The ranked Singapore’s #1 Italian, Halal and Authentic Pizza Restaurant has finally come to Kuala Lumpur! Head to the restaurant for a business meeting or a gathering and savor specially crafted crispy thin Roma Style Pizza or other mouth-watering delights that are much-loved by even the most discerning foodies.
Tucked away on a hilltop right in Kuala Lumpur, FOOK boasts a duality of eccentricity and mystery with modern interpretations of traditional Asian dishes that excite and surprise the palette. Definitely your go-to place for a gastronomic journey to spice up your night.
Lunch Set Special Tapas Club, Pavilion Kuala Lumpur
Savor your favorite Spanish tapas made of fresh produces and home-like recipes only from RM15.90++ including 1 main and 2 side dishes! Add RM5 for 1 dessert or 1 beverage of your choice. Only available on weekdays from 12pm – 3pm.
Negeri Sembilan Promotion Atmosphere 360 Revolving Restaurant KL Tower
Revel in a variety of authentic Negeri Sembilan traditional foods. Enjoy delights such as Masak Lemak Kuning, Sambal Gesek, Rendang Cendawan Kukur and many delicacies only available until 20th January 2019!
Tantalize your taste buds by a plethora of Asian and fusion cuisine for a night to remember. Don’t forget to enjoy the magnificent view of KL city with a chilled glass of wine or beer at RM15++ from 5pm – 7pm daily!
Artisan Cheese Pairing Soleil, Damansara City Mall
Tempt your palate with authentic contemporary European cuisine weaved with Asian influences and take joy in Artisan Cheese Pairing only at RM60++ for 3 glasses of wine with your delectable cheese platter.
[Jan 16] Celler Pinol Spanish Wine Dinner Stoked, Medan Damansara
A luscious dinner featuring wines of Celler Pinol – an emerging quality region of Terra Alta in Spain. This cool elevated region in Catalunya produces fresh whites and complex, balanced reds. Savor a suitably-paired menu with the more Mediterranean, generous styled wines of this estate with Mr. Juanjo Galcera Pinol – the 4th generation owner of this winery as the host. Priced at RM238 nett.
[Jan 18] French Wine Tasting EGG – 8 Gourmets Gala, Selangor
Calling for all wine lovers to take joy in a special night of the finest French wines with Thibault Odent – Business development manager of Maison Bouey! Taste the award-winning wines from Bordeaux, France and please your taste buds with sumptuous dishes at the restaurant.
Have you ever watched films with scenes showing how royal families dine and asked yourself, “Why do they have to use so many different types of cutlery?”. Well, here you will find out what they are all for! Plus, maybe you can show off a little the next time you dine at a fancy fine dining restaurant.
TABLE SETTINGS AND THE TYPES OF CUTLERY
Some may say, why so many? I don’t need 3 forks just for a meal! Yes we know, it can be a little overwhelming if you are not familiar with this. Referring to the image you will see, what each cutlery functions are and what dish it’s for. In case you are wondering, the general rule is to start on the outside and work your way in.
On a brighter note, what you see in the image above is a full table setting and it might differ from a restaurant’s table setting.
Here’s a sample of a table setting from enfin by James Won. Typically, restaurant will keep the table setting at a minimal or based on dishes served to ensure customer a comfortable dining experience. So, there’s no need to be intimidated, just dine and enjoy the meal!
HOW TO USE YOUR CUTLERY TO COMMUNICATE. REALLY?
Now that you know what all the types of cutlery is about, it’s time to find out what to do with them after you have finished your meal. Here you can see that placing your cutlery in a certain way actually means something. However, the question is, does it even matter or is it just for fun!?
Of course, you can try these out as it’s no harm being a classy monsieur or madame once awhile. However, do not expect the waiters to notice this as they might overlooked the silverware on your plate. Therefore, it’s advisable that if you need some assistant, simply raise a hand and ask for the waiter’s help which is definitely faster.
All in all the best practice when you are done with your food is to leave your fork and knife together on the plate. It’s never a good idea to leave your silverware on the table as it will dirty the table and leave a mess. So, the next time you are going to a fine dining restaurant or event, be sure to keep these dining etiquette in mind!
Want to try a fine dining restaurant? You can do so at enfin by James Won, an international multi-award contemporary French Restaurant!
enfin by James Won
Location: Lot 2-05, Level 2, Menara Hap Seng 1, Jalan P. Ramlee, 50250 Kuala Lumpur
“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++)
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.
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++)
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.
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++)
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.
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.
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67, Jalan Bangkung
59100 Kuala Lumpur.
Mon – Sat : 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM ; 6:00 PM – 12:00 AM Sun : 6:00 PM – 12:00 AM
Indian cuisine encompasses a wide variety of regional and traditional cuisines native to India, given the range of diversity in soil type to climate to ethnic groups. Its cuisine is also heavily influenced by cultural choices and traditions. To know more, follow this…
Khushi Spice at JW Marriott Kuala Lumpur
Khushi Spice offers a fine dining at its best within the heart of Kuala Lumpur, ideal for casual and the popularity for business lunches. Known for its modern and stylish Indian restaurant, the place is perfectly suited to your wine and dine alternatives. The menu features a delectable array of Northern Indian cuisine curated by North Indian chef whose years of culinary experience are reflected in the dishes he crafts. You will be greeted by a warmly-lit reception into an enchanted décor ambience follows by your dining journey. Click here for online reservations >
Qureshi at TPC Kuala Lumpur
Qureshi Restaurant is the Qureshi family’s newest international venture and the first in Malaysia! With impressive and valuable feedbacks from diners, the Qureshi Restaurant is definitely a great choice for families and corporates, serving delicate dining experience alongside soothing Indian music. Its customised glass encased Tandoor will allow guests to view the food being freshly prepared to the serving table. Furthermore, this restaurant is situated in a golf course! 10% off on food and soft beverages for reservations via TABLEAPP! Click here for online reservations >
Delhi Royale at Jalan Yap Kwan Seng
Delhi Royale prides itself by providing impeccable service and coupled with authentic North Indian cuisine. Their menu ranging from a scrumptious line of appetisers and snacks to a generous portion yet fulfilling main courses. Vegetarian menu is also available in this restaurant for vegans to choose from. Click here for online reservations >
D'Tandoor International Group of Restaurants (Damansara Utama & Putrajaya)
D’Tandoor International Group of Restaurants founded back in 1993 and opened their first D’Tandoor Restaurant in Damansara Utama. Since then, d’Tandoor has become the pioneer and a household name in Malaysia and expanded overseas. Claimed to be serving the Best North Indian and Arabic Cuisine in town, d’Tandoor had earned their awards in numerous categories such as Malaysian Best Restaurant by Malaysia Tatler, Malaysian Book of Record for the longest non-stop Naan cooking and for being the first North India Food franchisor in Malaysia. Click here for online reservations >
Fierce Curry House at Bangsar
Fierce Curry House in Bangsar is bringing you an authentic Indian cuisines, with its award-winning achievement. Serving from the hot pot is their specialties and delectable dishes namely signature Hyderabad dum biryani, tandoori chicken with naan. A variety of vegetarian dishes is also served in this restaurant. This restaurant won the Time Out KL Food Awards for ‘Best Indian Restaurant’ in 2013 and was also shortlisted for ‘Best Cheap Eats’ the same year. Click here for online reservations >
I love Indian food – it's my favourite cuisine. I love the mixture of spices and the subtle flavours. It's really erotic; the spices are so sensuous. – Joe Perry
Cocktails are the drinks for every mood or occasion at any bars. This special edition is bringing you to explore more on cocktails to quench your alcohol thirst. Read more for special and customisation concoctions here.
P&C Cocktail Bar, Hartamas
P&C Cocktail Bar, an America Prohibition-era stylish speakeasy cocktail bar and it is accessible via a discreet door behind Naughty Nuri’s Hartamas. This bar is a perfect place for catch ups and most importantly, their cocktails. Their cocktails customisation idea is superbly excellent that attracts guests to come back for more variations. The customisation is catered to allow guests to have their own say about their taste buds by choosing the taste of their cocktails be it sweet, sour or bitter. You name it, the bartender will fulfill it! Come and experience this yourself. Click here for online reservations >
Opium KL, Changkat Bukit Bintang
Opium KL, inspired by Asian cuisine with some local tweaks in the restaurant concept, is not only known for its food but their ever-lasting cocktails concoction. Guests from around the world travel to Opium just to indulge into the widest selections of house cocktails concoction. Their cocktails are specially concocted and cultivated to match the concept with more than 30 signatures to try out, all geniusly concocted by its famous mixologist. Should you feel sensual for the night, do ask for their 50 Shades of Grey or if any point of time you’d like to have something local, ask for their Asam Laksa cocktail. It’s all worth a trip! Click here for online reservations >
Private Room, TTDI
Private Room, a hidden gem located at the heart of Taman Tun Dr Ismail, is the first speakeasy wine bar in Kuala Lumpur. Being the first that offers a wide range of quality wine, the bar is also serving cocktails, whiskey, liquor and spirits. This bar is started by a group of young enthusiasts to provide a sanctuary for great drinks and music with good company. If you don’t drink hard liquor, but are here for a glass (or more!) of cocktails, fret not, you will not be disappointed either as the bar also tackles into wine-based cocktails. Shy not to ask for their tempting wine cocktails. Click here for online reservations >
IKKI, TREC Kuala Lumpur
IKKI is the largest speakeasy bar with haute-rustic, classic grandeur and rich colours décor that specialises in crafted cocktails. This quote says it all about the bar ‘‘Ben Franklin once said "In wine, there is wisdom; in beer, there is freedom" Well, we've got cocktails, and in that – there is one heck of a great night’. If you are in TREC, keep yourself busy with crafted cocktails from IKKI, if not, keep the bartenders busy at least. Click here for online reservations >
Pisco Bar, Changkat Bukit Bintang
Pisco Bar, introduces to Kuala Lumpur a great range of unique Peruvian and Spanish Tapas for dinner. This atmosphere of course is leading towards an eclectic urban chic ambience that attracts international travellers, trendy locals and yuppie expats for their outstanding cocktails they have to offer. Be ready to be entertained by the live music performances and take the chance to keep the dance floor occupied with some of their invited trendiest DJs in town. Click here for online reservations >
A cocktail done right can really show your guests that you care. – Danny Meyer
Great steaks are hard to find and when you’ve found it, please be sure they are in your good-steaks-list. Here’s a list of readers' choices for steaks, do read more for a salivating experience!
PAMPAS Group (Pampas Reserve, Pampas Sky Dining, Pampas Steakhouse at Old Malaya)
Pampas Group with its slogan ‘IN STEAKS WE TRUST’, founded based on the dream to serve quality and affordable steaks in a cozy, semi-fine dining setting with an unchallenged service. They are known for their quality succulent and grilled to perfection steaks since their establishment in 2005. All steaks are served juicy and tender with different complements in different cuts. Therefore, ensure that you make the right choice when choosing your preference. For those who can’t decide which cut to choose from, there’s a choice of T-Bone Steak, where the portion comprised of tenderloin and a strip separated by a T-shaped bone. Like what Pampas Group always say, ‘There is no SINCERER LOVE than the LOVE OF FOOD!’ Click here for online reservations >
Stoked Restaurant & Bar, Damansara
Stoked Restaurant & Bar aims to adapt into showcasing the best of ingredients by adopting the ‘Locavore’ philosophy in sourcing locally grown seasonal produce. Central to many dishes in the menu is Asia’s first Bertha cast-iron charcoal oven fuelled by a combination of wood and charcoal to elevate the flavours of grilled meat. Stoked takes great pride in their meats preparation by offering chilled prime cuts of steaks, just to name a few, Grain-Fed Black Angus Tenderloin, Limestone Ridge Wagyu Rump and few more. Diners can also choose their own complements for the meat, from vegetables to roots vegetables. A cuppa coffee/tea should be considered to end your meal with if you are not a wine-lover. Click here for online reservations >
The Steakhouse KL, Changkat Bukit Bintang
Established within the vicinity of Bukit Bintang Kuala Lumpur, The Steakhouse KL, is known for its charcoal grilled steaks, a style popularised by the Argentinians. Ranking one of the Top 10 restaurants in KL on TripAvisor, The Steakhouse has built its reputation amongst the tourists from around the world for its juicy, tender and succulent steaks. Choose from chilled aged black angus to grain fed selections and cuts, and your steaks will be served perfectly for your enjoyment. Their variations of Surf n Turf are not to be missed as they are of the best companion to each other in a dish. When you are in The Steakhouse, always remember to end your meal with their classical yet ever-demanding housemade dessert namely Werner’s Special. Click here for online reservations >
Chambers Grill, Hilton Kuala Lumpur
Chambers Grill, Hilton Kuala Lumpur is renowned with their innovative grilling method over lava stone, charcoal or on ‘robatayaki’ style to make perfect meats. Rest assure that Chambers Grill’s premium Black Angus beef, Grain/Grass-fed, is raised free from antibiotics, hormones and growth stimulants and it is healthy to be consumed even for a toddler. Wagyu beef that is served in Chambers is also one of the premium selections amongst the meats. It is sourced from one of Australia’s most awarded Wagyu producers ‘Sher’ owned by Sher family producing Full Blood and F1 Crosses since 1991. The combination of the innovation of grilling method with the premium meats here will definitely prepare you for countless carnivorous feasts! So, do indulge your taste buds into this now! Click here for online reservations >
Las Vacas (Las Vacas Yap Kwan Seng, Las Vacas Sunway Putra Mall, Stacks by Las Vacas)
Las Vacas is one of the largest steaks place in town with a butcher shop adjoining to the restaurant itself. Their main concept is very clear to the fact that the meat is their main event, encompassing everything from beef croquettes to beef bruschetta. Every single dish here is too flavourful to resist. The meats served here are halal and you are always welcomed to pair it with a glass of great wine. Las Vacas was shortlisted Best for Meat in the Time Out KL Food Awards 2012 and 2013, 100% voted for by the people of KL. Click here for online reservations >
A bath and a tenderloin steak. Those are the high points of a man's life. – Curt Siodmak
Introducing some Authenthic Chinese group restaurants that serve dim sum to satisfy your cravings. Scroll down to read more about where to savour the richness of the authenthic dim sum in Kuala Lumpur.
Business meetings, classy dates, reunion, or even just a simple dinner, you would like to look your best in all occasion. You know, because appearance matters, our dress code will define our social status, personality, mood, or even attitude toward certain matter on that day. Not only does it give others a hint on who we are, but also shape their perspective and will have an impact on their behavior throughout the process.
On our previous article here, what you have read here today can be one of the greatest topic for you and your partner as well! So, to avoid putting ourselves in that situation by first knowing the restaurant dress code and theme. Fine dining restaurant usually categorize the dress-code into 5 type, which is casual, business casual, casual elegant, formal, and jacket required.
In fine dining restaurant, their definition of casual is no ordinary simple tee or singlet that you wore at your lawn or garage, but something that’s smarter or proper looking for the occasion. The casual dress code that one should wear in fine dining is smart casual, preferably those with collar. A simple button-down shirt or a polo will be perfect for the job. To match the whole, go with a pair of fitted jeans and brogue/deck shoes. The key for casual fine dining dress code is neat, simple, and smart.
If you’re looking forward to a business related dinner or find it necessary to dress more professionally than just a tee with pair of jeans, you could go with a business casual attire. Business casual dress code is very simple and straight forward; it requires the diner to dress in a set similar to office wear while not entirely formal. Business casual themed restaurant wants their guest to dress professionally in a neat yet relaxed attire, while at the same time not having the need to overdress themselves. This theme allows the guest to feel more at ease compare to the tip-top fine dining atmosphere.
The other type of dress code for fine dining is the casual elegant. This dress code is quite similar to the business casual but with an additional spark of personal adornment. Restaurant with casual elegant dress code allow their female guest to dress in a more exposing dresses compare to the business casual. Jewellery, purse and bolder make-up that adds attractiveness to the female guest is the noticeable difference. As for men, the casual elegant dress code open up more option like brighter or stronger colour attire compare to the dull and simple business dress code.
In some of the tip-top fine dining restaurant, it is necessary to wear formal just to dine in. These restaurant standards are at a whole new level; so don’t worry that if you’ll ever overdressed, just worry about being underdressed. The formal dress code requires the guest to be in their best looking dress or suits, and your usual business casual just won’t cut it. The formal dress code can even go to the extent of requiring the men to wear tuxedos and women to wear long dresses.
The Jacket Required
The fifth and also the last is the jacket required dress code. Restaurant with this dress code usually expect their guest to wear formally with the addition of the men wearing a matching jacket. Women may also include a matching jacket that adds more into their dresses elegance.
Some may think that dressing up just for a dinner is absurd and unnecessary. However, it’s a way that the restaurant wants to convey their theme to their guest. They aim to bring a luxurious and first class experience to their guest, away from their ordinary live setting by having the dress code to match with the ambience and the culinary. The dress code is necessary as it enhances the dresser esteem, making them feel extraordinary in that occasion.
In this article, we’re going to explore more about wine, which can help you extend your knowledge on this or as a conversation starter. In the industry there are certain rules varies in different countries or region, however there are certain vital rules of tasting etiquette that you can follow. Wine tasting is classy but it can be fun and interesting at the same time.
Learning the basics of tasting will undeniably maximize the experience of drinking wine. Here’s a few fact or guidelines that you can follow, be it at a tasting event, liquor store, party or fine dining.
1. Observe the drink around the edges when it is served. Remember to hold the glass by its stem and tilt it, to make it easier to see how the color differs from the middle to the edges.
2. Swirl the glass and sniff the wine, you can compare the fragrance this way.
3. Gently swirl the wine, this allows the surface area to be expanded, allowing the aroma to open by letting in oxygen to the wine.
4. While swirling you wine, also observe how slowly your wine flows back down to the side of the flute. Hence, you are able to observe the thickness of it. The “thicker” means it is richer, ripe and more concentrated and low in acidity which is good.
5. Hold the glass one or two inches away from you nose and breathe in. Take notice of the aroma that you smell.
6. Take a sip and roll it in your mouth before swallowing it. This make sure that your taste buds will be fully exposed to the wine’s taste and texture.
7. Squeeze you lips (like you are going to whistle) to draw air into your mouth and breathe out through your nose. This way, you can truly detect the smell of the wine through your nose by opening the scents of the drinks to reach both your taste and smell.
8. Take a sip again, and notice the subtle differences in flavor and textures.
9. When you swallowed the sip of wine, notice the aftertaste and see how long it lasts.
10. Feel free to record your experience on the wine you’ve tasted, most tasting room offers scorecard or sheet for record purposes.
Take note that, the four main characteristics of wine consist of its alcohol, taste, tannins and acidity. A bottle of good wine gets a unique balance of all these four characteristics. Familiarizing these considerations while tasting helps you to enjoy the bottle like a real wine connoisseur.