Get whisked away into an oriental culinary adventure featuring Ti Chen’s favourite item in the menu, the Smoked Duck. The duck is a house speciality that requires a day’s preparation, including smoking it with tea leaves, wood chips, rice and sugar. The meat has a fabulous taste with every bite you take. The mouth-watering smoked duck dish is served with a home-made sauce made from Chinese parsley, green chilli, bird’s eye chilli and garlic. The spicy dip is packed with a rich, pungent flavour that complements the meat well. The smoked duck at The Saujana Hotel Kuala Lumpur is priced at half duck RM80 ++ (takeaway RM90++) and whole duck RM140++ (takeaway RM150++). For reservations, call 03-7843 1234 ext 6122 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sweet and sour fish
Scorching hot sun and don’t know where to have breakfast and lunch? If you love having curry for breakfast, do try Xroads Xpress’ roti jala with chicken curry breakfast set which comes with coffee or tea or chilled juice for just RM12 nett per order (from 7.30am to 9.30am on weekdays). Lunch at Concorde Hotel Kuala Lumpur brings more mouth-watering options. Indulge in sweet and sour fish with rice or appetising breaded chicken chop with black pepper sauce. Choose either one for a perfect lunch. These delights are tagged at RM24 nett per order (from 11am to 6pm on weekdays). For reservations, call 012-399 5006.
RISTORANTE PORTO ROMANO, K-1, Mont Kiara Banyan, 28, Jalan Kiara, Mont Kiara, KL. (Tel: 03-6207 8171 - Mont Kiara, 03-7710 0509 - Taman Tun Dr Ismail, 03-2162 6799 - The Intermark). Business hours: 11am-midnight, daily. Pork-free. The restaurant has something in store for each member of the family, be it pizza, pasta, hearty main courses and even light starters and desserts. Some of the dishes to look out for include Moussaka, Grilled Vegetables, Stuffed Mussels, Seafood Soup and Braised Oxtail Roman Style.
SERAI@EMPIRE, Lot LG37, Empire Shopping Gallery, Subang Jaya. (Tel: 03-5611 3200 - Empire Shopping Gallery, 03-7887 3707 - Paradigm Mall, 03-7932 3070 - Jaya Shopping Centre, 03-2110 5353 - Pavilion KL, 03-8322 6717 - Shaftsbury Square, Cyberjaya). Business hours: 11am-10pm, daily. This restaurant is an Asian, Western and fusion destination which first took root in Subang Jaya. The menu contains a selection of local fare. Dishes include Serai Nasi Kerabu, Serai Platter, Deep-fried Salted Egg Squid, Nasi Ambang and Deep-fried Crispy Brinjal with Serai Spice.
KOFFIE CRAFT, Unit UG-2, The Sphere, 1, Avenue, 8, Jalan Kerinchi, Bangsar South, Kuala Lumpur. Tel: 03-5033 2135. Business hours: 8.30am-10pm (Mon-Fri), 10am-10pm (Sat & Sun). Pork-free. Serves a varied menu, incorporating its Dutch heritage with local, Korean and Australian elements. Highlights include Rijsttafel Platter, Waffle Lemak, Eggs Hollandaise and Dutch Baby Pancakes.
RESTORAN KUKUS STIM HABIS, 34, Jalan Presiden F, U1/F, Accentra Business Park, Glenmarie, Shah Alam. (Tel: 03-5567 9161). Business hours: 9am-3.30pm (Mon-Fri), 10am-3.30pm (Sat). Closed on Sunday. Specialising in Terengganu, Kelantan and Peranakan fare, this place endeavours to bring home-made flavours back to the dining table. Specialities include Master Dulang, Ganu Nasi Dagang, Nasi Kerabu Tulen, Kari Ayam Kapitan Cina and nasi lemak kukus sets. Meals are served thali-style, where curries, vegetables and condiments are served in little containers on a stainless steel plate.
ARCH CAFE, Kuala Lumpur, Lot No G01 and G.03A, Ground Floor, Pacific Express Hotel, Jalan Hang Kasturi, Market Square, KL. (Tel: 03-2022 0878). Business hours: 7am-5.30pm, daily. Enjoy the Lee family’s own well-kept recipes of Malaysian dishes such as Hainanese Chicken Chop, Malaya Nasi Lemak and Chicken Rice Balls in an Art Deco setting. This restaurant is also well-known for its cakes and pastries, its signature being the Durian Imperial Cake.
SILVER SPOON KITCHEN, A-G-12, Dataran Emerald, Jalan PS11, Prima Selayang, Batu Caves. (Tel: 03-6127 7603). Business hours: 11am-11pm, daily. Pork-free. This place serves traditional and contemporary style Italian and Western dishes. Their menu includes Chargrilled Calamari Salad, Escargots a la Bourguignonne, Soft Shell Crab Slider, Salmon Teriyaki and Tobiko Pizza, Prawn and Zucchini Pizza, Squid Ink Pasta and Seafood Lasagna.
EL CERDO, 43 & 45, Changkat Bukit Bintang, KL. (Tel: 03-2145 0511/ 013-309 4197). Business hours: Noon-2.30pm, 6pm–10.30pm (Sun-Fri), 6pm–11pm (Sat). Non-halal. This restaurant is known for its Roasted Suckling Pig, Crispy Pork Knuckle, Grilled Pork Shoulder Steak, Mountain Paella, Oven Roasted Iberico Spare Ribs and Spanish Whole Roasted Baby Lamb Leg. Most of the food here is meant for sharing. Reservations are advised.
PRECIOUS OLD CHINA RESTAURANT & BAR, Lot 2, Mezzanine Floor, Central Market, KL. (Tel: 03-2273 7372). Business hours: 11am-9pm, daily. Pork-free. Offers an interesting interior filled with local antiques and is a popular venue with foreign guests. Melaka and Penang Nyonya delicacies here include chicken pong teh (chicken stewed in shallot gravy), devil’s curry, top hats (vegetable-filled rice cones), jiu hu char (cuttlefish salad), kerabu pucuk paku (fiddlehead fern in spicy marinate) and fish head curry.
MELAKA STREET RESTAURANT, No. 34, Jalan SS2/66, PJ. (Tel: 03-7873 6232/ 016-634 6921). Business hours: 11am-3pm, 5.30pm-10pm, daily. Pork-free. While the name may suggest Melakan cuisine, the restaurant dishes up a mix of Nyonya and local favourites, offering a wide array of rich and unique traditional Malaysian fare. Dishes served include Portuguese Fish, Marmite Chicken, Nyonya Brinjals and Crabmeat Tofu.
PARADISE DYNASTY, Lot 1F-15, Paradigm Shopping Mall, PJ. (Tel: 03-7887 5022 - Paradigm Mall, 03-2201 7022 - Bangsar Village II, 03-7972 9280 - Pearl Shopping Gallery, 03-2710 8808 - Mytown Shopping Centre, 03-7733 0522 - IPC Shopping Centre). Business hours: 10.30am-10pm, daily. Non-halal. Diners will be treated to both northern and southern Chinese cuisine with an innovative touch. One highlight is its eight flavours Xiao Long Bao – original, ginseng, garlic, black truffle, crab roe, foie gras, cheese and Sichuan.
KAKI LANG HOMES KITCHEN, 29, Lorong Dato Yusuf Shahbuddin 29A, Taman Sentosa, Klang, Selangor. (Tel: 012-366 4679/ 016-955 5920). Business hours: Noon-3.30pm, 5pm-9pm (Tues-Sun). Closed on Monday. Non-halal. The restaurant’s home-cooked Malaysian Hakka cuisine still observes their family matriarch’s recipes. The yam discs and black vinegar pork trotters are simply to die for. Other must-tries include ginger and rice wine chicken, acar and braised pork belly with black fungus.
VIN’S RESTAURANT & BAR, No 6, Lorong Datuk Sulaiman 1, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, KL. (Tel: 03-7725 9053/ 012-200 2119). Business hours: 4pm-midnight (Mon-Thurs), 4pm-1am (Fri & Sat), noon-11pm (Sun). Pork-free. A contemporary restaurant that serves up a selection of appetisers, pizza, pasta and main courses. There’s also local favourites like lamb fried rice, mee mamak, lamb masala and mutton varuvel.
TUJO BAR-SSERIE & GRILL, Ascott Kuala Lumpur, No. 9, Jalan Pinang, KL. (03-2161 7789/ 012-210 3055). Business hours: 7am-1am, daily. Pork-free. A stylish down to earth ‘playground’ for the young at heart to meet up over good food, great drinks and have loads of laughs.
SKIPPYS PIZZA, Unit 107, Block D, Phileo Damansara 1, PJ. (Tel: 03-7931 2555). Business hours: 11.30am-10pm, daily. Non-halal. Although the restaurant’s menu offers a wide selection of homemade signature pizza as well as burgers, pasta and ribs, the home-grown brand is synonymous for its porky pizzas. There are also local dishes such as pork noodles and pork varuvel for those who want a little local flavour.
SHELL OUT SEAFOOD RESTAURANT, Lot G-12, G-Village, G Residence, 35, Jalan Desa Pandan, KL. (Tel: 016-340 4616 - G-Village, 016-418 4616 - Kota Damansara, 016-305 4616 - Publika, 016-419 4616 - Setia Alam, 016-275 4616 - Ayer@8, Putrajaya, 016-284 4616 - Main Place @ USJ 21). Business hours: 10am-10pm, daily. An entirely different dining adventure of savouring ocean delights without any cutlery nor plates or bowls. Just dig in with your bare hands over freshly cooked crabs, lobsters, crawfish, scallops and prawns served on top of their signature shellbang sauce.
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