Sunday, September 24, 2017

Mooncake + Dim Sum @ Le Mei, Le Meridien Putrajaya

Celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival with a selection of finely curated mooncakes, prepared by award-winning Chef Michael Wong and his culinary team at Le Mei, Le Meridien Putrajaya.

Le Mei is offering five varieties of traditional baked mooncakes and three varieties of snow skin mooncakes. You can purchase these mooncakes from the mooncake counter at Le Meridien Putrajaya lobby (12pm-8pm) or from Le Mei (12pm-10.30pm) until 4 October 2017.

We were invited over to the restaurant to sample the mooncakes, but first, we were treated to a delicious dim sum lunch. Expect creative, out-of-the-ordinary dim sums when you dine here - it's always exciting to see what new creations the chefs have come up with.



To start, we had a trio steamed items, namely the Steamed fresh shrimp with spinach dumplings, Green pea phoenix shrimp with ebiko and Squid ink dumplings filled with sea urchin, asparagus and prawns. Everything was immaculately prepared and we simply love the freshness of the ingredients, especially the huge, bouncy prawns.



Next, we had some deep fried items, including Almond-coated golden prawn balls with Parmesan cheese, Crispy dried cod fish fillet with fresh prawn and Black sesame cigar rolls. Click here for the full dim sum menu.






Wok hei is a crucial element for fried rice, and the Squid Ink fried rice with prawns and topped with fried dried shrimps definitely had plenty of it. Loved this - simple and good!




For those who like baked mooncakes, the flavours available here are Low sugar white lotus paste (RM30), Pandan lotus paste with melon seed (RM30), Low sugar white lotus paste with single egg yolk (RM32), Pandan paste with single egg yolk (RM32) and Assorted fruits and nuts (RM33).

We tried the Pandan paste with single egg yolk - the filling was smooth with a lovely, oily yolk.





The Assorted fruits and nuts mooncake features 5-6 types of nuts (such as almond, peanut and sesame) as well as kaffir lime leaves to give it a lovely fragrance.





The bestseller here is the Premium durian mini snow skin (RM55). Chef Michael tells us that they are made with 100% musang king flesh so every bite is creamy and absolutely sinful. If you purchase four mooncakes, you can enjoy a 30% discount off your total bill.




The signature mooncake at Le Mei is the Salted egg ice-cream mini snow skin (RM18), which is only available for dine-in due to its delicate nature. Best eaten when it has thawed slightly, so you can enjoy the creaminess and savouriness of the salted egg ice cream with the soft, chewy snow skin. Definitely a must-try. There is also a Pumpkin and raisin mini snow skin flavour (RM18).


Chef Yau demonstrating how the salted egg ice cream mooncakes are made.

Watch it here!


Presented in beautiful gift boxes, mooncakes from Le Mei are perfect gifts for loved ones or business asssociates. For a personalised touch, your corporate logo on your choice of mooncake with a minimum purchase of 50 boxes.




For more information or to place your orders, please call 03-8689 6888 or email dining.lmputrajaya@lemeridien.com. 20% discounts are applicable for purchases made with selected credit cards from Maybank, Citibank, CIMB, Hong Leong and HSBC.



Opening times: Mon- Fri 12.00pm to 2.30pm; Sat, Sun and PH 11.00am - 2.30pm; Dinner 6.30pm - 10.30pm daily.

Location: Le Mei, Le Meridien Putrajaya, Lebuh IRC, IOI Resort City, 62502 Putrajaya, Sepang, Malaysia (located next to IOI City Mall).

Tel: 03-8689 6888

Website: http://www.lemeridienputrajaya.com

GPS Coordinates: 2.969213, 101.712596


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Saturday, September 23, 2017

Mooncake Afternoon Tea at The Ritz-Carlton KL

Mid-Autumn Festival is fast approaching, a time of year whereby we, as a family, would sit around the dining table at home and share a couple of mooncakes over some tea.

To my delight, The Ritz-Carlton Kuala Lumpur is offering a Mooncake Afternoon Tea from now until 4 October 2017. This special afternoon tea set will feature mini mooncakes as well as Oriental bites instead of pastries and sandwiches. Soothing live music plays in the background so you can enjoy a leisurely afternoon at the impressive Lobby Lounge.



Served in the beautiful three-tier set, you will find savouries such as prawn paste toast topped with smoked salmon (our favorite!), chicken sausage tart, crispy spring rolls, black glutinous rice topped with chicken floss and Shanghainese parboiled duck egg with caviar. Five types of mooncakes are served with this set, including snow skin and baked mooncakes with fillings such as shiro umeboshi with green tea, red bean, lotus paste and assorted nuts with chicken.






The set also comes with warm scones with clotted cream and strawberry jam.



Guests will be able to select from a choice of 40 luxury Ronnefeldt Teas, including the exclusive Ritz-Carlton Kuala Lumpur blend. I went for this while Hubby went for the Tarry Lapsang. For the kids, I selected a mild Morgentau Green Tea and fruity Strawberry and Crisps. We unanimously agreed that the Ritz-Carlton Kuala Lumpur blend went best with the mooncakes.


As always, the service here is top notch and the wait staff ensured our tea cups were filled throughout the afternoon. An afternoon well-spent with the family. ;)




The Mooncake Afternoon Tea is priced at RM80 per person. It is available from 3pm - 6pm daily, until 4 October 2017.


Service: Excellent.

Location: The Lobby Lounge, The Ritz-Carlton Kuala Lumpur, 168 Jalan Imbi, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Tel: 03-2142 8000

GPS Coordinates: 3.146901, 101.715438

Website: http://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/Properties/KualaLumpur/Default.htm




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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Beats and Brunch @ Lafite, Shangri-La Kuala Lumpur

How does spending Sunday sipping on champagne while chit chatting with your friends in an intimate restaurant environment while being served the best French food to the beats of live DJ music sound?

The team at Shangri-La Hotel, Kuala Lumpur have specially crafted Beats and Brunch, a fine dining all-you-can-eat experience at Lafite for you to enjoy every first Sunday of the month.




As soon as we stepped into the restaurant, we were offered a glass of Veuve Clicquot champagne.. and it was free flow throughout the afternoon. Now, that's what I call GREAT service. Diners can also opt to have red or white wine or cocktails from the Belvedere Spritz collection.


Free flow Veuve Clicquot champagne
 


Belverdere Spritz Collection


Whet your appetites with the freshly shucked Cadoret oysters from France, and watch as the chefs prepare your eggs with smoked salmon.




Sip some more champagne and the entree will then be served to you. The luxurious entree platter consists of half a lobster thermidor, cold cherry tomato shooter, burrata salad, foie gras terrine and Oscietre Prestige Kaviari caviar. The halved Canadian lobster is stuffed with old-styled mustard and oven baked for about 10 minutes. Meanwhile, the foie gras terrine is encased in halved apples which have been roasted at 150 degrees - the sweetness of the apples pairs well with the foie.

Everything was immaculately prepared and tasted amazing. Can't think of a better way to kickstart a meal ;)








For the mains and dessert, diners can then order from the a la carte menu, as many times as they like. There are six gourmet mains to choose from, namely the Smoked Cohiba Grilled Wagyu Beef, Slow Cooked Lamb Shoulder, Seared Hokkaido Scallops, Pan Seared Atlantic Cabillaud, Eggs Parfait Cooked at 63 degrees and Grilled Octopus.Which would I recommend? Well, if you have the tummy space, I would say ALL, as they're all delicious in their own way.



My favourite though is the scallop dish (I'm biased cos scallop is my favorite seafood), a plump scallop cooked a la minute and served with an artichoke veloute sauce.




When the Smoked Cohiba Grilled Wagyu Beef arrived at our table, the scent of cigar permeated the air as the serving dome was removed. This is served with cauliflower puree, lemon gel and oyster and seaweed emulsion. You can watch how it's smoked in this YouTube video or watch its dramatic entrance here.





For the Lamb Shoulder dish, they use Spanish lamb which is slow cooked for 36 hours and then glazed with juices and spices. This is served with red onions, Parmesan gnocchi, pomegranate gel and lamb jus.



Using cod fish from France, the Pan Seared Atlantic Cabillaud is cooked upon order, and served with white beans ragout, baby squid and veal jus.



Love your eggs? Then you have to try the Eggs Parfait, whereby the eggs are cooked at 63 degrees and then served with asparagus ragout, asparagus veloute sauce and Parmesan foam.




Not to be missed is the wonderfully tender Grilled Octopus. The Japanese octopus is grilled, and served with corn cream, Japanese black garlic puree and Provencal sauce vierge.




For desserts, there is French Rum Baba or Chocolate Surprise from the a la carte menu to choose from. Otherwise, there is also an array of exquisite petite desserts and cheese which you can help yourself to from the buffet spread. Executive Pastry Chef Paul Gardin will also be making some live desserts such as a delightful passion fruit pop during our visit.






Watch the unveiling of the Chocolate Surprise here.






Executive Chef Olivier Pistre and his team have definitely put together a great menu showcasing contemporary French cuisine and churning out plates of high-quality, beautifully presented food from the kitchen. A fantastic way to spend your Sundays.


Beats and Brunch at Lafite is priced at RM499 per person. The upcoming sessions are on 1 October, 5 November and 3 December 2017. (12pm - 3pm).

For reservations or further information, please call 03-2074 3900 or email restaurantreservations.slkl@shangri-la.com


Location: Lafite, Lobby Level, Shangri-La Hotel, 11 Jalan Sultan Ismail, 50250 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Tel: 03- 2074 3900

Website: https://www.shangri-la-specials.com/web/home.aspx

GPS Coordinates: 3.1541, 101.706297


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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Royal Canton KL's Mooncakes

This year, Royal Canton presents their inaugural mooncake collection, featuring nine varieties of traditional baked Cantonese mooncake as well as nine types of snow skin mooncake.



What's special about these mooncakes?

All mooncakes sold here at Royal Canton are made with no artificial colouring or preservatives.

As they're not too sweet, these mooncakes will suit the palates of those who are more health-conscious. One of the most unique things about them are that the chefs have used pine nuts, which is more expensive and adds an extra creamy dimension to the mooncakes. Pine nuts are also packed in health-promoting antioxidants.

Furthermore, Royal Canton also offers double egg yolk in some of their baked varieties, which is music to my ears as the more yolk, the better it is ;)

For the baked mooncakes, the flavours available are red bean, pandan lotus seed, white lotus seed, and assorted nuts. As they are an establishment serving pork, their Assorted Nuts baked mooncake features Yunnan Ham. BabySumoKids aren't usually fans of the nut ones, but they adored this and declared it delicious after the first bite.





Similarly for the snow skin mooncake, they offer red bean, pandan lotus seed, white lotus seed as well as yam and durian (made using D24 durians). Our favourites were the pandan lotus seed with pine nuts (RM15.80) and white lotus seed with pine nuts (RM16.80) which disappeared in record time after they were sliced.

Snow skin mooncakes in beautiful pastel colours :)





Handmade mooncake bags


Mooncake Menu



For every purchase of RM388 and above, customers will be given FREE 4 pieces of red bean and pine nuts mooncake. Please contact Royal Canton at 03-2731 4628 to make your orders.






Opening times: Lunch: Mon-Fri 12:00PM - 3:00PM, Sat & Sun 10:30AM - 3:00PM, Dinner: 6:00PM - 10:00PM

Location: Royal Canton, Lot L2-03A - L2-2-07, 2nd floor, DC Mall, Damansara City, 6 Jalan Damanlela, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (Parking RM1 per entry after 6pm)

Tel: 03-2731 4628

Website: https://www.facebook.com/RoyalCantonKL/


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