Saturday, August 31, 2019

Crème De La Crème, Damansara Uptown

Crème De La Crème (CDLC) is Malaysia’s first and only artisanal dessert haven with highly-skilled local pastry chefs, who have worked and trained under world-renowned celebrity dessert master Christy Tania.  Located in Damansara Uptown, you will find artisanal ice cream and iconic petits gâteaux, all made using 100% all-natural fresh ingredients without preservatives, artificial flavourings or colourings.



Not only are their delicate petits gâteaux extremely delicious, they're super Instaworthy too! To be honest, it was so difficult to choose which one to try cos they all looked so good. We settled for their bestsellers, the Longevity (RM25), Da Bomb (RM25), Beauty & the Beast (RM25) and Unicorn (RM22).

Our favourite was Da Bomb; this is literally the bomb in terms of flavours and textures. When serving, the server will light up a sparkler next to the fuse for you to photograph this dessert. This is made up of 63% dark chocolate and Madagascar vanilla ice cream, with hazelnut crunch, chocolate hazelnut praline ganache, dark chocolate dip and gold almond crumble. Perfect for chocolate lovers!



The Longevity takes after the steamed peach bun commonly served on birthdays and eaten to represent a long life. Here at Crème De La Crème, the peach is still served in a dim sum steamer basket. However make no mistake, as this is not a steamed bun, instead it is made up of Japanese matcha and black sesame ice cream, mango yuzu compote, lemon curd, matcha sponge and white chocolate dip.



Beauty & the Beast - if you've watched the movie, you'll be familiar with the enchanted rose encased in the glass case. This seems to be a really popular choice with the couples - a rose which you can eat, why not?  63% dark chocolate and Madagascar vanilla ice cream, morello cherry sorbet, dark chocolate crumble, chewy chocolate brownie, almond nibs and dark chocolate dip.



Unicorn - our girl loves unicorns, so this was a natural choice for her. Madagascar vanilla ice cream, lychee and raspberry sorbet, white chocolate dip and crispy meringues - this was rather light and refreshing.




The handcrafted ice creams are rich, creamy and smooth, with over 20 ice-cream flavours available daily, including bestsellers such as Gold Digger (salted caramel ice cream swirled with chocolate ganache and organic honey comb), Dragon Rose (dragon fruit, lychee and French rose sorbet), and French Earl Grey Boba (French Earl Grey tea ice cream swirled with caramelised brown sugar and topped with golden chewy boba).


Refreshing Mango and passion fruit sorbet



In addition, you will also find some really scrumptious drinks here such as the Matcha Monster (RM18). They use Niko Neko Kyoto matcha and as you sip the drink, you will also find chewy brown sugar boba inside. The drink is also topped with a homemade chewy matcha cookie monster on top (very cute, and you can stick your straw through it's mouth to get to the drink). #BobaLover is happy!




In conjunction with the Mid-Autumn Festival, Crème De La Crème has also created four new petits gâteaux in a limited-edition mooncake giftset, priced at RM129 for a box set of four. Lio Lim, CDLC’s Managing Director says, “With our ice cream mooncakes, we have not only conceptualised a series of iconic and delicious artworks, but they also tell a story which helps to revive the true meaning of the Mid-Autumn Festival. Our mooncakes will make you feel over the moon and are definitely one giant leap for mankind!”.


The four specially created petits gâteaux are:
Chang E’s Elixir: Kyoto Houjicha ice cream, Sesame crunch, White chocolate dip & Dark chocolate garnish. Sakura ice cream + Lychee rosemary compote as yolk.

Fly me to the Moon: Chocolate ice cream, Hazelnut crunch, Candied orange, Meringue & Gold flakes. Mandarin sorbet + Orange ganache as yolk.

小月兔/Little White Rabbit: Coconut ice cream, Raspberry sorbet, Mango compote, Almond crumble & White chocolate dip. Mango passion fruit sorbet as yolk.

红笼梦/Prosperity Lantern: Pistachio ice cream, Crumble, Lemon sponge & Dark chocolate garnish. Strawberry ice cream and homemade strawberry jam as yolk.






Opening times: Sun – Thurs: 12pm – 11pm / Fri & Sat: 12pm – 12am

Location: Crème De La Crème (CDLC), 35G, Ground Floor, Jalan SS21/60 Damansara Utama (Uptown), 47400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia.

Tel: +60 3 7494 0735


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Friday, August 30, 2019

2019 Mooncakes @ New World Petaling Jaya Hotel

In celebration of the Mid-Autumn Festival, New World Petaling Jaya Hotel is offering a tantalising selection of seven types of traditional baked mooncakes, presented in an elegant two-tier red gift box with stamping of golden peonies to give it a luxurious finish.

Mooncakes are a traditional staple during Mid-Autumn festival which occurs between the month of August and September every year. During the Yuan Dynasty, mooncakes were used by the Chinese to plan a rebellion against Mongol government.



Apart from traditional classics like Red Bean, White Lotus, Lotus with Single Yolk, Pandan Lotus with Single Yolk, Durian Lotus and Mixed Nuts, indulge in the special edition, Longan Wolfberries mooncake - a sweet blend of the longan flavoured lotus paste base combined with fragrant wolfberries – a healthier creation. According to Chinese tradition, wolfberries are believed to be good for vision and is one of the most antioxidant-rich fruits around.

Purchase a box of four mooncakes comprising of Red Bean, White Lotus as well as two choices (choose from Lotus with Single Yolk, Pandan Lotus with Single Yolk, Longan Wolfberries, Durian Lotus or Mixed Nuts), all beautifully presented in an elegantly designed and timeless gift box.‘Timeless Traditions’ is available from 18 July to 13 September and is priced at RM128 nett per gift box of four pieces.



Receive 15% off when you make a purchase from 18 July till 31 August. For bulk purchase, 20% discount is given for purchase of 20-50 boxes; and 25% discount for purchase of 51 boxes and above.



For orders and enquiries, please call 03-7682 0000 or visit https://petalingjaya.newworldhotels.com/en/promotions/promotions-dining/timeless-traditions/



Location: New World Petaling Jaya Hotel, Paradigm, 1 Jalan SS7/26A, Kelana Jaya, 47301 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia. (Parking: same entrance as Paradigm Mall, follow signs for hotel).

Tel: 03-7682 0000

Website: https://petalingjaya.newworldhotels.com/en/


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Thursday, August 29, 2019

Hard Rock Cafe Penang: New Look, New Menu

For a rocking good meal in Penang, Hard Rock Cafe Penang is the place to be. Located on the ground floor of the beachfront Hard Rock Hotel Penang,  the restaurant and bar recently underwent a month-long makeover in May this year and now sports an awesome new look, new vibes and new menu. 

The menu features delicious American cuisine made famous by Hard Rock Cafes across the globe. In conjunction with Hard Rock's Founders Day on 14 June 2019, a brand new menu was launched, making the Penang outlet the first Hard Rock Cafe in Malaysia to feature this menu, which include the 24-Karat Gold Leaf Steak Burger™, Boozy Milkshakes, Buffalo Style-Sliders and more.



Brand new look - bright, bold and sleek 


Cool memorabilia from local and international celebrities adorn the walls of the restaurant.


To start, we had the One Night in Bangkok Spicy Shrimp (RM35), crispy shrimp tossed in a creamy, spicy sauce on a bed of creamy coleslaw. The portions here are generous, making them perfect for sharing with your family and friends.




Next to arrive was the massive Steak Salad (RM49), 227g grilled and sliced flat iron steak on a bed of fresh mixed greens, a blue cheese vinaigrette, pickled red onions, red peppers and Roma tomatoes, finished with crispy shoestring onions and blue cheese crumble.




The highlight of our meal was the 24-Karat Gold Leaf Steak Burger (RM88), 227g juicy beef patty made using certified Black Angus steak, topped with 24-karat edible gold leaf, cheddar cheese, lettuce, vine-ripened tomato and red onion and sandwiched between toasted brioche buns. Served with a side of fries. The ultimate indulgence, a burger made for rockstars!





Insanely sexy, best looking burger we've had!



We highly recommend the decadent Cookies & Cream Milkshake (RM43), made with vanilla ice cream, white chocolate, Oreo cookies and whipped cream. There is also a boozy version with Absolut Vanilla Vodka. Other drinks we tried here are the refreshing Strawberry Basil Lemonade and Mango Berry Cooler.




End your meal on a sweet note, either with the classic Hot Fudge Brownie (RM45) or the New York Cheesecake (RM45).  The former features warm chocolate brownie cubes topped with vanilla bean ice cream, hot fudge, chopped walnuts, chocolate sprinkles, fresh whipped cream and a cherry on top.




Happiness in a glass :)

Rich and creamy New York-style cheesecake served with fresh strawberry sauce.


Diners can also catch the daily band performance from 10.30pm to 2.00am. To commemorate your visit, head over to the Rock Shop® to get your hands on city-specific Hard Rock Cafe Penang merchandise, including their world-famous t-shirts, hats, pins, and other collectible merchandise.









Service here is also commendable - warm and cheerful, a place where everyone feels like a VIP.


Opening hours: Sun to Thu: 11:30am - 2:00am; Fri, Sat & Eve of PH: 11:30am - 2:30am.

Location: Hard Rock Cafe Penang, Hard Rock Hotel Penang, Jalan Batu Ferringhi, 11100 George Town, Penang, Malaysia.

Tel: 04- 886 8050

Website: https://www.hardrockcafe.com/location/penang/



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2019 Mooncakes @ Sofitel Kuala Lumpur Damansara

Celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival with Wan Chun Ting's range of delicious snow skin and traditional baked mooncakes. These are perfect for gifting to your family members, friends, or business associates as the mooncakes are presented in an elegant orange leather case that can be converted into a wine box.



Mooncakes from Wan Chun Ting, Sofitel Kuala Lumpur Damansara's Chinese fine dining restaurant


New this year is the Dragon fruit with blueberry truffle snow skin mooncake, featuring a refreshing combination of fresh dragon fruit cube and puree. Other unique creations are the Black charcoal with cheese, Coffee paste with buttercream and Pumpkin with chocolate truffle (RM38 each).

Not to be missed in the Limited Edition Musang King (RM58 each) - each mouthful pungent, rich and creamy. Our favourite!






For those who prefer the traditional baked mooncakes, there are 5 handcrafted varieties to choose from, including the Classic Red Bean Paste, Pure White Lotus, White Lotus with Double Egg Yolk, Assorted Mixed Fruits and Nuts and Pandan Single Yolk (RM36 - RM38 each).

Sofitel Kuala Lumpur Damansara’s mooncakes are available for sale from now until 15 September 2019. The mooncakes are also available in retail booth in 1Utama Shopping Centre from 29 August to 13 September 2019 from 10 am to 10 pm.



For enquiries and reservations, please email HA123-FB3@SOFITEL.COM or call 03-2720 6688.

Location: Sofitel Kuala Lumpur Damansara, No. 6, Jalan Damanlela Bukit Damansara, 50490 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Tel: 03-2720 6688

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Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Sigi's Sunset Grill by the Beach: Golden Sands Resort Penang

Sigi's Bar & Grill is a family-friendly Italian restaurant specialising in authentic Italian cuisine and grilled delicacies. Located on the beachfront of Golden Sands Resort Penang, the restaurant is housed inside what was formerly a beach holiday home for the Perak royalty.

Every Sunday, the restaurant offers a Sunset Grill by the Beach, Sigi's popular barbecue buffet featuring grilled cuts and seafood as well as a whole lamb on a spit. Feel the sea breeze on your face, sand beneath your feet and take in the wonderful aromas of the BBQ grill as you enjoy your meal with the view of the sunset.



On the BBQ, you will find premium seafood such as slipper lobsters and king prawns as well as chicken wings, fish parcels, tender steaks, grilled corn and vegetable skewers.





Whole roasted lamb



Beef and Chicken Satay


You will also find a live pasta station, a selection of antipasti and salads, soups, pizzas as well as delectable desserts and ice cream. There will also be live entertainment from 8pm onwards.  









Beautiful sunset!





*Sigi's Sunset Grill by the Beach is available every Sunday from 6.30pm to 10pm. The BBQ buffet is  priced at RM108 per adult, RM54 per child. Guests can top-up RM73 for free-flow alcoholic beverages. Reservations highly recommended.


Opening hours: 11am to 10pm daily.

Location: Sigi's Bar and Grill on the Beach, Golden Sands Resort, Batu Feringgi Beach, Penang 11100 Malaysia.

Tel: +60 (4) 886 1852

Website: http://www.shangri-la.com/penang/goldensandsresort/dining/restaurants/sigis-bar-grill-on-the-beach/



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