Genji, the Japanese restaurant at Hilton Petaling Jaya, will be serving maguro (bluefin tuna) that is directly air-flown from Japan. Diners can expect the freshest maguro prepared in a variety of styles, including sashimi, sushi, grilled and teppanyaki.

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.

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 Tuesday. Non-halal. Dubbed the Asian porky Indian restaurant, it serves pork in classic Indian favourites. Specialities include Siew Yoke Briyani, 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, as well as banh mi sandwiches and fresh summer rolls.

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.

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. Serves quality cuisine, with an emphasis on 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.

WASHOKU 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. Formerly known as Sushi Sakura Kinrara, the restaurant promises affordable Japanese 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 Washoku Sushi Platter and festive-inspired dishes.

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/ 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/ Business hours: 8.30am-5.30pm (Mon-Sat). Closed on Sunday. Pork-free. 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, 15-1-2, Jalan Setia Prima U13/D, Setia Alam, Shah Alam. (Tel: 03-5888 6755 - Setia Alam, 03-8328 0689 - IOI City Mall/ Business hours: 8am-10pm, daily. 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 Monday. Depicts an American-style diner with street food commonly found in the US, 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 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, LG 1.43, Lower Ground One, Sunway Pyramid, PJ. (Tel: 03-7492 1188 - Sunway Pyramid, 03-7728 7833 - eCurve, 03-2143 3378 - Pavilion KL, 03-2282 8243 - The Gardens Mall/ Business hours: 11am-10.30pm, daily. 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, 120-122, Jalan Kasah, Medan Damansara, Kuala Lumpur. (Tel: 03-2096 1645). Business hours: 6pm-11pm (Mon-Fri), noon-3pm, 6pm-11pm (Sat). Closed on Sunday. 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: 11.30am-midnight (Mon-Fri), 4pm-midnight (Sat). Closed on Sunday. 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.

PIETRO, Ground Floor, Bangunan ECM Libra, 8 Jalan Damansara Endah, Damansara Heights, KL. (Tel: 03-2093 6433). Business hours: 11am-3pm, 6pm-11pm (Mon-Sat). Closed on Sunday. Pork-free. Pietro now caters to groups of people who want both Italian and Asian dishes, following requests from its customers. Some of the recommended dishes are Mushroom Ravioli stuffed with Duck, Bouillabaisse Sauce Risotto topped with Spinach and Jumbo King Prawns and Pistachio Crusted Lamb Rack marinated with Rosemary and Shiraz Reduction.

RAIL CANTEEN, Unit D-GF-02, Sunway Nexis, Jalan PJU 5/2, Dataran Sunway, Petaling Jaya. (Tel: 03-6150 1802). Business hours: 8am-10pm, daily. City folk who want to savour the coffee and toast bread known to Kluang Rail Coffee in Johor can visit this place. Its menu carries both Malaysian favourites and new fusion dishes, such as nasi lemak, mee siam, mee goreng, Hainanese chicken chop, sambal bun and Spaghetti Rendang Kambing.

To submit food listings and food-related queries, please email or call 03-7967 1388 ext 1322.

Brain-freeze challenge

Gastro Sentral at Le Meridien Kuala Lumpur is presenting the ‘brain freeze’ food challenge until June 30. It features the Malaysian dessert known as ABC (air batu campur or ais kacang). The eatery’s version of the perennial favourite consists of ice shavings topped with ice cream, doused with evaporated milk, syrup and ice cream, and packed with treats such as sweetened red beans, grass jelly, agar-agar and sweetened corn.


Complete the 3.5kg frozen wonder within 30 minutes and win the meal for free, or pay RM88 nett per person if you fail the challenge. Those who prefer to dine leisurely at their own pace can order the dessert at RM100 nett for the sharing portion. For reservations, call 03-2263 7434.All about tuna

Genji, the Japanese restaurant at Hilton Petaling Jaya, will be serving maguro (bluefin tuna) that is directly air-flown from Japan. Diners can expect the freshest maguro prepared in a variety of styles, including sashimi, sushi, grilled and teppanyaki.

Experience melt-in-your-mouth tuna steak meticulously cooked over an iron griddle and served with butter garlic sauce, or revel in the freshness of the fish when trying out the sashimi combo. The promotion is priced between RM25 nett and RM140 nett per portion. It is available for lunch and dinner, until June 30. For reservations, call 03-7955 9122.

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