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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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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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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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PIGGY TAIL, Bangsar Baru

I lost count of the number of times the word “piggy” appears on the menu of Piggy Tail. This eatery, hardly a year old (opened since November last year) located in the busy Telawi area of Bangsar is packing in pork lovers by the droves. Looking at the menu, which is full of all sorts of porcine delights, it’s kinda difficult to make a selection because everything looks good. The goodies are grouped under “Breakfast”, “Salads”, “Soups”, “Pasta”, “Piggy Burgers”, “Rice” and “Desserts”. In … [Read more...]

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SUKA @ One Residency, KL

There’s a nice quiet charm about Suka - it takes on a dual ambience of casual comfort but when the lights are dimmed, a sense of simple elegance permeates the place.  It's a cool place to chill out during happy hours - drinks and rounds of pool are regular stuff here. Suka looks every bit a western-style eatery. The menu, in large, reflects this – Appetizers, Soups, Pastas, Main Courses, Pizzas, Burgers, Pizzas and even Tapas – they have it all. But what’s pleasantly surprising is … [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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Underground Société – ganging up for more coffee & pretty bites!

The coffee culture has really taken the Klang Valley by storm and everywhere coffee cafes are sprouting like mushrooms after rain.  Why, even in the industrial area of Bandar Sunway, there’s Garage 51 and Coffee Société holding fort and coffee lovers suddenly have a good reason to head that way. Well, now apart from coffee, the good people of Garage 51 and Coffee Société have now opened another cafe serving all kinds of good food with some decent coffee too.  It’s called Underground … [Read more...]

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The Gallery @ TTDI Kuala Lumpur

You will be forgiven if you think The Gallery houses art pieces - many people think that too. Well, you aren’t half wrong as there ARE paintings inside this premise and they are for sale. But the core business of The Gallery is actually food. It’s a family-owned and family-run restaurant in Taman Tun Dr Ismail (TTDI) Kuala Lumpur. Located in a quiet intermediate lot, it’s rather easy to pass by and not realise you have passed by a restaurant serving delicate, mostly … [Read more...]

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Beat your way to BEATO now!

Dry-aging beef is very time consuming and expensive, of course. During this process, the beef is hung in special temperature-controlled cabinets for 25-30 days. During this time, the beef will slowly dry out, resulting in meats which are superior in taste and tenderness. In the dry aging process, natural enzymes breaking up connective tissues result in juices absorbed by the meat, thus enhancing and tenderizing the cuts. At Beato, their dry-aged beef steaks are processed inhouse in … [Read more...]

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TOPSHELF’s New Menu

Having just returned from Paris and having tasted her food, I realise that we do have some pretty good French cooking offered in our local restaurants too. And affordable. Yes, very affordable, if compared to what's paid in Paris. Of course the argument goes that it’s because our ringgit has depreciated tremendously and one should never convert the currency when spending money overseas. Ahhh…easier said than done :-) Anyway, coming back to French food on local soil, Topshelf in Taman Tun … [Read more...]