Zuan Yuan Chinese Restaurant at One World Hotel, Petaling Jaya welcomed Tommy Choong as its executive Chinese chef. Choong, who has 20 years of expertise in Chinese cuisine, will be showcasing a selection of his specialities until March 30. The menu includes Pan-fried Omelette with Oyster and Thai Basil Leaf with Mayonnaise, Braised Superior Soup with Scallop Dumpling and Saffron, Stir-fried Australian Asparagus with Assorted Mushroom and Truffle Oil, Crispy Fish Cake with Minced Cabbage and Sweet Sauce, Braised Abalone with Wild Rice wrapped in Lotus Leaf, and Pan-fried Cubed Beef Tenderloin with Signature Sauce. The dishes are priced from RM48 nett per portion. They are available for lunch and dinner. For reservations, call 03-7681 1159.
All about seafood
Melting Pot Cafe at Concorde Hotel Kuala Lumpur is presenting an extensive spread of fresh seafood until March 31. The promotion offers a feast for the senses, featuring fresh catch such as crab, prawn, squid, bamboo clam, crayfish and mackerel. Diners can have their seafood prepared by the chefs at the live cooking station, based on available cooking styles and seasoning such as kam heong, black bean, curry, or ginger and spring onion. Top up with vegetables such as mushroom, shiitake, siew pak choy and sweet bean for some additional colour and flavour. The seafood promotion is served alongside the restaurant’s daily buffet dinner spread, and is priced at RM110 nett per person. For reservations, call 03-2717 2233.
SAO NAM FINE VIETNAMESE CUISINE, 25, Tengkat Tong Shin, KL. (Tel: 03-2144 1225/8225). Business hours: 12.30pm-2.30pm, 7pm-10.30pm (Sun-Thurs), 12.30pm-2.30pm, 7pm-12.30am (Fri and Sat). Pork-free. The restaurant serves Indochine cuisine with liberal use of Hong Hanh fish sauce from the island of Phu Quoc. Some of the dishes to look out for are Mangosteen Salad, Banh Xeo (Vietnamese Pancake), Duck in Tamarind and Beef in Young Coconut.
ISHIN JAPANESE DINING, No 202, Persiaran Klang, Batu 3 3/4, off Jalan Kelang Lama, KL. (Tel: 03-7980 8228). Business hours: Noon-3pm, 6pm-1am, daily. Pork-free. The restaurant prides itself on the freshness and authenticity of its dishes as ingredients are air flown, twice a week, direct from Japan’s famous market Tsukiji market. Among the dishes to relish are Satsumaimo Tempura, Maguro Kama Shioyaki and Jikasei Tofu.
O’GALITO, Lot C3.05.00, Level 3, Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, No 168, Jalan Bukit Bintang, KL. (Tel: 03-2141 0418). Business hours: 8am-1am (Sun-Wed), 8am-2am (Thurs-Sat); kitchen closes at midnight. Pork-free. The restaurant has several signature dishes from Portugal, Greece, Italy and Spain, including Italian Linguini with freshly-sourced seafood, Portuguese Chicken Piri-Piri, Braised Beef Cheeks and tiramisu.
MEZZE BAR & BISTRO, 132, Jalan Kasah, Medan Damansara, KL. (Tel: 03-2095 0122). Business hours: 4pm-1am (Mon-Thurs), noon-1am (Fri and Sat). Closed on Sundays. Non-halal. The vibrant Mezze Lounge opens up to an ultimate bar with a splendid difference. All recipes here are the innovative creations of executive chef Yves Pierre Renou and the founders of Mezze. Reflecting the cuisine from France, Italy, Spain, Greece and Northern Africa, the dining experience just spells great homecooked cuisine that leaves you wanting for more.
MY ELEPHANT THAI RESTAURANT, No 20-G&1, Jalan Sri Hartamas 8, Taman Sri Hartamas, KL. (Tel: 03-6201 0649 - Sri Hartamas, 010-220 1283 - Section 17). Business hours: 11.30am-2.30pm, 6pm-10pm, daily. Pork-free. Known for its robust Thai flavours, the restaurant has been drawing a steady crowd since its opening. Thai favourites like Mieng Kum, Red Duck Curry, Salt Baked Fish, Gai Pad Grapow and Pla Muk Yang are available here.
BASIL THAI NUDLE BAR, G10, Bangsar Village 1, Jalan Telawi 1, Bangsar Baru, KL. (Tel: 03-2287 8708). Business hours: 11.30am-9.45pm, daily. Pork-free. Some of their classic selections are their signature Steamed Siakap Fish with Lime and Chili Sauce, Volcanic Tom Yam Soup, green curry and variation of stir-fried dishes.
THE SULTANI RESTAURANT, Level 5, Hotel Flamingo, No 5, Tasek Ampang, Jalan Hulu Kelang, Ampang, KL. (Tel: 03-4251 7360). Business hours: 11am-11pm, daily. Pork-free. It serves Moghul cuisine with unique dishes like The Sultani Kofta, Anchargoshd, Fish Kasuri and Butter Chicken. Those who enjoy Iranian food can opt for Joojhee and Kebabi Sultani.
RAAM RAVAN, H-G-09, Hutton Block, Plaza Arkadia, Jalan Residen 3, Desa Parkcity, KL. (Tel: 012-249 1143). Business hours: 8.30am-midnight, daily. Pork-free. Offers a little bit of everything – Ceylonese and Sinhalese food such as appe (hoppers), crab curry and lamprais, Northern Indian food like chapati and paratha, and Southern Indian food like thali sets and thosai. House specialities include lamprais (available on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays) and Trinco Crab Curry.
AH YAT ABALONE SEAFOOD RESTAURANT, 2nd Floor, Life Centre, 20, Jalan Sultan Ismail, KL. (Tel: 03-2166 3131). Business hours: 11.30am-3pm, 6pm-10.30pm (Mon-Sat); 10am-3pm, 6pm-10.30pm (Sun and public holidays). Famed for its abalone dishes, the restaurant also serves a host of Chinese dishes such as Buddha Jumps over the Wall, Double Boiled Bird’s Nest with Almond Juice, Stir Fried Fresh Scallop with Prawn and Vegetables.
RESTORAN SUN FUNG BAK KUT TEH, 69, Ground Floor, Jalan Radin Bagus, Zone J5, Bandar Baru Sri Petaling, KL. (Tel: 011-1259 6639/013-232 3239). Business hours: 10am-10pm (Closed on Tuesdays but opens on public holidays). Non-halal. It offers the all-time favourite bak kut teh, as opposed to the pre-cooked version that may affect the meat’s texture. Hot favourites are the Special Bak Kut Teh and Special Pepper Soup.
EUNG CHICKEN, No 55G, Jalan SS21/60, Damansara Utama, PJ. (Tel: 011-1057 4388). Business hours: Noon-10pm (Sun-Thurs), 12.30pm-11pm (Fri and Sat). Pork-free. This Korean fried chicken place serves chicken with both the original paper-thin crispy batter and the familiar crunchy batter, with a choice of basic, soy or signature spicy flavours. Also serves other Korean staples such as bibimbap, ramyeon and jajangmyeon.
ITALIAN DV RISTORANTE PIZZERIA, 77, Jalan Setiabakti, Bukit Damansara, KL. (Tel: 03-2098 2001). Business hours: 11.45am-3pm, 5.45pm-midnight (Tues-Sun). Closed on Mondays. Casual dining restaurant serving home-cooked Italian dishes. The dishes are based on the chef’s Italian grandmother’s recipes.
TOM, DICK AND HARRY’S, 18, Lorong Rahim Kajai 14, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, KL. (Tel: 03-7710 2122 - TTDI, 03-7859 7858 - Oasis Ara Damansara, 03-2148 0122 - Pavilion KL). Business hours: 4pm-1am (Mon-Thurs), 4pm-2am (Fri), 10am-2am (Sat), 10am-1am (Sun). Non-halal. The restaurant and bar serves popular favourites such as the Porky Fries, Pigs In Blanket, Chicken Mushroom Pie and Cheese Steak Sandwich. On weekends it is known for serving hearty breakfast sets.
TICKLISH RIBS AND ‘WICHES, 5, Jalan 21/11A, Sea Park, PJ. (Tel: 03-7865 9126 - Sea Park, 016-281 2579 - Jalan Alor). Business hours: Noon-3pm, 6pm-10pm (Mon-Fri), noon-10pm (Sat and Sun). Non-halal. The flagship Signature BBQ Pork Ribs offers the caramelised outer crust of char siew and has a nice balance of spiciness that does not overwhelm. The idea of serving a filling main dish by pairing 10 basic pork recipes with a carb accompaniment – whether rice, pasta or sandwich – is amazingly simple and convenient.
JAKE’S CHARBROIL STEAKS, Feast Village, Starhill Gallery, 181, Jalan Bukit Bintang, KL (Tel: 03-2148 1398 - Starhill Gallery, 03-2094 5677 - Medan Damansara). Business hours: Noon-midnight, daily. Pork-free. The restaurant is famous among diners for its steaks. Lobsters, oysters and fish are also available.
TANGERINE, Sky Deck (Level 51), The Face Suites, 1020, Jalan Sultan Ismail, Bukit Bintang, KL. (Tel: 03-2168 1670). Business hours: 6pm-10.30pm, daily. Pork-free. A new fine dining spot in town that emphasises on creativity and exciting flavours in its modern western cuisine. Only set dinners are served, with three-, five- or seven-course options offered.
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