South Indian delicacies
The ‘Flavours from Chettinad’ promotion is taking place throughout the month at Cinnamon Coffee House, One World Hotel, Petaling Jaya. Chettinad cuisine is believed to be the most aromatic and spiciest cuisine in India. Some of the must-try dishes are Lamb Mandy, Prawn Caldine Curry, Kandani Chicken, Kuttanadan Peppered Duck, Baked Crab with Yoghurt, Chicken Tikka Masala, Duck Varuval, Squid Gobi Masala, Prawn Balchao Goan, Eggplant Pachadi, masala vada, laddu, palkova, jalebi, gulab jamun and rasgulla. The South Indian dishes are served alongside other international cuisines on the buffet. The dinner is available until Nov 30, from 6.30pm to 10.30pm daily. It is priced at RM128 per adult and RM64 per child. For reservations, call 03-7681 1157.
Salted egg treat
The Resort Cafe, Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa, will be presenting ‘The Gold Dipper’ – a five-tier fountain flowing with creamy and rich salted egg, accompanied by a range of meat and vegetable skewers. Diners are also invited to dip any dish or ingredient from the buffet line into the salted egg fountain that is made with fresh ingredients. The treat is available as part of the restaurant’s Sunday high-tea buffet featuring over 150 authentic local delights, including its signature nasi lemak, sup kambing berempah, assam laksa, pasembur, roti tsunami, roti bekham, bubur kacang hijau, Nyonya kuih and cekodok pisang. Available on Sundays from noon to 3pm, the buffet is priced at RM88 nett per adult and RM58 nett per child. For reservations, call 03-7495 2009 or 7492 8000.
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 or 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 KL, 03-8322 6717 - Shaftsbury Square, Cyberjaya). Business hours: 11am-10pm, daily. This restaurant is an Asian, Western and fusion destination which took root in Subang Jaya several years ago. The menu contains a popular selection of local fare. Dishes to look out for include Serai Nasi Kerabu, Serai Platter, Deep-fried Salted Egg Squid, Nasi Ambang and Deep-fried Crispy Brinjal with Serai Spice.
PAN & TAMPER, D1-G3-9, 1, Jalan Dutamas 1, Solaris Dutamas, Kuala Lumpur. (Tel: 03-6206 2929). Business hours: 8am-6pm, daily. Pork-free. Serves an array of fusion dishes influenced with a touch of Melbourne, Australia and Catalonia, Spain. Pair that with speciality coffee and desserts in a minimalistic yet inviting ambience for an amazing dining experience.
RESTORAN KUKUS STIM HABIS, 34, Jalan Presiden F, U1/F, Accentra Business Park, Glenmarie, Shah Alam. (Tel: 03-5567 9161). Business hours: 10am-4pm (Mon-Sat). Closed on Sunday. Specialising in Terengganu, Kelantan and Peranakan fare, this place endeavours to bring homemade 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 G03A, Ground Floor, Pacific Express Hotel, Jalan Hang Kasturi, Market Square, KL. (Tel: 03-2022 0878). Business hours: 7am-7pm, 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: 6pm–10.30pm (Mon-Thurs), 6pm–11pm (Fri & Sat), noon-2.30pm, 6pm–10.30pm (Sun). 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: 11.30am-10pm, 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. Call ahead, often booked for functions.
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 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, 6pm-10.30pm (Mon-Sat), 9.30am-2.30pm, 6pm-10.30pm (Sun). Non-halal. The restaurant’s signature dishes include Braised Whole Abalone with Brown Sauce, Braised ‘Wu Xi’ Pork Ribs served with Bun and House Special Pan Fried Lamb Cutlet with Red Wine. 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.
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 Szechuan.
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 recipes from the owner’s family. 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-2am (Tues-Fri), 3pm-2am (Sat), 3pm-midnight (Sun). Closed on Monday.
Pork-free. A contemporary restaurant that serves up a selection of appetisers, pizza, pasta and main courses. Local favourites are also available, such as lamb fried rice, mee mamak, lamb masala and mutton varuvel, just to name a few.
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, 33, Jalan SS21/56B, Damansara Utama, PJ. (Tel: 03-7733 0255 - Damansara Utama, 03-7931 2555 - Phileo Damansara 1). Business hours: 11.30am-10.30pm (Sun-Thurs), 11.30am-11pm (Fri & Sat). Non-halal. Although the restaurant’s menu offers a wide selection of homemade signature pizza as well as burger, pasta and ribs, the home-grown brand is synonymous for its porky pizza. There are also local dishes such as chi yuk fun (pork noodles) and pork varuvel for those who want a little local flavour.
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