Monday, December 17, 2018

Beta KL 2.0: New Menu to Welcome 2019

When Beta KL first opened its doors earlier this year, we were most impressed with their creativity and their ability to present exceptional food in a beautiful space.

Beta KL nails it once again with their new, inspiring menu as they continue to innovate and bring fantastic interpretations of Modern Malaysian cuisine to KL-ites. It is THE BEST restaurant we've eaten in for 2018. So, if you haven't been to Beta KL, you should definitely pay them a visit in 2019.

Last week, we had the pleasure of sampling their exciting new menu (Beta 2.0) as well as festive dishes for Christmas and Chinese New Year. Guests will now be able to choose from three set menus, expertly curated by Chef Raymond Tham alongside his kitchen and bartending team. The menu is well-thought out and clearly reflects Chef Raymond's creative mind and prowess in the kitchen.

The food here is simply amazing, with attention to detail from presentation to the unique flavours of each dish. Even before our meal began, we were served a delicious mocktail, The Oriental, a concoction of orange juice, Korean red date, longan syrup and apple cider vinegar, designed to stimulate our tastebuds and appetite.

Delicate light bites made using local ingredients set the tone for the afternoon. The trio includes a Mushroom Tart showcasing locally made artisanal cheese from Mont Kiara shaved on top of soy glazed mushrooms.

Malaysia is the third largest producer of sago, so Chef Raymond feels that it is only apt that sago gets a place on Beta KL's menu. Sago tinted with squid ink is dehydrated, to give it a crispy, cracker-like texture and is topped with salted egg yolk and curry leaf, inspired by the well-loved Malaysian dish, salted egg yolk squid.

What's Christmas without some turkey? A crispy potato cylinder is filled with turkey and 2015 fermented cranberries, which adds complexity to the bites.

Yee Sang, also known as the prosperity toss is a must-have during Chinese New Year. Beta KL's version comes with scallop tartare with local root vegetables, pickled pumpkin, deep fried yam and pomelo snow. Pumpkin represents gold and there is even a whole abalone, symbolising happiness and definite good fortune for the new year. The dried abalone is first soaked for 3 days and then cooked for 2 days in kombu. Super tasty!

The Tiger Prawn Roulade is the perfect example of head to tail eating, utilising every part of the prawn including its head and shell. Drawing inspiration from yong tau foo, the roulade is made with locally sourced prawns; with minced and diced prawns and chestnuts for added texture. The shells are used to make the aioli which the deep fried prawn head sits on. Pickled torch ginger flower and pickled radish complete this delightful dish. One of my favorites from the new menu!

Chef-Bartender Chris is at hand to pair your meals with epic cocktails. He infuses cooking techniques into his cocktail creations and is often inspired by the history of Malaysia or by his own life experiences. To pair with the tiger prawn roulade, we had the Malaysian Daiquiri,inspired by the Malaysian pisang goreng, made using curry leaf infused rum, lime and brown sugar syrup.

The Crab Custard comprises of three distinctive layers, namely the silky smooth egg custard made with crab shell stock on the bottom, followed by crab meat and quinoa, followed by the spicy chilli crab sauce and chilli crab espuma, topped with crouton and caviar. The flavours were absolutely spot on... another winner in my books!

The Bidor Spring Chicken is roasted whole, with herbs, Szechuan peppercorn and coriander seeds, and served with a deep fried local yam as well as a sauce made from Bentong ginger and Tualang honey. To complement this dish, we had the Hanz Sling which is inspired by the sweet potato soup (tong sui) commonly found during CNY. This is made using pandan-infused gin, ginger, sweet potato syrup and ginger ale to recreate the flavours of the tong sui, along with tang yuan (glutinous rice balls) made using yellow, orange and purple sweet potato. Ingenious!

Using local barramundi, the delicate fish is topped with candlenut, butter, breadcrumbs and seaweed and served with a kickass gulai siam sauce. This dish is further enhanced with the chargrilled fermented pineapple, a product of making tepache, a famous Mexican drink. To go with this dish, Chris has created the "Pick Me Up", a special floral, fruity-based cocktail for Valentine's Day. He uses Vodka infused chrysanthemum, roselle syrup, lime an strawberry yogurt to create this creamy, pink drink and embellished with a "gentleman" on top of the glass.

Who doesn't like a little theatrics with their meal? Our palate cleanser, the kedondong and asam boi sorbet is made using −196 °C liquid nitrogen, for an extra smooth texture.

Tender, flavorful beef short ribs conclude the savoury courses for the day. The short ribs have been slow cooked in stock and then grilled under the salamander, for a dish tasting just like bak kwa (Chinese pork jerky). This is paired with a radiant red, the Castello Di Ama San Lorenzo, Chianti Classico, 2013.

If there is one dessert you need to try this festive season, make it the limited edition Christmas Tree from Beta KL. Made from layers of luscious white chocolate mousse and tangy passion curd, this dessert does not only look amazing, it tasted really good too!  There was also a bonus dessert, which came with the Sweet Dew, inspired by the mango pomelo dessert.

Check out more interior shots on my original post here.

Opening times: Lunch 12pm-3pm; Dinner 6pm-11pm. Bar open from 5pm-1am. Closed on Mondays.

Location: BETA Restobar, East Wing, 163 Fraser Place, 10 Jalan Perak, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (Parking: 1st hour RM4, every subsequent hour RM3).

Tel: 03-2181 2990


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Saturday, December 15, 2018

Festive Bucked Out Seafood Market Buffet at Traders Hotel, Kuala Lumpur

Treat yourself to a seafood feast this festive season at the Festive Bucked Out Seafood Market at Gobo Chit Chat, Traders Hotel Kuala Lumpur.Happening every Friday and Saturday from 6.30pm until 10.30pm, diners can enjoy unlimited servings of the freshest seafood including live mud crabs, clams and yabbies as well as slipper lobster, baby lobster, flower crabs, tiger prawns, mussels, scallops, Alaskan king crab legs and more.

Grab a bucket and fill it with your preferred seafood and hand it to the staff with your table number with your selection of sauce. There are five sauces to choose from - Sichuan chilli sauce, curry cheese sauce, tom yum sauce and, salted egg sauce and Thai coriander lime garlic sauce. Our favorite is still the Thai coriander lime garlic, which goes extremely well and complements the fresh seafood best. Once ready, the server will bring the cooked seafood to your table and pour the seafood onto the large metal tray.  Dig in and enjoy! Everything was so fresh and perfectly cooked.. love it!

Catch your own live yabbies!

FAV.. Thai coriander lime garlic sauce... tangy and spicy!

Salted egg sauce.. oh so rich and sinful!

Great, fresh seafood

You can also help yourself to the other food on the buffet spread, such as roast turkey, beef Wellington, whole baked fish, roast leg of lamb, cooked-to-order pasta, lamb chops and much more. 

For dessert, a wide variety of cakes are available including durian crepes, cendol, lemon aiyu and festive treats such as pannetone, Christmas pudding and yule log cakes.

The tallest Christmas tree replica in Malaysia ;)

For a more detailed review, check out our original post on Bucked Out Seafood Market here.

The Bucked Out Seafood Market "Festive Edition" is priced at RM149 nett per adult and is available every Friday and Saturday from 1-31 December 2018. For reservations or more information, please call 03-2332 9888 or email

Opening times: 6.30am - 10.30am (breakfast), 12.00pm - 2.30pm (lunch) and 6.30pm-10.30pm (dinner).

Location: Gobo Chit Chat, Level 5, Traders Hotel, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50088 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Tel: 03- 2332 9888

GPS Coordinates: 3.154271, 101.715417

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Friday, December 14, 2018

Eatalia by Brava, Bangsar: Wood-Fired Pizzas, Pasta and More!

New to the Bangsar dining scene is Eatalia by Brava, bringing all things Italian to the 'hood, including delicious wood-fired pizza, pasta and much more. An iconic Italian Vespa greeted us as we stepped through the entrance, into a casual, relaxed space for a delightful family lunch here recently.

The menu features a wide array of appetizers, soups, salads, pizzas, homemade pasta, dried pasta, risotto, meats and fish and desserts, so there is definitely something for everyone here.

We started our meal with the Bresaola con rucola e mozzarella (RM33), a classic combination of Italian air-dried beef with rocket salad, buffalo mozzarella and extra virgin olive oil. Simple and good!

The kids loved the Mozzarella in carrozza (RM15), deep fried breaded mozzarella cheese served with pizzaiola sauce.Hot, crisp, with irresistible oozy cheese!

The custom-built wood-fired oven stands proudly at the front of the restaurant, where children and adults alike can watch as pizzas are made, right before their eyes. The pizzas are then baked under high heat in the oven, taking only about 2 minutes. We absolutely loved the thin crust, crisp and just enough thickness to hold the toppings together. There are over 20 types of pizza to choose from. We went for the bestseller, Hawaiian (RM21 for 10", RM28 for 12") which is topped with tomatoes, cheese, pineappe and hand-torn grilled chicken... SO GOOD!

Every Sunday (at 12pm), kids will have the opportunity to make their own pizza too. (Photo courtesy of Eatalia)

You will also be able to get homemade pasta such as gnocchi, ravioli and pappardelle here. We tried the Ravioli di carne (RM28), delicious ravioli parcels filled with chicken and topped with a rich, creamy wild mushroom cream sauce. Another winner!

There are also dried pasta available such as spaghetti, linguine, penne, rigatoni and fettucine. We had one of their signature pastas, Spaghetti al nero con frutti di mare (RM38), the spaghetti tossed in squid ink sauce, served with seafood such as clams, mussels, prawns and squid in a cherry tomatoes sauce.

Lamb shank holds a special place in my heart as it's one of those dishes we seeked out during our date nights in UK. So glad to have tried the Stinco D'agnello (RM36) here at Eatalia, a superbly tender and flavorful lamb shank in rosemary sauce braised in the wood-fired oven and served with mashed potato. The price is very reasonable too, for the generous portion.

Another equally fantastic meat dish here is the Filetto di manzo al pepe verde (RM68), grilled Australian 120 days grain fed Black Angus striploin (250g) served with grilled vegetable and potato in a green pepper sauce. Perfectly cooked to our preferred doneness.

There are also a couple of fish dishes here, such as the Filetto di salmone con salsa di creme all' arancia (RM38), pan-fried Norwegian salmon fillet with a creamy, tangy sauce, served with greens and potatoes.

Don't forget to leave room for desserts; choose from tiramisu (RM16), affogato (RM10), creme brulee (RM13) or panna cotta (RM13). Frankly, they're all so good, try them all if you can! My favorites are the classic tiramisu, flavoured with liquor and smooth, jiggly panna cotta served with a berry compote.

Opening hours: 11am to 11pm.

Location: Eatalia by Brava, No. 25 Jalan Telawi 2, Bangsar, 59100 KL.

Tel: 03-2288 8188


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