Sunday, June 25, 2017

Nam Heong Vintage, Pavilion Elite, KL

This long Raya break, we opted to stay back in KL and enjoy the traffic-free roads and quiet(er) malls. We were in Pavilion KL to jalan-jalan with the kids, and when lunchtime came, we let them decide what they wanted to eat... and they chose the newly opened Nam Heong Vintage, as they wanted to eat their favorite kaya toast and half boiled eggs.

The outlet in Pavilion is located on the 8th Floor in the Pavilion Elite wing. Very nice decor, and just like their other outlets, they have a tablet on every table for you to browse the menu and also to place your order.

The kids chose the Soft Boiled Egg Set (RM7.90) which comes with two eggs and kaya margarine toast. Perfectly cooked eggs and yummy toasts ;)

They also ordered the Golden Man Tau (RM6.90) with pork curry - this was as good as we remembered it. Crisp, soft buns with a delicious, thick curry to dip your man taus in. And siew mai (RM6.50) is a must-order for BabySumoKids whenever they see it on the menu.

Hubby went for the Wanton Noodles (dry with wanton in soup - RM10.90) while I had the Teeny Savory Assam Laksa - such a steal at RM3.90 per bowl. The soup was thick, generously laden with fish and so appetizing. I loved it!

We also got a FREE dessert, thanks to a special promotion ongoing in this outlet until 2nd July. The free dessert for the day was tau fu fah... smooth and yummy!

You may also read about our experience at their outlet at The Starling.

Service: Good.

Price: Total bill RM25.20 as we had a free one main course voucher.

Location: Nam Heong Ipoh Vintage, L8.106.00, Pavilion Elite, 166 Jalan Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Tel: 03-2110 6321

GPS Coordinates: 3.148471, 101.713129

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Hotel Review: Hotel Stripes Kuala Lumpur

Another long weekend is approaching... if you fancy a staycation in KL instead of braving the traffic to balik kampung, consider YTL's latest hotel in KL, Hotel Stripes Kuala Lumpur.

Hotel Stripes Kuala Lumpur is the newest addition to YTL Hotel's impressive portfolio of hotels and resorts in Malaysia. The hotel is also part of the Autograph Collection Hotels (an ensemble of exclusive independent hotels by Marriott International), featuring a distinctive vibe and character with a different perspective on the local scene mixed with a bit of edgy style and adventure.

The hotel is steeped in history, much like the neighbourhood it sits in. Strategically located on Jalan Kamunting, the site once housed YTL's first office, the Bangunan Yeoh Tiong Lay. Several neighbouring lots were bought up over a number of years allowing YTL's return to the community as Hotel Stripes.

All dressed in stripes for our family staycation at Hotel Stripes ;)

The hotel is designed to showcase the local heritage with a touch of modernity whilst complementing the iconic buildings in the vicinity. The brick facade lends a chic, modern curbside appeal to the property which is matched inside by modern, stylish rooms and a chic French brasserie for dining.

Along with BabySumoKids, we were at Hotel Stripes recently for a short staycation during the school holidays. The hotel has 184 bespoke guest rooms and suites, with four room categories to choose from. The boys stayed in one of the Executive Deluxe rooms, while the girls snuggled up in the Studio for some quality time together.

Executive Deluxe Room

I just love new hotel rooms - the rooms here are spacious and modern with a contemporary design. Propped above the  comfortable king-sized bed is a black and white photograph showcasing Jalan Kamunting during the 1940s to 50s. Every room also comes with a coffee machine, sofa bed, 50" LCD TV as well as a complimentary mini bar.

We also love the little touches such as local snacks and sweets placed in the room, which brought back sweet childhood memories for me.

Coffee machine in every room

Complimentary mini bar

One of the features in the room is this large bling bling vanity mirror which is placed in the room, rather than the toilet.

Head upstairs to the rooftop pool, set against the breathtaking views of the city skyline for some well-deserved relaxation.  There is also ample covered seating, the space accentuated by beautiful plant walls. You may even order food from the in-room dining menu and request that they send it up to the pool so you can enjoy it in the sun.  There is also a 24-hour gym located on the same level.

Iconic KL Tower as backdrop for our photos ;)

Super-Dan.. family fun by the pool

Enjoying lunch by the pool

Delicious burger

Tasty carbonara pasta

Nightview by the pool

Breakfast is served at The Snug, the hotel's all-day dining restaurant. The restaurant has a laid back, cosy ambiance with stripped-back walls, giving it an industrial edge. The breakfast selections are great, from pastries to soba noodles, fried noodles, congee and eggs cooked to order. We particularly enjoyed the nasi lemak bungkus which comes with a kickass sambal.

For lunch and dinner, hotel guests can check out Brasserie 25, a French-style restaurant offering comfort French food.  The red brick arches showcase the open kitchen while the copper sputnik chandeliers and large windows give the space a classy yet simple elegance.

We highly recommend the Pan seared foie gras, Duck confit, Lamb shank, L'Entrecote De Boeuf and Roasted rack of lamb. You may check out our post here and here. As expected from YTL, the service staff are impeccably turned out and always willing and able to assist when called upon.

Special mention to restaurant manager Li Lian, who we recognised from The Majestic Hotel KL.. she is a true professional, warm and welcoming towards all her guests, forever busily helping out around the hotel.

YTL Hotels are renowned for their afternoon teas and Hotel Stripes offers a French slant to afternoon tea in the form of Le Gouter. Available daily from 3-6pm, patrons can spend an afternoon indulging in unlimited French pastries, hot savouries and refillable tea.You can read more about Le Gouter here.

Make some time to explore the Jalan Kamunting neighbourhood for some good food. This area used to be the main settlement for tin mining during the colonial area.  At the end of the 19th century, most of the neighbourhood’s buildings which had been constructed from wood and thatch were replaced with bricks and tiles as stipulated by the British colonial administration.

As one of the oldest neighbourhoods in Kuala Lumpur, you can expect to find distinct eclectic shophouse architecture, many with five foot ways, pedestrian walkways unique to the region, such as 1940s shop houses and decade-old family-owned businesses such as Yut Kee and Ah Loke Tailor. The hotel is also located within walking distance to a MRT station and Quill City Shopping Mall.

Room rates start from RM247. Check-in time 3pm, check-out time 12 noon.

Location: Hotel Stripes KL, 25 Jalan Kamunting, 50300 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (Valet parking available - RM10 for hotel guests)

Tel: 03-2038 0000


GPS Coordinates: 3.157295, 101.700384

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Friday, June 23, 2017

Teh Tarik Place, MyTOWN KL

Hubby and I were over at MyTOWN KL to do some shopping, and after checking out the menus at some of the restaurants located on basement level, we decided to eat at Teh Tarik Place.

Hubby had the mee goreng mamak (RM8.50) which arrived looking very "fine dining-esque" presentation wise. It was very tasty, with plenty of wok hei (confirmed by sight of flames in the kitchen) and comes with two prawns.

I had the nasi kerabu (RM10.50- available Thursday to Sundays only), which comes with blue rice, ayam percik, salted egg and crispy keropok. It was yummy and definitely hit the spot. Wish they gave more of the gravy that came with the ayam percik though.

Opening times : 10am to 10pm daily.

Price: Total bill RM25.65 for 2 pax.

Location: Teh Tarik Place, B1-027, MyTOWN Shopping Centre, No 6 Jalan Cochrane, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (Waze: IKEA Cheras or MyTOWN)

GPS Coordinates: 3.134107, 101.722801

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Annapuurnam Chetinad Restaurant, Bangsar, KL - Banana Leaf Rice

It's been a while since we had banana leaf rice, so the BLR gang gathered together last weekend at Annapuurnam Chetinad Restaurant in Bangsar, KL. What drew us to this restaurant was a video that we saw, showing peanut butter being added to their mutton curry, which piqued our our interest.

We ordered two banana leaf rice (RM8 each) and before long, two banana leaves were placed before us and the rice and vegetables were piled on. The curries were left at our table, and we could help ourselves to whichever and however much we wanted - there was salted fish, fish and chicken curry as well as dhal. We were glad that they got their basics right, such as crispy pappadums. You can also request for the pickled fried chilli, which has a nice spicy kick to it. Overall, a very nice banana leaf rice with good selection of vegetables and curries.

We also ordered 3 types of deep fried vegetables - snake gourd, bittergourd and radish. Out of the three, we liked the bittergourd best as it was nice and crunchy, whereas the other two were also crispy but with a slightly softer texture.

Of course, we also had to get a portion of mutton curry (RM10). Though we couldn't quite taste the peanut butter, it was delicious with meaty, tender chunks of mutton and a thick, rich sauce. Very tasty. :)

Our friend ordered the rojak pasembur, as she was attracted to the peanut aroma when she walked through the restaurant entrance (plus almost every table had a plate of this). True enough, this was excellent - I liked that their deep fried items stayed crispy despite being drenched in the sauce. And talking about the sauce, it was thick and fragrant and really shone through. One of the best pasemburs I've eaten.

Opening times: 7am to 10pm daily.

Price: Total bill RM45 for 3 pax.

Location: Annapuurnam Chetinad Restaurant, 74, Lorong Maarof, Taman Bangsar, 59000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (Street parking available - RM1 per hour).

GPS Coordinates: 3.131652, 101.673027

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Monday, June 19, 2017

Celebrating Father's Day at The Majestic Hotel KL

Happy Father's Day to all daddies out there! I hope you had a fantastic celebration with your family and loved ones.

Hubby's Father's Day began with the kids presenting him with their handmade cards.... kids these days sure are creative. Baby C made a special "pop-up heart" card while Baby D made one with a hidden "pull me" message. :)

Then, we headed to Hubby's favorite hotel in KL, The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur, for our Father's Day lunch. Since we're celebrating a special day, we all dressed to the nines. Colonial Cafe was offering a 5-course set menu for the occasion for RM180 nett per person. The ambiance, the service and the food were all top notch, and we certainly had a wonderful time here.

Pre-lunch photos at The Tea Lounge :)

The amuse bouche of Smoked Salmon elegantly presented in a cocktail glass set the right mood for the afternoon. Consider our appetites amused.

Next came our appetizer, Beef Carpaccio with Arugula Salad & Infused Pesto Oil. It was my favorite dish of the afternoon... a well-executed classic featuring thinly sliced raw beef, arugula, balsamic vinegar and shaved Parmesan cheese. Extremely pleasing to the eye and tastebuds. :)

This was followed by the Pigeon Consomme, a clear, light and flavorful soup with poached quail egg and enoki mushrooms. BabySumoKids enjoyed this.

We loved the Coconut Sorbet which arrived next. The creamy, refreshing ice cream was served in a coconut shell, along with cocktail umbrellas... it definitely got BabySumoKids excited.

In-between courses, photos around the hotel

For mains, diners get a choice of Lamb Osso Bucco or Baked Black Garoupa. Osso bucco is usually made with veal shanks, however they have replaced it with lamb here, so this is essentially braised lamb shanks which I love. This is served with soft polenta and sauteed fresh vegetables (the chef kindly changed the kids portion from polenta to mash); the shanks were meaty and tender with a delicious sauce.

I also tried some of Hubby's fish dish, and I especially liked the spicy Asian spices topped on the baked fish. The fish is accompanied by three deep fried potato patties.

Baby C was delighted to see Cheese Cake on the menu as it's her favorite cake. The version here is a blueberry cheese cake topped with diced mango and fresh berries. And to finish off our meal, petit fours and coffee / tea. The staff also kindly printed out a family photo for us as a memento for this special day.

Post-lunch photos... my two darlings at the hotel's spa pool

Location: Colonial Café, Majestic Wing, The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur, 5 Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin, 50000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (Parking rate RM10 per entry)

Tel: 03-2785 8000


GPS Coordinates: 3.139059, 101.692617

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