March 28, 2017

Weekend Hi-Tea @ Dondang Sayang, Corus Hotel Kuala Lumpur

Affordable Weekend High Tea

For a weekend treat, check out Corus Hotel Kuala Lumpur latest themed Weekend Hi-Tea at Dondang Sayang Coffee House. Set in our metropolitan city center, Dondang Sayang Coffee House’s Weekend Hi-Tea are laden with sumptuous spread of Malaysian’s favorites of local as well as international fare.

Dondang Sayang Coffee House is an all-day dining outlet serving continental and local specialties. The halal restaurant serves up to 220 diners and offer diners a warm and open ambiance set with comfort in mind. Serving buffets all day as well as a la carte menu, Dondang Sayang coffee house is spacious and set with warm earth tones.

Variety is the spice of life, hence the newly revamped Hi-Tea menu features four different themes each weekend – Tradisi Nusantara, Spices of India, Country Western and Chinese Street Food. Expect lots of local as well as international dishes to tempt your palate at this very affordable High Tea buffet spread.

We took a sneak peek at their Tradisi Nusantara Weekend Hi-Tea and was really pleased at the delicious offerings. Inspired by the neighbouring countries of Malaysia, namely; Brunei and Indonesia, Chef Zam and his team have prepared delightful and colourful dishes. Be spoilt for choice as you take your pick from an array of Asia Signature sumptuous delights include Kampung Fried Rice, Lamb Curry with Potato, Sotong Bakar dengan Sambal Mangga, Ayam Panggang Madu Bali Barongan, Nyonya Assam Pedas Fish with Dried Tofu and many more.

Tuck into Chef Zam’s Nasi Dagang with glorious pots of curries and sambals such as Paru Goreng Berlada, Gulai Ikan Tongkol, Sambal Telur and Ayam Masak Merah along with condiments of Telur Masin, Acar, Serunding, Keropok, Sambal and more.

The cold cut and salad bar is filled with selection of DIY salad ingredients and dressings, cold cut platter, Cous Cous Salad, Thai Seafood Salad, Beef Salad Malay Style, Kerabu Taugeh Dengan Kerang, Fruit Salad with Yoghurt and more.

For something soupy, the Sup Daging Tetel, a classic from Indonesia, is marvelously warming on the palate as well as the tummy. Full of aromatic spices, the pieces of meat and vegetables were tender too. There’s also Cream of Mushroom Soup to be enjoyed with bread and butter.

From the noodle station, there’s the piquant and spicy Asam Laksa to whet the appetite.

The Chicken and Beef Satay is absolutely delicious so don’t miss this classic favorite here!

There are plenty of sweet treats to keep everyone happy. From local Kuih Muih to international desserts such as cakes, scones, pudding and jellies, cupcakes, Bread and Butter Pudding to Tau Foo Fah, enjoy these with a cup of hot Teh Tarik or coffee for a delightful ending.

The Bread and Butter Pudding is divine! Golden crisp on top and soft pudding creaminess on the bottom, served with Crème Anglaise.

Rojak Buah is another treat for Hi-Tea that many enjoys…

This Weekend High Tea Buffet is only RM65nett per adult and RM39nett per child at Dondang Sayang Coffee House and available on Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays at 12.30PM till 4.00PM.

For reservations, visit OR call +603 2161 8888

Corus Hotel Kuala Lumpur
Jalan Ampang,
50450 Kuala Lumpur,
Tel: 603 2160 5923

March 14, 2017

Sakura Promotion @ Genji Japanese, Hilton Petaling Jaya

Sakura Spring Blossom Food Fest & New Signature Dishes

Back at Genji Japanese Restaurant at Hilton Petaling Jaya for a taste of their Sakura Spring Blossom Food Festival! Available until 31 March, 2017, diners should not miss Chef Richard Teoh’s gastronomic dishes inspired by the prettiest season in Japan. Hoping to paint our culinary town with lots of spring dishes in celebration of the pretty pink and white flowers in bloom, diners are treated to some of the freshest and tastiest Japanese dishes this season.

In celebration of Hanami, Chef Teoh’s inspiration are beauty as well as scrumptious dishes prepared with as little cooking method as possible to showcase the fresh and bountiful ingredients of the spring season. Genji Japanese Restaurant has always been a long-time favorite when it comes to Japanese cuisine in the city. Serving a la carte to buffets on the weekends, Genji has been serving sumptuous Japanese cuisine to diners since two decades ago.

The award winning restaurant has even air flown in fresh Sakura flowers and its season’s freshest ingredients in tribute to this promotion. Expect the spring season’s bountiful ingredients in the menu such as sea bream, shellfish and a variety of sansei (mountain vegetables).

Spring season denote lightness and floral prettiness. Celebrating the season’s attributes is Maguro Nano Hana Nutta Ae (RM39). Glorious cuts of the finest tuna paired with blanched stem of rape blossoms and miso sauce. The subtle wasabi hint in the miso sauce is really clever, teasing our palate together with the rich creamy and nutty miso. The delicate bitterness in the rape blossom added another dimension of flavour to the tuna and sauce. So well controlled with finesse in flavours…

Thinly sliced sea bream served with ponzu sauce is beautifully presented in Tai Usuzukuri (RM130). The soft sweet nuances of the fresh sea bream is a joy to savor. What was unexpected was the bold heat in Chef Teoh’s ponzu sauce that gave the dish a kick of flavours. It’s like watching fireworks in spring season for the dish.

Sashimi Moriawase Tokuijo (RM380) is Genji’s premium set of chef’s choices of sashimi. Only the best premium cuts get on this huge platter and we were definitely pleased with the Toro, Yellowtail, Salmon, Aji and Scallop. The sashimi were thickly cut, adding sublime touches to the already sumptuous raw fish.

The Toro melts-in-the-mouth while the creamy and divine Yellowtail was sensational. Ajj or Spanish mackerel is one of the most underrated fish, simply because it has such wondrous rich flavours from its oil and is healthy as well. The usual Salmon and Scallop, needless to say, are of the finest quality.

A bold creative piece of dragon is cleverly presented in Unagi Avocado Ura Maki (RM72). The reversed roll of avocado is draped with thick slices of caramelized smoky eel and seaweed. Each piece is creamy, smoky, sweet and savory on the palate.

More eel to satisfy those who loves unagi and it’s definitely a match made in heaven in Unagi Chawan Mushi (RM28). Generous cut of thick smoky, sweet and savory unagi goes so well with the wobbly soft steamed egg custard. There were also gingko nut and crab in the custard. Comforting in every spoonful…

For mains, the Wagyu Beef Nano Hana Maki (RM120) turned out to be a fine choice, especially if you are a fan of the luscious wagyu beef. The tender wagyu beef is rolled with the blanched spring rape blossoms and cooked on the teppanyaki with the moreish butter garlic soy sauce. Served with more vegetables and crispy garlic chips, the dish is deliciously delectable.

For non-beef eaters, one can opt of the Kue To Enoki Teppanyaki (RM85) or grilled grouper with enoki mushroom in yakiniku sauce. The firm grouper meat goes well with the robust sweet and savory yakiniku sauce. There were plenty of enoki mushrooms as well as other vegetables to balance up the fish.

Rape blossoms are delicious when prepared well. Despite its subtle bitterness, the vegetable has a crisp texture and is a delicacy to savor. Making another appearance in Nano Hana Tempura (RM45), I never knew rape blossoms can taste so good in golden crispy light tempura batter. A squeeze of lemon enhances the freshness of the rape blossoms while the tempura sauce added savory notes. It’s addictively and polishing off this basket of vegetables has never been easier.

While other cuisine may opt to start their course with soup, the Japanese tend to enjoy soup at the end for a comforting ending. The clear clam soup hit all the right notes of soothing and warming flavours on the palate. Such earthy flavours with beautiful bonito essence, the soup with the tender large clams in Hamaguri Jiru (RM28) was divine to the last drop.

Chef Teoh surprises us with an unusual pairing of Sakura Cheese Pudding with Black Sesame Ice Cream in celebration of the hanami. The Sakura cheese pudding is so pretty in pastel pink and tasted delicate and delicious. The nutty and aromatic black sesame seed ice cream is always a pleasant dessert and this one even comes with a pretty fresh Sakura stem on it. Presentation was indeed top-notch!

The Sakura Spring Blossoms Food Fest promotion is happening this whole month of March and the a la carte menu is available from RM23 nett for lunch and dinner. For reservations, call +60(3) 7955 9122 ext. 4071/ 4072.

Hilton Petaling Jaya Hotel
No. 2, Jalan Barat,
46200 Petaling Jaya
Tel:  603 7955 9122
Fax: 603 7955 3909

Business Hours:
Lunch          Mon – Sat:  12noon to 2.30pm
                   Sunday Buffet: 11.30am to 2.30pm
Dinner         Mon – Sat: 6.30pm to 10.30pm
                   Saturday Buffet: 6.30pm – 10.30pm