Elegantly housed on the 41st floor of Swiss Garden Residences at The Shore, PAMPAS Sky Dining steakhouse simply amazes patrons with its sky dining experience. The building PAMPAS Sky Dining located is also the tallest building in Malacca as of today, no doubt patrons could enjoy the breathtaking view of this UNESCO World Heritage City.
PAMPAS Sky Dining is operated by the PAMPAS Group of Restaurants. You might be familiar with their sister restaurants – PAMPAS Grill & Bar, PAMPAS Reserve, PAMPAS Burger and 51 Restaurant & Bar, all currently operating in Kuala Lumpur. PAMPAS restaurants have been consistently rated as one of the best steakhouses in town. Their menu is designed around the best steak that South America has to offer – CAAB Black Angus Beef Sirloin, Grass Fed Grilled Beef Tenderloin, Grilled Bone in Beef Rib Eye, and more.
And now, PAMPAS Sky Dining brings the steakhouse dining experience up to a whole new level.
How would I personally rate for this visit to PAMPAS Sky Dining? Definitely worth a visit! I enjoyed every bit of the dining moments here and would visit the restaurant again even if it means I have to travel a few hours down to Malacca from KL.
Advanced reservation is highly recommended.
PAMPAS Sky Dining
Tower 1, Level 41,
Swiss Garden Residences, The Shore.
193, Pinggiran @ Sungai Melaka,
Jalan Persiaran Bunga Raya,
Aways packed with a mix of expats, fashionista locals and international travellers, Pisco Bar offers the ideal layout for a variety of events such as cocktail parties, product launches, live performances, fashion shows, and movie screenings. Very cool vibe here.
Guest can savour their food hot throughout the entire meal, and there’s no better way to enjoy the tantalizing cuts of meat, ranging from beef to lamb, pork and chicken, flown in all the way from Australia and New Zealand.
Using original recipes that are passed on from generations after generations, Bijan’s offerings are the next-best thing to good, wholesome home-cooked meals. Batik features strongly in the restaurant's décor, with batik wall hangings and batik-covered menus.
In Japanese, “TEN” translate to heaven. A name that aptly describes the exclusive fine dining experience reserve for the select few. Distinction naturally comes to mind as you savour their award winning authentic Japanese fare, supreme sushi, teppanyaki and fusion cuisine, each presented with a touch of finesse.
Shortlisted in the Time Out KL Food Awards for three years running, this modern British restaurant was a foregone conclusion as both owners developed their craft in London in a variety of outlets ranging from hotel food & beverage departments, nightclubs, stand alone restaurants and bars over a 25 year period.
It’s a pie thing at The Humble Pie Co. The Humble Pie Co. first sprang to life as an online pastry-and-cake shop, and has evolved into a full fledged cafe selling a full range of pies and cakes made fresh from their bakery.
Set amongst a magnificent pool of lotus blossoms and quietly tucked away from the busy district of Kuala Lumpur, Rama V Fine Thai Cuisine offers a blend of authentic and modern Thai dishes, making every meal at the restaurant memorable and enjoyable.
Angus House is famous for its Japanese charcoal steak. Meat doneness is not an issue here as the chefs know what they are doing. Taste the unconventional steak sauce that is made of Fuji apple, radish and mirin to create a tangy sweet taste. Not to worry if you prefer a familiar tasting sauce as the outlet has mushroom and black pepper sauces on stand-by.
Take your dining experience to the highest level, literally.
Kuala Lumpur, the capital city of Malaysia, is always a vibrant city with dazzling lights and amazing sunrise and sunset. Take in the breathtaking view of Kuala Lumpur city from a whole new height while dining high above the ground.
Atmosphere 360 is a modern and elegant revolving restaurant situated 282m above ground level. Housed in the 7th tallest freestanding tower in the world – the KL Tower, it offers luxurious fine dining experience of modern authentic Malaysian and International cuisine that will leave a lasting memory for the diners.
Looking a lot like a spaceship with colourful neon lights and starry fibre optic ceiling lights, the intimate table arrangements and romantic, sky-high views make it a popular place for date nights.
Nestled on the 37th floor of Regalia Residence, Hemisphere Restaurant & Bar presents diners spectacular views of Kuala Lumpur, and unblocked view of both the KLCC Twin Towers and KL Tower.
Overlooking the iconic Twin Towers and KL Tower, Hemisphere vows to deliver excellent service to diners, from ensuring the freshness of ingredients (without MSG too!) to providing extensive food and beverage menu as well as creating top quality dining environment.
An enchanting 14th-floor view of Kuala Lumpur’s skyline, the award-winning Samplings On The Fourteenth offers an Western classic premium dining. Experience exquisite fine dining cuisine paired with tasteful vintage wines to suit diners’ discerning palate.
The layout boasts a spectacular bird’s-eye view of downtown Kuala Lumpur, framed by massive floor to ceiling windows. It also features an open kitchen concept where diners get a crystal-clear view through the glass-walled, semi-circular kitchen, of the chefs preparing dishes.
At the 10th-floor Skypark rooftop of Subang's One City sits Inaho Sushi, a Japanese restaurant overlooking a suburban landscape. A mental note to make: Inaho Sushi's outdoor tables are limited, so advance reservations are highly recommended if you wish to enjoy the scenic view. The restaurant has a spacious air-conditioned interior as well to accommodate more customers. Diners can also stroll around the rest of the rooftop to enjoy the breeze and view.
Located on the roof of the iconic The Signature Serviced Suites & Studios, Proof Cafe serves an effortless breakfast with an European charm, scrumptious cakes, and Executive Lunch sets that will make your boss envious.
The serenity at Proof Cafe complements with its smoothing view of the surroundings of Sri Hartamas and Mont Kiara. The people of Proof have nurtured friendships with Melbourne-based chefs & coffee specialists to help them reach for fresh heights. Definitely a hidden gem in the city.
La Risata has been a big name in Italian dining scene in KL. The multiple award-winning restaurant has recently bagged the Best Italian Restaurant award from Time Out KL Food Awards 2015. Despite its fame, La Risata hasn't lost its steam since opened in 1996 – that’s almost two decades of making Italian pizzas and pastas the right way!
As 2015 draws to a close, I was invited to sample La Risata’s Christmas menu. La Risata Medan Damansara outlet is quietly tucked in Damansara Heights, away from the hustle and bustle, making it a hidden gem in the city. The restaurant carries an old-world charm and has a cozy setting. The sampling was held on a weekday night. By 8pm, the restaurant was already packed with diners. I was relieved and grateful that I had my table reserved earlier. At this moment, I made a mind note to self – reservation is highly recommended to dine at La Risata as the business is so good!
Entering the restaurant I was greeted by the charming waiters and on-point festive decorations. The dining room was dimly lit and surrounded by Christmas lights and ornaments hanging on the exposed bricks. I couldn’t help to notice the little silver reindeers hiding among the presents under the Christmas tree – not that kind of typical Christmas decoration that you see elsewhere – La Risata truly cares about the finest details. I began to anticipate for my Christmas sampling at La Risata more.
As an antipasto, a thin-crust white Pizza Mozzarella (RM30++), baked in La Risata’s famed brick oven started the dinner great. The perfectly baked crust was topped generously with La Risata’s homemade smoked mozzarella, anchovy and marinated peppers. The pizza went well with the fruity red wine served. I was delighted by the good execution of the pizza where it’s widely known that pizzas are hard to impress diners because they could become rather predictable.
And here comes another antipasto with an extremely long Italian name – Tonno Pinna Blu alla Griglia con Gnocchi Nero di Seppia (RM46++) – tender cuts of grilled BLUE FIN TUNA (gasp!) with bed of squid ink gnocchi in a lemon butter sauce. The rare combination of tuna and gnocchi was surprisingly good.
I personally heart this antipasto – Insalata Razzo E Pera (RM32++) – a healthy looking rocket and pear salad with lemon dressing and shaved parmesan. The light and refreshing taste of the pear did good help in lifting my guilt for having heavy (but also heavenly good!) meals back-to-back. Definitely a good choice for antipasto before feasting on the Roasted Turkey.
For the main course, the enormous and mouth-watering roasted turkey Tacchino Arrosto (RM338++, 4kg, serves 10-12 persons) awaited. Look at that perfectly golden, moist turkey! So beautifully prepared!
The roasted turkey was served with traditional chestnut stuffing, roasted vegetable with cranberry sauce and giblet sauce. You would feel the Christmas blessings the moment you sink your teeth into the tender cuts of the turkey dipped with the specially prepared sauce. The roast was cooked to perfection and dissolved in my mouth. Too good that I was lost in words.
And that was not the end of the happiness yet! Another delight came – Cosciotto d’Alene (RM228++, 3kg, serves 10-12 persons) – gigantic roast leg of lamb with root vegetable served with rosemary sauce.
I had the chance to sample THREE exquisite desserts (oh god, triple happiness!) The first was Tiramisu (RM160++, serves 12 persons), how could you miss having Tiramisu at an Italian restaurant! Layer of Savoiardi biscuits soaked in espresso and filled with Italian mascarpone cream cheese, the Tiramisu perfected the dinner.
I ABSOLUTELY LOVE DESSERT TIME.
All of us know that preparing for Christmas meal takes an inordinate amount of time and patience. La Risata is thoughtful to make their festive selections available from December 2015 to 10th January 2016, where you can “mix and match” to create your own sumptuous Christmas or New Year menu for your celebrations at restaurants or in the comfort of your house.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, everyone! *burp*
The newly opened Arte Bar at TREC’s Electric Boulevard phase catches our eye with its exposed brick walls and graffiti murals. Apart from its trendy interior design, it has a rotating schedule of DJs who perform at the venue, which is decked with specially-commissioned artworks.
Located just beside Zouk KL, Arte Bar stands at a strategic location where unblocked view of all-time beauty KLCC Twin Towers and iconic KL Tower could be admired from within. Imagine sipping Mojito at this total open space of 2000sf with a private bar, views of KLCC on one side and the Royal Selangor Golf Course on the other.
Deconstructivism art is the main theme at Arte Bar. Every art piece here shouts expressionism, minimalism and unconformity. Kevin, the man behind the unconventional restaurant, reveals his inspiration for Arte Bar (Arte is art in French) comes from his interest in arts and his adoration of The Louvre in Paris. It is no wonder why the graffiti murals and artworks showcase. Every art piece here is the only and one copy in the world. No replicates.
Let's have this delicious looking Pumpkin soup before we start the meal.
To kick start the journey of gastronomy (little did I know it’s going to be a night of food wonders), the Spicy Beef Salad kick-starts right. Inspired by Italian dish Carpaccio (Italian dish with raw meat), the Spicy Beef Salad is not your typical salad. A forewarning, the meat served is raw meat. Since this dish is served raw, the meat must be fresh. You might twitch a bit for the unusual meat preparation but the chef did an amazing job by twisting the meat salad with greens and European and Asian herbs.
Thin slices of imported Brazilian Tenderloin with lemon, olive oil, fresh juice, shavings of Parmesan cheese and herbs. A surprising hint of garlic flower could be tasted. If you are detailed enough, you could spot walnuts in the dish too. What a twist!
Smoked Duck Blackcurrant wins the hearts of many diners. Seared smoked duck breast laid on a bed of sales with Arte Bar’s signature blackcurrant red wine reduction. The duck breast is well prepared with the meat remains tender and juicy. The sweetness of blackcurrant makes a creative twist to the usual meaty flavour.
The Chef’s love for herbs and spices is undoubtedly faithful. His passion in discovering herbs and (even edible flowers) brings him to a journey of countless doors-knocking to explore strangers backyards at random neighbourhoods. He even went into the woods in East Malaysia to search for herbs and has experienced the Long House culture in using herbs.
Crazy Fish, the Italian cuisine Acqua Pazza inspired dish, celebrates the perfect marriage of European and Asian herbs. Acqua Pazza, literally crazy water in Italian refers to the lightly herb both used to poach the fish. For this Crazy Fish, other than the standard ingredient olive oil, the chef uses white wine and a lot of herbs, be it European or local grown, to prepare the dish and further enhances the freshness of the fish.
Taste like sorbet. My impression of ice cream was turned upside down after tasting this. Never had I thought basil could match with strawberry flavoured ice cream so well. You can’t blame me for ordering this twice.
And here’s another bomb of the night. This Alcoholic Tiramisu is light, you won’t have the guilt feeling for having this. The alcohol used for this dessert is not the usual whisky or rum we typically taste in tiramisu, but it’s a kind of Asian wine the Chef holds it as a top secret after at-least-11-attempt of guesses.
Seriously, this leaves me hanging and that feeling is driving me insane.
You are welcome to drop me a comment if you find out what’s the secret wine in that Tiramisu.
Deepavali, or Diwali, marks the beginning of the Hindu New Year. It is a colourful (and a lot of yummy foods) celebration of the triumph of light over darkness. Having been living in a multiracial country Malaysia, do you know any of these Deepavali sweets?
Let’s have a quick pop quiz, the answers will be at the bottom of this page.Pssst, no cheating!
1. Soft and fluffy fried milk cheese balls soaking with aromatic and lightly spiced sugar syrup.
2. Creamy, moist and "melt in the mouth" are words used to describe this classic and traditional Rajastani dessert/Sweet.
3. A delicious and popular Indian dessert made with almonds, sugar and clarified butter.
4. Rich, ghee laden Krishna sweets discovery is one of most loved and popular sweets.
5. A very popular awadhi dish made from minced meat, lentils and spices. Succulent, tasty and melt in the mouth.
6. It consists of a round, hollow puri, fried crisp and filled with a mixture of flavoured water, tamarind chutney, chilli, chaat masala, potato, onion and chickpeas.
7. This authentic Bengali Sweet is a milk pudding with dumplings made of Paneer (Whole Milk Ricotta Cheese). Very similar to another Indian Sweet – Rasmalai.
8. A famous South Indian sweet referred to as "Pottukadalai Urundai" and is made during festive/special occasions.
9. Fried Dumplings with a filling of Bengal Gram, Jaggery & Coconut are popular in Tamil Nadu and Andhra. Made during festive occasions like Deepavali, New Year etc.
10. Indian custard. Traditional Indian dessert made with thickened, strained yogurt and sweetened with sugar. Addition of saffron, cardamom and nuts makes this a colourful sweet.
The answers are:
1. Gulab Jamuns
2. Moong Dal Halwa
3. Badam Halwa
4. Mysore Pak
5. Shami Kabab
6. Pani Puri
7. Paneer Kheer
8. Maladu 9. Suyyam
What’s your score? Have you had fun guessing the names of Deepavali sweets? Share it with your friends, prove to them you are a know-it-all makan guru!
Everyone keep asking us, what makes fine-dining so unique and special that one would spend days (even weeks) in making preparation, getting reservation or even go to the extent of doing research and comparing restaurant for that one dinner? Simply put it, the special food option, the pleasing ambiance, as well as the service they provide.
Fine-dining are usually favoured by people who wishes to celebrate a certain event in their life, like proposal, anniversary, reunion or what not. Therefore, it’s very important that the food, service and atmosphere are ideal to the event. Fine-dining restaurant will usually assist in such arrangement and make sure that nothing can go wrong.
Most fine-dining restaurant provides a limited option on their menus and will have their menu change annually. In addition, fine-dining restaurant also have daily specials and recommendation for their customer. These service help assist customer in making decision and sorting out the difficulties of going through a huge list. This practice of changing menu allows the restaurant to set their menu according to the season and enabling them to obtain the freshest ingredient available at that time. Coming up with new dishes regularly will surprise their customer and always seems anew to them, making them want to come more. The unique choice of dishes is what makes a fine-dining restaurant stand out among the others. To add a little spark to it, wine and other alcoholic item are also essential in a fine-dining restaurant. Having the knowledge of which wine to pair with which specific dishes will add more points to the whole experience.
The ambiance and theme of a fine-dining restaurant are usually classy and soothing. The food concept, decoration, music and even the tableware go accordingly to the theme. In most fine-dining restaurant, their decorations are usually more into traditional styles incorporating candle lights to strengthen the atmosphere. The lighting and the background music also plays an important role in amplifying the overall fine-dining experience for the customer. The lighting is usually set at a dim and relaxed level which may create a romantic atmosphere or simply a calming environment along with the classical instrumental music.
In a fine-dining restaurant, the customer service provided is also at its finest. The waiter will not just only be there to take your order or just to deliver your food, but they will always be there to assist you whenever you need. Fine-dining assistance consist of escorting the customer to their table, leading them to the washroom, describing the dishes and ingredient in details, changing the customer linen serviettes and serving the food and refilling whenever it’s almost done. The server in the fine-dining restaurant has to be highly skilled and knowledgeable in such field to provide the best assistance to their customer.
Business meetings, classy dates, reunion, or even just a simple dinner, you would like to look your best in all occasion. You know, because appearance matters, our dress code will define our social status, personality, mood, or even attitude toward certain matter on that day. Not only does it give others a hint on who we are, but also shape their perspective and will have an impact on their behavior throughout the process.
On our previous article here, what you have read here today can be one of the greatest topic for you and your partner as well! So, to avoid putting ourselves in that situation by first knowing the restaurant dress code and theme. Fine dining restaurant usually categorize the dress-code into 5 type, which is casual, business casual, casual elegant, formal, and jacket required.
In fine dining restaurant, their definition of casual is no ordinary simple tee or singlet that you wore at your lawn or garage, but something that’s smarter or proper looking for the occasion. The casual dress code that one should wear in fine dining is smart casual, preferably those with collar. A simple button-down shirt or a polo will be perfect for the job. To match the whole, go with a pair of fitted jeans and brogue/deck shoes. The key for casual fine dining dress code is neat, simple, and smart.
If you’re looking forward to a business related dinner or find it necessary to dress more professionally than just a tee with pair of jeans, you could go with a business casual attire. Business casual dress code is very simple and straight forward; it requires the diner to dress in a set similar to office wear while not entirely formal. Business casual themed restaurant wants their guest to dress professionally in a neat yet relaxed attire, while at the same time not having the need to overdress themselves. This theme allows the guest to feel more at ease compare to the tip-top fine dining atmosphere.
The other type of dress code for fine dining is the casual elegant. This dress code is quite similar to the business casual but with an additional spark of personal adornment. Restaurant with casual elegant dress code allow their female guest to dress in a more exposing dresses compare to the business casual. Jewellery, purse and bolder make-up that adds attractiveness to the female guest is the noticeable difference. As for men, the casual elegant dress code open up more option like brighter or stronger colour attire compare to the dull and simple business dress code.
In some of the tip-top fine dining restaurant, it is necessary to wear formal just to dine in. These restaurant standards are at a whole new level; so don’t worry that if you’ll ever overdressed, just worry about being underdressed. The formal dress code requires the guest to be in their best looking dress or suits, and your usual business casual just won’t cut it. The formal dress code can even go to the extent of requiring the men to wear tuxedos and women to wear long dresses.
The Jacket Required
The fifth and also the last is the jacket required dress code. Restaurant with this dress code usually expect their guest to wear formally with the addition of the men wearing a matching jacket. Women may also include a matching jacket that adds more into their dresses elegance.
Some may think that dressing up just for a dinner is absurd and unnecessary. However, it’s a way that the restaurant wants to convey their theme to their guest. They aim to bring a luxurious and first class experience to their guest, away from their ordinary live setting by having the dress code to match with the ambience and the culinary. The dress code is necessary as it enhances the dresser esteem, making them feel extraordinary in that occasion.
In this article, we’re going to explore more about wine, which can help you extend your knowledge on this or as a conversation starter. In the industry there are certain rules varies in different countries or region, however there are certain vital rules of tasting etiquette that you can follow. Wine tasting is classy but it can be fun and interesting at the same time.
Learning the basics of tasting will undeniably maximize the experience of drinking wine. Here’s a few fact or guidelines that you can follow, be it at a tasting event, liquor store, party or fine dining.
1. Observe the drink around the edges when it is served. Remember to hold the glass by its stem and tilt it, to make it easier to see how the color differs from the middle to the edges.
2. Swirl the glass and sniff the wine, you can compare the fragrance this way.
3. Gently swirl the wine, this allows the surface area to be expanded, allowing the aroma to open by letting in oxygen to the wine.
4. While swirling you wine, also observe how slowly your wine flows back down to the side of the flute. Hence, you are able to observe the thickness of it. The “thicker” means it is richer, ripe and more concentrated and low in acidity which is good.
5. Hold the glass one or two inches away from you nose and breathe in. Take notice of the aroma that you smell.
6. Take a sip and roll it in your mouth before swallowing it. This make sure that your taste buds will be fully exposed to the wine’s taste and texture.
7. Squeeze you lips (like you are going to whistle) to draw air into your mouth and breathe out through your nose. This way, you can truly detect the smell of the wine through your nose by opening the scents of the drinks to reach both your taste and smell.
8. Take a sip again, and notice the subtle differences in flavor and textures.
9. When you swallowed the sip of wine, notice the aftertaste and see how long it lasts.
10. Feel free to record your experience on the wine you’ve tasted, most tasting room offers scorecard or sheet for record purposes.
Take note that, the four main characteristics of wine consist of its alcohol, taste, tannins and acidity. A bottle of good wine gets a unique balance of all these four characteristics. Familiarizing these considerations while tasting helps you to enjoy the bottle like a real wine connoisseur.