Thursday, November 29, 2012

Si Chuan Dou Hua Restaurant, PARKROYAL KUALA LUMPUR: All You Can Eat Sichuan Cuisine Promotion!




Get Heated Up with All You Can Eat Sichuan Cuisine Promotion!







When I heard it was All You Can Eat Sichuan Cuisine, my heart skipped a few beats! I am a huge devoted fan of Sichuan cuisine. Spell it however you like, Sichuan or Szechuan, the ‘Chuan Chai’ is notorious for its numbing sensation from the    Sichuan pepper in most of their signature dishes. Fear not if one cannot take the heat as there are also some famous dishes without the numbing pepper though Sichuan flavors tend to be stronger than Cantonese cuisine. Si Chuan Dou Hua Restaurant in PARKROYAL KUALA LUMPUR is famous for their refine Sichuan dishes. No introduction needed, several foodies or gluttons round up at the restaurant for their awesome All You Can Eat promotion recently.







The promotion is simple… Eat All You Want from their list of 60 dishes. Enjoy this during lunch or dinner and minimum requirement is 2 pax. The promotion is not available on public holidays and not applicable with other discounts or promotions. Price is RM55++ per adult and RM27.50++ per child.

The All You Can Eat menu is categorized into 11 categories such as Dim Sum, Cold Dish, Soup, Beef, Chicken, Fish, Prawn and Scallop, Bean Curd, Vegetable, Rice and Noodles. All dishes except the Shark Fin Soup can be ordered as many times as you wish. Shark Fin Soup is a one-time order only. Dessert is served as buffet in the restaurant. Let’s hit the spicy numbing gluttony affair…








COLD DISH


Marinated Japanese Octopus

Decent since this classic pickled octopus is standard in flavors and textures… I still enjoyed this!







Marinated Jelly Fish

Unpretentiously simple but flavors are sour and a little spicy. The thick chewy jelly fish is juicy and gives the jaw some good exercise.







Chilled Chicken in Spicy Bean Sauce

This one stole the show that night! Chilled boneless chicken poached and drenched in a pungent super spicy Sichuan pepper sauce is guaranteed to knock your senses out of the ball park. Simply not for the faint-hearted, this dish is the epitome of Sichuan cuisine. It may numb your senses and lips but it is also equally awesome in flavors with its slight lemony hint!







DIM SUM


Deep Fried Prawn Roll with Kataifi

Delicious! Sweet minced prawn paste draped with crispy thinly shredded phyllo sheet makes great dim sum snacks.







Baked BBQ Chicken Puffs

Recommended only if you have a least four or more foodies to share as this puff is huge! We could barely touch this as it arrived almost at the end of the meal and we were stuffed to the max by then. Basically it’s a bun encasing sweet mixture of chicken, glutinous rice, lotus seed, pineapple and sweet root vegetables. A wee bit too sweet for my taste since I prefer savory flavors.







Steamed Tiger Prawns Filled with Prawn Mousse

This one was fairly light showing off the natural sweetness of the prawns. Love prawns? Make sure to order this…








Crispy Prawns with Wasabi Mayo

Kudos to the chef for the crispy light batter encasing sweet bouncy prawn paste! Scrumptious enough but to make it even more awesome, I need more wasabi mayo and wasabi flavor.







Shanghai Minced Meat Bun with Superior Stock

Surprisingly charming since this is a Shanghai dish rather than a Sichuan specialty. Juicy, thin skin, savory sweet meat filling… just needed more broth to hit the signature note. Given the fact that this is one of the better ones besides the Xiao Long Bao experts in the market, I thought it was yummy!








SOUP


Braised Shark’s Fin Soup with Crabmeat

I couldn’t really taste much shark fin here but I can’t complain for the price. The thick broth is nice enough with crab meat and some bits of jelly fish. I liked mine drizzled with a little black vinegar.








Sichuan Hot and Sour Soup

A house signature, the classic is a medley of sour and a little spicy in flavors. Consisting of its usual slivers of meat and vegetables, there is an addition of bean sprout for some crunch factor.







Eight Treasures Soup with Seafood

If there is one soup you can only take, order this one! Brimming with sweet oceanic scallop and crab meat in spinach bisque, the delicate soup is so tummy warming. The natural sweetness from the spinach and seafood is beautiful and hearty. No wonder it’s a popular choice at the restaurant!







Minced Chicken Soup with Bamboo Piths

A clear chicken consommé held floating pieces of minced fluffy chicken, crunchy bamboo pith and greens.







Sweet Corn Soup with Crabmeat

A classic rendition of fresh sweet corn bisque with bits of crab meat, offering guests a natural and wholesome flavor notes in the bisque.








BEEF


Stir Fried Sliced Beef with Onion and Ginger

Less is more, in this case, basic ingredients like beef, ginger and spring onion makes a fabulous threesome! Love the oniony flavors with gingery punches on the tender beef slices…







Boiled Sliced Beef in Sichuan Spicy Pepper Sauce

This is what I came for and this is what I shall revel in! Slices of tender beef soaked gloriously in a famous Sichuan method called ‘Sui Zhu’. Another spicy dish, be prepared to get heated up with the familiar numbing pepper sauce. The flavors are complex with multi layers of pungent flavors from garlic to onions and the spicy element of the Sichuan pepper. What others might label as pain, I label as excitement of flavors!







CHICKEN


Sweet and Sour Chicken

Nicely executed, the chicken pieces were coated in a light batter and covered in the familiar sweet and sour sauce. This was accompanied by onions, pepper and tomato. Easy to enjoy as the flavors are well balanced.







Chong Qing Diced Chicken with Spicy Dried Chili
Hand me a bowl of rice please… the dish is not famous for nothing! Crisp cubed chicken smothered in a mount of dried chilies and Sichuan pepper is absolutely aromatic. Expect powerful spicy and salty flavors with plenty of numbing effect!







FISH


Steamed Seasonal Fish with Sichuan Tau Pan Sauce

I expected a more pungent and robust sauce to accompanied the steamed Patin fish but it took the wrong turn. The sauce was too mild to bring out the flavors of the heavier flavored Patin. Variety of fish depends on the availability of the day.







Boiled Sliced Fish with Sichuan Pepper Sauce
This one made me a happy camper! Despite the heat, I could taste the sweet undertone of the white fish. Just as the Boiled Beef, this one is very spicy, flavorful and garlicky. I would have been happy with this dish alone and a bowl of steamed rice!







PRAWNS AND SCALLOPS


Prawns with Garlic and Chili Sauce

Succulent bouncy de-shelled prawns are smothered in a medium flavored garlic and chili sauce. It had a good garlic presence but with a mild heat only. I am told this is very popular with guests… I can see why!







Prawns with Cashew Nuts and Dried Chili

I like this concoction of ‘Kung Pao’ sauce using prawns. It had a sumptuous savory taste with a spicy heat level. Nice breath of wok detected in the piquant dish making it quite addictive. My only gripe… where’s the cashew nut?







Butter Prawns

Butter Prawns never fail to impress my taste at the restaurant! Creamy buttery prawns are succulent and highly addictive. Savor this hot and you get a slight crispy coated prawns filled with umami flavors. I am glad this is All You Can Eat because I certainly love repeat orders on this!







Steamed Scallop in Garlic Sauce

Scallop and seafood paste are spread back into the shells and steamed with garlic sauce. This one needed some textures to bring it…







BEAN CURD


Bean Curd with Spicy Minced Meat Sauce

Well braised, the soft bean curd had a nice soaking of flavors in the classic Ma Po Tofu sauce. Lots of flavors identified from the chilies, black bean and bean paste. If I wasn’t trying to save room for other dishes, I would gladly polish this one off.







VEGETABLES


Stir Fried French Beans with Minced Meat

Ok… we still need some greens to balance out our meal. This one was a good choice as the medium tender French beans had a great breath of wok with full aroma of savory notes. I can taste bits of crunchy textures with juicy bits of meat.







Braised Egg Plant with Minced Garlic and Chili Sauce

Soft pieces of eggplant bathed in a garlic and chili sauce. Only if you like eggplant!







RICE AND NOODLES


Crispy Noodles with Shredded Chicken

Crispy noodles covered in the usual Cantonese starchy gravy filled with shredded chicken, mushroom and vegetables.







Sichuan Dan Dan Noodles

Looks are deceiving… in this case the noodle looked plain but everything worked well in harmony of flavors. You get a little bit of everything from spicy to savory and tangy. Slurp up the savory noodles with bean paste sauce to enjoy…








DESSERT


Sea Coconut with Dried Longan

Simple dessert but always a favorite among everyone.







Homemade Fine Bean Curd with Wolfberries

This is what made them famous and the reason is due to the gorgeous soft silky custard of Tau Fu Fa made in house. Spoon on wolfberry syrup for a sweet touch… this is simply a Must-have at Si Chuan Dou Hua!!








Yes, we did gluttonize all the above dishes that night! But we didn’t cover all the 60 dishes, so there are more dishes to choose from the menu of the All You Can Eat promotion at Si Chuan Dou Hua Restaurant. It’s really a great promotion if you love varieties and looking to spending some fun and food time with family and friends!

For reservations or enquiries, please call +603 2782 8303 or email douhua.prkul@parkroyalhotels.com.





Psst… Si Chuan Dou Hua Restaurant is even running a promotion with Living Social on the All You Can Eat Promotion


LIVING SOCIAL OFFER

Instant Redemption: 4 Pax (RM148) / 6 Pax (RM216) / 8 Pax (RM280) All You Can Eat from Menu including Dim Sum at PARKROYAL Kuala Lumpur from RM35/Pax

For more information, check out the Living Social Website



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SI CHUAN DOU HUA RESTAURANT
PARKROYAL Kuala Lumpur
Jalan Sultan Ismail,
50250 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-2782 8301




Tuesday, November 27, 2012

CEDAR ON 15, Impiana KLCC Hotel: The Latest Dining Scene above Kuala Lumpur’s Skyline



An Exclusive Rooftop Dining Experience!








Kuala Lumpur is now bombarded with fabulous bars and dining scenes on the city’s skyscraper rooftops… and why not? The city’s night skyline is a sight to behold with the nation’s proud Twin Towers, KL Tower and other impressive skyscrapers. Getting a piece of the cake is the latest addition of CEDAR ON 15 located at the rooftop of Impiana KLCC Hotel in the Golden Triangle of the metropolitan city. The talk of the town right now, CEDAR ON 15, a western restaurant and chill out bar takes form with the concept ‘Fresh, Simple & Chic’ to offer guests an exclusive and unforgettable dining experience and chill out bar coupled with a panoramic view of Kuala Lumpur’s skyline at night.







CEDAR ON 15 is tastefully decorated and well-design for chic and comfort in mind. Boldly playing with dark shades of grey, white and red, the restaurant has a contemporary flare in the groovy art light display across the room. It is certainly designed with romance in the air and yet elegant enough for business functions.







This trendily designed restaurant comprises a spacious show kitchen, a private dining room, a U-shaped bar and a serene dining area. Guests are serenade by the house band while enjoying their dinner in the minimal but chic ambience. After dinner, chill out to the female resident DJs’ in the bar area till 2am for some R&R moments while taking in what the city has to offer at night.







Helmed by Executive Chef Helmut Lamberger from Rosegg, Austria, the cuisine at CEDAR ON 15 is modern contemporary signatures with touches of European flair. Passionate about his work, Chef Helmut spoke with such desire when ask to describe his signatures.







Amuse Bouche

The night started with CEDAR ON 15 amuse bouche of intense smoked salmon mousse enveloped with ultra-thin glass honeydew showing off a balance of salty smoked flavors with crisp sweet melon. Simple but delicious to kick off the evening’s dinner!







Cream of Topin Ambour

More commonly known as Jerusalem artichoke, earth apple or sunchoke, topinambour is the tuber of a species of the sunflower. The creamy bisque of the earth apple has a similar texture consistency as potato but taste differently. In fact, I adored the bisque as there is a luscious sweet mellow flavor with much earthiness to it. Served alongside to provide further finesse is crisp dried earth apple chip and grilled meaty slices of portobello mushroom. A very satisfying bisque with refine flavors!







Here’s a picture of fresh Jerusalem artichoke…







Pumpkin Seed Crusted Black Cod with Mushroom Tomato Chutney and Fennel Mousse

A first for me, the opulent black cod is decked with a crust of pumpkin seeds to give it a nutty edge. The fish was excellent in every aspect from its sweet and delicate flavors to the nice golden crust and savory seasoning. Two duxelles of mushroom chutney gave the fish a smoky and tangy touch while the fennel mousse was amazing. Rounding up the sumptuous cod was slow roasted sweet garlic cloves and plump olives. The dish is creative and tasted effortless and delicious.







Chocolate Seduction

I was indeed seduced! Chocolate Seduction is an ensemble of dark mousse quenelles, white silky ganache and an Austrian signature Sacher Torte from Chef Helmut. While I did enjoy the dense almost crumbly texture of the Viennese chocolate cake with apricot jam, I fell hard for the dark mousse quenelles for its intense cocoa richness. The chocolate affair was further inducted with more chocolate décor and a white chocolate ganache. Dressed up with edible flowers and berries, this is one dessert you certainly want to be seduced by!







Tea to complete the evening!






Other signatures of Chef Helmut are certainly a sight to behold! Taking us through modern dishes inspired by classics, gourmet connoisseurs would be please with Tartar of Scallops, Beef Carpaccio, Organic Pumpkin Chowder, Australian Greg Norman Wagyu Rib Eye, Malt-Glazed Venison Leg and Short Crust Lemon Tart.





















Reasons to visit? A fabulous panoramic view of Kuala Lumpur’s skyline at night coupled with a classy and chic ambience while being serenade by CEDAR ON 15’s house band. Let’s not forget Chef Helmut’s eclectic signature dishes with extensive wine and cocktail selections. Chill out to female resident DJs’ mixes to groove to the beat till 2am while enjoying the city’s night scene at the open air rooftop bar lounge. CEDAR ON 15 is definitely set to impress!



For dining enquiries, promotions and reservation, please call 603 2147 1111, extensions 3711 or 3320.


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CEDAR ON 15
Impiana KLCC Hotel
13 Jalan Pinang
50450 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 603 2147 1111
Fax: 603 2147 1080
Toll-Free: 1 800 88 3100

Website: www.impiana.com


Business Hours: 6.00pm t0 2.00am (dinner is served till 10.30pm)



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