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TOP 5 RESTAURANTS WITH UNIQUE VALENTINE’S MENU 2018, KLANG VALLEY

If you are looking for something special to prepare for this Valentine which might surprise your beloved one, a unique gastronomic dining experience is something you should consider. We have selected a few restaurants in Klang Valley with unique items on their menu that will give you both a one-of-a-kind experience and of course, a memorable night. You can also check out our list of restaurants with their Valentine's menu here!

1/ Enfin by James Won

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In this special occasion, there is nothing wrong with a special dinner to pamper the one you love. Enfin by James Won – the home of the first Krug Chef’s Table in Asia and Hennessy Salon, is a modern French restaurant that you should visit this Valentine’s Day.    

You can choose either a four-course degustation set priced at RM438 or a five-course degustation set priced at RM568. The degustation menu is full of delights that gourmands could not resist. The chef will not let you both down at any point and you and your loved one will be delighted till the last minute. You would probably cannot forget the taste of something unique like The White Sturgeon caviar with pommes soufflé or the Sea Urchin with fermented chili, crème fraiche rose powder, pommes soufflées nigiri, potato bravas, seasonal truffle, tobiko tarama, chervil.

With the degustation set chosen, you will also be given a complimentary amuse bouche.  

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

Opening Hours: Mon – Sat: 11:30 AM – 3 PM; 7 PM – Late; Bar: 5:30 – Late; Closed on Sundays.

>> Check out their Valentine’s Menu or reserve a table here.

 

2/ Kikubari

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The name “Kikubari” is actually a Japanese term which means ‘caring’. It well reflects the restaurant’s philosophy of bringing details and perfection in work, humility and politeness in behavior. Kikubari is also the art of ‘paying attention to others’. The restaurant always provides a touch of ‘hominess’ to create a casual dining atmosphere with flourishes of fine-dining.

With their attention to details, you and your lover would be overwhelmed with the Valentine’s Menu served by the restaurant. Just by reading the name, you would immediately know how special it is! Who would resist the Foie Gras Pané, Red Wine Sauce. Sugared Plum or the Maine Lobster, Americaine Sauce, Asparagus Salad? And the dessert Endless Sweet Memories will be something you would love to try over and over again.

Address: L3 – 01A, DC Mall, Plaza DC, Damansara City, 6, Jalan Damanlela, 50490 Kuala Lumpur.

Opening Hours: Mon – Sat: 6:30 PM – 10:30 PM, closed on Sundays.

>> Click here to view the full menu or make a reservation.

 

3/ Bistro à Table

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Bistro à Table with its goals to bring the world’s very best produce to its diners is a restaurant where you can find creative and daring dishes such as the Japanese Kobe beef or New Zealand lamb to French poulet de Bresse and goose foie gras. This multi award-winning restaurant, helmed by Chef Isadora Chai, pays homage to modern French comfort food while adapting local elements. With its creative and one-of-a-kind menu, we cannot leave Bistro à Table out of our list.  

Prepare for a culinary adventure with the unique menu of the restaurant this Valentine. You will be served Live Fine de Claire oyster with Hojisho soy pearls or can choose something like the Roasted quail stuffed with foie gras and truffle cream. For dessert, the Terribly Alcoholic Tiramisu might make your mind blow! If you are not into alcohol, the restaurant will prepare an alcohol-free version just for you. Price from RM180++ per pax.

Address: 6 Jalan 17/54, 46400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.

Opening Hours: Tue – Sun: 6:30 PM – 11:30 PM; Closed on Mondays.  

>> See the full Valentine’s menu or reserve a table here.

 

4/ Dining In The Dark KL

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When it comes to unique, you should not skip Dining In The Dark. A place where you will have a totally new sensory experience in which every sound, every movement, every taste and breath is an adventure. The Surprise Menus will guide you through a marvelous gastronomic journey where only the true flavours and tastes of the food have not been influenced by your sight.

With a special wine-paring menu “Romance in The Dark” of RM199 nett per person, you and your sweetheart will have a totally unforgettable moment with each other and inspired by the creations of the chef here. Of course we cannot give you too much details because all you can do is to come and feel it! The restaurant will also give limited free gifts for couples.

Address: 50A Changkat Bukit Bintang, 5200 Kuala Lumpur.

Opening Hours: Daily 6 PM – 11 PM;

>> Check out more information & book a table in advance here.

 

5/ Butler & Chef – The Italian Osteria

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Butler & Chef is where you can taste the one-of-a-kind truly authentic Italian Omakase in Kuala Lumpur. Only daily freshest ingredients are chosen to create a culinary delights for patrons. We found out that the restaurant is serving two special set menus to satisfy you and your lover’s cravings this Valentine: Seafood Set Menu and Meat Set Menu.

With the Seafood Set Menu, you can indulge yourselves in varieties of delicious food such as the gorgeous Angel Hair Served with Sea Urchins and Bottarga and the Marinated Bread Crusted Sea Bream served with zuchinni and Eggplant in Scapece Style.

If you are a meat lover,  get ready to be in love with the restaurant’s Meat Set Menu of luscious food such as the Pan Fried ITA 100 Day Grain Fed Beef Tenderloin Served with Roasted Potato and Dresser with Blue Cheese Sauce. Their special dessert will also melt you without any saying – White Lava Cake Dressed with Raspberry Sauce Tiramisu. Price starts from 348+ per Couple.

Address: A4-1-07, 1st Floor, Block A4, Publika, Jalan Dutamas 1, Solaris Dutamas, 50480 Kuala Lumpur.  

Opening Hours: Daily: 10 AM – 1 AM.

>> Book a table in advance and see restaurant’s menu for this Valentine here.

 

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5 BEST GIFTS FOR YOUR LOVER THIS VALENTINE’S DAY 2018

Say no more to jewelries or luxurious gifts, you can totally melt your lover's heart using some of our ideas below to prepare the best gifts ever! You would be surprise to know how easy yet hearty it is to have a memorable day together. Just do everything from the bottom of your heart and you will receive more than you could ever imagine! 

 

1/ Surprise her/him with their favorite kinds of songs.

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What would be more romantic than expressing the language of love in music? You can totally dance into his or her heart with varieties of love songs. It would be even more special for this occasion if you can choose his/her taste in tunes as well. Simply send him/her a song with some romantic words or even sing for him/her. If you are planning to choose a restaurant in this occasion, you should consider some restaurants which their theme songs might fit your lover’s taste. If your lover is a Korean fan, you can totally pick a restaurant like YG Republique at TREC where pop Korean songs are constantly on the loop and has frequent visits by K-Pop stars like Seungri from BIGBANG, for example.

 

2/ Prepare a handmade gift.

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Show him/her how caring and special you are by preparing a one-and-only gift made by you! Nothing would be greater than seeing something made exclusively and whole-heartedly just for you. The gift can be something as simple as a Valentine’s card with your one-and-only couple quotes or something more sophisticated such as paper flowers. If you want to surprise your loved ones even more, you might ask for some help from the restaurants to serve your present in a secret box or on a covered tray during your Valentine’s meal! Some restaurants such as ROCKU Yakiniku will even help you to create an unforgettable moment which will give a special photo frame with photo shooting for each couple.

You can check out more restaurants with Valentine’s menu from our list here.        
 

3/ Indulge your special one in sumptuous food.

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We all must be familiar with the saying “A way to a person’s heart is through his/her stomach” and it has been proven without any saying! In this occasion, you can surprise him/her with the food cooked by you! What’s more special than a home-sweet-home moment like that? Yet, if it is too time-consuming for you, just take a bit of time to find a decent restaurant with a Valentine’s menu that she/he will fall in love with. We have done the research for you and created a list  just to save your time.

>> Click here to view the list of restaurants with Valentine's menu.

 

4/  Use classic gifts in a Special way

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You don’t need to always go with fancy gifts to surprise him/her. As long as you are sincere, even the most common and classic gifts are spot-on. Flowers and chocolate, as simple as it seems, can be the easiest gifts to choose yet the sweetest of all time. You can buy a customized chocolate with her/his name on it or flowers made in a heart-shaped frame with your picture together. You might consider checking out restaurants which give roses or serve chocolate for this special occasion such as Farquhar Mansion with their Valrhona Chocolate Surprise for the couple, or Butler & Chef which will give ladies roses and will serve special dessert like the White Lava Cake.  

  

5/ Give him/her a unique dining experience  

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Amaze him/her with some breath-taking moments that might make his/her heart skip a beat! Who would be able to resist delectable food along with gorgeous view? Well, the price to dine at these dining spots might be a bit more than average, but it should never be costly when it comes to the gastronomic experience that you and your love will receive in return. Treat him/her in this occasion to the nicest places that she/he deserve to be in.

>> Check out our list of the most scenic restaurants for this Valentine's Day here.

 

 


 

TOP 5 SCENIC RESTAURANTS IN MALAYSIA YOU MUST GO THIS VALENTINE’S DAY 2018

Dining is not only about the food itself but also about the experience you have. This Valentine's Day, we have chosen 5 most scenic restaurants in Malaysia that you must go one time in your life. It's time for you and your love to indulge yourselves in breath-taking views and savour the best delicacies. Your Valentine's dinner would be more complete and fulfilled with you both together enjoy these stunning views. You can also check out other restaurants with Valentine's Menu 2018 here.

1. Babe

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Perched atop the modern WORK@Clearwater, Babe will take you to a culinary adventure with an unparalleled view of Kuala Lumpur’s city skyline and world-famous Petronas Twin Towers in the horizon. Situated at the outskirt of KL City, Babe will be a perfect place for those who want to get away from the hustle and bustle KL city. This is where you will expect the unexpected to try Babe’s first-of-its-kind “fun-dining” dishes.

Babe is serving 2 Valentine’s menus of RM550++ per pax and RM750++ per pax which are filled with surprises. Each bite will leave you breathless as the taste will definitely linger on your taste buds. Let your special one overwhelmed with the restaurant’s unique menu with the Caramelized Ankimo, The “Duck & Coke”, the Abalone “Samgyetang” and a lot more.

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

Opening Hours: Tue – Sun: 6 PM – 11 PM; Closed on Mondays.

>> Check out Babe’s menu for Valentine and reserve a table here.

 

2. Atmosphere 360 Revolving Restaurant KL Tower

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Situated at the tallest tower in Southeast Asia – KL Tower, Atmosphere 360 Revolving Restaurant is a must-go place for locals and tourists. Its splendid atmosphere and impeccable service offer you one-of-a-kind luxurious fine dining experience that will be long-lasting.

This Valentine, Atmosphere 360 Revolving Restaurant KL Tower will serve a Valentine’s Day Special with the choice between White Rose Table and Red Rose Table. Starting from RM438 nett per pax, you and your beloved one will have a Semi Buffet Special with a fusion combination of main course. The restaurant will also surprise you and your beloved one with chocolate, roses and picture frame!

Address: TH02, KL Tower, No. 2, Jalan Puncak, off Jalan P. Ramlee, 50250 Kuala Lumpur

Opening hours: Lunch: 11:30 AM – 1 PM; 1:30 PM – 3 PM; Hi-Tea/Afternoon Tea: 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM; Dinner: 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM; 9 PM – 11 PM

>> Click here to view their Valentine’s menu or book a table.

 

3. Signature at The Roof

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If you would love to surprise your beloved one with a plethora of Asian and international fusion cuisine, Signature will take you there! The contemporary dining room has a unique menu for patrons who love finer things in life. Don’t forget to try their award-winning signature cocktails.  

The restaurant will celebrate this romantic season with a special Valentine’s menu available on the 13th & 14th February, 2018 from 6 PM – 9 PM. For early birds that book table before 10 Feb, you will only have to pay RM299++ per couple to enjoy a buffet starter, a choice out of 4 main courses such as the Char Grilled Lamb Loin or the Soft Shell Prawns and a dessert of love with chocolate truffle, lavender cheese tart, lychee and rose cake.

>>View Signature's Valentine’s menu here.

Address: Sky Level, 1 First Avenue, Bandar Utama, 47800 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.

Opening Hours: Daily: 5 PM – 1 AM

>> Click here to reserve a table

 

4. Pampas Sky Dining

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Dine all the way into your lover’s heart at Pampas Sky Dining with their special Valentine’s Day Menu which includes a 3-course meal with a choice of Txogitxu Spanish Beef Tenderloin or Duck Magret. End your meal with Chocolate Mousse infused with pistachio flavor served on vanilla tart and vanilla ice cream. A full prepayment of 215.71nett per person is required and the menu will only be available on 14th February 2018 with 3 sessions at 6 PM, 7:30 PM and 9 PM.  

Address: Tower 1, Level 41, Swiss Garden Residences, The Shore. 193, Pinggiran @ Sungai Melaka, Jalan Persiaran Bunga Raya, 75100 Melaka.

Opening Hours: Tue – Sun: 4  PM – 2 AM; Closed on Monday.

>> Click here to see the Valentine's menu of Pampas Sky Dining and reserve a table

 

5. TOP View Restaurant & Lounge

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Located inside the Komtar Tower, Penang, the restaurant will take you to a gastronomic experience with 360 degree view of the beautiful world heritage! Not only famous for their stunning view, TOP View Restaurant & Lounge is also well-known for their best-in-class International Buffet by award-winning chef. This Valentine, you can enjoy a hearty meal at this place with RM368 nett for 2 pax.

You may take time to look through their menu in advance here and choose your main course such as the Fillet of Barramundi with Citrus Salad or the Oven Roasted Herb Scented Spatchcock.  

Address: 59 Dining Room, Level 59, Komtar, Jalan Penang, 10000 George Town, Penang.

Opening Hours: 10 AM – 10 PM

>> Click here to view the full menu or reserve a table

 

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TOP 5 RESTAURANTS IN KUALA LUMPUR WITH 2018 VALENTINE’S MENU UNDER RM280 FOR COUPLES

Choosing a restaurant for your special Valentine's meal might be bewildering. In order to save your time and money, we have gone through a number of Valentine's menus of restaurants in Kuala Lumpur to select the ones which might be suitable for you. Check out our top 5 Valentine's Menus with price under RM280 for couples! You can also view all Valentine's Menus here.   

 

1/ Botanica + Co

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The restaurant is known for their daily fresh local produce and their special dining theme. You will have a unique experience dining outdoor with your beloved one amidst lush greenery or dine in-house with a greenhouse-themed interior. A place for you to wind down and share your special moment together. As a produce-driven restaurant, only the best quality ingredients will be imported.

Celebrate the season of love at Botanica + Co with Chef’s curated set menu. The restaurant is serving 3-course menu exclusively for this Valentine from 10th – 14th February. With RM125 per pax, the couple will be able to choose 3 among 5 dishes for their unforgettable dinner. Their special Chicken Consommé which is foie gras-infused dumpling or tantalizing Seared Red Mullet might be something you should notice!  

Address: G5 Podium, The Vertical, Bangsar South City, No. 8, Jalan Kerinchi, 59200 Kuala Lumpur.

Opening hours: Mon – Thu: 11:30 AM – 10 PM; Fri & Eve of PH: 11:30 AM – 12 AM; Sat: 9:30 AM – 12 AM; Sun & PH: 9:30 AM – 10 PM.

>> Click here to see the full menu “It’s Love at First Bite” and reserve a table.

 

2/ PLOY

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With RM228++ for 2 pax, you can have a ploy-ful 4-course meal at PLOY with a choice of 2 Free Glasses of House Wine! The menu will only available on 13th and 14th this February. PLOY is a great dining spot if you love to try a modern Asian cuisine in not-so-Asian dishes. Beside their lip-smacking and joyful fusion cuisine, the restaurant also brings a fuss-free approach to their patrons with their contemporary setting and cozy ambiance. Impress your special one with something extraordinary like the Pan Fried Atlantic Salmon with Green Curry Sauce in their made-with-love menu.  

Address: PLOY Publika: Lot 28 – 29, Level G3, Block C4, Publika Shopping Gallery, No. 1, Jalan Dutamas 1, 50480 Kuala Lumpur. Opening Hours: Mon – Fri: 12 PM – 12 AM; Sat & Sun: 10 AM – 12 AM.

PLOY Damansara: G-02, Ground Floor, Work@Clearwater, Changkat Semantan, Off Jalan Semantan, Damansara Heights, 50490 Kuala Lumpur. Opening Hours: Mon – Fri: 12 PM – 3 PM; 6 PM – 12 AM. Sat: 6 PM – 12 AM

>> Check out the Valentine’s Menu and reserve a table at PLOY Damansara Heights and PLOY Publika.

 

3/ Sentidos Gastrobar – The Latin Grill

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When it comes to romance, you should not miss a Latin restaurant. Sentidos Gastrobar takes inspiration from the Latin styles and flavours and amalgamate them into a unique culinary experience. The restaurant owns a comfortable dining room with vibrant décor and this makes the perfect setting for patrons to savour their classical favorites.

Sentidos Gastrobar is serving a Valentine Menu only on the 14th of February! With RM260 nett per couple and you are in for a love feast of Sentidos twist! Treat yourselves to hearty food like Smoked Salmon Carpaccio Salad, Seafood Fettucine or try the Latin Symphony which includes cheesecake, raspberry, biscotti & other sweet madness. With each couple’s set, you will get a glass of Sangria Rose as well.  

We also bring a good news for TABLEAPP Users: with booking via TABLEAPP for this Valentine, you will get 25% off at only RM 195 Nett.

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

Opening Hours:    Sun – Fri: 12 PM – 3 PM, 5 PM – 11 PM; Sat: 12 PM – 12 AM

>> View their Valentine’s menu and reserve a table here.

 

4/ ROOST

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If you want to find a rustic place which is uncomplicated yet romantic, ROOST is worth-considering! Driven by love, passion and affection, the restaurant will melt your heart with their succulent modern European dishes which are made from local ingredients sourced directly from the farms.  

For an amount of RM128++ per pax, the patrons will savour special “Farm to Fork” dishes including snapper, scallops and duck breast. Nothing is comparable to chocolate when it comes to a hearty Valentine and you will end your meal with the restaurant’s Chocolate Fondant as its sweet taste will lift you and your love up the air!

Address: No. 69-1, Jalan Telawi 3, Bangsar Baru, 59100 Kuala Lumpur

Opening hours: Tue – Sun: 11:30 AM – 11:30 PM

>> Click here to see the full menu and reserve a table at ROOST.

 

5/ Chequers

With RM 80++ and you are in for the sweetest treat ever at Chequers. The restaurant is famous for their light and crispy golden handmade waffles using premium local and seasonal ingredients. Chequers also wins the love of loyal customers for their warm and friendly service. For this special love occasion, palate-pleasing dishes are ready to wow you and your lover such as the mouth-watering Vongole and of course the special Destructed Tiramisu. A delightful Valentine dinner is awaiting you ahead!

Address:  Chequers TTDI: No. 153, Jalan Aminuddin Baki, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, 60000 Kuala Lumpur.      

Chequers Solaris: No 3A, Ground Floor, Block H, Jalan Solaris 5, Solaris Mont Kiara, 50480 Kuala Lumpur.  

Opening Hours: Thurs – Tues: 8 AM – 11 PM. Closed on Wednesdays.

>> Check out Valentine's Menu and reserve a table at Chequers TTDI! 

>> Check out Valentine's menu and reserve a table at Chequers Solaris!   

 

 

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ELITE Review: Cava, Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

What’s it like to taste the signature dishes of Cava along Jalan Bangkung, Bangsar? We were recommended to try out Cava and as a result, we came with expectation to try their well-known authentic Spanish and Mediterranean cuisine. How did it turn out? We had more surprises than what we expected!

Located along Jalan Bangkung which is well-known for its lines of notable restaurants, Cava’s exterior setting of stone walls and barrels had immediately drifted us to a cozy Spanish ambiance. The restaurant has a lush interior – candlelit chandeliers illuminating dim yellow light which matches well with the navy-blue glasses and red curtains.  

1. Specialty Arroz Negro Paella    (RM54++)   

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Prawns lined in a circle with their tails centralized towards a good dose of mayonnaise at the center.

The first and also the most eye-catching signature dish for us was the “Specialty Arroz Negro Paella” (my heart actually danced for a second when the dish was brought out). We were all allured by its decoration – on top of the paella, prawns lined in a circle with their tails centralized towards a good dose of mayonnaise at the center – amazing! Not sure if we were too imaginative but it looked like a blossom (a rose, maybe?). A fair amount of squid ink was used to make the black paella which made a huge contrast with theprawns. The Spanish rice soaked up an oceanic flavor from the prawns. No one would want to miss the mild briny flavor of the sea which came from the fresh squid and prawns combined together in one dish. The paella is also made with garlic aioli which helps getting rid of the fishy flavor the dish might have.

The prawns are fresh-catch as your palate will instantly get a feeling of how tender and juicy it is right at the first bite. Give it a try by dipping the prawns into the spicy hot sauce that comes along. To be fair, it might be a bit too spicy but we really love its unique flavor and the heat that heightened our appetite.

2. Spaghetti Aglio Olio Pulpo a la Gallega    (RM38++)

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The tangy yet juicy Spanish octopus tentacles went extremely well with the springy and smooth spaghetti was really soul-satisfying.

Voila! This simple dish quickly became my favorite with merely one bit. The spaghetti appeared as elegant as you can find in many dishes here. To be honest, we did not have high expectation towards it at first due to its not-so-fancy-looking but we were so wrong. Why so? The tangy yet juicy Spanish octopus tentacles went extremely well with the springy and smooth spaghetti was really soul-satisfying. The aglio olio was sprinkled with paprika which gave a lingering mild spicy flavor. It would be a loss if the paprika was not presented. Imagine you are having a bit of spice mixing with the gummy and stretchy texture of the tentacles in the mouth. Hmm…  

Spaghetti Aglio Olio Pulpo a la Gallega is a true burst! I would not add any additional flavor to the dish as it is already extraordinary and unforgettable. The spaghetti went crazily fast into our mouths and not a speck of things left behind.

3. Baked Suckling Lamb   (RM168++)

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The lamb had a satisfying airy light crisp skin.

And finally, all lamb aficionados should keep yourselves calm as here comes the suckling lamb. Presented simply, the dish amazed us (we all wowed) as it was so enormous and it came along with such mouth-watering scent. What a sumptuous feast! The first cut into the lamb was delightful as we all agreed the lamb had a satisfying airy light crisp skin. A tip for anyone who wants to have an enjoyable first cut: start from the edges first as it would come with more meat! About the meat itself? I personally would love it more if the meat was a bit tenderer. Still, the lamb’s juiciness and richness made it scrumptious and irresistible!

What I would love more is a bit of bursting flavor, which would make it even more outstanding. We cannot but notice some creamy mashed potato that radiating an enchanting aroma. We believed the potato was coupled with the flavorful gravy from the lamb juice which made it more flavorsome. The sides did not let us down either. Overall, the dish itself could do all the talking! 

If you love to pay Cava a visit and try these significant dishes, please notice that you can always save your time waiting by make a reservation here.

And good news for all food lovers out here, all of the signature dishes listed above are now available to be redeemed on TABLEAPP ELITE. (and yay, who would not love free food?).

Cava

71 Jalan Bangkung,
Taman Bandaraya,
Kuala Lumpur.

Monday – Saturday: Noon: 12 pm – 3 pm, 6 pm – 12 am
Sunday: 6 pm – 12 am

 

 

 

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ELITE Review: Babe, Damansara Heights, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

It had been a while since we hadn’t indulged ourselves in a fine dining. As a result, my friends and I treated ourselves to a touch of delicacies last week. We had learned that Babe had recently replaced its ELITE signature sets with new dishes, so we decided to give the new dishes a try.

Situated on the 11th floor of Work@Cleanwater, Damansara Heights, Babe combines a gastronomic ‘fun-dining’ experience with one of the best views in the city. We were all in awe with the charming view from the restaurant and were lucky enough to have a table which overlooks KL’s skyline and world-famous Petronas Twin Towers. We were all ready to expect the unexpected from the signature dishes created by Michelin-starred chef Jeff Ramsey who is famous for his refined repertoire in modern Japanese cuisine.

1. Ootoro Spring Roll (RM120)

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Two perfect-looking spring rolls were carefully placed on top of a layer of beautiful bamboo twigs.

Well, we all have heard a lot about “Tokyo”, “Kyoto” and a number of interesting Japanese words, haven’t we? So, what is Ootoro? Is it a city? To help you get out of any confusion it may cause, I shall first start with explaining about the name! Ootoro or otoro is actually considered one of the most worth-eating parts when it comes to tuna. Why is it so? Because it is the fattiest cut of a tuna’s underbelly! The gourmet food has made it way to become one of the top luxurious and must-try dishes in the world. Ootoro quickly becomes the favorite of many famous chefs around the world, and Chef Jeff at Babe also fell into its love bait.

The Ootoro Spring Roll is a symbol of finest simplicity. The dish impressed us with two pieces of perfect-looking spring rolls carefully placed on top of a layer of beautiful bamboo twigs (they are real and gorgeous!). This decoration quickly brought us back to the nature for a minute, picturing ourselves in a Japanese garden full of bamboos and blossoms. The chef had disclosed an interesting fact – he hand-picked the bamboo twigs from the building the restaurant located at! Personally, I love this idea as it shows how creative and detailed the chef is! Inside the crispy spring rolls were little cubes of fatty ootoro, fresh wasabi, soy sauce gelée and Myouga, a type of Japanese ginger.

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Inside the crispy spring rolls were cubes of fatty ootoro.

I was so thrilled and curious to have my first bite of the crispy spring roll shells filled with chopped fatty tuna sashimi. It was a pleasant surprise! It was satisfyingly crunchy at first; however, my attention was quickly shifted towards the fatty otoro. The premium tuna melted on my tongue and for a split second, I felt so heavenly. I immediately understood why it was considered the dream of gourmet gastronomes! If you have always thought that raw tuna is bland and boring, you might want to think twice. Fresh and fatty, it dissolved completely while filing the mouth with a perfect combination of flavors and great satisfaction. A true epitome of luxury for fine-dining (and of course, fun-dining) connoisseurs!

2. Charcoal Grilled Alaskan King Crab (RM180)

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The Alaskan king crab was stunning and irressitible.

The chef had done an incredible job in transforming the pristine seafood imported from Alaska into such a delectable dish – gigantic legs of Alaskan King Crabs were cooked on a hot stone with charcoal; setting aside were halves of juicy calamansi. Staffs will help the diners to grill the crabs so don’t worry if you don’t know how. We squeezed some calamansi over the king crab to elevate the flavours of the dish and all of us couldn’t help to get excited seeing the dish became smoky.

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A close-up shot of the charcoal.

As disclosed by the chef, there was an ingredient used to made the crab meat tastier – the Kombu umami butter! Kombu, which is the king of seaweed, is an edible kelp used as a versatile ingredient and provides dishes with umami flavour, nutrients and minerals. The word “umami” itself is also an interesting word. Umami is an unique category of taste in food besides sweet, sour, salt and bitter. It did an awesome job in bringing amazing flavour to the crab meat.

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Not only does the Charcoal Grilled Alaskan King Crab taste great, it also provides one-of-a-kind health benefits as it is rich in high-quality protein.

We quickly dived into our share of crab. Unlike other crabs’ meat, the texture of Alaskan king crab was so delicate that each bite is irresistible with the natural sweetness of the crab meat. I was not surprised when I was informed that Alaskan King Crab is the most sought-after crab species in the world. Not only does it taste great, it also provides one-of-a-kind health benefits as it is rich in high-quality protein.

This dish is voted as the favourite dish among the three new ELITE dishes among the few of us. Overall, the dish was sophisticated and immeasurably enjoyable. Oishi!

3. Truffle A4 Wagyu Sukiyaki (RM180)

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Beautifully marbled strips of A4 Wagyu were presented nicely along with Japanese vegetables and truffled egg.

The Sukiyaki dish honours Babe’s concept of using fresh produce and seasonal discoveries. Beautifully marbled strips of A4 Wagyu beef were presented neatly with Japanese vegetables and mushrooms. This sukiyaki also comes with a perfect truffle egg yolk. The Japanese vegetables were grown from the chef’s rooftop garden so it’s absolutely fresh.

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Dip the cooked Wagyu beef into the truffled egg to have the best dining experience of this dish.

I wondered for a moment: what made Wagyu beef one of the most expensive beefs in the world? Visually, the beef possessed a soulful goddess look – beautiful pink with gorgeous marbling. The beef also stands out from the rest for its health benefits. Pure Wagyu contains mostly monounsaturated fatty acid rich in Omega-3s. To have the best dining experience of this dish, first, pour a bit of sukiyaki sauce over the beef and vegetables before dipping the cooked meat and vegetables into the egg. It was lip-smacking! The wagyu beef which cooked to our preferred doneness, soaked up the sukiyaki sauce and the truffle flavour infused in the egg yolk. Simple perfection!

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Babe,

11th Floor, Work@Cleanwater,
Jalan Changkat Semantan,
Damansara Heights,
Kuala Lumpur.

Tuesday – Sunday: 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm,
Closed on Mondays.

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ELITE Review: Bobo KL, Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

After a long hard-working week, my friends and I decided to get away from it all by exploring Jalan Bangkung – the quieter area of Bangsar. The street has gained reputation for having a long line of notable restaurants. This time, we dropped by Bobo KL – a restaurant with a stand of loyal customers falling in love with its intimate dining experience. We had an ecstatic walk upstairs to the restaurant and were all allured by the works of art hanging on the wall.

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We spent some time admiring all the surrounding pictures.

One small tip: the number of tables is limited so reservation in advance is advisable. We found ourselves sitting comfortably at the balcony where we could have a good view of the quiet street and enjoy the peaceful ambiance.

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Make sure to check out the collection of paintings owned by the owner himself.


Grilled Black Angus Ribeye    RM118++

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Our first dish was a visually appealing Grilled Black Angus Ribeye.

“Colorful!” was the first word that came out of my mouth! Slices of beef deliciously were flecked with pepper on top and embellished with a lovely edible pansy, along with dauphinoise (classic layered potato in garlic-scented cream), asparagus, au jus sauce and of course, roasted garlic. What’s better than some garlic to mingle with beef? The dauphinoise is an impressive and interesting side dish. The potatoes soaked up the cream so it was wonderfully creamy. I would have to say the texture made the potatoes more authentic than slicing or crushing it.

The garlic setting aside looked like a pretty flower plating on the dish that we thought it was just merely for decoration. When we recognized that it is edible, it is such a mistake if you do not mingle it with the beef! The roasted garlic was soft, despite its tough look, which added a bit of excitement for all of us. Of course with its powerful strong flavor, it accentuated the beefiest of the meat. And the beef itself? Did not let us down at any time as a premium quality beef – the Black Angus! Pink and juicy, tasty and fragrant.  I relish everything about the dish.

Duck Confit    RM48++  

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Another impressive dish with a delicate decoration.

Here comes my favorite dish of the day! The dish caught my attention with its eye-catching color, it did excite us with the decoration. Again, a lovely and colorful edible pansy was beautifully dressed, along with mashed potato underneath rosemary and some roasted zucchini. The half-circled cranberry sauce really caught my attention for its vibrant color with a hint of sweetness. What an embellishment this sauce made along with interesting dots of balsamic vinegar and olive oil! After all, it will always be soul-satisfying for foodies like us to not only taste the food but to enjoy the art of decoration.

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The duck skin was airy crispy but the meat amazed us by its moisture.

Through a glance, the duck’s skin looked airy crispy but at the same time, we were a bit concerned whether the meat inside would be dry. And when we got our first cut into the duck, we immediately knew that we were wrong. The meat was surprisingly soft and tender as it could be clearly ripped off from the bone. We could see every shred of the duck meat! The duck was well marinated and was further enhanced with the appetizing cranberry sauce. Mashed potato? As smooth and creamy as always. Thrilled by its visual look and taste, there is no doubt why it quickly baited me!

Herb Crusted New Zealand Rack of Lamb    RM79++

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Racks of lamb were well-plated with a highlight of an edible pansy.

The dish was, again, equally ornate compared to other dishes. 3 nicely-seared racks of lamb were put on a piece of dauphinoise. Right underneath the lamb was the mint-chili sauce which did a good job on radiating the freshness of mint leaves and the spiciness of dried crushed red pepper. It mixed well with balsamic vinegar and highlighted the colorful pansy on top. To start off, I decided to take a bite on the pansy and I believe you should give it a try: mild and fresh with a sweet green grassy flavor.  The first cut of the lamb was smooth and so juicy as we could see some drops of juice came off whilst cutting.

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The skin looked crispy and appetizing. The dish emanated a fragrant smell.

Oh, I should not forget to mention the Au Jus Sauce. The sauce is a reduction of meat’s natural juice combining all the drippings and additional stock added. I loved to challenge my palate a bit by having the other cut of lamb mixed with dauphinoise and swiped all through the mint chili sauce. It was a delight as the juiciness of the lamb combined with the potato’s creaminess and tangy flavor. The classic mint sauce did an exciting twist for the flavor as it brought a strong yet fresh and bright flavor. I personally think it would be an extraordinary combination with a bottle of wine like a ripe, fruity Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon.

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Bobo KL
Location: 65-1, Jalan Bangkung, Bangsar, 59100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Daily: 10AM – 12AM

 

 

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

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

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

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

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Leonardo’s bar with a modern decoration.

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

Leo’s Famous Spanish Iberico Pork Tenderloin    RM92++   

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

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

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

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

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

Grilled New Zealand Lamb Rack    RM75++

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Nicely presented Grilled New Zealand Lamb Racks

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

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

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

Leo’s Famous Pork Knuckle Platter     RM108++    

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

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

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

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

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Leonardo’s Dining Room and Wine Loft

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

Daily: 5:00 PM – 12:00 AM

 

5 Must-Try Malaysian Inspired Creations This Merdeka Month in Kuala Lumpur

5 Must-Try Malaysian Inspired Creations This Merdeka Month in Kuala Lumpur

From Nasi Lemak to Musang King, check out these creative dishes and drinks inspired by Malaysian flavours!

Marron Lobster Sarawak Laksa at Antara Restaurant

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Antara Restaurant is set in a beautiful period building established in 1919 along off Jalan Raja Chulan. The restaurant is set in a colonial environment and the cuisine takes you back to how home used to taste like, with no shortcuts or MSG. We recommend their Marron Lobster Sarawak Laksa which its broth is creamier and thicker than the usual laksa, and takes 3 days to boil. In the laksa you will spot fresh Marron lobster, 100% pure rice noodles, handmade tofus from Bentong, Bintulu belacan hand pounded with chilli, and fat strands of bean sprouts.

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Nasi Lemak Tower at Signature

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In conjunction with the 60th Merdeka celebration this year, Signature at The Roof has put a twist on Malaysian's favourite local dish. What could be better than a Nasi Lemak Tower this Merdeka month? This mouth watering specialty is available for a limited time only, until September 2017.

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Chocolate Durian Cake at Bijan Bar and Restaurant

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Chocolate Durian Cake, created by one of Bijan Bar and Restaurant’s founders, Lissa is a must-try when you are here. The unmistakable durian aroma blends in well with the chocolate between the soft spongy cake layers. A slice of heaven, trite as it sounds. Bijan also has a unique selection of desserts like homemade ice cream in local flavours, creamy durian cheesecake and pandan pudding.

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Maosang King Mochi at Way Modern Chinois

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Combining two great loves by sinking your teeth into the Maosang King Mochi at Way Modern Chinois, a Modern Asian restaurant situated at Damansara Heights. Another popular durian dish at Way Modern Chinois is their Durian Pancake which uses musang king durian for its filling. You got to try these at least once!

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Asam Laksa Cocktail at Opium KL

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Grab the wild, crazy, jaw-dropping Asam Laksa Cocktail at Opium which is situated in Changkat Bukit Bintang. The interior of the restaurant is inspired by the Opium regimes of the east. Pair the Asam Laksa Cocktail with other unique dishes such as Phoenix Dumpling, Fern Leaf Salad, Crispy Duck Noodles, Wagyu Beef Rendang, and the signature Beef Brisket & Tendon Stew just to name a few.

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Selamat Merdeka!