Friday, January 24, 2020

Chong Qing Grilled Fish, Sunway Velocity, KL

Earlier this month, Chong Qing Grilled Fish officially launched its first outlet in Kuala Lumpur at Sunway Velocity's Nanjing Street, following the roaring success of its maiden Malaysian outlet in Kuching, Sarawak. Chong Qing Grilled Fish specialises in charcoal-grilled fish with Sichuan hotpot as well as authentic Sichuan cuisine.

Chong Qing Grilled Fish was first opened in Singapore in 2010, to bring to the local F&B scene the best representation of Chongqing cuisine. Upon a trip to Chongqing, China, the founders wanted to replicate the dish in Southeast Asia, successfully launching its first outlet along Mosque Street in Singapore and later bringing the well-loved brand to Malaysian shores.



Chongqing cuisine has always been known for its deliciously bold flavours: unapologetically rich, savoury and spicy. Chong Qing Grilled Fish is known for its Signature Grilled Fish, served in a simmering Sichuan hotpot.

More than 2000 years ago, fishermen living in Wanzhou used wood to grill their daily catch. Over time, they experimented with adding oil, herbs and spices to marinate the grilled fish; and the rest is history. According to legend, this dish dates to 1700 years ago during the Three Kingdoms period. Then, Zhuge Liang who was a premier politician serving under Liu Bei, loved this marinated charcoal-grilled fish. When Liu Bei ascended the throne soon after, grilled fish was made an imperial dish.

At Chong Qing Grilled Fish, there are 8 different flavours to choose from - Spicy Fragrant, Spicy Numbing, Pickled Cabbage, Hot & Sour, Mushroom Herbs, Fermented Black Bean, Fresh Chillies and Chopped Chilli Pepper.There is something for everyone here - from mild to spicy. Diners can also choose from five different types of fish - sea bass, golden snapper, red tilapia, Temerloh patin and golden pomfret, with prices starting from RM58 for a whole fish.



The fish is marinated with over 20 types of herbs and spices, and then grilled in the special charcoal oven. This results in an amazingly crispy skin coupled with tender, soft flesh beneath. Then, the broth of your choice, cooked with your choice of sides, is poured over the fish.

Highly recommended are the “Spicy Fragrant” (一品香辣) or “Spicy Numbing” (川味麻辣) broths which are bound to awaken the senses. For those who like it mild, the Mushroom Herbs which comes with willow mushroom, dried porcini mushroom and fresh mushroom, along with garlic, green and red pepper and mushroom spice is the way to go. The chef recommended fish is the Temerloh Patin, which is well-loved for its rich, fatty yet tender texture. It also has a delicate sweetness which will pair perfectly with any broth.

Spicy Fragrant Seabass - loved this spicy, appetizing broth!



Mushroom Herbs Temerloh Patin - the mushrooms impart a lovely earthy flavour to the broth.


Check out this video to watch how the chefs prepare the signature Grilled Fish here!



Other than the signature grilled fish, one of the must-try dishes here is the Spicy Chicken Cubes (RM30)- crispy chicken chunks tossed in dried chillies, dried peppercorn, white sesame, peanuts and special spicy sauce.



Double-cooked spicy pork slices (RM28) - thinly sliced pork belly cooked with garlic shoots, green and red chillies. Very nice!



For salted egg lovers, they also have a series of delicious salted egg dishes here, from calamari to cheese tofu, chicken cubes,  corn and more!

Salted egg fish skin (RM24) - an addictive snack of fried salmon fish skin with salted egg, curry leaves and cili padi. You can also order this for takeaway, as they will be sealed in an airtight takeaway pack.


Salted egg calamari with Thai herbs (RM28) - we can never say no to this dish! The version here is garnished with kaffir lime leaves and chilli powder.




The unassuming Hand Shredded Cabbage (RM18) was another favourite - this simple cabbage dish was stir fried with pork slices, dried chillies and fried garlic.



The Lijiang Fragrant Spicy Fried Rice with Shredded Pork (RM16) is the perfect accompaniment to the rest of our meal. Full of wok hei, the fragrant rice is stir fried together with Yunnan preserved vegetable, shredded pork, eggs, and spring onions.


Fresh fruit with Jasmine tea tower (RM36 for 2l) - perfect for sharing and cooling down!


Chong Qing Grilled Fish KL - restaurant interior



The restaurant is located in Nanjing Street at Sunway Velocity's Signature 2.



In celebration of its grand launch, Chong Qing Grilled Fish is offering customers 50% off their total bill (drinks not included). Customers need to only complete these 3 simple steps:

1. Like the Chong Qing Grilled Fish Facebook page (www.facebook.com/cqgf.kl)

2. Share this post (https://bit.ly/36AvPq9)

3. Tag 3 friends in the post.

4. Present your proof of entry to outlet staff to receive offer.


Additionally, customers can partake in the SPIN & SURE WIN contest. With any amount spent in-store, customers will have a chance at spinning the Fortune Wheel to win prizes including 3 months’ worth of free Signature Grilled Fish, free Chong Qing Grilled Fish dishes and complimentary vouchers.


The above promotions are ongoing from 12th – 31st January 2020.


Opening times: Mon - Fri 12pm - 3pm, 5pm - 2am; Sat & Sun 12pm - 2am.

Service: Excellent.

Location: Chong Qing Grilled Fish, Nanjing Steet @ Sunway Velocity, 1st Floor, V06-01-06, Signature 2, Lingkaran SV Sunway Velocity, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Tel: 03-2382 1786

Website: https://www.facebook.com/cqgf.kl/

Nearest MRT: Cochrane.

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Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Love Is In The Air at TRACE, Element Kuala Lumpur

This Valentine's Day, celebrate your love and take it to greater heights at Element Kuala Lumpur, the tallest eco hotel in KL.

Impress your loved one with a gourmet 5-course menu and breathtaking views overlooking the iconic Petronas Twin Towers in a candle-lit, romantic setting at TRACE Restaurant & Bar. Themed "Love is in the Air", the menu features salmon fillet, Wagyu beef tenderloin, oysters and many more, priced at RM388 nett per couple (inclusive of two glasses of cocktail or mocktail).

Where to celebrate Valentine in KL

Where to celebrate Valentine in KL 2020



Kick start your evening with an "Introduction to Love" with the amuse bouche of pan seared salmon fillet, served with a refreshing mango salsa, fish roe and saffron sauce.

Valentine' Day Dinner 2020 KL


Next, be seduced with the chicken roulade, served with a delicious apple fennel chutney along with grilled sour dough bread topped with ricotta and white honey truffle.

Valentine' Day Dinner KL



Celebrate romance by the beach, with the Chanterelle mushroom soup with cepes foam and truffle oil. Wonderfully earthy flavours, and added texture from the sauteed mushrooms. 

Valentine Dinner KL


Mango sorbet



For mains, guests will be served a trio of surf and turf flavours, including grilled Wagyu beef tenderloin, rack of lamb and oyster mornay. Everything was cooked to perfection, the meat lover in me was happy!

Wagyu beef tenderloin with parsnip puree and balsamic pepper sauce
Oyster ala mornay
Rack of lamb with roasted butternut pumpkin and kalamata olive reduction



Finally, for a sweet end to your meal, a sharing dessert platter consisting of a rich chocolate sacher torte and raspberry white chocolate mousse with heart-shaped chocolates will be served. 



Valentine's Day 2020 Menu



The "Love is in the Air" Valentine's Day Set Menu 2020 is available on Friday 14 February 2020 (6.30pm - 10.30pm). The menu is priced at RM388 nett per couple, with an additional RM100 nett to secure a window seat.

For reservations, email TraceRB.Elementkl@elementhotels.com or call 03-2771 3388.

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Connect with your loved one with a romantic staycation. Stay in any of the guest rooms, take in the captivating vews, relax in the spa-inspired bathrooms and indulge in a romantic breakfast the next morning.

Book date : Now – 31 Dec 2020
Stay date : Now - 31 Dec 2020

Price: from RM399+ per studio skyline per night.

Package is inclusive of:
- Breakfast for 2 person
- Two glasses of Welcome Drink upon check-in
- Special Welcome Amenities
- In-room decor
-Complimentary late check-out at 2pm.

Reservations can be made via email at reservations.elementkl@elementhotels.com or call 03-2771 3388.



Pork-free.

Opening times: 6.30am to 11pm daily.

Location: Trace Restaurant & Bar, Element Kuala Lumpur, Ilham Tower, 8 Jalan Binjai, Kuala Lumpur, 50450, Malaysia. (Parking RM5 per hour, RM10 per entry for F&B guests)

Tel: 03-2771 3351

Website: http://www.elementkualalumpur.com/dining


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