Sizzling hot plate:
Enjoy sizzling hot fresh meats and crunchy vegetables as Melting Pot Cafe in Concorde Hotel Kuala Lumpur will be showcasing the Mongolian hot plate promotion until Feb 17. The Mongolian hot plate buffet offers a spread of meats, seafood, vegetables and breads for diners’ selection. Options include sliced beef, chicken, lamb, squid, prawns, fish, raw vegetables and a variety of sauces.
Diners may choose their preferred items and hand it over to the chef who will prepare the food on the spot. Signature sauces will help enhance the taste of grilled meats. The Mongolian hot plate promotion is priced at RM110 nett per person, and is served alongside the nightly buffet spread. For reservations, call 03-2717 2233.
Hearty eating challenge
Famous for its extravagant food challenges, Gastro Sentral at Le Meridien Kuala Lumpur is kicking off the year with a ‘Lady and the Tramp’s Spaghetti Meatball Couple Challenge’. The gigantic spaghetti meatball couple challenge is ongoing until March 31. It features 1.5 kg of spaghetti aglio olio, 30 pieces of meatballs in homemade fresh tomato and basil sauce, a dozen garlic bread and lots of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese.
Each couple is required to complete the challenge within 30 minutes to win the meal for free, or pay RM158 nett per portion if they fail the challenge. Guests who prefer to dine leisurely at their own pace are welcome to order the pasta priced at RM180 nett for the sharing portion. For reservations, call 03-2263 7434.
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 to midnight, daily. 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 KL, 03-8322 6717 - Shaftsbury Square, Cyberjaya). Business hours: 11am to 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 to 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.
SILVER SPOON KITCHEN, A-G-12, Dataran Emerald, Jalan PS11, Prima Selayang, Batu Caves. (Tel: 03-6127 7603). Business hours: 11am to 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.
RESTORAN KUKUS STIM HABIS, 34, Jalan Presiden F, U1/F, Accentra Business Park, Glenmarie, Shah Alam. (Tel: 03-5567 9161). Business hours: 10am to 4pm (Monday to Saturday). 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 G.03A, Ground Floor, Pacific Express Hotel, Jalan Hang Kasturi, Market Square, KL. (Tel: 03-2022 0878). Business hours: 7am to 7pm, daily. Enjoy the Lee family’s 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.
EL CERDO, 43 & 45, Changkat Bukit Bintang, KL. (Tel: 03-2145 0511/ 013-309 4197). Business hours: 6pm to 10.30pm (Monday to Thursday), 6pm to 11pm (Friday & Saturday), noon to 2.30pm, 6pm to 10.30pm (Sunday). 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 to 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 (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 to 3pm, 5.30pm to 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 to 2.30pm, 6pm to 10.30pm (Monday to Saturday), 9.30am to 2.30pm, 6pm to 10.30pm (Sunday). 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 turbot, 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 to 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 to 3.30pm, 5pm to 9pm (Tuesday to Sunday). 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 to 2am (Tuesday to Friday), 3pm to 2am (Saturday), 3pm to midnight (Sunday). Closed on Monday. Pork-free. A contemporary restaurant that serves up a selection of appetisers, pizzas, pastas and main courses. There are also local favourites like lamb fried rice, mee mamak, lamb masala and mutton varuvel just to name a few.
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 to 10.30pm (Sunday to Thursday), 11.30am to 11pm (Friday & Saturday). Non-halal. Although the restaurant’s menu offers a wide selection of homemade signature pizzas as well as burgers, pastas and ribs, the home-grown brand is synonymous for its porky pizzas. There are also local dishes such as chi yuk fun (pork noodles) and pork varuvel for those who want a little local flavour.
SHELLOUT 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, 016-275 4616 - Main Place @ USJ 21). Business hours: 10am-10pm, daily. An entirely different dining adventure of savouring scrumptious 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 the signature shellbang sauce.
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