Peking duck, a dish that originated from Beijing, China, is the featured dish at Xin Cuisine Chinese Restaurant, Concorde Hotel Kuala Lumpur. The delicacy was first created and introduced by the palace chefs back in the Ming Dynasty, where only exceptional quality dishes were cooked for the emperor. At Xin, this dish is presented in a two-course set meal, comprising crispy duck skin in egg crepe and duck soup with beancurd and salty vegetables. Diners may choose one course of their choice. The Peking duck is available for lunch and dinner until June 30. It is priced at RM50 nett per half duck or RM90 nett for whole duck. For reservations, call 03-2144 8750.
Treat Restaurant and Bar at Oakwood Hotel and Residence Kuala Lumpur is featuring a sandwich promotion until June 30, from noon to 11pm daily. The menu offers four options – chicken salami, beef pastrami, fish tartar and vegetarian. The meat-based sandwiches are garnished with either mayonnaise or mustard sauce. The vegetarian sandwich offers a combination of bread, tomato, cucumber and coleslaw. Bread options include ciabatta, muesli, whole grain and wholemeal. All sandwiches are accompanied by nachos chips. Prices range between RM15 and RM20 nett per piece. For reservations, call 03-2720 3827.PASSAGE THRU’ INDIA, 4, Jalan Delima, off Jalan Bukit Bintang, KL (Tel: 03-2145 0366 - Kuala Lumpur, 03-2094 4366 - Bukit Damansara). Business hours: 11.30am-2.30pm, 6.30pm-10.30pm, daily. Halal. Try the cocktail basket of six mini naan breads with chutneys and condiments, PTI Masala Prawns, Murgh Tikka Butter, Mutton Rogan Gosht, Kashgar Kebab and Navratna Kurma.
WAY MODERN CHINOIS, G-1, Work@Clearwater, Jalan Changkat Semantan, Damansara Heights, KL. (Tel: 03-2095 1118). Business hours: Noon-3pm, 6pm-10.30pm (Tues-Sun). Closed on Mondays. Pork-free. This modern cuisine restaurant specialises in contemporary fine Chinese cuisine. With 60 uniquely crafted dishes presented in an elegant setting, Way’s menu is a reflection of uber gastronomy resulting from the culmination of 15 months of food tasting and experimentation. Dishes to look out for include Waterless Chicken Soup, Pac Man Dumpling, Snow Bun, Golden Rose Wanton, Cold Flower Crab, Crispy Lion Fish and Truffle Duck.
WARUNG LEKO, LB-1, First Floor, The Curve Link 2, The Curve, Mutiara Damansara, PJ. (Tel: 03-7733 1322). Business hours: 11am-10.30pm, daily. The restaurant is known to locals to have authentic penyet dishes from Surabaya. It is the first Warong Leko in Malaysia and it has 46 outlets in Indonesia.
TARBUSH RESTAURANT, LG16, Starhill Gallery, Jalan Bukit Bintang, KL. (Tel: 03-2144 6393). Business hours: Noon-1am, daily. The restaurant serves food using recipes by managing director Mohyddin Al Halabi. A must try is the Grilled Arayes (minced lamb with vegetables, onions, Tarbush spice, tomatoes) that is spread on pita bread. There are also sweet delicacies like Mahalabia, Riz Bil Halil and Ma’Moul Bi Fustouq, to name a few.
VICTORIA STATION, 11-17, Jalan Setiapuspa, Medan Damansara, KL. (Tel: 03-2093 6888 - Medan Damansara, 03-4257 3388 - Ampang, 03-5637 3388 - Taipan USJ, 03-6150 6618 - Kota Damansara). Business hours: Noon-midnight, daily. Pork-free. Still a popular haunt for those who enjoy steaks. Other offerings are Deep Sea Prawns with Teriyaki Sauce, Charbroiled New Zealand Fillet Steak and Grilled Cajun Salmon.
RAKUZEN JAPANESE RESTAURANT, LG 05-06, G Tower, 199, Jalan Tun Razak, KL. (Tel: 03-2161 4800). Business hours: 11.30am-3pm, 6pm-11pm, daily. Pork-free. This popular Japanese restaurant is known for its extensive menu of raw food as well as steamed, grilled and broiled items.
KURIYA, T2, 3rd Floor, Bangsar Shopping Centre, 285, Jalan Maarof, Taman Bukit Bandaraya, KL. (Tel: 03-2093 9242). Business hours: 11am-10.30pm, daily. The restaurant offers a Japanese fine dining experience with a wide range of special and authentic dishes. The menu also features seasonal ingredients air-flown from various parts of Japan. Seafood is flown in from Tokyo and Kyushu fish markets once a week.
JOGOYA BUFFET RESTAURANT, T3, Relish Floor, Starhill Gallery, 181 Jalan Bukit Bintang, KL. (03-2142 1268). Business hours: 11.30am-4.20pm, 5pm-10.30pm, daily. This pork-free restaurant uses the highest quality of ingredients to present an extensive buffet of Chinese, Western, Japanese, Malaysian and other cuisines. This has made Jogoya an irresistible place to enjoy a variety of cuisines.
TABLES OF JOY, No 13, Jalan SS21/1A, Damansara Utama, Petaling Jaya. (Tel: 03-7710 0388). Business hours: 11am-3pm, 6pm-10pm, Wednesday to Monday. Closed on Tuesdays. Non-halal. Serves classic Malaysian flavours, with a focus on Chinese and Nyonya dishes, as well as some colonial Hainanese-inspired items. Some of its signature dishes include Baked Stuffed Crab, lamb rendang, Nasi Lemak with Pork Curry, Chicken in a Basket, and Sambal Assam with Squid and Prawns.
H&H RESTAURANT, 25, Jalan PJU 5/12, Dataran Sunway, Kota Damansara, PJ. (Tel: 03-6141 8911). Business hours: 11.30am-2.30pm, 5.30pm-10pm, daily. Closed every alternate Tuesdays. Available daily for lunch and dinner are items like Curry Fish Head, Kapitan Chicken and Assam Fish Head.
JUST NYONYA, 21, Jalan 5/62A, Bandar Manjalara, Kepong, KL. (Tel: 03-6279 9996). Business hours: Noon–3pm, 6pm–10pm (Wed-Mon). Closed on Tuesdays. Pork-free. Serves all-time Peranakan favourites from Melaka and Penang like Chicken Pongteh, Chicken Kapitan, Pucuk Paku Masak Lemak Keledek, Sambal Prawn Petai, Nyonya Gerang Asam Fish and Chilli Garam Fish. For desserts, diners have a choice of ABC, cendol and sago gula Melaka.
LITTLE HERITAGE HOUSE, 23, Ground & First Floor, Jalan 17/56, PJ. (Tel: 03-7932 1810). Business hours: 11am-10pm, daily. Pork-free. The bestselling dishes are the homemade Steamed Otak-Otak, Asam Tumis Stingray and Asam Tamarind Prawns. As you walk into the restaurant, you will notice the rare collection of antique bowls and plates from the owner’s heritage.O’BRIENS, The Curve, Lot G79 Ground Floor, 6 Jalan PJU 7/3, Mutiara Damansara, PJ. (Tel: 03-7727 2181 - The Curve, 03-7726 8977 - 1 Utama Shopping Centre, 03-5632 2616 - Empire Shopping Gallery, 03-2276 3497 - Nu Sentral, 03-4253 4181 - Great Eastern Mall). Business hours: 7am-11pm, daily. Part of a worldwide chain specialising in Irish sandwiches and gourmet coffees. Offers handcrafted sandwiches, wraps, salads, smoothies and juices.
CRAB FACTORY, 21, Jalan SS2/64, PJ. (Tel: 03-7865 5850). Business hours: 11.30am-10.30pm (Tues-Thurs); noon-11pm (Fri-Sun). Closed on Mondays. Pork-free. Specialises in the Louisiana seafood boil concept, where an assortment of seafood such as lobsters, crabs, shrimps and clams along with sweet corn and mixed vegetables are cooked in different flavours then poured onto a table covered with a plastic sheet. The only way to truly enjoy seafood boil is to feast with your bare hands.
TIGERLILY THAI RESTAURANT, L3-25, Level 3, Melawati Mall, Jalan Bandar Melawati, Kuala Lumpur (Tel: 03-4161 4791). Business hours: 10am to 10pm, daily. Pork-free. Serves up some really affordable and family-friendly Thai fare. Where it excels is its offering of popular Thai street food, claypot dishes and desserts.
AROI MAK MAK, No 1, Jalan 17/45, Section 17, Petaling Jaya (Tel: 03-7954 2281). Business hours: 11am-3pm, 5.30pm-10pm daily. Closed on Mondays. Non-halal. Dishes are made from scratch, right from the various pastes such as tom yam, green curry, red curry and even Thai dipping sauces. Signature dishes include Pomelo Salad, Tom Yam Pork Ribs and Complicated Noodle, a do-it-yourself vegetable wrap
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