Monday, March 30, 2015

Prologue @ Taman Paramount & Kisyu @ Desa Sri Hartamas

This ivory-white space beside PJ's Awesome Canteen may look forlorn & forsaken for now, but before the end of this week, expect to see some customers strolling in & out for bowls of ramen & rice - this Prologue is future to Awesome Canteen's past.

We're previewing Prologue by introducing Jack Weldie, one of the nicest chefs we've met this year - Jack's the main man in the kitchen of Prologue, a Japanese-focused spin-off of Awesome Canteen. Originally from Tuaran in Sabah, the 28-year-old moved to peninsular Malaysia more than a decade ago & worked hard to hone his craft in various Japanese restaurants, from Shun & Tomoe in Subang to the now-closed Ninja Jones in Mid Valley.

Jack & his younger brother Renny, a chef too, haven't finalised Prologue's menu (Jack says they're short-handed & hope to secure more crew members) but look out for potentially up to seven types of (strictly non-halal) ramen recipes in everything from tonkotsu to fish broth, plus familiar fare like donburi, tori karaage & agedashi tofu - with little twists to keep the restaurant distinctive - served in a setting that's likely to be as leafy as Awesome Canteen's. Brace to hear more about Prologue in the weeks to come; Awesome Canteen was a fab place even on its first evening, so we have our fingers crossed for Prologue.

While waiting for Prologue to open, there's time to check out another new Japanese joint: Desa Sri Hartamas' Kisyu Ramen.

Kisyu specialises in ramen, with varieties like curry ramen, garlic ramen & butter-&-corn ramen (mostly RM22+ to RM24+). There is also Maze-Soba, a ramen preparation that's served hot & dry with bean sprouts, pork belly slices & minced meat, meant to be mixed together before being eaten. Slick & savoury, absolutely addictive; RM19.80+.

Looking like a bowl of bee hoon, these 'yam noodles' supply a crisp counterpoint to the creamy raw egg they're immersed in. RM8+; Kisyu seems to have a solid claim to authenticity, judging from its exclusively Japanese clientele on a recent evening.

Protein-powered pleasure: Roast pork, thin but tender, partnered with an onsen egg. RM12+; tasty enough for us to contemplate returning to check out the remainder of the menu - lots of kushikatsu & yakitori, rice bowls, & no lack of fried fare.

For dessert, skip the regular green tea ice cream & snack on the fried sweet potatoes with a honey-butter dip. RM11.80+.

Dry, crisp sake starts from RM35+ for this serving that should suffice - barely - for two people for, say, twenty minutes.

Prologue by Awesome Canteen
17, Jalan 20/13, Taman Paramount, Petaling Jaya, Selangor 

Kisyu Ramen
32, Jalan 30/70A, Desa Sri Hartamas, Kuala Lumpur. Tel: 03-6201-8866

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 different charity every month.

Check out the latest edition of Eat Drink KL: 100 Favourites, featuring 100 recommended restaurants for January-March 2015. This eBook is available to read or download at this link: http://eatdrinkkl.cld.bz/2015 
This link expires April 12, 2015. Please check the newest blog entries after that for fresh links.

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 (even before they're featured on this blog), F&B promotions & other tasty tidbits.
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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

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Preview: Yellow Brick Road @ Batai, Damansara Heights

No ruby slippers required - tap your heels together three times, tell Toto you're not in Solaris Dutamas anymore, & let happy little bluebirds take you to this restaurant somewhere over the rainbow (Damansara Heights, to be clear), run by the Wonderful Wizards & Good Witch behind The Red Beanbag, Smooshie Juice, Oneatezero & Shamaziin.

Yellow Brick Road isn't lacking in heart; there's no place like home, but this space comes close - warm, wholesome & nurturing, suffused with both sunshine & sunflowers. If L. Frank Baum was right that a heart is judged by how much you're loved by others, the evidence rests in a friend of the founders who took the long road to Yellow Brick Road from Penang this week to offer his support in person ahead of this imminent landmark's launch.

The restaurant isn't left wanting for courage - Yellow Brick Road's kitchen could have selected the safe path by replicating The Red Beanbag's recipes, but it's taking a riskier route with an Asian-accented repertoire. In a few days, you'll find head chef Bob's 'Balik Kampung' percik chicken with turmeric rice & kerabu salad (RM25++; a recipe Bob introduced at an RBB retreat), chicken char siu aglio olio pasta (RM25++), sugar-cured prawn omelette with ikan bilis sambal (RM25++), beef rendang cottage pie (RM22++), chili con carne baked eggs with naan bread (RM25++) & 'I Wanna Be Kaya' French toast with coconut mascarpone cream & caramel kaya sauce (RM22++) to partner with popcorn butterscotch & Guinness chocolate cakes.

But what about a brain? Nope, not missing either - the folks behind Yellow Brick Road have more than proven their mettle in masterminding a wide-ranging swath of F&B businesses in recent years. Not even a faulty coffee machine that short-circuited the restaurant's power supply this month could thwart Yew Kheong, Lin Lee, Jason, Shaun & their team; Yellow Brick Road remains ready to launch on the first week of April (coincidentally, the fourth anniversary of Smooshie Juice's official existence).

Something wicked comes this way: Yellow Brick Road's name isn't supposed to be a strict reference to all things Oz (think of it instead as a metaphor for the journey that its four founders have embarked on together), but the fantasy theme is still a factor. Upstairs, a 'Wicked Pancake Parlour' will unfurl within months, whipping up savoury & sweet pancakes - flapjacks rank among RBB's most popular orders, after all - with a bar that specialises in ice cream floats (it'll bring a new meaning to 'I'm melting').

Yellow Brick Road
Jalan Batai, Damansara Heights, Kuala Lumpur. Cakes & coffee might currently be available, 10am-6pm, but come sometime in early April instead to be very safe, once the restaurant has wiped out its Air Supply soundtrack & is ready to serve hot food.

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 different charity every month.

Check out the latest edition of Eat Drink KL: 100 Favourites, featuring 100 recommended restaurants for January-March 2015. This eBook is available to read or download at this link: http://eatdrinkkl.cld.bz/2015 
This link expires April 12, 2015. Please check the newest blog entries after that for fresh links.

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 (even before they're featured on this blog), 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.

Sausages to sambal. Muffins to marshmallows. Peanut butter to mango chutney. Cornflake ice cream to honey aloe yogurt. Lavender-laced lemonades to lychee-&-guava juices.
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

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 different charity every month. The funds will be completely contributed by the restaurants. Our first charity for March is the Dignity For Children foundation, which works to help underprivileged Malaysian children break the cycle of poverty through education.

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.

And if your shared photo receives the app's highest number of likes from other users on a specific month, you'll receive an extra reward: A complimentary meal worth up to RM100 at any restaurant featured on the app. From 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:

BANGSAR
KGB Killer Gourmet Burgers
LA/PA
Mercat
Piggy Tail
Rendez-Vous

BANGSAR SOUTH
Nexo
Thirdwave

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

CHERAS
Boat Noodle (Ikon Connaught)

CITY CENTRE
Cherry Bomb (Menara See Hoy Chan)
Drift Dining & Bar
Hubba Hubba (Bukit Ceylon)
Tujo (Ascott, Jalan Pinang)

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

DAMANSARA UPTOWN
Ecole P
Epicuro
Swich Cafe

KLANG
Boat Noodle (Klang Parade)

KOTA DAMANSARA
3 Bags Full
Bmon Cafe
Burger Junkyard

PETALING JAYA
Boat Noodle (Jaya One)
Go Thai (SS2)
Kitchen Creatures (Centrepoint, Bandar Utama)
Strangers At 47 (Section 17)
The Bee (Jaya One)
Vvaffle (Jaya One)

PUBLIKA / SOLARIS DUTAMAS
Ante
Boat Noodle
Swich Cafe
The Bee
The Red Beanbag

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

SHAH ALAM
Boat Noodle (Gamuda Walk)

SUBANG
AMPM Cafe
Brooklyn B Bagel Bakery & Cafe

TAMAN TUN DR ISMAIL
Chequers
D Legends
Frisky Goat
Pickle & Fig
Quar/Tet
Torii

OTHER AREAS
Foodlogy (Viva Residency, Sentul)
Hubba Hubba (Menara CIMB, KL Sentral)

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.

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

Saturday, March 28, 2015

New Hot Food Menu @ Swich, Damansara Uptown

Scarcely two months old, Swich's new branch marks a major milestone with the launch of a menu for hot food, conceived by founder Cheng Cheng & cooked by hard-working young chef Chen Long, who's making his entry into the F&B business as part of Swich's efforts to nurture promising talents & help them embark on fresh careers.

 If Swich's cakes constitute soul food for the sweet tooth, then its savoury fare is comfort cooking to warm the heart. We've never really loved cempedak, so it's a testament to the undeniable deliciousness of Swich's BBQ chicken - cempedak-marinated & then blanketed in creamy cempedak sauce for a potent double dose of the tropical fruit - that we still finished every bite of this rich but not cloying creation. RM11.90++, served with rice or noodles.

 We like the sticky cempedak chicken variation even better - crisply but not too thickly battered, it's meant to replicate the crunch of Korean fried chicken. RM11.90++; Swich's forte has always been orchestrating melodious medleys of tastes & textures, sparking recipes that sing & soar. Now that this cempedak chicken is converting new fans, Cheng Cheng is plotting several more one-of-a-kind concoctions that bank on the bounty of the local land - banana fried rice could be next.

 Our favourite though is this: Pumpkin curry chicken, achingly luscious, brimming with pumpkin chunks (soft but not mushy), complex with lemon grass, herbs & spices. Accompanied with rice or noodles for RM9.90++; very likely one of the best things to eat at Damansara Uptown - we would happily have had seconds of this.

Every meal at Swich should end with dessert; the cafe's latest pride is the 'Gooey Gourmet,' featuring a base of dense Valrhona chocolate cake in a mug, topped with premium ice cream, Valrhona ganache drizzle, Korean strawberries & the customer's choice of garnishes (toasted Hawaiian coconut chips? red rose petals? pistachios?). A real treat for north of RM15.

Swich's complete repertoire of cakes remains available; munch with a side of cotton candy on beautifully hand-picked plates while sipping on lavender lime soda, resting on the reassurance that practically everything here is painstakingly prepared in Swich's kitchen from scratch.

We're happy to have Swich Cafe as a featured outlet on the Eat Drink KL mobile app. Customers can use the app to enjoy a 6 percent discount off their receipt at Swich Cafe, everyday, all day long. For every transaction made through the app, EDKL will be channelling 20 sen contributed by Boat Noodle to a charity of the month (the Dignity For Children foundation in March).

Swich Cafe
54, Jalan SS21/58, Damansara Utama, Petaling Jaya, Selangor. Open 11am-10pm daily

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 different charity every month.

Check out the latest edition of Eat Drink KL: 100 Favourites, featuring 100 recommended restaurants for January-March 2015. This eBook is available to read or download at this link: http://eatdrinkkl.cld.bz/2015 
This link expires April 12, 2015. Please check the newest blog entries after that for fresh links.

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 (even before they're featured on this blog), 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.

Sausages to sambal. Muffins to marshmallows. Peanut butter to mango chutney. Cornflake ice cream to honey aloe yogurt. Lavender-laced lemonades to lychee-&-guava juices.
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