Saturday, May 30, 2015

CaliBurger Malaysia @ Avenue K

Commentators have often likened the three-year-old CaliBurger brand to California's pioneering In-N-Out Burger, pointing to stark similarities in their menus. We'll probably never see In-N-Out in KL, but its upstart rival unveiled a Malaysian outpost in Avenue K this month, complementing Asia's other SoCal-spirited CaliBurger branches in Shanghai, Hong Kong & Manila.

CaliBurger's selection is peerlessly compact; even the most indecisive customer won't take long to order. Only two beef burgers are available - identical, except that the Cali Cheeseburger comprises a single patty, while the Cali Double (RM19.99) features two patties. Freshly assembled to order (expect a 10-minute wait), it tastes like a respectable cheeseburger, with reasonably punchy flavours. The bun seems way too thick though - the bread-to-meat ratio is more than what would work best.

We'd probably skip the Chipotle BBQ Chicken Burger (RM11.99) - the meat is lean & bland, relying on the sauce for spicy-tangy dynamics that won't leave a lingering impression. The sides also prove hit-or-miss - the onion rings (RM6.99) won't provide cause for complaints, but the 'Wild Fries' (RM7.99) turn up smothered in a combo of a cloying sauce, melted cheese & grilled sweet onions. Milkshakes (RM13.99) come in flavours like butterscotch, bubble gum, blueberry or coffee - the butterscotch was OK; not too sugary, though there wasn't much depth to the flavour. Service is fine - friendly & efficient.

CaliBurger Kuala Lumpur
L1-18, Level 1, Avenue K, Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur

The Eat Drink KL mobile app is now available, connecting restaurants & customers to promote a positive spirit of community.
Every restaurant on this app rewards users with a 6 percent discount, instantly & conveniently, everyday, all day long. 
In return, users share photos of their experiences at these eateries, creating a new community of restaurant lovers.
For every transaction, RM0.20 will be channelled to a charity of the month.

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Friday, May 29, 2015

Jargon @ Menara Standard Chartered

A cool menu & a cheerful team make this confident cafe potentially worth checking out for folks working in the city centre.

Come for the sunshine, stay for the stuffed peppers; Jargon's speciality is Bulgarian-inspired baked bell peppers, bursting with rice & morsels of lamb & veggies (RM17). It's the ideal introduction to a selection that's sprinkled with European flourishes, from Greek-style moussaka to Italian-inflected fusilli pasta to French baguette sandwiches to straight-up British fish & chips.

Everything we tried seemed well-priced & well-prepared: Balkan-spiced, tangy-savoury chicken broth (RM13), a lamb burger with the works (RM27), a Russian salad of diced potatoes with beef sausage slices, gherkins & carrots in mayo-mustard sauce (RM9), & a thick broccoli soup (RM10). Nicely nourishing enough for a pleasant hour-long escape from the office cubicles.

There's Italian illy coffee, but if cocktails are available (Mojitos & Margaritas), order those instead. Note: This visit was in 2014; Jargon's menu might have evolved somewhat since then, but most of the items above should still be offered at similar prices.

Jargon
Ground Floor, Menara Standard Chartered, Jalan Sultan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur. 
Mon-Fri, 8am-7pm; Sat, 10am-7pm. Tel: 03-2110-2313

The Eat Drink KL mobile app is now available, connecting restaurants & customers to promote a positive spirit of community.
Every restaurant on this app rewards users with a 6 percent discount, instantly & conveniently, everyday, all day long. 
In return, users share photos of their experiences at these eateries, creating a new community of restaurant lovers.
For every transaction, RM0.20 will be channelled to a charity of the month.

Stay up to date: The Eat Drink KL newsletter is sent by email to subscribers every Monday; it's the Klang Valley's foremost weekly round-up of new restaurant openings, F&B promotions & other tasty tidbits.
Subscribe to Eat Drink KL Weekly for free via this following link: 
Note to subscribers on Gmail: The newsletter will be in the Promotions folder of your inbox.

Check out the latest edition of Eat Drink KL: 100 Favourites, with 100 recommended restaurants for May-August 2015. This eBook is available to read or download at this link: http://eatdrinkkl.cld.bz/2015 
Check out EAT DRINK, a new F&B website jointly run by The Expat Group (TEG) & Eat Drink KL. This website features all of our up-to-date reviews, plus exclusive weekly articles & a searchable database on restaurants in KL & Selangor: EatDrink.my

Eat Drink KL Official Mobile App For iOS & Android


It's here! By restaurant lovers, for restaurant lovers: The new Eat Drink KL mobile app is now available for iOS & Android, connecting restaurants with customers & promoting a positive spirit of community.




Starting 2 March 2015, every restaurant featured on this app will reward users with a 6 percent discount off their receipts, instantly & conveniently, everyday, all day long, with no advance bookings required. In return, users will share photos of their experiences at these restaurants, creating a new community of food fans across the Klang Valley.

For every transaction made through this app, 20 sen will be channelled to a charitable organisation every month. The funds will be completely contributed by the restaurants. 

Our first charity for March to May 2015 is the Dignity For Children foundation, which works to help underprivileged Malaysian children break the cycle of poverty through education. 

In March, we raised a total of RM158 for Dignity For Children through your transactions. In April, we raised an additional RM164.

The app offers something for everyone who enjoys eating out. Besides a photo feed that's fully powered by users, it also provides a news feed of the latest promotions & highlights at your favourite restaurants.

From local fare to Japanese & Thai to French & Spanish, plus plenty of cafes & coffee bars, you'll find it all here.



The EDKL app is a self-funded, independent initiative by a tiny team of Malaysians. Users can now use the app at the following locations. We'll add many more venues in the weeks & months to come, & will continue updating this list on this page as well as on the mobile app:

ARA DAMANSARA
Jac's On The 8th

BANGSAR
KGB Killer Gourmet Burgers
LA/PA
La Creperie De Caroline
Mercat
Piggy Tail
Rendez-Vous
Straits Food Company

BANGSAR SOUTH
Nexo
Thirdwave

BUKIT BINTANG
Boat Noodle (Berjaya Times Square)
Kafe Vietnam Express (Berjaya Times Square)

CHERAS
Boat Noodle (Ikon Connaught)
That Latte Place (Ikon Connaught)

CITY CENTRE
Cherry Bomb (Menara See Hoy Chan)
Drift Dining & Bar
Fatboy's The Burger Bar (Avenue K)
Hubba Hubba (Bukit Ceylon)
LOKL Coffee Co (Jalan Tun H.S. Lee)
The Front Door (Jalan Sultan, Chinatown)
Tujo (Ascott, Jalan Pinang)

DAMANSARA PERDANA
Bisque Cafe
Boat Noodle
Cat In The Box
Epique
Friendscino
Mosano Coffee
Sevencups
Talent Lounge

DAMANSARA UPTOWN
Ecole P
Epicuro
Lammeeya
Swich Cafe
Xiao Lao Wang

KLANG
Boat Noodle (Klang Parade)

KOTA DAMANSARA
3 Bags Full
Bmon Cafe
Burger Junkyard
Gyukingu Japanese BBQ

PETALING JAYA
Bangoya (Jaya One)
Boat Noodle (Jaya One)
Go Thai (SS2)
Kissaten (Jaya One)
Kitchen Creatures (Centrepoint, Bandar Utama)
Robata Monkey (Jaya One)
Strangers At 47 (Section 17)
The Bee (Jaya One)
The Humble Pie Co (Section 17)
Vvaffle (Jaya One)

PUBLIKA / SOLARIS DUTAMAS
Ante
Boat Noodle
Fatboy's The Burger Bar
Swich Cafe
The Bee
The Red Beanbag
Whimsical Gelateria

PUCHONG
Agape Love Your Food
CAFFEine
Kafe Vietnam
Porcupine Place
Ticket To Korea

SHAH ALAM
Boat Noodle (Gamuda Walk)
Kissaten (Setia City Mall)

SRI HARTAMAS
Breadfruits

SOLARIS MONT KIARA
Wanderlust

SUBANG
AMPM Cafe
Brooklyn B Bagel Bakery & Cafe
Map's

Tryst

TAMAN DESA
Encore Patisserie

TAMAN TUN DR ISMAIL
Boathouse
Chequers
D Legends
Frisky Goat
Interlude
Meat Point

Pickle & Fig
Quar/Tet
Torii
Viv's

OTHER AREAS
Bites (Lake Fields, Sungai Besi)
Buns & Meat (Lake Fields, Sungai Besi)
Cielo Dolci (IOI City Mall Putrajaya)
Foodlogy (Viva Residency, Sentul)
Hubba Hubba (Menara CIMB, KL Sentral)
Kissburger (Desa Park City)
Miss Ellie Tea House (Taman Melawati)
Streaky Hot Dogs (Sri Petaling)

Customers can also order from selected restaurants via GoGet.my: See here for more details.

Thank you to all readers & restaurants for supporting us on this initiative. We hope you'll have fun exploring the app & its features, & enjoy exploring the featured restaurants.

Here are the THREE easy steps to redeem your discounts at restaurants. Simply (1) TAP, (2) SHOW, & (3) UPLOAD.

1. TAP on the "Activate Discount" button on the restaurant's app profile page, which will take you to a discount coupon page. No advance bookings are required; you only need to activate the discount when you are already physically at the restaurant.



2. SHOW the discount coupon page on your phone (example below) to your server or cashier, either when placing your order or requesting your receipt. The cashier will deduct a 6 percent discount off your receipt before payment. It's as simple as that!



3. On the discount coupon page, tap on the button to UPLOAD your own photo of the restaurant or the food/drinks that you ordered. This photo will be publicly viewable by other users. You must also upload a separate photo of your receipt for administrative purposes; your receipt photo will be private & not viewable by other users. Please complete this final step - otherwise, you cannot activate further discounts, & we cannot channel any contribution to charity for your transaction.

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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Fat Olive @ Dataran Prima

His wine licence might only come in next month, but Chef Enrique Garcia Fernandez - call him by his nickname, Kike (pronounced 'Key-Kay') - is ready to cook; Fat Olive opens this week, helmed by Kike, who hails from northern Spain, & his partner Stacee, a Malaysian former advertising executive who recently returned home after a long stint in Shanghai.

Fat Olive - which specialises in hearty servings of European cooking at lower-than-expected prices - is one of PJ's most photogenic new restaurants, filled with hazel-toned acacia wood furniture & fronted by a spiral staircase that leads up to a baking kitchen. It currently opens 10am-6pm everyday (but call first to confirm), offering hot meals throughout operating hours.

 Fat Olive serves only set meals this week; RM30 nett will buy you a lot - a soup of the day (possibly pumpkin, with enjoyably crunchy garlic croutons), Caesar salad, chewy sourdough bread, plus a main course (try the buttered soft-shell crab, heaped on creamy risotto with crab meat, fish roe, green onions & parmesan cheese) & dessert (ask for the rich chocolate terrine with a mellow strawberry sauce). It bears repeating - all that for only RM30 nett (for now), sufficient for two light eaters to share.

Other sets cost RM28-RM38, with main course options such as pan-fried Norwegian salmon with green pea risotto & butter soy sauce, Australian beef medallions with mashed potatoes & red wine sauce, roasted spring chicken with sauteed potatoes & mushrooms, & seafood spaghetti with spicy semi-dried tomato sauce. Coffee is available, made with Colombian beans.

 Fat Olive's a la carte menu should kick in sometime in early June; expect the likes of pork ribs & perhaps some tapas too.

Fat Olive Food Garage
B-G-17, Menara Prima, Jalan PJU 1/39, Dataran Prima, Petaling Jaya. Tel: 03-7887-5068

The Eat Drink KL mobile app is now available, connecting restaurants & customers to promote a positive spirit of community.
Every restaurant on this app rewards users with a 6 percent discount, instantly & conveniently, everyday, all day long. 
In return, users share photos of their experiences at these eateries, creating a new community of restaurant lovers.
For every transaction, RM0.20 will be channelled to a charity of the month.

Stay up to date: The Eat Drink KL newsletter is sent by email to subscribers every Monday; it's the Klang Valley's foremost weekly round-up of new restaurant openings, F&B promotions & other tasty tidbits.
Subscribe to Eat Drink KL Weekly for free via this following link: 
Note to subscribers on Gmail: The newsletter will be in the Promotions folder of your inbox.

Check out the latest edition of Eat Drink KL: 100 Favourites, with 100 recommended restaurants for May-August 2015. This eBook is available to read or download at this link: http://eatdrinkkl.cld.bz/2015 


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Eat Drink KL: Small Businesses, Huge Flavours is the first eBook to help customers navigate the diversity of independent F&B entrepreneurs who bake & boil in their own kitchens, offering some of Malaysia's finest, most fascinating food products.
This resource will be continuously updated with new listings: www.eatdrinkkl.publ.com/businesses 
Check out EAT DRINK, a new F&B website jointly run by The Expat Group (TEG) & Eat Drink KL. This website features all of our up-to-date reviews, plus exclusive weekly articles & a searchable database on restaurants in KL & Selangor: EatDrink.my