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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

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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 and


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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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.
Tel: +603.2095 8599


Cuca Restaurant is located at:
Jalan Yoga Perkanthi, Jimbaran, Kuta Sel.,
Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80364, Indonesia
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


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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.


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


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Starker Bistro Malaysia (Grand launch)


In Malaysia, we are experiencing scorching heat all year long. In fact, this kind of weather has us yearning delicious quality smooth beer at anytime. Fans of starker beer should en thrilled to know that the first starker bistro is launched in Johor Bahru last week with special treat of famous Taiwanese singer -Lin making a special appearance at the ceremony. Beer lovers and diners alike showed up along with many of A-Lin’s fan and celebrated the night with plenty of Starker beer and delicious dishes that pairs superb with the fresh German beer.


1.Starker Bistro Malaysia (Grand launch)

2.Starker Bistro Malaysia (Grand launch)

3.Starker Bistro Malaysia (Grand launch)


Brewed with rheumatoid finest malts imported from Europe, with a strict 7 days shelf life policy and served straight from the wooden barrel, we are looking at Starker Lager, Starker Dunkel and Starker Aromatic. Of which the later has proven to be the crowd’s favourite for the night with hint of citrus sweet of fresh fruits, and herbal aroma of floral that is unique enough to have earned a bronze for the Asia Beer Awards and Best of Flavour last year.


4.Starker Bistro Malaysia (Grand launch)

6.Starker Bistro Malaysia (Grand launch)


And speaking of awards, Starker Lager earned gold 3 consecutive years starting 2010 at Asia Beer Awards whilst Starker Dunkel swiped gold the following year in Asia category and silver for world category. Plus a bronze and crowned the Best of Dunkel in 2016. These unique brews are priced at RM 32.80 (half pint), RM 57.80 (one pint), RM 218 (2L barrel) and RM 478 (5 L barrel).


5.Starker Bistro Malaysia (Grand launch)


Complementing Starker Fresh Beer, the bistro serves delectable appetisers and mains as well as sweet finishing, inculcating true German beer drinking culture. Signature meat dishes like the Starker Traditional Pork Knuckle (RM 93.80) to share and accompanied with mashed potatoes and authentic Starker beer sauce; as well as the delicious Roasted Pork Belly, and Starter Classic Wings (RM 25.80) to gracefully satisfy the dining experience.


Starker Bistro Malaysia (Grand launch)

7.Starker Bistro Malaysia (Grand launch)

8.Starker Bistro Malaysia (Grand launch)

9.Starker Bistro Malaysia (Grand launch)


If Spanish tapas is on your list of must try, the Gambas on Toasts (RM25.80) is the perfect match. Bringing you back to the streets of La Rambla, Sautéed shrimps with garlic, Spanish style, the one of a kind dish is served with toast on the side.


10.Starker Bistro Malaysia (Grand launch)


Seafood Pizza and Truffle Fries as well as the Sausage Platter or Luncheon Fries also rules the menu to encourage taking more bites even though the stomach holds plenty of meat from earlier. Or, there is also the luscious and creamy soup for the comfort start. And although pub grubs meant to nibble and pair through sips or beers, the night calls for celebration for this grand launch as the music gets louder.


11.Starker Bistro Malaysia (Grand launch)

12.Starker Bistro Malaysia (Grand launch)

15.Starker Bistro Malaysia (Grand launch)

16.Starker Bistro Malaysia (Grand launch)

13.Starker Bistro Malaysia (Grand launch)

14.Starker Bistro Malaysia (Grand launch)


Congratulations to Starker ‘s very first in Malaysia and with the success of this 8th outlet opening from the Starker Group establishment , this European styled setting with its provincial rustic decor featuring wood beam and stone walls have both semi alfresco and indoor conditioning to accommodate 300 diners comfortably. With outlets already serving in Singapore, Malaysia is now serving authentic German style fresh brew for beer connoisseurs at Taman Sutra Johor Bahru.


17.Starker Bistro Malaysia (Grand launch)


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Starker Bistro is located at :
61, Jalan Sutera Tanjung 8/3,
Taman Sutera Utama
81300 Skudai, Johor Bahru, Malaysia
Tel: +607-554 2260
GPS: 1.5155439,103.668370
Business Hours: 3pm- 1am daily.


Also read about SycookiesXJohor for all the food tirp in Johor and Sycookies Food Travelogue when I travel out of Klang Valley for food.


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