August 21, 2019

Mid-Autumn Mooncake Sparkles @ Concorde Hotel Kuala Lumpur



Mooncake Sparkles



Make someone’s world sparkle this Mid-Autumn season with Concorde Hotel Kuala Lumpur Mooncake Sparkles! Thinking out of the box, Concorde Hotel Kuala Lumpur is adding sparkles to the Mid-Autumn season with their exclusive crackle glass light globe with mooncake set.



The Crackle Glass Light Globe makes the perfect ornament with its mesmerizing lights in the comfort of your home space. Available in 2 sizes of 9 inch or 5 inch and comes in three colours of Sparkling Gold, Sparkling Blue and Sparkling Pink, the light globe is paired with Concorde Hotel’s exquisite mooncakes as a gift set for this mid-autumn festival.

August 20, 2019

The Original Xiao Long Kan Hotpot 小龙坎老火锅 @ Fahrenheit 88


Authentic Chengdu Chinese Fondue Opens Till 2AM



The original Xiao Long Kan 龙坎老火锅 hotpot is finally opened! The newest kid in Fahrenheit 88 opened recently a few days ago on a soft opening to the public. Xiao Long Kan is located outside of the shopping mall next to the 7-eleven convenient store. Housed in a 4-storey building, the restaurant is opened till 2am daily.


Established in 2014 in Chengdu, China, Xiao Long Kan is popular for their authentic selection of premium meats, fresh vegetables, handmade meatballs, innards and offal together with their tasty broths prepared using a traditional recipe that’s hundreds of years old. The restaurant is constantly so busy that there is always a queue in the many outlets for the hotpot experience.

August 18, 2019

Mid-Autumn Mooncake 2019 @ Dorsett Grand Subang



Mooncake & Tiffin Gift Set



The Mid-Autumn festival commemorates a year of thanksgiving for bountiful harvest and is much celebrated by many with family and friends. It is also a time for gathering during the 15th day of the lunar calendar as the moon shines high and bright. A time to enjoy mooncakes and tea, the Mid-Autumn festival is also the perfect time to send some of these delicious mooncakes to loved ones and friends.


Dorsett Grand Subang is presenting a selection of their hand-crafted halal mooncakes in a limited-edition Dorsett Deluxe Tiffin Gift Set that comes with 4 mini baked mooncakes. The Mooncake & Tiffin Gift Set has 2 design and 3 colours to choose from. Priced at RM168nett per set, there are various flavours of mooncakes to choose from.


The Dorsett Deluxe Tiffin comes in a floral with bird design or a musical sonata with butterflies. Available in pastel blue, pastel lilac and pastel orange, the 4-tier enamel tiffin holds 4 mooncakes. The beautiful tiffin is not only pretty but makes a nice decorative item or be used as an actual tiffin.

August 17, 2019

The Emperor Chinese Restaurant @ Dorsett Grand Subang


Chef Bryan Teh SIAL Award-Winning Creations


Dorsett Grand Subang is rejoicing for the 2nd consecutive year as Executive Chinese Chef Bryan Teh and his culinary team has emerged as winners again for this year at the Salon International De L’alimentation (SIAL) Shanghai competition.

2019 China International Top Chefs Invitational Competition by SIAL took place in May 2019 and is co-host by CCA, World Association of Chefs Societies and SIAL China. This prestigious competition is participated by top chefs from Hongkong, Malaysia, Korea, Italy, and Shanghai, Beijing, Shenzhen and Chengdu of China exclusively. Judged by top judges of World Association of Chefs Societies with International Judge Certification, the participants are tested on cuisine creativity, cooking skills, utilization of assigned ingredients, taste, and cleanliness in kitchen.


Chef Bryan clinched the Gold with Distinction Award with two unique dishes of Wok-fried Ribeye Beef with Grape Sauce and Deep-fried Chicken Wing Stuffed with Otak-Otak. The unique pairing of ingredients is what sealed the winning points for Dorsett Grand Subang’s Executive Chinese Chef.


Foodies can now enjoy Chef Bryan’s award-winning dishes along with his signature dishes at Dorsett Grand Subang’s Chinese Restaurant, The Emperor for lunch or dinner with advanced order. The Emperor is well-known for their sumptuous Chinese cuisine that is also pork-free. From fiery Szechuan to Cantonese dishes, the menu at The Emperor also includes a delicious dim sum list for yum cha session.


The golden Deep-fried Chicken Wing with Otak-Otak offer diners an unusual moreish flavour from our local otak-otak spices. Stuffed to the max, the otak-otak filling has a well-balanced spice note that complimented the crispy deboned chicken wing well. A side sauce that has a creamy and unctuous flavour added much oomph to the dish.

August 15, 2019

Anne Elizabeth The Deli Restaurant @ Taman Segar Cheras


Meat Up at Anne Elizabeth!



Tucked away in the bustling area of Cheras is Anne Elizabeth The Deli Restaurant. A truly hidden foodie gem, I wasn’t even sure how this restaurant never got on to my radar for the last five years since its opening. Perhaps Cheras was never my usual food haunt but then again, I would have gone to the end of the earth for food that is worthy of travel.


Anne Elizabeth, owned by a dynamic duo husband and wife team, Jacob Fong and Sandra Lee had the foresight to take a chance with introducing ‘Select and Order from The Deli’ concept to diners five years ago in the location where they lived. Jacob hails from Brunei and has been a chef for more than 20 years specializing in European cuisine. When asked to elaborate, he specifically named British, Italian, Spanish and French as some of his main signatures.

Parking can be a problem in that area as it is located on one of the rows near Cheras Leisure Mall. However, this has never deterred the restaurant’s loyal fans from dining at Anne Elizabeth as it is always crowded throughout the day and especially on weekends.


The two-storey restaurant is located on a corner lot, catering up to 80 pax of diners per floor. One simply cannot miss the bold black and white signage of Anne Elizabeth. The owners decided to use their favorite religious names of Anne and Elizabeth simply because it felt more personal while echoing a lovely name together.



The restaurant décor is rather simple as the owners wanted the food to speak for themselves. A minimalist décor that echoes European minimalist with a deli counter and a bar, Anne Elizabeth has an easy-going vibe that makes dining casual and comfortable.


Sandra admitted that she enjoys running the front dining space while Jacob handles the kitchen and the deli. Both shared that their concept truly allows them to always have a personalized service with every customer and made sure that their staffs are trained well on this concept too. Business is brisk and constantly heavy during the day and so the owners have lots of staff trained to provide solid and fast service to customers.

July 18, 2019

Five Sen5es @ The Westin Kuala Lumpur


Modern Chinese Cuisine



A new menu awaits at Five Sen5es, the fine dining Chinese restaurant at The Westin Kuala Lumpur. In the heart of the city, foodies will dine on exquisite Chinese cuisine set in fine elegance. The Chinese restaurant may be pork free but has garnered a solid reputation for serving modern Cantonese food.



Stepping into Five Sen5es, one is transported immediately to a tranquility of space. A soft resonance of water fountain flowing in the background, a light fluttering sight of smoke from a huge Chinese cauldron, plush cushions set on leather bounded banquettes and plenty of natural lighting flowing into the room defines the mood for the dining experience.



There is also the open kitchen where chefs and culinary team are seen working briskly to prep and prepare the dishes. The firing up sound of the stove, the chopping of ingredients on the board, the water running when cleaning and washing added more musical to the anticipation of the dining scene.



Private rooms are available, offering diners more privacy. Large table with coloured glass Lazy Susan backed by plush armchairs set with cushions evoked sense of artistic contemporary décor.


While being ushered to the table, the sight of rows of tea, beautiful in glass jars, will tempt your curiosity to order one with the meal.


And so we did… with our order of Bi Luo Chun (green snail spring tea). Grown in the Dongting mountain region in Jiangsu, China, the green tea came highly recommended by the waitstaff for its floral aroma with a hint of fruity note.


Lunch started with dainty morsels of dim sum. The Steamed Prawn with Truffle Har Gow (RM18) is sublime. Thin and translucent crystal skin dumpling filled with fresh bouncy prawns with bits of truffle, hardly a dumpling one can say no too.


Crispy Yam Puffs with Fresh Scallops (RM18), the name itself already sounds divine. Creamy mashed yam fried to much golden crispiness, encasing seafood filling and a crowning glory of scallop and tiny popping Ebiko, one order may not be enough!


The classic pairing of Deep-fried Net Spring Roll with Prawn & Mango (RM18) never fails to please the palate. Crispy, juicy, sweet and fruit, it got all the right flavours and textures that many would absolutely enjoy.


And yes, my fondness for cubes of wobbly radish rice cakes is satiated by the Fried Turnip Cake with XO Sauce & Turkey Ham (RM14). A good dose of heat with much XO umami notes, I believed I practically polished off the dish to myself… well most of it at least.

Five Sen5es also has an All You Can Eat Simply Dim Sum that is available at RM88 nett per person during weekdays or come Sunday and public holidays, there is a Simply Dim Sum Buffet is served at RM125 nett per person from 10.30am to 2.30pm. A la carte is also available.


The regular main menu offers a delectable appetizer of Crispy Salmon Banana Roll with Green Tea Dressing (small - RM36 | big - RM68) Quite an unusual pairing but the trio seemed to get along pretty well in flavours.


The soup course was one of the highlights of the lunch. An ocean’s bounty, the Braised Fresh Scallops with Seaweed & Seafood Thick Soup (RM36 per portion) showcase a silky smooth and thick egg white laced bisque studded with crab meat and bean curd along with delicious seafood essence. A blanket of seaweed along with a large sweet poached prawn and scallop added much glory to the soup along with some bright pearls of Ebiko.


The Fried Cod with Signature Lemongrass Sauce (RM160/180g) is guaranteed to reel in some brownie points. Golden and crispy fried cod fish, smothered in a tangy and aromatic lemongrass infused sauce and topped with julienned mango, onions and chili, the fish is superbly sweet and almost creamy with a soft flaky texture.


There’s something utterly tummy warming about the Braised Chicken with Chestnuts & Mountain Yam (small - RM52 small | big - RM98). Chunky tender pieces of chicken with soft nutty chestnuts and yam in thick moreish sauce is simply perfect with steamed rice.



If one must eat carbs, make sure it’s a worthy one like the Minced Duck Fried Rice with Prawns, Yam & Pumpkin in Claypot (small - RM45 | big - RM88). The pot of fluffy rice is fully loaded, I mean Fully Loaded! Every spoonful of rice is thoroughly studded with lots of smoked duck, shredded conpoy, cubes of yam and pumpkin. The mish mash of meaty goodness and creamy root vegetables is comfort food for diners of all ages.


The Fragrant Crispy Vegetables with Roasted Pine Nuts (small - RM38 small | big - RM73) is lovely. Not the usual leafy greens but not that I would mind as the dish has a wondrous compilation of textures from the lotus root to the baby corn, sugar sweet peas, black wood fungus, gingko, carrot, pine nuts and more. The addition of crispy shredded conpoy added much salty moreish notes to the dish.


Lunch ended with desserts. Three to be exact since these three were the ones that caught our attention. The Chilled Chinese Herbal Jelly with Aloe Vera Honey Juice (RM16) had the right balance of bitterness herbal note while the Silken Mango Cream with Pearl Sago & Crushed Thai Pomelo (RM20) proved that this familiar classic will always have a special place in our hearts with its fruity sweet mango flavours.




The Crispy Avocado Kataifi (RM20) was albeit unusual but nevertheless interestingly delightful. Crispy kataifi pastry filled with creamy avocado and cubes of mango was a nice change from the usual sweet desserts.

For reservations or more information, please contact Westin Dining at 603.2773.8338 or email westindining@westin.com.



FIVE SEN5ES
The Westin Kuala Lumpur
199, Jalan Bukit Bintang
55100 Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia
T +6 03.2731.8333
F +6 03.2731.8000


Business Hours:
Monday to Sunday
Lunch:         12.00noon - 2.30pm (Mon to Sat)
                   10.30am - 2.30pm (Sun & PH)
Dinner:        6.00pm - 10.00pm

*Five Sen5es is a pork-free restaurant.


July 12, 2019

Kampachi EQ Sunday Buffet @ Equatorial KL


The Iconic Sunday Japanese Buffet is Back!



Sundays are meant for indulgence… and one of the best indulgences in the metropolitan city of Kuala Lumpur is the legendary Kampachi Sunday Buffet housed in the newly remade EQ. The new Kampachi EQ is making its return after its absence since 2012 when the hotel was closed for re-development.



Now ardent Japanese gourmands will be able to savor the acclaimed Japanese buffet once again in the gorgeous Kampachi EQ. Kampachi, one of the most established Japanese restaurants in the nation, serves haute authentic Japanese cuisine set amidst a minimalist Japanese contemporary dining ambiance.


The restaurant takes prides in their beautiful interior where nature’s elements are used to create the elegant and stylish ambiance the place is renowned for. Sparing no expense, Kampachi General Manager, Theresa Wong proudly presented the restaurant’s gorgeous sushi counter made from the owner’s selection of imported Japanese Inoki wood as she personally took me on a tour of the restaurant.




The dining area is cleverly sectioned to offer diners an intimate and private dining affair. Each area features elegant and clean lines of Zen theme utilizing wood, stone and paper along with modern furniture. The restaurant also has a view of the city through the glass walls and is wonderfully filled with natural lights through the day for a warm appeal of comfort.


Kampachi is renowned for their Sunday Buffet ever since it was first offered. I am also an ardent fan of the buffet myself after several dining experiences at their Kampachi Plaza 33 outlet. The anticipation of the return of this Sunday Buffet was definitely a positive one. Kampachi Plaza 33 also offers the Sunday Buffet with slight variation of the menu.


From the Sushi and Sashimi counter, tuck into gorgeous thick cut slices of sublime salmon, yellowtail, tuna, snapper, squid and octopus. The freshness of the sashimi is amazing and accentuated further with house made soy sauce.


Kampachi offers three versions of soy sauce – low sodium, medium sodium and Tosa. Tosa is cured with bonito flakes for 2 weeks to elevate the umami note in the soy sauce. My personal favorite is the Tosa of course. The balance of umami note is just so perfect with the sashimi and sushi.



Rows of perfectly shaped Nigiri Sushi and cut Maki Rolls are deliciously satisfying. From Japanese seasonal Kohada or Gizzard Shad to luscious Salmon, Tuna, Snapper and Prawn, it’s all classics that never fails to please Japanese gourmands. Even the large Maki Rolls is wondrously filled with crispy soft-shell crab and assorted sashimi along with the usual condiments.





Snack on nutritious Edamame along with colourful Japanese Pickles or savor your choice of Salad Selections to whet your appetite for more to come. There are also tiny portions of lovely Salmon Carpaccio.



Kampachi’s Crab Chawan Mushi is divine! Perfect wobbly egg custard steamed with gingko nuts and fish cake, crowned with sweet crab flesh is simply a must on the list of dishes to savor…



The hot counters feature a list of Japanese all-time-favorites. Start with a tummy warmer of Hamaguri Clam Miso Soup. Sweet and succulent clams in earthy and nutty miso broth. Follow up the next course with Seafood Yosenabe where large oceanic scallops and beautiful prawns bathe in dashi and konbu broth along with creamy leeks, napa cabbage, assorted mushrooms and more.



Let’s tuck into juicy pink slices of Roast Beef too…



Not to be missed, another highlight of the buffet at this outlet is the Beef Sukiyaki. The chef will cook the beef to your liking. Mine was simply sublime with glorious medium rare beef slices lightly flavoured with the sweet and savory Sukiyaki broth. Enjoy the sidekicks of bamboo shoots, konnyaku, mushrooms and more vegetables but don’t forget to complete this Sukiyaki with an egg yolk for extra lusciousness.




Oden, a hodgepodge of ingredients cooked in soy and dashi broth, never fails to please the palate of many when in seek of familiar comfort food…




Hot warmers filled with golden crispy Seafood & Vegetable Tempura, Chicken Teriyaki, Grilled Eel, Vegetable Croquette, Grilled Salmon, Mackerel, Prawns, Salmon Collar and Karaage are definitely crowd pleasers in any Japanese meal. The tempura is delightful perfect with its thin and crispy batter enveloping prawns, fish, squid and assorted vegetables. Grill salmon, prawn and mackerel are simply faultless too.





The combination of smoked and sweet Grilled Unagi on Japanese Garlic Fried Rice is simply a match made in heaven!


There may not be many options of desserts, but the ones served is truly authentic Japanese favorites. Fresh cut fruits along with a huge bowl of grapes are ideal after an indulgence. There are pretty glasses of Matcha Pannacotta where every spoonful of the beautifully set cream tinged with aromatic matcha evoked such lusciousness on the palate.


Dorayaki, and not just any dorayaki for that matter, is freshly made on the live station. Every single Dorayaki is handmade, cooked and carefully filled, pinch-sealed and finish with a special hot seal. Savor traditional sweet creamy red bean or nutty peanut butter. The staff was so friendly and took the effort to make a Mickey shaped Dorayaki for my little one! Kudos for the service and smile…


No Japanese meal is complete without Matcha, Black Sesame or Yuzu Ice Cream.


A personal favorite, the Abekawa Mochi is perhaps a dessert that many would go for a second helping. I know I did. Mochi is first grilled and then boiled before finished in a coating of kinako or soy bean powder. It has a very subtle hint of sweetness and has great nutty aroma. The mochi is sublime as it has a soft and chewy texture. Simply not to be missed!


The legendary Kampachi EQ Sunday Buffet did not disappoint. Retaining solid quality and freshness, all dishes are prepared with classic spot-on techniques of Japanese cuisine. Gourmands are already seen flocking to the new Kampachi EQ on the Sunday that I was there. It’s truly a delicious Sunday experience for ardent Japanese foodies!



The Kampachi EQ Sunday Buffet is available every Sunday from 12.00pm to 2.30pm, priced at RM168 nett per adult and RM78 nett per child (age 5 to 10). Reservations can be made via TableApp or by calling +603 2789 7723.


KAMPACHI EQ
Ground Floor, EQ
Equatorial Plaza,
Jalan Sultan Ismail,
50250 Kuala Lumpur


Business Hours:
Lunch – 12.00pm to 3.00pm
Dinner – 6.00pm to 10.30pm