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Mid-Autumn Festival 2018: Best Places To Savour Mooncakes And Sumptuous Delights

1. Delectable Mooncakes in Limited Edition Satchel at Hilton Kuala Lumpur

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Prepare to be dazzled by the very first collaboration of Hilton Kuala Lumpur and Malaysia’s leading international fashion designer Khoon Hooi – the stunning limited edition satchel gift box with a choice of Midnight Bloom (RM198) or Blossom Series (RM178). While selecting the mooncakes of your choice (as low as RM35 each), take this chance to dine in one of the restaurants here! Savour Chinese delights at Chynna, Japanese food at Iketeru or international buffet at the all-day dining Vasco’s. You can also treat yourself to trendy cocktails and fine cuts of meat at Graze, Chambers Grill and Chambers Bar. If you want to liven up your mood, check out Zeta Bar for their international live band, have a cup of coffee at Oro Cafe or relax at The Lounge or Boardwalk to revel in their spectacular views.

 

2. Oriental Mid-Autumn Delights in Cheongsam-Themed Gift Box at Hilton Petaling Jaya

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Head to Hilton Petaling Jaya for traditional mooncakes infused with subtle flavours! Get yourself a one-of-a-kind Oriental gift box which depicts a cheong sam at RM135 nett (premium box) and RM110 nett (standard box). Indulge yourself in timeless classics of 9 baked mooncakes and snow skin mooncakes of 5 flavours with price as low as RM25 each. You can also pay the restaurants here a visit for a fulfilled trip. Note that the Peking Duck at Toh Yuen Chinese Restaurant is a must-try and if you are in the mood for Japanese food, visit Genji Japanese Restaurant! Come to Uncle Chili’s Bar & Restaurant for a varieties of hearty food and fabulous cocktails and enjoy a wide spread of delights with a buffet at Paya Serai Restaurant.

 

3. 11 Types Of Sumptuous Mooncakes Are Waiting For You at Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur 

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Encased in a traditional red box with gold handle, the elegant mooncakes at Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur are perfect for a wondrous Mid-Autumn indulgence. Eight types of baked and snowskin mooncakes (from RM32 each), from the pure classic White Lotus to the modern creation of Azuki and Musang King, are set to whet your appetite. You should also take this opportunity to explore the restaurants here! You can opt for redefined Chinese imperial dining at Celestial Court for a completely divine meal from start to finish or chill at Pavilions Lounge for some snacks and refreshing drink, head to Essence for sumptuous dim sum, steaks and premium fresh seafood and visit Villa Danieli for wood-fired pizza and an authentic rendition of Italian food.

 

4. Savour Timeless Baked Classics at Grand Millennium Kuala Lumpur

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Handcrafted with premium ingredients and baked to perfection, the mooncakes at Grand Millennium Kuala Lumpur are perfect for a family gathering. The hotel offers 4 types of mooncakes (from RM29 onwards) with a brand new creation of chocolate mint flavour which would entice your taste buds with its rich bittersweet and refreshing filling. Don’t hesitate to set your foot in the restaurants here for an epic culinary journey. Take a walk to the popular dining spot Lai Ching Yuen which will drift you back to ancient Shang Hai, indulge yourself in tantalizing dining experience at Hanaya Japanese Dining or go to the open-concept The Mill Cafe for a hearty spread of international and regional favourites.

 

5. Walk Down The Memory Lane By Relishing Handcrafted Classics at One World Hotel

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If you fancy a mooncake selection of timeless culinary traditions, look no further than the premium handcrafted artisanal mooncakes at One World Hotel! Sold in boxes of four from RM25 per piece, diners are given the choice of 9 classic favourites which would take you on a trip down the memory lane. A journey to the hotel would not be perfect without treating yourself to scrumptious food at one of their two well-known restaurants here – Zuan Yuan Chinese Restaurant which will enthrall you with its sophisticated and truly authentic Chinese menus and the award-winning Cinnamon Coffee House which offers superb delights featuring an open-concept kitchen.

 

6. A Royal Treat with Treasure Gift Box Series at Pullman Kuala Lumpur Bangsar

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Should you gratify towards traditional mooncakes with a modern twist, Pullman Kuala Lumpur Bangsar will satiate your cravings. Beautiful mooncakes with exotic flavours like Bird’s Nest and Musang King are expertly handcrafted by skilful pastry artisans here. Diners can purchase a selection of gift boxes known as Elegance (RM128), Signature (RM138) and Royal Imperial (RM198). Your royal treat will be elevated if you dine in one of the restaurants here. The pork-free Oriental Chinese Cuisine will fill your stomach with authentic and wok-friendly Chinese dishes. You can also treat yourself to a gastronomic dining experience at LINK – All Day Dining where you can enjoy live-cooking sessions or head to La Cucina Mediterranean which will serve you the finest contemporary cuisine. 

 

7. Mesmerizing Musang King Durian Mooncake with Blue Pea Layer at Way Modern Chinois

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The handmade snow skin mooncakes at Way Modern Chinois will fly you to the moon! The Musang King durian filling is meticulously prepared and enveloped in a silky smooth blue pea stained layer. Each moon cake is handcrafted with care and a bite into it would make you stop for a moment to admire its creamy texture. Mesmerizing color with irresistible aroma, the mooncakes are sold at RM23 per piece or RM88 for a gift box of 4 pieces. Once you come to this contemporary restaurant, remember to try their famous Truffle Roast Duck which is marinated with truffle sauce, double roasted in truffle oil and topped with truffle slices. An avant-garde indulgence you would not want to miss out! See how to get this duck for free here!

 

8. A Dazzling Collection of Baked, Snow Skin and Crispy Mooncakes at JW Marriott Kuala Lumpur

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JW Marriott Kuala Lumpur ushers in this Mid-Autumn Festival with a fine selection of baked, snowskin, and crispy mooncakes at the award-winning Shanghai restaurant which is well-known for their authentic dishes of Shanghai. This year, the restaurant is offering 2 new exotic flavours, namely Fermented Black Garlic with Egg Yolk and Durian Paste with Truffle which would make you feel over the moon! While you are at the hotel, there is no reason why you should not visit Starhill Gallery. Savour Chiu-Chow style cuisine at Pak Loh Chiu Chow or relish Chinese tea and dim sum at Luk Yu Tea House. You can also opt for unique Latin flavours with a twist at Sentidos Gastrobar – The Latin Grill, authentic Malay food at Enak KL or Southern Thai cuisine at Pak Tai. Fancy a light bite and a refreshing cup of tea? Head to Newens Tea House! Last but not least, remember to try the freshest seafood in town at Shook!

 

9. Handcrafted Traditional Mooncakes with The All-Time Favorite Li Yen Kam Tui at The Ritz Carlton, Kuala Lumpur

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Celebrate this Mid-Autumn Festival with an array of hearty baked and snow skin mooncakes at The Ritz-Carlton. The mooncakes here are well-prepared and handcrafted by the culinary team of the award-winning Chinese restaurant Li Yen which serves one of the best Cantonese cuisines in town. The traditional baked mooncakes will bring you back in time with memorable flavours from classic creations to the all-time favorite Li Yen Kam Tui filled with delicious nuts and Chinese ham. You can choose to buy each piece at RM14 nett or get a box of 4 baked mooncakes here at RM100 nett. Mini mooncakes are also available in a box of 8 at RM112 nett.

 

10. Premium Traditional Mooncakes For A Joyous Mid-Autumn Festival at DoubleTree by Hilton Johor Bahru

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A plethora of Mid-Autumn sweet delights are waiting for you at DoubleTree by Hilton Johor Bahru. The traditional mooncakes here are bound to tempt your palate and leave you desiring for more. The premium mooncakes are made with care, including classic flavours like Baked Pure Lotus, Baked Pandan Lotus and more from RM26 each while a gift box of 4 pieces will cost you RM99. Remember to visit the hotel’s two well-known restaurants for a touch of joy. You can enjoy exciting live-cooking stations at the all-day dining Makan Kitchen which offers Western and Asian items or head to Tosca Italian Restaurant for an exquisite selection of rustic Italian foods which will make you come back for more!

 

 

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#MerdekaDay: A (Makan) 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.