MHB Christmas Dinner 2017 Presented by Calvin Klein Watches and Jewelry

[Special Event]

  

MHB recently had our Christmas Party 2018 Presented by Calvin Klein Watches & Jewelry, with the venue and dinner provided by Samplings on the 14th at Berjaya Times Square Hotel, and supported by Kronenbourg 1664.

Samplings On The Fourteenth is located at the East Tower on the 14th floor of Berjaya Times Square Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, and offers Western cuisine and a large collection of vintage wines. Since opening its doors in 2011, Samplings On The Fourteenth Restaurant has distinguished itself with its service standards, innovative menu, comfortable ambience, and beautiful view – all coming together to form a unique culinary experience for diners.

The restaurant’s main dining room seats 60 people with an addition of 2 private rooms that accommodates 8 and 12 guests respectively. The kitchen is helmed by Chef Val Murugan who has more than 24 years of experience in the food and beverage industry. Under Chef Val’s stewardship over the years, Samplings on the Fourteenth Restaurant has received multiple awards with the most recent being Best Fine-Dining Restaurant, World Gourmet Award (2017) and notably the Malaysia International Gourmet Festival, MIGF (2015), where the restaurant received 12 awards.

Adding a touch of glam and bling to the evening was Calvin Klein jewelry as the presenting partner of the event. Calvin Klein watches and jewelry is a partnership established in 1997, of two 90’s iconic and pioneer established companies:  Swatch Group and Calvin Klein.

The Calvin Klein watches and jewelry collections feature seductive yet clean and often minimalist aesthetic, with innovative, bold, progressive and seductive designs. First launched in 2004, the jewelry collection takes everyday life and the world as its source of inspiration. The original geometrical creations have given way to designs that are more fluid, organic, sensual and integrated; a reflection of the modern trend.

Calvin Klein Watches and Jewelry stores are located in Pavilion KL, Suria KLCC, Sunway Pyramid, and Sunway Velocity. The products are also available at authorised dealers nationwide.

    

The venue for our Christmas dinner was Samplings on the 14th at Berjaya Times Square Hotel

We got a lovely view of the KL skyline

The chefs preparing our meal

Put a bunch of girls and Insta-friendly food and you can be assured that all the cameras and smartphones will come out first for photos before a single bite goes into the mouth!

Appetizer

Pan-Seared Scallop

Avocado Tian with Mango-Tomato Salsa

Not one or two but THREE scallops accompanied by a rich avocado and mango-tomato salsa which added some lovely piquant and sweet flavours to the umaminess of the scallops! A wonderful starter with lovely vibrant colours and tasted as good as it looked!

  

Soup

Cream of Asparagus

with Mushroom Crostini

This heartwarming soup was well-balanced and not too creamy while letting the flavours of the asparagus shine. We moped up every last drop with the delicious mushroom crostini!

  

  

Main Courses

Grilled Cod Fish

with Truffle Risotto and Saffron, Fennel Coulis

Each of us got to select our own main course for the evening and the cod fish was a favourite. The beautifully cooked fish was paired with a rich truffle risotto and topped off with a saffron and fennel coulis! Talk about luxury indeed!

  

Baked Chicken Picatta

Mushroom Fricassee and Aged Balsamic Sauce

The baked chicken picatta showcased the chefs skills in making a tasty yet tender and moist baked chicken, rounded off with a mushroom fricassee and some sharpness from the aged balsamic sauce.

  

Christmas Turkey

with Chateau Potato and Glaze sweet potato, Mushroom Fricassee

Topped with Cranberry Gravy

As Christmas was around the corner, this dish was immensely popular among our influencers as it reflected the season’s festive mood! The delicately cooked Christmas turkey was accompanied by potatoes and mushroom fricassee, with a lovely sweet cranberry gravy on the side.

  

Dessert

Christmas Pudding with Vanilla Sauce

Yet another dish in line with Christmas – a hearty traditional Christmas dessert which provided a sweet end to the meal.

  

  

It was a wonderful meal with great company, flowing conversations, and good food and drink – a fitting way to end a very eventful year for MHB! Here’s to an even better 2018!

  

Throughout the evening, we had Kronenbourg 1664 Blanc, the French Premium Wheat Beer that is very distinct as it comes in a light blue hue coloured bottle. The refreshing cloudy liquid has a unique smooth-taste with hints of citrus and coriander spice, making it a favourite among many female beer drinkers. The beer is brewed with the caviar of noble hops – Strisselspalt hops, which offers an exquisite aromatic flavour that embodies the elegance of France.

For more info on Kronenbourg 1664, head over to https://www.facebook.com/KronenbourgMY/

Currently, Samplings on the Fourteenth is offering a special Chef’s Indulgence menu which is a 3-course set dinner priced at RM 88 nett per set. Samplings on the 14th also has a special Valentine’s Day menu prepared for 14 February and you can read about it at – https://timchew.net/2018/01/19/valentines-day-2018-menu-at-samplings-on-the-fourteenth-berjaya-times-square-hotel/

Samplings on the Fourteenth is located at:

14th Floor, Berjaya Times Square Hotel,

1, Jalan Imbi,

55100 Kuala Lumpur,

Malaysia.

Telephone: +60 (3) 2117 8000 ext. 8131

Website: http://www.berjayahotel.com/kualalumpur

Email: bth.samplings@berjayahotel.com

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Photo credits: Andy Kho Photography (www.andykho.com)

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MHB and Friends Christmas Lunch 2017 at Cava @ Jalan Bangkung, Bangsar

 

This Christmas, MHB had our Christmas Lunch 2018 presented by Cava Restaurant & Bar @ The Bangkung Row, and supported by Kronenbourg 1664. Cava is one of the mainstays along Jalan Bangkung in the swanky and upmarket neighbourhood of Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur. The pork-free restaurant serves modern and traditional Spanish cuisine – from hot and cold tapas, to mains like paella and baked suckling lamb, to desserts like Creme Catalana, complemented with a variety of wines and of course – cava!

 

The interior of the restaurant is warm and inviting, with the long wooden shelves showcasing the more rare labels of wines that have been enjoyed there over the years

The walls are lined with awards and photos. The booths are great for a romantic couples’s night out!

The restaurant layout is pretty versatile and is even suitable to host small parties such as ours!

Supporting our event was Kronenbourg 1664

We started off the afternoon with some Vallformosa Classic Brut NV. On the eye, it had a straw colour with greenish shades, with lively bubbles. On the nose, it had aromas of melon, banana, apricot, and apple, while on the palate, it was pleasant, fruity and refreshing!

Mix Tapas Sampler

Baquerones en vinagre, Anchovies, and Pulpo a la Gallega

Starting off lunch was a mixed tapas sampler consisting of anchovies in vinegar, cured anchovies, and Galician style octopus, giving us a taste of the restaurant’s tapas menu. 

Sopa de Mariscos

Traditional Spanish seafood soup loaded with a ton of fresh seafood and finished with a dash of Pernod to add some complexity to the broth. Briny and flavourful, safe to say there wasn’t any left after we were done with it!

Cava’s Famous Sangria

Red Original~ red wine, triple sec, orange juice, lime juice

White Original~ white wine, Black Label, apple juice, lime juice

Cava is well-known for their Sangrias and we have to agree! The red was more complex, with full-bodied flavours while the white was lighter and very refreshing, with a hint of smokiness from the Johnnie Walker Black Label.

 

 Next up were some sharing platters which exemplified “The Spanish tradition of sharing food”…

Baked Spanish Suckling Lamb Leg

This succulent and tender piece of lamb leg is huge so be sure to share it! It was baked with rosemary, giving it a lovely herb taste, while having a lovely crust on the outside and tender meat underneath. This meat-lover’s dish takes a while to prepare so order it early, then enjoy some drinks or tapas while waiting for it to be cooked.

Slowed Braised Oxtail

Slow cooked for hours, the meat was so tender it didn’t take much to fall off the bone. Slow cooking it for hours also infused it with loads of flavour, when combined with the flavourful sauce, makes this an ideal dish to go with some house bread (order some to go along with this dish)!

Paella Arroz Negro

The final main was a signature Spanish dish – Squid ink paella with squid and prawns, garlic aioli. Incredibly delicious on its own, Cava added an extra dimension (mostly for us Malaysian diners who always love something spicy in a meal) in the form of cili padi pesto (in the little saucer on the top left) which really gave a kick!

Crème Catalana

Finally, a sweet and creamy end to the meal in the form of a creme Catalana which is the Spanish version of creme brulee. Luxuriously creamy with a hard sugar top, this dessert went brilliantly well with the fruity flavours of the Kronenbourg 1664 Blanc.

Group pic with Peter – one of the owners of Cava

  

Although it’s been around for years, Cava continues to dish out good Spanish food, adding the Spanish option to the various restaurants located at the row of shops along Jalan Bangkung in Bangsar, which continues to be synonymous with good food. We hope to visit Cava’s sister restaurants along Jalan Bangkung soon – Bobo KL, Leonardo’s, Lucky Bo and Opus Bistro.

  

Cava Spanish restaurant is located at:

71, Jalan Bangkung,

Bukit Bandaraya, Bangsar,

59100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

 

Telephone: 03-2093 6637

Website: http://www.cava.my

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CavaRestaurant/

 

Thanks for having us!

 

Photos by Andy Kho Photography (www.andykho.com) for MHB.

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MHB’s 6th Anniversary High-Tea at Element Kuala Lumpur Hotel

[Special Event]

 

MHB (http://hottestbloggers.com) is a digital and influencer content marketing agency which believes that digital publicity should be engaging while being affordable and cost-effective. We believe in conveying our clients’ message through ethical, high-quality, and trustworthy content in a lifestyle and non-hard sell manner that will stand out from all the junk, tabloid clutter and fake news, capturing the attention of consumers as well as providing positive brand awareness.

MHB is trusted by many brands including Montblanc, Ball Watch, Panasonic, Sony, Leica, Fujifilm, Calvin Klein Watches & Jewelry (Swatch Group Malaysia), Nivea, Chevrolet, Olympus, Lenovo, Casio, Carlsberg, Johnnie Walker, GUESS, Dolce & Gabbana, Hugo Boss and Gucci fragrances, Givenchy, Ricoh, and many more to provide quality and ethical digital media publicity.

We also have strategic media partnerships with many top brands such as Calvin Klein fragrances (Luxasia), Kerastase, Nissan, Ice Watch, Storm London, and more! On a local level, we work with prominent brands like Celcom, Poh Kong, 1 Utama, Atria Shopping Centre, EcoWorld, Encorp, De Jouer, Beaute Library, Nomi Tomo, Shawn Cutler and numerous other brands in need of affordable yet cost-effective digital publicity.

We provide cost-effective advertising packages to suit various brands and budgets, from independent stores to SMEs, all the way to MNCs and global brands.

To celebrate our 6th anniversary, we partnered with Xiaomi, Poh Kong and Element Kuala Lumpur Hotel for a delectable ARTEASTRY high-tea at Trace, the hotel’s all day dining restaurant. The name ARTEASTRY stands for Art, Tea and Pastry, and high-tea is set against the modern, artistic features of Element Kuala Lumpur, providing an ideal combination for a weekend social gathering with family and friends. TRACE restaurant & bar is situated at level 40 of KL’s tallest eco-friendly hotel, and offers a first of its kind artistic high tea while you enjoy breathtaking views of the city skyline.

Our ARTEASTRY experience began with the arrival of a contemporary bento box, beautifully decorated with synthetic grass and black, shiny modern slates – very Instagrammable indeed! The bento box is filled with delicious morsels such as dainty savoury bites containing Waffle with Salmon and Crème Fraiche, Apple Duck in Savoury Cone, Chicken Sliders in Mini Croissant with Tomato Relish, Tomato and Basil Macaroon, Confit Portobello Mushroom and Swiss Cheese Bruschetta. A must-have during high-tea are scones, and the light and fluffy Earl Grey Tea infused Scones at TRACE are served with clotted Cream and Strawberry Jam.

 

  

The dessert is the highlight of the ARTEASTRY experience, and sets this high tea apart from the typical presentation of buffet spreads or three-tiered cake stands. “The Red Splash” dessert is literally splashed on your table. The chef places a white chocolate sphere and paints an edible artwork on the table with drops and strokes of Framboise a la Mascarpone, Raspberry Confit, Raspberries, Meringue Sticks, Vanilla Soil, Sponge Fingers and Mango Chutney on a piece of “newspaper-like” food grade paper.  To end the performance, we got to pick the white chocolate sphere and drop it in the middle of the art piece, creating a delectable mess on the table.

The ARTEASTRY is priced at RM128nett for 2 persons, and is available on weekends (Saturday & Sunday), from 1.00pm to 5.00pm at the TRACE Restaurant and Bar, in Element Kuala Lumpur.

  

With our Managing Editor Tim Chew and official photographer Andy Kho in the middle

 

The event was supported by Poh Kong who provided us with beautiful pearl necklaces

 

Mi A1

 

The event was also supported by Xiaomi who provided us with their latest model – the Mi A1. The Mi A1 runs on stock Android to offer a high-quality software experience designed by Google, underscoring Xiaomi’s commitment to providing more choices for users. Priced at RM999 in Malaysia, the Mi A1 is a beautifully-designed device that combines hardware innovations, including an optical zoom dual camera setup, with great Google-designed software.

Mi A1 incorporates a dual camera configuration similar to that in Mi 6, Xiaomi’s latest flagship device, with wide angle and telephoto lenses used to incredible effect. The two lenses allow Mi A1 to calculate what is in the foreground and what is in the background, creating a depth-of-field effect that typically requires a DSLR lens to achieve, allowing the user to create photos of unparalleled clarity and colour. In addition, an improved Beautify mode that makes selfies look more natural, now works with the both the front 5MP camera as well as the 12MP dual rear camera. Mi A1 supports 2x optical zoom, which makes photos of distant subjects remain clear, while 10x digital zoom is also supported.

While all that sounds pretty good on paper, how does it perform in real life? So we decided to snap some pics using the phone’s front and back cameras during the high-tea to see the results.

Here are the photos we shot with the Mi A1. Click on the individual photos to open a larger version.

 

 

Although it was a rather cloudy day, we were surprised to find that the indoor photos taken in the restaurant were sufficiently exposed, rendering bright and realistic colours as well as the option to be more artsy with the bokeh feature. The contrast and level of details were also pretty impressive for a mid-range smartphone, as seen in the photos of the pool.

The rear camera produced some very natural looking skin tones when shooting people, and even bokeh for portrait shoots. The girls were also impressed that the front camera allowed for decent selfies with an auto-beautify function – something every influencer loves.

Mi A1 is Xiaomi’s first Android One phone, with a software experience designed by Google, offering users a simple, pure Android phone that stays fresh over time with OS upgrades. As an Android One smartphone, Mi A1 comes with the most popular Google services built-in as default, such as free unlimited high quality storage from Google Photos.

Available in Black, Gold and Rose Gold, Mi A1 has an attractive full-metal body design that measures just 7.3mm in thickness, with discreet separation lines for a seamless look and rounded edges for great hand feel. It also comes with a rear fingerprint sensor.

Featuring a 5.5-inch 2.5D curved glass screen featuring Corning® Gorilla® Glass protection, Mi A1 also boasts a 10v power amplifier for deeper lows and higher volumes, ensuring it provides an immersive media experience. A dedicated amplifier also provides support for high-impedance headphones (up to 600 ohms).

Powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor based on the 14nm manufacturing process, as well as a 3080mAh battery, 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage making it a real value for money mid-range smartphone indeed!

 

Tech Specs & Features:

  • Premium full-metal body
  • Dual camera, optical zoom:
  • 12MP wide angle + 12MP telephoto
  • Exceptional portrait photography with background blur
  • Beautify, for natural selfie enhancements
  • 5MP front camera
  • Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 625 with 14nm FinFET technology (Octa-core 2.0GHz)
  • 4GB RAM + 64GB internal storage
  • Up to 128GB microSD expandable storage
  • 5.5-inch full-HD Corning® Gorilla® Glass display
  • 3080mAh battery, USB Type-C port
  • Rear fingerprint sensor
  • IR blaster, with Mi Remote App
  • Dual SIM (3-choose-2 hybrid SIM tray)
  • Dimensions: 155.4 x 75.8 x 7.3mm
  • Weight: 165g
  • Available in Black, Gold and Rose Gold
  • Stock Android

  

For more info, head over to:

Element Kuala Lumpur – http://www.elementkualalumpur.com/ or telephone 603 2771 3351 or email element.kualalumpur@elementhotels.com

Xiaomi – http://www.mi.com/my/

MHB – https://hottestbloggers.com/

 

 

Calvin Klein Watch and Jewelry Kiosk Launch at Suria KLCC, Kuala Lumpur

[Jewelry/ Timepieces]

  

We recently attended the launch of the new Calvin Klein kiosk in Suria KLCC, Kuala Lumpur, which has the largest collection of Calvin Klein jewelry, as well as the latest collection of Swiss-made timepieces/ watches which includes couple watches! Calvin Klein watches and jewelry is a partnership established back in 1997, of two 90’s iconic and pioneer established companies: Swatch Group and Calvin Klein.

The Calvin Klein watches and jewelry collections feature seductive yet clean and often minimalist aesthetic, with innovative, bold, progressive and seductive designs. First launched in 2004, the jewelry collection takes everyday life and the world as its source of inspiration. The original geometrical creations have given way to designs that are more fluid, organic, sensual and integrated; a reflection of the modern trend.

Calvin Klein Watches & Jewelry boutiques are located at Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, Suria KLCC, Sunway Pyramid, and Sunway Velocity. The products are also available at authorised dealers nationwide.

  

Kenny Lim, Brand Manager of Swatch Group Malaysia, Jose de Cardoso, the president of Swatch Group Malaysia & Singapore, and Pascal Scherer, the regional sales manager of Calvin Klein watches + jewelry (Left – Right)
Reem Shahwa was the MC for the event
Jose de Cardoso, the president of Swatch Group Malaysia & Singapore giving his speech
Pascal Scherer, the regional sales manager of Calvin Klein watches + jewelry giving an insight into the new kiosk
Pascal Scherer, the regional sales manager of Calvin Klein watches + jewelry

  

Here are some info on the key product lines available at the new Calvin Klein Watches and Jewelry kiosk at Suria KLCC (and their other outlets):

Couples Collections

Calvin Klein minimal

A classic revisited. Calvin Klein minimal. Inspired by vintage timepieces, this iconic offering for both men and women features a clean dial of exquisite control. Restrained and sophisticated, the new Calvin Klein minimal watch is offered in eight chromatic versions accented with different finishing – grey, black or brown PVD complemented with a mesh bracelet; stainless steel with a brown leather strap’ silver dial matching with a stainless steel flexible bracelet; or cool grey or olive green dial matching a silicone bracelet for ultimate comfort. Water resistant to 3 bar.

Calvin Klein hook

Open. Alluring. Calvin Klein hook. Simple and chic, this timeless offering has expanded to include three new styles. Each ring and bangle is available in either solid or Swarovski crystal-encrusted polished stainless steel or pink gold PVD to accent any modern look.

Ladies Collection

Calvin Klein disclose

Slender metal gracefully transitions from a bold tube to a thinner tube on these glamorous pieces. Calvin Klein disclose presents a contrast in colors and density that, once combined together, match perfectly. This simple but stunning set includes a choker, earrings, bangle and set of three rings – available in sizes 6 to 8 – in bicolor stainless steel and pink gold PVD or bicolor black PVD and yellow gold PVD.

Calvin Klein outline

Essential. Sophisticated. Calvin Klein outline. Calvin Klein outline reflects the absolute balance of two simplistic lines creating a pure and impactful shape. The new jewelry set is comprised of staples that can be worn at day or night for a radiant look. The offering is available in stainless steel, yellow gold PVD and pink gold PVD, and consists of a choker, open bangle, ring and small and large earrings that light up any outfit.

Gentlemens Collection

Calvin Klein steadfast

Sleek. Urban. Calvin Klein steadfast. The design and shapes that are native to the streets of a city inspire this structured and masculine timepiece. The architectural outlines perfectly illustrates this urban figures and call to mind the directional lines of the Brooklyn Bridge. Available in two versions – gent with silver or black dial accented by a black leather strap and chrono with silver or black accented by black leather strap – Calvin Klein steadfast adds the finishing touch to any sporty and refined look. Water resistant to 3 bar and some models up to 5 bar.

  

Thanks for having us!

  

Photo credits: Swatch Group Malaysia and author’s own

Joseristine Product Launch and Lunch with MHB Digital

[Beauty & Grooming]

 

MHB Digital (http://mhbdigital.com) recently organised a product launch and lunch for Joseristine with some of the country’s top beauty and lifestyle social media influencers and bloggers at Traders Hotel Kuala Lumpur.

Joseristine is a Hong Kong-based skincare brand established since 1995 by Choi Fung Hong. With the launch, the brand is now available in Malaysia and can be purchased online.

Their flagship product in Malaysia – the Joseristine Anti-Pollution Whitening Mask, is rich in chitosan – a type of sugar extracted from the outer skeleton of shellfish including crab, lobster and shrimp.

Besides the hydrating function, chitosan also helps in the absorption of heavy metals, provides UV protection, has antibacterial properties and is biodegradable.

  

  

The product consists of 2 parts – the mask sheet in the cup and a bottle of the essence. Prior to applying, simply pour the essence into the cup (with the mask inside) and shake it well.

Main ingredients of the Whitening Anti-Pollution Essence:

  • Fermented Yeast Extract – hydrating, soothing, anti-wrinkles, removes dark spot, firming.
  • Brown Rice Vinegar – whitening.
  • Natural Herbal Extract – soothing and resists sensitive.
  • Marine Matrix – hydrating and stimulates collagen growth.
  • Hyaluronic Acid – lasting moisture for the skin.

  

5-in-1 Potent Results:

  • Detox – helps clear pollutants from skin by removing make up residues and dirt.
  • Whitening – helps reduce skin melanin production and dullness for rejuvenated, bright skin.
  • Hydrating – natural potent moisturizers increase skin’s moisture level.
  • Minimizing pores – helps minimize pores and enhances the elasticity for soft, smooth and hydrated skin.
  • Anti-oxidant – potent repairing and anti-oxidants enhances firmness and delays skin aging.

  

Nadia Heng, Miss World Malaysia 2010 was a guest of honour at the launch

 

  

To purchase or for more info, head over to https://joseristinecfh.com/

 

Maui Jim x Malaya Optical x MHB Influencer Day

[Special Event]

Malaysia’s Hottest Bloggers (MHB) recently ran a collaborative engagement with renowned sunglasses brand Maui Jim from Hawaii and established eyewear specialist Malaya Optical. The engagement saw over two dozen notable social media influencers, beauty queens, as well as bloggers visit Malaya Optical in Uptown Damansara to check out the new range of Maui Jim sunglasses which landed on our shores not too long ago.

Maui Jim started out in 1980 as a small company selling sunglasses on the beach in Lahaina on the island of Maui, which is part of the Hawaiian islands. Maui is one of the lushest, most vibrant places on earth. Yet its intense sunlight creates conditions that hide the beauty of the island when viewed with the naked eye.

Recognising a blue ocean market for technology that could combat intense glare and harmful UV while bringing the brilliant colours of the island to life, Maui Jim developed their revolutionary PolarizedPlus2® lens, which provides greater colour, clarity, and detail, while shielding your eyes from glare and harmful UV.

Maui Jim’s patented multi-layered lens design allows more usable light to be transmitted to the eyes, resulting in unrivaled visual acuity, contrast and colour are the exquisite results. This allows the user to experience deeper, more saturated colours and higher levels of contrast in any environment.

The patented PolarisedPlus2® lens technology also eliminates 99.9% of glare and blocks 100% of harmful UV rays, and thus Maui Jim sunglasses are recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation as an effective UV filter for the eyes and surrounding skin. It is the only premium sunglasses brand carrying the Skin Cancer Foundation’s seal of approval.

Available in four lens colours, Maui Jim® offers an option for every level of light. Neutral Grey lenses offer contrast and the highest available glare reduction and are suitable for all light conditions, especially bright, direct sunlight. Maui Rose® lenses offer the sharpest contrast and image resolution. They are excellent for fast action activities, overcast or foggy days. HCL® (High Contrast Lens) Bronze lenses offer enhanced contrast and are ideal for hazy and low light conditions. The new HT™ (High Transmission) lenses are perfect for variable and low light conditions, haze, fog, or overcast days and feature a flattering palm tint without a distracting yellow cast.

Today, Maui Jim offers over 125 styles of sunglasses, 100% of which are polarized and protect from 100% of UVA and UVB rays, with Polarizedplus2® Lens Technology for brilliant colour so every detail is crisper and cleaner and without glare or harmful UV.

For more info, head over to http://www.mauijim.com

Miss Astro Chinese International Pageant 2017 winner Moon Tan and 3rd runner-up Mika Song trying out the Maui Jim sunglasses
Mika Song
Miss World Malaysia 2010 Nadia Heng
Miss World Malaysia 2011 Chloe Chen
Founder of PersonEDGE Choo Mei Sze

Crystal Swung
Apple Tan

Verene Lew

Sylvia Tan

Liyee
Grace Chong
Annekie
Nicole Nana
Jenny Ma
Fish Fong
Nicole Fu
Veve Choy
Khai Sin
Khai Sin and Serene Khoo

May Ho

Ryan Ho, the owner of Malaya Optical with the Hawaiian Hula dancers

Malaya Optical only hires qualified optometrist who will examine not only examine, but also advise on the condition of patients’ eyes, and are trained to recognise diseases of the eye, such as glaucoma and cataract, as well as general health conditions such as diabetes.

Optometrists in Malaya Optical especially in they HQ Damansara Uptown are aided by many state of the art instruments such as Slit Lamp with Optical Digital Zoom Camera by Nikon (to examine contact lenses fitting and cataract),  Non Contact Relax Tonometer by Reichert (to examine Inter Ocular Pressure, IOP or Glaucoma),  High Definition Digital Retina Imaging by Canon (to examine Diabetic Retinopathy, Macular Degeneration  or Retina Atrophy), Zeiss iProfiler Occular Wavefront Aberrometer, Autorefractometer, Atlas Corneal Topographer, and Keratometer (to examine Refractive Errors to 0.125 Diopter and also Corneal Curvature for better fit of soft or RGP contact lenses), Zeiss Relax Vision Terminal (to examine pupillary distance and multi-focal precision fitting height) and more.

Apart from Maui Jim, the boutique carries a huge range of eyewear collections from designer frames to branded sunglasses such as Swiss flex, Wolfgang Proksch, Mykita, Coppe Sid, Derek Lam, Marc Jacobs, JF Rey, Calvin Klein, Whiteout & Glare, Blackfin, Less Than Human, Unodstrial, Tag Heuer, Oakley, Markus T, Moschino, Lafont, ByWP, Parasite, Boz, Round Frames, Retro Frames, Anitque Frames, Aha, Benetton, Burberry, Bywp, Coach, Emporio Armani, Fendi, Giogio Armani, GF Ferrer, Haus Marke, John Richmond, Max Mara, Miu Miu, Moschino, Nike, Prada, Paris Hilton, Robert Marc, Romeo Gigly, Rudy Project, Sama, Victor Rolf, Vivien Westwood, Zero Rh, Andy Wolf, Bevel, Blackfin, Boz, Byblos, Coppe + Sid, Derapage, Derek Lam, Dun, Dutz, Eco, Envisu, Face Font, Ferragamo, Frank Kids, Free Form Green, Gotti, Hana, Lotto, Metzler, Modo, IC Berlin, Parasite, Noego, Paul Smith, Perfect Number, Plasta, Ultem, Superdry, Staffan Preutz, Synergi, Spvvyi, Salt, Carbon Fiber, Undostrial and many more.

Malaya Optical outlets are located at:

Damansara Uptown

71, SS21/37 Damansara Uptown, 47400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor

GPS North 03 8.122 East 101 37.403

Tel: 03-7728 0228/03-7710 8550

Operating Hours: Monday-Saturday: 10.30am – 9pm, Sunday: 10.30am – 7pm

Subang Jaya

C5, SS15/4d, 47500 Subang Jaya, Selangor

Tel: 03-5631 3328

GPS North 304.473 East 101 35.430

Tel: 03-5631 3328

Operating Hours: Monday-Saturday: 10.30am – 9pm, Sunday: 10.30am – 7pm

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/malayaoptical

Website: http://www.malayaoptical.com

 

If your brand needs cost-effective digital publicity, be it social media engagement or content marketing, drop us a line at elaine@myhotbloggers.com to see what we can do for you!

 

MHB High Tea in Partnership with Claude Bernard Timepieces and Saujana Hotel

[Special Event]

Malaysia’s Hottest Bloggers (MHB) recently had a special high tea together with our partners Claude Bernard timepieces in an event hosted by Senja Italian Restaurant, The Club Saujana Resort. 

Claude Bernard is an innovative watch manufacturer located in the Jura Mountains of Switzerland, which produces Swiss made classic timepieces with an eminent watchmaking heritage of over 40 years since 1973. Claude Bernard timepieces are an affordable luxury item designed for the discerning customer with an eye for high craftsmanship quality and elegance that only a hand-assembled Swiss made timepiece can offer.

Today, the brand is available in over 60 countries, and the professional watchmakers working for Claude Bernard, the Swiss watch factory in “Les Genevez – Le centre du Jura”, hand-assemble every single Claude Bernard timepiece, honouring a centuries-old tradition. No watch leaves the workshops without a thorough inspection and rigorous testing in the company’s state-of-the-art facilities.

Claude Bernard timepieces are available in Malaysia at Parkson KLCC 1st Floor, Kuala Lumpur, SOGO 3rd Floor, Kuala Lumpur, Parkson Sunway Velocity Ground Floor, Kuala Lumpur and for more info or the full list of retailers, head over to http://www.claudebernard.ch/

The high tea was hosted by Senja Italian restaurant in The Club Saujana Resort which has a charming dining area and a beautiful alfresco terrace surrounded by a cascading pool and lush gardens. Senja has an open kitchen concept, and with Chef Marco at the helm, serves Italian dishes from warm and cold starters, hearty pastas, delicate seafood, succulent meats, pizzas and freshly baked breads done right in a wood-fired oven.

The Club Saujana Resort is a luxury boutique hotel with 105 elegant suite sized rooms, located just 10 mins from Subang Skypark Airport and close to the townships of Subang, Shah Alam and Petaling Jaya. The resort is surrounded by 160 hectares of lush tropical forest gardens and water features, with two adjoining 18-hole championship golf courses.

Claude Bernard is distributed in Malaysia by Crystal Time.

Telephone: 03-30008688

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ClaudeBernardMalaysiaBrunei/

Website: http://www.crystaltime.com.sg/

For more info on Senja and The Club Saujana Resort, head over to http://www.shr.my/the-club-saujana-resort/

Photography by Andy Kho (www.andykho.com)

If your brand needs cost-effective digital publicity, be it social media engagement or content marketing, drop us a line at elaine@myhotbloggers.com to see what we can do for you!

Photos shot by our official photographer Andy Kho!

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THE FACE SHOP Miracle Finish Cushions & Moisture Touch Lipstick

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Our girls have been having a wonderful time trying out the new range of Miracle Finish Cushions and Moisture Touch Lipsticks from THE FACE SHOP. The brand originates from Korea and is a leading global cosmetic retail brand in the upper value segment offering more than 1,000 lavish products for facial and body skin care, cosmetic, hair and aromatherapy. THE FACE SHOP products are inspired by nature, and the brand is recognized as one of the fastest growing global brands, with more than 1,700 stores in 34 countries worldwide.

THE FACE SHOP Miracle Finish cushions now comes in new packaging and is available in 6 types for different functions namely:

Oil Control Water Cushion – prevent makeup from clumping with sebum control and matte finish to maintains refreshing, bright complexion suitable for oily or combination skin

CC Intense Cover Cushion – contains 7 types of flower oils and extract for making dry skin dewy and radiant and make your skin look perfectly flawless with high coverage

CC Ultra Moist Cushion – deeply moisturizing effect that gives a dewy and glowing effect. It covers fine lines for smooth skin and gives natural glow to the skin.

CC Cooling Cushion – great moisture function with cooling effect to give the skin an instant moisture recharge that is dry from the heat and it is long-lasting + light weight.

CC Long Lasting Cushion – contains primer that makes the skin smoother and long-lasting. It comes in handy if you are looking for a cushion that stays the same even with frequent retouching.

BB Power Perfection Cushion – contains moisturizing and regenerating ingredients that helps to maintain skin elasticity and strong coverage to hide blemishes with matt finish. An alternative for you for easy to carry and to apply if you have been a frequent user of The Face Shop Power Perfection BB Cream. 

They are priced at RM104.83 while the refill is RM62.43 (inclusive of GST).

 

 

THE FACE SHOP’s new Moisture Touch Lipstick comes in 20 different shades, and provides three (3) kinds of layering effects.

1. Moisturising layer that replenishes the lip barrier – Serum formula with 10% Squalene adds rich moisture to apply more for dewy plump lips.

2. Vivid colour layering without any clumping – High density colour compact system for more vivid, richer colours with every coat of lipstick.

3. Glossy layering like getting a clear coating – Softly applies and smoothly conditions the lips for glossy, wrinkle-free lips.

 

 

Did you know that there are seven (7) Timeless Lipstick Looks?

Coral Lip

Tired of pink and orange lips? Feeling like wearing bright yet still natural lips? The sweet coral hue that lies between peach and orange is the colour just for you. Coral lips for hitting the beach, friend’s wedding, or just a casual walk by the street, flatter your lips with the Moisture Touch Lipstick sweet coral.

 

Is Orange The New Red?

Orange is no longer a summer shade nor is it a shade that replaces red. It is a flattering hue for diverse skin tones that is a steady colour for all seasons. Discover your own orange shade and pair it with a peachy blush that will warm up the cold season. You can also go bold with a pop of orange lip look and you will surely be remembered as the beach girl always, in style.

 

Pink Soul Mate

From nude, baby to hot pink, have you found your pink soul mate yet? Discover the right pink shade for you with the Moisture Touch Lipstick that has four different pink shades to choose from. Pink lip inspired makeup looks such as MLBB (my lips but better) using a nude pink shade or ‘dry rose lip makeup lip’ have now become a daily look. Find your shade and own it!

 

Classic Red Lips

The signature classic red colour that never go out of style is here to stay for good…planning for that night out with your girl friends? Not sure what makeup to wear on that first date? No need to worry, find your favourite shade of red from the Moisture Touch Lipstick line for a look you can wear all season long.

 

Wearable Shades of Purple

Usually when we think of purple lips, we tend to think of an edgy colour that seems too striking to pull off for some. Why not try the Moisture Touch Lipstick that has two wearable shades of purple. Try pairing the two shades to create a plum colour of your own.

 

90’s Brown Lip Revival

Recall those days back in the 90’s when brown lipstick was not the alternative but the shade of the day. The one and only brown shade from the Moisture Touch Lipstick range, BR01 City Brown is a shade you will not regret using for during Fall/ Winter. This brown shade can be paired with any classic outfit.

 

Natural Lips With Beige

Not sure what lip colour to wear? Swipe on a beige toned nude lipstick to create an effortless look for everyday wear. Find the nude shade that flatters your skin tone. The Moisture Touch Lipstick comes in three shades to choose from. Warm up your complexion with these shades this season!

 

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Diamonds may be a girl's best friend, but lipsticks & cc cooling cushion runs a close second. A flawless lipstick look can give you a major power-woman confidence boost , but nothing quite kills that vibe like a dry, flakey pout staring back at you in the mirror after a few hours of wear. @thefaceshopmalaysia 's moisture touch lipsticks help keeping my pucker moisturized all day long ! The CC ultra moist cushion is a life-saver for girls who works in the air-conditioning office like me. Price : Moisture Touch Lipstick : RM 63.49 . Miracle Finish Cushion : RM 104.83 . #moisturetouchlipsticks #miraclefinish #mycushion #thefaceshopmalaysia #beautyblog #lipstick #foundation #cosmetics #makeup #makeuptutorial @thefaceshopmalaysia

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In Malaysia, THE FACE SHOP currently has a total 51 outlets in both East and West Malaysia, located at Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, Mid Valley Megamall Kuala Lumpur, 1 Utama Shopping Centre, The Curve, Sunway Pyramid, Aeon Cheras Selatan Shopping Centre, Aeon Bukit Tinggi Klang, Paradigm Mall, Nu Sentral , Sunway Putra, 101 Putrajaya, KL Festival Mall, Quill City Mall, Aeon Maluri, The Mines, Setia City Mall, Empire Gallery, Berjaya Times Square, Gurney Plaza Penang, Queensbay Mall Penang, Aeon Bukit Mertajam, Sunway Carnival Penang, Sg Petani Lagenda Village Mall, Aeon Taiping, Taiping Mall, Aeon Sri Manjung,  Aman Sentral Alor Setar, Ipoh Kinta City, Aeon Station 18, Ipoh, Aeon Kota Bahru, Mahkota Parade Melaka, Aeon Melaka, KB Mall Kelantan, Mentakab Star Mall Pahang, Palm Mall Seremban, East Coast Mall Kuantan, Aeon Tebrau Johor, City Square Johor, Aeon Bukit Indah Johor, KSL City Johor, Kluang Mall Johor, Batu Pahat Johor, Aeon Kulaijaya Johor, , Bintang Miri Sarawak, Oceanus Kota Kinabalu, Times Square Kota Kinabalu, The Spring Kuching and 1 Borneo Kota Kinabalu.

For more information, head over to http://www.thefaceshop.my or http://www.facebook.com/thefaceshopmalaysia

MHB March/ April Babies Birthday Party at PLOY @ Clearwater Damansara

[Special Event]

 

Three (3) of our members namely our official photographer Andy Kho (who turned 40!), Spicy Sharon and Aerisk Ong had their birthdays in March and April thus we decided to organise a little gathering to celebrate and PLOY at Clearwater Damansara was the very gracious host for the event! PLOY means “gem” in Thai and the style of food at the establishment was modern Asian with some Thai + Japanese influence as well as some Asian + Western dishes and has everything from sushi, sashimi, pizza, pasta, burgers, and everything in between!

This outlet at Clearwater Damansara was the original outlet which was opened a couple of years ago and remains a favourite among the working crowd at Clearwater and neighbouring office buildings due to its good fare and reasonable pricing. There is also a newly opened branch at Publika, Kuala Lumpur.

 

Crispy Baby Squid

These were great especially if eaten with beer/ wine as the lovely savoury flavours made these incredibly addictive!

Ploy’s Pomelo Salad

Roasted Duck, Fresh Lime, Mint Leaf, Chili

A very refreshing salad with chunks of sweet pomelo on top. The mixture of tastes and textures in this dish made it a very appetising salad indeed!

Avocado Salad

Romaine, Radicchio, and iceberg lettuce with ginger dressing

The richness of the avocado was balanced out nicely by the ginger dressing which provided a little zing to this salad!

 

Popcorn Chicken Pizza

Crispy Chicken, Tobiko, Sweet Pineapple

Looked very weird but tasted pretty fine! This was a play on the classic Hawaiian pizza with tobiko adding some Japanese influence while the crispy popcorn chicken replaced the chicken chunks.

Spicy Salmon Pizza

Oyster Mushroom, Tobiko, Fresh Mint Leaf

This one was simply awesome and incredibly delicious! The mix of salmon and oyster mushroom together with the tobiko and mint leafs might sound rather odd but it worked perfectly! Try not to share this pizza among too many people or you’ll find yourself ordering another one.

Enter The Dragon (Sushi)

Deep Fried Jumbo Shrimp, Sliced Avocado, topped with Tobiko

Maki rolls are definitely a favourite item here.

Seared Salmon Nigiri

Fresh Salmon, sushi rice and sauce

Use the seaweed to hold the sushi and pop it into your mouth for an explosion of flavours!

So good it deserved the second photo!

Pan Fried Sea Bass

with mild spicy Thai pesto

Duck Confit

with mash potato, honey balsamic vinaigrette

Ploy’s Black Fried Rice

Squid Ink, Seafood, Crunchy Thai Sweet Basil, Egg Yolk

Pour out the yolk from the shell onto the rice then mix it well!

Linguine Mentaiko

with nori, fresh cream

Everyone of us agreed that this was a really remarkable and tasty pasta dish! Simple yet delicious!

Durian Panacotta

PLOY only uses ‘Raja Kunyit’ durians in this durian dessert

Really really good! We really can’t eat normal panacotta anymore without comparing it to this one which actually had small pieces of durian inside and had a very strong durian flavour which we durian lovers desire in a durian dish.

Decadent Chocolate Fondant

served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream

Chocolate lava cake = a favourite among females any day!

Then it was time for the cake cutting!

 

If you’re looking for somewhere nice in the upmarket Damansara Heights that serves good fusion fare without breaking the bank, PLOY is certainly a viable option. We will definitely return for more of the spicy salmon pizza, seared salmon nigiri and linguine mentaiko! The private room is good for parties of around 10 pax and provides a very Insta-worthy backdrop!

 

PLOY DAMANSARA is located at:

G-02, Ground Floor, Work@Clearwater,

Changkat Semantan, off Jalan Semantan,

Damansara Heights,

50490 Kuala Lumpur.

 

Telephone: +603 2095 0999

Website: http://ploywithyourfood.com

 

OPENING HOURS:

Monday to Friday

12.00pm – 3.00pm ;

6.00pm – 10.30pm

Saturday

6.00pm – 10.30pm

Closed on Sundays

Public Holidays

6.00pm – 11.00pm

 

Photo credits: Andy Kho Photography (www.andykho.com)

 

MHB Christmas Party 2016

[Special Event]

 

Malaysia’s Hottest Bloggers had our Christmas Party at Gobo Upstairs Lounge & Grill at Traders Hotel in an event held in partnership with Traders Hotel Kuala Lumpur as well as Calvin Klein fragrances and Kerastase.

 

The venue was the private room in Gobo Upstairs Lounge & Grill, Traders Hotel Kuala Lumpur

The beautiful table decor added to the mood of the afternoon!

A delicious high-tea spread awaited us on the tiered trays as well as a small buffet!

Spicy Sharon enjoying her food!

 

Many thanks to our two product sponsors for the event – Calvin Klein fragrances and Kerastase.

The girls were thrilled to receive the products!

 

Endless Euphoria Calvin Klein is a feminine, fruity, floral fragrance that is refreshingly light and radiant. Endless Euphoria Calvin Klein translates the provocative fantasy of the iconic Euphoria fragrance into a sunlit daydream filled with cherry blossoms and an air of sheer sensuality.

This latest addition to the Euphoria family opens with an intoxicating breeze of cherry blossoms, tipped with refreshing mandarin and bergamot. the heart blooms with beguiling floral notes of violet, pastel rose and syringa. at the base, bamboo, sandalwood, and bare musk exude a dream-like seduction.

Fragrance Notes

Top: cherry blossom, mandarin, bergamot

Mid: violet, pastel rose accord, syringa

Dry: bamboo, sandalwood, bare musk accord

 

The original Euphoria bottle design reinterpreted with a refreshing new lightness, while embracing its original, sensuous curves. exuding a delicate blush-peach hue and soft pink juice. The translucent glass bottle takes on a taller, softly-rounded silhouette, giving the effect of a sheer and weightless aesthetic with an infinitely polished look. The rectangular cap features clean, architectural lines in a new rose gold cast, while a lavender dip tube adds an unexpectedly modern finishing touch.

The outer carton is an elegant and fresh interpretation of the classic Euphoria box, designed with a gradient from warm peach to light lavender. a softly curved petal completes the feminine design.

The Endless Euphoria Calvin Klein line is currently available at most major departmental stores and specialty shops in Malaysia with the eau de parfum spray priced at:

  • 1.4oz/40ml – RM225
  • 2.5oz/75ml – RM339
  • 4.2oz/125ml – RM419

 

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If you're happy and you know it, then your face will surely show it😁 The gift of intense nourishment @kerastase_official the limited edition full size set that provides optimal nutrition without weighing down hair 💁🏼 🎁Gift set contains : 🔸cleanse : Bain Satin 2, 250ml moisturizing shampoo 🔸 treat : Lait Vital, 200ml restoring conditioner 🔸 Prime : Nectar Thermique ,150ml thermo-protective blow dry primer ♥️my favorite 😍 . . . Thank you Malaysia's Hottest Bloggers @timchew1311 for the marvelous treat ! 📷 by @andykho #kerastase #giftset #christmas #christmasgift #hair #optimalnutrition #ootd #flyingindance #malaysiahottestbloggers #lifestyleblogger #christmas2016 #kerastasemy #mhbchristmasparty

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Receive a free Kerastase Texturiser when purchase a set of Kerastase 3-step hair care ritual from any Kerastase Authorised Salons in Malaysia (while stocks last).

For the full list of participating salons, head over to http://hair-salons.kerastase.com/geolocation?lat=3.161799907684326&lng=101.5979995727539

 

Traders Hotel Kuala Lumpur also prepared a beautiful cake to mark our anniversary which we celebrated in November

The photos were shot by our official photographer and founding member Andy Kho (www.andykho.com)

 

Gobo Upstairs Lounge & Grill is located on the 6th floor of:

Traders Hotel Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur City Centre,

50088 Kuala Lumpur,

Malaysia.

 

Website: http://www.shangri-la.com/kualalumpur/traders/

 

Operation Hours (Lounge): 10:00am to 1:00am

Operation Hours (Grill):        

LUNCH: 12:00pm to 2:30pm Monday to Friday

DINNER : 6:30pm to 10:30pm daily (10:15pm – last order)

Reservations (Gobo Upstairs): 603 2332 9910

Hotel’s Telephone: 603-23329888

Email: goboupstairs.thkl@tradershotels.com

 

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all of us at MHB!

Triumph “My Beautiful Me” Launch

[Fashion]

 

Triumph celebrates the beauty in women through its “MY Beautiful Me” campaign which is in partnership with Parkson. We headed over to 1 Utama Shopping Centre on 6 December 2016 for the launch of Triumph’s new campaign which featured a fashion show showcasing its winter 2016 collection. The annual campaign highlights Triumph’s expertise, style, evolution and dedication of being the purveyor of women’s confidence.

We were among over 200 guests in an evening which began with a special performance by Metero; Glitter speed painter who amazed guests with his glitter painting skills. This was followed by the fashion show encompassing the campaign’s highlights of My Beautiful Me – Adore, Cherish and Shine. These three highlights showcased different themes; Cherish being pretty yet sassy, Adore encompassed fun yet beautiful and Shine showcased glamour with a hint of sexiness.

Models strutted the runway in different Triumph’s stylish designs with beautiful dazzling shades of colours. to the tunes of songstress Poova who performed a few numbers. Also seen at the event were celebrities – Heidi Nazarudin, Amber Chia and Thanuja Ananthan.

The “My Beautiful Me” campaign reflects the journey of Triumph, from campaigning for women to find the one to ending the year with wanting women to love and appreciate themselves for who they are. This campaign showcases Triumph’s strong commitment as the world’s leading lingerie brand that encourages women feel beautiful inside and outside, plus to love and appreciate themselves, regardless of age and shape. 

 

 

 

For more info, head over to http://my.triumph.com/

  

Thanks for having us!

Dior Opens Its Doors in Suria KLCC

[Luxury Fashion]

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We headed over to Suria KLCC on 1 December 2016 for the official launch of the new Dior boutique which is the House’s second in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The new boutique, which has a prime location in Kuala Lumpur’s iconic Suria KLCC mall, has been designed to reflect the legendary elegance and modernity of the world of Dior.

The boutique takes inspirations from the original Paris flagship on Avenue Montaigne, and provides a sleek and open environment. The store houses women’s ready-to-wear, accessories, shoes, a special area for handbags, and the quintessential dedicated VIP area and fitting room. The decor features lustrous, monochromatic details, dramatic accents of chrome and glass and sumptuous furnishings, reflecting the timeless elegance of Dior within a modern and extremely sophisticated setting.

A number of specially-chosen art pieces from prominent international artists can be viewed in Dior KLCC – as Christian Dior was a patron of the arts. The ready-to-wear area, with its cabochon floor, is the perfect home for the hurricane mirror by Fredrikson Stallard as well as a cityscape credenza by the eminent American artist Paul Evans and a stool by Thierry Lemaire. The artist Oyoram created a video installation specifically for the new location.

 

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The Dior boutique in Suria KLCC is located at:

LC-G01& G23b, Ground Floor, Suria KLCC,

Kuala Lumpur City Centre,

50088 Kuala Lumpur,

Malaysia.

 

Opening Hours: Monday To Sunday (10:00am To 10:00pm)

Photo credits: Dior Malaysia and author’s own

MHB’s November Babies Birthday Dinner at ANTE 1 Utama Shopping Centre

[Special Feature]

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We decided to have an intimate gathering to celebrate our November babies’ birthdays which included Choo Mei Sze, Kelly Lee and our Managing Editor Tim Chew, and Ante in 1 Utama Shopping Centre, Petaling Jaya very generously hosted us for a little dinner party.

Ante is a really popular addition to the host of food and beverage options at 1 Utama Shopping Centre as they bring modern Western style dining featuring a whole host of pork dishes. The outlet is tremendously popular among the Damansara/ Petaling Jaya folk, and is bustling during dinner and weekends.

 

Glenlivet were nice enough to sponsor some single malt whisky to go with the celebration
Glenlivet were nice enough to sponsor some single malt whisky to go with the celebration

 

Loccitane too generously sponsored some products for not only the November babies but all the guests at our little dinner.

While Ante prepared an amazing spread for us!

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Tasting Platter

A platter serving for 2 -3 persons, it has smoked duck cubes, Iberico ham, Spanish white ham, olive oil infused rock melon served with ricotta cheese & thyme and toasted sourdough slices with French butter.

This dish is great for sharing over some drinks with the savoury flavours complementing beers or wines. Also great if you have not tasted these items before as it gives you a little taste of some of their signature items.

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Pumpkin Veloute

Roasted pumpkin and herbs served with garlic toast

A very heartwarming soup which is rich in flavour and went perfectly with the crusty garlic toast.

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House Smoked Bacon

3 slices of ANTE’s own house smoked bacon served with seeded mustard

This one is heaven for any bacon lover. The smoky flavours very evident while the meat was wonderfully flavourful. A must order dish at ANTE!

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Jamon Iberico

A single portion of selected Iberico ham slices with extra virgin olive oil infused rock melons, garnished with ricotta cheese and thyme.

More Jamon Iberico ham for us as it was just so lovely! The savoury taste was nicely balanced out by the melons and cheese.

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Miso Pork Belly

Succulent pork belly cubes served with Japanese miso based sauce and topped with a crispy herbed crust

When they say succulent they really mean it and it totally was just that! Beautiful and melt in the mouth with a depth of flavours coming from the miso and herbed crust. A must order dish for any pork lover.

And because it was so good we just had to share another photo of it!
And because it was so good we just had to share another photo of it!

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Garden Duck Salad

A salad made of lettuce, grilled watermelon, smoked duck slices and pecans nuts dressed with tangy orange brandy reduction

Something slightly healthier so we wouldn’t feel so guilty about the meal. The smoked duck slices balanced out the taste of the greens while the orange brandy reduction balanced out the whole dish.

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Char Grilled Pork Shoulder Steak

The shoulder cut with the best marbling of fat to dark meat ratio that gives a burst of flavor with each bit, served with creamy mashed potatoes, green salad & rosemary sauce.

The highlight of our dinner – the pork steaks!

A tender and flavourful cut of pork that went beautifully with the rosemary sauce.

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Char grilled Pork Ribeye Steak

The rib eye cut that has the best of both worlds, offering lean white meat and dark meat. Served with roasted potatoes, green salad and truffle butter sauce.

The truffle butter sauce added a richness and fragrance to this steak, making it very appetising indeed!

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Pork Diane

The striploin cut, served ala Diane style, which comprises of roasted potatoes, green pea mash and Diane sauce which is made from cream, brandy & mushrooms.

This was our favourite as it was just such a hearty dish! The sauce went with everything – the roasted potatoes, green pea mash and of course the striploin. Our recommendation? Ask for extra sauce as you won’t be able to get enough of it!

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Char grilled Black Pepper Striploin

A striploin cut which is almost entirely lean meat cooked tender over a charcoal grill, served with an aromatic black pepper sauce, french fries & green salad.

This one comes with black pepper sauce which is a Malaysian favourite. Even though the cut was pretty lean, the meat was still juicy and tender while the fries were nice and crispy!

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Charsiu Curry Cream Pasta

A spicy & creamy pairing of curry and char siu brings together a combination of spicy and sweet with a very soft and melt in your mouth char siu.

A terrible sinful yet amazingly delicious dish. However as it’s pretty rich you might want to share this one.

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Carbonara

A white cream based pasta dish served using linguine pasta with bacon and parmesan cheese

Another very sinful pasta dish and as with the char sie pasta above, we recommend that you share this one as it’s pretty rich!

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Valrhona Chocolate Delice

– ANTE’s signature dessert, a chocolate slice made from Valrhona Dark Chocolate, rich and smooth, it has a feuilletine base for a crispy bite and served with Earl Grey tea cream and fresh fruits

No girl can say no to this decadent rich dark chocolate dessert!

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Apple Crumble

A comforting dessert with a crumbly top and base holding a warm sweet & tangy center of cooked apples. Served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and salted caramel syrup.

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Crème brûlée

A smooth and silky vanilla custard served in a glass jar topped with a crunchy sugar coating of caramel torched ala minute

Our girls loved this one as it was creamy and elegantly served in a little jar.

 

Just look at that fabulous spread!
Just look at that fabulous spread!
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Many thanks for hosting us ANTE!

 

We can see why ANTE is so popular with diners as their food is scrumptious while there are also good happy hour draught beer and bucket packages on offer making this an ideal choice for a family dinner, happy hours session, and casual dining.

 

ANTE at 1 UTAMA SHOPPING CENTRE is located at:

LOT F346, NEW WING, RAINFOREST,

1 Utama Shopping Centre,

1, Lebuh Bandar Utama,

Bandar Utama,

47800 Petaling Jaya,

Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia.

 

Opening hours :

Mon-Thu :  10:00 am – 10:00 pm

Fri-Sat :  10:00 am – 10:30 pm

Sun :  10:00 am – 10:00 pm

 

TEL : +60377325204

Website: http://www.ante.com.my/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/anteporksteaks/

 

Photo credits: Andy Kho Photography (www.andykho.com)

 

Us with Kevin of ANTE
Us with Kevin of ANTE

Malaysia’s Hottest Bloggers’ 5th Anniversary Party

[Special Event]

 

Malaysia’s Hottest Bloggers celebrated our 6th anniversary with a get-together at 8 Gourmets Gala (EGG) in Pinacle Sunway in an event which was supported by Estee Lauder, Sally Hansen, Cotton On, AD Time, Carlsberg Malaysia and EGG. EGG is a unique open concept dining experience consisting of eight (8) different eateries and bars under one roof – Caffeinees (homegrown cafe), Hook & Cook (marketplace – inspired western seafood restaurant), Malt Berry Apes (wine cellar and whiskey bar), Yi (Gourmet Kitchen), Hakka Crab (premium hawker delights), Chiyo Sushi (authentic Japanese cuisine), Nibbles (soup, salad and sandwich bar) and Confessions of Lady Laura (dessert haven).

 

Many thanks to our various sponsors – Estee Lauder, Sally Hansen, Cotton On, AD Time, Carlsberg Malaysia and EGG

Refreshing Somersby Cider and Kronenbourg 1664 Blanc to go with the delicious high-tea spread provided by EGG

 

 

When Estée Lauder first launched their Night Repair in 1982, they were the first cosmetic company to use a pharmacy-inspired brown bottle to reinforce the product’s serious skin care sentiment. The iconic “little brown bottle” with the apothecary dropper would go on to become a staple in many women’s cosmetics cabinets all around the world.

The original Night Repair formula was the first serum ever created, and the first skincare product to use Hyaluronic Acid. Everything about the original Night Repair formula was unique – the texture, the formula, the technology – and remains so to this very day

The new Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II formula has 25+ patents and patents-pending worldwide, making it so revolutionary, it is patented until 2021.

Today, the Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair (ANR) is one of the best-selling, best-performing products in Estée Lauder history, with ANR being Estée Lauder’s number one repair serum, with approximately 9 bottles of ANR are sold every minute.

For more info, head over to http://www.esteelauder.com.my/product/681/26959/product-catalog/skincare/advanced-night-repair/synchronized-recovery-complex-ii

 

 

The Sally Hansen “Royal Splendor” Miracle Gel™ Collection introduces three (3) new monarch-magnificent shades to the Miracle Gel™ lineup. Sally Hansen Miracle Gel™ will keep your manicure looking majestic with up to 14 days of colour and shine. The revolutionary, #1 zero light gel manicure system has seven (7) new hues in its “Royal Splendor” collection. 

The “Royal Splendor” collection features three new regal shades:

  • Regal Rosé Wine and dine — or let them eat cake — in a sparkling pale peony
  • Off with her Red! Hold court with this vibrant, true red
  • Prince Char-mint A refreshingly Versailles-worthy pale verdant hue

When applied over the Miracle Gel™ shades, the Miracle Gel™ Top Coat volumizes as it protects, making it more chip-resistant than regular nail polish. Once applied, this gel top coat provides a high-gloss finish and mirror shine – providing the look of a gel manicure at home, without the trip to a salon.

Miracle Gel’s two-step application is super-simple:

  1. First, apply two thin coats of Miracle Gel™ colour to clean, bare nails.
  2. Then, apply one coat of the Miracle Gel™ Top Coat.

Natural light cures the polish, yielding a manicure that resembles a UV / LED cured gel polish. It removes easily with regular nail polish remover.

The new Miracle Gel™ “Royal Splendor” shades comes with the Recommended Retail Price of RM36.90 and are available from December 2016 onwards at selected Watsons, Guardian, Sasa Malaysia, Caring and Parkson.

 

 

In 25 years, the Cotton On Group has grown to become Australia’s largest value fashion group, with seven brands in 18 countries across the world, driven by a team of over 20,000 passionate people, and growing.

Cotton On stores in Malaysia are located at:

Avenue K, Pavilion KL, The Curve, 1 Utama Shopping Centre, Paradigm Mall, Setia City Mall, 1Borneo Hypermall, Johor Premium Outlet, KLCC, Sunway Pyramid and Cheras Sentral.

For more info, head over to http://cottonon.com/MY/

 

 

AD Time presented each of our influencers with a beautiful and elegant Esprit timepiece which comes in rose gold, is made from stainless steel, and is water-resistant. The timepiece is versatile enough to match a variety of outfits – from smart casual to something a little more formal.

Esprit timepieces are distributed by AD Time and for more info, head over to http://www.adtime.com.my/ or https://www.instagram.com/adtimemy/

 

Photos shot by our official photographer and founding member Andy Kho (www.andykho.com)

Here’s to another great give years!

 

8 Gourmets Gala is located at:

Suite G-01, Ground Floor, Pinnacle Annexe,

Persiaran Lagoon, Bandar Sunway,

47500 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia.

 

Website: http://www.8gourmetsgala.com/

Telephone: 017-948 8684

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/8gourmetsgala/

Business Hours: Daily from 11.00am to 1.00am

 

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Nomi Tomo Sake Bar Review

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Malaysia’s Hottest Bloggers’ members Stephanie Lim, Kate Lee, Sharon Loh, as well as our official photographer Andy Kho and Managing Editor Tim Chew headed over to Nomi Tomo in Plaza Damansara recently to try out the new establishment’s wide range of sakes.

The sake drinking scene in Kuala Lumpur has changed with the addition of Nomi Tomo Sake Bar to the food and beverage scene in Damansara Heights. Finally, KL-ites and sake lovers have an avenue to enjoy various types of sakes, including some flavoured ones which the fairer sex finds pretty irresistible.

Nomi Tomo, which means “Drinking Buddies” in Japanese, was established in 2015 by four (4) drinking buddies turned partners who first met in Melbourne. However, back in Kuala Lumpur, they discovered that it was pretty difficult to find quality sake hence they decided to open their own sake bar and import in various brands of sake from Japan. Thus Nomi Tomo Sake Bar was born and it is Kuala Lumpur’s very first sake specialty bar, with wide range of sake and some food items to go along with it.

Nomi Tomo is located in Plaza Damansara in Damansara Heights, Kuala Lumpur and occupies two (2) shoplots on the upper floor of the row of shoplots near the Maybank branch. It stays true to the concept of a sake bar, and is an ideal venue for casual get-togethers, after-work drinks, or special occasions such as birthday/ anniversaries or even company events.

 

MHB's Kate Lee, Stephanie Lim and Sharon Loh

MHB’s Kate Lee, Stephanie Lim and Sharon Loh

The interior is dark and cosy

The interior is dark and cosy

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The various sakes available are displayed on the walls with the product info and price detailed beside it

The various sakes available are displayed on the walls with the product info and price detailed beside it

Take your time and browse through the large selection

Take your time and browse through the large selection

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Not a sake drinker? Nomi Tomo serves Japanese beers as well!

Not a sake drinker? Nomi Tomo serves Japanese beers as well!

Not forgetting Japanese whiskies such as Yamazaki

Not forgetting Japanese whiskies such as Yamazaki

Awaiting us at the table were various bottles of sake

Awaiting us at the table were various bottles of sake

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We were given an introduction to sake and its variants by the principal from Japan

We were given an introduction to sake and its variants by the principal from Japan

 

Sake has played a central role in Japanese life and culture for the past 2,000 years, and there are many different varieties of sake, which can be enjoyed either warm or chilled, depending on the season. Sake is a fermented beverage made primarily from rice. It is brewed using a microorganism called koji along with yeast. Sake’s alcohol content varies from 15% to 20%. It takes pristine water to make sake, and brewers take advantage of the various kinds of natural water available in Japan to make only the best. 

The oldest writings on Japanese sake can be found in some third-century annals of Chinese history. These records state that the Japanese have a “fondness for sake” and are “in the habit of gathering to drink sake when mourning the dead.” There are also several stories about sake, some mythical, noted in the historical records compiled by the eighth century Japanese imperial court. The Fudoki, an ancient record of provincial history during this era makes reference to sake brewed using mold and provides a unique glimpse into how sake made with rice and koji was once produced.

The tenth century law book entitled Engishiki details ancient sake-making methods used at a time when sake was produced mainly at the imperial court, either to be drunk by the emperor or for ceremonial use. Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples began brewing sake in the 12th to 15th centuries and it is from this period that the techniques for modern day sake brewing was born.

The Japanese sake brewers were so advanced that a pasteurization process dubbed hi-irewas was used in the sake making process long before Louis Pasteur was even born. During this process, pressed sake is heated to 64 degrees Celsius before being stored in containers. The heat kills any bacteria and halts all enzyme activity to bring out a more mature flavor in the sake.

Today, sake makers in different regions of Japan utilize their skills and assets to cultivate new varieties of sake rice and unique types of sake yeast to be used in fermenting sake for the modern era.

 

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These are the different types of sake as detailed by the Japan Sake and Shochu Makers Association.

Ginjo (吟醸)

Ginjo-shu is made with rice grains from which more than 40% of the outer layer has been removed by milling. Fermentation occurs at lower temperatures and takes longer. Distilled alcohol equivalent to up to 10% of the weight of the polished rice may be added.

It has a fruity fragrance, called ginjo-ka, with a light, that is low in acidity. “Light” does not simply mean “mild” or “diluted.” The sake should also have a smooth texture (mouth feel) and a good aftertaste.

The specific characteristics of ginjo-shu vary by brewer, with the more fragrant varieties designed to highlight ginjo-ka and others designed with more emphasis on flavor and less on ginjo-ka.

 

Daiginjo (大吟醸)

Daiginjo-shu is a form of ginjo-shu made with even more highly polished rice from which at least 50% of the outer layer of the grain has been removed. It has an even more refined taste and stronger ginjo-ka than ginjo-shu.

 

Junmai, Tokubetsu junmai (純米・特別純米)

Junmai-shu and tokubetsu junmai-shu are made only from rice, koji and water, highlighting the flavor of the rice and koji more than other varieties. There are no requirements regarding polishing ratio. Junmai-shu is typically high in acidity and umami, with relatively little sweetness.

 

Junmai ginjo (純米吟醸)

Because ginjo brewing techniques are used in making junmai ginjo-shu, the acidity and umami are toned down and there is a clear ginjo-ka.

 

Junmai daiginjo (純米大吟醸)

Junmai daiginjo-shu is regarded as the highest-grade sake. The best products in this class deliver a good blend of refined taste with acidity and umami.

 

Honjozo (本醸造)

In honjozo-shu, the emphasis is on flavor and there is little ginjo-ka or aging‐induced aroma. It has a reasonable level of acidity and umami and rather than asserting the aroma and taste of the sake itself, it helps to bring out the taste of food.

 

There are also other sake varieties are also distinguished by brewing method and to read more about them you can head over to the website – http://www.japansake.or.jp/sake/english/sake-basics/type.html

 

Now here’s a look at the numerous variants of sake that we had.

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Asahi Shizo

Dassai Junmai Daiginjo Migaki Niwari Sanbu

One of the top ranking sake in Japan. The fruity bouquet offers apple, peach and nashi pear. It’s both vivid and sensuous. The initial impression is that of the clean flavour with an aftertaste that combines the sweetness of fruit with a soft mellowness.Dassai “Ni-wari San-bun” junmai daiginjo is the sake that defines Dassai. It is made with rice that has been milled so that only 23% of the original size of the grains remains, this is the highest degree of milling of any sake in the world. Going to this extreme allos the brewers to create a sake like no other, a sake that is the pinacle of refined elegance, subtlety, and delicate flavors and aromas.

 

Dassai Junmai Daiginjou Migaki Sanwari Kyubu

The top notes are much similar to Dassai Junmai Ginjou 45% but as it strikes the tongue and the palate, layers of fragrances open up. Soft, Sweet scents of Cotton Candy, hints of Banana, Japanese Pears. The mid palate gives a crisp, clean, dry taste. Very smooth, clear and refined sake. Excellent harmony of flavour and scent. Short, clean finish. Excellent overall well balance.

 

Dassai Junmai Daiginjou

Light, balances, clean and easy drinking, this sake is a star. It’s wonderful for beginners to get into sake and fantastic for others to simply enjoy. There are wonderful fruits on the palate without coming off to sweet. Pours with a clear body iwth strong legs. Aroma is very nice. Quite sweet and fruity with peaches, strawberries, jasmine, ginger and orange blossoms. Taste is sweet, stone fruit, light ginger. Very low level of koji presence. Nice and thick body. Dry Velvety mouthfeel, A pretty awesome Daiginjo.

 

Dassai Happo Nigori Shu 360ML/720ML

Went into second fermentation process after bottling resulting to this dry Junmai Ginjou base sprakling “Nigori” sake. Very similar to Sparkling Wine, has a rich flavour of sake in the midplate, followed by the delicate, crisp taste and fruity scents of Junmai Ginjo. Very enjoyable, easy to drink and pair with various types of dishes. “Strong bouquet of muscat grapes leads you to expect a sweet desert wine, when in fact the flavour is a light refreshing sake. “(Celler Tracker).

 

Hamakawa Shoten

Bijoufu Junmai Daiginjo Shizukuhime

Elegant, lively floral aroma even more distinguished when drunk, Sweet entrance followed by good amount of umami and acidity. Clean and crisp dry aftertaste. Excellent to have with marinated dishes, vegetable salad with light sesame oil dressing or olive oil with a little bit of soy sauce mixed with mayonaise.

 

Bijoufu Junmai Daiginjou Hina

Best quality sake rice “Yamadanishiki” grown from the town of Tojo Cho, Hyogo Prefecture. It has 45% polished to obtain the Daiginjou Category. Well balakced character. The flavour offers an excellent balance of sweetness, acidity, richness and bitterness. A very pleasant, focused, rich finish with touches of nutty, chestnut scents in the background. A well rounded type of sake that one will keep on drinking.

 

Bijoufu Junmai Ginjo Junrei Tama

A wonderful type of Junmai Shu using Akebono Ric that is polished to 60%. It has a rich umami taste with an excellent balance of acidity and sweetness. Soft feeling with a pleasant, clean aroma in the background. Dry with a comforting kick in the middle. Ends up very smooth retaining its well balance flavour.

 

Bijoufu Tokubetsu Junmai

A wonderful type of Junmai Shu using Akebono Rice that is polished to 60%. It has a rich umami raste with an excellent balance of acidity and sweetness. Soft feel with a pleasant, clean aroma in the background. Dry mid-palae and ends up very smooth retaining its well balance flavor.

 

Bijoufu Tokubetsu Honjozo

A new style of Honjouzo sake from Bijoufu created specially for warming and to enjoy drinking it with food. Using Matsuyamami sake rice grown from Matsuyama area, polished to 60%, a standard only applied to a category of Ginjou. It has a pleasing moderate sweetness of the rice used when warmed with layers of floral, soft notes. Soft sweetness first hit the palate followed by a gentle fruits fragrance when serve chilled. Well balanced character and makes a perfect harmony with all types of dishes.

 

Bijoufu Ginjo Shuwa!

A dazzling, elegant type of Ginjou sparkling sake. Exremely refreshing with herby, fruity notes. Sweet taste for the first sip followed by crisp, clean aroma with dry midpalate. The finish is exceptionally clean. Very impressive type of sparkling sake for any type of celebration. Excellent for appertif.

 

Bijoufu Yuzu

Sake based Yuzu liquor made from Kouchi grown Yuzu fruit blended with honey. Extremely refreshing taste with the dominant fragrance of Yuzu. Low in alcohol and is ver y easy to drink. Best recommended to serve after meal or just  to have a simple drink. While relaxing, can be serve straight on the rocks mixed with warm water or with soda.

 

Bijoufu Yuzu Shuwa!

Very refreshing taste of Yuzu will greet one’s nose at the start. Followed by zesty, tangy, flavour. Clean, alluring fragrance of the fruits lingers even after you drink it. Very good balance of sweetness of honey and sourness of Yuzu accented by the light savory character of the Sake used. Very addictive one cannot stop by just one glass.

 

Bijoufu Ponkan

Juicy, high quality Ponkan fruits grown in Kochi Prefecture, the place that is famous for citrus fruits produce. Shochu base with honey. Fresh, pure ingredients with no preservatives. Best to recommend for health conscious and people on a diet. Low alcohol content and excellent to serve on the rocks, with crushed ice, can be mised with vanilla ice cream on the blender like smoothie! Perfect for parties!

 

Nakao Jozo

Seikyo Junmai Takehara

A well balanced flavour somewhat sweet in the middle but soon fades in the end. This sake has been an old favourite among sake drinkers. Goes along well with various kinds of dishes.

 

Seikyo Junmai Omachi

Bigger shinpaku or rice core “Omachi Rice” and a softer delicate texture requires technique and extra care when used for brewing. It takes greate care and once perfectly brewed, it results to a very very balanced, unique charactr type of sake. Seikyou Junmai Omachi is the outstanding result of this wonderful Sakamai with a soft taste on the first impression followed by dry mid palate that spreads out sending a good notes of soft floral fragrance. Leaves with a distinctive savory mineraly taste. Clean and crisp. Tasty palate with a good balance of acidity. Best to serve both very chilled or warm.

 

Seikyo Maboroshi Junmai Ginjo

This Junmaishu was made with lots of care. Using the special method of Kome Kouji making, it was processed paying attention to excellently combining it’s flavour and taste. The brewer used Hattanishiki Rice. It is light and fresh on the first stage, then it will gradually become stronger and a little vigorious in the middle. The tail doesn’t linger for a long time. A very tasty kind of sake which anyone will be going to like.

 

Seikyo Tokubetsu Honjozo Chokarakushi

This sake has a clear cut taste when served chilled, you could never notice it’s dryness when served warm. This sake is quite full but light in taste and is excellently goes with all types of food. Shinsenbon Rice that is originally from Hiroshima was used for brewing this sake. This rice is quite strong that it could stand the hot temperature of rice milling process. This pure quality of rice is very popular in Hiroshima.

Seikyo Junmai Sparkling

Soft fruity citrusy fragrance like grapefruits, orange peel, Japanese Pear on the first impression. Light refreshing, crisp, grainy, a bit dry in the midpalate. Very distinct umami that fades slowly after the first sip. Very elegant, good looking sake when served in a flute glass and very chilled. Refreshes one’s palate after having some rich food without overpowering the savoriness of the dishes.

 

Seikyo Maboroshi Daiginjo

Full body flavour. Has a prominent fragrant of apple because the yeast used to produce this sake is made from apple skin. Very easy to drink. The end taste doesn’t linger for a long time so it makes the drinkers want to drink for more.

 

Seikyo Maboroshi Junmai Daiginjo Black

Won the First Prize at the National Competition in 1948 and was the next three years selected for the Imperial New Year Celebration. Has been brewed since then in the same traditional way by hand. Uses the traditional “Apple Yeast” of the brewery. This unblended sake is the highest peak of the Nakao Sake Brwery. Received the golden medal in the category of Sake of the International Wine Challange in 2007. Is only sold in November each year.

 

Shindo Shuzoten

Gasanryuu Daiginjo Kisaragi

Total balanced in flavour and aroma. Excellent character. Gentle, setled nose. Soft mouthfeel with light umami in taste. Clear and fresh ending.

 

Gasanryuu Junmai Daiginjo Fukurodori Gokuzuki

Soft palate, brilliant, glorious fruit bouquet, hints of notes and lemon drops. Well rounded flavour with good balance of sweetness and umami. Distinctive ricey flavour. Crisp and very clean ending.

 

Gasanryuu Junmai Fuka

Made from Miyamanishiki Rice. Appealing, gorgeous notes of flower bouquet and green. Full body with prominent flavour. Fermented in a very low temperature. Best to serve either chilled, on the rocks or warm to 45 °C

 

Gasanryuu Honjozo Koka

 “Kouka” means “Flower Scent” in English. Has a very nice, lively aroma, elegant, fresh notes of flower boquet, well balanced flavour. International Wine Challenge 2010 winner for Honjouzo category.

 

Nomi Tomo also serves some food items to go along with the sake.

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There are various types of yakitori including:

Ribeye – RM15

Chicken Wings – RM9

Chicken Thigh – RM5

Pork Belly – RM7

Tiger Prawn – RM7

Bacon with enoki – RM6

Okra – RM5

Sirloin – RM13

 

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The potato salad (RM10.00) was a big hit among the girls which was surprising considering that it’s pretty much all carbs. Perhaps they were pretty hungry ha ha!

 

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Plain Salad with Goma Sauce (RM10.00) for girls who are watching their diets. The guys didn’t particularly take to this one.

 

There are also other dishes such as salads, donburi, chicken meatballs, and edamame to go along with your drinks. Although the menu isn’t very big, the food quality is good and well prepared. Enough to fill up your tummy prior to a drinking session or provide you something to much on while you’re having drinks.

Apart from sake, Nomi Tomo also serves Japanese whisky like Yamazaki, shochu and Japanese beers in case not all your friends are sake drinkers.

The sake introduction and appreciation session at Nomi Tomo really gave us a new perspective towards this drink. BTW Nomi Tomo is also an official importer of many of the sakes above so if you’d like to carry them at your establishment or restaurant you can contact them for more info.

 

Somehow we managed to finish all the sake!

Somehow we managed to finish all the sake!

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Many thanks to Nomi Tomo for hosting us!

Many thanks to Nomi Tomo for hosting us!

 

Nomi Tomo is located at:

3rd Floor, 2-2 & 4-2 Jalan Medan Setia 2,

Bukit Damansara,

50470 Kuala Lumpur,

Malaysia.

 

Telephone: 03-2011 2839

Website: http://nomi.com.my/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pg/nomitomokl/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nomitomokl/

Email: reservations@nomi.com.my

Operating Hours: 6.30pm to 2.00am from Mondays to Saturdays

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Food Review – Supperclub KL @ TREC

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We headed over to Supperclub KL recently to try out their newly revamped menu. Supperclub is an upscale Gastrobar and Lounge, and was one of the first tenants in the Electric Boulevard or Phase 1 of TREC, which  is the country’s first and only purpose-built, urban F&B, lifestyle and commercial destination.

After some months in operation, Supperclub noticed that TREC lacked a F&B establishment which offered diners a premium dining experience and thus engaged the services of an experienced international chef to revamp their menu to meet that need. We were very honoured to be one of the first to try this new menu!

Supperclub KL has a few different sections for diners to choose from – the al fresco section outside if you like people watching while having a drink or some light bites, the island bar section if you like watching the bartenders in action, the high table section which is great if you’d like to have some drinks in an aircon environment, and the low table dining area which is more conducive for dinner.

 

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Signature Oyster shooters – RM32.00 (minimum order of 3 shots)

This one is for oyster lovers! A fresh oyster swimming in a shot of ABSOLUT vodka and spiced tomato juice. 

 

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Salmon with Guacamole – RM28.00

A bit of a fusion of flavours here with the Tex-Mex guacamole paired with slices of salmon and topped with caviar! 

 

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The Scallop Ceviche – RM32.00

An appetiser which is spicy, piquant and sweet at the same time! This dish will definite whet your appetite for the mains to follow.

 

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Grilled Eggplant with Ruffalo – RM32.00

This was Kelly’s favourite appetiser! The combination of eggplant with the creamy Ruffalo cheese and green pesto sauce was a match made in heaven.