Saturday, March 30, 2019

Secret Garden Afternoon Tea: OneSixFive, InterContinental KL

Celebrate the arrival of spring with the specially curated Secret Garden Afternoon Tea at InterContinental Kuala Lumpur.

From 1 April 2019 onwards, this afternoon tea will be available at OneSixFive Lounge between 2pm to 5pm daily. Be it a girlie outing with your besties or to celebrate a special occasion, enjoy each other's company while indulging over a gorgeous view of the tranquil tropical garden with a cascading waterfall.

Secret Garden Afternoon Tea

Secret Garden Afternoon Tea

Guests can choose from one of two afternoon tea sets: The Traditional Set or The Asian Set. Both sets come with a selection of freshly baked raisin, citrus fig and plain scone, served with luscious Devonshire clotted cream and a range of premium jams as well as a pot of Ronnefeldt tea or premium coffee.

The Traditional Set takes you back to the grand afternoon teas fit for European royalty with its combination of sweet and savoury treats prepared fresh daily, offered in a white jewellery box. Open each drawer and discover delicious appetizing bites, such as Modern black forest cake, Chilled lemon-strawberry cake roll, Pistachio apricot dome, Duck foie gras with berry jelly on brioche and Crab mille-feuille with melon and micro greens.

Secret Garden Afternoon Tea, InterContinental KL

Secret Garden Afternoon Tea, InterContinental KL

Secret Garden Afternoon Tea, InterContinental KL

Scones, Secret Garden Afternoon Tea, InterContinental KL

Meanwhile, The Asian Set exudes 1920s Shanghai glamour, with its offering of exquisite Oriental snacks presented in a traditional bird cage. You will find delicate desserts such as the Chocolate tea pot with chrysanthemum tea cream and mango compote, Glazed pear with pistachio cream and pear compote and Japanese omochi. There will also be savoury treats, for example the Taro swan with roasted duck truffle filling, Crispy prawn flower with green ginger and Snow crab pie tee with salmon caviar.

Secret Garden Afternoon Tea, InterContinental KL

Secret Garden Afternoon Tea, InterContinental KL

Secret Garden Afternoon Tea, InterContinental KL

Secret Garden Afternoon Tea, InterContinental KL

The Secret Garden Traditional Afternoon Tea is priced at RM148 per set and the Asian Afternoon Tea is priced at RM178 per set. Add on RM85 for a glass of Champagne or RM33 for their signature Mocktail.

Traditional Afternoon Tea Menu
Secret Garden Afternoon Tea Menu, InterContinental KL

Asian Afternoon Tea Menu
Secret Garden Afternoon Tea Menu, InterContinental KL

For reservations or more information, please call 03-2782 6168 or email

Location: OneSixFive, InterContinental Kuala Lumpur, Lobby Level, 165 Jalan Ampang, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Tel: +60 3 2782 6168


GPS Coordinates: 3.160249, 101.717584

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El Toro Loco KL: Tapas Bar

Every now and again, we dine in a new restaurant and the food totally blows us away. Located in Fraser Place Kuala Lumpur, El Toro Loco KL, which opened its doors in January this year, is one of the newest tapas bars in KL and the food here sure is impressive.

El Toro Loco KL

Helmed by Chef Pau who hails from Barcelona, this cosy eatery showcases authentic tapas and Spanish cuisine. El Toro Loco is testament that you don't need fancy plating nor flowers for a good dining experience; just honest, real and delicious food is all you need. The key ingredients such as Jamon Iberico, cheeses and piparra (pickled green chilli) are imported from Spain to provide diners with the most authentic experience.

Chef Pau El Toro Loco KL

On the menu, you will find pinchos, a small snack traditionally eaten in northern Spain in bars and taverns. They are usually served on a slice of bread and is spiked with a skewer (in Spain, the skewers are used to keep track of how many items the customer has eaten, and the restaurant / bar counts the number of skewers at the end and you pay based on that).

To start, we had the De Txaka (RM15), Spanish crab salad with piquillo pepper and piparra. A well-balanced bite, with a light crab salad on a pillowy soft, yet crusty baguette.

Pinchos El Toro Loco KL

The De Champinon Iberico (RM24) was one of the best things I ate here - grilled confit button mushroom sits atop lightly toasted German sourdough bread with a slice of the finest Jamon Iberico. Loved the presentation and how this small bite was bursting with big flavours. Simply phenomenal.

Sangria (RM26) - perfectly fruity and easy to drink

Tapas, or small plates, are also a highlight here at El Toro Loco. We loved the Croquetas de Jamon (RM15), ham croquettes filled with creamy bechamel and Jamon Serrano. Light as air, with a beautiful crisp exterior.

Gambas Al Ajillo (RM33), from the south of Spain is beautifully done here, with large, plump prawns cooked in olive oil, garlic and chili. That garlicky oil is so simple yet so good... I'd love more bread to soak it all up!

I have found the perfect Tortilla de patatas (RM18)! Here, the whole traditional potato omelette, is prepared a la minute so the centre was slightly creamy. Served with pan con tomate, a delicious toasted bread made with the simplest of ingredients - juicy tomatoes and olive oil on bread. Highly recommended!

The Peruvian classic, ceviche is served with a Spanish twist, a cold refreshing gazpacho. Ideal for the hot Malaysian weather, the gazpacho is made from tomato, cucumber, green pepper, onions and olive oil and complements the grouper ceviche beautifully. A wonderfully appetizing and vibrant dish.

Ceviche Agazpachado (RM22)

Of course you can't go to Spanish restaurant and not have the paella (RM29). A great paella, according to Chef Pau, must be dry and has that crusty soccarat at the bottom. Cooked in a rich fish stock, the rice has absorbed all the delicious flavours and is topped with fresh seafood such as squid, mussels, clams and prawns.

If you have room for one more dish, make it the Rabo de toro estofado (RM29), a comforting oxtail stew just brimming with flavour. What surprised me most was that the oxtail is simply cooked with only water, vegetables, bay leaf and thyme for 6 hours in the oven, and produced the most amazing, richly flavoured stew. The oxtail is tender and falling off the bone. Yum.

A sampling of their cheese offerings - queso manchego (sheep), queso de cabara (goat) and queso mezcla (cow/sheep) (RM32 for 80g), served with membrillo (quince paste).

For desserts, the traditional Catalan creme brulee, Crema Catalana (RM19) was my favorite with its smooth, creamy texture. Also fantastic are the light and fluffy Mousse de Chocolate (RM20) with chocolate cookie, fried corn and raspberry centre, Flan De Nata (traditional Spanish creme caramel - RM19) and Tarta de queso Asturiana (traditional cheese cafe from north of Spain - RM20).

For the drinks and food menu, please click here.

Opening times: 12pm - 12am daily.

Location: El Toro Loco, Fraser Place, Lot 163, 10 Jalan Perak, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (Parking: 1st hour RM4, every subsequent hour RM3).

Tel: 03-2181 7388


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Thursday, March 28, 2019

Lucky Tora, KL: Modern Japanese & Cocktails

Be a cool cat and visit Lucky Tora, a fun-dining, modern Japanese restaurant and bar showcasing innovative cuisine and delicious cocktails.

Located on Jalan Mesui, the casual restaurant which translates to "lucky tiger" oozes cool vibes, with its Insta-worthy neon sign and chic al fresco dining area. The menu features an interesting array of Japanese fusion dishes, injected with an Asian twist - such as Sarawak umai somen and Thai tomyum udon.

Lucky Tora KL

Lucky Tora KL

For lunch, Lucky Tora offers lunch sets (available everyday!) which come with miso soup - choose from various rice bowls, fried rice or ramen, with prices starting from RM22. We had the Beef Katsu Curry Rice (RM32), deep fried breaded beef with Japanese curry (with potato and carrot), egg and rice. Comfort in a bowl!

Beef Katsu Curry Rice, Lucky Tora KL

Beef Katsu Curry Rice, Lucky Tora KL

Come evening, there will also be makimono (sushi rolls), okonomiyaki, salads, yakitori and delightful sharing platters. We highly recommend the vibrant Sashimi Ceviche (RM22), perfect for whetting your appetite. A selection of raw fish such as tuna and octopus is cured in lime juice and then served with Tora-style salsa and deep fried crispy wantan skin.

Sashimi Ceviche, Lucky Tora KL

Cheong fun is usually filled with shrimp or char siew. However, here at Lucky Tora, cheong fun (rice rolls) gets a fun makeover, and is filled with raw salmon, crab meat, foie gras, lady's finger and dried shrimp, served with homemade sweet chilli sauce.

Foie gras salmon cheong fun (RM28)
Food, Lucky Tora KL

Foie gras salmon cheong fun, Lucky Tora KL

Juicy gyozas, anyone? - Yes please! Diners can opt for either prawn or chicken dumplings, which are deep fried and served with a sour-spicy dip.

Szechuan-style gyoza (RM24)
Gyoza, Lucky Tora KL

Restaurant manager and mixologist, Haniff, sets the bar alight with his creative, crafted cocktails. Haniff enjoys infusing local ingredients such as pandan and assam boi into his creations. He surprised us with his delicious cocktails, namely Mr. Miyagi, Lucky Tora Whisky Sour, Tora! Tora! Tora! and Zen Garden.

Mixologist Haniff Yon

My personal favourite was Mr. Miyagi (RM24), a refreshing sake cocktail with assam seed. Coming in a close second is his version of Whisky Sour (RM42), which uses a blend of Suntory and Jameson whisky along with sugar, honey, lemon, egg white and finished with some Himalayan sea salt. Absolutely fantastic!

Sake cocktails, Lucky Tora

Tora! Tora! Tora! (RM39) - featuring Plantation Dark, Plantation O.F.T.D, gin, amaro, cassis, honey, bitters, served with a cool, branded ice cube.
Branded ice cube, Lucky Tora

Lucky Tora

Lucky Tora Neon Sign

Lucky Tora Whisky Sour (RM42) and Zen Garden (RM36), a floral, gin-infused lavender tea with lemon, elderflower, rose and egg white.
Crafted cocktails, Lucky Tora

Asian girl with cocktail, KL

Order some yakitori, which will pair perfectly with your drink. A selection of grilled meats and vegetables are available - such as chicken, lady's fingers, mushroom truffle, tsukune, lamb, saba fish, unagi and Wagyu beef.

Yakitori, Japanese Food, Lucky Tora

Yakitori, Lucky Tora

A scoop of luscious rum and raisin ice cream will ensure you end your meal on a sweet note.

Rum and raisin ice cream, Lucky Tora

Lucky Tora

Lucky Tora KL

Lucky Tora KL

Reservations are highly recommended, as it gets exceptionally busy for weekday lunches and on weekends. Book your table online here:


Opening hours: Mon-Fri 12pm-3pm, 5pm - late. Sat-Su 12pm - late.

Location: Lucky Tora, 25, Jalan Mesui, 50200 Kuala Lumpur.

Tel: 03-2859 0489

Nearest MRT: Bukit Bintang.

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