Affordable and Cost-Effective Professional (Food Delivery Platform) Photography for Restaurants/ F&B Establishments

Affordable and Cost-Effective Professional (Food Delivery Platform) Photography for Restaurants/ Food & Beverage Establishments

[Marketing]

Updated on 15 May 2020

The fallout of Covid-19 looks to be very long-lasting and severe, impacting all aspects of our lives and disrupting many businesses across almost all industries.

As we provide our marketing services to many food and beverage (F&B) clients, the feedback across the board is that revenues have been greatly impacted, some up to 80 to 90%. Some restaurants have turned to a food delivery model to survive during the MCO period.

We did a survey of the popular food delivery apps like Grab Food, Food Panda, DeliverEat, etc. etc. and have noticed that most independent restaurants do not have photos of their dishes (some have very basic/ ugly photos which were quite obviously shot with a smartphone). The big chain restaurants however, realise the importance of having quality photos and have the photos of their products on the platforms.

This is because consumers have more confidence to try your products if they can see what they are getting. As competition among restaurants is high in the food apps, the restaurants that appear to provide more value for money will undoubtedly have the upper hand (assuming the reviews are the same or better and not worse than other restaurants of same tier).

Thus good quality photos of the products are necessary especially to convince first time customers.

Even after the MCO is lifted (currently scheduled to end on 28 April 2020), the authorities might not allow dining in restaurants for some time, and even if it is allowed, it might take a while for consumers to have the confidence to start dining in at restaurants again. (Updated 15 May 2020 – We’ve surveyed a couple of malls in the Klang Valley as well as taken into account feedback from our numerous restaurant owners stating that diners are still very hesitant to dine in restaurants)

Therefore, we have decided to assist with some very affordable and cost-effective professional (food delivery platform) photography packages by renowned photographer Andy Kho specifically to assist F&B owners through this very turbulent period.

Additionally, these photos can also be used for social media marketing purposes which is crucial to attract diners to patronise or order from your establishment.

 

 

 

These packages are available from now until 15 June 2020 after which the pricing will revert to normal.

View Andy’s F&B portfolio at https://andykho.com/food-beverage/

timchew.net (http://timchew.net) and MHB Digital (http://mhbdigital.com) can also assist with digital, content, social media and influencer marketing during this period, as well as assist you to recover market share after the MCO ends.

We’re here to help! #kitabantukita

Atria Shopping Gallery’s Comedy & Food Festival 2016

[Upcoming Event]

The new Atria Shopping Gallery is OSK Property’s first flagship mall, a total transformation of the old mall to cater to today’s trends and tastes. The new Atria’s interior is inspired by the natural beauty and exquisite forms found in the Malaysian tropical rainforest, which provides an ambience that is warm and welcoming and most importantly – modern! With its new tenant mix, the shopping offers shoppers total shopping and dining experience and has everything from health and fitness, kids and entertainment, fashion, beauty, IT, home and living, and a Village Grocer.

This month, Atria Shopping Gallery will be having a comedy and food fest where you can expect one and a half hours of rib-tickling jokes as some of the top Malaysian stand-up comedians keep you entertained and help you forget your blues at special sessions on Thursday, Friday and Saturday on the Ground Floor.

The food festival will be happening on the Concourse Floor from 20 to 31 July 2016 featuring some of the mall’s tenants as well as outside vendors. In conjunction with the fest, Malaysia’s most famous culinary personality Datuk Chef Wan will share his delicious recipes and demonstrate his cooking skills.

We decided to visit some of the food and beverage outlets who will be participating in the upcoming fest so it was up to the third floor of the shopping centre which houses a whole variety of restaurants, cafes and F&B outlets.

 

I Love Yoo!

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I Love Yoo! is known for their traditional Chinese favorites including ‘You Tiao’ and ‘Tau Foo Fah’ and they only use 100% fresh and new palm oil for frying, non-genetically modified soy bean and high quality ingredients. We had our breakfast there which consisted of red bean and peanut sesame balls, soya bean, you tiao and Hainanese coffee.

Not a bad way to start the weekend…

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Hometown Chinese Restaurant

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Then it was over to Hometown Chinese Restaurant to try their Traditional Pork Noodle Soup (RM15.90++) and Mince Pork Noodles with Chicken Drumstick (RM15.00++). Both the dishes were the bestsellers at the restaurant and a favourite among patrons especially during lunchtime. The portions were pretty big and the pricing quite reasonable for a restaurant in a shopping mall.

We washed down the noodles with a pot of hot Jasmine tea in a restaurant setting reminiscent of the olden days Chinese restaurants with marble tables and rose wood furniture.

 

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Pho Vietz

Pho aka Beef Noodle Soup

Pho aka Beef Noodle Soup

Pho Vietz is famous for its Pho aka beef noodle soup (RM17.90++) which consisted of vermicelli soaked in a really flavourful broth made from beef bones, oxtails, flank steak, charred onions, ginger, and spices. This restaurant gets quite busy during lunch and dinner so make sure you go early if you intend to dine there.

 

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Vietnamese Baguette

Vietnamese Baguette is influenced by the French during the colonial era but is localised with traditional Vietnamese flavours

Vietnamese Beef Stew which comes with either baguette or rice

Vietnamese Beef Stew which comes with either baguette or rice and features deliciously tender chunks of beef in a thick sauce that we moped up with the baguette

Of course we had to try their famous Vietnamese coffee with milk which imparted a really fragrant aroma and a rich taste. Make sure you don’t add too much condensed milk though!

 

Go Thai

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Go Thai is a Malaysian-owned restaurant with an all-Thai kitchen team that specialises in Thai street fare. The restaurant is set-up with colourful street food scenes on the walls, intended to give you the feeling of being on a Thai street but in the air con comfort of a mall. BBQ skewers are a highlight, showcasing a strong inspiration from the northeastern Isan region. 

Taking a tour of the kitchen, we were amazed to see the division of labour – the staff specialise cooking only one (1) type of food – grill, soup and others like a true hawker stall should be. The kitchen was also squeaky clean and there’s also a hotel grade dishwasher which ensures that all the dining ware and cutlery are spotless.

This outlet is the second after the first one in SS2, Petaling Jaya and has a menu that doesn’t boast many items of food. This is intentionally done so that the quality of the food is emphasized instead of an outlet which features a huge variety of items but doesn’t specialise in any.

 

Seafood tom yum!

Seafood tom yum – sufficiently spicy and full of seafood including squid, prawns and mussels

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Moo Ping (charcoal grilled pork fillet) – deliciously tender and smoky pork fillets which are the perfect accompaniment to an ice-cold Thai beer!

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Khao Kha Moo (stewed pork leg with rice)

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Mango Sticky Rice

The restaurant also has a value set for three (3) pax for just RM49.90.

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My favourite was the Thai Green Curry!

My favourite was the Thai Green Curry which was fragrant, flavourful and rich!

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Eggu

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Finally it was over to Eggu for dessert! Eggu serves soft serve ice cream, and crispy eggettes come in flavours such as original, choco chips, butterscotch, green tea, charcoal and banana. The signature creation is the “Eclipse”, a combo eggettes and premium soft serve ice-cream. The soft serve ice cream is creamy and not too sweet, while the eggettes add a nice variance in texture when eaten together with the ice cream.

 

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Stephanie on the left with the Eclipse (RM15.90) and Kate with the Twist (RM8.50) which is a combination of premium dark chocolate and milk chocolate

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Besides the outlets above, there will also be Yummy Asia, Mad Hatter Desserts, and Stick Arts – Italian Artisan Gelato.

Stick Arts is the official license holder of the World's First 3D flower bouquet Hello Kitty.

Stick Arts is the official license holder of the World’s First 3D flower bouquet Hello Kitty.

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Here’s the list of show times:

Thursday, 21 July | 8pm | Jonathan Atherton

Friday, 22 July | 8pm | Dato Chef Wan

Saturday, 23 July | 3pm | Kavin Jay

Thursday, 28 July | 8pm | Gajen

Friday, 29 July | 8pm |Jonathan Atherton

Saturday, 30 July | 3pm | Kavin Jay

Every Thursday, Friday & Saturday | Mashi & Friend (Opening Act)

 

The stand up comedians are known in the local comedy scene and will have their first ever show at Atria.

Papi Zak

Papi Zak is definitely the “biggest” stand up comedian in Malaysia. Born in Egypt and raised in other different countries, he is the true definition of a third culture child. He is a gut-grabbing performer who has no qualms about opening his mouth and letting all manner of things fly out. It’s all these things that make Papi Zak one of the hottest comedians around.

 

Kavin Jay

Kavin, one of Malaysia’s most underrated comics, is a rapid-fire grumpy joke telling machine. He may be grouchy but does it with such panache, you can’t help but laugh. He is an integral part of the comedy revolution in Malaysia and a regular host and performer for TimeOut KL Comedy Thursday.

 

Jonathan Atherton

Jonathan, an actor, comedian, traveller and raconteur, is no newcomer to the entertainment industry. As a teenager he pursued an acting carer. He made his debut in The Mango Tree, then went on to play television and theatre roles.

 

Gajen Nad

Gajen, also known as “Malaysia’s First Chindian Comedian” is no stranger to the limelight, appearing in Monash University student magazine Monga, getting interviewed by Capital FM, and even having NTV 7 film a documentary about his career as a stand-up comedian.

 

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So we bet that now you’re asking how you can get tickets to the show?

Shoppers who spend RM100 and above in not more than two (2) accumulated receipts are entitled to redeem two (2) free tickets to the comedy show. Redemptions can be made at the Concierge Counter located at the Concourse Floor, while tickets last. Comedy ticket holders will also stand a chance to win Atria Gift Vouchers worth up to RM5,000.

 

For more info on Atria Shopping Gallery’s Comedy and Food Fest 2016, head over to http://www.atria.com.my/whats-on/news-events/comedy-food-festival-a-belly-full-of-laughs.html

 

Atria Shopping Gallery is located at:

Jalan SS 22/23, Damansara Jaya, 47400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia

 

Website: http://www.atria.com.my/

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/atriadj/

 

Photo credits: Andy Kho Photography for Atria Shopping Gallery

Santapan 29 Malam at Tropicana Golf & Country Resort

[Food & Beverage]

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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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Watsons Malaysia CNY 2016 Campaign Launch

[Event]

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MHB’s Ashley Mah and managing editor Tim Chew headed over to Yezi at The Roof for Watsons Malaysia’s Chinese New Year campaign launch on 7 January 2016. The highlight of the launch was Watsons Chinese New Year music video which featured the original song ‘Happy Beautiful Year’ and cameo appearances by more than 20 top Malaysian celebrities including Amber Chia, Leng Yein, Point Blanc, Dato’ Lai Meng, Dato’ Kee Hua Chee, Kit Mah, Nadine Ann Thomas, Nadia Heng, Hansen Lee, Juwei, Dr Shazril Shaharuddin, Reem Shahwa, Mark O’Dea, Nancy Marcus, Livonia Ricky, Stevensunny and Willy Tan.

“Chinese New Year is one of our important campaigns to continuously engage with our customers. Aside from the innovation of products available at our stores during the festive season, this year we are sending across the message of being beautiful inside and out, and at the same time showing the diversity of the people in our country living harmoniously together,” said Danny Hoh, Head of Marketing, Watsons Malaysia in his welcoming speech to the media.

The campaign features a song and music video which was performed live at the launch by the five main cast namely Annie Pang, Choong Lai Chan, Julie Chew, Vivian How and Winnie Ho. The five talents were casted in after a few rounds of audition with award winning production house Woo Hoo Pictures, who also co-directed and produced the music video with Watsons marketing team. The shooting of the music video took place in November 2015 at various locations.

 

 

“This music video showcases our favourite past times together which includes singing and dancing with lively music and at the same showing fun, laughter and humour in it,” added Danny on the making of the music video.

The music video was aired on national TV and on Watsons Malaysia’s YouTube and Facebook channels, garnering more than 300,000 views and 3,700 shares within 48 hours.

The Watsons ‘Happy Beautiful Year’ campaign is offering RM1,000,000 worth of prizes for the Scratch and Win to its members with any purchase worth RM50 in a single receipt.

“We hope during this New Year, our VIP members will find shopping experience at our stores a unique one. We hope the rewards will benefit them and at the same time sharing this to their family and loved ones,” Danny added in his speech.

Watsons customers too can enjoy the great sale up to 50% from 21 January onwards while shopping at Watsons stores can get you attractive gifts with purchases during the prosperous new year including a collectible red packets in four exclusive design, a limited edition cutlery set and a limited edition tiffin carrier.

Watsons VIP members can look forward to more rewards including lucky 888 new VIP members sign up can win more than 788,888 worth of VIP points. Eight (8) lucky members will receive RM800 worth of Oriental Restaurant vouchers each, while Watsons members on LINE, can look out for amazing RM5 worth of points giveaway to lucky 888 members.

 

 

Amber Chia sharing her experience filming the music video

Amber Chia sharing her experience filming the music video

Nadia Heng

Nadia Heng

Leng Yein

Leng Yein

Juwei Teoh

Juwei Teoh

Delicious hand made Chinese candy

Delicious hand made Chinese candy

My third yee sang of the year

My first time dining at Yezi

Popular blogger Fish was also at my table

Popular blogger Fish

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For more information on Watsons Chinese New Year campaign and promotion, head over to www.watsons.com.my/cny2016

Photo credits: Watsons Malaysia and MHB

Burberry Celebrates Lunar New Year 2016

[Fashion]

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Burberry celebrates the Lunar New Year holiday season with a dedicated experience on Chinese social messaging platform WeChat, and a gifting assortment of iconic products for men and women. Building on its long-standing partnership with the platform, the Burberry WeChat account has launched ‘A Lunar New Year Gift’, a dedicated interactive messaging service for its followers.

The experience invites users to use native app functionality – tapping, swiping and shaking – to unwrap some of the brand’s iconic gifts. At the end of the experience, users can also create and personalise digital Lunar New Year envelopes to send to friends and family to celebrate the holiday through the platform. WeChat users in China will also be given the chance to win limited edition physical Burberry Lunar New Year envelopes.

Burberry first partnered with WeChat in February 2014 with the launch of personalised platform activity during the brand’s womenswear show in London, followed by a platform-exclusive experience for Burberry’s event in Shanghai in April 2014. Through a parallel social event experience, followers were able to interact with a series of London and Shanghai skylines by shaking, swiping or tapping their devices before the event. After the event, interactive event panoramas could be brought to life, allowing users to immerse themselves in dynamic, 360° views of the London and Shanghai set.

 

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The Burberry gift assortment for the season highlights the brand’s iconic products in a special colour palette of blues and pinks, together with Burberry’s iconic Parade Red and flashes of gold, and includes Scottish-woven cashmere scarves which can be personalised with up to three letters, in two font sizes, and made-in-England trench coats for men and women.

Burberry’s signature tote, The Banner, is also available as part of the offering alongside men’s backpacks, leather wallets and cashmere Thomas Bear key charms.

Burberry Lunar New Year gifts will be available in-store and on Burberry.com from 6 January 2016. A Collect-in-Store service allows customers to shop online at Burberry.com globally and collect the order at a Burberry store of their choice as early as the next day. For those of you who want an extra special Lunar New Year envelope to send to your friends, the Burberry Lunar New Year envelopes are currently available in their stores.