October 31, 2013

Eastin Hotel Petaling Jaya Celebrates 15 Years of Hospitality with A Big Bang!

15 Years of Hospitality with Impeccable Service From The Heart

It takes years to build a dream, a dream that leads to a journey of successes. An invite, at the end of September was held to commemorate the milestone of a dream turn reality, was held at Eastin Hotel Petaling Jaya. Themed with Look East. Look Eastin, the event was aimed to celebrate the visionary of Dato’ Tan Chew Piau (Dato’ CP Tan) whom has realized his dream of owning and operating hotels here in Malaysia.

Many showed up for the event held at the grand ballroom which was dressed with an oriental flair and filled with shimmering lights. As soon as honorary guests arrive, the ballroom doors were open and guests flooded into the room. A grand ice masterpiece of 15 was displayed by the stage where several lion dancers await their performances. On the other end of the room, long buffet counters decorated with more ice sculptures and hot warmers are all setup for the sumptuous dinner to come.

With the presences of Dato’ Tan Chew Piau, Datin Jane Yeoh and Eastin Hotel Petaling Jaya director Su Chen and other distinguished guests, the event kicked off with the performances of 5 lion dancers ushering in the celebration with blessings.

This was followed by General Manager Ms. Jane Suppiah delivering her speech. It is a culture at Eastin Hotel Petaling Jaya to serve guests from the heart. Through thoughtful and genuine service, Eastin ensures that guests’ experiences will always be pleasant and memorable. With this in mind, in honors of Eastin Hotel Petaling Jaya 15th Year Anniversary, the hotel team launched their ‘Service from the Heart’ campaign to instill passion for service among staff. Service from the Heart stands for Eager to Serve, Strive to Excel and Integrity of Character.

According to the Ms. Jane, “In the end, we truly believe it all boils down to the intangibles such as Service from the Heart – the Eastin way, the passion, planning and organization skills, the willingness to do more and delight your customers. These are the factors that our guests often highlight about us in online reviews at sites such as TripAdvisor and Booking.com”.

At the same time, it was a double celebration as Eastin Hotel Petaling Jaya has just been awarded a Five-star status!

A meaningful journey of 15th years was expressed in a special way through a sand art performance titled ‘Through the Shifting Sands of Time’ by talented local sand artist, Loong Bee. It was beautifully narrated…

The Eastin Hotel Petaling Jaya is a home-grown brand which was built, owned and is managed by the CP Group. The owner, Dato’ Tan Chew Piau first arrived in Malaysia during the 1960s as a teenager from China armed with an unquenchable thirst for knowledge and a strong determination to success in life. From humble beginnings, Dato’ Tan founded Syarikat Chew Piau Construction in 1972. This company became his launching pad into the highly competitive construction industry.

Syarikat Chew Piau rapidly became a leading industry player. Its construction portfolio encompassed prominent landmarks in Malaysia including business and resort hotels, multi-storey commercial buildings and condominiums. Dato’ Tan was also the first Malaysian contractor to venture overseas in the year 1982 to build a national mosque in the Republic of Maldives.

The Eastin Hotel Petaling Jaya was initially planned as an apartment block but ended up as a hotel because Dato’ Tan identified that there was a shortage of good business class hotels in Petaling Jaya. The Easting Hotel Petaling Jaya opened for business in 1998 and is the flagship of the Eastin Hotel Group. Encouraged by the success of the Eastin Hotel Petaling Jaya, a second hotel, the Eastin Hotel Penang was opened in 2009 and has fast become one of the market leaders in the hotel industry in the northern region.

After the presentation, Dato’ CP Tan and the Board of Directors of the CP Group was presented with a 5 tiered 15th Year Anniversary Cake by the culinary team as a gift from employees. The evening was also jazzed up a 5-piece live band and K-Pop dance performance as guests dined on the lavish spread of Eastin Hotel Petaling Jaya’s signature dishes from all its restaurants.

Another celebration was also in order as it was Datin Jane Yeoh’s birthday!

Buffet generously laden with dishes from Swez Brasserie, EE Chinese Cuisine and Eyuzu Japanese, everyone dined to their hearts content while the epitome of the event was the generous lucky draws sessions that won the hearts of many. Among the top 20 prizes are dining vouchers, Hotel stays in both Eastin Hotel, Samsung Galaxy Tab, HTC Smartphone and a grand prize of travel certificate worth RM3000 sponsored by the Hotel.

Eastin Hotel Petaling Jaya 15th Year Anniversary celebration was truly a memorable event filled with many laughter and cheers, scrumptious food, entertainment and glorious lucky draws. Thank you Eastin Hotel Group for a mesmerizing evening!

*Photos without watermark are courtesy of Eastin Hotel Petaling Jaya.

October 30, 2013

The Roof, First Avenue: Hard Hat Tour of Asia’s First and Only Helipad Lounge, The Roof!

The Roof Opens for Boarding!

The latest buzz in town has everyone asking about The Roof at First Avenue in Bandar Utama. If you are not already on the exclusive guest list of the launch of the largest premium integrated dining and entertainment hub with a helipad lounge of 2013 in Malaysia, you need to be!

Set to offer many with the ultimate experience in dining and entertainment, The Roof comprises of an integrated concepts that features 5 outlets – Stratosphere, Signature, Malt & Leaf, Score and Play. Every one of the outlets is truly unique and we got to take a ‘Hard Hat Tour’ recently. Flooded by members of the media, bloggers, celebrities and distinguished guests, everyone congregated at Score for the event to be launched.

A quick summary about The Roof, it was designed under the proficient stewardship of the country’s premier drivers in entertainment, The Group (F&B) Sdn. Bhd. (The Group), in partnership with property developer First Nationwide Group under the umbrella of See Hoy Chan Holdings. The event took off with a welcoming speech by Director of The Group, Dax Lee.

“We are always looking for avenues to reinvent the dining and entertainment experience for the young at heart – both international and local clientele. We want customers to have upscale service, excellent food and creative presentations. We built The Roof to become the epitome of Kuala Lumpur’s premium dining and entertainment scene that offers the ultimate lifestyle experience.” said, Director of The Group, Dax Lee.

With our hard hats on, various groups took turn to check out the 5 concepts of The Roof. Each one hosted by notable personalities to give insights of the concepts. Though some are still work in progress, there is an element of excitement to see the final concepts when it opens this November.


Its all about sports! Presented by Peter Davis, Score features an exciting sports bar set to let sports fans and wannabes cheer on as they hang out for some casual unpretentious fun. Major sporting events and live telecasts broadcasted on the huge screen set behind its neon lite bar will definitely score points with many. Other highlights include pool competitions and dart tournaments. With a capacity of 150pax, Score is set to let your adrenaline roll as you cheers on your games with plenty of beer and finger food.

So bring on your camaraderie spirits and let the games begin!


A hang out for cigar and single malt aficionados, Malt & Leaf’s extensive list of international malts and tobacco coupled with its amazing view of the city is guaranteed to please. Hosting us for Malt & Leaf is Carl Graham, who explained that this bar is set to be equipped with a walk-in glass cigar cabinet filled with well curated selections of the finest cigars and a menu of exquisite single malts. Malt & Leaf’s bird eye view is perfect for the evening’s sunsets and night lights!


Miss Malaysia 2010, Nadine Ann Thomas played host to the designer supper club, Play. Doubles as a premium dance club with local and international DJs, it’s the largest dance club in Petaling Jaya. Looking for a place to dance your troubles away, Play is perfect for you. Set with state-of-the-art staging, audio and visuals plus a patio view of the city, it would be hard not to play here!

Psst.. Lil John and DJ Tenasha are already set to rock this place in November…


Gourmands will be pleased at Signature by The Hill, a gastro-lounge serving award-winning signature cocktails and plethora of Asian and international fusion cuisine. The contemporary restaurant cum bar cum lounge offers more in the gastronomic experience as gourmands can look forward to special cooking classes, sumptuous weekend brunches and wine pairing dinners. The 350pax Signature oozes with class and offers more than what meets the eye. It will be a truly unforgettable dining experience at Signature as presented by Cay Kuijpers.


Saving the best for last, we all braved the stairs leading up to Stratosphere. Truly mesmerizing, Stratosphere features an opulent rooftop bar with a magnificent 360 degree view of the greater Klang Valley.

Boasting Asia’s first and only green helipad bar, the circle roof top features neon lite bar, live DJ booth, plush white and navy sofas, grassed and white pathways, Stratosphere is definitely the place to be seen and heard.

Ingeniously design to let the sky and the city view dictate the ambience, one can simply unwind and entertain with much pleasures. Stratosphere offers exquisite drink list and scrumptious canap├ęs.

At Stratosphere, watch the sun set or set the mood for a little romance!

A perfect backdrop for niche events, weddings, fashion shows and product launches, the sky’s the limit for Stratosphere!

*picture credits to Issac Tan

The great news is that the launch of The Roof is only just 2 days away. Snag yourselves an invite by signing up for an exclusive invitation at The Roof’s Facebook page here. You’d never know who you might meet up there…

Experience the Elevation of the Ordinary at The Roof!

1, First Avenue,
Bandar Utama,
47800 Petaling Jaya
Tel:  603 7729 1628

October 25, 2013

The Saujana Hotel Kuala Lumpur & The Club, Saujana Resort Kuala Lumpur Presents The Destined Chef, An Exclusive Dinner by Michelin Star Chef Yuichi Kamimura

A Contemporary Japanese-French Affair!

I finally understood what it takes to receive a Michelin Star! Thanks to a culinary journey set beyond my wildest expectation, The Saujana Hotel Kuala Lumpur & The Club, Saujana Resort Kuala Lumpur presents The Destined Chef, Chef Yuichi Kamimura. From 24th to 26th October, Michelin Star Chef Yuichi Kamimura will be showcasing his contemporary Japanese-French inspired cuisine at the following dates at both The Saujana Hotel Kuala Lumpur & The Club, Saujana Resort Kuala Lumpur’s restaurants.

No longer a stranger to Malaysia, Chef Kamimura has been invited to showcase his culinary repertoire here before and also in several other Asian countries. Destined to be a chef in footsteps of his family’s bustling restaurant in Hokkaido, Japan, he also had the honors to be taken under the culinary wings of famed Australian Chef Tetsuya Wakuda. After several stints with many prominent chefs from diverse cultures, he has created his own list of degustation menus inspired from Japanese and French cuisines.

Establishing “Kamimura” a restaurant aptly named after him in Sapporo which is now relocated to Niseko, Yuichi has won himself a Michelin star and numerous other accolades and praises for his culinary skills and ability to transform traditional cuisine to a contemporary winner with immaculate presentation simply living by the philosophy of making his customers happy. In person, he is absolutely down-to-earth as he would smile a lot and appeased us by our serious interrogations of his creations that night. His current restaurant only seats 40 as he is extremely set on serving the very best to his customers.

Let our culinary journey begin with The Suntory Night Set Dinner held at Kogetsu Japanese Restaurant. The exclusive degustation dinner is paired with 6 Suntory ranges of beer, shochu and whisky. The Suntory Group in Japan consists of many products and services in the Food and Beverage industry. Our dinner that evening showcased a beer, a shochu and 4 whiskeys from the range of Suntory products. As always in most pairings, we started slowly from the basics leading up to the premium and exclusive liqueurs.

It was undyingly beautifully presented. A large white canvas held the base for every of his dishes. Our first temptation of Botan Ebi King Prawn with Tomato Powder arrived like a modern artwork. Covered in a snow of white and pale golden hue powder, a sumptuous Botan Ebi king prawn lies beneath. Hardly blanched, the king prawns was unctuously sweet, firm and filled with glorious oceanic brine in tasting notes. Sitting further beneath the crustacean, a medley of finely minced broccoli with nuts accompanied the prawns to give it a boost of textures and flavors. Though I can barely taste much of the molecular gastronomy inspired tomato powder flavors in this dish, I am not even complaining because every element was just divine. I may ran out of words just describing this dish but who cares, it deserves every bit of my mad raving of this masterpiece!

Our first piece was paired with Suntory Premium Malt, a beer made using 100% natural water drawn from the underground deep wells of Japan. A mild start, this malt exudes a light floral aroma with a refreshing taste and a dry finish.

The next course of Terrine of Foie Gras & Saikyo Miso with Port Wine features a disc of goose liver flavored with creamy nutty Saikyo miso with a crown of chives and cubes of eggplant dressed in port wine sauce. I will be biased in this case as I am an ardent fan of foie gras. It may seem to be a ‘hoity toity’ ingredient to many but I just cannot resist the lustrous flavors of the goose liver. The foie gras disc is extremely rich in flavors from the liver and miso. Intense savory with a smooth nutty note, it is cleverly offset by cubes of eggplant for which I am told that is deep fried before being washed and marinated in dashi broth and chilled. Laced with a rich sweet fruity port wine, the dish has a beautiful finesse in it!

Served with a chilled innocent looking Suntory Shocu  Kuromaru, the flavors speak otherwise. Maybe I am just not familiar with shochu but this Kuromaru Shochu is fairly strong at first taste. Made with a base of sweet potato, it does have a sweet and rounded note and goes on easier after a few sips.

My partner-in-crime next to me boldly said ‘Gimme a big bowl of this dish so I can camp in front of my TV!’  He talks of this like it were mashed potatoes but we all know it takes hours to create Confit of Potato with Black Truffle & Scallop Cream. On the other hand, it’s so good, I do agree that I might want a big bowl of this dish at any time!  French cut yellow and purple potatoes are slowly confit for hours till soft and sits on a pool of thick scallop cream sauce. I can literally taste bits of scallops finely minced in the sauce. The crowning glory of the dish is finely shaved black truffles arousing my senses with its famous earthy and nutty scent. Besides being such a luxury dish, I know why we all wanted a big bowl of this… comfort, pure comfort blish!

Suntory Kakubin mixed with soda water is our third pairing and this is one of my favorite. A wedge of lemon adds depth to the whisky blend. It’s refreshing and really easy to enjoy, perfect to lighten up the heavier potato dish with cream sauce.

Once again, I squealed at this prettily dressed Grilled Fish with Braised Seafood in Tomato! It is such a feminine dish with the micro edible flowers piled up on the fish. The dish reminds me of bouillabaisse, a French seafood stew. Superb crispy fish skin coupled with tender flesh has a nice punch of salty notes while bits of vegetables and seafood sit beneath in a warm light tomato broth.

Suntory Hibiki 12 Years Old was paired with the fish. I read from the Suntory website that Suntory owns three distilleries - Yamazaki, Hakushu and Chita in Japan. Hibiki 12 is a whisky blend from all three distilleries and is aged in Ume-Shu casks. On the nose, I can smell wood and caramel. On the palate, I tasted an earthy note and light sweetness with a hint of plums. I prefer this with ice.

When the golden skin Duck Risotto with Mushroom was presented, I could not wait to tuck into the duck. The duck was confit in its own fat till tender and then finished off with a nice sear to crisp up the golden skin. Very moist with deep meaty flavors, the duck is cooked perfectly. The risotto is also exceptionally well done, creamy, al dente and full of earthy and savory flavors from the assorted mushrooms and ham. Now it’s my turn to want a big plate of this delicious duck and risotto!!

Paired with a Suntory signature, the Suntory The Yamazaki 12 Years Old tasted of dried fruits with oak. It has good depth on the mouth and is well rounded too. I also had this with ice since it is quite strong for me on its own.

Our last course ended with Roast Lamb Rack with Wasabi Butter. Two pieces of lean tender lamb is roasted till medium. It’s sidekick of wasabi butter is superbly well balanced, just enough hint of wasabi to entice my nostrils and has a creamy buttery edge. I am so going to make wasabi butter for my meat from now on. A little au jus with brunoise of zucchini and baby kalian completes the ensemble.

This time it was the 2nd distillery of Hakushi with Suntory The Hakushu 12 Years Old whiskey. I must say that the whiskey paired the best with meat, hence the malty and floral sweetness with a light smoke goes so well with the lamb. I braved this one and had it neat!

Pinch me someone! Dessert ended with a high note with Ice Cream with Pumpkin & Caramelized Nuts. The name did not do justice to the dessert. Let me rephrase it with Ice Cream with Roasted Pumpkin, Ginger Pattisserie Cream, Caramelized Nuts and Caramel sauce. It was so sexy and so sinful, yet it had a warm and inviting feel to the flavors. Creamy, aromatic, luscious and sultry, I definitely want more of this dessert. I actually saw Chef Kamimura assemble this dessert and he was just so meticulous and so precise, even down right to the quenelle of ice cream. This is what passion is all about!

His creations are just mesmerizing in every way. It’s no wonder Chef Kamimura is awarded the Michelin star. It is very well deserved as his Japanese-French inspired dishes are well balanced in flavors and textures with a modern feel. Yet there are very authentic Japanese ingredients used to keep us reminded of his roots. His creations are not to be missed and his passion shows in them. Do check out other his other menus available at both The Saujana Hotel Kuala Lumpur & The Club, Saujana Resort Kuala Lumpur  till 26th Oct as per below.
24th – 26th October, Lunch at Kogetsu, The Saujana Hotel Kuala Lumpur – RM180++ per person
24th October, Suntory Night Set Dinner at Kogetsu, The Saujana Hotel Kuala Lumpur – RM300++ per person
25th October, Dinner at The Restaurant, The Club Saujana Resort – RM267 nett per person
26th October, Wine Dinner at Senja, The Saujana Hotel Kuala Lumpur – RM380++ per person

For dining reservations and enquiries call (603) 7843 1234 or email dine@thesaujana.com

The Saujana Hotel Kuala Lumpur 
Saujana Resort Kuala Lumpur
Jalan Lapangan Terbang SAAS, 
40150 Shah Alam, Selangor. 
Contact: 603-7843 1234