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ELITE Review: Leonardo’s Dining Room & Wine Loft, Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Last week we paid a visit to Leonardo’s Dining Room & Wine Loft at Jalan Bangkung, Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur. Building its name on its uniquely out-of-the-ordinary concept, inspired by the spirit of the Renaissance of Leonardo Da Vinci, the restaurant immediately captured our hearts with its opulent décor. We did not know we were about to walk in an invigorating experience with a magnificent “meat-ilicious” feast. Btw, we have some surprises for you at the end of this review! 

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Leonardo’s interior. Make sure to check out their fascinating artwork on the way up.

If you come to this restaurant, which named after Leonardo Da Vinci, you would possibly fall in love with all the artwork that are carefully placed on the brick walls once you entered. 

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Leonardo’s bar with a modern decoration.

Dim light and tranquil ambience, we immediately sank ourselves into a relaxing mode and drifted back to the Renaissance. Unsurprisingly, the restaurant did not let us down with their food art.

Leo’s Famous Spanish Iberico Pork Tenderloin    RM92++   

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Our first dish was a visually appealing dish of Leo’s Famous Spanish Iberico Pork Tenderloin. (RM92++)

Lying were 5 pieces of well-cut pork tenderloin atop a bed of mashed potato, sided with all-natural garden vegetable and Au Jus Sauce. Wait! It has not finished yet. The dish came along with two other sauces that presented nicely on the corner of the plate and its yellow and green color blended well with each other:  Hollandaise and Chimichurri – an Argentinian parsley-based sauce.

We could not resist ourselves from getting the first piece of pork dipped into the mixture of Hollandaise and Chimichurri. The lightly-seasoned meat was moist and tender. Both sauces did well on its job: Hollandaise – one of the French “mother sauces”, provided a rich, creamy and lemony buttery taste. It was an elegant touch to freshen the meat itself. Chimichurri, on the other hand, was a bit tart yet it worked wonder on the pork. It not only heightened the flavor of the meat but also played off the heavy nature of the food itself.

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A close-up shot to show how moist the pork looked like.

It was not there that the dish stopped astounding us. The mashed potato was a true joy of flavor: smooth and silky, fluffy with tangy sour cream and…a secret flavor-boosting weapon: truffle oil! (Oops, I guess I cannot keep a secret!). The truffle oil was added adequately so it did a good job on complementing the creamy mashed potato. The dish is really enjoyable!

Grilled New Zealand Lamb Rack    RM75++

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Nicely presented Grilled New Zealand Lamb Racks

We had a quick glance at the dish: The lamb was grilled with its sides burnt but its flesh was totally a satisfying contrast – a soft pink color. The lamb was made with blackened marinade, which gave it such an outlook and kept it moisturized inside. The mint-chili sauce – which is a combination of fresh mint leaves and a pinch of dried crushed red pepper, was aromatic and it provided a tart yet fresh feeling.
We loved how nice it was when all the side vegetables were given attention as much as the mains by the chef. If you are to enjoy this dish, do not forget to take a bite into the crunchy broccoli or fresh juicy tomatoes.

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The lamb racks got a pink flesh and slightly burnt sides.

Another interesting part for me is what lies underneath the lamb racks! Guess what? It was a simple sweet potato mash! I personally think this is a good alternative choice for potato mash as it not only came with a smooth and creamy soft texture but also provided a tangy and sour flavor which blended well with the rich lamb racks.

Leo’s Famous Pork Knuckle Platter     RM108++    

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The pork was hidden under crispy pieces of pork skin. Side salad was skillfully added on to balance the visual look and taste.

The pork knuckle was a big wow for us as it was something totally out of our imagination. Setting beside wedges of potato and a dose of salad was something special: it was golden brown and it had a crispy look! Turned out the pork skin – lying on top of the pork knuckle, was puffed up into startling little bits of crisp. It created a fascinating look for us and we, as curious as always, took a bite without any thought. You might prepare for a bit of forceful bite because the crispy skin was a bit thick, yet still incredibly interesting.

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The dish was served along with 4 types of sauces which brought about interesting experience.

Not only amazed us by the special pork skin, the dish came with 4 types of sauces: apple cinnamon, mustard, au jus and red plum sauce. Wait, what? 4 sauces?. Yes, we were baffling with the same question: why would it need so many sauces? We believe these variation is created for the intention of creating not just a flavorful meal but also for a joyful adventure in the mouth. We are mostly impressed with the apple cinnamon sauce – which was tangy and interesting. The plum sauce also proved to be a good choice for some sweet and sour on the palate. We all agreed that this entrée would show its best when paired with a bottle of red wine.

You can now reserve a table at Leonardo’s Dining Room & Wine Loft here

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Leonardo’s Dining Room and Wine Loft

61, Jalan Bangkung,
Taman Bandaraya,
59100 Kuala Lumpur,
Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur,
Malaysia.

Daily: 5:00 PM – 12:00 AM

 

BT Restaurant & Bar, Plaza 33, Petaling Jaya

Authentic Thai with a modern twist 

 

Located at Plaza 33, this contemporary Thai restaurant with Thai-style roof entrance arch and countless wood crafts will open your eyes to what a contemporary yet authentic Thai cuisine is like.

 

 

Patrons will instantly have a warm homecoming feeling once they stepped into the spacious dimly lit space with furbished elegant-looking wooden walls and matching teak wooden furnitures. The airy atmosphere of the restaurant sets a comfortable dining mood immediately.

 

 

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Different themed private dining rooms are available at BT Restaurant and Bar. Are you a book lover? If you are, this library themed room is perfect for you!

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Let us take a peek at another private dining room.

BT Restaurant and Bar
A wonderful collection of images of Thailand scenery and culture.

BT Restaurants & Bar offers an extensive range of Thai cuisine with a modern twist. Headed by the chefs from Thailand, it is no wonder BT Restaurant is famed for serving authentic Thai cuisine.
 

Appetizers

 


We decided to start off with Chicken Basil Wrap, a dish of minced chicken fried with basil leaves and chilli in a cucumber shell lined with crispy lettuce. The dish is served in bite-sized which makes it an easy eating. I particularly love this dish especially when the light aroma of cucumber together with the strong hint of spices burst in my mouth when I took a bite of it. For RM18, this is a good order.

 

BT Restaurant and Bar
Chicken Basil Wrap (RM18), recommended for spicy lovers.

Deep-fried Otak-Otak Spring Roll (RM28), grilled fish cake mixed with tapioca and spices wrapped in popiah skin. We were told that the sauce is specially imported from Thailand – speaking about authenticity, BT Restaurant definitely does it right.

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Otak-Otak Spring Roll (RM28)

A Thai meal would not be completed without the signature Tom Yum Goong (RM18). The creamy spicy and sour prawn soup is also another must-order at BT Restaurant & Bar. This thick and flavourful soup scores a ‘2 chilis’ on the menu, indicating it’s a rather spicy dish however patrons could always ask the kitchen team to reduce the spiciness level (kudos for the thoughtful service!)

The Tom Yum Goong with prawns and cherry tomatoes, is creamier if compared to others similar soup that I’ve tried. The first scoop of the soup comes mild but hey, watch out for the aftereffect on your tongue and throat!

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Tom Yum Goong (RM18), one-person portion although sharing the dish with one more person would not be a problem at all

 

Mains

 

Garlic Pepper Calamari (RM23) is next on our table. The stir fried crispy calamari with garlic and pepper is a delight to my non-spicy-eater partner. This dish could be a take for those who could not take spicy food but would still like to have their Thai cuisine trip not wasted. A win-win solution!

BT Restaurant and Bar
Garlic Pepper Calamari (RM23)

 

BT Restaurant and Bar
Chicken Cashew Nut Pizza (RM23), BT style pizza with cashew nuts, onion, chicken and capsicum topping with special BT sauce and mozzarella cheese

 

The Broccoli Mushroom (RM23), a dish of stir fried broccoli and fresh shitake mushroom with oyster sauce, reminds me of my grandma’s cooking. I reckon it is the home cooked feeling it offers. 

 

 

BT Restaurant and Bar
Broccoli Mushroom (RM23)

Here comes the Grilled Angus Steak (RM98)! We had it medium rare for doneness. This succulent Australian Angus beef is grilled to perfection served with sautéed potato, mixed vegetables including broccoli and carrots, and BT special green peppercorn sauce.

BT Restaurant and Bar
Grilled Angus Steak (RM98)

Desserts

 

We round off the scrumptious meal with Tab Tim Krob, the Thai signature water chestnut rubies with jackfruit and coconut milk. It would be a more delightful experience if the ice is shaved to more manageable chunks.

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Tab Tim Krob

BT Restaurant & Bar does not only offer Thai fares but also engaging live music sessions. Patrons could choose to relax at the plush sofas or have a sip at the bar counter.

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Bar counter at BT Restaurant and Bar

BT Restaurant and Bar
Get spoiled with the range of liquor they have here!

BT Restaurant and Bar
Even the restrooms are worth visiting. This is how spacious and beautifully decorated the female restroom is.

And let’s end the trip to BT Restaurant & Bar with a photo of a gigantic wooden horse greeting at you at the door. Amazing craft indeed!

BT Restaurant and Bar
This horse is so big it could not fit into my frame; you really have to see it yourself.

BT Restaurant & Bar

 

Ground Floor, Plaza 33

1, Jalan Kemajuan,
Section 13,

46100 Petaling Jaya,

Selangor

Malaysia.

 

Mon – Sat: 11:30am – 1:00am

Closed on Sunday

 

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Sion Dining & Bar

Sion Dining & Bar, Dataran Ara Damansara, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia

A hidden gem that offers surprises!

 

Quietly tucked away in Ara Damansara, Sion Dining and Bar is the prefect place for those who are looking for a quiet dining. The restaurant was headed by the Japanese chef Masamichi Shiomi. Originally born in Kyoto and raised in Osaka, Masamichi has spent some time to work in Papua New Guinea, where he was the chef to the Japanese ambassador, as well as Australia and Indonesia. Masamichi’s last culinary venture was Akane in Desa Sri Hartamas.

 

Sion Dining and Bar
Sion Dining and Bar

At Sion Dining and Bar, Masamichi leads the KL dining scene with his yoshoku cuisine, a Japanese-infused European cooking style. The chef delights his diners by redefining Western cuisine with Japanese touches. 

 

Masamichi is a certified Sommelier. Sommeliers are rare to find in Malaysia. Being a Sommelier is all about dining. Sommeliers must be able to recommend wine pairings with different entrees with ease. They would be able to tell where a wine is from and its basic characteristics by only blind tasting it. As a certified Sommelier, Masamichi will give you perfect answers to any wine-related questions.

 

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It is a no wonder the first thing you will see when you walk into Sion Dining and Bar is the walk-in wine cellar on your left.

You wouldn't find printed wine list at Sion Dining and Bar. Masamichi fills the shelves with his latest finds – sounds like finding a hidden gem – always a delightful surprise when you walk into the wine cellar.

 

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Classic. Guess the price? RM15900 for this bottle!

Sion Dining is dimly lit, with gigantic paintings of Marilyn Monroe hung on the walls and soft jazz music playing at the background. Seductively elegant settings indeed. It was a weekday night, Sion Dining is filled with tables of Japanese diners looking for authentic Japanese cuisines and a relax environment to hang out after work.

 

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A peek at Sion Dining and Bar

Sion Dining & Bar
A relaxing ambiance with good jazz music at Sion Dining.

The setting at Sion Dining is seductively elegant and the cooking is undeniably engaging. Sion Dining's menu is in both English and katakana (to cater the needs of Japanese patrons they serve). Flip through the menu and you will find interesting quotes like this "Alcohol is the anesthesia by which we endure the operation of life".

 

We started with Iberico Pork Salami – finely chopped pork shoulder and belly – and things went interesting from here on. Iberico is prized on its unique taste created in part by the aroma of sweet acorns that the pigs feed on. The traditional methods of production of this most spectacular of hams, along with the rigorous standards of the Denomination of Origin imposed on those who choose to farm the Iberico pigs are so strict that the resulting ham deserves its place alongside caviar, truffles and champagne in the upper echelons of cuisine.

 

Sion Dining & Bar
Salami (Iberico Pork) (RM28)
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Tako Ajillo (RM32)
Sion Dining & Bar
Garlic Shrimp (RM52)

Both Tako Ajillo and Garlic Shrimp are on the specials menu. The Tako Ajillo fills your mouth with carefully prepared octopus, black olives, mushrooms, sun-dried tomatoes and garlic in olive oil. The Garlic Shrimp is a good try with a robust taste of of garlic, olive oil and lemon juice.

 

Sion Dining & Bar
Iberico Park Hamburger (RM38)

Sion Dining & Bar
Gorgon Penne – Penne with Gorgonzola cheese sauce (RM32)

The Iberico Pork Hamburger is vastly welcome by the patrons. The 280g juicy pork patty comes with a tangy-sweet salsa sauce and tomatoes. We love the combination of the flavours. While for the Gorgon Penne with freshly crack black pepper, it is simple yet satisfying.

 

Sion Dining & Bar
Gyutan (ox tongue) stew (RM78)

The Gyutan Stew is a must-try if you visit Sion Dining. The ox tongue is simmered for 3 nights at low tempeartures. Chef Masamichi has taken large effort in preparing the red wine sauce as well; he made the sauce from scratch. Needless to say, the dish comes out great – the genereous cuts of ox tongue are so tender after the simmering that they melt in the mouth with a burst of robust red wine flaour. Heavenly taste. For a person that does not particularly flavour of "exotic parts", it's rare for me to recommend such dish and I am actually tempting to revisit Sion DIning just for this dish. 

 

All hail to Iberico and Gyutan Stew!

 


 

Sion Dining & Bar

 

B-1-16, 1st Floor,

Block B,

Jalan PJU 1A/20A,

Dataran Ara Damansara,

47301 Petaling Jaya, 

Selangor,

Malaysia.

 

 

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Stacks by Las Vacas, IOI City Mall, Putrajaya

This time, something different.

 

Perhaps you have heard of the sister outlet The Meat Shop along Jalan Yap Kwan Seng, or the latest venture of Las Vacas at Sunway Putra Mal. But this time, Las Vacas brings you something different. 

 

Stacks by Las Vacas is a whole new concept from the group which gives large emphasis on burgers and sandwiches; it is more fast food concept inclined. Be it indoor or alfresco, it’s both spacious and relaxing for group dining.

 

Stacks by Las Vacas
Situated in the gigantic IOI City Mall, probably the best place to go for a quick grab before or after shopping.

 

Having been to Las Vacas Sunway Putra Mall outlet, Stacks by Las Vacas gives a different feeling the moment I stepped into the restaurant. Floor-to-ceiling windows, assorted yet flexible arrangements of tables and chairs.. in fact, it feels more of cafe style rather than typical fast food chain.

 

Stacks by Las Vacas
Very spacious dining space. The highlight? Electronic sockets everywhere for those they need for their laptops and other electronic devices! Phone dead, anyone?

 

Stacks by Las Vacas
Waste sorting bins. Love this environmental friendly concept Stacks by Las Vacas upholds!


Stacks by Las Vacas started off with self service culture which patrons would have to order food themselves at the counter. Eventually, it evolves to today’s staff-servicing-patrons culture. So fret not, sit back and chill, the waiters will come over to your table to take your orders.
 

Stacks by Las Vacas
Patrons could have a peek of all delicious-looking cakes when they hang around the counter.

Stacks by Las Vacas
Proudly presented by Stacks by Las Vacas. One should really try these drinks – some is a rare find in Malaysia.

Stacks by Las Vacas
Welcome to Coffee and Capsule Bar. Sleek and clean, isn’t it?

Stacks by Las Vacas
Let us have a closer look. Custom french press coffee (RM10) is offered at here as well. Can you spot it?

Let’s get to the point straight – Stacks by Las Vacas’ burgers and sandwiches!


On the menu are 200g 100% Wagyu Beef Burger, 150g Flame-Grilled 100% Beef Burger with Cheese, Cheesy Smoked Turkey Pressed Sandwich, and many more. All burgers and sandwiches come with steak fries while all sandwiches have additional coleslaw on the side. 

 

What’s interesting at Stacks by Las Vacas is it introduces daily carvery section which includes 12-Hour Smoked Bbq Beef Brisket, Slow Roasted Lamb Shoulder, and Traditional Roast Beef – all come in either 150g sandwich (RM20) or 300f platter size (RM35). If you haven’t noticed already, Stacks is pretty generous with their serving portion.

 

Stacks by Las Vacas
A creation of the owner of Las Vacas, The Godfather, 150g 100% beef patty with special pomodoro sauce, creamy bechamel, spicy pepperoni slices and cheddar cheese on sesame seed bun (RM25).

Stacks by Las Vacas
Stacks by Las Vacas

Stacks by Las Vacas
Mixed Platter from daily carver selection – a little bit of everything including beef brisket, lamb shoulder, and roast beef – plus choice of side salad (RM40).

 

And this, Famous Las Vacas Beef Wrap is a must if you pay them a visit.

 

Stacks by Las Vacas
Famous Las Vacas Beef Wrap – sauteed beef rolls filled with julienned vegetables in cheesy beefy sauce (RM20). This is good!

 

Finally, dessert time! Stacks’ pudding would make a delight after meal. It is hand made fresh daily and you will be amazed by the range of flavours – banana and peanut butter, tiramisu, vanilla, mango, and passion fruit – spoilt by choices indeed.

 

Stacks by Las Vacas
Stacks Pudding (RM10)

And how could we forget the fancy-looking cakes with creative and beautiful plating!

 

Stacks by Las Vacas

Stacks by Las Vacas

Stacks by Las Vacas

 

What are you waiting for?

 

 

 

Stacks by Las Vacas

 

G205, Ground Floor,

IOI City Mall,

Lebuh IRC, 

IOI Resort City,

62502 Putrajaya,

Malaysia.

 

Daily: 10:00am – 10:00pm

 

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Sou Omakase Dining

Sou Omakase Dining, The Gardens Mall, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

A Journey to Omakase

 

Sou Omakase Dining is a classy luxury Japanese fine dining restaurant specialises exclusively in the art of omakase – a style of dining where the chef will serve you based on what he feels best. There’s no a la carte menu, so patrons will leave it to Yokohama-born executive chef Fukuchi and his team to present a gastronomical journey of Japanese cuisine.

 

This new Japanese addition is located near to the entrance of The Gardens Hotel, facing Bangsar area. I arrived at the restaurant via the mall so it was a little tricky and confusing to navigate at first. The best way to access to Sou Omakase Dining is via The Gardens Hotel side.

 

Sou Omakase Dining
You can’t miss this posh golden signage of Sou Omakase Dining.

 

Sou Omakase Dining
The interior of the well-spaced Sou Omakase Dining is designed to provide patrons adequate privacy.

Sou Omakase Dining
A peep through window on the kitchen team.

 

Lunch starts from RM98++ for a 5-course meal while dinner pricing could be up to RM320++ for a 10-course meal.

 

“Bara-Chirashi” lunch course (RM98) – inclusive of salad, chawan-mushi, mix appetiser, Bara-Chirashi sushi with miso soup, and dessert with Japanese tea

 

“Ten-Zaru” lunch course (RM98) – inclusive of salad, chawan-mushi, mix appetiser, tempura, soba or udon or inaniwa-udon, and dessert with Japanese tea

 

“Bento” lunch course (RM118) – inclusive of salad, starter, chawan-mushi, Sou Omakase bento box, rice course, and dessert with Japanese tea

 

Sou lunch course (RM148) – inclusive of starter, soup, sashimi, mix grilled and deep fried appetiser, main course, rice course with miso soup, and dessert with Japanese tea

 

Sou dinner course (RM220) – inclusive of starter, soup, Japanese appetiser, fish course, mouth wash, main course (beef or lamb), rice course with miso soup, and home made dessert with Japanese tea

 

Special dinner course (RM320) – inclusive 2 kinds of starter, special fresh oyster, special soup, special fish course, mouth wash, main course (beef or lamb or fish), grilled rice ball with scallops ankake sauce, and home made dessert with Japanese tea

 

For the purpose of our review, we went for the Sou dinner course and special dinner course.

 

As with any omakase, the menu will change according to what’s fresh and in season. The dinner started with beautiful appetisers. Take a look at the ingredients used and the generous scoop of caviar, they mean business.

 

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One of the appetisers served to kick-start the dinner.

 

Sou Omakase Dining
Kissing the sea on the lips – a palm-sized amazingly fresh oyster from France with slightly mild yet complex homemade tabasco sauce.

 

Sou Omakase Dining
Very warm and comforting.

Sou Omakase Dining
Take a sip of yuzu soda to get the taste buds afresh for the next course.

 

The sashimi served was satisfying. Every dish presents an undeniably unique dining experience – fine specimen with subtle flavours, delicate texture, fully enhanced with umami-riched soy sauce and freshly grinded wasabi. The salmon stole the limelight above all sashimi that night. A word of warning, more sashimi photos coming soon because it was almost a crime not to post these up.

 

Sou Omakase Dining

Sou Omakase Dining

Sou Omakase Dining

Sou Omakase Dining

Sou Omakase Dining

 

Then it was finally the time for some hot dishes. Main course came in the form of sliced wagyu beef or lamb cutlets, or if you opt for Special dinner course, you could have another choice – tuna collar. I am usually a fan of beef but the beef was a slight let down. To be fair, I should have lift my lid earlier so my beef would’t be overcooked. 

 

Sou Omakase Dining
Sliced wagyu beef before cooked.

Sou Omakase Dining
Lamb cutlets.

 

And we proceed to the next course: rice course with miso soup. The rice course was must preferred if compared to the miso soup. The miso soup was decent but it could be better.

 

Sou Omakase Dining
Rice course with miso soup

Sou Omakase Dining
Rice course with miso soup

 

The dessert platter is inclusive of jelly, pistachio ice cream, orange sorbet and yoghurt-filled raindrop cake.

 

Sou Omakase Dining
Dessert platter

Sou Omakase Dining
Dessert for the dinner course

The desserts were beautifully presented of course, but other dishes stood out better. Nevertheless, it was still an adequate ending for a dinner course. Service is warm and friendly with a slightly fast-paced serving. Overall it’s a worth considering omakase dining venue. 

 

 

 

Sou Omakase Dining

 

G247, Ground Floor,

The Gardens Mall,

Mid Valley City,

Lingkaran Syed Putra,

59200 Kuala Lumpur, 

Malaysia.

 

Daily: 11:30am – 2:30pm, 6:00pm – 10:00pm

 

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Kirishima KL Japanese Restaurant

Kirishima KL Japanese Restaurant, Dua Annexe, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Kirishima KL Japanese Restaurant, Dua Annexe, Kuala Lumpur

 

Well hidden at the modern luxury Dua Annexe apartment along Jalan Tun Razak, Kirishima KL Japanese Restaurant is a traditional Japanese restauran The restaurant offers varieties of attractive Japanese foods, not to mention their Sake and Shochu. The well trained waitresses at Kirishima KL are dressed in kimonos – something which is rarely seen in Malaysia, although there’s one or two restaurants out there that does the same. The restaurants’ regulars are a mix of locals and Japanese that resides in Kuala Lumpur.

 

Kirishima KL Japanese Restaurant
The setting is airy with typical light wood furnishings, applies minimalist interior design with a touch of Japanese zen.

Kirishima KL Japanese Restaurant
Magazines and newspapers in Japanese are available given its Japanese customer base.

Kirishima KL Japanese Restaurant
Private rooms are available especially when you have a business meeting or in need of some family space if you have kids along with you.

Despite situated in one of the most expensive lands in the heart of KL city, the food here are priced reasonably, food comes in large and generous portion, and the ingredients used are always fresh. Every Tuesday and Friday, the team at Kirishima KL will have fresh items air flown from Japan. 

 

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The desserts are worth a mention, especially Ginger Sorbet and Wasabi Ice Cream which are made fresh from kitchen. Almost missed these two rare items because they are off the menu; diners will have to make a request and it is very much depends on luck. 

 

Kirishima KL Japanese Restaurant
Ginger Sorbet

 

Kirishima KL Japanese Restaurant
Wasabi Ice Cream

Special recommendations are available at Kirishima KL and are changed weekly, so diners always have different choices. 

 

 

Kirishima KL Japanese Restaurant

Lot 1.2, 1st Floor, 

Dua Annexe, 

211, Jalan Tun Razak, 

50400 Kuala Lumpur.

 

Daily: 12:00pm – 2:30pm, 6:00pm – 10:30pm

 

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Pisco Bar

The 15 Restaurants that Won 2015

As 2015 is coming to an end, these are the restaurants that capture a lot of hearts in 2015. We make sure what is listed here is awesomely good and the quality of food is top notch

Be hold, the Year 2015 Awards go to..

Best Italian – La Risata Bar Pizzeria Ristorante

La Risata
La Risata’s Ampang outlet is all class and high ceilings.
Wood-fired ovens, incredible pizzas, warm service.. this is the place where Italian food is perfectly done.

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Best Place for Pork – Ante Kitchen & Bar

Chargrilled Pork Steak
Ante’s Signature – Chargrilled Pork Steak (RM56++)
Recently been awarded as the Best Meat by Time Out KL Food Awards 2015, Ante Kitchen & Bar is the destination for pork eating enthusiast of choice.

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Best Dining Experience – Dining In The Dark KL

Dining In The Dark KL
Dining In The Dark KL – you will never have the same perception of food again.
Dining in the dark, a completely new sensory experience. Here you discover a marvellous gastronomic journey, where the true flavours and tastes of food have not been influenced by your sight.

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Coolest Bar Vibe – Pisco Bar

Pisco Bar
Pisco Bar – dancing all night long with some of the best DJs in town.
Aways packed with a mix of expats, fashionista locals and international travellers, Pisco Bar offers the ideal layout for a variety of events such as cocktail parties, product launches, live performances, fashion shows, and movie screenings. Very cool vibe here.

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Best Hand Picked Boutique Wine Selection – Vintry

Vintry Jaya 33
You could never go wrong with wine at Vintry Jaya 33.

Vintry Jaya 33 is the quintessential wine bar with its commendable range of wines cellaring in the spacious outlet, as well as its two state-of-the-art Enomatic Wine-Serving Systems.

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The Hot Star – ROCKU Yakiniku

ROCKU Yakiniku
ROCKU Yakiniku – the hot hot Japanese Charcoal grill that people queue for two hours. (that’s why you have to reserve table via TABLEAPP to skip the queue, people!)

Guest can savour their food hot throughout the entire meal, and there’s no better way to enjoy the tantalizing cuts of meat, ranging from beef to lamb, pork and chicken, flown in all the way from Australia and New Zealand.

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Best Fun Dining – Babe

Babe
The Smoking Meringues at Babe – dunk each one into the liquid nitrogen for 8 seconds, pop them in your mouth, and you

Conceptualised by Michelin-starred chef Jeff Ramsey, Babe presents molecular gastronomy and modernist cuisine in a fun approach filled with whimsy and wonderment. It’s time to get playful!

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Best Malay Fine Dining – Bijan Bar & Restaurant​ 

Bijan
Bijan’s Rusuk Panggang (RM68++) brings you forgotten flavours and memories.

Using original recipes that are passed on from generations after generations, Bijan’s offerings are the next-best thing to good, wholesome home-cooked meals. Batik features strongly in the restaurant's décor, with batik wall hangings and batik-covered menus.

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Best Mexican – La Mexicana

La Mexicana
La Mexicana’s Tacos de Bistec con Chorizo – 3 tacos filled with juicy beef steak and homemade chrizo served with coriander, onion and molcajete red sauce.

La Mexicana, owned by Mexican chef Carmela and her husband, offers authentic Mexican flavours in KL. Dishes at La Mexicana are well complemented by a tequila-filled drinks menu.

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Best Japanese – TEN Japanese Fine Dining

TEN Japanese Fine Dining
Supreme dining experience at TEN Japanese Fine Dining leaving you desiring more.
In Japanese, “TEN” translate to heaven. A name that aptly describes the exclusive fine dining experience reserve for the select few. Distinction naturally comes to mind as you savour their award winning authentic Japanese fare, supreme sushi, teppanyaki and fusion cuisine, each presented with a touch of finesse.

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Best British – Albion KL

Albion KL
Albion KL’s Sunday’s Special Roast Beef (RM59++) – chilled Australian striploin, yorkshire pudding & all the trimmings.

Shortlisted in the Time Out KL Food Awards for three years running, this modern British restaurant was a foregone conclusion as both owners developed their craft in London in a variety of outlets ranging from hotel food & beverage departments, nightclubs, stand alone restaurants and bars over a 25 year period.

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Best Pie – Musang King Pie by The Humble Pie Co.

Musang King Pie by The Humble Pie Co.
The Humble Pie Co.’s Musang King Pie (RM18++) is made of buttery digestives biscuit crust, creamy top, and 100% purely indulgent creamy Udang Merah durian filling.

It’s a pie thing at The Humble Pie Co. The Humble Pie Co. first sprang to life as an online pastry-and-cake shop, and has evolved into a full fledged cafe selling a full range of pies and cakes made fresh from their bakery.

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Best Chinese – Tai Zi Heen

Tai Zi Heen
Tai Zi Heen displays top-notch refinement and delicacy through the concept of Cantonese cuisine dining and dedicated service.
Famous for its pork-free Dim Sum a la carte buffet, Tai Zi Heen is the place that keeps you yearning for more. RM 60.65/person for All-You-Can-Eat Dim Sum brunch while dinner is RM 79.30/person.

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Best Thai – Rama V Fine Thai Cuisine

Rama V Fine Thai Cuisine
Rama V’s Tom Yam Kung Mae Nam (RM52++) – river prawn served in young coconut.

Set amongst a magnificent pool of lotus blossoms and quietly tucked away from the busy district of Kuala Lumpur, Rama V Fine Thai Cuisine offers a blend of authentic and modern Thai dishes, making every meal at the restaurant memorable and enjoyable.

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Best Steakhouse – Angus House

Angus House
Rib Eye Steak 300g at Angus House
Angus House is famous for its Japanese charcoal steak. Meat doneness is not an issue here as the chefs know what they are doing. Taste the unconventional steak sauce that is made of Fuji apple, radish and mirin to create a tangy sweet taste. Not to worry if you prefer a familiar tasting sauce as the outlet has mushroom and black pepper sauces on stand-by.

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Kuala Lumpur Skyline

5 Amazing Restaurants in KL with A Breathtaking View

Take your dining experience to the highest level, literally.

 

Kuala Lumpur, the capital city of Malaysia, is always a vibrant city with dazzling lights and amazing sunrise and sunset. Take in the breathtaking view of Kuala Lumpur city from a whole new height while dining high above the ground.

 

 

Atmosphere 360 at KL Tower
Atmosphere 360 at KL Tower

 

Atmosphere 360 is a modern and elegant revolving restaurant situated 282m above ground level. Housed in the 7th tallest freestanding tower in the world – the KL Tower, it offers luxurious fine dining experience of modern authentic Malaysian and International cuisine that will leave a lasting memory for the diners. 

 

 

Looking a lot like a spaceship with colourful neon lights and starry fibre optic ceiling lights, the intimate table arrangements and romantic, sky-high views make it a popular place for date nights.

 

 

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Hemisphere Restaurant & Bar

 

Nestled on the 37th floor of Regalia Residence, Hemisphere Restaurant & Bar presents diners spectacular views of Kuala Lumpur, and unblocked view of both the KLCC Twin Towers and KL Tower. 

 

 

Overlooking the iconic Twin Towers and KL Tower, Hemisphere vows to deliver excellent service to diners, from ensuring the freshness of ingredients (without MSG too!) to providing extensive food and beverage menu as well as creating top quality dining environment.

 

 

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Samplings On The Fourteenth

 

An enchanting 14th-floor view of Kuala Lumpur’s skyline, the award-winning Samplings On The Fourteenth offers an Western classic premium dining. Experience exquisite fine dining cuisine paired with tasteful vintage wines to suit diners’ discerning palate.

 

 

The layout boasts a spectacular bird’s-eye view of downtown Kuala Lumpur, framed by massive floor to ceiling windows. It also features an open kitchen concept where diners get a crystal-clear view through the glass-walled, semi-circular kitchen, of the chefs preparing dishes. 

 

 

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Inaho Sushi Skypark

 

At the 10th-floor Skypark rooftop of Subang's One City sits Inaho Sushi, a Japanese restaurant overlooking a suburban landscape. A mental note to make: Inaho Sushi's outdoor tables are limited, so advance reservations are highly recommended if you wish to enjoy the scenic view. The restaurant has a spacious air-conditioned interior as well to accommodate more customers. Diners can also stroll around the rest of the rooftop to enjoy the breeze and view.

 

 

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Proof Cafe & Sky Lounge

 

Located on the roof of the iconic The Signature Serviced Suites & Studios, Proof Cafe serves an effortless breakfast with an European charm, scrumptious cakes, and Executive Lunch sets that will make your boss envious.

 

The serenity at Proof Cafe complements with its smoothing view of the surroundings of Sri Hartamas and Mont Kiara. The people of Proof have nurtured friendships with Melbourne-based chefs & coffee specialists to help them reach for fresh heights. Definitely a hidden gem in the city.

 

 

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Roasted Turkey

Christmas at La Risata Bar Pizzeria Ristorante, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

La Risata has been a big name in Italian dining scene in KL. The multiple award-winning restaurant  has recently bagged the Best Italian Restaurant award from Time Out KL Food Awards 2015. Despite its fame, La Risata hasn't lost its steam since opened in 1996 – that’s almost two decades of making Italian pizzas and pastas the right way!

 

 

As 2015 draws to a close, I was invited to sample La Risata’s Christmas menu. La Risata Medan Damansara outlet is quietly tucked in Damansara Heights, away from the hustle and bustle, making it a hidden gem in the city. The restaurant carries an old-world charm and has a cozy setting. The sampling was held on a weekday night. By 8pm, the restaurant was already packed with diners. I was relieved and grateful that I had my table reserved earlier. At this moment, I made a mind note to self – reservation is highly recommended to dine at La Risata as the business is so good!

 

 

Entering the restaurant I was greeted by the charming waiters and on-point festive decorations. The dining room was dimly lit and surrounded by Christmas lights and ornaments hanging on the exposed bricks. I couldn’t help to notice the little silver reindeers hiding among the presents under the Christmas tree – not that kind of typical Christmas decoration that you see elsewhere – La Risata truly cares about the finest details. I began to anticipate for my Christmas sampling at La Risata more.

 

Christmas lights and wine glasses at La Risata
Christmas lights and wine glasses at La Risata

Can you feel Christmas?
Can you feel Christmas?

 

Antipasti

 

 

As an antipasto, a thin-crust white Pizza Mozzarella (RM30++), baked in La Risata’s famed brick oven started the dinner great. The perfectly baked crust was topped generously with La Risata’s homemade smoked mozzarella, anchovy and marinated peppers. The pizza went well with the fruity red wine served. I was delighted by the good execution of the pizza where it’s widely known that pizzas are hard to impress diners because they could become rather predictable.

 

Pizza Mozarella
Pizza Mozarella

And here comes another antipasto with an extremely long Italian name – Tonno Pinna Blu alla Griglia con Gnocchi Nero di Seppia (RM46++) – tender cuts of grilled BLUE FIN TUNA (gasp!) with bed of squid ink gnocchi in a lemon butter sauce. The rare combination of tuna and gnocchi was surprisingly good.

 

Tonno Pinna Blu alla Griglia con Gnocchi Nero di Seppia
Tonno Pinna Blu alla Griglia con Gnocchi Nero di Seppia

 

I personally heart this antipasto – Insalata Razzo E Pera (RM32++) – a healthy looking rocket and pear salad with lemon dressing and shaved parmesan. The light and refreshing taste of the pear did good help in lifting my guilt for having heavy (but also heavenly good!) meals back-to-back. Definitely a good choice for antipasto before feasting on the Roasted Turkey.

 

Insalata Razzo E Pera
Insalata Razzo E Pera

 

Secondi Piatti

 

 

For the main course, the enormous and mouth-watering roasted turkey Tacchino Arrosto (RM338++, 4kg, serves 10-12 persons) awaited. Look at that perfectly golden, moist turkey! So beautifully prepared!

 

Roasted Turkey
Roasted Turkey

The roasted turkey was served with traditional chestnut stuffing, roasted vegetable with cranberry sauce and giblet sauce. You would feel the Christmas blessings the moment you sink your teeth into the tender cuts of the turkey dipped with the specially prepared sauce. The roast was cooked to perfection and dissolved in my mouth. Too good that I was lost in words.

And that was not the end of the happiness yet! Another delight came – Cosciotto d’Alene (RM228++, 3kg, serves 10-12 persons) – gigantic roast leg of lamb with root vegetable served with rosemary sauce.

Roast Leg of Lamb at La Risata
Roast Leg of Lamb at La Risata
Nicely done!
Nicely done!

 

Dolci

 

 

I had the chance to sample THREE exquisite desserts (oh god, triple happiness!) The first was Tiramisu (RM160++, serves 12 persons), how could you miss having Tiramisu at an Italian restaurant! Layer of Savoiardi biscuits soaked in espresso and filled with Italian mascarpone cream cheese, the Tiramisu perfected the dinner.

 

The very pretty Tiramisu
The very pretty Tiramisu

Zucotto (RM120++, serves 8-10 persons), the pretty liquor dome cake filled with sinful chocolate and vanilla cream with almond, hazelnut and chocolate bits!
Zucotto (RM120++, serves 8-10 persons), the pretty liquor dome cake filled with sinful chocolate and vanilla cream with almond, hazelnut and chocolate bits!

Torta di Zucca (RM80++, serves 8-10 persons), pumpkin pie served with maple cream sauce.
Torta di Zucca (RM80++, serves 8-10 persons), pumpkin pie served with maple cream sauce.

 

I ABSOLUTELY LOVE DESSERT TIME. 

 


All of us know that preparing for Christmas meal takes an inordinate amount of time and patience. La Risata is thoughtful to make their festive selections available from December 2015 to 10th January 2016, where you can “mix and match” to create your own sumptuous Christmas or New Year menu for your celebrations at restaurants or in the comfort of your house.

 

 

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, everyone! *burp*

 

 

 

La Risata Bar Pizzeria Ristorante

 

Damansara outlet

128, Jalan Kasah,

Medan Damansara

50490 Kuala Lumpur,

Malaysia.

Daily: 12:00pm – 2:30pm, 6:30pm – 10:30pm

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Ampang outlet

16, Jalan Persiaran Ampang,

55000 Kuala Lumpur, 

Malaysia.

Daily: 12:00pm – 2:30pm, 6:30pm – 10:30pm

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