Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Christmas at JW Marriott Kuala Lumpur + Toys for Tots Charity Campaign

JW Marriott Kuala Lumpur ushered the year end festivities in recently with its annual Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony and the launch of Toys for Tots charity campaign. 

Officiated by Area General Manager Mr Mahmoud Skaf, the Toys for Tots charity campaign is a benefit event hosted yearly by the hotel to bring joy to children from selected charity homes. Children from participating homes have the opportunity to have their Christmas wishes displayed on the hotel’s impressive Christmas tree at the Lobby. This year, there are 200 Christmas wishes submitted by the children of Rumah Kebajikan & Anak Yatim Darul Najjah, Rumah Victory, Rumah Hope, Pertubuhan Kebajikan Anak Yatim Mary and Pertubuhan Rumah Kebajikan Kanak-Kanak Home of Peace Kuala Lumpur.

Guests and members of the public can grant their wishes by contributing gifts or donating funds for the purchase of these gifts.

The evening commenced with Christmas carols by children from the National Autism Society of Malaysia (NASOM), followed by a countdown to light up the Christmas tree with the children, hotel guests, employees and members of the media. There was also a special appearance by Santa Claus and the children from the homes were treated to a luscious spread of festive dinner, eggnog and cookies.

The celebrations continued with a media preview of the festive offerings at Shook! located at the adjoining Feast Village Starhill Gallery. The culinary teams at Shook! and Sentidos Gastrobar – The Latin Grill have lined up a selection of sumptuous buffets for this holiday season.


Shook!’s main highlight this year is the Magical Christmas Night Dinner Buffet with more than 50 varieties of signature dishes such as roast turkey and prime rib with Yorkshire pudding, lobster risotto, freshly shucked oysters, fresh sushi and sashimi, pizza, lasagna, Christmas stollen and an assortment of festive pastries, cookies and desserts. The buffet will be available on 24 December from 7pm to 10.30pm at RM218 nett per person.

Shook! will also be hosting a New Year’s Eve Big Balloon Drop Dinner Buffet and Celebratory Toast from 7pm to 11pm on 31 December. Priced at RM298nett per person, the buffet will offer a variety of pasta, lasagna, appetisers and marinated vegetables from the Italian counter; roasted prime rib and salmon encroûte from the carving station; fresh seafood and teppanyaki from the Japanese counter; dim sum and steamboat from the Chinese counter as well as desserts, fruits, assorted ice cream and much more. A New Year's Eve Glitter Party with Live Band & DJ is set to take place from 10pm till late to further enliven the evening.


Sentidos Gastrobar – The Latin Grill will be presenting an array of signature Latin dishes with vibrant flavours to usher in the year-end celebrations. The New Year’s Eve Latin Fiesta Dinner Buffet with Big Balloon Drop features tantalising dishes such as oven-baked herb mushrooms, patatas bravas, roasted garlic chilli chicken, garlic prawns, scallops in shells, roast beef, quesadilla with cheese and chicken, apple crumble cake and a variety of homemade sweets amongst others. Priced at RM158 nett per person, the dinner buffet is available on 31 December from 7pm to 11pm.

The New Year’s Day Tapas Buffet will delight diners with delicious gastronomic delights including roast lamb leg, mini seabass fillets, Mexican meatballs, patatas bravas, herb roasted tomato soup, Mediterranean pasta salad, smoked salmon as well as desserts such as crème caramel, warm chocolate pudding, churros and more. The buffet at the table will be served from 12pm to 3pm on 1 January 2019 at RM118 nett per person.

For more information on the festive specials, please contact +603 2782 3875, feastvillage@ytlhotels.com.my or visit feastvillage.com.

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Monday, December 10, 2018

W1 Dining + Cocktails, Bangsar: Modern London Dining

W1 Bangsar brings a little piece of London to Kuala Lumpur, showcasing vibrant, modern London dining in a restaurant embellished with iconic London art pieces.

London is divided geographically, and smack bang in the centre is West one (W1), which includes Soho, Chinatown and Mayfair. With a culturally diverse population, this area is home to a great variety of cuisine, and W1's food menu showcases just that; from traditional English dishes and adaptation of international dishes, along with incredible cocktails to boot.

Start your meal with the jiaozi (RM16), juicy duck dumplings with black vinegar, mushroom XO sauce. Absolutely bursting with flavour, it's no wonder these fantastic little morsels are a firm favorite with diners.

At W1, you can also find some great vegetarian dishes, proving that vegetarian food doesn't have to be boring. The chefs here are pretty flexible too, and are able to make them vegan at customer's request. Our favorite was the Twice baked cheese souffle (RM24) with creamy mushroom sauce and chunky toast. Rich and velvety with great flavours, this was so moreish, I wanted more.

Hubby's favorite was the Roasted carrots (RM22) with cauliflower rice, tahini, pistachio, currants and brown butter. A deceptively simple dish, done very well.

If you love avocado, W1 serves it grilled, with burnt onion puree, quinoa, toasted seeds and chilli oil, for a spicy kick.

Grilled avocado (RM24)

New on the menu is the Pan seared seabass (RM38) with tangy lime, ginger, orange and greens. The seabass was beautifully cooked; moist with crispy skin and the tangy dressing complements it well.

You can also get a good bowl of noodles here - homemade, no less, served with spicy duck confit, Sichuan chili oil and black vinegar.

Duck noodles (RM25)

Their menu also offers typical British food such as fish and chips, tikka masala (with butterfish), prawn cocktail and scotch egg. For dessert, we had the Sticky Cola pudding (RM20) with chocolate caramel sauce and vanilla ice cream as well as the Cheesecake Smash (RM22) from their Christmas menu.

Not to be missed are their delicious cocktails, including London classics, W1 cocktails, Pimm's and Gin specials. There is also a Happy Hour daily from 5pm to 8pm as well Nookie (Ladies) Night every Wednesday from 9pm to 1am.

Pimm's and Gilbert & Sullivan (RM36) [Tanqueray gin, vanilla and lemon]

Primrose Hill (RM30), rose wine, vodka, vanilla syrup

Taufiq, the barman making a Christmas special for us

Christmas Cocktail (Jameson, Cointreau, Raspberry Puree, Lemon, Mint Leaf)

Restaurant gets a Christmas makeover

The Wheel of Fortune is spun 3 times a night (from 9pm onwards), and diners can enjoy special deals every evening, such as food and drinks from RM10!

Book your tables online here:

Click here to view the menus.

Opening times: Mon - Sat 4pm - 1am; Sun 12pm - 10pm.

Location: W1 Dining + Cocktails, No. 22 Jalan Telawi 2, Bangsar, KL.

Tel: 03-2201 5045

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