Monday, August 3, 2015

Fork D World @ Damansara Perdana

A happy hangout with heaps of heart & helpings of hog: Fork D World (love the humour in the name) is helmed by peppy home-cook-turned-restaurateur Jo-Ann, who's enjoyed working in the kitchen ever since she was in primary school pinafores. Now she has a place of her own, whipping up honest comfort food with a heavy focus on pork produce (particularly bacon).

Here's the cookbook definition of 'guilty pleasure': Bacon Bombs (RM18), delivering a mini-explosion of gooey mozzarella wrapped in warm, bacon-blanketed crusty pastry, with a sweet current of brown sugar - the kind of billion-calorie side dish that would prove popular at a pizza parlour. Also made for mindless munching: Bacon Twists (RM18), featuring puff pastry sticks tangled with bacon & sharp cheddar, a savoury snack lightly spiced with cayenne pepper. Dieters should stop reading now.

Jo-Ann tackles fare from both West & East, including recipes she crafted herself & some from her grandmother. She likes deep, robust flavours, illustrated by her creamy-dreamy bolognese pasta, an Italian crowd-pleaser generously coated in minced pork, bacon chips & button mushrooms (RM20). If you prefer something more Malaysian, there's economy mee hoon with a porky twist of bacon strips, plus a really lovely, runny sunny-side-up & very tasty kitchen-made sambal (RM8).

The menu goes on & on - pork rendang pie with boiled eggs & potatoes (RM8), bacon eggplant parmigiana (RM18) & baked eggs in bacon cups (RM18), plus a few non-pork offerings like beef stroganoff (RM23), salmon pot pie (RM18) & grilled Aussie lamb loin (RM35). Expect daily specials to help spice up the week - perhaps Mum's Braised Pork Belly on Mondays, Granny's Yao Mei Rice on Wednesdays & Pork Biryani on Fridays. Wash down with Strongbow Elderflower or Honey cider (RM15).

Fork D World Bistro
D-G-3A, Ritze Perdana 1 Commercial Lot, Jalan PJU 8/2, Damansara Perdana, Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Mon-Fri: 11am-10pm; Sat: 9am-10pm. Tel: 03-7731-3827

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, at least 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 

Buckle your seatbelts: Eat Drink KL is partnering with Uber to take restaurant lovers on new adventures across KL & Selangor!
If you haven't used Uber yet, it's time to begin! For new users, just follow the steps below to redeem free rides:
1. Download the Uber app from the App Store, Play Store or Windows Store - and register your Uber account.
2. Apply the code EATDRINKKL as your first promotional code & you'll receive 2 Free Rides worth RM30 each.
3. Request a ride through the app and ride for free to any destination (with two ride values of up to RM30 each).
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, August 2, 2015

Green Dot Stables @ Centrepoint Bandar Utama

What happens when a sandwich bar from Detroit that's notorious for offbeat offerings opts to open an outpost in Malaysia? Freaky fun ensues - Green Dot Stables at Centrepoint is where emboldened eaters can experiment with eccentricities such as beef sliders with peanut butter & kimchi, plus a side of fries sprinkled with Milo & sea salt.

The slider selection here is intriguingly eye-popping - expect a variety of combinations that have been tried & tested at Green Dot Stables in Detroit since 2012, many of them originally created by chef Les Molnar (a Le Cordon Bleu Chicago graduate). Each mini-burger costs between RM6 to RM8; you'll need three or more if you're hankering for a full meal.

There's a slider for everybody - The Cuban (smoked pork loin, ham, cheese, mustard & pickle), Quinoa (with watercress & chimichurri), Black Bean Burger (with pico de gallo & creme fraiche), as well as several spicy ones specially conceived for Malaysian palates, like Ikan Bakar (blackened fish, sambal aioli & cucumber), Ayam Pedas (breaded chicken, salted sardines, peanut butter & cucumber), Lamb Curry (lamb patty, curry aioli & chilli salad) & Chilli Crab (crab cake & cilantro lime aioli).

The results succeed more often than not - most of the flavours feel cautiously tuned enough to blend well with each other, so your taste buds will probably be pleasantly surprised, not punishingly shocked. Yes, beef with kimchi & peanut butter can work together! There were instances though when some components could have been refined - perhaps the peril of striving to make these sliders affordable. Bonus points nonetheless for ensuring the buns were better than expected - soft, fresh & fairly fluffy.

All in all, it won't hurt to sample these, especially for fun-seekers who want to try something different. There's also a 'Mystery Meat' slider that's essentially an ever-changing weekly special; alas, it turned out to be merely Chicken Curry when we visited. The other options are too long to list - corned beef with sauerkraut, pickles & mustard aioli, as well as American favourites like a Philly Cheese Steak slider, Coney Dog, Buffalo Chicken, Grilled Cheese, BBQ Bacon & more.

Side dishes are also wacky - try the gooey-meaty Venison Chilli Cheese thin-cut fries (RM5) or the Milo & Sea Salt fries (RM4; the mix might not sound immediately mouth-watering, but it's effortlessly edible, proving that chocolate can go with anything). This is certainly not a run-of-the-mill restaurant when the least quirky recipe available is a hummus ball with fried bread (RM5).

Budget-conscious boozing - the house red (not terribly bad) is RM12 a glass, RM60 a bottle. Cocktails are even more inexpensive; a Mojito costs RM15 & a Margarita or Long Island Iced Tea RM10 (!), but they prove to be cautionary tales.

Green Dot Stables Malaysia
Ground Floor, Centrepoint, Bandar Utama, Petaling Jaya, Selangor. Daily, 11am-late. Tel: 03-7713-5288

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, at least 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 

Buckle your seatbelts: Eat Drink KL is partnering with Uber to take restaurant lovers on new adventures across KL & Selangor!
If you haven't used Uber yet, it's time to begin! For new users, just follow the steps below to redeem free rides:
1. Download the Uber app from the App Store, Play Store or Windows Store - and register your Uber account.
2. Apply the code EATDRINKKL as your first promotional code & you'll receive 2 Free Rides worth RM30 each.
3. Request a ride through the app and ride for free to any destination (with two ride values of up to RM30 each).
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 was the Dignity For Children foundation, which works to help underprivileged Malaysian children break the cycle of poverty through education. In March-May, we raised a total of RM 488 for Dignity For Children.

Our current charity is The Nasi Lemak Project, a young, independent movement to help counter poverty in Malaysia.

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
Chai Bar

BANGSAR
KGB Killer Gourmet Burgers
LA/PA
La Creperie De Caroline
Mercat
Palazzo Viva
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
Drift Dining & Bar
Fatboy's The Burger Bar (Avenue K)
Hubba Hubba (Bukit Ceylon)
LOKL Coffee Co (Jalan Tun H.S. Lee)
Salad Atelier (The Intermark & The Weld)
The Front Door (Jalan Sultan, Chinatown)
Tujo (Ascott, Jalan Pinang)

DAMANSARA HEIGHTS
The Point

DAMANSARA JAYA
Pizzolo (Atria Shopping Gallery)
Swich (Atria Shopping Gallery)

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

DAMANSARA UPTOWN
Bingsu
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)
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
BWB Yakitori Bar

SOLARIS MONT KIARA
Wanderlust

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

Tryst

TAMAN DESA
Encore Patisserie
Riverboat

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

Pickle & Fig
Quar/Tet
Topshelf
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)
Kazoku-Ai Modern Teppanyaki Kitchen (Old Klang Road)
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.

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, August 1, 2015

2015 Brunch Menu: Ante Kitchen & Bar @ Solaris Dutamas

It's official: Within three years, Ante Kitchen & Bar has gone from fine to flat-out fabulous - this is the restaurant that now sets the bar for venues in KL that serve Western pork specialities. In recent weeks, Ante has jazzed up its repertoire even further, offering a new brunch menu that's crafted with creative conviction of spectacular standards.

 Ordinarily, we avoid Big Breakfasts, but Ante's is constructed with impressive ingredients that complement each other immensely well - immaculately cooked eggs, the chubbiest bratwurst, a trio of shimeiji, button & oyster mushrooms, creamy-fresh guacamole, sourdough toast, & Ante's latest champion attraction: House-cured, hickory-smoked bacon, the result of intensive kitchen R&D, a dynamo of porky magnificence that more than measures up to expectations at 8 millimetres thick. Everything on this must-finish-it-all plate is top-drawer in quality, a deeply fulfilling Big Brekkie. RM39 nett, inclusive of coffee.

Ante's outstanding bacon appears nearly everywhere on the brunch selection; it's the ideal companion for the ravishingly runny poached eggs, oozing with a sensual softness in its centre, enveloped in a lightly crisp deep-fried exterior, bolstered by aioli & honey soy (RM32). You won't even have to wake up excessively early for this - brunch is served 11am through 4pm everyday.

 Bacon & beetroot - we love Ante for coming up with this combo; you can have the delectable duo on sourdough toast, twinned with aioli & guacamole, for a memorable open sandwich (RM25), or chopped up & coupled with orecchiette, candied olives, roasted cherry tomatoes & fresh dill (RM25) on a plate of pasta for patrons whose cravings edge closer to lunch than brunch. These nail all the notes that we look for in food, supplying ambitiously orchestrated, skilfully tuned surprises in every course.

 But if you're seriously not into bacon, there's still hope - Norwegian salmon, also meticulously cured here in the heart of Solaris Dutamas with thyme & orange peel, yielding an interpretation that's alluringly nuanced in both taste & texture, several notches above middling supermarket & buffet offerings, cushioned with ultra-creamy scrambled eggs on sourdough. RM29.

 Ante's admirable attention to detail extends to its all-day menu (11am-11pm) - go for the gnudi & the gnocchi; the former (RM35) is rarely seen in KL, comprising savoury ricotta cheese dumplings (beautifully made at Ante, of course) well-balanced with lemon-butter emulsion, crispy kale, pine nuts & capers, while the latter (RM32) features potato pasta with pesto, spinach ragout, tomatoes & parmesan. Both are excellent enough to earn a berth at any of KL's most recommended Italian eateries.

 The rest of the menu showcases stalwarts that are persistently being refined - a much-appreciated hallmark of a restaurant that strives to keep getting better. The signature char-grilled pork steak (RM56) remains intact in its full glory, but we also spied a menu listing for an intriguing burger incarnation built with a slow-braised pork cheek medallion & gorgonzola cream cheese.

In the past, we've given Ante's desserts only polite approval, but this year, the restaurant has created a sublime masterpiece - a sumptuous Valrhona chocolate delice layered with feuilettine; this serving shouldn't be shared, as you may want to devour it wholly on your own. Next to that, Ante's apple crumble, bread & butter pudding, creme brulee & panna cotta stand scant chance for recognition. Coffee & wine still satisfy here; many thanks to Ante for hosting one of our favourite brunches of 2015.

We're really happy to have Ante as one of the recommended restaurants on the Eat Drink KL mobile app. Enjoy a 6 percent discount off your bill when you use this app at Ante Kitchen & Bar, on any day, at any time.

Ante Kitchen & Bar
A2-G1-09, Solaris Dutamas, Kuala Lumpur. Open daily, 11am-11pm. Tel: 03-6206-3364


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, at least 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 

Buckle your seatbelts: Eat Drink KL is partnering with Uber to take restaurant lovers on new adventures across KL & Selangor!
If you haven't used Uber yet, it's time to begin! For new users, just follow the steps below to redeem free rides:
1. Download the Uber app from the App Store, Play Store or Windows Store - and register your Uber account.
2. Apply the code EATDRINKKL as your first promotional code & you'll receive 2 Free Rides worth RM30 each.
3. Request a ride through the app and ride for free to any destination (with two ride values of up to RM30 each).
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