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

 

1/ Ishin Japanese Dining

Click here to view Sushi Deluxe at Ishin Japanese Dining

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

Click here to view Charcoal Grilled Alaskan King Crab

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.

Click here to view Babe's Ootoro Spring Roll

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

Click here to view Kouzu's Signature Yakiniku Set

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

 

 

 

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: Tamarind Hill KL, Jalan Sultan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Last week I received a surprise visit from my mom. (Yes, our moms are always like that!) I decided to treat her to a nice place in town where we can chill and enjoy delectable and exotic foods. Thai food was our choice this time as the mixture of Thai spices and herbs would make us feel reinvigorated. My mom finally agreed to go for the 2017 TripAdvisor Traveler’s Choice Award – Tamarind Hill Kuala Lumpur at Jalan Sultan Ismail.

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Tamarind Hill’s tranquil ambience exudes the illusion of being ‘out-of-town’.

Scrumptious authentic Thai food with great tranquil ambience, the restaurant is truly a place to be “out-of-town” right in the hustle and bustle of Kuala Lumpur.
Of course I took advantage of my ELITE Membership which enables me to redeem free signature dishes here! Saving more money while treating my Mom to exquisite delights, why not?

 

1/ Tamarind Hill Platter (RM 53+)

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Tamarind Hill Platter includes 4 eye-catching bite-sized kinds of appetizer.

Our first dish was a beautiful platter of 4 enticing kinds of appetizer including fried tiger prawns and kangkung, fresh spring rolls, grilled satay and last but not least, chicken balls and orange. The dish immediately captured my attention with its vibrant colors and an irresistible smell. I couldn’t wait anymore to savour the first piece – the fried tiger prawn and kangkung!

 

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The crunchy fried tiger prawns and the refreshing spring rolls made me yearn for more.

The incredibly crunchy popiah skin was coated with a combination of Thai peanut sauce and plum sauce which resulted in a delicately sweet and sour taste. It was mind-blowing to know that the restaurant carefully handpicked small and fresh peanuts to get the best taste of the Thai peanut sauce. The prawn was a true star with its moist and firm flesh. It brought a clean, brisk and sweet flavor which then lingered in my mouth. Tasty!

Next came the fresh spring rolls which impressed me with its luscious and non-overpowering spiciness. With a perfect combination of herbs, chili and homemade Thai seafood sauce, the rolls made us feel rejuvenated. The vegetables were absolutely fresh, the herbs were aromatic and the unique spicy and sour taste made me yearn for more!

 

The grilled satay with authentic Thai tamarind sauce was tender and flavoursome.

After savoring the other enthralling delights, I knew this satay would be something special! The grilled chicken was impeccably soft and the tamarind sauce really won my heart! I could still vividly remember its flavorsome and sweet taste which I believe could only come from the authentic Thai sauce! A bit of chili flake and pepper was added to bring a hot and strong flavor to the satay which will be balanced out by the piece of cucumber that came along. I would say it was one of the best satays I had ever tried.

 

The chicken-peanut ball was like a candy, exuding a delicately sweet taste in my mouth.

Last came a jaw-dropping delight! At the first glimpse, the decoration was impressively eye-catching as it was akin to a phoenix for me. I took one piece of the chicken-peanut ball with orange and “wow” was the word came out of my mouth! There was a touch of acidity from the orange which blended beautifully with the delicately sweetness of the chicken mixed with peanuts. The chicken ball was similar to a piece of candy which quickly melt in your mouth. It was incredibly fresh and it made me close my eyes in mere satisfaction!

 

2/ Beef Ribs served in a Dry Green Curry (RM 85+)

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The “Beef Ribs served in a Dry Green Curry” appeared in an unpretentious presentation but its taste totally blew my mind.

Here comes my favorite dish of the day! Appeared in such an unpretentious presentation, it totally blew my mind. The dish emanated a hint of sweetness from the coconut milk and a bit of freshness from the Thai basil. You might look at it and say: “Well, just beef and green curry, what’s special about it anyway?” and that was my first thought! Right afterwards, I knew I was wrong.

 

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The beef was lip-smackingly tender and truly what you would call melt-in-the-mouth!

Every shred of the meat relished a succulent taste. I couldn’t keep myself from excitement in every bite. As the coconut milk was made freshly, its taste was unique and flavorful. A lingering sweetness and freshness coming from the herbs blended in the green curry. This lusciously green curry would stun you for its taste that’s rich in both flavor and nutrients. A real winner in the taste and totally worth the money spent!

 

3/ Deep-Fried River Lobster served with Tamarind Sauce (RM 80+)

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The River Lobster and tamarind were freshly imported from Thailand which made the dish even more delectable.

Finally, we ended with an equally palatable dish of Deep-Fried River Lobster. I love the fact that the lobster along with the tamarind were imported from Thailand. Frozen lobster would end up becoming tough and rubbery so a fresh lobster would be a perfect choice. Thai tamarind is something I am always in love with as its pleasant smell and sweet taste stand out compared to other tamarind sauce. The dish presentation was striking and I was so eager to have my first piece. The lobster’s fresh and bouncy flesh truly laces the palate with a umami and savoury flavor. The ‘meat-ilicious’ river lobster paired perfectly and drenched with the delectable tamarind sauce. A highly addictive and flavorful indulgence. It’s definitely a desirable dish.

 

If you love to give Tamarind Hill Kuala Lumpur a try, you can make a booking for the restaurant here.

And well, someone might wonder how I redeem the signature dish for free and I won’t keep it my own secret. If you want to know more, you can read more about the ELITE Membership here.

 

Tamarind Hill Kuala Lumpur

19A Jalan Sultan Ismail,
50250 Kuala Lumpur.

Mon – Fri: 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm, 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Sat & Sun: 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm

 

 

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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!   

 

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Neo Tamarind

19, Jalan Sultan Ismail,

50250 Kuala Lumpur.

Daily: 6:00pm – 11:00pm

 

 

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.

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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