CELEBRATIONS for St Patrick’s Day have kicked off at The Puband it is a two-week long event that ends on March 31. Get afeel of tasty home-styled Irish cuisine during the promotionand learn the goodness of each dish. The Irish Donegal CrabCake with Creamy Whole-grain Mustard Sauce is just one ofthe many interesting dishes available. To complement thedishes customers can opt for Guinness, Kilkenny, Jameson IrishWhiskey and Baileys Irish Cream. To enjoy the a la carte menu,there is the Three-course Set Menu priced at RM55++ perperson. The Irish specialities are available for lunch and dinnerfrom Monday to Friday and dinner only on Saturday andSunday. For reservations, call Shangri-La Hotel Kuala Lumpur at03-2074 3900.
Flavours of South East Asia
RICH colours, flavoursand taste – these arethe main qualities ofSouth East Asia’s food.This incomparableflavour is now availableat Cafe SerenaBrasserie’s South EastAsia Buffet, availabletill end month. Thebuffet is served forlunch and dinnerpriced at RM70++ perperson. It features thebest from Vietnam,Indonesia, Thailand,Philippines, China and Malaysia. There are five menus on adaily rotation basis. For reservations, call Hotel Nikko KualaLumpur at 03-2782 6228.
The EAST Meets West promotion at Checkers Cafe featuresBuffet Lunch and Dinner prepared by five of Dorsett RegencyHotel Kuala Lumpur’s chefs – sous chef Rizal, Wan, Moorthyand Aunty Sim, with each chef specialising on a particularcuisine. Three menus are featured on a daily rotation basiswhile the additional attractions are the five Action Stalls,Japanese Counter, Mongolian Stall, Pasta Corner and PastryCorner. Dinner will highlight an additional station featuringgrilled items. The promotion is at RM38++ per person for lunchfrom Monday to Friday and RM48++ per person for dinnerfrom Monday to Saturday. Children from four to 12 years old,and senior citizens above 55 years old get a 50% discount. Forreservations, call 03-2715 1000 ext 188.
FUN TAIPEI TEACAFE, 63, Ground Floor, Changkat Thambi Dollah, Off Jalan Pudu (behind Berjaya Times Square), KL (Tel: 03-2142 2327). Business Hrs: Daily (10am-midnight). Non-Halal. Serves a variety of snacks and light meals famous in Taiwan originating from the 36 provinces in China. These are complemented by over 100 types of beverages. A Western menu is also available.
SOHO SPICE BAR & RESTAURANT, 9 Jalan Setiapuspa, Medan Damansara, KL (Tel: 03-2092 2999). Business Hrs: Mon-Fri (11.30am-midnight); Sat-Sun (9.30am-1am). Pork-free. Serves Asian and Western dishes complemented by a variety of unique Chinese teas like ti kuan yin, Baby Rose Tea and Dragon Ball Tea. The outlet also serves Western and Asian breakfast on weekends, Oriental and Western Set Lunch on weekdays and Weekender Roasts on the weekends.
KARL’S BEISL, Bangsar Puteri Condo, 41 Jalan Medang Serai, Bukit Bandaraya, KL (Tel: 03-2095 8713). Business Hrs: Tues-Sun (11am-10.30pm). Closed on Monday. Non-Halal. The outlet is furnished with the owners’ personal collection of furniture from his travels around the world. The menu is themed “East Meet West” highlighting Austrian, German, Italian and Asian food. Food is cooked home-styled and diners are encouraged to enjoy their meal the way they would at home. A Karl Beisl entry pass, recognised by the security guards, is available from the outlet so diners can enter the premises easily.
SLICES AND SPICES, 11-1 Jalan PJU 8/5F, Perdana Business Centre, Bandar Damansara Perdana, PJ (Tel: 03-7728 1184). Business Hrs: Mon-Thurs (10.30am-9pm); Fri & Sat (10.30am-10pm); Sunday (11am-7pm). A cosy ambience with warm-coloured décor, dim lighting and huge prints depicting cake-making processes. Rolling pins are used as decorations on the wall, attached to the menus and with a huge replica sticking out at the entrance. Rows of cakes in beautiful colours are displayed in two chillers, with about 10 cakes displayed daily. There is a wide array of pies, quiches and hot dishes. The signature cake is Chocolate Heaven.
THE MUSTARD TREE, G08B Ground Floor, AmpWalk, 218 Jalan Ampang, KL (Tel: 03-2171 2202). Business Hrs: Mon-Sat (11.30am-11pm). Closed on Sunday and Public Holidays. Mustard is freely used in some of the restaurant’s recipes while some of the dishes have Oriental and Western influences. Besides mustard, the outlet’s mix of 26 spices is used in the dishes as well. Desserts are made in-house with the Chocolate Walnut Brownie as the firm favourite. The interior of the outlet is decorated to resemble a home ambience although it is styled like a fine-dining outfit with its fine table setting and elegant furniture.
KAFETEIN 1966, Hotel Malaya, Jalan Hang Lekir, KL (Tel: 03-2072 7722). Business Hrs: Daily (9am-9pm). Decorated in the style of old Chinese coffee shops with marble tables and wooden chairs. The walls are decorated with black and white photo reproductions of Chinatown in the early days. Its menu is suitable for breakfast, lunch, tea or dinner. Besides the Nyonya favourites, Western snacks are also available. There is a Buffet Lunch with dishes changed on a daily basis.
NAWAB AUTHENTIC MOGHUL RESTAURANT, Lot No. 2, Chulan Square, Jalan Raja Chulan, KL (Tel: 03-2143 2828). Business Hrs: Daily, lunch (11am-3pm); dinner (6.30pm-11pm). Specialises in Mogul cuisine, which is from Northern India with Persian Influence. The cuisine uses various spices while breads come plain, with butter, garlic or cheese served in a Roti Basket. There are several rice dishes with house speciality Mutton Briyani. The restaurant has outlets around the world, particularly India and the Middle East.
BANGLES TANDOORI RESTAURANT, 270 Jalan Ampang, KL (Tel: 4252 4100/4300). Business Hrs: Daily, lunch (10.30am-2.30pm); dinner (6.30pm-10.30pm). Halal. After 30 years of dishing up delectable North Indian cuisine the outlet has succeeded in maintaining the quality of its famous Hyderabadi Dum Biryani, its top-selling dish. The Chicken Biryani is served in a silver bowl covered with foil and sealed with dough. Only basmati rice is used for the biryani.
RESTAURANT KELUARGA SATE KL, 3G, Jalan Wawasan 2/1, Bandar Baru Ampang, Ampang (Tel: 03-4280 6521). Business Hrs: Daily (10am-midnight). The outlet specialises in various types of satay such as chicken (minus chicken skin), beef, lamb, and salmon as well as innovative items, Satay Roll and Burger Satay. The sauce accompanying the satay is thick and flavoursome minus the usual thick layer of oil. Burger Satay comes with cheddar cheese and a choice of peanut, tomato or chilli sauce. It adopts an open-concept kitchen. Besides satay various other Malaysian favourites like Mee Bandung and Nasi Lemak are also available. Delivery service with a service charge of RM2 for Ampang residents is available.
BLACK SESAME WHITE SESAME, 32 Ground Floor, Jalan 25/70A Desa Sri Hartamas, KL (Tel: 03-2300 0522). Business Hrs: Tues-Thurs & Sunday (noon-midnight); Fri & Sat (noon-1am). Closed on Monday. Non-Halal. Known for Its nutritional and healthy home-cooked food and Chinese desserts, which were a significant part of Chinese meals in the old days. This is a Chinese-styled “dessert house” offering Chinese and Hong Kong-style desserts and savouries. The owners emphasise on healthy food consumption, using less oil, salt, and sugar. Huge posters of the various desserts adorn the walls, educating customers on the benefits of ingredients used in the desserts.
XIAO FEI YANG RESTAURANT, 18 Lorong Thambi Dua, Off Jalan Pudum KL (Tel: 03-2142 6789/012-211 0562). Business Hrs: Daily, lunch (11am-3pm); dinner (6pm-10.30pm). Non-Halal. The outlet is modelled after a famous chain of restaurants in China serving delicious steamboats and authentic North-Eastern Chinese cuisine. The selling point is the herbal broth and the spicy soup specially concocted for the steamboats. The soup uses over 60 varieties of pure Chinese herbs. The menu boasts unusual creations such as the handmade tapioca noodles, Village Style Flower Ham from China, Goat’s Testicles, Beef Tendons, Pig’s Intestines, Kidneys and Blood Cake.
PLAZA COURT CHINESE RESTAURANT, The Plaza Hotel, 2nd Floor, Jalan Raja Laut, KL (Tel: 03-2692 0535). Business Hrs: Mon-Sat, lunch (noon-2.30pm); dinner (6pm-9pm). Closed on Sunday. Non-Halal. Serves huge food portions with little or no trade-off in ambience or service quality. The menu features an interesting selection such as dishes that use pumpkin, spinach, fish and prawn pastes, fresh lily buds, macadamia nuts pine mushrooms and lotus seeds tomatoes. It is known for its special choy sum drink, made with pineapples and a little sugar. Prices are reasonable and the value-for-money set menus for lunch and dinner are worth trying out. Diners are encouraged to make requests for dishes not featured from the menu.
FANDANGO’S, 22-3 Jalan 25/70A, Desa Sri Hartamas, KL (Tel: 03-2300 1178). Business Hrs: Daily (11am-2am). Pork-free. Boasts food served in large portions, many of which are hot favourites among the Mexicans. Its selection of cocktails like the Passion Fruit Margarita and Sombreco is excellent. Impressive hot drinks include Toffee Caramel Flan and Banana Tacos for dessert.
JUST PASTA, 48G Jalan USJ 10/1B, UEP Subang Jaya (Tel: 03-5636 6700). Business Hrs: Daily (11am-11pm). Offers a Sunday Buffet from noon to 4pm highlighting all kinds of pasta dishes, some of which have been Malaysianised. Various side dishes complement the main courses. The main dishes selections are rotated on every Sunday.