Sunday, December 21, 2014

Celebrate A Festive-Filled Epicurean Feast at Hilton Kuala Lumpur



A Feast for the Senses This Christmas and New Year’s Celebration!

Tis’ the season to bring together family and friends, the season to gather and feast, the time to create precious memories of ending the year with a big bang! So gather everyone and head on over to the festive celebrations at the Hilton Kuala Lumpur this year end and indulgence in feasts whipped up by the team of award winning chefs and patissiers. Hilton Kuala Lumpur goes French Chic this festive season and the holiday spirit welcomes everyone in every corner of the hotel.

Right at the lobby, the sight and smell of artisan-crafted French and classic Christmas desserts and cookies, the sound of Christmas carols, the touch of the majestic Christmas tree and Gingerbread Houses will capture the many hearts of passersby. Visit Oro Café for Christmas treats for your loved ones The Lounge for tea time treats.


Indulge in the various holiday themed feasts at Hilton Kuala Lumpur at the many gourmet restaurants such as Vasco’s, Chambers Bar & Grill and Graze to be accompanied by handcrafted cocktails, wines and champagnes. It’s the perfect mood to bring in cheer with whether it be a family or friend gathering or a business function. Hilton Kuala Lumpur celebrates these glorious festive offers starting 17 November 2014 till 31 December 2014.

Catch a sneak peak at the three main restaurants with their festive menu this season!





VASCO’s


From 1 December till 31 December 2014, Vasco’s is proud to present a magnificent spread of mouthwatering dishes crafted specially for this joyous season. The buffet is a kaleidoscope of luscious festive dishes that includes Honey Glazed Spice Brined Roast Turkey with all the trimmings of Chestnut Stuffing, Honey Roasted Potatoes, Butternut Squash, Brussel Sprout with Beef Bacon, Cranberries and Giblet Gravy. Savor the king of rib, Roasted Prime Rib with Yorkshire Pudding, Gravy and more to get the festive senses going.


The turkey was beautifully roasted and succulent while the prime rib is grilled to medium pinkness for tenderness. I was also impressed with the side dishes.


Seafood lovers will definitely be pleased with the majestic spread of its Seafood Bar and other Grilled Seafood dishes of Oven Baked Slipper Lobster Spinach with Cheese Mornay and Asian Spice Marinated Black Cod Squid Ink. The seafood bar host Poached Tiger Prawn, Freshly Shucked Pcific Oysters, Pink Scallop in Shell, Crayfish, Poached Black Mussels and Manila Clams. Other stations included Salad Bar, Pizza Station, mouth-watering rotisseries, Western and Asian delicacies.


The spread is indeed an epicurean’s gourmet dream. Visiting and savoring every station is almost impossible but it’s the festive holidays, so go ahead and indulge…



Make sure to save some room for desserts! The Patissiers are extremely busy churning out scrumptious desserts of holiday themed cakes, cookies, bread, desserts and more. Insanely gorgeous Macarons, Cupcakes, Yule Log, Christmas Fruit Cake, Christmas Stollen, Panettone, Chocolate Fountain and more is the perfect way to end a festive feast!



Festive Buffet (1st December – 31 December 2014)
*excluding 24 December (Christmas Eve) and 25 December (Christmas Day)
RM128++ adult per person

Christmas Eve Dinner
RM168++ adult per person / RM90 ++ child

Christmas Day Brunch
RM168++ adult per person / RM90 ++ child

Christmas Day Dinner
RM168++ adult per person / RM90 ++ child

Beverage Package
RM30++ per person free flow soft drinks
RM150++ per person free flow wine/beer
RM250++ per person free flow champagne

*Supplement of RM20++ per pax for window seating (adult/child)





CHAMBERS BAR & GRILL


The fine dining establishment is set to impress this festive season with it’s 4-Course Festive Menu with a special Chambers Christmas Cocktail/Mocktail on arrival.


We savored Seafood Robotayaki to start the meal featuring Marinated Robatayaki Prawn and Baby Squid served with Horseradish Sauce and Grilled Hokkaido Scallop and Goat Cheese on Shell with Beetroot Puree. The flavours are intense, with power notes of horseradish giving the seafood a kick in flavours and the goat cheese jazzing up the sweet succulent scallop.


Main course showcased Grilled Quail with Sauteed Red Cabbage and Raisin served with Marinated Yellow Beetroot and Plum Sauce and Grilled Smoked Turkey Breast with Diced Dried Fruit and Prune Sauce served with Sauteed Brussels Sprout with Beef Bacon. Both turkey and quail are beautifully moist and tender. The turkey went well with the lightly sweetened dried fruit and prunce, which is a lovely change from the usual cranberry. The savory quail had the perfect tangy sautéed red cabbage and sweet raisin to give the tiny bird a unique flavour.


Saving the best for last, dessert was Red Wine Poached Pear with Blue Cheese and Gingerbread Ice Cream.  It’s an unusual combination but worked wonders on the senses with its strong blue cheese cream contrasting against sweet mellow wine poached pear. My favorite was the Gingerbread Ice Cream!



Festive Menu at RM228++ per person. Available from 1 December till 31 December 2014
*excluding 24 December (Christmas Eve) and 25 December (Christmas Day)





GRAZE


Graze offers a mix selection of classic and contemporary European dishes. The restaurant is cozy and elegant with a magnificent panoramic view from the window seat. There are several course festive menus available.

Our evening festive menu was a 4-Course Menu featuring Caesar Salad, Carrot & Ginger Soup, Steamed Salmon or Duo of Lamb and Raspberry Cheese Cake.


Taking on the new age science, our Caesar Salad comes with a 62 degree poached egg with a gorgeous molten egg yolk center. Coupled with the classic romaine lettuce, crispy toasted garlic brioche croutons, lightly tempura battered bacon, parmesan shavings and Caesar dressing, the salad is a force to be reckon with in flavours!


I really enjoyed the Carrot & Ginger Soup with Scallop and Chestnut Quenelles. The bisque has a tingling soft gingery sweet note and the quenelle added more texture and flavours to it. It’s a heart-warming dish.


Steamed Salmon features a roulade of salmon stuffed with spinach mousse, neatly coiled and steamed, and served on a bed of crab tomato and lime beurre blanc sauce. The dish is more delicate in taste and has a lovely citrus note with a buttery sauce.


At sight, the Duo of Lamb is artistically presented like a work of art. The dish has marinated lamb rack nicely chargrilled and roasted lamb loin served with celeriac puree, garden vegetable and garlic jus. Both lamb is cooked to perfection and the garlic jus is simply divine.

The course menu ends with Raspberry Cheese Cake with a delicious crispy Almond Tuile and Vanilla Ice Cream.



Festive Menu (1st December – 31 December 2014)
*excluding 24 December (Christmas Eve) and 25 December (Christmas Day)
2 Course for RM79++ per person
3 Course for RM129++ per person

Christmas Eve Dinner (4-Course Menu)
RM132++ per person

Christmas Day Brunch (3-Course Menu)
RM142++ per person

New Year’s Eve Dinner (4-Course Menu)
RM132++ per person

*2 seatings: 11am – 1pm (table to be vacated at 1pm)
                   1.30pm – 3.30pm

*Supplement of RM20++ per pax for window seating (adult/child)


For more details, full menu listing, e-brochure or reservations, contact +60 (3) 2264 2596 or log on to the website: www.life.hiltonkl.com



HILTON KUALA LUMPUR
3, Jalan Stesen Sentral,
50470 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Tel: +603 2264 2264
Fax: +603 2264 2266


Saturday, December 20, 2014

MyDunlopilloMoments … Every Mattress Has A Story!


Let’s Sleep For Life!






There’s a reason why getting enough sleep is crucial to our health. We need sleep. We need at least a minimum of 8 hours a day according to medical research. The circle starts when we are born, where most of the hours in a day are spent sleeping. Then as we slowly grow, our sleeping hours slowly also reduce till we get to the much older age and sleeping actually becomes even more important. When we sleep, our bodies get to rejuvenate and our organs get a rest from all our daily active activities.


To ensure one gets to sleep well, one certainly has to have a good and solid mattress and pillow. Our mattress and pillow expert Dunlopillo makes it their priority to make the best mattresses and pillows to cater to everyone’s individual preference. Leaving no corners unturn, one can be assured that Dunlopillo is still working every day to improve their quality mattresses and pillow with the latest evolving technology available.


This holiday season, why not check again if it’s time to get a new mattresses or pillows? If you are like me, chances are you haven’t changed your mattresses in a long time. A good and solid mattress with support is crucial to our body posture and our sleep. We also need to ensure that our mattress is also clean to clear dust mites that can be the culprit to a few health issues such as allergies.


Though I may be sleep deprived at times, I do admit to feeling so much better when I get enough rest and sleep. I used to also have a posture problem and so when I realize that my mattress was too soft for me, I switched over to a firm mattress and my posture was so much better than before. A good pillow will also help with sleeping. Sleeping with the correct pillow will definitely help one to avoid neck pain and sleepless nights. So choosing a solid mattress and pillow is my top priority now as I want to ensure that me and my family gets a good night’s rest everyday!

Since its counting down to the Christmas holiday, here’s my twelve tips for a good night sleep:

12) Buy a good and solid mattress with support
11) Buy a good pillow that can support your neck for better rest and sleep
10) Clean your mattress and pillow often to avoid dust mites
09) Invest in comfortable bed sheets and blankets as these will make you
      comfortable and relax
08) Change your mattress and pillow after some time when you realize that it 
      doesn’t have the support you need
07) Engage in exercise daily
06) Remember, the more sleep you get, the better you feel so go ahead and 
      nap whenever you can
05) Calm down for the day before you sleep with a book or a hot drink
04)  Dim the lights or turn it all off to allow better sleeping moments
03)  Take a hot or warm shower before sleep as it helps the body to rest better
02)  Cuddles up with your loved ones in bed to get cozy
01)  Sleep and forget about everything else… they or it can wait till you wake up!






This Christmas, Dunlopillo letting you create your precious Dunlopillo moments at their Facebook page! This is your chance to capture your best Dunlopillo moments and win a RM500 Dunlopillo Voucher. Then shopping for a new Dunlopillo mattress is going to be less heavy on your pockets.


MyDunlopilloMoments…

Get in bed with your loved ones. Snap a photo and upload it at the comments of their Facebook page here http://bitly.com/11JgFxd

The Top 10 comments with the most “Likes” will each win a RM500 Dunlopillo voucher. Don’t forget to tag #MYDunlopilloMoments in your photo upload.

Hurry up… few more days to go as the contest ends 25 Dec 2014.




Here’s MYDunlopilloMoments with my precious!


Create your most unique MYDunlopilloMoments today to win great gifts this holiday season…


Head over to Dunlopillo at their website www.my.dunlopilloworld.com/Home or Facbook: www.facebook.com/dunlopilloworld to find out more about sleeping for life!


Thursday, December 18, 2014

DV Ristorante, Bukit Damansara: An Italian Christmas Eve Dinner Menu


Casual Authentic Italian Dishes that Aims to Please!






Holiday cheers are the perfect time to indulge and here is another place to go authentic Italian this Christmas holiday! Head on over to DV Ristorante Pizzeria at Bukit Damansara for a taste of their Christmas Eve Dinner Menu this holiday season that comes with a complimentary glass of Prosecco. The casual Italian dining, owned by Frankie Ferrarese, is famed for their hearty and rustic Italian dishes and wood oven pizzas. It’s the kind of friendly neighborhood restaurant that one can feel at ease dining and enjoy comfort Italian dishes.


The ambience is simple and exude warmest the moment one steps in. Guests can catch some actions from the bar or the open pizza kitchen equipped with wood oven which gives guests a warm and fuzzy feeling with lots of earthy aromas from its baked goods.






First up, DV Ristorante Christmas Eve Dinner Menu takes diners into an Italian Christmas experience with a 4-Course menu. The Christmas Eve Dinner Menu comes with a glass of complimentary of Ruffino Prosecco which is the perfect kick off to the yuletide season.


If you prefer a non-alchohol drink, a mocktail will be replaced upon request.


The Italians loved their bread and so there will always be a basket of freshly baked bread served with olive oil and balsamic vinegar to whet the appetite.






For starter, the Italians loved their cured meat and so Bresaola Wrapped Scallops reminded us of all the gorgeous cured delicatessen meats. Scallops is wrapped in air fried Bresaola, aged salted beef air dried and cured, served on a bed of fresh arugula, Sicilian Blood Orange and shaved Pecorino cheese. The scallops are juicy and plump while the Bresaola has an intense meaty salty note. This gorgeous started managed to evoke all the beautiful flavours of salty, sweet, sour and bitter on a plate.







Our entrée was Tortelloni in Double Boiled Consommé. How would an Italian meal be without pasta? The pure delicate flavours of the consommé are warm and soothing, so much so I literally scrape the bowl for the last drop, ignoring my manners at the table. The authentic homemade tortelloni has a light stuffing made of chicken and beef ham. What won my heart was the golden crispy garlic toast served on the side. That was so good, I wanted more garlic toast. It is a dish that many homes in Italy would be proud to serve!






There are three choices of main courses available featuring beef, veal and fish. We tried two out of the three and were pleased with the choices available.


Bollito Misto is served the way the Italians like with a minimalist presentation. The dish is a traditional Northern Italian style boiled meat and is served with marinated vegetables on the side. Our plate had sausages, beef cheek, ox tongue and chicken. The broth has been simmering for hours, gathering up all the essence of the meats. Again here, it’s a very earthy and hearty dish, a dish where most Italians adored for its simplicity and home cooked flavours. As this is a meaty dish, the piquant and tangy marinated vegetables cut through the richness of the meat and balance the flavours cleverly.


The second choice of Veal Involtini is just as delicious as it looks! It’s a roulade of veal wrapped with organic spinach, anchovies and shallots. The veal sat on a bed of creamy spiced pumpkin puree and is served with a caramelized apple half and a luscious pieces of seared foie gras. Sautéed haricot verts, carrots and shallots completed the dish. The veal is tender and went very well with the moist spinach stuffing. I like how the spiced pumpkin puree acted like a thick flavour sauce to the roulade. The highly prized foie gras is cooked to perfection while the apple added a delicate sweet fruity note to the overall dish.


For certain regions of Italy, fish is a must for Christmas. Some regions even go all out on a seven course fish menu for the holiday season. The third choice is Monk Fish Fillet, featuring pan seared monk fish fillet served on lentils and asparagus tips together with quail egg.






All dinners have to end and ending it the traditional Italian way is a house baked Panettone which owner Frankie personally is proud off as the recipe is tweaked to perfection. The Milanese Christmas cake or rather bread is served warm on a pool of vanilla sauce and shavings of chocolate. Too simple for some maybe but we were assured that Panettone is simply a must for Christmas. I happened to enjoy the fluffy and sweet notes of the Panettone made luscious by the creamy vanilla sauce.







DV Ristorante Christmas Eve Dinner Menu is priced a RM170+ per adult and comes with a complimentary glass of Prosecco. Kids below 12 years old can also enjoy Chef’s Special Menu at RM60+ per child.






Besides the Christmas menu, DV Ristorante has many Italian favorites that aim to please. Go for their signatures pizza and pasta and there are several authentic Italian main dishes as well.


It’s without any doubt that wood oven creates the perfect pizzas in the world. The aroma and heat will give the pizzas the essential flavour, texture and aroma a darn good pizza has. Our selections of the evening were Margherita (RM22), Bresaola e Rucola (RM30) and Quattro Formaggi (RM28). As one can see, the pizzas here are as rustic as it gets. Hand crafted and formed with a few tossing, the pizza base is medium thick with a good solid light crust and lightly chewy insides. The sauces and cheeses made the pizza as good as it is. I personally enjoy the Quattro Formaggi which features intense cheeses like gorgonzola, asiago, parmiggiano reggiano and mozzarella. I love my cheeses, can’t you tell?







We also savored Spaghetti Allo Scoglio (RM28) featuring pasta and seafood in tomato sauce. Lots of approving marks here for the al dente pasta, well-seasoned tomato sauce and beautifully cooked seafood. When classics are executed well, the satisfaction will always be there.


I am a personal fan of risottos. There is something sinful about creamy al dente Arborio rice cooked in broth till the glorious silky creamy notes coat each tiny grain of rice before it’s generously flavoured with lots of cheese. Our Risotto al Funghi (RM24) had the added bonus of earthy mushrooms jazzing up the cheesy luscious rice beautifully. Mamma mia… how I love thee…


Our table of foodies agreed unanimously that the Chicken Scloppine with Wild Mushrooms (RM28) is superb! Moist and tender organic chicken scallopini is seared just right and is smothered in a savory and earthy luscious cream sauce flavoured with porcini and other mushrooms. The gentle squeeze of lemon really lifted the flavours of the dish even higher. We polished this dish happily.






Go ahead and check out DV Ristorante Pizzeria. Even if it’s not for the festive menu, I am sure many will be pleased with their rustic Italian offerings of appetizers, pizza, pasta, main course and desserts. This casual Italian neighborhood eatery is decently priced and offers a no-thrill but honest-to-goodness Italian cuisine in the city.



DV RISTORANTE PIZZERIA
65-77, Jalan Setia Bakti, Bukit Damansara,
50490 Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA.
Tel: +603-2098 2001


Business Hours: Mon – Sun 12pm to 12 am

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