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[Jan 21 – 27] Weekly Reads: 5 Lucky Dishes For An Auspicious Chinese New Year 2019!

Food has always been an important part in our life and during a big festival like Chinese New Year, certain dishes can even bring you luck and auspiciousness for a whole year ahead. What to eat to start your lunar new year right? We have selected 5 dishes for you to usher in Chinese New Year 2019 with happiness and wealth. 

1/ Yú (Fish) 

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Have you ever wondered why Yú (yoo) is one of the indispensable dishes during Chinese New Year?  In Chinese, the pronunciation of fish is similar to “surplus” and who wouldn’t want to have a “surplus” in the year ahead?
If you want to elevate your prosperity, keep an eye on these top fish dishes – Crucian Carp which means “good luck”, Chinese Mud Carp which means “good fortune” and Catfish for “a year of surplus”.

2/ Yú Sheng or Yee Sang (Raw Fish Salad or Prosperity Toss Salad)  

The Cantonese dish, listed as Malaysia’s national heritage dish, is a perfect epitome of luck and wealth as diners whip out their chopsticks to toss the ingredients (which traditionally includes fresh vegetables, raw fish and plum sauce) as high as possible. 
Nowadays, you can expect to see more than just classic Yee Sang as there are plenties of Unique Yee Sang You Must Try This Chinese New Year 2019 for a special toss!

3/ Nian Gao (“Year Cake”)

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Nian Gao – a glutinous rice-based cake, is an all-time-favorite treat that you might find year around. However, your year will be even more fulfilled if you can savor this sweet delight during the lunar new year! As a homonym for “higher year”, relishing a Nian Gao means you will raise yourself in status (higher income or position) for the next year to come!

 

4/ Chang Shou Mian (Long-life noodles)

As the name suggested, the longer the noodle is, the longer (and healthier) your life is. This longevity noodles are not only commonly-presented during Chinese New Year but also in birthday as a wish for a long, happy and healthy life. How to enjoy this Chang Shou Mian to its best? Simply fried the noodles with oyster sauce, mushrooms and bok choy or eat with a delicate broth slightly seasoned with soy and ginger.


5/ Jiao Zi (Dumplings)

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Although dumplings have become popular in daily life, this delicacy is still one of the dishes that is much-loved during lunar new year. Dumplings (usually made with soy-ginger cabbage and pork filling) resemble money, hence it’s a perfect delight for a good wealth in the year to come.  In Malaysia, along with jiao zi, “tang yuan” or sweet glutinous rice balls is also a popular specialty that is eaten during this time as it sounds like “reunion”.  

 

If you are looking for a place to celebrate Chinese New Year or want to search for more dishes, don’t forget to check out our list of Chinese New Year menus featuring Yee Sang, Set Menus and Buffets at top restaurants in Malaysia!

 

 
 
Click here to see Unique Yee Sang at Top Restaurants for Chinese New Year 2019

Unique Yee Sang You Definitely Must Try This Chinese New Year 2019

Here comes the time of the year when we are all ready for a gathering or family reunion! Of course, it’s also time for a prosperity toss to good wealth and health! Searching for a unique Yee Sang to celebrate the Year of The Pig with a remarkable and unforgettable “Lo Hei” moment? We have got your back! Here are our hand-picked list of top one-of-a-kind Yee Sang that you would not want to forgo! 

 

1/ Special Jámon Ibérico at ANTE

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Well-known as one of the best premier pork steak restaurants in town, ANTE continues to wow diners with an exquisite Loh Sang made of the high-quality Spanish cured ham – Jamón Ibérico, for this lunar new year 2019. Fine ingredients are added to accentuate the Loh Sang such as Fried Fermented Tofu Crisp, Dried Lime Slice, Fresh Cut Fruits and more. Sumptuous and rich in flavors, this Loh Sang will promise a tasty and prosperous toss!

ANTE Publika 
Location: 2-G1-09, Publika, Solaris Dutamas, No.1, Jalan Dutamas, 50480 Kuala Lumpur.
>> Click here to view ANTE Publika

ANTE 1 Utama
Location: Lot F346, First Floor, Rainforest, New Wing, One Utama Shopping centre. 1, Lebuh Bandar Utama, 47800 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
>> Click here to view ANTE 1 Utama

 

 

2/ Delectable Classic Yee Sang with a Fruity Twist at Chynna, Hilton Kuala Lumpur

Click here to view Yee Sang at Chynna, Hilton Kuala Lumpur

What’s better than celebrating Chinese New Year in an ancient regal Chinese dining environment? As a replica of Tang Dynasty Encestral Hall, Chynna is definitely a perfect spot for those who expect theatrics to compliment the highly-raved food. This lunar new year, Chef Lam has added a fruity twist to the classic yee sang for a refreshment to usher in the new year with an abundance of prosperity, success and luck! 

Chynna
Location: Level 5, Hilton Kuala Lumpur, 3, Jalan Stesen Sentral, 50470 Kuala Lumpur.

>> Click here to view Chynna, Hilton Kuala Lumpur

 

3/ Japanese-Styled Golden Prosperity Yee Sang with Premium Seasonal Items at Kampachi

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How about celebrating the new year with a Japanese-styled Yee Sang while relishing a vast array of the freshest and most authentic Japanese specialties featuring premium seasonal items?  If you are looking for one, you may not want to forgo Kampachi! Revel in the Golden Prosperity Yee Sang with a choice of Salmon, Kanpachi and Toro. 

Kampachi Pavilion 
Location: Lot 6.09.00, Level 6, Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, 168, Jalan Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur.
>> Click here to view Kampachi Pavilion

Kampachi Plaza 33
LocationP1-02, Level 1, Podium, Plaza 33, No. 1, Jalan Kemajuan, Seksyen 13, 46200 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
>> Click here to view Kampachi Plaza 33


 

4/ Choices of 6 Types of Special Japanese-Styled Yee Sang at Ishin Japanese Dining

Click here to view Yee Sang menu at Ishin Japanese Restaurant
Prepared to be overwhelmed by choices as there are 6 types of Japanese-styled Yee Sang to pamper your taste buds at Ishin Japanese Dining! A unique chance to relish one-of-a-kind no-color-added Yee Sang featuring Soft Shell Crab, Idako Tempura, Raw Fish, Jelly Fish, Fresh Salmon, Tatami Iwashi and more! Vegetarian Yee Sang is also available with a delectable mix of avocado and different types of vegetables.

Ishin Japanese Dining
Location: No. 202, Persiaran Klang, Batu 3 3/4, Off Jalan Klang Lama, 58000 Kuala Lumpur.
>> Click here to book at table at Ishin Japanese Dining

 

 

5/ Classic Yee Sang with Air-Flown Sashimi from Japan at Kimiya

Click here to view Yee Sang Menu at Kimiya

Celebrate the Year of the Pig to the next level with a classic Yee Sang topped with a selection of air-flown sashimi from Japan!  Savor a bed of crunchy and crispy Yee Sang while delighting your taste buds with a choice of Shiro Maguro (White Tuna), Salmon, Maguro and Kanpachi Sashimi. Bind all ingredients together by putting the restaurant’s plum sauce for a memorable indulgence!  

Kimiya Old Klang Road
Location: G-2, Avantas Residences, 162, Jalan Klang Lama, 58000 Kuala Lumpur.
>> Click here to view Kimiya Old Klang Road

Kimiya Seventeen Mall 
Location: Lot L2-22, Seventeen Mall, Seksyen 17, 40150 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
>> Click here to view Kimiya Seventeen Mall

 

6/ ‘Lou Hei’ Yee Sang Featuring Sake Marinated Salmon at Opium

Click here to view Yee Sang at Opium

One who loves Asian Oriental delights and fantastic cocktails would not resist a chance to usher in the new year at Opium. Don’t miss out their ‘Lou Hei’ Yee Sang which features Sake Marinated Salmon, Assorted Tropical Fruits, Vegetables, Peanuts, Sesame Seeds and Special Plum Sauce. An auspicious dish packed with flavors! 
You might not want to miss out their Zhu Bajie (猪八戒) cocktail which named after one of Sanzang’s famous disciples from the novel Journey to the West only served during this Chinese New Year 2019! 

Opium
Location: 50, Changkat Bukit Bintang, 50200 Kuala Lumpur.
>> Click here to view Opium


 

7/ Custom-Made Yee Sang Infused With Thai Flavors at FOOK

Click here to view Yee Sang at FOOK

Not only a perfect place to get away from the hustle and bustle right in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, FOOK is also loved by avid foodies for dishes that excite the palate. Of course, this lunar new year, the restaurant will gratify you and your loved ones with an exquisite Yee Sang custom-made by the head chefs here! Infused with unique Thai flavors and premium ingredients, this Prosperity Yee Sang will ensure a year filled with great wealth! 

FOOK
Location: 19, Jalan Sultan Ismail, 50250 Kuala Lumpur.
>> Click here to make a table reservation at FOOK

 

 

 

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[ELITE Review] 3 Luscious Delights at Raintree @ Menara CIMB

While looking for a restaurant with an alfresco to chill after a hectic week, I came across Raintree – a restaurant at Menara CIMB with a mix of Thai and Western cuisine which houses a relaxing alfresco.
Impressed with its minimalist design yet vibrant ambience, I and my friend made a visit with no hesitation. Once settled down, I just couldn’t wait to try the food here and also to share with you the best dishes you must not forgo when come to the restaurant. That’s why I had a friendly staff introduced 3 dishes which are much-loved by Raintree‘s customers. 


1/ Lamb Rack

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The Lamb Rack was presented in an unpretentious way with the main focus on its flavors (which I was teasing my friend that it “cuts straight to the point” as the name suggested). Perked atop perfectly-grilled seasonal vegetables and potato wedges, the high-quality lamb racks whetted our appetite with its irresistible aroma. We were both amazed by the juiciness of the lamb while the racks were grilled to à point as the meat could easily dry out if it was not handled well. A great delight for lamb aficionados!

>> Click here to view this Lamb Rack

 

2/ Beef Short Ribs

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Our next dish, which we couldn’t stop talking about until now, was the signature Beef Short Ribs. The big chunk of beef short ribs on a sizzling hot pan totally stunned us for a moment. Our first slice into the rib was satisfied as the meat easily fell of the bone, promised a melt-in-the-mouth sensation. Of course, it didn’t let us down with the well-marinated, fork-tender meat and the splendid BBQ sauce. 

>> Click here to view this Beef Short Rib

 

3/ Rib Eye

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Finally, we finished our meal with a true show stopper – Raintree’s signature Rib Eye. I have always been a big fan of rib eye and for sure I had some expectation for this signature dish. I was delighted as the rib eye was absolutely luscious. Using fine ingredients and top-quality rib eye, the chef skillfully preserved the meat’s juiciness and taste with a touch of the house-made black pepper sauce. The sauce itself was an exquisite combination that accentuated the flavors of the rib eye. The seasonal vegetables and potato wedges are worth-trying as well! 

>> Click here to view this Rib Eye

 

TABLEAPP ELITE members can redeem these 3 dishes for free! Find out more about TABLEAPP ELITE here

 

Raintree
Location: Level 2, Menara CIMB, 2, Jalan Stesen Sentral 2, 50470 Kuala Lumpur.

>> Click here to book a table at Raintree

 

 

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[Jan 14 – 20] What’s New This Week

JAN. 14 – 20, 2019

What’s New This Week

Step into the new week with great joy as your weekly dining promotions and news in town are here!  

New Restaurants In Town

Check out the new talk-of-the-town this week!

Dining News and Promos

Keep an eye on the mostly updated promos & news!

Dining Events In Town

Don't miss out special events in town!

New Restaurants

Positano Risto Publika
Publika Shopping Gallery

The ranked Singapore’s #1 Italian, Halal and Authentic Pizza Restaurant has finally come to Kuala Lumpur! Head to the restaurant for a business meeting or a gathering and savor specially crafted crispy thin Roma Style Pizza or other mouth-watering delights that are much-loved by even the most discerning foodies. 

FOOK
Jalan Sultan Ismail

Tucked away on a hilltop right in Kuala Lumpur, FOOK boasts a duality of eccentricity and mystery with modern interpretations of traditional Asian dishes that excite and surprise the palette. Definitely your go-to place for a gastronomic journey to spice up your night.

Dining News and Promotions

Lunch Set Special
Tapas Club, Pavilion Kuala Lumpur

Savor your favorite Spanish tapas made of fresh produces and home-like recipes only from RM15.90++ including 1 main and 2 side dishes! Add RM5 for 1 dessert or 1 beverage of your choice. Only available on weekdays from 12pm – 3pm.

Negeri Sembilan Promotion
Atmosphere 360 Revolving Restaurant KL Tower

Revel in a variety of authentic Negeri Sembilan traditional foods. Enjoy delights such as Masak Lemak Kuning, Sambal Gesek, Rendang Cendawan Kukur and many delicacies only available until 20th January 2019! 

Happy Hour
Signature at The Roof, Petaling Jaya

Tantalize your taste buds by a plethora of Asian and fusion cuisine for a night to remember. Don’t forget to enjoy the magnificent view of KL city with a chilled glass of wine or beer at RM15++ from 5pm – 7pm daily! 

Artisan Cheese Pairing
Soleil, Damansara City Mall

Tempt your palate with authentic contemporary European cuisine weaved with Asian influences and take joy in Artisan Cheese Pairing only at RM60++ for 3 glasses of wine with your delectable cheese platter.

Dining Events

[Jan 16] Celler Pinol Spanish Wine Dinner  
Stoked, Medan Damansara

A luscious dinner featuring wines of Celler Pinol – an emerging quality region of Terra Alta in Spain. This cool elevated region in Catalunya produces fresh whites and complex, balanced reds. Savor a suitably-paired menu with the more Mediterranean, generous styled wines of this estate with Mr. Juanjo Galcera Pinol – the 4th generation owner of this winery as the host. Priced at RM238 nett. 

[Jan 18] French Wine Tasting
EGG – 8 Gourmets Gala, Selangor

Calling for all wine lovers to take joy in a special night of the finest French wines with Thibault Odent – Business development manager of Maison Bouey! Taste the award-winning wines from Bordeaux, France and please your taste buds with sumptuous dishes at the restaurant. 

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Fine Dining Etiquette : Why you need 3 forks and what are they for

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Have you ever watched films with scenes showing how royal families dine and asked yourself, “Why do they have to use so many different types of cutlery?”. Well, here you will find out what they are all for! Plus, maybe you can show off a little the next time you dine at a fancy fine dining restaurant.

TABLE SETTINGS AND THE TYPES OF CUTLERY

Credit : The University of Kansas

Some may say, why so many? I don’t need 3 forks just for a meal! Yes we know, it can be a little overwhelming if you are not familiar with this. Referring to the image you will see, what each cutlery functions are and what dish it’s for. In case you are wondering, the general rule is to start on the outside and work your way in.

On a brighter note, what you see in the image above is a full table setting and it might differ from a restaurant’s table setting.

Credit : enfin by James Won

Here’s a sample of a table setting from enfin by James Won. Typically, restaurant will keep the table setting at a minimal or based on dishes served to ensure customer a comfortable dining experience. So, there’s no need to be intimidated, just dine and enjoy the meal!

HOW TO USE YOUR CUTLERY TO COMMUNICATE. REALLY?

Now that you know what all the types of cutlery is about, it’s time to find out what to do with them after you have finished your meal. Here you can see that placing your cutlery in a certain way actually means something. However, the question is, does it even matter or is it just for fun!?

 

Of course, you can try these out as it’s no harm being a classy monsieur or madame once awhile. However, do not expect the waiters to notice this as they might overlooked the silverware on your plate. Therefore, it’s advisable that if you need some assistant, simply raise a hand and ask for the waiter’s help which is definitely faster.

 

All in all the best practice when you are done with your food is to leave your fork and knife together on the plate. It’s never a good idea to leave your silverware on the table as it will dirty the table and leave a mess. So, the next time you are going to a fine dining restaurant or event, be sure to keep these dining etiquette in mind!

Want to try a fine dining restaurant? You can do so at enfin by James Won, an international multi-award contemporary French Restaurant!

 

enfin by James Won

Location: Lot 2-05, Level 2, Menara Hap Seng 1, Jalan P. Ramlee, 50250 Kuala Lumpur

>>View menu and make a booking at enfin by James Won here.

 

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[Jan 07 – 13] What’s New This Week?

JAN. 07 – 13, 2019

What’s New This Week

Welcome back, foodies! It’s time to embark on a great new year by indulging yourself in sumptuous foods or exploring new dining spots in town. Of course, we will not let you be alone on this culinary journey! You can always check out our hand-picked dining news and promos in town to find out the perfect places.

Dining News and Promotions

Beef Promo & Complimentary Wine 
La Cucina, Pullman Kuala Lumpur Bangsar

Relish the highly sought-after and melt-in-the-mouth Wagyu Marble 7 along with Black Angus Grain Fed at the restaurant while grabbing home a complimentary bottle of Australia Barwang The Wall (Shiraz & Chardonnay)!  

Birthday Promo
Naughty Nuri’s, All Outlets

Have the best fun on your birthday by treating yourself to a sumptuous feast and delighting your taste buds with tantalizing ribs at the restaurant to enjoy a special birthday dance and get cash back. Save up to RM550! 

Bento Fair
Genji Japanese Restaurant, Hilton Petaling Jaya

The eagerly-awaited Bento Fair is back in January & February with premium items carefully selected by the award-winning chefs. A variety of boxes to choose from such as Tokyo Box featuring Wagyu beef or Osaka Box with salmon sashimi and more!

Delmonico Steak Promo
Tosca Italian Restaurant, DoubleTree by Hilton Johor Bahru

Indulge yourself in the amazing combination of flavors and texture with this highly-marbled Delminico Steak which will ensure to delight your taste buds with a melt-in-your-mouth sensation. RM499 per portion (for 3 – 4 pax).

Wine & Dine Promo
Thirty Two at The Mansion, George Town

Step into this January with joy starting with exciting birthday and anniversary package including mini cake, romantic deco, and more from RM348 per couple! Enjoy the cocktail with house infused spirits with discount for the second glass and more promos!

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[Jan 07 – 13] Weekly Reads: Expert Guide on Eating Sushi Properly

Have You Done It Right? Expert Guide on Eating Sushi!

 

Ever mixed wasabi into soy sauce? It’s actually not the traditional way to enjoy sushi! That being said, there is no right or wrong in savoring sushi; however there are proper ways to revel in these tasty bites! Check out the following tips to eat sushi shared by the world-renowned chef Nobuyuki “Nobu” Matsuhisa – the owner of 47 highly-regarded Nobu restaurants worldwide! 

TIP #1: DON’T USE CHOPSTICKS TO CUT THE SUSHI 

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Cre: independent.co.uk

Using chopsticks to eat sushi is not a must. Don’t use the chopsticks to cut the sushi, finish all one bite as you might mess up the plate.

” If you don’t like the smell of fish, people can use the chopsticks. But I like it when people eat sushi with their fingers because sushi chefs make the sushi with their fingers, and with their heart.– Chef Nobuyuki “Nobu” Matsuhisa

TIP #2: DON’T PUT TOO MUCH WASABI 

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You don’t need extra wasabi as it might overpower the fish taste. Putting wasabi in the soy sauce is also not the proper way. 

 

TIP #3: USE GINGER AFTER EACH BITE

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Make use of the ginger after each bite! It is the natural palate cleaner that perfectly clean out the fish taste.

TIP #4: EAT NIGIRI IN 3 STEPS

Click here to view chef Nobu showing the right way to eat sushi

Cre: uk.businessinsider.com

How to eat Nigiri? Remember 3 steps – half-turn, grab the sushi and dip in the soy sauce on the fish side. The rice shouldn’t touch the soy sauce.

 

TIP #5: EAT SASHIMI FROM WHITE FISH TO ONES WITH HEAVIER FLAVORS

Cre: livejapan.com

Starting from white fish and moving forwards to those with heavier flavors or more fatty at the end. This keeps fish with heavier flavors from overpowering lighter ones.

 

TIP #6: DIP SUSHI ROLLS DELICATELY IN SOY SAUCE

Cre: myrecipes.com

Eat sushi rolls properly? Dip the rolls very delicately on the soy sauce and enjoy it in one bite.

 

Did you know? You can have a taste of Nobu’s world-class cuisine right in the heart of Kuala Lumpur. 

Nobu Kuala Lumpur
Location: Level 56, Menara 3 Petronas, Persiaran KLCC, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50088 Kuala Lumpur.
>> View menu and make a booking at Nobu Kuala Lumpur here

 

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[ELITE Review] 3 Exquisite Delights at Chakri Palace @ Pavilion Kuala Lumpur

As I was still overwhelmed with turkeys, buffets and festive desserts after all the Christmas and New Year’s Eve feasts, I was hesitated at first when my friends asked me out for dinner. Fun fact, they also chowed down on too many protein-rich dishes and that’s why they wanted to take a break by savoring some Thai dishes! The good experience we had at Imperial Chakri Palace still lingered on our mind, hence we were not hesitated to go for its flagship outlet – Chakri Palace. Of course, I didn’t miss out this chance to taste and share with you the 3 most sumptuous dishes here that you definitely should go for!

 

1/ Deep Fried Garoupa with Traditional Sweet & Spicy Sauce

Click here to view Deep Fried Garoupa With Traditional Sweet Spicy Sauce at Chakri Palace

Nothing beats a meal of freshly-caught fish fried until perfection and that’s why we absolutely fell for the hearty dish Signature Deep Fried Garoupa With Traditional Sweet & Spicy Sauce. The vibrant and thus, eye-pleasing color of the big portion of fried garoupa immediately captured our attention right after it was presented in front of our eyes. Smothered in delectable sweet and spicy sauce along with fine herbs, the dish quickly tempted our palate for its irresistible aroma. With its crispy goodness, delicate taste that mingled perfectly with the sauce and the not-flaky-at-all texture, the dish is totally a must when you come here.

>> Click here to view this Signature Deep Fried Garoupa with Traditional Sweet and Spicy Sauce

 

2/ Signature Deep Fried King Prawn (2pcs)

Click here to view Signature Deep Fried King Prawn at Chakri Palace

While our hearts were still skipping a beat with the luscious garoupa (I know it sounds exaggerating, but you can hardly avoid this when you taste such a sumptuous dish!), we were in awe again to see a mouth-watering dish of 2 pieces of Signature Deep Fried King Prawn. Not only was the dish beautifully presented, showcasing the delectable goodness and huge portion of the king prawns, but it also satiated our palate with the king prawn’s freshness and natural sweetness. A dish you cannot forgo! 

>> Click here to view this Signature Deep Fried King Prawn

 

3/ Chakri Four Seasons

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We decided to end our meal with something light and this Chakri Four Seasons seemed like a good one (the dish is also an excellent starter to tease your palate!). Finest spring rolls, mango salad, prawns, chicken balls and mixed fruit are meticulously hand-picked by the restaurant’s award-winning Thai chef team! We still vividly remembered the exquisite taste of the crispy spring rolls, the palate-teasing mango salad which is well-balanced in terms of sweetness, spiciness and sourness, the delightful chicken balls, crispy prawns and finally, the fresh mixed fruit which is an extraordinary addition to the dish.

>> Click here to view this Chakri Four Seasons

TABLEAPP ELITE Members can redeem these 3 dishes for free. Find out more about TABLEAPP ELITE Membership here

 

Chakri Palace
Location: Lot C4.06.01, Level 4, Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, 168, Jalan Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur.

>> Click here to book a table at Chakri Palace