Luxurious Wagyu beef
Tantalise your taste buds with the premium cut of Wagyu beef at Genji Japanese Restaurant, Hilton Petaling Jaya from April 4 until 29. Genji’s Master Chef Richard-san and his team have skillfully concocted several splendid delicacies from this most sought after beef. For starters, savour the simple yet sumptuous Wagyu Nigiri Sushi, flavourful Grilled Beef and Vegetables with Salt and juicy Wagyu Enoki Negima where the chef pan fries the sliced Wagyu beef and rolls it up with straw mushroom and spring onion. There’s also Wagyu Yakiniku, in which the sliced Wagyu beef is grilled with chef’s special made Yakiniku sauce. The Teppanyaki Wagyu is enjoyable as it is rich in flavour. The promotion is available from noon to 2.30pm and dinner from 6.30pm to 10.30pm, the price of Wagyu dishes ranges from RM70++ to RM380++. For reservations, call 03-7955 9122 extn 4071/2.
A Persian affair
O’Las Indian Restaurant and Seasons Café at Grand Seasons Hotel Kuala Lumpur invite diners to a Persian gastronomical adventure. Be prepared to whet your palate with authentic and delightful Iranian cuisine, available a la carte daily between noon to 11pm. Prices start from RM8++ per selection. Begin your journey with sumptuous appetisers of Shirazi Salad (freshly diced tomatoes, cucumbers and onion mixed with vinegar, lime juice and olive oil), Yogurt Salad (refreshing blend of homemade yogurt with cucumbers and mint leaves), Persian Pickles or tasty Kashk Bademjan (delicious eggplant dip served with fresh hot bread). Sample one of Iran’s national dishes, Ghorme Sabzi Stew, a traditional favourite among the Iranians. The combination of tender lamb, red kidney beans and flavourful fresh seasonal herbs will intrigue your tastebuds. Another must-try famous food is the Lamb Koobide Kebab where succulent, juicy and tender cuts of lamb is grilled to perfection. The promotion is from noon to 3pm for lunch and 7pm to 10.30 pm for dinner. For reservations, call 03-2697 8888 ext. 8819, fax at 03 2694 8822 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
April unveils a lip-smacking cake — Chocolate Moist Cheese Delight. If you love chocolate and cheese, this is the best pick. To prepare this cheesy creation, cream cheese, sugar, eggs, yogurt and lemon juice are required as ingredients. Baked for 45 minutes, this cake is then assembled, spread with some chocolate moist and layered with ganache. There is also a layer of cream cheese, followed by ganache and chocolate moist as the last layer. Finally, coat it with more ganache and chill for a day. It is finished off with fresh strawberries to pretty up the surface. The Chocolate Moist Cheese Delight is a must have this month. It is available throughout the day at RM9.50++ per slice, RM80++ per kg. For orders, call Concorde Hotel Kuala Lumpur’s Melting Pot at 03-2144 2200 ext 2337.
PASSAGE THRU’ INDIA, 235 Jalan Tun Razak, KL (Tel: 03-2145 0366) and a branch in Medan Damansara, KL (Tel: 03-2094 4366). Business Hrs: Lunch (11.30am-3pm); dinner (6:30pm-11pm). Halal. Try the Cocktail Basket of six mini-naan breads with chutneys and condiments, PTI Masala Prawns, Murgh Tikka Butter, Mutton Rogan Ghost, Kashgar Kebab and Navratna Kurma.
BANGSAR SEAFOOD GARDEN RESTAURANT, One Bangsar, 63 Jalan Ara, Bangsar Baru, KL (Tel: 03-2282 2555). Business Hrs: Daily, lunch (noon-2.30pm); dinner (6pm-10.30pm). Halal. Menu lists Nyonya and Malay-influenced dishes with Chinese flavours. The restaurant is equipped with banquet facilities.
TARBUSH RESTAURANT, LG16, Starhill Gallery, Jalan Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur. (Tel: 03-2144 6393). Business Hrs: 10am to 2am, daily. The restaurant serves recipes by managing director Mohyddin Al Halabi. A must try is the Grilled Arayes – minced lamb with vegetables, onions, Tarbush spice, tomatoes and spread on pita bread. There are also sweet delicacies like Mahalabia, Riz Bil Halil and Ma’Moul Bi Fustouq to name a few.
VICTORIA STATION, 11-17 Jalan Setiapuspa, Medan Damansara, KL (Tel: 03-2093 8833) with sister restaurants in Ampang (03-4257 3388), PJ (03-7955 8988) & USJ (03-5637 3388). Business Hrs: Daily (noon-midnight). Halal. Still a popular haunt for steaks. Other offerings are Deep Sea Prawns with Teriyaki Sauce, Charbroiled New Zealand Fillet Steak and Grilled Cajun Salmon.
G-TOWER KL RAKUZEN JAPANESE RESTAURANT, LG 05-06, G Tower, 199, Jalan Tun Razak, KL. (Tel: 03-2145 6200). Business Hrs: Daily, lunch (11.30am-2.30pm); dinner (6pm-10.30pm). Pork-free. Contemporary décor but authentic food. Extensive menu with raw, steamed, grilled and broiled items.
CHARMS CAFÉ, Lot S206, 2nd Floor, Promenade 1 Utama Shopping Centre, Bandar Utama, PJ (Tel: 03-7722 2206). Business Hrs: Daily (10am-9.30pm). Pork-free. The Spicy Gizzie, Rojak, Fried Carrot Cake and Mayo Dip come highly recommended alongside local delights like Lamb Charmer and Charms Laksa.
H&H RESTAURANT, 25, Jalan PJU5/12, Dataran Sunway, Kota Damansara (Tel: 03-6141 8911). Business Hrs: Daily (11.30am – 2.30pm, 5.30pm -10pm). Halal. Available daily for lunch and dinner. Other items are Curry Fish Head, Kapitan Chicken and Assam Fish Head.
DUCKING TYCOON RESTAURANT, Lot 2A-0, 2nd Floor, North Block, Wisma Selangor Dredging, Jalan Ampang, KL. (Tel: 03-2161 9819) Business Hrs: Mon to Sat. (10.30am-3pm, 6pm-10.30pm). Sunday and public holidays (10am-3pm, 6pm-10.30pm). Here diners can relish in Baked Golden Coin Meat, Sauteed Slice Egg and Wok Baked Crab Claw with Butter, Deep Fried Sour Season Duck and many more tempting dishes.
BANGKOK HOUSE, De Palma Inn Shah Alam, Jalan Nelayan 19/15, Persiaran Jubilee Perak, Shah Alam, Section 19. (Tel: 03-5542 8080). Business Hrs: Daily (10am-10pm). Halal. Serves authentic Thai cuisine like Tom Yam Kung, Lamb with Thai Gravy, Mussel in Claypot and Som Tam. Special menus can be designed for parties and special occasions but two days advance notice is needed.
FUNKY VILLA, Lot No.G-03A, G-06 & EG-06, Ground Floor, e@Curve, No 24, Jalan PJU7/3, Mutiara Damansara, PJ. (Tel: 03-7725 2308) Business Hrs: noon to 2am, daily. The restaurant strives to bring the vibrancy of beach parties of Haad Rin and Koh Phangan in its decor as well as its food. Delight in Fishcakes Wrapped in Boiled Egg (RM13), Thai Herb Minced Chicken (RM12), Thai Pomelo Salad (RM15), Tom Yam Gung (RM13), Stir-Fried Squid with Salted Egg Yolk (RM17) and Stir-Fried Beef Basil (RM23) are some popular dishes.
SALOMA THEATRE RESTAURANT, Malaysia Tourism Centre (MTC), 139 Jalan Ampang, KL (Tel: 03-2161 0122). Business Hrs: Daily (11am-11pm); dinner with cultural show (7.30pm-10.30pm). Showtime (8.30pm-9.30pm). Halal. For a touch of filmdom, some dishes have been named after evergreen Malaysian movies. Specials are Air Jando Pulang, Sup Tulang, and Daging Dendeng.
FRANGIPANI RESTAURANT, 25 Changkat Bukit Bintang, KL (Tel: 03-2144 3001). Business Hrs: Restaurant (Tues-Sun, 7.30pm-10.30pm); Bar (Tues-Thurs & Sun, 6pm-1am); (Fri & Sat, 6pm-3am). Pork-free. Fine dining with a contemporary touch. Menu here changes every three months but classics like Warm Tea Smoked Salmon or Pan Roasted Duck Confit are retained.
RESTORAN SERI MELAYU, 1 Jalan Conlay, KL (Tel: 03-2145 1833). Business Hrs: Daily, lunch (noon-3pm); dinner (6.30pm-11pm). Halal. Serves traditional Malay cuisine buffet-style. There is a live cooking station with the Sudut Warisan featuring Malaysian BBQ Special for dinner (6.30pm-10pm) only. The restaurant which exudes Malay rustic charm features live cultural performances between 8.30pm and 9.15pm nightly.
KORYO-WON KOREAN RESTAURANT, Lot 19, West Wing, Crowne Plaza Mutiara Hotel, 2nd Floor, Kompleks Antarabangsa, Jalan Sultan Ismail, KL (Tel: 03-2142 7655/03-2142 4939). Business Hrs: Daily (including public holidays), (noon-2.30pm), (6pm-10.30pm). Serves Korean royal cuisine set menus and Sunday BBQ Buffet Lunch at RM50++ (adult) and RM25++ (child). House specials include Korean popiah, Five Variety Stew and Syabu Syabu.
O’BRIENS, The Curve, Lot G79 Ground Floor, 6 Jalan PJU 7/3, Mutiara Damansara, PJ (Tel: 03-7727 2181). Business Hrs: Daily (9am-9pm). Part of a worldwide chain specialising in Irish sandwiches and gourmet coffees. Features the ‘made-to-order’ concept where customers put-together their own sandwiches.
ECOGREEN ORGANIC CAFÉ, Unit G3, Bangunan Bakti Siti Hasmah, 6 Changkat Abang Haji Openg, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, KL (Tel: 03-7729 2789). Business Hrs: Mon to Sun (11am-6pm). Halal. Serves vegetarian and non-vegetarian fare. No MSG, no artificial preservatives or colouring in the food. The cafe uses only organic and natural ingredients.
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TREATS BAKERY AND CAFE, 2 Jalan Anggerik Vanilla AF 31/AF, Kota Kemuning, Shah Alam (Tel: 03-5122 1378). Business Hrs: Mon to Sunday. (10am-10pm) Halal. Asian and Western items like Koay Teow Soup, Curry Laksa, Grilled Lamb and Roast Chicken. Dine-ins get a 20% discount on cakes including Sultana Cheesecake and Tiramisu.
THE BAKERY UKAY HEIGHTS, 1 Jalan Chong Khoon Lim (off Jalan Kerja Ayer Lama), Ampang Jaya, Ampang, KL (Tel: 03-4260 1606). Business Hrs: Mon-Fri (8am-7pm); Sat (8am-6pm); Sun (8am-2pm). The outlet serves authentic French and European breads and pastries. English breakfast sets and speciality breads are available on Sunday.