Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Indulge, TGV Cinemas 1 Utama: Time to Indulge, The First Luxury Cinema with Its Own Feast!

Indulge your Sight and Taste!

Cinematic experience has just gone to the next level! Talk about going all the way, TGV Cinemas at One Utama has just launched Indulge, a unique cinema concept that allows everyone to experience cinema indulgence like no other.

Walking into the exclusive lounge of Indulge certainly makes one feel classy and elegant. Indulge has its own private ticketing counter, lounge and dining area and also two exclusive cinema halls which is fitted with reclining chairs and personalised call-waiter-service that can accommodate 32 and 40 pax respectively. One can simply enjoy a luxurious experience in the premium seat cinema and dine in the Indulge restaurant or do both at the same time.

Indulge is beautifully decorated in modern contemporary design with touches of jazz. The restaurant cum lounge is set in rich purple and silver façade with soft neon glows of light to enhance the colors. The walls are covered in rich brocade design while the flooring shows off partial carpet and wood. The architectural ceiling is represented in a curvy spacey design with some lamps hanging over the tables. Furniture is chosen with minimal clean design to compliment the overall modern feel.

The restaurant has a bar set in full neon glow at the back end of the space. A long alley at another side lead guests to the private luxurious Indulge cinemas. If the movie time is not up yet, guests can simply hang out on the sofa spread near the alley or at the bar with some drinks. I even spied a popcorn cart in the alley for guests.

We were invited to a sneak preview of the Indulge experience and it started with dining at the Indulge restaurant. Now one should know that one do not need to purchase Indulge cinema tickets to dine at the Indulge restaurant. You can simply choose to dine at the Indulge restaurant at any time the restaurant is open. Of course the best way to complete the Indulge experience would be to finish the experience in the Indulge cinema.

Indulge restaurant serves up a full fledge menu of western delights with very affordable prices. The menu consists of soup and salad, pizzas to pastas and mains, dessert and plenty of beverages. I was really surprised at the how affordable the prices are considering the quality of the dishes served.

We had a delicious refreshing pink Mojito Mocktail to kick off the evening. I lost counts of how many I had as it was fruity and refreshing!

First up, the starter sections had us savoring Smoked Duck Salad, Pumpkin Salad, Stuffed Potato Skins and Lamb Koftas.

The Smoked Duck Salad is delightful with its slices of smoky duck breast served with mesclun greens, capsicum, kiwi slices and a tangy balsamic dressing. The rich meaty duck is beautifully lighten up by the kiwi and sweet syrupy balsamic dressing. It’s a very enjoyable salad. The Pumpkin Salad was pretty much a simple salad of honey roasted pumpkin served with rocket leaves, tomatoes and capsicums with the same balsamic dressing. This one is suitable for vegetarian and has a lovely sweetness and earthy flavours from the ingredients.

Our entrée of Stuffed Potato Skins and Lamb Koftas make decent appetizers. Half shells of crisp potato skins are stuffed with a filling of turkey bacon and mozzarella cheese before it’s baked to combine everything together. The little balls of Lamb Koftas are juicy and flavorful. It’s served with a side of salad and a fruit salsa that added a sweet touch to the meatballs. Imagine savoring these while catching a movie, you might need more than one order!

There were four main courses showcased that evening. We had Grilled Salmon, Grilled Lamb Rack, Grilled Ribeye and Cajun Chicken. Honestly I really enjoyed all four mains. Each one is cooked perfectly and is well flavored.

The Grilled Salmon was cooked to medium doneness, something I always stressed on for enjoying salmon. The flesh flakes beautifully and is moist. Served with seasonal vegetables and a lemon butter sauce, the dish won my vote for its cooking execution and light lemony flavours.

Grilled Lamb Rack showcase three French cut lamb racks nicely grilled. The lamb is tender and juicy with bits of flavorful fats. We also ask for medium and these turn out as it should with a medium pinkness. The lamb racks are served with seasonal vegetables as well and a savory aromatic rosemary sauce.

I happen to really like the Cajun Chicken as it is very well marinated and seasoned before its grilled. Using thigh, the chicken fillet is tender and very flavorful. Enjoy the chicken with a rich brown sauce and crispy potato wedges with a side of greens.

I didn’t taste the Grilled Ribeye but the person having it was pretty happy. She mentioned that the ribeye is tender with a beautiful flavour. The ribeye has a black pepper sauce as its partner together with seasonal vegetables.

Desserts was Panna Cotta and Nutty Tortilla Banana. Now I took the photos in the Indulge restaurant but I actually savored the dessert in the Indulge cinema itself while catching a movie.  The Panna Cotta is executed beautifully. The cooked cream is nicely sweetened and set with a wobbly texture. Served with a berry coulis and some fruits, it’s a lovely elegant dessert to enjoy in the cinema itself. The Nutty Tortilla Banana was decent with tortilla filled with peanut butter, cornflakes and fresh sliced banana. I would have love an ice cream to be paired with the tortilla for extra richness.

We head into the Indugle cinema after our main courses and was truly impress with what we saw. The Indulge cinema is beautifully spaced with large recliner sofas. Each sofa has a pastel lilac comforter blanket tied up with a ribbon. There are small tables next to each sofa with a call button for assistance.

Indulge cinema is made for those who enjoy the finer things in life. The recliner sofas allow us to stretch comfortably in the seat and each seat has a good view of the screen. As the cinema is very cold, the comforter is perfect for warmness. If one is dining in the cinema, a wait staff will fix a serving base to the sofa that allows one to indulge in the menu of the restaurant.

This is truly an indulgence! The experience is so comfortable that some of us did not want to leave the cinema after the movie. The only issue I have is that one may actually doze off somewhere in between the movie…

Indulge is perfect not just for movies only or dining but for private and corporate functions with catering provided regardless with or without a movie screening. One can even host birthday parties or any celebrations with a movie screening and a lovely meal.

With this experience, I am certainly going to have a hard time watching movie in the regular cinema without thinking of Indulge

Indulge is opened from 11am with tickets priced at RM45 (meals not included).

For more information about Indulge and to book tickets, please log on to www.tgv.com.my or via TGV Cinemas’ Movie Buddy app which is available on the Apple App and Google Play store.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Tai Thong Restaurant: Celebrating Mid-Autumn Festival with an Abundance of Moon Cakes and Poon Choy Feast!

Tai Thong Moon Cakes and Poon Choy

We had an awesome feast! A feast filled with Moon Cakes and Poon Choy at the Imperial China Restaurant recently under the umbrella of the Tai Thong Group of restaurants. Tai Thong is famous for their Hong Kong style cuisine and their varieties of Moon Cakes. This year is no difference, Tai Thong is proud to introduce their five new flavours of moon cakes in addition to their classic best sellers and Poon Choy set menu to usher in the Mid-Autumn Festival.

The evening was indeed of grandeur as Imperial China Restaurant was decked out with festive redness. Thanks to Tai Thong Group, members of the media and bloggers were treated to a sneak peak of what Tai Thong has to offer everyone this festive season. Available from now till September, make sure to check out the luscious offerings of Tai Thong’s Mid-Autumn feast of Moon Cakes and Poon Choy soon.

Drawing inspiration from the magnificent designs of Imperial China, Tai Thong Mooncake’s beautifully crafted premium packaging oozes culture and royalty, giving a nod towards Malaysia’s Chinese heritage. With a choice of deep red and golden yellow, the boxes are encased in fine classy black, giving off an oriental aura that invokes a sense of impressive grandiosity and splendour.

Our evening started off with a moon cake session with Mooncake Master Chef Yiu Wing Keung. Of course he makes its looked so easy but we all know it’s not. We also had hands on session in making moon cakes.

Inspired by the many colors and flavours of our nation, Tai Thong presents 5 new flavours galore from refreshing fruity tangs to the sinful king of all fruits. There are two new Baked Series and three new Snow Skin Series added to the best sellers from last year.


Honey Grapefruit and Mixed Nuts (new)

Aromatic with the distinctive grapefruit bittersweet note, I enjoyed this combination very much. The mixed nuts and dried fruits really help to give this one a nutty and citrus note together with a lovely texture.

Dragon Fruit and Coconut Single Yolk (new)

Pretty at sight, the nouveau sweet and fruity dragon fruit paste is paired with a layer of creamy coconut filing and balanced up with the ever delectable savory salted egg yolk. One gets a sweet and savory combination here and I like the coconut taste in this one.

Besides these two above, the other classics available are Lotus Paste Double Yolk, Lotus Paste Single Yolk, Lotus Paste, Red Bean Paste, Assorted Fruit and Nuts, Jade Custard, White Lotus Single Yolk and Black Sesame White Lotus Single Yolk.


Tai Thong really amp up their flavours of moon cakes this year, especially for Durian lovers! With the much-in-demand and impressive Imperial Musang King Royale last year, Tai Thong has followed up with two new durian moon cakes using other favorable durian varieties such as Red Prawn and D24, made from 100% premium grade durians. The Imperial Musang King Royale and Snow Skin Durian Coulis are also available this year. All the durian moon cakes are truly filled with bountiful durian flesh that one can even whiff out when you’re far away!

Premium Durian Duet - Red Prawn (new)

The highly sought after flesh of the Red Prawn (Ang Heh) is perfectly balanced by the cool touch of the snow skin. Thick, custard-creamy and bold with just the right amount of bitterness, this makes for a scrumptious dessert that’s both bold and satisfying.

Premium Durian Duet - D24 (new)

Using the freshest fragrant D24 durians they can find, the specialists at Tai Thong turned the flesh into a creamy clotty pulp, encased in a layer of refreshing snow skin. Being the mildest one of the bunch, the D24 is full of character without being too overwhelming to the palate, perfect for beginners.

Snow Skin Honey Lemon Grapefruit (new)

I have always enjoyed snow skin but most of the time, it tends to be too one dimension of sweetness in flavours. The new honey lemon and grapefruit filling is not overly sweet and has a zesty citrus note to brighten and tone down the sweetness so this one is simply made for me.

Other Snow Skin Series available besides the above are Snow Skin Tropical Trio, Snow Skin Yam Paste Single Yolk, Snow Skin Lotus Single Yolk, Snow Skin Lotus and Snow Skin Red Bean.

Tai Thong’s Limited Edition Corporate Box (RM138 per box) makes for a stunning and refined gift for business associates, clients or other corporate partners. Featuring a spread of eight mini Tai Thong mooncakes, a mix of both traditional and new flavours, it is indeed an impressive and delicate gift for all. Flavours included are Lotus Paste Single Yolk, Jade Custard, Mixed Fruits and Nuts, Royal Custard, Red Bean Paste, Black Sesame White Lotus Single Yolk, Lotus Paste as well as Dragon Fruit and Coconut Single Yolk.

Tai Thong Mooncakes are available for purchase at all Tai Thong restaurants, major hypermarkets and shopping mall kiosks. A full listing of the locations are available on www.taithong.com.my or by calling the Tai Thong Customer Care Line at 1 800 88 2338.

Besides moon cakes, Tai Thong has also created a sumptuous menu featuring Poon Choy as the limelight of the season. Diners can enjoy the opulent Poon Choy now together in a set menu filled with other delicacies. We all know that Poon Choy is a much-sought after pot filled with heavenly treasures of the land and sea. Group Executive Chef Lee Wee Hung has concocted the perfect dishes to be savored with the Poon Choi so diners can expect a soup course followed by the Poon Choy and then seafood courses with a rice course and dessert. Diners will also be able to enjoy free moon cakes with the Poon Choy Set Menu.

Double-Boiled Village Chicken with Truffle Soup

The double-boiled soup does wondrous to sooth the tummy after a long day. It’s heavenly chicken essence is gorgeous and coupled with dried scallop and truffle, the soup is a beautiful starter to prepare for the luxurious pot to come.

Tai Thong Prosperity Poon Choy

Tai Thong’s Poon Choy is a luxurious medley of ingredients such as Roast Duck, Poached Chicken, Prawns, Golden Fish Ball, Fish Maw, Dried Oyster, Fish Fillet, Mushroom, Tian Jin Cabbage, Lotus Root, Beancurd Stick, Broccoli, White Radish, Celery and Wheat Gluten. Every ingredient is beautifully cooked and braised till the flavors come together. The Poon Choy is served with stove to keep every ingredient hot as everyone slowly savors the layers of ingredients, flavours and textures.

Turbot Fish Deep Fried with Celery

A beautifully presented dish, the turbot is a highly-prized catch as its flesh is silky smooth and renders a creamy sweetness. One can have this prepared Deep Fried or Steamed. Our dish showcase the turbot flesh sautéed with celery while the fish and bones is deep fried till crispy. We savored both flesh and bones happily.

Stir-Fried Assorted Grains

Our brown rice fried rice is so yummy. The grains are light and fluffy and very flavorful. We love the pine nuts in the rice, lending a nutty flavor and texture to the rice. There is also an option to choose a stewed noodle if you are not an arden fan of rice.

Chilled Lychee with Sea Coconut

The evening ended with a simple sweet dessert broth of lychee and sea coconut.

Tai Thong’s Poon Choi Set Menu prices from RM298++ to RM2488++ depending on the number of pax and also the menu. It is only available from now till September 15, 2014.

Please call the Tai Thong Customer Care Line at 1 800 88 2338 for reservation.

More details of Tai Thong Moon Cakes and Poon Choy are available at their website www.taithong.com.my and Facebook:  www.facebook.com/TaiThong

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