Fancy having a leisurely banana leaf rice meal amidst cool lush greenery? Far away from the madding crowd, like they say. Yes, such a place exists and it’s located along a long and winding road amidst ancient raintrees that provide you the much needed shade from the brutal sun. Drive past some old bungalows and right at the end of the road, you will see this sign: Drive up the sloped driveway and there’s the University Malaya Academic Club House (UMAC). Plenty of parking is available in … [Read more...]
Archives for May 2015
10 things you should know when visiting London for the 1st time
There’s always a first time. For anything and everything. So, recently I went to London and Paris, for the first time. It was a trip DL and I talked about for a long time but never got round to doing it, until a few months ago when several airlines were rigorously promoting their special offers for tickets to some cities in Europe, London being one of them. Once our tickets were purchased, I had to plan the itinerary. I didn't want a rigid plan as we wanted to have a relaxed time on … [Read more...]
The Original Boat Noodles – new dishes unveiled
The boat noodles phenomenon has taken the Klang Valley quite by storm for the past year or so. Scenes of noodle bowls piling up sky high were something that almost everyone was bragging about on social media. Personally, I haven’t had any of these boat noodles until recently because I couldn’t quite subscribe to the idea of eating one mouthful of noodles from one bowl. For a fulfilling meal, the task of having to eat 10 bowls was quite daunting, not to mention the time and detergent needed to … [Read more...]
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...]
Riverboat – rocking Thai food, reasonable prices
For a restaurant that’s been opened for only about 6 months, Riverboat has been making some positive waves in the extremely competitive F&B market in Taman Danau Desa. Word seems to have got out about Louis Tay’s BBQ Salt-encrusted Tilapia and be prepared to wait for this dish as it takes time to slowly grill the fish. That’s exactly what we found when we dropped by at Riverboat recently – Louis patiently fanning the charcoal fire and busy grilling tilapias at the front of the … [Read more...]
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...]
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...]
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...]
De Thai Restaurant @ Oasis Square – simply Thai!
De Thai Restaurant occupies a lovely prime spot across the water fountain in Oasis Square. Spotting some Thai influences in its wooden facade with an arched roof, the restaurant exudes a gentle charming air about it. The cool comfortable interior is brightened with colourful walls, stylish wooden furniture and an impressive bar stocking an excellent collection of fine wines. The kitchen is helmed by Chef Chalocha Daolam (Aew) while the restaurant is run by Charnchai Buthrsri (Charn). Chef … [Read more...]
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...]