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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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FUZIO Bar & Restaurant, Kuala Lumpur

Located in the quieter part of Changkat Bukit Bintang, just behind the busy main thoroughfare, Fuzio’s facade commands more than a second glance. The slender vertical beams in its exterior design, coupled with a wooden panel with hanging potted plants, emblazoning its cuisine, lend a rustic charm to the whole setup. Upon stepping through its double glass doors, the interior exudes a cosy warmth. The raw-grained wooden tables, assorted eclectic paintings, mosaic walls, warm lightings all … [Read more...]

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Olive Garden @ Mid Valley MegaMall – hearty Italian fares

Malaysia has recently joined the list of locations of Olive Garden, a chain of Italian restaurants originating from the USA. Operated by the Secret Recipe Group here, Olive Garden is housed inside MidValley Mega Mall. The restaurant adopts a casual dining concept with its tiled floor, stone-clad pillars and wooden beams across the ceiling. The earth tones exude a sense of cosy warmth and somehow the booth seating on one side of the restaurant reminds me of an American diner. The menu shows … [Read more...]

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CEDAR on 15 @ Hotel Impiana KLCC

A view of the Kuala Lumpur skyline while dining is always a high selling point in any restaurant that’s able to accommodate that. Sometimes, that view sells more than the restaurant’s food. Typically, such dining places are bound to be very popular and may be very crowded. Cedar on 15 at the Hotel Impiana KLCC offers a great view of the Twin Towers and its surroundings and its spacious elegant setup is definitely a bonus. Matched against warm earthy tones in the walls and flooring, tables … [Read more...]

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VLADIMIR’S PLACE – a taste of Russian cuisine

Russian food is not something that’s widely available here. In fact, I’ve never tried much of Russian cuisine except for the well-known beef stroganoff and chicken kiev but merely eating those 2 dishes does not qualify one to say that one has tried Russian cuisine. It’s akin to declaring that you have eaten Chinese food when you’ve only had sweet-sour pork and fried wantan. So when an invitation came my way recently to check out a restaurant serving Russian food, I did not hesitate to say … [Read more...]

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Dinner by Heston Blumenthal

One of the highlights of my London trip a couple of months ago is my dinner at Dinner by Heston Blumenthal. Listed as No.7 on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2015 coupled with Heston’s status as a celebrity chef, it isn't surprising that bookings at this 2 Michelin-starred restaurant is almost always full months ahead. I booked our table 2 months before my trip and could only get a 9pm slot for dinner during the 10 days I was in London. Opened in 2011, the dishes served here are inspired by … [Read more...]

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Ticklish Ribs & ‘Wiches @ Sea Park, Petaling Jaya

The Ultimate Tickle – that’s the name for Ticklish Ribs & ‘Wiches’ signature BBQ Ribs.  If you haven’t heard already, this porky joint in Sea Park Petaling Jaya has been making some waves in the neighbourhood for the past couple of months.  Amidst all the comedic and entertaining hog-related posters decorating the restaurant, the aroma of grilled pork permeating the air greets you when you step in.  The eatery is kept very casual – order and pick up your food at the counter … [Read more...]

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Iberico Kitchen @ Ara Damansara

The Iberico pig is much revered for its quality meat. It is often referred to as the "wagyu equivalent" of pork. What wagyu is to beef, Iberico is to pork. The superior taste and texture of Iberico pork is a result of its unique metabolism. The pig is able to metabolise directly whatever they have ingested into their bodies, resulting in meat that is delicately scented from their feed. As their feed is usually of premium quality, it is no wonder then that Iberico pork is far more superior than … [Read more...]

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Enorme @ PJ Centrestage

Right smack in the centre of the podium of PJ Centrestage is Enorme. You can’t miss it. Actually, I didn’t even know about this PJ Centrestage until someone told me about Enorme. Opened since last December, Enorme has been quietly dishing up simple Italian fares to its clientele. Basically it’s a pizza and pasta joint, with some antipasti and mains thrown in. Oh, it also has a Brunch menu. “Enorme” is enormous in Italian and the inspiration for this chosen name lies in the … [Read more...]

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Authentic Italian Delights at Uncle Chilli’s Bar & Restaurant by Chef Massimo Zampar

I first met Chef Massimo Zampar a couple of years ago when he was helming the kitchen of Neroteca. If there’s one memorable thing arising from that meal, it was the excellent tagliatellle which he made fresh and cooked it with the most delicious meaty sauce. It was such an exceptional dish that whenever I think of pasta, especially tagliatelIe, Chef Zampar’s creation would always be my benchmark. So, imagine my delight when recently I was invited to check out some authentic Italian … [Read more...]