MHB Digital’s Chinese New Year Dinner at Zuan Yuan, One World Hotel Petaling Jaya

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We recently visited Zuan Yuan Chinese Restaurant at One World Hotel Petaling Jaya for our Chinese New Year dinner, taking the opportunity to try out the restaurant’s CNY creations by Executive Chef Michael Chew Chee Peng.

Zuan Yuan seats 380 persons, and provides a Cantonese culinary experience in a stylish venue that embodies the concept of vitality and energy, with spacious and pillar-less dining area, sophisticated colour palettes and elements of modern oriental design.

The restaurant also has private dining rooms, with eye-catching backdrop inspired by traditional Chinese mountain paintings, and a brightly coloured and very Instagrammable side wall providing a cheerful ambience for your celebrations. The rooms can be used as one large room or partitioned into two to five rooms, seating up to 100 persons in total.

For this year’s Chinese New Year celebrations, Zuan Yuan is offering five (5) varieties of this popular salad are available for dine-in or take-away from 1 January to 1 March 2019. Priced from RM118.00nett, the premium selection includes Yee Sang with Salmon Skin and Abalone, Yee Sang with Soft Shell Crab, Yee Sang with Abalone, Yee Sang with Salmon and Fruits Yee Sang with Chef’s Signature Sauce.

You can also usher in the Year of Swine at Zuan Yuan Chinese Restaurant from 15 January to 3 March 2019 with three (3) set menus with dishes signifying everything auspicious from prosperity, good luck, good fortune, good health and longevity. The menus echo Executive Chef Michael Chew Chee Peng’s two-decade culinary prowess and centred on time-honoured Cantonese cuisine signatures.

Priced at RM1,798.00 nett, RM1,988.00 nett and RM2,288.00 for a table of ten with a complimentary bottle of wine, the Gathered Elegance promotion is available daily for lunch (12.00 noon to 2.30pm) and dinner (6.30pm to 10.30pm).

Among the featured dishes are Braised Pumpkin Soup with Mixed Seafood, Barbecue Roast Duck and Chicken, Steamed Live Dragon Garoupa with Superior Soy Sauce, Wok Fried Prawn with Salted Egg Yolk, Braised Abalone with Seafood, Steamed Rice with Assorted Preserved Meat and “Nian Gao” with Coconut Flakes.

Zuan Yuan remains open on the eve of Lunar New Year and throughout the festive season.

 

日式麻酱烟三文鱼捞生

Yee Sang with Smoked Salmon, Crystal Pear and Japanese Sesame Sauce

瑶柱鲍鱼海味羹
Braised Superior Abalone Soup with Dried Scallop and Dried Seafood

We are really glad that many restaurants including Zuan Yuan have stopped serving sharksfin soup! The seafood soup with abalone here is way tastier anyway with loads of umami flavours!

粤式烧味拼
BBQ Roasted Duck and Chicken “Hong Kong” Style

A well executed traditional dish. We especially enjoyed the duck which didn’t have that pungent duck smell.

金镶海明虾
Wok Fried White Sea Prawn with Salted Egg Yolk

This dish had deliciously creamy salted egg yolk covering the prawns – imparting a rich savoury taste to the prawns. One of the best dishes of the night!

港蒸游水龙虎斑
Steamed Live Dragon Garoupa with Superior Soy Sauce

Chef Michael shared with us that fish dishes must be served with the head and tail to symbolise completeness or wholeness – something that is very important to the more traditionally minded Chinese diners, and especially business owners. The fish though, was fresh and tender and complemented perfectly with soy sauce!

带子卷伴鲜菌彩虹蔬
Stir Fried Lotus Root and Garden Green accompanied with Crispy Scallop Roll

Not your ordinary stir fried vegetables as this fish came with crispy scallops rolls!

红烧鲍鱼金钱袋
Braised Abalone with Money Bag and Flower Mushroom

Abalone makes another appearance with this dish!

银丝椰汁年糕
Steamed Coconut Nian Gao with Shredded Coconut

罗汉果六味糖水
Six Treasures Soup

Ending a luxurious meal on a sweet note!

 

For reservations or enquiries, call 603 7681 1159 or email zuanyuan@oneworldhotel.com.my

For more info, head over to http://www.oneworldhotel.com.my/restaurants/zuan-yuan-chinese-restaurant/

 

Zuan Yuan Chinese Restaurant is located at:

Lobby Level, One World Hotel,

First Avenue, Bandar Utama City Centre,

47800 Petaling Jaya,

Selangor, Malaysia.

 

Operating Hours:

Monday to Friday

  • Lunch: 12.00 noon to 2.30 pm
  • Dinner: 6.30 pm to 10.30 pm

Saturday, Sunday and Public Holiday:

  • Lunch: 10.00 am to 2.30 pm
  • Dinner: 6.30 pm to 10.30 pm

 

Thanks for having us! Happy Chinese New Year to all our Chinese friends!

 

 

Sunday Champagne Brunch at BABE – Japas Fun Dining

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We recently attended the Sunday Brunch on 9 December 2018 which is priced at RM150++ per pax (for the food only) with an option to add-on RM250 for unlimited flow of Perrier Jouet champagne! Guests are free to have a dip in the pool or lounge on the deck chairs which have a lovely panoramic view of the Kuala Lumpur city skyline.

This special brunch only happens once every quarter so do follow BABE on their Facebook page (link at the bottom of this post) to stay in the know of upcoming events.

 

 

 

Starting off the meal was not your typical “amuse bouche” as this “Down the Rabbit Hole” course came in the form of test tubes containing liquids of various flavours. We were not told what they are so we had it then tried to figure out what it was. Eventually after we finished it the servers revealed it to us and some were very interesting especially the “Hainanese Chicken rice” one.

 

Crab Nori Salad

Alaskan King Crab, Coriander, Lime Leaf Leche De Tigre

Sweet umami goodness of Alaskan King Crab on an edible leaf. This served to pretty much whet the appetite for what’s to come!

Ikura Tartlette

Thin Tart Shell With Fromage Blanc and Marinated Salmon Roe

We really enjoyed this one! Salmon roe on top of white cream cheese in a tart shell – simply bursting with umami flavours from the roe, contrasting against the creaminess of the cheese. A truly excellent appetiser!

“Steak” Sandwich

Braised Beef Tongue, Gherkins, Wagyu Tartare

Beef done two (2) ways atop  what we thought was bread but turned out to be “bread” made from tomatoes which gave a very interesting texture, and tartness to the “sandwich”. The green “leaf” turned out to be cheese! What a surprising not to mention interesting take on a common sandwich!

Nagano Walnut Soba

Cold Buckwheat Noodles with 7-Ingredient Herb, Root and Seed Condiment

We got to “play” with our food here. After all, the place is not called Japas FUN Dining for nothing! First, we crushed the walnuts which were then added to the broth. Next we squeezed the oil into the dried ice which froze it to form tiny little icicles which were then placed on the soba. As it slowly melted, it imparted its flavours to the soba which we then dipped into the broth (containing the walnuts) before eating it! Talk about interactive dining!

We crushed the walnuts first before the broth was added to it
Freezing the oil into tiny icicles!

 

Forest Floor

Braised Daikon, Japanese Mushroom Duxelle, Seaweed Egg Emulsion

We had to remove some actual leaves to reach the “forest floor” where we discovered the “mushroom” which contained the daikon and mushrooms. Loads of earthy flavours in this dish and great for a mushroom lover like me and my partner in crime.

Mains (Choice Of)

Yuan Miso Salmon with Yuzu Cream

Crispy Burdock, Herb Salad and Daun Kaduk Oil

Most of the girls had this one. A perfectly cooked piece of salmon that went exceedingly well with the (slightly) piquant yuzu cream.

Or

(None of us ordered this one hence no pics/ comments)

CO2 Battered Tatsuta Chicken

Tatsuta-age, Truffle and Black Pepper Dressing with Mizuna and Radish

[Upgrade to Krystal Osetra Caviar : 15g for RM175++]

Or

Kagoshima A5 Wagyu Striploin 100g Steak

[Supplemental Charge of RM120)

Those of us who ate beef had this one and it was mind-blowingly awesome! It delicious chunks of Wagyu was served with various condiments like watermelon salt (yes they make it themselves), Japanese black pepper, and more! The flavours of the beef, with it’s super tender texture feels like a party in the mouth. Definitely one of the best wagyu dishes we’ve ever had!

Awesome! Simply awesome! We closed my eyes and savoured every bite of this!

Pina Colada

Caramelized Banana, Vanilla Rum Syrup, Coconut

A nice refreshing and creamy end to a wonderful interactive meal! It was like having the cocktail in solid form, which was rather unusual but undeniably satisfying! The girls attacked this one with gusto!

We also had their famous Babe & Daz which is an “ice cream style” foie gras laced with some Martell cognac and covered with chocolate! I loved this as I love foie gras and this was one of the most unique ways to enjoy the premium ingredient! (FYI this is not part of the champagne brunch set.)

A pic with Chef Jeff Ramsay and Chef Chu of BABE – Japas Fun Dining

 

BABE will also be running a special Festive menu from 21 December 2018 to 65 January 2019 which will feature some of the restaurant’s “Best of 2018” menu put together for this festive period.

 

 

BABE – Japas Fun Dining is located at:

Work @ Clearwater,

11th Floor, Changkat Semantan,

Damansara Heights,

50490 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Telephone: 03-2095 8599

Website: http://www.babe.com.my

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

 

Thanks for having us!

French Vanilla Charlotte with Raspberries Baking Workshop at Le Cordon Bleu Malaysia

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Le Cordon Bleu has produced great talents worldwide throughout the years, and its alumni have been adding more colours and flavours to the F&B scene in Malaysia. Some notable establishments include DC Restaurant by Darren Chin, Mamanda and Suka Sucre by Dato’ Fazley, Kompasssion and K2 by Chef Nikom – all located in Kuala Lumpur, Jam & Kaya by Janice in Petaling Jaya, and gēn by Johnson Wong in Penang.

For beginners, gourmet enthusiasts or those wanting to be the best house party host, there are a wide range of short one day courses held monthly which are is great way to experience first-hand the world of Le Cordon Bleu.

We got to experience the French Vanilla Charlotte with Raspberries Baking Workshop (the November 2019 short course) which was led by Chef Rodolphe Onno who is the Technical Director & Cuisine Chef Instructor at Le Cordon Bleu Malaysia.

Chef Rodolphe Onno was born in Brittany, France. He first obtained his professional certificates, C.A.P. and B.E.P., from Saint Ivy College in Pontivy, Brittany, France in 1987. He then proceeded to get the Professional Advanced Level in Food and Beverages at Saint Marc College in Trégunc, Brittany, France. Finally, he graduated with a Diploma, E.S.C.F., from FERRANDI School which is affiliated to the Paris Ile-de-France, Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Chef Rodolphe started his professional career as early as 1986 as the Chef de Partie at L’Espérance and at Jacques Le Divellec, a 3-Michelin-starred and 2-Michelin-starred restaurants respectively. Then, he worked his way up as kitchen manager, deputy executive chef, and finally as restaurant manager and executive chef at Val Joly hotel restaurant in Saint Gervais, France. Chef Rodolphe is also a member of the elite Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, Kuala Lumpur, an international gastronomic society.

Chef Rodolphe has a great passion for specialties of Brittany, his hometown, especially roasted turbot in hazelnut butter, sea-flavoured vegetables, and for entremets, milk chocolate pistachio. Chef Rodolphe was Cuisine Chef Instructor at Le Cordon Bleu Dusit in Bangkok, Thailand, and has now taken over the role of Technical Director at Le Cordon Bleu Malaysia overlooking all aspects of the Cuisine and Pastry Arts programmes.

It doesn’t matter if you have absolutely no baking/ culinary experience as the chef and his assistants will guide you step by step, ensuring that by the end of the class you will have mastered the recipe and produced something lovely to bring home!

The workshop started early on Saturday morning, with a simple briefing to the participants which numbered around 20, on the basic guidelines (practise cleanliness, etc. etc.) followed by the start of the class in the kitchen.

Chef Rodolphe proceeded to give a step by step demonstration, dropping some pearls of culinary wisdom along the way from his many years of experience. The class was rather informal with participants able to ask questions,, and Chef Rodolphe cracking a joke here and there to keep the atmosphere light! 

After Chef Rodolphe demonstrated each step, the participants got to do it by themselves, starting with the base ingredients, flour, butter, cream, sugar, fruits, etc. etc. It was truly quite a learning experience for us (some of our talents have never baked a cake in their lives) as we got to learn some very useful baking techniques, tips and tricks!

After four (4) hours of baking, finally each of our talents put the finishing touches to their cakes, and adjourned to the dining room for a little certificate presentation. Participants also got the opportunity to purchase a cookbook written by the chefs of Le Cordon Bleu Malaysia and got them autographed by the chefs! A truly memorable learning experience and one that we highly recommend to any baking/ culinary enthusiast. 

 

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Apart from the gourmet and short courses/ workshops, Le Cordon Bleu Malaysia also offers the following culinary arts programmes/ courses:

Cuisine

A highly acclaimed range of cuisine courses offer the most comprehensive training in French culinary techniques available today.

Completion of the Basic Cuisine Certificate, Intermediate Cuisine Certificate and Superior Cuisine Certificate results in the award of Diplôme de Cuisine. Students will learn to master the necessary skills to create fine cuisine dishes through a combination of practical sessions, demonstrations and theory lessons, gaining knowledge from the team of classically trained master chefs who have experience working in senior position in the world’s finest kitchens and Michelin star restaurants.

The cuisine master chefs of Le Cordon Bleu lead demonstrations to show students how to produce dishes to the highest professional standard. Students are then tasked with replicating the dish in one of the dedicated cuisine practical kitchens under the guidance of one of Le Cordon Bleu’s Master Chefs to ensure satisfactory progress is made.

Theoretical technical classes explore a specific culinary subject or ingredient and are taught through concise classroom sessions. Each technical class is supplemented by supporting resources to underpin the practical knowledge taught and provide context to the techniques developed and ingredients used.

4 intakes yearly: January, April, July and October

 

Pâtisserie

Le Cordon Bleu Malaysia offers a large range of pâtisserie courses led by the team of classically trained Master Chefs Le Cordon Bleu to help student develop their skills whilst improving their creative flair. The Diplôme de Pâtisserie covers Basic Pâtisserie Certificate, Intermediate Pâtisserie Certificate and Superior Pâtisserie Certificateis (the ultimate pâtisserie and baking qualification) which can be obtained in 9 months or 6 months.

The wide range of exciting gourmet short courses include Pâtisserie techniques, learning macaroons and chocolate demonstrations, all of which provide a truly unique culinary experience suitable for beginners or experienced students.

4 intakes yearly: January, April, July and October

 

Bakery, Danish Pastries & Artisan Breads

The Boulangerie programme is based on understanding, learning and mastering boulangerie techniques. The training mainly comprises practical classes. Theory classes, conferences and boulangerie related visits are also included.

The programme is divided into two levels: Basic and Advanced Bread Baking Certificates. Students have the option to create a comprehensive programme by studying the Diplôme de Pâtisserie alongside the Diplôme de Boulangerie within a 1 year period.

4 intakes yearly: January, April, July and October

 

Hotel, Restaurant & Culinary Management

All of the restaurant management and culinary management courses at Le Cordon Bleu London have been adapted to meet the needs of the ever evolving culinary and hospitality industry. Specialist courses such as the Diploma in Culinary Managementhave been designed to provide aspiring managers and business owners with the relevant skill set to lead successful kitchens and food businesses.

The focus of this innovative programme is to provide practical and technically advanced culinary skills, alongside entrepreneurship and management studies.

From menu concepts and marketing, professional kitchen management and food and beverage cost control, students will develop their creativity and understanding of modern food trends during their time on this course, whilst working closely with enthusiastic lecturers who have had many years of practical experience themselves.

The Diploma in Culinary Management can also be studied as an integrated programme with one of the culinary arts diploma (Grand Diplôme®, Cuisine or Pâtisserie)

4 intakes yearly: January, April, July and October

 

Grand Diplôme®

Respected across the culinary and hospitality industry as a mark of excellence, Le Cordon Bleu’s Grand Diplôme® is an influential qualification combining classical training in both cuisine and patisserie.

This Diploma is awarded after the successful completion of both the Diplôme de Cuisine and the Diplôme de Pâtisserie.

The programme is an intensive and comprehensive programme in classic French culinary techniques. Throughout the 9 month tuition, students are first taught basic culinary skills before applying them to high-quality produce and specialist ingredients. Supervised by some of the most qualified and classically trained Chefs, students will learn fundamental culinary techniques through a succession of  theoretical and practical training combining Chef demonstrations and practical sessions.

The Grand Diplôme® may also be studied as an integrated diploma with culinary management

4 intakes yearly: January, April, July and October

For more info on the short courses, head over to https://www.cordonbleu.edu/malaysia/gourmet-short-courses/en

 

LE CORDON BLEU MALAYSIA is located at:

Sunway University

No. 5 Jalan Universiti,

Bandar Sunway,

47500 Petaling Jaya,

Selangor Darul Ehsan,

Malaysia.

 

Telephone: +603 5632 1188

Email: malaysia@cordonbleu.edu

Website: https://www.cordonbleu.edu/malaysia/home/en

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

 

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October/ November 2018 Dining Offers at J’s Gate Dining, Lot 10 Kuala Lumpur

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We recently headed over to J’s Gate Dining at Lot 10 Shopping Centre, Kuala Lumpur to try their October & November 2018 RM18 Specials at Ichiyutei, Kaisen Don Kinme, Shinanoji, Fuji Sakura, Bonta Bonta and TSUJIRI. This promotion from 20 October until 25 November 2018 and all the aforementioned participating outlets are pork free (no pork and no lard).

J’s Gate Dining which is located on Level 4 of Lot 10 Shopping Centre (the top shopping floor), brought together 16 specialty restaurants from Japan, taking up the entire floor! The dining hall provides authentic Japanese cuisine and level of service, centered on superior quality ingredients, Japanese hospitality, and a lively atmosphere,  employing bona fide Japanese design to create a space where customers can comfortably enjoy real Japanese culture.

 

We decided to try the October & November 2018 RM18 Specials at the six (6) participating food and beverage outlets namely Ichiyutei, Kaisen Don Kinme, Shinanoji, Fuji Sakura, Bonta Bonta and TSUJIRI which all share a common seating area.
Instagrammers Any Wong, Serene Khoo and Joey Tng (L-R)
MHB’s popular food and beverage bloggers Kelly Siew (L) and Sharon Loh (R)

  

Ichiyutei

Creamy Curry Udon

The Creamy Curry Udon actually was topped off with mashed potatoes (which looks like “cream”) and not actually cream itself. This gave the dish a nice balance of flavours and textures, making it both creamy with a hint of spice from the Japanese curry sauce.

In Fukuoka Hakata in Japan, Ichiyutei sells over 100 bowls in an hour during lunch time, and their in Kuala Lumpur is their first overseas venture. Ichiyutei features the authentic flavours of Fukuoka Hakata udon noodles mixed with Japanese curry sauce and Japanese soup to make a hearty noodle curry soup with the rich flavour of katsu curry. The Hakata Udon is hand crafted by craftsmen and is freshly made each day.

  

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Kaisen Don Kinme

Salmon Mentai Aburi Don

The Salmon Mentai Aburi Don features slices of salmon atop the rice which are covered with mentai (fish roe) and mayo then torched before being served!

Kaisen Don is a Japanese rice bowl dish which consists of toppings of fresh and delicious raw seafood on sushi rice. Kaisen Don Kinme’s ingredients are freshly sourced and flown directly from Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo, the largest fish market in the world. The concept and the menu of the outlet in Lot 10 is similar to that of (the parent outlet) Sushi Kinmedai, located at Publika Kuala Lumpur.

  

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Shinanoji

Mini Cold/ Hot Soba with Assorted Tempura & Miso Soup Set

Shinanoji is a 40-year old Soba specialty restaurant chain from Wakayama, a prefecture in the Kansai region, at the west Japan. Shinanoji specializes in soba and serves a choice of hot or cold soba. Japanese Soba is well-known as a healthy food because they are made with Japanese buckwheat flour, an ingredient that is rich in nutrients and low in fat and cholesterol. The soba at Shinanoji is made fresh in the store each day.

  

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Fuji Sakura

Chicken & Miso Special Hotpot

The concept here is to make the hotpot to your preference, which means that you can choose your choice of Dashi soup, with your choice of meats, then top it with your choice of seasonal toppings and side dish!

The outlet’s name “Fuji No Sakura” is inspired by Mount Fuji and Sakura, both of which are widely recognised icons of Japan. This outlet’s signature dish – the Nabe hotpot, is an authentic Japanese hotpot cuisine that widely recognised and favoured by many Japanese families.

The “Dashi” (soup stock) is the soul of the Nabe, and Fuji Sakura’s Dashi is freshly made with bonita flakes and kombu (kelp) each day in the store. The outlet also has several types of flavor for their dashi, ranging from the Japanese favourite Shoyu (soy-sauce) base, to a locally tailored fusion base which is more towards the Malaysian palate.

  

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Bonta Bonta

Toritama Stir-Fried Noodle

The Toritama Stir-Fried Noodles is fried with generous pieces of chicken as well as egg and vegetables. A rather uncommon Japanese dish here in Malaysia but one that is pretty delicious and very filling indeed! Bonta Bonta also has (non-RM18) dishes such as Unagi Bowl, Unagi Omelette Bowl, Fried Chicken Omelette Bowl and Teriyaki Chicken Omelette Bowl, all of which can have side dishes added on to make it a value set!

  

  


  

TSUJIRI

1pc Roll Cake & 1 Latte (Hot/Cool)

Roll cake selection: O-Matcha Roll Cake, Black Sesame Roll Cake, Houjicha Roll Cake

Latte selection (M size): O-Matcha, Houjicha, Chocolate

The story of Tsujiri begins at end of the ancient Edo period in 1860, when the brand Tsujiri was first established by Riemon Tsuji in Uji Kyoto, Japan. The founder Riemon tapped his own wealth to improve the tea industry, advancing and innovating the method to enhance the flavours and sweetness of the tea from the highest quality Gyokuro tea leaves. He also devised the tea cabinet to keep the tea leaves fresh longer, thereby reviving the popularity and marketing of the Uji tea. His effort was well recognised by many and to attest to that, his statue was built in Byodoin, Kyoto’s world heritage temple.

  

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We even had a little birthday celebration for our influencer Any Wong!

  

  

J’s Gate Dining is located at:

P1, Level 4, Lot 10 Shopping Center,

Jalan Sultan Ismail,

50250 Kuala Lumpur,

Malaysia.

 

Telephone: 03-2110 6850

Operating Hours: 11:00AM – 11:00PM

Website: http://js-gate.com/

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

 

Thanks for having us!

 

MHB June 2018 Influencer Dinner Presented by Tangerine at The Face Suites

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We recently headed over to Tangerine restaurant at THE FACE Suites which is a luxury all-suite hotel located in the vicinity of Kuala Lumpur’s Golden Triangle – the city’s commercial, shopping and entertainment hub. The hotel is located along Jalan Sultan Ismail, and is a short distance from the Petronas Twin Towers and KL Tower as well as shopping and entertainment districts such as Suria KLCC and Pavilion Kuala Lumpur.

The all-suite hotel comprises 200 suites with a stunning view of the Kuala Lumpur city skyline. Designed to cater the need for business and leisure travellers, the all-suite hotel offers One Bedroom and Two Bedroom suites in four room categories; Superior, Deluxe, Premier and Grand Premier. With One Bedroom Superior as the entry-level suite, ranging at 83 sqm to the largest suite at 138 sqm, the Two Bedroom Grand Premier. All suites are fully furnished with integrated modern living room, kitchenette that are equipped with modern appliances and spacious king-sized bedroom with en-suite bathroom as well as a functional space for work or study.

The infinity pool is located on the 51st floor also known as the Sky Deck is the highest floor of the building that offers a panoramic view of the Kuala Lumpur city skyline including the Petronas Twin Towers and KL Tower. In fact, this infinity pool is one of the most popular in the city with many hotel guests (yes the pool is only open to hotel guests) snapping a pic with the city’s landmarks in the background.

We were there for a fine dining dinner at Tangerine – the hotel’s rooftop fine dining restaurant that offers modern Western cuisine. The restaurant is located on the Sky Deck (Level 51) of THE FACE Suites and being so high up, offers a very scenic Kuala Lumpur city and evening sunset views.

Tangerine was designed sophisticatedly in all marble with floor to ceiling windows that lets in lots of natural daylight while also offering the aforementioned scenic views while you dine in luxury. Its fine dining menu focuses on using fresh ingredients and innovative flavours with modern cooking technique.

The restaurant has both an opulence indoor dining area as well as a more casual outdoor seating and is an ideal dining venue for intimate candlelight dinner, special celebratory occasions, and even private functions.

The restaurant has three (3) different set dinners available:

  

3-COURSE SET DINNER

RM288 NETT PER PERSON

5-COURSE SET DINNER

RM388 NETT PER PERSON

7-COURSE SET DINNER

RM488 NETT PER PERSON

 

 

We had the 5-course set dinner.

 

Amuse bouche to whet the appetite and set the tone for what’s to follow

1ST COURSE – CEVICHE OF KING PRAWN

Golden caviar, seafood reduction

A dainty little dish with fresh and umami flavours!

 

2ND COURSE – CHEESE AGNOLOTTI

Truffle shavings, fennel puree, lavender dust

Agnolotti is a type of pasta typical of the Piedmont region of Italy, made with small pieces of flattened pasta dough, folded over a filling of roasted meat or vegetables. This was another pretty dish thanks to the flowers on top. The truffle shavings added a touch of luxury to this dish!

 

3RD COURSE – SEARED FOIE GRAS

Gooseberry jam, vanilla glaze

Lovely earthy flavours of the foie gras went well with the gooseberry jam and red wine that we had!

 

PALATE CLEANSER – ICED TELANG TEA

 

4TH COURSE (Choice of)

ANGUS TENDERLOIN

Roots vegetable, baby onion, truffle jus

 

LAMB LOIN

Rillettes fritter, eggplant and date, black garlic dressing

Definitely the most photogenic and Instagrammable dish of the night! The lamb was beautifully slow cooked to a pink medium rare, and paired well with the reduction.

 

Black Cod

French scallop, fermented bean cream, royal chives

 

5TH COURSE – FRENCH CHEESE

served with Manuka honey

Three (3) different cuts of cheese paired with high quality Manuka honey!

 

Dessert – Burnt Milk Mousse

with Prunes Gel, Ginger Tuile

Something sweet to end the dinner.

 

 

The dinner was also supported by our generous partners SK-II, Shiseido Professional, Claude Bernard and L’Occitane.

 

Dining 51 storeys above KL was definitely a moment for us to shine in such a beautiful setting, and the L’Occitane Terre de Lumiere Parfum made the occasion extra memorable. We felt on top of the world, and confident knowing who we are, enjoying an unforgettable evening dining with lovely company, in a gorgeous ambience, and of course – a wonderful fragrance!

In Provence, there is a unique moment in time, when the light embraces the sky and blesses the earth with a fleeting interval of grace. This is known as the Golden Hour. L’Occitane translated this light into a scent which reveals an addictive and contrasted signature, an unexpected fusion of mesmerising gourmand notes and aromatic freshness.

Terre de Lumière Eau de Parfum, the first gourmand aromatic fragrance from L’OCCITANE, envelops the body in a scent full of contrasts. It leaves in its wake a soft, aromatic scent, with addictive, contrasting notes.

For more info, head over to https://my.loccitane.com/

 

The SKII signature bestseller – Facial Treatment Essence, has a beautiful new look with a Limited Edition design depicting a single black bird in a sea of white birds. The Little Red Symbol Limited Edition symbolizes an act of courage and strength to stand up and stand out from the crowd to pursue one’s dreams.

SK-II’s Facial Treatment Essence is made up of over 90% PITERA – a natural bio-ingredient containing vitamins, amino acids and minerals, which helps condition skin to retain its natural functions, boosting hydration, and keeping skin smooth, radiant and moisturised!

The set which is available now and priced at RM715 includes: Facial Treatment Essence (230ml) + Facial Treatment Gentle Cleanser (120g) + Facial Treatment Clear Lotion (20ml)

 

Shiseido Professional has 5 leave in treatments that provides strong and healthy hair and scalp:

THE HAIR CARE Adenovital Advanced Scalp Essence (RM333) promotes hair growth and prevents thinning hair, dandruff, scalp itchiness and hair loss – giving you strong and healthy hair.

THE HAIR CARE Aqua Intensive Oil Unlimited Silk (RM123 ) incorporates The Lasting Veil technology that creates lasting lightweight moisturizing effect.

HAIR CARE Luminoforce Gloss Spray (RM100) protects the hair from UV damage and makes hair silky and shiny through the ends!

THE HAIR CARE Future Sublime Volume Serum (RM168) is formulated with Resilience-Lift Complex*2 that instantly gives resilience and strength for a voluminous finish.

THE HAIR CARE Fuente Forte Toning Serum (RM168) alleviates scalp problems such as dandruff and hair itchiness while improving scalp health and thereby promoting the growth of beautiful hair.

 

The dinner was also supported by Claude Bernard timepieces

Claude Bernard was founded in 1973, and takes its name from a master watchmaker from the Jura Valley where centuries earlier Switzerland’s watchmaking industry had taken hold. In the mid-16th Century Frenchman John Calvin broke with the Roman Catholic Church and fled to Geneva. French Huguenots followed him but when Calvin banned the production, and wearing of, jewellery because it had ‘no place in the worship of God’ local goldsmiths and jewellers were forced to turn to a new trade – watchmaking.

Most of these craftsmen farmed during the warmer months and honed their watchmaking skills in the winter and Les Genevez, a plateau high in the Jura, became a focal point for what became a roaring trade. It’s in Les Genevez today that Claude Bernard creates its timepieces, either with mechanical or quartz movements, all assembled with a passion for detail that can be traced back to those 16th-century pioneers and Claude Bernard himself.

Today, Claude Bernard prides itself on using the most modern of materials in its watches but without forsaking that magnificent Swiss watchmaking tradition. Precision, quality, reliability and attention to the finest detail are hallmarks of Claude Bernard watches, now distributed to more than 70 countries throughout the world.

Claude Bernard’s portfolio is diverse, with sleek diver’s models such as the Aquarider to the slick Sophisticated Classics dress watches and the elegant, ultra-feminine Dress Code family. Combining tradition and innovation and the highest quality but without the price tag to match, Claude Bernard watches are the best value Swissmade watches available today.

For more info on Claude Bernard timepieces, head over to https://www.claudebernard.ch/

Claude Bernard is distributed by Crystal Time in Malaysia. For more info, head over to http://www.crystaltime.com.sg/

 

 

 

Tangerine is located at:

Sky Deck (Level 51), THE FACE Suites,

1020, Jalan Sultan Ismail,

50250 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

 

Telephone: +603 2168 1670

Website: http://www.thefacekl.com

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

Operation Hours: Daily from 6.00pm to 10.30pm (For dinner only)

Dress Attire: Smart casual wear (Strictly no swimming & gym attire, singlets, sandals and slippers)

Do note that children below 10 years old are not allowed to dine in the restaurant.

 

Photos by Andy Kho Photography (www.andykho.com). All photos are copyright of MHB and may not be reproduced in any manner or form without written permission.

 

Influencers with MHB Managing Editor Tim Chew. Thanks for having us!

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/

 

 

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

 

 

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!

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

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.

Kelly really liked this dish!

Kelly really liked this dish!

  

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Seafood risotto with fresh mussels, octopus, clams, squids, scallops & tiger prawns – RM38.00

This was a very hearty dish indeed that had a generous amount of seafood hidden underneath. The flavourful risotto rice was cooked with a tomato base and paprika, giving it a lovely red tint. 

 

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Squid Ink Tagliatelle

Homemade black flat pasta served with fresh scallops, broccoli & cherry tomatoes. The plump and juicy scallops were a hit among the girls.

 

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Foie Gras Pasta

A somewhat unusual combination that turned out to be surprisingly delicious!

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Lobster Salad – RM288 for whole lobster/ half lobster for RM148

The most expensive item on the menu. A beautifully cooked full/ half lobster with some greens and pieces of mango to balance the overall flavours of the dish. The lobster flesh is so sweet and succulent that you won’t even need the sauce that comes with this dish.

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Lobster cooked two ways

The lobster tail is roasted, while the claws are broiled and served with Rouille sauce, served with a side salad and French fries. Again the chef showcased his prowess for cooking lobster with this gorgeous offering!

 

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Grass Fed Angus Beef

Choice of Rib Eye – RM108 for 300gm or Tenderloin – RM132 for 300gm

served with black pepper sauce (other sauces available too)

Do yourself a favour and order this medium rare to fully enjoy it.  The tenderloin was perfectly cooked – ensuring that the meat was juicy, tender and flavourful. A perfect treat for a meat eater.

 

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Tiramisu

To end the meal we had two desserts, the first of which was the tiramisu which was creamy and had a nice coffee flavour.

 

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Creme Brulee

Stephanie’s favourite dessert. Creamy and with a crispy sugar top that’s beautifully caramelised.

 

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Enjoying some cocktails after the decadent meal

Enjoying some cocktails after the decadent meal

We stayed on to chill and enjoy some cocktails after dinner

We stayed on to chill and enjoy some cocktails after dinner

You can move over to the higher tables for a more bar experience after dinner

You can move over to the higher tables for a more bar experience after dinner

A nice place to chill over some drinks like draught beers, cocktails, liquor, wine or even champagne!

A nice place to chill over some drinks like draught beers, cocktails, liquor, wine or even champagne!

The establishment transforms into a club later into the night so you can just stay there and party

The establishment transforms into a club later into the night so you can just stay there and party

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All in all, Supperclub KL is a welcome addition to the F&B scene in Kuala Lumpur, with its multi-concept offering and delicious premium dining options. Supperclub is also great for special occasions such as Christmas and New Year’s Eve and they have a special Christmas Eve menu specially for the night.

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Supperclub KL is located at:

Lot 12-14, Electric Boulevard, TREC,

Jalan Tun Razak

50400 Kuala Lumpur

Telephone: +603-2110 0866

Email: bookings@supperclubkl.com

Website: www.supperclubkl.com

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

Operating Hours: 5.00pm to 3.00am daily

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

Santapan 29 Malam at Tropicana Golf & Country Resort

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Tropicana Golf & Country Resort’s (TGCR) The Palm Coffee House will be having a special buffet entitled “Santapan 29 Malam” this Ramadan. Diners can expect to feast on the nostalgic “kampung” cuisine whilst listening to the traditional contemporary Ghazal tunes. The Executive Chef alongside with his team has carefully prepared 300 variety of dishes, including the Warung Gulai Kawah, Aneka Soup Tropicana, Kambing Golek Tropicana and newly added favourable choices to this year’s menu.

Newly added dishes include the spicy Sotong Raja, Deep Fried Ice-cream, Rojak Kelatan served with Thai sauce, Nasi Kerabu, Fried Corn on the cob. Popular items like the Soup Gearbox Kambing, Gulai Kawah with Bubur Lambuk and the crispy Apam Balik will also be offered.

Santapan 29 Malam buffet spread has been organized by TGCR for twelve (12) consecutive years at the 450,000 sq feet clubhouse. During, Santapan 29 Malam, TGCR will be hosting guests for 30 consecutive days, from the 6th June to 5th July 2016, throughout the entire clubhouse. TGCR is able to provide seating capacity of up to 2,400pax, stretching from the Palm Coffee House, to the Golfers Terrace, Golfers Lounge, Grand Ballroom, Poolside seating and the Spanish Courtyard.

 

 

Special dining experiences for corporate clients can be organized upon request, as TGCR is able to cater, to their specialized menu packages from RM108 nett per pax.

Santapan 29 Malam buffet vouchers are priced at:-

  Mondays  to Thursdays Everyday & Public Holidays
Adults RM88 Nett RM98 Nett
Children

(below 12 years)

RM45 Nett RM48 Nett

 

Early bird vouchers can be purchased from 15th April to 31st May 2016, with every 10 vouchers purchased, diners will get 1 free BBQ voucher.

  Mondays  to Thursdays Everyday & Public Holidays
Adults RM78 Nett RM88 Nett
Children

(below 12 years)

RM40 Nett RM43 Nett

 

TGCR also offers catering services for Hari Raya open-house with packages starting from RM49 nett per person (minimum of 50 pax), and you can even add a whole lamb to your menu for just RM999 nett. In addition, TGCR provides in-house catering services for intimate gatherings of minimum 30 pax, with prices that starts from RM85 nett per pax. Interested parties may contact, Sales & Marketing at, Toll Free 1 800 888 128 or email: salesmarketing@tropicanacorp.com.my

For more info, head over to www.facebook.com/tropicanagolf or www.tropicanagolf.com

 

For more Ramadan buffets in Kuala Lumpur, head over to https://timchew.net/2016/05/20/ramadan-buffets-in-kuala-lumpur-2016/

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MHB Visits 香港热锅 Hong Kong Hot Pot Restaurant Bangsar Baru

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MHB was recently invited to try out the newly opened 香港热锅 Hong Kong Hot Pot Restaurant which is the latest addition to the very diverse plethora of food outlets in the swanky neighbourhood of Bangsar Baru in Kuala Lumpur. The 香港热锅 Hong Kong Hot Pot Restaurant is somewhat hidden from view, being located on the 2nd floor of Telawi Square. However its strategic located of being at one of the busiest intersections in the Telawi area, above Tous Le Jours and across from Bangsar Village II where parking is aplenty makes it a very accessible location indeed.

The restaurant serves traditional Hong Kong style steamboat and features fresh ingredients with the meatballs actually made in-house and not the frozen supermarket type. You also get to choose from a number of different broths to cook the ingredients in. Accompanying the meals is a selection of  condiments and sauces, and you can wash everything down with bottled beers and even sake!

 

The variety of condiments and sauces to go along with the meal
The variety of condiments and sauces to go along with the meal

 

Read the full review at http://www.spicysharon.com/2016/04/hong-kong-hot-pot-telawi-square-bangsar-kl-food-review.html

  

香港热锅 Hong Kong Hot Pot Restaurant is located at:

Lot 9 & 10, Level 2, Telawi Square,

Jalan Telawi 3,

Bangsar Baru

Kuala Lumpur,

Malaysia.

 

Telephone: 03-2280 0242

More info at https://www.facebook.com/香港热锅-Hong-Kong-Hot-Pot-Restaurant-484963568365709/

 

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

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