The Famiglia, Damansara Uptown

Ever come across an Italian-Western cafe? That’s right, not a restaurant. A cafe. Established just 4 months ago, The Famiglia at Damansara Uptown has a very different ambience compared to your traditional classic Italian restaurants. The modern and intimate setting is perfect to enjoy a chilled-out lunch break, or even a dinner party with friends and family. The first thing that I noticed upon arrival was its simple and minimalist interior. The wooden tables and chairs gives a rustic feel. The overall feeling of the place felt very cosy and welcoming. Our first course was the Soup. We tried both the Borscht soup (top - RM14) and Mushroom soup (bottom - RM16). The Borscht soup was inspired by

Kampung French: An Open Farm Community x Paris Popup collaboration, Minden Road

Open Farm Community is restaurant that revolves around the idea of creating dishes with locally-sourced ingredients. In collaboration with the nomadic collective Paris Pop-up, Kampung French is a three week long takeover that will have you savouring French inspired creations made with ingredients either sourced locally or grown right outside the restaurant. I remember this saying about movie adaptations that somehow relates to these dishes: The key to a successful adaptation is understanding the source material. Whatever you create, no matter how different, will turn out amazing. And that’s exactly what Paris Pop-up did. No fancy caviar or truffle, no lobsters or Wagyu beef, everything y

Thunderbird, Canary Wharf

On the easternmost end of the Giant Robot in Canary Wharf, in a food court called Street Feast, lies the Thunderbird Fried Chicken stand. The brainchild of ex-racer Matt Harris, Thunderbird’s menu is based on his chicken wings that won the 2015 Wing Fest for the best wings in London. The business has since taken off, and exclusively serves wings and fried chicken in multiple forms. The Street Feast food court has an industrial décor yet has a relaxing feel to it. The Thunderbird stand itself is bright and vibrant. There are no unnecessary frills here; Thunderbird’s focus is good wings and fried chicken. First from the menu was Matt’s award winning Chipuffalo wings (10 for £9), with pickled c

Aged Restaurant and Bar, SkyAvenue Genting Highlands

I’m going to start this review by saying that this is easily one of the best Western restaurants I’ve been to in Malaysia this year. Aged Restaurant and Bar at SkyAvenue Genting Highlands has only been open for slightly over a month. Already, it has found its footing at the first floor of SkyAvenue, featuring a classy but casual interior and an overall unpretentious vibe. We started off the meal with a couple of starters - a Caesar salad (RM32 - which sounds more complex than it actually is) and foie gras (RM78). The Caesar salad, which is by far the most intricately prepared Caesar salad I have ever seen. It is generally quite difficult to make a salad look anything but a salad. The chefs a

Christmas Buffet @ The Eatery, Four Points by Sheraton Puchong

A magical blend of enchanting fun and delightful dining awaits you and your loved ones at The Eatery, Four Points by Sheraton Puchong this festive season. Celebrate the holidays throughout December with tantalizing roast and the freshest seafood Puchong has to offer. This is a month-long buffet deal specially catered for the Christmas season with brunch at RM115 nett and dinner at RM140 nett with complimentary glasses of wine and beer. Savour fresh oysters and tiger prawns flown in from the United States, tender bone-in leg of lamb slow-roasted to perfection and tremendous portions of turkey complete with stuffing and orange-cranberry compote. The Eatery offers a multitude of selection inclu

The Clueless Bride: Planning A Wedding Part 1

When I first met my boyfriend/fiancé/husband, we kind of knew we would want to spend the rest of our lives with each other. But neither of us said anything aloud in fear of it being “too soon”. But neither of us are great at keeping our feelings in when it comes to each other anyway. He ended up proposing about 9/10 months after meeting me. We were so happy. We were engaged! We wanted to get a house immediately and due to some legal issues, we decided, let’s just get married. That’s our end goal anyway and eloping seemed like quite a grand idea. And we thought that was that. But life doesn’t work like that. Soon after, everyone started asking us when our wedding would be. To be honest, I’ve

Bonfire Restaurant & Bar @ The Starling Mall, Damansara Uptown

Established in early 2017, Bonfire Restaurant & Bar is a relatively new player in the resto-bar segment that is serving up modern Australian cuisine right in the heart of Klang Valley. They are located at The Starling Mall, the famed new shopping complex in the ever popular and hip Damansara Uptown hotspot area. The idea behind this establishment was conceptualized from the same family behind well-known restaurants in Klang Valley such as Yellow Brick Road @ Batai and the infamous Red Bean Bag Cafe @ Publika. With so many F&B accolades under their belt, rest assured that your dining experience at Bonfire will be well worth your time. Pan de Casa (RM8) The fine people at Bonfire kick started

The Marmalade Pantry, Oasia Downtown

The Marmalade Pantry is introducing new dishes and cupcakes across its outlets at ION Orchard, Oasia Novena and Oasia Downtown. New to the menu are two amazing salads which comes in half or full servings, giving you the option of having it as a starter or main. The Heirloom Tomatoes & Burrata Cheese ($17-half/$24-full) was incredibly appetising yet surprisingly refreshing. I loved every bite I took of the large, juicy and tangy slices of heirloom tomatoes which balanced very well between the smoky arbequina olive oil and the creamy and hearty burrata. The tuna in the Citrus Fruits & Tuna Salad ($17-half/$24-full) took my breath away. Seasoned with Japanese peppers and a special five spice po

IPPUDO, The Star Vista

IPPUDO opened their 10th outlet in Singapore at The Star Vista on the 6th of November. The first ever café-inspired restaurant that serves coffee and café-inspired dishes, including two ramens that are all exclusive to the Star Vista outlet. Making it absolutely worth your time to head to Buona Vista for a visit. Let’s start with one of my favourites, the Lasagna Gyoza ($10). I’ll admit I was sceptical about this dish at first. I mean, where is the pasta? I was happy to be proven wrong, it tasted surprisingly similar to a baked lasagna. The texture of gyoza skin substituted what was meant to be the pasta, and they definitely nailed the tangy tomato base for the dish. If you like lasagnas, de

CHAR, Jalan Besar

Have you ever struggled to find a communal dining place with great ambience that serves Chinese roasts? Enter CHAR, a restaurant that not only offers traditional Chinese roasts with a twist, but also a stellar selection of Cantonese food to pair with. The Passionfruit Prawn Ball ($22) was a choice starter with its crisp deep-fried prawns and creamy passionfruit dressing. The surprise element of passionfruit pearls and red peppers complimented the dish, resulting in a delightfully sweet and tangy appetiser that had me craving for seconds. If you prefer to start off with something soupy, fret not, for their Signature Double Boiled Chicken Soup ($10) is available on the menu! The amazingly robu

Tamu by Santai @ KL Gateway Mall

Looking for places to chill and relax after work? Tamu by Santai offers authentic local Malay food with hints of Thai influences. The interior of the restaurant certainly gives off a warm and a relaxing vibe as you enter the establishment. Iffah, who is the restaurant manager, greeted us with a huge smile on her face, welcoming us into her home. She runs this outlet with her family and it looked like everything was in cruise control. We started off with these refreshing coolers. From left, Lemongrass Lychee, Tamu Madness and Fizzy Bandung (RM12.90 each) And now, down to some of the bites. Here's a good bowl of Laksa Johor (RM14.90). This was one of our favourite dishes and all the ingredient

What's for Christmas at Goodwood Park Hotel

When Singaporeans hear about Goodwood Park Hotel, the first thing that comes to their minds is amazing durian desserts! Goodwood Park Hotel never ceases to come up with indulgent durian treats. The Coffee Lounge is introducing the new Bibik Santan D24 Durian Desert ($13++), which will be available on an ongoing basis for lunch and dinner. The dessert is served in an oh-so-adorable ceramic durian husk, which you can bring home for just $25.50++ (including dessert) or $20 nett (jar only). And for $38 nett, (excluding dessert) you'd even get to take home the ceramic durian husk with Spiky the bear, who's making a comeback! That's not all, since many of you (just like me) are already counting do

The HotPot, Publika

Hotpot, or steamboat, is really one of my favourite things to have. It’s the ultimate comfort food. That’s why when I heard of The HotPot Publika, I had to try it! Disclaimer: It isn’t a buffet hotpot. So leave those expectations at the door. The HotPot is located at a quieter part of Publika (which is actually more accurately known as Solaris Dutamas). If you’re not familiar with the place, it might be hard to find it. But if you’re familiar with the place, it’s really near Namoo on the Park. The first thing to note about The Hotpot is that it is non-halal. So you can get your fix of all the pork you want here with sake pairings! But what I really want to highlight about this place is the s

Cocodash by Cocoraw, Bangsar

When I first heard about Cocodash and Cocoraw, I was excited to give it a try. In summary, Cocodash & Cocoraw produce local artisanal chocolate at affordable prices. Right now, in its only physical store at Cziplee, Telawi Bangsar, Cocodash serves chocolatey drinks to go and quick snacks. Customers can also purchase their amazing chocolate here to take away. Drinks are made fresh for you. The combination of the chocolate, milk and ice (for hotter days) is a winning combination. The iced chocolate is priced at a reasonable RM11. When I dropped by the stall, I got to try the iced chocolate, their homemade brownie (RM6 each) and the Panna Cotta. The iced chocolate was so good - rich but not to

Pizza Plus @ Bandar Seri Permaisuri

Most customers get excited when food items are made fresh from scratch especially when it comes to pizza's and pastas. We were greeted by Syamsul who is the currently the Head Chef of Pizza Plus assisting the co-owners Patrick Varin from Paris and Nyamdorj Bagaajav from Mongolia to run this neighbourhood business. It was a fairly quiet afternoon and we decided to settle for a table indoors. Inside, the setup is simple and minimal and gave off a very relaxing vibe. It was a hot sunny day and we decided to quench our thirst with the fruit cocktail juices (RM8) each, squeezed freshly on the spot. We started with the Cream of Mushroom Soup (RM8.50) this was certainly homemade and delicious. A gr

What to do in Semarang: 9 must-do activities in Semarang

Most travellers wouldn’t have heard of Semarang. Certainly not as a destination. But if you’re looking for something a little different for your year-end trip, this little transit town is a destination worth considering. So we've put together a list of what to do in Semarang in this article. Recently many of my friends have been asking me where they should visit in Southeast Asia. With the weak Ringgit, Thailand has become expensive. Singapore is out of the question. Cambodia and Vietnam use USD for transactions (but these are still affordable options). But one of the most affordable options that’s really close by to Malaysia is Indonesia. Bali is overdone. Jakarta is pretty hectic. Yogyakar

Kabuke, Telok Ayer

Sake lovers, rejoice as Kabuke has one of the largest array of sake I personally have ever seen in Singapore. Even for those of you who aren’t fans of sake, it’s probably because you have not sampled the right ones. It’s not all about alcohol here, kabuki serves up amazing modern Japanese food. So good that I even went back the very next day for more. Here are some that we sampled. Read on to find out my thoughts on each bottle of sake. Let’s take a look at some of the food here first. You wouldn’t want to be drinking on an empty stomach now, would you? Here’s something a little different to start off with. The Shiso Tempura with Hotate Tartare ($15) is best eaten in one full bite (less of a

The Butcher's Table, SS2

The Butcher's Table in SS2 (formerly Mr Ho Fine Food) takes over the old Standing Theory lot and serves up the best porky dishes in town

Nayuta Chocolatasia, ISETAN The Japan Store

The high quality chocolate brand, Nayuta opened its first boutique and cafe in Malaysia in October, in conjunction with the store's 1st Anniversary. The brand name Nayuta means 'Infinite' in Sanskrit. From bean-to-bar to bonbon chocolate, Nayuta is a new chocolate brand using mainly Asia's high quality cacao from selected manufacturing and production sources. The chocolates are made in Malaysia and produced to the highest Japanese standards by means of strict quality control. Its intricate and beautiful packaging is designed by Lisette Sheers. Like the Peranakan culture, which incorporates various cultures to enrich their own, colourful and rich-textured designs have been created by adding c