AFTERMEAL DESSERTS, Damansara Uptown (Sweet Vouchers for you!)

This dessert shop is making waves in the Damansara Uptown area. And I can totally understand why. I have also become a fan of this place! This is where people go, after meals, if they want some good desserts. The menu is simple – just a combination of hot and cold desserts, served with sprinkling of Taiwanese, Korean, Chinese and also local styles and flavours. Think shaved ice, boba, jelly, popping pearls, sweet potato and taro balls … sound familiar?

This casual sweet eatery is run by Pei and his team of young entrepreneurs. When we were there, the place was really bustling and very soon, there was a queue outside the shop. The enterprising young folks quickly brought out stools for the waiting guests – really thoughtful and customer-friendly!

First thing to try here is their Kakigori – shaved ice desserts. They have a damn good ice-shaving machine … the shaved ice is bingsu-grade … soft, light and fluffy! The signature item is the Iron Lady Milk Tea Kakigori where premium quality tieguanyin tea is used. The tea flavour is fragrant and discernible, nicely absorbed in the soft fluffy shaved ice. It’s served with a bowl of handcrafted sweet potato and taro balls and boba pearls soaked in a light brown sugar syrup. Other flavours to check out in the kakigori range are Royal Matcha Latte, Dark Milo, Horlicks, White Coffee and Durian & Coconut – flavours that Malaysians love!

Iron Lady Milk Tea Kakigori (RM22)

I love grass jelly and the Classic Grass Jelly here is excellent. The bowl, with shaved ice at the bottom is piled high with wobbly jelly and crowned with red beans and crunchy roasted almond flakes. Like the kakigori items, it’s also served with a bowl of sweet potato and taro balls and boba pearls soaked in a light brown sugar syrup. Fresh milk is served separately which you then pour all over the jelly before digging in!

Classic Grass Jelly (RM16)

We adore the Classic Calamansi Yokan too. It’s so refreshing! The calamansi juice has been added to the ice and that’s how the taste has been intensified. Beneath the thick slices of calamansi yokan, there’s honey sea coconut, white pearls and passionfruit popping pearls – so much to love!

Classic Calamansi Yokan (RM16)

I’m a fan of hot ginger soup and the Bentong Ginger Soup with Black Sesame Rice Balls is right up my alley. 3 levels of “hotness” are offered: Light, Normal or Spicy. Of course my choice is “spicy”!

Bentong Ginger Soup with Black Sesame Rice Balls (RM16)

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AFTERMEAL DESSERTS
52 Jalan SS 21/58
Damansara Utama
47400 Petaling Jaya
Selangor
Tel: +6012-646-7609

Opening Hours:
Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday: 1.30pm – 11.30pm.
Friday & Saturday: 1.30pm – 1.00am.
*Closed on Tuesday

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aftermealdesserts/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/aftermealdessertcafe/

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BRASSERIE LÉON, TTDI: Simple Classic French Fares

Located on the 1st floor of Greens Terrace in Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Brasserie Léon is a welcoming eatery for a simple French meal. There’s an easy contemporary feel in the chic shades of blue and grey echoing throughout the restaurant. In the day time, lots of natural light streams into the premise through the huge expanse of glass occupying most of the walls. But we were there for dinner and the whole place took on a cosy romantic ambience, thanks to the enchanting fairy lights and muted rays from the overhead floral light fittings.

Glancing through the menu, I could see that chef-owner Geoffroi Herin (who hails from Lyon, France) likes to keep things simple and pretty basic. His repertoire is kept to the traditional and essential – this is the place for a fuss-free simple French meal. After all, the brasserie is modelled after French eateries known for simple inexpensive single dishes. The menu lists a concise selection of Bites (appetisers), Specialities (Mains), Add-Ons and Desserts. There’s also a short selection of beverages, bottled beers, red & white wines and whiskies.

Homemade Bread with Butter (RM5.90)

Once we were seated, appetisers like the classic Escargots – half a dozen of the baked shell-less version cooked in fragrant garlic parsley butter sauce made its way to our table. This was followed by the Flame Cured Mackerel served with cucumber and shallots vinaigrette. The thin slices of mackerel, pickled with rice vinegar still maintained a lovely umami marine taste.

The Deep-fried Brie Cheese Balls were full of rich creamy cheesy goodness. I particularly loved the sweet red onion ginger chutney served as it cuts through some of the richness of brie.

The signature item here is the classic French Steak & Fries served with a secret sauce – a favourite with many. The Roast Spring Chicken is also another popular order here – a dish you can order with a variety of bites (sides). Love how these are served on those oval stainless steel plates commonly used in Chinese eateries!

Brasserie Léon serves some of the best fries around. I’m not a fan of fries generally but I found I couldn’t stop popping those addictive fries into my mount! The double-fried crispy fries were so good I was almost tempted to order another portion!

Half Dozen Baked Shell-less Escargot (RM16.90) with garlic butter

Deep-fried Brie Cheese with red onion chutney (RM15.90)

Flamed Cured Mackerel (RM13.90) with Cucumber and shallots vinaigrette

Roast Spring Chicken (half bird) RM19.90 served with traditional chicken jus, house-made French fries and green salad

Grilled Australian Grain-fed Beef Striploin (180g) RM49.90 served with secret signature sauce, house-made French fries and green salad

At Brasserie Léon, raclette is one of the highlights. We thoroughly enjoyed the Traditional version: delicious warm gooey cheese scraped onto a plate of steamed potatoes, gherkins and pickled onions. It can also be served with Poutine, Shredded Roast Chicken, Smoked Duck Breast or Streaky Beef. Another option is to have raclette scraped over their favourite dishes from the menu (at RM22.90/100g).

Traditional Raclette (RM32.90)

Save some space for desserts. Don’t expect any fancy sweets as in typical brasserie style, dessert options were just Creme Brûlée, Chocolate Mousse and Tiramisu Verrine.

Creme Brûlée (RM9.90)


Chocolate Mousse (RM10.90) 70% dark chocolate


Tiramisu Verrine (RM10.90 with home-made espresso genoise

So the next time you are craving for some French bites, Brasserie Léon is just the spot to have a simple fuss-free meal that won’t bust your wallet.

 

BRASSERIE LÉON
1-1 Level 1 Greens Terrace
Jalan Wan Kadir 3
Taman Tun Dr Ismail
60000 Kuala Lumpur

Tel: +603-2712-4481
http://www.leonkl.com

Operation hours:
Lunch 12pm to 3pm
Dinner 6.30pm to 10pm
Closed on Tuesday

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GLASS TARTINES & TIPPLES, St Mary Place, Kuala Lumpur

The artistic and adventurous streaks in Sharon Lam are manifested in the repertoire of dishes served at Glass Tartines & Tipples located at St Mary Place, in the centre of Kuala Lumpur. A professional fine art photographer turned restauranteur, the enterprising Sharon, together with her culinary team constantly create and re-invent dishes that are unique in tastes, textures and presentation in Glass KL. Sauces, dressings, soup bases, syrups, rubs, meatballs and alcohol infusions are all made in-house using premium fresh ingredients.

From the name itself where tartines take a place of focus, it can be safely said that Glass KL is a loosely-inspired French restaurant. The menu, besides featuring the French open sandwiches, offers a bit of everything for diners. From soups, pastas to grilled meats and seafood, there’s something for everyone. Having lived in Australia for a number of years, Sharon appreciates the quality of fresh local produce and employs this approach in Glass KL.

We were at Glass KL on a Friday evening and the place was rocking. That’s because on Fridays after 6pm, there’s Sunset Sips (read: craft beers), Live Music and BBQ happening in the restaurant. We noted that diners prefer the al fresco space for chilling out and we could understand why – there’s fresh air, there’s BBQ and there’s good live music going on!

Red Sangria

We were famished and Toasted Turkish Bread with a trio of dips of Babaganoush, Hummus and Olive Tapenade were very welcome. The thick slices of bread were perfectly toasted and went so well with the dips.

Next came the Fresh Watermelon Salad with Feta Cubes drizzled with aged balsamic vinegar. We never thought watermelon could go so well with cheese and vinegar, but there it was … a refreshing salad with such simple flavours blending together in the most delicious way!

Since it’s BBQ Night, we obviously had to have that and what better way to savour the most of it than to have a Mixed Platter. Looking at the enticing plate of goodies, we couldn’t decide which piece to dig in first! The Beef Rendang Satay took top spot for us for the amazing flavours, followed by the tender Sliced Herbed Beef and succulent Squid stuffed with Cous Cous. The Orange-glazed Chicken Wings were well-marinated and nicely charred with smokiness at the sides. The prawns were fresh and bouncy – wished there was more on the plate! The chicken satay were a tad dry but the house-made peanut sauce was a good cover.

The grilled items can be ordered as single portions – take your pick – prices as below:

 

We tried 2 tartines and our favourite turned out to be the Fresh Pear & Gorgonzola Tartine. Just like the watermelon salad, we found that cheese really went well with fresh fruits, especially when drizzled with a truffle honey emulsion!

Fresh Pear & Gorgonzola Tartine (RM25) with watercress, walnuts drizzled with truffle honey emulsion

The Chicken Char Siew Tartine was hearty and made more appetizing with the inclusion of pickled carrots and daikon in the ensemble.

Chicken Char Siew Tartine (RM28) sliced cucumber, pickled carrots and daikon with house-made chilli sauce

Other interesting tartines on the menu which we’d love to try in the next visit are Roasted Beetroot, Rosemary Roast Beef, Baked Beef Ribs tartines.

To round off our satisfying meal, we had the luscious Panna Cotta with Mango Puree & Pomegranate Jewels.

Panna Cotta with Mango Puree & Pomegranate Jewels

Glass KL is a nice spot in the city to just chill out on wholesomely good food and endless tipples. They serve value-for-money lunch sets on working days as well and brunch is available on weekends.

 

GLASS TARTINES & TIPPLES
A-0-6 Ground Floor
St Mary Place
No 1 Jalan Tengah
Off Jalan Sultan Ismail
50250 Kuala Lumpur

Tel: 03-2022-1477

Business hours: Mon-Fri 7.30am-11pm;
Sat 3pm-11pm; Sun 8.30am-5pm
FB: https://www.facebook.com/GlassKualaLumpur/
Instagram @glasskl

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DELICIOUS @ St Mary Place, Kuala Lumpur

The last time I dined at Delicious was many years ago. Over time there has been many changes made at their cafes, in terms of management and menu. A recent visit to the Delicious at St Mary Place revealed a menu that’s varied with western choices and local favourites. This particular outlet serves a breakfast buffet and guests staying at the nearby E&O Residences mostly get their breakfast here.  For a more interesting dining experience, we checked out a few of their popular orders from the a la carte menu.

We love their golden roasted slice of sweet pumpkin served with a good portion of fresh crisp spinach and rocket leaves. Adding on more textures are the feta cheese, pine nuts, balsamic pearls and a light refreshing citrusy dressing.

Roasted Pumpkin Salad (RM25)

Fried Fish Skin tossed in salted eggyolk can’t be faulted – I mean, these two ingredients alone would make a very addictive snack! Chilli padi, garlic and curry leaves add on the “shiok” factor here.

Salted Egg Fish Skin (RM17)

The quintessential mamak item is given a luxe treatment here. Yellow noodles fried with chunks of chicken fillet, squid, beancurd, flour fritter (cucur), tomatoes and crowned with tiger prawns makes this an all-time favourite order.

Mee Goreng Mamak (RM28)

We like the simple Baked Salmon with its thin crispy skin and what’s special about this dish is the serving of citrus segment and tantalizing grapefruit reduction

Baked Salmon (RM38) – baked airflown chilled Norwegian salmon

On the other hand, we feel the Hainanese Chicken Chop and Nasi Kerabu are just average. While the fried battered chicken chop is crispy enough, the Hainanese sauce is somewhat lacking. The same goes for the Nasi Kerabu – we feel the ayam percik can be better, with more oomph in the spice department. I think the sambal belacan, salted egg and budu (fermented fish sauce) save the dish.

Hainanese Chicken Chop (RM28) – battered fried Chicken Chop, topped with tangy Hainanese sauce with sides of fries and garden vegetables

Nasi Kerabu with Ayam Percik (RM33) – Nasi kerabu tinted blue with bunga telang served with Ayam Percik and condiments of salted egg, ulam, sambal belacan and keropok

The Classic Cheese Burger is wholesome thanks to the nicely-seared thick US Black Angus beef patty (80% meat + 20% fat). Served on a substantial toasted sesame seed bun with cheddar, lettuce, onions, pickles and a special sauce, it’s definitely tummy-filling as there’s also a generous portion of French fries included.

Classic Cheese Burger (RM35)

Melon had a Blast (RM15.90)


Pomegranate Blueberry Sparkler (RM11.90)

In the past, Delicious has always been well known for their extensive selection of cakes and my favourite was their Coconut Cake. This time round, we tried their Brownie, Pavlova and Onde Onde Cake. The brownie and pavlova are just average and the Onde Onde Cake is too sweet. I wished I had ordered their Coconut Cake to see whether it’s still as good as before.

Brownie with Ice Cream (RM18)


Pavlova (RM18)


Onde Onde Cake (RM15)

On the whole, Delicious does offer a good selection of western cafe items and local favourites to please their diners. However, we feel certain dishes at Delicious can be better executed for more “oomph”.

DELICIOUS
Unit G-7 & G-8
St Mary Place
No.1 Jalan Tengah
50450 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-2856-6136

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LE PONT SMOKE & GRILL BAR, Old Klang Road, Kuala Lumpur

Le Pont Smoke & Grill Bar is an extension of the immensely popular bakery cafe, Le Pont Boulangerie. “Le Pont”, its namesake in French means “the bridge” and in their case, it’s all about bridging and connecting people with great gastronomic experiences. Ever since they opened for business a few years ago, Le Pont’s pastries, cakes and breads have wow’ed their clientele with their range of quality and comforting fares. Diversity in presentation also plays an important role in their appeal with just the right touch of sophistication to reflect the French connection.

Taking their food philosophy a step higher, the culinary team introduced a selection of smoked meats, poultry and seafood. I actually tried some of these smoked dishes several months ago when they were first introduced but unfortunately they were not well executed, partially due to a malfunctioned smoker machine. I thought it’s fair to give them some time to recoup that letdown. Well, recover they did, as I visited them again recently and am happy to share that the culinary team has really done a good job in improving their smoked dishes in the A La Carte Menu.

Our drinks!

Let’s start with my favourite… the 48-hour Marinated Mackerel! This perfectly-grilled fish was bursting with flavours, thanks to the marination over 2 days. It’s then slowly and evenly grilled in smoked paprika and served with a spicy citrus sauce and pickles. The flavours and texture of the mackerel were amazing, so good that the dipping sauce wasn’t really necessary. I picked the fish clean.

48-hour Marinated Mackerel (RM38)

Similarly the whole king squid was grilled till just the right level of done-ness, rendering it tender and tasty to the bite. I felt the house mayo didn’t quite do much justice to the squid – a bit more zest and heat would have enhanced the squid’s freshness better.

 

Glazed Whole King Squid (RM40) with house mayo and pickles

We tried the Aromatic Chicken Wings and Sou Vide Angus Beef Tenderloin, both grilled over charcoal and between the two, the chicken wings came out suffused nicely with smokey aroma. The beef, probably due to the cut, was a bit uneven in done-ness with the sides more cooked than the centre. As we preferred our beef done “medium” to “medium-rare”, the sides of the tenderloin were a bit over-cooked.

Aromatic Chicken Wings (RM22/4 pieces) Juicy plump chicken wings served with house-made fruity BBQ sauce

Sou Vide Angus Beef Tenderloin (RM60) – Charcoal-grilled beef tenderloin served with mashed potatoes, French beans & miso demi-glace sauce

We had the Seafood Soup Du Tomate in our first visit here and loved it. It’s good to see that the same standard has been maintained as the soup tasted just as good as before! We really like how the sweetness of the fresh seafood (especially that piece of salmon!) has steeped into the soup.

Seafood Soup Du Tomate (RM26) seafood tomato soup with pan-seared Norwegian salmon, mussels, clams and white prawns

For some good old comfort food, the Lamb Shank here at Le Pont is recommended. Served with creamy mashed potatoes and greens, the fork-tender shank, braised for hours, is imbued with the rich flavours from various herbs, spices and dried apricots.

One of the bestsellers – Lamb Shank!

Lamb Shank (RM50)

The flowing lava Chocolate Font Dant here is a big hit and it’s not difficult to see why. Baked only upon order (which takes 20-25 minutes), the hot lava flows out so easily and it’s just so heavenly to eat that with a scoop of vanilla icecream! Remember to order this!

If you like the classic Italian signature dessert of mascarpone cream and light finger sponge, Le Pont’s Bailey Tiramisu is served with a shot of Bailey on the side, for that extra kick.

Chocolate Font Dant (RM22)

 

Bailey Tiramisu (RM26)

 

LE PONT SMOKE & GRILL BAR
Dining Section – 1st Floor
No.6 Lorong 1/137C, Batu 5
Jalan Klang Lama
58000 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +603-7783-0900/018-203-2585

Open daily:
11.00am – 3.00pm
6.00pm – 11.00pm

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D’MUNCH KITCHEN, Old Klang Road, Kuala Lumpur

This post is specially dedicated to pork lovers!

D’Munch Kitchen, located on the ground of Petalz Residences along Old Klang Road, is a pork haven. Every dish features pork or parts of the piggy, to be eaten with plain rice or mantou (steamed or deep-fried). The only non-pork dish on the menu are the blanched vegetables.

Kicking off our pork-centric meal is the Penang-style Lor Bak – rolls of marinated pork in beancurd sheets, deep-fried, sliced and served with chilli sauce. Flavours are mild so the chilli sauce came in handy.

D’ Munch Lor Bak (RM10)

Dishes served here are really very decently priced, starting from RM8 for a plate of blanched vegetables which can be a choice of lettuce, bok choy or choy sum, depending on what’s fresh for the day. The pork dishes are priced in the region of RM15-RM18 per portion and I’d say the servings are pretty generous. Each serving is good for at least 2 people and that ramps up the affordability factor of dining in D’Munch Kitchen.

The Vinegar Pork Trotters and Braised Pork came bubbling merrily in claypots, their aromas tantalising our noses before the food reached the table! These two dishes are typical home-style comfort food and when done well, elicit immense gastronomic satisfaction! If you like innards, the Braised Pork does come with intestines, upon request. Similarly, the Pork Ribs Curry and Pork Rendang were packed with flavours – best eaten with the mantou. The rice lovers may beg to differ though, as for some of them, porky dishes must go with rice – the more the better!

Vinegar Pork Trotters (RM15)


Braised Pork & Innards (RM15)


Pork Ribs Curry (RM18) & Summer Mantou (RM5/4pieces)


Pork Rendang (RM18) & Golden Mantou (RM5/6pieces)

My favourite is the spunky Pork Innards Soup. Peppercorns and pickled mustard leaves gave this robust soup their signature spunky flavours and I couldn’t get enough of it. Whether slurped on its own or eaten with rice, this soup is a must-order item for me.

Pork Innards Soup (RM16)

Blanched Vegetables (RM8)

D’Munch Kitchen is the spot to head to whenever cravings for home-style porky dishes hit you. The homely comfort food is generously-portioned and friendly on the pocket.

 

D’ MUNCH KITCHEN
G-05 Petalz Residences
Residency Rimbunan
No.2 Jalan 1/132A
Off Jalan Klang Lama
58000 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 012-683-0699

Open Tuesday-Sunday
Lunch: 12.00pm-3.00pm
Dinner: 6.00pm-midnight
Closed on Monday

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YAKITORI DINING FUKUDA, Desa Sri Hartamas

Whenever we visit Japan, we never fail to eat and drink at izakayas there, simply because we are quite big fans of the casual food served there. Grilled skewers of chicken and other meats, done the Japanese way have a way of growing your appetite. I mean, we can sit forever in these izakayas and order countless sticks of those goodies and won’t even notice the time passing by! The relaxed (and sometimes boisterous) vibes in an izakaya – chatter, laughter mixed with clinking of drinking glasses in a smokey cheerful bar are all part of the experience.

At Fukuda Yakitori in Desa Sri Hartamas, we kinda get that atmosphere as there is a good turnout of Japanese clientele in the premise. And that’s a pretty positive sign that food must be authentic, which is proved so when we see that the chef is also Japanese. He and his assistants are kept very busy tackling the skewers just behind the bar and food is served immediately from the charcoal grill to the tables.

We enjoy every stick of those skewers, from chicken to every part of the fowl, succulent pork belly and even sticks of cream cheese! As sinful as it seems, the crunchy fragrant Kawa (Chicken Skin) and Bonjiri (Chicken Tail aka Bishop’s Nose) turn out to be our favourites. Trust me, they are damn addictive!

Yakitori (prices indicated are for per stick):

Negima (Chicken Thigh with Leek) RM6.80


Bonjiri (Chicken Tail) RM6.80


Tebasaki (Chicken Wings) RM9.80


Tsukune (Chicken Hamburg) RM9.80


Chicken Liver (RM5.80)

Chicken Hearts (RM5.80)


Kawa (Chicken Skin) (RM6.20)


Iberico Pork Belly (RM12.80)


Cream Cheese (RM9.80)

Continuing with the grilling theme, besides the skewers, the Chargrilled Lamb Chops and Japanese Saikoro Beef Cube Steak are great choices. The lamb and beef are skilfully grilled over charcoal heat, rendering them perfectly tender and juicy to the bite.

Chargrilled Lamb Chops (RM39.80)


Japanese Saikoro Beef Cube Steak (RM48.80)

To balance out the grilled food, salads, sashimi and oysters are also on the menu. Crisp fresh greens mixed with sashimi and a tangy dressing makes up the Kaizen Sashimi Salad and we can’t resist some freshly-shucked plump oysters as well. Unable to resist more oysters, the Fried Oysters with Tartar Sauce are good too.

Kaizen Sashimi Salad (RM32.80)


4 Assorted Sashimi Platter (RM48.80)


Fresh Shelled Oysters 3 pcs (RM59.80)


Fried Oysters with Tartar Sauce (RM18.80)

Seeing rice and even a hotpot on the menu, and as DL’s feeling still peckish, we have a bowl of Bara Chirashi and the Sumo Hotpot. I feel the Bara Chirashi can do with a bit more flavour though to better bind the cubes of salmon, yellowtail, scallop, prawn and fish roe in the rice. I love hotpots and as it’s a rather wet and chilly evening, the simmering soup is indeed a welcome addition. The pot is filled with a comforting broth made even more tasty with generous portions of Iberico pork, chicken fillet, chicken meatballs, mushrooms, enoki and vegetables added in.

Bara Chirashi (RM49.80) 

Sumo Hotpot (RM88.80)

Too full to eat anymore but there’s always a teeny bit of tummy space for desserts so Macha Ice Cream is the perfect way to end the meal.

Macha Ice Cream (RM7.80)

Yakitori Fukuda is a great cosy spot to wind down after a day’s work or just to chill out with friends. We’ll be back for those addictive skewers and if it’s a rainy chilly evening, the hotpot as well!

 

YAKITORI DINING FUKUDA
No. 39-G JALAN 23/70A
Desa Sri Hartamas
50480 Desa Sri Hartamas
50480 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-6206 3526

Opens 5.00pm

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