TRACE, Element by Westin

To a budding #ecowarrior, the Element brand by Westin is both compelling and extremely attractive. Pursuing this idea of sustainability, this eco-friendly hotel chain seeks to offer not only a comfortable and luxurious stay, but also to leave minimal footprints behind. From their exoskeleton architecture that uses recycled rainwater to feed all the greenery inside and around the hotel, to the package-less amenities in the guest rooms, this sort of environmental accountability

Gajaa @ 8, Bangsar

Indian cuisine is one that is rich, not only in taste, but also in culture. While to many of us in Malaysia, Indian food is Indian food, there exists so many distinctive qualities between Northern and Southern Indian cuisine. We recently tried Gajaa @ 8, which boasts royal Southern Indian food. Gaja, which is elephant, is the defining character of the place. With elephant designs adorning the interior and velvet armchairs as seats, the restaurant gives off a slight upscale vi

Tiff-Inn Night, Grand Millennium Hotel

If you love to explore a variety of authentic and delicious Indian food, Tiff-Inn Night at Grand Millennium Hotel Kuala Lumpur is the place to go. The buffet concept showcases authentic Indian delights that are carefully carefully and expertly created by Grand Millennium's specialty chef Mahkan Singh who hails from New Delhi. Experience a spiced-filled culinary experience that showcase traditional hometown Insian cuisines such as the fish tikka, palak paneer and chicken tawoo

Jamaica Blue @ The Robertson, KL

One of Australia's most successful retail franchise companies, Jamaica Blue is now in newly developed commercial cum residences The Robertson, Kuala Lumpur. Jamaica Blue seeks to deliver truly unique contemporary cafe experience, with exclusive premium products and award-winning coffee. It believes in sourcing the best of ingredients which are fresh and locally-sourced. We started off our brunch here with Jamaica Blue's award-winning signature blend coffee. We had a cup of lo

Nori Sushi @ Fraser Place KL

From the folks who brought you Malai Thai Restaurant, hails a brand new concept that focuses on sushi, with ingredients that are air flown directly from Japan. Upon arriving, I was greeted warmly by the team and was seated at the bar area. The bar has an open kitchen concept, where I could watch how Executive Chef Joe San prepare his beautiful work of art. Executive Chef Joe San, who has more than 18 years of experience as a Sushi Chef, emphasises a lot about the freshness of

Malai Thai, Fraser Place KL

When you think of authentic Thai food in KL, not many places pop to mind. That’s because it’s mostly chains in the city. A new player to the game is Malai Thai at Fraser Place, which brings authenticity and just plain old good Thai food to downtown KL. Malai Thai not only serves the most delicious authentic Thai food, it also showcases its creativity in dishes such as it’s Thai crispy fish with mango salad (RM25). This is unlike any other Thai appetiser we’ve ever tried. The

Brasserie Fritz, Bukit Bintang

Whenever we think of High Tea sessions, two things come to mind. It's either a hearty buffet at a hotel, or a swanky three-tier tea set. When we were invited to Brasserie Fritz, we weren't sure what to expect. But as soon as we walked into the building, we could tell it would be a swanky kind of high tea. The kind where you sit down and get pampered for a minimum of two hours. And Brasserie Fritz definitely delivered just that. I'm not typically one for high tea, as desserts

Birch, DC Mall

Birch, DC Mall is a new hip restaurant that’s making waves in the Damansara Heights neighbourhood. As you step into the establishment, you will be immersed in a relaxed and laid-back setting, reminiscent of the many famous restaurants and bars in West Hollywood. The good people behind Birch who happen to be creators of well-known establishments such as Huckleberry, Mezze and Skullduggery really know how to set the tone for their customers and they have done a really good job

Pak Jen Gulai Panas, Quill City Mall

Pak Jen is a new establishment opening its doors at Quill City Mall. The restaurant features a traditional northern Malay menu founded by two lads in their early 20s whose roots lie in Kedah. Pak Jen Gulai Panas first opened its doors in December 2017 in Langkawi. And now, they have set their sights into introducing their wholesome traditional northern Malay dishes to Kuala Lumpur. Photo by Melvin | Chef Ismail cooking & sharing session It was our honour to be part of their G

Down To Bones, Taman OUG

Lovers of pork ribs will LOVE Down To Bones, a casual Western eatery at Taman OUG. A bright neon sign welcomes you with the tagline “sek pai guat, hari hari kuat” which roughly translates to “eat ribs, be strong everyday”. I absolutely love the interior of the place, which is a very simple “coffeeshop-like” design with a hint of vintage touches (like an old arcade game at the front and their classic metal stools). The concept here is an open kitchen, which means you get to se

Chir Chir Fusion Chicken Factory, Pavilion

Chir Chir is the latest fried chicken place to hit the KL food scene. A little background: the chain started in Korea before making its way to neighbouring Singapore and has now landed in KL. Our first visit to Chir Chir was a catastrophic mess as the kitchen wasn't ready to serve us just yet and had probably over-reached. But the second visit more than made up for it. I wasn't expecting much for the fried chicken here, to be honest. Thankfully, I was pleasantly surprised and

Beta KL, Fraser Place

From the people who brought you Skillet@163 comes Beta KL. The meaning behind the name Beta, which is the honorific for “king” in the Malay language also doubles up as a nod to indicate the second outlet after Skillet@163. The idea behind Beta KL is to pay homage to local fare with a contemporary twist — something they do very well. The menu is split into four main sections, the North, South, East and Central. When you walk into Beta KL, you don’t expect to get many local fla

Two Hands Restaurant, Qliq Hotel Empire Damansara

When we heard that Chef Vic had left Manja KL and Vin’s to start his own restaurant, we knew immediately that we would be in for one of the best meals for the year. And we were right. Two Hands Restaurant at Qliq Hotel is Chef Vic’s very own baby. Together with his partner, Melinder, they have set the bar for good dinner meals very high. I hope to see Two Hands thrive as it is well deserved. Chef Vic prepared some of their best dishes for tasting. We sampled 4 starters and 3

Tabe Tomo, Plaza Batai

For someone who frequents Plaza Batai almost everyday, I missed out Tabe Tomo on many occasions. Its bright red sign is only noticeable if you’re walking around Ekkamai or Shangri-La. Otherwise, it is easy to miss. But I’m glad it caught my eye and my attention long enough to step in for a review one evening. It was a Saturday evening at 6PM and we were the first ones there, being the super early eaters we are. But of course, by the time we left at 9PM the place was bustling

Sushi Tei, Tropicana City Mall

Photo by Melvin Gan | Sushi Tei facade at Tropicana City Mall Recently, we were invited to a menu-tasting and launch at Sushi Tei in Tropicana City Mall! They let us try their new Healthy Vegetarian menu and Pokebowls! Photo by Samad | The new menu spread! Sushi Tei is an international brand founded in 2009. They're a popular choice for fresh and quality 2-in-1 belt and ala carte dining, and at a competitive price too! They boast about their vision which is "a good deal of su

Hanare, The Intermark Mall

Photo by Samad | The entrance of Hanare​ Imagine walking along the streets of Osaka, looking for that fancy omakase you've been dying to try after watching the Food Network television series about Japanese traditional cuisines. Don't you wish you can find a place like that in Kuala Lumpur? Well, hello, you're in luck! Hanare at The Intermark Mall will offer you the same experience you've been dying to have! We were invited to try out their set menus for dinner recently a

Lai Cheng Yuen, Grand Millennium Hotel

Chinese New Year is a time when families gather together for delectable meals over 15 days of non-stop celebration. This festive season, revel in time-honoured Cantonese cuisine to celebrate a year of abundance. We had the chance to feast on a traditional 8 course meal, and these are some of the dishes we thought were delightful. There are a few private dining rooms you can choose from to dine in apart from the common dining room as you enter the restaurant. We started off wi

CNY Food Tour @ Resorts World Genting

To usher in the auspicious year of the Earth Dog, we were invited to a Chinese New Year food extravaganza tour for a whole day up in the mountains of Genting Highlands. The four acclaimed dining outlets that we visited included Imperial Rama, Genting Palace, Goh Tong Tea House and Ming Ren. We were presented with and endless spread of scrumptious traditional dishes which were part of a set menu for customers who would prefer an intimate sit-down dinner for a family reunion th

TOKUYA, Arcoris Mont Kiara

For those of you who have been following us, you will know that Tim and I are getting married. And we’ve also just bought our first home. That means we have to buy lots of household items for our new place! We went for the soft launch opening of TOKUYA at Arcoris Mont Kiara to check out their premium Japanese products and we’re pretty impressed at the selection! From designer-looking dinnerware to statement pieces for the home to practical household items, it’s no surprise

W1, Bangsar

Photo by Samad | The facade of W1 from Jalan Telawi 2 So when you hear about British restaurants, what's the first thing that pops up into your mind? I ALWAYS think of fish and chips, and the occasional haggis, however we were pleasantly surprised by the dinner served to us at W1 located in busy Bangsar, a British-London style restaurant offering London-styled dishes with an Asian twist. Here's a fun fact! The owner of the restaurant told us that he chose the name W1 because