Rock star dishes
Hard Rock Cafe Kuala Lumpur is ringing in the new year with fresh and flavourful ingredients. The restaurant will be serving new Rock’n Bowls until March 13, which take ordinary rice bowls to a ‘rock star’ level. They are: Southwest Meatball Bowl with a blend of Cajun and Southwest seasonings, topped with hot meatballs, honey sriracha glaze, chili lime crema, grated cotija cheese and tortilla straws (RM65), BBQ Shrimp Noodle Bowl with grilled shrimp in an Asian BBQ sauce mixed with shredded napa cabbage, sesame soy glaze, sliced green onions, white sesame seeds, freshly squeezed lime juice and fried won tons (RM65), and Chili Lime Chicken Bowl with grilled chili pepper lime chicken, Cajun seasoning, diced avocado, black beans, roasted corn, grated cotija cheese, chili lime crema, chopped cilantro and tortilla straws (RM55). For reservations, call 03-2715 5555.
The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf is showcasing a special menu featuring the citrusy goodness of tangerine. The Tangerine Chocolate Ice Blended drink and Tangerine Chocolate Latte combine dark chocolate and espresso with the delightful sweetness of tangerine. Non-coffee drinkers can enjoy the Romantic Blossoming Tea, a fragrant and uplifting beverage. For light bites, there are Apple Choc Bomb featuring a combination of milk chocolate, green apples and ground almonds, Pabana, a scrumptious concoction with layers of hazelnuts and almonds, crème pabana and caramel cream surrounding a core of chocolate, as well as Classic Dark Chocolate Brownie. The delicious treats are priced between RM12.80 and RM128. The festive menu is available until midMarch. For details, visit www.coffeebean.com.my
SOUTH SEA SEAFOOD RESTAURANT, 229, Jalan Dua A, Kampung Baru Subang, Selangor. (Tel: 03-7846 1401, 7846 5813). Business hours: 11.30am-11pm, daily. The restaurant boasts exotic seafood like geoduck, Australian lobster, estuary tiger garoupa, Sri Lankan crab, Japanese escargot, fresh abalone, mantis prawn and Empurau fish.
DRAGON-i RESTAURANT, GF.43, Ground Floor, Sunway Pyramid, Bandar Sunway. (Tel: 03-7492 3688 - Sunway Pyramid, 03-7725 8822 - 1 Utama, 03-2282 0155 - Mid Valley Megamall, 03-9130 0688 - Cheras Leisure Mall/ www.dragon-i.com.my). Business hours: 11am-10pm (Mon-Fri), 10.30am-10pm (Sat & Sun). Non-halal. Customers can feast on a variety of Chinese dishes here. On the menu are some traditional favourites and dim sum delights.
MEAT THE PORKERS, Block D1, Floor G3, Publika, Jalan Dutamas 1, Kuala Lumpur. (Tel: 03-6211 4040, 019-987 1945) Business hours: Noon-3pm, 6pm-10pm (Wed-Mon). Closed on Tuesdays. Non-halal. Dubbed the Asian porky Indian restaurant, it serves pork in classic Indian favourites. Specialities include Siew Yoke Biryani, Pork Sheekh Kebab, Tandoori Pork Ribs, Bacon Cheese Naan with Pork Varuval and Butter Pork, Pork 65 Masala and Pork Vindaloo.
PHO STREET, LG 02-03, Paradigm Mall, Jalan SS7/26A, Kelana Jaya, Petaling Jaya. (Tel: 03-7887 6136). Business hours: 10am-10pm (Sun-Thurs); 10am-10.30pm (Fri, Sat and eve of public holidays). Non-halal. The flagship dish is the Pho Beef Combination — rice noodles swimming in a rich stock alongside beef balls, tendon, tripe as well as meat slices and shank portions. There is also a chicken combination or single ingredient version. Banh mi sandwiches, fresh summer rolls and mango salad are available.
KIMI-YA, G-2, Avantas Residences, 162, Jalan Kelang Lama, Taman Shanghai, Kuala Lumpur. (Tel: 03-7986 0732). Business hours: Noon-3pm, 6pm-10.30pm (Mon-Thurs), 11.30am-3pm, 6pm-11pm (Fri-Sun). Pork-free. The philosophy of the place is semi-fine dining, serving quality cuisine that emphasises freshness. Sushi options include the signature Ume Sashimi Moriawase and 14-piece Sushi Moriawase sets. Also available is the kaiseki meal, featuring seasonal ingredients from Japan.
SAKURA SUSHI KINRARA, 11, Jalan BK5a/ 3a, Bandar Kinrara, Puchong, Selangor. (Tel: 03-8074 7848). Business hours: Noon-10pm (Mon-Fri), 11.30am-10pm (Sat, Sun and public holidays). Pork-free. Promises affordable food in a comfortable setting. Those who love picking sushi from the conveyor belt can look forward to daily specials. Menu includes unique options, such as Fruit Sushi Moriawase, Cold Ramen with Chokana Mango and Sakura Temaki.
SENTIDOS GASTROBAR, Feast Village, Starhill Gallery, 181, Jalan Bukit Bintang, KL. (Tel: 03-2145 3385). Business hours: Noon-3pm, 5pm-11pm (Sun-Fri); noon-midnight (Sat). Pork-free. Offers a relaxed atmosphere with a tantalising selection of hot and cold tapas. There is an extensive wine list and a range of imported beers.
SIMPLE LIFE HEALTHY VEGETARIAN RESTAURANT, LG-232A, Lower Ground Floor, The Gardens Mall, Mid Valley City, KL. (Tel : 03-2202 1328 - The Gardens, 03-2110 5201 - Lot 10, Bukit Bintang, 03-5611 8596 - Sunway Pyramid/ www.simplelife.com.my). Business hours: 10am-10pm, daily. Serves vegetarian meals that are organic, natural and nutritious. Popular dishes include Lei Cha with Brown Rice, Ginger Extract with Brown Rice Mee Sua, Vegetarian Nasi Lemak, curry laksa and popiah.
MADELEINE BISTRO, D-G-3A, Block D, No 2, Jalan PJU 1A/ 7A, Oasis Square, Oasis Ara Damansara, PJ. (Tel: 03-7859 9316/ www.madeleine.com.my/). Business hours: 8.30am-5.30pm (Mon-Sat). Closed on Sundays. Pork-free. A place that serves French cuisine with an Italian and Asian twist. Signature dishes include Canard A L’Orange, Chef’s Special Beef Cheek and Braised Lamb Shank with Gremolata. For desserts, there is the award-winning Chocolat Royale, as well as other cakes like Carrot Walnut, Chocolate Gateau, Lemon Poppyseed and Marble Cheesecake.
TAPPERS CAFE, 5-G, Block D, Palm Square, Jaya One, 72A, Jalan Universiti, PJ. (Tel: 03-7958 3198 - Jaya One, 03-2241 2963 - Bangsar South, 03-5888 6755 - Setia Alam/ www.tappers.com.my). Business hours: 8am-10pm (Mon-Fri), 10am-10pm (weekends & public holidays). Pork-free. Dishes here are affordably priced and cater to all walks of life. Chicken Parmigiana, Spaghetti Carbonara with Chicken Bacon and Mushrooms, Hainanese Chicken Chop, Sweet and Sour Fish Rice and Tappers Baked Soya Chicken Rice are some of the favourites.
HUCKLEBERRY AFTER DARK, 2G & 4G, Jalan Medan Setia 2, Plaza Damansara, Damansara Heights, Kuala Lumpur. (Tel: 03-2098 7833) Business hours: 5.30pm-midnight (weekdays), and 5.30pm-1am (weekends). Closed on Mondays. Depicts an American-style diner with street food, commonly found in America, styled-up to add some pizzazz to the dishes. The pizza base, made from sourdough, offers topping options such as Margarita, Missed Steak, Another One Bites The Crust, Bolognese, Rocky Balboa and Italian Stallion.
THE SHIP JALAN SULTAN ISMAIL, 40-1 & 40-2, Jalan Sultan Ismail, KL (Tel: 03-2141 8805 - Jalan Sultan Ismail, 03-2144 3605 - Jalan Bukit Bintang, 03-7728 8020 - Damansara Utama, 03-7931 0078 - PJ Centrestage). Business hours: Noon-midnight (Sun-Fri), noon-1am (Sat). Pork-free. Still a hit among locals and foreigners. Serves escargots, Chinatown Shark’s Fin with Crabmeat, steaks in 18 different styles. Wait staff dress according to rank of sailors on a ship.
TONY ROMA’S, LL 1.43, Lower Level One, Sunway Pyramid, Jalan PJS 11/15, Bandar Sunway, PJ. (Tel: 03-7492 1188 - Sunway Pyramid, 03-7728 7833 - eCurve, 03-2143 3278 - Pavilion KL, 03-2282 8243 - The Gardens Mall/ www.tonyromas.com.my). Business hours: 11am-10.30pm, daily. The people at Tony Roma’s are passionate about their food, adhering to standards set by the Orlando training centre. Expect hefty portions and enjoy the selection of refreshing mocktails and beverages. The restaurant is known for its signature ribs and onion loaf.
STOKED RESTAURANT AND BAR, 120, Jalan Kasah, Medan Damansara, Kuala Lumpur. (Tel: 03-2096 1645). Business hours: Noon-3pm (Thurs-Sun), 6pm-11pm (Wed-Mon). Closed on Tuesdays. Non-halal. Central to the cooking of many of Stoked’s dishes is the Bertha charcoal oven, which is fuelled by a combination of charcoal and firewood. Grilled meats take centre stage in its menu offerings with chilled prime cuts of steaks, as well as off-cuts. A selection of pork ribs are also offered.
ARIA ITALIAN DINING & WHISKY BAR, 44, Plaza Damansara, Jalan Medan Setia 2, Bukit Damansara, KL. (Tel: 03-2011 1384). Business hours: 11am-2.45pm, 6pm-11pm (Mon-Fri), 6pm-11pm (Sat). Closed on Sundays. This is a charming and cosy restaurant with tasteful ambience, known for its pizzas and pastas. Linguine Alio Olio with Smoked Duck, Cod Fish with Asparagus and Nere Sauce, Pasta Alla Aria and Diavola Pizza are some of the house recommendations.
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