5 Best Smoking Good Japanese BBQ in KL

5 Best Smoking Good Japanese BBQ Restaurants in KL

Where to get the BEST Japanese BBQ (Yakiniku) in KL?

 

Japanese Yakiniku, also referred to as "Japanese barbecue”, is best enjoyed in groups. Drawing influence from Korean dishes such as bulgobi and galbi, Yakiniku became widespread in the whole world. If you ever find yourself in Japan, do make sure you try this at least once. But if you don’t, here is a list of best Japanese BBQ hotspots in KL that could satisfy your ever burning crave!

Hamasho

Japanese charcoal-grilled seafood specialist Hamasho is no stranger to its Japanese Community. While the sumibiyaki (charcoal-grilled seafood) concept is not something that’s completely foreign to Malaysians, there aren’t nearly enough restaurants in KL that practise it. At Hamasho, charcoal stoves seize the limelight. Enjoy cooking fish, surf clams, crab legs, scallops and buttered vegetables on portable charcoal grills on the table, while the Japanese waitresses shuffle about in kimonos. Hamasho secures fresh seafood shipments five days a week, no wonder their seafood quality is always top-notch!

 

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ROCKU Yakiniku

 

ROCKU Yakiniku, a casual, upbeat and edgy Yakiniku restaurant that captures a lot of hearts, defies convention by melding a traditional style of Japanese dining with modern entertainment, perfectly characterizing Japanese pop culture. Diners 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. ROCKU also entertains and enthralls guests with live band performances that play modern and classic music with various genres such as Pop-Rock, Acoustic and Jazz. 

 

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Momotalo Yakiniku

 

Nestled in Desa Sri Hartamas, Momotolo Yakiniku offers fun Japanese charcoal grill. Enjoy the night after work with sizzling hot meat from the mobile charcoal stove and cold Japanese Asahi beer. Nothing at Momotalo Yakiniku was pre-marinated. The natural flavours and freshness of foods here were brought out completely through grilling. If you are not keen in grilling the food on your own, the helpful waiters here will be delighted to help you out!

 

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Daidomon Japanese BBQ

 

Taking pride of being an authentic Yakiniku Buffet with outlets in Singapore and Malaysia, Daidomon Japanese BBQ Restaurant is the place for you to satisfy your carnivourous appetite! Serving not only yakiniku, over 88 varities of sushi, sashimi, appetizers, salad, soups and more beckons in this all-you-can-eat barbeque, sashimi and sushi ala carte buffet onslaught. Daidomon Japanese BBQ Restaurant is the place for you to be for your Yakiniku hunt!

 

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BWB Flaming On Table

 

Everything at BWB Flaming On Table is hot, Flaming Hot! This contemporary Japanese restaurant serves Japanese soul food with contemporary twists. Flaming dishes are the star of the restaurant and highly recommended for foodies looking for fun. The flaming dish not only is a delectable dish but also a beautifully assembled piece of art work for you to feast your eyes (yes, Instagram worthy!). Make sure you end the night with a live demo of Flaming Irish Coffee at the in-house bar.

 

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A gentle reminder:
Yes, we all heard about the crazy 2-hour queue at a Japanese Yakiniku restaurant in Klang Valley when it took KL with storm. Make sure you have your seats reserved beforehand to avoid waiting / disappointment!

 

5 Best Japanese Haute Cuisine Omakase (and Kaiseki!) Course in KL

5 Best Japanese Haute Cuisine Omakase (and Kaiseki!) Course in KL

Meet the Chanel and Christian Dior of Japanese cuisine.

 

 

We have heard of Chanel, Christian Dior, Giorgio Armani in haute fashion.. but how much do you know about Japanese haute cuisine Omakase and Kaiseki course? For those who start scratching your head wondering what omakase and kaiseki are, this post is for you. For those who are familiar with these terms, read on to find out where to get these hard-to-find cuisines!

 

  

Omakase

 

 

Omakase means "I'll leave it up to you” in Japanese. It differs from ordering à la carte; you are entrusting the chef to serve you the best he could offer. Customers ordering omakase style expect the chef to be innovative and surprising in the selection of dishes, and the meal can be likened to an artistic performance by the chef. Ordering omakase can be a gamble (well, life is always a gamble!), but the customer typically receives the highest-quality fish available at a lower cost than if it had been ordered à la carte.

 

 

Kaiseki

 

 

Kaiseki, on the other hand, is equivalent to a multi-course Western haute cuisine. It is an appreciation and collection of chef’s skills and techniques that allow the preparation of such meals, even the dining ware and vessels are part of the kaiseki experience! In the present day, kaiseki is a type of art form that balances the taste, texture, appearance, and colours of food. Only fresh seasonal ingredients are used and are prepared in ways that aim to enhance their flavour. Finished dishes are carefully presented on plates that are chosen to enhance both the appearance and the seasonal theme of the meal. Dishes are beautifully arranged and garnished, often with real leaves and flowers, as well as edible garnishes designed to resemble natural plants and animals.
 


Omakase and Kaiseki style Japanese cuisine are rare to find in Malaysia, as locals are yet to appreciate the haute cuisine and also, the pricing factor. However, if you are keen to try (YOLO, perhaps?), here’re the top restaurants that offer the best Omakase and Kaiseki.

 

 

Hanare


Hanare prides themselves in offering quality authentic Japanese cuisine. They provide some of the best and freshest seafood air flown direct from Japan depending on the season's specialty offering. Favourites such as the divine Hon Maguro (Fresh Blue Fin Tuna), the rare cut of Tai (Fresh Red Snapper), Nama Awabi ( Fresh Abalone ) and other choice seafood depending on its season will be imported direct from Tokyo's famous Tsukiji fish market to give you that unique flavour and dining experience.
 


Hanare is well known for its 9-course Dinner Omakase. The restaurant offers Kaiseki set as well – 7-course Hiru Kaiseki available during lunch hour and 8-course Dinner Kaiseki available at night.

 

 

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Oribe Sushi

 

Oribe Sushi’s elegant atmosphere provides the perfect place for a fine dining experience. The warm interior tones laced with ambient lighting exude quiet relaxation. Stylish and contemporary décor set the mood for dining with a difference.

 

 

Amid this calm atmosphere, diners will delight at discovering a menu refined in quality and rich in tradition. Oribe Sushi do not use sugar for sushi rice, and provide hand-made ginger, wasabi selected by master chef and aims to redefine the sushi dining encounter, transforming quality raw ingredients into distinctive tastes while remaining culturally true to its origins.

 

 

Oribe Sushi offers Omakase course, for both lunch and dinner. Free car parks are available for customers at first-come-first-served basis. 

 

 

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TEN Japanese Fine Dining

 

In Japanese, "TEN" translate to heaven. A name that aptly describes the exclusive fine dining experience reserve for the select few. Since opening doors in Kuala Lumpur, Ten Japanese Fine Dining has earned multiple awards and rave reviews among VIP guests and discerning dinners for the exquisite dining experience they offer. They ensure that seasonal ingredients from Japan retain the tradition of Japanese cuisine, and international and fresh local ingredients help to accentuate a contemporary style.

 

 

Have a supreme authentic Japanese fare at Ten’s 8-course Dinner Omakase, for it will bring you the very essence of Japanese Fine Dining.

 

 

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Manmaru Robatayaki & Bar

 

A culinary destination where modern Japanese cuisine is elevated and fused with Italian flavours and touches. Explore the Omakase, a daily special, tastefully selected and created specially for diners. All the fishes at Manmaru Robatayaki are air flown in from Japan weekly and once sold out, you will need to book them ahead to secure your catch. 

 

 

The Omakase Course at Manmaru Robatayaki is designed for 2 pax. It is recommended to book in advance to avoid disappointment.

 

 

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Ishin Japanese Dining

 

Ishin is well known for its genuine Japanese and Kaiseki style cuisines that are cooked to order. The meals are prepared freshly using ingredient imported from Japan's famous Tsukiji fish market with the finest ingredients of the season.

 

 

Ishin's Kaiseki cuisines reflect the four seasons of Japan using imported seasonal ingredients aimed to enrich the final taste using a harmonious blend. They are also intricately decorated to perfection to reflect the seasonal theme of the meal. Using sheer craftsmanship and skill set, Ishin's chefs will arrange and prepare sublime Kaiseki six to twelve multi-course meal.

 


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Appreciating Italian Cuisine

5 Best Italian Restaurants in KL

Appreciating Italian cuisine – a cuisine of refined and elegant.

 

 

Italian cuisine has always been known for its tomatoes, its garlic, its wine.. however, the real lesson  Italian cuisine taught the world is a simple one: it’s all about what you eat and the quality of the ingredients you use. Tomatoes must be fresh, garlic is good for the health and red wine is great as long as it’s good. The world has coming to love Italian cuisine and food. 

 

 

Here are our picks of the best Italian restaurants in KL that will leave a lasting impression.

 

 

La Risata Bar Pizzeria Ristorante

 

La Risata, meaning “the laughter”, are two lively restaurants in the suburbs of Ampang and Medan Damansara that have been serving some of the best Italian food in Kuala Lumpur since 1996. Well known for their good variety of authentic Italian dishes ranging from traditional wood-fired oven thin and crispy pizzas to pastas, meat and seafood dishes that exude the very essence of Italian dining – rustic, hearty and good. Diners can enjoy a glass of wine from their extensive wine list or unwind with an aperitif from their full bar.

 


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Nerovivo

 

Nerovivo has become a prime KL landmark for an exceptional Italian casual dining experience. With cool ambiance, modern, stylish, whether you're dining al fresco along the side of the restaurant or inside surrounded by striking lilac walls combined with consistently high quality food and impeccable service. Nerovivo champions unpretentious fine dining in vibrant surroundings.

 

 

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Vineria.IT

 

A snazzy looking Italian restaurant bedecked with art deco portraits and whose edgy contemporary setting is contrasted with the easy-going Caribbean music wafting in the air, blending beautifully with the whiff of hearty Italian fares exiting the kitchen. Pick your favourite drink from the extensive wine list, take a sip, sit back and enjoy a truly Italian meal.

 

 

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Pietro Ristorante Italiano

 

Nestled in the lush enclave of Damansara Heights, away from the hustle of the city, Pietro Ristorante Italiano offers a friendly and casual atmosphere where you can experience a taste of truly authentic Italian dishes with friends, or someone special or entertaining large groups. Pietro’s large two-storey space is divided into the main dining hall, café, private rooms and an outdoor deck, you can expect a delectable spread of original Italian dishes in a contemporary setting surrounded by artworks. 

 

 

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Portofino Ristorante Italiano

 

Portofino is an authentic Italian restaurant situated in the heart of Bangsar, in Lucky Garden. The Chef’s of more than 10 years experience in serving up Italian favourites, takes pride in their freshly made pastas and desserts every day, giving its customers a taste of classic Italy. From the range of fine wine to an array of pasta dishes, it’s easy to be spoilt for choices. The restaurants holds up to 100 pax making it perfect for family and company gatherings yet quiet enough for candle lit dinners.

 

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A Romantic Dinner with Love

Top 5 Restaurants in KL with The Best Romantic Ambience

From fine dining restaurants offering breathtaking views of the KL City to hidden gems surrounded by lush greenery, from vintage-looking bungalow with poolside to dining by tranquil lotus pool, these are some of the best places in town for date night.

Maison FrancaiseHere at Maison Francaise, you will get to experience the very best of French haute cuisine through a repertoire of inventive French classics and an extensive wine list of over 150 premium wines from France. Housed in a vintage-looking black and white bungalow in Jalan Changkat Kia Peng, the three-level restaurant is spacious with a main dining hall, private rooms, lounge, bar and poolside. The main dining area has windows prettily dressed with lacy curtains and elegant stark black and white tables and chairs. With so much natural light hitting the rooms, it is no wonder at all that Maison Francaise has a tranquil and serene atmosphere about it.

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Tamarind SpringsTamarind Springs is a treat for the senses. Only 15-minutes drive from downtown Kuala Lumpur, disembark upon nature's gateway into a visual and sensory feast. Tamarind Springs’ elegant décor, infused with traditional and rustic Asian furnishings, adds to its warm and cosy ambience. Its pavilions that take full advantage of its location on the edge of a lush forest appeal to those who love being close to nature; while its titillating traditional Indochinese cuisine of sweet, salty, sour and spicy have won many industry accolades and topped several gastronome scoreboards.

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Rama V Fine Thai CuisineSet amongst a magnificent pool of lotus blossoms, Rama V Fine Thai Cuisine is quietly tucked away from the busy district of Kuala Lumpur. Their innovative chefs cook up a blend of authentic and modern Thai dishes and present their creations as a feast not only for your palate but for your eyes. Herbs and natural seasonings are used to create a variety of colours and sensations in taste that makes a meal at Rama V memorable, exciting and enjoyable.

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Bijan Bar & RestaurantLocated a mere stone throw’s away from KLCC and Bukit Bintang, Bijan is the ultimate destination for fine Malay cuisine. It is an oasis where you can unwind with a cool glass of wine while the food remains deliciously and unmistakably Malay. Modern in its surroundings with distinctive Asian accents, Bijan is warm, yet chic; intimate yet spacious. Traditional Malay cuisine is served against a lush backdrop, accompanying wine to enhance flavours and ways of preparing local delicacies in a fine balance of old and new. The Bijan experience is modern in presentation yet wholesome in flavour.

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Bistro Richard RestaurantRed and white chequered tablecloths, solid wooden Oak panels, all cosily lit by Tiffany stained-glass lamps, the quiet gem Bistro Richard boasts the feel of a typical European bistro, uniquely set in a lush, tropical garden setting. Housing a selection of wines and beers from around the world, and offering mouth-watering European cuisine, Bistro Richard procures ingredients for its offerings, daily. Be it indoor in its tastefully decorated dining area, or outdoor, in its spacious courtyard. To top it all off, a tailor made menu is available to cater to every occasion.

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PAMPAS Sky Dining, The Shore, Malacca, Malaysia

Malacca’s highest gastronomic experience

 

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

PAMPAS Sky Dining

PAMPAS Sky Dining

 

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.

 

Starters

 

 

PAMPAS Sky Dining
Duck Jamon Platter (RM32)

PAMPAS Sky Dining
Sliced Cured Duck Jamon served with Argentinian potato salad and chimichurri infused olive oil

PAMPAS Sky Dining
Pan Seared Island Scallops served with tequila pineapple compote (RM35)

Mains

PAMPAS Sky Dining
One of PAMPAS’ signature dishes – Grass Fed Grilled Beef Tenderloin (RM68 for 250gm, RM88 for 350gm)

PAMPAS Sky Dining
The fine tenderloin is served with sautéed haricot vert, mashed potatoes and blue cheese sauce

PAMPAS Sky Dining
Medium rare tenderloin at its finest!

PAMPAS Sky Dining
Barramundi Fish Fillet, lightly coated and pan fried with a lemon butter herb sauce and spring vegetables (RM35)

PAMPAS Sky Dining
Amazing view of Malacca city at PAMPAS Sky Dining alfresco

PAMPAS Sky Dining
View from another side of PAMPAS Sky Dining

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,
75100 Melaka,
Malaysia.

Tue – Sun: 4:00pm – 2:00am (Closed on Monday)

 

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Pisco Bar

The 15 Restaurants that Won 2015

As 2015 is coming to an end, these are the restaurants that capture a lot of hearts in 2015. We make sure what is listed here is awesomely good and the quality of food is top notch

Be hold, the Year 2015 Awards go to..

Best Italian – La Risata Bar Pizzeria Ristorante

La Risata
La Risata’s Ampang outlet is all class and high ceilings.
Wood-fired ovens, incredible pizzas, warm service.. this is the place where Italian food is perfectly done.

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Best Place for Pork – Ante Kitchen & Bar

Chargrilled Pork Steak
Ante’s Signature – Chargrilled Pork Steak (RM56++)
Recently been awarded as the Best Meat by Time Out KL Food Awards 2015, Ante Kitchen & Bar is the destination for pork eating enthusiast of choice.

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Best Dining Experience – Dining In The Dark KL

Dining In The Dark KL
Dining In The Dark KL – you will never have the same perception of food again.
Dining in the dark, a completely new sensory experience. Here you discover a marvellous gastronomic journey, where the true flavours and tastes of food have not been influenced by your sight.

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Coolest Bar Vibe – Pisco Bar

Pisco Bar
Pisco Bar – dancing all night long with some of the best DJs in town.
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.

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Best Hand Picked Boutique Wine Selection – Vintry

Vintry Jaya 33
You could never go wrong with wine at Vintry Jaya 33.

Vintry Jaya 33 is the quintessential wine bar with its commendable range of wines cellaring in the spacious outlet, as well as its two state-of-the-art Enomatic Wine-Serving Systems.

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The Hot Star – ROCKU Yakiniku

ROCKU Yakiniku
ROCKU Yakiniku – the hot hot Japanese Charcoal grill that people queue for two hours. (that’s why you have to reserve table via TABLEAPP to skip the queue, people!)

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.

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Best Fun Dining – Babe

Babe
The Smoking Meringues at Babe – dunk each one into the liquid nitrogen for 8 seconds, pop them in your mouth, and you

Conceptualised by Michelin-starred chef Jeff Ramsey, Babe presents molecular gastronomy and modernist cuisine in a fun approach filled with whimsy and wonderment. It’s time to get playful!

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Best Malay Fine Dining – Bijan Bar & Restaurant​ 

Bijan
Bijan’s Rusuk Panggang (RM68++) brings you forgotten flavours and memories.

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.

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Best Mexican – La Mexicana

La Mexicana
La Mexicana’s Tacos de Bistec con Chorizo – 3 tacos filled with juicy beef steak and homemade chrizo served with coriander, onion and molcajete red sauce.

La Mexicana, owned by Mexican chef Carmela and her husband, offers authentic Mexican flavours in KL. Dishes at La Mexicana are well complemented by a tequila-filled drinks menu.

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Best Japanese – TEN Japanese Fine Dining

TEN Japanese Fine Dining
Supreme dining experience at TEN Japanese Fine Dining leaving you desiring more.
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.

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Best British – Albion KL

Albion KL
Albion KL’s Sunday’s Special Roast Beef (RM59++) – chilled Australian striploin, yorkshire pudding & all the trimmings.

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.

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Best Pie – Musang King Pie by The Humble Pie Co.

Musang King Pie by The Humble Pie Co.
The Humble Pie Co.’s Musang King Pie (RM18++) is made of buttery digestives biscuit crust, creamy top, and 100% purely indulgent creamy Udang Merah durian filling.

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.

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Best Chinese – Tai Zi Heen

Tai Zi Heen
Tai Zi Heen displays top-notch refinement and delicacy through the concept of Cantonese cuisine dining and dedicated service.
Famous for its pork-free Dim Sum a la carte buffet, Tai Zi Heen is the place that keeps you yearning for more. RM 60.65/person for All-You-Can-Eat Dim Sum brunch while dinner is RM 79.30/person.

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Best Thai – Rama V Fine Thai Cuisine

Rama V Fine Thai Cuisine
Rama V’s Tom Yam Kung Mae Nam (RM52++) – river prawn served in young coconut.

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.

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Best Steakhouse – Angus House

Angus House
Rib Eye Steak 300g at Angus House
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.

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Kuala Lumpur Skyline

5 Amazing Restaurants in KL with A Breathtaking View

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 at KL Tower
Atmosphere 360 at KL Tower

 

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.

 

 

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Hemisphere Restaurant & Bar

 

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.

 

 

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Samplings On The Fourteenth

 

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. 

 

 

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Inaho Sushi Skypark

 

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.

 

 

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Proof Cafe & Sky Lounge

 

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.

 

 

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Roasted Turkey

Christmas at La Risata Bar Pizzeria Ristorante, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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.

 

Christmas lights and wine glasses at La Risata
Christmas lights and wine glasses at La Risata

Can you feel Christmas?
Can you feel Christmas?

 

Antipasti

 

 

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.

 

Pizza Mozarella
Pizza Mozarella

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.

 

Tonno Pinna Blu alla Griglia con Gnocchi Nero di Seppia
Tonno Pinna Blu alla Griglia con Gnocchi Nero di Seppia

 

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.

 

Insalata Razzo E Pera
Insalata Razzo E Pera

 

Secondi Piatti

 

 

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!

 

Roasted Turkey
Roasted Turkey

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.

Roast Leg of Lamb at La Risata
Roast Leg of Lamb at La Risata
Nicely done!
Nicely done!

 

Dolci

 

 

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.

 

The very pretty Tiramisu
The very pretty Tiramisu

Zucotto (RM120++, serves 8-10 persons), the pretty liquor dome cake filled with sinful chocolate and vanilla cream with almond, hazelnut and chocolate bits!
Zucotto (RM120++, serves 8-10 persons), the pretty liquor dome cake filled with sinful chocolate and vanilla cream with almond, hazelnut and chocolate bits!

Torta di Zucca (RM80++, serves 8-10 persons), pumpkin pie served with maple cream sauce.
Torta di Zucca (RM80++, serves 8-10 persons), pumpkin pie served with maple cream sauce.

 

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*

 

 

 

La Risata Bar Pizzeria Ristorante

 

Damansara outlet

128, Jalan Kasah,

Medan Damansara

50490 Kuala Lumpur,

Malaysia.

Daily: 12:00pm – 2:30pm, 6:30pm – 10:30pm

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Ampang outlet

16, Jalan Persiaran Ampang,

55000 Kuala Lumpur, 

Malaysia.

Daily: 12:00pm – 2:30pm, 6:30pm – 10:30pm

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Arte Bar

Arte Bar, TREC, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


Arte Bar
Arte Bar

 

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.

 

Chivas at Arte Bar
Chivas at Arte Bar

 

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.

 

Arte Bar interior
Arte Bar interior

DC Comics getting high, literally
DC Comics getting high, literally

 

Let's have this delicious looking Pumpkin soup before we start the meal.

 

Parmesan Pumpkin Soup
Parmesan Pumpkin Soup: Fresh blended pumpkin garnished with herbs and spices. Served with homemade bread. Some chilli flakes and chilli powder were used in this dish.

Close-up shot of Parmesan Pumpkin Soup
Close-up shot of Parmesan Pumpkin Soup

 

Appetizer

 

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.

 

Spicy Beef Tenderloin
Spicy Beef Tenderloin

 

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!

 

 

Mains

 

Smoked Duck Blackcurrant
Smoked Duck Blackcurrant

 

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. 

 

Sprinkle with walnuts. Definitely a worth repeat order.
Sprinkle with walnuts. Definitely a worth repeat order.

 

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
Crazy Fish

 

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. 

 

The freshness of the fish is topped in KL. Can you imagine the chef took the effort to prepare the fish broth from scratch? And that broth itself took 5 hours at least!
The freshness of the fish is topped in KL. Can you imagine the chef took the effort to prepare the fish broth from scratch? And that broth itself took 5 hours at least!

BBQ Seafood Aglio Olio
BBQ Seafood Aglio Olio: Spaghetti based with garlic oil topped with a variety of char-grilled seafood.

 

Desserts

 

Strawberry Basil Ice Cream
Strawberry Basil Ice Cream with long bread.

 

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. 

 

Alcoholic Tiramisu
Alcoholic Tiramisu

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. 

 

 

Here's a little bit of bonus for you:

 

The extensive alcohol list at Arte Bar: To the infinity and beyond
The extensive alcohol list at Arte Bar: To the infinity and beyond

30% off for TABLEAPP users
30% off for TABLEAPP users

 

Arte Bar

E-G-3, Electric Boulevard, TREC,

436, Jalan Tun Razak,

55000 Kuala Lumpur, 

Malaysia.

Daily: 5:00pm – 3:00am

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