Enjoy authentic Japanese cuisine prepared the traditional way at Genji Japanese Restaurant, Hilton Petaling Jaya. The Weekend Genji Buffet offers an extensive selection of raw and cooked varieties, from crowd favourites like sashimi and sushi, to hot and fresh tempura and teppanyaki. On Saturdays, the buffet is available for early bird dinner, from 6pm-7.45pm at RM109++ per adult, and for dinner, from 8pm-10.30pm at RM119++ per adult. On Sundays, the buffet is available for lunch, from 11.30am-2.30pm at RM119++ per adult. Children below 12 years old are entitled to a 50% discount. For reservations, call 03-7922 9122 ext 4071/ 4072.
Castell Gastrobar has returned with Chef John Lee from the original Castell family now at its helm. The restaurant and bar has undergone a major facelift to become a cosy, friendly neighbourhood steak bar in Petaling Jaya. The restaurant has retained some old favourites on the menu such the Stilton Steak Special, Prawn Cocktail, Baked King Prawns and the famous Castell Spring Chicken. Lee has also diversified the menu with some modern dishes such as Dragon Wings and Sang Har Pasta. On Tuesday nights, Castell offers a Beer Buffet with Angus Sandwich, from 6pm-9pm. The restaurant is located at No. 19, Lorong University C, Section 16, Petaling Jaya. For reservations, call 03-7931 0373/ 017-621 5828.
KELANTAN DELIGHTS, Ground Floor, Wisma Consplant, No. 2, Jalan SS 16/4, Subang Jaya. (Tel: 03-5611 7845 - Subang Jaya. 03-2785 1945 - Sooka Sentral, Kuala Lumpur). Business hours: Noon-10.30pm, daily. The restaurant brings Kelantanese Malay cuisine to another level through its refined recipes and tasteful presentations. Nasi Dagang, Nasi Tumpang, Laksam and other Kelantan favourites are sold on a bench or pangkin, to bring out traditional vibes – just like in Kelantan.
SONGKET RESTAURANT, No 29, Jalan Yap Kwan Seng, KL. (Tel: 03-2161 3331). Business hours: Noon-3pm, 6pm-11pm (Mon-Fri), 5pm-11pm (Sat, Sun & public holidays). This restaurant brings Malay fine dining to a different level. Come and savour true Malay flavours with sumptuous servings of traditional dishes such as Rusuk Panggang, sup ekor, Pucuk Paku Goreng and Durian Tiramisu among others. As you dine, be entertained by their cultural dance performance on weeknights from 8.30pm to 9.15pm.
FORTUNA PALACE SEAFOOD RESTAURANT, 17-20 Jalan 1/2, Taman Kajang Prima, Kajang. (Tel: 03-8739 3388). Business hours: 11am-2.30pm, 6pm-10.30pm, daily. Non-halal. This Chinese restaurant features monthly special menus, modern food presentation and a cellar filled with hand-picked New World wines. Executive chef Oh Ah Poh is respected for his culinary mastery gained through 40 years of experience. Among his dishes are Farm Duck Salad, Padi Field Crab, Mirror Pairing Scallop Plate and Australian Wild Abalone and Fish Maw.
CHUTNEY MARY RESTAURANT AND BAR, 21-G, Jalan Telawi 2, Bangsar, KL (Tel: 03-2282 9923). Business hours: 11am-11.30pm, daily. The restaurant offers Northern Indian cuisine with a smattering of Western and local dishes, house specials are Khairi Chicken Special, Chicken Noor Jahani Briyani and Kulfi. Set lunch options are priced at RM19 nett.
SURISIT THAI KOPITIAM, 17, Ground Floor, Lorong Rahim Kajai 13, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, KL. (Tel: 03-7710 0173). Business hours: 11am-3pm, 6pm-10.30pm (weekdays), 11am-10.30pm (weekends & public holidays). Non-halal. Described as Malaysia’s one of its kind Thai kopitiam, the restaurant serves up home-style cooking from its kitchen. During lunch and dinner, staff are kept on their toes attending to a steady flow of hungry diners who seek affordably priced Thai food. Among the dishes served here are Tom Yam Ka Moo, Pucuk Paku Yam Pla, Tauhoo Yat Sai and Stir Fried Glass Noodles with Chicken among others.
BANGKOK HOUSE, G11, Sunway Giza Mall, No.2 Jalan PJU5/14, PJU5, Kota Damansara, Petaling Jaya. (Tel: 03-6151 4333 - Kota Damansara, 03-6211 9872 - One Mont Kiara, 03-7954 9872 - 3 Two Square, Petaling Jaya). Business hours: 11am-10.30pm, daily. Halal. The family-run restaurant has managed to capture the essence of Thai cuisine, which is known for its extreme flavours - from tongue-scorching spiciness to simple yet decadently sweet desserts. Menu highlights include Miangkham, Seafood Tom Yam Soup, Panaeng Kung, Pla Neng Manao with either Garoupa or Siakap fish, and Thab Thim Krob.
U RESTAURANT, 69 Jalan Bangkung, Off Jalan Maarof, Bukit Bandaraya, Bangsar, KL (Tel: 03-2093 1268). Business hours: Noon-2.30pm, 6pm-11pm (Mon-Sat). Closed on Sunday. Pork free. The restaurant uses the ‘Omakase Kaiseki’ concept where chefs decide on how to cook and present the ingredients.
DA ON FINE KOREAN CUISINE, Lot 6.40.00, Level 6, Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, KL (Tel: 03-2141 2100). Business hours: 10am-10.30pm, daily. Pork free. The restaurant serves up authentic Korean favourites in a contemporary setting with emphasis on air flown specialities.
SPASSO MILANO PAVILION, Lot 6.44 & 6.45, Level 6, Pavilion, KL (Tel: 03-2148 0688). Business hours: Noon-10pm, daily. Pork free. The retail dine restaurant concept brings all the favourites from the chef’s kitchen to the heart of KL as well as a few tasty additions. Some of the delights on the menu are Smoked Duck Breast, Risotto Alla Monzese, Scarmorza Affumicata and a variety of pizzas.
THE HOT CHOCOLATE CAFE, 25, Lorong Setiabistari 2, Medan Damansara, Damansara Heights, KL. (Tel: 03-2093 9133) Business hours: 11am-2.30pm, 5.30pm-10.30pm (Mon-Sat). Closed on Sunday. Pork free. Quietly nestled within the confines of Bukit Damansara is a homely cafe that has been around for more than 12 years. The cafe is charming and elegant and serves reasonably priced food including local delights and Western favourites, including pastas and pizzas.
HORNBILL RESTAURANT & CAFE, KL Bird Park, 920, Jalan Cenderawasih, Taman Tasik Perdana, KL. (Tel: 03-2693 8086). Business hours: 9am-8pm, daily. Halal. Dine amid hornbills at this unique restaurant offering the Hornbill Restaurant Special Nasi Lemak, Madras-Style Fish Curry, Chicken Varuval, Vegetable Curry, Penang Char Kuey Teow, Spaghetti Napolitaine and Tenderloin Steak.
HAIKARA STYLE CAFE, E-Tiara Ground Floor, SS16/1 Subang Jaya. (03-5630 0743) Business hours : 11am-9.30pm (Tues-Fri), 10am-10pm (Sat & Sun). Closed on Monday. The in-house coffee blend is a special recipe of owner Kato Kanya, who swears by its nutritious benefits. Desserts like Fujisan bread pudding and homemade cheesecakes are also its highlights. Other dishes served include Chicken Katsu Sandwich, Black Chillie Dog and Spicy Seafood Curry Gratin.
TANZINI UPPERDECK, GTower, Level 28, 199 Jalan Tun Razak, KL (Tel: 03-2168 1899) Business hours: 11.30am-2.30pm, 6.30pm-10.30pm (Mon-Sat). Closed on Sunday. Pork free. This award winning restaurant is known for its fine food, featuring fresh ingredients, creatively presented with a touch of flair. For a more private setting, head to Tanzini Upper Deck for a unique fine dining experience right ‘under-the-stars’ with distinctive star-lights fixtures and spectacular view of the city’s night cityscape.
PLOY, G-2 Work@Clearwater,Changkat Semantan, Damansara Heights, KL. (Tel: 03-2095 0999) Business hours: Noon-3pm, 6pm-midnight (Mon-Fri), 6pm-midnight (Sat). Closed on Sunday. Pork free. The restaurant breaks away from the conventional norm of dishing out Japanese and Thai cuisine to presenting contemporary and elegant ideas on a plate. Some of the dishes to look out for include Spicy Miso Soup, Crispy Fish Basket, Emperor Burger and Spaghetti Spicy Corn Beef.
SOUTH SEA SEAFOOD RESTAURANT, 229, Jalan Dua A, Kampung Baru Subang, Selangor. (Tel: 03-7846 1401/ 03-7846 5813). Business hours: 11am-10.30pm, daily. Pork free. The restaurant has been serving quality seafood since 1980s, with exotic items such as geoduck, Australian lobster, Estuary tiger garoupa, Sri Lankan crab, Japanese escargot, fresh abalone, mantis prawn and Empurau fish.
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