Oysters at the Bar
Oysters prepared in different cooking styles are available at Tapas The Oyster Bar until June 16. The oysters come either grilled, baked, gratinated or fried and used in soups, flambe with cognac or made into dumplings to be cooked with chicken broth. Prices of dishes range between RM24++ and RM30++ per dish. There is also a margarita promotion to complement the dishes. The margarita is at RM68nett per pitcher and RM19nett per glass. The promotion is for lunch and dinner. For reservations, call MiCasa All Suite Hotel at 03-2179 8000 ext 193.
If you miss mum's cooking, end your longing at Ming Palace Chinese Restaurant, where home-cooked dishes are currently being promoted. Tuck into the outlet's 15 specialty dishes and perhaps order a second serving. For reservations, call Corus Hotel Kuala Lumpur at 03-2161 8888 ext 127.Salmon tale
A salmon promotion is available at the Garden Terrace of Holiday Inn Glenmarie Kuala Lumpur until June 23. The salmon is cooked in a variety of styles and can be ordered from the outlet's a la carte menu for lunch and dinner. Prices are from RM15++ to RM19++ per dish. For reservations, call 03-7803 9090 ext 130.
SAFFRON, One Bangsar, 63G Jalan Ara, Bangsar Baru, KL (Tel: 03-2287 1158). Business Hrs: Daily, lunch (noon-2.30pm); dinner (7pm-midnight). This essentially Mediterranean place offers the flavours of Greek, Spanish, Moroccan and Italian food under one roof. It emphasizes on dessert menus with various choices available. The breads are made in-house serve with a special bread dip. Food is prepared a la minute while the tapas selection is served for both lunch and dinner.
CAVA, 71 Jalan Bangkung, Bukit Bandaraya, KL (Tel: 03-2093 6637). Business Hrs: Mon-Fri, lunch (noon-3pm); dinner (6pm-till late); Sat, Sun & Public Holiday (5pm-till late). Cava meaning “cellar”, is warm and cosy with its warm lighting, earthly hues and terracotta tiles. It prides itself in serving Catalonian-style cuisine distinct for seafood, rice dishes and good wines, emphasising the “cellar” concept. There is also an extensive tapas selection with light options to heavier dishes flavourful with Mediterranean herbs and spices, cheeses, olive oil, butter and olives. Another treat here are the desserts. Set Lunches are at RM18++ and RM25++. Southern Bank and HSBC cardholders are entitled to a 20% discount for lunch and 15% discount for dinner. The discounts are not applicable on the Eve of Public Holidays and Public Holidays.
ELEGANT HONG KONG CUISINE, 43-0-13, Jalan 1/48A, Sentul Perdana, Bandar Baru Sentul, KL (Tel: 03-4041 2222). Business Hrs: Daily, lunch (noon-2.30pm); dinner (6pm-10.30pm). The chefs are trained to make recommendations to diners on the dishes based on the fresh produce bought daily instead of sticking to the menu. Dishes are kept simple but tasty and choices available are catered to varying budgets.
CHINESE MUSLIM FOOD PARADISE, 1 & 3 Jalan USJ 9/5P, Subang Jaya (Tel: 03-8024 6751). Business Hrs: Daily (10am-10pm). ‘Halal’. The restaurant is sparsely decorated but spacious. The kitchen is helmed by chefs from China to ensure the authenticity of Gansu cuisine, the outlet’s speciality. Ingredients are sourced and obtained from the homeland. The menu boasts a variety of dishes with Set Lunches and Set Menus available. Dinner is busy while the afternoons are pretty quiet. Catering services are available.
YATRA, 18 Jalan Sri Hartamas 8, Sri Hartamas, KL (Tel: 03-6201 4250). Business Hours: Mon-Sat (8am-10.30pm). The outlet will also open on Sundays starting mid December. Experienced tea-makers from Chennai and chefs from different parts of India make dining here a well-worth experience. Food here is a combination of recipes from Andhra, Kerala and Tamil Nadir as well as the occasional Chettinad selections. There are many house specials and everything is homemade, from pickles to yoghurts and breads and the chefs are taught many of Malaysians’ favourite dishes.
SPICE OF INDIA, Level 4, Suria KLCC, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, KL (Tel: 03-2164 9221). Business Hours: Daily, 11.30am-10.30pm. The outlet specialises in Northern and Southern Indian cuisine. Banana Leaf Rice is served on Fridays and fish and curry on Wednesdays. Vegetarian dishes are available and various types of freshly baked breads are baked to complement the dishes if customers prefer to omit rice. Spice of India caters to private functions and has a seating capacity of 120.
DAE JANG GUM, 20B-2 & 20B-3, Jalan 14/20, PJ (Tel: 03-7957 2613). Business Hrs: Daily (11am-11pm). Non-‘Halal’. Royal court food like those featured in television drama series Jewel In The Palace is served here. Its specialty is serving Korean-styled steamboat, which is mainly seafood. Traditional medicinal herbs are used in the recipes, maintaining a true Korean cooking style. Three types of ‘kimchi’, made in-house, are served here. Set Lunches are also available. This is a two-storey dining outlet - ground floor for casual dining and the upper floor for typical Korean dining with low tables and floor cushions.
FISHERMAN'S COVE, LG10, Feast Village, Starhill Gallery, 181 Jalan Bukit Bintang, KL (Tel: 03-2782 3848). Business Hrs: Daily, lunch (noon-5pm); dinner (7pm-midnight). The restaurant is designed as a boathouse with bamboo structures and furnishings and tastefully decorated with sails and lamps to create a fishing village scene. It serves a variety of unique fusion-styled seafood dishes cooked in various styles from its open kitchen. Customers can make requests on favourite dishes.
SEVENATENINE, The Ascott Kuala Lumpur, 9 Jalan Pinang, KL (Tel: 03-2161 7789 / 03-2162 7789). Business Hrs: Mon-Sat (noon-1am). Closed on Sundays. Lunch menu (noon-3pm); dinner (5pm-10pm). A fine dining outlet that has a French chef who does improvisations to French food to cater to Malaysian tastebuds. Casual dining is on the ground floor while upstairs offers more privacy. A great place for dining, lounging and chilling out. It has a bar and in-house deejay who spins chill-out music in the early evenings and peaks later in the night. Sevenatenine is also within walking distance to the dance clubs on Jalan Pinang/Jalan P. Ramlee.
EAT WORK SHOP, 9 Jalan Peguam U1/25, Glenmarie Business Park, Shah Alam (Tel: 03-5569 7763). Business Hrs: Mon-Sat (11am-10pm). The outlet also caters to private functions. The outlet boasts a swanky and trendy minimalist décor. It has an Australian-influenced menu – straightforward and not too fancy – with a touch of Asian flavour. Pastas are homemade and the seafood is purchased fresh from the market daily. Its Ultimate Chocolate Fondant is its pièce de résistance. The outlet also has a bar to cater for the after-office crowd who comes for Happy Hours.
STILL WATERS, Hotel Maya, Jalan Ampang, KL (Tel: 03-2711 8866). Business Hrs: Mon-Fri, lunch (noon-2.30pm); dinner (6pm-10.30pm). Weekends, dinner only (6pm-10.30pm). The outlet scores high in providing soothing dining ambience and food that pampers the palate. Specialising in resort food that adapts the “sosaku cuisine (creative cooking) cooking method based on Japanese cuisine with influences from Australia, Thailand, France, Korea among others. Emphasis is on fresh produce and inventive cooking prepared from the open kitchen. Food concept changes yearly. The restaurant seats 80 and it has a private room for quiet dinners. Rice Sets are available for quick lunches. Other highlights include the monthly promotions.
18-20TH CENTURIES RESTAURANT, 52 Jalan Datuk Sulaiman, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, KL (Tel: 03-7725 5875). Business Hours: Daily, lunch (10.30am-3pm); dinner (5.30pm-11pm). ‘Halal’ food but alcohol is served. The two-storey outlet, especially the top floor, resembles a living museum with its furniture and building materials from Portuguese, Dutch and British colonial days. Food served is of contemporary Chinese food with influences of Peranakan cuisine. The chefs are trained to do different cooking styles and incorporate new ideas to the regular recipes for a more interesting menu. There are also wines from around the world.
GONBEI, T2, Relish Floor, Starhill Gallery, 181 Jalan Bukit Bintang, KL (Tel: 03-2782 3801). Uniquely Japanese in food, design and ambience. It has a ‘sushi’, ‘sashimi’, ‘teppanyaki’ and ‘robatayaki’ and ‘tempura’ display cooking islands. Gonbei stocks up on premium-label sake, lined up against the wall, and it is touted to have the biggest collection in Malaysia. The outlet places utmost importance to the freshness of the ingredients, flown in four times a week, used in its food prepared by a team of expert Japanese chefs.
TAISHI TEPPANYAKI, Subang Business Centre, 34 Jalan USJ 9/5P (Tel: 03-8025 9603). Business Hrs: Tues-Sun; lunch (11.30am-3pm), dinner (6pm-10pm). Closed on Mondays. The outlet has numerous ‘teppanyaki’ sets complemented with homemade sauces. Various other dishes ranging from fried noodles to tempura to cold soba noodles are also available.
FUN TAIPEI RESTAURANT, 63 Ground Floor, Changkat Thambi Dollah, Off Jalan Pudu, KL (Tel: 03-2142 2327). Business Hrs: Daily (10am-midnight). Non-‘Halal’. Taiwan’s snacks and light meals served at roadside stalls are the main features at this outlet. It offers more than 50 types of these items.
PRIMADELI has 11 outlets in the Klang Valley. For enquiries, call its hotline 03-7620 3333 from Monday to Friday (9am-5pm) and on Saturday (9am-1pm). An award-winning premium bakery franchise that sells various types of buns with new ones being introduced on a regular basis. PrimaDeli also has many tempting signature cakes sold in small slices as well as whole. The mini cakes give customers a chance to taste the different flavours of PrimaDeli’s all-time favourites.
RONNIE Q’S PUB AND RESTAURANT, 32 Jalan Telawi Dua, Bangsar Baru (Tel: 03-2282 0722). Non-‘Halal’. The hangout for expatriates and local pub-goers who are cricket, football and rugby fans. A section of its pub serves as a small, intimate dining area that offers a good selection of British pub specialties. There is a wide choice of main courses though dessert is limited. Sunday Brunch is from 10.30am onwards.
RESTORAN KING CRAB, 103-105 Jalan SS25/2, Taman Mewah Jaya (opposite Kelana Jaya LRT Station), Petaling Jaya (Tel: 03-7808 2388). Business hours: Daily, 11am to 2.30pm, 6pm to 11pm. The outlet boasts many unique dishes that use specially selected ingredients with the highlight being the King Crab flown in from Australia. Diners can also expect the pricey So-Mei fish served here. But the restaurant’s trademark is its Set Menu, which is expensive but highly in demand. The menu is only available by placing an order three days in advance.
MARCO’S PIZZA, 81-85, Jalan SS25/2, Taman Bukit Emas, PJ (Tel: 03-7803 5000). Business Hrs: Daily, Weekdays (11.30am-10.30pm); Weekends (11.30am-11.30pm). A bright and cheery but simple Italian restaurant. It not only serves pizzas that are heavy on the topping, pastas but also gourmet food that has been ‘localised’. Its chocolate cake, baked without flour or baking powder, is highly recommended. There is also a Kid’s Menu and an assortment of beverages. Families with children can take advantage of the children’s play area and leave them there for a peaceful meal.
RESTORAN BUHARRY, Asian Heritage Row, 22 & 24 Jalan Doraisamy, KL (Tel: 03-2697 7797). Business Hrs: Mon-Sat (7am-5am), Sunday (10.30am-midnight). Tried-and-tested recipes dating back to 50 years form the bulk of the menu. These unique recipes belong to the great-grandfather of the restaurant's executive chef. The outlet boasts two hot favourites – ‘rojak’ and ‘briyani’. More than 60 ‘nasi kandar’ dishes are available every day with 40% of the items changed daily. Provides indoor and outdoor dining.
AH LOK KOPITIAM, 6 Ground Floor, Jalan SS2/67, PJ (Tel: 03-7873 8136). Business Hrs: Weekdays (8am-2am); weekends (8am-3am). This is a great place for suppers after a night of partying as the outlet serves good grub and coffee till the wee hours of the morning. It adopts the very laidback ‘kopitiam’ concept but is Wi-Fi enabled. The outlet serves Malaysian favourites and some international flavours. Drink selections are impressive.
LE BOUCHON, 14 & 16 Changkat Bukit Bintang, KL (Tel: 03-2142 7633). Business Hrs: Tues-Fri (noon-2pm), Tues-Sun (7pm-10.30pm). Here is one place where you are not encouraged to eat fresh oysters with Tabasco sauce! Its fresh oysters arrive weekly and they finished very fast as well. This is an essentially French restaurant known as the home of traditional French food in the city. Its business is more than just about selling food; it is about sharing French food, especially those found in Brittany. Goose liver and escargots are mainstays and there are also veal dishes, beef and seafood as well as desserts. Its interior was designed to reflect a classic French outlet in Brittany, exuding warmth with its countryside style.