Saturday, February 6, 2016

Valentine 2016 at Signature, The Roof

A Romantic Interlude with a View

Get cosy and intimate this Valentine’s Day at Signature by the Hill, located at The Roof. Though it’s a peak festive season, many should not forget to spend a romantic moment with your loved ones this Valentine’s Day. A perfect and romantic ambiance with a gorgeous view of the city in the evening, Signature offers lovers an unforgettable dining scene. One can enjoy the city night scene through its glass windows as well as the elegant and modern ambiance set to the mood with soft low dim lightings.

Signature is offering a Romantic Dinner with a View this Valentine’s Day at RM488 nett per couple. Available at 13 and 14 February, this special promotion set offers lovers an entrée buffet with a choice of one main course and dessert for sharing. A complimentary Champagne cocktail is also included for the couple.

In the Entrée Buffet, diners can help themselves to an assortment of canapés, fresh seafood, salad, soup, while the choice of mains and dessert will be served to your table. Some of the highlights of the entrée buffet include creamy mushroom soup, a wide spread of garden greens with various dressing, oyster shooters, smoked salmon & dill, prawns al plancha on crackers and more.

Creamy Mushroom Soup was thick, creamy and beautifully aromatic with loads of earthy mushroom flavours. A swirl of cream and croutons completed the delicious dish…

The Smoked Salmon with Dill on garden greens was lightly dressing in a tangy vinaigrette, letting the greens, cherry tomatoes, olives, smoked salmon and dill shine with much simplicity and tasty flavours.

For main course, diners have four options of Spring Chicken, Duck Linguine, Herb Crusted Ocean Trout and Blue Cheese Tenderloin.

The Spring Chicken was juicy and tender with a light crisp and goes well with the porcini mash. Sweet and soft cloves of caramelized garlic added much depth to the dish.

Steak and cheese lovers will rejoin with Blue Cheese Tenderloin. A gorgeous thick fillet medallion is cook to your preference, in this case, mine was medium rare. Smothered with pungent blue cheese sauce, the flavours are unctuous and tasty in a positive outcome. The sides of creamed spinach, roasted baby carrot and roasted potatoes rounded up the balance with its vegetables.

Celebrate your Valentine’s Day with a sweet ending of Trio of Dessert. Savor Mud Pie, Petite Pavlova and Blueberry Cheesecake and simply create a new romantic and sweet memory with your loved one!

Signature by The Hill Valentine’s Day promotion is priced at RM488 nett per couple and is availale at 13 and 14 February.

Stratosphere - Dining under the stars

Get fancy with your beloved under the stars at Stratosphere, Asia’s first and only green helipad bar. Exclusive to only 10 couples, Stratosphere’s 4 course meal consists of a heart-warming soup, a starter platter featuring exquisite seafood – prawns al plancha on crackers, smoked salmon & dill and oyster shooter, a choice of mains from Signature as mentioned above and lastly a beautifully crafted special dessert, “Lovers Chocolate Sphere” - a wonderful chocolate ball that slowly melts when hot caramel is lured on top, revealing another wonderful dessert within. Priced at RM988 nett per couple, the meal comes with a bottle of Veuve Cliquot.

Make a wish for your other half or write a love poem on The Roof helium balloons and have them released in the sky in conjunction with their Lovebirds Balloon release this Valentine’s Day.

Each pair dining at The Roof for Valentine’s Day may also stand a chance to win a 1.5 litre Magnum bottle of Veuve Clicquot by the end of the night. Dinner meals will be available only on the 13th and 14th of February, 7pm onwards. For more information, kindly log on to For reservations and further inquiries, please call 03 – 8605 3388.

The Roof at First Avenue
1, First Avenue,
Bandar Utama
47800 Petaling Jaya
Tel: 03-77261588

Business Hours:
Mon – Fri             10am -10pm
Sat & Sun             4pm – 10pm

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

CNY 2016 @ Celestial Court, Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur

Ushering in the Year of the Monkey with Abundance of Prosperity!

Looking for indulgence at its finest, check out Celestial Court at Sheraton Imperial this New Lunar Year to feast on a mouth-watering menus fit for royalty. Ushering in the Year of the Monkey, Celestial Court goes all out to create festive menus filled with lip smacking delights.

Celestial Court, renown for serving Cantonese cuisine set in an opulence ambiance that reflects the grandeur of royals. Entering through its grand court set with swags of red drapery into a beautiful dining room filled with plush velvet red chairs, pristine white table settings, cream and gold panels with high ceiling.

Executive Chinese Chef Vincent Loo and Dim Sum Chef Ken Liew have gone all out this festive season and whipped up several lavish menus of festive set, a la carte, Yee Sang, dim sum and desserts.

Taking limelight this Chinese New Year is Celestial Court Boston Lobster Yu Sheng with Peach (RM50 per 100gm), a lavish platter of sweet lobster meat crowning the traditional Yee Sang and its classic ingredients. A treat perfect for the season, the lobster sashimi is beautifully represented in the obligatory Yee Sang.

Besides the King of Crustacean, there are also the lux Yu Sheng with 20 Head Green Lips Abalone and Snow Pear in Traditional Style as well as Yu Sheng with Jelly Fish, Monkey Head Mushrooms and Banana in Plum Sauce.

Soups are very important in any Chinese meal. During the festive season, soups are filled with lots of extra goodies. There’s plenty of delicious and nutritious soups this season. Savor the bountiful Thick Broth with Baby Lobster, Shredded Jade Abalone, Dried Scallop and Sea Cucumber (RM58). A thick bisque filled with chunks of prized seafood in superior soup is comforting in every spoonful.

There is also a pretty and extravagant soup of Braised Superior Bird's Nest Broth with Assorted Seafood and Spinach (RM128 per portion). Delicate in flavours the spinach soup has subtle notes to match the fine bird nest.

More glorious dishes to come and it was another prized platter of Braised 20 Head Green Lip Abalone with Goose Web and Sea Cucumber in Superior Brown Sauce (RM120 per portion). Goose web is such a premium delicacy and this one was treated with utter respect and cooked till gorgeously tender. The collagen in the gelatinous skin has a melt-in-the-mouth texture while the rich savory flavours have penetrated deep into the web. More collagen in the soft and light jelly textured sea cucumber and abalone added forms of various delightful textures to this dish. Enjoy this a la carte of in the set menu.

The next seafood dish of Sauteed Fresh Scallop and Sliced Cuttlefish with Flower Fungus and Gardens Greens in a Spicy Beijing Sauce (RM168– small |RM242 – medium) won many hearts including mine. The tender and sweet scallops and crunchy cuttlefish is enrobed in an unctuous spicy sauce that whets the appetite for more.

During this season, it is an ingredient that appears on every table. Signifying laughter of happiness, we savored the crustaceans in Duo Combination of Tiger King Prawn Deep Fried with Spicy Chili Salt and Sautéed with Sichuan Style (RM138 – small | RM208 – medium). The Sichuan sauce was piquant, lightly sweet and addictive while the spicy chili salt prawn heads was aromatic and very tasty.

Noodles represent longevity and ours was a classic Braised Authentic E-Fu Noodle with Seafood, Dried Oyster and Bean Sprout in Abalone Sauce. The soft E-Fu noodles was eggy and scrumptious, having absorb all the flavours of the abalone sauce. The dried oysters added an intense smoky and briny note to the noodles, giving it a different flavour twist.

To go all the way, dinner ended with a warm sweet Double Boiled Bird Nest with Red Dates, Sweet Pear, White Ginseng and Snow Fungus. The essence of the ginseng reminded us of the nutritional value of this warm dessert. One can also benefit from the bird nest with its collagen benefit. Such a lavish ending…

Celestial Court is open for lunch from 12noon to 2.30pmm Mondays to Saturdays. On Sundays and Public Holidays, Dim Sum Bruch is served from 10.30am to 2.30pm. Dinner is served from 6.30pm to 10.30pm daily. Book your table by contacting 03 2727 9900 ext. 6933 or email

Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur
Jalan Sultan Ismail
50250 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 60-3-2717-9900

Friday, January 29, 2016

Affordable Japanese Cuisine @ Sushi Mentai

Value-For-Money Sushi, Sashimi and more…

Not everything expensive is good, sometimes somethings affordable can really be pretty good too! It’s certainly not new but Sushi Mentai has been serving very affordable Japanese dishes for a few years already. It may have originated from Johor but today, there are 25 Sushi Mentai outlets all over Malaysia and also one in Singapore. With 3 outlets in Penang, 5 outlets in Kuala Lumpur, 9 outlets in Petaling Jaya, 1 in Negeri Sembilan and 7 outlets in Johor, it’s fair to conclude that Sushi Mentai has grown to be a favorite hotspot for avid Japanese foodies everywhere.

One evening, I visited its latest PJ outlet in Kota Damansara with my family. Open since December 2015, this outlet is already packed to the max upon my arrival. Since my little one always loves the concept of conveyor belt sushi bar, he was excited about visiting Sushi Mentai.

The Sushi Mentai at Kota Damansara looks fancier in décor than the other outlets, simply because the group has started to incorporate a décor theme for all their new outlets. Well designed to maximize seating, one can also catch kitchen actions at the front of the room upon entering. Choose seating from the various booths and seats and the conveyor belt of plates after plates of sushi will run by all the seating to tempt the diners.

What really attracted me and I am sure many other diners are their sushi menu which has only two prices of RM1.80 and RM2.80. That is really affordable pricing. With plenty of choices to choose from, there are also lots of special sushi-of-the-day that is not listed in the menu as well. Needless to say, we started picking our favorites happily.

Sushi Mentai is named after its signature Mentaiko sauce. So there are quite a few choices of Mentaiko sauce sushi available.

Leading the list is Salmon Mentai (RM2.80). Immediately, this one exceeded my expectation since I was prepared for skimpy sushi. However, Sushi Mentai’s sushi are all nicely loaded with decent amount of ingredients with sushi rice. The salmon is delicious! Loaded with the cod roe and mayo sauce before being lightly torched, I was beginning to know that this was going to be a good meal…

Inari & Salmon Mentai (RM2.80) showcase my favorite sweet bean curd skin with salmon, sushi rice and mentaiko sauce. A special-of-the-day, this one piece sushi is yum.

My other half loves eel and so we also had the Unagi Sushi (RM2.80).

Prawn Tempura & Inari Sushi (RM2.80) was also a special-of-the-day together with Prawn Tempura & Crab Maki (RM2.80). I really enjoyed both a lot and still had a hard time believing how something so good is so affordable in price. These are available on the conveyor belt. Must order if you see this on the special-of-the-day list…

We wanted to try their a la carte dishes too and so we controlled ourselves from taking more from the belt despite it all looking pretty tempting. The Chawan Mushi (RM3.80) is decent and comfort food at its best.

Asari Miso Shiru (RM4.80) had good flavours from the miso and I can even taste a sweet and briny note of clam essence too.

My little one’s favorite dish was the Dashimaki Tamago (RM3.80). Although it’s not exactly the same as the other tamago I have had, this version was ok and portion was definitely generous for its price.

Chuka Kurage (RM4.80)

I must highlight the fact that I am pretty pleased with the Salmon Toro (RM11.80). Generous cuts of salmon belly was delicious and creamy. Since it’s a fattier cut from the belly, the salmon literally melts-in-the-mouth with sublime flavour.

The Hokkigai Sashimi (RM8.80) of surf clam was also really value-for-money as this clam is quite expensive in many restaurants.

We moved on to rolls and took on the Salmon Mentai Dragon Maki (RM12.80). I can’t get enough of the salmon with mentaiko sauce and this one had the additional plus points of crispy tempura prawns. At this point, I think I was a fan of this affordable Japanese restaurant.

For those who are carb conscious, there’s also a no-rice sushi roll of Inari Wrap (RM7.80). Sweet crab meat with bean curd skin and shredded vegetables are wrapped in rice sheet before being finished with a dollop of mayo sauce. This turn out to be another winner in my books. I am so going to order this again since its carb free…

More happiness took form in Ebi Mentaiyaki (RM9.80). This time, its prawns topped with mentaiko sauce and broiled. Sweet, savory and definitely creamy!

Served grilled, one also gets 3 pieces of Shishamo (RM4.80) per order.

A generous portion of the Saba Shioyaki (RM11.80) was nicely grilled. I like mine with a light squeeze of lemon to balance up the rich oily flavours of the mackerel. This one is beautiful with crisp skin and moist flesh.

Kaki Fried (RM9.80) has always been my favorite when dining Japanese. Glad to say this one did not disappoint but in fact tasted really good. Plump and juicy oysters were nicely crumbed and fried to a golden nugget. Crispy on the outside, utterly juicy with briny flavours, the oysters are very delicious! On my next order, I am so not sharing this plate…

We order the Kitsune Udon (RM10.80) for the little one who simply loves slurping his noodles with the dashi and bonito broth.

On an overall note, I was pretty satisfied with everything at Sushi Mentai. The experience turned out beyond my expectation. Pricing is affordable and the quality and quantity is honestly very decent for what you pay. No wonder Sushi Mentai is pulling in such a crowd. There are plenty more dishes in the menu that I have yet to try. That said, I will definitely by back as there is also a Sushi Mentai near my house in Kepong!

No-16-1, Jalan PJU 5/7,
Dataran Sunway, Kota Damansara
47810 Petaling Jaya

Business Hours:
Monday to Sunday 12noon to 9.30pm

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