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

 

1. Pak Loh Chiu Chow

Pak Loh Chiu Chow, located in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, has never failed to impress diners with its authentic Teochew-style (Chiu Chow) Chinese cuisine. This is the place where you can find yourself immerse in a classical Chinese ambience amidst furnishings specially brought in from China. The restaurant is a unique dining spot to enjoy the only Slow-Braised Goose in town, or the only menu offering pork dishes in Feast Village, Starhill Gallery.

Click to view Braised Spring Chicken at Pak Loh Chiu Chow

Due to its meticulous preparation, The Braised Spring Chicken is a rare-to-find dish these days. Only a 21-day old 600g spring chicken is used for cooking. The hollowed-out chicken is stuffed to the brim with glutinous rice, Chinese ham, chicken feet and rare straw mushrooms before being braised for 2 hours. Delectable, rich in collagen, extraordinary soft; it is no wonder that the dish has won the hearts of many gourmets.

Click to view Braised Goose Fillets at Pak Loh Chiu Chow

Only the best bar-bar-headed geese air-flown from Hong Kong daily are used to make this gorgeous dish of Slow-Braised Goose Fillets. After a few hours of preparation, the goose meat soaks up all the well-balanced braising stock which has been heavily guarded by Pak Loh Chiu Chow since the last decade. Take a bite into this superb flavorful combination of goose fillets, pig’s ear, pig’s intestine, egg and bean curd and you will have a true heavenly indulgence!

Click here to view Baked Sweet and Sour Spare Rib at Pak Loh Chiu Chow

The Baked Sweet and Sour Spare Ribs features pork ribs with glorious layers of lean meat and fat. The ribs have a melt-in-the-mouth tenderness yet are not greasy thanks to its pleasant sweet and sour hint of the thick red sauce coated. This sumptuous sauce is naturally coloured using fermented red yeast rice which is commonly used in Chiu Chow cuisine. Pair this fork-tender and delectable meat with a bowl of steamed rice and you are all set!

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

Opening Hours: Daily: 10am – 10pm.
Location: Feast Village Starhill Gallery at JW Marriott Kuala Lumpur, 181, Jalan Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur.

>> Click here to book a table at Pak Loh Chiu Chow

 

2. Luk Yu Tea House

Step into Luk Yu Tea House and you will be welcomed by a warm ambience reminiscent of villages in ancient China that will transport diners back to the bygone era. The restaurant is a vintage place where you can indulge yourself in a scrumptious pork-free menu offering steaming fresh Hong Kong dim sum and a comprehensive range of Chinese delicacies and take a sip of fine teas from Taiwan and China.

Click here to view the Dim Sum Set at Luk Yu Tea House

The dim sum set is perfectly cooked to the diners’ satisfaction. The Steamed Chicken and Prawn Dumpling – also known as siu mai, is taken to another level as it is freshly packed with full of flavours unlike any others. Next comes the Steamed Shanghainese Chicken Dumpling “Xiao Long Bao” which will live up to your expectations! This tantalizing, dreamy dumpling has a perfectly chicken seasoned filling and rivers of hot, flavourful soup. The har kau is unique for its ‘skin’ which has the right amount of thickness for texture. This slightly thicker skin does not dampen the experience of biting into the succulent, fresh prawn fillings one bit.

Click here to see the Doubled Abalone Dumpling in Superior Soup at Luk Yu Tea House

The Doubled Boil Abalone Dumpling in Superior Soup is filled with aroma and flavors that could only emerge through long hours of double boiling. A bite into this delight can make your mind blow! The dumpling skin has the perfect texture to enhance the naturally buttery and briny taste of the abalone which is then complemented by the deliciously delicate soup. The sweet taste of the abalone will linger in your mouth and make you crave for more!

Click here to view Pan Fried Lamb Chop With Chef's Speciality Sauce

Crispy outside yet tender and juicy inside, this Pan-fried Lamb Chop with Chef’s Specialty Sauce is something lamb lovers should not miss. The Chef’s specialty sauce is blended well with the lamb which then enhances the lamb’s gamy and sweet taste. The best way to figure out the taste is of course, to go ahead and give it a try!

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

Opening Hours: Mon – Sat: 12pm – 10pm; Sun & PH: 10am – 11pm
Location: Feast Village Starhill Gallery at JW Marriott Kuala Lumpur, 181, Jalan Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur.

>> Click here to make a reservation at Luk Yu Tea House

 

3. Way Modern Chinois

One who comes to Way Modern Chinois will be overwhelmed with the restaurant’s contemporary furnishings and its sophisticated and exquisite fine dining Chinese menu with a twist. If you are Chinese food enthusiasts and avid foodies, this is where you simply belong to! These following three signature dishes are a must when you visit the restaurant.

Click here to view Truffle Roast Duck at Way Modern Chinois

The Truffle Roast Duck is a perfect specialty for duck and truffle lovers! The duck is marinated with truffle sauce, double roasted with truffle oil and topped with truffle slices – a true dreaming dish and a pure indulgence for any gourmet hunters. Roasted to perfection, the duck has a crispy skin to die for and its thick truffle sauce will fill your palate with umami-goodness. Due to its demanding requirement, the dish needs to be pre-ordered 24 hours in advanced.

Click here to view the Trio Dim Sum Collection at Way Modern Chinois

Next comes Trio Dim Sum Collection which includes “Skinless” XLB 特色小笼包 (4pcs), Pac Man Dumplings 四川虾饺 (4pcs), and Golden Rose Wanton 玫瑰云吞 (5pcs). With its eye-pleasing presentation, the dim sum collection can capture any diners’ hearts! The “Skinless” XLB, wrapped in a transparent skin, will whet your appetite with its sumptuous broth and minced meat which is topped with tangy foamy ginger and vinegar dip. The Pac Man Dumplings will satiate your palate with fresh steamed prawns marinated in Szechuan spices and spicy ponzu. The Golden Rose Wanton is a stunning dish with crispy prawn dumplings and dashes of red sauce that makes the dumplings look like a real rose – good-looking and tasty.

Click here to view the Crispy Lion Fish at Way Modern Chinois

Finally, Crispy Lion Fish! Don’t worry, it’s not the endangered species we are talking about! The dish is indeed a deep-fried sea bass in disguise! The fillet is cut skilfully and deep fried until it opens up, nicely moist underneath the light brown crust. Dip the fish inside the sweet and sour sauce and your taste buds will be delighted with every piece. A hearty dish of the fresh-water fish!

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

Opening Hours: Mon – Fri: 12pm – 3pm, 6pm – 10:30pm; Sat – Sun: 10am – 3pm, 6pm – 11pm.
Location: G-1, Work@Clearwater, Changkat Semantan, Damansara Heights, 50490 Kuala Lumpur.

>> Click here to reserve a table at Way Modern Chinois

 

4. Lai Ching Yuen @ Grand Millenium Kuala Lumpur

Lai Ching Yuen at Grand Millennium Kuala Lumpur has always been a must-go place for Chinese cuisine lovers for their scrumptious extensive menu made with high quality ingredients and nostalgic dishes that depict ancient Shanghai. Remember to dive in their signature dishes including roast suckling pork, assorted meat, delicate dim sum, exotic live seafood, abalone and more. 

Click here to view Pekind Duck at Lai Ching Yuen

The signature Peking Duck is loved for its crispy skin that simply crackles on every bite! The duck’s flavours will burst in your mouth and make your eyes close in mere satisfaction as it is marinated for hours using traditional methods in homemade sauces and condiments. Despite its crispy skin, the meat is not dry a bit! Its moist and tender flesh will satisfy even the most discerning diners. This signature dish is best to serve for 6 – 10 persons.

Click to view Crispy Fine Egg Noodles with Fresh Water Prawn

The Crispy Fine Egg Noodles with Fresh Water Prawn will titillate your taste buds with its savoury broth which is enriched by fresh water prawns. The light sweetness and freshness from the prawns, on its own, are enough to allure diners. Being immersed in the broth packed with finest ingredients, the prawns are even hard to resist and pairs perfectly with the crispy fine egg noodles!

Click to view the Signature Chilled Durian Pancake at Lai Ching Yuen

This Signature Chilled Durian Pancake will gratify you with its creamy and velvety durian cream. Wrapped in a thin crepe, the durian pancake will give diners a forget-me-not experience as its strong yet pleasing taste will linger on your palate. Take a bite and its smooth filling will not let you down at any moment. This Signature Dish is best to serve for 1 person or 2 sharing.

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

Opening Hours: Mon – Fri: 12pm – 2:30pm, 6:30pm – 10:30pm; Sat – Sun: 11am – 2:30pm, 6:30pm – 10:30pm.
Location: Level 1, Grand Millennium Kuala Lumpur, 160, Jalan Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur.

>> Click here to book a table at Lai Ching Yuen

 

5. Royal Canton

Looking for authentic Hong Kong Dim Sum & Cantonese Cuisine? Royal Canton is the destination you should head to! Located at Damansara City Mall, the restaurant still receives rapt attention for their distinctive menus with delectable dishes depicting flair and finesse. 

Click here to view Whole 50 Head Dried Japanese Abalone Braised at Royal Canton

The Whole 50 Head Dried Japanese Yoshihama Abalone, Braised is made of dried premium abalone from Japan. The high-quality abalone is comparatively firmer with its distinct and appealing flavor compared to the regular abalone. Take a bite into the well-cooked abalone here and your taste buds will be filled with a briny, complex flavour evoking oceans and sea breezes unlike any others!

 

Click here to view Shark Fin In Clear Superior Soup at Royal Canton

A decent dish for any Hong Kong cuisine lovers – Shark Fin in Clear Superior Soup, Double Boiled! Known as a symbol of prosperity, shark’s fin is also a conferrer of health benefits. The premium shark’s fin is meticulously prepared before being doubled boil in the restaurant’s superior soup. The mild taste from the fin is well-enhanced by the palate-pleasing flavour of the clear soup, making it a delectable indulgence.

Click here to view the Peking Duck at Royal Canton

This Peking Duck is a dish worth longing for! Diners simply cannot take the eyes off the duck’s impeccable brown-coloured crispy skin. The meat is wrapped in delicate egg crepes with a smear of sweet hoisin sauce, scallion and cucumber to enhance its flavors and taste. Who could resist its juicy, moist and flavorful duck meat under a crispy thin skin? Patrons can then choose one of other serving methods for the rest of the duck meat. This dish needs to be pre-ordered 24 hours in advance, and is best for 4 – 6 persons.

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

Opening Hours: Mon – Fri: 11:30am – 3pm and 6pm – 10pm; Sat & Sun: 10:30am – 3pm and 6pm – 10pm.
Location: 2nd Floor, DC Mall, Plaza DC, Damansara City, 6, Jalan Damanlela, 50490 Kuala Lumpur.

>> Click here to book a table at Royal Canton

 

6. ONE Seafood Restaurant

Reasonable price and scrumptious dishes with a modern twist, ONE Seafood Restaurant has always been a frequent dining spot of seafood lovers. The restaurant’s menu is a rendition of many tasty choice offerings and palate-pleasing specialties using as much local produce as is available – a true heaven for foodies. Remember to try the restaurant’s 3 signature dishes when you pay it a visit.

Click here to view Braised Crab with Chili at One Seafood Restaurant

If you are in a mood for crab, you should definitely savour the Braised Crab with Chili here. The meaty and fresh crab is captured on spot and stir-fried with fine condiments before getting coated by a thick and savour gravy. The delight will entice your palate with its slight spiciness and sweetness.

Click to view Baked Lobster with Superior Stock at One Seafood Restaurant

The Baked Lobster with Superior Stock is another dish you simply cannot miss! The 500g Sabah lobster is captured fresh from the restaurant’s aquarium before being baked in a superior broth which is prepared 1 week in advance. As being caught fresh, the lobster exudes a natural sweetness that would definitely win diners’ hearts. The savoury thick broth enhances the lobster’s exquisite taste and succulent flesh.

The Royal Fried Rice – a deluxe version of fine rice, is loved for its scrumptious taste and aroma. Its toppings of delectable crab meat, sweet corn and other fine condiments are set to satiate your taste buds and melt your heart. The dish is served hotly with the restaurant’s chef cooking it right in front of your table!

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

Opening Hours: Daily from 11:30am – 3pm and 5:30pm – 11pm.
Location: Lot 510, Jalan Bukit Bintang, 52200 Kuala Lumpur.

>> Click here to reserve a table at One Seafood Restaurant

 

 

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

 

 

1. Nadodi

If you are looking for a tantalising journey to entice all the senses, you simply cannot miss out Nadodi! The cuisine here is as much the product of the nomads presented to you with creative flair that honours the nomadic ancestors yet forges a new path forward. One who comes here should not go back without trying the three signature dishes at the restaurant.

Out of Shell

The stunning signature dish Out of Shell is a true tribute to the fishing traditions with a meaty scallop lied beautifully on a bivalve shell. The misty smoke creates a striking presentation evoking sea foams washing over a sandy beach. Take a bite and you would never forget the tenderness, the briny taste accompanied by the lingering flavor of the star anise seed.

Nomad’s Globe

Don’t forget to give Nomad’s Globe a try! The dish is a magnificent savoury indulgence arranged in a miniature of a 3-layer tiffin that is set to intrigue your palate. The chicken biryani is the protagonist which is then complemented by grilled eggplant in macadamia, hazenut and cashew gravy. 

Mind of Coconut and The Beatles

Finally end your meal with this Mind of Coconut and The Beatles! A perfect dessert for a memorable experience at Nadodi. Indulge yourself in Mind of Coconut which includes smooth coconut ice cream on top of a bed of sea coconut chips, coconut crumble fluttered with some cane sugar. Gratify your palate with the essence of the betel leaves’ extract and made into a little ‘rock’ filled with cream and Areca nut.
TABLEAPP ELITE Members can redeem these 3 signature dishes for free.

Opening Hours: Mon – Sat; from 6pm – 11pm. 
Location: Lot 183, 1st Floor, Jalan Mayang, Off Jalan Yap Kwan Seng, 50450 Kuala Lumpur.

>> Click here to book a table at Nadodi

 

 

2. Khushi Spice

Khushi Spice offers fine Indian dining right in the heart of Kuala Lumpur. Those seeking a modern and stylish Indian restaurant to wine and dine will find that the restaurant offers an excellent ambience with a menu featuring a delectable array of Northern Indian cuisine handcrafted by North Indian Chef Surbeer Singh whose years of culinary experience are reflected in the dishes he crafts.

Roasted Tandoori Chicken

You might think of Roasted Tandoori Chicken as an ordinary dish until you try the chicken here! Served hot with beautiful glaze on the surface of the chicken’s chunks, the eye-pleasing dish will whet your appetite. Cut open and you will be delighted by the juicy flesh, the aromatic spices blended in a hint of smokiness from the charcoal-fire of the tandoor. 

Mutton Rogan Josh

The Mutton Rogan Josh is no doubt one of the stars on the menu! The mutton is cooked in a tomato-based gravy until it becomes lip-smackingly tender. A dose of spices is added to enhance the taste of the mutton and this heap of spiciness is just perfect to open up the appetite.  

Jhinga Biryani

The last signature dish – Jhinga Biryani, is a simple yet extraordinary dish to spice up your tongue. The pieces of fresh water jumbo king prawns marinated nicely in Indian herbs and spices and paired ideally with the tasty biryani will fill your palate with exciting flavours.
TABLEAPP ELITE Members can redeem these 3 signature dishes for free.

Opening Hours: Daily; from 12pm – 11pm.
Location: Feast Village Starhill Gallery at JW Marriott Kuala Lumpur, 181, Jalan Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur.

>> Click to reserve a table at Khushi Spice 

 

 

3. Meat The Porkers

How about an Indian restaurant that serves pork, you ask? Head to the first non-halal Indian restaurant in Malaysia – Meat The Porkers! Combining ancient and delicious Mughal cuisine with pork, the restaurant will take pork lovers to a thrilling journey unlike any others! 

Tandoori Pork Ribs

Marinated in a mixture of yoghurt, spices and then grilled to perfection, the Tandoori Pork Ribs is one of the dishes in high demand at Meat The Porkers. The slab of pork ribs is gorgeously charred at the sides and has been winning many diners’ hearts for its perfectly-roasted state, tenderness and tastiness.

PaiKuat (Pork Ribs) Biryani

The Paikuat (Pork Ribs) Biryani is another interesting main course from the restaurant. The taste of the Paikuat totally rendered the biryani to a whole new level. The chunks of pork ribs immerses in the biryani which then absorbs all the spices. Delectable and unique, it is a dish that pork lovers cannot resist!  

Malai Pork Ribs 

The Malai Pork Ribs is another astonishing dish from Meat The Porkers. The restaurant innovatively heralds a collaboration between pork ribs and cheese! The ribs are smothered in an amount of cheese before being topped with cashew nuts and other spices! Just a view of this slab of ribs is enough to trigger patrons’ involuntary salivation and its creamy, cheesy and scrumptious taste is a true guilty pleasure.
TABLEAPP ELITE Members can redeem these 3 signature dishes for free.

Opening Hours: Wed – Mon; from 11:00am – 3:00pm and 6:30pm – 10:30pm.
Location: D1-G3-5, Publika, Solaris Dutamas, Jalan Solaris Dutamas, 50480 Kuala Lumpur.

>> Click here to make a reservation at Meat The Porkers

 

 

4. Fierce Curry House

If you are an Indian cuisine passionate, you should have known about the award-winning Fierce Curry House for their famous Bir-nana dishes. If you pay the restaurant a visit, let your taste buds emerge in these signature dishes as well!  

Lobster Biryani 

The Lobster Biryani is a biryani variation loved by many patrons. The huge portion of the biryani in the giant silver pot might make you gasp in awe! The biryani is perfectly paired with the lobster as the rice helps to maintain the texture and the sweetness of the lobster. While, in return, the lobster exudes all its flavours which are then soaked up completely by the biryani. 

Cod Biryani 

Next comes a gourmet dish – Cod Biryani. Cod, with its mild taste, brings out its best when being cooked in a moist heat. The fluffy long grains of rice creates the perfect moisture and heat for this fish. The cod emanates a subtle sweet taste into the rice and get whiffs of the aromatic and tantalizing spices of the biryani. 

Lobster Tandoori

If you are a fan of tandoori, the exotic Lobster Tandoori is something you should keep an eye on! The delicately sweet flavour of the Boston lobster needs nothing more than a little butter. Grilled to perfection, the giant lobster is placed simply yet impressively on a banana leaf. The aroma will make your stomach rumble and a bite into its sweet and juicy meat will be a heavenly indulgence!
TABLEAPP ELITE Members can redeem these 3 signature dishes for free.

 

Opening Hours: Daily; from 10:30am – 10:30pm (Close on the last Monday of the month). 
Location: 16, Jalan Kemuja, Bangsar Utama, 59000 Kuala Lumpur.

>> Click here to book a table at Fierce Curry House

 

 

Signature Dishes Review: Opus Bistro, Jalan Bangkung, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

“Opus” by definition mean a work of art and so goes to this hearty Italian restaurant. Opus Bistro is tucked away in the quieter part of Bangsar in Jalan Bangkung. To date, Opus Bistro has been serving up satisfied customers for almost 16 years and along the way has won many prestigious awards, including being voted as the top 20 restaurants in KL. Who would have thought a restaurant which started out as a hobby among a few friends who shared the similar interest of good food and wine has evolved to the success of 4 other sister restaurants located along the same stretch.

We swung by their subtle yet simplistic restaurant anticipating for a journey of hearty Italian flavours. The ambience of soft music, warm lighting coupled with minimalistic feel of the décor sets the mood for a cosy meal. Seated at an open-air table on their restaurant front somewhat enhance the dining experience as the neighborhood was quiet and we could feel some light breeze.

 

1) Spaghetti ala Opus (RM 40++)

Signature Spaghetti ala Opus with generous portion of fresh and succulent seafood.

The signature dish here are the Spaghetti ala Opus, Roasted Cod and Grilled New Zealand Rack of Lamb. Hearty and warming, just by mentioning these signature dishes is enough to trigger involuntary salivation. First up was the famous Spaghetti ala Opus which is a generous plate of spaghetti coated in a light clean tomato sauce, sweet cherry tomatoes and packed with fresh succulent seafood.

Highlight of this Signature Dish, the fresh and succulent seafood.

For this dish, the seafood is the highlight, as the chef might want customers to taste the freshness in the seafood rather than risk overpowering the flavor. As mentioned, the generous portion of seafood was fresh and almost seemed like a seafood parade on itself, titillating us to eat it. Definitely a dish that should not be missed when dining here at Opus Bistro. 

 

2) Roasted Cod (RM 88++)

Perfectly Roasted Cod laid atop of fresh potatoes, carrots and topped with sweet cherry tomatoes and black olives.

Next up was the Roasted Cod. A generous piece of fresh cod roasted to perfection, laid on top of fresh potatoes, carrots and topped with sweet cherry tomatoes and black olives. What impressed us the most was the aroma that radiated from the dish. Not to exaggerate but, we could pick up a pleasing aroma even before the roasted cod was served to us. Such an irresistible attraction for fish lovers! We believed the tantalizing smell was not only from the fish itself but also from the blend of buttery smell and some dill sprinkled on the plate.

The mouth-watering aroma of the Roasted Cod still lingers in my memory.

This dish had the perfect balance of taste as it was savoury in a non-overpowering manner. The texture of the flaky roasted cod melts in the mouth with a buttery after taste leaving you wanting more. In my opinion, this signature dish is highly recommended for anyone who love a well prepared and fresh fish dish.

 

3) Grilled New Zealand Rack of Lamb (RM 83++)

The Grilled New Zealand Rack of Lamb skillfully seared on the outside whilst maintaining a juicy, pink interior, coupled with a delightful mint sauce.

After the Roasted Cod took us away, we were expecting the next best dish and my, did they deliver with their signature Grilled New Zealand Rack of Lamb. This dish is the icing on the cake as it is the perfect ending to an amazing journey of taste. The Grilled New Zealand Rack of Lamb has three substantial cutlets skillfully seared on the outside whilst maintaining a juicy, pink interior, coupled with a mint sauce which perfectly balances the seasoned meat. In a nutshell, every dish served has exceeded my expectation, delivering a mouth-watering, eyes-closed-in-appreciation kind of feeling.

The Signature Dish that got me mouth-watering, eyes-closed-in-appreciation kind of feeling.

Ultimately, I would personally recommend patrons to tried out the Grilled New Zealand Rack of Lamb which I personally love the most. The Grilled Rack of Lamb truly left its mark and deserve a place in my heart. Coming in the second place would be the Roasted Cod which is suitable for those who prefer fresh and lighter tasting dishes. Lastly, the Spaghetti ala Opus did not disappoint either with its generous portion of fresh succulent seafood.

If you would like to give Opus Bistro a try, you can make a booking for the restaurant here.

You probably wonder how I can savour such dishes for free. Of course I don’t mind to share to you my secret. You can sign up for ELITE Membership and enjoy free dishes at more than 100 participating restaurant. You can read more about the ELITE Membership here.

 

 

Opus Bistro

67, Jalan Bangkung 

Bukit Bandaraya,Bangsar,

59100 Kuala Lumpur.

 

Operating Hours:

Mon – Sat : 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM ; 6:00 PM – 12:00 AM
Sun : 6:00 PM
 – 12:00 AM

 

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ELITE Review: Enak KL, Feast Village, Starhill Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

As an expatriate living in Malaysia, there is nothing I would love to do more than indulging myself in local foods as a way to have a better understanding about the culture here. That’s why I was absolutely thrilled when my friend took me to Enak KL – a restaurant that uses traditional recipes dating well beyond one’s lifetime to deliver authentic fine-dining Malay cuisine to the tables. What’s more interesting than seeing skillful hands reinvigorating familiar flavours into exciting dishes?

We had a big advantage as well! We saved 30% on our food bill with a booking via TABLEAPP and used our ELITE Membership to redeem a free signature dish this time. Don’t worry! I’m willing to share and you can check this information at the end of this review.  

I cannot stop myself from admiring the hynotizing lights right outside of Enak KL.

The stylish design was a welcoming sight for us as its interior oozes sophistication and comfort. I’m ready to indulge myself in delectable foods here.

 

1/ Ikan Asam Pedas RM35

Click here to view the image of Enak KL's Ikan Asam Pedas
A hint of spiciness and sourness from the Ikan Asam Pedas went through the air and whetted our appetite.

The first dish – Ikan Asam Pedas, totally blew me away with its smell. A hint of enticing spiciness and sourness slowly crept into my nose and quickly triggered my salivation without realization. Visually-appealing with its bold color and scarlet-hued gravy, the dish was so inviting that I could wait no more to savour it. I took the first scoop of the soup with some plain white rice. Extraordinary satisfying! Sour and fiery hot, it totally intrigued my palate and refreshed my mind. A punch of heat from a combination of dry and fresh red chili came to my tongue in a second, created a deep yet comfortable “pedas-ness”. It brought a piquant flavor to my taste buds yet not overpowering at all.  I especially love the unique sour taste which derived from the tamarind juice and fresh tomatoes. Delicate and subtle, it perfectly blended with the spicy flavor.

 

Click here to view Enak KL's Signature Dish - Ikan Asam Pedas
The sea bass was an excellent choice as the sweetness exuded from it totally blended well with the Pedas soup.

It’s time to taste the highlight of the dish – the sea bass (red snapper is also available upon demand). The flesh stripped off its bone easily yet was not flaky as you might find in some over-cooked dishes. Once I gave it a bite, the fish exuded its natural sweetness together with the savory, spiciness and sourness from the soup. This combination was utterly delicious! With all the spices absorbed from the soup, the fish’s flavor was robust in my mouth and made me feel rejuvenated. I have no doubt that this dish would be my perennial favorite for years to come.

 

2/ Daging Rusuk RM65

Click here to view Enak KL's Daging Rusuk
The Daging Rusuk was presented simply yet nicely with a mesmerizing charred skin.

Prepare to be wowed from the minute you see the dish! While I was still holding on to the impeccable flavor of the Asam Pedas, I was then in love with the Daging Rusuk which was absolutely my favorite dish of the day. At the first glance, I was hypnotized by the beautiful charred skin which was grilled to perfection. As disclosed by the chef, the beef rib was grilled using an open coal fire which brought it a unique flavor and smell while normal ovens could not. A whole solid big chunk of meat presented nicely along with Acar, Air Asam Jawa Sauce and Sambal Kicap Sauce. The eye-pleasing greenery from the leaves totally elevated the beef rib. Though came in such a simple presentation, the meat was still spot-on.

 

Click here to view the image of Enak KL's Daging Rusuk
The incredibly tender and tasty Daging totally captured my heart.

My first cut was so pleasant and smooth that I knew right away something nice was about to come. Little did I know it was so impressive! The beef rib was surprisingly flavorful and lip-smackingly tender. It was rich in classic beef flavor and I was overwhelmed with its delectable juiciness. I could not hide my admiration for the chef as beef rib would turn chewy and dry easily if it is not meticulously taken care of. With such a big portion, it would take hours to marinate the beef to absorb all the spices.

 

Click here to view Enak KL's Daging Rusuk
The mouth-watering Air Asam Jawa and Sambal Kecap Sauces also impressed us by its taste.

Each shred of the meat disintegrated on my tongue with little effort. There are no shortcomings in terms of taste! I personally love the Air Asam Jawa Sauce which brought some citrus to my taste buds and balanced the beef flavor while my friend fell for the Sambal Kicap Sauce which brought a hint of sweetness to the beef.

If you are truly a beef connoisseur, you cannot miss this!

 

3/ Ayam Percik RM35

Click here to view Enak KL's Ayam Percik
The Ayam Percik at Enak KL is truly a dish for the soul that you should not miss.

Our last dish was the Ayam Percik which was a whole grilled spring chicken lacquered with calibrated blend of ingredients including turmeric, coconut milk, onion garlic and ginger. The chicken was so aromatic that it immediately whetted our appetite. I was fascinated to see such a big portion of chicken and did not hesitate at all to devour the first piece.

 

Click here to view Enak KL's Ayam Percik
Don’t forget to try the Acar which mingled perfectly with the Ayam Percik.

It was such a hearty dish – a soothing comfort food for the soul. The chicken was tender in texture and its exquisite taste intrigued my palate. Its savory flavor blended well with a tangy sweetness which then lingered in the mouth and touched all the senses. I would say the coconut milk was spot-on as it imparted an aromatic and velvety quality and gave the chicken a pleasantly sweet taste. I shall not forget the mouth-watering acar that came along. Its perfect balance of spicy, sour and sweet flavor mingled perfectly with the tasty chicken. Delicious!

 

If you want to experience a home away from home, Enak KL is the place where you can truly taste the authentic flavors of Malay cuisine. You can book a table here to receive a 30% off on food bill (The promotion is valid until 30th of April, 2018).

Of course, if you pay the restaurant a visit, you might consider using the ELITE Membership like we did to redeem free dishes. You can read more information about it here.

 

 

Enak KL

LG, 16, Feast Village Starhill Gallery,

JW Marriott Kuala Lumpur,

181, Jalan Bukit Bintang,

55100 Kuala Lumpur.

Daily: 12:00pm – 3:00pm; 5:30pm – 10:30pm.

 

 

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ELITE Review: Neo Tamarind, Jalan Sultan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur

It was such a hectic week for my colleagues and I that we couldn’t even recognize ourselves in the mirror! “It’s time to refresh ourselves!”, we all agreed. It didn’t take us long to figure out the best restaurant for us this time – Neo Tamarind at Jalan Sultan Ismail.

Located in the heart of Kuala Lumpur yet hidden by green foliage, the tranquil ambiance here helps chasing our stress away to a true peaceful state of mind. The restaurant’s menu is innovative with Asian flavors using European techniques. Its galactic bar, electro-chill music and hypnotic liquid walls brought us the ‘NEO-rotic’ vibe that we were longing for.

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Neo Tamarind, a ‘neo-rotic’ dining destination where you can chill and unwind at night.

Of course, we were so glad to have our ELITE Membership as we could use it to redeem one of the 3 free signature dishes here this time.

 

1/ Duck Confit – RM50+

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The Duck Confit was presented nicely with mustard sauce, bite-sized broccoli, charred lemon and grilled corn.

Our first choice was a scrumptious dish of Duck Confit as I’m an advocate of this traditional and hearty French dish. Duck Confit (pronounced as Kon – Fee) is simply a technique of using salt to cure the duck and gently cooked it in its own fat. As disclosed by the chef, the duck here was brined with Himalayan rock salt for 24 hours which was mind-blowing! Presented nicely, the dish fed our hungry eyes with its vibrant colors – the golden brown color of duck confit blended well with the fresh green broccoli in bite-sized pieces and the mesmerizingly burnt color from the grilled lemon and sweet corn. The charred lemon was a brilliant choice as it will robust the lemon’s acidity and enhance its sweetness.

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The duck’s skin was crispy while its meat was meltingly tender as our fork can go through every shred of it!

After squeezing a bit of the charred lemon of top of the duck, we carefully sliced through the duck and were delightful to hear a crack – its skin was incredibly crispy! In contrast with the skin, the duck’s meat was meltingly tender as our fork can go through every shred of it! I tasted the creamy mustard sauce which was set aside, its creaminess and mellow flavor were to dream for. I personally think it’s an excellent combination of the duck and the mustard sauce as your nostrils will gently flare while your taste buds are pampered with the melt-in-the-mouth piece of duck. The mustard’s slight saltiness went ideally well with the juicy duck meat and totally enhanced its flavor. On the other hand, a big hand to the chef for the creamy mashed potato too. You should also taste the crunchy broccoli and the sweet corn which were also cooked to perfection.

 

2/ Braised Lamb Shank – RM 50+

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A big chunk of lamb shank was put nicely alongside truffle-infused mushrooms and beautiful wedges of fried potatoes.

The Braised Lamb Shank was another dish that won my heart right at the first sight by its tangy smell and elegant look. A big chunk of lamb shank was put nicely alongside truffle-infused mushrooms and beautiful wedges of fried potatoes. Underneath the lamb shank was a bed of thick red wine and lamb jus, which was cooked for 3 days – this fact made my eyes open widely! To be honest, I am quite doubtful whenever it comes to lamb shank. As simple as it seems, a lamb shank can be a tough challenge and it requires skillful hands to bring the texture and taste to perfection.

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The braised lamb shank was spectacularly tender and its mild sweetness was pleasant.

So how was the lamb shank here? Of course Neo Tamarind did not let us down at all! It was a molten goodness – glistening, rich and full of flavor. The lamb was spectacularly tender and its mild sweetness was pleasant. After being slowly cooked, the lamb’s collagen turned into rich gelatin which made it amazingly nutritious! When mixing with the sauce, it became even more succulent. The sauce’s rich aroma with its non-overpowering taste was a perfect complement to the tender lamb shank. I personally love the fried potatoes as it was crisply good outside yet so soft and tasty inside while my friend loves the truffle-infused mushroom for its interesting earthy taste.    

 

3/ Lobster Ravioli – RM 61+

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The Lobster Ravioli came off with such a pleasant and alluring smell that we could wait no more to savour this artistic beauty.

Our last dish was a heart-warming lobster ravioli. The dish came off with such a pleasant and alluring smell that we could wait no more to savour this artistic beauty. Simply garnished with some herbs on top, the ravioli was set beautifully with pieces of lobsters in an eye-catching stock – a light and vibrant dish. We were all fascinated to find out the raviolis were handmade daily and the lobster was freshly imported from Thailand. What’s more? The lobster head was cooked with some Brandy to make the stock! It was not only impressive but also made the lobster ravioli a true delight as there was so much effort needed to make such a dish.  

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I was overwhelmed as the sweet stock burst out in my mouth when I took a bite into a piece of ravioli.

I grabbed the first piece of lobster as it was too tempting. To my expectation, the lobster was beautifully cooked! It still maintained the spongy texture but not too chewy or flaky. A briny taste accompanied with the natural sweetness from the lobster made it so satisfying. The stock was moderately seasoned and carried subtle sweetness. I was overwhelmed as the sweet stock burst out in my mouth when I took a bite into a piece of ravioli. It was an interesting moment and the dish was, in overall, irresistible!   

 

If you would love to view more dishes and enjoy a good time chilling at this ‘neo-rotic’ dining destination, feel free to click here to book a table.  

Of course, you can choose to save your money by using ELITE Membership when dining here as only ELITE members will get free dishes. For more information, find out here.

 

Neo Tamarind

19, Jalan Sultan Ismail,

50250 Kuala Lumpur.

Daily: 6:00pm – 11:00pm

 

 

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ELITE Review: Kimi-Ya, Jalan Klang Lama, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

“You are in for a treat!” – said my friend after she knew that she got promoted. Of course I was more than excited to accept this invitation and after discussing, we decided to go to Kimi-Ya to relax and enjoy the essence of authentic Japanese cuisine. Why Kimi-Ya? You may ask. The restaurant is a casual dining which serves premium high-quality foods yet at affordable price. The restaurant features a relaxed and posh dining space including private rooms for diners. We also need to take advantage of our ELITE Membership as we are entitled to redeem signature dishes for free at this restaurant. We could not wait to savour the best dishes here.

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Kimi-Ya boasts everything you could ask for from a typical Japanese restaurant with its classic and delicate interior.

I/ Ume Sashimi Moriawase (7 types) (RM 170++)

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The sashimi was presented simply yet sophisticatedly on a bed of ice as the meals here are demonstrations of why less is more.

We chose a seat at the sushi counter as it would be more exciting to see how the dish was prepared. Fresh pieces of sashimi lied up nicely right in front of our eyes. We were in awe to know the fish were air-flown all the way from Hokkaido, Japan to KIMI-YA. In the blink of an eye, the teppanyaki chef masterfully handled 7 types of seasonal sashimi skillfully and had such smooth cuts that I could literally feel how soft they were just by watching. The sashimi was presented simply yet sophisticatedly on a bed of ice as the meals here are demonstrations of why less is more. I quickly took the first bite as it was way too tempting.

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The amaebi prawns captured my heart with its buttery, creamy texture and the melt-in-the-mouth feeling.

One tip to eat sashimi is you should eat from lean to fatty ones as the taste will be stronger after each bite. My first bite was white Bluefin tuna which was sweet and cooling. I continued to savour the kampachi, its sweetness and smoothness are what you would dream for. The Otoro of course did not let us down with its satisfactory fatness. Next came octopus which was crunchy with a mix of briny and sweet taste. Finally were my three favorite sashimi of the day – Amaebi prawns, scallop and salmon! The amaebi prawns captured my heart with its buttery, creamy texture and the melt-in-the-mouth feeling. The scallop was so soft and smooth like velvet that I would eat it over and over again. And the salmon was titillating with its subtle sweet and refreshing taste which equaled to no other fish.  

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The salmon was titillating with its subtle sweet and refreshing taste which equaled to no other fish.

 

II/ Goushuu No Wagyu Steak 120 gm (RM 180++)

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We were hypnotized by the gorgeous marbling on the beef and its delicious pink flesh.

Right after we thought we had the best of all, we quickly fell in love with the next dish which was a sizzling hot dish of A5 Wagyu steak – which is the highest quality grade given only to the finest beef! This A5 Wagyu beef was imported from Yamagata – the Japanese renowned area for the best Wagyu. We looked at each other in mere excitement – these pieces of Wagyu beef looked too appetizing! We were hypnotized by the gorgeous marbling on the beef and its delicious pink flesh. Not to mention its smell was so aromatic and delectable that could trigger your involuntary salivation in just a few seconds.

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The Wagyu’s intense beefiness and richness were definitely for those who seek decadence and over-the-top presentation.

The sizzling sound also made my mouth water. The Wagyu beef had such an amazingly palatable fatness and sweetness which quickly dissolved in my mouth and filled my heart with love. Its intense beefiness and richness were definitely for those who seek decadence and over-the-top presentation. What I like as well were the crunchy vegetables served along to reduce the greasiness the dish might have. This dish is the real winner of taste and value-for-money department. Blended perfectly in a non-powering manner.

III/ Yaki Taraba Kani (300g) (RM190++)  

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The Alaskan King Crab is truly a gift from the ocean. Its mild taste was a refreshing and warm-hearting treat for us all.

The dish made its way to our table with an irresistible sweet and briny smell. Pieces of Alaskan King crab legs lied neatly atop some leaves and were garnished with nice petals. The crab will be cooked to perfection to maintain its high-quality protein as well as the sweet flavor which made it the king of all crabs. We were thrilled to savour this delicacy and were all filled with whimsical delights. The Alaskan King Crab is truly a gift from the ocean. Its mild taste was a refreshing and warm-hearting treat for us all. Its succulent meat was flavorful, soft and juicy. No wonder why it is the most highly sought-after crab in the world! A comforting concoction of flavors that you should try once in your life!

 

If you would love to enjoy the fresh ingredients from Hokkaido and premium high-quality Japanese dishes at Kimi-Ya, you can reserve a table here.

You probably wonder how I can savour such dishes for free. Of course I don’t mind to share to you my secret. You can sign up for ELITE Membership and enjoy free dishes at more than 100 participating restaurant. You can read more information about TABLEAPP ELITE Membership here.   

 

Kimi-Ya

G-2, Avantas Residences,
162, Jalan Klang Lama,
58000 Kuala Lumpur

Opening Hours:
Mon – Thu: 2 PM – 3 PM; 6 PM – 10:30 PM
Fri – Sun: 11:30 AM – 3 PM; 6 PM – 11 PM

 

 

 

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ELITE Review: Ishin Japanese Dining, Jalan Klang Lama, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

To be honest, I am in love with Japan’s wonderful cuisine and that goes without saying to most of my friends as well. Last weekend, I was enthusiastic to, again, indulge myself in a Japanese gastronomical delight. Ishin Japanese Dining, located along Old Klang Road, was my choice this time. The restaurant, for 2 years consecutive of 2016 and 2017, won the Travellers’ Choice of TripAdvisor for its authentic Japanese cuisine and superb service.

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The sushi counter at the first floor is where you can watch the performance artistry of the chefs.

Private rooms are available upstairs for group gatherings, one of which overlooks the KL traffic which left us impressed. The friendly staff directed us to a seat right at the sushi counter at the first floor to watch the performance artistry of the chefs who masterfully handles the finest cuts of the food. Who would not enjoy that?

I/ Chef Special Sashimi (RM 160)

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Chef’s Special Sashimi is a chef selection of 7 kinds of freshest and finest air-flown seasonal sashimi from Japan’s famous Tsukiji market.

Gorgeous pieces of seafood lined up beautifully at the counter immediately whetted our appetite. We embarked on calling our first dish – the Chef Special Sashimi. It is a chef selection of 7 kinds of freshest and finest air-flown seasonal sashimi from Japan’s famous Tsukiji market. The chef began to amaze us with the beautiful kinki or thornhead fish which is a rare fish that tastes best during winter – this time of the year in Japan (well, not in Malaysia of course) as it is akin to the fat part “chu-toro” of tuna. Every little bone was meticulously taken from the piece of fish and its bone was used as a part of the dish decoration.

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You would definitely never forget the rich and creaminess of the salmon belly and the melt-in-the-mouth taste of emaebi.

7 kinds of sashimi all came reclined seductively on a bed of ice with a stunning ice sphere. The decoration may pause you for a while to snap a few shots before you can continue to savour this delicacy. I started with the kikin as the chef’s introduction was way too impressive. It did not let me down at all as its slight sweet taste blended so well with the considered “the best wasabi in Japan” by the chef. Next came kampachi, shimaaji and scallop which were all so fresh and smooth that you might literally find yourself kissing the sea for a moment. I ended up with the palate-pleasing amaebi and salmon belly. If you are a true Japanese cuisine fan, you would definitely never forget the rich and creaminess of the salmon belly and the melt-in-the-mouth taste of emaebi. The dish is just splendid!

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The scallop was so fresh and smooth that you might literally find yourself kissing the sea for a moment.

 

2.  Sushi Deluxe (RM 93)
As posh and luxurious as it sounds, the dish came out with 8 chef-selected kinds of seasonal sushi. With his 23-year experience, head chef William, mastered his skills and made 8 beautiful pieces of sushi including kikin, tuna, butterfish, salmon roe, sea urchin, sweet prawns, salmon belly and egg sushi in just the blink of an eye.

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Within a few minutes, a visual-appealing dish appeared right in front of us that quickly triggered our salivation.

Some sushi were garnished with interesting toppings such as the kikin sushi paired with white radish sprouts which brought a slight hint of pleasant spiciness. The butterfish with its mesmerizing pink flesh was one decked with the luxurious black caviar and one with kinome leaf. Its mild pepper-mint-lime taste tingled my tongue and really enhanced the flavor of the soft and fresh butterfish.

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Some sushi were garnished with interesting toppings.

The salmon was no doubt one of my favorites as its flavor matched well with the tangy yuzu (a Japanese citrus fruit) skin atop. How about the salmon roe and sea urchin? The roe will pop in your mouth with its briny yet sweet coastal taste. The sea urchin, as always, made me melted in heaven. Its mildly nutty taste and custard-like texture was too fascinating that I could not stop myself from admiring. Served with freshly grated wasabi, the dish will make you relish everything about it!

3.  Wagyu Stone Grill (RM 250)

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Stunning pieces of A5 Wagyu beef were ready to be grilled by the staff.

As we had pampered ourselves with some gifts of the ocean, we decided it was time to get our tummy warm. Of course, the best choice is to indulge ourselves in the Wagyu Stone Grill. 100 gram of stunning Wagyu beef was presented nicely next to a Stone grill set. The A5 Wagyu beef (the highest quality) pleased our eyes with its flawless and gorgeous marbling. The chef continued to wow us with another secret – all the vein was cut off to reserve the smoothest texture of the beef which means only 50% of the meat is used for the best quality.

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The rich, fat-friendly and savory Wagyu beef blew us away with its juiciness, softness and smoothness.

The beef, interestingly, will be cooked at the table directly with the help from the restaurant’s staff. As the marvelous Wagyu was put on the hot stone, its sizzling sounds were so satisfying that we could not keep ourselves from silently screaming in excitement. The premium quality beef of course did not let us down at any point. It offered the best of both worlds for its heavenly delicious taste. The rich, fat-friendly and savory Wagyu beef blew us away with its juiciness, softness and smoothness. It will entice you to take another bite! The dish totally blew us away!

You can book a table in advance using TABLEAPP if you do not want to waste your time queuing.

Did you know all of these signature dishes are free with the use of TABLEAPP ELITE Membership? Yes! I was not joking! If you want to dine in Ishin Japanese Dining, I would not want you to miss this privilege at all. There are more than 300 other dishes for you to consider as well and you can find more information about TABLEAPP ELITE here.

ISHIN JAPANESE DINING

No. 202, Persiaran Klang,
Off Jalan Klang Lama,
58000 Kuala Lumpur.

Daily:
Lunch: 12PM – 3PM
Dinner: 6PM – 11PM

 

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ELITE Review: The Steakhouse, Changkat Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Who would ever feel happy getting stuck in the rain? I would because I had such a great experience getting stuck in a heavy rain last week in the busy street Changkat Bukit Bintang. As the rain was lashing, it somehow brought my friends and me to The Steakhouse – a 40-seater steak joint located along this notable street and adjacent to The Whisky Bar. The staff were friendly and the restaurant’s warm and lush interior quickly caught my attention so we decided to have our dinner in this cozy and intimate ambiance. With our ELITE Membership, we can redeem free signature dishes here, so why not? Of course, we had a lot of expectation as well because The Steakhouse is known as the true heaven for beef lovers.

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The lush interior created a warm and cozy ambiance for the restaurant.

1/ Josper Charcoal Grilled Premium Grass Fed Rib Eye (RM 139)

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High-quality grass-fed rib eye was set nicely along with garlic mashed potato, onion rings and black pepper sauce.

Rib eye is the juiciest and most flavorful steak among all and it is definitely the choice of real steak aficionados. The rib eye here is 100% grass-fed imported from Australia which means it is high-quality meat with amazingly fat marbling. The dish looked uncomplicated yet enough to whet our appetite. On a bed of sautéed vegetable and next to creamy mashed potato was the steak with some golden crispy onion rings atop. The rib eye was smoky as it was grilled using the Josper Oven – which you will not easily see in many restaurants in KL. The charcoal heat from the oven will make the steak juicy and create impeccable char along with caramelized crust, striated texture.

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The striated texture of the premium rib eye steak was mesmerizing

Fat outside yet so tender inside, the steak’s flavor, tenderness and juiciness blended well together in a combination equaled by no other meat. I took a bite into the sautéed vegetables, they were quite crunchy and palatable. You can choose up to 4 different types of potato like wedges, fries, mashed potato or baked potato. And don’t be overwhelmed yet because there are a lot more! The dish will be served along with 5 types of salt including garden salt, chili salt, garlic salt, sea salt and onion salt and 3 types of mustard which are Dijon – salty, Horseradish – spicy and sour, and Medium-hot mustard – sour and bitter. I would recommend you to try the Horseradish mustard which has a comfortable hint of spiciness and it blends well with the steak.

2. BBQ Short Ribs (RM 129)

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Flavorful and tender, this BBQ Short Ribs fulfilled my gustatory dream!

Here comes my favorite dish of the day – the BBQ Short Ribs! Beef short ribs are often-overlooked cuts yet I am truly interested in it, simply because it has the best of both worlds – beautiful marbling of rib steaks and a deep beefy flavor of chuck roast. A real indulgent treat for anyone who loves beef. As disclosed by the staff, the ribs were cooked using sous-vide technique to create the perfect texture. The magic of sous-vide is that it transformed a tough, rugged texture of short ribs into fork-tender meat. I have to say that the short ribs at The Steakhouse will melt the heart of any beef lovers for its irresistible tenderness and meaty texture.

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The BBQ Short Ribs’ beautiful pink flesh was mesmerizing.

I could not take my eyes off this enthralling piece especially when I cut through it! Its pink flesh was so mesmerizing that I couldn’t stop admiring. Every shred of the beef will melt in your mouth and you would not be able to do it without closing your eyes in mere satisfaction. The beef was one of the most delicious morsels given to me. It is the fulfillment of my gustatory dream!

3. Beef Bourguignon (RM 108)

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The rich-flavored beef matched well with the smooth and fresh Fettuccine pasta.

We ended with a hearty French comfort food which is the Beef Bourguignon. Put nicely in a small pot, the beef was served with Fettuccine – a type of pasta popular in Roman and Tuscan cuisine. I was excited to know the scrumptious beef belly was marinated for one night with liquid seasoning. Red wine and gin were added to bring a deep and rich flavor taste for the beef. I could not wait any further but quickly savored this delicacy. The cubes of beef mingled with carrots, Cipollini onions, bread and button mushroom in a rich and savory stock. This flavorful sauce blended so well with the appetizing pasta which was cooked to perfection. I love how fresh and smooth the pasta was! Don’t hesitate to give the Cipollini onion a bite as its tangy, sweet and mild flavor will comfortably linger in your mouth for a while. This rustic peasant-style yet hearty French dish won my heart. It is a truly heart-warming dish for a rainy day.

If you would love to dine at The Steakhouse, please notice that the restaurants are often filled with crowds every day. You can reserve a table in advance here.

Of course, we would want you to get free signature dishes like how we did. You can check out information about the ELITE Membership here.

 

The Steakhouse
48, Changkat Bukit Bintang,
50200 Kuala Lumpur.

Daily: 6 PM – 12 AM

Food Review: Neroteca Bukit Ceylon, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Known as the first authentic Italian restaurant to serve pork in KL, Neroteca Bukit Ceylon has been in operation for over 11 years, tucked away within the Seri Bukit Ceylon Serviced Residence. Its warm and cosy interior accompanied by friendly staffs sets the mood for a laid-back dining experience.

Notice that there are some interesting decorations of pots, garlic and preserved sausages hanging on top the restaurant.

The restaurant decoration featured many Italian products such as pasta, drinks and a vast selection of liquor which they serve. Another highlight are their impressive assortment of deli and cheese imported from Italy that's on display, which is also for sale. Once entered, we can immediately smell the aroma of hearty Italian food lingering in the air drifting from the open kitchen which we appreciate. Judging from our first impression we have already fallen in love with the ambience of the restaurant.

1. La Porchetta    (RM65++)

Beautifully plated La Porchetta drizzled with demi-glace sauce.

Now that we have settled down, we were served by the waiter and he recommended us to try Neroteca’s signature dishes. After a friendly chat with the waiter, we decided to proceed with three of their signature dishes. First up was Neroteca’s La Porchetta, slices of porchetta beautifully plated on a wooden board and drizzle with rich demi-glacé sauce.

On the side are perfectly sautéed baby potatoes and generous slices of house-made bread. The bread is namely, Roman Focaccia and Rustic Bread which are made fresh daily and taste amazing too. Now back to our main character which is the slices of La Porchetta, crispy on the outside and tender in the inside, leaving us speechless while savouring the delicious herbs infused meat. We must say that the first dish itself already leave us wanting more.

2. Homemade Tortellini Pasticciati    (RM48++)

Homemade Tortellini Pasticciati served atop a trail of delicious beef ragu.

Just as we finish up on the La Porchetta, our second dish arrived. Neroteca’s Homemade Tortellini Pasticciati which we were slightly confused by the simplistic plating having seen the nicely decorated La Porchetta beforehand. The Tortellini is served atop of a trail of beef ragu sauce which is a meat-based sauce, in this case, beef was used. The first bite caught us by surprise as we didn’t expect much. This is a good lesson on don’t judge a book by its cover, the tortellini although didn’t look imposing but the taste doesn’t disappoint.

The tortellini was very flavourful with a filling of grounded salami, prosciutto, pepperoni, grated parmesan, grated nutmeg and egg. To balance out the powerful taste of tortellini we recommend eating with the milder beef ragu sauce. Overall, the Tortellini Pasticciati is a well-thought-out dish combining the stronger flavour of tortellini with a milder beef ragu sauce. However, the presentation of the dish could have been a tad better.

3. Neroteca’s Classic Tiramisu    (RM29++)

Neroteca's refreshing Classic Tiramisu topped with fresh strawberry, blueberry, mint leaves and a slice of dried orange.

After a roller coaster taste adventure, what better way to finish off our meal than with dessert, Neroteca’s Classic Tiramisu. Upon serving we notice that the tiramisu is served in a small glass jar which is cute and is topped with fresh strawberry, blueberry and a slice of dried orange. The Classic Tiramisu is well-balanced of sweet and bitter, which is refreshing and the ideal way to end a meal.

To conclude, we are a strong believer that a good restaurant not only need to serve good food, but it should have a conducive dining environment, good music and of course great services. Having said that, Neroteca has fulfilled those requirements and we are happy to have dined here.

If you would love to experience dining at Neroteca, you can reserve a table here.

You can also redeem these signature dishes for free by joining TABLEAPP ELITE Membership! Sign up here.

Already an ELITE member? Here's how you could win a limited edition Mini Moët. From now till 31 March 2018, TOP 100 TABLEAPP ELITE members with the Most Dish Redemptions will stand a chance to win a personalised Mini Moët.

 

NEROTECA BUKIT CEYLON
Unit G-1, Seri Bukit Ceylon,
No 8, Lorong Ceylon,
50250 Kuala Lumpur.

 

Daily:
11:00am – 3:00pm, 6:00pm – 11:00pm