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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Belly-good Christmas Feasts at ONE WORLD HOTEL PETALING JAYA

With the festive season already almost in full swing, restaurants and hotels in the city are all gearing up for the celebrations. One World Hotel in Bandar Utama is one of the bigger hotels in this part of town and it’s one of my favourites whenever “festive buffets” is mentioned. You see, the Cinnamon Cafe in this hotel hosts one of the best buffets on any ordinary day, so what more when the festive season beckons?

The culinary team in this hotel goes all out when it comes to festive buffets, regardless of the festival. So, come Hari Raya, Deepavali, Christmas and New Year, the chefs are all geared up to offer the best gastronomic treats to diners.

What’s Christmas without turkey, right? This year, in addition to the traditional Roast Turkey with all the trimmings, there’s another version called Turkey Mandy served at Cinnamon Cafe. The seasonings and marinade for this is more spicy and it’s perfect when eaten together with buttered rice and roasted vegetables.

Some of the special dishes concocted for the festive buffets are Chicken Cordon Bleu, Seafood Au Gratin, Baked Sea Bass with Garlic Paste and Mushroom Vinaigrette, Seared Beef and Oxtail Marmalade with Natural Jus. At the carver table, don’t miss the Crusted Roast Strip Loin.

Besides the festive items, the buffet also serves the regular favourites, both local and international dishes. My favourites are their Hainanese Chicken Rice, the Indian food station (the curry fish head is da bomb!), the Seafood-on-Ice and the Japanese food counter.

The gaiety of the season is best reflected in the amazing range of colourful cakes, pastries, special cookies and a whole lot more at the desserts section. Chocolate & Raspberry Yule Logs, Gingerbread Houses, Mince Pies, Fruit Cakes, Christmas Puddings, Churros with Christollen Spiced Caramel Sauce are just some of the festive sweets to look out for. There’s plenty more, for sure.

’Tis the season to be jolly indeed!

Price

Christmas Eve & Christmas Day Buffet Dinner
(24 & 25 December 2019) @ 6.30pm-10.30pm
RM168/adult & RM89/child (6-12 years)

Christmas Day Hi Tea (25 December 2019) @ 12.00pm-4.00pm
RM118/adult & RM64/child (6-12 years)

For reservations & enquiries on discounts/promotions, please call +603-7681-1159 or email cinnamon@oneworldhotel.com.my

 

CINNAMON COFFEE HOUSE
One World Hotel
First Avenue
Bandar Utama City Centre
47800 Petaling Jaya

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A Taste of Super Foods at RUYI, Bangsar Shopping Centre, Kuala Lumpur

Diners stepping into Ruyi now have a chance to savour the first of Ruyi’s Eat Well Live Well dinners, which is available until 23 December 2019. It’s a collaborative effort with Cabana, KapowBalls and Kintry Artisan Food – all purveyors of healthy food.

Cabana is popular with their Acai Bowls and Smoothies using organic acai berries, freshly blended and free from refined sugars. Kintry is a home-grown Malaysian company specializing in healthy snacks made from scratch. Their top-selling halal artisanal snacks such as salted egg potato crisps, cookies and granolas are well-known in the market. Kapow Balls are guilt-free low-calorie dessert balls made from all-natural ingredients … yummy stuff like chocolates, dates, all kinds of nuts, almond butter, chia seeds, berries etc.

Working with these entities, the culinary team at Ruyi has curated a Chinese 6-course fine dining menu at RM168 per person (without cocktails) / RM198 per pax (with 2 cocktails) for those who would like to try something unique and good for their wellbeing.

Dinner kicks off with a refreshing Gin cocktail served in an earthenware bowl. We love the crunchy honey granola served in it – what a novel touch!

Gin Kiu Blossom with Citrus with Honey Granola by Kintry Food Co

The Winter Melon Noodles look like jellyfish strands but once we bite into this, the burst of sweet refreshing juices tell us otherwise. With a light tangy citrusy dressing, it’s a lovely salad and we eat up every single leaf.

Nutrition Cool Kick-Starter – Winter Melon Noodles Salad in Acai Citrus dressing

Soups at Ruyi is always the bomb … Chef James and his crew brew the most amazing nourishing soups which we always enjoy and can’t have enough. The Collagen Soup is fragrant with ginseng and the fishmaw and sea whelk give it that divine umami taste.

Collagen Soup – Ginseng Broth with Fishmaw Collagen & Sea Whelk

Detox Palate Cleanser – Bird’s Nest Acai Sorbet in Green Apple

Sea cucumber and abalone have all the good nutritious and antioxidant elements for you. Power Protein indeed and when braised with truffle and acai, the good factors just doubled.

Power Protein – Truffle & Acai braised Sea Cucumber and Abalone with Asparagus

Cocktail Palate Cleanser – Acai Gin Coco Loco with Coconut & Starfruit with Pandan Granola by Kintry Food Co

The Fried Rice with Mango and Acai looks so tame but instead of blandness, this bowl of rice is packed with some really nice light flavours.

Anti Oxidant – Fried Rice with Mango and Acai

Dessert is of course the guilt-free Kapow Balls, in Brownie form jived up with crunchy dark chocolate granola by Kintry Food Co

Kapow Balls Acai Berry Brownie with Dark Chocolate Granola

Head on to Ruyi for this superfood journey of delicious stuff. I promise you – you’ll leave the restaurant immensely satiated, yet with a lighter step because these are dishes that can be enjoyed so guilt-free!  Available until 23 December 2019. Make your reservations at +603-2083-0288.

 

RUYI
4th Floor Annexe
Bangsar Shopping Centre
285 Jalan Maarof
59000 Kuala Lumpur

Tel: 03-2083-0288

Website

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A Taste of Super Foods at RUYI, Bangsar Shopping Centre, Kuala Lumpur

Diners stepping into Ruyi now have a chance to savour the first of Ruyi’s Eat Well Live Well dinners, which is available until 23 December 2019. It’s a collaborative effort with Cabana, KapowBalls and Kintry Artisan Food – all purveyors of healthy food.

Cabana is popular with their Acai Bowls and Smoothies using organic acai berries, freshly blended and free from refined sugars. Kintry is a home-grown Malaysian company specializing in healthy snacks made from scratch. Their top-selling halal artisanal snacks such as salted egg potato crisps, cookies and granolas are well-known in the market. Kapow Balls are guilt-free low-calorie dessert balls made from all-natural ingredients … yummy stuff like chocolates, dates, all kinds of nuts, almond butter, chia seeds, berries etc.

Working with these entities, the culinary team at Ruyi has curated a Chinese 6-course fine dining menu at RM168 per person (without cocktails) / RM198 per pax (with 2 cocktails) for those who would like to try something unique and good for their wellbeing.

Dinner kicks off with a refreshing Gin cocktail served in an earthenware bowl. We love the crunchy honey granola served in it – what a novel touch!

Gin Kiu Blossom with Citrus with Honey Granola by Kintry Food Co

The Winter Melon Noodles look like jellyfish strands but once we bite into this, the burst of sweet refreshing juices tell us otherwise. With a light tangy citrusy dressing, it’s a lovely salad and we eat up every single leaf.

Nutrition Cool Kick-Starter – Winter Melon Noodles Salad in Acai Citrus dressing

Soups at Ruyi is always the bomb … Chef James and his crew brew the most amazing nourishing soups which we always enjoy and can’t have enough. The Collagen Soup is fragrant with ginseng and the fishmaw and sea whelk give it that divine umami taste.

Collagen Soup – Ginseng Broth with Fishmaw Collagen & Sea Whelk

Detox Palate Cleanser – Bird’s Nest Acai Sorbet in Green Apple

Sea cucumber and abalone have all the good nutritious and antioxidant elements for you. Power Protein indeed and when braised with truffle and acai, the good factors just doubled.

Power Protein – Truffle & Acai braised Sea Cucumber and Abalone with Asparagus

Cocktail Palate Cleanser – Acai Gin Coco Loco with Coconut & Starfruit with Pandan Granola by Kintry Food Co

The Fried Rice with Mango and Acai looks so tame but instead of blandness, this bowl of rice is packed with some really nice light flavours.

Anti Oxidant – Fried Rice with Mango and Acai

Dessert is of course the guilt-free Kapow Balls, in Brownie form jived up with crunchy dark chocolate granola by Kintry Food Co

Kapow Balls Acai Berry Brownie with Dark Chocolate Granola

Head on to Ruyi for this superfood journey of delicious stuff. I promise you – you’ll leave the restaurant immensely satiated, yet with a lighter step because these are dishes that can be enjoyed so guilt-free!  Available until 23 December 2019. Make your reservations at +603-2083-0288.

 

RUYI
4th Floor Annexe
Bangsar Shopping Centre
285 Jalan Maarof
59000 Kuala Lumpur

Tel: 03-2083-0288

Website

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CHILLI CRABS at Bucked Out Seafood Buffet, Traders Hotel Kuala Lumpur

To all Crab Lovers: how does a 4-hour free-flow of fresh live mud crabs cooked in sweet spicy chilli sauce sound to you? All that indulgence for RM149 nett per person. Sounds good?

I think it’s a great offer, particularly for crab lovers. Diners can choose their live crabs from a tank and the culinary crew will serve the Chilli Crabs at your table. Deep-fried mantou buns are served together with the sweet meaty crabs – they are so necessary to mop up every drop of that delicious thick chilli sauce. Although disposable gloves are provided, nothing beats eating these succulent crustaceans with bare fingers – gives “finger lickin’ good” a whole new meaning!

And even if you are not dead crazy on crabs but is a seafood lover, this promotion at Gobo Chit Chat in Traders Hotel Kuala Lumpur is definitely worth checking out. Their Friday & Saturday night Bucked Out Seafood buffet has been pleasing seafood lovers for months now and with this fresh mud crabs promotion, it’s really time to hit the phone for a reservation!

We’re really impressed with the freshness of the seafood at this buffet. Shelled seafood like prawns, slipper lobsters, langoustines, yabbies, clams, mussels and scallops were amazingly fresh and we lost count of the number of buckets of these we had. We just scooped lots of these into the shiney buckets and had them cooked in various sauces like the fiery Thai-style Coriander Lime, rich and creamy Garlic Cheese and our favourite Salted Eggyolk.

Besides the huge selection of fresh seafood, the buffet also serves the other usual spreads – local and western favourites. Expect to make hard choices (because everything looks good!) for the hot and cold dishes at the Japanese, Chinese, Local and International counters. And desserts, don’t forget the sweets!

So… remember:

Every Friday & Saturday
6.30pm – 10.30pm
RM149 nett per person

There’s a group promotion (5+1) – go in a group of 6, just pay for 5 only – this works out to RM124 per person (instead of RM149)!

 

GOBO CHIT CHAT
Level 5, Traders Hotel
Kuala Lumpur City Centre
50088 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +603-2332-9905/9888

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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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MANJA Kuala Lumpur – get ready to be pampered!

Nestled in a cosy cul-de-sac and surrounded by skyscrapers, Manja is a welcome refuge amidst Kuala Lumpur’s crazy traffic. It’s located along Lorong Raja Chulan; its pretty facade unmistakable and easy to spot.


Wooden tables and high chairs are set out right in front of the restaurant for guests to relax with a drink or two in the calm al-fresco space. The greenery around this little haven forms a perfect backdrop to chill-out before dinner.

The noise of the city and crazy traffic of Jalan Raja Chulan miraculously fades out when I step into the warm comfort of the restaurant. It’s like entering another realm, a sanctuary that soothes any weary spirit. Cosy lighting bathes the interior, casting a golden glow on the red velvet seating and rustic brick walls. Old-world colonial charm permeates every corner of Manja and a sense of sweet nostalgia lingers in the air. Besides the main dining space, there’s also a private room with a sky window where the KL Tower is perfectly silhouetted like a magnificent glittering sabre.

As its name suggests: Manja is to pamper and that’s exactly what chef/owner Navin Karu has in mind. The repertoire of dishes curated by Navin are inspired by his childhood memories which he has given creative modern twists. Most ingredients are sourced locally from sustainable supplies – for example, local river prawns and line-caught yellowfin tuna and wild white sea prawns from the sea off East Malaysia (Borneo).

Every dish placed on my table is a delight to the eyes and palate. Flavours are fresh and clean – Navin’s creative touch is evident in the marriage of ingredients, flavours and presentation. Have a look…

Borneo Coconut Tuna (RM36) – sashimi-grade line-caught yellowfin tuna on top of grated coconut tartar, local flavours of kaffir lime, crushed cashews and served with handmade tapioca chips.

 

Creole Prawns Guacamole (RM38) – handmade cumin-spiced guacamole complement diced wild sea prawns grilled with a Creole paprika lime marinade, eaten with house-made fluffy mantou.

Palate Cleanser before the mains are served

Ten Cha Fish with Lobster Butter Soba (market price) – grilled seasonal catch in ginger palm marination, with ten cha green tea glaze. By the side is a bundle of organic soba cooked in house-made lobster butter with juicy morsels of river lobster meat, topped with sturgeon caviar!

 

Lemon Butter Scallops & Saffron Snapper Ravioli (RM88) – delicate handmade ravioli filled with local red snapper in a rich saffron sauce perfumed with curry leaves with large succulent lemon butter scallops.

 

Chipotle Jerk Pepper Chicken (RM88) – organic boneless chicken thigh charred on charcoal grill in a sauce of roasted chipotle peppers and pureed Kalamata olives. The ensemble is balanced with caramelized pineapple cubes, chili smoked eggplant and pinenut salsa.

Desserts are a must here. Ideas and flavours are mainly inspired from local favourites and typical of Manja’s style, all given a luxe twist!

Old Malaya Teatime (RM36) – banana coconut fritters made from locally sourced organic Rastali bananas and sprinkled with salted kaya caramel. If that’s not rich enough, there’s gorgeously-aromatic house-churned Teh Tarik ice-cream by the side.

 

Kopi Peng & Kahlua (RM29) – charcoal roasted coffee local ice-cream served with candied cashews and kahlua. It’s perfect, especially for coffee lovers.

For that special date or if you just want to be pampered with some good food in a charming colonial atmosphere with a bit of nostalgia thrown in, check out Manja.

 

MANJA Kuala Lumpur
No.6 Lorong Raja Chulan
50250 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 012-373-7063

*Pork-free
email: reservations@manja.com.my
website: www.manja.com.my

Open:
Monday-Thursday & Sunday
12.00pm – 12.00am
Friday & Saturday
12.00pm – 1.00am

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