HOTEL Istana's Coffee House, the Taman Sari Brasserie is showcasing its Penang Mai promotion, which zooms in on hot and spicy nasi kandar. Preparing the dish is none other than nasi kandar expert chef Mamu Penang. Mamu who has more than 15 years experience in the business is a specialist on nasi kandar, wining diners with his clever use of spices that bring about theauthentic flavour in the accompanying dishes he prepares. The buffet is at RM49++ for lunch and RM59++ for dinner per person.Children below 12 years old get 50% discount. For reservations, call 03-2141 9988 ext 3667.
Unique brothWant to enjoy a unique broth recipe? Try the Yasai To Tofu Kami Nabe promotion at Kampachi restaurant of Hotel Equatorial Kuala Lumpur. The outlet is currently promoting the Assorted Vegetable Broth with Spanish Mackerel, available for lunch and dinner. The broth is prepared with carrots, leeks, Japanese cabbage and beancurd. The promotion is at RM48++ per person. Forreservations, call 03-2161 7777 ext 8444.
Prawn festHere's a festival of prawns you will never forget, featuring five prawn dishes in various preparation styles. The Festival ofPrawns promotion at The Emperor is priced at RM28++ onwards per dish and they are available until month end. The cooking methods are created specially for water and tiger prawns and the dishes are cooked either in soup, deep-fried or baked among others. Besides this promotion, customerscan also indulge in the All-you-can-eat Dim Sum promotion that features more than 25 varieties of dim sum. This promotion is at RM48++ per person. For reservations, call Sheraton Subang Hotel & Towers at 03-5031 6060 ext 1954.
RED GINGER, 18G-M Medan, Setia 2, Plaza Damansara, Bukit Damansara, KL (Tel: 03-2095 3118). Business Hrs: Daily, lunch (11.30am-3pm); dinner (6.30pm-10pm). Pork-free. A family-run business, the outlet is known for its good food, warm service and reasonable prices. Its cosy, laid-back and unpretentious ambience makes it the ideal venue for private functions. Red ginger plants line the front entrance. It has a small and tight menu with main courses served in giant bowls.
EE CHINESE CUISINE, Eastin Hotel, 13 Jalan 16/11, Pusat Dagang Seksyen 16, PJ (Tel: 03-7665 1111 ext 137). Business Hrs: Mon-Sat, lunch (11.30am-2.30pm); Sunday & Public Holiday (10am-2.30pm); daily, dinner (6.30pm-10.30pm). Non-Halal. Spacious, comfortable and has a touch of classic Chinese elegance. Serves Cantonese specialities as well as a range of Hong Kong dim sum, which is the outlet’s speciality.
WENG FATT SEAFOOD RESTAURANT, 9B Jalan Kemajuan, PJ (Tel: 03-7960 2066). Business Hrs: Daily, lunch (11.30am-2.30pm); dinner (6pm-10.30pm) & Jalan Imbi outlet (Tel: 03-2144 8802). It has several other outlets in the Klang Valley. Offers fresh seafood with 30 choices available at any one time. A row of clear glass aquaria houses seafood. Also serves Soon Hock fish, caught off the inland rivers of Indonesia. The Four Happiness Tofu is the outlet’s signature creation. Features the seasonal hairy crabs from China.
SARI RATU GRAND RESTAURANT, 42-2 Jalan Sultan Ismail, Bukit Bintang, KL (Tel: 03-2141 1811). Business Hrs: Mon-Wed (10am-11pm); Thurs-Sun (10am-2am). Halal. Known for its Nasi Padang, kampung chicken and various soto dishes. Fruits for its fruit juices are imported from Indonesia.
RESTORAN SARI RATU, 26-28 Jalan 4/76C, Desa Pandan, KL (Tel: 03-9285 8811). Business Hrs: Daily (11am-10pm). Halal. A franchise outlet from Indonesia that operates as a fine dining restaurant. One must get used to using the fingers when dining here as spoons are for the gravy only. You can be assured of fast service. Serves authentic Nasi Padang as the chefs are from Indonesia. The spices are imported from Indonesia. The outlet is crowded during lunch, so make reservations. The dinner crowd is more relaxed.
PASSAGE THRU’ INDIA, 235 Jalan Tun Razak, KL (Tel: 03-2145 0366). Business Hrs: Lunch (11.30am-3pm); dinner (6:30pm-11pm); Sunday Buffet Lunch (11am-3pm). Serves Indian cuisine ranging from the North to South and East to West. Many must-try dishes. There is a wide selection of naan and tandoori from the a la carte menu. Try the Kulfi, an Indian ice cream for dessert. Private rooms and function halls are available for booking.
RESTORAN MANJA, 23 Jalan SS3/29, PJ (Tel: 03-7877 1814). Business Hrs: Daily (6.30am-11pm). Besides Indian food, it also serves Chinese noodles, Thai and Indonesian specialities. Its chefs from India stress on healthy cooking, keeping meals low in salt and sugar, and using minimal oil. Known for its breakfast selection that includes Roti Tisu, Nasi Lemak, apom, a range of thosai and two types of puttu.
THE LOBSTERMAN (Homarus Americanus), 53 Jalan SS2/30, PJ (Tel: 03-7877 6772). Business Hrs: Daily, lunch (11.30am-2.30pm); dinner (5.30pm-10.30pm). Its menu gives tips and information on lobsters. There are over 80 dishes and prices of the lobster dishes are fixed. The lobsters can be prepared in various styles.
PUTRAJAYA SEAFOOD RESTAURANT, Taman Botani, Presint 1, Putrajaya (Tel: 03-8889 1188). Business Hrs: Daily, lunch (Noon-2.30pm); dinner (6.30pm-10.30pm). Pork-free. Offers an extensive variety of live seafood, displayed in 35 aquarium tanks, which can be cooked Chinese, Malay or Thai style. The seafood is also available for takeaway from its “Wet Market”. Caters to wedding functions and family dine-outs.
SAN FRANCISCO STEAKHOUSE, Suria KLCC (Tel: 03-2382 0329), Mid Valley Megamall (Tel: 03-2938 2882), Damansara Intan PJ (Tel: 03-7118 2988) & The Summit USJ (Tel: 03-8023 5518). Business Hrs: Daily (noon-midnight). Serves corn-fed USDA Prime US cuts, fresh air-flown Pacific and Atlantic seafood. Specialities include Seafood Gems, USDA Prime-Roast Prime Rib, San Francisco Fillet Mignon, Carpetbag Steak and Boston Lobster from US Maine.
TGI FRIDAY’S restaurants: Tel: 03-2163 7761 (KL), 03-7957 3245 (PJ), 03-5634 2956 (SJ), 03-7729 4822 (BU). Free car jockey service is available only at TGI Friday’s PJ. Business Hrs: Daily (11.30am-midnight except BU outlet). It takes pride in its friendly staff, memorabilia-laced interior and drinks. Several menus available, like Children’s Festive Menu and Chef Selects, with new main courses and a special dessert, Flourless Chocolate Cake with Raspberry Sauce.
Marriott Hotel, IOI Resort, Putrajaya (Tel: 03-8949 8888 ext 1366). Business Hrs: Daily, lunch (11.30am-2.30pm); dinner (6.30pm-10pm). Resembles a traditional Italian restaurant with wood finishes complete with an open pizza counter where guests can watch their pizza being made. The menu consists of freshly made pastas with a variety of sauces, oven-baked pizzas as well as Western food. Desserts consist of authentic Italian sweet delicacies.
RESTORAN SRI AYUTTHAYA, 22 Jalan USJ 11/3J, UEP Subang Jaya (Tel: 03-5631 0928), Jalan Setiapuspa, Medan Damansara, KL (Tel: 03-2094 2333) & Lot No. CB-P-01, Alamanda Putrajaya Shopping Centre, Jalan Alamanda, Putrajaya (Tel: 03-8888 9128). Business Hrs (for all outlets): Daily (11.30am-11.30pm). Promotes Thai festivals such as the Thai Flower Festival, Songkran and Loy Krathong. It has a variety of tom yam mostly from the Northern and Southern regions of Thailand as well as those localised to Malaysians’ tastes. The outlet in USJ has private dining rooms that include free karaoke service.
TAMARIND HILL, 1 Jalan Kerja Ayer Lama, Ampang, KL (Tel: 03-4256 9100). Business Hrs: Wed-Mon, lunch (12.30pm-2.30pm); dinner (6.30pm-10.30pm). Closed on Tuesday. Pork-free. Its lush setting creates the perfect ambience for a romantic interlude, well away from the hectic pace of the city. Serves a wide selection of Thai appetisers, BBQ sea bass, caramelised prawns and a must-try lemongrass drink.
COCA RESTAURANT, U1-F-OB2, Oasis Boulevard 2, Sunway Pyramid Shopping Centre, Bandar Sunway (Tel: 03-7494 4844). Business Hrs: Daily (11am-11pm). There are five other outlets in KL Plaza, Subang Parade, Bangsar Shopping Centre and 1 Utama Shopping Centre. Popular for its use of fresh ingredients and sauces imported directly from Bangkok. Known among regulars for its special Thai sauces. For lunch and a quick meal, there is Thai food and steamboat. A daily buffet lunch featuring 27 items is available between 11am and 5pm.
MALAYAN AROMAS, Concourse area, Ground Floor, City Square Centre, KL (Tel: 03-2162 1566 ext 260). Business Hrs: Mon-Fri (8am-10pm); Sat, Sun and Public Holidays (10am-10pm). A venue for tasty local food, Western and Italian dishes. Also serves good local coffees. Its menu features a range of sandwiches, pastas, hearty main courses of Cantonese Fried Kuey Teow and Cajun Roast Chicken among others. There’s also Teo Chew Porridge.
MEJAAKU CAFة AND RESTAURANT, F29 Level One, Maju Junction Shopping Centre, Jalan Sultan Ismail, KL (Tel: 03-2691 0818). Business Hrs: Daily (10am-10pm). It has a colonial setting. The outlet offers rare Sarawakian specialities, combining ethnic food and Western delights. There are many must-try here but house speciality is Mee Kolok. For a filling meal, go for the variety of single rice dishes or Western dishes.
ZEN JAPANESE RESTAURANT, Lot 082-FU2, First Floor, Oasis Boulevard 2, Sunway Pyramid (Tel: 03-7492 4922). Business Hrs: Mon-Thurs (11am-midnight); Fri-Sun (11am-1am). Pork-free. A swanky outlet with a design similar to the chic urban Japanese restaurants in Japan. Has an outstanding selection of seafood. The menu is fairly extensive and includes French-style food. There are also the value-for-money set lunch and dinner. Offers a full wine bar as well as a large selection of sake.
KIN NO UMA JAPANESE RESTAURANT, Palace of the Golden Horses, MINES Resort City, Jalan Kuda Emas, Seri Kembangan, Selangor (Tel: 03-8943 2333). Serves a variety of grilled and deep-fried dishes, hot and cold noodles, hot pot dishes and desserts. Bento Express Lunch (Mon-Sat, noon-2.30pm), Saturday Buffet Dinner Doyobi Yoshaoku (6.30pm-10.30pm) and Sunday Buffet Lunch (noon-2.30pm).