lives. Chef Domenico is an absolute wizard when it comes to pasta, most of which he makes inhouse in Favola. How can one forget the deliciously rustic and comforting trofie and malloreddus pasta cooked by this gregarious chef? (read more about those here)

Chef Domenico has recently made some changes to his signature menu, introducing new dishes and maintaining some of his bestsellers. One of this most popular bestsellers is Chef Domenico’s Sardinian-style Malloreddus… comforting rustic pasta cooked with braised lamb sauce and showered with mild Pecorino cheese. It’s a filling dish, one that will leave you with a smile as the wholesome pasta and thick meaty sauce leaves a comforting trail.

Sardinian Malloreddus (RM52) with braised lamb sauce and mild Pecorino cheese

Two new starters on the menu are the Tartufo and Vitello Tonnato. Tartufo is a lovely ensemble of mixed greens paired with truffle burrata, sprinkled with shaved black truffles and a light drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and some sweet fig compote.

Tartufo (RM72) – truffle burrata, figs compote, shaved black truffles, mixed greens and extra virgin olive oil

The Vitello Tonnato is more robust with poached veal eye rounds topped with tuna chunk, capers and gherkin sauce – an enticing appetiser which really got the palate going.

Vitello Tonnato (RM62) – poached veal eye round topped with tuna chunk, capers and gherkin sauce

Two new mains the Chef Domenico is dishing out to diners these days are his Livornese-style Cod and the simple Chicken Breast. You’ll notice that the Chef’s menu is really very simplistic, listing dishes which are dear to him and using the freshest produce of the season.

Livornese-style Cod (RM158) – served with tomatoes, basil, black olives, garlic, onion, extra virgin olive oil on a bed of mash. Velvety flaky sweet cod lies beneath the thick aromatic sauce – it’s a light mains and perfect if you just want a simple meal that won’t weigh you down.

Likewise, the Chicken Breast is cooked just nice and is tender and succulent. I like the layered potato tart as together with the Scarmoza cheese, it’s well-paired with the chicken.

Chicken Breast (RM78) topped with zucchini, Scarmoza cheese, creamy potato tart and light jus

For a simple but very wholesome carbo mains, have the Creamy Carnaroli Rice – it’s Chef Domenico’s signature risotto dish!

Creamy Carnaroli Rice (RM72) using gorgonzola and beetroot sauce drizzled with truffle oil

Chef Domenico’s Cassata is a must-try as it’s from a secret recipe given to him by an Italian chef and he’s sworn to never reveal it. So, just have it and enjoy the layers of cake, ricotta cream and candied fruits buried in between!

Cassata (RM42)

 

Catch the gregarious and entertaining Chef Domenico in Favola whenever you have cravings for rustic Italian fares, particularly of the Sardinian type!

 
FAVOLA
Le Meridien Kuala Lumpur
2 Jalan Stesen Sentral 5
Kuala Lumpur Sentral
50470 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-2263-7888
Open daily at 12.00pm-2.30pm; 6.30pm-10.30pm

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