Nothing gets more Italian than having a night out at Favola at Le Meridien Kuala Lumpur, while enjoying an authentic Venetian dish called Saffron Carnaroli Risotto. Using what is hailed as the ‘King of Italian rice’ – Carnaroli rice – as the main ingredient, the dish is richly flavoured with saffron, then creamed with Parmesan for the desired creamy texture and nicely garnished with coffee powder and hazelnuts. Priced at RM98 nett per portion, the dish is available for dinner only throughout this month. Favola also offers an extensive variety of traditional risottos, antipasti, pastas, pizzas and main courses from a curated menu by its chef de cuisine, Domenico Piras. For reservations, call 03-2263 7434.
The Courtyard, an all-day dining restaurant at Pavilion Hotel Kuala Lumpur managed by Banyan Tree, is presenting a Seafood Extravaganza dinner buffet throughout this month. The seafood on ice section offers fresh live oysters, green mussels, tiger prawns, clams, scallops, yabbies and Alaskan king crab. There are also hot dish options at the live grill station, featuring fish, chicken, beef and seafood. The dessert bar offers assorted Malay and Nyonya kuih and ice cream. Priced at RM88 nett per adult and RM45 nett per child, the Seafood Extravaganza dinner buffet is available every Friday and Saturday. For reservations, call 03-2117 2821
BIJAN BAR & RESTAURANT FINE MALAY CUISINE, 3, Jalan Ceylon, KL. (Tel: 03-2031 3575). Business hours: 4.30pm-11pm, daily. The restaurant features a mix of recipes handed down over the generations and innovations of the real thing to excite taste buds. Here, traditional recipes with modern day ingredients help create a total dining experience.
HAN WOO RI, 1D & 2D, Jalan USJ 10/1J, Subang Jaya. (Tel: 03-8023 3357). Business hours: 11.30am-3pm, 6pm-10.30pm, daily. Non-halal. The Korean BBQ restaurant offers both set meals and a la carte menus. Its new bossam dish has thinly sliced boiled pork with rice and soup.
DANCING FISH MALAY-INDO CUISINE, 3rd Floor, Bangsar Shopping Centre, KL. (Tel: 03-2095 6663). Business hours: 11.30am-10pm, daily. The restaurant prides itself in serving up gastronomic delights that leave customers wanting more. It serves Indonesian favourites such as Bebek Goreng Bali, Gulai Pucuk Paku, Emping Melinjo, Terong Sambal and their star dish, the Dancing Fish.
MICHELANGELO’S RESTAURANT & BAR M, Lot J-OG-03 & J-OG-04, No. 2, Jalan Solaris, Solaris Mont Kiara, KL (Tel: 03-6203 7734 - Solaris, 03-2141 1123 - Pavilion KL). Business hours: Noon-11pm (Sun-Thurs); noon-midnight (Fri & Sat). Pork-free. An upscale casual restaurant with classy interior design with its signature Michelangelo’s Creation of Adam on its wall. Serves lavish Italian fare from appetisers, main courses and desserts.
XENRI JAPANESE CUISINE, 9 Wisma Elken, Lorong 4/137C, Batu 5, Jalan Kelang Lama, KL. (Tel: 03-7783 8118). Business hours: Noon-2.30pm, 6pm-10.30pm, daily. Serves Japanese cuisine using premium ingredients and raw products from Japan. Diners can look out for their kaiseki specials, described as the art of fine food harmonising between flavours, textures, colours and presentation.
PASTA ZANMAI, G210B, Ground Floor Promenade, 1 Utama Shopping Centre, No 1, Lebuh Bandar Utama, Bandar Utama, PJ. (Tel: 03-7728 1210 - 1 Utama, 03 7492 1013 - Paradigm Mall, 03-2856 9860 - Nu Sentral/ www.superpasta.com.my). Business hours: 10am-10pm (Sun-Thurs), 10am-10.30pm (Fri-Sat). Serves up an interesting array of over 50 pasta dishes using Japanese spaghetti. Rice and pizza cooked up with Japanese ingredients like seaweed, miso and sesame are rather interesting.
RESTORAN BIBICHIK, 17, Jalan SS 2/30, PJ. (Tel: 03-7873 6769/ 010-281 3606). Business hours: Noon-3pm, 6.30pm-10pm, daily. Pork-free. Serves authentic and delicious Nyonya cuisine, which have been dished out for over 20 years. Specialities include Bibisauce Chicken, honey sotong, asam fish, crispy brinjal, mango fish, paku-pakis belacan, perut ikan, otak-otak and petai sambal prawns. It also hosts a musician playing oldies from the 50s, 60s and 70s on weekend nights.
SRI NYONYA RESTAURANT, 14, Jalan 22/49, PJ. (Tel: 03-7875 1031). Business hours: Noon-2.30pm, 6pm-9.30pm (Tues-Sun). Closed on Monday. Pork-free. Family recipes like the Sri Nyonya Fried Chicken and perut ikan span four generations.
LOI FATT RESTAURANT, 168, Jalan 8, 9th Mile, Cheras New Village, Kajang. (Tel: 03-9075 8035). Business hours: 11.30am-3pm; 5.30pm-10pm, daily. (Closed for dinner every Tuesday). Non-halal. The family-run business insists on keeping to traditional recipes that are becoming a rarity these days, as well as using only premium quality seafood. Recommendations include jumbo river prawns cooked in two styles, wild snakehead fish soup, sweet and sour crab, signature beancurd and Hakka deep-fried pork.
DIN by DIN TAI FUNG @ Lot 417, Level 4, Suria KLCC, KL. (Tel: 03-2181 0321). Business hours: 11am-10.30pm (Mon-Fri), 10.30am-10.30pm (Sat), 10am-10.30pm (Sun & public holidays). Pork-free. Offer pork-free versions of what Din Tai Fung is famous for to a wider audience. The signature xiao long bao is available in five versions, including crab and chicken, truffle and chicken, sambal chicken and lamb. Other recommendations include Shrimp and Beef/ Chicken Scallion Sauce Noodles as well as Chicken Chop and Shrimp Fried Rice.
KHUNTHAI RESTAURANT, 6, Jalan 5/44, Petaling Garden, Off Jalan Gasing, PJ. (Tel: 03-7781 7523 - Petaling Jaya, 03-6277 3523 - Kepong, 03-9081 1163 - Cheras/ www.khunthai.com). Business hours: 10am-3pm, 5pm-midnight, daily. Pork-free. A surprise find among a cluster of Indian restaurants and unassuming in appearance. Start your meal with Mieng Kam, move on to white tomyam, Steamed Fish Lemon Style, deep-fried kangkung and Green Curry Chicken. The thirst quencher, a blend of freshly squeezed ambarella fruit and sour plum is the ideal drink on a blistering day.
KAFE SAKURA KRISTAL, 301 Jalan Bandar 11, Taman Melawati, KL. (Tel: 03-4108 5897). Business hours: Noon-midnight (Mon-Sat), 4pm-midnight (Sun & public holiday). Halal. The restaurant has Asian, Thai, Western and Malaysian cuisine with enough options for vegetarians too.
CHAMPIGNONS AT OASIS, B-G-02, Oasis Square, Ara Damansara, PJ. (Tel:03-7832 2629 ). Business hours: 11am-3pm, 6pm-10pm (Mon-Thurs); 10am-10pm (Sat & Sun). Non-halal. Chef Gary Chang celebrates European food using fresh produce while focusing on nature’s cycle of growth, harvest and availability. Menu includes Seared Foie Gras with Fig Jam, Pork and Lamb Sausage Platter, Black Truffle Chicken Breast with Rosti Potato and Grilled Spanish Pork Shoulder Loin.
DECANTER 3, No. 5, Jalan 17/56, PJ. (Tel: 03-7968 1300). Business hours: Noon-midnight, daily. DECANTER 1, No. 7, Jalan Setiakasih 5, Bukit Damansara, KL (Tel: 03-2095 2507). Business hours: Noon-11.30pm. Closed on Sunday. DECANTER 4, No. 67, Jalan Setiabakti, Bukit Damansara. (Tel: 03-2095 3919). Business hours: 7.30am-10.30pm (Mon-Fri), 9am-10.30pm (Sat & Sun). Pork-free. Choose from over 80 Western and local favourites. Popular for its Oxtail Stew and Penang assam laksa.
GARAM MASALA RESTAURANT, 28-00-1, Lorong Batu Nilam 4A, Bandar Bukit Tinggi, Klang. (Tel: 03-3318 2265). Business hours: 10.30am-10.30pm, daily. (Closed on third Tuesday of the month). This family-run restaurant specialises in North Indian food. Recommendations include Crispy Fish Pakora, Chicken Manchow Soup, Vej Jalfrezi, Mutton Roganjosh and Chicken Tikka Butter Masala. Its pani puri appetiser made of sugee flour is also an interesting find.
BOMBAY PALACE, Life Centre, 20 Jalan Sultan Ismail, KL. (Tel: 03-2171 7220/ 7221) Business hours: Noon-2.30pm, 6.30pm-10.30pm, daily. Closed on public holiday. The signature dishes offered by Bombay Palace are Mango Lassi, Palace Sizzling Grill, Zinga Masala, Palak Paneer, Chicken Makhni, Kulfi and Family Naan. The renowned award winning restaurant has proven to be the undisputed heavyweight in the Indian fine dining scene.
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