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Bar Patua @ MGM Cotai, Macao (Macau)

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Macao does casinos and entertainment like no other city. The glam and bling of luminescence and iridescent glow at every single corner reflects the class and hospitality Macao has come to represent. At MGM, the lustrous warren of comfy nooks for wooing, with an elegant even though not as imposing bar to sit at if you like some bartender chat with your drinks- there’s history and storytelling for the tasting notes on what’s offered behind the bar, which might not arouse much interest in wine or beer drinker, but is quite handy for whisky or gin lover.

Serving their signature Portuguese inspired cocktail tonight, the folks behind the bar are all practiced professionals; personable, knowledgeable and looking sharp and handsome in nicely pressed suits. Our mixologist told us quite an interesting story from how Patua Penicillin (MOP 95) came about and how dark rum, scotch, and infusion of lemon, ginger, fresh herbs like rosemary, thyme and dill works their magic as it sits longer before pouring into your drinking glasses. Also serving us a couple of other well- executed drinks like the Bunny Mary (MOP 95), the energy is high in this handsome room filled with sets of modern European.

 




consisting of dark rum, scotch, lemon, ginger, honey syrup, fresh herbs
For those in need of some food, the tapas do the trick. Key to good tapas in my opinion, is all in the combination of skillful cooking and the most convivial of atmospheres if not the sourcing of the finest ingredients; in which Bar Patua absolutely fulfills. They might not strike sourcing of perfect ingredients and very little attention to details when it comes to presentation but combined with the pairing of ethanol compound, it is all good to most people.

<i>Bunny Mary -Vodka, carrot juice, pimento salt , Snack Platter, wings . </i>

Click HERE for Menu : https://static.mgm.mo/book/publish/dining-cotai/bar-patua/menu/2/

One of the MGM Macao lobby with a center piece of a 1.5 mil USD swarovski light

Catch this on one of the #sycookiesxmacao vlog series and watch how much fun we had at this place. Having said that, bear in mind that my drinking buddies are cooler than yours. Hahahaha.

Bar Patua is inside MGM Macao at:
Av. da Nave Desportiva, Macau
<span style=”text-decoration:underline;”><a href=” https://www.mgm.mo/en/cotai/dining/bar-patua “>  https://www.mgm.mo/en/cotai/dining/bar-patua </a> </span>
Tel: (853) 8806 2398
Opening hours: 3pm – 1am daily
GPS: 22.1465991,113.5680

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Infused with love at Hard Rock Café

 

Infused with love at Hard Rock Café with their limited-edition menu and enjoy freshly prepared American classic favourites at an outstanding world class services with glam of rock and roll. With fine ingredients to create the best of authentic American style food, Hard Rock is always a lively venue offering plenty to keep entertained throughout and after the meal. Vintage posters and iconic music with variety of cocktails only means that there’s always something to relate to whenever visiting any of their branches. I’ve personally went to both Hard Rock Kuala Lumpur and Hard Rock Melaka within this duration of the availability of their limited-edition featured menu.

 

1.HardRock infused with love
Sizzling platters of Tequila and Lime Chicken Fajitas were impressive with chicken nicely cooked, lettuce freshly sliced, and very refreshing sour cream, avocado mashed, and cheese to accompany. The chicken marinated in tequila and lime, then grilled and seasoned with Tex Mex style spices, on a bed of grilled jalapenos and onions was delicious and generous when it comes to portion serving size.

 

2.HardRock infused with love 3.HardRock infused with love

4.HardRock infused with love
Crispy Chicken Sliders was probably the stealer and if anyone knows me well, would know that I am not into battered meat but this one got me eating quite a lot of it; as a matter of fact, I reordered the same at my second visit- it was that good! Beer battered crispy chicken on three toasted slider buns with melted Monterey Jack Cheese and pickled, served with seasoned French fries is probably one of their best featured item and I love the choice of Monterey Jack to be melted in between the sliders. And like the rest of their food serving, this one was generous as well.

 

6.HardRock infused with love 5.HardRock infused with love

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8.HardRock infused with love

9.HardRock infused with love 10.HardRock infused with love

 

Go with a group of friend, have fun with their cocktail and mocktails but most importantly, don’t skip the chicken sliders.

 

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Hard Rock Kuala Lumpur:
Wisma Concorde, Jalan Sultan Ismail,
Kuala Lumpur, 50250
Opens Daily: 11:30am–1:45am
GPS: 3.1555754,101.7054
https://www.hardrock.com/cafes/kuala-lumpur/

 

Hard Rock Melaka:
8, Lorong Hang Jebat, 75200 Melaka
Opens Daily: 11:30am–1am
Phone: 06-292 5188
GPS: 2.1948705,102.2486035
https://www.hardrock.com/cafes/melaka/

 

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Samgeori Butcher’s BBQ @ Trec KL (YG Republique Malaysia)

 

Korean restaurants can be found dotted all over town these days, with most joints offering trendy and fashionable fusion dishes. It is not difficult to settle with one that has a lot of fancy stuffs or variants of popular in-trend flavours- most of which are much promoted by the K-pop culture. Speaking of K-pop, Samgeori Butcher’s 삼거리 푸주간 is probably the only one that serves classic BBQ grilled meats of the best quality. This BBQ grill restaurant was inaugurated and celebrated with Big Bang’s member Seungri at the launch so look out for his signature on the wall when you visit.

 

Review on blog at: https://wp.me/p1tyh7-29k

 

The dining room – like the menu – is most authentic and elegantly comfortable; with impressive space to ensure good ventilation, and warm lighting to set the mood. Prices are not impressively but the meats are crazy delicious. The table-top grill was heated before the meat was added, leading to the gentle charred, with a tender centre and a decent line of buttery fat along one side.

 

Review on blog at: https://wp.me/p1tyh7-29k

Review on blog at: https://wp.me/p1tyh7-29k

 

Together with this meat set : Butcher’s Sampler (RM 210) of four different meat cuts, is a complimentary soup of either kimchi jiggae, dwenjang jiggae, and hot pepper soup. I sampled both kimchi jiggae and dwenjang jiggae and I’ll have to say that the first was satisfying, pleasingly spicy and sour from the well-aged cabbage it contained; and the second was comfortingly containing a generous quantity of deliciously tender shredded beef, the bowl of soup was rich and yummy.

 

Review on blog at: https://wp.me/p1tyh7-29k

 

Don’t expect an entire table filled with pickled vegetables and kimchi because we are looking at aged meat cuts preparing to steal the limelight. Iberico neck, belly, shoulder and abanico is a must for pork lover. But Samgeori Butcher’s 삼거리 푸주간 serves not only premium pork & beef that is crazy delicious because there are other dishes thats really good. The Butchers Pork Fried Rice (RM 25) is lovely with meat and a bright sunny side up. The plump grains were resonant with aged kimchi and sesame oil, I enjoyed it very much.

 

Review on blog at: https://wp.me/p1tyh7-29k

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Review on blog at: https://wp.me/p1tyh7-29k

 

Samgeori Butcher’s isn’t known for its sparkling service, but I found the staff warm and efficient. Requesting to have our meats grilled on behalf of us did not have them slacking and not practising their standard operation professionally. Every meat cut was presented to us prior to grilling. Pancake brought over from K-pub and the squid and pork skin cooked at your table

 

Review on blog at: https://wp.me/p1tyh7-29k

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Samgeori Butcher is located at Trec KL:
HG-01 & HG-02 Hive, TREC, 438, Jalan Tun Razak,
50400 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Tel: 03-2110 4104
http://www.ygrepublique.com.my/3geori-butchers.html

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/YGREPUBLIQUEKL/
12pm-3pm (Lunch) / 6pm-2am (Dinner)
GPS: 3.14075,101.72099

 

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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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Lockers and loft at Damansara Kim (2018 New menu)

 

For a place with such good reputation for its food and cocktails, and entering celebrating its second anniversary, the Locker and Loft is refreshingly cosy: classy furniture, neat tableware, and a handsome bar counter lined with whiskies, ales, beers, cocktails and a good list of wine varietal. It has a hidden entrance but upon entering is a calm and cool place to eat and drink. Especially with their newest menu specially crafted for the cleaner taste profile. I was privileged to sample some of their newest cocktails and boy I love them less sweet and more refreshing than ever! That we are looking at bubbly remix of carbonated fresh coconut water with real coconut and the mild sweetness from the aromatic pandan leave especially when it gets close to your nose whilst bring it close to sip. K Rock! (RM 25)maybe lower and calorie but that really isn’t a bad thing. Because that means some more calorie quota for the CNY 2018 special- Babi Lu Mary (RM 40). One that has bakwa infused tequila, and some bold addition of with tomato juice, lemon juice, brown sugar, Lea & Perrins, Tobasco, salt, pepper & olive brine. Not forgetting the Blueberry milkshakes (RM 34)and The King (RM 38). The first really got me frenzy and while the later might be a crowd pleaser, durian really isn’t my thing. But dear durian fans, you are going to be drinking a controversial natural durian cocktail with vodka, Baileys, hazelnut liqueur, vanilla ice cream, almond syrup and cinnamon powder. (At this point, I realised that I’ve subconsciously held my breath as I described it.)

 

Of course there are some that I really enjoyed- all Tea Garden, LC 1 (RM 32) and Kopi Ice (RM 35) were all super easy to drink. I’ve always dislike eggwhite in cocktail but I do not dislike this, probably because of the floral hints from lavender. Despite looking ordinary, I am putting LC1 and Kopi ice as a strong contender for one of the tastiest cocktail for the night.

 

1.Lockers and loft at Damansara Kim (2018 New menu)
2.Lockers and loft at Damansara Kim (2018 New menu)
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6.Lockers and loft at Damansara Kim (2018 New menu)

 

Their focus is on making both diners and drinkers feel happy and comfortable. Apart from their list of new cocktails, there’s new shot glasses made of ice and clients can now order the cocktail- catering service for a pop-up bar at private occasions. This one is real intriguing. But moving to the new food menu, it is a symphony of fantastic flavours we are all somewhat familiar with.

 

From delicious bites like Malacca Style Roti (RM 16), Salted Egg Prawn Cocktail (RM 23), and Varuval Quesadilla with Pineapple Chutney (RM 23), to succulent meat dishes like the Hainanese Chilli Chicken Wings (RM 25) and Peanut sauce Pork ribs (RM 26), you’ll never suffer regular pub grubs to accompany your alcohol. Malacca style roti really reminded me of Melaka roti john and that really is something I fancy. That quesadilla is one innovative complement to the pineapple chutney.

 

7.Lockers and loft at Damansara Kim (2018 New menu)

8.Lockers and loft at Damansara Kim (2018 New menu)

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Kitchen also apparently excel in seafood preparations. Seabass Fish Fingers (RM 21) cooked with precision, came crunchy on the outside and breaded nicely without falling apart.

 

12.Lockers and loft at Damansara Kim (2018 New menu)

 

Mains are hearty, as well as glorious when you get pasta loaded with big flakes of sardine as well one with so big cuts of bacon bits. I like both the Chili Padi Sardine Bacon Pasta (RM27) and Pasta Masak Lemak with Bacon Bits (RM26) especially when the pasta are cooked perfect to my liking- al dente that is.

 

13.Lockers and loft at Damansara Kim (2018 New menu)

14.Lockers and loft at Damansara Kim (2018 New menu)

 

It’s a pleasure to pair and enjoy alcohol with quirky selection of food because the food at Locker and Loft is clearly presented by someone who cares about flavour. Not every dish was a knockout but where there were failings it was down to being over generous rather than unskilled; sardine and bacon maybe a little too much in ratio to the pasta resulting a slight overpowering of salty but most of the menu offers satisfying, moreish, somewhat complex dishes, the kind you always want from dining experience and so rarely get. Yup, I tried the Mini sliders consisting of 3 different patties and I enjoyed it very much.

 

15.Lockers and loft at Damansara Kim (2018 New menu)

 

Cempedak Goreng with Vanilla Ice Cream (RM16) wasn’t the greatest, but it’s something I would order again on my next visit. And yes, revisiting is most likely happening. I love cempedak still wrapping the seed and they are serving this seedless. But hey, it’s about how much you love fried cempedak and how this one is so perfectly pairing with the scoop of ice cream it combines to become a dessert that is absolutely delicious.

 

16.Lockers and loft at Damansara Kim (2018 New menu)

17.Lockers and loft at Damansara Kim (2018 New menu)

 

The Locker and Loft isn’t a place where tables brushed and every detail seen to by the serving crew but it is super chill place eat, drink and have plenty of fun enjoying everything they have to offer. Among its upcoming events are KL Rum Fiesta, GT Week, KL Amateur Bartender Challenge, The Shooter Week, Do The Classics and Sangria Sessions. There are also other regularly-scheduled events like Shake N Take (make your own cocktails every Thursday), BBQ Sunday, Sake Sundays and Dames Night. So make sure to follow their updates on their page. There is so much fun factor coming from the folks of this establishment.

 

Locker and loft is located at:
40A Jalan SS20/10
Damansara Kim
47400 Petaling Jaya
Tel: 03-7496-7222
Business Hour: Tues- Sat : 5pm- 1am, Sunday : 12:30pm-1am, Monday Closed
Facebook: https://web.facebook.com/lockerandloft
Tel: 03-7496 7222
GPS: 3.135152,101.629063

 

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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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Malas Tapas Bar @ Nexus Bangsar South

MALas Tapas Bar @ Nexus Bangsar Sosuth

 

Malas- supposedly spelled as Malaysian Tapas but makes a lousy portmanteau when named Malas. If it isn’t obvious enough that it actually meant lazy in bahasa, well then one could easily identify that and see it in their operating staffs because they are definitely living up to the name of this place for sure. The service crew seriously need a massive encouragement (when we are the only customer) to get them paying more attention to the customers; let alone requesting them to walk over to our table. Dainty choices are there on the menu to spoilt the customers but if Malas were to be judged solely on this alone, it would be a breakthrough for local flavour for sure. Though very unfortunately, the rest of the dining experience left it a few pegs short.

 

1.Malas Tapas Bar @ Nexus Bangsar South

2.Malas Tapas Bar @ Nexus Bangsar South

3.Malas Tapas Bar @ Nexus Bangsar South

4.Malas Tapas Bar @ Nexus Bangsar South

 

To start off, the attractive selections on the menu gets your heart pumping in excitement and when we finally agreed on the few, we were told in a frustrated tone that those weren’t available. And after a few battling rounds to try and remember what they have and what they don’t have in the kitchen, we decided to just settle with whatever it is that’s there. It’s worst because those items are the least exciting but I was determined to give it a go.

 

The first hiccup came when we tackled the Tapas section. They were out of our first few choices (on a Sunday at 5pm?) so went with Curious Popcorn Chicken (RM 10.90). They promise a surprise for we rely on our luck; as it consists of a mix of marinated chicken, asam, sweet and sour, oyster or spicy. Alas, I couldn’t tell what flavour it is that I got on the day. But that wasn’t all that is. The Maggi Goreng (RM 11.90), a Malaysian staple from mamak, had a load of tofu pok, taukua, and vegetables with small chunks of large prawns. While serviceable, it was over seasoned, especially salt.

 

5.Malas Tapas Bar @ Nexus Bangsar South

6.Malas Tapas Bar @ Nexus Bangsar South

7.Malas Tapas Bar @ Nexus Bangsar South

 

Guilt factor mode on alert if you are ordering Salted Egg Sotong (RM 8.90). This deep-fried calamari coated with salted egg is a big no-no, although the flavour of salted egg really shine through the rubbery and tough-to-chew-and-break loops of calamari rings. Definitely tasted like it’s been double (or ever tripped) cooked before coating with the salted egg.

 

8.Malas Tapas Bar @ Nexus Bangsar South

 

Malaysian cuisine has a reputation for having been derived from plenty to coconut and wok heat, with tasty sauces and gravy, and all were represented on the menu, including nasi lemak, char kuey teow, rempah ayam and more. The menu is lengthy, and most diners will find something that appeals. That is if they have them in the kitchen to begin with. Of course, if you are just there for a quick cooling beer or some shaved ice then it the place hosts the perfect vibe.

 

9.Malas Tapas Bar @ Nexus Bangsar South

10.Malas Tapas Bar @ Nexus Bangsar South

 

Malas Tapas Bar is located at Nexus Bangsar South at:
Lot-G13, 7, Jalan Kerinchi,
Pantai Dalam, 59200 Kuala Lumpur
Business Hour: Daily, 12pm-1am.
Phone number 03-2242 0711
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MALasTapasBar/
GPS: 3.1097598,101.666635

 

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