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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Thursday, March 28, 2019

Lucky Tora, KL: Modern Japanese & Cocktails

*This restaurant has closed down. Pizza Mansion is currently located here.

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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Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Ramadan Buffet 2019 @ NOOK, Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral

This holy month of Ramadan, Nook, Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral’s all day dining restaurant will present a sensational spread of traditional Indonesian and Malaysian dishes.

The Ramadan buffet, themed Joms Buka @ Nook Selera Indonesia, is priced at RM138 nett per adult and will be served daily from 7 May to 3 June 2019, from 6:30pm to 10:30pm. Nook’s sassy culinary team will be cooking up over 150 dishes, served on a rotational basis, on the buffet spread for guests to enjoy when they break fast during this spiritual month.

Specially created by Nook’s Sous Chef, Ahmad Zaki Harun and Junior Sous Chef, Muhammad Hafiz Izham, the buffet will feature Malaysian's Ramadan favourites, enhanced with Indonesia’s traditional cuisine with highlights such as Indonesian’s favourite soup Bakso, Gerai Nasi Ayam, Ayam Cabe Ijo, Tempeh Goreng Berempah and Ikan Bumbu Berempah. Traditional appetisers and salads showcasing Indonesian flavours will be part of the buffet line up with dishes including Gado Gado, Urap Sayur, Rojak Uleg Indonesia, Pecal Kangkung, Cilok dengan kuah Kacang and a variety of Kerupuk.

Taking centre stage at the carving station is the Daging Sapi Gongso, Nook’s signature this Ramadan. The beef is marinated with Indonesian sweet soy sauce, red chilli and a mixture of Asian spices which include cinnamon, cardamom, cumin, anise and fennel. The marinated meat is slowly braised for three hours to retain the flavours of the marinade and to keep the meat tender.

Pecal Kangkung

Ikan Bakar

Gerai Ayam

Do not miss the Kambing Bakar Bumbu, a whole lamb marinated with a combination of local spices including turmeric, coriander seeds, chilli powder, ginger and lemongrass. Once the lamb is marinated it is slow roasted for two hours for tender, juicy meat.

A selection of Sambal and Indonesian Curry dishes including Sambal Matah, Sambal Cabe Ijo, Sambal Terasi, Sambal Bawang, Gulai Ayam Padang, Gulai Daging Tetel, Gulai Masak Lemak Nangka will be offered along with Indonesian rice dishes, the Nasi Kebuli, Nasi Sagung Madura and Nasi Kuning to complement the meal.


Malaysian favourites will also make an appearance on the buffet including the must-have Bubur Lambuk, Sup berempah, Murtabak and freshly cooked satay.

The spread will also include some Chinese, Indian and Western dishes on the buffet. Guests will find Wok-fried Kam Heong Crab, Stir-fried Black Pepper Beef, Szechuan Style Bean Curd with Minced Chicken, Lamb Vindaloo, Gosh Badami Kurma (Lamb Kurma), Spicy Mutton Masala, a Pizza Pit Stop, Jade Fish Picatta with Mexican Corn Salsa, Vegetable Lasagna, Pan Seared Fish Fillet and many more.

A variety of Indonesian, Malaysian and Western desserts will fill the buffet line headlined by a variety of Indonesian specials including Kuih Lapis Bandung, Kolang Kaling (palm fruit), Bubur Sumsum (sweet coconut rice porridge), Sago Air Gula and Kolak Ubi. Other desserts include Tapai Ubi, Bubur Pulut Hitam, Warm Chocolate Brownies, Warm Apple Crumble, Warm Banana Bread and Butter Pudding all three served with Vanilla Sauce, ABC Station, Lemon Meringue Pie, Strawberry Mousse Cheese Cake, Trio Chocolate Mousse Cake, Fruit Berries Tart and more.

Thirst quenchers to complement the Ramadan spread at Nook will include Air Tebu, Sirap Bandung, Air Kurma, Teh Tarik, Nescafe Tarik and Kopi Hang Tuah.

The Ramadan Early Bird vouchers for Joms Buka @ Nook Selera Indonesia will be available for sale from 1 April - 3 May 2019. Vouchers are priced at RM105 nett per voucher for purchases of 1 - 35 vouchers and RM95 nett per voucher for purchases of 36 vouchers and more. The voucher validity is only for the Ramadan period from 7 May - 3 June 2019. Diners are encouraged to call ahead for reservations prior to dining at Nook.

For reservations and to know more about these offers, please call (60) 3 2723 1188 or visit

For the extensive Ramadan Buffet Listing for 2019, kindly click here.


Location: Nook, Level 1, Aloft KL Sentral, No 5 Jalan Stesen Sentral, 50470 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Tel: 03- 2723 1188


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