Monday, June 13, 2016

Qureshi Restaurant @ Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club


A Taste of Royal Indian Cuisine



Little did many know that there is a majestic Indian restaurant located in the Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club that serves fine Awadhi cuisine, Northern Indian cuisine from the city of Lucknow. Qureshi Restaurant made it appearance a year ago but unknown to many, the restaurant belongs to Indian Master Chef Imtiaz Qureshi and family. Born into a family of legendary chefs, who has serves the many royalties of India, Chef Imtiaz’s journey was equally as great if not better than the Qureshi clan of master chefs.



Turning 86 this year, Chef Imtiaz has also just been awarded the fourth highest civilian award of Padma Shri, an award that chefs rarely are recipients. Still the grand master chef of the acclaimed Dum Pukht restaurants of the ITC hotels, he not only still reigns his empire himself but his sons are also with him in the same industry.

While his two master chef sons, Mohammed Ashfaque and Mohammed Irfan Qureshi, has their own restaurants all over the world, his other son, also an acclaimed master chef personally trained by his father, Muhammad Ahsan Ali Qureshi manages the family’s newest international venture and the first in Malaysia.


Stepping into Qureshi, one cannot help but to be immediately in awe of its grandeur. The restaurant is gorgeously elegant. All decked in gold, black and neutrals, the main dining room even has a fabulous dome ceiling covered in gold and black.



Lustrous chandeliers mixed with Indian light pieces, elegant plush high back chairs and pristine table setting with brightly polished copper cups, plates, napkin rings and silverware really take shouts fine regal dining at its best. There are also two private rooms as well as alfresco area outside.


From the moment we sat down to the end of our meal, service was discreet and impeccable. And this doesn’t apply to us only because we can see the same for all the other tables too. What surprises us was that the menu was filled with dishes set with affordable pricing. Despite the fine and grand ambiance, Qureshi’s menu was decently priced and quality of the food was indeed refine.


A starter of golden thin disc of pappadums served with some bread and an array of dhals and minty spiced yoghurt was already an explosion of flavours on the palate.



Seafood Pakora (RM45) was golden and crispy prawns, squid and mussel enveloped in a spiced batter. Delicious on its own, these were made even better with a side of soy vinegar reduction.


Crispy patties of potato and cashew nut are breaded with tiny crispy bubbles and fried till golden in Aloo Moti Tikki (RM25). Served with pretty pink radish and mustard pickle and sides of tamarind chutney as well as mint chutney.


The patties are delightfully light and creamy with crispy edges. The flavours are beautifully tasty of potatoes and nuts. The radish gave a refreshing boost while the chutneys are bombs of flavours.


Murgh Peshawari Tikka (RM35) is superb. Boneless chicken thighs marinated in Peshwari spices and grilled in tandoor oven was very moist and tasty. The chicken has a solid balance of spices but is not spicy in heat. Even my little one enjoy this chicken very much although he is not a fan of spices.



Qureshi’s signature is their Dum Biryani. One simply must order these as Chef Imtiaz has made extra effort in perfecting his Dum Lucknowi Biryani (RM45). Cooked the traditional method where the rice and meat is cooked separately before being combined and cooked again in a sealed dough. The long grain basmathi rice is beautifully fluffy and golden. Spiced and seasoned well, we dug in to unveil pieces of succulent spiced lamb that is wonderfully tender and tasty.


Our order of Butter Chicken (RM35) had all the check marks of a delicious mild and creamy curry with a tomatoey base. Large pieces of boneless chicken coupled with the curry had me piling on my plate with much happiness. This is one of my all-time favorite curry and Qureshi’s version did not disappoint indeed.


Gloriously moreish, the Prawn Curry (RM45) warrants an order for its rich depth of spiced flavours. Not too spicy, the prawn has sublime flavours that makes you want to keep savoring it’s richness.


There is also a lush yellow Goan Fish Curry (RM35) that goes very well with rice or bread. Mellow and creamy, the curry goes really well as it does not overpower the delicate boneless fish pieces. Great for diners of all ages, this curry is a signature of the Goa state in India.


Chickpeas ‘Dhaba’ Style (RM26), luscious cassoulet of creamy and nutty chickpeas cooked with nigella seeds till soft was another crowd pleaser that evening.


Paneer cheese is a constant favorite of mine and I would definitely order it if it’s on the menu. The Paneer Tikka Butter Masala (RM28) was easy to enjoy. Cooked the same as the Butter Chicken, the creamy soft paneer was heavenly in the creamy tomatoey curry.

Mirch Balgan ka Salan (RM26) had everyone raving on the gorgeous soft brinjal and bhajji chillies cooked with peanut, coconut and sesame. It has such a tangy and spiced up flavour that literally makes the dish mouth-watering addictive!


One simply must order their Dal Qureshi (RM30) too. While most dal curries are quite mild and cooked with lots of vegetables and yellow dal, the Dal Qureshi is slow stewed black lentils with tomatoes and finished with butter and cream. The result is a masterpiece of luscious curry that goes really well with all their rice and bread.



Qureshi offers a good selections of bread. One can order their Tandoori Roti (RM10) or Cheese Naan (RM12) to go with all the rich curries. I was particularly fond of the Tandoori Roti for its buttery flavour.


We ended our meal with more richness and the Gulab Jamun (RM20) was even served with mango yoghurt sorbet. The dessert turned out to be pretty good because the unctuous fried balls were nicely lighten up with the fruity sweet and tangy sorbet.


We also had some Mango Yoghurt Sorbet and Pistachio Ice Cream.



A surprising treat at Qureshi reminded me that we should not judge a book by its cover. Despite its majestic ambiance, the restaurant is decently priced. Lots of efforts are seen at Qureshi from its gorgeous ambiance to the beautiful rich Northern Indian menu as well as the impeccable service. Head on over if you are looking to impress your dinner guests or family.



QURESHI RESTAURANT
Ground Floor, East Lobby,
Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club
No 10, Jalan 1/70D,
Off Jalan Bukit Kiara,
6000 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +603-2011 1007

GPS: 3.138820, 101.639465


Sunday, June 12, 2016

Recipe: LINGHAM’s Chili Cucur Udang



With the festive Raya holiday coming right up, I decided to make a scrumptious snack that is loved by many Malaysians. Our melting pot of culture allows us to grow up with a plethora of choices in food. I grew up waiting for my neighborhood’s pasar malam to come once a week so I can go and buy the array of street food at the pasar malam.

It was such a treat because I can never wait to taste all the various flavours of the assorted Malay, Chinese and Indian stalls selling their specialties. One particular stall that I will surely visit is this makcik selling freshly fried and piping hot cucur udang and cucur jagung. There is something deliciously satisfying of strolling along the pasar malam and digging into a bag of small balls of cucur, usually made with vegetables and prawns. Though the cucur is always already good on its own, there is this must-have side of sweet chili sauce that makes the cucur even more enticing.

Then years goes on and when I learn to cook, my sister’s made from Indonesia shared her recipe of Indonesia Bakwan with me. Similar to our local cucur, the bakwan is also vegetable or prawn fritters. To join the bandwagon of the coming Raya holidays, here’s my recipe of Cucur Udang made with extra loves from LINGHAM’s Chili Sauce range.


I used the LINGHAM’s Sriracha Sauce to add extra kicks to my cucur udang and it turned out to be a bomb of flavours. The pungent and spicy Sriracha sauce worked wonders on the flavour profile and is very versatile to be added into a lot of dishes easily. The recipe is simple as it just needs prep work in advance, mix all together and then fried when ready to serve.

Finally once fried, serve the cucur udang with your choices of any of LINGHAM’s Chili Sauce. I chose the LINGHAM’s Thai Chili Sauce because it reminded me of my yesteryears favorite cucur udang served with a sweet chili sauce.

Happy Cooking and Selamat Raya Adilfitri in advance to Every One celebrating!



LINGHAM’s Chili Cucur Udang

Ingredients
200gm        Small/Medium sized Prawns (shelled)
100gm        Cabbage (shredded finely)
150gm        Corn (frozen or fresh)
30gm          Kuchai or Chives (chopped)
Half             Carrot (shredded finely)
Half             Onion (minced)
2                 Red Chili (deseeded and chopped)
2 cloves       Garlic (pounded into paste)
150gm         Flour
50gm           Rice Flour
1 tbsp          Baking Powder
1tsp             Chicken Powder
1tbsp           LINGHAM’s Sriracha Chili Sauce
1                 Egg
2/3 cup        Water
                   Salt and Pepper to season
                   Cooking Oil for deep frying
                   LINGHAM’s Thai Chili Sauce to serve
                   Cucumbers and Fried Tempe (optional)


Method
Prepare all the ingredients as stated in the Ingredient list.
In a big bowl, mix together garlic paste flour, rice flour, baking powder, chicken powder, LINGHAM’s Sriracha Chili Sauce, egg, water, salt and pepper to season till smooth.
Do not over work the mix but just enough to bine everything together.
Add in cabbage, corn, chives, carrot, onion, red chili and prawns.
Mix again gently till combined.
Heat up oil in a deep pan till hot and then lower the temperature to medium.
Drop in spoonfuls of the batter one at a time into the oil to deep fry on medium low heat till cooked and golden brown.
Drain on paper towel and serve hot with LINGHAM’s Thai Chili Sauce with cucumbers and fried tempe.
Makes about 28 to 30 pieces of Cucur Udang


Extra Notes and Tips
  • Omit the prawns and chicken powder to make this a vegetarian cucur and add in more corn and cabbage
  • LINGHAM’s Sriracha Sauce gave the cucur a moreish spicy bite but can be omitted if you are making this for young eaters.
  • One can also add Beansprout, Spring Onion and Bell Peppers for extra flavour and textures
  • Mix all the batter ready and keep in the fridge to chill till you are ready to fry them up
  • Serve with any of LINGHAM’s chili sauce for different flavours
















Saturday, June 11, 2016

10 Places to Buka Puasa 2016 in Selangor & Kuala Lumpur


In no particular order, all the restaurants that I have visited have their own unique deliciousness with authentic Malay cuisine as well as other international cuisines. One can even go Thai with the set menus prepared especially just for this month.

Summary of the 10 places to Buka Puasa this holy month of 2016



DORSETT GRAND SUBANG
Selera Kampung dengan Geng Wak Long

The holy month of Ramadhan is near and Dorsett Grand Subang is bringing back a feast showcasing the delights of two worlds under one roof. Available from 7 June to 6 July, 2016, diners can opt for the authentic Selera Kampung at Melati Ballroom where diners are also treated to live entertainment by Geng Wak Long or dine at Flavours of Ramadhan at Terazza Brasserie for a local and international spread of dishes with an Arabian Theme.

Selera Kampung @ Melati is available from 6pm to 9.30pm and is priced at RM140 per person. Senior citizen and children ages 6 to 12 years old get to enjoy 50% discount.

For reservations at Selera Kampung @ Melati, please call 03 5031 6060.

Flavours of Ramadhan @ Terazza Brasserie is available from 6pm to 9.30pm and is priced at RM150 per person. Senior citizen and children ages 6 to 12 years old get to enjoy 50% discount.

For reservations at Flavours of Ramadhan @ Terazza Brasserie, please call 03 5031 6060 ext. 1912.





BIJAN BAR & RESTAURANT
Selera Ibunda Buffet

Every holy month of each year, Bijan has a tradition of serving up a kaleidoscope of authentic Malay dishes for Buka Puasa. This year, Bijan’s Sous Chef Mohd Shawal and his culinary team will be taking diners down the memory lane and stirring up fulfilling memories of some almost forgotten dishes of the yesteryear recipes handed down over the generations.

Bijan Selera Ibunda Buffet
Available from 10 June to 3 July 2016 (6.45pm to 9.30pm)
Price @ RM 90++ per person
Early bird promotion at RM78++ per person for confirmed reservations before the 10 June 2016
*A la carte menu is available from 9pm onwards during this time.

For reservations and enquiries, please call 603 2031 3575 or email admin@bijanrestaurant.com





THE MAJESTIC HOTEL KUALA LUMPUR
Majestic Festive Banquet Dinner Buffet

As we set sail into the festive months of June and July, a feast of sumptuous pleasures awaits at The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur. Starting from 13 June to 2 July, diners are taken on a delicious culinary journey with the Majestic Festive Banquet Dinner held at Level 3 of the Function Rooms of the hotel. Dine with family and friends or business colleagues and savor some of the best Malaysia’s nine Royal states recipes prepared specially by Chef Zaidi and his team.

The Majestic Festive Banquet Dinner will be held from 13 June to 2 July and is priced at RM125 nett per person.

The Festive Variety Dinner at Contango will be held from 4 June to 5 July and is priced at RM145 nett per person.

For more information on the above and for reservations:
Please email tmkldiningconcierge@ytlhotels.com.my
Festive Variety Dinner at Contango, please call +603 2785 8062
Majestic Festive Banquet Dinner, please call + 603 2785 8000





CONCORDE HOTE KUALA LUMPUR
Ala-Ala Kampung Delights

Concorde Hotel Kuala Lumpur has long been a popular choice for dining in the city. The Melting Pot Café at the hotel is renowned for their sumptuous buffet spread and beginning June 6 till July 5, a Buka Puasa feast of Ala-Ala Kampung will have diners enjoy authentic kampong style dishes. Back with a myriad of breaking fast delights, Executive Sous Chef Azlan Juri and his assistants – Chef Marubah Amran and Chef Rogayah Sharif will be whipping up their family authentic recipes of mouth-watering dishes.

Buffet dinner ‘Ala-Ala Kampung’ is priced at RM148 nett per person. A special 15% Discount will be given on June 6 – 12 and the last three days of Ramadhan, July 3 to 5, 2016.

Buffet Sahur (every Friday & Saturday) starts from 11pm till 5am and is priced at RM80 nett per person.

There is also a new Bento ‘Sahur’ Set Menu available when you book and stay at Concorde Hotel Kuala Lumpur during the holy month. Superior room (single/double occupancy) starts from RM278 nett per room night and the room rate includes buffet sahur for two persons.

For reservations, call Melting Pot directly at +603 2717 2233 (direct line). Any enquiries or private events, do email to fbkl@concorde.net.






SPRING GARDEN PUTRAJAYA
Sajian Nostalgia Kampung

Jom makan! Dine on Sajian Nostalgia Kampung at Spring Garden Restaurant at Putrajaya this month set with a lovely view of a lake. Diners are in for an array of delicious dishes that starts the moment the sun sets. Sajian Nostalgia Kampung starts 8 June to 1 July 2016 at Spring Garden Chinese Restaurant at Putrajaya. Under the Tai Thong Group, Spring Garden is pork free and signatures include lots of seafood dishes cooked in various cuisine styles of Chinese, Malay and Thai.

Sajian Nostalgia Kampung
Weekday Special   RM78 nett per adult | RM48 nett per child (height 90 to 120cm)
Weekend Special   RM88 nett per adult | RM58 nett per child (height 90 to 120cm)

Promotion runs from 8 June to 1 July, 2016. For reservations, call 03 8889 1188.






BANGKOK HOUSE
Ramadhan New Dining Set Menu

For this holy month, Bangkok House is offering Ramadhan Dining Set Menus from 2 pax to 6 pax. Prices starts from RM55+ onwards. Simply value for money, the dining sets are available for lunch and dinner. The set menu includes main courses with rice, dessert and beverages.

Bangkok House is also having a special Thai Takeaway Express that is perfect for berbuka puasa or bersahur. Choose from their range of curries and soups available at only RM10 a box. These need preorder so call to ask for the choices available and to preorder them for pick up.

For reservation can call 03-7733 4333 or SMS/Wassap to 012-206 9872






ONE WORLD HOTEL PETALING JAYA
Sajian Nostalgia Bersama Chef

At Cinnamon Coffee House, One World Hotel Petaling Jaya, diners are in for a splendid array of local and international cuisines. For the holy month of fasting, dine on a feast of traditional flavours specially prepared by Executive Sous Chef, Saiful Baharin Abdul Wahid and his culinary team at Cinnamon Coffee House. Themed ‘Sajian Nostalgia Bersama Chef’, the buffet dinner starts 27 May to 5 July, 2016 from 6.30pm to 10.30pm daily.

Sajian Nostalgia Bersama Chef Buffet Dinner
Available from 1 June to 5 July from 6.30 pm – 10.30 pm

01 June – 05 June
RM118.00 nett per adult
RM59.00 nett per child aged 4 -12 years

06 June – 05 July
RM158.00 nett per adult
RM79.00 nett per child aged 4 -12 years

For enquiries or reservations, please call 603 – 7681 1157 or email to cinnamon@oneworldhotel.com.my






V E HOTEL & RESIDENCE
Lavish Pasar Malam Inspired Buka Puasa Spread

Going all out, the newly opened V E Hotel & Residence is taking street food to new heights at their newly opened The Straits Estate, an all-day dining restaurant. For the holy month of fasting, diners are feasting on a ‘Lavish Pasar Malam Inspired Buka Puasa Spread’ available from 10 June to July 5, 2016. Highlights of the Lavish Pasar Malam Inspired Buka Puasa buffet include Laksa station featuring our nation’s 13 states laksa styles. Savor northern Penang Asam Laksa to Malacca Nyonya Laksa, Johor Laksa, Trengganu Laksa as well as Sarawak Laksa and more.

The Straits Estate Pasar Malam Buka Puasa buffet is priced at RM108+ per person. Enjoy 25% off for bookings over 20 people. For reservations and inquiries call +603 2246 2889 or email dine@vehotel.com.






BAAN KUN YA THAI RESTAURANT
Puasa Delights Set Menu

Baan Kun Ya, a fine Thai dining that opened late last year, is jumping on the bandwagon for this holy month with its Puasa Delights Set Menu as well as some new dishes. The name of the Thai restaurant translates to Grandma’s home, symbolizing the food served is recipes handed down from generations of the chef’s family. Dining at Baan Kun Ya is like going home to your grandma’s house for good comfort Thai food.

This holy month of fasting, Baan Kun Ya is offering Puasa Delight Set Menus catered for 4 pax to 8 pax. These are indeed value-for-money set menu. Do call the restaurant or check out their Facebook for more information as well as reservations.






THE WESTIN KUALA LUMPUR
Santapan Juadah Kampung

While the holy month of fasting has begun, it is also a time to renew ties through a feast of deliciousness in the month of reflection. The Living Room at The Westin Kuala Lumpur has a traditional Malaysian spread as well as international favorites in store from the moment the sun sets. Feast on Santapan Juadah Kampung Buffet from 7 June to 4 July, 2016 to make this month of reflection the most memorable for you and your loved ones.

Santapan Juadah Kampung Buffet
Price: RM158nett per person
Period: 7 June – 4 July, 2016

Discounts
If you’ve missed out the early bird promotion, we are also offering dedicated discounts during the promotional period (7 June – 4 July, 2016) for:
  • SPG members entitling to 25% discount on the above restaurant promotions for food only.
  • Beyond Dining members entitling to 20% discount on the above restaurant promotions for food only.
  • Children aged 4 to 12 years old receive 50% off while children aged 3 years old and below dine for free

To make a booking or enquiries, please contact Westin Dining at 03 2773 8338 or visit www.westindining.com.my



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