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Xin Cuisine – divine dimsum for private dining

We all know that for an authentic dimsum experience, it should be all about selecting your favourites from piled-high baskets on trolleys and carts pushed around in the restaurant.  At least that’s how dimsum was enjoyed back in my hometown.  One of my favourite earliest childhood memories is going for “yum cha” in the wee [...]

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Festive Feasts in Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur

The season for feasting is here.  Yes, it’s December already.  Although we Malaysians feast every day, somehow December gives us lots of reasons to feast even more!  It’s the school holidays, many are on leave, Christmas is coming soon and of course, before you know it, we’ll be counting down to a new year.  See… [...]

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Stillwater @ Crittenden, The Mornington Peninsula, Melbourne

We visited a few vineyard restaurants in The Mornington and one of the loveliest is Stillwater.  It is located in the acclaimed Crittenden Estate at the foot of Red Hill.  Since it opened in 2004, this modern vineyard restaurant is well known for its relaxed fine dining.  Developed by owners Zac and Jacqui Poulier from [...]

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Frangipani @ Changkat Bukit Bintang

The name Frangipani is not unfamiliar to many diners, especially those who love frequenting restaurants in the Changkat Bukit Bintang area in Kuala Lumpur.  Frangipani has stood its ground there for more than 11 years and has always prided itself for its French-inspired offerings.  That was the direction in Frangipani’s first decade. Moving into its [...]

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MIGF 2013: Grill 582 at Best Western Premier Dua Sentral

The Malaysian International Gourmet Festival (MIGF) is already well in progress, having started on 1 October 2013.  Diners have the rest of this month to enjoy the special festival menus offered by the participating restaurants. When we first dined in Grill 582 at Best Western Premier Dua Sentral a few months back, we loved the [...]

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MIGF 2013 – Five Sen5es @ The Westin Kuala Lumpur

Continuing our tastings of the MIGF 2013 Festival Menus, we had a chance to check out what Chef Tan Tzaan Ling of Five Sen5es at The Westin Kuala Lumpur has to offer. We always enjoy the dining ambience in FiveSen5es with its classy hardwood tables, tasteful Chinese antiques blending against a backdrop of contemporary interior [...]

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MIGF 2013: Qba Latin Bar & Grill, The Westin Kuala Lumpur

You just gotta love Chef Pearl Woo. Chef Pearl Woo in her playground Chef Pearl Woo from Qba Latin Bar & Grill in The Westin Kuala LUmpur is one of the most lovable chefs I’ve met in a long while.  The warm, bubbly, chatty and ever-smiling chef makes one feel immediately welcomed and at ease.  [...]

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Orientica @ Hotel Equatorial Ho Chi Minh City

Take the lift to the 2nd Floor of the Hotel Equatorial in Ho Chi Minh City and when you enter Orientica Seafood Restaurant & Bar, you will be greeted by bold colours of red, silver and black – the predominant palette of its ultra-chic decor. All done and matched tastefully in a modern, stylish theme [...]

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Maison Francaise – be totally pampered by its Sunday Brunch!

Maison Francaise is one of those gem of a restaurant which, when you step into it, you immediately feel a rush of well-being, awe and comfort, all at once.  Tucked in an almost secluded spot on a road very less-travelled (at least, for me… in fact, I didn’t even know such a road existed!) this [...]

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Noble Mansion @ Plaza 33, Petaling Jaya

Noble Mansion, the latest addition to the Oriental Group of Restaurants, is setting the dining index several notches up since its opening in January this year.  This classy restaurant, located in Plaza 33, right next to its sister flagship restaurant, Oriental Pavilion in Jaya 33, showcases Executive Chef Justin Hor’s forte in Shunde cuisine. Shunde [...]

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“Flavours of Australia” @ Grill 582, Best Western Premier Dua Sentral

The dark wood-panelled interior of Grill 582 in Best Western Premier Dua Sentral exudes an air of old-world classic luxury and also serves as a perfect setting for the bright glass-panelled kitchen in the restaurant.  As we sat at our table facing the simple uncluttered kitchen, our eyes were riveted to the goings-on inside that [...]

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The Westin Langkawi Resort & Spa – a revisit

It’s been about 8 months since we were last at The Westin Langkawi Resort & Spa.  When we were there in August last year, the resort was about to embark on its refurbishment program. Please read my earlier post on this beautiful resort here. Set in an idyllic natural retreat of the island, adorned with [...]

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Millesime @ Solaris Dutamas, Kuala Lumpur

I have heard much about Millesime at Menara Kencana Petroleum – the kitchen of which was set up by Chef Max Chin and it’s his favourite playground where he cooked whatever he felt like it for the day, a la “Private Kitchen” style.  There was no structured menu and diners just have to sit down [...]

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Chef Alessandro’s 1st Anniversary Celebration Menu at Villa Danieli, Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur

 The romantic & cosy ambience of the trattoria-styled Villa Danieli It seems like only a couple of weeks ago that we welcomed Chef Alessandro Graziosi to Villa Danieli.  I still remember when we were invited to try Chef Alessandro’s new menu sometime in early April last year.  It is now almost a year since he [...]

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Chinese New Year Feasting at Lai Po Heen, Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur

Lai Po Heen, the elegant Chinese restaurant in Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur is one of the few restaurants in town that leads the pack in offering Chinese New Year promotional menus.  Their auspicious scrumptious menus to celebrate the slithering-in of the Water Snake have been available as early as 3 January 2013 and will continue [...]

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