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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 

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 – covered with tomato sauce and cheese. In hindsight, one dish less would have been enough for the 3 of us as the portions are generous and the food heavy with cheeses and sauces, and they came with carbs as well.

Started slow with Turkish bread and eggplant hummus. This was so delicious that we almost wanted to get more bread. Thank goodness we didn’t as the following dishes filled us to the brim. Pide was like conventional Italian pizza so a safe bet. Crust was just slightly thicker than thin crust pizzas – nicely filled with minced beef and lamb, doused over with cheese, a crowd fav. 

The stew (Turkish Saute) came in a concentrated tomato-based gravy, pieces of chicken, capsicum, tomato, to be eaten with either bread or rice. Kinda like sweet sour chicken but more heavy-handed flavours, more savoury rather than sweet and sour. For Asians, this would be a comfort dish with rice that would fill that spot in the tummy nicely. 

Of course, we must have Turkish coffee. So thick that a spoon probably could stand in it, they give you a glass of water to anticipate how you would want to dilute the taste in the mouth.

We shared a slice of baklava to round off a great meal. I also understand now why it’s usually super sweet (the one we had was thankfully more well-balanced) to counter the strong flavours of the food.   

If you don’t know how to order, they have Mandy and Kebab sets that have a bit of everything which gives a good idea what Turkish food is all about. Having been to Istanbul a couple of times, I find the food pretty close to the real deal and prices very reasonable. Will definitely be back for more. 

Add: LG-08 Glo Damansara, 699, Jalan Damansara, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, KL. call 03-7731 1644.

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 

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 sustainable eating.

Starters were Omnimeat crab cakes and Fish Fingers. Most of the media during the launch preferred the fish fingers which tasted firm and much like normal meat nugget, but I found the texture a little too dense. I preferred the crab cakes which had a play of textures, nice and crisp outside and softer inside, and to me, was more flavourful. 

Main course was a choice of Meatball Pasta or Spicy Minced Omnimeat Rice Platter. The flavours and sauce for the pasta was commendable and tasty but the ‘meatball’ not so, as it was soft, without much bite, almost tofu-like inside. The rice platter wins hands down as the redolent sauce coating the ‘meat’, salty with a touch of spiciness, balanced well against the blandness of the white rice. Suffice to say, you can fool the palate sometimes, but certainly not all the time. If it ain’t meat, it’s not the same! Reminded me of Thai beef pad krapow. Dessert was jelly with fruits. 

The team comprises members from Orang Asli and refugee communities, alumni of Dignity of Children Foundation who have graduated from their secondary education and have gone through some F&B training, as well as 11 secondary school students who are currently undergoing the training programme on weekdays. 

Tasked with putting together a sustainable menu, the young chefs-in-training took three weeks to create a selection of plant-based dishes using OMNIFoods. Kudos to them for cooking up the menu and drawing up the great flavours. As one of Cathay Pacific’s many initiatives to reduce carbon footprint, hopefully plant-based protein and recyclable packaging will inspire more people to make sustainable choices. 

This plant-based menu is available until Dec 31.

add: 25-G, Jalan 11/48a, Sentul Raya Boulevard, Kuala Lumpur

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 

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 

Isetan The Gardens brings authentic Japanese dining to The Table

Isetan The Gardens brings authentic Japanese dining to The Table

Retail destination Isetan The Gardens unveiled a refreshed look and focused offerings of brands and service, alongside an all-new dining floor. The entry of “The Table”, Isetan’s dining concept features a collection of 7 specially curated restaurants and a Bar, highlighting authentic and premium Japanese food and drinks.

Jyu Jyu Yakiniku (Pork-Free) – buffet style BBQ Restaurant with the ultimate Yakiniku experience, offering house-made dipping sauces, grilled meats and Japanese-Korean fusion dishes.

Tonkatsu by Ma Maison (Non-Halal) – part of a chain of Japanese restaurants that specialises in Tonkatsu, serves up a variety using the highest-grade ingredients from the Hire (fillet) to the Rosu (loin).

Menya Appare (Non-Halal) – Appare in Japanese means “wonderful” or “brilliant”. The ramen noodles are made with the utmost care and attention to detail, using carefully selected ingredients and the finest production methods. 

Tamaruya Honten Teppanyaki (Pork-Free) – a Japanese-French fusion Teppanyaki resto in collab with the established Wasabi Tamaruya Honten Japan that has more than 140 years of history in Shizuoka, Japan. Fresh meat and fish grilled in the counter are served with signature 100% natural wasabi sauce.

Mo-Mo Paradise (Non-Halal) – an All-You-Can-Eat authentic Shabu-Shabu and Sukiyaki resto.

Takumi Craft Bar (Non-Halal) – Malaysia’s first artisanal Japanese craft beer bar, serving a range of carefully curated craft beers and artisanal cocktails.

Opening soon: Taverna by The Tokyo Restaurant (Pork-Free), Kintsugi (Pork-Free).

Using the new “The Table” by Isetan app, customers can earn points with every spend at “The Table” restaurants which can later be used to offset future dining bills. Other perks include exclusive deals and offers, receiving the latest news and updates from “The Table” restaurants and the chance to earn extra points with the Invite & Earn programme. Just download the app from App Store or Google Play, register and start earning points and enjoying the benefit.

For more info, visit https://www.isetankl.com.my/the-table-by-isetan-app/ .

Hottest Tiger Street Food Hunt starts now!

Hottest Tiger Street Food Hunt starts now!

Street food is undeniably an integral part of every Malaysian. As a beer born and raised in the streets of Asia, Tiger continued to champion this platform even when dining out was not possible in the recent years. After two years of hosting its fan-favourite