ELITE Review: Free Signature Dishes at Top Japanese Restaurants in Klang Valley (P3)


1/ Sushi Azabu

Well-known for its Michelin-starred establishment in New York which is much frequented by Japanese food lovers and Hollywood celebrities, Sushi Azabu heads its way to Malaysia and sets its journey at the Japanese food heaven – ISETAN The Japan Store. Sushi Azabu houses fresh-from-Japan seafood which are then carefully crafted into delectable delights by skilful chefs.

This premium Rice Bowl of Luxurious Gift from Sea will entice your palate right from the first glance. Resting on a bed of warm rice are melt-in-the-mouth sea urchins, high-quality tuna and refreshing salmon roe served with freshly-grated wasabi. The bowl is a well-thought-out combination of the best of the sea which would charm any diners’ hearts with its umami taste and smooth texture.

The 3 Kinds of Tuna echoes the serenity of the surroundings with its unpretentious yet attractive presentation. Using bluefin tuna air-flown from the famous Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo, the dish boasts 3 different types of hard-to-resist tuna nigiri sushi, namely Akami, Chutoro and Otoro. Take a bite and you will feel rejuvenated by the fresh taste of the high-quality tuna blending well with the freshly-grated wasabi and the perfectly-cooked sushi rice.

Only the freshest sea urchins of the season are hand-picked to be crafted into this 3 Kinds of Sea Urchin. The air-flown sea urchins are presented in a simple yet elegant look that is tempting enough to secretly trigger your salivation. Extraordinary creamy and rich in umami flavor, this worth-dreaming-for miniature of the sea’s gift will drift you to the sea with its lip-smacking taste.

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

Opening Hours: Tue – Sun: 12:00pm – 3:00pm, 6:00pm – 11:00pm.
Location: ISETAN The Japan Store, LOT 10, No. 50, Jalan Sultan Ismail, 50250 Kuala Lumpur.

>> Click here to book a table at Sushi Azabu

 

2/ Torii Yakitori & Whiskey Bar

Looking for divine whisky to pair with sumptuous grilled skewers? The Japanese-accented gastro-bar Torii Yakitori & Whiskey Bar will gratify your craving! Located in a friendly neighborhood, this sanctuary is where you can indulge yourself in a wide range of Japanese-inspired delights while relishing the finest single-malt spirits.

The Signature Delicacies Set is a must-order dish including one Bonded Unagi & Foie Gras and one Wagyu Sliders. The Bonded Unagi & Foie Gras is a sublime combination of the grilled-to-perfection river eel (unagi), the foie gras which is pan-seared skilfully to maintain its moisture and the omelette to balance its rich flavor. The wondrous home-made Wagyu Sliders is lip-smacking with melt-in-the-mouth Wagyu patty with spinach, caramelised onions and scones. A true indulgence!

This bowl of Beef Donburi would be everything you could ask for! Lying on a bed of rice is a concoction of delights with different nuances, namely foie gras, beef, caviar, truffle and onsen tamago. The delectable foie gras mingles perfectly with the slices of beef, resulting in an unforgettable satisfaction. If you are a fervent caviar lover, there is no reason why you should not opt for extra foie gras which is always available with additional charge.

Here comes something that can pair perfectly with your single-malt whisky – the Signature Skewers Set. The dish includes 4 piping hot bite-sized skewers – Beef Enoki, Sirloin, Wings and Smoked Duck, which can immediately whet your appetite with their aroma. The Beef Enoki and the Sirloin skewers are tender to the bite while the Wings have delectable crispy airy skin. The Smoked Duck is well-marinated with sea salt and welsh onion which give it a flavorful and succulent taste. A wonderful treat!

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

Opening Hours: Mon – Fri: 11:30am – 2:30pm, 5:00pm till late; Sat & Sun: 5:00pm till late.
Location: Lot 8-6, Jalan Batai, Damansara Heights, 50490 Kuala Lumpur.

>> Click here to make a table reservation at Torii Yakitori and Whiskey Bar

 

3/ Toriden

Originated from Fukuoka prefecture which is famous for its fresh produce, Toriden opens its door at the 4th floor of ISETAN The Japan Store which features only authentic Japanese cuisine. With a traditional menu of farm-fresh items and unique cooking technique that can only be found on the Kyushu Island, the restaurant is where Japanese connoisseurs often pay their visit.   

The Mizutaki TAKE Course is a perfect combination of Goma sashi-sashimi, assorted chicken parts, vegetables, chicken tempura, porridge or noodles and dessert of the day. To enjoy this mizutaki, one should firstly take a sip of the luscious chicken broth soup which is cooked from fresh whole chicken daily and boiled for more than 6 hours. Indulge yourself in other delights like juicy chicken meat balls with free flow of tofu, noodles and vegetables, crunchy chicken tempura and don’t forget to pair the assorted boiled chicken parts with the tangy citrus Ponzu sauce.

The 3 Kinds of Sashimi will delight your palate with its fresh goodness. The sashimi are air-flown from Tsukiji Fish Market in Japan and only the freshest seafood are hand-picked to make chef’s special sashimi of the day. The melt-in-the-mouth sashimi has a delectable creamy taste which is then accentuated by a touch of the freshly-grated wasabi.

If you are searching for some bite-sized morsels to savor at the restaurant, don’t forget to opt for the Chicken Tempura which is absolutely luscious. The chicken is slightly seasoned before being fried until it has a light and crispy texture. Squeeze a bit of lemon juice on top, dip the tempura in the mustard that comes along and the combination would make you rave with love!

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

Opening Hours: Daily: 11:00am – 3:00pm, 6:00pm – 11:00pm.
Location: ISETAN The Japan Store, LOT 10, No. 50, Jalan Sultan Ismail, 50250 Kuala Lumpur.

>> Click here to reserve a table at Toriden

 

4/ HANARE

Catering authentic Japanese cuisine with an emphasis on fresh and high-quality seafood air-flown directly from Japan, HANARE has long been a decent restaurant where Japanese food devotees and discerning critics often come to savour season’s specialty offering like the Hon Maguro (Fresh Blue Fin Tuna) or the rare cut of Tai (Fresh Red Snapper). The restaurant vows to bring a unique experience with authentic Japanese cuisine for its diners.

A visit to HANARE wouldn’t be complete without the all-time favorite A5 Premium Wagyu Sushi. The slice of gorgeous marbled A5 Wagyu beef is ingeniously crafted with a dab of fresh wasabi under the beef. Using the highest-graded Wagyu beef, the sushi has a unique melt-in-the-mouth texture and rich flavor that you would not want to end!

This Grilled Fish Head has a humble look to let its flavor do all the talking! The fresh fish head is grilled to perfection which gives it an irresistible aroma and distinct smoky smell. Its light crackling charred skin is a joy in the mouth while the flesh has a tender goodness. Did you know the salmon head is high in Omega-3 fatness, vitamin A, zinc and iron? A scrumptious and healthy delight!

The Maguro Yukke or Tuna Tartare is a true show-stopper for a delightful gastronomic journey at Hanare. The fresh and high-quality tuna are hand-picked and skilfully cut into small cubes then placed together with assorted vegetables, egg yolk and dressing. The melt-in-the-mouth tuna has a characteristic umami flavor which is then accentuated by the smooth egg yolk and fresh vegetables. A simple yet luscious dish. 

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

Opening Hours: 12:00pm – 2:30pm; 6:00pm – 10:30pm.
Location: The Intermark Mall, Ground Floor, 348, Jalan Tun Razak,50400 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

>> Click here to book a table at Hanare

 

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

 

1/ Cava

Scouting for authentic Spanish and Mediterranean cuisine around Bangsar? One should not miss out Cava! Located on the peaceful Jalan Bangkung, the restaurant is where Spanish and Mediterranean food lovers come by to unwind and savour exotic delights including tapas, paella and steaks.

The Baked Sucking Lamb is a signature dish that lamb aficionados simply cannot ignore. The enormous and mouth-watering piece of suckling lamb, served along with mashed potato and fresh vegetables, will immediately satiate your craving. The lamb has a satisfying airy light crackling skin outside and juicy, flavoursome meat inside. An irresistible delight!

The Cava’s Specialty Arroz Negro Paella is an eye-catching signature dish served in a big portion to be shared by 2 – 3 pax. A fair amount of squid ink is used to make the outstanding black color for the paella while the prawns give it a mild briny kick in flavor. Dip the fresh prawns in the mayonnaise or a bit of spicy chili sauce that comes along and their refreshing taste will enliven your dining experience.

The Spaghetti Aglio Olio Pulpo a la Gallega, in a not-so-fancy yet elegant presentation, will entice your taste buds with its piquant flavor. A good dose of paprika is used to sprinkle on the aglio olio which results in a true burst in the mouth. The fresh Spanish octopus tentacles have a crunchy and juicy texture that goes well with the spaghetti. A soul-satisfying dish!

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

Opening Hours: Mon – Sat: 12:00pm – 3:00pm, 6:00pm – 12:00am; Sun & Public Holidays: 6:00pm – 12:00am.
Location: 71, Jalan Bangkung, Bukit Bandaraya, 59100 Kuala Lumpur.

>> Click here to book a table at Cava

 

2/ Sentidos Gastrobar – The Latin Grill

Located at the well-known Starhill Gallery, Sentidos Gastrobar – The Latin Grill is a perfect dining spot for those who seek authentic Latin flavours with an exceptional Sentidos twist. Owning a long bar with a plethora of drinks and a comfortable dining room with classic specialties, the restaurant will give diners a unique and dynamic culinary experience with its vibrant cuisine.

If you have a knack for paella, this classic Mariscos Paella might be one of the top of your list. The dish is served generously in a pan with a variety of fresh seafood including prawns, clams, mussels and squid with a touch of chili. The delectable paella is perfectly cooked until it’s “al dante” (firm to the bite) and the Spanish rice soaks up a moderate sweet taste from the saffron and roasted garlic, making it a satisfying indulgence.

The next dish, Sautéed Garlic Tiger Prawns is a palate-teasing delight of which the flavors do all the talking. Three mouth-watering pieces of juicy tiger prawns, smothered in a mix of chili, garlic and olive oil, are set to entice the palate with their burst of flavors – a perfect start before the main course. A piece of garlic bread would be a perfect combination for the dish.

This Churros Mexicanos is a splendid dessert to end your meal. Coated with a moderate amount of sugar, the crowd-pleasing churros has a delicate sweetness that mixes well with the dark chocolate fudge dipping sauce which goes along. A crispy and luscious dessert to enjoy after a wonderful culinary journey.

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

Opening Hours: Sun – Fri: 12:00pm – 3:00pm, 5:00pm – 11:00pm; Sat: 12:00pm – 12:00am.
Location: Feast Village Starhill Gallery at JW Marriott Kuala Lumpur, 181, Jalan Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur.

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

 

3/ La Bodega

If you are looking for amazing Spanish breakfast spreads, a wide array of hot and cold Spanish tapas and classic delights, come to La Bodega! Being the first authentic Spanish Tapas and Wine Bar in Malaysia since its opening in 1999, the éclat restaurant is not only iconic for its mouth-watering food but also for its exlusive wines that are hand-picked from Spain and Chile.

The Paella Valenciana Mixta is a perfect epitome of the union between the Romans and the Arab. The Spanish rice is perfectly seasoned with saffron for a mild sweet taste and skilfully cooked with a variety of ingredients, including prawns, chicken, clams, squid, mussels and peas. Embellished with a distinct combination of meats and vegetables, this fascinating paella will gratify diners “to the moon and back”.

If you are a true fan of prawns, here comes a dish you should keep an eye on. The Gambas al Ajillo is a sumptuous delight that is in high demand at La Bodega. Perfectly sauteéd with gloves of fine garlic, chili and olive oil, the tiger prawns are not only filled with flavor but also have a firm and fresh-to-the-bite texture that would make you crave forever more.

It would be ideal if your taste buds are delighted with something sweet at the end of the meal and the Duo de Cremas Catalanas is the perfect dessert for a fulfilled dining experience at La Bodega. The Cremas Catalanas, also known as the Spanish version of crème brûlée, are prepared in classic and coffee flavors with the sugar atop perfectly camarelized. This melt-in-the-mouth dessert is all you could ask for.

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

>> Click here to check out all La Bodega outlets and reserve a table

 

4/ El Cerdo 

Stand out as the most porky-licious restaurant on the crowded Changkat Bukit Bintang street, El Cerdo is truly a home for pork flavours around the world, especially Europe, Carribean and Mexico. If you consider yourself a true pork enthusiast, pay the restaurant a visit for a superb lip-smacking porky ride.

The Spanish Ribs Platter has everything you could ask for. Three different types of ribs, namely Spicy Baby Back Ribs, Green Salsa Ribs and the highly sought-after Ibérico Ribs, are placed together on a sharing plate to satisfy even the most discerning diners. Each type of ribs is uniquely marinated with well-matched fine condiments and sauces. A dream come true!

The Crispy Pork Knuckle is a must-order signature dish when you come to the restaurant. The New Zealand Cured Ham Knuckle is marinated simply with black pepper and salt before being roasted to perfection to bring out the best of its taste. Take a bite into its crispy skin yet tender meat and you would not want the feeling to end. Potato dumplings, sauerkraut, apple mousse and mustard beer sauce are served along to well-balance the pork knuckle’s rich nature.

If you wonder why the Grilled Pork Shoulder Steak is so flavorful, here comes the answer you might be looking for. The steak is marinated for 48 hours to absorb the piquant flavour from paprika and the aroma from fine herbs before being grilled to “à point” (the perfect degree of doneness). Sink your teeth into the steak and you might be awestruck with the tasty juice oozing from the tender pork meat. Served with jalapeno and smoked paprika sauce, this Grilled Pork Shoulder Steak is a sumptuous treat.

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

Opening Hours: Tue – Sun: 6:00pm – 10:30pm; Closed on Mondays in August 2018.
Location: 43 & 45, Changkat Bukit Bintang, 50200 Kuala Lumpur.

>> Click here to make a table reservation at El Cerdo

 

 

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

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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

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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

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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.

 

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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.

 

 

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

 

 

TABLEAPP ELITE Launches A New 3-Month Membership for Only RM99

TABLEAPP ELITE is launching a new 3-month membership

KUALA LUMPUR, April 3, 2018 – Dining out at premium restaurants have never been so affordable! Yes, it’s the TABLEAPPP ELITE new 3-month membership, a premium dining pass which opens the door to a world of free 5-star quality dishes. This new membership will be officially launched today and is priced at only RM99 for a 3-month subscription to over 300 FREE signature dishes at 100 top restaurants in Klang Valley. The 3-month ELITE membership is a new addition to TABLEAPP current 1-year annual membership which was launched last September 2017.

If you have always enjoyed premium dishes at top restaurants but don’t want to spend a fortune, then this ELITE membership is for you. For just RM99, ELITE members can get a dining membership that allows them access to a long list of 5-star dishes to be redeemed for free at our partnered restaurants. On top of that, members are also entitled to exclusive access to special dining events, private wine pairing events, wine tasting events, invitation-only dining events, and customised gifts.

TABLEAPP ELITE members can expect to enjoy the same benefits from this 3-month membership as to the current 1-year membership. From now onwards, members can dine out more affordably at popular casual dining restaurants like Naughty Nuri’s and ANTE or having luxurious dining experience at award-winning restaurants like enfin by James Won, Babe, Sushi Azabu and Soleil.

Elite members get to dine out at popular casual dining restaurant and enjoy luxurious dining experience at award-winning restaurants

Benson Chang, the founder of TABLEAPP, explains the inspiration behind starting this new 3-month ELITE membership, “I’ve spoken to many customers, one of the common issues facing them is not every customer is open to a 1-year membership programme priced at RM199, before giving it a test drive. Therefore, the new 3-month ELITE membership programme will open the door to welcome customers that would love to experience this amazing dining membership. At just RM99, TABLEAPP ELITE members can experience the same benefits as our 1-year membership programme offer, in other words it provides great value at an amazing price.”

From now until 31st of May, 100 ELITE Members can get a bottle of customized premium champagne.

Speaking of gift, TABLEAPP ELITE members can stand a chance to win their very own limited edition personalize Mini Moët champagne with their favourite photo as the champagne label. From now until 31st May 2018, 100 TABLEAPP ELITE members with the most number of redemptions will be able to customise a bottle of Mini Moët with a picture of their choice which will be delivered to their doorstep in a classy package – easy and fuss-free. Interested members can join this Win-a-Moet contest online and stand a chance to win this Mini Moët, creating the-one-and-only limited version of their own.

To experience an elite dining experience, join TABLEAPP ELITE via TABLEAPP mobile app available on App Store and Google Play, or visit www.tableapp.com/elite. The new 3-month membership is priced at only RM99 per membership and can be used instantly to redeem free dishes upon activation.