The name Manmaru Udon may have led many to believe that the place is an udon house. I was one of those who actually had that notion. Until recently, that is. Besides their signature udons, Manmaru’s menu lists an extensive range of Japanese favourites. In fact, the choices are quite mind-boggling. I’m a great fan of Japanese food but the funny thing is, I’m not really into their udon and ramen. That’s the reason why I seldom go to ramen or udon houses. In a Japanese restaurant, you … [Read more...]
Archives for September 2014
Chettinad Palace USJ – southern Indian cuisine at its best!
Chettinad cuisine is one of the spiciest and the most aromatic in India. Spicy in this case refers to the abundant use of spices and not tongue searing chilli-hot kind of spiciness. Chettinad region covers the Tamil Nadu state in southern India and the community living in this region are known to be mostly wealthy and successful people, attributed by their excellent business acumen. Chettinad cuisine is famous for its use of a variety of spices used in preparing mainly non-vegetarian food and … [Read more...]
Opium @ Changkat Bukit Bintang
Opium is incredibly photogenic. From its colourful exterior to its opulent interior right down to the food and drinks, everything dances in glee for my camera. I’m talking about Opium, the latest dining and fun place in Changkat Bukit Bintang opened by Werner Kuhn and his team. Yeah, the same Werner Kuhn who set up El Cerdo, Dining in the Dark, The Steakhouse, The Whisky Bar and Black Forest. With such a catchy name, Opium is attracting the happy party people like ants to honey. Even from … [Read more...]
Kampachi @ Pavilion Kuala Lumpur: the return of “All Kansai Festival”
If you go up to the 6th floor of Pavilion Kuala Lumpur now, you won’t miss the colourful flags and decorations decking the section close to Tokyo Street. Yes, it’s autumn now in Japan and there are many wonderful food offerings during this time of the year. It’s no surprise that Kansai is known as the “Food Mecca of Japan” considering the abundant food resources from the mountains, sea, rivers and lakes of the southern-central region of Honshu. The region covers a vast area, namely the … [Read more...]
Simply d: that’s for simply delightful & delicious!
A spin-off from Delicious, Simply d which opened its first outlet in NU Sentral recently runs on a refreshing concept. CEO of the Delicious Group as well as the driving force behind this venture, Steve Allen thinks it’s a great idea to let the customers decide what and how they want their food done. "Yes, let them make the decisions, people like to do that, especially when it concerns their food!” enthused Steve. By the way, Simply d has since opened up 2 more outlets – one at The Curve … [Read more...]
Showcase your talents at Unplugged Music Cafe, Subang Jaya
Are you an aspiring musician and/or singer and looking for a platform to showcase your talent? I know how frustrating it is for talented musicians who are new on the scene and struggling to get an audience to experience their talents. For “untested” musicians, the market is rather ruthless – nobody is really interested to engage musicians with no “proven track record” in the business. Well, then you’ll be glad to know that Unplugged Music Cafe in Subang Jaya may just be the platform to … [Read more...]
I need a Club Med holiday!
Did you catch the Matta Fair last week? I meant to do that – I told D that we should go check it out as we really wanted to snag some good vacation deals. I knew it would be madness to go to the fair, knowing very well how insanely popular it is and how intense the crowds can get. But still, I had wanted to go. Guess what? My weekend was a complete whirlwind. What with errands, long-put-off tasks and of course being immersed in my current food project, to cut a long story short… we … [Read more...]
Ippudo @ Bangsar Shopping Centre: it’s not all about ramen
Mention the name “Ippudo” to any Japanese food lover and immediately the response is likely to be “oh, famous for ramen!” Well, that’s true, of course, as the founder of Ippudo, the charismatic Shigemi Kawahara is known as the “Ramen King” in Japan. When Kawahara-san started Ippudo way back in 1985, he created ramen which personified his philosophy and vision. His innovative “Tao” or way with ramen took on many revolutions and improvements. From a 300 year-old invention, Kawahara-san’s … [Read more...]
Have a Steak Feast at The Restaurant @ The Saujana Resort!
Hey listen up, all you steak lovers out there… if you crave nothing but the satisfaction of a prime cut of meat cooked just the right level of preferred doneness, then you just have to head over to The Restaurant at The Saujana Hotel before end of this month. Chef Alexander Waschl is all geared up for some fine meaty adventures with the prime cuts in his kitchen – specifically the Australian Black Angus prime cuts of grass and grain-fed beef. Take your pick of ribeye, striploin, … [Read more...]
A LI YAA – delightful Sri Lankan cuisine
I love my spicy food, I do. Indian, Malay, Portuguese, Nyonya cuisines – they all hold a special appeal for me. As for Sri Lankan cuisine, well, I haven’t had much exposure on that so when I was invited to check out A Li Yaa Island Restaurant & Bar, I wasted no time in saying “yes!”. Located in Damansara Heights along that busy F&B stretch, A Li Yaa has been quietly making a name for itself. Sri Lanka is well-known for its spices and while some of its dishes may be influenced by … [Read more...]