Tamarind Hill KL, Jalan Sultan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Last week I received a surprise visit from my mom. (Yes, our moms are always like that!) I decided to treat her to a nice place in town where we can chill and enjoy delectable and exotic foods. Thai food was our choice this time as the mixture of Thai spices and herbs would make us feel reinvigorated. My mom finally agreed to go for the 2017 TripAdvisor Traveler’s Choice Award – Tamarind Hill Kuala Lumpur at Jalan Sultan Ismail.

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Tamarind Hill’s tranquil ambience exudes the illusion of being ‘out-of-town’.

Scrumptious authentic Thai food with great tranquil ambience, the restaurant is truly a place to be “out-of-town” right in the hustle and bustle of Kuala Lumpur.
Of course I took advantage of my ELITE Membership which enables me to redeem free signature dishes here! Saving more money while treating my Mom to exquisite delights, why not?

 

1/ Tamarind Hill Platter (RM 53+)

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Tamarind Hill Platter includes 4 eye-catching bite-sized kinds of appetizer.

Our first dish was a beautiful platter of 4 enticing kinds of appetizer including fried tiger prawns and kangkung, fresh spring rolls, grilled satay and last but not least, chicken balls and orange. The dish immediately captured my attention with its vibrant colors and an irresistible smell. I couldn’t wait anymore to savour the first piece – the fried tiger prawn and kangkung!

 

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The crunchy fried tiger prawns and the refreshing spring rolls made me yearn for more.

The incredibly crunchy popiah skin was coated with a combination of Thai peanut sauce and plum sauce which resulted in a delicately sweet and sour taste. It was mind-blowing to know that the restaurant carefully handpicked small and fresh peanuts to get the best taste of the Thai peanut sauce. The prawn was a true star with its moist and firm flesh. It brought a clean, brisk and sweet flavor which then lingered in my mouth. Tasty!

Next came the fresh spring rolls which impressed me with its luscious and non-overpowering spiciness. With a perfect combination of herbs, chili and homemade Thai seafood sauce, the rolls made us feel rejuvenated. The vegetables were absolutely fresh, the herbs were aromatic and the unique spicy and sour taste made me yearn for more!

 

The grilled satay with authentic Thai tamarind sauce was tender and flavoursome.

After savoring the other enthralling delights, I knew this satay would be something special! The grilled chicken was impeccably soft and the tamarind sauce really won my heart! I could still vividly remember its flavorsome and sweet taste which I believe could only come from the authentic Thai sauce! A bit of chili flake and pepper was added to bring a hot and strong flavor to the satay which will be balanced out by the piece of cucumber that came along. I would say it was one of the best satays I had ever tried.

 

The chicken-peanut ball was like a candy, exuding a delicately sweet taste in my mouth.

Last came a jaw-dropping delight! At the first glimpse, the decoration was impressively eye-catching as it was akin to a phoenix for me. I took one piece of the chicken-peanut ball with orange and “wow” was the word came out of my mouth! There was a touch of acidity from the orange which blended beautifully with the delicately sweetness of the chicken mixed with peanuts. The chicken ball was similar to a piece of candy which quickly melt in your mouth. It was incredibly fresh and it made me close my eyes in mere satisfaction!

 

2/ Beef Ribs served in a Dry Green Curry (RM 85+)

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The “Beef Ribs served in a Dry Green Curry” appeared in an unpretentious presentation but its taste totally blew my mind.

Here comes my favorite dish of the day! Appeared in such an unpretentious presentation, it totally blew my mind. The dish emanated a hint of sweetness from the coconut milk and a bit of freshness from the Thai basil. You might look at it and say: “Well, just beef and green curry, what’s special about it anyway?” and that was my first thought! Right afterwards, I knew I was wrong.

 

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The beef was lip-smackingly tender and truly what you would call melt-in-the-mouth!

Every shred of the meat relished a succulent taste. I couldn’t keep myself from excitement in every bite. As the coconut milk was made freshly, its taste was unique and flavorful. A lingering sweetness and freshness coming from the herbs blended in the green curry. This lusciously green curry would stun you for its taste that’s rich in both flavor and nutrients. A real winner in the taste and totally worth the money spent!

 

3/ Deep-Fried River Lobster served with Tamarind Sauce (RM 80+)

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The River Lobster and tamarind were freshly imported from Thailand which made the dish even more delectable.

Finally, we ended with an equally palatable dish of Deep-Fried River Lobster. I love the fact that the lobster along with the tamarind were imported from Thailand. Frozen lobster would end up becoming tough and rubbery so a fresh lobster would be a perfect choice. Thai tamarind is something I am always in love with as its pleasant smell and sweet taste stand out compared to other tamarind sauce. The dish presentation was striking and I was so eager to have my first piece. The lobster’s fresh and bouncy flesh truly laces the palate with a umami and savoury flavor. The ‘meat-ilicious’ river lobster paired perfectly and drenched with the delectable tamarind sauce. A highly addictive and flavorful indulgence. It’s definitely a desirable dish.

 

If you love to give Tamarind Hill Kuala Lumpur a try, you can make a booking for the restaurant here.

And well, someone might wonder how I redeem the signature dish for free and I won’t keep it my own secret. If you want to know more, you can read more about the ELITE Membership here.

 

Tamarind Hill Kuala Lumpur

19A Jalan Sultan Ismail,
50250 Kuala Lumpur.

Mon – Fri: 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm, 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Sat & Sun: 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm

 

 

Top 12 Restaurants to Celebrate Easter Day 2018 in Malaysia

Easter or Pascha is the time of the year to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Easter Day 2018 is coming soon and we expect this year’s Easter will be filled with a lot of egg-tivities as usual. We have handpicked a few exciting Easter menus for you and all you need to do is decide which to go! 

Are you ready to celebrate this special time of the year? Check out these restaurants with delectable dishes and fun egg-tivities!

 

1. A Chilling Pool Deck Easter Sunday Champagne Brunch at Babe

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Babe is offering a special brunch this Easter Day!

A brand new pool deck style brunch is waiting for you at Babe! From 12pm – 3pm on Easter Sunday, be there to savour an incredible line-up of Babe’s best canapés while relaxing to the chill tunes being played by Babe‘s DJ. If you feel like splurging, top up for another RM250++ to enjoy free flow of Perrier-Jouët Champagne (original price is RM700/bottle!), wine and soft drinks.

And wait! Another great news: all TABLEAPP ELITE Members will receive 10% off the food bill in this special Easter Sunday Champagne Brunch!

Limited spots. Reservation is required.

Price:
RM300++ per person for food only (10% off for TABLEAPP ELITE Members)

Additional RM250++ per person for free flow of Perrier-Jouët Champagne, wine and soft drinks

Time:
1st April 2018, 12:00pm – 3:00pm

Location:
11th Floor, Work @ Clearwater, Jalan Changkat Semantan, Damansara Heights, 50490 Kuala Lumpur.

>> Click here to make a reservation at Babe

 

2. A Tex-Mex Easter Fiesta Brunch Buffet at Sentidos Gastrobar – The Latin Grill

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Sentidos Gastrobar is offering a special Brunch Buffet for this Easter Day.

Sentidos Gastrobar has always been delighting its diners with their unique Latin cuisine at a hip and vibrant atmosphere. This trendy-looking restaurant will be offering Easter Fiesta Brunch Buffet on this Easter Sunday featuring cold cuts, tapas, fajitas and other exciting goodies.

Also, we are dropping a TABLEAPP-only exclusive discount: enjoy a 20% off for Easter Fiesta Brunch Buffet if you make a reservation via TABLEAPP. How can you resist this?

Price:  (20% off for reservations made via TABLEAPP)
Before Promo: RM128 nett per adult, RM64 nett per child (aged 6 – 12)
After Promo: RM102.4 nett per adult with free-flow alcohol, RM51.20 nett per child (aged 6 – 12)

Time:
1st April 2018, 12:00pm – 3:00pm

Location:
Feast Village, Starhill Gallery at JW Marriott Kuala Lumpur, 181, Jalan Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur.

>> Click here to book a table at Sentidos Gastrobar – The Latin Grill

 

3. A Fun Feast with Easter Seafood Sunday Brunch at Shook! (Free for children below 6)

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Come to this modern open-concept restaurant to please all of the senses with exquisite cuisine while being serenaded by a stunning live music performance this Easter Day! Fun activities are waiting for you to egg-plore such as egg hunt and egg painting! Children below 6 can dine for free!

Price:  
RM208 per adult, RM94 per child (aged 6 – 12)
Optional add-on:
Wine, Beer and Cocktails: RM128; Prosecco: RM198

Time:
1st April 2018, 12:00pm – 3:00pm

Location:
Feast Village, Starhill Gallery at JW Marriott Kuala Lumpur, 181, Jalan Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur.

>> Click here to book a table at Shook!

 

4. Fun Easter Sunday Brunch with A Bouncy Castle at Drift Dining and Bar

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Drift Dining and Bar will hold an Easter Sunday Brunch with music and free flow of drinks.

Drop by Drift Dining and Bar to enjoy free flow of drinks and listen to live music while savoring the food here. The restaurant has even prepared a bouncy castle outside on the veranda for the kids which means a great day out! On the menu we spot pretty good indulgences like Fine D Clair Oyster, Tiger Prawn, Smoked Salmon Benedict, Chicken Tortilla, Roasted Lamb, Easter Cheese Cake (gasp!) and more.

At the time of writing, Drift is almost fully booked. So hurry up to book!

Price:
RM120++ per person (food only);
RM250++ per person (food & free flow of wine, beer, Bloody Mary;
RM350++ per person (food & free flow of Bubbles (Cava))

Time:
1st April 2018, 12:00pm – 4:00pm

Location:
38 Bidara, Jalan Bedara, Off Jalan Nagasari, Bukit Bintang, 50200 Kuala Lumpur.

>> For reservation at Drift Dining and Bar, click here

 

5. A Porkylicious & Bubblylicious Easter Sunday Brunch at El Cerdo

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Be ready for a bubblylicious brunch at El Cerdo!

The Easter bunnies are waiting for you at El Cerdo with lots of egg-citing activities. Of course, porkylicious food will be served because this is what El Cerdo is famed for. The all-you-can-eat pork menu includes roast baby back ribs, seafood spaghetti, pork belly fettucini and pork steak. On this special day, kids will get to meet the clown, have some egg guessing game, and oh, everyone will get a chocolate egg too!

Price:
RM58 nett per child aged 6 – 12 years old;
RM118 nett per adult (without alcohol);

RM198 nett per adult (with free flow Cava, house red & white wine, Tiger draught, soft drinks & chilled juices)

Time:
1st April 2018, 12:00pm – 2:30pm

Location:
43 & 45, Changkat Bukit Bintang, 50200 Kuala Lumpur.

>> Click here for a table booking at El Cerdo KL

 

6. Buy 4 Free 1 for Easter Sunday Brunch at Gobo Chit Chat

Gobo Chit Chat is preparing for a great Easter Sunday Brunch.

As one of the best international buffet restaurants in Kuala Lumpur, Gobo Chit Chat at Traders Hotel Kuala Lumpur is a favourite dining spot for locals and tourists. On April 1st, Easter Bunnies are hopping around Gobo Chit Chat and we have spotted good news from the restaurant! You can dine for FREE if you go in a group of 5 people!

Price:
RM98 nett per person

Time:
1st April 2018, 12:00pm – 2:30pm

Location:
Level 5, Traders Hotel Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50088 Kuala Lumpur.

>> For reservation at Gobo Chit Chat, click here

 

7. A European Easter Brunch with Easter Egg Hunt at Soleil 

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Full-of-surprise activities are waiting for you at Soleil.

If you are looking for fun activities with your little loved ones, Soleil is a must-go restaurant! Keep your little ones excited with a number of full-of-surprise activities such as Easter egg hunt, coloring contest and a lot more while enjoying unlimited orders from starters, main courses to desserts including duck confit, Belgian mussel pot, roasted lamb leg, oven baked salmon, mini strawberry pavlova, Easter cupcake, and more.

Price:
RM160++ per adult
RM80++ per child aged 6 – 12 years old.

Time:
1st April 2018, 11:00am – 3:00pm

Location:
Lot 13A & 15, 2nd Floor, Damansara City Mall, Damansara City, 6 Jalan Damanlela, 50490 Damansara Heights, Kuala Lumpur.

>> Click here to book a table at Soleil

 

8. A Quaintly Traditional Italian Easter Lunch at Neroteca Bukit Ceylon

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If you are in search of a unique friendly atmosphere to savour the freshest homemade dishes for this Easter Day then Neroteca at Bukit Ceylon would be the perfect dining spot for you! There are a variety of hearty and tantalizing mains such as Homemade Fettuccine With Speck and Radicchio or the delightfully sumptuous signature dish Classic Porchetta which you won’t want to miss!

Price:
RM120 for food and soft drinks,
RM220 for alcohol free flow.

Time:
1st April 2018, 12:000m – 4:00pm

Location:
Unit G-1, Seri Bukit Ceylon, No.8, Lorong Ceylon, 50250 Kuala Lumpur.

>> Click here to view menu and book a table at Neroteca Bukit Ceylon

 

9. 4-Course Italian Easter Menu at Sapore

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Savour the best Spanish and Italian food at Sapore.

Head to Sapore if you want to truly indulge yourself in great Spanish and Italian food during this special time. Walk through a variety of delights from cold cut platter to pasta, Iberico pork shoulder and sumptuous desserts such as Easter chocolates.

Price:
RM120++ per person

Time:
31st March – 1st April 2018

Location: 
18, Persiaran Ampang, Desa Pahlawan, Ampang, 55000 Kuala Lumpur.

>> Click here to make a reservation at Sapore

 

10. Easter Sunday Dim Sum Brunch with An Asian Twist at Toh Yuen Chinese Restaurant

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Dimsum for Easter Sunday Brunch at Toh Yuen? Why not?

An Easter Dim Sum Brunch, you ask for? Buckle up and head to Toh Yuen at Hilton Petaling Jaya! Easter here comes with a delightful twist with Dim Sum Chef Yat’s Special Handmade Bunny Mochi with 4 flavours to choose from! Dive into freshly made ala-carte buffet style dim sum including your all-time favourite Creamy Salted Egg Yolk Custard Bun and Har Gao. Remember to take a bag of Easter egg candies and traditional Chinese bunny biscuits too before heading home!

Price:
RM88 nett per adult;
RM48 nett per child aged 6 – 12 years old.

Time:
1st April 2018, 11:30am – 2:30pm

Location:
Level 1, Hilton Petaling Jaya, 2, Jalan Barat, PJS 52, 46200 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.

>> Click here to book a table at Toh Yuen

11 & 12. Easter Hi-Tea Buffet at Makan Kitchen & Tosca Italian Restaurant at DoubleTree by Hilton Johor Bahru

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Savour the finest food and enjoy stunning view at Makan Kitchen and Tosca at DoubleTree by Hilton Johor Bahru.

If you are staying at Johor Bahru, join DoubleTree by Hilton Johor Bahru at Makan Kitchen and Tosca Italian Restaurant for a fun-filled Easter weekend!

Easter Hi-Tea Buffet at Makan Kitchen

Makan Kitchen is an eclectic all-day dining restaurant which serves famous local specialities and is a must-visit restaurant if you want to experience some of Malaysia’s finest cuisine in Johor Bahru.

Price:
RM108 nett per adult;
RM54 nett per child aged 6 – 12 years old.

Time:
30th March – 1st April 2018, 12:30pm – 4:00pm

>> For reservation at Makan Kitchen, click here


Easter Hi-Tea Buffet at Tosca Italian Restaurant

Tosca Italian Restaurant will surprise you with their rustic Italian food prepared with contemporary flair for this time of the year. Treat yourself and your loved ones to stunning views over the Straits of Johor and delicious dishes here.

Price:
RM120 nett per adult;
RM 60 nett per child aged 6 – 12 years old.

Time:
1st April 2018, 12:00pm – 3:00pm

>> Click here to make a reservation at Tosca

Location of Makan Kitchen & Tosca Italian Restaurant: 
DoubleTree by Hilton Johor Bahru, No. 12, Jalan Ngee Heng, 80000 Johor Bahru.

 

 

ISETAN The Table

5 Must-Try Dishes at ISETAN The Table Restaurants

Japanese delights all under one roof – the new restaurants at ISETAN Lot 10 offers sophisticated cuisine representative of Washoku (Japanese food). Check out what are the must-try dishes.

Omakase at Sushi Azabu

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For six years in a row, Sushi Azabu in New York has been awarded a Michelin star. Now, this establish is heading its way to Kuala Lumpur. This 40-seater restaurant, headed by Chef Toshihide Terado, serves traditional Edo-mae (Tokyo-style) sushi. You have a choice of three types of courses to choose from; Koi, Azabu and the chef’s specialty choice (Omakase). The fish is air-flown twice a week from Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo, Osaka and Kōka. The restaurant uses Akitakomachi rice sourced from the Akita prefecture in Northern Japan. If you prefer dining while watching how your sushi is made, the sushi counter sits up to 12 persons. There is also a private dining room with a sushi counter for 7 persons. A reservation is required at Sushi Azabu.

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6th Avenue Cheesecake at The Tokyo Restaurant

ISETAN The Table_The Tokyo RestaurantStep into the all-day dining The Tokyo Restaurant and be enveloped in generous leather booths with a view of the kitchen and a spacious, stylish bar serving classic cocktails and wine – a destination for contemporary flavours with a Tokyo essence. The menus featuring foie gras sushi, freshly shucked oysters, grilled lamb cajun style, truffle cheese fries, and more. However, it is the 6th Avenue Cheesecake that steals the limelight. The rich creamy cheesecake with a caramelised topping is definitely a must-try.

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Prime Beef Cuts at Yakiniku Toraji

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After opening 76 outlets in Japan alone, Yakiniku Toraji has finally set foot in Malaysia. The BBQ-style cuisine promotes healthy living through its carefully selected meat that is guaranteed to be fresh and succulent to the bite. The restaurant uses Australian wagyu beef for their yakiniku items. Seafood lovers may choose lobsters, prawns and scallops. Its magical BBQ sauce that comes with the thick cuts of meat is loved by many Japanese people, and us at TABLEAPP (of course!). A variety of sauces are offered – original sauce, special salt, black miso sauce, garlic butter and more.

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Chicken Hot Pot at Toriden

ISETAN The Table_ToridenMizutaki (chicken hot pot) is a simple local dish, but with the Toriden touch, it becomes a memorable experience. Toriden makes its own seasonings—a mild yuzu gosho paste and a mellow ponzu sauce—that you can either enjoy with each bite of chicken or mix into the soup. Take a sip of the delicious yet subtle chicken broth which has been slowly boiled for more than six hours with fresh whole chicken to extract its flavour and natural collagen. End the satisfying meal with desserts which the matcha used is sourced from the Hoshino Tea Gardens in Fukuoka.

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Heavenly Tender Pork Cutlet at Tonkatsu Anzu

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The 40-seater restaurant prides itself for using premium, aged pork sourced from Kyushu to ensure the pork cutlet achieves perfect flavour and tenderness. Its name Anzu or apricot in Japanese is inspired by the apricot trees in Fukutsu in Fukuoka prefecture. The pork cutlets are marinated for 7seven days and the limited Katsu sets are prepared with Gin-Jo-Pork which is handpicked by the Chief Chef himself.

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5 Best Restaurants in KL for Valentines 2017

5 Best Restaurants in KL for Valentines 2017

Regardless you are in a courtship, long-time relationship, or married – win her / his heart over and over again at the right restaurant on this Valentine’s Day.

Everlasting Love at Rama V Fine Thai Cuisine

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Rama V Fine Thai Cuisine has opened the book of love to create a delightful Valentine’s Day set – comprising Appetiser, Soup, Main Course, and Dessert paired with a special Beauty and the Beast Preserved Rose in Bell Jar or Devoted to You Preserved Rose Bouquet from RM350+ per couple. Be your own version of Belle this Valentines!

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Japanese Omakase with KL View at Nobu Kuala Lumpur

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Celebrate the most romantic day of the year with a premier dining experience at Nobu Kuala Lumpur which is located at the Level 56 of Menara 3 Petronas, overlooking KL night view. Available from 14th – 19th February, the 7-course Valentine’s Day Omakase special is priced at RM498++ per person with a premium truffle option at RM598++ per person with a glass of sparkling wine or special Valentine's Day cocktail.

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Leave Couples Breathless at Opium

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On the cheeky Valentine’s menu of the-Opium-regimes-inspired Opium restaurant, we spot ‘Leave Me Breathless’ soya ginger glazed scallops, ‘Hot n Spicy Temptation’ dark beer marinated halibut and roasted spring chicken and berry jus, with the dessert ‘Call Me Sweetie Pie’! What’s better? Free gifts and photo moments for couples! Set menu is priced at RM208++ per couple, available from 13th – 14th February.

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A Romantic Dinner with PJ View at Signature

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Make Valentine's Day a unique experience with 4-course dinner for RM288++ per couple or toast to the occasion inc of a bottle of GH Mumm bubbly for RM550++ at Signature at The Roof. Starter of the set is Fresh Oyster in Sherry Jelly, follow by a Lobster Bisque, choose a Slow Cooked Duck Breast with Foie Gras or a Chargrilled Steak or Soft Shell Prawn Pasta for Mains, and end the night with a Strawberry Cheese Tart!

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Be My Valentines at Ciao Ristorante

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If you are looking for authentic Italian food in Kuala Lumpur, Ciao Ristorante is the place to visit. The restaurant resembles a rustic Venetian country house with a cosy garden and small lake overlooking at the golf course – a truly romantic setting perfect for Valentines Day!. This Valentines, Ciao is serving a 4-Course dinner set at RM228++ per person, including complimentary cocktail. Book your table now before the tables run out!

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Wine Testing 101: Basic Guide to Wine Tasting

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In this article, we’re going to explore more about wine, which can help you extend your knowledge on this or as a conversation starter. In the industry there are certain rules varies in different countries or region, however there are certain vital rules of tasting etiquette that you can follow. Wine tasting is classy but it can be fun and interesting at the same time.

Learning the basics of tasting will undeniably maximize the experience of drinking wine. Here’s a few fact or guidelines that you can follow, be it at a tasting event, liquor store, party or fine dining.

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1. Observe the drink around the edges when it is served. Remember to hold the glass by its stem and tilt it, to make it easier to see how the color differs from the middle to the edges.

2. Swirl the glass and sniff the wine, you can compare the fragrance this way.

3. Gently swirl the wine, this allows the surface area to be expanded, allowing the aroma to open by letting in oxygen to the wine.

4. While swirling you wine, also observe how slowly your wine flows back down to the side of the flute. Hence, you are able to observe the thickness of it. The “thicker” means it is richer, ripe and more concentrated and low in acidity which is good.

5. Hold the glass one or two inches away from you nose and breathe in. Take notice of the aroma that you smell.

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6. Take a sip and roll it in your mouth before swallowing it. This make sure that your taste buds will be fully exposed to the wine’s taste and texture.

7. Squeeze you lips (like you are going to whistle) to draw air into your mouth and breathe out through your nose. This way, you can truly detect the smell of the wine through your nose by opening the scents of the drinks to reach both your taste and smell.

8. Take a sip again, and notice the subtle differences in flavor and textures.

9. When you swallowed the sip of wine, notice the aftertaste and see how long it lasts.

10. Feel free to record your experience on the wine you’ve tasted, most tasting room offers scorecard or sheet for record purposes.

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Take note that, the four main characteristics of wine consist of its alcohol, taste, tannins and acidity. A bottle of good wine gets a unique balance of all these four characteristics. Familiarizing these considerations while tasting helps you to enjoy the bottle like a real wine connoisseur.

Top 5 Fine Dining Tips As A Sophisticated Diner!

So to put in simple, fine dining is an art. A complicated art that you can however master over the course of time. Of course there are several things that you need pay attention to. That includes every move you make, hand movement, the way you eat, even down to the “tool” (which is your cutlery since we’re talking about fine dining) and how you use it.

That said, but once you get used to it, it became more of a lifestyle and habit. During a fine dining, there are rules and regulation that you need to follow, or you’ll risk being labeled as barbaric or rude.

We sure want to avoid that don’t we? Hence, here are the 5 key fine dining tips that you should follow to be a sophisticated diner!

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No. 1 Your Tools

When it comes to fine dining; best experience click HERE, your tools such as the spoons, forks, and knives plays a very important role in fine dining. To do it right, your fork must always be on your left hand and the knife on your right. As for the spoon, it must always be on the right hand. Between every bite, the knife and fork must always be placed back on the plate. Never keep them holding in your hands. Once you’re done, cross over your fork and knife and face it down on the plate. This is also to show that you’re resting.

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Oh and yes, if you happen to drop your cutleries (don’t panic it happens all the time), let them stay on the floor, they will be replaced soon by your waiter/waitress.

 

No. 2 Your Soup

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Soup, being an essential part of the meal; many people get soup etiquette wrong. When you are enjoying you soup, the bowl should never move when you drink it. Correspondingly, dip your spoon at the center of the bowl, and slowly scoop it towards the opposite end of the bowl (like scooping out). Then, one important thing is that, the spoon shall never enter your mouth completely (that would be a very awkward scene to see). You should place your lips at the edge of the spoon and drink in slowly, never making any sound or noise while enjoying you soup.

 

No. 3 Your Wine

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Wine as we know, is also an essential part of fine dining. It places an important part in every fine dining but there is also some certain knowledge on how to match the wine to your food. To know more about wine matching click HERE.

During a toast, you should never click your glass with anyone, for that is an impolite thing to do. You should just raise you glass and join the toast. Stand up when a toast is being made, unless the toast is raised for you. Sip your wine bit by bit and sporadically, because the last thing you want to do is drink too much and become drunk during fine dining. So what is the waiter/waitresses did not refill your glass? You have to control you urge to hold up your glass to ask for more. Also, never hold the glass for the waiter/waitresses when they pour you your wine.

 

No. 4 Your Etiquette

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The dining begins only when everybody at the table is served. It is important that you never start your meal before the others. When you eat, take small bites and chew without opening your mouth. Just like when you’re drinking soup, never make any noises and sound when you have food in your mouth.

If your food have small stones, bones or anything inedible, kindly remove them using your thumb and forefinger from your mouth. Toothpick can only be used after you get up from the table, not while during the meal. However, if something is stuck deep between your teeth and you’re feeling uncomfortable with it. Just excuse yourself to the washroom and try to remove it.

 

No. 5 Your Conversations

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During fine dining, conversation should never be loud. Also, depending on who you’re with, controversial topics such as politics, religion and faith shall never be brought up. Never start a negative conversation such as criticizing others, complaining, and also never make one person the topic of your conversation.

Why so? It’s all about table manners, having negative and controversial topic may ruin one’s mood to enjoy the meal, and dining with another person meaning you need to focus your attention on that person, not on others. Best way of having a fine dining is to have light hearted stress free conversation to get the best out of your fine dining experience.

To master fine dining etiquette takes time, however once you succeed in learning how to do it; complicated etiquette become an essential part of your personality.

Bon Appétit!

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Conversation Tips during Fine Dining

As mentioned on our previous article, there are topics that can never be brought up during a fine dining session. So what topic is suitable and what is not suitable during a fine dining session? Here’s a useful list of table topic that you can refer to, till the end of the day, a pleasant conversation is the main ingredient to enhance the whole dining conversation.

Delightful Topics

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The ideal topics on the table are the ones that isn’t controversial (unless everyone there is a professional debater then feel free to go ahead), so try to have some delightful topics that keeps your dining experience pleasant. However, if you are unsure of other people’s acceptance on certain topics, try not to bring up anything that might cause someone to lose their appetite.

Conversation is a two way thing, most people enjoy sharing their stories and also hearing about yours. So don’t be a brute that doesn’t shut up. Try to spend more time listening than talking and have a pleasant back-and-forth conversation.

Food

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Well of course! You are in a restaurant, there’s menu, other people eating food, it’s basically food topic everywhere. It would be talent if you can run out of topic on food in a restaurant, if you know what I mean. It’s always good to discuss what you like about the food that you’re eating and if your partner is having the same thing, you can always comment and give in some thought on that. You can also recommend similar food from other restaurant for a different experience, impress them with your extensive knowledge of restaurant.(Psst, we can help.)

Music

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Music is generally a very safe topic at the table, you can also share your opinion on the latest hits, favorite artist, music video and etc. Besides, music are expressive, you can actually know more about a person through their taste of music. Plus point is, the conversation will be enhanced if you and your partner enjoy the same genre of music.

Fashion

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Fashion can be ranging from what you and your partner are wearing, to celebrities and high socialite’s current trend. To put it simple, fashion topic can be very wide and almost endless, from top, bottom, jewelry, hairstyle, shoes, and many more. Then again, find something nice to say instead of criticizing other’s fashion, and you might even learn some fashion tips along the conversation.


Unpleasant Topics

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One surefire way to ruin a fine dining experience is to start a negative controversial conversation. Even if you really want to start a conversation like that, the table is not the right place to do it. Negativity can actually ruin one’s appetite and that is the last thing you want to do during a meal. There is always a right place for the right thing, bar sounds like a good spot for debate, but definitely not in a fine dining restaurant.

Never sound too cocky without giving others a chance to express their opinion, 5 + 3 and 4 + 4 is also equals to 8, there’re always more than one way to do something. You don’t want to give other an impression of being arrogant; it will transform into a one sided conversation that way.

Never try to correct another person, if you think that his/her statement is incorrect, feel free to express your point of view. However, if the other person starts arguing, simply smile and change the topic.

Bragging is definitely a no-go. There is a fine thin line between being proud of your achievement and bragging, be aware of that. If you have some great idea or opinion on something, be sure to give others credit on that. Most important of all, bragging always lead to the game of one-upmanship that in the end, the only prize is a ruined dinner.

When it comes to humor, don’t be too sarcastic or make fun of others even if he/she is not around, you’ll never know if anyone there know that person or worse, they are related. In addition, if any party makes a comment that are controversial, instead of being defensive (Pro Tip: this is how debate started every single time), change the subject to avoid the conflict, and most of the time people will take the hint.

Medical Conditions

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Basically any medical conditions is forbidden at the table, especially the ones that involves body fluids (gross!); who’s going to have any more appetites with that. Of course it’s a different story if the table consist of medical professionals such as doctors and nurses that have seen it as a common thing, its best that you leave that conversation for next time. 

Age

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ESPECIALLY with women, this topic is untouchable, don’t say I never warn you. People may consider you as an insensitive person if you start this conversation. Maybe you are proud that how your appearance is too young for your age, but the person sitting on the same table might be very sensitive about this topic (ESPECIALLY WOMEN). So don’t start asking about other’s age or any topic about getting old.

Politics

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Supporter or Opposition? Left Wing or Right Wing? If the dinner is being held in honor of a political candidate or it’s for any political reason, then it’s a green light to discuss about this matter. Politics is a sensitive issues that may lead to an argument for various reason, so it’s best to leave this conversation off the dining table, if you insist of talking about it, you can always bring it to the BAR

Religion

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Religion is topic so sensitive, that people are willing to start a war because of it. Not joking, Google it up. Even when you are off dining table, it’s a must for us to respect other religion; plus, it's not even a great conversation starter. If your partner offers a prayer before the meal, be respectful and follow the lead even if you’re of a different religion. You may say your own prayer privately but you don’t have to call attention to it. Respect, easy right?


Borderline Topics

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When dining with others, it is highly recommended that you know what the others limits are. For the reason that, there are always some things that can be accepted in certain groups but not in the others. For instance, when you are dining with your best buddy for 20 years, I’m sure there is no taboo among each other anymore, but with business partner? I don’t think so. So pay attention to detail and use your judgment to define the appropriateness of the conversation topic with your partner.

Competitive Sports

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Well, it can be exciting and fun to have a favorite team and show some team spirit on the choice of your sport, but if your partner is not interested in sport or even worst, supports the opposite team, then an arguments are bound to happen.

Job Related Stuff

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Gossips, success story, idolization, bad treatment, and workplace drama; some can be entertaining, some can be depressing, it’s all depends on how you express your thoughts and feel about the topic. Plus, it's dining time, why would you still bother about work, enjoy your meal! 

Current Events

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Depending on the current events, it may be good, or bad. So the conversation flow might be driven into an uncertain way if it’s not handled properly. For instance, discussion of gruesome events or anything racial will reflects negativity during the mealtime.

Economy & Money

Money can be a sensitive issue for some people, well, even when most of the people can empathize about the price of everything, it’s never a polite thing to ask how much someone paid for something, their salary, their financial status or anything related. In short, just don’t touch on anything that is personal, it may be offensive for some people. 

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Choosing wine at the restaurant….like a real conoisseur !

May it be in couples’ lives, in clothing, or in a job interview, everything is about matching things together.
Wine is no exception, it’s even one of the fields where matching matters the most. While a good match between meal and wine can create delicious flavours, a mismatch would turn the value added of the wine into a dreadful experience. A mismatched wine can overemphasize or overwhelm some of the food’s taste, but it can also create a new unpleasant taste.
But do not worry, TableApp team is here to teach you the basics of matching !


Red wine: Strong taste for meat and cheese.

Due to its strong taste and its astringency (red are normally very tannic wines), red wine cannot be drunk with every meal. Although through all the spectrum of red wines some can be suitable for seafood due to their light taste, red wine is generally drunk with strong tasting meals.THE perfect match

Therefore, when ordering red meat, chicken or with cheese, order red wine as a side drink.

Depending on the location of the wine producer and the year, the wine will taste different, and you should associate it with food accordingly.

If you want to drink white wine, find another dish, as the white wine would seem tasteless after cheese or meat in sauce dishes.

Tip: Cheese go perfectly well with French Gamay


White wine: Oysters, Foie Gras and Desserts
 
White wine, although the range of wines belonging to this family is extremely large, is generally of a less astringent, more acid taste, and suits well dishes that require a fine palate such as seafood and fish. When a red wine would overwhelm the food taste, white wine generally suits it perfectly.

White wineThe taste of white wine can differ significantly according to its percentage of sugar: A dry (“sec” in French) wine is very low in sugar (this is the type people commonly refer to when speaking of white wine), and gets along well with fresh oysters while a so-called soft (“moelleux”) wine is generally consumed at the aperitif, before the dinner starts, with foie gras and fig jam toasts for instance.

White wine can be ordered with any dessert, but it should not be too sugary.

Tip: For a more distinguished drink with fresh oysters, brut Champagne can replace the dry white wine.


Rosé: Aperitif with friends

Rosé is the kind of wine that is not generally considered suitable for a “real” dinner. Rosé (the name comes from its rosy colour) is supposed to be drunk when having some pre-dinner snacks (the so called French aperitif) with friends.
Although sophisticated Rosé do exist, Rosé is thus generally meant to be a casual beverage. Please pay attention that genuine rosé must be made out of red grapes, and not out of a blend of white and red wine.

Tip: Unlike Red but like White, Rosé is better drunk very cold (7 to 12°C)!


The basic know-how of wine-meal matching is a very important part of the Latin food culture, and is notoriously unavoidable in Italian, Spanish and French cuisines. For sure, avoiding the mismatch mistake is very important, but the foremost expert is still the sommelier, so do ask for his recommendations while making your order.  


Bon Appétit !

Get treated on your birthday! Introducing our birthday promotions page.

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To be eligible, you need to dine in at restaurants listed on the Birthday Promotions page. This page lists all the restaurants that provide birthday promotions, a description of each and their respective birth

Located on the top right of the page is the B’day Promo icon which allows you to download the app onto your device. You can use the app to book the restaurant of your choice.

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