Monday, November 20, 2017

New Year's Eve Dinner @ Traders Hotel, Kuala Lumpur

2017 has flown past.. Lots of good food have been eaten and lasting memories have been made.

There is no better place to end the year on a high and ring in the New Year, than at Traders Hotel Kuala Lumpur. Make this a night to remember, with an inspiring 5-course New Year's Eve menu at Gobo Upstairs complemented by a spectacular view of the KL skyline.

Your gastronomic journey begins with a decadent amuse bouche of smoked salmon and caviar bruschetta, followed by a light yet delicious Apple fennel salad with marinated lobster, pickled onion and salsa verde. The lobster has been marinated in olive oil, lemon juice, green apple juice and celery, for a refreshing twist. Absolutely loved how festive this looked too, with the green and red on the plate.

Instead of the usual heavy-based cream soups, Gobo Upstairs Head Chef, Chef Mun delights with his Chicken consomme with chicken dumpling and scallion oil. This clear soup may look unassuming, but it was light and elegantly smooth. What elevated this soup to the next level was the chicken dumpling parcels which were juicy and bursting with flavour.

The best way to enjoy foie gras (in my books) is to have it simply pan-seared. The perfectly cooked foie was rich, luscious and sublime, and was complemented beautifully by the sweet poached pear in red wine. A match made in heaven. Absolutely fabulous!

For mains, diners get to choose between the Pan seared cod fish and Grilled 150-days Grain-Fed Tenderloin. Being the meat lovers that we are, we both went for the latter. Besides, the kitchen team at Gobo Upstairs always does a great job cooking the meat, so who can resist. The tenderloin, cooked to medium rare perfection, was juicy and tender and served with a smooth truffle pomme puree, baby carrot, asparagus, broccolini and Madeira sauce.

For dessert, we were served a glorious Ricotta cheese cake with mix berries compote. We thoroughly enjoyed this well-balanced dessert, as ricotta gave this a lighter touch; creamy without being cloying.

New Year's Eve Menu at Gobo Upstairs, Traders Hotel KL

For the New Year's Eve Dinner at Gobo Upstairs, there will be two different sessions:

First Session (6.00pm – 8.00 pm):
5-Course Set Menu (Food Only) RM 346.00 per person
Inclusive one glass complimentary champagne at SkyBar

Second Session (8.30pm onwards):
5-Course Set Menu (Food Only) RM 458.00 per person
5-Course Set Menu (Food&Wine) RM549.00 per person

If you're looking to impress your other half, there is also a New Year's Eve Exclusive Dinner with KLCC view:
New Year Eve Exclusive Dinner: 
5-Course Set Menu RM2950.00 per couple
(Food + 1 Bottle Wine + 1 Bottle Champagne)

Thanks Traders Hotel KL for having us over to preview this exquisite New Year's Eve Menu!

Opening times: Mon- Fri 12:00pm to 2:30pm (Lunch); Mon-Sun 6:30pm to 10:30pm (Dinner).

Location: Gobo Upstairs Lounge & Grill, Level 6, Traders Hotel, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50088 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Tel: 03- 2332 9888

GPS Coordinates: 3.154271, 101.715417


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Sunday, November 19, 2017

Family Dinner @ Lai Ching Yuen, Grand Millennium KL

Last weekend, we were invited over to Lai Ching Yuen at Grand Millennium Kuala Lumpur for dinner. The ambiance is cosy yet regal, and paired with attentive service, it is a fantastic place for a family dinner.

The menu focuses on refined Cantonese cuisine, ranging from barbecued meats, premium dried seafood, live seafood and crustacean and more.

To start, we had Lai Ching Yuen's roasted meat platter (RM98 for small); we were told that we can choose two types from a selection of roasted crispy pork (siew yuk), Hong Kong style roasted duck or BBQ roasted pork with honey (char siew), so went for the latter two.

Not only do they look great, both meats were absolutely delicious too. The duck certainly possessed all the qualities of a good roasted duck -  glistening, crispy skin and moist, juicy meat, served with a sweet plum sauce. The kids loved the char siew, so that disappeared from the plate rather quickly.

The Stewed Tofu with Preserved Choy Sum and Minced Pork (RM38) was recommended to us by the wait staff. A homely, comforting dish, best enjoyed with white rice.

A popular dish on the previous menu, diners can still request for this Stir fried fish fillet and scallop with XO sauce (RM68). The seafood and broccoli are coated in a delicious, mildly spicy XO sauce.

Our favourite dish of the evening was Lai Ching Yuen's special fried crispy noodles (RM48). Crispy noodles topped with a thick, delicious gravy with plump, juicy prawns, squid, chicken and vegetables, we loved it.

We had two of their bestselling desserts, the Chilled mango puree with sago and pomelo topped with vanilla ice cream (RM14) and Lai Ching Yuen's signature chilled durian pancake (RM18). The mango puree was lusciously creamy, so good that BabySumoKids (literally) licked their plates clean.


Opening times: Lunch; Monday to Friday 12.00pm - 2.30pm, Sat & Sun 11.00am - 2.30pm. Dinner; 6.30pm - 10.30pm daily.

Location: Lai Ching Yuen, Grand Millennium Hotel, 160 Jalan Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (Parking RM8 first hour, RM2 subsequent hour.)

Tel: 03-2117 4180

GPS Coordinates: 3.147694, 101.712338

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