Shangri-La Hotel, Kuala Lumpur will be presenting a Szechuan food promotion by guest chef Bart Chen at Shang Palace until May 7. The promotion offers an a la carte menu of Chen’s signature dishes as well as two six-course set menus, priced at RM138nett and RM161nett per person.
ENAK KL, LG2, Feast Floor, Starhill Gallery, 181, Jalan Bukit Bintang, KL. (Tel: 03-2141 8973). Business hours: Noon-midnight, daily. This is a classic yet modern restaurant serving traditional Malay food and CNNGo.com ranked this place number four in its ‘Kuala Lumpur Top 20 Restaurants’. What sets them apart is their promise in recreating traditional Malay dishes that are long forgotten.
KHUNTHAI VILLAGE RESTAURANT, Jalan Klang Banting, Kampung Air Hitam, Klang (next to Canary Garden, Bandar Bestari) (Tel : 012-515 3081/ 03-3081 3308). Business hours: 11am-midnight, daily. Pork free. Offers freshly cooked and authentic Thai cuisine at a reasonable price. The restaurant also features a cosy Thai village ambience and a 100% Thai kitchen crew.
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). Pork free. The restaurant has something in store for each member of the family, be it pizzas, pastas, hearty main courses and even light starters and desserts for the ladies. 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, 03-8322 6717 - Cyberjaya). Business hours: 11am-10pm, daily. This restaurant is an Asian, Western and fusion destination which took root in Subang Jaya more than two years ago. The menu contains a popular selection of local fare. Dishes to look out for include Serai Nasi Kerabu, Serai Platter, Deepfried Salted Egg Squid, Nasi Ambang and Deepfried Crispy Brinjal with Serai Spice.
TUJO BAR-SSERIE & GRILL, Ascott Kuala Lumpur, No. 9, Jalan Pinang, KL. (03-2161 7789/ 012-210 3055). Business hours: 7am until closing (Mondays-Sundays). 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.
THE OLIVE TREE, B-26, Plaza Damas 3, Jalan Sri Hartamas 1, Sri Hartamas, KL. (Tel: 03-6201 4477, 019-690 3266). Business hours: 11am-2.30pm, 6.30pm-10.30pm, daily). Pork free. The intriguing dish here is the Kofta Annarkali with the colours of India’s flag. The Special Briyani Rice is cooked with fish and prawns. Other specials are Chicken Drumstick stuffed with Minced Lamb, romali bread and the sweet platter that comes with a mammoth sugar rush.
SILVER SPOON TRATTORIA, No 2, First Floor, Wisma Menjalara, Jalan 7A/62A, Bandar Manjalara, KL. (Tel: 03-6277 0445). Business hours: 11.30am-3pm, 6pm-11pm, daily. Pork free. This Italian place, away from the hustle and bustle of the city in the Manjalara area, has traditional and contemporary styled dishes like Prawn and Avocado Salad, Homemade Chicken Liver Pate, Garlic Prawn Pizza, Penne Aglio Olio with Seafood and Braised Lamb Shank, just to name a few.
D’EMPIRE, Lot F1.16, The Main Place, Jalan USJ 21/10, Persiaran Kewajipan, Subang Jaya. (Tel: 03-8021 5796) Business hours: 10am-10pm, daily. Pork free. Serves delicious pastas, pizzas, steaks, salads and desserts. Also caters for birthdays parties, annual dinners and special events.
EL CERDO, 43 & 45, Changkat Bukit Bintang, KL. (Tel: 03-2145 0511/ 013-309 4197) Business hours: Noon-2:30pm, 6pm–11pm (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 advisable.
PRECIOUS OLD CHINA RESTAURANT & BAR, M2 Mezzanine Floor, Central Market, KL. (Tel: 03-2273 7372). Business hours: 11am-10pm, daily. Pork free. Offers an interesting interior filled with local antiques and is a popular venue with foreign guests. Malacca 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 (cuttle-fish Salad), kerabu pucuk paku (fiddlehead fern in spicy marinate) and fish head curry. Call ahead, often booked for functions.
MELAKA STREET RESTAURANT, No. 34, Jalan SS2/66, PJ. (Tel: 603-7873 6232/ 016-634 6921) Business hours: 11am-3pm, 5.30pm-10pm, daily. Pork free. While the name may suggest Malaccan 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 Portugese fish, Marmite chicken, Nyonya brinjals and crabmeat tofu.
ELITE SEAFOOD RESTAURANT, Lot 9B, Jalan Kemajuan, Section 13, PJ. (Tel: 03-7960 4288/ 4988). Business hours: 11.30am-2.30pm, 5.45pm-10.30pm (Mon-Sat), 9.30am-2.30pm, 5.45pm-10.30pm (Sun). Non-halal. The restaurant’s signature dishes include Braised Whole Abalone with Brown Sauce, Braised Golden Shark’s Fin Soup with Dried Seafood in Stone Bowl, Braised ‘Wu Xi’ Pork Ribs served with Bun, House Special Pan Fried Lamb Cutlet with Red Wine, Double-Boiled Shark’s Bone Cartilage Soup with Dried Seafood and Chef’s Speciality Tea Pot Soup. Besides the more common choices of live seafood, diners can also choose from rarer ones such as French turbots, Australian snow crabs, Alaskan spider crabs and Canadian geoduck clams. It was previously known as Ah Yat Abalone Forum Restaurant.
PARADISE DYNASTY, Lot 1F-15, Paradigm Shopping Mall, PJ. (Tel: 03-7887 5022 - Paradigm Mall, 03-2201 7022 Bangsar Village II). Business hours: 11am-10pm, daily. Non-halal. The restaurant captures the finer points of the bygone era in a contemporary style. Diners will be treated to both northern and southern Chinese cuisine with an innovative touch. Delve into the legend of Paradise’s world’s first eight flavours Xiao Long Bao – original, ginseng, black truffle, crab roe, foie gras, cheese and Szechuan.
VIN’S RESTAURANT & BAR, No 6, Lorong Datuk Sulaiman 1, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, KL. (Tel: 03-7725 9053) Business hours: 4pm-2am (Monday to Saturday), 11am-2pm (Sunday). A contemporary restaurant that serves up a selection of appetisers, pizzas, pastas and main courses. There’s also local favourites like lamb fried rice, mee mamak, lamb masala and mutton varuvel just to name a few. Pork free.
CHANDELIER WINE, DINE & PARTY RESTAURANT & BAR, No. 22A, Jalan 2/87G, Jalan Syed Putra (Off Jalan Taman Seputeh), KL. (Tel: 03-2273 7882/ 8595). Business hours: 5pm-3am, daily. Non-halal. Located in between Kuala Lumpur and Petaling Jaya, the restaurant serves a menu comprising Italian, French, Western and Asian cuisine.
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