Monday, 30 September 2013

Best Restaurants in Kuala Lumpur, Third Quarter, 2013, Malaysia

Here's our third round of favourite restaurants visited in Kuala Lumpur for the third quarter of 2013. Click on each title to see the full review.

Best Restaurants in Kuala Lumpur, July - September, 2013

Hit and Mrs. - we love their new brunch menu and the setting is a very pleasant place to be

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Pineapple Dessert

Fahrenheit 600 - perfectly cooked pizzas - not the super thin crust kind, but the chewy-something-to-bite-into variety

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Fahrenheit 600 Pizza

Tai Zi Heen - excellent value all-you-can-eat weekend dim sum brunch - 45 items for 45 Ringgit

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Weekend Dim Sum Brunch

MediTeca - good value set lunches and a porky menu

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Pork Neck

Cedar on 15 - the pumpkin seed crusted cod fish is a must order!

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Pumpkin See Crusted Cod Fish

Suzie's Corner - best value steaks in the city

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Beast - Foie Gras Creme Brulee with Fig Jam!

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Foie Gras Creme Brulee with Fig Jam

Ribs by Vintry - Expertly paired wine dinners. This Heritage Rossco's Shiraz 2005 is a 'must drink'.

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Heritage Rossco's Shiraz 2005

Graze, Hilton Hotel Kuala Lumpur - we love everything in their brasserie, but especially the value for money for such exquisite ingredients and professional service.

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Veal Osso Bucco

The Restaurant, The Club - we love Chef Alex' rich dense Chocolate Mille Feuille

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Chocolate Mille Feuille

Pisco Bar - known for their lip smacking Pisco Sours, but their tapas menu is awesome too. We could have these minced beef stuffed red peppers for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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Stuffed Red Peppers

Plate Culture - a clever platform enabling the underground supper club to thrive in Kuala Lumpur

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Kelly Siew - Plate Culture

Nosh - desserts here should be on everyone's 'eat before you die' dessert list

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Carrot Cake

Burps and Giggles - okay, so it's not technically KL, but we think this funky recycled cafe is worth the two hour drive to Ipoh

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Brother Dick Bagel

Sky Bar - with a view like this everything is good

Pear and Yoghurt Quino Parfait - The Daily Habit

Genting Club - Pulled Pork Belly and a mind blowing collection of aged whiskies and fine wines

Genting Club
Pulled Pork Belly - Genting Club

The Steakhouse at The Whisky Bar - giant slices of baked cheesecake and great steaks too

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Giants Slice of Baked Cheesecake - The Steakhouse

Thirty8, Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur - Chocolate Buffet... mmmm...

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Chocolate Buffet at the Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur

Acme Bar and Coffee - the Patate Frittes are perfect for nibbling and drinking. We love ABC's new outdoor al fresco dining area too.

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Patate Fritte - Acme Bar and Coffee

Ante Kitchen and Bar - Sweet Pork Belly

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Sweet Pork Belly - Ante Kitchen and Bar

WTF - an extensive range of delicious vegetarian dishes

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Vegetarian - WTF

InterContinental - most creative mooncake packaging and most creative mooncake with its gummy bear centre.

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Creative Mooncake Packaging

Mai Bar - double stuffed jalapenos

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Mai Bar - Double Stuffed Jalapenos

Cesar's - best live entertainment and endless feasting during their Middle Eastern promotion

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Cesar's - Middle Eastern Promotion

Marini's on 57 - mixologist Junior mixes up some of the best and most unique cocktails in the city

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Marini's on 57 - a Signature cocktail by Junior

Enju - their unlimited weekend sushi deal available Friday and Saturday evenings is a steal at RM65++ which includes also a soup, main and dessert.

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Enju Japanese Restaurant - Prince Hotel and Residence Kuala Lumpur

Yeast - seriously delicious European style breads and pastries that you can really sink your teeth into

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Yeast Bistronomy

BreadFruits - you can't go past their French toast made with rye bread, caramelized banana, thick slices of pork bacon and drizzled with passionfruit and wild honey 

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Bread Fruits

MO Grill - elegant dining at its very best

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MO Grill - Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur

Elegantology - their deconstructed cheesecake comes alive with a fireworks crumble - popping candy infused into the base sets your mouth alive with tiny pops

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Fresco at Jaya Grocer, The Intermark - Purchase salmon or steak from the supermarket and the chefs at Fresco will cook it for free! (with a minimum buy of a side order starting from RM6.90). No cooking. No washing up. No hefty restaurant price tag for quality fish or steak.

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Fresco at Jaya Grocer, The Intermark

Grill 582 - We're smitten with Chef Arini's Chocolate Chili dessert - a velvety caress of the mouth to begin that leaves a strong punch at the back of your throat with its spicy ending.

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Grill 582, Chocolate Chili

Find our favourite food finds for the first half of 2013 here:

Do share with us your most loved spots. We still have another three months of exploring for this year and would love to follow some of your leads. 

BreadFruits, Fruits and Bakery, Desa Sri Hartamas, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

BreadFruits, Fruits and Bakery, Sri Hartamas, brunch


Words by Polly Szantor
Photos by The Yum List

Bread Fruits Cafe is an up-and-coming addition to the dining options in Desa Sri Hartamas. In addition to serving delicious breakfast and lunch dishes, they also sell top quality fresh fruit and vegetables, a variety of organic dried goods, free-range eggs and honey. This is no ordinary honey, but pure, unprocessed Wild Malaysian Honey from Pahang. Just a little taste results in a burst of complex flavours, which are intense and compelling. Several items on the menu are enhanced by the honey, resulting in something just a little bit different, which is helping to make this charming eatery a popular place for brunch at the weekend.

BreadFruits, Fruits and Bakery, Sri Hartamas, brunch
Wild Honey in the Bottle (left) and with the Beehive (right)
BreadFruits, Fruits and Bakery, Sri Hartamas, brunch
Fresh Produce - Free Range Eggs and Passionfruit
If you like a traditional Western breakfast, SatisFry Up (RM22.80) will keep pork lovers happy. It’s a plate generously piled with your choice of pork sausage or bacon, eggs scrambled or sunny-side up, sautéed mushrooms, roasted cherry tomatoes, mashed potato and arugula, served with rye toast and a choice of tea, coffee or fresh fruit juice of the day.

BreadFruits, Fruits and Bakery, Sri Hartamas, brunch
SatisFry Up (RM22.80)
The Smoked Salmon Breakfast Platter (RM24.80) brings a delicious combination of smoked salmon, scrambled egg and arugula, served with a tasty salad of avocado, cherry tomatoes, finely sliced onions and capers. It comes with sourdough toast and choice of beverage.

BreadFruits, Fruits and Bakery, Sri Hartamas, brunch
Smoked Salmon Breakfast Platter (RM24.80)
There’s a food and drink combo for vegetarians too, the Vegan Tree Hugger (RM21.80), which offers mushrooms, tomatoes, mashed potatoes, avocado, home-made baked beans, arugula and rye toast.

I was rather taken with the BLT Avocado Guacamole (RM16.80), rustic toasted ciabetta spread with guac and piled with bacon, lettuce, tomato and a fried egg, served with a potato salad. There are several other egg dishes on the menu, or you can choose Eggs Your Way (RM9.80), which are served with multiseed toast and wild honey.

BreadFruits, Fruits and Bakery, Sri Hartamas, brunch
BLT Avocado Guacamole (RM16.80)
There’s a nice selection of wholesome salads, sandwiches and toasts and a few pasta dishes. The Brunch Pasta with 7-Minute Egg (RM16.80) is al dente pasta in a light carbonara sauce with mushrooms, bacon and rocket. The feature here is a soft-boiled egg , perched in its shell in the centre of the dish. Spoon out the egg, stir it into the pasta and enjoy all the delicate flavours.

BreadFruits, Fruits and Bakery, Sri Hartamas, brunch
Brunch Pasta with 7 Minute Egg (RM16.80)
The most desirable breakfast/brunch dish, however, has to be the Roasted Banana Bacon French Toast with Passion Wild Honey (RM18.80). Just the name is enticing but it’s visually appealing too, with its cinnamon-dusted caramelized bananas ready to be smothered in honey and passion fruit sauce. The French toast is specially baked in the oven to create a crispy outside that contrasts beautifully with the supersoft bananas. Add the salty, smoky bacon and this really is an inspired creation.

BreadFruits, Fruits and Bakery, Sri Hartamas, brunch
Roasted Banana Bacon French Toast with Passion Wild Honey (RM18.80)
BreadFruits has a large selection of fresh juices, some of which are listed according to their energizing, detoxifying and healing properties. The Passion Fruit with Wild Honey (RM9.90) is like drinking a delicious iced bubble tea, but with crunchy passion fruit seeds throughout. It’s not too sweet, but it has nice honey overtones.  

BreadFruits, Fruits and Bakery, Sri Hartamas, brunch
Wild Honey and Passionfruit
There are several hot beverage options too, including a Wild Honey Latte (RM9.80. This is good, strong coffee with just a hit of sweetness, very pleasant even if you prefer coffee without sugar.  

BreadFruits, Fruits and Bakery, Sri Hartamas, brunch
Wild Honey Latte
Reason to visit: For the real mushrooms, thickly sliced back bacon, interesting salads and magical honey but the main reason I’ll be going back is for more of the Passionate Banana Bacon French Toast! 

BreadFruits, Fruits and Bakery, Sri Hartamas, brunch
BreadFruits Interior
BreadFruits is open from 8:30am to 9pm, 7 days a week and on public holidays. All prices are subject to 10% dine-in service charge, which does not apply to take-away orders.

17, Jalan 26/70A
Desa Sri Hartamas
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
+6 03 6201 0090

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Saturday, 28 September 2013

Grill 582, MIGF 2013 Menu, Best Western Premier Dua Sentral, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Grill 582, MIGF 2013 Menu, Best Western Premier Dua Sentral
Grill 582

Grill 582, MIGF 2013 Menu

For the month of October elegant dining restaurants around the city will be abuzz with special menus vying to gain the position of Best Restaurant in the Malaysian International Gourmet Festival, (MIGF) 2013. Grill 582’s Chef Siti Arini Darsini is entering MIGF for the first time this year and is determined to dazzle diners and judges with her festival line up.

Grill 582, MIGF 2013 Menu, Best Western Premier Dua Sentral
Punch Bar and Lounge - perfect place for pre or post dinner drinks
A lovely way to kick off the evening is with a cocktail in Punch Bar and Lounge adjacent to Grill 582. On our visit, Ketel One Vodka cocktails were featured so hubby ordered the Rated One (RM30) with grapefruit juice, passion fruit syrup, X-rated and Ketel One vodka. Presented in a martini glass and garnished with twists of orange peel, this concoction was very easy drinking, softly citric and very refreshing. The French 74 (RM65) took my fancy. Light, lemony and oh-so simple, this Champagne cocktail is a natural pre-dinner drink. Cocktails aside, Punch Bar and Lounge is a pleasant place to perch. Dim lighting, colourful seating, artsy lamps and creatively made tables provide diverting conversation starters.

Grill 582, MIGF 2013 Menu, Best Western Premier Dua Sentral
French 74
Grill 582, MIGF 2013 Menu, Best Western Premier Dua Sentral
Rated One 
Appetites opened, it was time to move onto Chef Arini’s MIGF menu – one that’s set to impress from start to finish. Warm soft ciabatta was served as requested with a trio of spreads - olive oil, dukkah spice blend (my favourite) and butter.

To begin, a Foie Gras Mousse topped with Avruga Caviar and smoked Olive Oil hinted at the luxury theme carried through to the rest of the courses. Delivered on a shiny black platter, the lone pot of mousse resembled a velvety whip of mashed potato with only an inkling of foie gras persisting in the background – an easygoing entrance to the meal. A Miguel Torres Hermisfero, Sauvignon Blanc 2010 from Chile formed part of the appetizing introduction, serving both to refresh and link the appetizer to the soup.

Grill 582, MIGF 2013 Menu, Best Western Premier Dua Sentral
Foie Gras Mousse 
A classic French dish, the Seafood Bouillabaisse was given local flare with freshwater crayfish and, coconut and lemongrass cream. A deep rich amber pond held the crustacean and shellfish and, sprigs of herbs and edible flowers brightened the plate. A swirl of cream provided contrast in both taste and colour. You’ll want to ask for more of their soft bread rolls to sop up the intense broth. Save a few drops (or order another glass) of the sauvignon blanc to refresh the mouth after the last spoonful.

Grill 582, MIGF 2013 Menu, Best Western Premier Dua Sentral
Seafood Bouillabaisse 
A palate cleanser of Lime Granitas and Seawater “Air” came before the main course. Emerging sour and finishing sweet, it served its purpose well.

There’s no need to choose between land or sea for the main as you get them both! My mouth salivated for the ocean, while hubby dreamt of the farm.

Grill 582, MIGF 2013 Menu, Best Western Premier Dua Sentral
Lime Granitas and Seawater “Air” 
The Air Flown Dover Sole was whirled as a tornado of white flaky flesh jeweled with a wafer thin plantain crisp and sat in a mustard sabayon. A De Bortoli Chardonnay 2011 was the recommended wine mate offering the fruity full-bodied style of this grape that Australia is stereotypically known for.

Grill 582, MIGF 2013 Menu, Best Western Premier Dua Sentral
Air Flown Dover Sole 
Sous Vide of Australian Lamb Loin came with roasted cherry tomatoes still on the vine, russet potatoes and beetroot in Au Jus. The beetroot and potato were cubed and placed in the form of a square like a chessboard. Rolled in small barrels, the lamb was pink and tender. Not a word of conversation was pulled from hubby for the entirety of the course as he softly mmmed and aaahed in his own little world, as if seducing the meat. Another Australian drop was the pairing with De Bortoli, Shiraz 2009 standing well against the rich fatty meat.

Grill 582, MIGF 2013 Menu, Best Western Premier Dua Sentral
Sous Vide of Australian Lamb Loin 
Dessert is the growth of an earlier idea of Chef Arini’s. Famous for her chocolate chili sorbet as a palate cleanser, she received such great feedback from guests about the deliciousness of the invention that she took the concept and turned it into a complete dessert. Chilled Chocolate Chili Chiboust was velvety smooth and innocently chocolaty to begin, but left a kick, wickedly hitting the back of the mouth before fully departing. A crunchy crumble on the side provided an agreeable contrast. Balbi Soprani Moscato D’ Asti DOCG, Piemonte Italy 2008 was just sweet enough to merit its partner but not cloying as some dessert wines can be.

Grill 582, MIGF 2013 Menu, Best Western Premier Dua Sentral
Chocolate Chilli Chiboust 
Grill 582, MIGF 2013 Menu, Best Western Premier Dua Sentral
Balbi Saprani Moscato D’ Asti DOCG, Piemonte Italy 2008 
Petit Fours, white and dark chocolate truffles, and a choice of coffee or tea completed the meal.

Grill 582, MIGF 2013 Menu, Best Western Premier Dua Sentral
Petite Fours
This menu is available from the 1st to the 31st of October, 2013. The six course set, complemented with a selection of wines, is priced at RM298++ per person. To enjoy the menu without alcohol the line up is offered at RM198++ per person.

Other Festival Offers include a 15% discount on selected åwines, Champagnes, mocktails and cocktails. Dining with friends carries its benefits too. For bookings of more than 10 seats, a 20% price cut is rather enticing.

Reason to visit: an exquisite dining experience in a classy setting, a chance to be part of MIGF 2013

Grill 582
Best Western Premier
8 Jalan Tun Sambanthan
50470 Kuala Lumpur
+6 03 2272 8888

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