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Samplings on the Fourteenth Restaurant (MIGF 2018)

Early evening, the month of MIGF celebration, and the walkway to the Samplings on the Fourteenth Restaurant at the east tower of Berjaya times Square hotel were spacious. The restaurant was commodious, separated from the hustling noises from the street, high up on the 14th floor , with a killer view of KL city skyline. Staffs were all working in the wing, and essentially showing much enthusiasm to serve our table of 8. The chef’s table experience excels in their own way as part of the dining experience when customers were separated from the glass enclosed cooking space, providing diners with a view of the culinary action, without the heat of the noise.

With more than 24 years of experience in the food and beverage industry, Chef Val Murugan’s superintendence has earned Samplings on the Fourteenth Restaurant multiple awards with the most recent being Best Fine-Dining Restaurant, World Gourmet Award (2017) and the prestigious Malaysia International Gourmet Festival, MIGF (2015).

1.Samplings on the Fourteenth Restaurant (MIGF 2018)

In conjunction with the MIGF 2018, Samplings on the Fourteenth currently offers special MIGF Macao Cuisine with a 3-course set dinner priced at RM 178 nett per set. Showcasing Protugese Squid Salad as appetiser before a comfort soup of potato and kale to warm the get the palate ready for the entree of Macao Garlic Prawn and the main course of hyperminimalist treats of either Grilled Fillet of Marble 7 Wagyu Tenderloin or the Confit of Soon Hock.

2.Samplings on the Fourteenth Restaurant (MIGF 2018)

3.Samplings on the Fourteenth Restaurant (MIGF 2018)

4.Samplings on the Fourteenth Restaurant (MIGF 2018) (2)

5.Samplings on the Fourteenth Restaurant (MIGF 2018)

Both the entre and main happened to be my personal favourite for the evening. Macao Garlic Prawn were delightfully cooked beautifully and cleverly seasoned for a tantalising bite. I like both the prawn and the fish. The chef served not only fine seafood, but also steak that is likeable. Would have been greater if they checked the preferred cooking time for our meat – this one was a little cooked but given the friendly service with such gorgeous view; one would enjoy the ambiance enough to not remember what’s lacking in their dishes.

6.Samplings on the Fourteenth Restaurant (MIGF 2018)

7.Samplings on the Fourteenth Restaurant (MIGF 2018)

8.Samplings on the Fourteenth Restaurant (MIGF 2018)

9.Samplings on the Fourteenth Restaurant (MIGF 2018)

Sweet finishing demonstrated how we shouldn’t judge a dish by its plating but the Serradura and Macaron could really use a little styling work.

10.Samplings on the Fourteenth Restaurant (MIGF 2018)

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For further enquiries or reservations, kindly contact Berjaya Times Square Hotel, Kuala Lumpurs Dining Concierge at +60 (3) 2117 8121 or e-mail bth.diningreservations@berjayahotel.com.

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Trade Party by William Grant and Sons

 

William Grant and sons, an award winning, independent family-owned distiller celebrated its latest stage of evolution and increased presence in the Malaysian market with the opening of its representative office and change in route to market, at an event at The Glasshouse, Seputeh on the 6th of August. Named ‘distiller of the year’ and ‘Scotch whisky producer of the year’ at the prestigious international spirits challenge Awards in 2017, William Grant and sons distils some of the world’s leading spirits and builds some of the most distinctive premium brands in the world. The Trade Party was at its best of refined socializing occasion with the best of set up and decorations that’s not only visually appealing, but potentially elaborating the impressive showcase of what each brand could offer to the market in the near future.

 

Commenting on the Trade Party, Satya Sharma, General Manager- Singapore, Malaysia and Philippines said, “ We are delighted to host our trade partners and appointed Importers as we build such an important and strategy market for our portfolio of premium brands which include Glenfiddich, The Balvenie, Monkey Shoulder, Grants and Hendrick’s “

 

The night showcases a glimpse of the various activations and experiences that each brand will bring to the market in the near future.

 

Cheers to great alcohol and amazing people throughout the party.

 

 

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Fly direct to Phu Quoc, Vietnam

 

Vietnamese cuisine doesn’t quite win any points for complexity but when it comes to precisely how this simplicity scores with the clever combination of the best the land can offer, it is undeniably impossible for anyone to reject may of their popular dishes. Starting with pho to their famous sandwich, the dishes features predominantly the ingredients in the local diet. And what other best ways to eat them if not from the native land? And even better, to have those at where blue sky and white beach surrounding. Because AirAsia has announced their new direct route to Phu Quoc, Vietnam. Phu Quoc is the largest island of Vietnam, and a region famous for it’s delicious fish sauce so much so that fish sauce making is a tour all by itself. And with some of the first-rate cuisine, as well as the seafoods all over the beautiful island, it is much predicted that this place is going to be appearing on my social media real soon. Plus, AirAsia is flying 4 times weekly with all in fare stating from RM 98. Now that’s a stellar.

 

AirAsia announced that it will begin direct flights from Kuala Lumpur to Phu Quoc, Vietnam on Nov 2 this year with AirAsia Malaysia commercial head, Spencer Lee present at the launch event. Air Asia is the first airline to launch a direct service from Kuala Lumpur to one of ASEAN’s best-kept secrets.

 

For latest AirAsia news, activities and promotions, follow them on https://twitter.com/AirAsia and facebook.com/AirAsia

 

Of course, yours truly would be posting updates on social medias so lookout for that. Meanwhile, here’s one at the launch event.

 

 

Also read about my food trail with the #aabc, and other posts of Sycookies Food Travelogue when I travel out of Klang Valley for food.

 

 

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Pork Rendang Nasi Kerabu at ANTE @ Solaris Dutamas

 

Celebrating patriotism with Pork Rendang Nasi Kerabu .Love it or hate it, this vibrant blue rice leaves a memorable impression upon the first sight. It is not unusual to see one but it is rare, and when spotted one, will be difficult to take your eyes off it. Served with ulam, the mix of flavour profile from the assorted raw vegetables that is being cut and chopped into tiny pieces puts together so much excitement on a single plate. Here at ANTE, kerabu meal is prep with some oink factor and the main protein source in this fiber and vitamin loaded portion meal is of course non other than their signature – pork. They celebrate patriotism this year with kerabu with pork rendang and I must say they are indeed some porky doyen when it comes to handling and serving them fresh in your dishes.

 

1. ANTE pork rendang kerabu

2.ANTE pork rendang kerabu

 

That is further confirmed when they rolled out other pork dishes and there’s absolutely a couple of it that was impressive. Pork come in all forms of cooking method—roasted, grilled, or even some frying until sizzling, with some being quintessential pork lover’s fav and some fusion twist that’ll guarantee salivating. And together with some booze, would be another perfect evening. Chermoula Spiced Pork Shoulder Steak was grilled so perfectly for amazing tenderness I will order this again anytime with add ons of more vegetables, not because I simply want my vege but because I also love their zucchini sides. Iberico Baby Ribs and House Smoked Bacon were charming. Meat is incredibly tender rand juicy, every bite tastes like luxury.

 

3.ANTE pork rendang kerabu

4.ANTE pork rendang kerabu

5.ANTE pork rendang kerabu

6.ANTE pork rendang kerabu

7.ANTE pork rendang kerabu

 

Pork isn’t their only pride cause Green Curry Seared Duck deserves the limelight as well. Quite a spectacular place for anyone who values fun, flavour, freshness – and value at every price point.

 

10.ANTE pork rendang kerabu

8.ANTE pork rendang kerabu

9.ANTE pork rendang kerabu

 

ANTE’s Pork Rendang Nasi Kerabu will be available for the special month of August as a lunch feature (11am to 3pm) from August 1st to 31st daily, at both ANTE Solaris Dutamas and ANTE One Utama outlets.

 

ANTE Solaris Dutamas (outside Publika)
A2-G1-09, Solaris Dutamas 1
Jalan Dutamas 1,
50480 Kuala Lumpur
Phone: 03-6206 3364
Operating Hours: 11.00AM – 10.30PM, Daily

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/anteporksteaks/
GPS: 3.1705892,101.665491

 

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Babe x Cuca

 

Chef Kevin Cherkas of the famed Cuca Restaurant in Bali and Chef Jeff Ramsey of Babe Kuala Lumpur came together as one for the most interesting culinary experience this month. Think Japanese meets Spanish over 20 canapes and 4 wines to pair, with one of the best views in KL and some groovy music to sway along. It was an experience filled with bites of creativity and food science with extravagant ingredients beautifully paired to bedazzle the guests.

 

Sitting on the 11th floor of Clearwater in Damansaraa Heights, Babe is all about fun dining and along with the stunning killer view of the city skyline. Chef Jeff Ramsey, is the first and only American to earn a Michelin star during his tenure at the Mandarin Oriental Tokyo. And recently earning top 10 restaurant in Asia, the modern fusion cuisine at Cuca Bali has long known for their passion and clever cooking techniques. Created by Michelin-trained Chef Kevin Cherkas and launched in Jimbaran, Bali 2013, Cuca serves-up flavourful bites that pairs fantastic with everything else during the occasion. It’s a first-class flare to an incredible gourmet collaboration.

 

Babe x Cuca Swig & Nibble
Babe x Cuca Swig & Nibble
Babe x Cuca Swig & Nibble
Babe x Cuca Swig & Nibble
Babe x Cuca Swig & Nibble

 

Canapes menu:
Sambal Lolli –Sweet Tomatoes, Multi-seed Cracker, Kaffir Lime
Fish & Chips –Whipped Fish Mouse, Sweet Potato Crunch, Spring Onions
Chicken Char Siu –40-Layer Crispy Chicken Skin Terrine, Sesame Seed and Spring Onion
Sashimi Spring Rolls –Chopped Sashimi with Crispy Shell, Soy Gelee and Spring Onion
Bunga Telur Crystal Chip – Nori Aioli, Bonito Puree and Yuzu
Baked Scallop –Sweet Scallops, Mashed Cauliflower, Toasted Butter Crust
King Crab and Black Truffle Chawanmushi –Savoury Custard with Dashi, Ginger and Butter Ankake
Popcorn Chicken – Crispy Marinated Chicken, Sesame Dust, Zucchini Pickles
Duck and Coke –Roast Foie Gras and Duck Confit Terrine with Pickled Mustard Seed and Coke-Gelee
Bali Soft Tacos –Homemade Brown Rice Tortillas, Braised Mushrooms, Chili Salsa
Pea-Nots- Pad Thai Prawn, Lime, Tamrind, Sesame Seed and Spring Onion
Chili Chicken Satay –Spiced Chicken, Toasted Coconut, Lemongrass
Chicken Char Siu –40-Layer Crispy Chicken Skin Terrine, Sesame Seed and Spring Onion
Hot Potato- Onion Fudge, Charred Scallions, Spiced Keluak Gravy
Wagyu Temari –Seared MB9 Wagyu Beef Sushi with Arima Sansho Soy Glaze
Mango Yolk- Liquid Mango, Citrus, Eggshell
Lie Mau- Kaffir Lime and Calamansi Curd with Milk Tea Skin
Apple French Toast- Cinnamon Spiced Apples, Creamy Yogurt, Tarragon
Babe-En-Dazs- Green Tea Ice Cream Sandwich with Valrhona Guanaja Chocolate Coating

 

Here’s the 20-course canapes, served nonstop over 2 hours. It was great to see familiar faces and a privilege to be at the occasion.

 

 

Babe Restaurant is located at:
11th Floor, Work@Clearwater, Changkat Semantan,
Damansara Heights, 50490 Kuala Lumpur.
Website: http://babe.com.my/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/babejapas/
Tel: +603.2095 8599
Enquiries: hello@babe.com.my

 

Cuca Restaurant is located at:
Jalan Yoga Perkanthi, Jimbaran, Kuta Sel.,
Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80364, Indonesia
Website: https://www.cucaflavor.com/
Facebook: https://web.facebook.com/cucaflavor/?rc=p
Tel: +62 361 708066

 

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Samgeori (3Geori) Butcher at YG Republique Malaysia

 

We easily have almost close to authentic K-BBQ in Klang valley but to actually let you forget the fact that you are not in Korea, head on over to Samgeori at Trec KL. That’s right! YG Republique is now in Kuala Lumpur.

 

1.Samgeori (3Geori) Butcher at YG Republique Malaysia

2.Samgeori (3Geori) Butcher at YG Republique Malaysia

 

Thick slices of top notch meat were served free flow for all guests at the grand launch ceremony. Chug it with those beers going around and for a second there I’ve forgotten my job because all I could focus was the delicious bite of well-balanced fat layering of pork belly. I really dislike pork belly but this one tastes amazing. Each bite was juicy and super moist with the perfect chew texture when the fat layer completely melts the minute you sink your teeth into it.

 

4.Samgeori (3Geori) Butcher at YG Republique Malaysia

5.Samgeori (3Geori) Butcher at YG Republique Malaysia

6.Samgeori (3Geori) Butcher at YG Republique Malaysia

 

Of course, this inauguration was star studded. The launch of the restaurant was attended by celebrities and prominent stars whom left their signatures on the wall. Which also means that selfie with the wall becomes mandatory from then on. Big Bang’s member Seungri were present and trust me, the place was swamped with fans and securities.

 

I am absolutely in love with the Iberico pork belly and am definitely returning again for a proper dine and taste. Stay tuned to the proper review in the near future. Also, if you are directed to this page to see pics of your favourite celebrity, they were highly protected by tight securities I hardly catch a glimpse at all. Sorry.

 

8.Samgeori (3Geori) Butcher at YG Republique Malaysia
9.Samgeori (3Geori) Butcher at YG Republique Malaysia

 

Click here to also read YG Republique K-Pub review

 

Samgeori Butcher’s Pork Charcuterie at YG Republique is located at:
HG-01 & HG-02 Hive, TREC,
438, Jalan Tun Razak,
Kuala Lumpur.
opening hours | Lunch 12pm – 3pm; dinner 6pm – 2am
Tel: 03-2110 4104
Website: http://www.ygrepublique.com.my/

 

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Usher in this coming Chinese New Year with Julie’s “What’s Your Love Letter?” Campaign

 

With the Chinese New Year (CNY) around the corner, Julie’s Love Letter is celebrating the festive with joy and love with a sincere taste of love and beautiful memories. In conjunction with the festive and with the “Spread Your Joy; Share Your Love”campaign, Julie’s encourages everyone to send their warmest regards to the people they care about and fill the air with love and warmth this festive season. Once a year, we take the opportunity to buy gifts for our love ones and no matter what, it is always the good thought and well wishes that is often the most valuable.

 

2.Julie’s “What’s Your Love Letter” Campaign
8.Julie’s “What’s Your Love Letter” Campaign

 

To share the blessings and joyful thoughts to usher the 2018 CNY, Julie’s launched a specially designed package with a fortune pouch(‘Fudai’) along with our 700gram Julie’s Love Letters and inside the Fudai, is a Love Note for you to write down your blessings and thank you notes for your friends and relatives. In the Chinese tradition, every household will adorn their homes with the word ”福”(fu, blessing) during the Chinese New Year in hope to bring the best blessings to their families. This year, Julie’s will let you bring home their blessings, and at the same time delivering 24K Gold Fortune Pouch Charm bracelet to the top 50 most touching messages when you participate in the “What’s Your Love Letter?” Contest. All you have to do is to purchase two tins 700gram Julie’s Love Letters from Jan 8 to Feb 11, 2018, and write down your love message within 20 words on the Love Note. Fill in your personal details, attach the receipt from your purchase and participate by dropping your contest form inside the giant Julie’s Fudai at Julie’s promotional block or post it to Julie’s mailbox. 10 lucky winners will be selected weekly.

 

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5.Julie’s “What’s Your Love Letter” Campaign
6.Julie’s “What’s Your Love Letter” Campaign

 

The inaugural ceremony took place at Sunway Velocity with Julie’s Malaysia Senior National Sales Manager Mr. Dennis Swee Jing Wei emphasizing on the importance to deliver our well wishes in words. And what is a better time than now? Well said. Looks like it’s time to stop mass sending your festive wishes in GIF files to all your contacts. For once, write your feelings and send them over with Julie’s love letter.

 

3.Julie’s “What’s Your Love Letter” Campaign
7.Julie’s “What’s Your Love Letter” Campaign

 

Julie’s Love Letters is a brand name of more than 30 years. They are made with hi-technology processes that emphasize on hygiene and nutrition. All ingredients used are healthy and natural, without additives, free from trans-fat and cholesterol, with the ISO and HACCP standards and strict management. And to thank the public for their strong support over the years, Julie’s will travel around Malaysia to deliver our blessings to all. Julie’s “What’s Your Love Letter?” 2018 Chinese New Year Roadshow will be held from Jan 19 to 21, Jan 26 to 28, and Feb 2 to 4 respectively in Selangor, Penang, Ipoh, Johor, Kedah, Pahang and Melaka.

 

Julie's Roadshow 2018

 

The first 188 customers who purchased 2 tins 700gram Julie’s Love Letters at 11 am every Saturday during the roadshow will receive a free 400gram Julie’s Love Letters and a limited edition “Fudai” woven bag! On first come first served basis, while stocks last. For more details, please visit Julie’s Biscuits Facebook page at www.facebook.com/JuliesBiscuits.

 

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