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

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

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Old Malaya

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

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

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KL Tower

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

 

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

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

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Kuala Lumpur Railway Station

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

Merdeka Square

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

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National Museum of Malaysia

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

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

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

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

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Truffle Roast Duck at Way Modern Chinois

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

 

 

 

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

 

1/ Ishin Japanese Dining

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Should you want to experience what melt-in-the-mouth is like, don’t hesitate to head to Ishin Japanese Dining and get this mesmerizing Sushi Deluxe. 8 beautiful pieces of seasonal sushi – namely kikin, tuna, butterfish, salmon roe, sea urchin, prawns, salmon belly and egg sushi, are skilfully curated to tantalise the taste buds. Garnished on top of the sushi are fine condiments such as kinome leaf, black roe, yuzu skin which are hand-picked to pair perfectly with each sushi and to enhance its flavours. A ravishing dish for sushi lovers!

If you are scampering for sashimi, prepare to whet your appetite with this Chef Special Sashimi which includes 7 kinds of freshest and finest air-flown seasonal sashimi from Japan’s famous Tsukiji market. Be overwhelmed with skilfully and meticulously cuts of gorgeous pieces of sashimi – including Kampachi, shimaaji, scallop, amaebi, salmon belly and chu-toro, which recline seductively on a bowl of ice. Find yourself kissing the sea with each piece of sashimi and satiate your taste buds with its natural sweetness, freshness, and creaminess. Splendid!

Click here to view Wagyu Stone Grill

Warm up your palate with the Wagyu Stone Grill and you will crave forever more. 100gm of A5 Wagyu beef – the highest grade of the delectable Wagyu beef, is cooked in front of diners to entice all the senses. One who tried the dish would not forget its heavenly delicious taste as well as the juiciness and smoothness of the meat which might make you feel flabbergasted. Rich, fat-friendly and melt-in-the-mouth, the premium quality beef has everything you could ask for.

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

Opening Hours: Daily: 12pm – 3pm, 6pm – 11pm.
Location: No. 202, Persiaran Klang, Batu 3 3/4, Off Jalan Klang Lama, 58000 Kuala Lumpur.

>> Click here to book a table at Ishin Japanese Dining

 

2/ Hana Dining + Sake Bar

Click here to view Hamaguri Aglio Olio with Grilled Salmon

The Hamaguri Aglio Olio with Grilled Salmon is a quintessential pasta dish packed with flavour without being overpowering. Slightly seasoned, the pasta will make you in awe with its smooth texture and its bit of garlicky flavor is a match for the sweet and briny taste of the clam. The grilled salmon, with no doubt, is a perfect addition which compliments the pasta with its subtle and refreshing taste. 

Click here to view Kaisen Aburi Salad

The Kaisen Aburi Salad is a dish of unpretentious look yet bursting flavor. The salmon aburi has a melt-in-your-mouth goodness and exudes a slight sweet taste which is simply divine. The prawn aburi will tempt your appetite with its aroma and the vegetable is a great companion which balances the taste of the aburi with its fresh and crunchy texture. An extraordinary way to pamper your taste buds. 

Click here to view Hana Premium Sashimi 6 Kinds

Finally, don’t miss out Hana Premium Sashimi 6 Kinds – an angelic beauty and sublime indulgence. Specially curated with pieces of the freshest melt-in-the-mouth sashimi, the dish is hard to resist. 6 kinds of fresh roe and subtle cuts – including salmon, maguro (tuna), toro (tuna belly), amaebi (sweet prawns), kanpachi (amberjack) and salmon roe, are plated uncomplicatedly yet sophisticatedly to honor the simplicity of Japanese cuisine. A luscious delight!  

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

Opening Hours: Sun – Thu: 11am – 11pm, Fri – Sat: 11am – 1am.
Location: OB2.G.U1, Oasis Boulevard, Ground Floor, Sunway Pyramid, No. 3, Jalan PJS 11/15, Bandar Sunway, 46150 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.

>> Click here to book a table at Hana Dining + Sake Bar

 

3/ Babe

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Alaskan King Crab has always been an all-time favorite of any seafood lovers and if you are someone who are into this highly sought-after crustacean, you would totally fall in love with the Charcoal Grilled Alaskan King Crab at Babe. Served on a charcoal stone box, the King Crab absorbs a unique smoky aroma which helps enhance its umami flavour. The natural sweetness, juiciness and health benefits from the Alaskan air-flown crab make it an irresistible delight that you should not miss out when you come to the restaurant.

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If you have a penchant for something that is not complicated, the Ootoro Spring Roll is exactly what you need! The dish – including two pieces of eye-pleasing Ootoro spring rolls lying on top of bamboo twigs, is an epitome of what finest simplicity should be. Take a bite and you will be stunned by the satisfying crunch of the shells, following by a superb fresh and soft texture from the beautifully chopped fatty Ootoro, a hint of spiciness from the wasabi, the tangy flavour from Myouga and a savoury taste from the soy sauce gelée. This simple dish is a perfect combination of flavours and a dream come true!

Click here to view Truffle A4 Wagyu Sukiyaki

The Truffle A4 Wagyu Sukiyaki might make you pause for a moment to admire the gorgeously marbled strips of the A4 Wagyu beef. Served hot on a wooden chafing box warmer, the dish truly honors Babe‘s concept of using fresh produce and seasonal discoveries. The high-quality beef blends well in the sukiyaki sauce and its healthy fatness mingles nicely with the fresh Japanese vegetables – which are grown on the chef’s rooftop garden. Dip the Wagyu beef into the truffle-infused egg yolk and you are in for a lip-smackingly gastronomic treat!

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

Opening Hours: Tue – Sun: 6pm – 11pm. Closed on Mondays.
Location: 11th Floor, Work @ Clearwater, Jalan Changkat Semantan, Damansara Heights, 50490 Kuala Lumpur.

>> Click here to book a table at Babe

 

4/ Kouzu

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Longing for succulent yakitori to pair with a bottle of sake? The Signature Yakitori Set at Kouzu will satisfy you with skewers of mouth-watering charcoal-grilled New Zealand Rack of Lamb, Rock Lobster, and Chicken Wings. The skewers will make you in awe with its crusty skin outside yet totally juicy inside – the New Zealand rack of lamb is a tender delight which is grilled to perfection, the rock lobster immerses in a mix of fine condiments which make it a flavourful indulgence while the chicken wings are luscious down to the bones.

Click here to view Kouzu's Japanese Escargot Pizza

If you are quite an adventurous person, this unusual pizza is something you should not miss out. The 4-inch Japanese Escargot Pizza is a crunchy delicacy made from sushi rice instead of dough! This unique creation is topped with crunchy escargot smothered in sweet teriyaki sauce – an exciting dish and of course, a sweet treat, for anyone who are willing to go for something new!

This Signature Japas Set is everything you could ask for! The Pan Seared Tuna & Foie Gras is a scrumptious delight which is perfectly balanced in taste and the cinnamon apple compote that comes along will trigger your involuntary salivation. The Creamy Baked Oyster, served on a bed of salt crystals and grantinéed with cheese, wins the hearts of patrons for its creamy and velvety texture. Finally, the Stone Grilled Sirloin is a must-try signature japas for igniting all the senses – the mouth-watering smell of freshly charred beef, the sizzling sound of sirloin on the hot stone and the mysterious tin foil wrap, a pure pleasure!

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

Opening Hours: Daily: 4pm – 1am.
Location: 18, Lorong Datuk Sulaiman 1, Taman Tun Dr. Ismail, 60000 Kuala Lumpur.

>> Click here to book a table at Kouzu

 

Craving for more? View our ELITE Review for Free Signature Dishes at Top Japanese Restaurants in Klang Valley (Part 2)!   

 

 

Top 12 Restaurants to Celebrate Easter Day 2018 in Malaysia

Easter or Pascha is the time of the year to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Easter Day 2018 is coming soon and we expect this year’s Easter will be filled with a lot of egg-tivities as usual. We have handpicked a few exciting Easter menus for you and all you need to do is decide which to go! 

Are you ready to celebrate this special time of the year? Check out these restaurants with delectable dishes and fun egg-tivities!

 

1. A Chilling Pool Deck Easter Sunday Champagne Brunch at Babe

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Babe is offering a special brunch this Easter Day!

A brand new pool deck style brunch is waiting for you at Babe! From 12pm – 3pm on Easter Sunday, be there to savour an incredible line-up of Babe’s best canapés while relaxing to the chill tunes being played by Babe‘s DJ. If you feel like splurging, top up for another RM250++ to enjoy free flow of Perrier-Jouët Champagne (original price is RM700/bottle!), wine and soft drinks.

And wait! Another great news: all TABLEAPP ELITE Members will receive 10% off the food bill in this special Easter Sunday Champagne Brunch!

Limited spots. Reservation is required.

Price:
RM300++ per person for food only (10% off for TABLEAPP ELITE Members)

Additional RM250++ per person for free flow of Perrier-Jouët Champagne, wine and soft drinks

Time:
1st April 2018, 12:00pm – 3:00pm

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

>> Click here to make a reservation at Babe

 

2. A Tex-Mex Easter Fiesta Brunch Buffet at Sentidos Gastrobar – The Latin Grill

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Sentidos Gastrobar is offering a special Brunch Buffet for this Easter Day.

Sentidos Gastrobar has always been delighting its diners with their unique Latin cuisine at a hip and vibrant atmosphere. This trendy-looking restaurant will be offering Easter Fiesta Brunch Buffet on this Easter Sunday featuring cold cuts, tapas, fajitas and other exciting goodies.

Also, we are dropping a TABLEAPP-only exclusive discount: enjoy a 20% off for Easter Fiesta Brunch Buffet if you make a reservation via TABLEAPP. How can you resist this?

Price:  (20% off for reservations made via TABLEAPP)
Before Promo: RM128 nett per adult, RM64 nett per child (aged 6 – 12)
After Promo: RM102.4 nett per adult with free-flow alcohol, RM51.20 nett per child (aged 6 – 12)

Time:
1st April 2018, 12:00pm – 3:00pm

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

>> Click here to book a table at Sentidos Gastrobar – The Latin Grill

 

3. A Fun Feast with Easter Seafood Sunday Brunch at Shook! (Free for children below 6)

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Come to this modern open-concept restaurant to please all of the senses with exquisite cuisine while being serenaded by a stunning live music performance this Easter Day! Fun activities are waiting for you to egg-plore such as egg hunt and egg painting! Children below 6 can dine for free!

Price:  
RM208 per adult, RM94 per child (aged 6 – 12)
Optional add-on:
Wine, Beer and Cocktails: RM128; Prosecco: RM198

Time:
1st April 2018, 12:00pm – 3:00pm

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

>> Click here to book a table at Shook!

 

4. Fun Easter Sunday Brunch with A Bouncy Castle at Drift Dining and Bar

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Drift Dining and Bar will hold an Easter Sunday Brunch with music and free flow of drinks.

Drop by Drift Dining and Bar to enjoy free flow of drinks and listen to live music while savoring the food here. The restaurant has even prepared a bouncy castle outside on the veranda for the kids which means a great day out! On the menu we spot pretty good indulgences like Fine D Clair Oyster, Tiger Prawn, Smoked Salmon Benedict, Chicken Tortilla, Roasted Lamb, Easter Cheese Cake (gasp!) and more.

At the time of writing, Drift is almost fully booked. So hurry up to book!

Price:
RM120++ per person (food only);
RM250++ per person (food & free flow of wine, beer, Bloody Mary;
RM350++ per person (food & free flow of Bubbles (Cava))

Time:
1st April 2018, 12:00pm – 4:00pm

Location:
38 Bidara, Jalan Bedara, Off Jalan Nagasari, Bukit Bintang, 50200 Kuala Lumpur.

>> For reservation at Drift Dining and Bar, click here

 

5. A Porkylicious & Bubblylicious Easter Sunday Brunch at El Cerdo

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Be ready for a bubblylicious brunch at El Cerdo!

The Easter bunnies are waiting for you at El Cerdo with lots of egg-citing activities. Of course, porkylicious food will be served because this is what El Cerdo is famed for. The all-you-can-eat pork menu includes roast baby back ribs, seafood spaghetti, pork belly fettucini and pork steak. On this special day, kids will get to meet the clown, have some egg guessing game, and oh, everyone will get a chocolate egg too!

Price:
RM58 nett per child aged 6 – 12 years old;
RM118 nett per adult (without alcohol);

RM198 nett per adult (with free flow Cava, house red & white wine, Tiger draught, soft drinks & chilled juices)

Time:
1st April 2018, 12:00pm – 2:30pm

Location:
43 & 45, Changkat Bukit Bintang, 50200 Kuala Lumpur.

>> Click here for a table booking at El Cerdo KL

 

6. Buy 4 Free 1 for Easter Sunday Brunch at Gobo Chit Chat

Gobo Chit Chat is preparing for a great Easter Sunday Brunch.

As one of the best international buffet restaurants in Kuala Lumpur, Gobo Chit Chat at Traders Hotel Kuala Lumpur is a favourite dining spot for locals and tourists. On April 1st, Easter Bunnies are hopping around Gobo Chit Chat and we have spotted good news from the restaurant! You can dine for FREE if you go in a group of 5 people!

Price:
RM98 nett per person

Time:
1st April 2018, 12:00pm – 2:30pm

Location:
Level 5, Traders Hotel Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50088 Kuala Lumpur.

>> For reservation at Gobo Chit Chat, click here

 

7. A European Easter Brunch with Easter Egg Hunt at Soleil 

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Full-of-surprise activities are waiting for you at Soleil.

If you are looking for fun activities with your little loved ones, Soleil is a must-go restaurant! Keep your little ones excited with a number of full-of-surprise activities such as Easter egg hunt, coloring contest and a lot more while enjoying unlimited orders from starters, main courses to desserts including duck confit, Belgian mussel pot, roasted lamb leg, oven baked salmon, mini strawberry pavlova, Easter cupcake, and more.

Price:
RM160++ per adult
RM80++ per child aged 6 – 12 years old.

Time:
1st April 2018, 11:00am – 3:00pm

Location:
Lot 13A & 15, 2nd Floor, Damansara City Mall, Damansara City, 6 Jalan Damanlela, 50490 Damansara Heights, Kuala Lumpur.

>> Click here to book a table at Soleil

 

8. A Quaintly Traditional Italian Easter Lunch at Neroteca Bukit Ceylon

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If you are in search of a unique friendly atmosphere to savour the freshest homemade dishes for this Easter Day then Neroteca at Bukit Ceylon would be the perfect dining spot for you! There are a variety of hearty and tantalizing mains such as Homemade Fettuccine With Speck and Radicchio or the delightfully sumptuous signature dish Classic Porchetta which you won’t want to miss!

Price:
RM120 for food and soft drinks,
RM220 for alcohol free flow.

Time:
1st April 2018, 12:000m – 4:00pm

Location:
Unit G-1, Seri Bukit Ceylon, No.8, Lorong Ceylon, 50250 Kuala Lumpur.

>> Click here to view menu and book a table at Neroteca Bukit Ceylon

 

9. 4-Course Italian Easter Menu at Sapore

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Savour the best Spanish and Italian food at Sapore.

Head to Sapore if you want to truly indulge yourself in great Spanish and Italian food during this special time. Walk through a variety of delights from cold cut platter to pasta, Iberico pork shoulder and sumptuous desserts such as Easter chocolates.

Price:
RM120++ per person

Time:
31st March – 1st April 2018

Location: 
18, Persiaran Ampang, Desa Pahlawan, Ampang, 55000 Kuala Lumpur.

>> Click here to make a reservation at Sapore

 

10. Easter Sunday Dim Sum Brunch with An Asian Twist at Toh Yuen Chinese Restaurant

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Dimsum for Easter Sunday Brunch at Toh Yuen? Why not?

An Easter Dim Sum Brunch, you ask for? Buckle up and head to Toh Yuen at Hilton Petaling Jaya! Easter here comes with a delightful twist with Dim Sum Chef Yat’s Special Handmade Bunny Mochi with 4 flavours to choose from! Dive into freshly made ala-carte buffet style dim sum including your all-time favourite Creamy Salted Egg Yolk Custard Bun and Har Gao. Remember to take a bag of Easter egg candies and traditional Chinese bunny biscuits too before heading home!

Price:
RM88 nett per adult;
RM48 nett per child aged 6 – 12 years old.

Time:
1st April 2018, 11:30am – 2:30pm

Location:
Level 1, Hilton Petaling Jaya, 2, Jalan Barat, PJS 52, 46200 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.

>> Click here to book a table at Toh Yuen

11 & 12. Easter Hi-Tea Buffet at Makan Kitchen & Tosca Italian Restaurant at DoubleTree by Hilton Johor Bahru

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Savour the finest food and enjoy stunning view at Makan Kitchen and Tosca at DoubleTree by Hilton Johor Bahru.

If you are staying at Johor Bahru, join DoubleTree by Hilton Johor Bahru at Makan Kitchen and Tosca Italian Restaurant for a fun-filled Easter weekend!

Easter Hi-Tea Buffet at Makan Kitchen

Makan Kitchen is an eclectic all-day dining restaurant which serves famous local specialities and is a must-visit restaurant if you want to experience some of Malaysia’s finest cuisine in Johor Bahru.

Price:
RM108 nett per adult;
RM54 nett per child aged 6 – 12 years old.

Time:
30th March – 1st April 2018, 12:30pm – 4:00pm

>> For reservation at Makan Kitchen, click here


Easter Hi-Tea Buffet at Tosca Italian Restaurant

Tosca Italian Restaurant will surprise you with their rustic Italian food prepared with contemporary flair for this time of the year. Treat yourself and your loved ones to stunning views over the Straits of Johor and delicious dishes here.

Price:
RM120 nett per adult;
RM 60 nett per child aged 6 – 12 years old.

Time:
1st April 2018, 12:00pm – 3:00pm

>> Click here to make a reservation at Tosca

Location of Makan Kitchen & Tosca Italian Restaurant: 
DoubleTree by Hilton Johor Bahru, No. 12, Jalan Ngee Heng, 80000 Johor Bahru.

 

 

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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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