Sunday Japanese Buffet Lunch – KAMPACHI @ EQKL

When I first moved to Kuala Lumpur back in the early 1980’s, there weren’t that many Japanese restaurants in the city. But one name stood out whenever good Japanese food was sought: KAMPACHI. Back then, this well-established was housed at the Equatorial Hotel Kuala Lumpur and it’s always a special treat for me whenever I got to dine there. I remember their Weekend Buffet was immensely popular and one had to book many weeks in advance for a table. This flagship restaurant ceased operation when the Equatorial Hotel Kuala Lumpur closed for re-development in March 2012. Of course, by that time, standalone Kampachi restaurants have opened in Pavilion Kuala Lumpur and Plaza 33 Petaling Jaya.

So, here’s the good news: Kampachi has reopened its flagship outlet in the newly remade Equatorial KL. It’s back – bright and spacious, spotting a comfortable modern decor. There’s plenty of natural light flowing in from the glass walls, bringing out the natural colours of the light wood paneling and Japanese art hangings. I like how the interior design is cleverly structured to portray a casual and cheery dining experience during the day and transforms into a classy and intimate ambience at dinnertime.

And here’s even better news: the legendary Kampachi Sunday Buffet Lunch at EQKL is now available! The contemporary layout of the restaurant is such that the food counters and stations are well spread out to avoid over-crowding at any one spot.

My favourite is the Sashimi & Sushi counter, of course. I piled my plate with glistening cuts of premium maguro, amberjack, salmon, snapper, octopus, squids and shrimps. On top of that, there are at least 12 varieties of sushi and hand rolls and other mouth-watering starters. Cheerful chefs are in attendance to make fresh maki and hand rolls for diners.


 

At the next chamber, there rows of baine maries with tantalizing freshly-fried tempura, all kinds of grilled seafood, crabmeat chawanmushi, oden, sukiyaki and yosenabe. There’s also a divine roast beef on the board, so tender and gorgeous with sweet jus.

Last but not least, there’s the desserts counter with lots of fresh fruits and Japanese sweets. My favourites are the cooked-on-the-spot mochi and creamy matcha ice cream!

Kampachi maintains its policy of serving contemporary Japanese dining that is authentic, prepared using the highest quality ingredients and characterized by bold flavors and simple but exquisite presentation.

The Sunday buffet is available every Sunday from 12.00pm – 2.30pm, at RM168 nett per adult, and RM78 nett for children (6-12 years old). Reservations can be made via TableApp or by calling +603-2789 7722.

Here’s a special treat for sushi lovers…

 

KAMPACHI
Ground Floor, Equatorial Plaza
Jalan Sultan Ismail
50250 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +603-2789-7723
*Pork-free
Open daily 12.00pm-3.00pm; 6.00pm-10.30pm

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A Revitalizing Stay @ THE WESTIN KUALA LUMPUR

Taking advantage of a long weekend recently, we had an opportunity to enjoy a staycation at The Westin Kuala Lumpur. It’s not often that we do a hotel stay in the city on a weekend as on most weekends, we are either out of town or are tied up with domestic activities at home.

Located along the pulsating Jalan Bukit Bintang, The Westin Kuala Lumpur stands proudly right in the middle of Kuala Lumpur’s busiest street. But the moment we stepped into its elegant cool interior, we’re transported to an oasis of calm, welcomed with warm smiles and impeccable service. Check-in was quick and efficient and before long, we were whisked up to the 23rd Floor to our Westin Suite.

The 75 sqm suite is crazy spacious, for sure. Besides the huge bedroom, there are living spaces to chill in: sitting area with sofa and tv, dining table for 6 and a corner working table. There are 2 bathrooms in the suite, one en suite in the bedroom and one more outside. The en suite in the luxurious bathroom with marble flooring has a deep soaking bathtub to pamper guests. And while soaking in a warm bath there, there’s a pretty skyscraper view to look at through the glass!

It’s all about “Wellness” at The Westin, in any location. Each of their signature offering, be it the Heavenly Bed, their exclusive Eat Well Menu dishes or their energizing Fitness Studio, everything is designed with wellness and “a better you” in mind. I can’t rave enough about their world-renowned Heavenly Bed which really promotes restorative sleep, thanks to the lush 400-threadcount sheets, goose down comforter and patented pillow-top mattress. I love it so much that I’m actually contemplating getting one for my home!

 

Westin Club

Guests staying in Club Rooms and Westin Suites are given access to the Westin Club Lounge. The luxurious Club Lounge makes business travel more rewarding and leisure travel more relaxing. Business travellers will find the Business Centre Services within the Westin Club Lounge very convenient and useful. Fully equipped private meeting rooms and workstations are available if you need to put in some work during a stay here.

Evening snacks and cocktails at the Westin Club

There are the other usual privileges like personalized check-in/check-out, evening cocktails from 6pm-8pm, complimentary non-alcoholic drinks throughout the day and the complimentary Westin Eat Well Menu buffet breakfast. We enjoyed our evening cocktails and leisurely breakfast at The Westin Club where immaculate service ruled. Range of breakfast food was not as extensive as at The Living Room, but the spread covered lots of healthy choices.

Stay Well and Eat Well!

 

WestinWORKOUT®
As a hotel that promotes wellness, you can be sure the gym contains state-of-the-art equipment complete with a sauna to relax in. Known as the WestinWORKOUT®, the gym overlooks the city skyline with a great view for a more invigorating workout.

If you are travelling light or forgot to pack your exercise gear, worry not. Westin has partnered with New Balance® to provide athletic shoes and apparel to use during the stay for a nominal fee. Isn’t that great? This “Gear Lending Program” has proven to be ever so convenient!

Within the same level, there’s the sparkling salt-water swimming pool and Kids Club to keep the young ones happy and occupied.

 

DINING
Now let’s get to that integral part of any hotel stay – the food! While The Westin Kuala Lumpur is located in a very ideal spot, surrounded by shopping malls, entertainment and many local attractions where food is abundant, the hotel’s F&B outlets offer an excellent repertoire of tasty and revitalizing cuisines. We had some memorable meals in the hotel’s signature restaurants during our stay.

The Living Room
As the hotel’s all-day dining restaurant, the Living Room is a cosy and comfortable dining space. We love their Breakfast Adventure buffet with its huge selection of local and international nutritious breakfast items. From freshly pressed juices to local favourites (Masala Corner for Indian delicacies, hot noodles station, nasi lemak stall etc) to freshly baked breads and pastries and nutritious Superfoods, the selections are amazing.

We could see the guests happily browsing and choosing food from the many food stations located all over this spacious oasis of culinary delights. This is definitely our favourite place for breakfast – we lingered ever so long here just to savour the delicious spread and absorb the happy vibes!

I think we started off the day really right!

During weekends, there’re classic hi-tea and dinner buffets to indulge on.

 

Five Sen5es
The Westin Kuala Lumpur’s popular Chinese restaurant – Five Sen5es needs no introduction. We’ve had many a happy meal at this elegant restaurant with its lovely contemporary decor mixed with touches of oriental splendour. Read about our earlier reviews here and here.

Recently there’s been new items added on to their menu – check out our review here. Five Sen5es serves a wide array of Dim Sum and authentic Chinese dishes personifying the five human senses: Sight, Taste, Scent, Touch and Sound. Dining here is never boring as I always find my attention drawn to the animated activities in their “Open Wok Kitchen” right there in the restaurant.

For our stay, we just wanted a simple meal of the restaurant’s popular offerings. Roast duck, double-boiled soup, steamed cod fish and a small claypot of braised fish paste made up our delightful dinner here.

Mooncakes to round off dinner!

443 Bar Lounge
Just a few steps down from the main lobby is the welcoming 443 Bar Lounge, a nice “hideaway” sanctuary to chill-out. The “443” here represents the number of rooms in The Westin Kuala Lumpur and it signifies the attention to be given to each and every guest in the hotel. The lounge is a perfect spot to snuggle in and unwind with some great wine, superior whiskeys, crafted cocktails and premium cigars. Love the warm rustic feel of the decor, oozing nostalgia and classic comfort in the deep plush seats.

Prego
Prego is the hotel’s well-known Italian restaurant. A separate post will be published soon to highlight the memorable meals we had here during this staycation – so stay tuned!

As an established brand, The Westin Kuala Lumpur does live up to expectations of a 5-star hotel. The service, welcome and comfort levels are faultless as we encountered nothing less than first-rate experiences during our revitalizing stay.

 

THE WESTIN KUALA LUMPUR
199 Jalan Bukit Bintang
55100 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +603-2731-8333
Website: click here

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A Revitalizing Stay @ THE WESTIN KUALA LUMPUR

Taking advantage of a long weekend recently, we had an opportunity to enjoy a staycation at The Westin Kuala Lumpur. It’s not often that we do a hotel stay in the city on a weekend as on most weekends, we are either out of town or are tied up with domestic activities at home.

Located along the pulsating Jalan Bukit Bintang, The Westin Kuala Lumpur stands proudly right in the middle of Kuala Lumpur’s busiest street. But the moment we stepped into its elegant cool interior, we’re transported to an oasis of calm, welcomed with warm smiles and impeccable service. Check-in was quick and efficient and before long, we were whisked up to the 23rd Floor to our Westin Suite.

The 75 sqm suite is crazy spacious, for sure. Besides the huge bedroom, there are living spaces to chill in: sitting area with sofa and tv, dining table for 6 and a corner working table. There are 2 bathrooms in the suite, one en suite in the bedroom and one more outside. The en suite in the luxurious bathroom with marble flooring has a deep soaking bathtub to pamper guests. And while soaking in a warm bath there, there’s a pretty skyscraper view to look at through the glass!

It’s all about “Wellness” at The Westin, in any location. Each of their signature offering, be it the Heavenly Bed, their exclusive Eat Well Menu dishes or their energizing Fitness Studio, everything is designed with wellness and “a better you” in mind. I can’t rave enough about their world-renowned Heavenly Bed which really promotes restorative sleep, thanks to the lush 400-threadcount sheets, goose down comforter and patented pillow-top mattress. I love it so much that I’m actually contemplating getting one for my home!

 

Westin Club

Guests staying in Club Rooms and Westin Suites are given access to the Westin Club Lounge. The luxurious Club Lounge makes business travel more rewarding and leisure travel more relaxing. Business travellers will find the Business Centre Services within the Westin Club Lounge very convenient and useful. Fully equipped private meeting rooms and workstations are available if you need to put in some work during a stay here.

Evening snacks and cocktails at the Westin Club

There are the other usual privileges like personalized check-in/check-out, evening cocktails from 6pm-8pm, complimentary non-alcoholic drinks throughout the day and the complimentary Westin Eat Well Menu buffet breakfast. We enjoyed our evening cocktails and leisurely breakfast at The Westin Club where immaculate service ruled. Range of breakfast food was not as extensive as at The Living Room, but the spread covered lots of healthy choices.

Stay Well and Eat Well!

 

WestinWORKOUT®
As a hotel that promotes wellness, you can be sure the gym contains state-of-the-art equipment complete with a sauna to relax in. Known as the WestinWORKOUT®, the gym overlooks the city skyline with a great view for a more invigorating workout.

If you are travelling light or forgot to pack your exercise gear, worry not. Westin has partnered with New Balance® to provide athletic shoes and apparel to use during the stay for a nominal fee. Isn’t that great? This “Gear Lending Program” has proven to be ever so convenient!

Within the same level, there’s the sparkling salt-water swimming pool and Kids Club to keep the young ones happy and occupied.

 

DINING
Now let’s get to that integral part of any hotel stay – the food! While The Westin Kuala Lumpur is located in a very ideal spot, surrounded by shopping malls, entertainment and many local attractions where food is abundant, the hotel’s F&B outlets offer an excellent repertoire of tasty and revitalizing cuisines. We had some memorable meals in the hotel’s signature restaurants during our stay.

The Living Room
As the hotel’s all-day dining restaurant, the Living Room is a cosy and comfortable dining space. We love their Breakfast Adventure buffet with its huge selection of local and international nutritious breakfast items. From freshly pressed juices to local favourites (Masala Corner for Indian delicacies, hot noodles station, nasi lemak stall etc) to freshly baked breads and pastries and nutritious Superfoods, the selections are amazing.

We could see the guests happily browsing and choosing food from the many food stations located all over this spacious oasis of culinary delights. This is definitely our favourite place for breakfast – we lingered ever so long here just to savour the delicious spread and absorb the happy vibes!

I think we started off the day really right!

During weekends, there’re classic hi-tea and dinner buffets to indulge on.

 

Five Sen5es
The Westin Kuala Lumpur’s popular Chinese restaurant – Five Sen5es needs no introduction. We’ve had many a happy meal at this elegant restaurant with its lovely contemporary decor mixed with touches of oriental splendour. Read about our earlier reviews here and here.

Recently there’s been new items added on to their menu – check out our review here. Five Sen5es serves a wide array of Dim Sum and authentic Chinese dishes personifying the five human senses: Sight, Taste, Scent, Touch and Sound. Dining here is never boring as I always find my attention drawn to the animated activities in their “Open Wok Kitchen” right there in the restaurant.

For our stay, we just wanted a simple meal of the restaurant’s popular offerings. Roast duck, double-boiled soup, steamed cod fish and a small claypot of braised fish paste made up our delightful dinner here.

Mooncakes to round off dinner!

443 Bar Lounge
Just a few steps down from the main lobby is the welcoming 443 Bar Lounge, a nice “hideaway” sanctuary to chill-out. The “443” here represents the number of rooms in The Westin Kuala Lumpur and it signifies the attention to be given to each and every guest in the hotel. The lounge is a perfect spot to snuggle in and unwind with some great wine, superior whiskeys, crafted cocktails and premium cigars. Love the warm rustic feel of the decor, oozing nostalgia and classic comfort in the deep plush seats.

Prego
Prego is the hotel’s well-known Italian restaurant. A separate post will be published soon to highlight the memorable meals we had here during this staycation – so stay tuned!

As an established brand, The Westin Kuala Lumpur does live up to expectations of a 5-star hotel. The service, welcome and comfort levels are faultless as we encountered nothing less than first-rate experiences during our revitalizing stay.

 

THE WESTIN KUALA LUMPUR
199 Jalan Bukit Bintang
55100 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +603-2731-8333
Website: click here

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Kembara Tujuh Sajian at ONE WORLD HOTEL, Petaling jaya

Every year when the holy month of Ramadhan rolls in, the Cinnamon Coffee House in One World Hotel is a big burst of colours, aromas and tastes! On any ordinary day, the dinner buffet selection in Cinnamon is always huge and varied but when it’s Ramadhan, the selections become even more extensive and mind-boggling! (if that’s even possible!)

 

This year is no different – the theme is “Kembara Tujuh Sajian” where dishes from 7 states of Malaysia are presented. Guests get to indulge on kampong-styled traditional dishes and local street fares from Selangor, Pulau Pinang, Johor, Kedah, Melaka, Perak and Negeri Sembilan prepared by Executive Sous Chef Saiful Baharin and his culinary team. Imagine – 7 states and the whole Cinnamon is all decked out with additional stalls in the side terrace and walkways. I can’t imagine how it would be if all the states of Malaysia are featured!

The main aisle of Cinnamon has long buffet tables serving all kinds of appetizers (from cold boiled seafood to local kerabus), mains (curries, rendang & popular local dishes like Kari Ayam Kandar, Sambal Udang Petai, Kambing Semur Kerisik, Gulai Daging Tetel Kawah Tok, Asam Ikan Pedas, Perut Lembu Masak Cili Api and Sayur Pucuk Manis. Numerous live food stations are kept very busy, like the Indian station with naans and curries, Hainanese Chicken Rice, Sup Kambing, Goreng-goreng, Rojak Mamak, Mee Kari and BBQ Seafood. These time-tested dishes are showcased in 6 rotational menus with over 100 items daily.

Succulent & juicy Ayam Percik

Then there are the international line-up: the Japanese and Western counters are always crowded.

Save room for the desserts as the selection is really very extensive. Desserts range from Western-styled sweets such as Coconut Choux, Apple Cinnamon Frangipane, Baked Lime Cheese Cake, Mango Panna Cotta, Raspberry Éclair, Pavlova to colourful local ones like Assorted Kuih Muih, Agar Agar, Kek Kukus, Bubur Pengat Pisang, Ais Kacang and Pulut Serawa Durian.

Don’t miss out the Chocolate Fountain!

Available from 6.30pm to 10.30pm nightly, it is priced at RM148.00 nett per adult and RM78.00 nett per child (aged 6-12 years) from 24 April to 5 May 2019 and RM175.00 nett and RM90.00 nett respectively from 6 May to 4 June 2019.

Reservations are encouraged to avoid disappointment.

For reservations and further enquiries such as discount or promotions, please call +603-7681-1157 or email cinnamon@oneworldhotel.com.my

 

CINNAMON COFFEE HOUSE
One World Hotel
Bandar Utama City Centre
Bandar Utama
Petaling Jaya

For more information on One World Hotel, please click here.

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Juadah Iftar at THE WESTIN KUALA LUMPUR

With the holy fasting month of Ramadan starting soon, chefs at The Living Room at the Westin Kuala Lumpur is all ready to to serve their “Juadah Iftar” when the sun sets. Led by Executive Chef Halim Chef Lah, the culinary team will whisk you away on a trip of exquisite dining of authentic Malaysian cuisine. The spacious dining area of The Living Room comes alive with buffet counters laden with all kinds of deliciousness, huge woks propped up on stands filled with the most fragrant curries and live cooking stations ready to serve guests with food cooked-on-the-spot!

There are more than 50 mouth-watering dishes laid out on the buffet aisle – “Juadah Iftar” heralds a great start with fine dates from Tunisia and Iran. Once you have sweetened your palate, move on to traditional favourites like “Gear Box Soup”, Roasted Whole Lamb, Roti John Pelangi Ayam, Braised Beef Short Ribs and not leaving out Ketupat, Palas, Nasi Impit eaten with thick creamy Kuah Kacang.

The desserts spread over several counters and tables – it’s hard to pick the favourites from the trays of traditional Malay Kuih, colourful western cakes, pastries and cookies, fresh fruits and tins of old-world biscuits, so reminiscent of our childhood!

Durian lovers are in for a special treat – The Living Room will be serving the King of Fruits in a specially constructed canopy. Chefs will be popping open durian kampung this year, so be sure to head over if you are a durian fan.

*Durian photos courtesy of The Westin Kuala Lumpur

Price
RM158 nett per adult
RM79 nett per child (7-12 years old)
*Kids below 6 years dine for free

Available from 8 May to 4 July 2019.

Early Bird Promotion
Buy the Early Bird Voucher at RM108 nett per person by 5 May 2018

For dining reservations, please call +603-2773-8495.

 

THE LIVING ROOM
The Westin Kuala Lumpur
Jalan Bukit Bindung
55100 Kuala Lumpur
Website: www.thewestinkualalumpur.com

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ALOFT KUALA LUMPUR SENTRAL – Festive CNY Buffet Spread

In Malaysia, nothing defines a celebration more than sitting down to a good meal with loved ones. With the upcoming lunar new year just round the corner, the Chinese are looking forward to welcoming the Year of the Pig with even greater gusto. With this in mind, Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral is all set with auspicious dishes at Nook as well as specially created set menus for private dining from now until 20 February 2019.

Executive Chinese Chef Ng Kok Wai and team are busy preparing the buffet spread at Nook, the all-day dining eatery in the hotel, with special highlights of Chinese festive offerings. This is the time to savour oriental favourites like Jellyfish Yee Sang, Braised Crab Roe Broth, Tiger Prawns in Herbal Broth, Peking Duck, Roast Lamb Leg Szechuan-style, Fortune 8-Treasure Duck, Steamed Seabass Chongqing-style, Fish Fillet with HK “Sha-Cha” Sauce, Stir-fried Squids Monggolian-style and Stewed “Pak Lin” Mushrooms with Black Moss & Vegetables, just to name some. Besides these special festive dishes, there will also be a good variety of local dishes to complement the buffet.

DIY Jellyfish Yee Sang is available on the buffet line

Dishes for the Reunion Dinner on Lunar New Year Eve and for the First Day of the Lunar New Year will be quite different. We truly enjoyed the Chinese desserts served here, so be sure to leave plenty of stomach space for their Shanghainese Fried Nian Gao with Yam, Chilled Snow Lotus with Peach Resin, Leng Chee Kang with Fruity Beans and Osmanthus Cake with Wolfberries.

 

Nook’s Lunar New Year Buffet Dinner during this period is priced at RM118 nett per adult.

Traditional roundtable-dining is also available at Aloft Kuala Lumpur in their event and function spaces. Chef Ng has created 3 menus featuring a combination of traditional and modern dishes. The set menus cater to 10 pax per table with a choice of 6 or 8 courses, prices starting from RM1,688+ per table.

For reservations and enquiries, please call +603-2723-1188 or visit www.aloftkualalumpursentral.com

 

ALOFT KUALA LUMPUR SENTRAL
5 Jalan Stesen Sentral
Kuala Lumpur Sentral
50470 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +603-2723-1188

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Feast of Treasures for Chinese New Year @ NEW WORLD PETALING JAYA HOTEL

The New World Petaling Jaya Hotel may not have a Chinese restaurant but Executive Chef Joshua Er, Banquet Sous Chef Chai Chun Keong together with their culinary team are all set to serve Chinese festive dishes to usher in the Year of the Pig. For group booking, the hotel’s functions rooms will be the venue for the celebrations – they will be transformed into opulent dining halls decked with oriental splendour. And within these Shanghai-themed walls, you get to toss your Yee Sang heartily and continue to feast on the various festive dishes prepared by the chefs.

We had a sampling of some of the dishes featured in the special set menus, which are available now until 28 February 2019 for both lunch and dinner. Prices start at RM1,388+ per table of 10 pax. For a hotel which does not have its own Chinese restaurant/kitchen, we were impressed by the quality, taste and presentation of the festive dishes.

The Steamed Garoupa stood out for its sweet freshness, as did the Braised Seafood Treasures Soup full of premium ingredients. The old-school style of the Crispy Roasted Chicken with Prawn Crackers was deliciously nostalgic – it tasted just like what I had eaten during childhood (and of course those prawn crackers disappeared first!). Dishes signifying good luck, fortune and prosperity are absolute musts – Deep-fried Prawns with Wasabi Mayonnaise and Braised Vegetables with Mushrooms & Black Moss are typical examples.

Prosperity Yee Sang with Jellyfish & Sliced Top Shell


Braised Seafood Treasures Soup


Crispy Roasted Chicken with Prawn Crackers


Steamed Garoupa in Superior Soy Sauce


Braised Seasonal Vegetables with Dried Oyster Mushrooms, Black Moss & Tau Kan


Deep-fried Prawns with Wasabi Mayonnaise & Almond Flakes


Cheng Tang with Dried Longans & Glutinous Rice Balls

Selected dishes will also be included in the sumptuous festive buffets exclusively at Pasar Baru, the all-day-dining restaurant. Priced at RM118 nett per person, the buffet lunch and dinner will be featuring the festive dishes (different selections on a daily basis) until 19 February.

For dining enquiries or reservations, please call (603) 7682-0000, e-mail diningreservations.petalingjaya@newworldhotels.com or visit petalingjaya.newworldhotels.com.

Lunch: 12.00pm to 2.30pm
Dinner: 6.30pm to 10.30pm

 

NEW WORLD PETALING JAYA HOTEL
No.1 Jalan SS7/26A
Kelana Jaya
47301 Petaling Jaya
Selangor
Tel: 03-7682-0000

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