LAS CARETTAS – Oysters Mania!

Las Carretas is one of the most haphazardly cheerful chill-out places I know. I mean, just look at the place. The moment you step in, your eyes will be riveted at all the colourful Mexican-themed decor items everywhere.

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Yes, everywhere – from the tables, walls, staircase, ceilings and almost every available space in the premise! Every item spins a story about the place, about Chef Victor Siow and his incredibly committed team.

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On the staircase wall, endless framed published articles about Las Carretas are hung from the ground floor all the way up to the first floor. And that’s a lot of history, believe me. But then, Las Carretas is in its 20th year now – so just wait for the balloons and champagne ya!

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Meanwhile, besides their regular Mexican-style dishes, from this month (until stocks last), fresh air-flown Pacific Oysters from Japan, commonly known as Miyagi Oysters are making an appearance in Las Carretas.

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Oyster Shooters

Start the party with some Oyster Shooters where a whole oyster is submerged in a shooter of Bloody Mary. And then there’s more Bloody Mary to properly down that oyster and feel the warmth spread through your throat and chest. It’s a good way to drown your sorrows, really.

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Signature Margaritas

*Prices of oysters quoted below are for half dozen oysters

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Oysters Originale

The purists will love the Oysters Originale (RM57.90++) – served on bed of ice, perfect with lemons, Tabasco sauce or sambal! There’s something incredibly decadent about slurping fresh raw oysters and here you can even do it with some sambal belacan. No kidding , good old Malaysian sambal belacan which actually pairs darn well with fresh oysters.

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If you prefer your oysters cooked, there are 3 other variations below which will satiate most cravings. The oysters are all cooked lightly to retain their natural sweetness and tender texture.

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Crusted Oysters (RM63.90++) – lightly simmered on charbroiler, topped with Mediterranean crust with confit of cherry tomatoes and aragula pesto

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Oysters Florentine (RM63.90++) – topped with saute’ed creamy spinach and home-smoked chicken breast bits

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Oysters Habanero (RM63.90++) – lightly braised in habanero and coriander broth and served with 2 pieces tortilla

My favourite is the Oysters Florentine. The creamy spinach works really well with the smooth briney oyster and those smokey bits of chicken

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Carpet Bag Steak

Carpet Bag Steak (RM78.90++) – 160g of charbroiled air-flown grass-fed beef tenderloin stuffed with an oyster drizzled with Hollandaise presented on a light blue cheese sauce, sauted zucchinis, confit of cherry tomatoes and mushroom croquette with roasted garlic aioli. The whole package had items which complemented each other very well. Slicing through the tenderloin and sweet briney oyster was a breeze and eating them was sublime.

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Carpet Bag Steak – spot the oyster!

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Have a Chilli Margarita too!  It’s made with Don Julio :-)

Of course I still had to have my all-time favourite in Las Carretas, their Mussels in Habanero & Coriander (RM25.90). The black mussels lightly simmered in habanero and coriander creamy broth were as good as ever and we had to order 2 plates of garlic bread to mop up all that delicious broth.

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Mussels in Habanero & Coriander Broth

LL couldn’t resist the Beef Quesadillas (RM29.90) – a generous serving of folded baked flour tortilla stuffed with Monterey Jack cheese, onions, bell peppers, jalapenos, topped with salsa, sour cream, guacamole

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Costilla de Cordero (RM33.90) – this turned out to be DL’s favourite: NZ lamb loin chops with chimmi-churri sauce, fresh salad, topped with creamy ranch dressing and buttery baked potato.

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NZ Lamb Loin Chops

An excellent dish to go with drinks: Alas de Pollo Frito (RM21.90) – 8 pieces of deep-fried spicy chicken wings with Southern hot sauce. Actually I liked them without the hotsauce – those wings were so perfectly marinated!

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Deep-fried Chicken Wings with Hotsauce

So, all you oyster lovers, hop over to Las Carretas soon to have your fill before the stocks run out! While you are there, have some tacos and enchiladas as well!

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The Wild Beast margarita with Savanna Cider – great combo!

 
LAS CARRETAS
29 Jalan USJ10/1F
Taipan Business Centre
47620 USJ Subang
Petaling Jaya
Tel: 03-5637-3058

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2OX – New French Kid on The Row, Kuala Lumpur

It’s “two OX’, not “20 x” or “20 multiply”.  This latest French bistro bar along Jalan Doraisamy (known as “The Row”) has got many people perplexed over its name, for sure.  The mystifying “2OX” (and yes, the OX must be in caps) refers to Sainy Chun and Thierry Le Baut, the owner and chef respectively.

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Al fresco dining

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If the names sound familiar to you, it’s because you probably have heard of them at Maison Francaise where they run the show, too.  While Maison Francaise is all about fine-dining, the concept at 2OX leans towards casual bistro dining in an atmosphere which is more relaxed, informal yet retains that element of Parisian chic.

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The decor is decked in a predominant black and white theme but what injected the fun element is the huge colourful wall painting facing the entrance.  Becoming very much its centre of attraction, the painting depicts a group of diners (presumably Parisians)  in the throes of merry-making.

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Chef Thierry has curated a focused menu that includes French classic favourites which are friendly to the wallet.  Everything is listed in just one page which makes ordering really easy.  I would say their fares are good value for money, delivering delectable dishes in a cosy and comfortably elegant premise.

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Shall we start with some wholesome freshly-baked bread?

Spotting piquillo peppers on the menu, I just had to order it as I adore these sweet Spanish peppers.   Chef Thierry’s Stuffed Piquillo Peppers with Beef (RM25) had all the culinary elements to serve these sweet spicy (without the heat) peppers in their distinct presentation.  Stuffed with minced beef, the bright red peppers were roasted and topped with a creamy sauce and digging into them was just bliss.

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Stuffed Piquillo Peppers with Beef

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Pork Tenderloin with caramelized onions on Toast (RM30) – the medallions of pork tenderloins were marinated and grilled delicately before being served with sweet caramelised onions and accompanied by crispy toast.

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Pork Tenderloin with Caramelised Onions on Toast

The pork tenderloin, together with Chef Thierry’s Pate de Maman (RM40) are perfect examples of traditional homely dishes that are popular with the French.  These simple provincial-style pork dishes are typical food eaten at home cooked lovingly in the family kitchen.  The pork pate had that delicious rustic touch which was best enjoyed with some pickled gherkins and fresh tomatoes.

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Pate de Maman

We had 2 more appetizers – the Fusilli Pasta with Rocket Salad, Tomatoes, Peanuts & Pesto (RM22) and the Duck Rillette served with Pickled Gherkins (RM38).  The fusilli pasta was definitely hearty and healthy.

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Fusilli Pasta

We loved the duck rillette – the flavoursome duckmeat was so good when eaten with the toasted French bread and topped with house-made pickled gherkins.  Those crunchy tangy gherkins were pickled according to Chef Thierry’s father’s recipe.  They were absolute must-have’s to accompany the rillette and pate dishes.

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Duck Rillette

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We took a peep at the kitchen of 2OX and were impressed by its professional set-up and its line-up of state-of-the-art equipment.  The Josper oven stood out with its gleaming doors, just next to the sous-vide boiler.  Chef Thierry was mighty proud of these master-toys and insisted we tried some dishes cooked by them.

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Beef Oyster Blade

The first of our mains was the 7-hour Low Temperature Cooked Beef Oyster Blade (RM88).  The slices of oyster blade were fork-tender, infused with its own juices mixed with a variety of herbs.  Hearty and wholesome, those oyster blades would please many beef fans.

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Just look at how tender the Oyster Blade is!

From the Josper oven, we had their Pork Chop (RM75) and Squids with Fresh Lemon (RM59).  I felt the pork chop was over-cooked as personally I prefer my meat a bit pink in the centre.  Nevertheless as the pork chop was eaten immediately and because it was well seasoned, the slightly-hard texture was forgiveable.   Be sure to inform the level of done-ness preferred when placing your order.

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Pork Chop from the Josper oven!

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Fresh squids do not need too much cooking – just a nice blast from the Josper oven was all that’s needed to produce squids that’s evenly cooked with some charred edges while the texture remained tender but with a good bite!

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Grilled Squids with Fresh Lemon

The desserts list was not long and we tried most of them.  The Classic Creme Brulee (RM15) was wobbly and creamy beneath its caramelised surface.  The texture was definitely softer than what’s usually served in other eateries.

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Classic Creme Brulee

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Bourguignon Pear & Vanilla Ice Cream (RM20) – essentially a simple rustic dessert, chunks of pear were cooked in red wine before being served with vanilla ice cream.  Do eat this quickly as the house-made ice cream melts very fast and can turn mushy within minutes.

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Bourguignon Pear & Vanilla Ice Cream

The Lemon Tart Meringue en Verrine (RM15) and Dark Chocolate Mousse (RM15) with buttery crumble were our favourites.  The tangy lemon tart was a good palate cleanser.  The fragrant buttery crumble added a nice touch to the luscious chocolate mousse.

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Lemon Tart Meringue en Verrine

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Dark Chocolate Mousse with lots of buttery crumble!

 

2OX has an impressive line-up of affordable French, Chilean and Australian wines starting at RM20 per glass.

Presently, there is a special promotion where guests can create their own 3-Course Menu at only RM88++ but do note that some dishes require some additional charges.

2OX will definitely be one of the more exciting eateries in KL this year.  There aren’t that many casual dining places serving affordable French fares and in such lovely ambience too.

 

2OX
56G Jalan Doraisamy
50300 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-2692-2233

website:  www.two-ox.com

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It’s a Golden Prosperity celebration at The Dorsett Grand Subang this Chinese New Year!

The Fire Monkey will be cavorting in very soon, ushering a brand new lunar year in less than a month from now.  At The Emperor, the award-winning Chinese restaurant in Dorsett Grand Subang, Executive Chinese Chef Loh Jiunn Voon and his team has come up with 3 special 8-course Chinese New Year feasts.

At the centre of these feasts is the Golden Prosperity Yee Sang with fresh salmon, silver bait fish, mangoes and other goodies for that “golden” combination.  The yee sang may look plain initially, before tossing.  But once we lifted the ingredients and toss them up, the rainbow of treasures burst into view.

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Golden Prosperity Yee Sang

The prices of yee sang start from RM58.00 nett. This Chinese New Year, with every purchase of Yee Sang, guests can indulge in selected dishes for RM8.00 nett only.

The Golden Prosperity Yee Sang is available from 8 January to 22 February 2016 for lunch and dinner.

It’s time to make bookings for the celebration feasts with loved ones during the Chinese New Year.  We had a preview of some of the dishes to be served in the 3 special set menus.

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The Prosperity Yee Sang with Salmon & Shredded Young Mango from The Fortune of Gold Set

The Fortune of Gold set, priced at RM1,188.00 nett per table of 8-10 persons, starts with their Prosperity Yee Sang with Salmon and shredded Young Mango. The set’s main dishes include Wok-Fried Tiger Prawns with Pumpkin and Creamy Butter Sauce and the steamed Silver Pampano Fish with Taiwanese Beans and Superior Soya Sauce.

The Abundance & Wealth set is priced at RM1,388.00 nett per table of 8-10 persons comes with the Prosperity “Yee Sang” with Salmon and refreshing Korean Pear.

The highlights of this set includes the Steamed Grouper “Hong Kong” Style and the combination of Crispy Chicken and Duck accompanied with marinated jellyfish.

Besides those, we had these dishes from the Abundance & Wealth set as well:

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Double-boiled Village Chicken Soup with Cordyceps Flowers, Dried Scallops & Bamboo Pith

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Combo of Crispy Roasted Chicken & Duck with marinated jellyfish

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Steamed Grouper “Hong Kong” style

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Wok-fried Tiger Prawns with Curry Leaves & Lemongrass

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Braised Fish Maw with Dried Oysters & Black Mushrooms

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Steamed Lotus Leaf Rice with Diced Chicken & Yam

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Double-boiled Fuji Apples with Snow Fungus & Honey Dates

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Deep-fried Nian Gao with Mochi Green Tea Paste

For RM1,588.00 nett per table of 8-10 persons, diners can indulge in the Luxurious Prosperity set. The set is paired with their Prosperity “Yee Sang” with Sliced Abalone and Korean Pear. What makes this set luxurious are delectable dishes such as the Wok-Fried Jumbo Prawns with Superior Stock Sauce, the Golden Crispy Chicken stuffed with Prawn Paste & Almond Flakes and the refreshing Double-Boiled Fuji Apples with Snow Fungus and Honey Dates.

I would say generally, Executive Chinese Chef Loh and his culinary team have done a remarkable job with the dishes offered.  Tastes and quality of ingredients were really good at the preview and if these are maintained, then The Emperor at Dorsett Grand Subang is a good choice of venue for your festive feasting this Chinese New Year if you are looking for a location in a hotel.

For booking or more information please call +603-5031-6060 or email : info.subang@dorsetthotels.com.

 

THE EMPEROR
Dorsett Grand Subang
Jalan SS12/1
47500 Subang Jaya
Selangor
Tel: 03-5031-6060

 

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GREEN TOMATO CAFE, AMPANG – chillout amidst lush greenery

Nestled deep within the quiet suburb of Ampang, along Jalan Ritchie, is this welcome oasis called Green Tomato Cafe. It shares the same address as Yayasan Seni – just walk down the stone-paved garden path towards the cafe at the back.

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In the same premise, there is also a batik workshop – you can’t miss it – the lovely batik curtains fluttering by the verandah is such a welcoming sight.

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Right across the batik workshop, there’re some garden toys for the kids. So yes, there’s a space for the kids to amuse themselves while you lose yourself learning how to draw some batik and thereafter, relax with some refreshments at the cafe.

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Wooden chairs and tables covered with bright batik cloths gave a rustic charm to Green Tomato Cafe. Run by Emilia Tan and her team, the cafe serves simple all-day breakfast and light lunch fares like burgers, pastries, cakes and eggs Benedict and “Big Breakfast” platters.

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Start the day with this healthy booster of green apples, celery & cucumber!

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Then move on to have a cup of Latte

Our plate of Eggs Benedict (RM18) were served on two halves of a burger bun, surrounded by some herbed-roasted potatoes and fresh garden salad. I found the eggs to be slightly overcooked and I prefer the yolks to be more runny. However, with a shake of pepper and salt, the eggs made a nutritious breakfast nonetheless.

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Eggs Benedict

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You can choose to have a chicken sausage instead of the eggs in a similar platter. The black pepper chicken sausage we had was not any gourmet sausage but rather the regular type found in most supermarkets.

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The Beef Burger (RM18) was similarly simplistic – a thick patty made from Australian beef topped with some lettuce leaves, tomatoes, cheese and sandwiched in a regular bun. Thick-cut fries and garden salad accompanied the burger.

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We tried some Pineapple Danish (RM10 for 2) and a Plain Croissant (RM7) which Emilia told us were baked fresh by her crew.

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Pineapple Danish

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Plain Croissants

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For desserts, there’s a selection of muffins (raspberry and chocolate, RM10 for 2) and cheesecakes (RM10 per slice) in the chiller. Portions were rather petite, good for small eaters or if you are trying to go on a less-sugar/dessert diet.

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Oreo Cheese Cake

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Green Tomato Cafe seems to be a secret hideaway for many – mainly residents living around that area. It’s a lovely place with lots of lush greenery around with many ancient trees lending their canopy to shade off the heat. There are some mature rambutan trees in the garden and during fruiting season, guests are welcome to the fruits.

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The Batik Workshop

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The batik workshop is also a great attraction for a de-stressing session, perfect for some self-discovery or as a group activity. They conduct batik painting classes for children and adults. Check them out at www.myBatik.org.my

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There is also a shop next to the cafe selling all kinds of batik items, from clothings to toys to gift items. Feel free to browse around – they do customised batik gifts and souvenirs as well.

 

GREEN TOMATO CAFE
@ Yayasan Seni
333 Persiaran Ritchie
Off Jalan Ritchie
55000 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-4251-5154/012-388-7343

Open daily from 8.00am till 5.00pm
website: www.greentomatocafe.com

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Gastro Bar By Burgeon

Gastro Bar by Burgeon used to be “Ribs at the Burgeon”. However, after just two months of
operation, the owners decided to shift the business to something closer to their hearts and vision. After a significant change in the decor and branding, Gastro Bar by Burgeon unveiled its identity last month.

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There’re reserved carpark lots for customers in front of the premise

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The premise is now fitted-out with a row of floral-printed seats against two sidewalls and this floral theme is repeated in the high stools accompanying cocktail tables in the centre.

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Lower sofa seats are placed at the front for those who prefer to watch the world goes by as they chill-out and relax there. The ambience is now dimmer , the music more upbeat and the bar boosted for a more conducive environment in line with its new direction.

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So, as the name suggests, it is a bar (the drinks menu is far more extensive than the food) but at the same time, tapas-like food is also available. The food menu has been carefully curated to offer dishes that are unique and differentiated. In keeping with the modern trend of preference for small bites in the evenings, Gastro Bar by Burgeon’s portions are pretty substantial.

There are 9 entrees on the menu and 2 desserts for customers to choose from.

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Genesis (foreground), a refreshing mix of sarsaparilla, yuzu, cilantro, sour rhubarb liquor & gin

We tried a few of their popular cocktails. My favourite was the Genesis while I found the quaintly named “Win Liao Lor” and “Fairy’s Advocate” a bit too sweet.

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Win Liao Lor (RM38) – pink guava, lemongrass, orange liqueur & vodka

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Our experience at Gastro Bar by Burgeon got off to a great start when three hefty sticks of Satay (RM38) made their way to our table. Well-marinated and tender, the huge chunks of pork cheeks were grilled perfectly, with bits of charred sides and topped with a spunky spicy pecan sauce spiked with bourbon. How irresistible is that?

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Imperial Prawns (RM32) were named as such for the lovely porcelain bowl used to serve this dish. It reminded me of the blue Ming bowls used in ancient imperial China.

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Deep-fried spring rolls with fillings of grilled prawns and century eggs nestled on a bed of rocket leaves jived with ginger and scattered with walnuts encrusted with poppy seeds. While I found the filling to be a bit salty, the combination of textures in this bowl was intriguing.

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A smooth wooden bowl holding some Choplets (RM58) came next. The quaint name was actually for NZ lamb cutlets marinated with tequila, encrusted with walnuts & cranberries and dipped in a zesty jalapeno hot sauce. And the bed of fried crispy popiah skin strips was a bonus.

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Choplets

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I liked the unconventional presentation of Beef Tartare (RM68). Balls of chopped raw Black Angus tenderloin were perched on slices of herbed baguette separated by sundried tomatoes. The right way to enjoy this was to eat the raw beef with confit yolk of quail eggs which were served daintily by the side.

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Beef Tartare

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The Ikan Bakar (RM48) evoked mixed feelings in me. I felt there was too much going on in that platter of grilled stingray topped with a truffled black pepper & caper sauce together with sweet coconut flakes. In the process, the flavour of the fish got lost in the strong overtones of the truffle and I wasn’t quite sure fish and truffle were the best partners.

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Ikan Bakar

There’s a vegetarian dish on the menu – Mushroom Medallions (RM28). Spotting a pretty and colourful presentation, the King oyster mushrooms, curried parsnip crisps, pumpkin puree and Brussels sprouts tasted good too. It’s best to dip the parsnip crisps in the pumpkin puree as parsnip tend to have a slight bitten aftertaste.

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Mushroom Medallions

We tried both the desserts. My favourite was the Mushroom Cake (RM28), something I’ve never tried before. The eggy spongey cake had a lovely earthy fragrance to it, thanks to the blended shitake mushrooms in it. The rosemary gel and toasted walnuts by the side completed the picture. The accompanying coconut & white chocolate sauce was delectable but I actually preferred eating that fluffy cake sans sauce.

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Mushroom Cake

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The Pear & Chardonnay (RM38) was interesting. A poached Peckham pear was served crusted with banana & parsley crumbs, propped with thin wafers of meringue and a scoop of apple chardonnay ice-cream. The meringue crisps were really good but I could hardly discern much chardonnay in the ice-cream.

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Pear & Chardonnay

So yeah, Gastro Bar By Burgeon is a place to head to if you are looking for a new hip place to chillax with some drinks and premium fusion tapas. The recipes have been well thought out and executed with creative flair. Service was excellent – thoughtful, efficient and the crew, especially their maitre’d Brian Schnabel was quick to articulate their dishes as they were served.

 

GASTRO BAR BY BURGEON
8 & 10 Jalan BM 1 / 2
Taman Bkt Mayang Emas
47301 Petaling Jaya
Tel: 03-7497-5373

Operational hours:
Monday-Thursday @ 5pm-12am
Friday-Saturday @ 5pm-1am
Sunday & Public Holiday: Closed

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Sake Pairing at HANA DINING SAKE BAR, Sunway Pyramid

Sake is the national beverage of Japan and historically, it was commonly served during traditional occasions or ceremonies. Nowadays, sake drinking has taken on a more social twist where it is widely served in Japanese restaurants and bars. Sake is a Japanese rice wine brewed from polished rice through a process called multiple parallel fermentation.

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Just like it is common to pair wine with different food, the diverse flavours of different sakes work well with different food. We found this out in a recent Sake & Food Pairing at Hana Dining Sake Bar. Hana is a relatively new eatery in Sunway Pyramid, having just opened about five months ago.

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With two outlets already in Taiwan, Hana expanded their Japanese fusion cuisine enterprise to Sunway recently. Their a la carte menu is extensive, serving a mixture of traditional and fusionistic Japanese favourites.

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We had 4 sakes up for food pairing that day. For each sake, several suitable dishes were prepared for the pairing.

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Eddie Beh, the passionate CEO of Hana Dining Sake Bar gave us valuable insights in the appreciation of sake

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While waiting for the main event, we snacked on Hana’s signature Fried Burdock Salad with Honey Mustard dressing. The thin burdock crisps were really addictive.

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Fried Burdock Salad

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First on the list was the premium Josen HuaJiuZhang Junmai Daiginjo (RM290/bottle) from Niigata prefecture. This sake is custom-made for Hana by Shirataki Brewery. With an alcohol content of 15.5%, its light dry full flavours were perfect with seafood. I liked how the rounded acidity of this junmai daiginjo spreaded out the rich oiliness of the maguro, tuna and fatty flounder of the pairing dishes.

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Maguro Tataki

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Engawa Nigiri – roasted flounder

Drunk chilled, this sake tasted well-balanced, especially when its flavours were rinsed on the palate before and after the fish pieces.

In fact, all the sakes were drunk chilled, at about 10 degrees. Good sake should always be drunk chilled, not cold or warm. Only sakes which are not high on quality are usually drunk warm.

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Next we had the unpasteurised Shirokawago Junmai Ginjo Sasa Nigori (RM160/bottle) from Gifu prefecture. With slightly higher alcohol content of 1516%, this sake was first shaken to loosen up the rice sediments before drinking. Milky in appearance, this junmai ginjo’s distinct light sweet, medium flavour with edgy acidity was a good pairing with fried dishes – chicken and seafood.

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Crispy Chicken layered with Sweet Potato

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Crispy soft shell crabs wrapped with lettuce

I found the Hokkan Ichimonji Junmai Ginjo (RM120/bottle) to be milder than the rest. Its light sweet flavours were soft and gentle on the seafood dishes paired with it. Brewed in Tochigi prefecture, eastern Japan, this sake has 14% alcohol. The full package of its flavours and slightly fruity aroma coaxed the delicate sweetness of the fresh seafood dishes we had.

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Squids stuffed with crabmeat and pickled cucumbers

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Seared seafood skewers in green shiso sauce

Finally, we tasted the Inanbu Bijin Honjozo (RM140/bottle) from the north-eastern prefecture of Iwate. It’s drier than the other 3 sakes and has a more robust character in the fullness of its flavours. Considered “medium dry”, the 15-16% alcohol content was a good buffer for the roasted beef ribs paired with it. However, I found it didn’t work quite well with the grilled pumpkin ham roll possibly because of the milder flavours of the ham roll – the goose liver was hardly discernible.

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Roasted Beef Ribs in Tomato Sauce

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Grilled Pumpkin Ham Roll topped with Goose Liver

Our sake pairing meal ended on a delightful note with Hana’s Homemade Tofu Cheesecake with White Sesame Ice Cream. It was a very refreshing and light cheesecake and the white sesame ice cream was flavoured just nicely without too much of the sesame.

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Homemade Tofu Cheese Cake

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Chef Thomas Lim – the man behind the culinary creations in Hana Dining Sake Bar

 

If you have never been to Hana Dining Sake Bar, do note that the entrance to it can be rather diminutive. Just look out for the signage to a rather narrow walkway which would bring you to Hana. There are two doorways: the sake bar is to the left while the right doorway leads you to the dining area. The bar is well-stocked with barrels of sake and an extensive selection of Japanese whiskey. Their sake and shochu cocktails are pretty legendary.

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With help from their experienced sake sommeliers, diners can enjoy sake pairing with food at the comfortable casual dining space.

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HANA DINING SAKE BAR
OB2.G.U1 Oasis Boulevard, Ground Floor
Sunway Pyramid
3 Jalan PJS 11/15
Bandar Sunway
47500 Selangor
Tel: 03-5624-0888
website: www.hanadining.com

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AIR SUPPLY – 40th Anniversary World Tour: What a night to remember!

I listened to Air Supply when I was still in high school and they were all the rage back in the 1980’s.  Their hits were constantly playing on radio and I had their albums (in cassettes back then) all stacked up on the shelf.

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This renowned Australian soft rock band – Graham Russell and Russell Hitchcock, who turned 65 and 66 this year are still as popular as ever.  This was evident in the one-night-only performance by the duo at One World Hotel earlier this month.  This concert was part of Air Supply’s 40th Anniversary World Tour Final Leg.  The Grand Ballroom of the hotel was transformed into a concert hall with endless rows of chairs, a huge stage and powerful sound & lights system.  The fans filled up the entire hall well before Air Supply took to the stage.

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After the not-so-funny stand-up comedy show ended, everyone waited with bated breath for Graham and Russell to appear.  Finally, the familiar notes of their hit song “Sweet Dreams” filled the ballroom and the duo came on stage amidst thunderous applause.  Russell Hitchcock’s trademark soaring tenor was still as good as ever as he belted out their hits.  They both may appear older and a bit stouter but their voices have not wavered much.

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“The One That You Love”, “Making Love Out of Nothing At All”, “Lost in Love”, “Goodbye”, “Even The Nights Are Better”, “Here I Am”, “Chances” – all their No.1 Hits were performed to the delight of the audience, many of whom sang along with Air Supply.

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When Graham started singing their latest single “I Adore You”, the audience went completely quiet, to fully appreciate the beauty of the lyrics.  It became even more magical when Russell joined in with his vocals lifting the song beyond beautiful.

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It’s clear both Graham and Russell stay very much in connection with their fans.  When the duo came down from the stage for a walkabout, the fans were ecstatic, especially when Russell stopped to have selfies taken with some of them.

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When Graham and Russell said goodnight, I knew there would be an encore because their all-time-favourite Top Hit “All Out Of Love” was still not performed yet!  True enough, after prolonged clapping and shouting of “encore encore” from the audience, Air Supply came back on stage to sing that song and a couple more!

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It was truly an unforgettable night – a most enjoyable one, listening to this world-class legendary duo performing live all those songs which I have loved listening to all these years.

My thanks and appreciation goes to One World Hotel for the complimentary media tickets which enabled us to watch this awesome show performed by one of the most respected bands in the world.

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