December 23, 2013

Chatz Brasserie, PARKROYAL KUALA LUMPUR: A Glittery Christmas Marathon Buffet

Make Your Way For A Glittery Christmas!

Christmas is almost here! The festive way to celebrate is always to feast into the holiday season together with family and friends. Back this year for the famous Chatz Brasserie’s Christmas Day Marathon Buffet, it’s a whole day of indulgence. Read about my previous Chatz Brasserie Marathon Buffet  here.

One will feast on the favorite of the holiday season with a duo of turkey! A Cold Roasted Turkey makes a fabulous change while the hot Roasted Whole Turkey has always been a must. Let’s not forget all the trimmings to go with this like Chestnut Stuffings, Cranberry Sauce and Giblet Gravy.

Seafood on Ice is simply another must as we all dine on the treasures of the sea!

The hot station serves up plenty of Western delights this year such as Pan Fried Salmon with Caviar Cream Sauce, Chicken Schnitzel with Strawberry Balsamic Sauce, English Cut Roast Beef, Christmas Turkey Giblets and Gizzard Quiche, Buttered Brussels Sprout and Roasted Rosemary Potatoes. Of course there are more dishes as these are just a sneak peak of some of the highlights.

There are also local delights at Chatz Brasserie such as Chicken Rice, Dim Sum and Roti Canai at all the live stations.

Desserts are marvelous so make sure to save some room for Christmas Fruit Cake, Warm Christmas Pudding, Christmas Stollen, Yule Log Cake, Mince Pie, Orange Cheesecake and more. There is even live action station making Fried Churros with Cinnamon Sugar.

PARKROYAL KUALA LUMPUR also continues to play its role in corporate social responsibility towards the less fortunate. During the season of Christmas, the hotel continues to help the children at Stepping Stones Living Centre, a Home for children from needy and broken homes. Founded in 1998 by Pastor Johnson, children, single mothers and senior citizens are taken into the Home, presently located in Taman Seputeh, regardless of background and belief. Well-wishers can make Christmas for these children more memorable as they are in need of new uniforms and shoes for school next year. To contribute, choose a Christmas Joy envelope from the Christmas tree in the lobby. The Home will very much appreciate your generous contribution.

Chatz Brasserie

Christmas Eve Buffet Dinner
6.30pm - 10.30pm
RM 118++ per adult / RM 59++ per child*
[1 glass of cocktail/mocktail inclusive]

Christmas Day Marathon Buffet
12.30pm - 10pm
Dine away from lunch until dinner at an amazing price!
RM 108++ per adult / RM 54++ per child (4-12 years old)
*Kids below 4 years eat for free

Hot Gossip & Velvet Vendor @ Lobby

Festive Fift Boxes and Goodies
Christmas Roasts, its side orders, Christmas Mince Pie, Chocolate Log Cake and much more!!
Available from 2 - 31 December
@Hot Gossip 8am - 10pm


Chatz Brasserie - New Year’s Eve Buffet Dinner
6.30pm – 10.30pm
RM 128++ per adult / RM 64++ per child (4-12 years old)
*Kids below 4 years eat for free
[1 glass of cocktail/mocktail inclusive]

New Year’s Day Hi-Tea

12.30pm – 4pm
RM 58++ per adult / RM 29++ per child (4-12 years old)
*Kids below 4 years eat for free

Pool Bar - Poolside Carvery Night

Let’s countdown to the New Year beneath the stars!

7.30pm – 10.30pm
RM 108++ per adult / RM 54++ per child (4-12 years old)
*Kids below 4 years eat for free

Klix Lounge - Groovy Night
31 December
9pm onwards
Groove the night away with a live band performing contemporary, classic jazz, pop and some country music. Party and be merry with our fine selection of house pouring, beer, wine and spirits.

For reservations or enquiries, please call +60 3 2147 0088 or email

Jalan Sultan Ismail,
50250 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-2782 8301

December 22, 2013

Swez Brasserie, Eastin Hotel Petaling Jaya: An Enchanting Christmas Eve Dinner & Christmas Day Brunch

A Time for Lots of Indulgence!

If you are still looking for somewhere to take your family this festive holiday, let Eastin Hotel Petaling Jaya take you in a merry gastronomic journey for a merry yuletide spread of irresistible indulgences. Back at Swez Brasserie, this round had us taking a sneak peak of Swez Brasserie’s Christmas Eve Dinner and Christmas Day Brunch.

As usual, there’s plenty to please everyone and everyone gets to taste what Christmas is all about. Check out the star of the festive season with a golden Honey Roasted Turkey served with all the trimmings and Giblet Gravy. The delicious aroma of the turkey fills the air and one will need to try this with the luscious spread of trimmings and gravy. Enjoy Roasted Potatoes, Vegetables, Cornbread Stuffing with Sausage, Fennel with Bell Pepper, Bread Stuffing with Beef Bacon, Apple, Sage & Sweet Onions, Bread Stuffings with Dried Fruits, Cranberry Mustard Relish, Cranberry Orange Compote, Beet Chutney and Giblet Gravy with the turkey.

Appetizers are plenty and pretty, from sweet Chilled Salmon to Chilled Scallops with Mango, Lamb Rillette, Seared Tuna with Saffron Aioli, Ham with Melon and lots more. Of course there is always the salad bar and the soup stations where a hearty Pumpkin Bisque awaits.

The hot bar serves up plenty of festive hot food. Sink your teeth into succulent Braised Beef Briskets with Mushroom Aioli and Peppercorn Sauce, Pot Roasted Lamb Shoulder with Roasted Butternut Squash and Sweet Onions, Swordfish with Caramelized Eggplant and Roasted Tomato Salsa, Peri Peri Chicken Scallopini Stuffed with Chicken Chorizo Sausage, Chesapeake style Crab Cakes with Sweet Corn Salsa, Wild Berry Pilaf with Beef Meatballs and Streusel with Sweet Potato.

For the ‘love of shuck’, I heard that there will be freshly shucked oysters with cucumber jelly, tomato shooters, green papaya relish, fresh seafood too. Live actions serving up a la minute dishes like Paella Valencia, sizzling Portabello Mushroom, Nachos & Fajitas and more are also part of the buffet. Make sure to savor a very delectable Rambutan Lychee Tempura stuffed with Turkey and Cheese Mousse as these babies are simply scrumptious!

The dessert station is heavily laden with loads of heavenly Christmas desserts. From Christmas Yule Log, Mousse Cakes, Pannetton, Christmas Stollen, Cinnamon Poached Pears, Crème Caramel, Popcorn Balls, Christmas Pudding, Mini Chocolate and Berry Pavlovas. It will certainly make a sweet festive ending to the meal with family and friends!

Guess what? Santa will also be making an appearance spread the Joy of Christmas and to give away Christmas goodies to all patrons. Starting from 6.30pm until 10.30pm on 24 December 2013, the Christmas Eve Buffet Dinner is priced at RM110++ per adult and RM55++ per child. Prices are inclusive of a glass of wine, beer or chilled juices.

Whet your appetite on Christmas Day with our Christmas Day Buffet Brunch with a selection of internationally inspired dishes featuring festive specialties like the traditional Beef Roulades with Walnut Parsley, Maple Syrup Whipped Potatoes, Barbequed Squid with Pine Nut Stuffing, Yule log, Christmas Minced Pie, Spiced Pumpkin Tartlets and more. From noon till 4.00p, on 25th December 2013, this Christmas Day Buffet Brunch is priced at RM73++ per adult and RM37++ per child.

For reservations, please call Swez Brasserie at 03-7665 1111 ext 183.

13, Jalan 16/11,
Pusat Dagang Seksyen 16,
46350 Petaling Jaya
Selangor, Malaysia.
Tel: +603 7665 1111
Fax: +603 7665 9999


Samplings on the Fourteenth, Berjaya Times Square Hotel Kuala Lumpur: Sharing The Spirit of Festivity

A Christmas Eve Menu and More!

With Christmas around the corner and 2013 closes in and comes to an end, the festive holidays is just perfect for indulgence in every possible way. Berjaya Times Square Hotel, Kuala Lumpur is hosting various attractive offerings these holidays in the spirit of giving. Kick starting off the festive indulgence, Samplings on the Fourteenth is featuring a festive set menu on the eve of Christmas.

The restaurant’s Chef de Cuisine, Chef Val, has specially designed the four-course meal to ring in the festive mood. What better way to indulge than to head on over to the 14th floor of Berjaya Times Square Hotel to enjoy a fine dining holiday meal with an amazing view of the cosmopolitan city at night!

Our preview of the Christmas Eve menu was all dressed up in festive cheer and romance. Christmas tree and ornaments certainly made that evening unforgettable. As we waited for others to arrive, we even had some holiday drinks at the bar.

Aptly named Grinch and Rudolph Goes Green, our cocktail and mocktail are just perfect to render in the festive mood. Rudolph Goes Green was so good, I had two of the sassy mocktail!

Wine is not included in the set dinner but is available for order to be enjoyed with the festive set dinner.

The first course featured Smoked Salmon and Prawn Salad served with Tomato Tart and Lemon Chive Vinaigrette. Taking center stage together are the slices of smoked salmon and prawns dressed in lemon chive vinaigrette and some caviar. What I like is the mille feuille tomato tart that brings out the bold juicy and savory flavors of the salmon and prawn. Simple and light, this dish is a great way to start the meal.

The next course was a velvety Cream of Pumpkin Soup with a dollop of sour cream. To bring in warmness of Christmas, this pumpkin bisque is perfect with its sweet and warm flavors. Creamy and silky smooth, the light smokiness of the pumpkin is just right. A tinge of sour cream helps to layer more flavors to the bisque while a scoop of mashed pumpkin added more texture and depth to the flavors of the creamy pumpkin.

Our palate cleaner was a pretty pastel pink of Minted Watermelon Sorbet. I have always felt that watermelon is one of the best fruit to cleanse the palate as it is fresh and bursting with loads of juicy notes. This one did its job well with the added freshness of mint.

Main course features three options with a turkey, a lamb and a fish on the menu. I went for the cod since I have been craving for fish a lot these days.

Roast Christmas Turkey served with Bacon Wrapped Sage & Onion Stuffing is served with roasted potatoes, buttered Brussels sprouts and carrots and cranberry apple sauce. Chef Val has cleverly updated the traditional Christmas dish to individual portions. It was a turkey roulade roasted till just right before being served with all the trimmings to it with the addition of fried sage leaves.

The second option was a Slow Roasted Lamb Shank with Rosemary Jus, Parmesan Polenta and Grilled Baby Vegetables. For those who love hearty flavors of a good stew, the lamb shank is beautifully braised till tender. I would have loved to enjoy this since I am a huge fan of stews and creamy cheese polenta.

My choice of Pan Seared Cod with Potato and Leek Mash, Wild Mushrooms Cured Cherry Tomato and Olive Tart and Saffron Nage was a great one. I was really pleased with the sweet thick cut of cod cooked perfectly. The juicy cod was topped with a luscious mash of potato and leek. Surrounding the fish was baby carrots, tomatoes, zucchini, snow pea and other vegetables in a pool of creamy saffron nage. I also enjoyed the tartness of the cherry tomato and olive tart a lot as it has great flavors and textures. It’s a great balance of flavors and textures executed with finesse!

Our sweet ending of the meal was Chestnut Mille Feuille served with Orange flavored Christmas Pudding and Cinnamon Ice Cream. Chestnuts are a treat during this festive and most of it is usually featured in the turkey. I am glad I had a dessert from chestnuts as I have always liked the creamy and nutty notes of the chestnut in a sweet way. Here it is sandwiched with puff pastry and stacked up partnering with sweet fruity Christmas pudding and a silky cinnamon ice cream. The dessert shouts Christmas from all its ingredients and oozes with much holiday sweet note.

We finished with Petit Fours and Coffee or Tea

A holiday set menu that is value for money and let’s not forget the enchanting city night view it comes with!

Samplings on the Fourteenth’s Christmas Eve four-course meal is priced at RM158++ per adult.

Other holiday promotions:
·         Christmas Roast Turkey available with an advance order of only two days for takeaway at RM298++ per turkey of 3-4 kilograms with chestnut stuffing, cranberry sauce and black pepper or giblet gravy
·         Christmas Eve Buffet Dinner at Big Apple Restaurant at RM108++ per adult and RM58++ per child
·         Christmas Day Brunch priced at RM75++ per adult and RM38++ per child
·         New Year’s Eve Buffet Dinner at Big Apple Restaurant at RM108++ per adult and RM58++ per child

For more information, please call +603 2117 8000 ext. 8131 (Samplings on the Fourteeth), ext. 8133 (Big Apple Restaurant) and ext. 8127 (Broadway Lounge)

BERJAYA University College of Hospitality
14th Floor, East
Berjaya Times Square,
No. 1 Jalan Imbi,
55100 Kuala Lumpur,Malaysia