Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Krung Thep KL, Republik Damansara Heights

Located in Republik, Damansara Heights is Krung Thep, showcasing authentic Thai regional delicacies to KL-ites. The restaurant's name is short for Krung Thep Mahanakhon, or simply Bangkok, capital city of Thailand, where every part of the country comes together – food, people, culture and tradition.

Krung Thep KL

Krung Thep exudes a cool vibe with an elegant open kitchen with bar seating, where you can watch the chefs cook your meal over charcoal embers. The kitchen is helmed by Chef Gug from North East Thailand, who takes pride in preparing his sauces, pastes and dips from scratch and by using the finest freshest ingredients to give diners the most authentic Thai dining experience.

Krung Thep KL

Krung Thep Republik Damansara

Krung Thep is a noodle bar by day, serving 8 types of noodles and small plates as well as a selection of delicious desserts.

Hubby's favourite was the Kao Soi Gai (RM28), a Northern Thai chicken curry rice noodles dish, topped with crunchy pickled Chiang Mai mustard greens. The flavorful, vibrant broth is thick, creamy and spicy, beautifully balanced by the pickled greens and a squeeze of lime.

Krung Thep Republik Damansara

For vegetarians, there is Wun Sen Pat Dtao Huu Yui (RM23), stir fried glass noodles with beancurd and mushroom. Even a meat lover like me loved this dish - so appetizing, and plenty of wok hei!

Of course you must also have the Tom Yam Pla Gra Pong Daeng (RM38), a clear hot and sour soup with huge chunks of snapper fish. This spicy soup will definitely awaken your senses.

Another must-try is the Kai Ceiw Pu (RM25), fluffy duck egg omelette with crab meat, served with a homemade Sriracha sauce.

Lemongrass cooler  (lemongrass, lemon, sencha -RM15) and Princess Pandan (Tanqueray Gin, pandan, earl grey - RM30)

For desserts, we went for the classic mango sticky rice, however to our pleasant surprise, Krung Thep's version uses black glutinous rice which gives it a delicious, nutty flavour. This also comes with fresh mango, fresh coconut slices and coconut milk.

Khao Niaow Dam Ma Muang (RM22)

Even the Tub Tim Krob (RM20) here is served differently - red rubies, jackfruit, coconut syrup and toasted peanuts is served with a scoop of luscious coconut ice cream. Perfect treat for a hot day!

Krung Thep al fresco dining area

Krung Thep Lunch Menu
Krung Thep KL Menu

Click here for both lunch and dinner menus.


Opening times: Mon - Sun: Lunch 11.30am – 2.30pm; Dinner 5.30pm – 10.30pm.

Location: Krung Thep KL, Republik, Ground Floor, 1, Jalan Medan Setia 1, Bukit Damansara, 50490 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (Parking rate RM3.50 per hour)

Tel: 03-7622 8760

Website: http://www.krungthep.my/

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Friday, January 24, 2020

Chong Qing Grilled Fish, Sunway Velocity, KL

Earlier this month, Chong Qing Grilled Fish officially launched its first outlet in Kuala Lumpur at Sunway Velocity's Nanjing Street, following the roaring success of its maiden Malaysian outlet in Kuching, Sarawak. Chong Qing Grilled Fish specialises in charcoal-grilled fish with Sichuan hotpot as well as authentic Sichuan cuisine.

Chong Qing Grilled Fish was first opened in Singapore in 2010, to bring to the local F&B scene the best representation of Chongqing cuisine. Upon a trip to Chongqing, China, the founders wanted to replicate the dish in Southeast Asia, successfully launching its first outlet along Mosque Street in Singapore and later bringing the well-loved brand to Malaysian shores.

Chongqing cuisine has always been known for its deliciously bold flavours: unapologetically rich, savoury and spicy. Chong Qing Grilled Fish is known for its Signature Grilled Fish, served in a simmering Sichuan hotpot.

More than 2000 years ago, fishermen living in Wanzhou used wood to grill their daily catch. Over time, they experimented with adding oil, herbs and spices to marinate the grilled fish; and the rest is history. According to legend, this dish dates to 1700 years ago during the Three Kingdoms period. Then, Zhuge Liang who was a premier politician serving under Liu Bei, loved this marinated charcoal-grilled fish. When Liu Bei ascended the throne soon after, grilled fish was made an imperial dish.

At Chong Qing Grilled Fish, there are 8 different flavours to choose from - Spicy Fragrant, Spicy Numbing, Pickled Cabbage, Hot & Sour, Mushroom Herbs, Fermented Black Bean, Fresh Chillies and Chopped Chilli Pepper.There is something for everyone here - from mild to spicy. Diners can also choose from five different types of fish - sea bass, golden snapper, red tilapia, Temerloh patin and golden pomfret, with prices starting from RM58 for a whole fish.

The fish is marinated with over 20 types of herbs and spices, and then grilled in the special charcoal oven. This results in an amazingly crispy skin coupled with tender, soft flesh beneath. Then, the broth of your choice, cooked with your choice of sides, is poured over the fish.

Highly recommended are the “Spicy Fragrant” (一品香辣) or “Spicy Numbing” (川味麻辣) broths which are bound to awaken the senses. For those who like it mild, the Mushroom Herbs which comes with willow mushroom, dried porcini mushroom and fresh mushroom, along with garlic, green and red pepper and mushroom spice is the way to go. The chef recommended fish is the Temerloh Patin, which is well-loved for its rich, fatty yet tender texture. It also has a delicate sweetness which will pair perfectly with any broth.

Spicy Fragrant Seabass - loved this spicy, appetizing broth!

Mushroom Herbs Temerloh Patin - the mushrooms impart a lovely earthy flavour to the broth.

Check out this video to watch how the chefs prepare the signature Grilled Fish here!

Other than the signature grilled fish, one of the must-try dishes here is the Spicy Chicken Cubes (RM30)- crispy chicken chunks tossed in dried chillies, dried peppercorn, white sesame, peanuts and special spicy sauce.

Double-cooked spicy pork slices (RM28) - thinly sliced pork belly cooked with garlic shoots, green and red chillies. Very nice!

For salted egg lovers, they also have a series of delicious salted egg dishes here, from calamari to cheese tofu, chicken cubes,  corn and more!

Salted egg fish skin (RM24) - an addictive snack of fried salmon fish skin with salted egg, curry leaves and cili padi. You can also order this for takeaway, as they will be sealed in an airtight takeaway pack.

Salted egg calamari with Thai herbs (RM28) - we can never say no to this dish! The version here is garnished with kaffir lime leaves and chilli powder.

The unassuming Hand Shredded Cabbage (RM18) was another favourite - this simple cabbage dish was stir fried with pork slices, dried chillies and fried garlic.

The Lijiang Fragrant Spicy Fried Rice with Shredded Pork (RM16) is the perfect accompaniment to the rest of our meal. Full of wok hei, the fragrant rice is stir fried together with Yunnan preserved vegetable, shredded pork, eggs, and spring onions.

Fresh fruit with Jasmine tea tower (RM36 for 2l) - perfect for sharing and cooling down!

Chong Qing Grilled Fish KL - restaurant interior

The restaurant is located in Nanjing Street at Sunway Velocity's Signature 2.

In celebration of its grand launch, Chong Qing Grilled Fish is offering customers 50% off their total bill (drinks not included). Customers need to only complete these 3 simple steps:

1. Like the Chong Qing Grilled Fish Facebook page (www.facebook.com/cqgf.kl)

2. Share this post (https://bit.ly/36AvPq9)

3. Tag 3 friends in the post.

4. Present your proof of entry to outlet staff to receive offer.

Additionally, customers can partake in the SPIN & SURE WIN contest. With any amount spent in-store, customers will have a chance at spinning the Fortune Wheel to win prizes including 3 months’ worth of free Signature Grilled Fish, free Chong Qing Grilled Fish dishes and complimentary vouchers.

The above promotions are ongoing from 12th – 31st January 2020.

Opening times: Mon - Fri 12pm - 3pm, 5pm - 2am; Sat & Sun 12pm - 2am.

Service: Excellent.

Location: Chong Qing Grilled Fish, Nanjing Steet @ Sunway Velocity, 1st Floor, V06-01-06, Signature 2, Lingkaran SV Sunway Velocity, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Tel: 03-2382 1786

Website: https://www.facebook.com/cqgf.kl/

Nearest MRT: Cochrane.

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Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Love Is In The Air at TRACE, Element Kuala Lumpur

This Valentine's Day, celebrate your love and take it to greater heights at Element Kuala Lumpur, the tallest eco hotel in KL.

Impress your loved one with a gourmet 5-course menu and breathtaking views overlooking the iconic Petronas Twin Towers in a candle-lit, romantic setting at TRACE Restaurant & Bar. Themed "Love is in the Air", the menu features salmon fillet, Wagyu beef tenderloin, oysters and many more, priced at RM388 nett per couple (inclusive of two glasses of cocktail or mocktail).

Where to celebrate Valentine in KL

Where to celebrate Valentine in KL 2020

Kick start your evening with an "Introduction to Love" with the amuse bouche of pan seared salmon fillet, served with a refreshing mango salsa, fish roe and saffron sauce.

Valentine' Day Dinner 2020 KL

Next, be seduced with the chicken roulade, served with a delicious apple fennel chutney along with grilled sour dough bread topped with ricotta and white honey truffle.

Valentine' Day Dinner KL

Celebrate romance by the beach, with the Chanterelle mushroom soup with cepes foam and truffle oil. Wonderfully earthy flavours, and added texture from the sauteed mushrooms. 

Valentine Dinner KL

Mango sorbet

For mains, guests will be served a trio of surf and turf flavours, including grilled Wagyu beef tenderloin, rack of lamb and oyster mornay. Everything was cooked to perfection, the meat lover in me was happy!

Wagyu beef tenderloin with parsnip puree and balsamic pepper sauce
Oyster ala mornay
Rack of lamb with roasted butternut pumpkin and kalamata olive reduction

Finally, for a sweet end to your meal, a sharing dessert platter consisting of a rich chocolate sacher torte and raspberry white chocolate mousse with heart-shaped chocolates will be served. 

Valentine's Day 2020 Menu

The "Love is in the Air" Valentine's Day Set Menu 2020 is available on Friday 14 February 2020 (6.30pm - 10.30pm). The menu is priced at RM388 nett per couple, with an additional RM100 nett to secure a window seat.

For reservations, email TraceRB.Elementkl@elementhotels.com or call 03-2771 3388.



Connect with your loved one with a romantic staycation. Stay in any of the guest rooms, take in the captivating vews, relax in the spa-inspired bathrooms and indulge in a romantic breakfast the next morning.

Book date : Now – 31 Dec 2020
Stay date : Now - 31 Dec 2020

Price: from RM399+ per studio skyline per night.

Package is inclusive of:
- Breakfast for 2 person
- Two glasses of Welcome Drink upon check-in
- Special Welcome Amenities
- In-room decor
-Complimentary late check-out at 2pm.

Reservations can be made via email at reservations.elementkl@elementhotels.com or call 03-2771 3388.


Opening times: 6.30am to 11pm daily.

Location: Trace Restaurant & Bar, Element Kuala Lumpur, Ilham Tower, 8 Jalan Binjai, Kuala Lumpur, 50450, Malaysia. (Parking RM5 per hour, RM10 per entry for F&B guests)

Tel: 03-2771 3351

Website: http://www.elementkualalumpur.com/dining

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Sunday, January 19, 2020

CNY 2020: EQ

Celebrating the Year of the Rat's spirit of progression and new beginnings, Kuala Lumpur's newest 5-star hotel, EQ, invites guests to enjoy sumptuous festive gastronomy experiences throughout January and February with vibrant decorations and roars of laughter.

EQ KL Chinese New Year 2020

Chinese New Year Pop-Up
Chinese New Year is the most anticipated festival of the Chinese calendar, a time for reconnecting with fiends and family and sharing precious time together over auspicious dishes. Having had more than 25 years of success running Hotel Equatorial Kuala Lumpur's signature Chinese restaurant, the Golden Phoenix, EQ will be setting up their banquet halls as a Chinese restaurant and featuring over 20 new dishes from 13 January until 20 February 2020.

There are four set menus to choose from - Celestial Rat (RM2,388), Longevity Rat (RM2,588), Prosperity Rat (RM2,788) and the exclusive Golden Phoenix-inspired menu (RM5,838) per table of 10 persons, all specially curated by Executive Sous Chef Tan Tzaan Ling and his team. Chef Tan pays homage to Golden Phoenix's popular dishes while embracing modern taste buds with his recreations for the exclusive menu. This menu features dishes such as the Golden Phoenix Classic Tasmanian Salmon and Tropical Caviar Yee Sang, Wok-Fried Boston Lobster with Kaffir Lime Leaf Mayo and Golden Garlic as well as the classic favourite from the 1970s, Loh Mai Chi with Fried Nian Gao.

Golden Phoenix Classic Tasmanian Salmon and Tropical Caviar Yee Sang

Double-Boiled Pigeon Soup with Morel, Peru Maca. Baby Cabbage and Fish Maw.

Wok-Fried Boston Lobster with Kaffir Lime Leaf Mayo and Golden Garlic

Mango Cream Pearl, Sago, Bird' Nest, Thai Pomelo, Lychee Granita

Loh Mai Chi with Fried Nian Gao

Prosperity Lunch and Dinner Buffet at Nipah
From 10 January until 8 February 2020, guests can indulge in an extensive range of buffet spread with home-style flavours at Nipah. Highlights include classic Chinese dishes such as Braised dried seafood with enoki mushroom in crabmeat broth, Fish maw with mushrooms, sea moss and vegetables, Double-boiled chicken soup, Wok-fried clams with garlic and dried shrimp as well as delectable pastry selections such as Mandarin orange mousse, Pineapple tarts, Firecracker sweet rolls and Assorted Chinese cookies.

Lunch is priced at RM88 per adult and RM108 for dinner while Sunday Brunch is RM108 on Sundays and on public holidays, with an added barbeque buffet selection in the outdoor grill patio. Children aged 6 to 12 dine at 50%

Auspicious Yee Sang will be available as a separate order with small and large platter sizes available that can serve from 5 to 10 guests. The Vegetarian option starts at RM98 while the Salmon & Jellyfish Yee Sang starts at RM118 for small. Fortune cookies will be provided on a complimentary basis.

Drinks of Fortune
Year of the Rat inspired cocktails will be served at Bottega Lounge from 13 January until 29 February 2020. This include the Blood Orange Prosecco, Jade Martini, Mela Sour Margarita and Grapefruit Fizz (priced RM24 to RM52 nett).

At Blue, the highest bespoke speakeasy bar and lounge in Kuala Lumpur, selected drinks are available from RM20 nett for the Lunar Sunset Hours promotion from 13-31 January 2020 from 5pm to 7pm. Choose from draught beer, house pours, and wines by the glass while taking in the unparalleled sunset views.

Chinese New Year Lion Dance Performances
There will be Lion Dance performances on the second day of CNY (26 January 2020 12pm) and on Chap Goh Mei (8 February 20206.30pm) at EQ Lobby.

Reservations required. For more information and dining reservation at EQ, please contact Dining Reservations at 03-2789 7839 or email dineateqkl@kul.equatorial.com

Location: EQ, Equatorial Plaza, Jalan Sultan Ismail, 50250 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (Parking RM5 for first hour, RM4 for subsequent hour).

Tel: 03-2789 7839

Website: https://www.eqkualalumpur.com/

Facebook: www.facebook.com/eqkualalumpur

Instagram: www.instagram.com/eqkualalumpur

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