Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Ri-Yakitori, The Gardens Hotel KL

Ri-Yakitori, located on the 7th Floor of the The Gardens Hotel features both traditional and inventive takes on Japanese yakitori. Yakitori, which commonly refers to Japanese skewered grilled chicken, and can also refer to skewered food in general.

Other than yakitori, the menu here also highlights various appetizers, tempura, steamboat, noodles, rice dishes, rice balls, ochazuke, and Japanese snacks such as takoyaki and okonomiyaki. They also offer 2 set menus priced at RM99 and RM110 per person.

To start, we were served the carpaccio of tuna, topped with raw onion rings, tobiko (fish roe) and drizzled with a wasabi, soy and olive oil sauce. Loved this light, refreshing starter. :)

Their signature cabbage salad with two dressings. All guests will be served this complimentary salad, a good accompaniment to the yakitori.

You can choose from chicken, seafood, beef and vegetable skewers. Chicken is the highlight here, with almost every edible part being featured - soft bone, gizzard, liver, heart, tail, neck and more. Of course, you can also get the less exotic parts too like thigh, and breast. For those who cannot decide which part to order, you can have the assorted grilled chicken platter (RM42) which includes skin, breast, meatball, wings and thigh. My favorite is the chicken skin, followed by the wings and thigh.

The wagyu beef tataki (RM75) was another hit at our table - we enjoyed the tender, juicy thinly sliced Wagyu beef which has been lightly seared. Tastes fantastic, eaten with the chilli radish topping.

Other than tataki, they also have Wagyu beef on skewer (RM41) as well as gyutan (beef tongue) (RM41). Needless to say, the Wagyu was tender and juicy. The beef tongue had an interesting chewy texture (but not tough) and it was very flavorful as well.

Told you we loved the chicken skin (RM6 per stick) - what makes it so good is that it's grilled until it's super crispy and crunchy. Bet this would be really good with sake or beer. :)

 From the seafood section, there is eel liver, shishamo, mentaiko, salmon, unagi, cuttlefish, scallop and tiger prawn to choose from. Our choice was the scallop (nice and huge) and tiger prawn (comes in 2 pieces).

Some other dishes we tried here:

Mentaiko onigiri (rice ball) - RM21

Oyakodon (stewed chicken with egg, rice and leeks) - RM29

Ramen Noodles in Hot Chicken Broth (RM29)

For dessert, we had the crepe filled with chocolate ice cream mousse and strawberries. Other desserts you can get here is yuzu sherbet, green tea ice cream and dorayaki.

Note: We reviewed this restaurant as part of our staycation at the hotel.

Opening times: 5pm to 1am (last food orders at 11pm). Closed on Sundays.

Location: Ri-Yakitori, St Giles The Gardens - Grand Hotel & Residences, Level 7, The Gardens, Mid Valley City, Lingkaran Syed Putra, 59200 Kuala Lumpur. (The Gardens Hotel/Robinsons side)

Tel: 03- 2268 1188

Website: http://www.stgiles.com/kuala-lumpur-hotels/the-gardens-hotel-and-residences/yakitori/

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Monday, June 29, 2015

2015 Ramadan Buffet @ Pullman KL Bangsar

From 21st June to 16th July 2015, guests can enjoy a spread of sumptuous and mouthwatering dishes at Pullman Kuala Lumpur Bangsar in this holy month of Ramadan .

Themed Starry Arabian Nights, the buffet dinner features an extensive range of traditional Arabian and Malay cuisine. Two Arabian chefs are specially invited by the hotel to provide an authentic experience for guests. Some of the highlights are whole baby lamb with Arabian marination as well as lamb loin, chicken sharwarma  and lamb Kofta. Guests can also enjoy Arabic mandy rice as well as a savoury Arabian dessert.

Arabic mandy rice

Arabian dessert

Braised Arabian lamb shank

Chicken kabsa - chicken cooked in tomato sauce and Arabian spices

Saffron rice

Chicken shawarma

Hubby loved this - went back for seconds

In the outdoor section, guests can find gulai kawah as well as ketupat and lemang, roti canai, murtabak, satay, grilled lamb chops, grilled king prawns, fried loh shu fun, as well as goreng-goreng such as banana fritters. There are also an array of colorful drinks such as sirap bandung and roselle drink.

Gulai kawah


The Arabian chefs, Chef Hayan and Chef Maher

Grilled prawns - fresh and tasty!

Handsome boy joined us for the Ramadan buka puasa - enjoyed his roti canai and satay :)

Inside, guests can find a variety of kerabu, rojak buah, ulam-ulaman, roti john, as well as many traditional Malay dishes  such as udang masak hijau putik pisang, ayam kuzi, paru goreng kacang tumbuk, masak lemak cili padi siput sedut and more.



Sambal sotong

Udang masak hijau putik pisang

Masak lemak cili padi siput sedut

Nasi briyani

Lamb navarind

For desserts, you can feast on local fruits such as rambutan, nangka, duku langsat as well as fresh durian specially sourced from a local farm.

Durian kampung - free flow!

There are also lots of local kuih-muih to choose from as well as cookies, dodol, Turkish as well as Western pastries and cakes. You can also get ais krim potong in red bean and jagung flavour.


Green tea cake

Be entertained by the live ‘Ghazal’ performance throughout the buffet dining experience.

The Ramadan Buffet is available until 16 July, from 6.30-10.30pm daily. It is priced at RM140.00nett per person, with 50% discount for children between 6-12 years old.

There is also a special package at RM430 nett which includes a deluxe room, wifi, sahur or breakfast and buffet dinner for 2 pax at LINK.

 For reservations, call LINK All Day Dining at +603 2298 1855.

Opening times: 12.00pm - 3.00pm (Lunch), 6.30pm-10.30pm (Dinner).

Service: Good.

Location: LINK All Day Dining Restaurant, Pullman Kuala Lumpur Bangsar, No 1 Jalan Pantai Jaya, Tower 3, 59200 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Tel: 03-2298 1888

GPS Coordinates: 3.115850, 101.6632

Website: http://www.pullmanhotels.com/gb/hotel-7962-pullman-kuala-lumpur-bangsar-/index.shtml

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Sunday, June 28, 2015

Sushi Tei @ Cheras Sentral Mall, KL

Decided to check out Sushi Tei for lunch a few weeks ago with Hubby when we were in Cheras Sentral Mall. Flipping through the menu, I was pleasantly surprised to find that their prices are pretty reasonable. They also have some set lunches available, but the choices and combinations offered did not really appeal to us so we went a la carte.

I can have salmon sashimi for RM11.80 (5 pcs) - thick slices with pretty good fat marbling. Fresh too! I am happy :)

Salmon sashimi 

The chirashi don was decent for its price of RM13.80. An assortment of raw seafood (salmon, ebi, tuna, cuttlefish, octopus as well as tamago and pickled sakura sits atop the sushi rice.

We also ordered a katsu udon; soup noodles with chicken cutlet (RM17.80). Instead of udon, you can also choose ramen or soba and beef instead of chicken cutlet. The batter on the chicken katsu is not as nice as the one we usually have at Hokkaido Ichiba, but enjoyable enough and I like the big bowl of udon. Simple yet comforting.

On a separate visit, I had the tempura udon (RM18.80) which consisted of a large bowl of soupy udon as well as 2 prawn tempura and 1 brinjal tempura. The tempura batter was nice, light and crisp, but wish there was more vegetable tempura. 

Service: Good.

Price: Total bill RM56.45. Please note that 10% service charge and 6% GST will be added to your bill.

Location: Sushi Tei, 700-UG-29E & 29F, Upper Ground Floor, Cheras Sentral Shopping Mall, Jalan Cheras. KM10, 56000 Kuala Lumpur.

Tel: 03-9100 2618

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