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Jewels in the Lotus at Zuan Yuan, One World Hotel

This year the Mid Autumn Festival falls on 27 September which is in sync with the 15th day of the 8th month in the Chinese calendar. With less than a month away, restaurants and hotels have been promoting their mooncakes, some as early as two months ago! The familiar sight of mooncakes in restaurants is now a common thing to entice customers to buy or place orders for their favourite flavours. In Zuan Yuan Chinese Restaurant, Chef Jordan Chin has been busy in his kitchen producing the … [Read more...]

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SASAGAWA – Authentic Kaiseki Cuisine

Opened for almost 3 months, Sasagawa took over the premise which used to be Makishima within the Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur. Some changes have been made to the interior decor. Holding court in the centre now is a huge pot of bonsai held high in a stone pond with flooring marked in centric circles creating a mesmerising effect. This is further enhanced by interesting wooden lattice dividers along the long corridor leading to private dining space. Clever light effects from the … [Read more...]

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URBAN @ Hotel Istana Kuala Lumpur – Executive Set Lunches at RM50nett per person

I have not been back to Hotel Istana Kuala Lumpur for the longest time and recently when I was there to check out their Executive Set Lunches, the hotel still looked the same. It’s as if time has stood still. The same elaborate Malay “palatial” style still dominated the decor – after all, it IS called Hotel Istana. Ornate carved wooden furniture, intricate floorworks, arched walkways and heavy chintz drapes dictated the theme, reminiscent of regal Malay palaces. Therefore it was quite … [Read more...]

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Private dining @ HUNGRY MARIO

Driven by passion and a great love for food, Sim Hon Sing decided to quit the corporate world and succumbed to his dream of living a culinary lifestyle fulltime. Together with his lovely wife, Magarita, both of them have opened up their gorgeous house to welcome guests who wish to experience private dining on a personal level. A self-taught chef, Hon Sing was introduced to the world of cooking by none other than his mother. As a kid, he used to love watching and helping his mother cook up … [Read more...]

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MIDO Korean BBQ Restaurant, SS2 Petaling Jaya

Don’t be intimidated by the double-barrel ancient-looking thick wooden door which guards the entrance to Mido - latest Korean restaurant that’s opened in SS2 Petaling Jaya. The exposed brick walls on both sides of the door reinforce the traditional ancient slant of Mido’s facade, as designed by one of its owners, Joseph Lee. Push open the wooden doors - it’s like stepping into a traditional Korean house with warm brown tones everywhere. Bamboo blinds, Korean masks and other knick-knacks … [Read more...]

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NOSH UP @ The Atria Shopping Gallery, Damansara Jaya

After considerable success from their 1st outlet in Jaya Shopping Centre, Nosh Up recently opened at the Atria Shopping Gallery. Much like its sister outlet, the decor is similar – simple, casual with some rustic touches here and there. The menu is also similar, offering regular cafe dishes with some twists. I believe there has also been some adjustments in the execution of some of their dishes, working on feedback garnered from the Jaya Shopping Centre cafe. Take the Lamb Pie (RM24), … [Read more...]

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Mooncakes Galore & Special Mid Autumn Festival Dishes @ TAI THONG

Months and months before this, Master Chef Yiu Wing Keung together with his culinary team sat down with their creative chef hats to brainstorm and create the new flavours of mooncakes for the year. Every year Tai Thong Restaurants pride themselves with several new flavours to entice their customers. While maintaining the evergreen traditional ones, the new flavours for the year are always anticipated with great interest. This year Tai Thong Restaurants are introducing 4 new flavours which … [Read more...]

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BONBORI Japanese Cuisine @ Setia Walk, Puchong

From the landscaped lake in the centre of Setia Walk Puchong, look up and you are bound to spot Bonbori’s colourful signage up on the 1st floor. They are incredibly busy, especially during weekends, as I found out recently. On an early Sunday evening, customers were queuing up at the front door, mostly families. The restaurant’s decor is simple and tables are placed rather close to each to maximize occupancy. Flipping through their menu, I could understand their popularity as their prices … [Read more...]

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Mid Autumn Mooncake Delicacies @ EASTIN HOTEL Petaling Jaya

“Healthy” is the buzz word for mooncakes offered in Eastin Hotel Petaling Jaya. Yes, healthier new fillings are in store. I was intrigued by their culinary team’s creativity in coming up with fillings such as Red Dates, 6 Coarse Grains, Green Tea, Sweet Potatoes and Ginger Tea. The other piece of good news is that, to avoid over-indulgence, these new creations are made in “mini” sizes at RM13 each (except the Musang King durian paste filling which is at RM19). In case you are wondering – … [Read more...]

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Halal-certified “Jewels of Mid Autumn” @ DORSETT GRAND SUBANG

Without fail, every year I see restaurants and hotels try to out-do each other when it comes to Mooncakes for the Mid Autumn celebration. Some creations can be deliciously innovative while some are outlandish, to say the least. Then there are also the purist establishments which stick to tradition and produce only what’s been enjoyed repeatedly over the years. After all, what’s good for our parents and grandparents should still be good now after so many years. The Dorsett Grand Subang is … [Read more...]