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Halal dim sum makes the cut at Santai Yum Cha

Halal dim sum makes the cut at Santai Yum Cha

What does yum-cha mean to you? It literally means ‘drink tea’ in Cantonese and usually, it denotes dim sum time. So at @SantaiYumCha, it basically means – relax and drink tea – and you get to enjoy a nice repertoire of dim sum plus a 

Ko gives a glimpse into Taipeh’s soul

Ko gives a glimpse into Taipeh’s soul

What do you get when ID meets F&B? The answer is KO, a gorgeous Taiwanese resto that’s an expression of art coupled with simple yet satisfying Taiwanese fare. Without having to say much about the decor, the pics speak for themselves – tasteful modern interpretation 

Guinness Malaysia launches flagship outlet Arthur Storehouse

Guinness Malaysia launches flagship outlet Arthur Storehouse

Guinness Malaysia has officially launched its first-ever flagship outlet, Arthur’s Storehouse in Malaysia at Pavilion KL. Fans can enjoy the true Guinness experience alongside a Guinness-infused food and cocktail menu as well as exclusive merchandise imported from the Dublin Storehouse. 

Decked out to give Guinness fans a similar  experience to that of the Dublin Storehouse, details such as a history wall, photography corner, a Guinness bar and dining area as well as lounge, are all designed in the distinct colours and feel of the brand. 

“This year has been remarkable for Guinness as we’ve been able to bring numerous sensorial experiences for the lovers of our brews, all while they learn more about the rich history and the magic behind them. The very first Guinness flagship outlet is designed to give Malaysian fans the Dublin Storehouse experience right in the heart of KL. For that, we are thrilled about this exclusive partnership created between Guinness Malaysia and Storehouse Project,” said Shaun Lim, Marketing Manager of Guinness Malaysia.

Besides learning about the precision of the roasting process that gives Guinness its distinctive taste, you can try for the perfect pour here. Special rates are available for fans who want to learn pouring the perfect glass themselves under the guidance of the Guinness Academy, and take home a customised Guinness glass with their name engraved on it. What makes the flagship outlet so distinctive is its menu being the first in Malaysia to showcase a variety of exclusive Guinness-infused dishes.

Starters include BBQ Hot Wings Glazed with Homemade Guinness Sauce, Guinness Battered Onion Ring and Guinness Braised Oxtail Pork Crackling. For main dishes, Arthur’s Storehouse serves familiar favourites such as BBQ Guinness Pork Ribs and Braised Lamb Shank, which pair best with Guinness Foreign Extra Stout, while the Guinness Aged Ribeye Steak and Guinness Shepherd’s Pie pair best with Guinness Draught. The menu also features Asian classics like Guinness Bak Kut Teh and Bulldog Hokkien Mee. Those with sweet tooths can also sample unique Guinness-infused desserts.

“At Arthur’s Storehouse, patrons will be able to indulge in our carefully selected menu of food and cocktails infused with Guinness, all while basking in the atmosphere of Arthur’s Storehouse. A unique experience awaits our patrons when they visit this first-ever Guinness flagship outlet,” said George Ang, Director of Storehouse Project Sdn Bhd.

Offering classics like ‘Black Velvet’ which is a mixture of Guinness Foreign Extra Stout and Prosecco, as well as something to provide a different cocktail experience with the ‘St James Gate’ which is a mixture of Guinness Draught, Irish Whiskey and coconut milk with cinnamon, and the ‘Guinnesstini’ made with Guinness Foreign Extra Stout, espresso, vodka, coffee liqueur and ice cream.

You can also find exclusive Guinness merchandise imported from Dublin Storehouse such as Guinness glassware, gift sets, mugs with the iconic toucan, playing cards, puzzles, magnets, keyrings and bottle openers. Guinness crisps, sauces, chocolates, fudge and truffles are also available for purchase. 

For more information about the Arthur’s Storehouse flagship outlet visit http://arthursstorehouse.com/. To check out more information about Guinness, head over to Guinness Malaysia’s social media pages at www.facebook.com/guinnessmalaysia and www.instagram.com/guinnessmy.

Homestyle Isaan food at E San Thai Kitchen

Homestyle Isaan food at E San Thai Kitchen

Was hankering for Thai food and came across this small neighbourhood resto, featuring home-cooked style E san Thai food. Run by a modest couple; nothing fancy about this understated place, choosing to let the Southern Thai cooking speak for itself.  We had simple, deceivingly ordinary 

Authentic Turkish fare at Turkish Cafe Istanbul

Authentic Turkish fare at Turkish Cafe Istanbul

Throwback to birthday brunch: We tend to think of kebab as just meat on skewers but at Turkish Cafe Istanbul it comes in many forms. We ordered the Istanbul Lamb Kebab that had pieces of tender grilled meat on fries – unusual but appetising – 

1664 Blanc launches Art with a Twist

1664 Blanc launches Art with a Twist

French wheat beer 1664 Blanc and its raspberry variant 1664 Rosé has launched the ‘Art with a Twist’ artist edition cans, designed by French artist Michaël Cailloux. Building on the encouraging response of the ‘Bon Appétit-Lah’ campaign, the French-Malaysian fusion cuisine with a twist in June, this ‘Art with a Twist’ campaign is an elegant interpretation of art with a twist. 

Created by famed French artist Michaël Cailloux whose work is inspired by nature and colours, the artist edition 1664 Blanc and 1664 Rosé cans instil art nouveau naturalism depicting a surrealist Parisian Garden. 

“1664 Blanc continues to share good taste via a voyage of experiences be it through food, fashion, or art. This latest ‘Art with a Twist’ campaign aims to bring Parisian-inspired elegance and elevate shared moments with friends and loved ones over our fine brew that represents the French essence of good taste,” commented Olga Pulyaeva, Carlsberg Malaysia’s Marketing Director.

From now until November; 1664 Blanc’s Art with a Twist will be offering its artist edition cans and artist edition merchandise to kick-off the year end festivities. To reward consumers who join in the celebration of art, a host of exclusive merchandise lies in wait for lucky winners.

To take home the limited-edition artist edition collectible can set of either 1664 Blanc or 1664 Rosé, consumers need to purchase three full pints, six half pints or one bucket of either variant of 1664 Blanc at their favourite pub. Alternatively, fans can also get two sets of the artist edition collectibles with any purchase of 1664 Blanc beer tower. A purchase of a can or bottle of 1664 Blanc or 1664 Rosé at participating convenience stores might also win them an exclusive artist edition 20” trolley luggage.

At super-hypermarkets and official Carlsberg online stores, an artist edition canvas tote bag is available with any purchase of two four-can pack of 1664 Blanc or 1664 Rosé (while stocks last). An e-commerce exclusive artist edition pack set consisting of 1664 Blanc and 1664 Rosé, is also available solely on e-commerce sites such as Shopee, Shopee Supermarket, Potboy, and Pandamart.

Lambassador Chefs Showcase MLA lamb

Lambassador Chefs Showcase MLA lamb

It was a day Lambassadors took over as Chef Eric Siew and Chef Steven Wong from Hilton KL gave a hands-on cooking workshop using Halal Australian Lamb at Hilton KL. Australian High Commissioner Dr Justin Lee was also present to share a little about Meat 

Plant-based collab at Eat X Dignity

Plant-based collab at Eat X Dignity

Thanks to a special Cathay Pacific collab with eat X dignity and Green Monday, there’s a new plant-based menu to look forward to. To catalyse positive change for the people and communities, the collab aims to promote children and youth development in Malaysia, while supporting 

Wynns Reframed launches new tier of wines

Wynns Reframed launches new tier of wines

Wynns Coonawarra Estate is an Australian icon with a legacy of world-renowned cabernets that reflect the pinnacle Coonawarra terroirs. The winery is proud to release a new tier of wines that represent a creative renaissance of Wynns’ early pioneering years. 

Named Reframed, the tier comprises four new wines that are an artistic, contemporary take on classic Wynns’  varietals, styles, winemaking, and wine occasions, brought to you by the same trusted Wynns team.

“Our new Reframed wines give us license to approach varieties in different ways using unusual varietal combinations  for Coonawarra and the Limestone Coast,” said Wynns Winemaker Sarah Pidgeon.

“We’re taking the knowledge and experience of the Wynns team and putting a modern twist on our traditional winemaking practices by exploring new ways to express our beautiful grapes. We’re picking earlier for freshness with barbeques, beaches, picnics, and casual occasions in mind. We’re blending in unexpected ways to build interest and  texture, and we’re bringing a lighter touch to winemaking by using little or no oak to maintain the freshness and  aromatics of each wine. 

“As the Coonawarra region’s preeminent wine producer, we’re pushing boundaries to innovate and create new varietals that spark intrigue and are either unique or hard to find, attracting a new generation of wine explorers. But  rest assured, the quality of these wines is classic Wynns,” she said.

Signaling a new chapter for Wynns, the Reframed wines are:

Wynns Reframed Coonawarra Cabernet Rosé 2021: Wynns is synonymous with Cabernet and Wynns’ treasured Cabernet vines bring a sophisticated subtlety to the winery’s first Cabernet Rosé. Bestowed with a refined acidity and hints of sweet fruit, this is a complex and refreshing drink with a dry, mouth-watering crunch palate to be enjoyed all year round. 

Wynns Reframed Limestone Coast Fiano, Pinot Grigio, Arneis 2021: This zippy white blend is an  opportunity to showcase the emerging Italian varietals that are finding their home dotted around  Coonawarra and the Limestone Coast. Fiano leads the style with its citrus, pear and spicy characters and  pithy texture. Pinot Grigio and Arneis add weight, hints of perfume and savoury notes.

Wynns Reframed Coonawarra ‘Rogue Vines’ Shiraz Riesling 2021: Wynns’ oldest Shiraz vineyards originally  had some mistaken cuttings mixed in with the planting material that resulted in the occasional flash of white  grapes at crushing. It’s a part of Wynns’ history, re-created with purpose, that echoes that Rhone tradition  of adding a small percentage of Viognier for enhancing aromatics and bringing a softer texture to structural  Shiraz. The floral notes of Coonawarra Shiraz are elevated in this blend and fresh bright fruit is presented  with both softness and energy, for a versatile food pairing experience.

Wynns Reframed Coonawarra Cabernet-Franc, Cabernet-Sauvignon 2021: Cabernet Franc is genetically  the parent variety of Cabernet Sauvignon and a lighter, fragrant version of its more well-known child. This  family blend showcases the best of both styles, with the perfume and soft tannins of Cabernet Franc given  a boost of depth and lusciousness from the Cabernet Sauvignon. There is a nice line of gentle acidity and  soft red fruits in this wine, making it a perfect choice for red wine lovers in high summer and year-round.

Wynns Reframed wines are now available nationally from select fine wine retailers (RM148).

Marini’s on 57 celebrates 10th anniversary with Founder’s Menu

Marini’s on 57 celebrates 10th anniversary with Founder’s Menu

Multi-award winning Marini’s on 57 is celebrating a decade of good food, fine wine and great company. Since its opening in June 2012, the luxury dining and entertainment establishment has become an iconic rooftop destination, offering the closest view of the Petronas Twin Towers and