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Mid-Autumn Festival 2018: Best Places To Savour Mooncakes And Sumptuous Delights

1. Delectable Mooncakes in Limited Edition Satchel at Hilton Kuala Lumpur

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Prepare to be dazzled by the very first collaboration of Hilton Kuala Lumpur and Malaysia’s leading international fashion designer Khoon Hooi – the stunning limited edition satchel gift box with a choice of Midnight Bloom (RM198) or Blossom Series (RM178). While selecting the mooncakes of your choice (as low as RM35 each), take this chance to dine in one of the restaurants here! Savour Chinese delights at Chynna, Japanese food at Iketeru or international buffet at the all-day dining Vasco’s. You can also treat yourself to trendy cocktails and fine cuts of meat at Graze, Chambers Grill and Chambers Bar. If you want to liven up your mood, check out Zeta Bar for their international live band, have a cup of coffee at Oro Cafe or relax at The Lounge or Boardwalk to revel in their spectacular views.

 

2. Oriental Mid-Autumn Delights in Cheongsam-Themed Gift Box at Hilton Petaling Jaya

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Head to Hilton Petaling Jaya for traditional mooncakes infused with subtle flavours! Get yourself a one-of-a-kind Oriental gift box which depicts a cheong sam at RM135 nett (premium box) and RM110 nett (standard box). Indulge yourself in timeless classics of 9 baked mooncakes and snow skin mooncakes of 5 flavours with price as low as RM25 each. You can also pay the restaurants here a visit for a fulfilled trip. Note that the Peking Duck at Toh Yuen Chinese Restaurant is a must-try and if you are in the mood for Japanese food, visit Genji Japanese Restaurant! Come to Uncle Chili’s Bar & Restaurant for a varieties of hearty food and fabulous cocktails and enjoy a wide spread of delights with a buffet at Paya Serai Restaurant.

 

3. 11 Types Of Sumptuous Mooncakes Are Waiting For You at Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur 

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Encased in a traditional red box with gold handle, the elegant mooncakes at Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur are perfect for a wondrous Mid-Autumn indulgence. Eight types of baked and snowskin mooncakes (from RM32 each), from the pure classic White Lotus to the modern creation of Azuki and Musang King, are set to whet your appetite. You should also take this opportunity to explore the restaurants here! You can opt for redefined Chinese imperial dining at Celestial Court for a completely divine meal from start to finish or chill at Pavilions Lounge for some snacks and refreshing drink, head to Essence for sumptuous dim sum, steaks and premium fresh seafood and visit Villa Danieli for wood-fired pizza and an authentic rendition of Italian food.

 

4. Savour Timeless Baked Classics at Grand Millennium Kuala Lumpur

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Handcrafted with premium ingredients and baked to perfection, the mooncakes at Grand Millennium Kuala Lumpur are perfect for a family gathering. The hotel offers 4 types of mooncakes (from RM29 onwards) with a brand new creation of chocolate mint flavour which would entice your taste buds with its rich bittersweet and refreshing filling. Don’t hesitate to set your foot in the restaurants here for an epic culinary journey. Take a walk to the popular dining spot Lai Ching Yuen which will drift you back to ancient Shang Hai, indulge yourself in tantalizing dining experience at Hanaya Japanese Dining or go to the open-concept The Mill Cafe for a hearty spread of international and regional favourites.

 

5. Walk Down The Memory Lane By Relishing Handcrafted Classics at One World Hotel

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If you fancy a mooncake selection of timeless culinary traditions, look no further than the premium handcrafted artisanal mooncakes at One World Hotel! Sold in boxes of four from RM25 per piece, diners are given the choice of 9 classic favourites which would take you on a trip down the memory lane. A journey to the hotel would not be perfect without treating yourself to scrumptious food at one of their two well-known restaurants here – Zuan Yuan Chinese Restaurant which will enthrall you with its sophisticated and truly authentic Chinese menus and the award-winning Cinnamon Coffee House which offers superb delights featuring an open-concept kitchen.

 

6. A Royal Treat with Treasure Gift Box Series at Pullman Kuala Lumpur Bangsar

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Should you gratify towards traditional mooncakes with a modern twist, Pullman Kuala Lumpur Bangsar will satiate your cravings. Beautiful mooncakes with exotic flavours like Bird’s Nest and Musang King are expertly handcrafted by skilful pastry artisans here. Diners can purchase a selection of gift boxes known as Elegance (RM128), Signature (RM138) and Royal Imperial (RM198). Your royal treat will be elevated if you dine in one of the restaurants here. The pork-free Oriental Chinese Cuisine will fill your stomach with authentic and wok-friendly Chinese dishes. You can also treat yourself to a gastronomic dining experience at LINK – All Day Dining where you can enjoy live-cooking sessions or head to La Cucina Mediterranean which will serve you the finest contemporary cuisine. 

 

7. Mesmerizing Musang King Durian Mooncake with Blue Pea Layer at Way Modern Chinois

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The handmade snow skin mooncakes at Way Modern Chinois will fly you to the moon! The Musang King durian filling is meticulously prepared and enveloped in a silky smooth blue pea stained layer. Each moon cake is handcrafted with care and a bite into it would make you stop for a moment to admire its creamy texture. Mesmerizing color with irresistible aroma, the mooncakes are sold at RM23 per piece or RM88 for a gift box of 4 pieces. Once you come to this contemporary restaurant, remember to try their famous Truffle Roast Duck which is marinated with truffle sauce, double roasted in truffle oil and topped with truffle slices. An avant-garde indulgence you would not want to miss out! See how to get this duck for free here!

 

8. A Dazzling Collection of Baked, Snow Skin and Crispy Mooncakes at JW Marriott Kuala Lumpur

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JW Marriott Kuala Lumpur ushers in this Mid-Autumn Festival with a fine selection of baked, snowskin, and crispy mooncakes at the award-winning Shanghai restaurant which is well-known for their authentic dishes of Shanghai. This year, the restaurant is offering 2 new exotic flavours, namely Fermented Black Garlic with Egg Yolk and Durian Paste with Truffle which would make you feel over the moon! While you are at the hotel, there is no reason why you should not visit Starhill Gallery. Savour Chiu-Chow style cuisine at Pak Loh Chiu Chow or relish Chinese tea and dim sum at Luk Yu Tea House. You can also opt for unique Latin flavours with a twist at Sentidos Gastrobar – The Latin Grill, authentic Malay food at Enak KL or Southern Thai cuisine at Pak Tai. Fancy a light bite and a refreshing cup of tea? Head to Newens Tea House! Last but not least, remember to try the freshest seafood in town at Shook!

 

9. Handcrafted Traditional Mooncakes with The All-Time Favorite Li Yen Kam Tui at The Ritz Carlton, Kuala Lumpur

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Celebrate this Mid-Autumn Festival with an array of hearty baked and snow skin mooncakes at The Ritz-Carlton. The mooncakes here are well-prepared and handcrafted by the culinary team of the award-winning Chinese restaurant Li Yen which serves one of the best Cantonese cuisines in town. The traditional baked mooncakes will bring you back in time with memorable flavours from classic creations to the all-time favorite Li Yen Kam Tui filled with delicious nuts and Chinese ham. You can choose to buy each piece at RM14 nett or get a box of 4 baked mooncakes here at RM100 nett. Mini mooncakes are also available in a box of 8 at RM112 nett.

 

10. Premium Traditional Mooncakes For A Joyous Mid-Autumn Festival at DoubleTree by Hilton Johor Bahru

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A plethora of Mid-Autumn sweet delights are waiting for you at DoubleTree by Hilton Johor Bahru. The traditional mooncakes here are bound to tempt your palate and leave you desiring for more. The premium mooncakes are made with care, including classic flavours like Baked Pure Lotus, Baked Pandan Lotus and more from RM26 each while a gift box of 4 pieces will cost you RM99. Remember to visit the hotel’s two well-known restaurants for a touch of joy. You can enjoy exciting live-cooking stations at the all-day dining Makan Kitchen which offers Western and Asian items or head to Tosca Italian Restaurant for an exquisite selection of rustic Italian foods which will make you come back for more!

 

 

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ELITE Review: Free Sumptuous Chicken Dishes in Klang Valley!

Scouting for exotic and delectable chicken dishes in town to feed your hungry eyes and rumbling stomach? Check out our hand-picked list of the top chicken dishes in town and the good news is all of them are free!

 

1. Ayam Percik at Enak KL, Starhill Gallery

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The big portion of the Ayam Percik at Enak KL as well as its irresistible aroma will immediately entice your palate at the first glance. The whole grilled spring chicken is lacquered with calibrated blend of ingredients including turmeric, coconut milk, onion garlic and ginger. The chicken is not only loved for its fork-tender meat but also for its pleasant sweetness that would linger in your mouth. The mouth-watering acar that comes along is a splendid addition that mingles well with the tasty chicken for its moderate spiciness and sourness. 

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2. Braised Spring Chicken Stuffed With Glutinous Rice, Garlic, Ginger and Straw Mushrooms at Pak Loh Chiu Chow, Starhill Gallery

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Due to its meticulous preparation, the Braised Spring Chicken Stuffed with Glutinous Rice, Garlic, Ginger and Straw Mushrooms at Pak Loh Chiu Chow is a rare-to-fine dish these days. Only a 21-day-old 600g spring chicken is selected to be hollowed out and fully stuffed with glunious rice, pre-stir fried Chinese ham, chicken feet and rare straw mushrooms. After hours of being braised in superior stock, the chicken is extremely soft while the other ingredients exude distinct flavours into it. Palatable, nutritious and rich in collagen, the dish is a must-try specialty for gourmets.

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3. Crispy Lemon-Orange Butter Chicken at Opium 

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If you are a huge fan of the Opium Regimes, you should not miss out a chance to dine at Opium and savour this Crispy Lemon-Orange Butter Chicken. The lip-smacking dish is made of crunchy deep-fried chicken cooked with lemon plum sauce and orange juice. Creamy butter is added to impart a hint of palate-pleasing sweetness and tangy flavour to the chicken. Diners can indulge in this served-hot-to-your-table dish with a choice of Poppy Seed Rice or Lotus Leaf Buns which is a perfect match to elevate the dining experience.

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4. Herb Chicken Breast in Creamy Lemon Sauce at Pampas Steakhouse at Old Malaya

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If you gratify towards sumptuous steaks, you would have paid a visit to Pampas Steakhouse at Old Malaya. Did you know their Herb Chicken Breast In Creamy Lemon Sauce is an all-time-favorite signature dish of many diners here? The chicken breast is pan-fried until its skin is incredibly crispy before being smothered in creamy lemon sauce which gives it a burst in flavour. The dish wins patrons’ hearts not only for its tender goodness but also for its characteristic flavourful taste. One should also revel in the flame-grilled vegetables that are served along.

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5. Fried Chicken Thigh “Karaage” at Touan

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A culinary journey to Touan would not be fulfilled without treating yourself to the signature dish Fried Chicken Thigh “Karaage” here. Presented with an unpretentious look, the bite-sized chicken thigh has its flavours do all the talking! Take a bite into this delight and you would not stop admiring the crisp-to-the-bite sensation of the thin layer of its crackling skin. The dish is also fancied by many diners for its extraordinary tender flesh which is juicy in every bite.

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6. Chicken Roulade With Mushroom at Pampas Reserve

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Where to find succulent chicken roulade in town that can charm even the most discerning diners? Look no further than the Chicken Roulade With Mushroom at Pampas Reserve. Carefully hand-picked to assure its high quality, the chicken breast is skilfully rolled and stuffed with a tasty filling of fine mushrooms. Served on a bed of Lyonnaise potatoes with a touch of wine reduction sauce, the chicken is not only eye-catching but also appetizing with its soft-to-the-bite meat. Don’t forget to relish the rocket salad garnished on top as its freshness would make you feel rejuvenated.

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ELITE Review: These Are The Best Duck Dishes In Klang Valley And They Are Free!

Who would not love to munch crackling duck skin while savouring its juicy flesh? Yes! We are in love with and even go crazy when it comes to duck meat. The good news is duck meat is not only appetizing and rich in flavour! There are more reasons for you to love it, especially for the health benefits that it provides such as the high amount of protein, vitamin B-5, B-12, zinc and selenium! And of course, skilful chefs around Malaysia have found their most decent way to bring out the best of the duck! Here are our top hand-picked duck dishes in Klang Valley that you simply cannot miss out.

 

1. Truffle Roast Duck 

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Whether you are a frantic truffle lover or simply someone who fancies its irresistible aroma and taste, you would not resist this fantastic dish – Truffle Roast Duck at Way Modern Chinois! The high-quality duck meat is carefully marinated for 48 hours with 8 types of flavourful ingredients and a good dose of truffle sauce. Too little truffle you say? The duck will then be double-roasted with truffle oil and finally topped with mouth-watering truffle slices! Take a bite and you might stop for a moment to admire the truffle taste exuding from the juicy duck meat. A pure indulgence for up to 6 persons! Keep in mind that this dish needs to be pre-ordered 24 hours in advance but who would mind waiting if it is for such a perfect indulgence?

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2. Peking Duck

Known as a staple on imperial court menus, Peking Duck has always been a luscious delight for its crackly texture, sleek golden-brown skin and intoxicating aroma.

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The Peking Duck at Royal Canton is one of the dishes that received much love from its customers. Well-marinated for hours, the duck is roasted to perfection until its skin is crisp-to-the-bite. The staff will help diners by meticulously cutting the duck meat into thin slices and wrapping in delicate egg crepes with a touch of sweet hoisin sauce along with fresh scallions and cucumber. The rest of the duck will be served upon patrons’ liking such as Duck Meat in Lettuce Wrap, Stir-Fried Duck Meat with Kampot Pepper, Stir-Fried Duck Meat with Ginger and Spring Onion, Fried Noodles with Duck Meat, and Fried Rice with Duck Meat. This succulent Peking Duck needs to be pre-ordered 24 hours in advance and is best for 4 – 6 persons!

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If you are a fan of the authentic Beijing taste of duck, the Traditional Peking Duck at Lai Ching Yuen is another hard-to-resist dish that you should not ignore! The amber-brown Peking Duck is set to entice your palate with its distinct aroma thanks to the traditional marinating methods and authentic recipes. The fork-tender meat along with the crackling sound from its skin will satisfy you on every bite. Homemade sauces and light bites are served along to balance the heavy nature of the meat. An excellent treat to 6 – 10 persons.

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3/ Duck Confit

Duck Confit (pronounced as Kon – Fee) is a technique of using salt to cure the duck and gently cooked it in its own fat. If you are in love with this French dish, here are a number of the finest choices for you. 

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The Duck Confit at Two-Ox French Bistro Bar is carefully brined for hours before being bathed in a good amount of duck fat along with aromatic herbs and fine condiments. After being slowly cooked, the duck has a thin, crispy skin that would easily tempt your palate and a tender-to-the-bite flesh that would gratify even the most discerning diners. The citrus duck glaze is carefully prepared to not only accentuate the taste of the duck meat but also give the dish an eye-catching look. The sumptuous duck leg is served with asparagus coulis, new potatoes and grilled radichio.

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Click here to view imageDuck Confit + Sausage + Foie Gras, Seasonal Baby Vegetables, Duck Consommé at Soleil 

Here at Soleil, the duck leg is hand-picked by skilful chefs and brined overnight with salt and fine herbs until it absorbs all the flavours. The duck is then slowly cooked in its rendered fat until its skin turns absolutely golden brown. A unique duck consommé, which takes up to 2 days to prepare, is added to give the duck meat a perfect flavour. To satisfy the diners’ taste buds, pan-seared foie gras and sausage are served along and some seasonal baby vegetables are added to well-balance out the strong taste the dish might have.

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Within a moment of its appearance, the Duck Confit at Bobo KL will immediately catch your attention with its eye-catching color. The duck is garnished with colorful edible pansy, mashed potato, rosemary and roasted zucchini. Dip the meat into the cranberry sauce embellished on the plate and you will have a soul-satisfying sensation for the perfect combination of its moderate sweetness and the fall-off-the-bone duck meat. A true indulgence for those who seek decadence and value-for-money food.

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The sumptuous Duck Confit at Neo Tamarind is nicely presented to quickly feed any patrons’ hungry eyes – the golden brown Duck Confit is placed aside creamy mustard sauce, green bite-sized brocolli and mesmerizing grilled lemon and sweet corn. While the duck skin is incredibly crispy, its meat is meltingly tender as your fork will go through every shred of it. The robust of the char-grilled lemon along with a hint of mustard from the sauce will create a burst in flavour that you would not want to end. A signature dish to delight your palate!

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5 Mansions in Penang That Crazy Rich Asians Would Visit This Merdeka Month 2018

Whether you love to have a taste of what it’s like to be a “Crazy Rich Asian” or simply want to step back in time to admire the glorious past, set your foot into these mansions in Penang and you will have what you wish for!

1/ Indigo @ The Blue Mansion

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If you are a fan of the sensational movie “Crazy Rich Asians”, you would not resist a thought of visiting Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion (also known as The Blue Mansion) where some of the movie’s scenes were shot. Built in a traditional Teo Chew style, the UNESCO award-winning heritage mansion would capture your full attention with its indigo façade along with granite-paved courtyards, colorful textures of handcraft semi-opaque fabric lanterns and sprawling stairs. In honour of the film’s release, the mansion is offering to rent out the entire mansion at RM50,000 for 24 hours. If you are wondering whether to splurge such a fortune, remember that it’s always reasonable and value-for-money to spend a dinner at the mansion’s restaurant – Indigo @ The Blue Mansion. Go back in time and live an extravagant life of grandeur in the 19th century by savouring the exquisite cuisine carefully-curated by the head chef who is known for his skilful and meticulous preparation and cooking techniques.

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2/ Macalister Mansion

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If you wander around Macalister Road in the beautiful Georgetown, you would notice a colonial house that looks like a heritage museum. In fact, it is the most luxurious and sophisticated boutique hotel here – Macalister Mansion. Embellished with a simple and classic interior, the mansion will wow visitors with its 8 uniquely-designed rooms of special features and artworks. The renowned mansion is also known for its unique contemporary menu using local produces with European cooking techniques. Indulge yourself in the meticulously-curated courses by head chef Johnson and pair the food with a comprehensive selection of wines, you would have a great time dining like a true gourmand. Dining in Macalister Mansion is not about the food itself but about an experience that you would never forget.

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3/ Thirty Two at The Mansion

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If you are into a uniquely aesthetic experience dining by the sea, Thirty Two at The Mansion will definitely win your heart. The 98-year-old Italianate villa is one of the most beautiful and worth-visiting heritage buildings in town. Surrounded by carefully-trimmed greenery with elegant velvet curtains, the mansion has a lovely beach-side lounge where you can take a gulf of drink while enjoying the sea breeze. The interior design will drift you back to the Renaissance days as it reflects the love for Italian culture of the owner’s son – candle chandelier hanging aloft and gorgeous portraits on the walls. One would not miss a chance to dine at the pork-free restaurant here which offers a wide range of haute French cuisine, Western delights along with splashes of Asian flare and a collection of old wines. Treat yourself to a cosy and romantic meal here to enjoy the finest choices of ingredients as well as glorious creations.

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4/ Farquhar Mansion

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If you love to walk down the memory lane to the earliest colonial days of Penang, there is no doubt Farquhar Mansion at Mission Place is one of your first destinations. The almost-200-year-old heritage building has exotically creative designs that are a far cry from conventional expectations. Its remarkable work of arts and well-thought-out furnitures with a classic touch would make you feel lost in time without further notice. Its posh and classy dining room has an intimate setting with dim lights and soothing jazz music that would be a perfect start for a gastronomic journey here. With an ever-growing menu that excites gourmets’ palate, the restaurant only curates high-quality ingredients for a palate-pleasing sensation in every dish. What would be better than a night affair of French haute cuisine, excellent wine, top-notch service in a luxurious and stylish restaurant?

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5/ Suffolk House 

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Quietly tucked away right at the outskirt of George Town, Suffolk House is one of the few buildings that attract much attention as it is the first ‘Great House’ in Penang. The heritage building, built in the early 1800s, is a stunning epitome of a perfect amalgamation of Malaysia’s only surviving Georgian Mansion and Anglo-Indian garden house. Should you search for a unique dining experience surrounded by Georgian architectural design, look no further than Suffolk House Restaurant. The pork-free restaurant is set to entice your palate with a spread of delights like the classic char-grilled rack of lamb or the pan-fried cod fillet. Not only would the restaurant charm you with its fine-dining meals or the much-loved afternoon tea but it also wins the heart of diners for a menu free from addictive and freshly-prepared ingredients for the best taste of a life in the mansion.

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ELITE Review: The Best Free Steaks at Top Restaurants in Klang Valley

1. Grass-Fed Grilled Beef Rib Eye (250gm) at Pampas Reserve

One who comes to Pampas Reserve should not miss out the heavenly delicious Grass-Fed Grilled Beef Rib Eye here. The grass-fed beef not only has a unique melt-in-the-mouth goodness compared to grain-fed beef but also much lower “bad” fat (such as saturated fat) and a higher amount of Omega-3 fatty acids which are good for health. The beef rib eye is grilled to your liking and served with lightly sautéed spinach along with the restaurant’s homemade mushroom brown sauce which is the perfect combination for the steak. Don’t forget to give the roasted baby potatoes a bite as they will tempt your palate with their flavour. A luscious and healthy delight.

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2. Grilled Black Angus Ribeye at Bobo KL

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The Grilled Black Angus Ribeye will immediately catch your attention from the first glance. The ribeye is flecked with a generous amount of pepper on top and embellished with edible pansy, dauphinoise (classic layered potato), asparagus and roasted garlic. The aroma of the beef which mingles well with the perfectly-roasted garlic smell might trigger your salivation without any notice. Dip the steak in the Au jus sauce that comes along and its unique flavour will accentuate the beefiest taste of the meat while the beef itself is superb tender and juicy.

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3. Goushuu No Wagyu Steak at Kimi-Ya

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If you are looking for a melt-in-the-mouth dish that can satiate your craving, don’t hesitate to try the Goushuu No Wagyu Steak at Kimi-Ya. The highest-graded A5 Wagyu steak is imported from Yamagata which is renowned for having the best Wagyu beef in Japan. Served sizzling hot, the steak would bring great excitement to diners for its mesmerizing marbling and mouth-watering pink flesh. The steak has a moderate amount of fatness and sweetness which will quickly dissolve in your mouth, exuding a rich beefy taste. A dish for those who seek decadence and over-the-top presentation!

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4. CAAB Black Angus Sirloin at Pampas Steakhouse at Old Malaya

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If you are in love with a much leaner steak than rib eye, make sure to pay Pampas Steakhouse at Old Malaya a visit to try their lip-smacking CAAB Black Angus Sirloin! Being one of the best steakhouses in KL, the restaurant only hand-picks the best Certified Australian Angus Beef (CAAB) to serve its discerning customers. As the sirloin is low in fat, the chefs need to skilfully marinate it with fine seasons and grill it to perfection to keep the meat moisturized and tender. Served with grilled mushrooms and speciality chimichurri sauce, this dish is a treat to sirloin fanatics.

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5. French Rib Eye at Mezze Bar & Bistro

The signature dish French Rib Eye will tempt your palate with its gargantuan steak of gorgeous marbling and irresistible aroma. Using the special Charolais beef from France which is eminent for its extremely flavoursome meat, the well-cut rib eye of 250g and above is grilled to your preferred doneness before being served with shoestring fries and a side of salad. Not only rich in a characteristic flavour, the beef also has a tender-to-the-bite goodness that one could not resist.

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6. Josper Charcoal Grilled Premium Grass Fed Rib Eye at The Steakhouse

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As one of the few restaurants in KL that import the notable Josper oven using charcoal heat to brings out the best of the meat, The Steakhouse has been reputable for its tasty steaks and earned a long line of loyal customers. Thanks to the extreme heat from the charcoal, the Josper Charcoal Grilled Premium Grass Fed Rib Eye 300gm has desirable char and crisp surface on the outside yet tender meat on the inside with elegant flavour. Served with 5 types of salt and 3 types of mustard along with perfectly-sautéed vegetables, the steak has a succulent taste that would make you crave for more.

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7. Chargrilled Pork Ribeye and Chermoula Spiced Pork Shoulder at ANTE

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The Chargrilled Pork Ribeye is one of the dishes that are in high demand at ANTE for the melt-in-the-mouth sensation that it gives patrons through every bite. Just a cut into the meat and it might be enough to whet your appetite! After being grilled to the perfect point, the steak is smothered in a good amount of truffle butter sauce which accents its flavour. Served along with roasted russet potatoes, frisee and oak leaf lettuce, the steak would keep you coming back just to indulge yourself in its divine taste. 

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A visit to the restaurant would be more fulfilled if you can have a bite of the Chermoula Spiced Pork Shoulder. Weigh up to 450gm, the gigantic pork shoulder steak will capture your full attention once it is presented. Carefully hand-rubbed with a moderate amount of Morrocan and Turnisan spices, the steak has a unique aroma in a non-overpowering manner that is set to entice your taste buds. Pair the steak with the salsa verde on top and you might be in awe with the delectable taste of this amalgamation.

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8. Grilled Pork Shoulder Steak at El Cerdo

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El Cerdo has long been frequented by pork lovers in KL and one who comes here should keep an eye on the Grilled Pork Shoulder Steak which is one of the signature dishes here. The pork shoulder is prepared by carefully marinated for 48 hours in fine ingredients including paprika, herbs, onions, and garlic. Not only filled with full of flavours, the pork has a melt-in-the-mouth texture that would tempt the palate of any diners. The Jalapeño and smoked paprika sauce served along is a sublime addition that helps to accentuate the pork flavour and brings out the best of its taste.

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#MerdekaDay: A (Makan) Journey To Iconic and Historical Places This Merdeka Day 2018

1/ Step back in time to admire the glory days in the past at Old Malaya

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Old Malaya

If you want to be drifted back to the colonial time while enjoying lip-smacking delights, you cannot simply ignore Old Malaya. Located at Jalan Raja Chulan, the 99-year-old colonial building has been transformed from a prominent residential area to a dilapidated sanctuary and finally the home of numerous heritage-modelled restaurants that are much loved by Malaysians and tourists. Amongst towers of offices and gigantic malls, this old landmark stands out as a unique, worth-visiting aesthetic legacy to step back in time and value our past. Come to Old Malaya if you love to appreciate the glory days of Kuala Lumpur in the past through the remaining ornate walls that harken back to the old days.

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The journey to Old Malaya wouldn’t be complete without sitting at a restaurant here to revel in the magnificent view of the iconic KL Tower or the serene ambiance of this culinary enclave. If you have a knack for steak, there is no reason why you should not opt for one of the best steakhouse in town – PAMPAS Steakhouse at Old Malaya. If you are into Malaysian-accented culinary with a modern twist, walk in Manja and it won’t let you down. Pier 12 Seafood Tavern will bring you to the sea with its freshest seafood while Luce Osteria Comtemporanea is where you can find yourself an authentic Italian wood-fired pizza and Junior Chellapa will gratify your Indian food craving by showering you with authentic Indian dishes.

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KL Tower

A few minutes further from Old Malaya and you will set your foot on the highest telecommunications tower in Southest Asia – KL Tower. As the highest and most spectacular tower of Kuala Lumpur currently, the gleaming KL Tower has a spindle-like apex that allows visitors to admire the city centre. Boasting a theatre, an amphitheatre and beautiful cascading pools, this tower is a definite must-see sightseeing attraction. A visit to KL Tower would not be fulfilled without treating yourself to modern authentic Malaysian and international cuisine while rejoicing in the most spectacular view of the city centre at Atmosphere 360 Revolving Restaurant KL Tower.

 

2/ Visit Historical Trio at Once – Kuala Lumpur Railway Station, Merdeka Square, National Museum of Malaysia

The more the better, you ask? Buckle up and visit these famous landmarks – Kuala Lumpur Railway Station, Merdeka Square and National Museum of Malaysia.

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Kuala Lumpur Railway Station

Designed by one of the most prolific British colonial architects – Arthur Benison Hubback, the old Kuala Lumpur Railway Station has marked its 118 years old this year and one who came here would not stop admiring the gorgeous facade of the gazetted heritage building, the dome-capped pavilions along the roof line and the Renaissance-like verandas with arched colonnade.

Merdeka Square

It would be a miss if you don’t visit Merdeka Square where the Malayan flag was raised for the very first time and take joy in the annual Merdeka Parade here. Keep in mind that when you are admiring the lofty flagpole that holds the flag of Malaysia, you are actually seeing one of the top highest flagpoles in the world! Merdeka Square is not only a historical place itself but is also ringed by the majestic charm of heritage buildings such as the prominent Sultan Abdul Samad Building and St. Mary’s Anglican Cathedral. Take a few steps further and you can pay the renowned Chinatown a visit.

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National Museum of Malaysia

Finally, don’t forget to spend your time in the National Museum (Muzium Negara) which is the most principal museum of Malaysia. Set up in 1963, the museum is a repository of Malaysia’s rich cultural heritage. With its magnificent exhibitions and galleries, the museum imparts knowledge through the country’s historical past. Remember to admire the 3 note-worthy galleries here which are the History Gallery that traces back to the original days, the Cultural Gallery with a collection of various aspects of Malaysian culture and the Metalwork and Musical Instruments Gallery that showcases ceremonial ornaments and instruments.

Feeling peckish after wandering for so long? Don’t worry as there are a plethora of delectable food around for you to pamper yourself.

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Just take a few steps away from the National Museum of Malaysia and you will reach Hilton Kuala Lumpur which is well-known for its notable restaurants. Rest at the newly refurbished The Lounge to adore the picturesque scenery or find yourself a comfortable seat at the polished marble counter at Oro Cafe with a freshly baked croissant.  Yearn for a big meal? Walk in the all-day-dining Vasco’s for an impressive buffet of Asian and international favourites or savour classic dishes at the authentic modern European restaurant – Graze. You can also delight your taste buds with Japanese dishes at Iketeru or dwell in prime aged meat cuts or robatayaki-style skewers at Chambers Grill. Don’t hesitate to go for Chynna where the marinated-to-perfection Peking Duck will satiate your taste buds.

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A few minutes further to Bangsar area and you are in the heaven of food! Head to La Bodega BSC if you are searching for Spanish food or Madam Kwan’s BSC if you love Malaysian-accented dishes. Visit Vineria.IT for authentic Italian delights or dance your way to Dancing Fish for lip-smacking Malay and Indonesian flavors. You can also opt for a Western meal at Ben’s Bangsar Shopping Centre or The Daily Grind Bangsar.
If you are tired of the hustle and bustle, Jalan Bangkung is a great choice where a long line of eminent restaurants are set to whet your appetite. Savour Italian dishes at Opus Bistro or Leonardo ‘s Dining Room & Wine Loft, indulge yourself in Western food at Bobo KL, Lucky Bo or relish Spanish delights at Cava.

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Truffle Roast Duck at Way Modern Chinois

Still want more choices? We have got your back! Take a short drive to Damansara Heights to treat yourself to Japanese Tapas (aka Japas) at Babe which is conceptualized by Michelin-starred chef Jeff Ramsey or relish Asian fusion dishes at PLOY. If you love contemporary Chinese cuisine, walk in Way Modern Chinois and try their iconic truffle roast duck or go to The Point or Mezze Bar & Bistro in case you are craving for Western-fusion delights.

 

 

 

ELITE Review: Free Signature Dishes at Top Japanese Restaurants in Klang Valley (P3)


1/ Sushi Azabu

Well-known for its Michelin-starred establishment in New York which is much frequented by Japanese food lovers and Hollywood celebrities, Sushi Azabu heads its way to Malaysia and sets its journey at the Japanese food heaven – ISETAN The Japan Store. Sushi Azabu houses fresh-from-Japan seafood which are then carefully crafted into delectable delights by skilful chefs.

This premium Rice Bowl of Luxurious Gift from Sea will entice your palate right from the first glance. Resting on a bed of warm rice are melt-in-the-mouth sea urchins, high-quality tuna and refreshing salmon roe served with freshly-grated wasabi. The bowl is a well-thought-out combination of the best of the sea which would charm any diners’ hearts with its umami taste and smooth texture.

The 3 Kinds of Tuna echoes the serenity of the surroundings with its unpretentious yet attractive presentation. Using bluefin tuna air-flown from the famous Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo, the dish boasts 3 different types of hard-to-resist tuna nigiri sushi, namely Akami, Chutoro and Otoro. Take a bite and you will feel rejuvenated by the fresh taste of the high-quality tuna blending well with the freshly-grated wasabi and the perfectly-cooked sushi rice.

Only the freshest sea urchins of the season are hand-picked to be crafted into this 3 Kinds of Sea Urchin. The air-flown sea urchins are presented in a simple yet elegant look that is tempting enough to secretly trigger your salivation. Extraordinary creamy and rich in umami flavor, this worth-dreaming-for miniature of the sea’s gift will drift you to the sea with its lip-smacking taste.

TABLEAPP ELITE Members can redeem these 3 signature dishes for free.

Opening Hours: Tue – Sun: 12:00pm – 3:00pm, 6:00pm – 11:00pm.
Location: ISETAN The Japan Store, LOT 10, No. 50, Jalan Sultan Ismail, 50250 Kuala Lumpur.

>> Click here to book a table at Sushi Azabu

 

2/ Torii Yakitori & Whiskey Bar

Looking for divine whisky to pair with sumptuous grilled skewers? The Japanese-accented gastro-bar Torii Yakitori & Whiskey Bar will gratify your craving! Located in a friendly neighborhood, this sanctuary is where you can indulge yourself in a wide range of Japanese-inspired delights while relishing the finest single-malt spirits.

The Signature Delicacies Set is a must-order dish including one Bonded Unagi & Foie Gras and one Wagyu Sliders. The Bonded Unagi & Foie Gras is a sublime combination of the grilled-to-perfection river eel (unagi), the foie gras which is pan-seared skilfully to maintain its moisture and the omelette to balance its rich flavor. The wondrous home-made Wagyu Sliders is lip-smacking with melt-in-the-mouth Wagyu patty with spinach, caramelised onions and scones. A true indulgence!

This bowl of Beef Donburi would be everything you could ask for! Lying on a bed of rice is a concoction of delights with different nuances, namely foie gras, beef, caviar, truffle and onsen tamago. The delectable foie gras mingles perfectly with the slices of beef, resulting in an unforgettable satisfaction. If you are a fervent caviar lover, there is no reason why you should not opt for extra foie gras which is always available with additional charge.

Here comes something that can pair perfectly with your single-malt whisky – the Signature Skewers Set. The dish includes 4 piping hot bite-sized skewers – Beef Enoki, Sirloin, Wings and Smoked Duck, which can immediately whet your appetite with their aroma. The Beef Enoki and the Sirloin skewers are tender to the bite while the Wings have delectable crispy airy skin. The Smoked Duck is well-marinated with sea salt and welsh onion which give it a flavorful and succulent taste. A wonderful treat!

TABLEAPP ELITE Members can redeem these 3 signature dishes for free.

Opening Hours: Mon – Fri: 11:30am – 2:30pm, 5:00pm till late; Sat & Sun: 5:00pm till late.
Location: Lot 8-6, Jalan Batai, Damansara Heights, 50490 Kuala Lumpur.

>> Click here to make a table reservation at Torii Yakitori and Whiskey Bar

 

3/ Toriden

Originated from Fukuoka prefecture which is famous for its fresh produce, Toriden opens its door at the 4th floor of ISETAN The Japan Store which features only authentic Japanese cuisine. With a traditional menu of farm-fresh items and unique cooking technique that can only be found on the Kyushu Island, the restaurant is where Japanese connoisseurs often pay their visit.   

The Mizutaki TAKE Course is a perfect combination of Goma sashi-sashimi, assorted chicken parts, vegetables, chicken tempura, porridge or noodles and dessert of the day. To enjoy this mizutaki, one should firstly take a sip of the luscious chicken broth soup which is cooked from fresh whole chicken daily and boiled for more than 6 hours. Indulge yourself in other delights like juicy chicken meat balls with free flow of tofu, noodles and vegetables, crunchy chicken tempura and don’t forget to pair the assorted boiled chicken parts with the tangy citrus Ponzu sauce.

The 3 Kinds of Sashimi will delight your palate with its fresh goodness. The sashimi are air-flown from Tsukiji Fish Market in Japan and only the freshest seafood are hand-picked to make chef’s special sashimi of the day. The melt-in-the-mouth sashimi has a delectable creamy taste which is then accentuated by a touch of the freshly-grated wasabi.

If you are searching for some bite-sized morsels to savor at the restaurant, don’t forget to opt for the Chicken Tempura which is absolutely luscious. The chicken is slightly seasoned before being fried until it has a light and crispy texture. Squeeze a bit of lemon juice on top, dip the tempura in the mustard that comes along and the combination would make you rave with love!

TABLEAPP ELITE Members can redeem these 3 signature dishes for free.

Opening Hours: Daily: 11:00am – 3:00pm, 6:00pm – 11:00pm.
Location: ISETAN The Japan Store, LOT 10, No. 50, Jalan Sultan Ismail, 50250 Kuala Lumpur.

>> Click here to reserve a table at Toriden

 

4/ HANARE

Catering authentic Japanese cuisine with an emphasis on fresh and high-quality seafood air-flown directly from Japan, HANARE has long been a decent restaurant where Japanese food devotees and discerning critics often come to savour season’s specialty offering like the Hon Maguro (Fresh Blue Fin Tuna) or the rare cut of Tai (Fresh Red Snapper). The restaurant vows to bring a unique experience with authentic Japanese cuisine for its diners.

A visit to HANARE wouldn’t be complete without the all-time favorite A5 Premium Wagyu Sushi. The slice of gorgeous marbled A5 Wagyu beef is ingeniously crafted with a dab of fresh wasabi under the beef. Using the highest-graded Wagyu beef, the sushi has a unique melt-in-the-mouth texture and rich flavor that you would not want to end!

This Grilled Fish Head has a humble look to let its flavor do all the talking! The fresh fish head is grilled to perfection which gives it an irresistible aroma and distinct smoky smell. Its light crackling charred skin is a joy in the mouth while the flesh has a tender goodness. Did you know the salmon head is high in Omega-3 fatness, vitamin A, zinc and iron? A scrumptious and healthy delight!

The Maguro Yukke or Tuna Tartare is a true show-stopper for a delightful gastronomic journey at Hanare. The fresh and high-quality tuna are hand-picked and skilfully cut into small cubes then placed together with assorted vegetables, egg yolk and dressing. The melt-in-the-mouth tuna has a characteristic umami flavor which is then accentuated by the smooth egg yolk and fresh vegetables. A simple yet luscious dish. 

TABLEAPP ELITE Members can redeem these 3 signature dishes for free.

Opening Hours: 12:00pm – 2:30pm; 6:00pm – 10:30pm.
Location: The Intermark Mall, Ground Floor, 348, Jalan Tun Razak,50400 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

>> Click here to book a table at Hanare

 

ELITE Review: Free Signature Dishes at Top Spanish Restaurants in Klang Valley

 

1/ Cava

Scouting for authentic Spanish and Mediterranean cuisine around Bangsar? One should not miss out Cava! Located on the peaceful Jalan Bangkung, the restaurant is where Spanish and Mediterranean food lovers come by to unwind and savour exotic delights including tapas, paella and steaks.

The Baked Sucking Lamb is a signature dish that lamb aficionados simply cannot ignore. The enormous and mouth-watering piece of suckling lamb, served along with mashed potato and fresh vegetables, will immediately satiate your craving. The lamb has a satisfying airy light crackling skin outside and juicy, flavoursome meat inside. An irresistible delight!

The Cava’s Specialty Arroz Negro Paella is an eye-catching signature dish served in a big portion to be shared by 2 – 3 pax. A fair amount of squid ink is used to make the outstanding black color for the paella while the prawns give it a mild briny kick in flavor. Dip the fresh prawns in the mayonnaise or a bit of spicy chili sauce that comes along and their refreshing taste will enliven your dining experience.

The Spaghetti Aglio Olio Pulpo a la Gallega, in a not-so-fancy yet elegant presentation, will entice your taste buds with its piquant flavor. A good dose of paprika is used to sprinkle on the aglio olio which results in a true burst in the mouth. The fresh Spanish octopus tentacles have a crunchy and juicy texture that goes well with the spaghetti. A soul-satisfying dish!

TABLEAPP ELITE Members can redeem these 3 signature dishes for free.

Opening Hours: Mon – Sat: 12:00pm – 3:00pm, 6:00pm – 12:00am; Sun & Public Holidays: 6:00pm – 12:00am.
Location: 71, Jalan Bangkung, Bukit Bandaraya, 59100 Kuala Lumpur.

>> Click here to book a table at Cava

 

2/ Sentidos Gastrobar – The Latin Grill

Located at the well-known Starhill Gallery, Sentidos Gastrobar – The Latin Grill is a perfect dining spot for those who seek authentic Latin flavours with an exceptional Sentidos twist. Owning a long bar with a plethora of drinks and a comfortable dining room with classic specialties, the restaurant will give diners a unique and dynamic culinary experience with its vibrant cuisine.

If you have a knack for paella, this classic Mariscos Paella might be one of the top of your list. The dish is served generously in a pan with a variety of fresh seafood including prawns, clams, mussels and squid with a touch of chili. The delectable paella is perfectly cooked until it’s “al dante” (firm to the bite) and the Spanish rice soaks up a moderate sweet taste from the saffron and roasted garlic, making it a satisfying indulgence.

The next dish, Sautéed Garlic Tiger Prawns is a palate-teasing delight of which the flavors do all the talking. Three mouth-watering pieces of juicy tiger prawns, smothered in a mix of chili, garlic and olive oil, are set to entice the palate with their burst of flavors – a perfect start before the main course. A piece of garlic bread would be a perfect combination for the dish.

This Churros Mexicanos is a splendid dessert to end your meal. Coated with a moderate amount of sugar, the crowd-pleasing churros has a delicate sweetness that mixes well with the dark chocolate fudge dipping sauce which goes along. A crispy and luscious dessert to enjoy after a wonderful culinary journey.

TABLEAPP ELITE Members can redeem these 3 signature dishes for free.

Opening Hours: Sun – Fri: 12:00pm – 3:00pm, 5:00pm – 11:00pm; Sat: 12:00pm – 12:00am.
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/ La Bodega

If you are looking for amazing Spanish breakfast spreads, a wide array of hot and cold Spanish tapas and classic delights, come to La Bodega! Being the first authentic Spanish Tapas and Wine Bar in Malaysia since its opening in 1999, the éclat restaurant is not only iconic for its mouth-watering food but also for its exlusive wines that are hand-picked from Spain and Chile.

The Paella Valenciana Mixta is a perfect epitome of the union between the Romans and the Arab. The Spanish rice is perfectly seasoned with saffron for a mild sweet taste and skilfully cooked with a variety of ingredients, including prawns, chicken, clams, squid, mussels and peas. Embellished with a distinct combination of meats and vegetables, this fascinating paella will gratify diners “to the moon and back”.

If you are a true fan of prawns, here comes a dish you should keep an eye on. The Gambas al Ajillo is a sumptuous delight that is in high demand at La Bodega. Perfectly sauteéd with gloves of fine garlic, chili and olive oil, the tiger prawns are not only filled with flavor but also have a firm and fresh-to-the-bite texture that would make you crave forever more.

It would be ideal if your taste buds are delighted with something sweet at the end of the meal and the Duo de Cremas Catalanas is the perfect dessert for a fulfilled dining experience at La Bodega. The Cremas Catalanas, also known as the Spanish version of crème brûlée, are prepared in classic and coffee flavors with the sugar atop perfectly camarelized. This melt-in-the-mouth dessert is all you could ask for.

TABLEAPP ELITE Members can redeem these 3 signature dishes for free.

>> Click here to check out all La Bodega outlets and reserve a table

 

4/ El Cerdo 

Stand out as the most porky-licious restaurant on the crowded Changkat Bukit Bintang street, El Cerdo is truly a home for pork flavours around the world, especially Europe, Carribean and Mexico. If you consider yourself a true pork enthusiast, pay the restaurant a visit for a superb lip-smacking porky ride.

The Spanish Ribs Platter has everything you could ask for. Three different types of ribs, namely Spicy Baby Back Ribs, Green Salsa Ribs and the highly sought-after Ibérico Ribs, are placed together on a sharing plate to satisfy even the most discerning diners. Each type of ribs is uniquely marinated with well-matched fine condiments and sauces. A dream come true!

The Crispy Pork Knuckle is a must-order signature dish when you come to the restaurant. The New Zealand Cured Ham Knuckle is marinated simply with black pepper and salt before being roasted to perfection to bring out the best of its taste. Take a bite into its crispy skin yet tender meat and you would not want the feeling to end. Potato dumplings, sauerkraut, apple mousse and mustard beer sauce are served along to well-balance the pork knuckle’s rich nature.

If you wonder why the Grilled Pork Shoulder Steak is so flavorful, here comes the answer you might be looking for. The steak is marinated for 48 hours to absorb the piquant flavour from paprika and the aroma from fine herbs before being grilled to “à point” (the perfect degree of doneness). Sink your teeth into the steak and you might be awestruck with the tasty juice oozing from the tender pork meat. Served with jalapeno and smoked paprika sauce, this Grilled Pork Shoulder Steak is a sumptuous treat.

TABLEAPP ELITE Members can redeem these 3 signature dishes for free.

Opening Hours: Tue – Sun: 6:00pm – 10:30pm; Closed on Mondays in August 2018.
Location: 43 & 45, Changkat Bukit Bintang, 50200 Kuala Lumpur.

>> Click here to make a table reservation at El Cerdo

 

 

ELITE Review: Free Signature Dishes at Top Italian Restaurants in Klang Valley

 

1/ Luce Osteria Contemporanea

Located in Old Malaya – the renowned century-old building in the heart of KL, Luce Osteria Contemporanea is full of reminiscences of a true Italian spirit with warm lights and imported Pizza wood-fire oven from Italy. The restaurant offers a collection of 55 home-made authentic Italian pizzas along with a plethora of rustic Italian dishes in a cozy and intimate dining room. A perfect location to sit back and chill in the most Italian way.

The Il Gran Tagliere is well-presented to tempt your palate with a rendition of mouth-watering cold cuts of cheese, sun dried tomatoes, artichokes and caper berries nicely interspersed. Curated for at least 6 to 18 months in Italy, the cold cuts of different flavours and textures – including Mortadella, Coppa, Salame Napoli, Smoke Speck, Italian Honey Ham and Parma Ham, are air-flown to the restaurant and carefully hand-picked to match with the 12-month-old cheese that comes along. Take a bite and mingle it with the traditional fried focaccia and you are all set! 

The Sole Pizza (also known as Sun-Shaped Pizza) is a delight that would capture your attention within a few seconds with its eye-catching and unique presentation. Using Burrata Pugliese cheese and fresh dough with flour imported from Italy, the pizza has a crispy skin outside yet uniquely soft texture inside that can easily entice your taste buds. The pizza is infused with a distinct smoky flavor thanks to the wood-fired oven which makes it a comfort specialty. 

The La Porchetta at the restaurant is a triumph in flavor which can silently trigger your salivation. The skilfully de-boned suckling pork is stuffed with high-quality pork sausage, Mortadella, capsicum, artichokes and Mozzarella cheese. Savour the porchetta with the beef stew cooked with Parma Ham that served along for an experience of pristine tastefulness.

TABLEAPP ELITE Members can redeem these 3 signature dishes for free.

Opening Hours: Tue – Sun: 12:00pm – 1:15am, Mon: 4:00pm – 1:15am.
Location: No.10, Old Malaya, Lorong Raja Chulan 50250, Kuala Lumpur.

>> Click here to book a table at Luce Osteria Contemporanea

 

2/ Neroteca

Being the first non-halal Italian restaurant and deli in Malaysia, Neroteca is much frequented by foodies who love authentic Italian dishes with pork. Bright lights, wall-to-wall wine, hanging salami and ham, the restaurant hosts a unique friendly ambience with a quaint atmosphere. 

The Homemade Tortellini Pasticciati has an unpretentious look yet its taste is a stark contrast. The tortellini has mouth-watering fillings of many-month-old grounded salami, prosciutto, pepperoni, grated parmesan, grated nutmeg and egg which will entice your taste buds with full of flavors. The beef ragu sauce, with a milder taste, is a well-thought-out addition that balances the strong flavour of the tortellini. A simple yet flavorful indulgence!

The Classic Tiramisu is a sumptuous dessert made of Italian Savoiardi biscuits and nicely presented in a glass of jar, topped with fresh strawberry, lingonberry and a slice of dried orange. The melt-in-the-mouth tiramisu is a heavenly amalgamation of moderate sweetness and bitterness. The toppings are not only splendid but also refreshing. An ideal way to end your meal!

Neroteca’s La Porchetta is a signature dish that Italian food lovers simply cannot ignore. Plated on a wooden board, the mesmerizing slices of porchetta are drizzled with rich demi-glacé sauce and served with perfectly sautéed baby potatoes and aromatic house-made Roman Focaccia. The La Porchetta is a sublime indulgence with its fascinating crispy skin, well-moisturized meat as well as irresistible flavours. Savour the fork-tender La Porchetta with the made-fresh-daily bread and you will crave for more.

TABLEAPP ELITE Members can redeem these 3 signature dishes for free.

Opening Hours: Daily: 11:00am – 3:00pm, 6:00pm – 11:00pm
Location: Unit G-1, Seri Bukit Ceylon. No. 8, Lorong Ceylon, 50250 Kuala Lumpur.

>> Click here to reserve a table at Neroteca

 

3/ Opus Bistro

Tucked away in the quieter side of Jalan Bangkung in Bangsar, Opus Bistro sits amongst a row of well-known establishments. Scrumptious classic Italian delights and amiable service, the restaurant has earned a number of loyal customers who are true Italian food enthusiasts.


The Grilled New Zealand Rack of Lamb is a succulent dish which is so charming that one just cannot wait to devour. The three beautiful cutlets of New Zealand lambs are seared perfectly on the outside with spectacular striated texture and impeccable char. Cut into the lamb and you might have an eye-opening experience as the pinkish and tender flesh exudes a tempting juice. A value-for-money dish. 

 

The Spaghetti ala Opus is a note-worthy signature dish that will win your heart with its mild piquant flavor. The fresh seafood are cooked on point to preserve its sweetness and juiciness while the spaghetti absorbs all the flavors and satiates the taste buds with its buttery taste. A true delight for seafood lovers. 

The Roasted Cod offers a generous piece of fresh cod emanating a tantalising aroma with an eye-catching presentation. Topped with sweet cherry tomatoes, black olives and sprinkled with a good dose of fresh dills, the cod is a soft-to-the-bite morsel of lip-smacking taste.  Don’t forget to give the potatoes and carrots a try as their freshness won’t let you down at any bite.

TABLEAPP ELITE Members can redeem these 3 signature dishes for free.

Opening Hours: Mon – Sat: 12:00pm – 3:00pm, 6:00pm – 12:00am, Sun: 6:00pm – 12:00am
Location: 67, Jalan Bangkung, Bukit Bandaraya, Bangsar, 59100 Kuala Lumpur.

>> Click here to make a table reservation at Opus Bistro

 

4/ Leonardo’s Dining Room & Wine Loft

Leonardo’s Dining Room & Wine Loft is a quaint restaurant that might drift you back to the Renaissance the first second you step inside it. Taking its name after Leonardo Da Vinci, the restaurant is inspired to deliver not only good food but also a culture of thought and reason which reflects the modern world that we live in. 

The Grilled New Zealand Rack of Lamb, with its mesmerizing pinkish flesh, is a dish that you should keep an eye on. The lamb is skilfully made using blackened marinade technique which gives it a nice crust outside yet tender meat inside. Lying under the charming pieces of lamb is a bed of smooth and creamy sweet potato mash that well-balances the rich lamb racks. The fresh mint-chili sauce that comes along is also a sublime addition to the meat thanks to its aromatic flavor and fresh taste. 

The Leo’s Famous Pork Knuckle Platter might make you gasp in awe. A sight of the big portion of the pork knuckle with golden brown pork skin lying atop is enough to whet your palate. The pork skin is puffed up into startling little bits of crisp which results in a crunchy texture that pairs perfectly with the flavorful pork knuckle. Served along with 4 types of tangy sauce – apple cinnamon, mustard, au jus and red plum sauce, the meal is just simply impressive.  

The Leo’s Famous Spanish Iberico Pork Tenderloin is a must-try specialty for any pork aficionados. The well-cut pork tenderloin lies seductively on a bed of mashed potato and all-natural garden vegetable. Dip the pork into the mixture of Hollandaise and Chimichurri sauce and you might close your eyes in satisfaction as the creamy rich taste of the Hollandaise sauce and the fresh taste of Chimichurri totally enhance the juicy and flavorful pork tenderloin and play off the heavy nature of the food itself.

TABLEAPP ELITE Members can redeem these 3 signature dishes for free.

Opening Hours: Daily: 5:00pm – 12:00am.
Location: 61-1 & 61-2, Jalan Bankung, Bukit Bandaraya, Bangsar, 59100Kuala Lumpur.

>> Click here to reserve a table at Leonardo’s Dining Room & Wine Loft

 

5/ Sapore

Sapore – the Italian, Spanish-Mediterranean restaurant, is a hidden gem in Ampang that has long been a favorite destination of those who love Italian and Spanish-Mediterranean dishes with a modern twist. Sapore means “flavours” in Italian, hence the restaurant focuses on highlighting the authentic taste of Italian and Spanish food like Jamon Iberico, tapas and a number of dishes that pair perfectly with the restaurant’s carefully curated wine.

The 350g Roasted Octopus, Potato, Arugula Modena Balsamic will tantalise patrons’ taste buds with its irresistible flavor. Only high-quality Mediterranean octopus is used to cook for 3 – 4 hours with a variety of fresh herbs to bring out the best of its taste. The octopus is then marinated nicely with garlic black pepper, thyme and Spanish paprika. The use of smoky roasted potato and tangy balsamic dressing is brilliant as it balances the flavorful octopus.

The Hot Tapas – Iberico Pork Ribs with Barbecue Sauce is a worth-trying dish when you come to Sapore. The deep and complex flavour of the Iberico Pork Ribs is enhanced by a beautiful glaze of mouth-watering barbecue sauce smoldered outside. Take a bite and the nutty, tender texture of this succulent dish will make you yearn forever more.

The Spaghetti Carbonara with Egg Yolk, Guaniale Ham & Pecorino is a luscious signature dish for savory lovers. Using a good dose of Guaniale ham & Pecorino cheese and natural salt made from sheep’s milk, the spaghetti has a unique buttery taste filled with a right amount of flavor. The adequate fatness and non-powering flavor of the dish is set to entice diners’ palate. A mere satisfaction that you might never want to end.  

TABLEAPP ELITE Members can redeem these 3 signature dishes for free.

Opening Hours: Mon – Fri: 11:30am – 3:00pm, 6:00pm – 11:30pm; Sat, Sun & PH: 11:00am – 11:30pm.
Location: 18, Persiaran Ampang, Desa Pahlawan, Ampang, 55000 Kuala Lumpur.

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