Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Big Apple Restaurant + In-Room Dining, Berjaya Times Square Hotel KL

We kicked off the school holidays with a staycation at Berjaya Times Square Hotel KL last weekend. While staying at the hotel, we enjoyed a meal at the Big Apple Restaurant and several others via in-room dining (which comes from the same kitchen).

Big Apple Restaurant is the hotel's all-day dining restaurant (certified Halal by JAKIM) serving an array of local specialties as well as International cuisine. The menu is pretty extensive, ranging from appetizers to soup, salads, pizza, from the grill items, Thai food, Malaysian food, snacks and desserts. Diners can also enjoy seasonal themed buffet spreads as well as weekend hi-tea in the restaurant.

Located on Level 14 (West) of the hotel, diners can enjoy a view of the Petronas Twin Towers while dining here. Service is welcoming. On the first evening, we ordered the Big Apple Pizza with 3 toppings. For the topping, diners can choose from honey barbecue chicken, mixed peppers, mushroom, olives, seafood, tuna, pepperoni and pineapple. Our choice was pepperoni, pineapple and lots of cheese topped on a thin crust pizza.

We enjoyed the Mini Beef Cheese Burger (RM18), served with French fries. Although this came from the Children's Menu, we were impressed with the thick patty and generous portion. Very tasty too.

We also had the Australian rib eye steak (200g), served with fries, garlic mashed or steamed rice. The steak was cooked to our preferred doneness, though I would have preferred the meat to be more tender. Perhaps tenderloin would have been a better choice here.

As Big Apple Restaurant is quite busy on weekends, we opted for in-room dining for the rest of our meals and it was great, as we got to dine in the comfort of our spacious suite and the kids loved the novelty of it. Room service was usually pretty fast too, with food arriving within 30 minutes of placing our order.

Having dinner in their pyjamas.. lol!

I have to say Asian food is the forte of the kitchen team here. We enjoyed every Asian dish that we had here. The Mee goreng mamak (RM33), wok fried yellow noodles with chicken, prawns, fish cake, bean curd, tomatoes and peanut sauce was moist and flavourful. You can specify whether you would like it mild, spicy or super spicy. We went for spicy and it was just nice for us.

Executive Chef Ian hails from Penang, aka the foodie haven and he highly recommended his Seafood hor fun (RM33). True enough, this luxe version tasted fantastic - a mix of flat rice noodles and rice vermicelli with prawns, squid, scallops and vegetables in a rich egg drop sauce. I certainly wouldn't mind having this again.

The Nasi goreng kampung (RM33) was well executed; fragrant, spicy fried rice served with a crispy chicken wing, fried egg, pickled vegetables (acar), fish crackers and a Malay spiced fried fish fillet.

For those who love Thai food, please do try the Thai dishes here. We were told that they have a Thai chef in their kitchen team. We loved the chef's signature Kaeng Kiew Wan (RM30), Thai green curry chicken with coconut milk and baby eggplant served with steamed fragrant rice. The Thai green curry was mildly spicy, very creamy and portion was generous too.

I also tried the Tom yam nam khon (RM36), another chef's signature. The spicy and sour soup was well-balanced, with generous amount of seafood such as shrimp, squid and fish and mushrooms. This is served with fragrant rice.

Hainanese chicken rice (RM33), steamed or roasted chicken served with fragrant rice, clear broth, chilli and ginger dip.

Salmon belly with Japanese tobiko (RM51), seared salmon belly served with baby mesclun garden greens on avocado puree and garnished with Japanese flying fish roe.

If you like something more Western, try the Fish and Chips (RM22), served with tartar sauce. This was from the children's menu, and the portion was more than sufficient for lunch for sharing between the two kids.

We enjoyed the children's burger on the first day, so burger again it is again for our last meal! This time, we had the adult's version from the a la carte menu. The Grilled ground Australian beef burger (RM48) comes with a 200g patty, sandwiched between sunflower seed bun with lettuce, tomatoes, grilled onions, cornichons, melted cheese and fried egg. Messy but extremely satisfying.

When you're on staycation, you get to eat dessert even if it's 10pm at night.

Raspberry mascarpone cheese terrine (RM22)

*All the dishes above are also available to non in-house guests at Big Apple Restaurant.


Opening times: 6.30am to 12am. In-room dining available 24 hours.

Location: Big Apple Restaurant, Berjaya Times Square Hotel, 14th Floor, West Tower, 1 Jalan Imbi, 55100 Kuala Lumpur.

Tel: 03-2117 8000 ext 8133

GPS Coordinates: 3.142637, 101.709538


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