Friday, October 24, 2014

Delhi Royale @ Yap Kwan Seng

Partnering paneer tikka masala with masala Martinis (!!!), Delhi Royale strives for a striking measure of opulence in both its cavernous setting & colossal selection, the latter of which makes this one of 2014's most notable entries on the city's long-list of North Indian restaurants.

This place is built for banquets; on one storm-swept Friday night, a table of 20 sat down to a thunderously belly-busting feast, while the rest of us pored over a massive menu that seemed encyclopediac - too many temptations, too little tummy space.

When even the complimentary welcome treat is an interesting conversation piece, patrons know the outlet aims to impress.

Raj Kochori (RM14++), flour balls filled with a flavoursome medley of potatoes, curd, chutney & sev (chickpea noodles), an elegant, eye-catching introduction to Delhi Royale's culinary charms. It'd be easy to eat three of these in a row without pause.

Creamy comfort can be found in the curries here, but really, there's a wealth of choices for mains. Lamb croquettes stuffed with boiled egg in onion-tomato sauce? Broccoli in cashew gravy?  Mushrooms stuffed with cottage cheese & spices? Chicken in spinach sauce? Prawns in coconut-mustard cream? Plus, biryani, naan, samosas, raita & everything else we could want. Median cost for mains? Fish tikka clocks in at RM36.

Desserts are not an afterthought at Delhi Royale, which offers more than a dozen sweet pleasures - familiar favourites from gulab jamun to gajjar halwa to kesar pista kulfi (mostly RM12 each).

 A review of Delhi Royale would be sorely incomplete without an observation of one unique Indian-influenced cocktail here - the Masala Martini (RM26.50), a mix of vodka, guava juice, lime juice & Indian spices, might be an acquired taste, but it's probably worth trying once.

 Non-alcoholic beverages are also noteworthy - the Jal Jeera (RM10) is described as a summer beverage of lemonade & cumin ...

 ... while the Masala Coke (RM10) is what its name implies - Coke with Indian spices. For a safer bet, wine is available - regular Chilean & Australian varieties, with no spices added.


Delhi Royale
Jalan Yap Kwan Seng, Kuala Lumpur. Daily, lunch & dinner. Tel: 03-2165-1555

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Hobby N Coffee @ TTDI

It's all fun & games at Hobby N Coffee, a cafe where customers linger over lattes & roll the dice over rounds of Catan. 

 Popular board & card games - plus a Jenga set or two - line the shelves here. The hook: Patrons play for free.

 Order a bite & some coffee, then help yourself to what's available & stay as long as you like. No hidden fees or extra charges.

 The cafe is open four days each week (currently Thursday-Sunday) & organises meet-up events specifically on weekends, when folks can gather & get to know other enthusiasts. Head here this Saturday, 3pm, for the next session.

 Living up to the 'Hobby' in its name, the cafe also caters to customers who enjoy other activities, such as sewing (!).

 In recent weeks, Hobby N Coffee has held classes on using sewing machines, plus other engagements - entrepreneur networking (often the first Saturday every month) & latte art workshops. Check www.facebook.com/hobbyNcoffee for updates.

 All that gaming will arouse the appetite; luckily, Hobby N Coffee serves everything from light pastries (custard strudels, kaya whirls & red bean bars, RM1.95++ each) to heavier meals like pasta carbonara (RM9.95++), Japanese curry chicken with rice (RM11.95++) & beef pie with mashed potatoes (RM12.95++).

 Coffee will keep customers alert through the hours (mostly RM9.95++ per cup), while hot chocolate made with Guylian Belgian choc (RM10.95++) will supply sufficient sugar for bursts of energy. Each serving comes with cute art that can be customised.

Hobby N Coffee Cafe @ Taman Tun Dr Ismail
1st Floor, 12, Jalan Mohd Fuad 2, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Kuala Lumpur
Open 10:15am-11:30pm, Thursday-Sunday. Tel: 03-7731-6602

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Shinyaki Izakaya @ M Avenue & Grandeur Teppanyaki @ Avenue K

Shinyaki, an atmospheric alfresco Japanese restaurant, is heating up a secluded section of Segambut with fresh cuts of pork, lamb, beef, chicken & seafood to populate its BBQ selection of yakiniku & kushiyaki temptations.

Shinyaki is hidden inside Segambut's M Avenue complex, where parking's a breeze in the evening. If traffic isn't too treacherous, it's only about a 15-minute drive from Sri Hartamas, so it's reasonably accessible for folks seeking somewhere different to dine out.

Shinyaki has something for every sort of carnivore - pork yakiniku, which patrons grill themselves at their table, comes not only in the form of belly & neck meat but also innards like intestines & liver, plus bacon with sausages, enoki mushrooms or leeks.

Beef tongue & sirloin share the menu with lamb shoulder; for kushiyaki, chicken takes flight with wings, skin, heart & gizzard.

Seafood isn't sidelined; the skewer selection includes shishamo, scallops, squid, salmon belly, prawns & even eel.

We only sampled a smattering, but everything tasted satisfyingly marinated. Our receipt has vanished, but prices seemed reasonable, probably in line with expectations for a casual neighbourhood joint.

Shinyaki's menu also comprises sukiyaki, basic sashimi, salads, makis & fried noodles & rice, so even customers who might be too lazy to cook their own food (that's us, typically!) can find something to order from the kitchen.

Alcohol isn't absent; with sufficient sake to slurp, it'll be 11pm (Shinyaki's closing time) before you know it.

Bonus venue: For more Japanese-inspired hot stuff, we move now from M Avenue to Avenue K for the air-conditioned comfort of Grandeur Teppanyaki, one of the businesses in the mall's Taste Enclave food court.

Teppanyaki isn't a DIY proposition, mercifully; Grandeur's team will cook our seafood to order, ensuring the plump scallops remain juicy & the plentiful squid stays bouncy.


Rice? Also pretty nice; customers can take a seat at the counter to catch all the cooking action.

Prawns, egg & more on a plate of grilled grainy goodness, firm to the bite & with a flavour that's smoky enough to satisfy.

Here's Grandeur Teppanyaki's interesting take on chawanmushi, prepared in a large onion cup.

Also enjoyable, with all of the rich & smooth, custard-like texture preserved within.


Shinyaki Japanese Izakaya
E0-8, M-Avenue, Jalan Segambut, Kuala Lumpur
Open Tuesday-Sunday, lunch & dinner. Tel: 03-6250-6408

Grandeur Teppanyaki
Taste Enclave, Level Two, Avenue K, Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Calavera @ Mesui Hotel

The Day of the Dead has dawned in KL, thanks to Calavera, the city's most macabre restaurant ever.

Wisely timed to become this year's Halloween haunt, Calavera opened this month as part of Jalan Mesui's new boutique hotel; it's a natural fit for the eclectic eccentricities of this street that houses Pisco Bar, Feeka, Limablas & Table 23.

This colourfully creepy-cool setting might seem like Calavera's strongest hook, crawling with sugar skulls on the walls & tables, plus skeletons on the ceilings & by the bar ...

... but the hard-working service team merits solid praise too for its enthusiasm & efficiency, enabling customers to easily enjoy their evening here. Trivia tidbit: Calavera is Spanish for skull.

The menu's a memorable melange of Mexico at night & Melbourne in the morning - for dinner, try Calavera's twist on ceviche (RM20 before taxes), constructed with fresh slices of red snapper with a spicy dragon fruit vinaigrette that supplies vivid colour & vibrant flavour.

But skip the fish tacos with papaya slaw & mint sauce - they're big & hearty, but there's more batter than fish, folded inside a too-thick tortilla flatbread, resulting in what tastes like a starchy overload.

Speaking of starch, the tacos (RM34) come with a choice of two substantial side dishes - we opted for the thick-cut cassava chips with garlic salt & smoky rice tinged with beef bacon, but other patrons might prefer the spiced mashed potatoes or the chilli-butter corn.

 In the morning, breakfast emerges in egg-loving fashion, from scrambled eggs with sour cream, beef bacon jam & rocket leaves on sour dough toast (RM19) to omelette laced with smoked duck, sun-dried tomatoes & gruyere cheese (also RM19).

 For a healthier bet (since the toasts above seem very heavily buttered), we like the juicy-sweet pink grapefruit, caramelised with sticky-crispy maple syrup, served with a big bowl of natural yoghurt & pistachios.

 Calavera whips up some creatively cool cocktails, though their potency is lower than we might have liked. There's goodness in this green Ozone Layer (RM32) nevertheless, made with gin, avocado, green tea syrup & lemon.

Fried curry leaves crown the Mexicans of Asia (RM28), a mix of tequila, agave, ginger tea, egg white & calamansi.

Calavera
13 Jalan Mesui, Kuala Lumpur. Daily, 830am-late

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