Let’s Celebrate CHRISTMAS EVER AFTER @ One World Hotel Petaling Jaya

The Cinnamon Coffee House in One World Hotel Petaling Jaya serves one of the most diversified and extensive buffets in town. I’ve always been impressed with the huge variety of dishes offered, ranging from local favourites to western specialities.

The Almighty Turkey!

For this festive period, their chefs have gone the extra mile in crafting a selection of special items like Honey & Herbs Roast Turkey, Herb-crusted Roasted Striploin, Chicken & Waffle Sliders with Berries Compote, Prawn Grits on Frittata and that delicious soup – Potato, Leek & Beef Brisket Cream Soup!

Seafood galore

Super fresh Sashimi

The array of appetisers and mains from local, Chinese, Japanese, Malay, Indian and western cuisines will keep you busy. My personal favourites are the Indian-style Curry Fish Head and Hainanese Chicken Rice!

Christmas is all about sweets and treats and there’s no lacking of these at the Cinnamon Coffee House. The desserts counters are filled with all kinds of colourful and festive sweets like Yule logs, Minced Pies, Christmas Pudding, Ginger Creme Brulèe, churros, stollen, cupcakes and cookies.

While you dine, Santa Claus will be making his rounds and I heard there will be carollers to add on to the festive cheer!

Please call +603-7681-1157 to make reservations for the following:

CHRISTMAS EVE & CHRISTMAS DAY BUFFET DINNER
24 & 25 December 2017 (6.30pm-10.00pm)
RM158/adult; RM79/child aged 6-12 years

CHRISTMAS DAY HI TEA
25 December 2017 (12.00pm-4.00pm)
RM118/adult; RM59/child aged 6-12 years

CINNAMON COFFEE HOUSE
One World Hotel Petaling Jaya
First Avenue
Bandar Utama City Centre
47800 Petaling Jaya
Tel: 03-7681-1111

FESTIVE INDULGENCES at FEAST VILLAGE, Starhill Gallery, Kuala Lumpur

Feast Village @ Starhill Gallery is so aptly named – it really is a food lover’s paradise in the ultimate sense. It’s so difficult to decide which restaurant to dine in, amongst so many fine establishments within that labyrinth of good food. During this festive season, every one of those restaurants is offering joyous spreads of gourmet specialities to appease even the most finicky diner.

 

When one is undecided on what to eat, SHOOK! is the answer. Well known for its huge variety of sumptuous food on the buffet counters, Shook’s Christmas Eve Golden Starry Night Buffet is something not to be missed. There are more than 50 items of signature dishes to tempt diners – roast turkey, prime ribs with Yorkshire pudding, live lobster risotto, grilled seafood, steaks, fresh sushi, sashimi, dim sum, Italian delights and a bit assortment of festive desserts jostle for space on the counters. Oh, don’t forget those freshly shucked oysters too! This buffet will be served on 24 December from 7pm till 10.30pm and priced at RM228 nett per person.

Live Lobster Rissotto

Fresh Mushroom Soup

On New Year’s Eve, there will be the “Big Balloon Drop” Celebratory Dinner Buffet & Toast from 7pm till 11pm, priced at RM298 nett per person. Rest assured that there will be a sumptuous spread of specially curated Asian, Pan-Latin and European specialities in the buffet.

Sirloin Steak

French Onion Soup

Sumptuous desserts!

 

If you are looking for a seafood feast at Starhill Gallery, head on over to FISHERMAN’S COVE. I love the rustic ambience of the place with the tanks of live seafood and comfortable bamboo-clad furniture. On Christmas Eve, there is the Oyster & Alaskan King Crab Set Dinner (RM238 nett per person) and for New Year Eve, enjoy the Seafood Boat Dinner at RM188 nett per person.

Seafood Boat

Seafood Soup

Gratin Pacific Rock Oysters & Alaskan King Crab

Besides Gratin Pacific Rock Oysters and Alaskan King Crab, there’s seafood soup, braised wagyu cheek as well as lime crème brûlée.

Braised Wagyu Cheek

Crème Caramel

The Seafood Boat Dinner comprises crispy white bait & tiger prawns skewers, hirata rice buns, fresh oysters, prawns, crabs, mussels served on a boat, spicy onion rings, crispy potato wedges and their signature crème caramel for dessert.

 

Come Christmas Day, why not have brunch at SENTIDOS GASTROBAR? Their Felice Navida Tex Mex Mexican Brunch features a whole bunch of delicious savoury appetisers like oven-baked herb mushrooms, patatas bravas, roast garlic chilli chicken, garlic prawns together with mains like chicken burrito, smoked salmon quesadillas and churros Mexicanos. The Christmas Day Brunch is RM88 nett per person from 12.00pm till 3.00pm.

Signature Nachos

Roast Garlic Chilli Chicken

Garlic Prawns

Seafood Paella

At Sentidos, the feasting continues on New Year’s Eve – check out the Viva La Vida Fiesta Dinner Buffet at RM188 nett per person. Starting off with some Prosecco sparkling wine, get on to enjoy their roasted Australian striploin, roasted whole chicken, lamb chops, seabass fillet, smoked salmon and various cold cuts and desserts. The buffet comes with free-flow beer, house-pouring wines, sangria and soft drinks. What a great way to welcome the New Year!

Grilled Lamb Chops

Churros Mexicanos

 

So, head on to Feast Village for the coming festive celebration – make your reservations at +603-2782-3875.

FEAST VILLAGE STARHILL GALLERY
At JW Marriott Kuala Lumpur
181 Jalan Bukit Bintang
55100 Kuala Lumpur

Website: www.feastvillage.com

CHRISTMAS & NEW YEAR FESTIVITIES @ INTERCONTINENTAL KUALA LUMPUR

The stunning 18-foot Christmas tree holding court in the InterContinental Kuala Lumpur leaves you no doubt that Christmas is in the air. With just barely 10 days to go,, if you are one of those who are frantically trying to plan your festive feasting, well, the InterContinental Kuala Lumpur has several mouth-watering options in their F&B outlets.

Let’s start with their IVIV (OneSixFive) Wine & Lounge Bar where Afternoon Teas are a way of life. During this festive month, their pastry chefs have gone out of their way to bake extra-delectable goodies like scones, pastries, handmade chocolates and yule logs, of course – what’s Christmas without yule logs, right? At RM98nett per person, the Afternoon Tea with TWG Tea and barista-made coffee is something worth splurging on while catching up with loved ones.

If you must have the traditional roast turkey at Christmas, then head on to Serena Brasserie where this revered bird takes centre-stage at their buffet tables. Roast Angus Beef Ribeye and Yorkshire Pudding are favourites too. Buffet starts at RM168 nett per person for lunch and dinner on 24-25 December 2017.

The must-have Roast Turkey

Yorkshire Pudding, anyone?

On New Year’s Eve, there’s a celebratory dinner with live music performance and midnight celebration at RM248nett per person. On New Year Day, welcome 2018 with a festive lunch at RM108nett per person.

At Tatsu Japanese Cuisine, it’s always good to go for their Kaiseki dinner. For both Christmas and New Year, Tatsu’s 7-course Kaiseki dinner is priced at RM288nett per person. The traditional multi-course dinner includes hot and cold appetisers, light hearty broth, assorted seasonal sashimi, simmered, fried and grilled dishes followed by dessert.

If you choose to dine at Tao Chinese Cuisine, you may be in a dilemma of whether to go for their special Dim Sum Lunch at RM118nett per person or for their 6-course Dinner at RM218nett per person. For dim sum, the choices are pretty exquisite as what we found out during a recent preview.

Gourmet handcrafted confectioneries, housemade cookies, premium chocolates, Yule log cakes and savoury roasts are also available as gifts and takeaways. These can be purchased at IVIV (OneSixFive) Wine & Lounge Bar from now till 26 December2017. There’s an Early Bird 20% discount when booked and paid before 15 December 2017. Certain bank credit cards also get 15% discount.

For dining reservations, please call +603-2782-6000/2782-6173 or email foodandbeverage@intercontinental-kl.com.my

 

InterContinental Kuala Lumpur
165 Jalan Ampang
50450 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +603-2782-6000
Website: www.intercontinental-kl.com.my

2ND FLOOR Kitchen & Bar, Taman Tun Dr Ismail (TTDI)

The good folks of The Private Room Wine Bar and The Pawn Room Cocktail Bar have just extended the dining options in Taman Tun Dr Ismail (TTDI) with the opening of 2ND FLOOR Kitchen & Bar. Located within the same shoplot but on a different floor, this new eatery serves a good variety of contemporary European offerings.

The deco of 2nd Floor is a bit of a quirky combo of bright tropical colors at the outer/al fresco dining space while the inner section is more sedate. A full wall mural featuring colorful flora and fauna greets diners amidst modern mix-and-match furniture.

 

Helmed by a young kitchen crew, headed by Chef Kelvin Wong, the team is not hesitant to work on dishes served with some creative twists and flair. Take their signature 2NDFLR Salad for example which works its charm from the delicately-charred Romaine leaves which leaves a delicious smoky trail on the tongue. Sprinkled generously with crispy bacon, crunchy croutons and a wobbly poached egg, this deceptively simple salad is a sure winner.

2NDFLR Salad (RM22)

The Crab Beignet is another appealing starter. Plump crab cakes encased in crunchy kataifi strands – what can be more irresistible? Especially when you get to dip them in some tangy citrus chilli jam!

Crab Beignet (RM28)

Being in the mood to indulge, the Goose Foie Gras certainly sets the pace. Thick cuts of foie, perfectly seared, are a joy to partake, particularly so when eaten with rosti and balsamic caramelised pineapple doused with some pineapple cream!

Goose Foie Gras (RM52)

Their star dish, something we have been looking forward to is the Grilled Iberico Pork. Perfectly grilled, with the centre still a juicy pink, every bite of the pork was tender and delicious. Don’t be misled by the size of the cut – it’s really a substantial dish with the caramelised Granny Smith apple, horseradish and potatoes.

The gorgeous Iberico!

Grilled Iberico Pork (200g)

Similarly, the Seared Duck Breast is good, paired with rosti, baby radish and nice lashings of jus spiked with cherry balsamic.

Seared Duck Breast (RM36)

For a spot of carbo, the Smoked Salmon & Erynggi Pasta (linguine) is more than satisfying. Cooked with white wine and made more delicious with lumpfish caviar and pangrattata, this is one pasta dish I’d return for!

Smoked Salmon & Eryngii Pasta (RM32)

Desserts – ahhh, so much can be said about the delightful sweets here. My favourite here is the Cherry Jubilee – a gorgeous ensemble of dark cherries soaked in gin, paired with vanilla ice cream and sprinkled with granola! Yes, I’m a huge fan of liquer-embalmed cherries and these did me in.

Cherry Jubilee (RM18)

The platter of Chocolate & Coffee comes recommended as well – a dreamy concoction of almond jaconde, chocolate cremeux and coffee ganache.

Chocolate & Coffee (RM22)

What we ate were from the dinner menu. The restaurant also serves brunch and lunch daily from 10.00am till 3.00pm based on a separate menu. So head on over to 2ND Floor – it’s one of TTDI’s latest culinary stars.

 

2ND FLOOR Kitchen & Bar
46A Persiaran Zaaba
Taman Tun Dr Ismail
60000 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 019-914-8832

*Porky/Non-halal!

DIM SUM (pork-free) at Pullman Hotel Kuala Lumpur, Bangsar

If you are in the Bangsar neighbourhood and looking for a quiet spot to enjoy some pork-free dim sum, the Oriental Chinese Cuisine Restaurant is a good venue. Located on Level 1 of the Pullman Hotel Kuala Lumpur in Bangsar, this spacious restaurant spots some classic oriental furniture in the form of intricately-carved wooden chairs and ornately-patterned carpet. With plenty of natural light flooding in from the floor-to-ceiling glass windows all around, the dining environment is pleasant and comfortable.

Pork-free dim sum is served daily from 12.00pm to 3.00pm. The special dim sum menu lists a good variety, from steamed, deep-fried, oven-baked items to noodles, rice and desserts.

We tried several items from most of the categories, starting with the steamed dumplings. Besides the regular “siew mai”, the restaurant offers a few fancy variations like…

Caviar Lobster Dumplings

Foie Gras Siew Mai

Black Truffles Shrimp Dumplings

Tobikko Lobster Siew Mai

Don’t miss out their Shanghai Dumplings – “Xiao Loong Bau”… the wobbly plump dumplings pack a good amount of piping hot tasty broth within the thin skin!

Xiao Loong Bau

 

Steamed Beef Tenderloin in Oriental Sauce – this didn’t hit the spot with us.  Steamed chicken would have fared better.

Crispily-fried dim sum are always tempting and we couldn’t resist these…

Crispy Taro Puffs

Crispy Beancurd Prawn Rolls

Crispy Seafood Rolls with Cheese

Crispy Lobster Dumplings

The Wok-fried Radish Cake with Seafood could have been better, taste-wise as it was rather bland.

We loved the Preserved Vegetables with Roasted Duck Buns. Within these petite buns were some delightful filling of minced roast duck and “mui choy” – something we don’t find in other dim sum places.

Preserved Vegetables & Roast Duck Buns

Honey BBQ Chicken Buns

Green Tea Buns with Salted Eggyolk Custard Cream

Steamed rice rolls are always a must for us and we enjoyed the Cheong Fun with crispy “yu zha gui” rolled inside.

Cheong Fun with Yu Zha Gui

Cheong Fun with Fresh Prawns

There’s a pretty long list of desserts in the menu. Their signature Durian Pancake is a must-try for durian lovers. For me, I enjoyed all their chilled jellies – so refreshing!

Chilled Lemongrass Jelly with Osmanthus

Deep-fried Pancake with Vanilla Ice Cream & Peanuts

Chilled Durian Pancakes

Service is attentive and the dim sum items are only cooked upon order so you get your food piping hot.

 

ORIENTAL CUISINE RESTAURANT
Pullman Hotel Kuala Lumpur Bangsar
No. 1 Jalan Pantai Jaya, Tower 3
59200 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +6 (03) 2298-1888

Fried Chicken & Champagne @ MONTE’S, Bangsar Shopping Centre

The next time you have a reason to celebrate and are not sure how to celebrate it – well, let’s keep it simple, shall we? How about just some scrumptious fried chicken and champagne? It’s really not as incongruous as you may think! Look, almost everyone loves fried chicken, right? That’s such a universal love, no? It’s comfort food and when done well, it’s da bomb!

A bucket of amazing love!

The folks at Monte’s in Bangsar Shopping Centre has got it just right. Using only the juiciest parts of the chicken – thighs and drumsticks only, their fried chicken here is served nicely propped up in a bucket. Coated in a light batter brimming with secret spices, the crispy golden skin is irresistible, trust me. Beneath that, juicy tender meat, just the way how good fried chicken should be!

Of course we had the Cheesy Wedges too!

And to accompany this delightful fried chicken meal – none other than some sparkling Moët champagne! I can’t even begin to tell you how good that chilled champagne tasted. It’s a perfect combo, fried chicken and champagne, I tell you.

Oh you can also choose to have either some salad or cheesy wedges to go with the chicken and champagne set.  There are 2 sets for you to choose from, depending on the size and appetite of your party:

VIP Chicks Package @ RM568+
1 bottle Moët et Chandon
1 bucket Monte’s Fried Chicken (12pcs)
Salad or Cheesy Wedges

or

VVIP Party Package @ RM888+
2 bottles Moët et Chandon
1 supersize bucket Monte’s Fried Chicken (18pcs)
Salad or Cheesy Wedges

You can also order just the fried chicken on its own, without opting for the champagne – I mean, if it’s a small celebration, hehe! 3 pieces Fried Chicken go for RM18.

Monte’s at BSC has been around for more than 10 years and is very popular in the neighbourhood. For such a long-serving establishment, there are quite a number of signature dishes that have been on the menu since day 1.

 

Fresh Oxtail Soup

The thick and savoury Fresh Oxtail Soup (RM23) is one of their top dishes and I can understand why. The soup is amazing, served piping hot and with well-balanced robust flavours. Eaten with some crusty bread, it makes an immensely satisfying meal on its own.

Escargots baked in garlic & chablis sauce

Then there’s Monte’s signature escargots baked in creamy chablis and garlic sauce to tantalise your taste buds. At RM28 for half dozen, this traditional French starter is sure to please.

Recently the culinary team at Monte’s has come up with some new dishes to add more variety to the dining experience here. Just take a look at these…

Corned Beef Scotch Egg

Corned Beef Scotch Egg (RM28+) with salad and gravy

Slow braised Beef Tendons with fettuccini and melted cheese! (RM38+)

Cheesebomb Fish Burger in tumeric cream and French fries (RM35)

Waffle Beef Burger with Cheese Wedges (RM38)

As for desserts, do check out their cakes of the day and if you see these two cakes available, grab some! At RM18 a slice, I totally loved the Salted Caramel Cake – my favourite!

Nutella Chocolate Cake 

Salted Caramel Cake

It’s always advisable to go with hungry stomachs as portions are hearty and because everything looks good, there’s a tendency to over-order too.  Now, here’s to the next celebration in Monte’s!

 

MONTE’S Bistro
Lot 112 Level 1 West Wing
Bangsar Shopping Centre
Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-2094-1112
www.montesrestaurant.com.my

TUJO – refreshed & rejuvenated, come “Eat, Drink & Play!”

“Eat, Drink & Play” – that’s the tagline of Tujo, a bar-sserie and grill restaurant located on the ground floor of Ascott Residences.  And now when you step into their rejuvenated premises, you would be more than enticed to practise just exactly what their tagline preaches. 

Looking very much like a tropical glasshouse with tropical foliage covering its nooks and corners, there’s a sense of green calm about the place.  Despite being surrounded by skyscrapers all around, Tujo feels like a playful oasis filled with the elements of food, drinks and just generally chilling out.

 

With its recent facelift, Tujo now showcases a new repertoire in its kitchen and bar.  I’m told that there’s a new selection of premium cuts from the grill – the Tomahawk, a glorious Sanchoku Wagyu from Australia weighing in at a resounding 1.3kg!  It’s incomparable especially when topped with Burnt Raclette, another new item on their menu.

Roasted 120-day Pure Black Angus Striploin

Raclette counter

Roast Beef & Raclette!

There are new dishes like the Lemon Pepper Halibut, Black Miso Haddock, Kuro Squid Ink Pasta, Teriyaki Chicken Pizza, Basil Walnut Chicken Pasta and the ever-popular Short Rib Nasi Lemak.

Kuro Squid Ink Pasta – tossed squid ink spaghetti with crab meat, sliced geoduck and salmon roe

Teriyaki Chicken Pizza – a thin-crust pizza topped with grilled chicken, white radish, bonito flakes with teriyaki sauce and wasabi mayo

Basil Walnut Chicken Pasta – another popular pasta dish using fettucine tossed in a creamy nutty sauce with grilled chicken

Short Rib Nasi Lemak – a deluxe take on nasi lemak, served with grilled spicy short ribs

Chicken Wings done spicy Korean-style

There’s also fresh succulent oysters from the Oyster Bar serving fine Irish, Dutch or French oysters.

 

The Bar at Tujo has crafted a range of new cocktails named “Hometown Hooch” showcasing 16 new “Malaysiana” drinks with alcoholic twists.  Don’t miss out their boozy interpretations of Malaysian favourites like the “Hang Li Mau” (rum, calamansi, lime juice and gula melaka) or “Mat Kool” – my favourite concoction of tequila, orange liqueur, elderflower syrup, lemon juice, sea coconut, longan and orange liqueur jelly!  Check out also their devilish ice lollies like the Mystic Manggis and the Naughty Nangka – it’s love at first lick!

Dragon Barley

 

TUJO
Ascott Kuala Lumpur
No.9 Jalan Pinang
50450 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-2161-7789/012-210-3055
Open: Mondays-Sundays: 7am till closing

email: ask@tujo.my
website: 
www.tujo.my