EatDrink Find the Best Restaurants in KL Thu, 17 May 2018 02:47:25 +0000 en-US hourly 1 WIP, Bangsar Shopping Centre: Snapshot Wed, 16 May 2018 03:05:59 +0000 WIP in Bangsar Shopping Centre (BSC) is celebrating their 10th anniversary this year. In honour of the occasion, the chefs have created a brand new menu. We had the pleasure of sampling some of the new dishes some time ago.

Pictured above is the Steamed black mussels, while the Prawn keema below is recommended to be enjoyed with a cold beer.

We also savoured the Prawn Ira Malai, Moroccan stew lamb, and Lamb Bhuna. 

As for Western components, there was the Aged baby tomahawk and Cheese wheel pasta.

Location & Details

Address: WIP, Lot G111, Ground Floor, Bangsar Shopping Centre, 285, Jalan Maarof, Bukit Bandar Raya, 59000 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +603 2094 1789 / 2789, +6012 650 5722
Hours: Noon until closing, daily
Find: View directory for WIP here.

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Zen and Co at Bandar Menjalara, Kepong: Snapshot Mon, 07 May 2018 04:09:04 +0000 Tucked away in Kepong, Zen and Co. ticks all the boxes when it comes to offering unique and reasonably priced Japanese fusion food, desserts, and beverages. Walking through the doors, you will be warmly greeted by the waiters, along with a relaxing cafe ambiance. The tables are set rather closely but make for a cosy setting, and you can opt to sit at the coffee bar as well.

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On to dessert, we sampled their newest menu addition, the Musang King Mochi as well as the Matcha Lava, which struck the perfect balance between the rich and sweet chocolate, and the slightly bitter matcha. We also tried two of their signature drinks, Earl Grey Chocolate and Cubes Matcha Coffee.


Location & Details

Address: 53, Jalan 3/62a, Bandar Menjalara Kepong, Kepong, 52200 Kuala Lumpur, WP Kuala Lumpur
Hours: Monday to Friday: 11.30am – 10pm, Saturday and Sunday: 11am – 10pm
Find: View directory for Zen and Co. here.

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Zen and Co. Mon, 07 May 2018 02:40:57 +0000 0 Morganfield’s Unveils New Menu at Pavillion: Restaurant Review Fri, 04 May 2018 03:24:26 +0000 Morganfield’s is a homegrown chain of restaurants known for its ‘American-size’ portions and delicious pork ribs. Celebrating its 7th anniversary this year, they now have a new tagline ‘Back to Roots’, to remind themselves that no matter where the journey takes them, it’s always about staying true to their roots, which is quality comfort food, in this case. The ambiance is also always inviting, rustic and warm, suitable for large groups and families.

They’ve also done a major revamp of the menu, newly launched with over 40 new menu additions. Taking their customers’ feedback to heart, they’ve also included smaller portions to cater for the smaller Malaysian appetite and preference. There is now the ‘Lunch Slab’ portion for the ribs, where previously there was only the Half and Full portions, quarter-sized roast chicken meals, and Mini Platters for smaller groups of people. There are also some delicious new appetizers that we had the opportunity to try recently at their Pavilion branch, and new flavours for their trademark ribs.

While waiting for the food, we tried their newest drink additions – Southern Fruit Tea and Coffee on the Rocks. The Southern Fruit Tea is a refreshing chilled tea infused with fresh fruit and topped with natural fruit sorbet, coming in flavours such as lychee, kalamansi, green apple, raspberry, passionfruit, and mango. Perfect for a hot day! As a coffee lover, I found the Coffee on the Rocks simply wonderful, as the coffee was served in the form of ice cubes, so it remained strong and undiluted throughout the meal.

As for the food, we first tried the aptly named Porky Salad, a sinful salad if there ever was one! Loaded with smoky pork belly with a crunchy crust, tossed with a sesame dressing, pork lard pieces, and lettuce leaves, cucumber slices, and tomatoes, it’s great to have as a side dish or light lunch, especially if you love pork belly. We also had all three flavours of the Sticky Wings, Honey Soy, Fiery Habanero, and Golden Egg Crunch. All flavours came through very well and the wings were perfectly crunchy on the outside, tender and juicy on the inside. They would go very well with some cold beer on a lazy weekend afternoon.

We then tried two of their new rib flavours – the Citrus Mojito and Rib Rub. The Citrus Mojito has a light and fruity taste which went well with the pork, a lighter take on the classic rib dish. The Rib Rub is served dry, meant to highlight the taste of their rib marinade which is full of herby flavour. These were served alongside the Little Barbarian – a Mini Platter with Lunch Slab Ribs (you can choose from a variety of flavours), quarter roast chicken, grilled lamb shoulder, grilled pork meat loaf, beef medallions, sunny-side up egg, and vegetables. A protein-rich platter indeed, meat lovers will go nuts over this!

Lastly, we ended with dessert, a delicious Chocolate Silk Cheesecake. Light and fluffy without being too rich, it was a great ending to a delicious meal at Morganfield’s. There also Lunch Sets at great value available now, with dishes such as Oriental Rice Bowls, pasta, schnitzel, and more! Enjoy great comfort food at Morganfield’s, any time of the week.

Location & Details

Address: C4.03.00, Level 4, Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, 168, Jalan Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +603-2141 3192
Hours: Daily, 11am – 1am
Find: View directory for Morganfields (Pavillion) here.

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Morganfield’s (Pavillion) Fri, 04 May 2018 03:05:27 +0000 0 Comfort food in Ampang (The Daily Grind): Restaurant Review Thu, 03 May 2018 06:53:24 +0000 Nestled along the compact but lovely street of Persiaran Ampang, The Daily Grind Ampang takes the cake as the place to go for burgers. Little did we know, their new menu also includes a pleasant number of comfort food specialties. One sunny afternoon, we brought our hearts and appetites to sample their piping hot new menu. Settling ourselves down at a table nearest the greenery area with a skylight, we got down to our munching business.

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Wanting to start with something light and fresh, we had the Habibi Salad (RM25). It was a tasty combination of grilled aubergine drizzled with tahini yoghurt on a zesty and crisp salad of diced tomatoes, cucumber, onions, parsley, coriander, cauliflower, and crispy chickpeas. The star components were the cauliflower incorporated in the form of ‘rice’, and the lightly salted, crunchy fried chickpeas.

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Next up was a delightful, warm broth of Blue mussels and clams (RM25). It was seasoned just right, and the toasted baguette that came with it disappeared swiftly as we soaked up the remainder of the liquid and devoured it. Super awesome like its name, the Super awesome bowl (RM28) is hands down our favourite non-burger dish. It is a power bowl of quinoa, chili-glazed tofu, tempeh, spinach, seeds, goji berries, and avocado served with a poached egg and tahini dressing. Wonderfully flavourful, we loved the variety of textures and knowing that the ingredients were all on the healthy side just added that much more joy. Definitely try this dish if you visit the restaurant!

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Moving on to the burgers, we had the Sloppy Joe (RM33) first. What arrived was a slightly neater version of a typical sloppy joe – two burger buns with a sautéed beef patty in barbecue sauce, melted cheddar, and skinny onion rings. If you’re craving a wet, sloppy mess, this might not exactly fit the bill, though we have to say this was a lot easier to chow down on! All the right flavours were there – the satisfying beefy taste, cheesiness from the cheddar, and the skinny onion rings that were yummy yet less sinful.

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For those who prefer chicken to beef and have an affinity towards mushrooms, go for the Mushroom trio burger (RM33). A sight to behold, we began enjoying the dish even before putting any of it into our mouths. Made of a chicken patty, the burger also contained crispy deep-fried enoki mushrooms, creamy sautéed button mushrooms, and grilled Portobello mushrooms. While the chicken patty wasn’t as juicy as we’d have liked, the mushroom trio more than made up for it. Golden brown and crunchy, the deep-fried enoki mushrooms made it incredibly satisfying to chomp down on the burger as a whole.  In general, all the burger patties at The Daily Grind Ampang are made in-house, so you know you’re getting the good stuff.

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And then there was the Coco goes nuts (RM18) – a symphony of layered coconut cookie crumbs, chocolate sauce, marshmallow, peanut butter, and ice cream. Coconut-y, sweet, and also with a significant peanut butter flavour, we liked how the marshmallow held everything together before they fell apart on our tongues. The desserts are all good for sharing, unless you have a penchant for something specific like peanut butter. If so, you might want to consider having the Coco goes nuts or the Snickers cake slice all to yourself.

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Cozy and intimate, The Daily Grind Ampang is a comfortable place to have a good meal whether on weekdays or for a longer weekend brunch. They also have a whole other floor upstairs with more seats and which can hold a function for up to 60 persons.

Location & Details

Address: 26, Persiaran Ampang, Desa Pahlawan, 55000 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: +603-4265 7600
Hours: 10am – 10pm on Mondays to Fridays, 9am – 10pm on Saturdays and Sundays.
Find: View directory for The Daily Grind (Ampang) here.

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The Daily Grind (Ampang) Thu, 03 May 2018 06:23:42 +0000 0 Election Freebies: 9 Places Offering Free Stuff for Voters Wed, 02 May 2018 01:43:22 +0000 Calling all voters! It’s one week ’till the elections on May 9! Regardless of our political alliance, voting is an important part of being a country-loving Malaysian, but all in all, one thing that all Malaysians love is a good bargain, or in this case, getting free things! Several food outlets and even one hotel in Melaka have generously opened their doors to those fulfilling their civic duty next Wednesday by offering free stuff to voters. Here are the places to keep in mind:

1. Meet Mee

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All three Meet Mee noodle branches – in Desa Setapak, Danau Kota, and Sungai Long – will be giving out free pan mee those who vote on May 9. According to Says, the bowls of pan mee are usually priced between RM8.20 and RM8.80 according to the type of noodles.

Free Malaysia Today reported of a spokesperson saying, “People are not voting because of my Pan Mee, but this is my way of playing my part in this coming general election,” adding that the gesture was minute compared to those helping other to go home and cast their votes of May 9.

2. D’Legends Bar in TTDI

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For D’Legend Bar, it’s simple: show them your finger with indelible ink and you get to choose to have any drink on the house!

3. Eng Chun Bak Kut Teh in Klang

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A bak kut teh shop in Klang, Eng Chun Bak Kut Teh, has pledged 500 sets of bak kut teh (herbed pork rib broth) worth RM5,500, according to Free Malaysia Today.

The restaurant’s owner, Huang Yongjin posted on Facebook saying, “On polling day, we will observe the ink marks on the voters’ fingers and they can enjoy a bowl of bak kut teh with rice,” adding that he hoped people would come out to vote early, so his workers could also exercise their right to vote later in the day.

4. EPiC Fit Meals Co.

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Your blue finger will earn you a free “Chummy” burger at their Damasara Perdana, Bandar Sunway, and Mont Kiara branches between 11am and 10.30pm.

According to Malay Mail, it’s co-founder Lai Wick Kee said, “I realised a lot of people around me are not interested in voting. So, I thought to myself, what better way to encourage them than free burgers.”

“People will be voting from morning to evening. So I wanted to provide a promotion based on their flexibility,” he added.

5. BIG Group

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To get a typical Malaysian fix of nasi lemak and teh tarik, then head on over to the BIG Group. Just go to any of the BIG Group stores –  Plan b (Publika, Mid Valley, Ipoh), Bens (Pavilion, KLCC, Gardens, Publika, BSC), or BGFS (Batai, GLO, Publika) for a small reward for voting!

6. Online SS4 in Petaling Jaya

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Since they did a viewing party in 2013 for GE13, Online SS4 will be doing it again but this time, they’re offering goodies for the first first 10 voters who walk in. All you need to do is show them your finger with indelible ink and claim a free beer and their signature hokkien mee.

7. LYE110 in TTDI

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Calling all briyani-loving voters! Head over to LYe110 between 6pm and 8pm on May 9 to claim free briyani! Remember to show your blue-marked finger before claiming it.

8. Hall of Fame Sports Bar in Bangsar South

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Join their viewing party and get 20% off your total bill if you show them your finger marked with indelible ink, starting 6pm. Why? “…because we care”, to quote their Facebook page. For the first 200 people who turn up, you will get a free Tiger mug too!

9. The Rosa Malacca Hotel

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In a bid to get voters to come back to Melaka to vote, The Rosa Malacca Hotel offered 60 free rooms for voters, checking in on May 8 and out on May 9.

“Only the room is free, and those eligible must have an identity card with a Malacca address on it, and must be registered voters. They also need to provide proof that they are working outside Malacca, and a registered voter,” said its executive director Sharavana Kumar Balakrisnen, according to The Sun Daily.

“Furthermore, since it is a public holiday, the hotel rate will be expensive, so that is how the idea was mooted, and turned into the hotel’s corporate social responsibility which will encourage people to come back to vote,” he said. Those interested, contact Jiha via WhatsApp at +6012-272 1026.

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Portofino Shines Down South: Restaurant Review Mon, 30 Apr 2018 08:46:07 +0000 Those who frequent Bangsar, particularly Lucky Garden, would probably be quite familiar with the contemporary restaurant that sits in a prominent corner, Portofino Italian Restaurant. Helmed by Italian Chef Keli and his business partner Luca, also from Italy, the food here is simply superb and the ambiance is always inviting. Recently, they’ve expanded the business to include Portofino in Bangsar South.

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The second restaurant’s menu is almost exactly the same as the flagship, with a few small changes. The space is smaller but cosier, with floor-to-wall glass walls so you can take in the greenery outside. Located in a quiet part of ‘The Sphere’, among a trendy mix of retail and F&B in Bangsar South, the ambiance is airy and relaxing on an afternoon and romantic and soothing at night.

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On our recent lunch visit, we tried a few of their tried-and-tested favourites. First up as the Tomato Bruschetta, a classic Italian appetizer, and Sauteed Prawns. Simple yet comforting, the bruschetta had a generous topping of plump and juicy tomatoes with fresh basil atop fresh homemade bread. The Sauteed Prawns was also delicious, a light appetizer with bouncy prawns delicately seasoned with chili flakes, garlic, fresh herbs, and olive oil, served with toasted bread.

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For seafood lovers, Portofino won’t disappoint as many of their menu items include fresh seafood items. During this visit, we tried the Seafood Spaghetti and Seafood Risotto. Both were equally delightful, with plenty of fresh succulent prawns, mussels, scallops, clams, and squid buried beneath homemade pasta and warm, soft risotto. The sauce was made from a  flavourful and herby homemade fish stock that was light enough to go perfectly with the seafood. We also had the Salmon Carpaccio, a delicate appetizer or small meal with smoky salmon and balsamic orange glaze, served with a generous serving of salad.

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Although were already feeling quite satisfied with the seafood items, we couldn’t miss out from trying the next two items served, the Rack of Lamb served with a side of colourful roast vegetables and potatoes, and the Four Seasons Pizza. The freshness of the ingredients was once again apparent through the quality of the lamb, which was perfectly tender with the right ratio of lean meat and fat, drizzled with a balsamic sauce.

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Portofino’s homemade pizzas are my favourite kind, a light crispy thin crust with flavourful topping combinations. They are light yet filling, perfect for a weeknight dinner. The Four Seasons Pizza is topped with grilled chicken slices, turkey ham, mushrooms,  black olives, and mozzarella cheese. If you’re having pizza here, don’t forget to ask for their housemade Tabasco-inspired sauce! Made with only natural ingredients and no preservatives, it has a nice kick (use sparingly, there’s chili padi in it!) which pairs perfectly with pizza.

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A delicious Italian meal would not have been complete without a decadent dessert, or two in this case! We were served Pannacotta and Macadamia Cheesecake. The Pannacotta was creamy and sweet with a citrusy aftertaste, alongside a seasonal berries sauce. The cheesecake was light and fluffy with whole crunchy macadamia nuts on top. It was the perfect ending to a wonderful meal.

Choose from either location to enjoy premium-tasting Italian food at an affordable price, excellent service, in a comfortable non-pretentious environment. Portofino is also a great place to have your birthday or special occasion! As long as you book in advance, there will be free decorations for your table if you celebrate your birthday or any other special occasion here, as well as a free dessert. Just give them a call and let them know before your visit!

Location & Details

Address: No. 1, Avenue 1, Bangsar South City, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Tel: +6 
016697 9741
Opening Hours: 10.30 am to 11.00pm, Daily
Find: View directory for Portofino (Bangsar South) here.

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