Sunday, November 18, 2018

Balmedie Fish and Chips Shop

The thing about travelling with (growing) active kids is that they are get hungry ALL the time. On one of our visits to Balmedie beach, we grabbed a quick snack from Balmedie Fish and Chips shop before heading home since the kids has finished all the food we've packed for the day and were complaining that they were starving.



We ordered a scampi supper (10 pieces for £6.10) which came with chips as well as a haggis pudding (£2.70). The food is cooked to order, so there will be a 10 to 15 minute wait during off peak hours.

After we collected our order, we drove back down to Balmedie Beach to enjoy our meal there. There are several picnic tables near the children's playground. Everything we ordered were tasty; succulent scampi, crisp chips and flavorful haggis pudding. Would definitely come back if we're in the area again.







Playground at Balmedie Beach






Opening times: 4.30pm to 10pm daily.

Price: Total bill £8.80.

Location: Balmedie Fish & Chips Shop, 2, Whitehorse Buildings, Balmedie, Aberdeen AB23 8XR, Scotland, United Kingdom.

Tel: +44 (0) 1358 742730

GPS Coordinates: 57.251116, -2.061179



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Friday, November 16, 2018

Tiff-Inn Night at The Mill Cafe, Grand Millennium KL: Indian-themed Buffet Dinner

The Mill Café in Grand Millennium Kuala Lumpur showcases an Indian-themed buffet dinner every Friday through the Tiff-Inn Nights promotion. Experience an array of authentic Indian cuisine made fresh using only the finest ingredients, including appetisers, snacks, mains, curries and seasonal specials brought to you by the hotel's Indian specialty chef Makhan Singh.



With over 30 years of culinary expertise, Chef Makhan who hails from Uttar Pradesh of northern India is set to delight your palates by bringing out the best in Indian cooking by focusing on core Indian spices. His signature dishes include tandoori chicken, naan, seekh kebab, biryani rice, fish tikka and prawn maharaja. For us, his tandoori chicken is the best we've tried in KL: juicy, moist and flavorful. Even BabySumoKids loved this and went back for seconds :)



Other highlights from the buffet include the pickle and chutney bar, plus his must-try chicken makhani which follows an age-old recipe from his homeland, prepared in a traditional Indian clay pot. You can also find palak paneer, chicken tawook, kabuli chana masala, roasted lamb on tandoori and home-style curries with a twist for evolving palates. Chef Makhan believes that diversity is an integral part of Indian cooking and he invites you to embark on a unique journey to a little piece of India.

Masala roasted chicken


Roast lamb on briyani rice


Masala roasted whole sea bass

Naan bread

Tandoori baby snapper


Briyani rice with raisin and cashew

Jeera aloo



There are also seafood on ice such as mussels and prawns as well as local Chinese and Malay specialties.

Rasgulla


Gajar halwa


Laddu


Assorted Malay kuih



Tiff-Inn Night is available every Friday between 7:00 pm and 10:00 pm and is priced at RM 128nett per person. For reservations or enquiries, please call +60 3 2117 4163 or email mill@millenniumhotels.com.

Opening times: Dinner 7pm-10pm.

Location: The Mill Cafe, Level 1, Grand Millennium Hotel, 160 Jalan Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (Parking RM8 first hour, RM2 subsequent hour.)

Tel: 03-2117 4163

GPS Coordinates: 3.147694, 101.712338


Nearest MRT: Bukit Bintang.



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Thursday, November 15, 2018

Beauty in the Pot, SkyAvenue Genting Highlands: HotPot

With cooler climate guaranteed all year round, Genting Highlands is the ideal place to enjoy a hotpot meal. Located on the rooftop of the SkyAvenue lifestyle mall is Beauty in the Pot, where diners can enjoy this Asian favourite high in the clouds.

Since its inception in 2014 in Singapore, Beauty in The Pot has been winning over gourmands with its nourishing and exquisite broths, as well as a wide selection of fresh ingredients. Beauty in the Pot in Genting marks the debut of this brand in Malaysia; its largest outlet yet, spanning over 7400 square feet.



The 266-seater outlet boasts a pink princess theme interior design, inspired by the beautiful cherry blossoms that come every early spring. The restaurant’s flooring features white marble stippled with pink quartz, symbolising the cherry blossoms that fall on snow-clad land. From the entrance to the private rooms, the walls to the ceiling and even the charging points, everything is decked out in different shades of pink.




For larger groups or families, there are private rooms available here with individual pots. All the pots in the restaurant have been specially imported. There is an exhaust system surrounding each pot, so diners can enjoy the hotpot session in a well-ventilated environment. There is also a children's playground so the adults can enjoy the food while the kids enjoy their playtime.



Inspired by the culture of food for health, diners can now take the opportunity to enhance their good looks while indulging in quality hotpot fare. The menu features their own creation of nourishing soup bases, garnering them the accolade of "World's First Health & Beauty Hotpot in the Sky".

The new outlet serves six soup bases, including the Signature Beauty Collagen Broth (Scallop & Pork Bone Soup), Signature Spicy Nourishing Soup (Pork Bone Soup), Herbal Drunken Chicken Broth, Cooling Coconut Broth, Longevity Wild Mushroom Broth (Vegetarian) and Vitamin C Tomato Sweet Corn Broth.

Here are the descriptions of the broths:
Signature Beauty Collagen Broth (Scallop & Pork Bone Soup): More than six hours goes into the making of this collagen-rich soup. Freshly prepared every day, the soup features shark's cartilage as the main ingredient.

Signature Spicy Nourishing Soup (Pork Bone Soup): Simmered for long hours, the pork bone broth is made with luxurious Chinese herbs including one whole ginseng, dang gui, dang shen, red dates, wolf berries and others to create a moreish soup with intense flavours. It is available in mild spicy, spicy and extra spicy options.

Herbal Drunken Chicken Broth: Fresh kampong chicken is simmered over low heat for at least two hours and mixed with an array of premium herbs such as Solomon's seal, codonopsis root, Chinese angelica root and many more. The herbal fragrance, as well as the aroma of the glutinous rice wine is intoxicating. The broth helps improve blood circulation and strengthens one's immunity.

Cooling Coconut Broth: The soup base comprises coconut flesh and a variety of fresh ingredients such as spare ribs, chicken, chicken's feet and snow fungus. The chefs adds the coconut water from fresh young coconuts into the soup base. Delicate on the tastebuds and soothing on the throat, this soup helps to nourish the lungs and improve the body's immune system.


For your hotpot experience here, you can choose to have either a single pot, twin pot or quart pot. We went for the quart pot, which allowed us to choose and try four different soup bases (prices start from RM10 each), namely the collagen broth, spicy nourishing soup, cooling coconut broth and wild mushroom broth. Customers can request for refills; superior stock is added to the Beauty Collagen Broth, Signature Spicy Nourishing Broth and Cooling Coconut Broth while clear soup is added to the Herbal Drunken Chicken Broth, to maintain the original flavours of the broths.




I loved the Cooling coconut broth best, as it is light, clear and sweet and is perfect for dipping your meat or seafood in as it doesn't overwhelm the natural flavours of the ingredients. Baby D's favorite was the earthy Wild mushroom broth while Baby C and Hubby's vote went for the rich collagen broth (similar to the ramen-type tonkotsu broth). So it's definitely a good idea to go for the quart pot option! :)

There is an impressive variety of premium hotpot ingredients, ranging from pork, beef, chicken, seafood to vegetables and noodles. Please note that the dining time for each table is limited to 1 1/2 hours.

Choose from Australian, US Angus or US Wagyu beef, as well as various cuts such as sliced beef, short ribs, beef cubes, tripe, stomach and ox's tongue. We went for the Sliced Australian beef (RM24) which is slightly marbled and thinly sliced, so it only takes a few seconds to cook. For those who prefer pork, there is Nagano, Spanish Iberico or regular pork to choose from. We had the Sliced pork belly (RM17.50).



We highly recommend the Sliced Toman fish (RM19) aka snakehead 生魚, fresh and thick slices of sweet tasting, firm fish. I enjoyed dipping this in the Spicy nourishing soup.



Baby D requested for the Hokkaido scallop (RM26), the half portion comes with three pieces which were reasonably large and plump. This is best cooked in one of the more delicate tasting soups such as the wild mushroom or coconut soup.


All the meatballs, meat paste and dumplings are handmade. We had the Soft Bone pork meat balls (RM12) which were juicy and tender as well as the Fish paste (RM19.80) which had a soft, tofu-like texture. You must also try the dumplings; we had the prawn dumpling (RM19) and they're really tasty with crunchy, juicy prawns.





There are also more than 20 condiments and sauces to dip the ingredients in. If you are unsure how to create your own sauce, there are several dip recipes above the counter to guide you. There is a mandatory charge of RM6.80 for all diners, to enjoy the condiments and unlimited servings of fresh fruits.





Once you have finished your meal, you will be served a complimentary, refreshing yuzu sorbet to refresh your palate. Overall, a very enjoyable meal with exceptional service (the staff are SOOOO polite) in a fitting location.







The view from the rooftop (Level 5)

*There is a 20% discount for food ingredients for dining after 10.30pm daily.


Opening times: Mon - Sun: 12pm – 2am (last order 1:30am)

Price: approx. RM70 per pax.

Location: Beauty In The Pot, Lot T3-25~30, Level 5, SkyAvenue, Genting Highlands Resort,
69000 Genting Highlands, Pahang, Malaysia.

Tel: 03-6101 1623 / 6101 1392

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


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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Puttin' On A Ritzy Christmas at The Ritz-Carlton, Kuala Lumpur

It's the most wonderful time of the year and as always, The Ritz-Carlton, Kuala Lumpur have put together a delightful collection of dining and festive specials in celebration of the year-end festivities.

This year, the festive curations at The Library are designed by award-winning Corporate Executive Chef, Chef Wai who has recently made his debut at The Library. The Library’s new dining concept is based on one of Chef Wai’s most prominent international accolades close to his heart -a coffee table book collaboration with celebrity and Michelin-starred Austrian chef Johann Lafer, with whom he shares a great culinary and personal friendship with. The book showcases the passion for food and life of two celebrated chefs in Malaysia and Germany, transcending borders to bring to diners unique culinary experiences.

Be it a tête-à-tête with a dear one or a soirée with friends and family, the hotel’s extravagant festive offerings will certainly make this joyous season a truly unforgettable one.




THANKSGIVING AFTERNOON TEA

Celebrate this Thanksgiving with a delightful afternoon tea, featuring turkey and mushroom puffs, cranberry scones, blueberry Victoria cupcakes and intricate Thanksgiving-inspired desserts. Select from a choice of 40 luxury teas from Ronnefeldt while jazzy Christmas numbers are played by the resident band.


When: 22 November, Thursday at The Lobby Lounge from 3pm to 6pm

Price: RM80 per person.



THANKSGIVING DINNER

Make this Thanksgiving dinner a memorable one with a sumptuous family-styled dinner featuring a Classic Roast Turkey on the signature carvery trolley complete with luscious trimmings that include Cornbread, Butter-charred Winter Vegetables, Apple Sauce and Cranberry Sauce. Conclude the memorable evening with the must-have Pumpkin Pecan Cheesecake with Chocolate Crumble.



Scallop and trufle with egg mollet aioli

Abinao Cocoa Gateau with Arabica Mousseline

When: 22 November, Thursday at The Patisserie from 6pm to 11pm

Price: From RM275 per person



TEDDY BEAR AFTERNOON TEA

An endearing Ritz-Carlton tradition, the Teddy Bear-themed afternoon tea is loved for its selection of creative and charming pastries, desserts and festive eggnog. Children will have the opportunity to build their very own teddy bear which they can bring home, making this an even more meaningful family affair this season.





When: 8 December, Saturday at The Private Room from 3pm to 6pm

Price: RM160 per adult and RM115 per child under 12



CHRISTMAS EVE DINNER

Relish in an exquisite three or four-course Christmas Eve dinner featuring Chef Wai’s festive creations such as Sea Urchin with Cauliflower Mousseline, Mushroom Potage with Wild Mushrooms and Turbot with Sea Urchin. A decadent serving of Mascarpone and Chocolate with Kahlua makes a sweet conclusion.




When: 24 December, Monday at The Library from 7pm to 11pm

Price: From RM275 per person



CHRISTMAS AFTERNOON TEA

The elegantly handcrafted Christmas desserts and savouries served at the Christmas Afternoon Tea is a treat for the eyes as well as the palate. Immerse yourself in an afternoon of jazzy Christmas tunes performed by the resident band whilst enjoying leisurely sips of The Ritz-Carlton, Kuala Lumpur Blend, steeped to perfection.



When: 24 to 25 December, Monday to Tuesday at The Lobby Lounge from 3pm to 6pm

Price: RM80 per person



CHRISTMAS DAY BUBBLY BRUNCH

Indulge in a plethora of flavours and textures at the Christmas Day Bubbly Brunch. The eclectic spread will feature fresh seafood, tapas, pastas, soups, grilled meats, succulent roast turkey carvery on trolley, scrumptious Christmas desserts and festive favourites. Behold a special visit by Santa Claus and fun children’s activities to spread an abundance of joy and cheer.













When: 25 December, Tuesday at The Cobalt Room from 12pm to 3pm

Price: From RM225 per adult and RM115 per child under 12



SUNDAY FESTIVE ROAST

Awake to a perfect Sunday morning and gather loved ones to celebrate the season with a gourmet buffet featuring indulgent seafood, a selection of antipasti, Japanese delights, roast prime rib and tantalising desserts paired with free-flow of bubbly at The Library. A lively play area with enjoyable activities for the little ones is available throughout the brunch.








When: 30 December, Sunday at The Library from 12pm to 3pm

Price: From RM225 per person



NEW YEAR’S EVE DINNER

Dress up to the nines and usher in the New Year in an intimate setting with an exclusive menu specially crafted by Chef Wai. The four-course menu entails Blue Lobster with Nantua Sauce, Kasturi and Plum Sorbet, Duck Breast with Tamarind and Palm and Cocoa Gâteau with Mint.The evening culminates with a New Year Countdown and Balloon Drop at Shook! at the adjacent Feast Village, Starhill Gallery.



When: 31 December, Monday at The Library from 7pm to 11pm

Price: From RM275 per person



FESTIVE GOURMET PACKAGES

Rejoice in the festive season by bringing home to loved ones, a Classic Roast Turkey or Chef Wai’s Signature Cedar Smoked and Roasted Turkey. The Festive Gourmet Packages come accompanied with homemade Brussels Sprouts, Glazed Chestnuts and Pumpkin Pie.

Available through 30 December

Price: From MYR500 per package (48-hour advance notice is required).



FESTIVE GOURMET HAMPERS

The life-sized Gingerbread House at the Lobby is beautifully made out of sugar, spice and everything nice. Browse through the collection of elegant gourmet offerings and customised festive hampers, which make perfect gifts for family, friends and colleagues this festive season.



Available from 1 to 31 December.

Price: From MYR250 per hamper (48-hour advance notice is required for customised hampers)



For more information and reservations on the hotel’s festive offerings this season, please call +60 3 2142 8000 or email dining@ritzcarlton.com.my.




Location: 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/hotels/malaysia/kuala-lumpur




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