Tonkatsu Anzu @ 4F The Table, Isetan the Japan Store

If you're looking for a new and authentic tonkatsu experience, look no further as Tonkatsu Anzu has set up its shop @ 4F The Table, Isetan The Japan Store in Kuala Lumpur. Anzu is a brand associated from the Fukuoka region in Japan, specialising in all things tonkatsu (Japanese deep-fried pork fillet). Known for its quality, they only use carefully selected premium Sangen pork belly that is aged for 7 days, breaded and cooked at an extreme temperature of 160 degrees Celsius. This results in a perfectly crunchy outer layer while still being moist and juicy on the inside. Chawanmushi (RM14) Japanese classic omelet (RM16) Before we indulged ourselves in their specialty tonkatsu dishes, we pique

Qunci Villas, Lombok, Indonesia

Qunci Villas is a beachfront, boutique hotel that is perfect for couples. It is a quiet and relaxing resort that boasts three infinity pools and direct access to the pristine Senggigi Beach. The grounds and villas are a delightful mix of modern art and traditional Indonesian architecture. And while walking on the hotel grounds, you will be greeted by friendly staff with a smile and a 'hello'. I had such an incredible stay at Qunci Villas, so I just had to share my experience. First of all, we chose Qunci Villas because we wanted a quiet, relaxing getaway. We didn't fancy a hotel that had an active nightlife, we just wanted a nice beach and hotel we could spend our four days - and Qunci Villa

Catering for functions at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, KL

Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre has always been a prime location to host many corporate events or exhibitions. However, what many of us may not know is that they also boast a full-fledged kitchen to cater for functions! The venue was impressive and very elegant. We were thus excited to sample their new 8 course Chinese menu which comprises: Five Happiness Combination Platter Seafood Chowder with Silken Beancurd and Enoki Mushroom Roasted Sesame Chicken with Five Spice Salt Deep-fried Fish Fillet with Tumeric and Ginger Sauce Portuguese Style Stir Fried Prawn with Shrimp Paste enhanced with curry spice Kum Heong style Braised San Ken Beancurd Dumpling with Bailing mushroom and broccoli florets

Shima, Goodwood Park Hotel

I first found out about kaiseki watching Chef’s Table on Netflix so I was thrilled when I got the chance to experience it at Shima. The menu was curated by Chef Hoshiba Fumihiko, who has 40 years of culinary experience and often regarded as one of the best kaiseki chefs in Hokkaido. Kaiseki is a traditional multi-course Japanese meal that dates back centuries. Modern incarnation draws from several traditional Japanese haute cuisine, focusing on creating balance in taste, texture, appearance as well as colours with fresh seasonal and local ingredients, then intricately garnished to enhance the appearance and seasonal theme of the meal. Zensai We started with one of the most simple yet detaile

Soul food in Seoul and Jeju at The Shilla

As temperatures cool down, warm up to a selection of special seasonal menus at The Shilla Seoul and The Shilla Jeju. Showcasing the freshest fall ingredients across various dining outlets, guests can indulge in the heartwarming flavors of this season. Following renowned French pâtissier Philippe Contincini’s visit this month, The Shilla Seoul will welcome Chef Christian Le Squer from three Michelin-starred Le Cinq in Paris. Epicureans can look forward to the Parisian Gastronomical Experience menu blending classic French cooking techniques with modern flavours, enhanced by a decadent wine pairing. The six-course lunch features a Tomato Tartare with Sorrel Frosted with Traditional Condiments,

Ante’s 2017 Menu Revamp, One Utama & Publika

As long as Ante has been open, it has been one of my favourite restaurants - a praise I bestow upon few establishments. Over the years, there have been a few revisions to the menu. In October 2017 came a new round of dishes in their expansive menu. Some dishes were intriguing, some completely took my breath away. One of the major changes to the menu is that Ante now has a whole new set of side dishes to accompany their superstars - the pork steaks. Here are some of the highlights from the new menu, from starters to desserts: For salads, I was pleasantly surprised to see a total revamp. Out of the three new salads, my favourite is the watermelon and pickled radish salad (RM15), which is a lig

Manmaru, Atria Shopping Gallery

Calling all Japanese food lovers! I’ve got just the place for you. Manmaru in Atria Shopping Gallery has just recently revamped their menu in September, introducing new and exciting dishes that are also quite affordable! We started off with the cold dishes prepared by Chef Steve Lim (Head Chef of Manmaru Atria). The 7 Type Sashimi Platter (RM150) was an absolute masterpiece. Sure enough, it’s taste did not disappoint either. The entire platter was so fresh, it almost tasted like it was straight out of the ocean! My favorite item was the Sweet Prawns. Having never tried them before, I was shocked to find that it was named in a LITERAL sense. After setting such an impossible bar with the first

Greenhost Boutique Hotel, Yogyakarta

Nowadays, when we search for hotels to stay in, while price does play a small part of our criteria, we also look at many other aspects like location, accessibility, Instagram-worthiness and to a certain extent, sustainability. Hotels have long been laden with wastage. But this is something Greenhost Boutique Hotel hopes to change. It hopes to lessen its waste and encourage healthy, sustainable practices through its establishment. From what we’ve seen so far, it has. The first thing you’ll notice upon entering is the sheer amount of green that grows in here, giving the otherwise concrete grey walls a splash of colour and nature. The hotel is also built to allow in plenty of natural sunlight a

d'Good Cafe, Ngee Ann City, Orchard Rd

I’ve always had trouble finding good and affordable food in malls. That’s why when I chanced upon d’Good Café, I was relieved that I finally had a go-to place for when I’m feeling peckish after some retail therapy. Decked in very British-esque deco, you’d immediately forget that you’re dining in a mall. There are several interesting things about d’Good Café. One of which is that it does not only serve as a restaurant, but also an academy for those of you looking to be a coffee expert. Upon graduation, an international certification will be awarded. I know that coffee is “all the rage” right now in Singapore, but there’s also an art to learning about tea. And you can do that right here at d’G

Greendot, Paya Lebar Square

I've always adored Greendot and their direction of bringing healthy, yet tasty vegetarian food to the table, which is usually a challenge considering they do not add any MSG or artificial preservatives to their dishes. As a person who loves his meat, it was also a challenge for myself to try these meat free dishes and actually enjoying them. I had the Herbal Lion's Mane Mushroom ($7.90) and man, I could not stop popping piece after piece in my mouth. The whole texture, consistency and flavour resembles beef which makes myself as a meat love completely hooked to this dish even though it was really just mushrooms. After that I tried their Crisp-fried Sweet & Sour Soya Nuggets ($7.90). Drenched

Mrs Who, Johor Bahru

Mrs Who has easily become one of our favourite joints when we’re in JB for its clean aesthetics, really well streamlined menu and top quality food. The owner apologised for the lack of variety in the menu, but if anything, we find this to be one of our favourite things about the place. Minimalist is the theme here across the board, hosting earthy greens and plenty of wood. You’ll feel right at home here as staff are friendly and the entire place exudes a welcoming vibe. Mrs Who is a great place to head to on a sunny afternoon to unwind from the heat and humidity. Try a refreshing cooler like the mint lychee lime, a favourite of ours. The lychee and lime combination is always pleasant, especi

Sundaydotruck @ BHP Taman Melawati

On a rainy Tuesday night, a group of food trucks light up the carpark behind BHP and Caltex at Taman Melawati. Faris, the co-owner of Sundaydotruck greets us while his staff are busy setting up and getting ready for service. Sundaydotruck is a family business started by Lina who is Faris' (far right) sister. She experimented with different flavours and textures in her home before venturing out into the foodtruck business. We got to try 6 different flavours that evening and boy, were we excited. We started with the Victoria Sandwich (RM13), layered with a rich butter cake with strawberry compote in the middle. The meringue buttercream layering the cake was not overpowering, infact it was quit

Jambuluwuk Malioboro, Yogyakarta

One of our very last stops in Yogyakarta was the famous shopping street, Malioboro. No trip to Yogyakarta is complete without at least stepping foot once onto the bustling, chaotic street where vendors peddle their mass produced goods with a smile. I love shopping in Indonesia because the people are much friendlier to deal with than the locals back home. Before our last night in Yogyakarta, we had been shying away from this district, often finding ourselves off the beaten path at a nature site of some sort. But when we checked into Jambuluwuk Malioboro Hotel, we simply couldn’t resist heading to Malioboro Street and indulging in some shopping. (We mostly bought Indomie and some batik goods,

Diana Chan’s Homecoming Celebration of a Lifetime, MasterChef Australia Season 9 Winner.

National culinary hero, Diana Chan returned for a triumphant homecoming to Malaysia for the first time winning the title of MasterChef Australia Season 9. It was an epic moment, making our country proud. Photo Credit: Lifetime Asia Sharing her triumphant win, Diana returned home to meet her fans in Kuala Lumpur at her homecoming celebration recently. The South Court of Mid Valley, Megamall was filled with a sea of people from all different age groups, waiting in anticipation for Diana to take the stage. Diana started her demo with a Malaysian inspired pesto prawns with pasta. She has such a warm and friendly personality, constantly engaging with the crowd. She was inspired by the classic Ita

Plataran Heritage Borobudur Hotel: The Perfect Honeymoon Hotel

When you decide to marry the person you're going to spend the rest of your life with, it's a huge decision. One that shouldn't be taken lightly. It's also one that comes with a lot of happiness and certainty. With equal happiness and certainty, you sign the papers and sail off into the sunset. Or fly off to your honeymoon. For me, things were a little less conventional. I've never been a very conventional person to begin with - I always danced to my own tune. My marriage seemed to dance to its own tune too... we had intended to fly to Yogyakarta for an anniversary trip, our first anniversary as boyfriend/girlfriend. But before we could even hit our 9th month, we got engaged and married short

The Mockingbird, Damansara City Mall

Sitting down at The Mockingbird, you are momentarily transported to a beach oasis in the Hamptons. With the cool beachy woven lamps, fairy lights strung across the ceiling, stylish rattan chairs, wooden swings, and the pop of green from the tropical leaves that are printed on the pillows and walls - you almost feel like you're on holiday. Paired with an ice cold fruity mocktail, and smooth sultry music playing in the background, you are in paradise! Not only does The Mockingbird have beautiful decor that is totally Instagram-able, their food is also healthy, hearty and delicious! The Mockingbird serves all-day breakfast as well as more filling meals that are suitable for lunch or dinner. For

Fry Pan Shokudo, Japan Foods Garden

Fry Pan Shokudo is the latest eatery to join the enclave of Japanese food options in Isetan Scotts' Food Republic. Its affordable prices and delectable katsu makes this an excellent option to consider. Katsus aren’t usually my first pick if I’m ever having Japanese. When a katsu is too oily, or has a strong taste of reused oil, it gets cloy and ruins the meal for me. What’s wonderful about Fry Pan Shokudo is that they use fresh vegetable oil. The result is an almost oil free taste that doesn’t feel heavy halfway through your meal. However, it could a little dry, as the dishes are not soaked in oil. But this is easily remedied with their tendon, tonkatsu and soya sauces available. If you can’

Dusun Jogja Village Inn, Yogyakarta

When I was doing research on beautiful hotels in Yogyakarta, Dusun Jogja Village Inn was one of the top results. We were looking for a place that was close to the action but still quiet enough that we could enjoy a romantic getaway. In fact, I’d start off by saying this is a great hotel for couples to enjoy a retreat. One of my favourite features here at Dusun Jogja Village Inn is definitely the pool. If it’s your first time coming to Yogyakarta, you’ll know that it’s incredibly cooling during some months of the year. It’s hard to predict which months, the locals told us, because when we went in August, it was supposed to be hot season. But the temperature everyday hovered between 21 to 26 d

KARA Cafe and Dessert Bar, Bukit Timah

Venturing off away from the restaurants we frequent around town and the CBD area, we found this quaint café by Bukit Timah, just a short walk away from Tan Kah Kee MRT station. As this place isn’t far from Ngee Ann Poly and SIM, you can spot students here with their laptops furiously typing away trying to finish up their assignments. KARA is quite the student-friendly café, with wifi and power sockets provided at almost every table, so your laptop will always stay connected and powered up. With the cute interior, I wish that there was a place like this back when I was still studying! And since KARA is a café brought to you by frozen yogurt brand, Sogurt, you’d find the frozen yogurt counter

Comida Mexicana, East Coast Rd

I would be a liar if I said I have always enjoyed Mexican food - for the longest time that combination of herbs, beans, and spices was viewed as strange and 'to-avoid' for someone with a more traditionally-Asian palate like myself. But after living in California for three years, that viewpoint shifted rather dramatically. I grew to love the unique, flavourful explosion of sweet and savoury that is very core of Mexican cuisine. In search of a great Mexican restaurant to indulge in in Singapore, I was very exited to head to Comida Mexicana with my colleague, Danny. Towards the East, a little ways away from the Eunos MRT station stood this 40-some seater restaurant. A nice mix of modern and h