The Dragon Boat Festival, also known as Rice Dumpling Festival, falls on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month. It is an important festival observed in Chinese culture. The dumplings, made of glutinous rice and wrapped in lotus or bamboo leaves come with various fillings, mainly vegetarian or with meat. InterContinental Kuala Lumpur’s chang are handmade with Chef Lo Tian Sion’s secret recipe, using premier ingredients. The Hong Kong ‘Guo Zheng Zong’ Monk-Jump-Over dumpling has a traditional taste, stuffed with dried scallops, mushrooms and other fresh ingredients. The Triangle ‘Khek’ dumpling with Pumpkin and Black Beans are suitable for vegetarians. For something different and unique, ‘Kwai Far’ Dumpling with Imo and Vanilla Ice Cream is a must try. The Trio Flavoured Mini Dumpling appeals to children as it is filled with kaya, Japanese red bean and coconut brown sugar. The dumplings are available until June 7 at Toh Lee Chinese Restaurant. Priced from RM12++, they are available for eat-in and take away. For reservations, call 03-2782 6128.
Wild mushrooms galore
Wild mushrooms takes centre-stage at Tosca Italian restaurant at DoubleTree by Hilton, Kuala Lumpur. The Wild Mushrooms Extravaganza will run until June 30. Paying homage to some six variants; these less glamorous fungi are prepared in the most exquisite manner, courtesy of executive sous chef Eric Siew. From button to portobello to chestnut mushrooms, it’s a mushroom treat at Tosca. Diners can tuck into Baked Stuff Portobello Mushrooms, Marinated Mixed Wild Mushrooms and Chestnut Mushroom Arancini. The appetizers range from RM 32++ to RM 36++. The main course, priced from RM38++ to RM 65++, offers Fettucine with Portobello, Pizza Boscaiola, Grilled Goldburn rib eye with Pied de Mouton mushrooms, Shredded Lamb Shank and Trumpet Mushroom among others. For reservations, call 03-2172 7272.
India food galore
Essence at Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur Hotel will be featuring Indian chef Rajendra Negi from Mumbai, India until the end of June. Start your euphoric journey with sharp zesty and crunchy salad Hare Moong Ka, home-made pickle with lime or sweet and sour mango. Tempt your taste buds with the rich aroma of Chicken Shorba, a special Indian broth. Savour the infusion of pizzazz and texture with Dum Ka Murgh (Spicy Chicken simmered in a Grounded Cashew Nuts Paste), Prawn Koliwada (Deep Fried with Spicy Masala flavour) and Goan Macchi Curry (Indian Goan style Fish Curry) on your briyani rice. Then treat your palate to the calming effect of Gajar Ka Halwa (carrot cooked in cardamom-flavoured milk) and Kulfi, a unique ice-cream made with condensed milk, flavoured with cardamom and sprinkled with toppings of chopped almonds and pistachios. This June promotion is only be available for dinner. Dinner starts from 6.30pm to 10.30pm and is priced at RM98++ per person and RM128++ per person (inclusive of wines). For reservations, call 03-27179900 ext 6933 or email at email@example.com.
CHINA WOK, A3-G1-3A, Solaris Dutamas (Mont Kiara),1 Jalan Dutamas, KL (Tel:03-6207 9598). Business Hrs: Daily, 11am-9pm. Non-Halal. Homemade delicious recipes including Fish Head Noodles, Charcoal Roasted Duck & Char Siew, Award Winning Chicken Rice, Curry Fish Head and Claypot LaLa Pepper Soup.
SOUTH SEA SEAFOOD RESTAURANT, 229, Jalan Dua A, Kampung Baru Subang, Selangor. (Tel: 03-7846 1401/03-7846 5813) Business Hrs: 11am to 11pm, daily. The restaurant boasts exotic seafood like geoduck, Australian lobster, estuary tiger garoupa, Sri Lankan crab, Japanese escargot, fresh abalone, mantis prawn and Empurau fish.
GREEN GREEN ORGANIC KITCHEN, 40-4, Jalan Metro Pudu, Fraser Business Park, off Jalan Yew, Kuala Lumpur. (Tel: 03-9221 0133) Business Hrs: Daily, 12pm-10pm. Closed on Mondays. The chef here is a nutritionist and dietician and knows exactly what he’s talking about. Look out for Nasi Ulam, Hakka Chicken Chop, Home Made Dumplings, Nasi Lemak and Rojak at this organic restaurant.
MARCHE, The Curve, Lot G87, Ground Floor, Mutiara Damansara, Petaling Jaya. (Tel: 03-7727 8461). Business Hrs: 11am-11pm, daily. Offers diners a true-to-life Swiss dining experience. Among the items to look forward to are deep-fried calamari, prawns and vegetables, featuring Marche’s very own unique batter recipe as well as crisp salads, tasty rösti and drinking freshly-pressed juices.
SENTIDOS TAPAS, Feast Village, Starhill Gallery, 181 Jalan Bukit Bintang, KL (Tel: 03-2145 3385). Business Hrs: Daily, noon-1am. Pork-free. Offers a relaxed atmosphere with a tantalising selection of hot and cold tapas. There is an extensive wine list and a range of imported beers.
LA COCINA & COPA DE VINO, 38 USJ 9/5P, UEP Subang Jaya (Tel: 03-8023 2395). Business Hrs: Mon-Sun, lunch – 11am-3pm; dinner, 6pm-midnight. Bar, Mon-Sat, 5pm-1am. Halal. Indulge in a variety of authentic Spanish food in a comfortable and romantic environment. There is a wide selection of wines from Spain and all over the world. Salsa dance performances are on every Friday night.
HOMST RESTAURANT, 48, Persiaran Zaaba, Taman Tun Dr Ismail. (03-7728 0760) Business Hrs: 11am to 10pm daily. 4.30pm to 10.30pm, Fridays. A family styled Chinese Muslim restaurant that is known for its sumptuous Malaysian-Chinese fare. Popular dishes include Butter Prawn, Black Pepper Beef, Wet Butter Chicken, Cantonese Kuey Teow, Hokkien Mee, Sambal Prawn Petai and various other dishes.
JOGOYA, T3, Relish Floor, Starhill Gallery, 181 Jalan Bukit Bintang, KL (Tel: 03-2142 1268). Business Hrs: Daily, 11am-midnight. A Taiwanese chain specialising in brunch, lunch, dinner and supper buffets, priced at RM78++ and RM88++ with a wide spread of seafood, Japanese, Western, Chinese and Indian dishes.
TAPPERS CAFFE, 5-G, Block D, Palm Square, Jaya One, 72A, Jalan Universiti, Petaling Jaya. (Tel: 03-7958 3198, 03-2241 2963 – Bangsar South). Business hours: Mon to Fri, 8am -10pm; 10am – 10pm (weekends & public holidays). Pork-free. Dishes here are affordably priced and caters to all walks of life. Chicken Parmigiana, Spaghetti Carbonara with Chicken Bacon and Mushrooms, Hainanese Chicken Chop, Sweet and Sour Fish Rice and Tappers Baked Soya Chicken Rice are some of the favourites.
RESTORAN ZENITH, Block B, 3-LG-1, Megan Corporate Park, Taman Desa Petaling, KL (Tel: 03-9056 3668). Business Hrs: Mon-Sat, 10.30am-10pm, Saturday, 11am-10.30pm. Halal. Menu consists of mainly Chinese dishes, ranging from conventional fried noodles to creative nouveau cuisine. Includes a few Malay and Western specialities.
GONBEI, T2, Relish Floor, Starhill Gallery, 181 Jalan Bukit Bintang, KL (Tel: 03-2782 3801). Business Hrs: Daily, noon-3pm, 6.30-11pm. Halal. Uniquely Japanese, food, design and ambience-wise. It has a sushi, sashimi, teppanyaki, robatayaki and tempura display cooking islands. Reputed to have the biggest collection of premium sake.
THE SHIP JALAN SULTAN ISMAIL, 40-1 & 40-2 Jalan Sultan Ismail, KL (Tel: 03-2141 8805) Business Hrs: Sun-Thurs, noon to midnight. Friday & Saturday, closes at 1pm. Still a hit among locals and foreigners. Serves escargots, Chinatown Shark’s Fin with Crabmeat, steaks in 18 different styles. Wait staff dress according to rank of sailors on a ship.
TONY ROMA’S, LL1.43, Lower Level One, Sunway Pyramid Shopping Mall, Jalan PJS 11/15, Bandar Sunway, PJ (Tel: 03-7492 1188). Business Hrs: Daily, 11am-11pm. The people at Tony Roma’s are passionate about their food, adhering to standards set by the Orlando training centre. Expect hefty portions and enjoy the selection of margaritas, wines, martinis and liqueur coffees.
THE SULTANI RESTAURANT, Level 5, Hotel Flamingo, Tasik Ampang, Jalan Hulu Kelang, Ampang. (Tel : 03-4251 7360 or 012-2959060) Business Hrs: 11am to 11.45pm, daily. The Sultani is a fine dining restaurant serving Royal Mughali and Iranian cuisine. Taste the rich food filled with exotic spices served with the style and splendour of these old Kingdoms. Our specialties include Butter Chicken, Palak Paneer and Rani Akhbari. The famous Iranian cuisine here are Joojeh Kebab and Koobidah Kebab. You can enjoy the food of royalty with the view of the lake or within the Arabian tent decor.
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